"One of my own."
Part 30. Ben Sisko part nine and ten.
Takasu has got collected the most of his men that are left in city. He has been told that about four of his men had followed the two strangers out of town, so they can keep in contact with them.
Takasu is sure that the woman and the man will meet with the last man and the animals a place outside the city, so they can continue their onward journey.
After he left five men back in the city to keep track of their things, he took the rest with him on them ostrich horses they have available.
A few of the men have to run alongside, but he expects with that they can switch places on the way, so it is only short stretch the individual men will have to run.
When they come up in the hills, which is south of the city, they find the four men who had followed the strangers. Takasu can quickly confirm that he has been right in that they would meet with the last man and all their ostrich horses.
After they have switched, so the men who have run so far, gets allowed to ride, and some others come down to walk.
The four who have been waiting on the other are reasonably fresh, since they have moved at a somewhat slower pace, and they continue on foot for a while.
They do not get very far before they suddenly becomes surprised. A thin ice spike suddenly comes flying from the side and hits Hanbei which is one of the foremost of the bandits, in the thigh. The ice spear goes through his legs and into the side of the ostrich horse he rides on. While Hanbei screams of pain and he takes him to the thigh sinks the ostrich horse died together under him.
All the other bandits looking themselves surprised around, trying to find out where the ice spear came from and who sent it off.
Before they become wiser from where the spear came, and whether it is the female water bender who sent it, they can suddenly hear a male voice.
"This is your last warning..." it sounds loud and clear "If you continue, it will become seriously... And you come to bury some of your men..."
Takasu has a good guess on where the man must be. The long monologue from the man gave him a reasonably accurate direction, although the voice has sung a little because of the hills and trees.
He raises his arm and pointing while he shouts "He must be right up there... Take him..."
The front riders whipping their ostrich horses and try to get them to run up the small slope that is on the side of the road.
A little further up, everyone can see how a man, dressed in blue, rises up quickly and start to run quickly up the hill. Takasu get a big smile on. In his mind, they have already put him down.
A little slower than the fastest Takasu coming after them. Although the slope is particularly steep, he can feel on his own animal and look at the front two, it's hard to get up the slope for them.
The front two have just contact with the man in blue. For a brief moment he disappears for them and they hear a low hiss in the air. They can see something shiny, almost silvery, flying through the air.
But none of them can reach to understand what it is. Only at the last moment sees the two in fronts those thin ice discs flying through the air against them.
Takasu's ostrich horse slow down and squeal with terrified voices. Irritated he looks down on it and discovers the two heads that roll down towards him.
Startled, he looks up and discovers that the heads owns still sitting on their ostrich horses, but that the two are headless.
A little movement from the animals they sit on means that the two bodies slowly fall to the ground.
Several of Takasu's men come up beside him. Both some of those who are on foot and some of them are riding. The men look frightened at the two headless bodies. A few go a few steps back and their eyes fall on the leader of the group.
Takasu cannot really decide whether it's best to turn around, or whether they should follow the man who has now killed one of his animals and two of his men in a very short time.
While Takasu still stands and is considering what is best to do hears they suddenly a cold voice shouting "If..."
It makes it a shiver down the men's backs. Several of them start to lose heart. They do not want to end up like their two headless comrades in front of them.
But for Takasu, the battle is not yet finished...
Sara and Sisko choose to walk throughout the day and only very late at night, they find a suitable place where they will stay overnight the last few hours.
The ostrich horses are at the moment a little tired, but still they come with cheerful sounds while Sara and Sisko make a fire, so they have light.
Sisko uses his fire bending to quickly lit the bonfire and makes some primitive torches, which he set on fire. Quickly pulling they the ostrich horses to the fire, so they can see what they're doing, and so they can get the saddle bags emptied of supplies.
After they have poured feed in the large flat feeding bowl turns the two benders back to the fire.
Without further delay or tasks crawl the two tired benders down into their sleeping bags. Barely is their head down and lie on the ground before they sleep.
When the first rays of sunshine wake Sisko as he used to. Slowly he comes out of the sleeping bag and find a place where the sun undisturbed can shine on him.
While he places himself in a lotus position in order to morning meditates towards the sun, wakes Sara of it.
Just as slowly as Sisko she comes out of the sleeping bag and smile at his back. She can hear on his calm breathing, that he sits and meditates. It is not the first time she experiences a fire bender who meditate toward the sun.
In order not to disturb Sisko she chooses to find it clean set of black cotton underwear and her toiletries forward and thereafter she is moving her down to the nearby river to take a morning bath.
Although the water was a bit cold when she walked naked out into it, it's very refreshing for her to get a bath. She begins to bender the water, heat it up and wash her in that way.
