TWO TALES: PASTTWO TALES: PAST AND PRESENTTWO TALES: PAST by Skeleton-Horse
[Earth King Kuei/OC, action/adventure/romance, rated T]
Rumor had it that Ba Sing Se had fallen—the Fire Nation princess had snuck in and snatched it right out of the Earth King's hands, so they said. It was a funny thing, some teenage royal taking down the Earth Kingdom capital that had stood against the Fire Nation for a hundred years. So much for 'the impenetrable city'.
Of course, such things hardly mattered at all out in the Si Wong Desert, and it mattered even less in the Misty Palms Oasis. Zafirah of the Janan Tribe liked to think of her home as a truly international little village. They had folks from all over—mostly Earth Kingdom, but every now and then they'd get a rare Water Tribe wanderer—or even some Fire Army types, deserters of course. Whatever their nation, they all behaved themselves more or less the same—which was to say, not very well at all.
It was a typical day with typical weather for early