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Wen Li

"Do not interfere in something that doesn't involve you."

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a character in “Avatar: A Tale of Two Flowers”, as played by Fredalice

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Name: Wen Li
Age: 23
Element: Non-bender
Weapon(s): two Remington Model 1100 shotguns, six AMT Automag V pistols, a Fedorov Avtomat rifle, and an array of grenades mostly of the tear gas and smoke variety.


History: Li didn't have a normal childhood; her father didn't raise her so much as train her. From a very young age, Li was put under a very strict and rather strenuous schedule, learning how to clean and fix guns, how to scan buildings, and forge documents. When she became old enough, twelve to be exact, physical training was added, long and laborious, pushing the limits. Along with any everyday skills he could think to teach her; cooking; singing; playing instruments; dancing; art; wood carving; acting; etc. Li's father was training her to be the perfect weapon, one that could hide in plain sight from everyone. Only her training was cut short.

It was her first big test, her father had taken her on a mission to gather information on the Red Lotus, but halfway through the job went sour. Li tried to get her father to leave it and just go, but the information was more important. When they got caught, they were separated. Li managed to get out of the building, but her father was still trapped inside. For months she looked over the building schematics, the schedules of everyone in the building, trying to create the perfect plan to get her father back. She even tried a couple times, each one just as bad as the last.

She finally had to admit that she needed help. She was indeed a great weapon, but not perfect, she still had plenty to learn before becoming what her father sculpted her to be.

After putting on a disguise, Li went to the White Lotus. However, one of the first lessons her father had taught her was never give any real information away, so she lied. She told the White Lotus that her father was the warmest person she knew, that without him she was lost, that he was her best friend. She said that her father had been working on innovative technologies that the Red Lotus became very interested in and that they kidnapped him. Above all, she lied that her name was Wen Li. They agreed to help and took her in. They trained her, not realizing that all her struggles in her training was just acting and that she was far better than they would have even begun to think. Li knew that the best way to get her father back was not to become a soldier, but a spy and a double agent, so she "began to show signs" that this was what her talent was. This way she could take her time looking for her father on the inside and not have to rely so heavily on the White Lotus to find him.

Ten years, that's how long she spent as a double agent. Not necessarily just on one job, but in the profession. As a whole she has had a total of six jobs, each job requiring her to be a completely different person. She was Baozhai for six months; a quiet girl who loved mornings, walking in parks, sweets, and singing and who conveniently worked at a tea shop popular to Red Lotus members. Baozhai had long, sunny hair that she kept in a ponytail, bright green eyes, and a tattoo of a mouse on the inside of her wrist. She was Meiying a year and a half; who was bossy, loud, and takes charge, and she liked drawing, Autumn, tattoos, and watching the stars and worked at a repair shop that was housed close to the Red Lotus base. Meiying had short red hair, black eyes, several piercings on each ear and eyebrow, and both arms were covered in tattoos of all kind. She was Jun for a year; a girl who follows orders well and gets jobs done quickly, no questions asks, who liked working with her hands, cooking for others, and learning and whom worked as a lackey to a Red Lotus guards. Jun had straight, brown hair that she kept in a braided bun, clean of any tattoos or piercings, and amber-like eyes. She was Lan for a year; a girl who liked to gossip and chat with co-workers, who liked growing flowers, lighting candles, and whittling wood and whom worked in the kitchens at a Red Lotus base. Lan had pale hair that was almost silver, dark blue eyes, and always wore a bow in her hair. She was Ping for two years; a girl who was extremely tech-savvy and could hack anything or create any kind of firewall, she liked almost every kind of music, was a bit of a glutton, and who was deeply superstitious and she worked deep in the Red Lotus organization . Ping had short, curly, brown hair, hazel eyes and wore ties most often. Now, now she was Ushi and had been for the past four years; Ushi is hard, angry, and someone who pushes back; she likes spicy food, working out, and prefers to be alone and she works as a higher guard, further up than those losers who kidnapped a fire and water bender only to have them escape. Ushi long, black curls and silver eyes, she often carries a gas mask with her, and has a tattoo on her left arm of birds flying away.

Li was almost called to abandon her undercover operative to help the two who got kidnapped escape, however, she was relieved when they escaped themselves, allowing her to keep her currently position in the Red Lotus and continue her search for her father.

So begins...

Wen Li's Story

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Li set her jaw, today just wasn't her day. Or even her week.

She got word earlier that the Red Lotus was ready to make a stance of power. They had been preparing for this, putting their people in high power positions and apparently they had enough now. She didn't get what exactly they were going to do, but she knew it wasn't good. Li had tried to send word to the White Lotus several times about this, but either none of it went through or they didn't think it was as high of a priority as they should have. She also knew that they were wanting her to keep an eye on this Chiyo girl whom they were suspecting as being the Avatar. Though they didn't know it yet, they were right. Li had observed several things about her over the past couple of months that have definitely proven her to be so; little things. If they were taking an interest in this girl before, they were definitely going to try and grab her when they played their big move. So here she was, watching her. A girl who liked to get into a lot of trouble. On more than one occasion, Li had almost interfered thinking it was the Red Lotus trying to grab her, but always turned out to be nothing bigger than a pickpocket situation.

Then today it all became so much worse. Two idiots in a beat up car and trashed clothes come rolling, idiots that Li found out from the entrance guards are a part of the White Lotus. If they told the entrance guards who knows how many other people they have let in on their secret! They had no tact whatsoever something that was such a basic lesson to learn!

Since these two idiots came, Li felt it's been one short coming after another. Not mentioning all the attention they were pulling because of how they were dressed, by extension the attention then Chiyo was getting, they unleashed the little lemur to follow her as a red flag as to where she was. If she wasn't as street smart as she was, Li would have definitely interfered at the wall when she was surrounded as she had been. Seeing as things were, Li luckily got to keep to the shadows. But now!

Now some thieving pigs were trying to steal the idiots' car and took hostage Chiyo's family. Considering how the young girl had been acting with a small temper release over being told what to do, Li imagined the worse in this situation.

Li picked a small grenade from her belt and threw it at the "Mr. Mustache", having it land near his feet. As it stopped rolling, the grenade began to secrete thick, grey smoke. That was her cue, she pulled on her gas mask which covered half of her face. Once the smoked was completely surrounding the man, Li jumped into the cloud from a roof nearby. She quickly snapped his neck, if only she had her guns this would be much easier. He landed with a hard thud, but no other noise had escaped him.

"What's going on? Answer or we'll kill your whole family!" another man shouted.

"You've all stumbled upon something bigger than yourself," Li whispered behind the man. Startled the man span around, arm raised to knock her, but she easily ducked and kicked behind his knees, knocking him to the ground. He tried to grab at his pistol, only to have his hand broken as Li stomped down on his wrist. She then stomped on his head, knocking him out. She made her way over to the two idiots and Chiyo, all of them looking like shadowed phantoms from where she stood.

"Take her someplace safe, I'll handle the rest," she said before disappearing from their view. Li focused on her mind's eye, there had been six thieves, now down to four; two were holding a child each and the other two were holding down the big guy. The group seemed trigger happy, meaning this wasn't going to be easy, but a challenge was no skin off her back.

The smoke was beginning to clear away and Li could start to see some of their silhouettes, the thieves outlines were thankfully very distinguishable to Chiyo's family. She smiled underneath her gas mask and ran towards the two men holding the children. She jumped over their heads, grabbing their collars as she arched down again. Then fell flat on their backs, winding them, but letting go of the children who ran the opposite direction. Stabling her own footing the two she had pulled down rose to standing positions again.

"I don't recognize this bitch," one of them said.

"No one ever does," Li said back, "Just think of me as a shadow." She lunged for an attack again, this time when one went to punch, she latched onto his arm throwing him to the ground again, with her legs wrapped around his arm all she had to do was twist to pull it out of its socket. As she flipped up, the other man kicked, sending her skidding backwards. Li just raised her hands and waited for the man to make the attack as his friend laid squirming in pain at his feet.

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Izaya closed his eyes and ground his teeth as Chiyo arrived. The spirits, or the fates or whatever, were cruel indeed… Seemed like they were dealing him the worst possible hand at every draw, since this journey began. All the hell he’d been through… All the bullshit he’d put up with… All the times they’d been captured and he’d been slogged in the face… And it had only taken them twenty minutes in Ba Sing Se to find the damned Avatar. Some god, or something, must really be laughing at him, right now. He hoped those fire flakes tasted good… At least someone should be getting some kind of enjoyment out of it all, right now.

Chiyo was one to talk about being “bad”. She had some nerve to talk to him the way she did, after what she’d just gotten back from. How could the damned Avatar, the paragon of all humanity, get chased through the streets, by the police, like she was some common criminal?! How dare she treat him like some sort of child, after all that bullmoose shit!

And it wasn’t just her… Everything since they left Republic City… Every damned set back… Every new injury… It ground at him. If anything else happened....

And, of course, that was when the thief poked his head out of the shop and screamed his obscene threat/demand.

Rather soon after, as Ru finished his poor attempt at a bluff, a new wave of chaos sprang forth from the ether… Or, rather, from a grenade someone had tossed at the jackass thief’s feet. Smoke erupted into the area, obscuring everything around him and transforming everyone inside its cover into shadowy silhouettes. As he roiled internally, his exhausted mind trying desperately to process it all; He heard the familiar sound of a neck breaking and a freshly made corpse collapsing to the ground. Sounds of violence followed, along with the hasty speech of what sounded like a young woman, and a gravelly voiced man -probably their new interloper and one of the thieves trading banter before one of them got acquainted with the pavement.

Soon after, a very feminine silhouette approached them and commanded them to hide Chiyo and leave the fighting to her.

Aaaand he was done.

Just then, if one listened real closely, they could hear something snap inside Izaya’s head. Like a fragile twig, or a slender string holding onto what remained of his control. Of course, if they couldn’t hear the snap, they could just watch the fires as they ignited around his feet. They sprang out around his shoes, little blue flames that jumped a bit with every one of his quickening breaths. They jumped two feet high in the instant that his eyes shot open, bloodshot and full of rage as they were.

“I’m done.” The words spilled out of Izaya as he hastily undid his shirt cuffs and rolled the sleeves up to his elbows. “I am one hundred and ten percent done.” His gaze flicked over to Ru. his arm reaching out and grabbing the man’s shirt, again. He dragged his companion in Chiyo’s direction and would push him towards her. “Watch her. Don’t let her leave. Don’t let her come in. Freeze her if you have to. Whoever goes in after me gets burned.”

With those rage-filled words said, Izaya stomped off into the smoke cloud, leaving burning tracks in his wake. Entering the scene of the apparent battle, Izaya was greeted by a rather bleak scene. There were three male silhouettes on the ground, two barely breathing, and a third rather still. Still standing were five silhouettes.. One of them obviously being Bunta -his frame was hard to miss, anywhere- and another being the female he’d seen earlier. The other three had to be the thieves, as they obviously weren’t children. Two of them were holding Bunta down, the man struggling less and less as time went by… They’d obviously done something to subdue him. The third was fighting the woman, though not well.

