Southern Raiders
The Southern Raiders
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Feasible Differences, Personal Expectations, and Personal Wants




The Southern Raiders

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([{Watch the episode until when Zuko tells Katara he knows he is going to help her find Yon Rha.}])

Zuko, Sokka, and Katara approached Aang feeding Appa.

Katara said, "I need to borrow Appa."

Aang said, "Why? Is it your turn for a field trip with Zuko?"

Sokka said, "No, it's not."

Aang said, "Oh."

He stopped feeding Appa and turned around to face his three friends.

Aang asked, "What's going on?"

Katara said, "Sokka and I are going to find the man who took our mother away from us."

Zuko said, "I heard the story of what happened. I know who did it and I know how to find him.

Aang said, "Hmm. And what exactly do you think this will accomplish?"

Sokka said exhaled, smiled weakly and told him, "I knew you wouldn't understand."

Aang said, "Wait, I do understand. You're feeling unbelievable pain and rage. How do you think how I felt about the sandbenders when they stole Appa? How do you think I felt about the Fire Nation when I found out what happened to my people?"

Zuko said, "They need this, Aang. This is about getting closure and justice."

Aang said, "I don't think so. I think it's about getting revenge."

Katara said, "Fine. Maybe it is. Maybe that's what we need. He's a horrible person and the world will be better off without him."

Aang said, "No, Katara. I agree with you. Maybe that's what he deserves, but you can't just go wiping out people you don't like. You sound like Hama."

Sokka said, "It's not the same. Hama attacked the innocent. This man, he's a monster."

Aang said, "The monks used to say that looking for revenge is like a two-headed rat viper. While you watch your enemy go down, you're being poisoned yourself."

Zuko said, "That's cute. But this isn't an Air Temple preschool. This is the real world."

Katara said, "Now that I know he's out there, now that I know we can find him, I feel like I have no choice."

Aang said, "Katara, you and Sokka do have a choice. Forgiveness."

Zuko said, "That's the same as doing nothing."

Aang said, "No, it's not. It's easy to do nothing. But it's hard to forgive."

Sokka said, "It's not just hard. It's impossible."

The four heroes turned away from Appa back towards their campsite.

That night, Zuko and the two siblings sneaked out of their tents and moved towards Appa. Aang meanwhile had suspected that this would happen and had been hiding behind a rock wholly prepared for this.

Aang shouted, "So you guys were just gonna take Appa anyway."

Katara coolly said, "Yes."

Aang closed his eyes and lowered his voice as he replied, "That is okay, Katara and Sokka. Because I forgive you."

Aang opened his eyes and smiles as he said, "Does that knock something up?"

Zuko climbed up onto Appa's saddle.

Sokka said, "Don't try to stop us."

Aang said, "I wasn't going to. This is a journey you and Katara need to take. You need to face this man."

Sokka nodded at Aang. He and Katara climbed up onto Appa's saddle.

"But, when you guys do, please don't choose revenge. Let your anger out, and then let it go. Forgive him."

Zuko sarcastically said, "Yeah, we'll be sure to do that, Guru Goody Goody."

Katara said, "Thanks for understanding, Aang."

Katara turned her head forward.

She told Appa "Yip yip."

Appa soared away into the night, flying past the Moon.

Zuko's voice spoke in the background "We need to find the Fire Navy Communication Tower. All the navy's movements are coordinated by messenger hawk, and everywhere has to kept up to date."

Eventually, they neared the communication tower in the middle of the ocean.

Sokka said, "So once we find the communication tower, we bust in and take the information we need."

Zuko said, "Not exactly."

Appa flew just above the water, bending air with its tail to propel himself forward and displacing some water below.



Zuko finished, "Otherwise, they'll warn the Southern Raiders long before we reach them."

The siblings and Zuko run out form behind the rocks. Katara bends the water into a raft of ice and the three of them jump on it. Katara proceeds to surf the raft, bending a tall wave to bring the raft up to the tower and the threesome jumps off. A door opens and two guards walked out. Katara Sokka, and Zuko quickly snuck past.

Another guard was writing with a paintbrush from a dish of ink at a desk. Zuko and the sibling looked through the gratings. Katara bent the ink, spilling the dish onto the guard's hand and the table. The guard leaves the table and the room.

As soon as they had gotten out, Zuko and the siblings stood in front of a shelf.

Zuko said, "Okay, Southern Raiders."

