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The man blew a gust of air at his enemy, knocking him backwards. "I don't have time for this!" he yelled. He ran over, before the man could react, and slammed his head into the ground. "As the last common soldier from the Zhiming Assassin's, you should know that your cause is dead! Now, I have a wedding to get to, so if you don't mind, I think I'll just turn you over to our esteemed chief of police!" The man tossed his opponent to the side. He looked up to see a woman with black hair covering her eyes standing over him.
The woman spoke to her officers. "Chang, Soon, get take him back to headquarters. I don't want to miss Twinkle Toes' big day."
The man smiled at his friend. "Thanks for coming, Toph," he said.
"Well, come on, lazy brain! What are you waiting for? You have a wedding to get to!"
"Right, right," he replied. The man known as Aang twirled open his glider and flew away. The woman known as Toph extended her arm and shot a metal cable straight at a power line. She was then pulled up onto the cable and proceeded to ride on it. Aang flew as fast as he could. His bride would be furious of he was late for their wedding day. It was a beautiful day in Republic City, but that didn't matter now. The Avatar searched for the building where it was taking place, but could not find it. He searched all over, afraid that he had already flown past it. Then, he breathed a sigh of relief. He had finally found it. He swooped down and landed outside of the building. He ran inside, and already heard the organ playing. As he walked inside, he saw a man with a ponytail standing in front of the door.
"Just on time, buddy," he said.
"Sokka, you know there is no way I would miss this for anything in the world," Aang said to his best man.
"Alright, let's get in there before she shows up," said Sokka.
"Good idea, snoozles," said Toph as she walked in. The three of them walked in and proceeded down the aisle until they all stood in their respective spots. Just seconds after they arrived, the doors opened again, and two people entered the room. One of them was an old man with Water Tribe dreadlocks, and the other was a beautiful, young woman with blue eyes, brown hair, and a Water Tribe betrothal necklace around her neck. Everyone stood up and watched them walk down the aisle. Aang was stunned by the beauty of his soon-to-be wife. The white dress she wore was stunning, and she, herself, was gorgeous. Her father, the man known as Chief Hakoda, let go of her arm and sat down in the front row of seats. He looked so happy to see his daughter getting married, yet so sad to let her go. The woman walked up and faced Aang, with Toph, another young woman with auburn hair, and another young woman with black hair on her left, and with Sokka and a young man with a scar on Aang's right. Finally, the organ player stopped and everyone was seated.
A man with a long, gray beard and a large gut approached Aang and his bride. "Dearly beloved," spoke the former General Iroh. "We are gathered here today to unite these two in holy matrimony. Let us give thanks for the life they will soon share, and pray to the spirits that they will have love everlasting." Iroh turned to Aang. "Do you, Avatar Aang, take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?"
"I do," Aang replied.
Iroh turned to the bride. "And do you, Katara of the Water Tribe, take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband?"
The woman known as Katara looked at Aang in the eyes. "I do," she replied.
"I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride." Iroh said to Aang.
Aang moved in on Katara and the two embraced in a very passionate kiss. After it was over, everyone started clapping. Nothing could ruin this day. Aang thought. Katara grabbed the bouquet of flowers and tossed it into the air. Two of the bridesmaids ran for it, hoping to catch it. Toph blew her hair out of her face and walked away. "You two are so-" she started. Just then, the bouquet of flowers landed in her hands. Toph's expression was one of shock. Her friends covered their mouths with their hands, trying not to laugh.
"Well, well, it looks like Toph is getting hitched soon!" Sokka joked. From Sokka's shoulder, the lemur known as Momo chattered in excitement.
"Both of you shut it!" Toph retorted.
Aang and Katara walked over the auburn-haired bridesmaid. "Wow, I didn't think you would make it," said Katara. "Thanks, Suki."
The woman known as Suki smiled. "No problem, guys," she said. "I mean, did you really think I was going to miss your big day?"
The black-haired bridesmaid walked over to two people in the crowd. "Whenever Toph gets married, I swear, I am going to catch that bouquet before Suki," she said.
"I don't know, Ai," said a man with Water Tribe dreadlocks and a small beard. "I wouldn't be surprised if Suki and Sokka get married soon."
The woman known as Ai scoffed and remained silent.
"Are you serious, Bo?" asked a woman with long, black hair and a red dress. "Sokka doesn't have the guts to propose."
"That's a good point, Rong," said Ai.
"Whatever," said Bo.
"Congratulations, guys," said the scarred man.
"Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to make it, Zuko," said Aang.
"Hey, it's the least I could do for my old pals," said Zuko. The Fire Lord walked away into the crowd.
"This day couldn't possibly get any better than this," said Aang. Just then, a blast came through the window of the building. Everyone screamed and ducked at the sound of the blast. Everyone looked over with concern at the shattered window to see two men walk in.
"The time is now!" one of them shouted.
"Bai Lung has decreed it! After thousands of years of waiting, we shall rise!" shouted the other.
"What are you two talking about?" Zuko questioned.
"Silence, Fire Nation filth!" said one of them.
