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Harry Potter and the Fire Heiress by LokitaNaky
Chapter 1: Benders and Wizards
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A.N.: Please don't hate me T.T. I know it took me a million years to get to this re-release... and I won't lie, it didn't take me two years or whatever to rewrite this... I just had lots of other things to deal with. But at last I'm back! My computer works and I have no more excuses!
So here you go, same chapter 1, bit longer, I added things to it (from Korra and I'll have stuff from the comics too!)
Benders and Wizards
Two wide green eyes stared out the window impatiently, while a finger twisted a lock of black hair.
A young girl, who looked like she was somewhere between twelve and fourteen years old, was leaning against the kitchen window, waiting for something.
Her hair were curly, thick and black, but soft and appeared unnaturally tidy. It fell past her shoulders and past her waist. She had a very petite frame, and a delicate figure with just a hint of starting puberty.
As she looked at the sky, she thought of her life. What it used to be, what it became, and what it was now. The girl was Nalani, Princess and rightful Heir to the Fire Nation's throne. Daughter of Fire Lord Yue Qi, grand-daughter of the late Fire Lord Akiro and little cousin of the current tyrant of the Fire Nation, Fire Lord Manish. It always seemed that when things were peaceful, something came up to break the balance. Nalani supposed it was in order to keep the Avatar busy or something. Between the conflict in the Fire Nation, and the one in the Earth Kingdom, the new avatar would have a lot of work on his or her hands. No one yet knew who the Avatar was. Everyone knew that he or she was around Nalani's age, and it would be another five years before he or she had completed his or her training and was revealed to the public.
Benders were known around the world by wizards for their wandless manipulation of the elements. This gift was known to have been given by the giant lion-turtles, and no other way of developping this ability had ever been found. Benders were also known for refusing, even after the rebelions against benders, to segragate the magic from the non-magic.
Before Sozin's War, wizards from around the world were welcomed in the Elemental Territories and vice versa. Because of the Statute of Secrecy, the Elemental Territories had to stay hidden from the rest of the non-magical world. Therefore, non-magical people weren't allowed in the Territories. But when Sozin put forth his plan to unite the Elemental Territories, traveling inside and outside the Elemental Territories became much harder. Benders traveled much less, even outside of their own cities, and very few wizards came to these lands. Airbenders were of course the exception to this rule. Most traveled to spiritual monasteries across Asia, but a few traveled even further, most of them passing for buddhist Monks. A few Airbenders escaped the extermination this way. After the Sozin War, the Great Rebellion continued keeping most wizarding folks away from the Territories, but Elementals, benders and non-benders alike, started traveling away more.
Barely a year after the murder of Fire Lord Akiro, Manish, Fire Lord Yue Qi's cousin, had come forth and challenged the Fire Lord to an Agni Kai, a Fire Duel, that would determine who truely belonged on the throne. To everyone's astonishement, Yue Qi had lost, but Manish hadn't killed him. The next few months, however, had been a nightmare for Yue Qi and his family. Yue Qi had been accused of the murder of his own father, while his wife, Huhana, had been sent in exile, back to her father's side in the northern Water Tribe. Nalani and Kiran had both been kept in the new Fire Lord's costudy, since Manish didn't have children of his own. Yue Qi's two brothers had also been exiled. The middle brother, Naraku, had gone to the Earth Kingdom with his wife and children, and shortly after, had gone back to the Fire Nation to help Yue Qi and his children escape the Fire Nation. Naraku had been caught and executed soon after, and Manish had declared war on the Northern Water Tribe for housing and hiding a Fire Nation prisoner. The family had to travel from monastery to monastery across the Earth Kingdom and finally the Air temples. Unfortunately, they were forced to leave the Elemental Territories all together, and travel as far as possible.
'You're not going to stay by the window all day, are you?' a calm voice called.
The girl turned her head towards her father's voice, only a short moment, before staring back out the open window.
'It's been three weeks!' she said, a small complaint in her voice, 'We should have had news by now.'
Yue Qi sat at the table, and poured himself a cup of tea. The man was tall and slim with honey colored, slanted eyes, cinnamon skin and long, curly black hair of the same type as Nalani. They had been in England for a few months now, and Yue Qi and his wife couldn't stand to see their kids waiting for news of the Elemental Territories all the time. They finally had manage to have what would be considered a good life. Here, they didn't need to hide, or run. They had a nice house, friendly neighbours and were financially comfortable thanks to their small family business. When they found out that wizards lives separatly from non-wizards, Yue Qi had decided that living amongts non-wizard was the best way to keep a low profile. They held a teahsop in town. Yue Qi had adopted the idea from his youngest, who thought it would be fun to do like the retired General Iroh had done when he was in exile with Prince Zuko, and had found refuge in Ba Sing Se. While both Kiran and Nalani had a similar mischievious kind of behavior, they were both very different in their attitude. Kiran was careless, and could find laughter in almost any situation. He never seemed to worry about anything. Nalani on the other hand was too concerned by things that were, in Yue Qi's opinion, out of her control. He wanted her to simply be a child and not burden herself with adult responsibilities. But no matter how much he tried to distract her, she was always trying so hard to help.
'I wouldn't be surprised if your uncle is quite busy at the moment, Nalani. Between the Fire Nation, Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom, He has a lot on his hands. He only has a few men. Come here, sit down,' he said with a warm smile.
