A/N: Well, I am back. I know it's been a while and for that I apologize. I have had a serious case of writer's block and didn't really know how to write a sequel based on where I left off the first story. I mean, I know that I left it ambiguous and easily able to create a sequel, it's just that I haven't been able to think of how to write the sequel. Anyways, I have finally got around to writing this story, so I hope you will all sit back and enjoy what I have to write. Also, I do not own Avatar: the Last Airbender nor do I make any money off of this; I am just a humble writer looking to spend his free-time by writing stories. Enjoy!
I arrived in what looked like my hometown, yet it seemed as if nothing was going on and it was a dreary day. That's odd. I wonder why it's so melancholy here. More importantly, I wonder how I ended up here.
I started to walk around when I heard a somewhat loud, monotone voice coming off in the distance from where I figured was the cemetery. "… We are gathered here today," oh boy, it's a funeral, "in remembrance of Austin Bourne," HO-LY SHIT, IT'S MY FUNERAL!
I sprinted as fast as I could to where I heard the voices coming from, when I abruptly stopped as I saw my mother and younger brother and sister. They were all dressed in black and crying heavily as they looked upon a casket being lowered down into the ground. I slowly approached them and hesitantly called out to them.
"M-… mom, Alex.. Chloe… is that you?" As I drew closer my mother's head looked up at me. At first she had a look of sadness and horror, but after finally realizing what she saw, it was replaced by a look of excitement and relief.
"Aus- Austin? Austin!" She screamed, and she along with Alex and Chloe came running at me. They tackled me to the ground in a ferocious bear hug, one of which that I returned with just as much fierceness.
"Don't you ever scare me like that again, you hear! I have been worried sick about you! Did you know we believed that you had really died!" She was both angry and happy at the same time; crying tears of joy and sadness, hitting me as well as hugging me.
"I know mom, and I'm really sorry for making you go through all of that." I said as I embraced all three of them in a group hug yet again.
"It's alright, you're home and safe now. Just tell me, where the hell were you!" She said as she smacked my right shoulder.
"Actually it's quite an interesting story and I don't think you'll believe it yourself." I was about to tell them about my great journey when something else caught my attention.
A familiar voice called out for me, "Austin is that you?"
As I turned around I could not believe what I saw.
"Azula, what on earth are you doing here?!" I screamed as I rushed over to where she was standing. I quickly grabbed hold of her arms and began to shake her as to try to break her out of the stupor that she seemed to be in.
"Austin… wh-… where am I?" Azula asked with confusion clearly evident as she took a look around and took in the unfamiliar place.
"Azula," I sighed, "this is my home planet, in fact this is the very town that I grew up in, though I have no idea how we ended up here." I said as I motioned around my hand.
"Austin, who is that girl you are talking to?" My mother asked. "And where on earth did she come from?"
"Look.. like I said.. it's complicated okay!" Everything going on was frustrating me and I had no idea on where to begin. "Alright, let's go inside the church where it's peaceful and quiet and I will explain everything. Okay?"
"Alright, fine!" She stated. "But when we get inside, you are going to tell me every last detail; don't you dare think about leaving anything out or so help me God!"
"Don't worry, I promise I will tell you everything." I scooped up my little sister Chloe and started to make my way inside when a voice called out.
"What in the hell is going on here?!"
"Joe, look, everything is under control. Once Austin explains everything to me I will clarify some stuff for you. But until that time comes, you will just have to wait here patiently." My mother talked in her usual no-nonsense tone that left no room for debate. With a 'humph,' this man that went by the name of Joe sat back down.
I glanced at Azula, and with a nod of my head, I gave her a look that said 'follow me.' As we all started heading inside, I whispered in my mom's ear, "so who is this Joe guy?"
She gave me a soft yet compassionate glance, and after a short pause whispered back, "he is the man that I started dating a few months back."
I couldn't believe the audacity that my mother possessed. Who was she to tell me that she had been dating a man for a few months, and just now decides to tell me about it! I hissed back in her ear, "when I am done, you're going to have some explaining to do." She just glanced up at me, nodded, and then led my younger brother Alex into the church.
Everyone took their seats, including Azula, who looked very nervous and scared for someone who usually was so calm in the face of danger, and with a heavy sigh, I began to tell my entire journey from start to finish. I began with the surprise attack in Iraq and being launched into a strange and desolate world, and finished with a successful full-scale invasion that allowed me to retrieve this wondrous device that could allow me to be transported between worlds. As I finished I glanced around to seize up the room. The emotions ranged heavily between everyone there: Alex was amazed and intrigued by my story, Chloe was awestruck and seemed to be focused on the love story more than anything else, which would explain why she was staring intently at Azula, Mother was dumfounded and seemed to be in a state of paralysis, and finally, Azula looked to be somewhat scared as she continued to sort-out what was going on.
There was an awkward silence but thankfully Mother finally broke it. "So you mean to tell me that you were transporting a highly secretive military device and not only did it somehow get activated, but that you were transported to a- a- another world?" She asked with astonishment.
"Uh yea, that would be correct." I said sheepishly.
"I can't believe it?!" She yelled, surprising everyone in the room, myself included. "I know it-?" I started to say when I was interrupted yet again.
"Who in the hell do they think they are?! I mean where do they get off! Wheeling around a bunch of unknowing soldiers like they are pawns in their game!" She started yelling really loud now and I was starting to get nervous when I did a double check.
"Wait so that's what you got out of all of that?" I asked. "Not the fact that I was mystically transported to another realm."
