Author: SoundsOfRain8 PM
Three sisters find themselves stuck in the Avatar world! They get split up and find themselves befriending people they didn't even think could exist. Home sounds so far away...but do they even want to go back? rated T just in caseRated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 11 - Words: 22,632 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 08-23-10 - Published: 06-29-08 - Status: Complete - id: 4358221
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(A/N: Sorry I'm posting this now! This is the last chapter. Just finished writing the rest up. Thank you all for reading my story and commenting It means a lot. And thanks to Thomas Drovin, who commented on every chapter! :D Thanks again everyone. That's all for now, here's the chapter )
"Oh no, we fell asleep!" Sky panicked as she bolted up right. "Wait… a forest? That doesn't make any… YES!" Sky ran in the first promising direction she could find. "Yes, yes, yes!" A minute later she found a little circle of ground that wasn't covered in trees, but tripped with a loud thud, grumbling to herself for her clumsiness… then she heard an odd animal's sounds in her presence. "Those rhino things? But who's are they?"
"They're ours, Sky." A long time voice said in a slight monotone. Beside her though was followed by a squeal and light footsteps coming near her that put her to her feet.
"Welcome back! I can't believe it!" The pink girl giggled ecstatically.
Sky grinned widely and hugged the girl. "Ty Lee! I can't believe it's you!"
"Well of course it's me! I like that dress." She said lifting part of Sky's skirt.
Sky only grumbled. "Yeah, well you can have it."
Ty Lee looked pleased with this thought, but asked her long lost friend a question. "So where have you been all this time?"
She smiled again and moved her black hair out of her face. "On a long trip, but I'm back now."
Will gasped as she felt a strong force pushing against her body, and screamed with fear when she opened her eyes to see her falling through the air. She tried to yell, but the force of gravity was too strong and she lost her breath. When she began to see the shapes of the trees below and thought she was going to fall to her death, an animal's grumble swooped down under her and she fell onto something stiff.
"What the—hey, what do you think you're—wait, aren't you—," The boy in blue was interrupted when a pair of arms wrapped around her tightly.
"Will, you're back! We thought you were gone for sure!"
It was Aang, who looked exactly the same as he had the last time the young girl had seen him, but had slightly older features to him. The grinning boy stopped hugging her and saw her pink dress. "What are you wearing?"
"Um, I was at a wedding… but then I woke up and I was falling—" she panicked for another moment before she felt a comforting hand on her shoulder.
"Well you're fine now." Katara said and smiled at her. "Are you up for a trip to the fire nation?"
Will was confused at this. "The fire nation?"
There was no noise at all when Vivi came into conscious. She stirred for a moment until she felt a cold hard floor under her. Slightly alarmed, she scorned herself for falling off the sofa… until she opened her eyes and found a totally different scenery of space from the side room at the wedding.
"Where…" Standing up she daftly fixed her dress back to normal. Then looked around and gasped as she saw tapestries of a red fire emblem embroidered on the high walls. The entry was huge, double doors behind her and a large floor her heels tapped on. A small smile of hope formed across Vivi's face. Remembering the previous memories she then straitened her height, wearily walking toward the stairs in front of her. "Hello?" She called just loud enough to barely reach the walls of the room. Making her way to the middle of the entry way she glanced up the stairs at the sound of foot steps.
"Who's there?" A voice asked emerging onto the stairs.
Vivi had stopped in her tracks, afraid that it was an enemy, but immediately forgot when the voice was familiar. "Zuko?" The figure started down the stairs. "Zuko!" Vivi ran toward the now recognized boy. "Zuko, I thought I would never see you again!" Running she met him as he came toward her, and slightly leaped into his arms into a hug. "It was so horrible not being here…"
Zuko returned her embrace and pulled her back so they were a step away from each other. "How did you get in here? There are guards at every door."
Vivi shrugged. "The magical powers of the universe made me appear in the middle of the room."
He shook his head and took her hand. "Come, you should see uncle!"
Fast paced the two came down a few hallways until they reached double doors. "It's just uncle and myself here right now. He'll like to get to see you again."
Vivi had so many questions as to why they were in the actual Fire Nation Palace, but held her questions.
"Why Zuko—awe and Miss Vivi!" The old grinning man stood up slowly. "It is a pleasure to see you again. To what do we owe this pleasure? Come, sit, sit." He motioned to the low table and red cushions. Iroh sat back down and poured her a cup of tea, when Vivi was seated.
"So, would you mind telling us the whole story, my dear?"
Vivi took a deep breath and took a sip of her amazing tea. "I left Zuko and Avatar Aang's friends that day Zuko joined them… and I was gone for a couple months. Then, I was at my father's wedding when me and my sisters fell asleep on a couch, and I woke up here."
