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Roku and lava
The Darkest Day: River of Fire
Chapter information
Series

The Water Tribes

Book

Two: The Oceans

Chapter

Five

Written by

WaterMasterFinn

Editor(s)

WaterMasterFinn

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The Darkest Day: The Green Spirit

THE WATER TRIBES

Book Two: The Oceans
Chapter Five

The Darkest Day: River of Fire

SOKKA

The ship slowly moved towards the edge of the shore. The rower put down the rows and stepped onto the docks. He tied his boat to the shore, thankful the long journey was over yet worried he wouldn't complete his mission.

"Thanks for the ride," Sokka said and walked away from the rowboat. The Green Spirit slowly walked off the docks as well, ready to reveal his presence.

Sokka made his way to the Tower of the Sun under the darkness of the Eclipse. He entered the building with no problem, having acquired identification before his travels. He made his way to the top of the tower quickly and knocked on a door.

It took a few minutes, but finally a girl answered the door. Sokka introduced himself as a cleaning service and was let in. He didn't stay very long, however. He merely checked around the rooms a few times, barely cleaning anything.

"Do you know what's going on with the sun?" the girl asked.

"Just an eclipse. You won't have an bending for a bit, but all will be fine!" Sokka answered, trying not to sound nervous. Finally he seemed rather happy with himself at the discover of something in the next room. He left in a hurry, without explanation.

Sokka left the Tower of the Sun with a knife in his bag, breathing easily now that he had completed his mission. It was an easy task, but to Sokka it seemed like any little thing could have prevented its success.

Sokka slipped into one of the large vents that circulated the tower. In the Winter, firebenders would blow fire through them to heat up the Tower. They served no purpose in the summer, so Sokka knew they were the prime place to hide.

He waited several minutes until he heard a commotion occurring. He peered through the hole at the top of the ceiling and looked down at the battle engaging.

Sokka swung out of the vent in the ceiling and whipped a chain of water at the cult member. Arielle was blasted and took a few steps back near a window. Sokka angrily walked up to the cult member and unfroze a bit of water from her chest. He proceeded to stab the woman in chest, letting the blood poor out on to the ice.

Kilo was left in shock at the brutal murder and quickly left the scene. Sokka kicked the frozen statue of the bleeding woman over the edge of the window ledge. He didn't bother watching her fall to her death; instead he took a deep breath and gazed at the nearby ocean.

A large stream of water came spiraling to Sokka. The water enveloped him, and pulled him back to the docks and his ship. He quickly made his way into his rowboat and began paddling away, hoping to meet his love one day soon. First, he needed to continue fulfilling his Master's plans.


ZYON

Zyon and Wato were the last two of the tribe traveling down the lava river when the eight minutes of the eclipse began. Once Kyla had revealed that it ran through the palace and the Tower of the Sun, they found a location further upstream of it. Omu was able to create large sheets of Earth that they would float down on.

Wato jumped off the block of rock and landed in a room cut out of the Earth. It was the very bottom floor of the tower. Zyon momentarily looked behind him at a strange noise. The wall burst open and a dragon flew right at him. It pushed him right off the rock and into the room, landing right on his body.

On top of the Dragon were Arielle, Tu Kon, and Akhatro. They quickly got off the dragon as it blew flames at the others. They quickly disappeared up the tower. The dragon continued fighting the members of the tribe and their allies.

Zyon was still on the ground from the Dragon's initial attack. Omu came running at him. Zyon couldn't talk, but looked in agony at Omu for help. The Earthbender dragged Zyon to nearby wall. He kicked the wall in and created a cave. Omu dragged Zyon into it and closed it off for protection. They were left in the dark.

"We're gonna need light," Omu commented. He reached out for a nearby wall facing the lava river. He punched it, and a block of earth ejected into the river, exposing the light of the lava into their cave. Zyon was bruised and bleeding, his face smashed in. His eyes were the only part of him that looked unharmed, yet they looked the most broken.

