Shards of the Elements @kelseyalicia


Staring at a stop sign
Watching people drive by
T Mac on the radio
Got so much on your mind
Nothing's really going right
Looking for a ray of hope

Simultaneously while the battles in the human realm occurred? The conflict in the Spirit realm transpired. Per order of the Phoenix King, he dispatched half his soldiers to take Keaparaberu.

The two entities who made up the Phoenix King both had their reasons for it. Anto's motivation came down to his obsession with Alanna. Ozai's rational motive remained to destroy all hope in the world.

Either way, Alanna would be an ideal prize to several. However, the prize she was to one subordinate of the Phoenix King? He desired her for an entirely different reason, one no one knew about.

Zhao, along with Wyanet, led the battalion to seize Keaparaberu. Each anticipated little resistance once they arrived. Therefore, they only laughed when they saw two teenagers dressed in sky-blue awaiting them at the gates.

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He's not gonna let it get the best of you

Twenty minutes ago:

Kenai and Nita stationed themselves outside the gates. Each of them was quite anxious concerning the impending confrontation. While Kenai had been transformed into a quasi-avatar? Neither felt it be sufficient to prevent what was coming. Nita bit her nails while waiting for the army to arrive.

"You shouldn't bite your nails, Nita. It's a bad habit," Kenai remarked in an attempt to cut through the tension.

"You sound like my mother. She has been attempting to get me to stop for years. But, unfortunately, it hasn't worked yet. I pray my parents are alright. I can't imagine what my brother has devised for them if my cousins can't stop him."

"We've to trust that Katara and Sokka will be able to subdue him. We just have to have a little faith."

"Easy for you to say, Kenai. You've at least had one chance at true love. I've never had a chance to fall in love yet."

"Is it because you've not found a girl that caught your fancy?" causing her cheeks to burn.

"How long have you known?"

"Since we arrived. I have no problems with it. I assume you haven't had much of a litter to pick from in the South, have you?"

"Nope, not a lot of teenagers in the Tribe. Certainly not any who share an interest in women. Any ladies back home that might be interested?"

Shaking his head, "The Northern Tribe still growing used to accepting countless new norms. But, unfortunately, they've not become nearly as enlightened as to the South.

So no. I don't know of any openly gay people in the Tribe. However, I've met more then a few when we go to Ember Island in the wintertime. You might have better luck with them."

"Well, if we live through this? I'll take you up on the offer. Tui and La know I'm looking for some love."

"Let's hope we both live through this. Then, I'd love to take Katara on a moonlight stroll on the beach. Truly romantic, don't you think?"

"Yes, but treat my cousin with honor moreover respect. She's not a helpless damsel, so don't treat her as one."

"I've never treated women as second class, Nita. I can assure you of that."

"Good to know you're nothing like my brother."

"I'll take that as a compliment."

You're an overcomer
Stay in the fight 'til the final round
You're not going under
'Cause God is holding you right now

Suki and Brock were guarding the courtyard. They're as equally as apprehensive as Kenai and Nita outside the gates. So they, too, were attempting to calm their nerves. "So, Suki? Tell me more regarding your home? It's history."

"Its said that Kyoshi Island used to be part of the continent. That Kyoshi split it off in an attempt to protect her home from an atrocious dictator. Likely the mainland has a contrary version of what transpired that day. I don't know for sure, but I've got a gut feeling about that."

"Yes, history varies between various people's perspectives of circumstances. Either written by the winners. Or the losers who attempted to make themselves look more favorable."

"Is there anything else you want to know?"

"If we triumph in this conflict, will you return to your hometown?"

"I've yearned to return the moment I was stolen. Every waking moment my longing grows even more. Why? Are you thinking about relocating to Kyoshi Island?"

"Not long term. I mean, I'd love to visit it. I'm confident my cousin feels the same. However, my cousin and I desire to do further exploring before we settle down in one place."

"Considering you've been kept in a gilded cage for so long? It makes sense you wouldn't want to put roots down anytime soon."

" Do you have a sweetheart waiting for you back home?"

"No, I don't. I haven't given that much thought since Toph's parents purchased me. Do you have a lover tucked away somewhere?"

"No, I don't. I never cared for those stuck-up snoots in Ba Sing Sa. I'm looking for a soul whose imaginative, open-minded. Someone who speaks their mind with an incredible zest for life."

"I'm not sure where you uncover such a girl. However, I firmly believe in the red strings of fate, like most people. Consequently, I imagine you're tied with someone. It's only a matter of when you find them."