Aang stepped forward. He walked over towards the men and stared directly at them. "I don't think you realize that any further actions will have consequences," he said. "I don't want to hurt either of you. Stop this now!"
"You cannot stop us, Air Nomad filth!" shouted the other man. "You are the last of your kind, and we will see to it that your kind is exterminated for good, unlike the numerous pieces of Fire Nation and Dark Society filth who have failed to do so!" The man released a blast of energy into the room that was nearly blinding. It was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. Aang sprinted towards the two men, who were not retreating. As soon as he reached the window, a woman jumped down and zapped the Avatar with another energy beam. The Avatar felt a horrible sensation of pain as he was shocked by this beam. Suddenly, Aang remembered he had felt a similar feeling before. The woman was knocked down by a blast of water hurled by Katara, and was then knocked unconscious by Sokka's boomerang. The other two saw that they were outnumbered and fled. Aang quickly recovered and pursued the two men. As he followed, one of them shot another energy beam at Aang, but the Avatar dodged it this time and continued after them. He jumped up in the air, spun around, and sent an Airbending slice in his opponents' direction. It nailed the two of them from behind, and they fell to the ground.
"No offense, fellas, but if your plan was to somehow murder me, you should have brought some more backup."
Suddenly, the two men got back up and took their attack stances. They shot two more beams, but Aang dodged them. He trapped one of them men with restraints made of earth, and quickly stopped the other one in the same way. He walked over to them and touched one of the men's foreheads. Everything glowed brightly for an instant, and then everything returned to normal. He repeated the same technique on the other man. He freed the two, both of whom attempted to bend once again. "W-what did you do to us?" one of them asked.
"I took away your bending forever," Aang replied.
At that instant, everyone else came running to the scene, and Toph started shouting orders to her officers. "Officers Ho-Tun, Penga, and The Dark One, arrest them!" The three officers grabbed the two men and already had the one woman with them. They then carried them away.
"Man, I hate wedding crashers," said The Dark One. "But, in a way, they are balancing out the immense joys in our lives with immense sorrow."
"See?! I told you guys there was going to be doom today!" said Ho-Tun.
"I can't decide which doom is worse," said Penga. "Listening to Moochie's poetry or having to run in these otherwise wonderful shoes."
"Cut the chatter and get moving!" ordered Toph.
"Yes, esteemed chief of police Toph!" all three said in unison.
Aang watched the three of them taken away. He was wondering to himself what in the world they were bending. Katara noticed the look on her husband's face and knew what it meant. "Hey, Aang, is everything okay?" she asked.
"Did you see what those guys were shooting out of their hands?" he asked. "That wasn't normal bending."
"That only shows how stupid and ignorant you are, Air Nomad filth!" shouted one of the men. "Our bending is the most natural of all! Soon, you shall all face the wrath of Bai Lung and the Light Clan! The prophecy has foretold it!"
Just then, Suki's eyes widened, as did Bo's and Rong's. "What did you just say?" asked Suki.
"The prophecy has foretold it! Although the conqueror has fallen, a warrior of light will arise and dominate every weakling in his path!" These were the last words he spoke as he and the others were taken away.
Aang looked over at his friend. "Suki, what does that mean?" he asked.
Suki turned to face her friend. "Ever since we moved here, I've been doing some research with the other warriors," she started.
"If you ask me, you've turned the Kyoshi Warriors into a black ops group," said Sokka.
"Let me finish, Sokka," Suki requested. "I've told Bo and Rong this, since we all found out about the prophecy together during our time fighting Tai Kun: the prophecy foretells the rise of a fifth nation that was thought to be extinct thousands of years ago known as the Light Clan. It says although the conqueror has fallen, a warrior of the Light Clan will rise and destroy all those who are weak, wreaking havoc on the four nations. We aren't sure which conqueror it is referring to, but we have determined it is definitely not Chin."
"So, does that mean Tai Kun was insane?" asked Ai.
"It means he misread the prophecy," said Rong. "He always said 'might' instead of 'light', and it was written by Chin's son, so being a direct descendant of Chin, he probably thought that was what it meant."
"But what were they bending?" Aang asked. Suddenly, his eyes and tattoos glowed and he froze. The next thing Aang knew, he was in the Spirit World. He saw the gargantuan face of the Lion Turtle in front of him. "The Lion Turtle," Aang said in amazement. He had not seen the great beast since his battle in the Yinghua Forest with Jun eleven years ago. "Why have you summoned me here?" Aang asked.
"To tell you about the power you have witnessed," the Lion Turtle responded. "It is a power you possess, but have not yet mastered: Lightbending."
"Lightbending?" Aang repeated. "I thought that could only be used to do what it did to Jun?"
"No, Aang. It is a much more deadly power than you realize. You must master this power and learn how to use it to end this ancient prophecy once and for all."
"But how? There isn't anyone to teach me Lightbending!"
"Goodbye, Aang, you will figure it out in time." The Lion Turtle vanished and Aang was quickly returned to the normal world.
"What was that, Aang?" asked Katara.
Aang waited a moment before responding. "There is a War brewing," he said. "And we are going to have to stop it."
"How?" asked Bo.
"By going into the light."
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