This is the prologue to my story. I'll post more in the comments.
Araan could sense the Warriors of the Shadow, a presence on the edge of his consciousness. He put out his left hand in a defensive posture, his right still clutching the firewood to his chest. The mist obscured his vision, the mist that was much to convenient to be a coincidence. If the Shadow thought that Araan Kana wouldn't notice, he was dead wrong. A pebble hit the ground beside him. Araan looked up. A huge chunk of rock was suspended above him. Surrendering to his instincts, he hit the ground and rolled. He pushed himself up into a standing position. A rough hand on his shoulder pulled him down. His last view was a rock held up above him by a snickering earthbender. Then he passed out.
Thanks! I had completely forgotten about this, and by the time I remembered, it was at the bottom of the last board! (Oops.) But now I'm going to try to post more regularly, because I'm not going to be on for the whole of November. I'm working on the next chapter right now.
"Great. So that either means that Katana is a traitor, or the Warriors of the Shadow managed to break into her house and capture me. I wonder if the others are all right, or if they got imprisoned too? Wait a moment. What if one of the members of Team Avatar is a traitor? What if they lead the Shadow to us? This prison is wood! How am I supposed to get out?"
Haku paced back and forth in his wooden cell. The rest of that day, and all the days that followed were too boring to account. Meals were served at regular intervals three times a day. Between meals, Haku paced and tried to think of a way out. He didn't sleep much at night. He was almost too tired to plan in the mornings. Sleep, eat, pace, eat, pace, sleep, eat, pace, eat, pace, and sleep. That was the main structure of his days. He kept trying to find out if his friends were in the prison as well, but he couldn't. Everything in his life seemed hopeless. Nothing was worth living for. Until the night he had the dream. The night started out like any other, but when he finally fell asleep, visions ran through Haku's head. He saw avatars that he somehow knew were the avatars before him; a woman in red and white makeup and green robes, a boy with arrows on his head, and a young water tribe woman on a polar bear dog. They all had glowing white eyes, and they all seemed to send the same message to Haku: "Go."
And he opened his eyes, which were glowing, and with all the strength of the past and future avatars inside him, he blew a blast of fire onto the walls. His cell went up in flames, and somehow he managed to escape, out of his cell, out of the prison, into the streets of republic city.
Haku ran through the alleys. He didn't know where he was going, but when he stopped he was right outside the back door of Katana's house. He climbed the three steps to the door and stood there, panting heavily.
He knocked on the door, and Katana answered it, a worried look on her face. Then when she saw who it was, her face lit up and she pulled Haku inside.
"Moon!" Katana called. "Naomi! Fauna! Yung! Teresa!"
"Wait," said Haku. "You forgot Tamaki."
When Haku said Tamaki's name, Moon stepped into the entryway where he and Katana were standing. Moon's face was wet and red from crying.
"That's just it," she said, as if she were holding back tears. "They took Tamaki. They left all the rest of us, and they just took you and Tamaki."
Then she burst into tears.
A skinny girl with long silky blue hair and white eyes is tied to a chair inside a dark room. At first she kicks the chair and screams, trying to loosen the rope, or to get help from someone, anyone. After a long time she falls asleep, her silky blue head nodding slightly. Through her peaceful dreams about when her family was still all together, she hears heavy footsteps. Her eyes fly open, just as the door is opened and he strolls nonchalantly in. He is dressed all in black, with a mask over his face, like the mask of the legendary blue spirit of long ago, excepting that it is pure silver. When he speaks, his voice, instead of being muffled by the mask, seems to reverberate around the room. He puts a finger under the girl's chin so she is forced to look him in the eye, as if she is five years old instead of fourteen.
"Well, child? Will you serve me, or will I have to vanquish you?"
The girl croaks, with some difficulty, "Bring me some water and I will tell you."
The man laughs quietly and leaves the room. While he is gone, the girl screams as loudly as she possibly can with her dry throat, in the hopes of someone hearing her and coming to her rescue. But no such luck. Within five minutes, the man is back again with a large glass of iced water. The girl gulps it down in seconds, and then proceeds to tell him her decision. The obvious choice.
"I will serve you."
