I smiled as the Fire Nation ship sailed by.
"Fresh meat." I muttered to myself.
I was never fond of the Fire Nation. The Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, and the Air Nomads--I assume they're nice--are fine by me. But the Fire Nation are brutal, heartless, and cruel.
I stalked the ship silently. "Something tells me a lot of funerals are going to happen." I said to myself. "Possibly for some Fire Nation soldiers."
I brought some ice to the top of the water, and jumped from glacier to glacier swiftly. I made sure my staff was still on my belt.
I jumped onto the ship.
No one was on deck, surprisingly. It was bare and empty.
*Strange* I thought.
I saw a doorway, obviously leading to people. Quietly, I went through.
I heard laughter of soldiers in the distance. Maybe about twelve feet away. Slowly, I tip-toed to them, blowing the hair out of my face.
"Oh, that's funny!" A voice said.
"It wasn't meant to be." Some one else said, seriously.
I leaned at the corner of the room, and peeked through. An old man, and a teenager. That was it?!
The old man was...roundish, you could say. Looked relazed.
*He should be easier to take out when the other guy is gone* I thought.
The other one looked a lot stronger than the old man. They had a scar on their face to prove it. I almost laughed.
*I shall call him Scar Face* I thought to myself.
The two were having a conversation about something. Something about a kid of some sort. While the old man showed not much emotion about it, Scar Face seemed like it was the bane of his existence.
I took out my staff.
The two weren't looking in my direction, so blending into the wall was easy.
I charged at the men.
"Maybe you could come live here," I suggested.
"What?!" She cried. "But why?"
"Your father roams here!" I argued. "I thought you'd--"
"No, Ikasana!" She cried, holding back every single tear. "My dad left me alone to die, and Jet doesn't care! I'm all alone!"
"You don't have to be alone, Anasaki." I said, walking over to her, holding out a hand. "Let me help you."
"No!" She cried, swatting it away. "If you cared, you would have been there!!" She was cut off by tears. "You could have helped my mom and dad stay alive! Ikasana, you're a spirit, you could have helped them! You could have saved them! Now..." Her head went into her hands, and it took her a moment to recover. When she looked up, her eyes were bloodshot. "I'm all alone. No one cares about me. Whenever I care about someone, they always have to go. Their nightmares cause them to go mad. I'll never have a family again."
Her head still in her hands, she cried.
I walked and sat on the ground next to her. "You're not alone," I said. "Come on, I'm here for you."
I reached out to put my hand on her shoulder, but she jerked away, looking at me with hatred.
"You could have saved them!" She cried angrily. "Why didn't you help?!"
"I'm just beginning in my Spirit Powers!" I cried. "Anasaki, if you want your family so badly, then live in the Spirit World!"
She nodded her head. "No, Ikasana. You could have helped me, and you decided not to. If you cared, you would have helped."
"Anasaki," I said softly. "That's not true. I care about you--"
"No," She said, and turned around. "You don't."
She walked away.
It had been nine years about since that moment. The moment I lost my best friend. Anasaki never trusted me since.
The only thing is I wished she had treated me like I was her own brother. I wished Anasaki would equally care for me like she would to Jet, or her mother and father.
No. I was always the sarcastic, evil, terrible guy who didn't help her family. The thing was, I sort of wished I had every once in awhile.
Then her and I could be back to our normal selves.
The way it belonged.
I couldn't believe where I was standing. I couldn't understand I had finally gotten where I needed.
The good thing was, I did it independently. If I had excepted Ikasana's idea years ago...no. Besides, I knew Ikasana didn't care. Why would he?
"Where are we going?" I asked at last.
I looked back at Ikasana.
"What?!" He cried, snapping out of his thoughts. "Oh, yeah, sorry..." He sounded distant and sad. "We're almost there."
He took lead, and didn't care that he bumped into my while walking. "Just up this way a little more..." Ikasana muttered.
I followed excitedly, while Ikasana walked in silence. I didn't know why he looked so upset. He wanted me in the Spirit World, after all. Sometimes, Ikasana could be weird.