Nalani obeyed her father, but couldn't keep her eyes off the window. She grabed a curl and started twisting it. A few people in the Fire Nation had curly hair, but it wasn't very comon, most people in the elemental territories had straight black hair. But there was exceptions. Some had brown hair, sometimes they were wavy and other times they were curly. When they had arrived in the United Kingdom, their first shock was the multitude of different hair colors; some had black hair, and some had brown hair, but there was also light brown and yellow and orange, in all sorts of shades.
Yue Qi put a reassuring hand on his daughter's shoulder.
'Nalani, you know this could take years to sort ou-'
'I know,' Nalani cut him off. She sighed looking down at her tea. 'I don't want the war to last a hundred years. Four years is long enough.'
'Trust me, I know exactly how you feel. I miss home too,' said Yue Qi.
She looked out the window with sad eyes. 'I also wrote to Kuzon …'
'I'm sure they're fine,' her father reassured her. When she said nothing, he went on, 'I know it's hard for you, Little Flame, but things will get better, okay?'
She looked up at him, not reassured in the least.
'That's not what you told Mother last night...' she said, her eyes tearing up.
At that comment, a voice from behind answered her sternly, 'And why were you spying on our conversation at such a time of the night young lady?'
A woman was standing in the doorway with two cotton bags full of groceries in her hands. She was a very petite woman with pleasant curves. She had big round blue eyes, a small round nose and a round face. Her hair was long, wavy and brown. Her skin was a reddish light brown. The dark circles under her eyes indicated that she wasn't sleeping much. How could she, she was worrying about the war and her family almost constantly. Huhana was the third daughter of the Water Tribe Chief and had been betrothed to Yue Qi as a peace contract between the Water Tribe and the Fire Nation.
'You know, I really shouldn't have to say something as ridicoulus as "follow your younger brother's example", but you give me no choice,' she chided.
At those words, a little boy emerged from behind her with two more grocery bags. He was tall for his age, and quite skinny. He had his father's slanted yellow eyes, and his mother's round nose and face. The only thing that indicated he was only nine years old was his facial features and his voice. He grinned at his sister, 'Yes, dear sister, follow my example.'
'Kiran!' His mother warned.
'Yeah, you better not forget who's your elder, Skinny Twig,' Nalani answered, glaring at her brother. Her father gave a small chuckle, but stopped quickly at his wife's protest.
'Yue Qi! You're encouraging them.'
'Sorry, Love,' he answered quickly.
Huhana walked to the refrigerator and started putting the food away, with the help of Kiran and Nalani.
'I know you heard our conversation last night,' said Huhana, 'but I need you to understand that you shouldn't lose hope. You let the worrying to us, adults, okay?'
'I think it's my right to know when half of my people are dying,' Nalani said in a cool, controled voice.
Yue Qi pinched his nose and sighed, 'You shouldn't even know what death is at your ag-'
'For Raava's sake, Father! I'm not five!' Nalani all but shouted.
A flapping noise at the window got their attention. Yue Qi let out a breath, thankful for the distraction. That wasn't a conversation her was ready to have with his eleven years old daughter.
'FINALLY!' Nalani cried, walking straight towards the window, then stopped abruptly. Instead of her Falcon, Ping-Lu, a brown owl sat on the bird perch, a letter attached to its leg. Nalani looked at her mother standing behind her, a puzzled look on her face. Huhana looked at her husband with the same expression on her features. He simply smirked mischievously. Nalani finally took the letter from the owl and watched it fly away through the window again.
'Who is it from?' Huhana asked eagerly, with a small smile in her husband's direction. The young girl turned the letter around and read aloud:
Miss N. Onenga,
The second bedroom on the second floor
12, Springfield Close
'That's… creepy?' Nalani said looking at the letter as if trying to see through it.
'Well… open it. Let's see what it says,' her father pressed.
'Are you two plotting something?' Nalani asked, before opening the letter very carefully, and sliding the parchment out of the envelope. She read aloud again:
HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY
Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc. Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)
Dear Miss Onenga,
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.
Term begins on September 1. We await your owl by no later than July 31.
P.S. A staff member will come in five days to help you find your way through Diagon Alley, as we hear you are not very familiar with the United Kingdom's Wizarding Community.
Nalani pulled a second piece of parchment in the envelope, while her father took the letter to read it.
'Wow!' she said looking up from the list with a surprised smile. She glanced at her father who was grinning madly.
He ruffled her hair, and said, 'Your mother and I thought the two of you could go to school this year. We don't know how long we'll be here, but you can't stay locked in here all the time. And you need an education regardless of the war,' Yue Qi said. He took the list and scanned it quickly.
'We thought a magical education would be preferable,' her mother added, 'We can always teach you the other stuff, or get you a tutor.'
'Kiran, you won't be able to go until next year, but you'll go to school too, the same one Henry goes too,' Yue Qi told the young boy.
'Alright!' Kiran exclaimed.
'But, Father, this school... it's like the Academy?'
'Yes… except… without the Firebending training,' he stated, 'And you'll live in the school too.'
'What? How am I supposed to advance my Firebeding?' the young girl protested.
Her mother squeezed her shoulder gently. 'When we met with the Headmaster, he said he'd see what he can do about this.'
'So someone from the school is going to come over here in a few days?' she said, putting the letter on the table.
Her mother had walked to the small office and was back with a piece of parchment. She wrote a quick note with a small calligraphic pen, and said,
'There! We'll just have to wait until Ping-Lu comes back to send our reply.'
A.N.: I hope you enjoyed it! I didn't change a whole lot, just a few details. For those who had problems with the Avatar-Earth being smooched up on the Earth Harry Potter is on, well... yeah that's still what's going on! It's an AU guys. Okay? We cool? Good!