Izaya moved into action as the girl flipped away from her opponent. The ridiculous, obvious non-bender had thrown her hands up upon landing, expecting an attack that would never come... Because before her opponent could even think of striking, a bolt of lightning caught him directly in the chest. His body froze there as the lightning arced out of Izaya’s finger tips and into his form, his skin turning briefly translucent; his skeleton glowing bright through the smoke for all to see. His body began to spasm, then, dancing like a poorly worked marionette, still moving with electric life even as everything the man had been left it.

Before the electrocuted thief’s body had even dropped, Izaya was on the other two. With a punch, a gout of blue flame knocked one thief away, slamming him into a work table and dropping him to the floor. Jumping over a pile of scrap, Izaya sliced his leg through the air, igniting a second stream of flame that knocked the second thief away from Bunta, but still left him standing.

“You assholes fucked with me at the wrong time..” Izaya said through gritted teeth as he stalked after the still-standing thief. “Any other day, and I would have let you bastards live… But now…” The thief went for a gun, or some other weapon, but Izaya was having none of it. With a rush, he closed the distance and delivered a blow to the thief’s stomach. Stunned, the man bent around the blow, the air from his lungs leaving him all at once... Leaving nothing to fuel a scream that would have surely erupted as flames ignited along Izaya’s knuckles, burning a crater into the thief’s flesh. Gasping and sputtering, the thief tried to fall back, but Izaya wouldn’t allow that. Grabbing the man by the throat, he pulled the thief back into another punch; this one colliding with the thief’s face. The burst of flame that followed charred the thief’s face -and most of his head- black rendering him silent.

“Any other day… And you’d all be walking away from this.” Izaya growled again, as he stalked after the last thief: The one he’d knocked to the ground. The man had lost some of his nerve now that he was the last of the bunch, but he still managed to compose himself long enough to tear his gun from an unseen holster. The thief fired at Izaya, but the shot went wide and did little more than piss the fire bender off more.

With a quick, roundabout kick Izaya sparked a stream of flame that launched itself at and engulfed the gun along with the thief’s hand. The thief screamed as the gun melted, and his hand started to burn; but was cut short when Izaya grabbed him by the throat and lifted him up off the ground. Staring Izaya in the face, the thief lost focus on the pain in his charred hand and instead gave into unrelenting panic as he stared into those red eyes.

Faced with death, the thief began to weep and beg… As was the nature of cowardly men as they met their end. “Please…”

“No.” Was Izaya’s only response, before he opened his mouth and roared, breathing a stream of flame into the thief’s face.

Now somewhat sated of his rage, Izaya dropped the smoking carcass of his last victim on the floor and looked about for the woman’s silhouette again. Finding it, he reverted back to the calm, collected version of himself that everyone knew, but so few loved. “So… Whoever you are… The people are handled, everyone’s safe… I think it’s time you introduce yourself.”

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It was chaos as she had never expirienced before, and she had not lived a sheltered life.

Ru had just mentioned having more to talk about than that afternoon's shenanigans--what more could there be? Were they mugged on the way back? That was when a somewhat familiar mustachioed man poked his head out of the shop door, saying something about...wanting the customer's car and....hurting her family....

Chiyo felt her body stiffen as if she had been turned to stone.

They had been robbed before, it came with the neighborhood, but never had anyone been bold enough to threaten harm on her family. Bunta's reputation generally scared off anyone who even thought of it. They must have taken advantage of her father's kindness...had they hurt him already?

"P..papa?"

Chiyos voice was a mingle of fear and outrage. Something inside of her felt like it was shifting, some anger opening a door that had been shut. At her feet, Toph ducked for cover into the Earth as tiny rocks and pebbles around Chiyo began to shake, roll..some even started to slowly float..and then the grenade landed.

It all happened so quickly. One minute, Chiyo thought she was going to be sick with the rage building inside her, then the smoke, the sound of a struggle, a sickening crunch, a soft thud and a woman's voice. That was an oddly familiar voice. The voice demanded that someone keep her safe. Fuck that! Her family was in danger! Who was this woman, thinking she could hold her back? Stupid. Anyone who got between Chiyo and her family would have to be stupid.

That was when Izaya suddenly seemed to catch fire. For a second the sight surprised Chiyo out of her outrage. Fire bender. He was a fire bender! But he was also telling Ru not to let her save her family. To stay here. What was wrong with these stupid people?! Chiyo felt gagged by her own anger as Izaya charged into the smoke.

Bastards. Bastards! She felt her hands clench, felt the heat in her palms, licking her knuckles as she clenched. She shouted angrilly, an animalistic sound, and started to charge in to the house--they couldn't stop her. Let them try. What had Izaya said to Ru...? Freeze her? Ru must be a water bender. But let him try to stop her. Yet, she skid abruptly to a stop as a blinding flash of light, followed by children screaming erupted from the smoking windows.

Her heart felt strangled with horror. The kids! What happened? What if they were all...?

Chiyo felt the strange sensation of suddenly not being part of her own body. She couldn't bear the thought if them dead. Around her, the earth cracked at her feet, though she could not see it, or hear it. Dead...they can't be dead! Just when Chiyo thought the feeling would swallow her whole, she was brought back to her senses as two warm bodies hit her in the chest. Chiyo blinked, surprised to find her sisters in her arms, they were shaking and weeping. Chiyo realized she was crying too. She hugged the two girls fiercely.

"You're ok. Oh thank the gods...you're ok..." She held them at arms length. "What happened? Where are Tu and Jun?"

Cho and Tattie could hardly speak from fright, but Chiyo understood that the boys had managed to hide themselves in the secret back room when Bunta got overtaken by the bandits. From within the house, flashes of light and men's screams echoed. Chiyo stared fiercely, tensed like a lioness ready to spring, but her sisters clung to her like burrs and presently all was silent.

Chiyo couldn't wait any longer. She looked to Ru, eyes hard. before peeling her sisters off and heading into the eerily silent house. The smoke was clearing and two figures stood. The silhouette of her father was easy to pick out but he was very still. Had he fainted? She went to her father's side, cutting between the two figures as if they were not there. Chiyo cradled her father's head gently, putting her ear low over his face. There was a small breath. She could hear it. A small relief. They must have drugged him to take him down. The floor was littered with bodies, which numbly Chiyo had stepped over. She heard Izaya ask the female shape for her name...it was still somewhat hard to see in here. But Chiyo was unafraid. She was furious. She was confused. But not afraid. Unmoving from Bunta's still form, Chiyo glowered into the smoke at the unknown woman and Izaya.

"While you have my gratitude for saving my family.." her voice was somewhat bitter for a thank-you. Chiyo resented their help-- she hadn't asked for it. This was her family. Her responsibility. None of their business. She didn't need help. She would have saved them on her own. Her voice came out more like a growl as she asked,

"What...the hell...just happened...?"

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#, as written by Soki
Ru was all but confused. First (the most obvious) his bluff failed, second now the entire situation was covered in a dense smoke. This quest was getting more, and more out of hand as it went and he wasn't even the one getting hurt half the time! He'd would have had said something about it, but (and he gathered) that the cause of the smoke had decided to give them orders too. He was becoming more, and more annoyed at their current situation but all of that met a wall of sorts. Izzy had finally snapped, surprising it had taken this long. Ru would have to give his partner some props when he calmed down on holding his temper for so long. Once again being dragged by his shirt to stand near Chiyo being told to basically to play guard dog, and not let her enter the building.

Oh good idea, keep the avatar from helping her family! That seemed like the smartest of ideas, even untrained she would be difficult to detain, even with ice. He didn't have time to voice an objection or his opinion as Izzy disappeared into the shop as well. He flinched at the sounds of battle, but mostly from the screams. He looked to Chiyo, she was obviously fighting with something. Then she charged. "Wait!" Ru called out, surprised to see her stop, did it work? Of course not, something else was up; thankfully that was cut short by the appearance of Chiyo's sisters.

What was he supposed to do really? even if he managed to stop her from entering there was no telling what would happened if he truly made her mad. He was going to really lay into Izzy later after this. It wasn't much longer before Chiyo was charging her way once again inside. He groaned loudly running a bit to catch up. "Momo stay out here and keep an eye on the kids!" He called out to his furry sidekick who had been flying haphazardly around the entrance. He wasn't really excited for what he knew he was gonna see.He stepped inside trying his best to ignore what was left of the thieves, taking a second to look for Chiyo then his partner. This smoke was annoying, just silhouettes but he could basically figure out who was who. He worked his way to Izaya, placing a hand on his shoulder. He would normally make some sort of remark about all of this, maybe a joke; but right now he felt more inclined to switch roles with his partner and scold him for doing something reckless and stupid. (Specifically with Ru's own life) "Stop Chiyo from coming inside really Izzy? you're suppose to be the sensible one.." He muttered to his partner. Though his eyes moved from Izzy to what the man had been glaring at. This woman had come out of nowhere, (Made an amazing entrance though Ru would have to let her know that later, if she even stuck around) Though she did help, obviously the chaos of the situation got way more out of hand then needed but it seemed like everyone was safe.

Ru could see Chiyo over Bunta. The giant man obviously alive, (cause Chiyo wasn't trying to roast any of them) He walked over, kneeling beside them both. other then some bruises Bunta looked no worse for wear. He'd have one hell of a headache though when he awoke. Then came the most important question, one that made his hair stand on end. What had happened? Well it was obvious wasn't it? thieves trying to steal a nice car; failing miserably thanks to some stealthy assassin like lady, and a crazy firebender. Then again that wasn't everything. Ru looked at Chiyo with a mixture of sympathy and a pinch of regret. He really wasn't sure if he should be the one to say it, in fact! He knew he shouldn't but hey when did that stop him before. "Well you see Chiyo, those guys wanted our car and obviously wanted it badly enough to risk this situation." He waved a hand at the chaos. Then took a moment to look at the other woman in the room. Then returned his gaze to Chiyo. She needed to know, and damn the consequences because if she ever lost control.. Well it was just best not to think about that. "Look I don't really know how to say this but uh.." He paused, words becoming incredibly hard for him to find, (Which with him was almost impossible) "sooo umm..Izzy over there thought you were a firebender." Was that literally the best he could do? Nope that was just a bad joke to break the ice so to speak. "Sorry, what I really meant to say is why all this has happened, well Chiyo you'--" Thankfully saved by his furry-sidekick who had been worrying in his own way and had all about tackled Ru's face effectively, and utterly shutting him up. A piece of him was glad this happened, hopefully Izzy would have more tact for revealing the situation.

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“So… Whoever you are… The people are handled, everyone’s safe… I think it’s time you introduce yourself," the Firebender said. For someone who had rushed into her fight and literally melted peoples' face off, this man seemed surprisingly calm at the moment. After all, she was a complete stranger that showed up in a violent situation, he should be seeing her as another threat. Obviously his instincts were not really the best.

Chiyo, however, was having a more realistic response and though another man tried to explain, it still fell upon Li to do so. She pulled down her gas mask and walked over to the windows, opening them up to clear the smoke. With the danger passed, there was no need to hide anymore.

Li sighed, they needed a lot of information, but she really didn't want to get into her whole life's story at the moment. After all, she had other things she needed to be doing at the moment, like getting her information about the Red Lotus's next move to her bosses.

"My name is Wen Li, and like you two, I work for the White Lotus. I've been keeping an eye on Chiyo for some time now, keeping her out of the Red Lotus's radar," Li paused, Chiyo needed to know she was the Avatar, but the safety of her family required that they didn't know. She looked to Chiyo's father, he seemed unconscious enough for this and her siblings seemed to still be outside, of course knowing children they might be nearby enough to be listening, curiosity and all that. Li bent next to Chiyo, and dropped her voice so that only Chiyo would be able to hear.