"Good, good," the man says smoothly. The girl can tell from his voice that he is not one to be tricked or trifled with.
But as soon as he leaves the room again, she screams at the top of her voice. She doesn't think it will work, but when the door opens next, it is not her master, but a boy with shoulder-length black hair and amber eyes, followed by three girls and another boy. The boy who seems to be in charge steps forward. The girl flinches back.
"I'm not going to hurt you," says the boy. "I'm just trying to untie your ropes."
When the girl is untied, she stands and stretches.
"You have no idea how hard it is to sit down with your arms tied for seven days straight," she says while yawning. "I'm Yung Kaneko, by the way. And you people are...."
"Team Avatar," says the boy in charge. "I'm Haku, and I'm the Avatar. This is Moon, Naomi, Fauna, and Tamaki. Now come with us before the Shadow finds us."
Haku woke up breathing hard. He remembered the last part from when they had all saved Yung, but the beginning had to be what had happened right before they had gotten there. His first thought was, Oh cool, being the Avatar means I can see the past!
And his second, Wait a moment, why am I in a prison?
Sorry for the short chapter. I'll write a longer one next time.
"What?! Shadow minions? Again?! Those guys are starting to get on my nerves," cried Naomi.
"Why does the Shadow keep attacking us?" Yung wondered.
"How is it that I never told you that he's after me? I'm the Avatar."
"As long as we're talking about things we're wondering about, I've never understood how we get so much talking in before we have to take on the Shadow's minions," said Tamaki. "I shall never know," said Haku solemnly. "All right, Katana, Yung, Tamaki, you three create a distraction while Naomi, Moon and I? Wait, where did Moon go?"
They heard a cry of pain coming from the direction of the Shadow's minions. When Haku turned to look at them, Moon was successfully fighting off both the minions at once. He sighed. How come things never go according to plan?
"Or we could just do what she did," he said glumly.
In a matter of minutes, Moon had defeated both of them, and there didn't seem to be anymore on the way, so she dusted her hands off and strolled back over to the rest of the team as if nothing at all had happened.
"What?" she demanded. "Why are you all staring at me?"
"Um," said Tamaki. "Maybe because of what you just did?"
Moon clapped Tamaki on the back for no apparent reason.
"Pay no attention to it, my friend. You'll be seeing a lot more of the same in coming days." She isn't a fortuneteller, is she? that was the thought running through a few different heads.
And as it would turn out, they were almost right.
I'll try to write the next chapter later today or tomorrow. I try, really I do, but I forget SO OFTEN!! BTW, I just started writing a double with Airgal11, and it's called The Broken Reflection, and we'd really appreciate it if you guys could read it! It might take you a while to find it, it's like on the third board by now.
@AvatarRaya, I'll tell you my idea, but it might give away a bit of the story. Well, originally I was planning for there to be a Haku-Moon thing and a Tamaki-Naomi thing. But your idea made me think that instead I should do a Haku-Moon-Tamaki triangle.
I really like that prison thing Teresa said and then the whole Tamaki- Moon and Haku thing. And Shadow minions?...Again?! That guys must be really bad and are starting to get on my nerves...But anyways, nice chapter!
Haku had been wandering alone for his whole life, but it was different in the city. You couldn't just camp out on the street, people would stare at you, and it was against the law to camp out in the public parks. Moon was wandering around Republic City, looking for someone who would let them stay.
"If it's a place to stay you want," said Teresa, smiling wickedly. "I know a great place, it's warm and dry, and it's pretty easy to get in."
"What is it?" asked Yung.
"Prison. All you have to do is go fish in that stream in the park, and you have to make sure to get caught."
"Teresa!" exclaimed Naomi reproachfully, who, thanks to Moon, was up and walking again.
A girl with shiny light blue hair walking past them stared at them.
"Um, guys, be a little bit quieter," said Tamaki. "People are staring at you."
"How do you know they're staring at us?" asked Yung. "Couldn't they just as well be staring at you?"
"I'm not the one shouting."
"You will be soon if you don't shut your mouth!"
The girl who had been staring at them walked over.
"Excuse me," she said. "But were you saying you needed a place to stay?"
Everyone was looking at Haku, waiting for him to say something.
