Proud princeIt was morning when it all began. Another lazy morning in Republic City. The sun was slowly rising behind the horizon like it always did. People were leaving for the jobs, some going by car and others by walking. The birds and hawks watched the usual Republic City commotion from the rooftops, and soon, the city was filled with its usual activity. But today was a special day to various teenagers in the town. Not because of the Probending tournament that would soon happen in the town's amazing arena. Not because of the anti-bending group known as the Equalists and their daily protests urging the population to rise up against the "bending tyrants". No, no, it was a special day for these teenagers because it was the last day of the holidays. Tomorrow morning, many of the city's young men and women were going to enter Republic City's Bending Academy (located at the center of city, right near the Council) where masters of all different kinds of knowledge would teach them all they needed to know to become... well... masters. Apart from the bending classes, they would also have History classes, because, as the school's brochure said, "a master is someone that holds the key to all kinds of knowledge, and not just bending." Every student and teacher had a different reason to be there. And every student and teacher, as they enjoyed their last day of "freedom", had no idea of the events that would happen in the following months. Events that would not only change their lives, but Republic City itself.
Kaizer yawned, lazily throwing another newspaper at a house's door. Unfortunately, holidays for Kaizer meant only much more work. As a newspaper delivery boy, he had to work every single day of the year. The pay was good, and it helped him afford his studies and his daily life with his aunt. As he threw another newspaper at another door, he glanced at a couple of kids gasping as they watched one of their friends waterbend. "Wooooow!" said one of the kids. "Do it again, do it again!" The center of attention was a small boy that was bending water in and out of a bowl, much to the applause and satisfaction of his young friends. Kaizer shrugged, remembering his childhood in the Northern Water Tribe, where every single day he had to train to perfect his physique and his waterbending. As he entered the city's center area, he hoped something fun would happen, something to make his last day of "freedom" different from all the others.
okay byeeeee"If the master gets started on the conversion now then we should have enough for...say, three rooms by tomorrow. We'll move the rock in then he'll do the rest from there." As one of the other earthbenders planned Tai yawned and stretched, casting an eye up at the academy in front of him. Right now he usually would've been looking for any work he could find, but he'd been sent a message by one of the other soon-to-be students to meet outside the academy first thing in the morning. He had thought it would have something to do with classes tomorrow, but no, this was far more interesting than that. Apparently it was an annual tradition for the sandbenders in-training and their master to come up with a prank to start the year off. "We got a choice between the fire and water rooms. Personally I'd go with the latter, they're less likely to throw a hissy fit at it, and they're closer to the back entrance so it'll be faster too..." He was waiting until their small group had finished planning. Not that he was stupid, but being the brains behind a prank simply wasn't his forte. He preferred the physical aspect to it, and was eager to start moving the earth. He leaned back and watched the clouds move overhead, bare feet tapping against the ground impatiently.
Lun was at the closest beach, as she had been for nearly half of the holidays. There was important paperwork to be done and classes to be planned, but as usual she had left it to the last minute in favour of relaxing under the sun and away from the city. Occasionally her hands would whip up and a nearby batch of seaweed would follow and dance around, but that was all she was willing to do work-wise.
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Ahr riverRubus stared at what would be his new school. His stomach seemed to be turning in on itself. He was going to give himself gastric pains at this rate. Emotions of desire and repulsion mixed together and swirled in his head, and he visibly grimaced. He looked around, to see if anyone else was there, there were a few people, but he stood out just a tad, due to how tall he was. He sighed. He wasn't even sure what he was doing at the school. He just...had to look at it.
She went to its middle and took a fighting stance.
"Kiai!" she shouted as she punched the air, launching a small fireball; it dissipated before it hit anything. She watched, satisfied, as smoke rose from her fingers.
She looked around. The dojo was empty save for her, and anyway her mother told her that she could do whatever she likes since it was the holidays' last day. So she decided to go on a walk.