She let a few water hands with warm water caressing her body while she enjoys waking up properly with a relatively warm bath. The hair must Sara herself wash.
Something else seldom occurs, since it normally always Soren who washes her hair and she misses his hands. But not only that...
After she becomes finished with too bath, she uses her bending to dry herself with before she takes the clean underwear on. When she has tied the knot under her breasts on the black triangle top, she returns to where the fire bender still sitting in a lotus position.
While she looking at him curiously she gets her pants and boots on. A smile comes into her lips which she has just colored red. Sara slowly closing the two small sea shells containing the red color, together again.
The way how the fire bender in front of her sits reminds her so much about how Zhou also sat when he meditated in front of her.
For a moment, can Sara remember how it was to sit between his legs, the one time she tried it with him. What an experience it was that to feel the fire benders heat rise in step with the sun comes up higher and higher above the horizon.
With one last smile finds Sara her brush forward and she begins to comb her long dark brown curly hair.
Slowly become Sisko finished with his morning meditation. He can feel the sun has filled him with renewed energy and his bending feels strong again.
He opens his eyes and gets a little surprised to see that Sara stands almost right in front of him. Although he has focused on his meditation, he had not heard that she had moved around, but of course he knew that she was still there.
It that also surprises him is to see Sara standing only half dressed with her dark blue pants, black triangle top and the two gold ring arm rings on her arms. She stands and concentrates on braiding her curly dark brown hair in a braid.
Again he is surprised that it does not seem to bother her to stand almost topless in front of a strange man.
A sly smile playing on her red lips while she looks at him. Sisko lifts curiously an eyebrow over it. He can see that she enjoys to standing and look at him while she braiding the hair.
Sara enjoys what she can see of his beautiful muscular body which the sleeveless blouse shows, especially the clearly arm muscles the fire bender has.
In a way she had hoped that she would be allowed to see more of them, but that she has seen, she is extremely pleased with.
She becomes finish braiding the hair and takes the blue kimono-like tunic dress on. While she takes her blue-gray finger gloves and begins to put Sarashi wraps around her arms come Sisko on his feet and take his uniform out from his backpack.
Quickly he gets it on and gets tied his raven-black hair in a traditional Fire Nation top-knot. He sees no reason to hide more that he is a soldier from the Fire Nation and Sara only smiles of it.
She thinks that the fire bender looks good in the black uniform.
Sisko had already, while they walked last night, revealed that he is a soldier for her. He is somewhat surprised at how calmly Sara took the information when he told her.
He thought after what the two have been together through the city, but also with the man that they both deserved to get to know the truth, that he is a soldier.
But everything around why he has been in the city and what the mission is, he has not told anything about to her.
Sara has answer that they both had guessed it and knew that he was a soldier from the Fire Nation, and that they had no problems with it.
"What do you say that we get some breakfast...?" asks the soldier with a smile on his lips "And so we come further afterwards..."
The water bender smiles back at him. Quickly get together they made a light breakfast, which they consume seated next to each other where the bonfire before was.
Sisko has used the last of the embers from the fire to fry a couple of eggs and some meat, so they get a little warm to breakfast, which otherwise consists of only bread and cold rice.
Together they are enjoying the food and each other's company in silence. It's not really hungry, the two tired has, but both know they have to eat something, to get through another day.
Sisko know they have about half a day's journey yet to come where he shall meet with the Novara.
After they have eaten, cleaned up and packed together they begin to get their ostrich horses loaded again. Although the animals seem very fresh after they yesterday had made a great effort, controls Sara every animal for injuries while they loads the saddle bags with supplies on them.
To her big delight, she finds absolutely nothing on any of them. Again, it explains Sisko why the animals are in such good condition, both the two from the Water Tribe is very careful to examine all of them and prevent damage to their ostrich horses he concludes. When they finally finished nods the two benders to each other and continue their migration to the south.
Finally, at noon they come to a bay with a wide sandy beach. After Sisko has checked his map he nods with a satisfied smile on his lips.
"This is where I will be, picked by my ship..." he says with satisfaction.
Sara gets big eyes and lifts her eyebrows.
"A ship...? Okay..." she answers surprised.
She had not exactly expected that the stranger fire bender serving on a warship. Sisko smiles smirk to her and begin to lead the ostrich horses down towards the beach.
Although Sisko first met the animals yesterday they have already been better to obey him too.
The fact that he has gone together with them and Sara all day has told the ostrich horses that he may belong to the flock.
After Sisko has found a suitable place where the tide will not come, they begin to unload all his supplies down from the saddle bags and put it ready on the beach to pick up later.
While the two works quickly and effectively they continue chattering about this and that, just like they did while they walked to the south.
