Face The Nations
I'm back! Making my second true fanfic, I don't count the Avatar March Madness Tournament. But I finished "Pai Sho Me The Way" a while ago, and I thought of another idea, and I had fun making the first one, so here's another. I hope everyone likes it.
Face the Nations is based on the future of the Avatar Universe, but is set with all the technologies of 2013, since I can only make a story about one of the futures. I don't want to guess about the technology to come. The story takes place mostly in the Firenation, since the Avatar, Ron, is originally from the Firenation. He will face many external problems from the public, since everything is extremely publicized. So, he will have every eye in the world on him, watching every decision. Also, there will be some spirits involved, one that is known from ATLA.
I do like when people post back, so I know who's reading, it could just be "Hi" or secrets you want to tell me. Maybe guy troubles. I'm a guy, I'm open for discussion. I might ask questions too. But one thing, I will probably post more often if I see people are there, reading. It helps motivate. Anyways, I hope it meets your expectations, or supersedes them.
Sorry, some college and basketball stuff got in the way of what's really important.
*Chapter 29 ~ It`s an Opening*
I rode back to Satori, and saw him sitting with the family of cat~deer. Wan`s cat~deer descendent dropped me off, and left with his family while Satori waved goodbye, ``Take care!`` He said. ``Did you find what you needed to, Ron?``
``Uh, I got something,`` I told him, ``and I think it could help. It`s called Zoso, and it`s similar to spirit bending except it can take anyone to the Spirit World.``
``I`ve never heard of that. Where`d the cat~deer take you?`` he asked.
I was ready to get back to the real world, as I call it, so I quickly answered, ``A man; not a spirit. I think it`s enough. Let`s go back.``
And we did. He asked, ``So does it work?``
``Well, the man got trapped there when his friend, a previous Avatar, accidently sent him there. It could be dangerous because he couldn`t get it to work a second time and bring him back.``
Satori backed me up, ``You have past wisdom, you`ll do fine.``
Just as I was ready to say goodbye and leave to get rest, Rose stepped in, ``Good you`re back. You have to hear about what was trending! Fan showed me this.`` I gulped, knowing it could not be good, ``It was something talking about Koh going to a mover premier and stole about 400 faces. Luckily, a lot of them got away, but a couple of celebrities got caught, and it was getting some mixed feelings. Some include singer Jusber Bietin, who many people are almost happy about, and unfortunately actor Fill Werrel. Everybody is saying that you need to step up fast.``
*The two celebs might seem close to those in real life. Well, that`s because I based them off life*
*Chapter 28 ~ Fan the Lady?s Man* continued
She quickly placed her hands on my lap and I stared deep into her blue eyes as she said, ``I think Ron and Rose should be together too. I`m glad I`m not the only one that picked up on those two showing feelings for each other.`` This slid right past me until, ``Has Ron said anything about my sister?``
My arm slid down and my mouth dropped, ``Wait, what?. . . uh. . . wha. . . wha. . . um. . . huh, yeah.`` I fully realized the question now, ``I mean, yes to seeing that, but Ron has not said anything concrete. But I see him kinda hinting that. Sorry, you caught me a little off guard.`` (I guess I spoke too soon).
``Right, I keep asking Rose, but she never tells me yes. She never denies it though!`` said Miki. ``Do you think they`re right for each other?``
I was a little upset to be talking about this but I answered sincerely, ``Well, it`s tough for them, especially at this time. With everything that is going on, I don`t think it`s the right time. It is almost an impossible situation for love.``
``Yeah,`` she agreed, ``thanks for the advice. I hope I helped, but I should be back to meditation. Bye.``
``Alright,`` I said while leaving, refusing like usual to say bye. When I closed the door, I pressed my upper lip behind my lower lip, threw my hands in the air, and did a slow circle like the referee just made the worst sports call ever.
