Water... Earth... Fire... Air...

My grandmother used to tell me stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar kept balance between the Water Tribes, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. But that all changed when the Fire Nation attacked.

Only the Avatar mastered all four elements. Only he could stop the ruthless firebenders. But when the world needed him most, he vanished.

A hundred years have passed and the Fire Nation is nearing victory in the war. Two years ago, my father and the men of my tribe journeyed to the Earth Kingdom to help fight against the Fire Nation, leaving me and my brother to look after our tribe.

Some people believe that the Avatar was never reborn into the Air Nomads and that the cycle is broken, but I haven't lost hope. I still believe that somehow the Avatar will return to save the world.

SHISNOSHISNOSHISNO

Somewhere in the iceberg laden waters of the South Pole. A two-person canoe sailed among the icebergs. One of the occupants was a teenage boy, whose head was shaved save for a pony tail. As he stood in the canoe, he looks down at the water, spear at the ready. The other occupant is a young girl, who had 'hair loops' on wither side of her face. Both were wearing blue overcoats. As the canoe drifted slowly, the boy concentrated on fishing. Beside the boat a fish swimming close to the surface in front of the boy.)

"It's not getting away from me this time.", the boy said. "Watch and learn, Katara. This is how you catch a fish."

The girl, Katara, leaned over the edge of the canoe to see a fish. Hesitantly, she removed her left glove, took a deep breathe, and with a look of trepidation begins to motion with her exposed hand. Suddenly, a globe of water containing the fish bursts out of the water.

"Sokka, look!", Katara said to her companion.

"Shhh. Katara, you're gonna scare it away.", Sokka replied in return, still aiming for the fish in front. "Mmmm... I can already smell it cookin'!"

"But Sokka! I caught one!", she insisted, trying to retain control of the globe of water.

She struggled with the blob of water, and it floated closer to Sokka, who raised his spear to strike a fish. When he cocked his arm back he burst the bubble of water, which drenched him as the fish fell back into the sea.

"Hey!", Katara shouted.

"Ugh!", Sokka groaned, exasperated. "Why is it that every time you play with magic water I get soaked?"

"It's not magic. It's waterbending, and it's—"

"Yeah, yeah, an ancient art unique to our culture, blah blah blah. Look, I'm just saying that if I had weird powers, I'd keep my weirdness to myself."

"You're calling me weird? I'm not the one who makes muscles at myself every time I see my reflection in the water."

Meanwhile, Sokka was doing just that, then turned to Katara and gave her a look. Suddenly the boat was bumped, and when they looked up to see they have entered an ice packed area, they began to work frantically to maneuver the canoe between the icebergs.

"Watch out! Go left! Go left!", Katara yelled frantically as they both screamed all the while.

The canoe threaded its way through the ice pack as icebergs are collided all around it. Each time they manage to avoid getting crushed between the colliding icebergs, their safety margins decreases rapidly each time. Finally the canoe was crushed when three icebergs collide at once. Sokka and Katara jump out in time onto one of the icebergs. They are now at the mercy of the currents.

"You call that left?", Katara said.

"You don't like my steering? Well, maybe you should have waterbended us out of the ice.", Sokka talked back.

Behind them a huge towering iceberg reared up into the sky.

"So it's my fault?", asked Katara angrily.

"I knew I should have left you home. Leave it to a girl to screw things up.", Sokka simply replied.

Katara finally had it, her anger boiling over. She pointed at her brother and said, "You are the most sexist, immature, nut brained..."

As she gets more enraged, the iceberg on which they are sitting began to heave. Behind her, the huge iceberg cracked.

"…ugh, I'm embarrassed to be related to you! Ever since Mom died I've been doing all the work around camp while you've been off playing soldier!", she ranted on.

"Uh... Katara?", Sokka tried to cut in, pointing at the cracking iceberg.

"I even wash all the clothes! Have you ever smelled your dirty socks? Let me tell you, NOT PLEASANT!"

"Katara! Settle down!"

"No, that's it. I'm done helping you. From now on, you're on your own!", she finally screamed.

