Post by ~*~WhItEsHeEp~*~ on Nov 3, 2008 19:47:29 GMT -5
Finally, after me sister deleted it, heres is ch. 3
"don't forget who you are." I lay Zuko back down, and turn unwillingly towards the door, pulling up my hood, the sound of my tears pattering against the cloth. I enter the doorway, and turn my head enough to see his sleeping form, but my sight is overcome by tears once more. "I promise I shall come back for you, no matter the cost. I will always love you, my son." It's barely a whisper, I can almost not even hear my own voice, and was sure that he couldn't hear it either. But it was still said and lingered in the air around him, and it would linger there till my return. I walk through the palace halls of the living quarters, hacening my pace,hoping the midnight guard had already passed here. Finally, the safety of the garden door, moonlight dazzling the moonflowers and vines over the doorway, was in my midst. I slowed down, hoping knowone had decided to come here tonight, for I should have been gone this morning. As I came to the safety of the moonlight, a chill came over me, and a shape flowed from the darkness to stand behind me. I turned to face him as he spoke, "Ursa", my name was poison on his tongue," You seem to be were you shouldn't, and it seems that sadly it was I and not the guard who found you. You know the penalty for not doing as your told," he brought up his hand and formed a menacing flame that iluminated his granite face, " of course, I guess I can let my own wife pass, can't I?" He came closer as if to embrece me, but stopped a few inches away. Glaring into his eyes with as much hate and understanding as I could, I tried to silently reason with him, but my silent cries fell broken to the floor as they touched his skin. Sadly, for all the pain, suffering, and unforgiveness he had wrought, I still loved him. " I was on my way. I am very sorry I have missed my deadline, but I had wantedto finish a few things, I hope that's alright with you." He laughed at me after that, then looked at me with his fierce eyes. "Of course, you forgot to say goodbye to your own husband, yet enable the ability to bid farewell to that born a misfortune son of yours. I see something wrong with that, especially since I'm unsure if you bid farewell to hyour daghter, as well." "I ran out of ti..." He cut me off, " Oh, of course, your supposed to be on your way aren't you." He gave an insolent smirk. "But, before you go, let me tell you how you new status works. If I or any fire nation citizen see in this land, they shall bring you to me, and I will give a lifetime of torture." I turned and stared for the door, but his voice followed me out, an unwanted ghost screeching in my ears. "But, ifyou even think about come anywere near that acursed son of yours, not only shall your punichment highten, but lets just say it won't be good for the boy either..."
Ursa's eyes fluttered open, slow and heavy from sleep. She sat up and looked to her closet, knowing that no matter how many sleepless night she had, sh still had a jpb to do. She slipped her feet into some shoes, and half-heartedly walked toward the closet to get her robe. "I'll feel awake after a cup fo genseng." She walked to the stove and set a tea kettle full of water over a small fire.
After her tea, Ursa went to the infirmary at the front of the building. At the back was her living quarters, a small room made up of a bed, a stove, and a bathroom. At the front was were she worked, which was mainly the room she called the infirmary, a room full of 8 beds, 4 on each side of the room. She hadn't seen many wounded soldiers lately, so the only patient she had that morning was a young woman named Shi, round and looking as if she was going to burst, her child only a few days away. After giving Shi her usual daily checkup, she said farewell and started for the library. The library was the last room in the house, full of shelves. A couple of the shelves were filled with medical books, of course, and the rest were filled with herbs and creams made from herbs. " Time for my weekly checklist." She grabbed a writing brush and a piece of paper and began to tally up the herbs she had until finally ending at a herb named comfrey. She noticed she was out of all but a small pile of winter herbs. "It might be summer, but the best time to picks these kinds of herbs is now. And it shall give them time to dry." she thought aloud as she threw on her traveling cloak and grabbed her herb basket, and finally went through the door.