Iroh nodded his head in agreement to this answer, a slight knowing smile on his lips and in his wise old eyes, "Ah. Very interesting, I've never heard of anything like that. That is quite an adventure you all have been on. It seems your journey has been an enlightening one."
Vivi was not sure what he meant by that, but cut him off. "I have a question though." She said eagerly.
Zuko, looked over at Vivi wonderingly.
"Well, how is it we're sitting in the Fire Nation Palace?"
Zuko hit a realization that Vivi had no clue what had happened over the last year. Iroh though, cleared his throat. "Well, I think the Fire Lord should explain that detail to you." Iroh looked over to his nephew with a sympathetic face, but Zuko still stiffened.
"After you left, my sister was put in prison, like you already knew. I joined Avatar Aang to defeat my father, and taught Aang fire bending. Aang later found his way to the Fire Nation Capital and Palace, the place where you sit now, and took to defeat the former Fire Lord. Aang, after a hard fight, defeated him, but it was under my father's own mistake. While they fought however, my sister had escaped prison after knowing what was going on, I tried to intervene, I intercepted and she was put under control…Now I am Fire Lord and the war is over."
Vivi put her head on his shoulder, "I'm so sorry Zuko. It must have been hard."
Zuko shook his head, "No, it had to be done. They were a threat to the balance of the nations. They wouldn't have changed. I'm just glad everyone made it out alright."
Iroh after a moment cleared his throat to break the sad subject. "You two should go get ready for our guests to arrive. They should be here within the next few hours. Zuko, you should help Vivi find some…new attire." Iroh chuckled.
Zuko and Vivi walked down the hall, Vivi following Zuko the whole way while he led her through the unfamiliar area, holding her hand. The girl's heart felt like it was going a million miles an hour. She'd missed him so much, his comfort, his voice.
A few minutes later after walking in silence, Zuko stopped in front of a door with a fire emblem on its surface, her escort opened the door and she walked in, him following. Walking strait for the wardrobe, opening it to reveal it full of dresses.
"… I had this especially picked out for you. The Fire Nation isn't accustomed to over dressy clothes anyway, so I had some made that you would hopefully like…"
Vivi hugged Zuko's arm and kissed him on the cheek. The Fire Lord blushed. "That's so sweet! You knew I was going to come back?"
He took a breath. "I hoped you would."
"Well, I guess I will just have to get used to wearing dresses then! Which one should I wear?" Vivi fingered a few of them and pulled them half way out to see them. Zuko took one out and held it out for her.
The dress was two different shades of deep red. The dress looked like it would fit her curves and drape down to the floor in a dark red. The sleeves came down long and the collar was a perfect oval, from shoulder to shoulder. At the middle was a golden shade sash, along with a trim on the sleeves and the collar. "I like this one."
"It's beautiful, much better than this pink thing."
Zuko and vivi descended down the red and black hall after a few hours of sitting and talking. Catching up in more detail of all they had missed and what might lay ahead for them. But still too stubborn and shy to look into what may happen between them, even though both already knew the answer.
Voices could be heard at the end of the turns of the hallways. The only other sounds was the tapping and scuffling of shoes.
"Don't be afraid." Zuko stated, looking at her with reassuring eyes. "There's no one here that can hurt you."
She took a deep breath. They were about to go to a celebration with tons of fire nation nobles and nobles from the other nations and she had no clue what to expect.
He only smirked and took her hand, squeezing it as they reached the double doors, and they entered the crowded room. Conversation surrounding them, until the doors closed and the guests realized that the Fire Lord had entered the Great Hall. A door man announced Zuko first, and hesitated when he didn't have the slightest idea who Vivi was. Zuko fixing this by gesturing to the man to quiet; their Fire Lord called to the room that a warrior from the battle of Ba Sing Se had returned and was Lady Vivi, from an outer small village she had never heard of.
This act brought many whispering, Vivi not sure what to make of it, bowed to them; they all gave her a curious look, then continued with socializing.
"See," Zuko whispered into her ear, "Nothing to worry about."
Vivi smiled and he led her toward the people, down the rows of fire nation guests, and people in other colored clothes, blue and green, sitting at the tables, and then stopped short. Three familiar figures were running toward her, and they seemed to run even faster when they actually saw Vivi, giving a gasp of joy. A few others were following behind.
Vivi took her sisters into her arms when she met them halfway. "You came too!" she squealed, looking her siblings into their faces, "how did you get here?"
They smiled and looked back at Mai, Ty Lee, Aang and the Water Tribe siblings. "We were of some assistance." Ty Lee beamed. "I see Zuko changed your wardrobe. Good, we wouldn't want anyone making a scene would we?"