As she finished, the iceberg behind her split open entirely, disintegrated and the major pieces fall into the water, pushing their iceberg away. The two held on desperately amidst the waves until the iceberg settled.

"Okay, you've gone from weird to freakish, Katara.", Sokka explained.

"You mean I did that?"

"Yup. Congratulations.", he answered sarcastically.

They both were leaning over the edge of the iceberg raft. Just then, they saw a settlement made out of snow (an igloo). Both of them entered the narrow entrance and saw inside someone in a sleeping bag. Carefully, Sokka prodded it with the butt of his spear and the figure got up slowly. The figure had a mask, its hair was yellow, and had tan skin.

"Who's there?", the figure asked in a monotonous tone (akin to a robot).

"Who are you?", Sokka asked in a hostile tone.

"Idano Shisno."

"We don't know Shisno either. Are you being funny?!", Sokka said, giggling.

"No!" Idano got up and removed his sleeping bag, revealing that he was wearing a silver shirt with a symbol resembling a silhouette two large bird wings between an eight point star spiked by a long pinnacle. He also wore white boots, grey shorts, and black gloves that exposed his fingers. "Idano Shisno is my name. What are yours? And include your last names."

"Katara and Sokka Inuitikut."

It was Idano's turn to giggle.

"What?", asked Katara.

He didn't get a chance to answer since in all of a sudden, the ice begins to glow an incandescent blue. The three exit the igloo, Idano packing his stuff into a satchel, as another lighter colored iceberg broke the surface. It is unclear whether this is part of the one Katara broke up or not. As the new iceberg settled, Katara walked to the edge of their iceberg raft to get a better look. Deep in the ice, the figure of a boy in a meditation pose is seen. He has white arrows on his fists and on his bald head. Suddenly, his eyes glow and his arrow markings glow white.

"He's alive! We have to help.", Katar gasped as she grabbed Sokka's spear, pulled down her hood and turned to go to the boy.

Sokka called back at her, "Katara! Get back here! We don't know what that thing is!"

But he was ignored as she skipped across a few little icebergs to arrive at the one in which the boy is trapped. Sokka and Idano follow as she began to use the spear to whack the ice. After a few big whacks, she cracks open the ice. It looks like air is released, as if the iceberg had a hollow chamber within it, but it was not entirely clear. The iceberg then cracked from top to bottom and exploded open. A huge shaft of white blue light then shot straight into the heavens.

S—K—I—S—K—I—S—K—I

Elsewhere, there was an iron hulled battleship with a spiked prow cutting through the sea nearby. It was apparently steam powered as it had a single smokestack. The foredeck is much longer than the aftdeck. The bridge appeared to be several decks above the main deck. On the deck was a young man on the foredeck dressed in red, also shaven-headed except for a pony-tail, staring intently at the shaft of light in front of the ship. It can be seen that the left side of his face is badly scarred around his left eye.

"Finally.", the boy said, then turned to someone. "Uncle, do you realize what this means?"

The boy was looking at an old man seated cross legged at a low table, drinking tea and playing a game involving domino-like objects.

"I won't get to finish my game?", he asked.

"It means my search - it's about to come to an end.", the boy answered. The old man groaned.

"That light came from an incredibly powerful source.", he continued. "It has to be him!"

"Or it's just the celestial lights.", his uncle suggested. "We've been down this road before, Prince Zuko Fireheart. I don't want you to get too excited over nothing. Please, sit. Why don't you enjoy a cup of calming jasmine tea?"

"I don't need any calming tea!", Zuko replied in rage. "I need to capture the Avatar. Helmsman, head a course for the light!"

Z—I—Z—I—Z—I—Z—I

Back at the exploded iceberg, Sokka was shielding his sister from the blast that just dissipated, Idano sudenly pulling out shields seemingly out of nowhere to defend himself. They look up to see residual blue light still swirling around the top of what is left of the iceberg. Suddenly, the boy appears, his eyes and arrow markings still aglow.