"Just walk up those steps," Ikasana said, gesturing to a pair of marble staircases. "Want me to come?"
"I can do it," I said, running up. I turned around halfway and said, "Hey, Ikasana?"
He turned around and looked at me. I could see his sadness.
"What?" He asked.
I ran down and hugged him.
"Thanks, Ikasana," I said happily, and then I ran back up the stairs.
I heard him scream "You're welcome" happily.
I might hate Ikasana, but he isn't the worst person on Earth.
Ikasana is actually a pretty good friend.
I felt like I was making a big mistake. Not because I was leaving my actual life behind, because--
"I'M GONNA DIE!!" I cried, shielding my eyes from the ground.
I didn't land.
I looked at the ground I was standing on, only I wasn't standing. I was sort of floating.
"Must be close!" I said, running.
Finally, I stopped dead in my tracks. I felt cold inside. There was a light blue lake in front of me.
"What now?" I asked, and I looked down into it. My reflection was visible.
It wasn't mine.
"Walk in, idiot!" Said Ikasana. "Surprised to see I'm your reflection?! I'm you, genius! Just walk through the lake!"
I blinked, surprised. Whatever I did, Ikasana's reflection did as well. In a way, he really was me.
I put my hand in the water. Cold as it was, it was warm and welcoming.
I walked in.
It was like walking in a circle. I found myself in a different type of water. Then I walked on land.
The Spirit World was beautiful. It sort of resembled a forest, but at the same time, you could tell it was not normal.
I didn't know what to do at first, until a little annoyance came by.
"Looks like you didn't take my advice," Ikasana said, appearing in front of me. "I wonder how badly you just made your friend cry."
"Shut up." I said. "I regret nothing."
Ikasana's green eyes rolled. "Whatever. Happy you're here?"
"Very," I said.
He smiled. "Father will be pleased."
My mind froze. "What?"
"Oh, come on!" Ikasana cried. "Are you an idiot?! Dad's a spirit, remember?!"
"You never knew him well, correct?"
Silently, I nodded again.
"How about we go meet him?"
"For once, I like the way you think."
I couldn't believe it. The one time I tried to be nice to Anasaki, she goes and does whatever she wants anyways.
Silently, I lead her to where I knew her father would be. Her green eyes lit up with excitement put her at a loss for words.
I would never say this to Anasaki's face, but I knew it was wrong of her to come here. Her father instructed me to look after her. When I was younger, she was born, and they didn't know what to name her. Her father decided Anasaki to represent Ying, and since I was a young spirit, he named her Anasaki. She was Ying, I was Yang.
I clearly remembered the day I met Anasaki. She was six, and I was nine. Anasaki was really nice. We always played together. We were the best of friends.
But whenever I tried to help her, she would yell at me. Anasaki always had her own free will. She never liked the way I thought, even though I was born to help her and instruct her. I remembered the day we fell apart, as well. The day Anasaki came to hate me.
Ever since that day, she ignored my advice, and followed her instincts. I knew if I told her to stay, she wouldn't listen. But I also knew that if Anasaki left Ba Sing Se, it would change Zuko and Iroh forever. I knew if Anasaki had left Zuko earlier, it wouldn't have mattered to much. But now, after they've known each other, I knew it was going to have an impact when it hit them that the other was gone now.
If only Anasaki's parents hadn't left...if only they were here....Anasaki wouldn't hate me.
The day her parents left...
My story gets interesting.
I walked to the wall silently. I knew it would be awhile until I got there, and I wished I had someone to talk to. For a split second, I recapped what just happened in my head. I instantly felt terrible. For a second, I almost turned around. No, I said, He wanted me gone.
I walked in silence, with a mind as clear as a mud puddle. I didn't understand why Zuko would just want me to leave, ESPECIALLY after everything Ikasana had said...
Must have been rubbish to try and make me stay! Why would I want to, anyways!? No one would miss me...
I rolled my eyes. Zuko was probably rejoicing now.
"What are you doing, kid?!" A guard screamed at me.
I looked to see a man dressed in the Ba Sing Se uniforms.
"Nothing," I said, without thinking. "Just taking a walk."
