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Erica begins her waterbending training with Karoton. She gets a tour of the Northern Water Tribe by Tokuda
Fire. Air. Earth. Water. Long ago, the Phoenix was created to help keep balance among the four nations by making sure the Avatar would not neglect his duties. However, almost a hundred years ago, the Fire Nation started the war and the Avatar disappeared along with the Phoenix. Now, as the Fire Nation comes ever closer to victory the Phoenix has reappeared and I truly believe that she can help restore the world to its formal self.
Erica was staring at the water watching it go up onto the ice and then back out to the sea.
In and out.
Back and forth.
Pushing and pulling.
"I've been starring at the water for hours when can I stop?" Erica asked Karoton, slightly irritated.
"You are a Firebender, the exact opposite of a Waterbender, you need to be completely reeducated," said Karoton as he paced behind her.
"How does staring at the water help with that?" Erica asked
"To be a Waterbender you must be able to understand how the water pushes and pulls alongside the moon," said Karoton.
"Is that why we are practicing at night?" Erica asked.
"That's part of the reason," said Karoton.
"So push and pull is that like feeling the life of fire, how it grows and shrinks?" Erica asked.
"No, the water's pushing and pulling relates to the flow of energy within ourselves," said Karoton "Waterbending is all about turning your opponents energy against them, it's defensive."
"Defensive, got it," said Erica.
"Now let's see what you can do," said Karoton. "Any amount of water you can move."
"Okay," said Erica to herself taking a deep breath. "Push and pull."
She looked at the moving water, took another deep breath, and then thrust an arm over the water.
"No, no, no," said Karoton, shaking his head. "Don't throw your arms above the water with so much force. Be gentle, watch this."
Karoton moved his arms in a wavelike motion and the water flipped over on itself and went out to sea.
"Wow," said Erica.
"Now it's your turn," Karoton said, turning to face her.
"Right," said Erica, she took a deep breath and copied the motion Karoton had made, but again nothing happened.
Karoton sighed and crossed his arms in front of his chest.
"We have a lot of work to do." he said
"I stink," said Erica bitterly as she walked into Karoton's house.
It was dawn and Erica had no luck in moving even a tiny drop of water, despite how hard she tried.
"It will just take time," said Karoton. "Benders can't be expected to master their element in one night."
"I was a master Firebender by the time I was seven," said Erica "It always came naturally to me."
"Which I think might be part of the problem," said Karoton.
"What are talking about?" Erica asked
"You learned Firebending so easily that you are getting frustrated at your lack of progress now," said Karoton. "Take a break, explore the tribe, just don't set anything on fire."
Erica stuck her tongue out at him as she exited the building.
Everyone was just starting to emerge for the day and despite her trying to look casual and blend in, everyone was staring at her. Just when Erica began thinking that she should turn around and head back to Karoton's house she felt a hand on her shoulder. Erica jumped and turned around, prepared to fight, when she recognized Tokuda.
"Oh Tokuda," said Erica a blush crossing her face.
"Hi Erica." he said, "I ummm saw you walking around all alone and was wondering if you might...maybe...like a tour?"
"I'd...I'd love one." she said smiling brightly
"Well then, let's go," said Tokuda happily.
The two walked all over the Northern Water Tribe with Tokuda introducing her to many of the people living there. Finally, they arrived at the palace and Tokuda began telling her some of the history of the Tribe. Then Erica noticed a girl staring at her with fascination. When the girl noticed that Erica had seen her, she walked over toward them.
"Who are you?" Erica asked, over Tokuda speaking.
The girl had white hair, blue eyes, and looked about the same age as Erica.
"I'm Yue, I heard about you and wanted to see if it was true." she said her eyes wide.
"If what was true?" Erica asked
"If you had white hair like me!" she said happily "And you do, I've always felt like I couldn't be the only one! And now I know I'm not."
"Oh, ya I guess not," said Erica slightly creped out.
"Oh hey Tokuda." Yue said casually
Tokuda said, "Hey," looking slightly crestfallen that Erica was no longer paying attention to him.
"So how are you enjoying the tribe?" Yue asked
"It beautiful," said Erica looking around.
"Is Tokuda showing you around?" Yue asked
"Ya he is my tour guide," said Erica blushing slightly.
"Well can I join you?" Yue asked, "I could get someone to ferry us around."
"Really?" Erica asked
"Well, we don't need someone," said Tokuda. "I can waterbend us around just fine."
"You're a Waterbender?" Erica asked amazed
"Yep," said Tokuda confidently. "Someday I am going to be the greatest Waterbender in the world."
"That is if you can ever get out of the beginning level classes," said Yue.
Tokuda looked down at the ground his face red.
"Karoton," said a voice from behind him.
Karoton turned around and saw the man wearing a scowl in the meeting yesterday.
"Hello Pakku," said Karoton. "Can I help you with something?"
"Yes, it's about that girl you took in," said Pakku.
"Erica? What about her?" asked Karoton.
"I'm not sure," said Pakku. "Something just feels off about her."
"You are so suspicious Pakku," said Karoton with a small laugh.
"She is not the only one who I am suspicious of." said Pakku
"What is that supposed to mean?" Karoton asked
"I'm just saying that ever since your wife and daughter..."
"Stop," said Karoton closing his eyes as though he was in pain.
"You've cut yourself off from the rest of the tribe, and now suddenly this girl shows up and you're willing to take her in without a second thought. I don't buy it," said Pakku.
"My reasons for helping her are none of your business." said Karoton walking up to Pakku with anger etched on his face "I think it's time you left."
Pakku turned around and walked to the doorway then turned to face Karoton again.
"Just be careful Karoton, don't throw away everything you have here for this girl."
With that, Pakku walked away leaving Karoton alone.
Erica, Yue, and Tokuda were sitting on the outer wall of the tribe looking out to the sea as the sun set. For the first time in her life, Erica truly felt at peace.
|Avatar: The Legend of the Phoenix|
|Book One: Water 水|
|The Beginning ♦ Heading Out ♦ Remembering ♦ Past Mistakes ♦ A Friend ♦ An Enemy ♦ The Ship at Sea ♦ Karoton ♦ Welcome to the Northern Water Tribe ♦ Waterbending ♦ Pets and Orders ♦ Blast From the Past: Part One ♦ Blast From the Past: Part Two|
|Book 2: Spirit 精神|
|The Living, The Dead, and the In-Between ♦ The Face Stealer ♦ The Crocodile Hunter ♦ The Elephant in the Room ♦ The Library|
|Avatar: The Legend of the Phoenix Characters|
|Roku •• • • • •|
|Palik • Zuko • Iroh • Shyu • General Hazma • Yue|
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