" Hello, Jiao Lan, how's our medicine lady today?" Many people in town acknowledged her with a smile or polite words as she walked by, using her new identity. None fo the inhabitants of You Jing knew of her past, all they know was 8 years ago they were blaessed with a caring woman who became their medicine woman, and that was enough information for them. You Jing was a very small, and practically hidden village of about 50. Being in the Earth Kingdom, and almost covered over by vines and the remnants of an ancient wall, much like a minature of the great wall of Ba Sing Se, it made a perfect and very far away enough spot for Ursa to leep from being pulled back to her true wants. Another positive was the traffic area around the town. You Jing only saw a visitor maybe every other month, if ever, which meant she could also keep away form the fury adn sadnws of the war and any fire nation soldiers, or any fire nation anything at that. Now a days, the only visitors they got were earth kingdom soldiers, half-starved and half-dead. Ursa had not seen any in almost 3 months now, which was a good sign, but also odd. Thinking of this as she walked through the ivy tunnel that lead out of the village, it gave her an excided and jumpy feeling, as if something dark had been washed from the earth. She shook the feeling off, and went on looking for her herbs, hoping to fill her basket. As she came over a hill towards her favourite spot to retrieve some clover bulbs, a squawk-snort and the shuffle fo lare, tire feet stapped her at the top of the hill.
An ostrichhorse, embellished with battle worn and blood stained armor cam into sight, barely able to stand, let alone walk, it's tongue swallen and hanging numb from ti's beak, hoping that water would come and bring it to life again. A just as exuasted earth kingdom soldier sat barely san atop the ostrichhorse, a large bundle of green cloth and brown metal, splattered with dry blood, lay in his lap. The soldier lifted his head slowly, and caught sight of her, his eyes overwhelmed with hope, a tiny spark of life leaping back into them. "Please, my brother is fatally wounded, and I am unsure of how long he has left. I've been searching for over what seems like a month for anyone to help us..." Using his last bit of strength to speak, his body fell forward in exhaustion, and laid there against the ostrichhorse's neck. "Don't worry." Ursa sprang down teh hill, grabbed the reains, and urged the ostrichhorse into a run towards the village.
Post by ~*~WhItEsHeEp~*~ on Nov 30, 2008 17:35:45 GMT -5
Lu Ten's eyes opened to darkness. He was blind, as usual, but he was not deaf, not dumb. The ringing of a voice, a comforting and well known, but also a new and unsure sound, shot through the darkness, and with it something rapping around his waist. A hug. "and how is my son the Luitenant today?" My laughter came quickly, as if it was something I was always hearing this voice say. "Hello there general, ready to set off towards victory?" A clacking noise started, and it seemed as if we were walking. "We have almost and hour till departure, how about a nice peaceful moment sitting under the shade of a tree near the turtleduck pond? I'm sure your cousins are there, no doupt hoping for their great Lu Ten to bid them farewell." His arm unwrapped form my waist, and it sounded as if he was walking farther left then I was. My footsteps stopped. " Father, we have no time for playing around with ducklings and children, we have to be ready for battle as soon as we set foot in the earth kingdom, and I plan to stay in the right mind as of now." The general's footsteps stopped after this. "You are always so serious, you certainly get that from your mother. Fine, if you dont want to do that, then we shall go have a cup of jasmine, how does that sound?" There was a sound of triumphant in his voice, and with both began to laugh. "You know I can never say no to a cup of tea. You always get me with my weakness, don't you?" "Let's hope those earth kingdom soldiers don't figure it out, or your a goner!" Our laughter and footsteps began to leave my hearing, and then there was nothing but the darkness... "Lu Ten, it's almost lunch, you should probably wake up now." Lu Ten woke to Tai Feng's voice, his eyes fluttering open, and then He was blinded by the sun. The opening above his bed, which they referred to as a "window", was a bright, yellow, blinding light. "Ahhh, my eyes!" Lu Ten jumped up, bumped into Tai Feng, and almost his the floor. Tai feng caught him with a small gust of wind and hoisted him back up. " The one of the clumsiest people I've ever seen. If it weren't for me you'd probably already fallen down a crevice or been eaten by a cliff crawler by now." He glared at her, and she smirked at him. Then Lu Ten, realizing that the sun never shown through the window when he woke up, noticed how late he was actually getting up. He rushed to his "closet", a cubby hole some earthbenders had carved into the wall, Tai Feng watching him, silently laughing as he hurried through his clothes. "Why did you wake me up so late? It's over two hours later than usual, and you know how I hate not to be on a set schedule!" He threw on his training clothes, and turned to look at her. She giggled abit, then walked toward him, wrapping her arm around him, "Why does everything have to be so set and serious for you all the time? Just set back and have some random fun every once in a while. So I woke you up 2 hours later then usual, and on your off day! Oh no!" He glared at her, and again she gave him her usual joking smile. He kissed her on the forhead. "Well, at least we can still practice. How else will I be able to beat you in the tournament if I don't practice." "We'll see about that." She poked him in the ribs, then sat on the bed, grabbing her training clothes from under it.