"Okay, you need help. I'll be right back," Omu said and left the firebender in his cave. Zyon could only think of his town, and his family that he left behind. What if they didn't find the Avatar? What if they were too late? Zyon was terrified his town would be left in peril forever.

The heat of the river bothered him, so he welcomed the nice cool breeze when it came. His eyes bolted open when he realized someone had entered the cave—an airbender.

Taizo looked around and then reached into Omu's bag. He grabbed something, nodded at Zyon, and quickly left.

Alone again, slowly fading out of consciousness. Zyon thought of his parents. He couldn't help but wonder if they were dead from the disease by now or still wandering around. Would they rejoice in the Spirit World, or would they be tragically separated.

As a scientist, Zyon didn't even know if he believed you come back into the Spirit World after death. But right now he thought he just might—and it bothered him he would be with his family ever again.

Omu returned to the cave without anyone else. He quickly sat down next to Zyon and grabbed his hand. Zyon looked directly at his eyes for some time before Omu looked back.

"Someone will be here soon to help you, Zyon. I promise," Omu said, with a quiver in his voice.

Zyon closed his eyes and held on tight to Omu's hand, waiting for help to arrive.


KILO

"How did you get this?" Kyla asked, staring at the pendant full of spirit water in her hand.

"After you left the Northern Water Tribe I found this in Mokolo's classroom. He was supposed to be my waterbending instructor." Kilo answered, looking at his own left hand.

"Thank you!" Kyla exclaimed and hid the pendant away.

"I figured we might need it someday. I think today is a good a day as any," Kilo said with a hint of somber in his voice. "We should go now."

They continued up the stairs of the passageway that led to the lava river. They were the first to go. Kilo grabbed onto Kyla's hand and quickly pulled her aside.

"Hey what are you doing!" Kyla yelled. A gust of wind fell over them. Kilo watched as Yinlo walked down the steps, intercepting the two Waterbenders. He smiled as he looked at each of them, one at a time.

"I've been expecting you," Yinlo sneered.

"I've been expecting you too," Kyla retorted.

"You have?" Kilo asked, surprised. He only knew of the mission set by Mokolo. The Avatar, whether Jong-Mu or the reincarnation, was in danger by the army of Creators.

"I'll tell you another time. Right now, you need to go. You have to stop the Creators," Kyla whispered to him.

"There's no use in running," Yinlo interjected. He began forming a small tornado in the stairwell.

"What do I do?" Kilo asked.

"There's a vent around the corner. Go in it. I've got this, I promise," Kyla persisted. Kilo darted for the vent as Kyla began distracting Yinlo. He felt guilty, but the Creators needed to be stopped.

Kilo exited the vent, ending up in a corridor. It was filled with guest rooms. He heard yelling come from one so he went to investigate. The door was open a crack. He peered through, while staying low to the ground. He recognized one of the voices immediately—Tu Kon.

"There is no other time than now!" he yelled. He appeared in Kilo's line of sight. Tu Kon was visibly angry.

"Something strange is going on, I'm telling you!" a woman objected.

"Get the sword. We're doing this," he quipped.

"If this plan fails and I die—the blood will be on your hands."

They stopped talking. Kilo was unsure as to why until he realized they were both staring at his head, now fully in the room.

"You. Get over here!" Tu Kon shouted and marched toward him. Kilo scrambled to get his head out and his body up. Just as he began to run, Tu Kon caught the back of his shirt.

"You. You were with the Waterbenders in our city," he asserted.

"I—I don't know what you're talking about," Kilo lied. Tu Kon put his hands to his temples and closed his eyes.

"Stop. I know you were there. I have seen you in my city and in the fires. You have seen the future. But you don't see it. Beware the angry moon and the wolf howls." Toko snapped out of his vision.

"I know your plan. We—We know your plan. We're all here to stop you," Kilo stuttered.