She exited the dojo, locking it up, and started walking, briskly, toward the Academy. She was there after fifteen minutes, and noticed Rubus almost immediately — after all, he was taller than any person around. Still, she didn't have much to do with him — he was too sour for her tastes.
As much as I don't want to, she thought, I'd better greet him. Politeness is important.
So she walked up to him.
"Good morning, Rubus, " she said. "Did you enjoy your holiday?"
Allosaurushat.Aiko stood in the park, in her stance with her eyes closed. She breathed deeply, trying to keep relaxed. It was made difficult, though, by the knowledge that she returned to the academy tomorrow. Ko knows what would happen if she entered the academy with her current skills. Sighing, she raised her hand and extended two fingers. She began tracing a path through the air, and blue energy followed her hand as she did so. Pointing her hand straight up, she shot a bolt of lightning straight up, then watched it fly up into the sky. "Too slow." she muttered, watching a bird twist out of the way. Sighing, she tried again.
Mad PinoyKuya Shen sat on a bench in Republic City Park, watching the world pass by. He had brought two bags of luggage, which sat beside the bench as he looked around. The young man's observation was interrupted when a bolt of lightning flashed into the sky, clearly as the product of bending. Grabbing his bags, Kuya walked over towards the general area of the bolt's origin. Resting his bags against a nearby tree as he watched the girl generate lightning again. Kuya gave a slight frown when it appeared that a girl likely younger than him was more skilled in firebending than he was. Crossing his arms and adopting a smirk, Kuya stepped out of the shade. "You know, I'm pretty sure if police were here, you'd be arrested for disturbing the peace." he snarked from behind her. "Are you going to the Academy too? Looks like we're going to be trying for the same class."
Ahr riverRubus blinked a bit at the girl. Fairly tall, but he still stared down at her balefully. What was her name? Crap crap crap. Some guys name. Hao? Sometihng like that. Yeah. Probably shouldn't risk it though. "Er, it was good, I suppose. Worked the entire time. And it was really hot out."
With that, she left him, waving once. A pity he didn't remember her name, but, still, that was to be expected. He was even less sociable than she.
She continued with her walk, waving to some of the shop-owners she passed by. At the Tea House* she stopped for a few minutes, exchanging pleasantries with its owner. She promised she'll drop by and continued, finally arriving at the park.
She sat down in the shade of a tree, coincidentally not far from Kuya and Aiko stood.
Allosaurushat.Aiko turned to Kuya, and lost her concentration as she did so. Smoke rose from her fingers, but nothing worse happened. "You're going to the academy too?" she asked, lowering her smoking fingertips. "It's nice to meet you. I'm Aiko Hattori. And you?"
SuperheroPhoenix laughed as he ran through the streets at the center of Republic City. "What is this, the third time this week you guys have failed to catch me. You guy's aren't very good at this." He was being chased by three criminals he manged to annoy for refusing to take a fall in a street fight. Normally he would just beat them up instead of running away, but he is trying to avoid getting into trouble because he fears getting kicked out of the academy. Besides, running for your life is surprisingly fun. There should be a park a couple of blocks from here. I can probably find a place to hide there.
edited 26th Jul '12 4:16:38 PM by luckybreak91
Mad Pinoy"I'm Kuya Shen." he answered, raising his hand for Aiko to shake. "Yeah, I'm heading over to the Academy to train for Lightningbending. And yeah, I know. I don't look like a regular Firebender. My mom was from the Southern Water Tribe, and my dad's from the Fire Nation."
Proud princePhoenix would soon hear a kid yell "Newspaper!" and the sound of him throwing the rolled up newspaper at another door. There was only one slightly small problem. Said kid was right in front of him. And he was getting closer, and closer, and closer, and— And with a thump, Kaizer bumped into Phoenix. The bump took him by surprise, throwing the paperboy to his feet. Groaning, the boy glared at Phoenix as he collected the newspapers that fell off his bag. "What's your problem?! Didn't you see me walking down the street?"
Allosaurushat.Aiko raised an eyebrow. "I thought the Southern Water Tribe hated the Fire Nation, after the war and all that. Oh well, live and learn." She paused. "So, you're a lightningbender too, huh?"