You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it's hopeless
That's when He reminds You
That you're an overcomer
You're an overcomer

The last teens were positioned on either side of Alanna's majestic throne were Yue and Daichi. To an outsider, it'd be ludicrous, them being the last line of defense. However, looks were deceiving. With Yue's recently awakened waterbending capabilities, plus, now Daichi, was a quasi-avatar? Thanks to him bonding with the son of Oma and Shu? His body had become much more substantial.

His body now resembled someone who had gotten an abundance of physical therapy, among other treatments that could improve the life of someone with cerebral palsy. But, unfortunately, Vale couldn't cure Daichi. Nevertheless, he'd considerably enhanced his host's body.

Though both young royals? Considering neither had any practical experience bending? They'd let their other side take control of them for that. Either way, Alanna sat on her throne peacefully. She knew they'd come for her. Anto wouldn't be satisfied until he forced her to wed him. Then, taking a few deep breaths, she was ready.

Everybody's been down.
Hit the bottom, hit the ground
Ooh, you're not alone
Just take a breath, don't forget
Hang on to His promises
He wants You to know

By this time, Zhao and Wyanet arrived at the gate. Because their physical bodies were in the Spirit World? They could bend. Given that Zhao only let his bending be fueled by rage? Plus, having no self-control? He was the more formidable opponent.

Wyanet may've been the result of Anto raping a woman in lust. Nevertheless, she'd a code of honor she followed. As they say? Even evil has standers. Except for no one in the troops knew what her standers where.

Laughing with joy, Zhao hurled a giant fireball at the waterbenders. The two of them worked in sync, seeking to prevent them from entering. Kenai, with his hot waterbending, took on Zhao. Nita took on Wyanet.

"You disgrace the noble blood of the Fire Nation, you little crossbred!" snarled Zhao as Kenai utilized a water whip on him.

"Did anyone ever tell you that you talk too much? Or that your pride will be your downfall?" he replied using his water whip smacking Zhao in the chest. The scalding liquid prompted Zhao to scream out in agony.

You're an overcomer
Stay in the fight 'til the final round
You're not going under
'Cause God is holding you right now

"Don't underestimate the power of the water. It only changes into all three. Solid, liquid, and gas. Your uneducated mind cannot grasp my power."

"Fire is the superior element! Nothing will ever stop a fire from consuming everything in its path!" shooting more fireballs at the teenager. To his astonishment, Kenai was able to redirect the fire like he did the water. His parents had taught him to embrace both sides of his heritage. Consequently, both he and his brother studied the other katas.

You never knew when thinking outside the box would come in handy. Given they carried both the lineage of water and fire? They'd a degree of influence on the opposite element.

You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it's hopeless
That's when He reminds You
That you're an overcomer
You're an overcomer

Wyanet, meanwhile, taken out a pair of scythes to fight Nita. Next to her sais? Her scythes were her favorite weapon. Good thing she taught herself to be ambidextrous. Nita started to dance around Wyanet. "You're graceful. I give you that girl. However? Do you honestly believe dancing going to defeat the Daughter of Death?" as Nita scarcely missed being knocked unconscious by the razor-sharp scythes.

"I'm more of go with the flow. Water follows the path of least resistance. So in the end, it will always win," once again evading the lethal blades through her dancing.

"Hmm, perhaps I should learn to dance. It might be serviceable in the future," admitted Wyanet, distracted by the living poetry in front of her. Nita didn't want to brag. However, she remained the most qualified dancer in the entire tribe. Given she utilized her bending more like an art instead of using it as a fighting style. Therefore she incorporated her whole being into her creativity.

Within a few minutes of being distracted by Nita's dancing, Zhao successfully overpowered Kenai. Then proceeded forward without Wyanet, which wasn't part of the plan. The Phoenix King made it quite clear that the two of them were to stay together. Snapping out of her spell Wyanet slipped her weapons back into her belt.

Then simply tripping Nita, she rushed ahead. Again, it didn't take a lot to realize something was wrong. But, again, Nita remained quite intuitive. "Something fishy going on, Kenai!" as she helped him up.

"Whatever it is? We can't get involved right now. The rest of the soldiers are approaching fast. We need to do our best to keep them out. We'll have to hope Suki and Brock can stop the first two!"

The same Man, the Great I am
The one who overcame death
He's living inside of You

Suki and Brock both had their hands full, working to hinder Zhao and Wyanet. Yet Wyanet, for some reason, kept getting sidetracked, mainly by the sheer barbarity Zhao demonstrated!

She may've liked her fill of blood. Being Death's Daughter meant she naturally loved bloodshed. Except both she and her father had a tolerance for how much. Remarkable as that was. Yes, even Anto had a limit on how much he could stomach. Downright genocide would serve no purpose. He would lose his purpose if everyone were wasted.

