Title: Elemental Benders
Pairing: Junchun, slight Jaeho, Changmin/?
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fluff
Summary: When a Prince is suddenly hunted by his own nation. He must learn to adjust to his new world and with the friends he meets along the way that may be easier said than done…Or will it be harder? Especially when all that you saw before is no more.
Disclaimer: I do not own DBSK or Avatar the Last Airbender or any other characters in this story. This is a work of fiction.
He pulled his horse to a stop on the top of the hill and looked over at the village below. He guessed he should stop here for the night. It was early in the evening but the town was still busy. The market was packed with people and kids running around playing games. Dismounting his horse he looked around for an inn to stay the night and walked around for a while. In the end he found that all the inns were full. ‘Great, just great’. He sighed, it was already nightfall now and the streets were becoming empty. He was hungry and tired and was not used to being in situations like this. He forgot to stop to buy food while he was looking for a place to stay and now all the shops were closed. He sighed again. ‘Oh, well.’ Settling down in a side alley he tied his horse close buy to the building next to him and sat down leaning on the wall. He closed his eyes and went to sleep.
It wasn’t even an hour yet and his sleep was being rudely interrupted. Sighing, he got to his feet and looked around the dark empty streets. The screaming was coming from another alley a few streets down from his. Going over to his horse he took out his two blades and strapped them to his back. He rather be prepared for anything than not be prepared at all. When he reached he found out that the situation was already being taken care off. From his spot by the entrance of the alley he saw a small guy taking out about three men and when he looked further back he saw two young women huddled in the corner. He pretty much got an idea of what was going on and felt his assistance was unnecessary. When the young man had taken out the last guy he looked up only for their eyes to meet. He took in a breath as fierce brown eyes stared back at him, he never saw eyes like that before. So much emotion…
“Oi! Who are you? Lookin’ to cause trouble too?”
“Huh? Oh, no! I just heard some screaming and came to lend my assistance. But it seems it’s not needed.” He watched the guy eye him suspiciously and kept his hands up and a friendly smile on his face as he walked towards him and the unconscious men. He didn’t even notice when the girls had left. When he reached he found out the guy had short brunette hair and was actually quite small, he was surprised that he was able to take out three burly men. Plus he was kind of short for a guy, only reaching to his shoulder. He looked down when he heard the guy scoff.
“Well, wasn’t that kind of you. But as you can see, I have everything under control.”
“Yeah, I see. You’re quite strong for someone so small.”
“Small?” He watched as the guys eye twitched. “Who are you calling small?”
“Eh? I didn’t mean anything I-”
“What? Are you saying just because I don’t look like a mammoth I can’t fight?”
“No! I just meant you can fight well, even though they’re bigger than you.”
“Psh. Whatever. I can take care of myself quite well.”
He was about to say something else when he caught movement in front of him. In an instant, before the guy could say anything else, he had pulled out his sword and thrust it forward, the sharp blade slicing a strand of the shorter males hair.
“Now, it’s not nice to sneak up on people, don’t you think?”
He spoke in a friendly manner to one of the men who had awakened and decided to sneak up on the shorter young man he was talking to with a knife. The guy stood stock still as the tip of his blade pressed on his throat.
“I think it would be best if you leave, ne?” The guy barely nodded, afraid of the sharp object at his neck but when it was removed, he ran away in a flash. Sighing, he put his blade back in with its twin on his back and looked down at the fellow who stared up at him with wide eyes.
“Sorry bout’ that.” He said. “I didn’t hurt you right?”
He looked down at the guys face where the sword had grazed passed and saw no damage was done. The guy shook his head but still stayed silent.
“Good. I guess I should go. Nice meeting you.”
And with that, he turned around and left. Standing in the alley by himself he finally snapped out of it and ran out only to see the stranger turn into another alley a few streets away from his. Running after him he stopped at the entrance where he saw said stranger sitting on the ground with his back leaning on the wall.
“Are you sleeping here?” Was the first thing out of his mouth. The strangers eyes opened to look up at him in surprise that he followed him.
“Well, yeah. This is what happens when all the inns are full.”
Looking up at the guy who followed him, he watched as he seemed to be debating with himself on what to stay.
“Y-You can come stay with me if you like.”
“What?” Was this guy really offering a place for him to stay?