"Perfect," Tu Kon replied with an villainous grin. He proceeded to throw Kilo into their room. Kilo flew back and hit the opposite wall. It took a bit for him to catch his breath. His left hand rubbed his aching back. He used the ground to help push himself up and stand. He walked quickly over to the door, trying to ignore the pain. Kilo looked left and right out into the hall, but saw no one.

The staircase caught his eye and he quickly headed for them. As soon as he got on a platform connecting staircases he was met by Kyla.

"I found them, Kyla. But they've disappeared," Kilo informed her.

"He's dead!" she gasped and began crying hysterically.

"Who's dead?" Kilo questioned, confused and concerned.

"Your—your stupid—your stupid water! The healing water! What was in the healing water!?" Kyla screamed at him.

It was at that precise moment Kilo noticed the vent above them. "Kyla, run!" he pushed her away just as Tu Kon and Arielle dropped down from the ceiling.

"Just the girl I was looking for," Tu Kon said, and chased after Kyla. Arielle cut Kilo off from going after him.

"Fine, you want to fight? You're not going to do so well without fire," Kilo pointed out.

Kilo tossed a ball of ice at Arielle, knocking her to the ground. Kilo moved closer to her. Ariella hoisted herself up on her right arm, swinging her legs, and knocking Kilo over.

Sokka swung out of the vent in the ceiling and whipped a chain of water at the cult member. Arielle was blasted and took a few steps back near a window. Kilo was shocked to see him there, let alone attacking Arielle.

Sokka angrily walked up to the cult member and unfroze a bit of water from her chest. He proceeded to stab the woman in chest, letting the blood poor out on to the ice. Sokka kicked the frozen statue of the bleeding woman over the edge of the window ledge.

Kilo couldn't believe his eyes. A respected man of his tribe had just killed a woman in the most brutal way Kilo could have imagined. He was left on the ground in shock, unsure what to do next. It was a couple of minutes before he realized the eclipse was ending, and he was probably too late in helping Mokolo.

Kilo made his way to Lily's room, having previously agreed to meet Kyla there at the end of the mission. He knocked on the door and there was no answer. It was unlocked so he opened the door to see Lily standing in the window, staring at the black sun, with a leg stepping onto the air, as if it were an invisible step.

"NO!" Kilo quickly ran over to the window and grabbed Lily, pulling her down. Lily cried in his arms. Kilo said nothing, just sat in shock at the events of the day. He stared at the floor, wondering why she was about to jump. She stopped crying, prompting Kilo to release from the hug and look up. Past Lily he saw an unbearable sight.

In the doorway of the next room, Kyla was lying on the ground covered in blood.


OMU

Omu watched as the others climbed off their earth rafts out of the lava river. He decided to make sure everyone had gotten off safely. While waiting for Zyon and Wato, Omu noticed something across the river.

On the rock wall, a few rocks began to fall down. Then a tiny hole appeared. Omu peered into is, taking a few steps closer while making sure not to fall in the lava. For a brief second, he saw something green. A larger hole appeared, and Omu was sure he saw the Green Spirit. Then the wall completely burst open.

Omu took a few steps to the side as the dragon pushed Zyon off the rock and into the room. The dragon stopped to let Arielle, Tu Kon, and Akhatro off. They fled up the stairs of the tower. The dragon began snapping at Mokolo and Dakko. They started attacking it with whips of water.

Zyon was still on the ground from the Dragon's initial attack. Omu came running at him. Zyon couldn't talk, but looked in agony at Omu for help. The Earthbender dragged Zyon to nearby wall. He kicked the wall in and created a cave. Omu dragged Zyon into it and closed it off for protection. They were left in the dark.

"We're gonna need light," Omu commented. He reached out for a nearby wall facing the lava river. He punched it, and a block of earth ejected into the river, exposing the light of the lava into their cave. Zyon was bruised and bleeding, his face smashed in. His eyes were the only part of him that looked unharmed, yet they looked the most broken.

"Okay, you need help. I'll be right back," Omu said and left the firebender in his cave.