"Around here?!" The man snapped.
I got nervous. I needed help.
But I couldn't believe what kind of help I got.
"There you are!!!" Said someone, running over to me. I turned around to see who it was.
The guard was confused. "There are more of you?!"
"Sadly," I said, not turning back around. Under my breath, I said quietly, "Zuko, what are you doing here?!"
"Saving you from prison," He muttered back.
The guard studied us. "What do you kids want?!"
"You see," Zuko started, obviously coming up with a story before-hand. "I was holding on to my..." with much difficulty, he muttered, "I was holding on to my girlfriend's bag, but a group of Earthbenders attacked me, and earthbended it up on the wall. We were wondering if we could go on top of the wall and get it..."
The guard stared at us. We were dead.
Then he burst into tears.
"Oh man!" He cried. "I hate that! Young love always pulls at the heart strings! Go right ahead!"
While crying, the guard made a staircase out of rock.
"Thanks!" I said, running up there, partly because I had to do this, partly because I wanted to be as far away from Zuko as possible.
I looked from the distance of the ground to the wall, and felt my stomach go into knots, and I forgot the ropes.
I turned around, and waited for Zuko to catch up. I sat there and tried not to look down. I failed. I couldn't take my eyes off of the ground.
"Hey," I heard Zuko say suddenly, snapping me out of my thoughts. I looked up, and he sat next to me.
"Forget it," I said, suddenly. "It's fine. If this is the last time I talk to you, I don't want it to be terrible."
"I'd never want you to leave," Zuko said, as if the part about forgetting about it slipped his mind. "I just wanted you to be happy about going to the Spirit World, and I didn't want to ruin it for you."
I nodded. "Thank you."
We sat there in silence for a couple of seconds, until Zuko spoke up;
"Listen," He said. "This is the last time I'm going to be able to talk to you. I wanted to say--"
"Shut up," I said. "I know what you're going to say, and I...know how you feel." I said, choosing my words. "and the feelings mutual, so we don't have to go on about it."
I stood up.
"I'll cya," I said.
"Cya," Zuko said sadly, but with a smile. "Enjoy the Spirit World."
I smiled, and hugged him quickly, and jumped off the wall.
To my new life.
(This story is not over yet....)
What you're thinking before you read this: OH YAY! FINALLY THE NEW PART!! ZUKOSAKI--I lost the game--WOOHOO!!
After this part is over:....
Part Forty Eight
I tried to take in everything Ikasana had just said. I didn't believe most of what he said, but there was a small part inside of me that was happy Ikasana said it.
I thought about what would happen if I did leave: I could live a pleasureful life in the Spirit World....
But the bad parts would be suffering with Ikasana, not having much free will, and I guess, according to Ikasana, I would be traumatizing ZUko by doing so.
I sighed. Could I be so cruel as to do that?!
If I didn't go, I could never live a life like I always wanted. I would be happy. Would I be?! I questioned. I didn't even know if I could be happy now.
I knew that a true friend would want their friends to be happy. The question was, in the end, who would be miserable?
"What do you mean?!" Zuko cried when I told him.
"I mean I'm not going," I said.
"Why not?!" He cried.
"Because..." I tried to think of a quick excuse. "I've just went against it, that's all. I thought of common sense, and I decided it would be better if I stayed here."
"What makes you want to stay?!" Zuko said.
"Just..." I sighed. "I just want to stay."
"But what about the Spirit World?!" He said. "You would finally meet your family!"
"I know," I said. "But I'm staying."
"But the Spirit World would be what you always desired!" Zuko said, getting more surprised with my decision by the minute. "And--"
"Look!" I said, louder than expected. "Why do you want me to leave so badly?! You're acting like I'm an annoying friend who's FINALLY moving away! Are you happy I was planning to leave?"
"Of course not!!" Zuko said, defensively. "I'd miss you!"
"You don't show it well!" I cried, annoyed. "If you want me to leave so badly, then fine! I will!!"
"I never said I wanted you to leave!!" He cried.
"Suddenly I tell you I'm staying, and it's the bane of your existence!" I cried.