Slowly return a thought back to Sisko. He rubs his finger along his upper lip. It has crossed his mind several times to question why they changed their opinion to help him when they sat in the tea saloon, but he never found the right time to ask before now...
"There's something I need to hear you about..." begins Sisko tentatively.
Sara grabs the sack sitting in the saddle bag she stands by.
"Yes...?" she answers with curiosity and wonder.
She quickly finds his amber yellow eyes and looking curiously into them.
"You have told me that you have guessed that I am from the Fire Nation... Why would you help me...? Now that I'm from the Fire Nation..." he asks quietly.
He takes his sack on the opposite side of the ostrich horse they stand by, lift it up and place it on the sandy beach.
"I could easily see that you... Especially your boyfriend... Was a little reluctant at first. But suddenly it was as if you said something that made you change your mind... So why...?" he continues and shuts his mouth into a straight line.
Sara looks at him, gets her tongue up on the upper lip and with one hand she moves a few loose hair behind her ear while with the other she moves her braid onto her back again. She tries, if she can read something in his face, but the soldier's facial features only tells that he is a little curious.
"Why not...?" she thinks.
He also told about himself to her and told that he was a soldier even though he did not have to do it.
"It might surprise you... but I've actually been a slave here in the Earth Kingdom..." Sara begins to tell.
Sisko opens his mouth a little bit, he had not exactly expected that.
"One of those who have shown compassion for me was Zhou..." she continued after she can see that he's gotten over the first surprise.
"He was a lieutenant and a soldier in the Fire Nation. Zhou tried to buy me out, but unfortunately it proved impossible for him." Sara tells candidly, she is sad about that she tells "There were some circumstances I will not dwell on, but it just was not possible for him."
Sisko gives a nod, he can well understand the woman that it's a sore subject, and he shall not begin to come up with detailed questions.
"But that which Zhou has done for me, I have never forgotten him for it." continues Sara and gets a little bigger smile on those red lips "Unfortunately, I never got the chance either to say thanks or to do something else in return for the kindness he showed to me by trying..."
Sisko nods a little more understanding while Sara clap the ostrich horse that stands between them on the ass, so it moves slightly forward and free from them.
Slowly she comes closer to him so that they stand right opposite each other and can better look at each other.
They are not dazzling, her light blue eyes, but her natural charisma that can mesmerize people dazzles him anyway a bit.
He has only once previously tried that a young woman can have such an influence or effect on him that way... Azula.
His charisma, his confidence and, not least, those amber yellow eyes fascinates her. Since Zhou, she has had a little thing for people from the Fire Nation, especially fire benders.
"So when I heard about your problem, I felt that I got an opportunity to help another fire bender, an opportunity to help Zhou's people..." continues Sara low as if to emphasize the seriousness of what she tells.
"Therefore... Would I be happy to help you..." she says with gratitude in her voice "For what Zhou tried to do for me..."
Sisko nods slowly. The woman's honor debts are paid, something he understands very well. He can see how she comes a little closer to him, her hands seeking his.
Slowly Sara gets hold of his fingertips with her. Sisko can see a slight blush on her cheeks.
"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help..." says Sara with sincere gratitude and a little smile.
The fire bender nods again and say low "You are welcome..."
Slowly he gets a smirk on his lips.
"What do you say we get finished with to unload the animals...?" he asks "I could imagine that you would like to return to your boyfriend again and meet with him..."
Sara smiles at him and give slowly let go of his fingers.
"Yes... Let's get started..." she smiles back to him.
When they finally finished to unloading the animals get Sisko quickly verified that it is now also is all his supplies and only his supplies are lie on the beach.
He does not want that he accidentally got any of the two from the Water Tribe's things with, nor does he want to be missing something because they forgot to pack it of an animal.
Sara spends the time just to check each of the animals, sitting the bag correctly, the animal is well and whether they were optionally hungry or thirsty.
She wants to get out of here as soon as they both finished their chores because she misses Soren.
"So it's about time..." says Sara and come very close to Sisko.
He smiles smirk back to her and getting ready to give her his right hand to say goodbye and thank you for the help.
Before Sisko when stretching his arm completely forward Sara comes a step closer to him, and quickly she places a gentle kiss on his cheek. She holds her red lips on his cheek for a moment while she holds her hands around his waist.
"May Agni protect you..." she says low and takes a step back.
Sisko is a bit surprised that she suddenly standing quite close to him and kisses him on the cheek. His hand seeks his cheek and touching gently at the place where she kissed him.
"Thank you..." he answers "And thanks for the help..."
