Hey readers! This is the edited version! In the next chapter I will have a major change so be sure to read that! To know it's edited just see if there is a note at the top and it will be the edited version. It is like this for the first 4 chapters. Thanks! I'll fix the other chapters ASAP! I don't own Avatar by the way. Or some of the story for that matter because a lot is from the episode Headband. When you get farther in the story it will focus less on facts and more on a relationship between Aang and On Ji! ;)
Katara and I waterbended mist around us for camouflage to get down to a small cave as Sokka told us his schedule and Toph picked her nose.
"I think I see a cave below!" I said.
"Shhh! Keep quiet!" Sokka yelled in a hushed tone.
I airbended the cloud off of us so everyone could see. We landed by the cave and got off of Appa.
Sokka looked suspiciously behind a rock and looked at me, "Great job with the cloud camo but next time let's disguise ourselves as the kinda cloud that knows how to keep its mouth shut!" He turned and looked behind the rock again.
Toph sighed. "Yeah we wouldn't want a bird to hear us chatting up there and turn us in."
"Hey! We're in enemy territory," Sokka replied as he pointed upwards at the birds. "Those are enemy birds!"
One hopped on his head and chirped. We all laughed at him.
We walked forwards to the cave and then Sokka jumped from Appa onto the ground in front of us and looked around.
He ran forward. "Well this is it: This is how we'll be living until the invasion begins. Hiding in cave. After cave. After cave," He hung his head, "After cave."
Katara spoke. "Sokka we don't need to become cave people. What we need is some new clothes." Katara looked down at herself.
I agreed. "Yeah. Blending in is better than hiding out. If we get Fire Nation disguises, we'll be just as safe as we would be hiding in a cave."
"Plus, they have real food out there. Does anyone wanna sit in the dirt and eat cave hoppers?" Toph hit the wall and some cave hoppers jumped out and Momo came and ate one.
An understanding seemed to pass between all of us.
Sokka shrugged. "Looks like we got outvoted, sport. Let's get some new clothes!"
We picked out clothes from a man who was probably washing clothes for a living. I didn't like the idea of stealing at first, but if it was crucial to our survival, it was mandatory.
I tied a headband across my forehead to conceal my airbending tattoos.
"Ta da!" I said as I turned around. "Normal kid."
"Hmmm…" Toph said. "I should probably wear shoes, but then I won't be able to see as well."
She took the shoes she stole and yelled, "Sorry shoes!" as she stuck out the bottom with her foot.
It landed on Sokka's face. I smiled, giggling inside.
She added. "Stylish shoe for the blind earthbender."
"How do I look?" said Katara.
I looked her up and down. Whoa… I blushed then noticed her necklace.
"Uh…your mom's necklace…"
She looked down. "Oh…Oh yeah… I guess it's pretty obviously water tribe, isn't it?" She took it off.
We made our way through the shops and everyone got what they needed as I put Momo in my jacket, and then we stopped at a meat place.
"Oh; we're going to a meat place?" I said, grossed out.
"Come on, Aang," said Sokka. "Everyone here eats meat! Even the meat!" He pointed to an extremely large hippo cow that ate 4 turkeys in one bite. Ew!
"You guys go ahead. I'll just get some lettuce from the garbage," I said, reluctantly.
I turned around. "Hotman. Hotman. Hotman." I said to people.
Some people were coming up to me and they looked pretty high-end. Oh no! They found me? How is that even possible?
"It's over. We caught ya!" The man in front said.
"Who? Me?" I said innocently.
"It couldn't be more obvious that you don't belong here."
Uh oh… My face distorts with concern. Did they seriously catch me? Come on, don't I look like your normal average Fire Nation kid?
"Next time you play Hookie, you might wanna take off your school uniform!"
I looked down at my clothes. Phew! I laughed with relief and then they grabbed me and took me to the Fire Nation School. When we got there, they pushed me in.
I looked around the classroom full of students who were all about 12.
The old teacher stared at me. "Oh. Is this a new brain ready for molding?"
"That's right!" I knocked on my head. "Let the molding begin!"
Abruptly, the teacher turned on me. "Wait a minute!" She gasped. "You're not from the Fire Nation!" My eyes widened. She walked around me. "Clearly you're from the colonies."
Thank the spirit world… "Yeah! The colonies! Of course! The Fire Nation colonies in the Earth Kingdom!"
"You're etiquette is terrible! In the homeland we bow to our elders! Like so." She demonstrated holding one hand in a fist, the other straight.
"Sorry mam," I copied her hands and then she tapped my fist with her stick. I confusedly looked around and then a pretty girl with brown hair and bangs showed me that my fist needed to be lower. I did it like her and bowed.
"And we don't wear head coverings indoors."
I fearfully put my hand to my headband. I quickly told her, "Uh… I have a scar. It's really embarrassing."
"Very well. What is your name? Or should we just call you mannerless colony slob?"
I laughed. "Just 'slob' is fine." I paused then thought about it. My best friend from the Fire Nation was named Kuzon… I look at the class and say with deep passion. "Or… uh… Kuzon."
The class was silent.
"Take a seat," the old teacher demanded.
I sat on one of the cushions and looked around. All these kids were so well-behaved and studious. They weren't kidding about molding my brain… The teacher talked about Fire Lord Ozai, his ancestors, and even about a secret river that goes straight to Ozai's palace that we'll be learning in class tomorrow! Every moment I was in that class, I was learning new things about the Fire Nation which could really come in handy when I have to defeat the Firelord. I shiver when I think about that. One day I'll have to battle him. The whole world is resting on my shoulders to take him down and the more I think about it, the heavier it became.
