PrologueThe Next Generation: Cold Fire and Shadows: Prologue
He looked over at Kya, who was frowning sadly, and called, "Kya!" She looked over at him with big eyes, and he opened his arm to her. "You're family too, remember?" His daughter gave a small smile and crawled into the embrace. He looked at his family. "I love you; all four of you."
Kya looked up. "We love you too, Daddy." He kissed her forehead, and they sat that way until the sun went down, ending another day. Katara and Aang can't help but think of the events that lead to where they sat now; all the danger and trauma, romance and drama. Everything lead to this peaceful moment in time, a bubble of calm that remained unbroken. All because they had started as High School Sweethearts, with hearts pure and faith endless. Love conquered hate, and peace was once again present.
Or so they thought...
Ten Years Later
The place was the size of a football field, rectangular in shape, and made of strong metal. An
High School Sweethearts: EpilogueEpilogue
High School passed on without incident, and what Toph had said was true; it was about two years before people started treating Aang and his friends like normal, although they still showed respect and happiness to the young heroes who had saved the world. News on the TV and in the newspapers had told of the take down of every Black Mamba agent to ever exist, and how the Benders were put into special cells made to neutralize their powers. It had also told of the young heroes and how they had accomplished what they did.
Suki told her mother about what had happened, every last detail, and they had cried together, sad of the events but glad to hear that peace had been restored. Mai's parents saw the news, and her father had to admit that he had been wrong about Zuko, and they told her that they were very proud of what she and her friends had accomplished.
Graduations took place. Zuko and Mai went first, having
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When Toph got the call, hope surged through her at the thought of her best friend among the living. As soon as her mother had gone, she calls her friends, still a little baffled. Sokka was first, and she had to whisper/yell for him to be quiet. She should start calling him loud mouth. He didn't need a phone; he had his voice.
Sokka told her that he'll call Suki, so Toph called Zuko, and he was happy to learn of his friend's survival. He was at Mai's place, so that saved Toph some time. Afterward, she lay in her bed, heart pounding like a drum. Katara was alive! Tears of joy slipped from her green eyes at the thought. They are going to stay together; her family was whole again.
Toph turned on her side and thought of everything that led to this moment. Who knew that fate had brought them together? It was too good to be true. She had found friends that know who she was, and saw in her the being she could be
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While Jet and On Ji talked, Aang explained that Katara's heart had stopped beating for about three hours, and how the doctor had wanted to remove the IV; but Aang hadn't let him, hoping against hope that Katara would live. He also explained about what had happened to the dark eyed teenager, saying that he was going to live. Katara can tell from the way her boyfriend talked that he felt guilty for hurting Jet in the first place. Aang doesn't like hurting people, and knowing that he had almost taken someone's life ate at him. He had been raised to respect life, not destroy it.
Aang had stopped by Jet's room after the dark eyed teen had surgery. "I was on my way back here after getting something to drink when I heard muttering. Out of curiosity, I had walked into the room quietly, where the noise was coming from, and saw Jet lying there asleep. He looked almost... fragile. I was about to leave when I heard him whisper, 'I'
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White. All the person saw was white, brighter than anything they had ever seen, and strangely warm like a comforting hug. Where were they? Was this Heaven, the place where stories are told about? A magical place where good people go after fulfilling their lives, becoming immortal angels to watch over the mortals go about their daily lives? Then where was that strange beeping coming from? The person didn't know, but they didn't care. For once they felt at peace, like nothing could touch them, let alone harm them.
Was it their imagination, or was the light dimming as they watched? The person tried to call out for the peaceful light to come back, but they couldn't move, much less open their mouth. The beeping grew louder, a steady beat like that of a drum. Yet it also sounded like it was underwater. The person took a shaky breath and shuddered a little. The beeping became higher in pitch.
Then blue eyes ope
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Aang whirled away from Jet while simultaneously bringing his staff to angle from his body, its tip pointing at the older boy. Jet snarled and charged again, malice evident on his face and body language. The Airbender waited before swinging his staff at an angle, wind following its movement and knocking Jet off his feet. He was up in seconds. They circled each other, trying to find a weak spot in their imaginative armor.
Katara watched with a kind of fascinated horror. Their skills were almost beautiful, like a kind of dangerous dance. However, she hated the feeling of being so helpless when her boyfriend was risking his life to save hers. If only she had some water, or a kind of liquid to help her cut the ropes that kept her in place. Wait a minute... Her senses started throbbing like they had always done when water was around.
She looked around, and saw the barrels again. Her sense tingled again. It was
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Aang was panicking big time. Katara had just told him of the reduced time they had at saving her from death. He told his friends over the walkie talkie what he had just heard, and everyone was feeling the panic as he was, though they were good at hiding it. He ran a hand through his hair more upset than ever. Aang was terrified. How were they going to get there in time?
Fortunately, his soul was still tugging him in the right direction, and the traffic had dwindled considerably. Now they moved at a much swifter speed. But time was running out. It was close to sunset. They had at least another hour before Katara was taken from them forever.
When they came to a building about twenty or so minutes later, Aang's heart sped faster and his soul sang at him in a stronger note. His eyes widened and he said, "Sokka, stop!"
He did so, and the others behind them s
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They sat in Aang's room, Suki looking at his computer trying to find abandoned warehouses downtown. It was slow going. There were at least twenty of them on the map, about twelve that actually worked. The other eight were scattered around the place. Suki studied the map intently, wondering if there was anything that could help narrow the search. But her mind came up blank. She looked at Aang, who was pacing across the room. "Did she say anything else that might help us?"
He kept pacing as he answered. "All she said was there were new crates. That's not going to help us. They wouldn't leave things like that out for people to question." He stopped and sighed, fatigue coming down hard on him. Aang had not realized how tired he was. To Suki's eyes he looked as if he had aged again. It broke her heart to see him like this. Katara wouldn't let him stay up any longer if she was here.
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For the rest of the week, everything was peaceful. Nobody bothered Aang or his friends all that week, and maybe things were actually starting to get better for them and the surrounding civilians. Friday came much faster than anyone had thought was possible. When the final bell rang, Aang, Katara, Sokka, Suki, Toph, Mai, and Zuko went out to the mall again. They enjoyed being there since there was still so much to see and experience.
Afterwards the Gang went their separate ways to get ready for their own plans and dates. Aang, Sokka, and Katara went back to Aang's house to drop him off. When they got there, he got out of the backseat and said to Katara, "I'll see you soon, sweetie." Just as he was about to close the door her hand shot out and grasped his before he could straighten up. He looked at her curiously.
She said, "Are you sure it's such a good idea to split up, Aang?"