With one last smile to him she turns and walks the few steps to the front ostrich horses to take the lead line up. Without turning around further towards the stranger from the Fire Nation, she puts the animals moving in the same direction from which they came.
When Sara comes free off the beach and is on the way up towards the road again, she turns around and looks back towards him.
Sisko still looking after her, smiling smirk to her and Sara lifts her hand to wave goodbye. His hand also come up and the two benders waving goodbye to each other.
For a moment they keep their eyes on each other before both turning them around and continue their chores.
Sara wanders on with her animals, Sisko begins to look for the "Novara" is.
Sara works her away together with the ostrich horses up along they little winding roads. In a relatively short stretch she comes up well in height and when she approaches the hilltop she can see that there comes one running in blue towards her.
Already before they have proper eye contact with each other knows both of them who the other is.
Sara tries to get the animals to go a little faster, preferably would she let go of the line and runs up to him, but she assess that it is better to get the animals with her. Soren, on the other hand, increases his pace and almost run towards Sara.
Both quickly takes hold of the other's waist and presses each other's bodies against itself. Both trying to kiss the other, but instead they are just about to nod each other nastily.
"Ouch..." mutters Soren low and is just about again to let go of Sara.
She on the other hand, gets quickly pressed their lips together. Before he does more is her tongue inside his mouth and their tongues play wildly with each other.
"Yes... Ouch..." says Sara after their wild kiss and she takes to the forehead with one hand.
Soren follow her example and winces just above the bridge of the nose. Both they look at each other and begin to giggle about the comical of the situation.
Slowly they stop giggling and become serious again. Soren looks at her with tired bloodshot eyes.
Sara can not quite see on him about his eyes are bloodshot because he is tired or because he had Blood Rage.
Bluntly leads Soren his hand from her waist and in under her tunic and triangle top. He puts his right hand on the skin over her heart.
Sara smiles proud of him, although he will not and cannot, then he do anyway the old Viking traditions and using the old greeting. She follows his example and also finds his heart beneath his tunic.
"It's not just that you're tired..." she observes with caring vote "You have also been fighting... Or should I say several fights...?"
He nods slowly.
"They would not give up to start with..." answer Soren with tired voice.
"Even though they got a little tough warning they continued..." he continues cold voice "But in the end they had to give up during the night..."
Sara sighed, all that the fire bender and she had tried to avoid, Soren had to put into practice. Why they will not learn, or are the bandits just so stupid?
"Baka..." she mumbles low.
She can feel on his blood, that just the time as they have stood and touched each other that the blood has become more quieter. As if the two have a positive influence on each other. She comes with a soft smile, she is glad that he is safe and sound.
"How much sleep did you get...?" she asks curiously.
"It became to a few hours in the morning... Up of a tree..." he answers with a wry smile.
His fingers cannot help but just touch a little more broadly at her cleavage. He can feel that her blood also becomes calmer after they have come back to each other, even if she has not had Blood Rage while he has been away from her.
"Where is our new...? Yeah, friend...?" asks Soren curiously when he discovers that the saddle bags are empty and they are alone.
"I have left him behind down here by the beach..." she says, nodding toward the beach with her head.
He looks in the direction where she nods, and sure enough, on the beach, he can see the fire bender stands with a raised hand, so it looks like he wave after them.
As the last waves the two water bender to the fire bender before they turn around and go against the city again.
Already before they are over the first hill and can only see the bay they are turning by coincidence around. The last of the ostrich horses come with a strange noise over something, thereby discovers they a warship further out at sea.
Both Sara and Soren looking curiously after that.
"It looks like a Fire Nation cruiser..." says Soren with a little wonder in his voice.
Sara is not the big ship know, she has not seen so many warships in her life, so she believes in what he says.
"A cruiser...?" she asks curiously "That explains the amount of his supplies."
He nods and takes one hand up to block the sun while he looks toward the ship.
"Yeah... There are many people aboard such a..." he answers while they slowly begin to walk again.
Slowly turning the warrior to face his pupil, suddenly he had got a thought.
"I came to think about... Did you ever asked about his name...?" asks Soren both curious and wondering.
Sara smiles and is just about to answer, but stops again. She was ready to spit his name out, but come then realized that she never got to know or asked about his name.
She holds her hand in front of her with fingers slightly spread. She was or quite sure of that they had talked about what their names were.
But the more she thinks about it, the more confident she becomes that she never got asked or got to know what his name is, just as she either not get told what they are called.
"The same here..." says Soren when he guessed what she thinks about.
Sara looks at him curiously.
"You have also not asked...?" she asks with wonder in her voice.
"Nope..." he answers while he shakes a little on the head "Every time I thought about it came there something in the way... And then I came from it..."
