It's been a year since I came here to Seedy Merchants Pier. I don't live in a fancy house but in any place that't dry. I've managed to survive by working for the guards in this city. I get paid for sneaking around and catch any intersting by the local criminals and others. The days are quite boring since everyone's so catious at that time. But at nighttime, that's when I can earn some real money by catching people robbing, fighting and what so ever. Even if I'm not allowed to do it, I actually train my firebending while facing these people. Baku's teachings comes to use since their's mostly earthbenders here. That's how I stay alive.
But this night isn't like any other I've experienced. There's mist out on the sea and the air is cold. The streets are completely empty, which is very unusal. There's always people doing buisnesses on the black market. Jeez, I can't keep going like this. I see some barrels beside a wall and I climb up on the roof. No sign of a bending fight as far as I can see. No! There's someone! He's running across the street. Finally some exitement. The man doesn't see me as I jump across the rooftops after him. He seems to be in a real hurry, he almost looks scared. Why is he scared? I manage to lean over the roof as the man stops to catch his breath. Now I see that he has taken a few hits. He's actually hurt pretty bad. Wait... now I recognize him. It's Fujo! An earthbender that I've seen talking with some of the criminals the guards caught yesterday. Who could've been able to hurt a strong earthbender like him? I realize it's time to get some answers and jump of the roof and land behind him.
He turns to face me. Now I get really concerned. Why is he so scared?
- What's happened to you? I ask.
- I.. I can't let them hit me any more time!!
- Uh yeah I can understand that. Who did this to you? You need help.
- No!! You don't understand, I can't fight if they hit me again!
- What? What're you....
Suddenly I feel someone grabbing my shoulder from behind. Since I'm not prepared I get thrown into the wall. My sight gets dizzy, but I'm able to see two persons approach Fujo. The earth bender prepares a rock and is backing away desperately.
- No!! NO stay away from me!!
- We want our money back, bender.
Fujo attacks, but the man dodges. It all goes so fast. The earhtbender is able to hold the two persons off for some time. But I see how they're only playing with him as they slowly comes closer. Then they hit him several times on his arm. With one kick Fujo is down on the ground. He's trying to bend from where he's laying. But nothing happens. What's going on?! Who are these people? The strangers starts to take whatever they can find in Fujo's pockets. He's trying to keep them away, so the stranger hits once again and this time Fuko stops moving. Is he dead?! No... he's eyes are open and he's breathing. I'm to scared and confused to think straight so I raise and throw two firebeems at the strangers. They avoid by doing some backflips and handsprings. They look at me. I try to keep my voice steady as I talk.
- Leave him alone!
- Don't do anything stupid, little girl. This is none of your buisness.
- I'm working for the cityguards so it is my buisness in fact.
The man looks rather surpiced. But then he smiles and runs towards me. The adrenaline is rushing in my head and I get really focused. My eyes are locked on the man and I throw some fireballs at him again. He's very vigorous and manage to jump up very high. I can see he's attack from above so I do a backflip to avoid. Now he's right in front of me, but I have an advantage. I'm much shorter then him which makes me harder to see. As he tries to hit me, I spin and gets behind him. I suddenly notice that I'm smiling. That's unusual. I do a spin kick and the man gets pushed forward. I pull myself together and prepare to attack him once again. But someone grabs my arms and push me on my knees. It's the other one. She gives me a hit on the shoulder and I feel how my muscles gets heavy. I can't move. Both of the strangers look pleased. The man grabs my chin and looks deep into my eyes. I almost start to panic, I don't want to be like this. The man smiles.
- You bender has no chance against us Chi-Blockers. It's pathetic to see how you panic once you lose your bending.
- Chi-Blockers? I ask.
But the man stands up and hits me with two fingers right under my collarbone. It hurts so much that I pass out.
When I wake up, the sun is rising but no one's out yet. Fujo still lies on the ground. I realize I can move and sits up. I light a firebolt just to make sure my bending is back. Who were those people? And what's chi-blocking? All those questions has to wait until I can get life in Fujo. He must know something...