Vivi was curious however, because her sisters had changed out of their pink dresses, and had simpler versions of what she wore. Ty Lee styling her sister Sky's dress instead, flaunting it around gladly, "I see you put our wedding dresses to good use. What was that about making a scene?"
Ty Lee giggled and twirled in place again.
It was her turn to give an odd look. "You wear these for weddings? Weird!"
Zuko took Vivi by the arm and started to lead them all past the confused eyes starring at them. His uncle smiled down at them from the table when they came to sit down.
"Everyone is staring." Vivi whispered to Zuko as they walked to the high table.
He smirked. "It isn't everyday they see the Fire Lord escorting a Lady from another world. Especially one that is as amazing and talented as you."
Vivi blushed, "I'm not that amazing."
Will turned to them, "Vivi you are just saying that. Did you tell Zuko about your training with Uncle—"
"Will I can talk okay? Thanks."
Will smiled and turned back to the others.
"Training?" Zuko looked curious, but seemed to have an idea of what Vivi's younger sister meant.
"…I went back to train with my uncle. After we got back, I didn't know what to do…and then I figured if I ever came back here I should know how to defend myself…" She paused for a moment, "And it was the only link I had to you."
Zuko stared at her for a moment, taking in what she had said; no one had ever cared about him like that, except for his uncle and his mother. It was a different feeling and he didn't know what to think, but the once outcast prince took her hand. "You're here now, and I'm not going anywhere." He said softly, in his deep voice.
She smiled, she hadn't really told anyone anything like that before, but it felt good.
Dinner went on, the staring of the other guests stopped, and the girls caught up with the others. Filling them all in on things they had missed, what they had done while they had been in school, the avatar group not having much of a clue what they were talking about, and the girls hearing what they had missed out on as well. The new peace in the world, and the hostilities that still stood between the Fire Nation and the other nations.
"So you all want to be here so much. Don't you have family you are leaving home? You said you were at your father's wedding." Katara asked, sounding as if she didn't know how anyone could leave a parent.
They all thought about their father for a moment. They did miss him, but they also knew they were happy here. "We do miss dad. It's just we are happy here, and he was always busy…" Will began but stopped.
Vivi filled in what she hadn't said, "It's not that we wanted to leave him, but he had a different lifestyle, always working. When our mom…was alive," she choked up on the words a bit, "she took care of us. We only saw dad at dinner or after work. He barely had time after he came home. After mom passed away…nothing really got better, he tried but didn't know anything, what we liked to eat, what we did after school, so he went back to work and came home part time. I think he wanted to be a part of our lives, but didn't know how. I didn't really help either…Then we came here though and everything just sort of clicked. We love our father, and we know he loves us, but I think he'll be happy too, and knows it's for the best. We love it here and feel like we really have a purpose and people that are there for us."
The girls sat for a moment thinking of their dad, they would miss him and what they left behind, but they also felt that he would be happy, and so would they.
"How will he know you are here if, well, you're here." Sokka asked.
They all looked at eachother, they hadn't thought about that.
Will smiled, "I left him a note in my room."
The other two sisters looked at their youngest sibling curiously.
Will looked at them, "The day before the wedding, I was thinking about how dad was worried about us when we went back, and I got this feeling like something was going to happen, something great, so I wrote a note in case we ever came back. Which turned out to be the next day." She moved to take something out of her shoe, "I've been packing this around since we first left here."
Vivi and Sky looked at the slightly worn picture.
It was a picture of a woman smiling happily, long brown hair around her shoulders, blue eyes beaming.
"You were packing this around for a year?" Vivi asked, her voice slightly breaking at the sight of their mom.
Will nodded, "If we ever left, I wanted to be able to have a picture of her, to keep her close."
Vivi turned and hugged her sister, "You know mom will always be close, she's in our hearts, and watching over us."
Sky joined in on the embrace.
The others looked and sat quietly, they knew how the three sisters felt.
The girls broke from their hug, and everyone was quiet for a moment more.
Zuko held Vivi's hand. "Can I see?" He asked tentatively.
Vivi handed him the photo.
He gave a small smile, "She's beautiful. You look a lot like her."
Vivi felt her heart skip from his words. "Thanks. You would have liked her."
"So what's going to happen to us now? I mean, we aren't from here, won't people get suspicious?" Will asked.
"I will take care of everything. Do not worry," Iroh said, taking a sip of his tea. "You all will have to lay low here for a couple weeks however."
Shock came over them, "What if…"
Iroh gave a knowing smile, "I have a feeling your traveling is over."
The three girls looked at each other, then back to the wise old general. "How do you know?"
"I am the Dragon of the West," He smiled again; "I know many things."
The girls smiled and looked at their new friends, their family. Then to each other. They were home.