Written For: abarero
Published: December 22, 2008
Fandom: Avatar: the Last Airbender
Genre: Humor/Adventure
Rating: G
Word Count: 300

Prompt/Summary: Aang drags Zuko into a crazy adventure. Strange ATLA-verse animals are a bonus.

Zuko folded his arms across his chest and eyed the creature on the ground impassively. It had a coat of shaggy brown and black fur, oversized ears, a prehensile trunk, and a long, bushy, twitching tail.

"This," the Fire Lord said, sweeping his hand in the direction of the animal, "is the reason you had me take leave? I thought you said it was important!" The creature sat back on its haunches and chittered cutely. Zuko scowled.

"But it is important!" Aang protested, dropping one knee to scritch behind the critter's ridiculously large ears. "The elemonks are just coming out of hibernation, so it's the best time to ride one! They're really elusive, you know." He pouted. "But this one is way too small to ride. We need to find a bigger one before they all go into hiding!" He looked up at his companion with big, pleading eyes, but Zuko was having none of it.

"No way am I having any part in this," he said, shaking his head. "Last time you dragged me out I ended up waterlogged and starving with swamp-algae in my underpants. I've learned my lesson; you can find one by yourself."

Unfortunately, as he turned to make his way back to where they'd left Appa earlier, a loud, angry trumpeting sounded from behind him, and the ground began to rumble and shake. An absolutely enormous elemonk was charging right towards them, and Zuko spared a precious moment to wonder just how something that size could possibly be elusive before his survival instincts kicked in.

"All right!" Aang cheered, apparently gearing up to hop onto the beast's back.

"Aw crap," Zuko groaned, grabbing Aang's wrist and making a run for it despite the Avatar's protests. It looked like it was going to be long, long day.