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The Tale of Ma Zou
Book 1: Fire
July 30, 2010
"Son. As you know I am very sick...and..." Fire Lord Zuko said to his son.
"Yes. Please continue. I can handle it," Ma Zou said to his sick father.
"Well, If I don't get a cure in six months, I will..I will..die."
Ma Zou tried to hold back his tears, but two tears seemed to slip out of his teary eyes.
"But Ma Zou, If you go to the swamps of Taku, and get a frozen wood frog, I will be cured of my illness."
"Father, But what about the war? If I go out there, It will only be a matter of time before I get killed."
"That is why I want you to go with your Waterbending friend An Kong and your Earthbending friend Shen Xia."
"Are you sure this will work?"
"Yes. It may take weeks, months maybe, but you are smart enough to get the medicine, run my tea shop, and end this war."
"Which one do you want me to do?"
"All of them."
"Yes. I believe in you, Ma Zou."
"Okay dad. I'm gonna go talk to mom."
Ma Zou leaned under the small, 5 foot tall door as he shut it.
"Hey Mom," he said to his mother, Fire Lady Mai.
"What's on your mind?"
"Well, dad said I have to go to the Earth Kingdom, get a frozen wood frog, run the tea shop, AND end the war all in six months."
"He's got some high expectations for you."
"Yeah, but I'm not going to force you to do anything."
"Well, I should get going by tomorrow."
"I'll pack your bags."
"Can I go over to An Kong's house? Shen Xia will be over there, and I wanna tell them that we are going to the Earth Kingdom."
Ma Zou walked through the eerie dirt road where he was approached by a beggar.
Ma Zou handed him a silver coin.
"Thank you, sir. I am forever grateful."
"Don't call me sir. Call me Prince Ma Zou."
The beggar was amazed that the prince would be so generous. Ma Zou disappeared into the fog.
Ma Zou then knocked on the door as hard as he could. "Let me in! Let me in!! LET ME IN!!!"
"What?" Shen Xia said as he opened the door.
"It's dark out!"
"That's it?" An Kong said.
"What else? Let me guess, You like Smoked Sea Slug?" Shen Xia said.
"Gross, I hate Sea Slug! That's not it. We are going to the Earth Kingdom to get frozen wood frogs for my dad!"
"What do you mean that's it? If we don't get a frozen wood frog my dad will die!"
"Then we go. I doesn't matter what challenges come our way, together, we can overcome them, and get that frog!" An Kong said.
"Nice speech, An Kong."
"What's going on here, An Kong?" Aang said.
"Nothing, dad. We are just going to the Earth Kingdom to get some frozen wood frogs for Ma Zou's dad."
"Are you sure you can protect yourself?"
"Yeah dad. We're not little kids anymore."
Just like that, the next day they would be off on their journey.
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