"Well there is that too." She said. "Let's come back to that in a minute. Would you care to explain who this lovely lady is." She then turned to Azula, "excuse me dear, what is your name again?"
"Azula." Azula said matter-of-factly.
"What an interesting, err, lovely name you have." What she said next shocked me deeply. "So when are you going back to your world?"
Azula looked like she was about to attack her when I quickly stepped in. "Mother," I said sternly, "don't you think that should be up to her?"
"Well I don't know about that one," she stated calmly, "she certainly doesn't belong in our world, I mean look at her. She wouldn't fit in for one day. She certainly won't know how to behave if what you said about her being a princess is true, and she is far too young to live here by herself.
I found her comments both ignorant and offensive. "You don't know anything about her, mom. You've barely heard anything about her and you're already passing judgment on her. That is not the same person that I grew to know and love."
She was taken aback but quickly regained her composure. "You bite your tongue young man, you have no idea what kind of situation you're getting into. The only reason I let you join the Marines because I thought it would straighten you out. You can barely take care of yourself, what makes you think you can take care of another person, let alone in a relationship?"
"Mom that's not fair and you know it. Besides, Azula can take care of herself as she has proven time and time again. Why don't you just ask her on her opinion of the matter." Great, it's just like 'ole times at home.
"Fine!" Mother pronounced. "Not that it matters anyways, because as soon as possible, you are being shipped on a one way trip back to wherever you're from."
"You can't tell me what to do, you're not the boss of me!" Azula returned back with just as much strength. "Besides," she said as she calmed down, "I love him, I will never leave his side." I was flabbergasted by what she said. Never would I have thought she would declare something like that in front of other people, it just seemed… like… she was a different person with a new personality.
However, it seemed that Mother was unaffected by what she said and continued to press down on Azula. "Oh you're in love in love with him, how cute." She said in a mock happy tone. "Tell me one thing, Azula, how old are you?" Oh boy, this is where things get ugly.
"I am fourteen." She stated firmly.* "What does that matter to you?" She asked in the same tone of voice.
"Mom it's not-"
"YOU'RE FOURTEEN!" Mother erupted as she turned to face me. "Austin, were you aware of this?!"
"Yes I was, but it doesn't matter because I love-"
"It doesn't matter?! IT DOESN'T MATTER?! Austin, you are well aware that it is against the law and you will be sent to prison for having sexual relations with her!"
"Well then, he should have gone to prison a long time ago." Azula smirked as she winked at her.
I had to do everything in my strength hold back Mother from attacking Azula. "I SWEAR TO GOD I'LL KILL HER!" She screamed as she attempted to grab Azula.
"Look mom, let's just take an easy and try to peacefully sort out a solution." As soon as I said that, I regretted my choice of words. Both Mother and Azula began to yell at me at the same time.
"Austin, please don't make me leave."
"That skank is on the first trip home."
"ENOUGH!" I finally screamed, effectively shutting everybody else up in the process. "Azula," I said as I turned to her, "I'm not going to force you to go back to your home." As I said that a small smile crept up on her face. "However, I am still working for the military and that means I will be forced to be sent halfway around the world and you won't be able to come with me." And when I said that the smile quickly disappeared into a frown and a look of despair. "Moreover, the government is going to look in on this and when they do begin their investigation, they are going to find, detain, and interrogate you to the point where I may never see you again." The look of despair on her face then multiplied by ten. "But, but," I said as I lifted her chin to look me in eyes, "I will do everything in my power to not let them take you away from me." She had a small smile that turned into a big one after I placed a chaste yet passionate kiss on her lips.
I turned to face Mother and embraced her in a loving hug. "I love you, you know I do, but you can't keep treating me like a little kid anymore. I am a grown man, and part of being a grown man is making difficult decisions and living with the consequences ."
Her face turned into a soft and compassionate one as she slowly backed up out of the hug. "You're right, you're absolutely right and I'm sorry. It's just that I'm looking out for you and I want what is best for you."
"I know you are and I appreciate it. I am also glad that you stand by me with-"
"She's still not allowed to live in our house." She stated firmly.
"-My decision. Wait what did you just say?" I asked in disbelief.
"You heard me. I respect that you want to make your own decisions, that doesn't me that I condone them. I do not like what you are trying to do and you are not allowed in my house if she is with you." She continued to hold her ground as she locked eyes with me.
"So that's how it's going to be. I thought that you would stand by your firstborn son no matter what. If you don't want to support me in my decision then fine, I'll go somewhere else. Come on Azula," I said as I took her hand, "follow me."
"Where are we going?" She asked as we made our way out of the church.
"To my friend's house." I stated coldly.
*Although Azula's age is never stated in the series itself, the Avatar website gives her age as fourteen.
A/N: Well that is the first chapter in the long-awaited, well sorta not really, sequel. I hoped you liked it even though it was fairly short. If you are wondering why Austin's mom doesn't have a name, but rather goes by Mother, then here is your answer: I chose to use the name Mother as to undermine the character. By using only Mother, it stresses the relatively little importance that she plays in Austin's life as well as her role as an antagonist. On a separate note, I am making the story interactive now. I know it's probably too early to do it, but whatever. I have 2 ways on where I can go from here. The first way is that Azula and Austin become rogue and run away from the law and live a life on-the-run. The second way is that Austin gets deployed back to Iraq and Azula goes there to, how, I do not know yet, but she meets with him there nonetheless. Let me know what you guys think either in a message or by leaving a review. Until next time