I'll re-release the next chapter in a few weeks from now. Like 2 or 3 weeks. See ya next time!
Chapter 2: Dragons
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***I am VERY sorry for the long wait. I had trouble finding someone to proof read my work before posting it. Anyway, I removed the old chapters, so people won't get too mixed up. I was a bit freaked out when I read "The search part 1" and they seemed to have EXACTLY the same idea as me... but... it turns out they didn't, so I'll change my storyline accordingly (I know I don't have to but... I kinda do or my brain'll freak out.) So yes, now you know I had intended to have zoo not be the legit son of Ozai... Oh well... (I didn't believe he would treat his own son like this and I figured Ursa must have cheated on him.) Well now you know the old plot... On to the new one!***
Nalani snuck in her parent's bedroom while her mother was taking her shower. Her father was in the kitchen, preparing breakfast. She sat at her mother's vanity, and pulled the makeup case towards her. She finished putting on makeup just as her mother got out of the bathroom. Nalani turned around, and smiled. Huhana tried to cover her smile with her hand, and held in a snicker.
'Oh, my sweet Little Flame,' she said, trying very hard not to laugh.
Nalani looked back in the mirror. She didn't understand what she did wrong. Her face looked slightly awkward, even a little creepy, but she'd seen her mother put on makeup a hundred times.
'I did it just like you always do it!' she exclaimed, clearly discouraged.
'Now you know why I always say you're too young to put on makeup,' her mother replied matter-of-factly. She pulled out a few wet makeup removing wipes from a drawer, and cleaned her daughter's face.
'You still have a perfect, smooth skin, my little baby,' she said.
Nalani frowned. She crossed her arms, 'I'm not a baby,' she stated coldly.
Huhana chuckled at this, remembering what her own mother had told her so many times, 'You'll always be my baby, no matter how old you get.'
'Well all the other girls my age wear makeup,' Nalani challenged.
'Fine, but if we're going to do this, let's do it right, okay?' Huhana asked.
Nalani simply nodded, a satisfied smile creeping on her cheeks.
Huhana took out the translucent face powder, and applied it all over Nalani's face and neck with the biggest brush available. Nalani looked in the mirror, but couldn't see any difference yet. Her mother gingerly pulled on her chin so she would be facing her again. She took a peach eyeshadow and applied it on Nalani's eyelids. She applied a little bit of burnt sienna colored blush on the girl's cheeks, and finished with an atomic tangerine lipstick. When Nalani looked in the mirror, it was obvious what her mother had done. She had used colors that made barely any difference. Her cheeks looked a little flushed and her lips were brighter, but overall, one could hardly tell she had any makeup on.
'Makeup is meant to enhance your natural beauty, and hide the signs of aging,' Huhana explained, 'at your age, you still have all of your natural beauty, and no flaws of time yet. Anymore makeup than this would make you look like you were wearing a mask, and that's why it looks odd.'
Nalani nodded slowly, a forced pout on her lip. Her mother started applying a few detangling charms to her hair before trying to comb it. She knew the little girl had a very sensitive scalp.
'Don't worry Little Flame, you'll have all the time in the world to play with make up when you start aging,' the older woman said, shaking her head slightly. 'And that time will come soon enough.'
When Nalani came into the kitchen, she was wearing a beautiful, traditional three-piece dress from the Fire Nation. Her hair was straightened and styled with golden flowers and other colored hairpins. Half of it was up, with hair carefully placed over her ears on each side, and a few strands hung loose at the front to make sure those ears stayed well hidden.
'Happy Birthday, Princess!' her father greeted her.
'Happy Birthday!' her brother cheered excessively, spitting out a few pieces of chewed food.
'Thanks, Father,' she said with a smile, giving him a hug. 'Thanks, Skinny,' she added.
'Your mother did a great job with your hair,' Yue Qi said.
She sat at the table and served herself a cup of Jasmine tea. There was a small pile of unpacked gifts next to her on the floor. She grabbed a small blue necklace that was lying on the table. It had a small symbol on it.
'Luck!' Nalani said, smiling.
'Is that one from Kuzon?' her father asked, an approving smile dancing on his lips. He reached to observe the necklace, and helped Nalani put it on.
'Yeah, he says in the letter that he had it made and all,' she answered, blushing.
'Well, I must admit I am quite glad you two are getting along,' he told her.
Kiran gave an evil grin and started shouting loudly: 'Nalani and Kuzon sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!'
Nalani glared at her brother. 'You have three seconds before I roast you, Kiran! One...'
The little boy jumped over the low table and ran into the living room while Nalani shot a flame behind him. Her father was giving her a disapproving glare, but said nothing. She smiled innocently at him, until her mother entered the kitchen, one eyebrow raised in that terrifying manner that indicated trouble. However, her mother simply sighed and sat at the table while her husband pushed a warm plate of food her way.
'Count yourself lucky it's your birthday,' was the only thing she said before eating.
Nalani sighed and started on her breakfast as well.
The whole family was dressed in traditional clothing that day. They were expecting the Minami family to come over for an early traditional celebration, before the neighbors came for the actual party. The Minamis had sent their gifts early by post in case they were unable to attend after all. They were trying to settle in England as well, but had encountered various difficulties. They suspected a spy had followed them out of the Elemental Territories, but couldn't be certain. Recently, Manish had decided that any friend of the Onenga family was an ennemy of the Fire Nation. Nalani was lost in her thoughts, her eyes suddenly grim.
Her father looked at her with concern, he told her 'I know this is hard for you, but I want you to just live in the moment right now. Don't worry about the future, or the past. That's my job.'
