Moving Forward

Nami walked along the village that she once shared with her pirates. All the buildings were burnt down. The tropical island had been turned into a wasteland of charred plants. Even her ship had been taken from her. The thing that shocked her the most, even though she saw it too often, was the sight of death. Almost all of her crewmates were lying dead on the sandy beach maimed by the earthbenders. The pirates that survived, including Hanji, had surrendered to the Earth Kingdom. She was the only pirate left of Blue Mist Island. Her father's legacy was gone.

Aang, Sokka, and Katara watched from afar as the lonely captain walked along the battlefield. Nami had escaped capture only by staying in the clouds and watching the massacre. Katara and Sokka both knew how she felt. When the Fire Nation attacked their village, they had left a path of carnage behind them. The bodies left behind the rabid fire almost destroyed them mentally. It was like they had lost their mother all over again.

"This is awful," Katara finally said. "I know that they betrayed her, but they were only humans. They didn't have to die like this."

"It's called a war, Katara," Sokka added. "No matter where you go, things happen like this. There will always be a field of death to remind you of the horrors of war." Aang clenched his fists as he stared at the bloody sight.

"This is all my fault. If I would have stayed at the air temple, the war would have been over one hundred years ago. Nami would still have her pirates. The airbenders would still be alive. I bet your mother would still be with you. I'm so sorry." Aang couldn't fight the tears anymore, and neither could Katara. To his surprise, she hugged him as she cried on his shoulder.

"Aang, it is not your fault," she informed him. "If you would have stayed at the air temple, you would have died, and you would have never done the good things you have done for everyone like for Haru, Aunt Wu, and Teo. You would have never been able to help any of them." She paused, trying to stop her sobbing in vain. "If you would have stayed at that temple, I would have never met the great person that you are. I would never have had the chance to tell you what I want to tell you." She finally fell to her knees, completely losing control of her tears. When she looked up, Aang was smiling through his red eyes.

"Katara, I love you too," Katara smiled to tell him the same thing. They finally kissed with as much passion as possible. He tasted so good to her. She wanted to be with him like this for the rest of her life, but her brother interrupted them.

"You'll have plenty of time for that later. What should we do about Nami?" They looked at her. She had been standing in the same spot for almost ten minutes. She finally walked over to the bodies and started dragging them so they would line up with each other. They were all in awe at the strength she had left to drag them. Then Sokka finally figured out what she was doing. "She's going to bury them all." Sokka quickly ran to Nami and helped her with one of the bodies. She looked up with a smile and tears in her bloodshot eyes.

"Thank you," she whispered.

It took them about a half an hour to bury the twenty-five bodies on the island. Aang had found some stones to mark the graves while Sokka and Nami dug the graves. When they were finished, Katara came up with a bundle of irises. "There was a small patch next to the waterfall. I thought I could give it as an offering." Nami nodded her head in gratitude as she placed them along the graves. She knelt down and started to pray for them. When she was finished, she stood with a solemn face.

"This may sound crazy, but I can't help but love them," Nami stated. "They were like family to me. They followed my father and taught me to be a pirate. They took me in after I had lost everything. Even though they betrayed me, I can't help but forgive them. I loved them with all of my heart. I promised my father that I would always remain loyal to them through the good and bad. I'm just sorry that I didn't share their fate." A single tear trailed down her face. Katara finally approached her with an embrace.

"You are a good person, Nami," Katara whispered. "You helped so many and have always had good intensions. You saved me so I could tell the one I love how I felt. You deserve the same." Nami nodded at the waterbender.

"I know. I am going to move forward. I can't let this stop me from living. I'm also going to use my skills as a doctor to help others. There is still a small ship on the other side of the island I can use. Thank you so much for everything, especially you, Katara. You opened my heart again. I won't stop until I find the one I love and tell him how I feel."

Aang, Sokka, and Katara got on Appa after they said their goodbyes and flew away. The pirate waved to them as they disappeared into the fog. She walked to her ship and sailed away. Just as she was leaving, she sent a giant bomb of fire to destroy the island. The ocean surrounding it swallowed the speck of land until it was completely gone. Nami wanted to make sure her crew could rest in peace in the ocean where they belonged.

"That is the least I can do for you," she said to herself. She could now pursue her real dream. "I will find you, Zuko. I will tell you how much I love you. You are my real treasure. I know you feel the same way for me. Just wait a little longer. I will find you, my love."

Wasn't that a nice ending? Don't worry. There will be a sequel if you guys review enough. So keep your eyes open. I think I'm going to finish my other stories first. Tell me if I should write a sequel or not. Thanks for reading and sorry about the wait. Cya.