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Erica and Karoton meet with Arnook and Erica meets a new friend.

Welcome to the Northern Water Tribe

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 and Natsu were walking next to Karoton as the latter led them through the Palace. Erica was feeling nervous and kept going through her fictitious story in her mind; trying to fill any holes that were in it. They soon arrived at an impressive ice door; Erica swallowed nervously and Karoton put a hand on her shoulder looking into her face.

"Are you ready?" he asked

Erica took a deep, calming breath and nodded.

Karoton opened the door and they walked in, with Natsu standing protectively next to Erica.

The room was large, with a beautiful archway above a platform, and a large waterfall behind it. In the front row of the platform sat two people, one that looked like a monkey and another older man wearing a scowl. The second row had three people with a space between the first and second man, as though there was someone missing; Karoton bowed and Erica followed his example.

"Chief Arnook," Karoton began "this Erica, Palik's daughter."

The man, who resembled a monkey, eyes widened.


Chief Arnook

"Are you really Palik's daughter?" the man asked her

Gathering as much confidence into herself as possible, she answered:

"I am sir."

"Then welcome," said Arnook opening his arms wide "Does that mean Palik will be returning to the Northern Water Tribe?"

"Yes," said Erica ready with an answer "however I left before he did, and I had Natsu to speed along the process, so it could be some time before he arrives."

"Hmm," said Arnook thinking, "Well until he arrives we will need to appoint a guardian over you."

"My chief," said Karoton stepping forward "I would be willing to watch over her until Palik comes."

Everyone in the room was staring at Karoton with shock etched on their faces.

"Karoton," said Arnook looking closely at Karoton, as if to ensure it was he who spoke "are you sure?"

"Of course," said Karoton "Palik was a good friend of mine; I am more than happy to help his daughter."

"Oh...well then," said Arnook still wearing a surprised expression "If you are sure Karoton, then I suppose that it is settled. Erica, you will stay with Karoton until Palik arrives at the tribe."

Erica bowed

"Thank you Chief Arnook." she said

"Welcome to the Northern Water Tribe."


"I can't believe it worked," said Erica happily.

"We were very fortunate that no one else realized that you are the Phoenix," said Karoton.

After the discussion with Arnook, Erica and Karoton had gone back to his house while Natsu had gone to a stable to eat.

"How come you did?" Erica asked

"Well, Palik and I were best friends growing up and, because of that; I could tell you were not his daughter. So, after deducing this, and upon closer inspection, I realized that you must be the Phoenix," said Karoton.

"Waterbender and genius," said Erica.

"Well I don't see the two as relatively different," said Karoton.

"Explains why I haven't had any luck," said Erica miserably.

"We'll see," said Karoton "So tell me a little bit about yourself."

"Oh...well...let's see..." said Erica thinking where to begin.

"The truth would be welcome," said Karoton with a grin.

Erica gave him a playful scowl.

"Well, I was born in the main Fire Nation islands, but when my mom left, my father and I moved to the colonies," said Erica. "There he joined the circus, as the main animal trainer."

"Question," said Karoton. "How did your parents come up with the name Erica, it doesn't sound very Fire Nation."

"Well...they didn't," said Erica and Karoton gave her a quizzical look. "Well my mom might have given me a name, but I never learned it and my dad always just referred to me as 'girl'. So I heard the name Erica, liked it and kept it."

"That is...interesting," said Karoton.

"Ya well, what are you going to do," said Erica.

"Karoton?" a female voice asked from behind them.

Erica and Karoton turned toward the doorway, where a woman in her thirties was standing.

"Oh Karea," said Karoton. "Come in."

The woman named Karea gave Erica a smile.

"I heard you got a new roommate." she said

"I've only been here about twenty minutes," said Erica shocked.

"Things never stay secret for long around here." Karoton said to Erica


"So, what is your name?" Karea asked


"Nice to meet you Erica." she said shaking Erica's hand "You know I think you are about the same age as my son. You should meet him, Tokuda!"



When she said this a boy entered the house, he had short brown hair with two long strands of hair that had beads on the end. He had blue eyes and, when Erica met them, her heart began beating rather fast, and she felt as though someone had squeezed all the air from her lungs.

She was so preoccupied with his overall appearance that she didn't notice how, when he saw her, his face turned scarlet and his jaw open slightly.

"Its's nice to meet you." he said offering his hand.

"Likewise," said Erica, shaking it.

"Well I guess we better let Erica settle in, come on Tokuda," said Karea oblivious.

"It was nice meeting you." he said as his mother led him away.

"Same to you," said Erica, waving.

Karoton looked at Erica then gave a small laugh.

"What?" she asked him.

"Nothing." he said as he walked away "Here."

He threw Erica a thick coat.

"Put this on," he said. "I don't know how you aren't frozen."

"Simple, my inner flame keeps me warm," said Erica.

"Well, for the purpose of assuring others that you are a normal girl, you should wear it," said Karoton.

Erica nodded and put on the coat. It was several sizes too big and it hung on the ground.

"We will have to get you a new one." Karoton observed, "Now come on, let's go."

Karoton led Erica deep into the icy mountains behind the Northern Water Tribe; they traveled for several minutes before they arrived at their destination.

"Wow," said Erica in awe of their surroundings.

They had arrived in an icy valley, it was wide, and the moon reflected off the ice causing the entire area to shine and twinkle, waves were moving back and forth against the edge of the ice.

"This area is secluded enough so I can teach you Waterbending, and no one will be able to find us," said Karoton.

"It is beautiful."

"It is that two." said Karoton "Now." he said after a moment clapping his hands once as he spoke and turning to face her. "Are you ready to begin your Waterbending training?"

A grin spread across Erica's face.

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