Chapter 8: Trip of Vengeance
I tossed and turned in my bed. It had been a few days since we broke Hakoda and Suki out of the Boiling Rock. I was plagued by nightmares. I whimpered in my sleep. It has been a year since I've had these nightmares. In my nightmare, my home was burning. My parents were lying on the floor in a pool of blood. My sister was crying nearby. Colonel Mongke stood over my parents. He turned toward me and shot a fireball at me. My world turned black. "Ahhhh!" I screamed. I looked around while breathing heavily. Tears came to my eyes as I thought about my nightmare.
There was a knock on my door and I tried to compose myself. "May I come in?" It was Katara.
"Uh, sure," I answered.
"I heard you scream. Are you alright?" Katara asked.
"I'm….I'm fine. It was just a nightmare," I answered.
"Oh. Do you want to talk about it?" She asked.
I sighed. "It was about my parents. It was of their murder," I said. My voice cracked and tears started sliding down my face. Katara looked at me and pulled me into an embrace. I started sobbing loudly into her chest. I sobbed until exhaustion took over. Katara laid me back in my bed and I fell asleep in comfort.
A few hours later, I woke up to the sounds of explosions. I leapt up and gasped in pain. I keep forgetting about my injuries. I limped outside to see the others fighting a few airships. Katara looked towards me and ran to me. "Zuron, we have to get out of here!" She yelled and grabbed my arm. Katara helped me limp to Appa's saddle. I climbed in, with some assistance. I looked in time to see Zuko jump. Zuko jumped into the air and tried to land on the air balloon. He didn't make it and fell into the cloudy abyss. I laid down and tried to rest. I only hoped that Zuko would survive. Aang made Appa fly.
Iroh slid nearer to me and placed his hand on my shoulder. "Are you Alright, Zuron?" Iroh asked.
"I'm fine. I'm a bit sore, still, but I'll be alright," I answered.
"It hurts more than you're letting on," Iroh stated.
"I'm fine!" I shouted. I flinched and laid myself back down. Appa swerved to avoid a fire blast. Then, Zuko appeared and started fighting Azula. They threw simultaneous fire blasts. Both Zuko and Azula were thrown from the airship. Katara caught Zuko's arm and brought him onto Appa. Azula saved herself. Aang brought us to an island. There, we set up camp. Katara made a delicious soup. Iroh made some tea. Zuko got some praise for helping them. Katara didn't seem too happy, though. She muttered some words and walked off. Zuko followed her. When they arrived back to camp separately, neither looked happy.
The next day, Katara and Zuko walked to where Aang was feeding Appa. "We need to borrow Appa," Katara stated.
"Why? Is it your turn to take a little fieldtrip with Zuko?" Aang asked.
"Yes, it is," Katara answered.
"Oh, what's going on?" Aang asked.
"We're going to find the man that took my mother from me," Katara answered.
"Sokka told me what happened. I know who did it and I know how to find him," Zuko said.
"What will this accomplish?" Aang asked.
"I knew that you wouldn't understand," Katara said.
"No, I do understand, but Katara, revenge isn't the answer," Aang stated.
"Wait, Aang. This could give her closure. I will go with Zuko and Katara. I can help," I told Aang.
"Alright," Aang complied. Zuko, Katara, and I hopped onto Appa's saddle and took off.
About two hours later, we arrived at a communication tower. We snuck in and took a map. After we left the tower, we started riding Appa toward a Southern Raiders ship. Katara recollected how her mother was killed. After she told us, Katara was in tears. I placed my hand on her shoulder to show my sympathy. Tears were in my eyes as well. We hugged each other and cried silently. We fell asleep soon after. Just after midnight, we spotted the ship. We ambushed the soldiers and got information out of the leader. The murderer is Yan Rha. We found him and attacked him. Katara was going to kill him, but she stopped. She wouldn't kill him. We left Yan Rha and went back to the camp. Everyone came with us to EmberIsland. Aang and Zuko talked with Katara. I overheard Katara forgive Zuko. I'm glad, but I wish I could have closure. I miss my parents so much.