Zuko looked both shocked and sad that I would say that, but for once, I actually didn't care.
"I just really wanted you to be happy about going home..." He said quietly.
"Well, I'm obviously not welcome here!!" I cried. "I might as well get over the wall!"
I raced to the door, turned around, and yelled, "and I'll do it ALONE!!!!"
I slammed the door, really hard, and walked towards the wall. It would be a long walk, but it was a long walk, about three hours from where I lived. I would be there by midnight.
Now I truly knew that since I was leaving, I wouldn't be missed.
Wow! This story is awesome!
Ellie: You say that for every story!
So? This story is one of my favorites, because I can finally say *clears throat* ZUKOSAKI!!!
Ellie: Oh, no.
Ellie: Yeah, you should run now. See ya! *disappears*
I REGRET NOTHING! :D
Note: This part is...kind of sad...the next one will be even sadder. Just read and see.
Toph: I can't do any of that.
Fine! Everyone, read and see! Toph, listen and understand.
Toph: That sounds boring!
Part Forty Seven
I ran home, not even stopping to take a breath. I couldn't believe how everything fell into place.
It was shocking. It seemed like all I had to do was climb a rope and jump off a wall. The only problem was I might have gotten hurt, or that I couldn't find a correct lake, or something like that. For the most part, I think I would be fine.
When I got home--which was about three hours before anyone else--I decided I would just go and think of a plan if I got caught.
I locked my door, and sat. I couldn't even wait.
"That anxious?" Said a voice. "Do you want to leave these people THAT badly?!"
"Shut up, Ikasana." I said. "I'll deal with you when I'm in the Spirit World."
"Oh, come on!" Ikasana cried, sitting next to me. "What about everyone you know and love?"
I laughed. "Everyone I loved got destroyed by the fire nation."
"Everyone?" He questioned. "Every single person you care about? What about the people you know now?!"
I knew exactly what he was saying. "You're trying to make me stay, aren't you?!" I cried. "Just get out! The only thing about the Spirit World that will be hard is suffering with you!"
Ikasana laughed. "Yeah, thanks, I love you too!" He said, sarcastically.
"I was serious," I said. "Get out."
"I just wanted to ask you," Ikasana said. "would you really take pleasure and the good life over the people who actually care about you?"
I didn't say anything.
"Have fun thinking about that!" He cried, suddenly getting up and walking away. "Oh, and one more thing..."
I sighed. "Whatever insult you're going to say, save it for someone who would get offended."
"It's not an insult," Ikasana informed me. "I wanted to ask you a question: How do you think your friends will react? You get to live happily in the Spirit World, and they have to suffer in the City of Fools."
I didn't say anything. "They wouldn't miss me."
"They as in Iroh, I know he wouldn't miss you," Ikasana said. "But what about--"
I stood. "Listen! I've been waiting for this ever since mom and dad left me! I've been alone for so long! I was five or six years old when I had to go out on my own! I've been struggling to find my family for my whole life!!!" I took a deep breath. "I've been looking for other Spirits for so long. Suddenly, I found myself becoming someone who attacked Fire Nation ships. I was hurting people, Ikasana! The day I met Zuko and his uncle was one of the greatest days of my life! I found people I could really trust and feel close to. They're literally my only family. They were close to actual family, but just not quite. I can't except that they're just my family, they're my friends. I care about the both of them. But I've been waiting to find my family for half of my life! Ikasana, I have to!"
He looked at me and smiled.
"Did it ever occur to you about the fact that Zuko's sister AND his dad hate him?"
"Yes, why?" I asked.
"Well," Ikasana said. "did you ever think about the fact that his mother doesn't seem to exist?"
I thought for a moment. "What does this have to do with anything?"
"You see," Ikasana said. "Zuko's mom left when he was young."
"What does this have to do with me?" I asked.
Ikasana smiled. "You can't imagine how hard it will be if someone else Zuko loves walks out on him."
I stood silently.
"Think on that for awhile," He said. "then we'll see if you want to go to the Spirit World."
With that, Ikasana left.
Leaving me with one of the hardest decisions of my life.