'Yeah… ' she said, not looking up from her meal. 'Dad?' she said quietly. Her father's face grew in concern. The intimate term was usually only used by Nalani when she felt vulnerable and afraid.
'What is it Sweetie?' Yue Qi said, putting a reassuring hand over her shoulder.
'There's something I've been too scared to tell yo-'
Before she could finish, a whooshing sound came from the living room, interrupting them, followed by Kiran storming in.
'Wow! Father, there's a vampire in the fireplace!' Kiran exclaimed with big round eyes.
His father pushed him aside, rising from the cushion he was sitting on, and walked to the living room. Huhana, who had also heard the sound from upstairs, had just come in the living room too. A tall man in black robes, with dirty, neck lenght, black hair, was standing in front of the fireplace, brushing off the ashes from his robes.
'Welcome, sir. I suppose you are the staff member sent by Hogwarts?' Yue Qi said to the man, bowing slightly, his hands in front of his chest, left fist against the bottom of his right palm, as was the Fire Nation tradition.
'Yes, indeed. My name is Severus Snape,' the man answered, bowing too, unsure what to do with himself.
'I will be taking you to Diagon Alley. Which one of these children is going to Hogwarts?' he asked, looking down at the siblings, who both looked old enough to go to the Wizarding School. Nalani stepped in front of her father, respectfully bowing to Snape, like her father had done, only slightly lower.
'I am honored to meet you, Sensei. My name is Nalani Onenga.'
Snape rolled his eyes before stiffly bowing again. Yue Qi then pulled Kiran next to his sister, 'This is my son Kiran. He'll be ten years old, so he'll only be going next year. Assuming we stay that long of course.'
The child bowed in the same way the others had. 'Pleasure to meet you, Sensei.'
Turning to his wife who was approaching, the man finished, 'And this is my wife, Huhana.'
She also bowed, but joined her hands together and kept them on her lap. Snape gave a last short bow before saying, with a note of impatience in his voice, 'Shall we go then? I believe you have school material to buy.'
'Oh, um, right now?' Yue Qi asked as his children protested. Snape stood there, staring incredulously at the head of the family.
'It's my birthday today!' Nalani exclaimed indignantly.
Snape's face hardened, and Yue Qi quickly asked: 'How long would this trip take?'
'Hopefully no more than an hour or two,' Snape said curtly, clearly expressing his distaste at the task he'd obviously been assigned by a higher autority.
Yue Qi turned to Nalani, and cupped her head in his hands.
'It's still early, we can go get your school things quickly and be back in time for the main party. We'll leave a note for Kuzon and his parents to make themselves at home.'
Nalani only gave a pout in response. So Yue Qi went on, 'I'd go another day, but I don't think your Sensei here would agree to a raincheck, and we haven't been in the magical community at all since we got in the country.'
Nalani sighed dramatically, rolling her eyes, and shrugged. Snape turned towards the fireplace again.
'I don't suppose you know how to use floo powder?' he said in a dry tone.
'I never got around to use the fireplace for travel,' Yue Qi admitted.
Snape sighed in exasperation.
'Just throw the content in the fireplace and announce clearly your destination. Please do be careful to articulate when saying your destination,' Snape said, before going in the fireplace.
He took a handful of the green powder and said with a strong, clear voice before throwing it: 'Diagon Alley.' He disappeared in a swirl of green flames.
'Well, I'll go next then,' Yue Qi said, taking the little bag and opening it.
He walked in the fireplace and said, 'Diagon Alley' before emptying the bag and disappearing the same way.
Before going after his father, Kiran turned around to face his big sister. 'Did you see his hair? Have they ever heard of hygiene?.'
Nalani burst out laughing. Huhana gave them both a warning look when they started laughing, before shooing the younger child away. Nalani could have sworn she'd seen her mother laugh.
She hopped in the fireplace and swirled for what felt like hours, before her feet touched the ground again. Nope, not my favorite way of traveling she thought, waiting for the dizziness to stop. She spotted her father and brother with Snape and joined them, her mother right behind.
'Gringotts is the wizarding bank,' Snape said in a dry tone, pointing at the impressive building. 'We can then go to Ollivander's to get your wand.'
He didn't wait for an answer before leading the way, his robes almost floating around his ankles. Kiran kept making nasty comments about the teacher's appearance, making his sister burst out laughing and earning death glares from his mother.
'He looks like a wolf-bat,' Nalani whispered to Kiran who's attention was now on the Gringotts goblins. They're really nasty looking, Nalani thought with a shiver.
Kiran and Nalani both started laughing until their parents glared at them. While walking towards the shop, Snape was talking to Yue Qi and Huhana in a low voice.
After a short moment, Yue Qi came back with a small pouch, which he gave to Nalani. He told them that their mother and himself had to open a vault, and that they would send them to buy the school supplies with professor Snape to make this trip faster.
'Are the two of you comfortable with this? If you're not, we can always come back another day. I won't leave you alone with him if it's too much trouble.'
Kiran and Nalani looked at each other, then back at their father, 'We'll be fine, Daddy,' Kiran said in a small voice, while Nalani confirmed with a firm nod.
'Alright, Your mother needs to go into a muggle bank to get the papers for a transfer while I set things up here. If there's any problem at all, I'm right here.' Yue Qi said.