Raising his spear at the boy, Sokka ordered the boy to stop, who stood up as the glow and residual energy faded. He seemed to pass out and slid down the side of the ruined iceberg to Sokka, Katara, and Idano, who lunge forward and catch him as he falls. Sokka poked the boy in the head with the blunt end of his weapon, and Katara was telling him to stop it.

Idano then gave Sokka the "Heisman look" and turned to the boy. Katara gently turned the boy over so that he is lying on his back. He began to wake up as he slowly opened his eyes, and took a deep breath.

"I need to ask you something.", the boy asked weakly to Katara.

"What?"

"Please... come closer."

"What is it?"

"Will you go penguin sledding with me?", he then asked, suddenly rejuvenated as if his weak status was a farce.

"Uh... sure. I guess.", she answered, confused.

The boy lifts himself to his feet as if on air as he started to rub the back of his head.

"Ahh!", Sokka suddenly gasped.

"What's going on here?", the boy asked, confused.

"You tell us! How'd you get in the ice?" Sokka then poked the boy with his spear, who absently batted it away. "And why aren't you frozen?"

"I'm not sure."

"Uhh, who's this fella?"

The boy turned around to see Idano atop the ruined iceberg. The boy followed and jumped over the lip of what is in fact now a crater and landed on a huge furry animal.

"Appa! Are you all right?", the boy said. "Wake up, buddy."

He leaned down and opens one of the beast's eyes, then closed it again. The boy hopped down and tried to lift the animal's huge head, Idano helping, but without effect. Katara and Sokka come around the corner and their mouths drop in shock as the see the monster, whose mouth opens and licked the boy and Idano.

"Haha!", the boy said, cheerfully. "You're okay!"

As he hugged Appa, Idano had pulled out a bestiary and identified the beast as a huge flying bison with six legs and horns like a steer; a sky bison. As he was reading, Appa got up and shook himself off a bit.

"What is that thing?", Sokka asked.

"This is Appa, my flying bison.", the boy answered.

"Right.", Sokka said, unimpressed, and thinking he was joking. "And this is Katara, my flying sister."

The boy was about to reply, but didn't as Appa begans to sneeze. Aang ducks in time as Appa proceeded to sneeze all over Sokka.

"Ewww! Aahh!!!", Sokka screamed as he was covered in snot, and he tried to get rid of it by rolling around on the ice and snow.

"Don't worry. It'll wash out.", the boy assured him, then asked, "So, do you guys live around here?"

"Don't answer that! Did you see that crazy bolt of light? He was probably trying to signal the Fire Navy.", Sokka said in a hostile tone.

"Oh, yeah, I'm sure he's a spy for the Fire Navy.", Idano said, closing his book. "You can tell by that evil look in his eye."

They look at the boy's innocent face, then Idano continued as he slid down and onto Appa, "What's your name, by the way? And please include your last name."

"I'm A...", he began to say, but then he sneezed and zoomed off the ground, far into the air. He responds to his question after he lands with, "My name is Aang Jelico."

As Aang sniffled and rubbed his nose, Idano gigled as Sokka remarked incredulously, "You just sneezed... and flew ten feet in the air."

"Really? It felt higher that that."

"You're an airbender!", Katara realized.

"Sure am."

"Giant light beams... flying bison... airbenders... I think I've got Midnight Sun Madness.", Sokka remarked. "I'm going home to where stuff makes sense."

He turned to walk off, but is stopped at the iceberg's edge.

"Well, if you guys are stuck Appa and I can give you a lift.", Aang offered as he airbended himself onto Appa's head, then to the top of his back where an enormous saddle rests. Reins are attached to both of Appa's great horns.

"We'd love a ride! Thanks!", Katara said as she hopped on. "By the way, my name is Katara Inuitikut."

"Oh, no... I am not getting on that fluffy snot monster.", Sokka was saying.

"Are you hoping some other kind of monster will come along and give you a ride home? You know... before you freeze to death?"

Sokka was about to say something, but he sighed instead. Before he knew it, he was on the saddle as well. Katara looked excited, while Sokka looked grumpy, arms folded across his chest and as for Idano, he was seated next to Aang.

"Okay. First time flyers, hold on tight!", Aang said. "Appa, yip yip!"