Nor did he desire to waste the possibility of reconciliation with Alanna. So even at his most dangerous? Anto wouldn't go so far as to deny hope or the world chance of rebuilding from devastation.

Secretly Anto held back his full power. Even holding back Ozai's sufficiently that the rest of the gang had a sporting chance to overthrow him. But the end of all life? No, Anto had no desire for that.

So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who has your life
There's nothing He can't do
He's telling you

Again even evil had standers. Wyanet herself desired only honorable combat. She thoroughly loathed taking cheap shots or underhand tactics to prevail. Honorable fighting meant both sides could defend themselves. Thus, not attacking the weak or helpless. Furthermore, not putting children in jeopardy or scarring them for life.

Consequently, Wyanet only sought to disarm them. Or incapacitate them sufficiently they wouldn't get in the way. Back on Sado Island, she'd killed to survive since everyone sought to execute her for being Anto's daughter.

The bitter, heartless front? She wore that mask to conceal who she genuinely was—living on an island where you could slaughter any moment? It meant she couldn't be her true self. She'd to be tough-minded, ruthless, and fearless to survive. Yet, that wasn't who she sincerely was. Furthermore, everyone was about to find that out.

She and Suki were fighting; both kept an even pace and were evenly matched. She even complimented her like she'd done Nita. "You're magnificent, Kyoshi Warrior! You're as stunning as Avatar Kyoshi was!"

"Thanks for the compliment! Yet don't think I won't kick your butt! Your silver tongue means nothing to me!"

"Why can't I appreciate another's beauty? I know I'm not much of a looker. I've only a handful of times seen my reflection. You're far more beautiful then I am. You should take pride in that."

"Sorry, I'm not into the sin of vanity!"

"You at least can show inner beauty! I cannot! No one would ever think the Daughter of Death would be beautiful!"

Before another exchange could be made, something wicked occurred. Zhao lost total control setting everything on fire! Like the most dangerous inferno ever! This slice of heaven would immediately become consumed! "Zhao!" she screeched at him. "Our orders were to collect Alanna! Not obliterate her home!" she uttered in horror as all the beauty was gradually burning to the ground.

"I don't care about collecting Alanna, you mongrel! I alone will have the honor of slaughtering her!"

Take a breath, don't forget
Hang on to His promises

Everything stopped at that moment. "What?! Are you out of your fucking mind?!" Wyanet demanded in shock. Everyone in earshot understood what Zhao planned to do.

Everyone immediately ceased warring to gape at him in shock. There wasn't a single person who didn't think Zhao lost his mind! Then, before anyone could even say why what he had in mind was a universal death wish, he shoved Wyanet to the ground—allowing more of the inferno to burn out of control—cutting off any help to save Alanna from being assassinated!

"Forget our orders! We've to stop this assassination!" cried Wyanet. Astonishingly everyone agreed. "We'll take care of seeking to preserve Keaparaberu! You get inside and stop Zhao from making the most consequential mistake in human history!" shrieked Kenai.

They were immediately changing gears to save Keaparaberu! Then, with his new avatar level of power, Kenai unblocked a pathway for Wyanet to get through. Then, nodding, she sped inside to protect the Mother of the Human Race!

You're an overcomer
Stay in the fight 'til the final round
You're not going under
'Cause God is holding you right now

The inside of the palace was utter pandemonium! Currently dueling Zhao was his own daughter, Akiko! Barely recovered from what Anto put her through, she dueled the bastard who sired her. Yue and Daichi strived to keep the palace from completely collapsing. Which meant Alanna was unguarded. Meaning only Wyanet and Akiko were the only ones standing in-between the end of all things and Zhao.

She instantly drew her sais to attack Zhao from behind. Akiko's green eyes blazed with fury at her ex-father. Even now, 13 years later, he still refused to say her name. "Out of my way, you little tramp!" he snarled at the daughter he abandoned.

"Not likely! And I'm NOT A TRAMP, YOU BASTARD! MY NAME IS AKIKO!" He was about to retort when he felt a searing pain in his back. Snarling, he sent a wave of fire at whoever attacked him from behind. Wyanet managed to roll out of the way.

"Zhao! Stand down now!" she ordered him, her golden eyes blazing.

"When I'm moments away from eternal glory? I think not!"

"Do you even comprehend the consequences of what you are contemplating doing?! Murdering Alanna means the end of everything! All creation will cease to exist if you kill her!"