He pulled out a black scroll and unrolls it on a table, revealing a map.

He pointed at Whaletail Island as he said, "There. On patrol near Whaletail Island."

Katara said, "Whaletail Island, here we come."

Appa flew at daytime. Zuko and Sokka were sleeping in the saddle. Zuko wakes up and looks up at Katara. Katara herself had black circles under her eyes as she held Appa's reins tightly.

Zuko said, "You should set some rest. We'll be there in a few hours. You'll need all your strength."

([{Watch the episode until a sorrowful Zuko says that Kya was a brave woman.}])

Katara touched her necklace as she replied, "I know."

Appa flew at night. Zuko has taken over the reins. Sokka is sitting in the saddle. Katara is sleeping next to him. Zuko looks through a telescope.

Zuko said, "there!"

Katara's head popped up from the saddle.

Zuko said, "See those Sea Raven flags?"

He threw the telescope to Sokka. Sokka spotted the flag of the Southern Raiders at a lone ship in the ocean.

Zuko said, "It's the Southern Raiders."

Sokka brought down the telescope as he said, "Let's do this."

Appa enters the water Appa had an air bubble on his head underwater. He swam to the underside of the boat. Katara bent water. A group of Fire Nation soldiers gossipped idly on the deck.

The speaker said, "So there I was and I was like, you know, I could."

A stream of water coils round the guard and he gets pulled into the water with a scream.

The other soldiers run to the side of the ship to look. Appa swims to the other side of the ship. Katara breaks through the surface of the water first, followed shortly by Appa, Sokka, and Zuko.

Katara bends the water to huge waves on both sides and sends it toward the ship.

One soldier looked back. He grabbed his neighbour's shoulder. The wave slowly closes in them, hits the soldiers, and throws hem into the ocean. apap flies onto the deck. A lone soldier is still on deck as he stands up by holding the side of the ship. Appa lands nosily and he turns back. A tearful Katara charges.

The soldier bends fire but is thrown overboard into the ocean by a tunnel of water. His colleagues in the water watch him enter the water.

The door opens in the corridor of the ship as the trio rushes in. Katara has bended water around her arms. A door opens and a soldier pops out. Zuko grabs the soldier's arms and holds onto the sword as he pushes the soldier back into the storeroom.

Zuko closes the door and slides the sword in between the handles.

Katara and Sokka waited for Zuko as they headed deeper into the corridor. They stopped in front of the door.

Zuko said, "This is it, guys. Are you ready to face him?"

Katara pulls down her mask and bends the water with a battle cry.

Water seeps through the sides on the other side of the door. The door bursts open to reveal Katara and Sokka. Zuko enters the room to dissipate some flames The assailant bends fire at Zuko to no avail. Zuko bends a shot at the captain's feet and the captain jumps back towards the steering wheel.

He asked, "who are you?"

Katara and Sokka looked on vehemently behind him as Zuko said, "you don't remember her? you will soon trust me."

Zuko bends fire again. the captain moves to the side and breaks the flames. He proceeds to bend, but his arm starts to shake uncontrollably.

He said, "what the?"

His arm moves around wildly. He struggles and groans as he tries to contain it with his other arm. His arm drops to the floor and his body bends forward. His helmet falls off his head.

He asked, "what's happening to me?"

Katara bent his blood. A smiling Sokka looked on. Katara bent the captain's body to the floor. Zuko looks at Katara with shock, then narrows his eyes and looks down at the captain.

Zuko said, "think back. Think back to your last raid on the Southern Water Tribe."

The captain said, "I don't know what you're talking about. Please, I don't know."

Zuko knelt near the captain's head as he shouted 'don't lie! you look her in the eye and you tell me you don't remember what you did."

Katara bent the captain to his knees. The captain looked at a visibly angry Katara, frightened. The scared captain's eyes shine in fear. Katara's face softens in realization.

Her eyes widen in shock as she said, "It's not him." Katara drops her hands and the Captain falls to the floor.

Sokka's smile vanished and his eyes widened in shock as well.

Sokka said, "It's not."

Katara said, "No. He's not the man."

Zuko said, "What! what do you mean he's not. He's the leader of the Southern Raiders! He has to be the guy."

Katara turns and walks away. The captain struggles to his feet. Zuko pulls him by the arm and pushes him against the window in an armlock.