“I said you could stay with me and my Aunt. She wouldn’t mind. And just think of it as a thank you for what you did back there.” He said quietly.
Now this was interesting. This guy seemed to be a hard fighter one minute and a nervous kid the next. He smirked and stood up, sticking out his hand.
The shorter male stared at the hand then at him and gave a smile.
“Wah~ It’s beautiful up here.”
“Yeah, so I’ve been told.”
Yunho looked over at the blonde air bender who grinned at him and he couldn’t help but smile back. Jaejoong had offered to give him a tour of his home once he finished eating and washing up and he was more than happy to accept. Suri had wondered off with some of the friends she made during the three days they had been there and told her brother that she would be fine. He worried too much. Now Yunho found himself in one of the many gardens the air nomads had all over the temple. The view was breath taking as it looked out into the mountains surrounding them. Everyone lived in what looked like simple huts on the outside but was beautifully furnished on the inside. The air temple was simply a relaxing quiet place and Yunho couldn’t be happier being somewhere so peaceful.
“Hey, is that a pond?” He asked as he pointed to some place in the distance.
“Yeah, you want to see it?”
“Yes, please.” He answered as he gave Jaejoong a pleading look, making the young air bender laugh.
“As you wish.” And with that he stood behind Yunho’s wheel chair and steered him in the direction of the pond in the middle of the garden.
“Can I ask you a question?”
“You just did.”
“I-…I meant-…You know what I mean.”
“Haha…of course you can.”
“Why are you the only person around here who isn’t bald?” He looked around at the people walking around with shaven heads, even the women.
He felt his wheelchair stop, and coincidently right in front of the pond. He looked at it in awe. It was beautiful. Below the crystal clear water swam many kinds of koi fish and many different pretty flowers floated on top of the water. He didn’t even see Jaejoong take a seat on a rock beside him until he began to speak.
“People around here are quite peaceful and follow all the rules of the temple. We don’t really associate much with other nations and we keep to ourselves. It’s actually funny since we’re in the middle of a war.” Yunho looked over at him hearing this but he kept his gaze on the koi fish swimming about in the pond. “I guess you can call me a rebel. Everyone else here does.” He threw a pebble in the pond and watched as the fish scattered. “For me, I want to explore. To live beyond the temple. I do go visit some other villages when I can but most of the time I can’t stay long before they come looking for me. My hair you can say is a statement that I am not someone who will just listen to all the rules given out by some old geezers who barely know how to have fun.” He finished with a grin and turned to Yunho.
The young earth bender looked at him carefully and saw a bit of mischief twinkling in the blonde air benders eyes as well as something else he couldn’t put a finger on.
“Well,” He began. “I think it’s great you want to be an individual.”
Jaejoong’s eyes widened. It was quite rare when people agreed with him. “Really?”
“Yeah, you don’t follow the crowd and want to be your own person. That’s something I admire a lot.”
Jaejoong smiled. A smile that made Yunho smile in return.
“Thank you.” He said sincerely. “Not many people share the same views as I do.” He suddenly stood up and offered Yunho his hand. “Come on. I want to show you something.”
“You can’t get there with the wheel chair. I’ll have to carry you.” He explained as he took Yunho’s hand and helped him to his feet. The latter hopped on one foot and he quickly grabbed his waist to steady him.
“Don’t worry, I’m fine. I think I can walk.” Taking a few steps forward he smiled back at Jaejoong at being able to walk by himself.
“Yunho, you shouldn’t be walking now. You have to keep off your foot. Just let me carry you ok?” He walked in front of the earth bender and watched as he shook his head.
“No, I’m fine really.”
Before Jaejoong could say anything else they both looked behind them when they heard someone shout.
“Prince Jaejoong! Prince Jaejoong! Where have you been? I’ve been looking for you everywhere!”
Yunho turned back to him with wide eyes.
“P-Prince? You’re a prince!”
At that moment he felt his ankle give out and he fell right onto the young Prince’s chest. Jaejoong, who wasn’t expecting the sudden extra weight was only able to grab Yunho as both he and the young earth bender fell into the pond.
“A-Are you ok?”
