Avatar Book 2: The Burning Earth

Chapter 8: Illness

When we walked in, Zuko didn't look well. Neither did I. I felt sick to my stomach. We both started to sway before we passed out. "Zuko! Zuron!" I had heard Iroh yell before I lost consciousness.

I started to come to at the same time as Zuko. Everything hurt. It felt so hot and stuffy. My throat felt so dry. "Water," I mumbled. Iroh turned away from the now sleeping Zuko and gave me a ladle full of water. I drank it greedily. I groaned as I fell back to sleep.

When I woke up, Iroh was telling Zuko how, for him, this illness is a metamorphosis. "That doesn't explain why I'm sick," I mumbled and then coughed.

"It does, actually. Do you have any very special talents?" Iroh asked.

"What's that got to do with my being sick?" I asked.

"I'm just wondering," Iroh answered.

"Well, I'm a duos bender. That means that I can bend both fire and water," I replied.

"What?" Iroh asked.

"That is why you healed so quickly," I answered. Then, I opened my eyes wide. "Maybe I can help heal Zuko's fever!" I exclaimed.

"How?" Iroh asked.

"I can waterbend!" I got up and stumbled over to where Zuko lay. I pulled some of the water out of the bucket and began healing. Zuko's eyes flickered open, then shut as the healing water calmed him. I stopped healing and moved away from Zuko. My stomach started twisting into knots. I turned to the side away from Zuko and Iroh and started vomiting. Iroh moved closer to me and started rubbing soothing circles on my back. When I finished vomiting, Iroh helped me back onto my sleeping mat. I fell into a sleep plagued with nightmares.

My mother was cooking our dinner. My father had been hunting for a few hours and should be coming home soon.


Huh? What was that? I had been in my room at the time. I bolted out of my room and ran to the kitchen. Mom! She's lying facedown on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood. My father burst through the front door and came across the same sight as me. We looked up and saw the five attackers. They shot fire at my father and ended him. Then they turned to me….

"Ahhh!" I screamed as I woke up and sat bolt upright. I was breathing heavily and sweat coated my brow. Iroh leaned toward me and placed his hand on my shoulders. It was only then that I realized I was crying. Iroh pulled me into an embrace and held me close as I cried. I started getting drowsy. My eyes started drooping. I slowly stopped crying as I fell into a deep slumber.

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