***Few things I want to mention. First of all... I REALLY am sorry for the lack of updates in the last few years, but you know... shit happens... and then with the new Korra stuff that came through, I'm still trying to figure out how to fit some of the stuff in here. Originally, as you probably noticed, I had intended for the benders to be able to bend up to two elements if they had parents of different abilities. After a lot of debate with the people living inside my head, it'll still be a thing. Sorry for the purists... but then again if you're a purist WHY are you reading a crossover (or fan fictions for that matter *squints suspiciously*)
Also, for those not okay with the title... sorry, I'm a lazy title maker and I'm not changing it now 'cause... meh. If you think it's misleading, well sorry, but there's still gonna be quite a bit of Harry in it. Just be patient.
And for those asking about pairings, none yet, not really. They're just 11, so while the girls are at an age where they'll start having crushes (on older boys usually, don't look at me like that, I've been an 11 year old girl, I remember it well), boys are still in the "girls are gross" phase.
Final mention: This is supposed to be the last season of AToK, so there shouldn't be anything else that might change EVERYTHING in my fanfic... hopefully. So updates should be a LOT more consistent from then on.***
Chapter 3: Dragons and Snakes
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A.N.: So I completely forgot to update on here in... well in so long I can't even remember.. yay... Sorry about that :S Double update... yay?
Dragons and Snakes
Yue Qi talked with Snape for a moment before leaving with Huhana. Snape led the children straight to the wand shop, only to have both of them pulling out their wands with big grins.
Snape stared in contempt. 'I would advise that Mister Ollivander still take a look at your wands. To see if they follow proper regulations.'
Nalani shrugged and walked through the door Snape was holding open, Kiran holding her hand.
A short, old man greeted them with a smile that, although honest, looked very eerie.
'What do you bring me here, Severus?' he said.
'Fire wielding Elementals. It would seem they already have wands of their own. I think, however, that it would be advisable for you to analyze them,' Snape said in a formal tone.
'Of course, of course. May I?' he held out his hand for the children's wands, which they gave him immediately.
'I've had the pleasure to meet a few of your kind in the pas-' Ollivander began.
'Our kind?' Nalani interrupted.
'That's racist,' Kiran pointed out casually.
'Oh dear,' Ollivander looked up at them, 'I'm sorry if you felt any offense. I simply meant that the Elementals' wand lore was still a mystery to me.' He turned his gaze back to the wands in his hand. 'I've never seen this type of wood in my life.' said Ollivander, shaking his head apologetically.
Kiran opened his mouth to speak, but Nalani squeezed his hand lightly.
Ollivander continued his observation of the wands. He took Kiran's wand between his thin fingers and brought close to his pale eyes. He did the same with Nalani's wand. 'This is quite curious,' he said, looking at the two children closely.
He looked back at both wands before saying, 'How peculiar, the cores of these wand seem to be human hair, and while I still can't seem to identify the wood, it feels like it has a powerful magic of its own.'
'The wood was given by the banyan-grove tree,' Nalani said. 'Branches given by the tree are filled with powerful spirit energy. When adding a strand of your own hair, this energy binds with the energy inside of the individual.'
'And if the individual happens to be magical,' Kiran continued, 'the magical power is amplified by the branch, and you get a wand. Benders never used wands until the property of spirit vines were discovered. And even then, most benders still prefer wandless magic. Wands are mostly used for when you really need loads of energy.'
Ollivander stared at the two children curiously. 'So am I to understand that wand lore is no secret to children in your country, or are your parents wand makers?' Ollivander asked.
'We learn about this in school, sir,' Kiran said, 'in spiritual class.'
'Perhaps when you met Elementals, it wasn't yet common knowledge,' Nalani stated. 'It's only been on the curriculum for 10 years, or so.'
Within twenty minutes, they were done and out of the shop. As they walked to the next shop, Nalani holding her brother's hand, Snape stopped briefly.
'You should be careful what you accuse people of. "Racist", is not a kind word,' he started, looking at Kiran.
'"Kind", is not a kind word either.' Nalani interrupted him, squaring her shoulders and looking Snape straight in the eyes, 'People, humans, are one "kind". The history of my family is written in genocide. You live in a world of segregation because you believe it brings peace, but peace never lasts in segregation. You're my potions Master; I suggest you limit your teachings to things you know about.'
Snape's ear became red as his face contorted into a grotesque expression. 'How d-... I... Why you arrogant little... Hasn't anyone thought you to resp-'
'I'm sorry, I meant no disrespect,' Nalani replied.
Snape's eye grew larger, and his face redder. He was about to reply when Nalani continued.
'Our word choice can have a bigger effect than we expect. What Mr. Ollivander said may have seemed innocent to him, or even to you, but now he'll think twice before using the word "kind" when referring to other people. Just like my telling you to only teach me about things you know, felt to you like an insult, because you're used to children being obedient and submissive around adults. Your life experience will change you perception of other people's words and actions. I do respect you as a potions Master, but you can't ask that I show any respect of your political knowledge when I've had the best teachers.'
'You are not in your world anymore, young woman,' Snape said through gritted teeth. 'You are a child, and as such, you will respect what adults say, no matter how unfounded you think it may be.'
Nalani glared at the man, firmly holding her brother's hand, keeping him slightly behind her. Snape could feel the temperature of the air around him increasing. A few of the torches nearby were even glowing brighter. For a second was worried he'd put himself in a situation he didn't know how to handle. The child took a deep breath before walking in the bookstore close by, dragging her brother behind her. Snape's lips thinned to a line as he followed the children.
'Do not walk away from me,' he said, grabbing Nalani's arm. He let it go quickly, as her arm became hot as a red iron.
'Maybe we should just finish this shopping thing?' Kiran mumbled with a pout. He was holding on to his sister with both hands now.
Snape thought it might be a good idea. He'd simply talk to her parents when they joined back at Gringotts.
