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Chapter 1: Visitors on the Island
My name is Suki. I am 15 years old and I am a resident of Kyoshi Island. I am the leader of the Kyoshi Warriors, an organization founded by Avatar Kyoshi after she created the island and defeating Chin the Conqueror. I started training when I was eight years old and I officially became a Kyoshi Warrior when I was 13.
It all started today. I was in the dojo with the other warriors when we heard a giant roar from the Unagi. Uh oh. The Unagi must have been disturbed. We ran to the beach, hid behind the trees and peered. We saw three kids. One was a boy who looked no older than 12 years old who had an arrow tattoo on his head. The other one was a girl with dark skin, blue clothes, and her hair in a braid. The other was a teenage boy who also had dark skin and blue clothes but his hair was in a weird ponytail.
"What was that thing?" the girl asked in fear.
"I don't know," replied the tattoo boy.
"Well, let's not stick around to find out. Time to hit the road," ponytail boy said.
"Ready?" asked Leela, one of the warriors.
"Ready," I said. We jumped from the treetops and ambushed the three kids. Leela, Nina and I blindfolded them and held them back.
"Or we could stay a while," ponytail boy said. We bagged their weird rat-monkey creature and led them all to the town square. There, Oyaji was waiting for us. We tied the three kids to the Kyoshi totem pole.
"You three have some explaining to do," Oyaji said.
"And if you don't answer all our questions, we're throwing you back into the water with the Unagi," I threatened.
"Show yourselves, cowards!" ponytail boy threatened. I scoffed at his lack of intimidation and knowledge. I removed the boy's blindfold. The boy stared at us.
"Who are you? Where are the men who ambushed us?" he asked aggressively. I frowned.
"There were no men. We ambushed you. Now tell us, who are you and what are you doing here?" I demanded.
Ponytail boy stared at us as if he couldn't believe what he was hearing.
"Wait a second, there's no way that a bunch of girls took us down," he said mockingly. I was shocked at his rudeness. Oh well, he might have grown up with sexist customs. I grabbed ponytail boy by the collar, angry.
"A bunch of girls, huh? The Unagi is going to eat well tonight," I said threateningly.
The girl leaned forward. Her eyes were apologetic and pleading.
"No, don't hurt him! He didn't mean it. My brother is just an idiot sometimes," she apologized.
"It's my fault. I'm sorry we came here. I wanted to ride the elephant koi," tattoo boy said. Oyaji looked outraged.
"How do we know that you're not Fire Nation spies? Kyoshi stayed out of the War so far. And we intend to keep it that way!" Oyaji demanded.
Tattoo boy's expression seemed to get excited.
"This island is named for Kyoshi? I know Kyoshi!" he exclaimed.
I was shocked. How could this boy know Avatar Kyoshi?
"Ha! How could you possibly know her? Avatar Kyoshi was born here four hundred years ago. She's been dead for centuries," Oyaji explained, a bit annoyed.
"I know her because I'm the Avatar," tattoo boy said calmly. I was not convinced.
"That's impossible! The last Avatar was an Airbender who disappeared a hundred years ago.
"That's me!" tattoo boy replied. Oyaji looked at us.
"Throw the impostor to the Unagi!" he ordered. The warriors and I immediately retracted our metal fans out of our belts. All of a sudden, tattoo boy flew up in the air, snapping the ropes that were tying him down. Oyaji, the citizens, the warriors and I stared in awe. It's true. The Avatar has returned!
Oyaji had a big feast for the three kids. I learned that tattoo boy's name is Aang and the girl's name is Katara and ponytail boy's name is Sokka. I showed them their rooms and bid them good night.
The next morning, me and the other warriors were in our dojo. As we were practicing, I heard a voice; Sokka's voice. He sounded quite rude, but I ignored his rude attitude.
"Sorry ladies, didn't mean to interrupt your dance lesson. I was just looking for somewhere to get a little workout," he said.
"Well, you're in the right place. Sorry about yesterday. I didn't know that you were friends with the Avatar," I apologized.
"It's all right. I mean, normally I'd hold a grudge, but seeing as you guys are a bunch of girls, I'll make an exception."
"I should hope so. A big strong man like you? We wouldn't stand a chance," I said sarcastically.
"True. But don't feel bad about it. After all, I'm the best warrior in my village," Sokka said smugly.
I kept on using sarcasm and he was too clueless to even catch on to it! Ha!