Both are astonishingly looking at each other and threw out they arms. Both have somehow forgotten to ask about it, but it's not something they can do something about now.
Who knows...? It may well be that Tui and La seemed that their path should cross again sometime later.
Sisko smiles smirk to him selves. The cruiser turns around in front of him, so that the stern faces towards him. An oceangoing craft comes from a bay from the stern of the ship. With a reasonably good pace going the craft toward him.
Already before the small vessel is completely at the coast, he can see that Captain Zaru and second-in-command Harada is aboard it. Both standing in the bow of the ship and looking expectantly toward him.
First to last goes the ship down in speed and slowly comes to shore.
Zaru come quickly Sisko to meet him and the two men greet each other politely.
"You're early on, Captain..." says Sisko and get a broad smile on.
"Our repairs went fortunately quickly." answer the older captain, he looks quickly across to all the supplies standing over behind by the young chef.
"But you are also early, Benjamin..." continues the older man.
Zaru eyeing a brief moment himself over his shoulders, and sees his men are coming of deck, and he must stop the comradely tone with his old friend.
Sisko smiles smirk when he discovers Harada, who is walking with mouth open and looking deeply impressed at him.
"Ohh my Agni..." says XO very impressed "How did you get this all down on the beach...?"
The Second-in-command looks at the many sacks of rice, different meat wrapped in cloth, vegetables in baskets and sacks as well jars with something unknown.
Harada's curiosity causes him to go to one of the jars, lift it up and open it so he can see what it is.
"Pickled ginger...?" he mutters low and looking with open mouth on the other jars with pickled things.
Hereby discovers XO also that there are a few baskets with eggs, neatly wrapped with straw around to protect the eggs.
All the supplies looks to be of top quality and what Harada genuine normally expect to Sisko will use to make the food he serves from his kitchen.
Harada is so deeply impressed with Sisko that he does not know what to say to him. The young head chef has surpassed all his expectations.
Sisko smiles smirk over it, his confidence has been strongly reinforced after the XO's reaction to his purchases.
He walks the few steps from Zaru and over to a box that is slightly hidden behind the rest of the supplies. Sisko opens the lid on the box, finds a bottle of rice wine up and gives it to Harada.
"What say XO to us to have a traditional Fire Nation hot pan for tomorrow...?" asks the chef.
Harada is looking a little on the bottle and further around on the supplies that stands around them.
"The rice wine will fit to it, and I have also purchased the rest we need for it..." adds Sisko with his well known smirk smile.
The XO is still stunned by the purchase Sisko has made, he cannot get a word out, so he chooses just shrug his shoulders in response.
Zaru clapping proud Sisko on the shoulder and smile together with him.
"I'm curious... Did everything go well...?" asks the older captain.
Sisko smiles proudly back to him and gives a slight nod.
"Yes... Without any major problems..." answer the young man whiles his one hand playing with the beard on his chin "Only the transportation has caused me some problems..."
Zaru looking curiously at him, moving his hand from Sisko's shoulder and placing both hands on his waist.
"I see..." he says pending while he without words encourages Sisko to tell more.
"That I cannot tell..." answer Sisko after some time "As always with my secret missions that have been conducted in the utmost secrecy are the details... Yeah, utmost secret..."
The last is said with a warm voice and with a wry smile from him. Captain Zaru looking surprised at him and then he begins to laugh out loud.
Sisko's wry smile changes into a broad grin.
"Yes Sisko... You have always been discreet about your secret missions..." laughs Zaru.
When Zaru is getting finished to laugh and again begin to become a little more serious thinking Benjamin Sisko "But it was not done without a little help from the two from the Water Tribe... And why I never asked these two about their names...?"
He wonders about it and the only thing he can come to mind is that every time he would ask something has come in the way.
His well-known smirk smile comes again slowly on his lips, he can see the comedy in the situation and at the same time wandering his thoughts again these two.
Harada looking surprised and impressed at the old captain and the young head chef. The comradely tone and at the same time the respect that in between the two men admire and impresses him. The XO must admit that he has ended up on a good ship.
Captain Zaru smile, his secret mission can continue and Benjamin Sisko has again proved his worth with his talent for secret missions.
This here, can be good for the young chef and Zaru is sure to Sisko soon having his rank as captain again, if Agni will.
The men begin to load the supplies aboard the oceangoing craft and the three officers go on board.
Just before he comes on board, Sisko turns around and looks at the place where he last saw the two from the Water Tribe, but he cannot see them anymore.
Wonder who they actually were, and their names are... And if he will ever meet them again?
He narrows his amber yellow eyes a little, one last thought he sends to the woman and the man before he turns around and follows the other two officers.