Aang then shook the reins and Appa makes a low rumble. He flapped his huge beaver tail and then launches into the air. He spread his legs wide, but then came right back down into the water with a huge splash. He began to swim them forward.

Shaking the reins again, Aang repeated, "Come on, Appa. Yip yip."

"Wow. That was truly amazing.", Sokka sid sarcastically.

"Appa's just tired. A little rest and he'll be soaring through the sky. You'll see."

Aang then turned to Katara, and smiled at her.

"Why are you smiling at me like that?", she asked.

"Oh... I was smiling?", Aang asked.

Sokka just grunted while Idano held on to the reins.

S—K—I—A—S—K—I—A

Back at the Fire Navy battleship, Zuko, on the spotting deck off the bridge looking forward, is approached by Iroh and another Fire Nation soldier. It is now evening.

"I'm going to bed now.", the old man said as he made an exaggerated yawn. "Yep. A man needs his rest. Prince Zuko, you need some sleep. Even if you're right and the Avatar is alive, you won't find him. Your father, his father, and HIS father all tried in vain."

"Because their honor didn't hinge on the Avatar's capture, Uncle Iroh.", Zuko simply replied. "Mine does. This coward's hundred years in hiding are over."

Iroh and the soldier simply sighed in defeat.

Z—I—?—Z—I—?—Z—I—?

Elsewhere, Appa was still swimming, his friends on his back. On the saddle, Aang was lying back on top of Appa's head. Katara, in the saddle on Appa's back with her brother and Idano, crawled forward and looks down from the saddle at Aang.

"Hey."

"Hey. Whatcha thinkin' about?", Aang asked.

"I guess I was wondering—your being an airbender and all—if you had any idea what happened to the Avatar."

"Uhh... no. I didn't know him...", he answered, disconcerted. "I mean, I knew people who knew him, but I didn't. Sorry."

"Okay. Just curious. Goodnight."

"Sleep tight."

Katara turned away and Aang did likewise, with an expression of fear on his face.

---Intermission---

Aang woke up on top of Appa as they struggle against heavy rains coming down.

"Aaahhh!"

Next thing they knew, they were underwater. They come up briefly for air, Appa groans, but they are once again driven under the storm tossed waves. As they drift downward, Aang drops Appa's reins and began to lose consciousness. Suddenly, Aang's eyes and markings glow white. He put his hands together and he froze himself and Appa in a huge ball of ice.

"Aang! Aang, wake up!", a voice was saying.

Aang wakes up from a dream, looking at Katara and Idano.

"It's okay. We're in the village now.", Idano explained. "Come on, get ready. Everyone's waiting to meet you."

As Aang got up and put on his shirt and hood, Idano and Katara look at his airbender tattoos. They grab Aang by both hands and drag him outside, along with a staff he carried with him. Outside, a small crowd of women of various ages and children have gathered to greet him.

"Aang, this is the entire village.", Katara introduced.

"Everyone, this is Aang.", Idano introduced. (A/N: Idano had been introduced while Aang was sleeping.)

Aang bowed to them in a friendly manner, but the people pull back from him anyway.

"Uh... why are they all looking at me like that? Did Appa sneeze on me?"

An old woman entered the scene as Aang inspected his clothes for bison snot, which he thought he had.

"Well, no one has seen an airbender in a hundred years.", she said. "We thought they were extinct until my granddaughter. grandson, and Idano here found you."

"Extinct?", Aang repeated.

"Aang, this is Katara's grandmother.", Idano said.

"Call me Gran Gran.", the old woman said.

Sokka appeared, grabbed Aang's staff, and inspected it.

"What is this, a weapon?", he asked. "You can't stab anything with this."

"It's not for stabbing.", Aang said as he created a jet of air that sucked the staff back into his hand. "It's for airbending."

"And for knocking people unconscious, breaking their bones…", Idano continued. "A weapon need not be sharp of bulky to be a weapon, y'know."

Aang opened the staff into a glider with red wings, impressing a little girl, who said, "Magic trick! Do it again!"