'You,' he pointed to Nalani, 'will not speak out of turn or act out again while under my care. Am I understood?'
Nalani's jaw clenched, but she gave a curt nod. Snape looked like he was about to add something else, but he simply nodded towards the bookstore.
The children were mostly silent for the rest of the trip through Diagon Alley. Nalani asked questions concerning her text books and classes, while her brother followed her around in near silence, only making a few comments here and there.
Snape observed the pair with interest. He'd never met Elementals before, but he'd read a lot about their culture and history, and was curious about their unique ability to control the elements. He believed he knew the genocide she had referred to, but that had been centuries ago, unless there was a more recent event he didn't know about. Dumbledore had, as usual, been quite vague on the subject of their exile. He knew of course that the elder child was meant to have been the heir to the throne of their nation, which certainly showed in her speech and attitude. He assumed the only people she had to show respect to, before the exile, were her parents and the acting Fire Lord, and everyone else had to show her respect since they were bellow her in rank. Of course, her opinion about segregation was no surprise. The Elementals were well known around the wizarding world for refusing to separate their magical folks from their muggles. The entire international wizarding community had had to agree to put the entirety of their territory under the statute of secrecy, so no muggle could ever visit these parts of the world. It had made things very complicated for everyone, and he did not understand why they simply wouldn't just do like everyone else and hide from muggles. It's not like they hadn't had troubles with muggles revolting against magical folks.
He would have to keep an eye on the girl at Hogwarts; she seemed the sort to start fights, despite being a princess. It was something dark in her attitude that made it so. Even with the sort of education she would have received as an heir, her speech was too adult, too sour. It dripped with a resentment and anger that should be foreign to children. He wanted to peak at her memories, but both children had apparently been taught Occlumency, and were excellent. Of course he should have expected that; it was fair to assume they had both received an outstanding education. The boy's shield was as cold and impenetrable as stone, and quite remarkable for his young age. The girl's mental shield had the heat of anger and was very aggressive. That didn't reassure him in the least.
As they walk passed the broom shop, both children stopped and looked curiously at the crowd that had formed around it. The new nimbus 2000 had just come out, and there was a lot of exited children trying to get a good look through the display window.
'You seriously ride brooms here?' Nalani asked, trying to suppress a laugh.
'Cultural differences,' Kiran sighed, shaking his small head seriously.
A blond boy, slightly shorter than Kiran, turned around when he heard them. He caught sight of Snape, and eyed the pair of children standing with him, in strange, exotic clothing.
'Severus,' the boy's father coldly said as he turned towards the trio, 'good evening.'
'Hello Lucius,' Snape acknowledged.
Lucius jerked his head in the two young benders' direction with a subtle but apparent sneer. 'Have they stuck you with young muggles?' He said, the disdain in his voice clear.
'I believe "muggles" is what you call your non magical folks?' Nalani asked Snape.
'Their hair are soooo pale,' Kiran said in awe, staring at the man and the boy who was clearly his son, 'Do they have Tui's stuff in them?'
'These children are from the Elemental Territories,' Snape answered the older blond, ignoring Kiran. 'Their culture is very different, so they need assistance to understand our customs.'
'Cultural differences... like your white hair,' Kiran said to the man with a completely serious face.
'Oh by Raava, shut up Kiran!' Nalani whispered harshly to her little brother.
'It's true though!' Kiran replied.
'Yeah, but still shut up,' Nalani said in an exasperated tone.
The professor and the blond man had been talking during this little display, ignoring the children. The small blond boy waited for the siblings to finish before presenting his hand with a smile.
'I'm Draco Malfoy, if you're new here, you'll want to be friends with me! My family is a very old pure blood family.'
'Okay... I'm Nalani Onenga,' she said, shaking the boy's hand while watching him carefully.
Kiran looked at his sister before also shaking the boy's hand, 'I'm Kiran Onenga. Flying on brooms is dumb.'
Nalani smiled at this, while the blond boy, Draco, sputtered indignantly.
'So how to Elementals fly on?' Draco challenged.
'Air gliders,' Kiran said, 'Airbenders can control the air around it of course, and for the other benders we just enchant them. And non-benders use them with just the wind from high places. I'll bet it's more comfortable than a broomstick.'
'Not to mention, less damaging for your boy parts,' Nalani added with a giggle, that Kiran mirrored.
'Well I'll bet you can't play Quidditch with those gliders of yours,' Draco said in a huff.
'What's that?' The siblings said in unison.
Draco smirked with satisfaction and said, 'A wizarding sport for which you need broomsticks.'
'Well, we have a ton of sports you couldn't play because they require one form or another of element bending,' Nalani said with a smug expression. To Draco's surprise and amazement, Nalani bended a small flame as she spoke, small enough not to alarm the adults, but still enough to impress the young wizard who had never seen element bending.
'Yeah! Like pro bending!' Kiran added, and Nalani gave him a high five.
The adults, while still conversing, motioned for the children to follow them, to which they complied, still arguing over sports. The two groups walked towards Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions together, where they were to get their school robes. Thinking it was a good opportunity for the children to learn more about England's wizarding world, and seeing how much more comfortable the children seemed with someone their age, Snape proposed to Lucius to let the children get acquainted while getting their robes, and they could themselves grab a cup of tea nearby. Draco was tasked with helping Nalani get her robes. Snape told the children to meet with him at the teashop next door as soon as Nalani had her robes.
