Intro

Your name: mirian (known as miri)

Age: 15

Bending: earth, but you don't know it very well. Your better at archery and short sword. You want to learn other kinds of sword using, but cant afford it.

History: Your mother died giving birth to your little sister. Your father died a year ago while he was fighting firebenders. He was also an earthbender. Your sister took after your mother in that she has no bending skills, but your sister dosent like killing things anyway. You had to get used to killing because after your father died you and your sister got evected and had to move outside of your village to an old, abandoned cabin in the woods. You had to hunt to get your food and became even better at archery. You make some money by selling furs. Sometimes you and your sister need more though, so you became a good thief. Your sister keeps the cabin clean but most of the day she reads books you steal for her. You want her to have an education so she can get a job. She is six n' her name is aya. (aya is a name from my favorite manga )

Personality: your quiet, but your very stubborn and prideful. You are headstrong and always get your way. You don't believe in forming bonds with people because you think you'll only get hurt.

Appearance: long brunette hair, gray eyes, wears a basic white kimono with a gold band and a white ribbon to keep your hair pulled back and out of your face.

Aya's appearance: black hair in pigtails. Blue eyes. Bright colored kimono (she grows fast, so you steal all her clothes) she always carries a teddybear with her.

N' it begins with you going into the village with your sister to get (cough cough steal) some new books for aya. But to your misfortune, the earthbenders that you were getting your books from caught you and began to chase you. You held on to aya's hand and pulled her along as the earthbenders chased her.

They were following you fast. You knew you could run faster, but aya slowed you down. As you ran you turned a corner and saw a metal ship. Probably firenation, you thought. You didn't like the firenastion because of what they did to your father, but right now you couldn't care less. You hurried on the ship and hid.

You turned and went below deck, turning some hallways, hoping no one would see you. After about five mintues you stopped and realized how stupid you had been; you have no idea how to get out of here. Then the ship started moving. "shit," you whisper.

Zuko's POV

We had stopped at the earthkingdom village to get some more supplies. When we got back to the ship we noticed a bunch of earthbenders looking around. I glared at them and they glared back. I walked onto the ship and we left port to continue the hunt for the avatar.

Your POV

Aya looked up at you with wide eyes. "this looks like the firenation ships in my books."

You looked down at her. "It is."

"didn't the firenation kill daddy?"

You nodded solemnly, trying to determine what to do. You could hide until the ship stopped again. It would be hard, but you couldn't think of anything else to do.

You began to lead aya around, trying to find a place to hide.

Of course, luck was against you and you ran into a firenation soldier. You scowled and pushed aya behind you. Setting your hand on the hilt of your sword you got ready to fight.

The soldier sneared. "and what would a pretty thing like you be doing on a ship like this?"

"what do you want?" you yelled.

"I should be asking you that question, not the other way around." Then he reached to grab your arm, but you turned swift enough to keep him at bay.

He scowled. "your on a ship full of navy soldiers. It'd be best for you and your youngling if you would cooroperate. I don't want to hurt you exactly, but it is my duty to take you to his highness. If you don't go nicely, I might not act nicely either. And the youngling don't look like she can handle it."

You scowled. "fine take me to…whoever you said."

He grabbed your arm and jerked you along. Aya looked scared but followed you.

Once you got to the deck you saw a boy of about sixteen years of age. He wore his brown hair in a tail with the rest shaven off. The thing that stuck out the most about his appearance was a burn scar over his left eye. You couldn't help but think that scar made him look extremely hot.

He glared in your direction. "what's the meaning of this. Who are they?"

"stowaways, your highness. I just found them."

Your stubborn pride took the better of you. You jerked out of the soldiers hold and stepped forward. "we're not stowaways! I didn't mean for us to be here!"

"than what are you doing on my ship?" the boy asked angrily, stepping forward.

You looked down. "we were running from someone. We had to hide and your ship was convenient. We got lost and couldn't find our way out. Then the ship started moving. I'm sorry. Please don't hurt my sister. If… if you could please let us off the next time you stop."

"why should I do that?" he spat in your face.

"zuko!" an older man came up to them. "don't be rude. I think we should let her go."

You smiled thankfully at the man; you were always polite to people who helped you. He smiled back. You spoke up again. "I don't have any money, but maybe I can help you to pay off the stay."

The boy, whos names apparently zuko smirked. "what could possibly do to help?"

You glanced around. "I can fight if you need. I'm good with short sword and bow. I know earthbending. I can also clean and stuff like that."

The older man came up to you. "my name is iroh," he said.

You smile dropping into a light curtsey. "I'm mirian, or miri if you prefer. And this is my sister aya." Aya stepped forward shyly.

Zuko was looking at aya intently. "how old is she?"

"six," you answered absently.

"uncle, do you remember how the avatar came with me when I shot fire at the villagers?" he asked, obviously thinking.

Iroh turned to him. "what do you mean prince zuko?"

"are you really a prince?" aya spoke up suddenly.

Iroh laughed. Zuko looked down at her. "you can stay on my ship, but I'll need to use the young one for something."

you held on to aya's shoulders from behind. "for what?"

he looked at you with his amber eyes. "for bait. I wont hurt her, but if the avatar thinks I will, he will become my prisoner."