"The reason I've been keeping an eye on you is because you're the Avatar, Chiyo," Li whispered, "That's how you can earthbend, how you've been scorching tea pots and such because you can also firebend. You mustn't tell your family, once someone finds out then the Red Lotus will too. Having them not know will be best for everyone and keep them safe. After tonight they will start to wonder and you need to consider what to do next."

Li stood up then and looked around the room, finally seeing the others clearly for the first time. The firebender looked a little bit ruffled after the fight, but his clothes still stood out too much, same with the other guy. She rolled her eyes a bit at them before walking towards the door.

"I'm going secure a perimeter, make sure there wasn't anybody watching who shouldn't be," she blankly stated before walking outside. Once outside the door Li saw kids.

"Thank you for helping," one of the girls said. Li smiled and ushered them inside. The outside was quiet now, the kind of quiet that unsettles a person, however it's also what Li preferred. She could think in this kind of quiet, she could clearly see what needed to be done and get it done more efficiently. As Li looked around she couldn't see any faces peaking out around corners; this was both good and bad. It meant that no one who lived here had seen anything, however it could also mean that if there was someone there, they knew what they were doing.

Li licked her lips and casually walked over to a nearby alleyway, her fists clenched, ready for the unexpected.

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As the unknown woman opened the windows, and the smoke cleared, Chiyo realized she recognized her. She was a customer of Scrappers. At least, that's what Chiyo had always known her as. But now, she was boldly announcing she worked for the White Lotus...and included Ru and Izaya in this declaration. Chiyo felt suddenly very nauseous and very sweaty.

She had spent the day with two members of the White Lotus? The people looking for...the Avatar...her...Chiyo swallowed back the feeling of sick in the back of her throat just as Wen leaned in close to her and whispered.

How did Wen know she'd been scorching tea pots? It was really only today she'd done that. How long had this woman been watching her? How long? But really...there was no way this woman knew anything. Though the name Red Lotus send a cold chill through Chiyo's hot blood--probably the intention. The Red Lotus would probably want nothing to do with the Avatar now--right? Nevermind her as the Avatar. A petty thief growing up in the slums. She would be of no use to people like them--right?

Chiyo flattened her expression into one of mild disinterest. She could fake this. She spent the whole day with these two--and they couldn't know she was the Avatar. Chiyo watched Wen leave and made a small snorting sound. She couldn't help it. She was so damn nervous. She was laughing. Or was she crying? Or was it both. She'd cracked, she'd finally cracked.

"That Wen lady is nuts." Chiyo declared matter-of-factly. "Should have known one of Papa's customers would be a little off--but seriously. Thinking she's part of the White Lotus--I mean, sure she's got moves--but seriously--thinking I could fire bend?"

Here Chiyo made a raspberry sound to express how silly and outrageous of an idea that was.

"No way! Earth bender. All the way. Ask anyone." Chiyo then kept chuckling to herself as she helped her sisters (and soon her brothers as they crept in to check on them from their hiding places in the garage) clean up the wreckage left behind in the fight. Chiyo let her father sleep for now--as Ru hadn't seemed worried by the sight of him--and began to busy herself about the house as if nothing had changed.

Her siblings were shaken, but thankfully fine. Chiyo scraped together some money from the pockets of the slightly crispy (ewww) bandits and handed it off to her siblings--instructing them to go do some thing fun while she took care of the rest. Body disposal should be left to the eldest siblings anyway...not that it had ever really been a thing before. Still, Chiyo felt that sounded right. She waved them all off, all questions from them--if she was ok, if papa was ok, what happened and so on--she shushed them all with love and urged them out the door. Anywhere was better than here right now. That was where Chiyo wanted to be too...anywhere but here right now...

"Bye guys--stay together! Back in one hour!" Chiyo shouted after them as she shoved them out the door. They would most likely go to Gen's stand and stuff their little faces. Feeling relieved that she could at least take that burden off her sibling's shoulders she turned back to Izaya and Ru, giving them a forced grin.

"Anyway, thanks for your help, Izaya and Ru. I'm sure Papa has your car finished, we can ask him when he wakes up." She gingerly propped Bunta's head on a couch pillow, listening to him snore. She looked back at the two men, nervously wiping her hands on her black jeans.

"Would either of you...like a cup of tea?"

She wasn't sure what else to do. Bunta always said--in tough times--tea.

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Izaya rolled his eyes in irritation as Chiyo entered the house, closely followed by Ru. Figures that his partner couldn’t even follow the most simple of instructions. “Stop her”, “Freeze Her”, “Don’t let her in.” How hard were these to follow, really? Sure, she may be the Avatar, but she was hardly a fully realized one. For now, she was little more than a slightly overpowered earth bender. It shouldn’t have been too hard to stop her… And yet, here she was. Getting introduced to a situation that was more than slightly out of her depth.

Izaya brushed Ru and his complaints off as he watched the smoke clear, and Chiyo start to react to the situation… She was taking it just a bit better than he thought she would. Was this kind of scene common in the Lower Rings? How often did one get to see charred corpses in this area? Of course, with her reaction came the questions. The all-important ones, it seemed. Ru seemed more than content to answer the bit about why the thieves were there… But that still left the questions she had yet to voice.

Naturally, the new arrival was the one to pick up on those first. Picking up where Ru tactfully left off, the newly unmasked -and not unattractive- woman decided to spill the entire can of beans all at once: Letting go that they were White Lotus agents, and that Chiyo was the Avatar! Wonderful, really, how everyone else in his organization had clearly mastered the art of tact. Both she and Ru seemed to have no qualms with dumping that critical information on an already stressed young woman with grand mystical powers that may -or may not- go off like a nuke when faced with panic… Brilliant, really.

Of course, the girl, Wen Li, extracted herself from the situation before anything got too explode-y; Leaving Izaya with a heap of questions and problems. He wasn’t sure if the woman was actually White Lotus… He’d never met her before. He was pretty sure Ru hadn’t, either… Though, he’d have to wait until after the water bender removed his living fur-mask to inquire. How had she been keeping her away from the Red Lotus, anyhow? How long had she been spying on Chiyo? They’d never once been told of any other agent’s presence in the area… It was all too fishy.

Grabbing Ru by the collar, yet again, and pushed him off in the direction the woman left in. “Go, follow her and get some answers. Don’t let this one get away, this time… Freeze her solid if she tries to run, or something. I need a few moments here.” He said, fully expecting Ru to comply after he managed to pry Momo off his face. Hopefully his earlier failure would still sting enough for the water bender to try harder.

Turning his attention back to Chiyo, he had just enough time to witness the end of her miniature freak-out, and the sending away of her younger siblings. Now, how exactly should he deal with this situation? In all of the training the White Lotus had put Izaya and Ru through, they’d never actually taught them how they should deal with a newly found Avatar…

Maybe something to distract her? Or prove that she was, in fact, the Avatar? Maybe just providing her with proof would be enough to stabilize her in the moment. Walking up to Chiyo, as she turned and offered them tea, he gripped her shoulder and held her there for a moment at arm’s reach. “Hey, how about instead… We just calm down and take a moment to breathe.” Or do anything besides ingest the hot-leaf-sludge that Earth Nation people called tea -He thought to himself. “Focus on me… Breathe in…” He said, breathing in deep. “And out..” He exhaled slowly. He repeated himself several times, trying to get her to follow his cues as he released her shoulder and slowly stepped away from her.

Now seemed as good a time as any to display a fire bending basic… And what better way, than to do exactly the same thing his first fire bending master had done to him. Quickly, he ignited a small fireball in his hand and slowly tossed it at her, while yelling “Now, catch!”

If she’d been following him, breathing along in his seeming attempt to calm her down, she’d catch the fire… If she didn’t freak out. If she did freak out, she’d probably cause a small explosion; Hopefully no larger than Izaya could control. If neither happened, then the flame would just sputter out on her chest, and she’d think him a little crazier for it. Nothing to lose, right?

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Ru felt a fire growing in his belly, one that stemmed from the fact Izzy was treating him like a kid who had failed at a test. Yeah he didn't try to stop Chiyo very hard, but then again fighting with a panicked woman, who also happens to be the most powerful bender (though untrained) wasn't the brightest of ideas. He finally managed to pry Momo loose, as he was dragged towards the entrance. "Yeah, yeah freeze her solid thing..We're gonna be having a chat about this later though.." He said with a hint of anger twisted in his words. He sat Momo down upon a table that managed not to be utterly scorched, before running outside.

He took a moment to look around, it couldn't be to hard to find the woman who had came in like some vigilante out of nowhere. He just managed to catch a quick glimpse of her before she walked in an alley. "Great alleyways...those are always fun." He mumbled to himself before giving chase. When he managed to close the gap between them he called out in his usual way. "Sooo, I know you finished your job and all that, probably wanna go back to your secret base and all," He paused for just moment offering a playful smile. "I really need to know a bit more about you, and my partner back there won't take no for an answer on the situation." He looked her over. "I've never once heard of you, and never did anyone mention you when we were given the mission to find the Avatar," He crossed his arms a bit his eyes studying her, "You would think they'd give word ahead of time so something like this didn't happen.." Then again, there was always an underlying layer of things at least when it came to certain political situations. "Also, probably not the best time.. but my partner was right almost everyone we've met in the earth kingdom is named 'lee'" He'd have to bring that back up to Izzy when things weren't in a complicated air.

He focused back on her, she was obviously well-trained and if she wanted to run she'd not get far but a fight would be different and he'd have to hope that she wasn't lying about being part of the white lotus. At least then him being his normal self wouldn't get him into a fight..hopefully. "Look I get it, we came in loud and well wearing what we're wearing; but we've not exactly had the most easy adventure to get here." He paused and couldn't help but laugh at the memory of Izzy's face looking like ground meat. "I mean this is basically are first big mission so we're not really use to trying to be super stealth, as by all means you've seemed to have mastered."

He felt that he had covered most of the bases that Izzy would have wanted him to cover, except one. "So how much of a presence has the red lotus had in the city then, and how had you figured out Chiyo was the avatar and didn't take the chance at letting the order know?" This revelation put him on guard, he couldn't be sure how long she had been here, and they'd only been here for nearly a day and managed to stumble on to her by accident; so it stood to reason that she could have easily figured it out with just watching over her from the shadows. Though that didn't explain WHY she was here, and why she had chosen Chiyo above all. He closed his eyes for just a moment, letting everything process in his mind. It all seemed more confusing than it needed to be, and yet there was a simplicity about it like it was fate they’d just so happen to stumble upon her and chaos would ensue.

Momo hadn’t stayed put on that table chasing after his master just as quickly, but staying out of sight (As best to his abilities considering he was an obvious sight being a furry flying creature) Though with everything that had happened he’d have to try his best to protect Ru, who else would feed him his favorite snacks? Or keep him from being fried by Izaya? Besides if end all be all he had developed a good skill of distracting someone as seen by face-latching onto Ru. So if the situation called for it, he would do his sidekick duty!