"Wow! Best warrior, huh? In your whole village? Maybe you'd be kind enough to show us a little demonstration," I said smiling.
Sokka looked startled.
"Oh... well... I mean... I..." he stammered. I turned to the other warriors.
"Come on girls! Wouldn't you like him to show us some moves?" I asked. The girls all giggled and smiled in agreement.
"Well if that's what you want, then I'd be happy to," Sokka said.
"All right, you stand over there. Now this may be a bit tough, but try to block me," he instructed. He took a fighting stance. I didn't even move a muscle. He tried to punch me but I easily defend myself.
He had tried to attack me several times but I easily dodged every pathetic attempt he made.
"Anything else you would like to teach us?" I asked mockingly. Sokka blushed as I laughed along with the other warriors.
I was practicing another move when Sokka came back into the dojo ten minutes later.
"Um... hey, Suki," he said timidly. I glared at him.
"Hoping for another dance lesson?" I asked harshly.
"No...I... well, let me explain.
"Spit it out! What do you want?" I asked harshly. Sokka dropped to his knees in front of me.
"I would be honored if you would teach me," he said.
"Even if I'm a girl? I asked, still insulted by his sexist comment.
"I'm sorry if I insulted you earlier. I was... wrong," apologized Sokka.
"We normally don't teach outsiders, let alone boys," I said.
"Please make an exception. I won't let you down," he promised. His eyes were pleading. I softened a bit.
"All right. But you have to follow all of our traditions," I said.
"Of course!" Sokka said eagerly. I smiled.
"And I mean all of them," I said still smiling. Nina and Leela led him into a dressing room to change. He came out in the Kyoshi Warrior attire and face paint.
"Do I really have to wear this? It feels a little... girly," he said blushing.
"It's a warrior's uniform. You should be proud. The silk thread symbolizes the brave blood that flows through our veins. The gold insignia represents the honor of the warrior's heart," I explained. Sokka seemed proud now.
"Bravery and honor," Sokka said proudly.
"Hey Sokka! Nice dress!" Aang suddenly called out. Sokka hung his head in embarrassment.
I began to teach Sokka. I couldn't believe it! I'm teaching a BOY on what to do! Sokka was practicing an exercise with the metal fan.
"You're not going to master it in one day. Even I'm not that good," I admitted.
"I think I'm starting to get it," Sokka said. He performed a series of well executed moves with the fan but at the last minute, he threw the fan into a tree.
"It's not about strength. Our technique is about using your opponents' force against them. Loosen up. Think of the fan as an extension of your arm. Wait for an opening and then..." I was saying. I charged Sokka, but he evaded my attack and used my momentum of speed against me! I was surprised.
"I fell on purpose to make you feel better!" I said irritated.
"I got you! Admit I got you!" Sokka exclaimed. However, I grabbed his finger and twisted it.
"Okay, it was a lucky shot. Let's see if you can do it again," I said letting go.
We continued training. I tried my hand forward with my fan, only to have Sokka block it.
"Not bad," I said impressed. Sokka smiled at me with confidence, when Oyaji appeared worried.
"Firebenders have landed on our shores! Girls, come quickly!" Oyaji said alarmed.
I ran towards the head guy, Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation. I moved left and avoided a blast of fire. I tried to avoid another blast, but Zuko turned his komodo rhino and the beast slammed me with its tail and knocked me down. He shot a blast of fire at me but Sokka jumped in front of me and blocked me. Sokka and I ran behind a house.
"There's no time to say goodbye," I said frantically.
"What about 'I'm sorry'?" Sokka asked.
"For what?" I asked surprised. Sokka looked regretful.
"I treated you like a girl when I should have treated you like a warrior," Sokka said sadly. I felt sorry for him.
"I am a warrior," I said. Then I gave Sokka a kiss on the cheek. "But I'm a girl too," I said. Sokka touched his cheek and blushed.
"Now get out of here! We'll hold them off!" I instructed. Sokka ran to Appa and Appa took off with Aang, Katara and Sokka. After I finished fighting the last Firebender, I turned sadly to the burning Kyoshi pole.
All of a sudden, the Unagi burst out of the water and sprayed water on the pole. I looked in curiosity and saw that Aang was riding it!
As I walked back to the dojo, I felt a sudden feeling of inspiration and I knew that Aang, Katara, and Sokka brought it to me.
I didn't put in a lot of the lines because I thought that they weren't really needed.
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