You looked down at aya. She got scarred easy, but it was your way out. Finally you nodded. "as long as you swear not to hurt her."

He nodded. "I swear that."

Then he turned to the guard. "take them to the kitchen to get some food. then take them to the cages."

You glared at him. He was going to make you sleep where the prisoners normally would.

After you and aya got your food, you were taken to a cell below deck. You sighed and aya began to cough roughly. You turned to her. "are you alright."

"I think I got a cold." She said sniffling. You hugged her and sang to her bedtime song to her. It made her go to sleep right away. You shivered; it was cold in here. Dark and cold.

Eventually you fell asleep.

The next morning, the two of you woke up and aya was extremely sick. She had a fever and she couldn't stop coughing. A gourd came to your door and gave you two bowls of mushy, oatmeal-like food. you ate without complaint. When the gourd came back a halfhour later you began to ask for medicine but grabbed your arm roughly and pulled you out. "I don't care," he said. "the prince said you were to do chores while you're here, so that's what you're doing.

You groaned when he handed you a mop and made you clean the mess hall. You could feel the sailors staring at your body, but you continued to work for aya's sake.

After about two hours of cleaning, iroh came up to you. "you look like you could use a tea break," he said cheerfully.

You smiled and nodded, following him to a table and takeing the glass of tea he offered you. You smiled at how good it was.

"I must apologize for my nephew. He can be a bit irrational at times."

You smiled, "it's ok. Ive been wondering. Is he really a prince?"

Iroh nodded. "yes he is a prince."

You took another sip and then took up the courage to ask him for help with aya. "um… master iroh?"

He smiled. "just iroh."

"um… my sister…aya is sick. She has a cough that wont go away. I was wondering if you had some medicine and a blanket or something to help her."

"how bad is she?" he asked.

"I don't know. I'm not really good with anything medical."

"may I see her?"

"of course," you said, standing up.

The two of you went down to the holding cells to see aya huddled up in the corner of one. She ran to you when the gourd opened the door. "where were you?" she demanded.

"I was busy." You knelt down in front of her. "do you remember iroh from yesterday?" she looked up at iroh and nodded. "he's going to try and help your cough, ok?"

She nodded again and walked over to iroh. He examined her and listened to her cough. "she has the beginnings of pneumonia, but its in such an early stage it can be treated easily. We need to get you to a room. Staying down here is not at all going to help."

You smiled with relief as iroh began to lead you to the medical wing. Once there he left to go find prince zuko while the doctor gave aya the medicine.

Zuko' s POV

"what do mean they have to stay in my room?!" you asked/yelled.

"aya is sick and needs some place warm to sleep. There are no extra rooms. Your room is biggest, so they will stay with you," was iroh's calm reply.

You groaned and stormed off.

Your POV

Iroh told you that the only room available was the prince's. you didn't like the idea, but you knew it was for aya's best. She was weak, so you picked her up and carried her to your new room. There were to cots set up. You gently placed her on one of them and covered her up.

That's when zuko burst in the room. He glared at you. You glared back at him. He set a bowl of soup on the table. "uncle told me to give you this."

Aya blinked and looked up at him. "look miri. It's the prince. Shouldn't we bow?"

You looked at her. "no aya. Your sick."

"ok," she said, still smiling. "ive never meant a prince before," she told zuko.

Zuko starred blankly at her.

Then there was a knock on the door and iroh popped his head in. "prince zuko, its music night."

Zuko groaned, "no uncle. I'm not coming out!"

"whats music night?" you asked, curios.

"It's a night where everyone on the ship gets a chance to sing and listen to great music," iroh said cheerfully.

"that sounds great!" you say. "but I should stay here with aya." Iroh nods and leaves.

You and zuko starred at the door for awhile. Then aya tugged your sleeve. "can you sing my song? I'm tired." You smiled and sang the song you knew well, the song that sent her to sleep every night.

I'm so tired of being here
Suppressed by all my childish fears
And if you have to leave
I wish that you would just leave
'Cause your presence still lingers here
And it won't leave me alone

These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have
All of me

You used to captivate me
By your resonating light
Now I'm bound by the life you left behind
Your face it haunts
My once pleasant dreams
Your voice it chased away
All the sanity in me

These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have
All of me

I've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone
But though you're still with me
I've been alone all along

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have
All of me

[(lyrics by evanescence my immortal, an older song, but its still kick ass. If you don't know it, which would be odd cause it used to be really popular, then listen to it. It is truly a sad lullaby)

Zuko had been surprisingly silent while you sang. Aya was now asleep.

You turned to him to see him looking at aya with actual concern in his eyes. "will she be alright?" he asked softly.

You nodded. "your uncle said she will be. She just needs rest."

Zuko nodded and went to his bed. You crawled into your got, glad that you were no longer in the cold holding cell.

"good night prince zuko."

"good night miri."

You smiled to yourself; that was the first time he called you by your name.

And the nice steelsong dosent believe on giving you cliffhangers on the first chapter, so thats it for now. Rate&message n' I will love you forever.