As she started to dress, she noticed how quiet he had become. "Are you still here?" He stood in the doorway, looking out into the hallway, watching as everyone went with the usual afternoon duties." You have questions, don't you?" Tai Feng turned to look at him, but his back was to her. "You know me to well", he was still staring blankly down the hallway, "I was just wondering, why did you wake me up so late?" He already new the answer, but still he asked. "You do know what today is right?" "No,is it something special?" He lied, still not staring at her, knowing she would be able to read the lie from his face. " Today marks the 10th year anniversary of the elders saving and bringing you here. I thought I'd let you have a day of rest and relaxation, but you seemed so disturbed in your sleep that I decided to wake you." He looked towards her now, understanding and annoyance on his face. "I asumed you were having another memory dream. Any new ones?" She looked at him hopefully. "The same as usual. I don't see why your still so hopeful of me finding who I was, because I have given up." He looked to the ground. "why? You don't want your life back?" He looked back at her. "And what's the use now? Now I have a new life, maybe even a better one then I had. Why do I need to find something lost long ago when I found something new now? there doesn't seem to be anything important in my old life anyways, or I would have remembered it. My life now is all that matters, so stop worrying about my past, because I'm done with the pain and disappointment." He walked out of the room, Tai Feng's eyes following him down the hall. "Lu Ten", she spoke to herself, staring down at her hands, "no matter how much you say theres nothing worth remembering, I know that it just a lie." She stared out the doorway again, "I know if you could, you'd do anything to find him." Then she went back to getting ready for training practice.
Tai feng started towards the hall that led to the training grounds, careful not to bump her head against any low salagtytes. "What if I'm not ready to leave?" Uh oh Tai Feng thought, sounds like their talking to him, better hurry before he loses his temper. She used a gust of wind to push herself towards their voices, falling right beside Lu Ten, his angry face adding suprise. "Heya, what's going on?" She waved at everyone, at if nothing was going on. "You just what's going on as you said." The elder, Monk Chu Yun, looked up at her, unhappy with her immature entrance. "Sorry, elder, I understand the seriousness of this discussion." She bowed, then looked to Lu Ten. He stared back, hurt and angry, "You new about this?" She started to speak, but he cut her off. "How could you know and not tell me? I'm not only going to have to leave the only life I remembering having, but I have to leave you! You can't come with me, they said they wouldn't allow it!" Tai Feng choked back tears, not ready to shed them yet. "I am sorry, but I wasn't ready for you to leave yet, but it seems that elder does not think this." Lu Ten glared at Chu Yun again, but it didn't seem to even phase him. "I have just sent someone to bring the news to your father, so he shall be ready for your homecoming." Lu Ten's anger seeped away when he heard this. "my...fath...er..." Tai Feng grabbed his hand, "Come on, you don't have to leave until the morning." She pulled him down the hallway, her saddness and his mix of emotions and betrayal kept them quiet on the way to their room. As they came into the room, they got ready for bed, and lay down, no one speaking a word.
"Get up, hurry!" Tai Feng's voice yet again waking him. "What the..." He opened his eyes, the only light coming from a lantern Tai Feng held in one hand, the other holding a small bundle. "Get dressed, we're leaving." Lu Ten looked up at her. "we?" She smiled at him, "Now hurry sleepy head!" He jumped up, happiness flowing through his body. "You never were good at following the rules." She gave him another of her smirks, and ran out the door, Lu Ten following close behind.