Omu quickly ran to the stairs looking for help. He was about two floors up when he started hearing screams from below. He hesitated for a second, and then ran back down. The closer he got, the more he was sure it was Wato. On the landing of the first floor he was stopped out of complete shock.

"Can dragons still breathe fire?" Omu asked himself. The dragon took a few steps at him. Its head then rose into the air and fire began to protrude from its mouth.

"That's a yes!" he screamed and rose his arms in the air. A sheet of Earth from below his feet rose into the air, blocking the stream of fire from hitting him. Omu fleed to the basement of the tower.

The room was completely dark. Omu slowly walked into the room, trying to figure out how it got so dark. He then realized his defense against the dragon must have blocked off the entrance to the lava river. He felt his way over to the wall where the river was. He lowered part of the wall he made bringing light into the room. He darted for where the cave was.

Omu returned to the cave without anyone else. He quickly sat down next to Zyon and grabbed his hand. Zyon looked directly at his eyes for some time. Omu couldn't look at him though. It took him a few minutes before he managed to say something.

"Someone will be here soon to help you, Zyon. I promise," Omu lied, a striking quiver was in his voice. He hated lying, particularly when someone was about to die.

Zyon closed his eyes and held on tight to Omu's hand, waiting for help to arrive. It wasn't long before Omu realized that Zyon was no longer squeezing his hand. Omu closed Zyon's eyes for him. There was no breath or heartbeat.

Omu gave himself a moment before he exited the cave, leaving the body behind in its own personal tomb. He entered the basement, looking around for any sign of Wato. There was a hallway on the opposite end of the room. He decided to explore it, until he noticed a barrel of water near the lava river. He looked into it, seeing his reflection. He frowned at himself and the events that just took place.


TAIZO

Taizo watched the waterbenders and their friends leave the lava river. He gazed at the large Dragon that burst through the wall. He watched his target move drag someone into a cave he made. Taizo continued to wait until finally the Earthbender emerged. He left the Firebender behind.

Darting out from the hallway as quickly as he could, Taizo went up to the wall where the cave was. He kicked the wall down using a gust of air to help him. His eyes darted around the room. A small bag was near Zyon. He reached inside and grabbed a small toy from it. He noticed Zyon staring at him, nodded, and then quickly left without saying a word.

Taizo entered the vents and used airbending to push himself up the shafts. He came down out of a ceiling vent to discover Kyla and Yinlo battling. Kyla was trying to blast Yinlo's feet with water and freeze it. Yinlo was using the air current in the stairwell to try and push her down the stairs.

"Taizo! Help!" she called out, hoping for the same sympathy she received in the Creator's city. Her eyes glistened as tears began to form. Her anger often led her to tears.

"Don't worry," Taizo said to the healer. He faced Yinlo, slowly winding his hands in a circular motion getting ready to attack.

"Taizo, what are you doing?" Yinlo asked.

"Being brilliant!" he responded. He created a tunnel of air, a small tornado of sorts, and threw it at Kyla.

"NO!" Kyla screamed, falling down the stairs, hitting each corner until she landed on the next platform. She could barely breathe and she was already showing bruises.

"I can't believe you didn't see this coming," Taizo chortled. Kyla looked up at him, her pain escaping from her eyes in a wildly horrific manner.

"Finish her off," Yinlo ordered. Taizo jerked his head up.

"We don't need to kill her. Let's just leave her. More pain," Taizo reasoned, trying to convince Yinlo not to murder her.

"You're so weak. I'll do it, get out of the way!" Yinlo hissed.

Yinlo shoved Taizo to the side, slamming him against the wall. He began directing the currents in the air to move Kyla's body to the window.

A strong gust of window left Yinlo unbalanced suddenly. He regained control and turned to Taizo. Taizo was in a defensive position, ready to throw another attack if need be.

"You're making a huge mistake!" Yinlo yelled. He rose his arms, getting ready to attack, when Taizo was hit with a large stone. It knocked him over, leaving him tumbling down the stairs, the rock following him. It landed right on top of his chest, crushing all his ribs.