Chapter 4: Dragons, Snakes and Lions
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Nalani and Kiran looked around the shop. They looked at each other with wide eyes. They thought everything in the shop was extremely old fashioned, even though they were dressed in traditional clothing at the moment. Kiran was told to wait in the browsing area, while Draco and Nalani were brought to the back for fitting. While they were both being fitted, a small boy with messy, black hair and emerald coloured eyes, entered the shop. He was skinny and his clothes were awfully large. Madam Malkin started pinning the boy's robes.
'Hullo,' Draco greeted the other boy, 'Hogwarts too?'
'Yes,' the small boy answered.
Draco started going on about his parents, brooms and Quidditch. Nalani could tell the other boy had no idea what Draco was going on about. And then, when Draco said something about a gigantic man standing at the window, the boy got slightly upset. Before she could hear the boy's reply, the lady who was fitting her robes was done and moved on to the boy. Not wanting to leave her brother alone too long, she hurried back to the front of the shop. Her brother was sitting patiently by the window, humming a tune and kicking his legs in the air.
'Well, I'm impressed,' she told him, 'you didn't ruin the place.'
'I was thinking about this place,' he said seriously.
'What about it?' Nalani asked as she sat next to him.
'All the things and the people are like stuck in an old time… um, like in those movers from here.'
'Yeah, I think that's why dad decided to stay in a… moggy… mugguh… non-magical community.' Nalani said thoughtfully.
The raven-haired boy came out of fitting and gave Nalani a short nod.
'Hey, are you okay? You looked a bit upset in there,' she asked him.
'Yeah, I'm fine. Thanks,' the boy answered with a small smile.
'If it makes you feel better, Hogwarts is pretty new for me too.' Nalani told him grinning encouragingly.
'Both of you?' he asked her.
'I can't go yet, I have to wait all the way till next year,' Kiran said.
'My name's Nalani by the way!' Nalani told the boy.
'Harry,' The boy replied with a smile.
'And I'm Kiran,' the younger boy said, 'Why are your clothes too big? And they're normal too, you're not wearing old robes like everyone else.'
'Oh, are you from a muggle family too?' Harry asked them, ignoring the boy's first question.
'No, we're not even from England. We're from a place called the Fire Nation, but only wizards know about it here.' Nalani answered.
The giant in the window was waving ice cream cones to Harry.
'I think that's your cue,' Nalani said, 'They're probably enhanced not to melt, but still.'
'Yeah, it was nice meeting you, Nalani,' Harry said with a smile, 'I guess I'll see you in Hogwarts. Bye, Kiran.' And with that he left, Kiran and Nalani waving him goodbye.
'There's something...' Kiran said, staring after Harry in the window. Nalani gave him an inquisitive look, but Kiran only shook his head.
He leant back in his seat and said, 'This segregation stuff is complicated for no good reason. Both worlds would benefit so much from each other, how can they not see that?'
Nalani looked at Draco in the back of the store thoughtfully.
'Well, remember Amon?' she asked Kiran.
'Oh,' Kiran said, looking towards the floor sadly.
'Events like this can make segregation look like a good idea to a lot of people. Maybe the same thing would have happened to the Elemental Territories if Fire Lord Zuko and Avatar Aang hadn't founded Republic City.'
Before they could continue, Draco, who was done with his fitting, came over to join the pair.
'Have you seen the clothes that kid was wearing? He must be some poor boy living in one of those muggle orphanages.'
Kiran and Nalani just stared at Draco. The latter, who was obviously used to more vocal reactions, either positive or negative, waited a bit longer for a reply from the two, but when none came, he snapped, 'What is it? Cat got your tongue?'
'Oh we're sorry,' Kiran said, 'Did you want a reaction? We thought you were just having verbal diarrhoea, or a stroke, we weren't sure.'
'What?' was all the pale boy could reply.
'Tell me Draco,' Nalani said, with a strange doll-like smile on her lips, a smile that didn't reach her eyes, 'How would you feel if tomorrow, both your parents died, somehow, and everything was taken away from you. Your house, your money, everything.'
'That would never happen,' Draco scoffed.
'Oh, don't underestimate the universe's ability to crap all over you.' Nalani said, her smile getting a bit wider, but still not reaching her eyes.
'You don't understand, my parents aren't just rich. They've got pl-' Draco started, but Nalani cut him off abruptly.
'Use your imagination. You've got some of that, right? Just imagine for a moment that this could happen…' she trailed off as Draco's expression started changing slightly. While his face tried to hide it, a hint of horror, sadness and hopelessness were visible, especially in his eyes.
'Before you open your mouth to speak of others, this is what you should do. Imagine yourself in someone else's situation and how it would feel. That ability is what makes you human,' Nalani finished. Then she got up and left the shop. Her brother got up as well and stopped in front Draco, who was now sneering, but just now realising he was sweating a little.
'We know a lot of people like you, Draco. So don't think you're anything special. Our circle includes people way richer than your cute, little, white-haired family could ever dream to be. Fire Nation out!' and with that, Kiran followed his sister out of the shop. Once he reached her, he whispered in her ear: 'You had your crazy eyes again sis!'
Draco came out of the shop as well, and the three children walked to the teashop next door to join with the adults. Draco was now cold with the siblings, although he remained polite. Snape bid his farewells to Lucius as he had to meet back with the children's parents.
The children were eating ice-cream as Professor Snape spoke with their parents in private. Yue Qi and Huhana assured Snape that he had nothing to worry about and that they would deal with Nalani's temper accordingly. The family quickly gathered the rest of what they needed for school that day and, after thanking professor Snape for his help, they headed back home through the floo network. When they arrived home, Huhana took Nalani aside.
