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December 29, 2016
In a remote part of the Northern Air Temple, there was a little wooden house inhabited by two people: Master Tu Mein, and his student Hoshi. Hoshi was the Avatar originally from the Earth Kingdom. He had been travelling around the world, from his home to the Fire Nation and now, the Air Temple. After mastering airbending, he was planning to go to the North Pole to master waterbending and complete his training, thereby coming a full-fledged Avatar.
The airbending master and his student were sat at the backyard training.
"Take a deep breath in, Hoshi. Feel the wind against your skin, absorb it and let it flow through your chi paths."
Hoshi exhaled through his mouth as he focused on his teacher's instruction. He kept on meditating peacefully until a loud 'CRASH' sound interrupted him. Startled, Hoshi jumped ten feet into the air. He spun his head around to see Kimi cringing at the mess she had caused.
Kimi was a young Air Acolyte. For a greater part of her life, she had been brought up in Northern Air Temple. Her warm chocolate brown eyes were covered in guilt as she looked at mess she had caused.
For two months now, Kimi had been learning Archery as a hobby. She loved it very much so it was dispiriting that she wasn't very good at aiming.
Kimi's arrow had flown beyond her target, through Monk Tu Mein's windows damaging them abysmally and finally crashed into his airbending gates.
Monk Tu Mein's face changed from puzzled to angry. "What is this supposed to mean Kimi?!"
"So sorry Monk Tu Mein. It was just a little mistake my arrow made," Kimi laughed sheepishly.
"Well I don't care about your arrow. Come and clear the mess."
"Yes, Monk Tu Mein." She slumped and dragged her feet, advancing towards the mess she had created.
While at the Northern Water Tribe Palace, Ami and Raeka were busy being as childish as ever, playing a game of Hide and seek.
"Now you go and count while I hide," Ami said as she pushed Raeka away from her.
"Geez, take it easy, Princess. Are your pants on fire or what?" Raeka drawled as she moved to the counting spot while Ami sprinted off to go and find a hiding place. Raeka shut her eyes with her hands and started to count down from thirty all the way to zero. When she was finally done, she ripped her hands off her eyes and wore an evil smile.
Time to catch that sneaky little mouse, she thought to herself before she gently tip-toed around the Palace in search of Ami. She searched her room first going through her closet, checking under her bed and even behind the curtains but she didn't find her.
"I give up!" Raeka yelled, hoping her friend would hear her but no answer came. "Ami, you can come out now!" There was still no answer as she trekked down the empty hallway. As she walked, she heard Ami calling her name.
"Raeka! Raeka, where are you?" Ami yelled as she swerved her petite frame around a corner and dashed towards Raeka who was beyond surprised.
"Follow me." Ami didn't give Raeka a chance to respond. She just grabbed unto her hand and pulled her down the hallway. At the end of it, the took a right turn and then dashed into a room on the left side of the hall.
"Why the rush?" Raeka whined as Ami pushed the huge door open and pulled her inside. Raeka opened her mouth to say something but quickly shut it when she saw a huge oil painting of the previous Royal Family and their baby daughter in the Queen's arms. They were all smiling and the Chief had his arm around his wife's waist.
"This is beautiful she breathed," she breathed.
"Raeka, look." Ami pointed at their baby daughter's left shoulder. There was a dark crescent-shaped birthmark, exactly like the one Raeka had.
Her eyes widened in realization. "That's impossible."
Back at the Northern Air Temple, Kimi had just finished clearing up the mess she made. She wiped beads of sweat on her forehead with the back of her hand.
"Phew!" she exhaled and lowered herself to ground. All that cleaning had exhausted her.
"Hi," she heard a voice say besides her and turned her head, almost jumping ten feet into the air upon seeing the Avatar-in-training.
"Um, hi," she managed to stutter. "Hoshi, I didn't see you there."
He shrugged. "I'm sorry about Monk Tu Mein."
"It's nothing actually. Plus it was my fault."
Hoshi chuckled. "I don't know how you managed to cause such a mess."
Kimi's face heated, turning crimson. "I'm a bit clumsy, I guess."
"Don't lose hope. You'll get there eventually."
The two sat in silence before Kimi spoke up. "When is your airbending training going to be over?"
"Two days. I'll be going to the North Pole afterwards."
"Wow, you're so lucky you get to go around the world. All I ever do is sit around and abysmally fail in shooting arrows," she drawled.
"You can come with me," he offered. "But you'll have to ask your parents."
Kimi looked down, sad. "I'm orphaned actually."
Hoshi's facial expression changed into a sad one. "I'm sorry I didn't know."
"It's okay," she chirped. "We've got other things to be happy about, like me following you to the North Pole."
Hoshi's face brightened. "You will?"
Kimi nodded. "Why not?"
At the North Pole, Raeka was still in shock. She grabbed her head, shaking it.
"No, no, no. It can't be," she said, not allowing herself to believe her eyes.
"It is," Ami urged just as someone walked past the room.
"Who is there?" the person shouted, pushing the door open. They both quickly recognized him as Unaq, the Chief's secretary.
"What are you doing here?" he questioned.
"We were just leaving," Ami told him as she grabbed a stunned Raeka's hand, pulling her along as she pushed past him.
After, the girls had left, Unaq went into the room to see what they were up to. As soon as his eyes landed on the painting of the previous Royal Family, he knew what he needed to do.
"What?! How could they have seen the painting?" Chief Nukka exclaimed upon hearing that Raeka had seen the painting.
"I-I don't know, Sir," Unaq stuttered. "What do you want to do now?"
Nukka's brows furrowed in thought. "Well that Raeka girl is only going to be an obstacle to my plans. So we're going to have to terminate her."
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