Zuko said, "If you're not the man we're looking for, who is?"

the captain said, "you must be looking for Yon Rha. he retired 4 years ago?"

Zuko turned his head to a retreating Sokka.

Sokka's face was determined as his eyes brimmed with tears.

Far away and elsewhere, Yon Rha was gardening in the backyard of his house. His mother approached him.

([{Watch the episode until Yon Rha and walks off.}])

Zuko and the siblings pop their heads up from their hiding spot.

Katara's eyes shone with hate as she said, "That was him. That was the monster."

([{Watch the episode until when Yon Rha promises to cooperate with Zuko taking whatever he wanted.}])

Sokka and Katara approach Yon Rha. They unmasked themselves.

Katara asked, "Do you know who I am?"

([{Watch the episode until when Yon Rha's flashback is over.}])

Lightning lit up the sky once again.

Sokka said, "She was my mother too, but she lied to you. She was trying to protect the last waterbender."

Yon Rha asked, "Who?"

Katara bent Yon Rha's blood, lifting him forcefully to his feet.

Katara yelled "ME!"

Katara prepares the icicles

Just then, it began to rain. Katara bent the water of the rain into a bubble that enclosed her brother, their companion, and Yon Rha in a hemisphere of water in which the rain poured down on them all. Katara bent a huge column of water out of the raindrops, making a whirlpool out of it in the air and then freezing it into shards. The whirlpool disintegrates. The shards land closely all around Yon Rha. He struggles in vain against his prison of ice, his hands and arms unable to move. Katara lowers her hands.

Sokka asked his sister "What are you waiting for? Take him out."

Katara said, "I can't."

Yon Rha said, "I did a bad thing, I know I did. And you both deserve revenge. So why don't you take my mother. Then you and I will be fair."

Katara said, "I've always wondered what sort of a person could do such a thing, Sokka, but now that I see him, I think I understand."

Sokka said, "Yeah. So do I. I think Aang might have been right."

He walked forward towards Yon Rha."

Sokka said, "There's nothing inside you, is there?"

Katara said, "Nothing at all. You're pathetic, and sad, and empty."

Yon Rha begged, "Please spare me."

Sokka said, "You better hope that the Sun comes out or that someone passes by, you know, before you starve to death."

Katara said, "We'll leave you here to famish, unless the rain stops in time or someone comes by to get you out."

Sokka said, "Besides, as long as it doesn't stop raining soon or no one comes to set you free, you're as good as dead right now anyway."

Katara said, "But as much as I hate you, I just can't do it."

Katara glares angrily

She closes as her eyes as she controls her feelings.

Sokka said, "That goes for me too."

He embraces his sister and she reciprocates.

Yon Rha smiles weakly. Katara and Sokka walked off as Zuko watched them. Zuko looked at Yon Rha who lowers his head in shame. Zuko turns back to follow his companions as Yon Rha cowers out loud. Yon Rha continues to sob while trapped in front of his fallen vegetables.

Katara and Sokka sat near the edge of the port on Ozai's beach house. Appa arrived on Ember Island carrying the other members of Team Avatar. Brother and sister kicked the water with their eyes closed. Katara opens her eyes and stares into the distance sadly.

Aang dismounted Appa and rushed towards the silent siblings, followed by Zuko.

Aang asked, "Are you guys alright?"

Katara said, "We're doing fine."

Aang said, "Zuko told me what you and Sokka did. And I'm proud of you."

Sokka said, "But we both wanted to do it, especially me. I wanted to take out all my anger at him, but for some reason I couldn't."

Katara said, "I don't know if it's because we were too weak to do it or if we were strong enough not to do it."

Aang said, "You guys did the right thing. Forgiveness is the first step you have to take to begin healing."

The siblings stood up and walked towards Aang.

Sokka said, "But we didn't forgive him. I will never forgive him."

Katara's face softens as she looks up at Zuko. She said, "But I am ready to forgive you."

She hugged Zuko and he returned the embrace.

Katara and Zuko hug

Katara and Sokka walked off to join Toph and Suki in unloading their company's baggage. Meanwhile, Zuko addressed Aang.

Zuko said, "You were right about what that man deserved. He had retired from war and was now living in peace. The killer wasn't a soldier anymore. He was living among other civilians in harmony. Violence wasn't the answer."

Aang said, "No, no, it wasn't."

Aang and Zuko watched their friends unload their luggage from Appa's saddle.

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