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Li heard footsteps come up behind her and called out. The woman sighed and straightened up looking exasperatedly behind her at the man who followed. If there had been anyone in that alley then they were certainly gone now alone with her hidden presence. The man began to ramble off on everything that they wanted to know, though Li would prefer not to disclose all that information, especially in an unsecured area such as this, it seemed to her that there was no leaving this alone. It certainly didn't seem like there was anybody around or listening, but more often than not that's when someone was in the shadows, she should know because after all she was that shadow.

Li bit her tongue at the mention of their trip being a bit hard. They would not hold up under torture, she thought to herself, shaking her head. Did they get any training at all before being put on the field? Though torture was exactly what she had coming to her now.

"I'm going to make this quick, so pay attention. They don't tell a lot of people who I am, ZI'm undercover, I've been in this particular undercover position for four years. I managed to infiltrate the Red Lotus high up in their guard position, meaning I was put under a lot of surveillance making it impossible to pass on information. I'd been trying the past couple months. Here," she gave him a flashdrive, "All information that I've collected is on there. There are several of their members in high power positions across all nations, not just this city. It looks like they are playing a much bigger game than just the Avatar now."

She snatched the flashdrive back, putting it away, "And now that my cover is blown from helping you lot, I'm going to need to head back to headquarters soon. By the way, a helpful hint for the future, don't tell anybody, even the guards at the gate that you're White Lotus, it makes it too easy."

The woman began to walk back down the alley to check other places, though she had a feeling that there wasn't going to be anything to find, but with her head now on line it was best to actually check and be absolutely certain. Though she stopped, there was a movement up above that had caught her eyes. She became unusually still and quiet as she waited and watched. There it was again. Her vision zoomed in and saw the outline of a critter, one with a long tail and big ears.

"Your pet is about as subtle as you and your partner," Li said before continuing her way down the alley. Angry chattering came from above, but Li just pressed on ignoring it.

"And another thing-" Li said, her voice prepared to defend her name, remembering the slight he had said about 'Lee' being a common name. Her arm was raised as she pointed back at the man.

The chattering grew louder, changing into a screech. Li automatically stepped to the side and looked, just as an angry lemur flew passed her head. It circled back around as it landed, looking at Li with ruffled fur. Li simply arched an eyebrow as if to challenge the little beast. With a warning chatter, the lemur lunged again, the woman leaning back and letting the lemur once again soar over her head. This went back and forth for a while, the lemur would growl and lunge and Li would barely step out of it way to dodge. She knew she could easily snatch the creature and throw it back, but seeing as it didn't pose any real threat and its owner was standing right there, it was best if she kept her hands to herself. In fact she could be seen as being very calm, the opposite of the lemur, and her hands gently held behind her back. However, it would appear that her ease in this situation was making the lemur even more aggressive.

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Ru was ready for whatever it was she was gonna say, but of course something had to happen to end it then and there. Thankfully it wasn't him that was getting attacked this time, in fact it was by him by extension of his pet doing the attacking. He couldn't help but smile broadly at the fact Momo was here trying his best to defend his master, (failing immensely) He crossed his arms over his chest just watching the entire exchange. He could tell that Li could very easily harm Momo, and was glad she wasn't trying. He'd really, really hate what he'd have to do if that happened. He smirked some, it was obvious she was dodging his pet with such ease so why not give him a helping hand, "Thank you, for not harming him, but you know.." He paused now with a light exhale and letting his body flow naturally (And with practiced ease) through a few motions, working the moisture in the air into water, and then ice sheets along the ground around her.

He smirked his trademark smirk. This woman was way to uptight, and the thought that maybe this little joke, amongst just Momo being Momo could maybe help her at least not be so uptight. Or it could get him and Momo horribly maimed either way. "Go easy on her Momo, she doesn't know how to handle Lemur Fu like i do" He said with a laugh just waiting to see how this would play out. There were so many possibilities. Would she slip on the ice and get a face full of lemur? Or would she manage to somehow dodge his ice and his lemur all at once. Either way he was ready for the backlash as only he could imagine he would get.

Though for a split second he turned his attention back to the garage. He wondered how Izzy was doing, and if he was somehow screwing it up. He had spent enough time around Izzy to know the guy was just way to straight forward and held no tact in subtleties, but so far no explosions and no screams so that was good. He nearly turned full body towards the entrance of the alley wondering if maybe he should go check on things. Then again.. He had already set up a trap for Li, and he could only imagine what Li would do to Momo if he wasn't here, specially if he attached himself to her face. He really doubt that she'd hurt him, specially cause she knew who owned him. Though it was still conflicting cause he did want to check on his partner and Chiyo, but the possibility of seeing someone who had so awesomely made an entrance like she did stumble on ice, and possibly get a faceful of fluff? That was to good to pass up!

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Excuse me...EXCUSE ME!

Li's quick movement glided over the surface as it had sneakily been covered with ice. Her eyes momentarily locked onto the man. Here she was trying not to hurt his precious little critter and he thanks her by making her slip!

She thankfully caught herself before slamming into a nearby wall, however the lemur took this opportunity of broken focus to latch onto the side over her face. She internally growled as she pinched the back of the pet's neck and peeled him off, throwing him back to his master. Yes, it might have been a little harsh to throw the thing, but he was a creature who could glide, he'd be fine. With a steadying breath, Li straightened herself up and started to make her way out of the alleyway. It seemed that she wouldn't be able to get any more surveillance done, at least not with someone so inexperienced and his meddlesome lemur tagging along playing jokes. She figured if she couldn't do her job and make sure that area was secure then they needed to get moving before something did happen.

"We should get going," she said before turning and walking away, without another word or looking back. This was going to be a long journey if these two acted like this all the time. Just what needed; watch and protect the Avatar while babysitting a couple of jokers and their attention seeking pet. She never expects a mission to be easy, but the level of insanity she would have to deal with because of these people was going to make things worse than should be.

Li stopped when the garage came into view again. She had half a mind to immediately go back there and rush everyone out of the city, however with a family, she new that Chiyo would need time to say goodbye. Li made a sharp turn to head down another path. While Chiyo got her affairs in order, Li figured she could make some preparations herself. She set up a room not too far, in there was everything she would need; weapons; money; documents; devices.

The door into the room was hidden and honestly looked like it would lead into a closet rather than a room. Once inside however, it seemed almost a stark contrast to the outside. It was rather bare looking and what items were inside were so neatly placed that it seemed staged, as if no one had actually been living in there. Li didn't pause when walking in the door and starting to pack. She grabbed a bag that was at the end of the bed; stacked the guns that were hiding in the dresser; puzzle-pieced a few odds and ends in. She grabbed the holsters that were hanging in the closet and strapped them one, loading two pistols and placing them in the holsters at her thighs then doing the same with one of her shotguns, strapping that to her back. Getting ready seemed to only take no more than 10 minutes. She turned the light and and closed the door. It wasn't home, it was just a room with a bed.

Time to go.

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Ru caught Momo who was ruffled and hissing angrily, while his master just laughed. Once she was gone Momo finally settled down and found a place on Ru's shoulder. He could have followed her, but then again there wasn't much reason too. She'd be back, obviously enough. He worked the ice back into just puddles before turning back towards the garage. He didn't feel like entering right away, no deciding to linger outside and just enjoy the silence besides he wasn't sure if they had managed to clean up the mess yet. He began to play with Momo's ears. "She was quite an interesting character wasn't she pal?" Momo's reply being that of his fur standing on end and hissing a bit. "Oh yeah? I mean I guess she seems a bit...jaded." He scratched between his ears. "Regardless I'm assuming she'll probably not want to stay behind when we leave.."

He leaned against a wall now, playing with Momo's ears and such. "You know Momo, we should get you a cloak, you'd be right majestic in one." He said getting a reply of chattering and ear's tilting and standing on end. Ru just chuckled some, he couldn't help but actually consider the thought maybe a bright red cloak? He'd have to think on it later. He turned to look at the shop and let out a sigh. "Best we get in there now huh? gotta report anyways." He said with a roll of his eyes before making his way inside.

He lingered back a bit, just watching for things for a moment. It seemed while he had been talking to the new women something exciting had happened, at least enough to leave the place feeling like a huge awkward moment. Regardless this seemed like the best time to get back at his partner, he didn't realize Ru was back yet, to focused on whatever had happened leaving Ru with a great opening. He snuck just a bit closer, taking a moment to focus, flowing through the motions of his art and bending a sizable whip of water, "Attack!" He called out loudly and with a flick of his wrist snapped the whip right against Izzy's back, Momo not wanting to be left outta the fun let out a playful screech diving at the firebender's head.

It was obviously all in good fun, and the situation was too serious. It was about time for him to work his natural charm, Izzy usually didn't react beyond the occasional lighting of pants on fire, so hopefully this situation wouldn't be any different; thankfully he had spare clothes in the trunk for just such the occasion. Though hopefully maybe this would be the occasion where that didn't happen.

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Li had put on a loose coat to cover the guns, so as to not attract attention as she walked back to the garage. The last thing everyone needed right now was another showdown of some kind.

The streets were awfully quiet as she walked back, dark, with no one to notice her and Li could see that the garage was all closed up as she approached. She passively wondered if they were warding off people in general after what had just happened or if this was new. Either way, she had to go through the main entrance, she was hoping that it wasn't locked and she would have to force her way in somehow. She knocked politely, letting everyone become aware of her presence; yes she was could have easily sneaked in, but with everyone on edge that seemed more dangerous than usual.

Li tried the door and found, thankfully, that it wasn't locked after all, so she walked inside and headed straight for the garage. Inside seemed a bit more chaotic than she had expected. Were these two newbies always like this or did chaos just sort of follow them? This trip was going to be interesting either way.

"Bunta, it's good to see you again and your weapons are working perfecting, thanks again," she offered a small, polite smile to the man. She wasn't lying, they were great weapons, worth every coin.

"If everything has been settled, we should start heading out," Li said, "Leaving now, we could arrive at the Si Wong dessert before evening tomorrow." Li pulled off her coat to get settled, but stopped halfway when she noticed that everyone was staring at the guns she had strapped to her. Without any words, Li just rolled her eyes and took the guns off, putting them in the trunk. She looked back to the firebender and his partner with a look that asked, 'Better?' She slid into the shotgun seat, after all in her opinion this is where they would want her since Chiyo and the firebender seemed a bit more tired and someone still needed to drive. Li had the good sense not to assume that the two would be okay with her driving.

It seemed that everyone was more exhausted than Li had first deducted because the rest entered the car with very little words. Bunta bended the garaged open and the newly formed group backed the car out. Li looked away to give Bunta and Chiyo some privacy with anymore goodbyes they might want to share. Though she did notice a small badger mole crawl into the car before they began to move and the lemur settled into her lap. She had half a mind to shove the creature off, but considering the small quarters they were in, she let it slide this time.

The city passed by in a quiet roll. They couldn't move too quickly with how small the roads were and how sharp the corners are in the lower ring, but it still didn't seem to take too long before they were at the gate. The guards nodded to the two new agents and Li rolled her eyes at once again being reminded how they told outside people who they were. They were going to be a lot of work she could tell.

Though she was paying full attention to everything that was around them and everything that they passed, it seemed to go passed as if she were asleep. She gathered that this was because the world itself and the people around them, for the most part, were all asleep, giving the allusion that she might be as well.