You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it's hopeless
That's when He reminds You
That you're an overcomer
You're an overcomer

"Don't try to reason with him, girlfriend! My sire only cares about himself. No one ever matters to him! Plus, he's forever been brain dead!" warned Akiko picking up her sword. Then she lunged at her father, who hit her so hard she was rendered senseless. Wyanet immediately ran on the wall before flipping in front of Zhao and protecting the motionless Akiko.

"You won't kill anyone! Not while their breath in my body!" she threatened but even now, Zhao wasn't backing down. "Well, then I'll have to make sure you're not breathing anymore!" as the lunatic and Daughter of Death started to fight.

Wyanet held her own for a long time as she fought the entire time virtuously. But, unfortunately, that choice would cost her her life. Zhao refusing to let anyone stand in his way did the unimaginable. He utilized his firebending to blow a hole right through Wyanet's body, killing her instantly!

You're an overcomer
You're an overcomer
You're an overcomer

A fatal mistake on his part. While all this been going down at Keaparaberu? In the heart of the expanding Phoenix Empire, an unexplained sensation coursed throughout his body. The battle had been deadlock up till then. Except while Ozai hadn't felt anything when Azula been brought close to death? Anto felt something stirring inside him.

An unfamiliar feeling he'd never felt before. What it was, he didn't know. All he knew was something horrifying had transpired. He then heard someone cry his name! He then left Ozai's body, leaving him for dead, in the process, shattering the Amulet that controlled Aang. Everyone was bewildered by this sudden turn of events.

They'd be more astounded when they got the whole story. Alanna was screaming as death closed in on her. Yet before Zhao completed murdering her like he'd murdered Wyanet? Anto suddenly materialized, immediately taking in the scene. To his horror, his daughter laid dead on the floor, and the woman he loved was about to meet the same fate.

Anto has been holding back for eons the zenith of his power. Now he felt emotions he couldn't describe. Yet, the one he did recognize was the need to avenge his daughter and save his love.

It happened all so fast no one could quite remember what exactly happened afterward. All anyone knew, Anto was ready to literally rip Zhao's sorry excuse for a soul from his body. He'd have done it if there wasn't someone pleading with him to stop. Surprisingly it wasn't Alanna who begged him to stop. It was Akiko!

Locking his predatory gaze upon the offspring of the one who slain his own, he spoke. "Why? Why are you requesting mercy for him? He abandoned you and violated your mother! He murdered my daughter! He nearly ended the universe! And yet you plead for mercy?! Why?!"

Struggling to get to her feet, she succeeded in pulling herself up. Finally, she'd face Death on her feet, not her knees. "Dear Lord Anto, I understand the grief you're feeling, for we are equal in pain. Zhao caused me nothing but unspeakable suffering. So much all I wanted to do was kill him for it!

However, death is never the answer, Lord Anto. Only through life are things able to change, for people to grow and learn from their mistakes. Therefore I'm not defending him in a sense, saying he's guiltless. On the contrary, I know he's nothing but an arrogant, self-centered scoundrel.

However, you do have a choice, Lord Anto. Please believe me killing him will only satisfy you for the moment. However, it won't give your daughter back to you. On the contrary, it will only dishonor her memory if you give him the satisfaction of knowing he took from you your child.

Instead, let him live forever with the knowledge he failed to break you. Let him live forever with this heinous deed he's done. Please, Lord Anto! Every life is precious. You may be the Spirit of Death. Therefore we cannot change who you are. However, this one time? Please don't kill. Let Zhao live forever with what he's done."

"How do you expect him to live forever with what he's done? He's mortal and will die!"

"I once read there a location in the Spirit World called the Fog of Lost Souls. Exile him there. He will live there for the rest of time, only remembering the gruesome things he's done.

Please, Lord Anto, don't kill him." she finished before falling to her knees from the pain. Alanna quickly flew to her side to help her up. Her own azure eyes were pleading with Anto.

Anto deliberated for a few moments. Finally, he spoke. "I'll grant him that leniency, Lady Akiko. He shall be banished for eternity to Fog of Lost Souls. However, let me make this perfectly clear. I will never allow such leniency ever again. Do you understand?" he demanded to which Alanna's champion nodded.

A flutter of moths scooped up Zhao to take him to his fate. Anto then picked up his daughter's lifeless body. For the first time in his life, he cried. Then he walked out without so much as a word. They all knew this was Pyrrhic victory. One no one had wished for, even if this was what they got in the end.

So don't quit, don't give in, you're an overcomer
Don't quit, don't give in. You're an overcomer
Don't quit, don't give in. You're an overcomer
You're an overcomer

Overcomer by Mandisa

You are not invisible

You are heard, even if no one acknowledges what you said. You matter, even if you don't speak loudest. You are seen by others, even if you don't realize it. You do matter. And you are not invisible!

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