"Not magic, airbending.", Aang explained. "It lets me control the air currents around my glider and fly."

"You know, last time I checked, humans can't fly.", Sokka scoffed.

"Check again!", Aang said as he launched himself into the air with his glider. He soared through the air, doing loops as the villagers on the ground point to him in wonder. Meanwhile, Idano was explaining to Sokka about the mechanics in Aang's glider.

"Whoa... it's flying... it's amazing!", the village said in awe.

Aang looked down at Katara who smiled at him. He was so enthralled with her attention that he slammed right into a snow watchtower. He pulled his head out of the tower and fell to the ground with his glider.

"My watchtower!", Sokka gasped.

"That was amazing.", Katara cheered.

"Real smooth.", Idano said mockingly.

After Katara helped Aang back to his feet, Aang twirled his glider shut as Sokka examined the damaged tower behind him. After Aang closed the glider a huge bank of snow buried Sokka.

"Great. You're an airbender, Katara's a waterbender, together you can just waste time all day long.", Sokka said, earning a stare from Idano. Technically it wasn't a stare, but Idano's mask looked scary up close.

"You're a waterbender!", Aang gasped to Katara.

"Well... sort of. Not yet."

"All right. No more playing.", Gran Gran said "Come on, Katara, you have chores."

As she led her granddaughter away, Katara insisted, "I told you! He's the real thing, Gran Gran! I finally found a bender to teach me."

"Katara, try not to put all your hopes in this boy."

"But he's special. I can tell. I sense he's filled with much wisdom."

As Katara looked over to her right, Aang had his tongue frozen to his staff, children gathered around him.

"Untapped wisdom, you mean.", Idano called back to the waterbender.

Aang slurred, "Sthee? Now my tongue ith thuck to my sthaff."

A child next to Aang grabbed the staff and yanked, but Aang's tongue stayed stuck.

"Tee hee!", the children giggled.

S—K—I—A—S—K—I—A

Afternoon at Zuko's ship, the Seeker… (A/N: I made up the name, as well as the last names of the characters.)

Zuko was facing two Fire Navy seamen, who were 'best buds' nicknamed Larch and Lodge. Uncle Iroh and another Fire Navy soldier sit nearby (the same from last time).

"Again.", Iroh said.

Zuko blasted fire from his hands at the duo, but missed. Then the two attacked Zuko simultaneously with blasts of fire from their fists, but Zuko dodged them, and back flipped over the guards to land behind them.

"HA! HEEYA!", Zuko yelled as he blasted fire at the two, and missed.

Iroh sighed and got up. The other soldier followed, removing his helmet, revealing well-combed blue hair, a circular scar at the right cheek (A/N: Zuko's scar was from a burn, his was from a certain weapon, which I will not divulge), and hazel eyes.

"Power in firebending comes from the breath, not the muscles.", the soldier explained. "The breath becomes energy in the body. The energy extends past your limbs and becomes fire."

Iroh demonstrated, releasing a controlling plume of flame that burst in front of Zuko, but did not hit him.

"Get it right this time.", Iroh said.

"Enough. I've been drilling this sequence all day.", Zuko demanded. "Teach me the next set. I'm more than ready."

"No, you are impatient. You have yet to master your basics.", The blue haired soldier said. "Do as your uncle commands!"

"Grrrr... huh!" Zuko blasted both his opponents backward with a gout of fire. "The sages tell us that the Avatar is the last airbender. He must be over a hundred years old by now. He's had a century to master the four elements. I'll need more than basic firebending to defeat him. And you're just a Private, Moritz Shisno! Uncle Iroh WILL teach me the advanced set!"

"Very well.", Iroh said. "But first I must finish my roast duck."

Z—I—M—Z—I—M—Z—I—M

The Water Village…

Sokka was pacing back and forth in front of an audience.

"Now men, it's important that you show no fear when you face a firebender. In the Water Tribe, we fight to the last man standing. For without courage, how can we call ourselves men?"

It turns out that he was talking to a group of six children, most of whom are toddlers.

One of the little boys raised his hand and said, "I gotta pee!"