Out side the city, the landscape passed by uneventfully, it was mostly prairies, flat and dark. They had even picked up speed outside the city making everything around the just a long, straight line of an undefined world. During the drive, the lemur moved from lap to lap, though Li didn't care, the movement often drew her attention. She fondled her long hair idly. Now that her cover was blown, it was time for a change, change back to what the White Lotus knew, and as soon as she could would be for the better, for everyone.

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Ru couldn't deny that he was disappointed that Chiyo managed to get Momo off Izzy so easily; he was hoping to see the firebender struggle just a tad bit more. Though with everything going on; and the fact that they were departing shortly He figured it was for the best. Once they were all shuffled into the car, and managed to back it outta the shop, it wasn't to long before everything else was just a steady blur specifically cause Izzy decided to sleep off everything. Ru was content with that, driving meant he would be able to manage his own thoughts. The drive was soothing, everything was quiet except for the shuffling of Momo every now and again, leave it up to his furry sidekick to be restless. He had to admit he was surprised to see the lemur sit in the lap of the woman he so 'viciously' attacked not too long ago. Though it was a tight fit with all of them here, so it wouldn't make sense for him to cause a scene. He also took this time to notice she was still awake. Why would she still be awake? Ru slept almost every time Izzy drove, then again the firebender wasn't that good at conversations so it was hard to stay awake with all the silence.

It hadn't felt like it had been that long on their drive, but Ba Sing Se was becoming just a distant sight, Momo had finally found a place to settle namely; on his head his legs and winged arms hanging off the back and side of his head respectfully as he snoozed lightly. Ru of course didn't mind too much, Momo was a big part of his life anyways. He let one arm rest keeping the other on the wheel as he looked at Li. (by mirror of course) "Soo, strong silent type yeah?" He was gonna pass out if the silence lasted much longer, so maybe a conversation with the second newest member of their team would pass the time. Besides recapping the events in his head was just too damn boring. He moved Momo's ears out of his face before chuckling. "You know, I really thought izzy was gonna pop a blood vessel when you made your entrance," He said with a large smirk, looking into the mirror again. "Bravo on that, whatever happens you're good in my books just for that"

He wasn't sure she even cared what he thought, and frankly it didn't really matter did it? They had a mission, one that basically started once they found out Chiyo was the avatar. That realization gave him pause. He wasn't sure how he felt about it really, there were to many emotions connected with this; watching what had happened, and how Chiyo handled it. He really couldn't find any one emotion to feel about it. His free hand coming to rest under his chin, he could only hope that Li decided to talk, cause his mind was getting way to bogged down with deep thoughts, and that wouldn't do! He was the funny guy, the one that kept everyone in good spirits. It was never good when he got serious. "Soo, quick question when was the first time you had suspicions on Chiyo being the avatar?"

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Leaving Ba Sing Se felt like a bad dream that Chiyo couldn't wake up from.

Wen Li returned to the garage not long after Bunta and Izaya worked out their payment, announced that they should be leaving and made the preparations to do so. Chiyo eyed the woman warily, and seeming to realize herself, Wen kindly put her weapons away in the trunk of the Auto and plopped herself into the passenger seat. It seemed they were leaving and Wen was coming along--even if no one asked her to. Ru and Izaya took this in with silence. No assenting, but also not stopping the woman. Fair enough.

It was as if her siblings had a second sense--because just as Bunta was shuffling Chiyo into the back seat of the car ( his eyes watery, but a proud smile plastered under his beard) the four children came piling into the garage. They were unusually quiet and somber, as if picking up on the energy of the room. The youngest, Tu, had noodles on his face still from their obvious trip to Gen's stand.

"Where are you going, Chi?" Tu quipped, eyes wide. Chiyo felt her eyes water dangerously. Away. Probably forever she thought mierably, but remained silent, unsure of what to actually tell them. Bunta graciously stepped in, shooing them back inside. Insisting it was none of their business and that they would talk about it later over dinner. Food motivated Cho and Jun quickly, and they nodded their understanding before heading back into the house. Tu, however, was more stubborn. He was always more attached to Chiyo than the others being the youngest. Tatti, being the oldest after Chiyo, had a look of understanding on her face. Chiyo and Tatti shared a look, a silent conversation, a silent goodbye. Maybe Tatti had always known Chiyo was different. Or at least suspected. Bunta probably knew too--but said nothing. The same fears of starvation, a split family, a hard goodbye probably kept Bunta from addressing his daughter's burnt bedsheets, or the scortched sleeve of a hoodie.

When Tu stubbornly planted himself at Chiyo's feet, demanding answers, Tatti scooped the small boy up from behind in silence. Tu, sensing that the departure of his oldest sister was not going to be answered, softly began to cry, demanding in his small voice over and over to go with her. "Me too! Me too, Chi! I want to go with Chi!" Even as Tatti closed the door linking the house and the garage behind her, Chiyo could faintly hear him keeping on with his small tantrum. Bunta sighed heavily, patting Chiyo on the arm before gently leading her into the back seat of the Auto. Toph had somehow managed to wriggle into the seat too and once Bunta closed the door behind her, the little badgermole wriggled his way into his mistress's lap. Chiyo accepted a spare hoodie from her father through the window, as well as her (somewhat tattered) blanket, rolled tightly into a bundle. Bunta eyed the small animal in her lap, but said nothing before patting the back of the auto and bending open the garage door.

As Ru pulled the car out of the garage and into the street, Chiyo watched Scrappers dissapear until she could only see the edge of the metal-bent S over the rooftops behind them. She was numbly away of Izaya to her left, of the nudge of Toph's soft head as he urged her attention. Chiyo felt numb. Probably dehyrated a little as she could summon no more tears despite the weight of her sadness. Tired to the bone, but incapable of sleep. Worried this may be the last time she saw Ba Sing Se, Chiyo barely blinked as she watched the city roll by the windows. She absorbed it all, memorizing it, well until the city was just a dot on the horizon behind them. Beside her, Chiyo vaguely heard Izaya's even breathing. She suspected he was sleeping, or at least resting. A glance told her that his eyes were indeed closed. Chiyo rested her head against the cool window, staring out at the passing landscapes.

Soon, Ru broke the silence that had otherwise had only been punctured by Izaya's even breathing and the rattle-thunk of the wheels on the uneven earth. Chiyo felt too exhausted to move her head to look at the waterbender. She watched instead as her breath slightly fogged up the glass on the window, her forehead still pressed to the glass. A grief-stricken relfection of herself, stared back. She registered the question Ru posted to Wen, still unmoving, still resisting sleep, and listened for Wen's reply. Chiyo was also wondering this--how long had Wen known? Until today, Chiyo had thought she had been doing a fine job of squashing her "avatarness". It was more than dissapointing to find out she was spotted for what--or who--she was. Chiyo thought it best to keep quiet as the two discussed. They probably assumed she was just as asleep as Izaya. Part of her wanted to be. Wanted to slip into the sweet oblivion that sleep could bring, so this sad emptiness in her chest would stop aching for a time. Only her anxiety kept her alert, fretting that if she slept she might miss something vital. Or that she might close her eyes and forget how her family looked.

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The waterbender's voice cut through the silence, it was getting late in the night so it was expected that someone would want to start a conversation.

"Soo, strong silent type yeah?" he asked. Li met his eyes in the mirror, seeing that he was addressing her.

"And you're the obnoxious clown," she stated flatly.

"You know, I really thought Izzy was gonna pop a blood vessel when you made your entrance. Bravo on that, whatever happens you're good in my books just for that." Was he serious? Did he really think that was her purpose for dropping in and killing those men? For show? She had to pinch her lips to keep from arguing with him, though at least she was getting some names now. So 'Izzy' must be the firebender sleeping in the back.

"Soo, quick question when was the first time you had suspicions on Chiyo being the avatar?"

"About a month I guess. It wasn't easy coming up with a way to get this information back to the White Lotus while staying close enough to keep an eye on her," her voice was kept low, she didn't want jar the silence away with any sharp noises.

"I wasn't about to leave her alone. I know she's tough and can take care of herself, that's something that is very apparent. However, no one is a perfect weapon, everyone needs help sometimes." Li let the silence fall once more, though something in her head wanted to continue the conversation, "So were you and Izzy back there on a different mission yourselves or did you actually accomplish what you meant to do?" Her tone ended up being more condescendingly surprised than she had meant it, but to be honest she was was fighting off sleep herself. There was no way that she was going to let herself fall asleep until she felt certain that they were in a place safe enough for uninterrupted six hours, at least. And by "they", she means Chi and herself; Li still wasn't full certain about the waterbender and the Izzy guy in the back. That's why her, currently, grey eyes were starring at the waterbender. It might be a little unnerving for him, but there was no chance that she was going to give these two newbies a chance to mess up or pull one over on her.

"Listen, you look tired, you should find a place to pull over to get some sleep before we crash. I'm not going to talk forever just to keep you awake, I'll tell you that right now." Though her own eyelids were heavy and it took every effort to just keep them open, she didn't even blink as she stared the waterbender down.

It came as a relief when she felt the car being pulled over to the side.

"Get some rest, if something comes up I'll wake you," Li whispered. She got out of the car and went to sit on the hood. The earth seemed darker than the sky, as if the stars were absorbing whatever light there was left. It would be useless to try and attempt to see someone coming in this dark, unless they had headlights turned on, so she just looked up at the sky. Away from the city and light pollution, there were millions of stars to see. Stars of all sizes, clustered together so closely they almost looked like trail of dust. To keep herself awake, Li began to test herself on the constellations that could be seen, not realizing that she was whispering their names out loud.

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Izaya stirred from his sleep as the car slowed down and climbed onto the side of the road; Further wakening as he felt the Unagi’s tires rolling across loose earth and heard the sound of someone exiting the vehicle. Eyes opening slightly, he took a brief look around and found that he couldn’t really see a damn thing. Apparently he’d been out for a while. Hopefully Ru had managed to get them a decent distance away from Ba Sing Se before stopping, for whatever reason.

Why had they stopped, actually? What was going on? Who had gotten out? Had Ru finally passed out from fatigue? Were they setting up camp somewhere for the night? Were they under attack from weird men dressed in drag, again? Straightening himself out, Izaya gave a quick look around and accessed their situation, doing his best to answer his own questions before his mind crept further into its exhaustion-fueled paranoia.

Well, things were definitely looking different… Clearly they’d left the city pretty far behind. Not a speck of Ba Sing Se, or its lights, was to be seen in the horizon. Really, not a speck of light was to be seen anywhere, save for the stars above. Wherever they were, they were far from any form of civilization. Ru’d apparently done his job… Though, hopefully they had headed in the right direction; His partner had a habit of getting them horribly lost whenever they drove. Though, with the simple directions of “Go south”, how could he have fucked up?

Rubbing the side of his head, and eventually his eyes, Izaya tried to wake himself up and get his brain back to functioning order. As is, he barely even remembered getting into the car, or passing out in the backseat… Everything that had happened in that garage was now something like a blur to him. He seemed to vaguely remember watching some chick tossing guns into his trunk, and a weird little furry monster thing laying in the car as he’d gotten in… But he’d been too exhausted for either of those things to phase him. Now that he’d gotten a bit of sleep, maybe he’d be able to at least confirm that either of those had happened.

