Captured part four- by Aang-mega-fan

Aang had run through the room lit with red flames. He ran up the stairs and along the passage ways to the dungeons.

"Katara?" he shouted. "Katara?"

He ran from room to room trying to find her until he can to the last room. As Zuko's father had said, it was the most secure room in the fortress. Aang had no problem dealing with the guards though. As he entered the room, he went into his Avatar state again. They had chained Katara to the wall as they had with him. This made Aang furious. He blasted the guards out of his way with ease. He approached Katara and blasted the chains away with fire, but took care not to burn her.

His Avatar state faded away and he collapsed to the floor.

"Aang!" Katara fell to the ground next to him. Aang had used so much energy, that he was not awake at all. "Aang!" Katara lifted his upper body off the floor and laid him in her lap. "Oh Aang… wake up… please!" Aang's eyes opened slowly. His eyes focused and he saw Katara above him.

"Katara… are you alright?"

She held him close to her.

"I'm fine. What's happened? How did you find me?"

"Zuko's father captured me and… I just lost control… I… I…"

"Killed my father."

Katara looked up and saw Zuko standing in the door way.

"What?" Katara did not believe Zuko at all.

"You heard me. He killed my father." Zuko took a few steps into the room.

"Aang wouldn't do anything like that, would you Aang?" She looked down into Aang's face. There was silence.

"It's true." Aang stood up. "I did. But there was nothing else I could do. He was about to kill me. I had to defend myself and I… I lost control of my anger."

Katara looked at Aang as though she had never seen him before. Zuko walked up to Aang, picked him up by the collar and pinned him against the wall.

"I should have killed you the moment I had you chained in that room, Avatar." Zuko whispered. "I knew that you would cause trouble If let you live." Zuko dropped Aang. Hefell hard to the floor. He looked up at Katara. She had a look of deep shock on her face. Aang felt deeply ashamed.

"I'm going to fight you now Avatar and kill you as I should have done before."

Zuko walked into the centre of the room and stood, ready to fight.

"Come on Avatar! You don't' want your girlfriend here to remember you as the one who gave into defeat and let her be captured, do you?"

Aang stood up. His temper rose again. His tattoos shone bright as he began the battle.

Aang foughtmore fiercely than Katara had ever seen. She backed against the wall and watched with utmost fear. She did not want Aang to get injured, but she need not have worried. Aang fought very strongly. He used every bending skill to defeat Zuko. Air bending, water bending, fire bending and earth bending. Zuko was on the floor within less than a minute.

He looked up at Aang, who was still in his Avatar state. Aang had the most fierce expression on his face. Zuko could not fight anymore.

"I'll let you live," Aang said, "But me and Katara are free. You will not fight us any more or chase us anymore."

Aang bent down so that his face was inches from Zuko's.

"Understood?"

Zuko did not reply, but he gave Aang a look of deep loathing.

Aang turned to face Katara. She still had a shocked expression on her face. Aang frowned. His arrow tattoos' light faded. However, he did not collapse. He had finally mastered and controlled all the bending arts. Katara ran to him and hugged him tightly. Aang hugged her back. They began to walk out of the room when Aang remembered something.

"Oh yes. About that question you asked me yesterday… the answer is, I have mastered all the bending arts." Aang grinned at Zuko, then walked out of the room with Katara.

They ran out of the main building of the fortress with ease. Most of the guards were guarding the gates. They snuck out of the gates and ran down the road, away from the fortress. They ran into the forest and hid behind the trees.

"We made it!" Aang shouted. "We made it Katara!" He looked at Katara. She did not look happy. She looked really upset. Aang figured that she was still upset about the fact that he had left her behind.

"Look." he said. "I'm sorry that I left you behind. I don't know what came over me."

"It's not that." Katara turned away from him. "You… you killed Zuko's father.

Aang could not believe that she was reminding him of this. Did she not see that it was Zuko's father they were talking about?

"Katara. Zuko's father was about to kill me. He forced me to use all my power against him. I had to defend myself. Don't you see that?" Aang waited for Katara to answer him. She turned round.

"Aang. I know you were defending yourself, but… killing a human being. Isn't that a bit…"

"HE WAS ABOUT TO KILL ME!" Aang had lost control of his anger again. His eyes were like flames. "HE'S THE ENEMY! I HAD TO TAKE SOME SORT OF ACTION AGAINST HIM!" His arrow tattoos lit up warningly. "ENEMIES FIGHT AGAINST EACHOTHER KATARA! THAT'S THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS! IF I HADN'T FOUGHT HIM, I WOULD HAVE DIED AND YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED AS WELL!" Aang was breathing fast. His face was red with anger.

Katara's eyes had filled with tears. She had never been shouted at that much before and Aang was the person she had least expected to shout at her.

Aang looked at Katara. He regretted shouting at her.

"Katara… I didn't mean to shout at you… I… I got really worried about you…Zuko's father told me they had locked you up and… I lost control of myself… please forgive me?"

Katara looked into his eyes. She could see that he was really sorry. She ran up to him and hugged him.

"I'm sorry to. I should have followed you and helped you. I'm sorry." Katara cried into his shoulder.

"Hey! I've had you cry the entire ocean on me now!" Aang said sarcastically. Katara laughed through the tears. Aang put his hands on her face and lifted her head up so he could see her. "You don't need to be sorry for anything. It was my fault you were captured. Nothing that has happened over the last few days has been your fault." Aang smiled at Katara. "I'm not angry with you." He wiped the tears from her face and hugged her.

"I'm glad we're together again." Katara said. "I was really worried about you when they took me away. I didn't know what would happen to you."

"I was worried about you more. I thought that Zuko had hurt you or even worse…" Aang could not say "killed you".

"But it's all over now." Katara said. "Let's find the others. They're going to be worried about us."

Katara began to walk, but Aang grabbed her hand.

"I can call Appa from here." He pulled out his bison whistle and blew into it as hard as he could. "He will be here in a few minutes." Aang sat down and leant against a tree. Katara sat beside him. They waited.

Suddenly, a large white figure hovered above them.

"Appa!" Aang leapt to his feet. Appa landed near them. Sokka and Momo were sat on Appa's back. Sokka jumped off and ran towards them.

"What's happened to you guys? Where have you been? Whoa! What happened to you Aang?" Sokka pointed to Aang's lip and the now very purple bruise on Aang's head.

"I'll explain later. Let's get away from here before the fire benders come." Aang jumped onto Appa's head. "Come on you two!"

"Fire benders? What's going on?" Katara pushed Sokka onto Appa's back and climbed on herself.

"Yip-yip!" Aang shouted. Appa flew into the air and over the forest.

Aang and Katara were free at last. They were finally free from the fire benders.

The End