Post by ~*~WhItEsHeEp~*~ on Mar 18, 2009 2:09:03 GMT -5
After months of waiting, and me being lazy lol, the 5th chapter is finally here. Here is the 2nd chapter of Iroh.
Iroh looked out the window as he stopped the tea from overflowing on the stove, checking to see the time from the sun. As he looked up into the sky, though, it wasn't the sun he saw, but a large white mound of fur flying by. He smiled, and, leaving the tea unfinished, went out the teashop door to watch as appa landed on a nearby hill.
He went back inside and started to clean off the tables, throwing trash away, and putting dirty dishes into the sink, when zuko and the others walked in. "And how are you today uncle?" Zuko asked as he came to give Iroh a hug. Zuko looked at him, worry on his face, when Iroh did not respond. Iroh looked over at the others, who were starting some argruement in a far corner of the shop. "Actually, I"m not sure. I heard something very important today." Zuko's face turned serious as he listened to his uncle's words. "A man came into the shop early this morning, and gave me some very unbelevable news. He told me that....." Iroh paused, and stared at the ground, zuko's face turned to worry again, ready to confort Iroh if need be. " What did he tell you uncle? Are you all right?" Iroh looked up at him, tears forming in his eyes. The others in the corner had grown quiet, and started for the door, feeling the seriousness of their converstation in the air. "...He told me the...Lu...Lu ten...you cousin is alive...." Iroh's voice grew softer as he spoke the words, Zuko could barely hear him. "Really?!?" Zuko's face turned into a joyful smile, " Well, did he tell you where to find him? Are you going to go find him? What are you going to do with the teashop?" Iroh's gaze stopped Zuko's questions. "Yes, the man did tell me where to find him. Or at least, he gave me a riddle. But I think I know the answer. I think the answer of where your cousin is lies in the Elemental caverns. I would like to go search for him as soon as possible, but I new it would not be wise to go off on my own at my age." Zuko looked at him, his eyes questioning. Iroh laughed. "I would like you to go with me, zuko. You and any of the others who might want to help with our journey." Zuko's face turned from happy to sad within seconds."Uncle, I would love to go with you to find Lu Ten, but I have many daily duties, and I can barely get out of the palace, let alone the fire nation, for a weekend. How am I going to be able to go on a journey with you that may take months?" Iroh's eyes glittered as he looked to the door, which Sokka and Aang had just walked through, Katara and suki trailing behind. Zuko stared over to where Iroh was looking, and understood what his idea was. Iroh and his nephew walked to the table the gang had just sat at. " Hey there, Iroh, got some tea for us?" Sokka asked, his goofy smile taking up most of his face. Zuko looked over at Sokka and Aang, and they immediately new something was up. "What is zuko?" "Is everything ok?" Sokka and Aang automatically asked. " My uncle and I have a very important journey we must take asap, and I need you and Aang to stay in the fire nation temporarily take over for me. Aang looked at him skeptically. "I get to be fire lord!!!! Sweet, I never thought this day would come!" Zuko held his head in his hand in annoyance. " Yep, I feel like your already doing a great job." "I don't know about thi Zuko. Maybe I should go with you..." Zuko cut him off. "No, it'd be better if you were in the fire nation with Sokka. Not only would they feel better if the avatar was there, but I don't think we could leave Sokka there alone without something bad happening." "Hey!" Sokka pouted as zuko finished his sentence. He looked over at katara, who was waterbending the tea in and out of her cup, a look of boredom on her face. " Katara." The tea spiled all over the table as Zuko caught her by suprise, then she gave a mean look at zuko, and waterbended it off the table and back into the cup. " I would like you to go with us. We might need you healing abilities on the way."" To bad Toph is visiting her parents, we could have really used her earthbending."
"So everyone understand what's going on?" 4 heads nodded in unisun. " Alright, then it's off to the fire nation." Iroh came out of the back with a pack, a sleeping bag, and a picture of his son. He looked at it, then to Zuko. " Right, to the fire nation, after I close my teashop of course."He sat his pack down, and wobbled back to the sink, where he started to wash the dishes, Zuko coming up to help.