Peeking through his fingers, at Chiyo, Izaya was greeted with the sight of her petting the same little furry monster he’d seen in his delirious state… Though, it was not exactly a monster. It looked exactly like a badgermole -Only, not ten feet tall, as most adults were. A baby, maybe? Where the hell had she gotten a baby badgermole? How had it gotten in the car, before they had even gotten in? And if it existed, where the hell was the crazy chick with the guns?
Pulling his hands away from his eyes and looking forward, Izaya got his answer. Sitting on top of his car’s newly fixed hood was the same chick that had “helped” them with the car thieves, earlier.

“Where did you get that, and why is she here?” Izaya asked Chiyo before yawning and giving a great stretch. “Also, where are we and why did we sto- Ah?" He stopped short, as he noticed that she had her forehead pressed against the window, her mopey reflection reflected in the glass. "Hey, are you okay?"

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Chiyo felt her lips form a grimacing line as Wen mentioned having suspected her of being the Avatar for a month. Stalker. That was probably around the first time Chiyo had even seen the woman, placing an order with her father for some specialized weaponry. Nothing overly illegal. Nothing too flashy comparatively. What had been the tell then? Chiyo couldn't remember having lost her cool at the time. But a month ago felt like a lifetime ago now, so it was hard to remember anything beyond her current engulfment of feelings.

Chiyo stifled the urge to guffaw at Wen's claim to wanting to help. She never asked for anyone's help. She didn't need it. And she definitely didn't want it. She wanted to go home and pretend today had never happened. Chiyo felt the car rumble to a stop as Ru apparently assented to taking a rest. Wen mentioned waking them if something happened and stepped from the car. Chiyo couldn't stop the bitter "tch" sound from escaping her as she watched the woman go.

"Sure, yeah--let's let the stalker watch over us while we sleep." Chiyo whispered spitefully, to herself. "Give her another opportunity to mess up my life." Her breath fogged the glass some more. Chiyo stroked Toph gently, the little animal asleep in her lap, twitching occasionally--sleep digging. Chiyo felt like she were thousands of years older. She was so tired that her bones felt like they hurt. But still, her mind whirled. How could she possibly sleep surrounded by one stalker and two men she had only just met? She felt the weight of her led pipe, still tucked into her pants pocket. It was reassuring. If she had to sleep, she'd keep it in her hand. She was so engrossed in thoughts of self-defense, the events of the day, and trying to decide her next move that she didn't hear Izaya shifting around as he woke.

His voice made her shoulders bunch nervously, but her body was so tired she could barely muster more than that. She didn't move from leaning her head against the window, or cease her almost absent-minded petting of Toph in her lap.

"This is Toph. He's been mine for a few years...seems he wanted to come too..." Chiyo replied, her voice sounding flat and exhausted even to her ears. "No one asked Wen to come, but no one stopped her either." Chiyo finished with a small shrug. That was the most she could really muster up when it came to explaining why Wen was there. She didn't realize Izaya had been so out of it that he hadn't registered the stalker coming along. Maybe he would ask her to leave.

"She suggested we rest...so we're stopped. I guess to make camp. As for where we are...I don't know...I've never left home before..." Chiyo croaked softly, voice seeming dry and brittle. She blinked at Izaya's reflection slowly when he asked if she were okay. How could she be okay with everything that happened today?
"I'm..." She tried to answer, tried to choke out a lie that she was "fine" but she couldn't. Many words fought for the space of "fine" including, "broken", "scared", "lonely", and "dying inside". So she let her response die out. She had no reassuring words for him for her feelings. So instead she said nothing.

In her lap, the little badgermole stirred and woke. It was night now, when they were usually most active. He would need to hunt for bugs. Her little pet's needs seemed to energize her enough for her to mobilize a little. She sat up, head feeling heavy, and cracked open the door for Toph. Toph snuffed the air with his long snout before diving out the door and into the Earth as easily as a turtleduck might dive into a pond. Chiyo watched him go, feeling very alone without him.

The night was dark here, Chiyo noticed. Vaguely, she could hear Wen talking to herself from her perch on the hood of the car. Chiyo glanced at the woman, wondering if she were talking to someone wirelessly. Maybe it only looked like Wen was having a conversation with the stars? Chiyo pulled on the hoodie her father had given her and hugged herself. It was chilly outside the walls of Ba Sing Se at night. She didn't know that until now, and it was knowledge she found herself irritated to have. She gave a small shiver, grabbed her rolled up blanket from the space between her and Izaya and cocooned herself in it before shutting the car door again. She really wanted to curl up outside--but it was a lot darker than she was used to. She would never admit aloud to being nervous of the dark though. It had never been a problem before. It had never been really dark. She missed the lights of Ba Sing Se already. Here, it felt like the inside of the city walls again--but more open. More places for unseen things to hide. Chiyo sighed heavily and leaned her head against the window again, her small frame curled up in the seat.

"Is it always this dark at night out here?" Chiyo said, her voice sounding small. She realized instantly how childish this probably sounded, and felt her cheeks flush with her shame. She cleared her throat a little, looking at Ru and Izaya. "N-Nevermind. That's a stupid question. It's just...different..." She tugged the blanket more tightly around herself, her face the only part not swaddled in the old blanket as she looked at the two men. "Better question. Are we really going to let her keep watch? It looks like she's talking to herself out there..." She shifted a little, feeling her eyes drooping heavily, dangerously. She shifted again, still fighting the urge to sleep. "Not that I could sleep anyway.." Chiyo mumbled stubbornly.

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Ru let out a yawn, Wen was right he was tired and stopping at least for an hour would be great. Once he parked the car he pulled Momo off his head resting him in his lap. He didn't say much after they were park just watching Wen climb out and take a seat on the hood. He have fallen asleep for a bit if the others hadn't stirred. Ru listened to a particular whisper of Chiyo, smirking at it. Though he remained silent, he would have stayed that way too if Izzy hadn't started in. Once some of the questions were answered by Chiyo, Ru took this time to reply. "We stopped cause I'm getting really tired; and since I don't know of any other garages out here to fix your car I figured you'd not want it in some ditch." He said matter-of-fact. He crosses his arms a little over his chest leaning back in his seat trying his best not to disturb his lemur. "On the topic of Wen I think she's fine, she could have killed us easily many times while we were wondering the city; and thousands of times for you Chiyo if she's been keeping an eye on you that long."

He didn't often stick up for people he had no idea about, but he didn't like to hear people talk about someone when they weren't around here to defend themselves. "Doesn't really matter now, she's here and we're all on our way to the enclave. Things will get sorted out there for better or worse." His tone still serious. When Chiyo asked about letting her keep watch he shrugged his shoulders. "regardless of if we're going to let her, I was going to stay away until Izzy finished his beauty sleep.." He turned to look at his partner. "As that has happened, I'd be good with taking a nap, or switching seats all together so we can get this trip back over and done with, my ass has been asleep for the last hour.." He said with a groan.

He really hated driving long periods of time, it was boring with just Izzy, and it was maddening with sitting in one place for such a long period of time. It was maddening! He could feel Momo stirring a bit from his slumber, reaching down to pet at the bat-lemur's ears. "Or we can just chill here and try and sleep as much as possible, I really don't care either way." He took a chance to look at both of them. "I for one trust her, to a degree." He had to add in that last part, because there were still some suspicious parts about her but overall she seemed fine if a little stiff. A yawn attacked him again as he stretched his back some and leaned from side to side. "Welp, what are we doing guys? I'm getting anxious I think my body hit the point of exhaustion where I could go on for another twelve hours of nothing!"

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Nodding thoughtfully at Chiyo’s explanations (useless though that gesture might be, considering that her nose seemed to be affixed to the window), Izaya took the time to watch her reactions; Trying to get an idea of what was going on in her head. Though, he found that he need not expend too much effort on it. Chiyo was doing him the courtesy of wearing her heart and thoughts prominently on her sleeve, not bothering one bit to hide a single thing from him. He’d have felt honored, if he didn’t feel so bad for her.

Izaya gave Ru a shrug when the waterbender spoke up during Chiyo’s pause; the latter having finished giving what answers she could and turning her attention to letting her pet out to do… Well, whatever badgermoles do. He was a bit thankful his partner had the sense to stop for the night when he grew exhausted, rather than drive them off the side of the road and off a cliff. However, Izaya was more than a little concerned about their proximity to Ba Sing Se. Sure, they were well out of the city now -Ru had probably driven them pretty far- but if Wen had been watching Chiyo for as long as she’d implied, there were surely other forces watching her as well. There was no doubt in his mind that their sudden departure had drawn some kind of attention. It was best they put as much distance as they could between them and the city, as soon as they could.

Still… “Camping does sound like a good idea…” Izaya mumbled to himself, glancing at Ru, then again at Chiyo. Looking them over, they were pretty clearly exhausted; And while Izaya may have gotten a bit of sleep, he wasn’t exactly one hundred percent, yet. Maybe they could take a moment to camp and get some rest, if only in the interest of not dying from exhaustion.

“That’s not a stupid question.” Izaya replied, though Chiyo had told him to ignore her question. “I asked the same thing, my first time out in a place like this. At home, I’d never seen so much darkness…” He really sympathized with her on this. Living in the capitol, on palace grounds no less, had ill prepared him for this kind of darkness -this kind of emptiness. Coming from a city like Ba Sing Se, a city that probably never slept, this place must seem like a whole different world to her.

“It’s a bit shocking, isn’t it?” He asked, though the question was mostly rhetorical. “It still makes me uncomfortable, even now.” Though, probably not for entirely the same reasons. Izaya thought to himself, while speaking to her.

“I think I’m with Turtleduck on the whole ‘Wen’ thing… I don’t trust her. We know nothing more about her than what little bits she’s told us. Until we know more, let’s just assume we can’t leave her unsupervised. Now… As for what we’re doing…” He paused a moment; To think and decide. Looking outside, then back at Ru and Chiyo again.

“Turtleduck, if I can brighten it up outside for a bit, can you earthbend up some tents or shelters for us? Three or four of them, and pretty sturdy? Maybe with narrow entrances? If you’re up to it, we can camp here and get some rest. I can take first watch, so you two can get some sleep.”

Opening the door on his side, Izaya unbuckled himself and slid halfway out the door, planting one foot firmly on the grass outside. Holding his hand outside the door, he ignited a fist-sized fireball in his hand, casting a blue across the area around him. It wasn’t much, but it was all he was really willing to risk. It should be enough for Chiyo to be able to see what she was doing, right? Though, it would probably piss Wen off. Staring at the stars, as she was, she probably wouldn’t appreciate the light marring her view.

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The two men came to some sort of agreement about camping. They could stay outside if it suited them, but no way was she leaving the car into that...lightless void. Chiyo frowned at the inky blackness outside the window, fretting about what she couldn't see. She never was very good at masking overwhelming emotions, and it was pretty plain by the soft, somewhat pitying voice Izaya used to admit he too found the dark "unsettling", that her expression was readable and weak. Chiyo pulled the blanket around her more tightly, looking sulky.

Chiyo's eyes narrowed when Izaya called her turtleduck again. She'd already told him she was not his turtleduck..she could feel the heat ruse to her cheeks, but if it were due to irritation or embarrassment she couldn't say.