"What?" he demanded. "Why are you all staring at me?"
"You are the leader," Tamaki pointed out. "You answer her."
"Oh," said Haku. "All right then. Yes, we need a place to stay, but we don't know who you are, and you don't know who we are."
"I'm Katana," the girl said promptly.
"I'm Haku, and this is Naomi, Teresa, Yung, and Tamaki. Moon is? well actually, she's right behind you."
"I thought we agreed that looking for a place to stay was my job?" asked Moon, brushing past Haku.
"Yes ? No ? Katana ? Oh, never mind."
"Guys?" said Naomi. "If you would take a moment to stop arguing, you would notice that we are being tailed by the Shadow's minions again."
When you arrive in the city after days and days of traveling, all you want to do is lie down in a proper bed and eat. But if you are the Avatar, this hardly ever happens. There?s always someone looking for you, and that person is never your favorite singer. The strange thing was that just before the two random people attacked, Haku had thought I wish something interesting would happen, because standing around talking to Yung Kaneko is seriously boring.
And then Yung cried out,
Haku spun around. On second thought, he said to himself. I never want anything interesting to happen to me ever again.
But if the gods were listening, they gave no sign. Their two attackers didn?t disappear in a cloud of pink fairy dust, nor did they suddenly decide they didn?t want to fight the Avatar and his friends. Friends, thought Haku. It was the first time he had ever consciously thought of that word. These people are my friends, and I don?t want anything to happen to them. I don?t care what happens to me, I?m going to protect my friends.
The two people were coming closer, and Naomi stepped forward. She raised her hands, and suddenly the attackers were sliding backwards. She?s a bloodbender. There are so many things I didn?t know about my friends.
The thought saddened him, and then a vision floated before his eyes. His friends were lying on the ground, unmoving. The people that were coming towards them were standing triumphantly over them, and Haku couldn?t move. He couldn?t go forward to save his friends. Then, all in an instant, he knew that he couldn?t let that happen. He ran forward, and the earth came up behind him, forming a sort of curtain of rock that he moved towards the two attackers. They dodged it nimbly, and came up behind Haku, their knives glinting menacingly. Many more people dressed the same way as the man and woman behind Haku were coming towards them, making a wide circle around Haku and his friends. Naomi was attempting to bloodbend them, but one came up behind her and jabbed her, and she fell to the ground. Moon bent over her, checking her pulse, and then all in one motion stood and bent lightning from the sky. The attacker in her path moved away, and the lightning harmlessly struck the ground. Fauna was covering for Tamaki as he moved forward, his own golden dagger shining in the sunlight. They were fighting bravely, but it was to no avail. It was four against more than twenty, and Team Avatar was tiring. Then a flash of bright blond hair came across Haku?s view, and another girl was fighting in their circle. Her blond hair was slightly wavy, and her big silver eyes glinted like diamonds. She wore a black cape over white pants and a white sleeveless tunic, and she had bandages over her hands. As she fought, she had a faint smile on her face, and she fought more powerfully than all of Team Avatar put together, even though she was just a firebender. She defeated all of their attackers, minions of the shadow, Haku guessed, and then just walked away, towards a girl that had been hovering on the edge of the street the whole time. The girl who had helped them, Faint Smile, as Haku thought of her, didn?t acknowledge that she knew the other girl, just kept walking, with the younger girl behind her. Haku turned and looked at the rest of his team, and all of their eyes said the same thing. You go and thank her. We?ll take care of Naomi.
Haku nodded and ran after Faint Smile.
?Wait! Come back!? She kept walking, but luckily Haku ran fast. Soon he drew level with her, puffing hard.
?What do you want?? demanded Faint Smile.
?I just wanted to thank you for helping us back there.?
?You?re welcome,? said Faint Smile. ?Now you can leave.?
?Just wait a minute,? said Haku. ?I?m the Avatar.?
Faint Smile nodded like this didn?t surprise her.
?So I wanted to ask you if you wanted to join my team.?
The younger girl pulled at Faint Smile?s cape. She said nothing, but when their eyes met, the two girls seemed to agree on something.
?Fine. I?ll join your team. I?m Teresa.?
?Welcome to Team Avatar,? said Haku.