Reunited and it feels so {meh}.
Well, I managed to make a shelter for myself and the four (weren't there five?) Benders who came through the Spirit Portal and then closed it. The Portal remains closed and no sign of Mitsuke or Kusac anywhere. The Earth chunks I managed to dig up from deep under the ice keep the wind from cutting through me (us) but I can't get a fire started. I guess it's time to head back to the city! I make a sled out of one of the chunks and manage to get all four prisoners back and into the hands of the royals guards before any of us freeze!
The king and the queen (or is it the queen and the king? I can't tell them apart, sometimes even when they're talking!) and the new queen/princess (politics is hard, OK?) are very interested in my story. If the portal is closed for good, that's a major change for the area, I'd guess. Their determine that the best course of action is to send a contingent of guards up to the area where the portal should be in anticipation of it reopening and Mitsuke and Kusac coming back through. I thought that my best plan was to try to join Singehn, Yoshike, Kohna, and Bingchuanin in their efforts to find this "space-ship" heading to the moon. The queen (or king?) thinks its best if I'm there for the return of the portal. I guess they're right.
They find me some warmer clothes and the team they're sending is way more prepared for the weather conditions, so I'm OK with this. I let the others work out the details, since they seem like they've done this, before. We get back up there but there's some people already standing around where the portal used to be, looking concerned. I recognize one, immediately. My brother, Zenna. {Ugh!}. This isn't what I had in mind. I don't know if I'm ready to see him, again. I haven't talked to him since it was discovered that he was (an) Avatar! I decide to avoid this conversation/confrontation for as long as possible. I pretend to be one of the workers setting up tents and staying out of his view, but close enough to listen to him and his White Lotus handlers.
It seems they expect him to reopen the gate, despite not having Mastered all four of the elements, yet. He's not sure how to do it, without that Mastery. Heck, he hasn't even started training for the fourth! I avoid contact until the set-up is done and people have settled down a bit. Then, I can finally catch him alone, without the White Lotus 'guards' (I mean, guardians) around him. Here's hoping things go well! {Fingers crossed!}
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{Whew!} He didn't attack me on sight! Nor did he make a big, noisy deal about it, drawing unwanted attention from his handlers. A few moments of privacy is the best I can hope for, though. Let's see what he knows . . . .
Well, he is in fact confused about how to reopen the Portal without all 4 elements. He also believes that he's the only potential Avatar. . . . . when I suggest that Mitsuke could help from the other side of the closed Portal, he scoffs that a simple Fire Bender could do much. He must not remember the fight they had, last time they met . . . . ooooohhhh, crap . . . . this could get bad. When (if?!) she comes back through the reopened Spirit Portal (I hope), I could lose them both . . . .
And, with that thought, a low rumbling sound, the ground (ice?!) shakes a bit, and the Portal reopens!! Yeah!!
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And Mitsuke steps through
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And her eyes almost immediately turn the white of Avatar form . . . .
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As do Zenna's
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I rush toward Mitsuke with the intention of knocking us both back through the Portal . . .
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I hope I roll well on initiative!!
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Epic!