Under cover of night returning Sara and Soren back to the city where their stuff waiting. Not that they had planned, they should come back to the city at night, but it suits them fine to the city streets are almost deserted and the inhabitants sleep when they arrive in the city.
They go quickly through the streets to reach the building where the merchant has his store and he lives next door.
Although the couple has slept a few hours, wakes the wife by that she can hear that there is a knock at the front door. A little dazed, she comes up and sits.
She sits and listens a little, if it was something she had dreamed before again being knocked on the door, this time a little harder.
"Masa... Masa..." says the woman and pushes her husband "I think there's someone at the door..."
With a grunt he turns toward her.
"What do you say Maki...? I lay just sleeping so well..." he answers with a husky voice.
"There are someone at the door..." she maintains and at the same time can the married couple hear that there is again knocking at the door.
Quickly they come out of the bed, while the merchant takes his club that stands in the corner of the bedroom, forward. While Maki find her robes forward and put it on, come Masa out into the hallway, where he meets his two daughters in their nightgowns.
"Dad, what's going on...?" asks Ren, the eldest of the girls while San nervously takes on her older sister.
"I do not know... But it surely cannot be the gang..." answer the father and go down the stairs.
Within the merchant goes to the door, he looks as a precaution out of the window. What he can see in the dark are two rows of ostrich horses, standing some distance from the house.
Masa lifts an eyebrow, it could be the two from the Water Tribe, who have returned?
Just before he reaches the door, it becomes again knock on the door. This time somewhat harder, like the one that knocking are about to lose patience.
Gently open Masa the door only a crack and with the foot on the door, ready to push it in, if it still had to be someone from the gang standing outside the door.
But he becomes pleasantly surprised. Outside the door stand a woman and a man, both dressed in dark blue clothes with white edges.
"Finally..." mutters Soren a little annoyed when the door is opened a little more and the merchant looking somewhat surprised out at them.
"You must excuse that we come so late, but we are just coming back to the city now..." says Sara apologetic and with the largest doe eyes.
"It's them... They have come back..." says Masa with the biggest smile "Maki, it is these two from the Water Tribe, who is back..."
Sara and Soren look a bit in wonder at each other, what is this about...? Within either Sara or Soren have time to react stands the wife and both two teenagers daughters and looking over the shoulder of the merchant.
"Heh ...?" says both Sara and Soren, there are more than confused.
"Hurry up and come in... You must be tired..." says the merchant while he opens the door wide and step aside so they can get past him.
After all six have settled down in the large kitchen begins the merchant to tell them what's happened since they left town.
His wife, Maki, raises her quickly to make a late night snack and a cup of tea to the two benders.
While covering the girls the table and when they are finished, they get a little more clothes on after their mother's instructions.
Maki have well seen that Ren and San both earlier, but also here in the night sending large eyes after the male water bender. And because the two girls only wearing their thin nightgowns seemed Maki, that they should have a little more now that they have guests.
Masa begins to tell that the city residents could actually see how weak the bandits were. That that him the fire bender who was with them before and Sara could easily be practically beat up them, just a single woman and a single man, did the city's residents decided now was the time to stop the gang ravages of the city.
Already before Takasu came back with the survivors of their hunting, had the city's inhabitants gathered the gang members, who was left in the city and caught them. Thereafter they were ready to take against the other members, who came together with Takasu.
With a blended mix of benders and people with different weapons they had quickly surrounded Takasu and all the other bandits and almost without a fight had the bandits, to the city's surprise, surrendered.
It turned out that there were very many wounded among the bandits and they had completely lost their fighting spirit.
Especially Takasu had constant cursing above the fire bender and Sara, and what they had done to them.
They had of course asked the other members if it was the fire bender and Sara, who had continued their fight outside the city, but they were told that those who had fought with the male water bender, thus Soren.
Masa tells that the city's residents are grateful for what the three have done for the city, even the fire bender which must come from the Fire Nation.
Both Sara and Soren sitting with little open mouth and big eyes and look at the merchant. Neither of them had expected that they would get such a welcoming when they returned to the city.
"It's a shame you do not have him the fire bender with back..." says Maki when she comes to the table with two plates.
"For I am sure that the city also wanted to thank him..." she continues while she puts the plates in front of Sara and Soren.
"Well... He should unfortunately further so we said goodbye to him further south..." says Sara with a small smile while she picks up her chopsticks.
Maki and Masa nods to it. Even before the three left town could the merchant understand that the fire bender should somewhat since the two water benders postponed their departure.
"But he is not the only one... We must also further to the north..." says Soren "So we do not have the time to stay in the city longer than necessary..."
The two girls have just returned. They hear that last Soren says and looks both at him with big disappointed eyes.