"Listen!", Sokka said in return. "Until your fathers return from the war, they're counting on you to be the men of this tribe. And that means no potty breaks."

"But I really gotta go."

Sokka sighed, then asked, "Okay... who else has to go?"

When all six rose their hands, Sokka slapped his forehead in disgust as all six leave. Katara and Idano came over and asked him something

"Have you seen Aang?", they asked. "Gran Gran said he disappeared over an hour ago."

Nearby, Aang emerged from a small igloo-type bathroom stall, and adjusted his pants and smiled at the trip of boys coming to use the toilet.

Aang gestured over his shoulder at the toilet, saying, "Wow! Everything freezes in there!"

As the children laughed, Sokka cringed in disgust and said, "Katara, get him out of here. This lesson is for warriors only."

Suddenly, Aang was on Appa's back, whose tail was propped using a makeshift sawhorse. A kid has used Appa's back and tail as a slide to land in a pile of snow. The children, and soon Katara and Idano, all start laughing.

"Stop! Stop it right now!", Sokka demanded to Aang. "What's wrong with you? We don't have time for fun and games with a war going on."

"What war?", he asked, as he hopped down off of Appa. "What are you talking about?"

"You're kidding, right?"

Just then, Aang noticed something in the distance behind Sokka.

"OTTER-PENGUIN!"

The otter-penguin, aware that it has been spotted, made an excited noise and turned to waddle away. Aang then used his airbending skill to run at unbelievable speed toward the horizon where the otter-penguin had just been.)

"He's kidding, right?", asked Sokka to no one in particular.

"I'm thinking he isn't.", Idano suggested.

"I didn't ask for your opinion!"

---Intermission---

At a 'beach' loaded with otter-penguins who waddle around squawking, which was nearby the village , Katara and Idano were looking for Aang. (Well, Katara anyway; Idano was studying the critters.)

"Aang?"

Elsewhere, Aang was chasing some penguins, but was unable to catch them as they waddled away.

"Haha! Hey, come on little guy. Wanna go sledding?", Aang said. He then lunged, but fell flat on his face. He got back up as Katara and Idano approached.

"Oof! Heh heh, I have a way with animals.", he said as he put his arms out and waddled in imitation of the otter-penguins. ''Yarp! Yarp yarp! Yarp! Yarp yarp! Yarp!"

Idano giggled, then Katara said, "Aang, I'll help you catch a penguin if you teach me waterbending."

"You got a deal! Just one little problem. I'm an airbender, not a waterbender. Isn't there someone in your tribe who can teach you?"

"No. You're looking at the only waterbender on the whole South Pole.", Katara answered sorrowfully.

"This isn't right. A waterbender needs to master water. What about the North Pole? There's another Water Tribe up there, right? Maybe they have waterbenders who could teach you."

"Maybe. But we haven't had contact with our sister tribe in a long time. It's not exactly 'turn right at the second glacier.' It's on the other side of the world."

"That should be a big duh for you, Aang.", Idano said.

"But you forget: I have a flying bison.", the airbender said. "Appa and I can personally fly you to the North Pole. Katara, we're gonna find you a master!"

"That's...I mean, I don't know. I've never left home before.", Katara said, confused.

"Well, you think about it. But in the meantime, can you teach me to catch one of these penguins?"

"Okay, listen closely my young pupil.", Katara said, mocking a teacher. "Catching penguins is an ancient and sacred art. Observe."

"You mean like this?", Idano asked as he pulled out a fish out of nowhere. Instantly, he is surrounded by a horde of hungry otter-penguins. Katara and Aang sweatdropped at the sight.

K—I—A—K—I—A—K—I—A

Later...

Katara and Aang had set off, riding on otter-penguins. Idano followed—with his own 'snowboard'. The three of them continued down an ice bank at high speed. Acting fast, Idano took a jump off a small ramp and landed in front of Katara. Aang did likewise and eventually landed next to Idano. Katara followed suit and landed inbetween the two.

"I haven't done this since I was a kid!", Katara whooped cheerfully.

"You still are a kid!", Aang said.

"True.", remarked Idano.

