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This is the first chapter in my fanon Avatar: Aftermath and Burning Earth. It begins within the timeline of the original series, and moves onward from there.
Chapter 1: The Mad Genius
Yun Zhen sprinted through the streets of Omashu; he was late. His Earthbending teacher would be furious!
I'm going to get rejected as a trainee for sure. He thought, but as he continued running down the street, he frowned and gripped the note in his hand. I've never even met him...I hope I've made the right decision.
Yun was so lost in his own thoughts that he almost plowed into a cabbage cart. Luckily, his reflexes allowed him to jump over it; however, he did manage to knock some of the vegetables off the top.
"My cabbages!" The merchant wailed. "Not again!"
Yun bowed in apology. "I'm sorry, sir, but I am running late."
"Tardiness is inexcusable!" Yun hung his head as his apparent teacher paced in front of him. "I should have you clean Flopsie's quarters!" The King of Omashu sighed but kept a strange twinkle in his eye as he held
Yun bowed low. "I'm truly sorry, King Bumi, I won't..."
"Nonsense! Of course you will! You're a teenager aren't you?" The king let out a short laugh punctuated by a snort.
Yun raised an eyebrow. "Sir?"
Bumi threw up his hands. "So serious all the time, it's a wonder anything gets done!" He whirled around to face his flustered protégé. "So, you are here to learn Earthbending at the behest of your mother, if this letter is to be believed?"
Yun merely nodded.
"Hm..." He picked a crystal up off of the armrest of his throne and took a large bite out of it. "Then let's learn some Earthbending!"
What have I gotten myself into?
Yun stared in awe at the giant, earthen arena. While he was preoccupied, Bumi stamped his foot down and dislodged a large chunk of earth from the floor. He then launched it toward Yun, who jumped out of the way.
"Are you insane?!"
Bumi knitted his eyebrows together. "You're supposed Earthbend the rock away." He moved to create another missile. "Let's try it again."
Yun held up his hands."Whoa, whoa, wait a second! Shouldn't I maybe learn some stances or something first?"
The mad king stroked his beard. "Stances? Yes... I do recall that those come before the flying rocks." He began to laugh, once again followed by a snort.
Yun rolled his eyes. How am I going to survive this?
- This chapter is set in 99 AG, just days after Aang and Co. meet Bumi.
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