"That's not my name Mr. Mizukami..." she mumbled, looking still more sulky. But the man just continued on as if he hadn't heard her. As a rule, she would have prefered people she didn't know very well to call her Miss. Saito, as was proper. She might have grown up in the slums, but it didn't mean Bunta hadn't taught her any manners. (Though, he rarely used manners himself, he expected his children to use them.) Ru would be an exception, as earlier in the day he had explained he prefered his nickname to any formality. It still felt weird when she addressed the waterbender though.

She listened as the two discussed Wen's trustworthiness. Noting each opinion with a nod. She could see Ru's point, if the woman had wanted her dead, she'd certainly already be dead. Still, it's hard to trust anyone who lies to get involved with your life so quickly. She was grateful Izaya was at least taking her concern seriously.

Chiyo heard Izaya asking her to build shelters if he brightened it up. Chiyo wondered if she had enough energy to bend anything with how she felt. Though, she couldn't help but watch hungrilly as Izaya bent a fireball to life in his hand, casting away some of the shadow. The fire danced a blue light, like a spirit, as Izaya left the car. Soon...she could learn to do that...well, she would have to learn. Though, she thought warily, chasing away shadows might be a useful skill to have at least.

Chiyo frowned at Izaya, still disliking his use of turtleduck in place of her name, but at this point the need to sleep was stronger than her desire to slap him. For now. Gingerly leaving the blanket in the back seat, Chiyo slipped out of the car as well, being careful not to leave the small pool of light the fire cast. She looked to Wen as they moved away from the car,

"Miss Li, I'm going to make shelters...Mr. Mizukami offered the first watch...he's had a nap. You should sleep...Papa said a tired marksmen is a dead marksmen..." Chiyo offered gruffly before dropping into a familiar stance.

Chiyo inhaled deeply, smelling the unfamiliar earth then with a step forward she gestured upwards, like an orchestra conductor. The earth responded, pulling a rounded shelter with a small narrow hole door from the ground, like an earthen igloo. Chiyo repeated these familiar steps three more times, before coming up into a ready stance with an exhale. Then she eyed the car. If the Red Lotus or really any police came by, the "upgraded" car it would probably mean trouble for them. She gathered her blanket from the back seat and stepped away.

"Ru, Miss Li...step away from the Auto."

Chiyo waited for them to move, then once they were clear she once more dropped into her horse stance, inhaled, exhaled and like bending the garage lift at home, lowered the car into the earth. A chasm opened below, swallowing the car from immediate view..though anyone wandering around in the dark would probably fall into the hole and on top on the car. At least it was better than leaving it out in the open.

The world tipped drunkenly before her eyes for a moment and she took a knee. She really was more tired than she realized. Usually something this small wouldn't phase her. Once she regained her composure, she gave a mumbled good night, and crawled into the last shelter. A rumbling sound made it clear that she'd closed the shelter behind her. If Toph wanted her, he could still dig in to see her. Chiyo curled up in a ball inside the shelter and too exhausted to fight it any more, promptly fell asleep.

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Li stopped her mumbling as soon as the others started getting out of the car, now noticing she had been talking aloud. She bit her bottom lips in silent embarrassment and watched quietly as Chiyo made little earth enclosures for them, then slid off the car per the Avatar's request. With little else said, Chiyo went into one of the little cave-like things.

Li simply blew a piece of hair from her face and walked over to the enclosures, but instead of crawling inside, she climbed on top. There was no way she was letting herself sleep when the stakes were as high as they were. Instead she sat staring at the road, her knees curled up for her chin to rest on it if needed. Only sleep turned into a weight that pressed down on her and no matter how strong she pushed back, sleep was a giant. Her eyes closed and her head fell forward. Sleep had won.

Throughout the night her head would bob back up, usually at the noise of the 'changing of the guards', then she would let her head fall back to her knees. She couldn't have said how many times they all switched watching the road, but by the time sleep's weight pulled off, Li could see the sky beginning to lighten. The sun hadn't broken the horizon quiet yet, but the ground wasn't the pitch black it had been.

There was a figure standing and keeping an eye out, it was hard to tell in this lighting, but Li guessed that it was Ru, the waterbender. Long ears perked up on the top of his head confirming who it was. She let out a quiet snort at the shadow form with long ears standing not to far from her, and slid off the rock mound that Chiyo had made.

She cleared her throat, her throat feeling dry from sleeping outside.

"We should wake the others and get heading out before the sun comes up. Early start and all that," she said, her voice slightly gruff. She cleared her throat again.

Only one "door" was closed up, so Li knocked on the rock as hard as she could to get some sort of noise through to their Avatar.

Li walked over to the hole where the car was hiding, her eyes widely open and looking across the landscape. She was thankful that nothing had happened and they were able to get a decent night's sleep. She knew in work like this that sleeping so fully was rare and it was good that Chiyo didn't have to experience that right away with everything else that was changing for her.

Turning to Ru, she asked, "Do you have any non-bending water I could have?" She could feel her throat acting like sandpaper or as if she had swallowed a bucket of sand. She never liked coming across as unprepared especially when it came to jobs, but when she was packing all she was really thinking about was to get out of the city as fast as possible. With a group of people who knew nothing about hiding in a crowd from people looking specifically for you, speed was their best option, so mistakes were to be made, though hopefully not mistakes that would leave a trail. She suddenly felt like a parent picking up after the kids destroyed the house.

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The drive was long and boring, filled with nothing more than some soft jazz floating through the radio as Rook continued down the road, one hand on the wheel and another hand rubbing his eyes slightly. There was barely any traffic on the highway at this time of night, and with only the headlights to illuminate the 25 feet in front of the car, it often felt like they were simply pushing forward into the abyss. Rook looked over at Mei, who was passed out with her head pressed up against the window. They had agreed to switch out every four hours, but Rook only ever put that up as a loose rule in case he desperately needed sleep. In many ways, despite her being a year older than himself, he often felt like the ‘big brother’ in this relationship. Always looking out for her, despite her constant stream of cocky ‘I don’t need it’ comments. They had no idea how far ahead their targets were, only a loose timeline as to when they left. Considering they didn’t know speed, the Avatar could have already made it to a White Lotus sanctuary, and that wouldn’t be any fun whatsoever.

Rook was getting to the point of pulling over and having Mei drive for awhile when something caught his eye. At first he thought his eyes were playing tricks on him, that the darkness was just forming shapes, but as he got closer he saw them. He reached over quickly, swatting Mei in the stomach and hearing her snort slightly as she jolted awake. “What? What? Is it...I drive?”

“Pay attention, look over there.” Mei rubbed her eyes and managed a glimpse just as Rook drove by. If it was what he thought, he couldn’t afford to slow down lest he give them away. She managed to get a look as they blazed by at highway speed.

“What was that? Looked like mounds of dirt...also a person.”

“A person?” Rook asked, looking behind him slightly as they passed. Mei nodded, giving a yawn.

“Yeah, most likely a lookout. They weren’t really trying to hide admittedly but…” She yawned again mid sentence. “...It’s not a surprise you didn’t see them...you’ve been driving longer than our switch out time again, haven’t you?”

“...No.” Rook felt the slap hit the back of his head harder than it should have, the weariness making it seem more painful than it was.

“Assface, you’re the one who needs his wits sharp. I just go in and punch stuff, but if you’re too tired to keep your eyes open, how do you plan to fire your rifle.”

“With finesse and grace.” Rook replied, earning him another slap to the back of the head. There was a moment of silence as Rook rubbed the spot that she hit him.

“So, you think that was them?”

“Some kind of tents with a lookout? Possibly...I didn’t see the car.”

“They could have hidden it somewhere.” Rook looked over at her.

“Where? There’s not exactly a lot of places to hide a vehicle here.” Mei shrugged, stretching her arms a bit.

“What does it matter? I don’t see a reason why anyone else would be camping out next to a highway in the middle of the night. I think we should stake it out. Worst case scenario, we’re wrong and we lose a few hours.” Rook brought the car to a slow, pulling it off the highway and onto the side bar.

“A few hours...in a manhunt. Yeah, that’s totally a fine thing to lose.” Despite his complaints, Rook still pulled the car to a stop a couple miles away from the spot where they saw the camping group. If it was their target, they would be kicking themselves later if they just left them on the side of the road. With the car finally slowed to a stop, Rook turned it off and they both exited the vehicle. Rook opened the back, and pulled out his rifle before closing the door again. When he turned around, Mei ripped the rifle from his hands.

“Nuh uh, I’ll keep watch, get some sleep.” Rook looked ready to complain before giving a sigh, moving himself back into the car. Mei shook his head, muttering under her breath about the level of idiocy coming from him before dropping prone and looking through the scope. She adjusted it slightly before touching a button on the side, and instantly the world was filled with a vibrant green as the everything seemed to pop into focus. Sure enough, she was right and there was someone standing watch but they were facing away and she couldn’t confirm if he was one of their targets. Either way, until she could either confirm or deny, they were in for a long night.




Morning came too quickly in Rook’s opinion, but he woke up all the same to the beeping he had set on his watch. He stretched slightly, rubbing the crink out of his neck from sleeping upright and looked out the window to see Mei was still diligently looking through the scope on his rifle. She cracked her knuckles with one hand every so often, and that was a good sign. It was a habit of hers, to do that right before a fight as if it was some kind of hidden prayer. If that was the case, then her assumption had been right and these were the people they were after. Rook stepped out of the car, cracking his back as he did so with a silent sigh of relief from that little boon. He walked over to Mei, who was focused into the scope. “So?” Rook asked.

“I’ve confirmed the White Lotus members, including our unknown girl, but haven’t seen the Avatar yet.”

“You think they dumped her somewhere?”

“Don’t think so.” Mei returned with. “Four earth tents...unless they’re deliberately doing that to throw us off, it’s safe to assume she’s there.”

“We’ll wait to be certain...any idea where their car is?”

“Can’t see it from here...No idea.” Mei replied, stifling a yawn as she did so. Rook went back to the car, reaching into the glove box and pulling out a bottle of pills. He popped a couple into his hand and swallowed them. As he did so, he walked over to Mei, shaking it slightly so she heard the rattle. Without looking up, she held out her hand, and Rook popped a few of the pills into her hand which she swallowed no problem. Caffeine pills, for the mercs on the go who can’t afford to sleep whenever they feel tired. Rook walked off to the side for a moment to relieve himself as Mei continued to keep a watch on the group in question. When he finished and walked back, he could hear Mei giggling to herself. “I see her...Chiyo Saito.” Her smile widened at the prospect of a fight and Rook tapped her with his foot. She stood up, handing the rifle over to Rook as she went to do her own business. He looked through, stopping for a moment to fix his sights which Mei constantly felt a need to switch whenever she wanted to use his scopes.

Sure enough, there was the Avatar, talking with the others of the group. He continued peering through for a moment to make sure Mei was done before looking back. Mei had taken up pacing slightly as she looked towards their general direction. They were too far away to make out any details with the naked eye, but it was almost like she could see them the way her eyes darted around. “So...charge them? Hunt them down? What we doin?” Mei asked, although from experience, Rook knew that any answer that wasn’t ‘Let’s fight’ was going to have her pouting for a few hours. Rook lowered the rifle, pausing for a moment to think as he looked at all the options. Honestly, now was probably the best time to launch their first strike, there were a few things wrong with it however.

