Two Years Later

"Well, what have you done this time?"

Lan Chi looked up from the documents she was transcribing. "What do you mean?"

Ming Yi tossed a parchment onto the desk. Lan could see the broken royal seal on the edge of the paper.

"The Fire Lord has invited you to the palace." The older woman's eyes narrowed.

Lan Chi put down her brush and looked at the invitation idly. "Must I go?" She pushed it back to her aunt with the tip of one ink-stained finger.

"Oh, yes. You most definitely must go."

Author's Note: "The Spirit Within: Part Two: Spirit Born" is now available! Please check it out!