A grunt was his only reply. Sighing, he looked down at his cellmates back. The fresh wounds continued to bleed and there wasn’t an inch of flesh that wasn’t bleeding. He didn’t know why they were doing this but since Xiah had started eating and getting better, the soldiers had suddenly began to drag him out at anytime of the day. Sometimes he left for half the day or for what felt like an hour. They would come either once a day, twice or skip a day and come back the next. But the one thing that stayed constant was that every time he came back to their cell, he would be covered in whip marks, scars and bruises.
They had just brought him back early in the afternoon and now it was evening. He had cleaned up the wounds as best as he could with the small amount of water he had and the small piece of cloth but it didn’t matter, his wounds were still not healing well.
“Why are they doing this to you?” He whispered staring down at the marred flesh before him.
“Because they don’t like me?” The wounded solider suggested sarcastically with his voice hoarse and rough. Yoochun didn’t find it funny.
“I didn’t know the fire nation could be so cruel.” He didn’t notice Xiah stiffen and continued as his eyes suddenly glazed over. “My mistake. I forgot they are heartless monsters.”
He snapped out of his daze when their cell door suddenly opened with a bang. He watched as two soldiers came in and headed straight toward them. One flung him to the wall and he shouted as his back connected to the wall. Looking up his eyes widened when he saw them dragging Xiah to the door.
“No! Leave him alone! He’s still injured!”
He tried to get one of the soldiers to let go of him but was thrown to the ground.
“Better for us then...” The soldier said as they headed towards the door. “…less of a struggle.” And the door slammed. He sat there unmoving for what felt like forever. Getting up, he dragged himself to a corner, brining his knees up to his chest and cried. That’s all he could do.
He didn’t know how long it was but it was already late at night when the door was slammed open again and his cellmate was thrown on the ground before his feet. Shaking the sleep from himself he quickly got up and kneeled by Xiah’s side.
“Xiah? Xiah, can you hear me?” He asked softly as he looked down at the young man who was now bleeding excessively from his back. His new and old wounds were open and raw and Yoochun had to bite his lip to stop a sob from escaping. Hearing a grunt he knew the young man was too tired and weak to say anything. Looking back at the wounds his eyes hardened. He had had enough.
Walking over to the small bowl he kept he filled it with the little water he had and went back to the barely conscious male on the floor.
“I’m sorry.” He whispered. “I should have done this sooner.”
Xiah didn’t say anything but jumped slightly when he felt the coolness of the water against his back.
“Sorry.” Was the soft whisper he heard.
The water was cool on his back and soothed the burns that stung his flesh. Then he felt an odd sensation. The burning he felt started to disappear. That was strange. How could this happen? But he knew that Yoochun wasn’t cleaning his wounds how he used to with the cloth. No, this was something completely different.
Then he realized.
“Y-You’re a water…bender?” He asked weakly.
“I’m sorry. But I try not to bend since I’m in here.” He said quietly as continued to heal the young mans back. “Last time they caught me bending they didn’t give me water for two weeks and I was in a position similar to you now.”
Junsu was speechless.
“I haven’t bended since.” He finished.
When he was done he looked down at his work to see it looked much better than before but still had many scars all over.
“Done. I healed your new wounds and eased the burn and sting but I left most of the scars. They might get suspicious if all suddenly disappeared.” He sighed. “Come on. Let’s get you on the mat so you can get some rest.” He helped him stand up on wobbly legs and walked the short distance to the mat across the room. Gently, he rested him back on his stomach and watched as the young man drifted off to sleep.
The next day Junsu woke up and couldn’t move an inch. His back felt much better than it did before but it still hurt to move. He sighed thinking back to his torture session with the General he now knew as General Tao. From what he could gather the guy had a grudge against him over something he didn’t even remember. He had sneered at him when he was dragged into the room the first time and spoke to him as if he understood what he was talking about. Of course he didn’t and just threw his smart remarks at him which caused him to get a beating from the guards and his whippings to begin. It soon became a routine where they came and collected him when they felt like it and give him whips until he passed out. But the thing that really got him confused was his cellmate, Yoochun.
He took care of him all this time since he was captured and he did not know for the life of him why he did it. For a complete stranger no less. He had no reason to help him at all. Plus, he was a water bender. He always thought water benders were cold hearted people just like from the cold water tribes where they came from. But this Yoochun guy was proving him wrong. Yes, he had fought water benders before but he had never talked to one either. Still, he kept his guard up, even though he didn’t know it was slowly falling.