"It's a shame..." says Masa with sadness in his voice "I am sure that our city would have shown you our gratitude..."
The two water benders smile back when they begin to eat. While Soren chew he looks at his empty tea mugs, Ren discovers immediately that he sits with an empty mug, and before her little sister have time to react Ran is over and pouring tea in his mug.
When she has filled the mug she fills, most of duty, also Sara's mug. Sara smiles at the young girl.
"Thanks..." says Sara with a warm voice.
Ren comes with a little smile back while she looks curious on the beautiful woman from the Water Tribe.
"Why is it, you have him...?" thinking Ren little enviously at Sara.
San looking curiously at the two from the Water Tribe. She has only seen them together a bit the first time they came into the store, and then one could several times see that the two were a couple, but what are they real...?
Sweethearts, engaged or married...? She does not know, and her curiosity disregards some of her good upbringing, so after she has studied them and still cannot find any sign of their relationship she asks directly.
"How long have you been married...?" San ask very directly to them, while her brown eyes shine with curiosity.
Soren has just taken a mouthful of rice dumpling in his mouth and is about to devour him when the girl ask her questions.
Sara contrast, was about to drink some tea and cannot help but giggling slightly. She put the tea mug on the table while her other hand unconsciously going to her throat.
But unfortunately for her, finds her fingertips not a jewelry.
When Soren still coughing a bit to get food from the throat choose Sara to answer.
"No, we're not married... We are a sweethearts couples..." she gets diplomatically said.
Although she and Soren have not yet found out what they are, may sweethearts be the proper term for people who do not know them. She is proud being able to say that they are sweethearts, but at the same time she is sorry that they are not more...
That they are sweethearts is like pouring water on a burning oil pan for the two teenage girls. Suddenly staring the girls more intensely at Soren and get both a seductive smile. Soren, who has finally become finished cough, becomes strange to way over how the two young girls behave themselves towards him.
Ren let her green eyes wander first down, then up again of his body. San, on the other hand, is staring him straight in the eye with her brown eyes.
Sara frowning at it, seen in clear light of hindsight, she should probably have answered that they were married.
Not that she sees the two teenage girls as competitors, but she'd rather be without their admiring glances towards Soren.
After Sara and Soren have become finished eating and have sat and enjoyed their tea with the family, offers Masa that they get picked up some of the stable boys to help with packed the saddlebags on their ostrich horses with their belongings and new supplies. Without bigger thinking of it nods the two water benders yes to Masa's offer.
Ren and San become sent for stable boys while the couple goes upstairs to get some more clothes on.
Sara and Soren spend the time to give the animals something to eat and a little to drink before they are loaded.
Ren and San returns with two stable boys. The two boys and the married couple begin to drag supplies up to the ostrich horses stand.
Soren packages the saddle bags, while the two teenage girls all the time around him and help him as best they can.
Sara takes care of the ostrich horses and cleans up after their meal. She spends a little time on each animal, checks whether they have it well and take care of it if there is anything there shall be healed.
While the two girls are close to Soren they go all the time and giggles to one another and making big eyes after him. They both like to see his muscular body work.
The two daughters get a big smile on their face when they see the male water bender stretch him so his tunic slightly widens and thereby they can see his chest.
Sara eyeing after them, is it curiosity in their eyes or? The girls sighed blissfully than that they now clearly can see his muscular chest.
Again they start to giggle, this time a bit higher than before.
The low giggles get her again to look for the sound, Sara rolls her light blue eyes and sighs. She does not like it she sees the two teenage girls are constantly around Soren to help him.
Although Soren not notice that the two girls trying to be seductive, hit it anyway Sara. The inner warmth from her heart gets a little cold about it, a less jealousy sneaks in and she hugging herself in despair.
"No, I will not... I've never been jealous of that Tatiana or Tasja have kissed with him... Or the other women from the house..." she thinks and looking up at him "Even when Soren had sex with both Shima and Tasja, I was not jealous, but happy on his behalf... So a couple of teenage girls should not ruin my good mood!"
Her heart becomes burning hot again, her love for him will never perish...
"You are and will always be my first and only man..." says Sara low to herself, with all the love she can generate.
Sara comes quickly over to him, her hands find his face, she turns his head towards her and both open their mouth to let their tongues coming in at the other.
Her kiss is wild, deeply and passionately. She enjoys his tongue against her, her hands find his hair, burying her fingers in the wolf tail. Their tongues continues clash against each other in an intense manner.
It is very obviously and very passionate kiss with him, get the two teenage girls to stand with mouth open and looking enviously at Sara.
Sara lifts her leg, caressing his hips with her thighs as if she asks him to take it... And he takes her leg up on it right away. It amazes still Soren how easy that is to communicate with Sara without words.