Rook would have preferred to stay here, and attempt to kill the non-mission critical targets at range, but he lacked height and they would be able to take cover almost immediately. Mixed with a Earth Bender, cover was not something they would be lacking. On top of that, Mei would need to get in close and she wouldn’t be able to get near them without them noticing her long before she could engage. That meant they would have to take the car. It was bullet proof, so there was no concern there, but there was the problem that they would have to try and coast it through and act like they were just driving by in hopes that the group didn’t get twitchy. It would also put Rook in relatively close range, and he preferred to keep his distance where possible.

He could just leave the group be, and tail them from here but that would inevitably lead them to a White Lotus stronghold which would make the mission that much harder. In other words, they had no choice but to try and end it here, but if they failed then their targets would know they were being hunted, which by the way they were wandering around the camp now meant that they didn’t necessarily know that fact. It wasn’t a prime opportunity, but it was one nonetheless. “Mask up.” Rook stated, making Mei literally squeal with excitement as she bolted for the car.

It took a few minutes for them to completely gear up, Rook covered head to toe in weapons and Mei stretching every muscle she thought she would ever use. They both had ear pieces underneath their masks as well, so they didn’t have to worry about hearing each other in the midst of combat or due to distance. “So...how we doing this?”

“We need the Avatar alive, everyone else is unnecessary, no holding back.” Rook revved up the car, hearing the powerful engine roar to life. “We’re going to coast until we get close enough...then full frontal.”

“Not like you to do the heroic charge route.”

“Lack of options makes this the best choice. We can’t risk taking the long shot and having them bug out on us, we need to tie them down.” Rook countered as he pulled a U-turn and started heading towards the group. “Focus on controlling the defenders. I’ve loaded up my rifle with tranq darts, hopefully I can get a good shot on the Avatar and incapacitate her before she becomes a problem.”

“And if not?”

“Then we break her limbs and transport her that way. They never specified that they need her in one piece, only alive.”

“Cold.”

“Practical.”

The car roared down the highway, and for all intents and purposes it was just another vehicle using the road as intended. The windshield, while not reflective was tinted, making it hard to see the passengers inside. Both Mei and Rook had their masks on, including Rook’s mirrored shades as they got within attack distance. “Mark.” Rook stated as he floored the gas, making the car give a mighty belch of power before he shifted gears, pulling the E-brake and making the tires squeal as the entire car slid sideways towards the group. When it came to a stop, Mei used it as a propellant, opening the car door right before the vehicle came to a full stop, jumping and landing in a dead sprint towards the nearest defender.

Rook slammed the car into park, popping out of the driver’s side and utilizing the vehicle as cover. Propping his rifle on the hood, he primed Chiyo in his sights and fired a tranq dart at her.

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Ru had spent the better part of the night with a furry facemask thanks to Momo. Though thankfully that didn't interfere with sleeping, as when the day came he was the first one awake. He was kinda glad for that fact, he found a nice little perch not to far from camp, deciding to look around. It wasn't to early but there was still dew along the plants, which was always nice. He felt better being nearer to any source of water, the larger the better. It wasn't long before his furry friend joined him taking his normal perch of Ru's head. "Hey there fuzzball.." He said reaching up to play with one of Momo's ears. "You know, we need to work on your sleeping habits you coulda killed me last night with these things." He said playfully pulling on momo's ears earning himself some chattering. "Yeah, yeah; I know." he said with a roll of his eyes in reply. It was quiet, he wasn't utterly use to quiet seeing as everyone in the enclave was up early and training always training. He frowned slightly at the memory of having to get up before the sun was even in the sky, not the fondest of memories. Though out here in the middle of nowhere it was peaceful and calm. He could get use to being far away from people.

Though as of right now that wouldn't be the case, a familiar voice catching him mildly off guard as he turned to look at the one talking. He smiled some, "Water nonbending water..." He rubbed at his chin in mock thought, "I mean all water is bendable for me.." He said making a bad joke before pulling out a bottle of water that hadn't been open handing it off her. "There ya go," Once that was done he returned his attention to the surroundings at night it had been hard to tell, but they really couldn't have chosen a better spot. It was lovely really, they were in just the right spot for the sun not to be so blinding, but enough to catch the sights of the valley they rested in. All that was missing was some wildlife to make its way through and it'd be a fairy tale area. Though that thought made him chuckle a bit to himself. "Sleep okay? you were the last one to fall asleep I'm guessing, with you know deciding you were the best one to be on guard and all." He playfully mocked. He had a feeling that she was feeling something against them, considering they weren't trying to hide very hard.

Momo chattering a bit as the lemur looked at Wen, Ru taking a moment to peek up at his pet. "Momo says, you are a worthy rival and that you snore when you sleep.." He said that last bit making him watch her for any type of reaction, having not been able joke around much on the drive, now finding it ever so hard to resist the urge to do it now. Though he held off on that, taking time to look back towards camp. He could only hope the other two were getting up and ready to go, something did feel off; specifically cause they were so out in the open now without darkness to give them just the slightest amount of cover. It didn't seem long before the other two had stirred, doing their own thing in camp Ru smiling in Wen's direction as he went to move down from his perch. Though he stopped suddenly his attention now focused on the sound of a car roaring by. He'd have paid it no mind if it hadn't suddenly fishtailed and came to stop near them. Ru instantly went on the defensive when that car stopped, even more so when one of the car's passengers hopped out making a beeline for him and Wen. He let his eyes move back towards the car, "one more.." He said out loud hoping Wen could hear him. A flash of a scope caught by the sun was all he needed. "Rifle!" He called out in warning. He hopped down from his perch his legs spread shoulder width apart as he drew the dew from the plants and the water from within them as well, he drew enough to leave a circle of dead plants around him and Wen. A large orb of water now in his control as they were between the two masked goons and Izzy and Chiyo, that gave him ample room to work his defense. He angled his arms towards the ground the water following suit before rising them quickly to form a wall of water.

That reassuring sound of something hitting the water before harmlessly falling on the other side. That was all he needed, it was his turn now. He turned the water to solid ice, moving towards it and forcing both hands into the last bit of water before it solidified. He pulled his arms back the ice wall cracking now, his new guards of ice forming around both arms from elbow to fingertip. The one had been charging the entire time, and Ru had a lovely greeting for her. As the wall broke entirely he shattered it, reforming each piece into dagger like ice icicles. and with a forceful shove of his hands sent the shrapnel of ice wall in a cone pattern towards both of the goons. living life on the streets of republic city were almost a boon in this aspect, the more traditional defensive style that the enclave taught him wouldn't be enough here.

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Chiyo's night was filled with perturbing nightmares. She was herself, but not herself. She was in an unfamiliar, but familiar place. Her dream self knew this place--but Chiyo had never been here before. She was in bed, but a large white animal with the name "Naga" began to alert her to movement beyond her window. Someone was outside. But soon Naga quieted and acted strangely, collapsing in a heap. A voice (her voice?) called out to the animal, asking in concern what was wrong. Then--as she approached the window she felt a sharp pain, like a sting of a bug, on her leg. When she looked down, a dart jutted from her flesh, and she panicked, having only enough time to bend weakly as the drug pumped through her system and the room tilted drunkenly as she collapsed to the floor. The last thing she recalled was booted feet standing in her line of sight before the world went black.

Chiyo startled awake with a gasp, nearly banging her head on the dome of her earthen shelter in her panic. She was beaded in sweat, though the shelter was pleasantly cool. Concerned for his mistress, Toph had settled on Chiyo's middle, snuffling and grumbling as badermoles did. Chiyo sighed, relieved to be awake. What was that? A kidnapping? Who was that? Me...but not me now...? Was it was true, that the Avatar was supposed to be able to commune with their past lives? Was this..one of them? She couldn't remember much about previous Avatars. She didn't really care about learning that sort of stuff while she was in school--and the curriculum only ever really brushed over that sort of thing. Bending wasn't was common as it had been back in the day. Least, that was the way Bunta explained it.

Chiyo scratched Toph's tiny ears affectionately before disentangling herself from her blanket. She wiped her brow on her sleeve, trying to give herself some Carefully, she stepped around Toph's small entrance hole by her feet, and moving the earth from the doorway she crawled out into the sunlight. She grumbled, unappreciative of the sunlight's brightness. Or mornings. Mornings are terrible. She groggily blinked until the figures of Wen and Ru came into focus. They were chatting, somewhat amiably and she saw Ru toss Wen a bottle of water. Chiyo was not at a point in her morning where talking was something she did. Instead, she gathered up the small mass of fur that was Toph, and carried him as a small child might carry a puppy over to where the other two waited. She took note as Izaya too began to stir, but again said nothing. She could feel her bedhead fluttering around her head as she moved, but made no attempt to smooth it. Who would that attempt even be for? She doubted these White Lotus people cared if she were a little messy or not. And she didn't exactly feel like looking "pretty" for anyone right now. Chiyo spacily stood around where the Auto was hidden in a hole, contemplating what that dream had meant and why it had been so intense when a car came speeding up the road. Chiyo was just starting to admire the shininess of the approaching car, when it screeched to a halt abruptly an someone came running out of it.

Chiyo jumped from the sound of the screech, suddenly much more awake. Toph growled in her grip as she tightened it a little too much in her surprise. After that it was chaos. Chiyo saw something glint on the hood of the car, heard a crackling sound like the firing of a weapon, and felt a suddenly reminiscent sensation of a bug sting--but now in her shoulder. Chiyo cried out, slapping at whatever stung her, only to find a small metal dart in her shoulder. Frightened realization dawned on her.

"Rifle!" she heard Ru call, as if delayed in his response. She turned to prepare to defend herself, only to find a wall of water suddenly before her. Lodged in it, a second dart. Was one right behind the other? She only heard one shot. Toph, freed from his mistress's grip, plunged into the earth below with a startled sound, hissing at the threats before them, digging toward the running attacker's feet to defend his mistress.

"Ru..." Chiyo murmured, somewhat amazed by the water bender's speed. The liquid water soon washed the dart harmlessly away as the water then hardened into ice, sharp as knives, plunging toward the one masked person charging toward them. The other stayed behind, their rifle glinting coldly. Chiyo could feel her body starting to react too slowly as whatever was in the dart started working into her system. She whimpered as she forced her now unruly limbs to obey her, dropping into a familiar horse stance. What could she do as her body started to ignore her? What could help? Ru was fighting. She wanted to fight!

With a loud, outraged cry she put what fading strength she had into bending the rifleman's car into a hole. It wasn't a very large hole--not compared to the one she was hiding their own vehicle in. It was only five inches deep or so--like an angry pothole. It was definitely enough to make his shot difficult and uneven. The nose of their car dove forward, putting the rear wheels into the air off the ground, and the whole Auto tilted with a metalic groan.

Chiyo felt like she was that auto now--her vision tilted drunkenly. Her feet went numb. She groaned, wanting to bend Earth up to protect the others, she wanted to badly to shield them but her arms had gone numb too. She grit her teeth, dragging numb limbs toward the fight--not wanting to succumb. Not wanting to leave the fighting to someone else. What if they took her...like in her dream? But it was no use--her legs became useless jelly within minutes and down she went with a small, defeated whimper. As she lay on the earth, she felt Toph burrow back to her side, poking his head out of the earth at her an making distressed sounds as she did not move to stroke him. She wanted to call out, to apologize for being so useless but even that felt impossible. She saw many feet in a fight, heard the shouts of a struggle, but then heard and saw nothing as she drifted into a drugged unconsciousness.