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|We're Getting the Gaang Back Together!|
Chapter 11: We're Getting the Gaang Back Together!
Yun Zhen was stuffed. The meal had been delicious as well as entertaining; the Avatar and his friends had recounted their adventures. Needless to say, he had been impressed. But what puzzled him was how engrossed they'd been in his own story. It seemed like they considered what they had done normal while his journey was something new and exciting.
He paced the expanse of his quarters, supplied by a generous family willing to give him lodging. They had refused all thought of payment, however.
"We're happy to do our part for travelers, young man." The couple had told him. "You are welcome here." They had offered him the first floor accommodations.
"Enjoy your stay at Kyoshi Island."
His pacing ceased when he felt someone approach the house. Since it was late he moved to the door, not wanting the couple to be woken up. When he opened the door, Suki stood, hand raised. She quickly put it down and pulled Yun outside.
"We need to talk. Now." They walked to the village square. All the while Yun noted her straight posture and steady heartbeat. She was very good at holding her emotions at bay. When they reached the square, she turned and faced him.
"You need to apologize."
Yun raised an eyebrow. "What are you—?"
She held up a hand. "Not to me. To Ty Lee; your behavior during the feast was rude and uncalled for."
"What are you talking about?"
Suki intentionally moved in on his personal space. "You deliberately ignored her at every opportunity, and you wouldn't let her apologize!"
"Oh, I'm sorry." Yun rolled his eyes. "I didn't realize that I was supposed to be civil to someone who had a hand in almost getting me killed! Not to mention that they took Ba Sing Se for the Fire Nation!"
"She's left that life. She is different now." Suki folded her arms. "And she certainly doesn't need your attitude!"
Yun turned. "I'm going back to my room."
"You will apologize."
Yun spun back around. "Why do you even care?! What does it matter to you?"
Suki's eyes bore holes into his conscience. "Because she has already worked to condone for her actions during the war, because she is more upset than I've ever seen, and because you and I both know it is the right thing to do. All she wants is to be accepted, and you can't even swallow your pride and at least hear her out!" She walked away without another word.
Yun stood in the middle of the square, mouth open. "What did I do?" He cried after her. "This isn't my fault!" But in his heart, he knew that wasn't true.
Morning came too soon, as it always did, but Yun was woken up regardless by the smell of fried Ostrich Horse eggs. "I'm starving!" He said as he exited his room.
"That's good; because we have plenty to spare." The older woman smiled at him.
She was right; Yun had plenty to eat. When he had finished, he went to the square to get some fresh air. The sun had already risen, but it was still low. He breathed in the morning air and began his Earthbending exercises. He took his wide stance, set himself low to the ground, and began his breath control. Like Bumi taught him, and by extent, the badgermoles, he could feel the earth beneath. He could also feel under it.
He closed his eyes and began to practice his forms. His style relied on redirection of an opponent just before an attack in order to redirect the attack itself, although he had other ways of doing so. As he moved with the earth he felt her approach. He finished his form and stood. Still facing away from her.
"Hey..." Ty Lee began.
"I'm sorry." They both said in unison.
"What?" Ty Lee asked.
"I... I shouldn't have acted that way. It was uncalled for." He turned toward her and gave a weak smile. He also noticed her heartbeat again; it was quick. She was nervous. "I guess I need to learn that the Fire Nation isn't all bad. I...I made a mistake. I should've at least heard you out."
She moved toward him. "Why do you hate the Fire Nation?"
Yun gritted his teeth, but turned his face away to hide the gesture. "I guess my story is similar to many Earth Kingdom kids. The Fire Nation killed my parents."
She put a hand on his shoulder, which made him tense up. "I'm really sorry."
"Yeah, well... it wasn't your fault." She's one of those touchy-feely types. Great. He pulled away and walked back to his temporary lodgings.
"Wait, Yun... are you... you know..."
He looked back and gave a small smile. "We're good. Don't worry." If only it were that easy.
As he walked away, Ty Lee said under her breath, "But I do..."
At about noon Yun Zhen was invited to go down to the beach with Aang and his friends. He shrugged. "Why not?"
Sokka, Suki, Aang, and Katara were already in their swimming attire, but Yun didn't take long to join them. "Just watch out for the Unagi!" Aang warned. "And you'll be fine."Yun grinned. "I'll keep that in mind." He lay down on the beach, just enjoying the serenity. I could get used to this. He felt several more people coming, although they were fuzzy and hard to recognize, until he noticed that they were just the other Kyoshi Warriors. His moment of calm was ruined when a giant wave of water landed on him.
"What was that?!" he sputtered. He noticed Katara giving Aang a grin. Two can play at this game. He stood and felt the sand between his toes; it was malleable and wouldn't pain him to bend. He smiled and twisted his foot, reaching even to the bed of sand beneath the water. The sand was pulled toward him, and Aang was dragged under.
"Now we're even."
"Wrong target, Yun!" He realized too late that Katara was the culprit. Another wall of water surged toward him. He had only seconds. I hope this works. One thing the badgermoles had shown him was how to submerge oneself in the earth and move unseen. He hoped it worked with sand. He fell backwards and immersed himself in the beach, tunneling away from where the water had gone and emerging, ready to strike.
Katara's eyes widened, but she recovered and sent a water whip at Yun. He countered with a sand whip, surprisingly easy for him to create. While he was doing that, he used his feet to send sand up from the bottom to wrap around Katara, all the way up to her arms, restraining her. Unfortunately, Yun began to feel pressure in his head. The stress of maintaining the sand underwater was too great. A sharp pain came, and Yun released his control, dropping to the ground. Everyone stopped what they were doing as he struggled to stand, groaning in pain.
"Yun!" Ty Lee ran over and helped him sit upright. "Are you alright?"
Between breaths, Yun spoke. "Yeah... huh...I'm fine... ugh." He put his hand on his forehead; he was shaking.
Sokka and Suki came over. "We need to get him to a doctor." Suki said.
Yun held up his hand. "No... I'm fine." He stood shakily. "I just need to rest." He began to make his way back to the village.
Aang and Katara walked along the beach. Aang felt at peace, his hand in hers. "What happens after this? Will we head back to the Southern Water Tribe?"
She looked at the setting sun. "I don't know; maybe we can visit Zuko and Mai in the Fire Nation or go see Kuei and Bosco in Ba Sing Se."
"So many choices." He chuckled. "I'm just glad to be spending time with you."
She looked at him and smiled. "So am I."
Aang blushed but quickly pulled her in for a kiss. They stood there for what seemed like days before they pulled away from each other. The moment was lost when they heard the cry of a Messenger Hawk. It flew over their heads toward the village, and they both ran after it.
When they arrived, Suki had the paper out and was reading it. "It's from Zuko." She looked up. "He needs our help."
Aang stepped forward. "What does it say?""He wants us to come to Capitol Island. He says that there is a problem."
Aang looked at Katara and Sokka. "We need to grab Toph from Gaoling, but we need to know who all is coming."
Suki spoke. "I'm in."
"So am I." Ty Lee grinned.
"Alright," Aang looked at each of them. "Appa can't carry all of us, so Katara and I will grab Toph from Gaoling while Suki, Sokka, Ty Lee, and the other Kyoshi Warriors will sail straight for the Fire Nation Capitol."
Sokka interjected. "What about Yun?"
Aang looked around. "Oh, I almost forgot about him. Where is he?"
"He's probably still recovering from the attack." Sokka replied.
"Right, he can come with Aang and I to Gaoling if he wants." She knitted her brow. "Does he want to come?"
"We'll ask him tomorrow." Aang said.
- Just for those curious as to the title, it originated from a Blues Brothers line
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