A/N: Oh, suspence! Ooooooo! YAY! X.x Lol plz, don't ask. The answer is the cake I ate. Yum! Birthday cake! Woah, 2 cliffies in a row! I'm on a roll! Lol Please review! And tell me what you think! but no flames or rude critisizm (sp?)... Got it? Thanks :) And sorry about the wait again... I know, I'm terrible with updates! Srry!

And a very big thank you to my reviewers- PrincessHayLin, The Next Avatar, and sanriochica333! YOU GUYS ROCK! Lol :D Oh, and to sanriochica333... THANK YOU 4 SOKKA! YAY! That was the best Bday present I got this year! LOL YAY! LMAO I'll keep him for a few more days, LMMFAO I'm not quite done with him yet...

Disclaimer: (Sokka's here with me, now! LOL) Sokka: I'll save you the time, Brittany... She doesn't own it. Me: Sadly, -sniffles- that's the truth. Sokka: Wait- why aren't you chasing me? Me: Ah, I'll be nice and stop. You're my birthday present, anyway... so you're currently mine... Sokka: WHEW! Thanks, Britt! Me: -mutters very quietly- for now, anyways... Sokka: What was that? Me: Oh, uh... nothing, Sokka...




(")(") -monkey. hehe

Chapter 13

Jaeda was starving, and her throat was dry. It had only been one night since she was captured, but she felt like she hadn't eaten in days. She was weak and tired, but no matter what she did, she couldn't sleep. And that new burn on her left arm was also bothering her. Why me? she thought to herself. Why does that jerk have an especially good time tormenting me? Why doesn't that bastard just go jump off a cliff...

Jaeda just stayed still and silent in her spot where she was chained up to the wall, and kept quiet, hoping that her friends were trying to look for her. Come on, Sokka... Where are you?


It had been about two ours or so before Jaeda had even heard a sound. As she continued to stand in her spot, she heard the door creak open. Once again, Prince Zuko entered, with a few guards. What bothered Jaeda the most, though, was that he was carrying a whip in his hands. Oh good God, please don't do what I think you're going to do... She silently shuddered.

"Are you ready?" Zuko asked tauntingly. Jaeda glared at him, without saying a word.

Two guards walked up to Jaeda, and began un-chaining her. But as they were just going to turn her around, she shoved them out of the way and ran for the door.

"Not so fast!" Zuko said as he pulled her back by her arm. "You're not going anywhere." He smirked. The look on his face was fierce- so fierce that Jaeda froze, too freaked-out to even breathe.

She tired to back away, but Zuko grabbed ahold of her shoulder, turned her around, and pushed her small body up against the wall. "Don't move or your death will come much sooner than you think," he commanded. He slowly raised the whip, and it cracked loudly as he swung it at Jaeda. She screamed in pain as it hit her. Zuko whipped her again, this time leaving a very painful, bloody mark on her lower back. Tears were spilling down her cheeks as she continued to cry out loud in tremendous pain. "Y-you... bastard..." she managed to say.

"Why you- HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT TO ME, WENCH!" he shouted angrilly. He looked down at her weak and helpless body struggling to stand up, and without even thinking, he aggressively shoved her, and punched her in the face. Hard. Jaeda immediately collapsed onto the floor, out cold.

"Leave her there," Zuko said sternly. "Like I mentioned earlier, I want her to suffer before we kill her."

Then, Prince Zuko and his men exited the room, leaving Jaeda's lifeless body laying there on the floor.


Sokka jumped in surprise when he heard a loud scream. He looked around the room he was in, remembering why he was in there in the first place. I must have fallen asleep... he thought to himself. But then he focussed his thoughts on the scream that woke him up. Who was that? It sounded like a girl... maybe a teenager... JAEDA! Oh God, please tell me she isn't dead!

He immediately stood up and walked over to the door of the storage room. Being extremely quiet, he listened carefully for voices, or any sign of a guard. Nothing. Good. Sokka opened the door, being careful not to make it creak, and looked down the long corridor, just to make sure he was alone.

Sokka stepped out of the room, and headed down the hall, searching for any prison chambers that Jaeda could possibly be held captive in. His main guess was that she was in the prisonhold they were in the last time they'd managed to get themselves captured.

As he was making his way down the hallway, Sokka heard footsteps. This is just great, he thought. The footsteps sounded like they were coming from behind him, and they were getting louder. Sokka found another hallway, and scurried down it, backing up against the wall, as not to be seen.

He looked beside him at the other hall he was heading down earlier, and noticed a guard slowly passing by. Sokka held his breath and stood still, trying to be as quiet as possible while he watched the guard continue on down the hall. It was so quiet that he could hear his heart pounding. To his relief, the footsteps soon faded.

Sokka looked down the hallway, and noticed Prince Zuko and some other men walking out of a room. He saw that Zuko was holding whip in his hands, and it had some red marks on it, that looked a lot like blood... I swear, if they did anything to hurt Jaeda... He froze when he heard the prince talking. "I don't think she'll be running that big mouth of her's for quite a while..." he said with a smirk. Soon after that, Zuko and his men were out of sight.

Once he was sure they were completely gone, Sokka quickly ran over to the door Zuko just exited. "Please be ok, Jaeda... God, please don't be dead..." he kept muttering to himself as he neared the door.

Slowly, Sokka put his hand on the door knob, and pushed it open. He gasped at the sight he saw: Jaeda was lying on the floor, looking as lifeless as can be, with slight blood stains on her back and on the floor. Her left arm was badly burnt, and she had deep cuts on her cheek that were still bleeding.

Sokka knelt down beside her. "Oh, Jaeda..." he whispered sadly to his unconcious and badly injured girlfriend. "Please... Don't be dead... Please..." Gently, he lifted her limp hand, and put his finger to her wrist. His face lit up when he felt a pulse, although it was somewhat faint. She's alive... SHE'S ALIVE! They didn't kill her! He lifted Jaeda's lifeless body, and carried her over to the other side of the room, where there weren't any bloodstains on the floor. He carefully layed her down, and examined her wounds. Holy crap, what did that bastard do to her? When I find him, I swear... Sokka sighed. The only thing to do now is wait for her to wake up. Man, I hope Aang and Katara get here soon...

A/N: Oh, these cliffies just don't stop, do they? LMAO! Short chapter, I know. But I wanted to put another cliffy in my story, lol! Please review! Next chapter's coming asap, but I've been really busy. See, I'm workin' on this other Sokka-centered story, so... Yeah. I've been busy. LOL Anyway, send me a review! THANKS :)

Britt (Sokka's future wife... I wish.)