They continued to rocket across the frozen landscape, eventually entering a system of ice tunnels. The tunnels there have periodic gaps where sunlight pours through. They emerged from the tunnels and get off their mounts, which stand up and dizzily wander away making little chirping noises, save for Idano's which wasn't an otter-penguin; he stowed it away in his satchel. They walked forward, looking at something in front of them.

"Whoa... what is that?", Idano asked.

In front was a huge ship locked in the ice; a derelict Fire Navy ship, silhouetted by the sun behind it.

"A Fire Navy ship, and a very bad memory for my people.", Katara explained, deathly serious.

As Aang began to walk to the ship, Katara told him to stop.

"We're not allowed to go near it.", she added. "The ship could be booby trapped."

"If you wanna be a bender, you have to let go of fear.", Aang said.

She looked uncertain, then she and Idano followed him to the ship. They climbed up and enter the ship through a gaping hole in one of forward compartments below the water line. They walked around the dark corridors inside past many a darkened room.

"This ship has haunted my tribe since Gran Gran was a little girl. It was part of the Fire Nation's first attacks.", Katara said.

"Okay, back up. I have friends all over the world, even in the Fire Nation.", Aang protested. "I've never seen any war."

"Aang, how long were you in that iceberg?", Katara suddenly asked.

"I don't know... a few days, maybe?"

"I think it was more like a hundred years!", Idano suggested.

"What?", Aang asked in surprise. "That's impossible. Do I look like a hundred-twelve year old man to you?"

"Think about it.", Katara told him. "The war is a century old. You don't know about it because, somehow, you were in there that whole time. It's the only explanation."

"I believe in Katara's theory, Aang.", Idano said. "In fact, I have a plausible reason why you don't look 112 years old. The iceberg probably put you in 'stasis'. It protects you from the effects of time such as aging so long as you were in that iceberg. Naturally, once the iceberg was broken, you were 'returned in time'."

Aang put his hand to his head and walked backward. Stunned by this realization, he sunk to the floor.

"A hundred years! I can't believe it.", he muttered in despair.

As Katara knelt next to him and apologized, Idano said, "I heard from an old proverb that every cloud has a silver lining. Perhaps meeting us is the silver lining of this cloud."

"I guess you're right."

"Come on. Let's get out of here."

Idano helped Aang back to his feet and they and Katara start walking once again. A few minutes later, the three have found a darkened room on the ship. Aang looked inside for a while, then Katara advised him to leave.

"This place is creepy.", she added.

"Watch out, Aang!", Idano warned him.

"Huh?"

But it was too late; Aang's foot dragged a trip wire on the floor. Behind them, the door is blocked by a grate that drops from the ceiling. They grabbed it just after it falls shut. They were trapped.

"What's that you said about booby traps?", Aang asked.

Around them, machinery in the room started to operate. Gauges steamed pressure and wheels began to turn. Steam began to pour out of some of the equipment. Outside, a bright flare exploded out of the Fire Navy ship and into the sky, leaving a trail of smoke behind it, which is seen out the window of the ship's bridge by Idano, Aang and Katara.

"Uh oh.", Idano muttered.

They looked at the flare as it rose. When it reached its zenith, it exploded with a small shower of sparks. Back in the ship, Idano noticed a hole in the ceiling.

"Hold on tight!", Idano said as he pressed a hidden something in his body and sudenly, wings of metal emerged from his back. He then grabbed Katara and took off with her into the air. Despite being surprised by this, Aang took out his own glider and followed.

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Back at the Seeker…

A telescope was viewing the flare that shot out from the derelict ship, then looked down to see a Water Tribe girl, an unknown being with wings of metal, and—an Air Nomad, descending from the ship and onto the ice.

"The last airbender.", the person looking through the telescope said. (It was Zuko.) "Quite agile for his old age. Wake my uncle, Private Moritz! Tell him I found the Avatar..."

Zuko looked back into his telescope to see the three run across the ice away from the ship. He then scanned left quickly, then pulled it back right to focus on a village.

"...as well as his hiding place.", the Prince added.

"At once, Prince Zuko.", Moritz saluted.