EDIT May 26th, 2008:
After reading over the intro, I've noticed a few errors as, and it really needed to be edited. It's still the same thing, but hopefully, it's better than before, though I've just made a few corrections. I'll still have my author's notes up here because… I want them up here. So anyway, enjoy the re-write (that's not much of a re-write. More of an edited version)!
New Edit: October 3rd, 2008
Okay, since the finale, this has been bugging me. I was almost sure that Ozai, Azula and Iroh were gonna die, which is why I killed them off. While I'm happy that no one was killed in the battle, I realized that this intro has some inaccurate information. While I know that this doesn't have to be true to the finale, my OCD isn't leaving me alone with this, so I'm going to edit this one last time!
Okay. Before you start reading, I got lots to say! First off, if you've read my profile page (I don't think anyone really reads those though…), you'll find out why this took so long… I'm 19 years old, about to continue with college, I'm volunteering, babysitting sometimes, and I have other responsibilities as well. I know what I have now isn't much (at all), but I really wanted to get started on this story before I went back to school. What this part is, is basically the introduction to the prologue, if that makes any sense to you. I just want to let you all know when and where I'll be starting off this story. I have a two-part prologue planned after this, and then I'll pick up the speed a tad. Yes, this will probably be slow at the beginning, but just give it time. I don't wanna make the same mistake I made in my last story. So just read this first little part. I'll give you fair warning that you may have to wait some time between chapters. I'm sorry, but my college education, my volunteering job, my babysitting, and family responsibilities have to come first. If you have a problem with that, send me a message. In case you're saying 'why are you putting this up if you're not gonna update for a while?' I just really wanna finally put this up. Well, better late than never I guess. Okay. I won't keep you waiting any longer. After I say the disclaimer, then… well… read!
Disclaimer: My name's not Bryan or Mike… Do you really think I own Avatar?
Sozin's Comet has come and gone. The 100-year old war was over. Fire Lord Ozai was stripped of his bending, and Azula had also been defeated. The surviving warriors and soldiers were finally able to return home, while the families of the not-so-lucky ones mourned over their losses.
The Fire Nation capital was currently being rebuilt, as was the palace, both by the order of Fire Lord Zuko. After his coronation, he had gone to his father and demand to know where his mother was being kept. He then journeyed to Ba Sing Se with his Uncle and the rest of the group and finally was reunited with his long-lost mother, Ursa. A few months later, Zuko and Mai were married at the Fire Nation Palace. Finally, Zuko was able to settle down and start a new life with his wife, and his mother and uncle at his side. Peace had finally been brought back to the world, thanks to the help of the Avatar and his friends.
The citizens of the Fire Nation seem a lot happier without anymore of Ozai's propaganda around, and most families went back to their everyday lives, enjoying their freedom, while other families wouldn't let go of the past, and continued to live in fear of another war.
Slowly but surely, after numerous meetings, signing countless peace treaties, and many, many negotiations, the Earth Kingdom and the Water Tribes began to trust the Fire Nation again, and have accepted trades of food, building material, and other necessities the Fire Nation have taken from them over the past 100 years.
For almost two years after Ozai's defeat, many cities in all parts of the globe have been requesting an audience with the Avatar. Aang and his friends were kept on their toes, attending meetings with representatives from each nation, going over contracts, or settling disputes between trade agreements, barely having enough time to rest with their constant traveling. Finally, things have been slowing down leaving Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph to decide what to do next. Katara stated that she wouldn't leave Aang, and that wherever he goes, she goes. Sokka said that he would also stay to protect his sister. Toph, on the other hand, brought up the fact that she joined Aang to teach him earthbending and to aid in the defeat of the Fire Lord, but since that was all over, there was no more reason for Toph to stay with her friends, saying that it was time for her to stop putting off the inevitable and go home to confront her parents; so they loaded everything up on Appa and headed a course towards Gaoling.
Okay, I've only made a few changes about what happened to Iroh, Azula and Iroh, since I first had them dead. I couldn't find a good spot to put these in, but I just thought I should let you know (I've mentioned this in my Author's Notes chapter, but I'm just gonna say it in case you haven't read it or forgot or whatever), Iroh still works at the teashop in Ba Sing Se, so he's making a living there, though he does visit Zuko, Mai and Ursa every once in a while, and vise-versa. Also, as you know, Suki was traveling with Aang and everyone else at the end of the series. It'll be hard to write her in, so we'll just say that she went back to Kyoshi while everyone else went and sighed treaties, attended meetings, etc. Okay. That's all for now!
Hope you liked it. Yes. It was too short for your liking, but that's basically all I have. I've been working on part one of the prologue, and I'm not too far into it, but I'm not making that very long either. I'll try to get it up before I start school on August 20th, but don't quote me on that. Please review with any ideas you may have (though I dunno if you know of my plans for later), and I may take some into consideration. Thanks for being so patient with me and for understanding that my life is hectic… And to top it all off, I forgot to mention earlier, my computer's being stupid, so just add that to the ridiculously long list of reasons why the next part should take forever. –Sigh-