I didn`t notice at the time, but Rose saw me do this. She stood there and stared with a slight grimace, then said, ``Everything alright, Fan?``
I breathed in and told her, ``Yeah, Miki just told me that you love Ron, that`s all,`` and with that I left.
*I first titled this ``Embarrassing`` but I had just caught Ron`s change. I kept it because I couldn`t argue. . . at least at the time, being ``ladies`` instead of ``lady.``*
It was a Led Zeppelin reference. Guitarist, Jimmy Page, made a symbol for their record Led Zeppelin IV, Zoso. No meaning has been given to it so I gave it one. Hence the Led songs...
Well, anyways here's the next chapter. Meant to be small, but I got carried away and made it so long I thought I should break it up into two. Here's one...
*Chapter 28 ~ Fan the Lady`s Man*
*Fan back, writing sweet nothingness into this book*
Ron has been in the Spirit World for some time and I was getting bored. The whole squad didn`t know what to do; as every, I`m guessing, 30 minutes a face was getting stolen. We didn`t want to move on without Ron. And personally, Ron was not doing the job I assigned him very well. I know he doesn`t write this, but we`re always up a little extra talking, and every time Miki comes up there`s nothing but good things being said. Now that he`s gone, along with my patience, Miki won`t stand a chance. I was about to break the rule I set for myself: Do NOT hit on Miki!
Just like when I see ``NOT`` written boldly on a test, and underlined I want to so badly ignore it, my rule was the same. I knew this was the time that Miki always takes to quietly meditate in her room, so I knew I had her for myself if I wanted. I softly knocked on her door and didn`t get an answer so I sneaked in. She didn`t move so I quietly asked for assistance with something that really was NOT on my mind, but she didn`t know, ``Miki, I`m so sorry to interrupt but I have something on my mind about this whole situation that`s going on. It`s about Koh; and you are the smartest, most spiritual, nicest, and most fun squad member that makes sense, so I came to you.``
She stopped meditating with a smile on her face, ``Sure, I can take a pause for you.``
``Great. Well,`` I had to think a little, ``what`s Koh`s problem? And how can he escape the Spirit World? This spiritual mumbo~jumbo just doesn`t make very much sense.``
She motioned me to sit with her on the bed, ``I wouldn`t say Koh has a problem. All spirits have purpose, and although it may not seem like there is a purpose in his actions, I`m sure he has some. And you should know that Koh can escape the Spirit World since he stole Ron`s face, he took the power to bridge from our world to his. Is that good? Did that help?``
``I understand that.`` And now was my time to transition into something interesting, ``Well, I feel bad for taking you out of meditating. Is there any way I can help you? There`s gotta be something on your mind that I can settle.``
She hesitated, ``Uhhh. . . `` and I knew I had her. ``Yeah. I have been feeling, you know, like a connection. Between a couple people in the team. . . I mean squad,`` she smiled.
``I know what you are saying. I feel it too,`` I said before she finished. (I knew it would work)
``Really? It`s not totally crazy? Do see what I`m seeing?`` she asked with a high pitched voice.
Yep, yep, she was mine so I just agreed, ``Of course, I see it. It`s alright, I see it too, girl.`` I put my arm around her shoulder.
Okay, you're all kinda young (younger than me), but the reference is probably too out-date for most of us. I'm just a fan of this stuff. But I won't tell you the whole thing. I will give you a small hint, that most of my songs I've posted in this fic kinda hint to that moment. I'll tell you girls sometime.
