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January 13th, 2011
The Ride is the fourth chaper of the fanon The Runaway
They were in the back of that carriage for hours, sleeping, resting and just generally relaxing on their trip to Omashu. Though they had been warned that the trip might drag on, they didn't really want to stay in the same place with each other, for the most part, they didn't even speak to each other. Myaku was sitting a lotus position at the side of the carriage, looking at the passing road, rocks, grass and a few trees here and there. Nothing new; being on the road so long made it incredibly mundane to even watch the passing sights. The sun was going down and painted everything in an orange hue, which was the highlight of the trip, seeing something at least partially interesting to see. Myaku only leaned back and released a sight, closing his eyes for the moment, before opening them and giving Taizo a glance, he was asleep. Myaku himself still seemed tense, his guard was up and it didn't seem like he was planning to sleep today.
Another minute or two later, Taizo finally opened his eyes and released a moan "Huh? I was having the best dream... there were women and there was wine..." he scratched the back of his head and sat up; making sure his jian was still at his side. He finally glanced at Myaku, raising an eyebrow and inquiring "Did you even sleep yet?"
"No." Myaku's reply was short and simple; his voice was calm and determined as if he didn't want to speak to him, turning his head back to the exit of the carriage and watching the passing road.
"Why not?" Taizo asked in a slightly surprised tone, looking directly at the monk.
"Because I might wake up in chains and in the Fire Nation" the monk replied in a slightly irritated tone, not even turning to acknowledge the rogue.
"Eh, I already told you- I don't care about the bounty... not like I can cash it in or anything" Taizo muttered to himself.
"Yeah... didn't you say you were ditching me, the second we left the cave? Well you're still here."
"Pfft, go on, step out and wait on the side of the road, I'll be the one with an easy trip to Omashu."
Myaku didn't respond, he kept looking at the road. Taizo turned away from him; both of them said nothing for a minute or two, until Taizo broke the silence once again.
"So what gives?" he raised an eyebrow.
"What?" Myaku was confused and turned his head.
"Oh don't give me that, there was a million times you could have used airbending back there and on that subject, your flying cow, don't all you airbenders have them?" Taizo himself didn't know what he was implying, but his tone was indeed implying something.
"Exiles... aren't allowed to keep their bison..." he lowered his head and his tone saddened immediately, but he made it clear with his tone that he didn't want to talk about it.
"And your airbending? I was under the impression that all nomads were born and master their element rather quickly."
"I'm not that skilled at airbending actually" He paused "That's why I don't rely on it; this was actually the first time I used it in... a month or so" Myaku looked back at the road.
"Oh, well, that's just depressing." Taizo commented "Why were you exiled? Did you insult the peanut gallery?" by peanut gallery he must have meant the council and Myaku was slightly surprised that a normal person knew that there was an Air Nomad elder council.
"Are you from the Fire Nation?" Myaku asked, raising his eyebrow
Taizo shrugged "Maybe I am, but see, I don't let that define me. My nation is at war, I'm not, you can call me unpatriotic if you want, but I just don't like the way Flameys are doing everything nowadays. Its burn this, destroy that, bombard that" he gave another shrug "Sozin must be off his rocker, isn't that guy like... two hundred years old right now?"
Myaku shrugged, acknowledging that he in fact knew very little about the Fire Lord. "You don't look like a Fire Nation ci-"
"I call them Flameys for short."
"Right... you don't look like a "Flamey" " Myaku made quotation signs with his fingers.
"Well it's a long story, but my mom was from the Earth Kingdom and my dad was from the Fire Nation, you know, back in the good old days when you guys were everywhere and the war hadn't begun" his voice began to digress "They're dead now, they died two years ago in fact... when the war began, but hey, can't complain, at least I'm not the last of my race."
"I'm not the-" Myaku attempted to state in a concerned tone, but was cut off by Taizo's laugh, Myaku shook his head, annoyed.
"You're so easy to tick off, man, I love it" Taizo smirked. But then his expression changed to a serious one. "But, seriously. Are you, or are you not the Avatar? Tell me the truth."
Myaku looked directly at him "I'm not and I'd love it if people stopped asking it. You can even count it, I can't be the Avatar because the previous one died fourteen years ago, and I'm nineteen." Taizo nodded, finally accepting this as the truth and both of them gave each other an understanding glance.
"Thank you" Taizo finally stated.
"For what?" Myaku asked, confused again.
"You saved my life, several times... could have done without the gliding, but still, you saved it."
"Don't mention it... Thank you, for leading me out of the cave and helping me against... Colonel Lang" finally Myaku realized "What did he mean when he commented about me travelling with an interesting companion, do you two know each other?"
Taizo shrugged "Haven't seen him before in my life, maybe my reputation as the best sword fighter in the world precedes me, thought I gained that after my draft was over" He smirked egoistically, as if completely sure this was true.
"You were in the Fire Nation military?" Myaku's voice was surprised even more.
"It's not like I really had a choice, I left the second I could, hell you can call me a deserter, but I just didn't stick around with a bunch of maniacs."
"Apparently Colonel Lang remembers you fondly..."
"It's all a matter of perspective really, but Lang gives me the creeps, at least we killed him."
"We... didn't?" Myaku turned in confusion.
"Oh please, there was no way he could have survived that avalanche."
"And that last fireball?"
"Maybe he threw it right before it hit him? I don't know, I'm just trying to be optimistic, we stopped a Fire Nation squad and killed a colonel as well as made sure that a colony of sandbenders got massacred and now we're on our way to the second safest place in the Earth Kingdom- Oma-"
"Omashu" an old voice exclaimed outside and both of the men looked through a nearest window, though it was dark, they could still see it; over the rocky hills and mountains stretched a bridge of rock, connected to a large circular structure with triangles rising from its foundation. "Won't be long now!" the old man stated again and whipped his ostrich horses, which sprung back into movement and continued pulling the carriage. Myaku thought, didn't seem pleased with their achievements.
"Been to Omashu before?" Taizo asked as Myaku frowned and sat back into his lotus position.
"I don't want to talk about it..." the Air Nomad lowered his head and yawned "You know what, I'll just catch a quick nap, wake me up when we get there." Myaku turned around and took his staff into his grasp, laying his head onto a stack of fabric he relaxed and fell asleep.
Taizo released a sigh "Eh, nomads..." shaking his head with disapproval, before leaning back against the carriage and closing his eyes again and getting comfortable, while the carriage pulled them towards Omashu.
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