Captured- by Aang-mega-fan

Aang opened his eyes. All he could remember was being next to the river, watching Katara practise her water bending skills. He did not know where he was now. He blinked and looked around him. He was in a dimly lit black room. He tried to move, but realised that he was chained against the wall; his hands out to the sides and his ankles were chained to the floor a foot a part. He looked around again and saw a familiar figure in a corner.

"Zuko."

Zuko turned round. He grinned.

"Oh your awake. Just in time to. I need to ask you a very important question."

"What do I know that you don't?"

Zuko walked over to where Aang was stood, defenceless.

"Well I want to know, how many of the bending arts you have mastered so far, Avatar?" Zuko waited for an answer, but Aang did not show the slightest signs of giving it to him any time soon. "Very well." Zuko clicked his fingers and a soldier came in dragging a girl into the room. It was…

"Katara!" Aang struggled against his chains to try and break free, but in vain. Zuko's smile broadened.

"Well well." he laughed. "Aren't we defensive." He walked over to Katara. She looked at Aang with a pleading look on her face. The guards had tied a piece of cloth over her mouth so that she could not talk. This was the first time Aang had seen her this distressed. He could see tears in her eyes. "I thought that you wouldn't want to be alone so I had the guards bring your little girlfriend with them." Zuko reached out and put one hand on her shoulder.

"Don't touch her!" Aang shouted at Zuko. Aang took in a deep breath and blew the biggest gust of wind he could manage at Zuko. He was knocked off his feet and thrown backwards into a wall. He jumped to his feet.

"You'll regret that Avatar!" Zuko walked over to Aang and punched him in the side of his face. The punch was not the hardest he could muster, but it knocked all the breath out of Aang. He heard Katara's muffled scream. He kept his head bent low. He could taste the blood in his mouth; it made him feel sick. There was nothing he could do nothing to save himself or Katara. Zuko began to walk towards the door when the guard spoke.

"What shall I do with the girl sir?" he asked.

"Just tie her hands together and leave her here with the Avatar. I don't care what you do with her." Aang could sense that he had angered him by the tone in his voice.

The guard did what Zuko had told him. He tied the rope around Katara's hands in a firmer knot and left her there in the middle of the room, untied the cloth round her mouth and left the room. He closed the door and stood guard at the end of the corridor.

"Aang are you alright?" Katara whispered. She walked over to him. Aang looked up at her. "Your bleeding really badly and… you look pale."

Aang could see how worried she was about him. He felt ashamed.

"I'm fine." he lied. Blood ran down his cheek as he spoke. Katara pulled a handkerchief from her pocket and wiped the blood off his face. "Are you alright Katara?"

She paused before speaking. "What did they do to you? Were you awake or were you knocked out for the whole time?"

"Knocked out, why? Were you?"

"No. They grabbed me from behind and tied my hands together. Then they put a piece of cloth over my mouth and I fell asleep. I saw them carry you away though. You had a bruise on the back of your head." She looked at the top of his head and let out a little gasp. There was a large, purple bruise where he had been struck. "They hit you really hard." She reached up and touched the bruise gently. Aang let out a gasp of pain. Katara's eyes filled with tears again. She tried to blink back the tears, but Aang had already seen them.

"It's not that bad." He reassured her. "Things could be much worse than this." Katara began to cry harder. She put her arms over his head, round his neck and cried into his shoulder. He leant his head on hers. He would have hugged her, but his hands were chained out to the sides. They stayed like this for a few minutes. Katara was beginning to calm down. He did not know what to do next. He did not speak in case he made her cry again.

It was an awkward few minutes for Aang. He had never seen Katara cry like this. He had never seen her in such a state in all the time they had been together. He felt horrible. It was his fault that she was with him on this journey. It was his fault that she had been captured and hurt when the firebenders had attacked him. It was his fault that she was here now. Zuko had captured her to make him feel like this.

"Promise me that we will stay together through this." Katara whispered. "Promise me Aang." Her voice sounded desperate and frightened.

"I promise. I wont let you out of my site. If they take me away, I promise I'll come back for you."

Katara hugged Aang even tighter. "I know you will." Katara said. She smiled at Aang. Aang could not help but smile back at her. He had said something that had made her happy and that made him feel better in himself. Katara leant forward and kissed his cheek. They looked at each other for a moment then they kissed again. Katara was not worried any longer and neither was Aang. They would fight through this together. They both knew that they could trust each other with their life.

Katara sat down at Aang's feet and leant against his leg. She had fallen asleep and Aang did not want to disturb her. She woke up a minute before the guards came in. She sat up as they entered. Zuko came in after them. Aang felt his anger rise. He kept a straight face, but his mouth was a thin line across his face. Katara stood up beside him.

"We're taking you to the fire fortress now." Zuko sneered. "You will remain silent or who knows. One of you may just be left behind." Katara looked sideways at Aang, but Aang kept his gaze on Zuko, his temper at boiling point. Katara knew how Aang felt and she grew worried that he would go into his Avatar state, but Aang kept calm. He did not want to make things any worse.

The guards unlocked the chains from Aang's wrists and ankles and replaced them with even heavier ones so that he could not attempt to escape. Two guards took hold of each of Katara's arms and six guards stood round Aang. Zuko led the way out of the room and down long passage after long passage. They were led outside and into a large carriage. Three guards were seated on either side of Aang and the two guards that held Katara sat on either side of her. Zuko was sat in the carriage in front of them. They drove for half an hour in complete silence to the fire fortress.

When they arrived, they were greeted by more guards. They shut the three gates behind them after they passed through. Aang and Katara were then lead into the fortress' main building. They walked up stairs, through corridors, up more stairs until they had finally reached their destination. They were locked in a small room similar to before. The guards chained Aang to the wall as before and left them. Katara lay at Aang's feet and silently cried. It was not until she sniffed loudly that Aang realised she was crying.

"What's wrong?" he asked her.

"We don't know whether they have captured Sokka, Appa or Momo. They could be anywhere. And even if they haven't been caught, they don't know where we are. They might never find us." She began to cry harder. Aang could not think of any words to comfort her, so he let her cry and left her on her own.

"Where are Sokka and the others?" Aang thought. "Will they be able to find us?"

End of part one