SuperheroPhoenix picked himself up and quickly launched into an explanation as to what was happening. "Sorry, I was to busy yelling at the guys chasing me and wasn't paying attention. I'm Phoenix and I am going to continue with the whole running for my life thing. Wanna join me? It's surprisingly fun." After saying this, Phoenix continued running for his life. Gotta remember to not run too fast, I don't want this to end yet.
edited 26th Jul '12 4:52:46 PM by luckybreak91
Mad Pinoy"Well, it wasn't easy growing up from that kind of union." Kuya said, scowling at his bad memories as he let his right arm join his left and crossed them in front of his chest. "I mean, our parents love us, but my sister and I got bullied a lot for completely looking like one bender and turning out to be the total opposite. I had to deal with a lot of bullies when I was a kid." he said, looking down. He looked up, realizing he was going on one of his tangents. "Sorry about that." he said, referring to his speech. "I got some bad memories. But yeah, I'm a lightningbender. Well, except that I haven't made any lightning yet. But my dad taught me how to do it. I know the gestures and all, it's just that I haven't really tried yet."
Ahr riverRubus gently placed his hands on the ground and picked up the dirt, letting it drift away in the wind, slightly helping it with his hands. He sighed contentedly to himself, and was soon lost in thought.
Allosaurushat.Aiko looked at him curiously. "You haven't? At all?" Not waiting for an answer, she backed away. "Come on then, you should try at least once before the academy starts."
Mad PinoyThough his body was moving him away from Aiko in preparation for lightningbending, Kuya raised his eyebrows at his new acquaintance. "Try it? Right now? Didn't I say something about not disturbing the peace a minute ago?" he asked with a snarky tone.
Allosaurushat.Aiko grinned. "Hey, you don't want to go to the academy without a bit of practice. Besides, the worst that will happen is that we'll both get arrested."
Mad Pinoy"Well, you got guts, Aiko. Crazy guts. Must the reason your eyes are so red." Kuya said, getting into a ready stance. "Here I go. I'll try not to hit anything." Weaving his hands throught the air with index and middle fingers pointed out, Kuya brought them together before pointing his left hand directly upwards, hoping he had properly created lightning. He heard the crackle of electricity, but he didn't open his eyes until he heard the distinct noise lightning made when generated from bending. Looking upwards, he saw the fruit of his work for a brief moment before it dissipated. Crossing his arms, Kuya gave a smirk at Aiko. "How was that? Good enough for the Academy?"
Allosaurushat.Aiko shrugged. "Maybe. If I knew what academy's standards were, I wouldn't be training today." She stared at the sky. "Still, it wasn't bad. I'm a bit shocked, no pun intended, that you were able to pull that off on your first try."
Proud prince"Running for your life? What are you—" As soon as Kaizer spotted the gang members that were chasing Phoenix, he immediately joined the other boy in running for his life, although he did it in a much more focused manner, glaring at the path in front of him. "Any idea where we can hide?" he asked, not taking an eye off the road ahead.
edited 27th Jul '12 1:16:43 AM by Stratofarius
She stretched and got up, cracking her knuckles. She walked up to Aiko and Kuya.
"You'll have to do better than that, but the point of the Academy is to teach you, neh?" she said. "My name is Zhao Yun. I am a third-year Lightningbending student in the Academy."
She inclined her head.
SuperheroPhoenix shrugged a little at the question. "I didn't really have a plan, but I sort of figured that the park would probably be a good place. It should be fairly easy to lose them in the trees and bushes, and if I can't lose them there I can probably find a place without many people so I can just beat them up without having to worry about getting kicked out of the academy." Phoenix paused for a second. "Got any better ideas?"
edited 27th Jul '12 4:58:28 AM by luckybreak91
Ahr riverRubus left the school grounds, carrying a few rocks, levitating them around him quietly, almost moving like a dancer as he glided with them. That is until he tripped over a root and nearly fell flat on his face.
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