I met a guy named Shoji, that girl who helped me bow correctly whose name was On Ji and a few other people who were really nice too.
I got through the rest of the day fine, and figured going another day couldn't hurt.
I looked at Momo in my jacket. "We made it through the day Momo. And it was pretty fun." I said thoughtfully.
I heard a voice. "Don't let the headmaster catch you with that monkey."
I turned around quickly and situated myself. "What monkey?"
"Don't worry. I'm not a tattle-tale. My name's On Ji. I like your headband by the way."
I smiled. Her big brown eyes were friendly and she was absolutely gorgeous, maybe even more than Katara.
Suddenly are moment was interrupted by a big guy pushed me aside to get to On Ji.
"On Ji," he said. "You don't have to baby-sit the new kid." He put his arm around her.
I have to say, I was a little angered but decided to be the bigger person and go with the flow.
"Wow," I said, bowing like On Ji showed me. "You must be one of those popular kids I've been hearing about."
He smirked rudely. "That's right. Now listen friend: I know you're from the colonies so I'll say this slowly. On Ji. Is. My Girlfriend. Don't forget it."
Momo moved around in my jacket and he gave me a weird look. I smiled awkwardly and laughed it off. I hope he didn't see Momo.
He had dagger eyes on me as he and On Ji walked away. Well I guess I didn't have a chance with her anyway... Besides I liked Katara more... I didn't really know On Ji, and would she really want to go out with the Avatar? I mean I had to defeat the Fire Lord... the ruler of her nation. I shook: for now I shouldn't think about defeating Fire Lord Ozai; it was bad enough I had to face him, but the anxiety of it, it was nerve-wracking.
"I don't believe it." A boy came up to me and said, "He didn't beat you up! Not even a little."
I thought about it; not to be big-headed but even if he tried, would he win? I mean really!
"I guess I'm just lucky."
His friends were behind him. "We were on our way to go play hide-and-explode! You wanna come?"
"I'd love to!" I said happily.
We ran off to play "Hide-and-Explode" which was a game I used to play with Kuzon, my old Fire Nation friend. We used to have the most fun times together (you know a hundred or so years ago)! One team hides behind things like bushes or trees while the other team tries to find you and throw mud balloons at you. If the balloon explodes on you, you're out.
"Okay, so you know the rules? Right, Kuzon?" My new friend Shoji asked.
"Okay, what team do you wanna be on? Hide or Explode?"
"Alright, I will too and you guys can be the other team!"
"Alright, we should split up to make it harder for them!"
We ran in opposite directions as the others counted to one hundred.
I looked around at my options: a tree, a small bush, a slightly bigger bush, and a lamp post.
Looks like a tree's my best bet.
I jumped up into the tree with my airbending and spotted them coming.
"Where are Kuzon and Shoji?"
"I don't know."
I accidentally lost my balance in the tree and fell onto the ground. They started throwing filthy balloons at me, but I dodged them with the air.
I ran super quickly. I'm lucky that using just a little bit of airbending isn't visible to anyone, otherwise my secret would have been blown (literally)!
Once I passed over a hill and couldn't see them, I hopped into a bush.
I heard an "Ow!" And saw Shoji behind the bush as well.
"Sorry!" I whispered.
They were coming and I blew a little so that they were distracted by the breeze.
"What are you doing? Breathing loudly is gonna get their attention!" Shoji whispered loudly.
They weren't distracted anymore they heard Shoji and rapidly got up from behind us, and before we knew it we had mud all over ourselves.
I laughed after the game. "That was fun!"
Shoji added. "You're not too bad for a kid from the colonies."
I giggled. "I guess so."
"I have to go home," said one Shoji's friends.
"Yeah, I should be heading home too," said the other one.
"Bye!" Shoji and I said simultaneously.
Shoji turned to me. "So, do you like our teacher?"
"Ms. Kwan?" I said. "She's... uh... interesting."
"I don't like her either! I don't think anyone does. She's so mean! But when we're in school or at home; you know, being monitored; we have to be perfect little angels. If I told you I didn't like her and she overheard us, we'd be sent to detention or worse: she would tell our parents!"
"Really?" I ask. Things were a lot more strict then they used to be.
"Yeah! I guess living in the colonies it's different…"
"Hmm, yeah I guess."
"But it gets worse: we have to recite the Fire Nation oath every single morning!"
"What is that?" I ask.
"Wow. You don't know much about the home land, do you?"
"I guess not..."
"It goes like this: My life I give to my country,
With my hands I fight for Fire Lord Ozai,
And our forefathers before him,
And with my mind I seek ways to better my country,
And with my feet may our march to civilization continue- It's pretty long. So who do you know at the school so far?"
"Well you and you're friends, the teachers... Oh! And this girl named On Ji and her boyfriend, Hide."
"Oh yeah, them."
I gave him a questioning look.
"Well, they're like "The Couple". On Ji and Hide, they've been dating for like 3 months now. Just a word of advice, Kuzon: Don't start liking On Ji, because Hide will beat you up if you do."
It was a little too late for that…
"What will he do if I like her?" I ask nervously.
He sighs. "I'm not sure, but his parents are powerful and rich. And he has firebending, not that it's allowed at the school… Can you bend?" He asks me curiously.
My eyes widen and I shake my head. "I wish!" I lie. "Well, I better head home," I say. "Bye!"
"Bye!" Shoji said.