-Well there's a light in your eye that keeps shining, Like a star that can't wait for the night. I hate to think I've been blinded baby. Why can't I see you tonight? ("Fool in the Rain" by Led Zeppelin)
*Chapter 27 ~ ____*
``My cat~deer friends noticed something, and left me to bring you here. Apparently I can help you, and this one,`` he petted him, ``delivered you to me. My name is Page, tell me your story, your deal.``
I started after a deep breath, ``Well, I am Avatar Ron, the third Avatar after Harmonic Convergence 2.``
He interrupted me, ``Ah, yes, Harmonic Convergence passed. I have a song for that. . .``
I waited and went on, ``Okay, well, the portals were closed at some point, and reaching the Spirit World is again only reachable for the Avatar and very few special people. Well, my best friend Fan could not reach it, although he kinda wanted to go there. When we found out I was the Avatar, I decided to try for him, and when I got there the first spirit I met was Koh, the face stealer. Well, long story short, he stole my face, is now the bridge, and is terrorizing the citizens of the Fire Nation. I NEED to stop him.``
He cringed his nose, as if to think briefly, and told me, ``Sounds like a thick plot. Avatars are always in the middle of stuff like that. I can tell you this; I was much like your friend, and maybe I can teach you something.
``Back probably 7,000 years I assume, my best friend was told that he was the Avatar. He asked me what he should do first, and I was always fascinated by the Spirit World. He listened, and soon got connection. I watched and was curious when his eyes started glowing, and so out of curiosity I placed my hand on his shoulder. When I blinked, my body and I were in the Spirit World. After many failed attempts, Maatu could not get me back to the physical world. I kept track for 5 years until I realized his Avatar duties made him forget about me. I followed the physical world closely for a while, but lost interest soon enough.
``My life continued here in the spirit world, but my curiosity came back when I started reliving the day Avatar Maatu brought me into the Spirit World. After much study I realized how this works; I realized that it is possible to bring people into and out of the Spirit World. We were both curious and I first thought that it was. . . That was just the first of it. . . It came down to energy, we were both feeling and holding matching energies. Our body energy bonded, and it happened. This process is something I call Zoso.``
I repeated just to be sure, ``Zoso? What, what does that mean?``
``Yes Zoso, I carved it on the tree, like a symbol.`` He kind of ignored me. ``While intact with someone, you can match their energy and bring them here.``
``. . . Like spirit bending?`` I asked, but he went back to playing his instrument. The music was so pure, and driven, but also heavy, kinda mystical. It made you feel in a world of your own.
<Dave: You like? Any Questions?>
<BTW, best title I've come up with. My opinion at least.
Here it is. It's been fun making this but it's sad to say...
...the story's just begun! At least the way I see it (because I've been waiting for this) I split it into 2 parts because it was almost 2 pages long. And here they are!
*Chapter 26 ~ Something There*
The cat~deer took me through many fields, a small jungle I believe, and a small prairie. I saw many spirits: friendly ghost-like spirits, scary demon spirits, animal spirits, and even spirits that I thought were plants. Still, I felt completely safe on back of Wan`s cat-deer descendant. We stopped before an empty, small hill with a redwood tree on top of it, with no other surroundings.
I was unsure where to go because I saw nothing, just the tree on the hill. Still, I followed the cat~deer up to the tree. The closer I got, the more I realized how big the tree was; it was humongous! Look it up, redwoods are big, and that`s why I couldn`t see what I was hearing right now. It sounded like music, strumming of sorts. A man with the voice of a spirit was singing, while playing what sounded like a guqin.
I got to the other side of the tree and saw the man, that I was skeptical of him being a spirit, with what was an instrument held up to the body like a pipa except with a hole in the body. I let him finish his song, ``. . .really ought to know. . .``
I spoke to him, ``Um, spirit, this cat~deer brought me here probably to learn something important. I am the Avatar.``
The guy lifted his head, and wiped his long, wavy, messy, black hair out of his eyes, still holding his instrument. He seemed very loose, like he had absolutely nothing he had to do and nothing on his mind. He corrected me, ``Yes, I know all about it Avatar, but I am no spirit; I am just a man. I have lived here, under this tree for a very long time. I am not sure exactly how long because I stopped keeping track, but I found this family of cat~deer, and they took me here. Ever since I have just been writing and playing music for myself. I used to live among everyone in the physical world, and was even best friends with an old Avatar. When I saw you, you kind of reminded me of him.``