His hands come down to her butt, causing her to blush on the cheeks, even though that is what she encouraged him to. Soren slides his hands slightly lower, pushing her up and encouraged her to jump.
Sara obey him immediately gets her legs around his lower back, locking her ankles together on his back while he holds her in place by holding her by the buttocks.
Sara's hands let go off the wolf tail, her fingertips caressing his head. She lowers her hands slowly, leaving a trail with her long fingernails all the way to his neck, and Soren cannot do anything about it, other than kissing her wildly back, enjoying the excitement she send down his body.
Masa looking at the young couples in love with an awkward-looking brow furrowed. It is a somewhat intense way the two kissing each other.
Wonder if this is how they do in Water Tribe...? Or whether the two just is crazy with each other...?
Maki is fascinated by the two from the Water Tribe, that they are so fortunate and happy for each other. The fact that they are not afraid to show their feelings for each other.
"Why have you never kissed me like that...?" she says and licking her lips with a clearly tongue.
One of his lips falling to the side, an eyebrow rising up.
"Huh?" he answers low and looks at her.
Maki smiles at him, his wife has the naughtiest eyes he has long seen from her.
"Are we not been a little too old for that...?" he asks with a smile.
Her smile becomes a little naughtier, her left hand finds his butt and touching caressing on it before the married couple's lips find each other.
"I think it's cute when you're jealous..." says Soren low while nipping on her jaw line with his lips.
"I'm not jealous of that a couple of teenage girls looking with bedroom eyes on you..." answer Sara groaning of his tongue on her throat "I am envious of that they do not also do it by me..."
He looks a little surprised at her, come with a naughty smile and shaking slightly on his head.
Sara leaning down to him, pushing her red colored lips to his in a quick kiss. She pulls away, licking her lips slowly and purposefully.
"So they have something to dream about..." she whispers so low that only he can hear that.
Soren blinks a few times over her words, is she really only jealous or? Sara shows no more and they become both again occupied of their passionate kiss.
After several wild, deep and passionate kiss comes Sara slowly down from Soren again. Still they give each other several small kiss, only with the lips and tasting each other's lips.
Soren stroking gently Sara's cheek, making his princess breath hitch. The girls look spellbound at them, both their mouths have moved them within the kisses.
In a way they would both wish it was them who were kissed by the exotic man from Water Tribe in that way.
Sara eyeing toward them, now they must have understood that they have no chance at Soren. He is mine...
The married couple smiles of their daughters while they shake their heads. In a way it is just innocently what the girls are trying, but at the same time can especially Maki see why Sara gets a little... hmm... envious.
And Maki must say that Sara had shown her girls that they have no chances by Soren. She can well see that the tan color woman will do everything for her man, also even if they are not married.
"Damn it..." mutters Ren and pull both lips into her mouth while the corners of her mouth hanging down.
"My first kiss may preferably be with him..." says San with admiration in her voice.
Ren looking slowly at her little sister, she had just forgotten how inexperienced she really is.
San feel that her older sister looks at her and she looks curiously back at her.
Ren smiles at her sister and asks "Do you want to get out and try him...? Now...?"
San blushes wildly over her sister's questions, it's a little embarrassing that her sister asking her so directly, but yes, had she could get past the beautiful tan color woman, then she had gone out and kissed him.
Both girls are deep fascinated by the two strangers from the Water Tribe. Both their exotic appearance, their muscular bodies and not least how the woman's beauty can mesmerize them.
After they get loaded all the ostrich horses and controlled that they are ready, walk Sara and Soren go to the merchant and his family. They gets settled the last, which they owe for their supplies and feed.
Quickly gets Sara and Soren said goodbye and thanks for helping to load to all six, which has helped them here tonight. The merchant thank once again for helping with Takasu and his gang.
Maki asked one last time if they do not want to stay overnight, and first travel on the following day, but Sara and Soren explains that they have a schedule they would like to achieve, and that they therefore would forward as quickly as possible, although it is still night.
After they have given each other the hands one last time sitting Sara and Soren up on their ostrich horses and get ready to ride north.
Sara did well notice that the two teenage girls circling a little around Soren, but when they do not say anything she chooses also to remain silent.
She has well guess that they would like have had more than a handshake from him.
With a last look at the family and the two boys they are riding away, out of the city and to the north. Since they are outside the city rider Sara and Soren talking about this and that.
They quickly agree that it was the right to leave the city already in the middle of the night.
At first, they do not know how far they are ahead of Kai, if he is still after them. Secondly they do not feel like there become more awareness of their persons than already has been, and thirdly, they have already spent more than enough time on this adventure.