Kyla looked up to see who had done this. All she could see was green. Could it really be? Had the Green Spirit just saved Yinlo? Yinlo fled up the stairs, the Green Spirit following him.

Kyla struggled to get herself up, still barely catching her breath. She was able to get up on her knees. The rock was sitting on Taizo, taking Kyla nearly five minutes to get off him in her condition. She took of the necklace of the Spirit Water Kilo had given her. Without so much a flick of her finger it swarmed around her hands and began to glow bright blue upon contact with the Airbender's body.

Taizo couldn't breathe. His heart was pounding as fast as a hummingowl. His thoughts scrambled from his last moments to the last moments he shared with his family. The last image of his son before his body collided with the cliffs. The way his wife was struggling to speak as she caught her breath after almost falling to her own death.

Taizo stared into Kyla's eyes. He wanted to speak, but he couldn't. He wanted to tell Kyla to find his wife and tell her that he still loved her—even after all this time.

"You're going to be fine, Taizo. Stay with me," Kyla pleaded. Taizo barely knew she was there. He continued thinking about his wife, and the way he was just attacked by the Green Spirit. He took in a deep breath, trying to give Kyla his message. Only one word finally managed to escape his mouth though.

"Wife."

"What? What are you trying to say?" Kyla begged for an answer. Taizo didn't respond. His eyes remained open, but the water stopped glowing. He took his last breath and passed away.


WATO

Zyon and Wato were the last two of the tribe traveling down the lava river when the eight minutes of the eclipse began. Once Kyla had revealed that it ran through the palace and the Tower of the Sun, they found a location further upstream of it. Omu was able to create large sheets of Earth that they would float down on.

Wato jumped off the block of rock and landed in a room cut out of the Earth. It was the very bottom floor of the tower. Wato quickly jumped aside from the incoming dragon entering the room. As the cult members escaped up the stairs, Wato was left with the dragon. Omu and Zyon had disappeared.

Wato stared at the dragon, right in its eyes. Neither blinked. The dragon stepped forward, continuing its gaze. Wato took a step back, unsure of what to do next. The dragon suddenly cocked its head up, as if it heard a noise. It used its long neck as a way to swing its head and slam into Wato's body. He flew into the lava river, just narrowly landing on a stalagmite with a flat top. It was big enough to hold himself and one other person. It was higher on one side than the other, blocking his view of the underground room.

Wato was knocked unconscious for a couple of minutes. When he came to he was in immense agony. Both of his legs were broken from the dragon's hit and the fall. The dragon had already disappeared up the tower by this point.

Wato began screaming out for Omu's help. The pain was unbearable. The heat from the lava wasn't helping either. It became clear to Wato that Omu wasn't coming.

And then someone did.

"Wato!" a familiar voice called out.

"Dad?" Wato screamed, surprised to hear his voice.

"Are you okay?" Latok asked.

"No! I think my legs are broken!" Wato replied, and then looked down at his legs. He could see his shin bone sticking out. It almost made him pass out again. "My legs are broken, Dad. I can't move! Help!"

Wato continued to cry in agony as his father bended water out from the barrel he brought. He created a bridge of ice of the lava and quickly ran over it, collecting the water from behind him so it didn't all evaporate. He walked onto the stalagmite, causing a large cracking sound.

"I think this is going down!" he screamed, terrified. Wato looked up at his father in pain and horror.

His father swung Wato over his shoulder and then recreated the ice bridge. Just as he was about to step foot onto it, a large wall of Earth came shooting up from the ground, blocking off the entrance to the underground room. The wall broke the ice bridge, causing it to fall into the lava and turn to steam.

Wato exchanged a long gaze with his father, both knowing what was about to happen.

"I love you, son."

"I love you too, Dad," Wato replied. They embraced each other as the rock slowly began descending. The two Waterbenders burned to death in the river of fire.



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