'Today is your day sweetie,' she said calmly, though the worry in her smile was apparent. 'We'll talk about what happened tomorrow. For now, just enjoy your party.'
Nalani knew better than to argue. She nodded and joined her brother heading towards the living room, while Yue Qi put the supplies away. As they entered, they saw a group of people talking jovially. A tall man, who looked almost exactly like Yue Qi was standing in the middle of the living room, speaking with a lot of gesturing. He was also dressed in a fancy red and orange outfit made of rich silk. He looked like a younger version of Yue Qi, with curly hair that was held up in a bun.
'Wow, Uncle Shen! Aunt Song Dee!' Nalani shouted, jumping into the tall man's arms. 'Glad you could make it.'
'I wouldn't miss your birthday for the world, Little Flame!' Shen answered, kissing her on the top of her head. Kiran was hugging his uncle fiercely. 'Now, now will you let me breathe a bit, Little Dynamite?' he asked, trying to loosen the boy's arms around his waist.
Kiran let go of his uncle and went to hug his aunt Song Dee, who was sitting in an armchair, her beautiful wine coloured silk dress, with mustard yellow accents, falling gracefully around her. She was a tall woman with beautiful silky black hair and slanted light brown eyes.
Sitting on the sofa, there was a tall boy with wavy, black hair and hazel eyes, his mother who had long, straight, black hair and light brown eyes, and his father with loose, dark brown curls and hazel eyes. They were all wearing traditional Fire Nation clothing as well, made with rich, but light, fabric. The family, who had gotten up when Yue Qi and Huhana had entered the room, bowed low in front of the Royal family, but Yue Qi took the father by the shoulders and hugged him.
'Don't be ridiculous Lu. We're all equals now,' Yue Qi said, looking his friend in the eyes.
'That'll take a lot of getting used to,' Lu answered with a chuckle.
Yue Qi moved to hug his brother, Shen, tightly, while his wife greeted everyone.
'Hi, Kuzon,' said Nalani, waving shyly at the boy.
'Happy birthday! I see you got my necklace,' Kuzon said pointing at her neck.
Nalani turned red and looked away. At that moment, the doorbell rang. As Yue Qi went to answer it, Huhana turned towards the others, 'Don't forget, no Bending and no magic.'
'Looks like we arrived just in time' Yue Qi said to Huhana before opening the door.
At the door stood the Onenga's immediate neighbours and their child.
A short balding man entered, carrying a big package wrapped in colourful paper. A little girl closely followed him. She looked about Nalani's age but was one or two inches shorter. She had brown silky hair and square glasses. Behind them, a woman with short brown hair was waving enthusiastically.
'Oh, fantastic! I am so glad to see you, Huhana. Yue Qi how have you been doing?' she said as soon as the door was open. 'Oh, I love what you're wearing. Is it from your country? What's it called again? I keep forgetting. It's gorgeous, so exotic!' She hugged both Huhana and Yue Qi, who hugged her back, then turned towards Nalani and embraced her tightly. 'Happy birthday Sweetie. So how old are you now?'
'I'm eleven, Mrs Atwater,' Nalani answered, once Mrs Atwater let her go.
'My, my! Only eleven years old? Look at you! We could swear you just turned thirteen or fourteen,' Mrs Atwater exclaimed. She looked at Kiran who stood close to his mother. 'Gosh your children are so tall,' she praised as Kiran politely shook her hand, before quickly running over to his sister's side.
'Hi Em!' she and Kiran gave an enthusiastic wave to Emily Atwater, who walked up to the siblings and they introduced her to Kuzon.
'My! Will you just look at this place,' Mrs Atwater continued in a loud voice, looking at her surroundings. 'I swear, Paul, it looks much bigger than our house. I keep telling you!'
Mrs Atwater nudges her husband, who only shakes his head with an amused smile.
'It's only the way we've furnished the place, Bridget,' Yue Qi said politely.
'Paul, Bridget… I'd like you to meet Shen, my brother in law, and his wife Song Dee,' Huhana said, waving an arm in the couple's direction.
'Well I can definit'ly guess he's your brother, Yu'Qi,' Mr Atwater said, 'He looks the spit o' you, he does.'
Mr and Mrs Atwater offered their hands, as Shen and Song Dee gave a small bow.
'Oh, how fun; you do that little bow thing as well?' Mrs Atwater said, before bowing back at the family.
Shen looked in his brother's direction with a raised eyebrow. The latter simply gave an amused shrug and introduced the Zhou family.
'Loo Jew? What a peculiar name—' Mrs Atwater started, but she was cut short by the door bell.
This time, two families were standing in front of the house. A smiling, blond lady, with two gift bags in her hand, was standing between two red-headed boys and a tiny strawberry blonde girl. One of the boys was Nalani's age, while the other was Kiran's age. The little girl was around six years old. Next to them was an Indian family of four. Both parents were carrying packages. Their older child was a fourteen-year-old boy, and the younger was a thirteen-year-old girl.
'Come in, come in,' Huhana said, moving aside to let all of them in, greeting each of them in the process.
Yue Qi gestured them to the living room where they all sat, while the children all greeted each other excitedly, and Nalani introduced Kuzon as an old family friend.
'Oh! It's so big in here,' the blond lady exclaimed.
'You see, Paul? I'm not the only one to think so,' Mrs Atwater nudged her husband. 'So Dimitra, how is Keith doing these days?' she asked the blond lady.
'Why don't we send the children in the backyard while we wait for everyone else to arrive?' Huhana proposed.
The children were sent to the magically enlarged backyard, where a swing set, a small playhouse and other small toys were waiting for them.