Disclaimer: I DO NOT own Bleach, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, or Avatar: The Last Airbender. However, I do own my own AU characters.
Author's Note: Hey everyone, this is Animefan here! This is my first story on (or on any website for the matter) so I'm looking for any type of criticism on how I could improve on my work. This story is going to involve a collaboration of some of my favorite anime shows along with quite a few AU characters. So, enjoy the story!
"Once Upon Again"
All was quiet in the palace, not a sound ran through its many corridors. All that could be heard was the wind gently moving the lake's surface. Most of the palace's inhabitants were sound asleep, though one was wide awake. It's pretty ironic, though, she could've sworn that Firebenders rose with the sun and yet she felt at perfect ease when the moon's luscious light radiated off of the southern palace lake, creating a gorgeous glare off her window. The four year old preferred the dark rather than the light, the opposite of her twin sister. The girl was fairly certain that her twin was sound asleep due to the light snores coming from down the hall.
Judging by where the moon was, she could guess that it was around 1:30 in the morning. The child quietly slipped out of bed and tip-toed down the hallway and up the Grand stairs to her elder sister's room. There, she gently opened the door and saw that she too was fast asleep. Walking a good 10 meters* to her bed, the girl slowly pulled the drapes that covered her sleeping form. Gingerly, she shook her sister awake.
"Tsukino…. Tsukino, please wake up.", the girl whispered.
The older girl shifted in bed, obviously trying to go back to sleep. When the constant shaking didn't seem to end, she finally sat up and snapped at her sister.
"Konoha, what could you possibly want at this time of the hour?"
"Sorry, I can't go to sleep. Could you read me a story?" the child asked innocently, putting on her cutest face.
The older sibling sighed and put on a thoughtful expression. To the child it seemed as if she was mentally listing the pros and cons of getting out of bed. As if to answer the toddler's question, the teenager got up, picked up her sister, and began walking to her destination. Once she made it back to the child's room, she tucked her baby sister into bed and sat down next to her.
"Let me guess, you want hear about that story right?" the elder questioned only to be answered by the rapid nodding of her sister's head.
"Well, alright. Once upon a time there was a war between all the great bending nations; the Water tribe, the Earth kingdom, the Air nomads, and the Fire nation. The Avatar, the world's savior, had gone missing. His absence resulted in the extermination of the Air nomads and the persecution of the other nations. About 100 years later, two kids from the Southern Water tribe-"
"Mommy and Uncle Sokka.", the toddler interrupted.
"Yes, yes I was getting to that. Anyway, they discovered a massive iceberg with a boy inside, our father. When they shattered the iceberg, a blinding light shot up to the sky. They say that when the light shined, the eyes of all the past Avatars glowed. Mom said the moment Dad came out of the iceberg, she knew there was something special about him."
She paused to see if her sister was falling asleep, however to her dismay, the child was fully awake. After being urged on to continue, she went on with her tale.
"So, Mom and Uncle had bought the boy back to their village where they found out that he was an Airbender. You see, this was a big deal because it was believed that there were no more Airbenders.
"But… isn't Oma an Airbender too?" the toddler questioned.
"Yes but even though she's the eldest of the four of us, you know that this story takes place years before she's born. Now let me finish the story so the two of us could actually get some sleep. Remember how I said there was a light that shot up in the sky? Well, that light was seen by a Fire nation naval ship lead by Prince Zuko, the Fire Lord's son. So, while Mom and Dad went penguin sledding, the ship was heading towards the light. After they finished sledding, they discovered an abandoned Fire navy ship. When they went inside they realized that Dad was in that iceberg for 100 years since he didn't know about the war. When they exited the ship they activated a booby trap!"
The teenager stopped and giggled when she saw the terrified expression on the four year old's face. No matter how many times she's heard this story, she always acts surprised at the most dramatic parts.
"The trap made a flare explode from the ship, causing Prince Zuko to go to the village. This angered Uncle and the villagers. They thought Dad was purposely trying to signal the Fire naval fleets."
"But why didn't they trust Daddy?" Konoha asked.
"Well let's put it like this, would you trust a random kid that came from an iceberg and could Airbend when the Airbenders are extinct?
"Exactly. Because of this, they banished Dad from the village. Unfortunately, when they did that, Prince Zuko arrived there."
"Yeah I know, but don't worry, Dad comes back just in time. In order to get Zuko away from the village, Dad revealed himself as the missing Avatar. Zuko took Dad as his prisoner and went away with his fleet. Don't worry though, Mom and Uncle left the village to go rescue Dad. What they didn't know was that Dad was already in the mist of escaping. By the time they arrived, Dad was about to fly away on his glider. But, out of nowhere, Zuko jumped on him and dragged the two of them down to the deck! When they got to their feet the ultimate showdown was about to begin."
To Tsukino's delight, the toddler looked tired and began having trouble keeping her eyes open. She knew that by the end of the story, the little girl would be asleep.
"You know, you look so tired, I might as well end the story with a cliffhanger." the elder sister teased.
The child gasped and sputtered incoherent words at an alarmingly fast rate. She was driven to find out what happened at the end of the story (even though this was the billionth time she'd heard this). Noticing the spark in her sister's eye, Tsukino continued.
"Alright, alright I won't be cruel. You see, like you, Prince Zuko is a firebender. When he fought Dad, he began shooting fireballs left and right. They were so powerful that they knocked Dad into the ocean. Mom and Uncle thought Dad was a goner. In a surprise twist, Dad shot out of the water using Waterbending! Prince Zuko and his crew were so shocked that Dad was able to knock them all off the ship with a water whip. With that Mom, Dad, and Uncle fled away. This was what marked the beginning of their adventure to save the world. That's the end of the story kido. So, what did you-"
Tsukino stopped mid-sentence when she notice that her sister was asleep. Smiling to herself, she pulled the covers to her sister's neck and gave her a kiss on her forehead. With that she turned towards the door to head back to her own room.
Tsukino turned around and saw her sister sitting up, rubbing her eyes.
Konoha snuggled against her warm blankets and slowly fell into the chambers of sleep.
This would be the last night she saw her sister alive.
End of the Prologue
*Tsukino's room is rather large considering that she lives in a palace.
So what did you guys think? Reviews are always welcomed and I'll take any sort of critique. I'll update as soon as I can. Bye!