Gazing around Phil sighed as only a few more moments and he was there, at the arena, not to watch but to do something even greater, compete. He had only just formed a team a few weeks ago, now they were called later that evening for the preliminaries before the actual matches 2 months later. These preliminaries are just a test, test of skill of each bender and the overall score would be add up per team, just to give each a note of the competition and who they should gun for, no doubt to get everyone railed so it would be completely intense matches when they actually start.
He was both a nervous reck and extremely excited as well being new to the game and all he kept thinking about it, till something caught his attention.
“Who on earth would hang themselves from their feet from a pole” he kept puzzling seeing the person hang upside down bounded to the poll by her legs as her dark hair flowing in wind..”Don’t they know that’s dange- Neoma?!”
“Hmm?” The figure said her eyes diverted on his before she waved. “Oh hey Phil”
“What are you doing up there? Get down you could get hurt”
“You worry too much, Live a little!” He didn’t see the logic in hanging to your death to live but he just shrugged as she got off the pole and jumped down to meet him. “Why are you heading to the arena~ we’re not wanted till in the evening~”
He shrugged again “Guess I can’t help it, been waiting to go to arena forever, now that I have the chance, It just seems..”
“Yeah kind of”
“Well I guess if it’s your dream it tends to be that way well have fun staring at the arena” she chuckled as she jumped onto a nearby low laying roof. “I’m gonna go train a bit~ Go pick up Kade on the way there and tell him to bring koko~ my mom finally agreed to let her stay at me”
“Alright see you in the evening” She jumped off on her way to the trainging grounds, an adandoned building where she used to do her firebending training as a young kid, though back then she had a teacher but now it was just her personal training grounds. That is until she saw smoke coming from the chimney of the building.
She rose an eyebrow, no one else had been coming to this place but her or so she thought. When she went in she hid in the shadows as she heard the movements of someone else practicing. She got above ground to get a better look at things and that’s when she saw her, dark skin, brown hair with light blue eyes, practicing her firebending.
Neoma didn’t move but she just observed the person’s movement, breathing balance. She hadn’t seem someone so skilled a fire bender for such a while, she felt an almost relief.
“You know staring is impolite” she heard the person chuckle.
“So is breaking and entering” Neoma chuckled jumping down and walking to meet her.
“I didn’t break and enter anything, the door was unlocked” she mused.
“I guess you have a point there…..who are you anyway..haven’t really seen you around here”
“The name’s marla So who are you? my friendly stalker?”
“Neoma, nope not stalker plus this is my place, just looking at your firebending skills”
“Could be better” Neoma smirked only to receive one from Marla.
“Are you saying you can do better?” she crossed her arms as Neoma shrugged with a sly smirk.
“Oh I know, I can”
“Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is” Marla resumed her fighting stance “And show me what you got.”
And from there the two began their brawl, both ran towards each other in a speedy fashion, not wasting anytime to try to throw flame induced punches. Marla dodged Neoma's side kick by bending back on her hands, launching a flame from her leg as she flipped upright knocking Neoma back. She smirked running around the Marla as she jumped into the air landing right before her doing a sweep kick but Marla landed on her hand and was able to land a punch to Neoma's jaw while her foot connected with her chin.
Both girls panted as the stood up, but that didn't stop them from going at each other.
"Not bad..you can keep up" Marla teased with a smirk as Neoma moved her head swiftly from her punch. Grabbing her arm in the process.
"You sound surprised." she spun Marla around till she lost control of her foot hold and launched her to the other side of the room but when she was about to collide with the wall, her feet connected, she bent her knees and launched herself forward giving a hard head butt to Neoma sending both girls to the ground. "OOOOWWW" Neoma groaned holding her head as Marla did. "Nice one hard head"
"I'm the one with the hard head??? really feel like i collided into a brick wall."
"The brick wall resents that"
After a few moments they began to laugh, chuckling at each other as they sat on the floor. "Not bad at all." Marla smirked.
"Told yah..though i could have done without the headbut."
"Something we both agree on"
"We should do this more often"
"You mean kick your butt? yeah" she smirked "Let's do that"
Neoma laughed going on her back. "You know how hard it is to find decent firebenders, here i thought street fighting would give me some sort of challenge"
"You're a street fighter?"
"Well seems more interesting then running a flower shop" she groaned lying on her back as well. The two continued to talk there but else where, Kade was home as the sqauala named KoKo, Phil's idea, was sitting on a seat opposite to him.
"Ok little demon, let me get this straight with you" Koko tilted her head to the side. "I'm tired..of your little flying..trying to freak me out..but till you get out of here these are the rules" Pointing to the red taped area to the side. "That's your space, and everything else is mine." "Got it?" The tiny animal only began flying around the room as Kade screamed in horror before it landed back on the stool. "You evil little-"
He heard a chuckle come from the stairs and he looked up at it, his golden orbs landing on Phil. "Negotiating room terms?"
"Don't laugh~ that thing is evilll!" He said as Koko jumped onto Phil's shoulder, chuckling he scratched under it's chin as he smiled.
"Well you don't have to room with this "evil" anymore~ Neoma's mom said Koko can stay with her"
"Come on~ let's head out"
Kade nodded as he walked towards him as phil was existed he glared at Koko who tilted his head at him. "Why are you going to the arena~ we have like an hour before they need us"
"Just to look around plus it takes half an hour walk there" he shrugged. "Too anxious to wait till this evening"
"I hear yah..i'm pumped too about the challenges can't wait to kick the asses of all those other water benders!"
"Or they kick your ass"
They arrived at the Arena within the hour with 15 minutes to spare till the time had come for them to go, it was a huge place, first with the practicing areas, the arena itself to hold all it's viewers, the battling platform, the entrance and underground medic room and snack rooms. It was amazing.
Soon all the benders from all over began to gather in the underground training room, only moments till the big event was to happen.
Rae groaned leaning against the stand which was only a few feet from the entrance to the underground practice ring, none of her two teammates had arrived yet with only moments before everything begun. She was pacing, taping her feet, growling inwardly as she eyed the time.
"There you are!" growling slightly as the older taller guy stepped into the room not to far away from another woman and a smaller child. "You're late enakai!"
"Quit your whining, i'm here aren't i?"
"But Hiyori still isn't! what if we get disqualified!"
"Then we get disqualified, boo hoo... "
"You're so immature!"
"Look in a mirror lately kid? immature doesn't begin to classify you"
"Why you!" she started before she heard another chipper voice behind her.
"I'm here~" Hiyori announced as she got closer, a silly smile on her face as she saw practical flames emitting off the black haired girl.
"You are late!!"
"I knoww, i wanted to be the absolute last one to arrive~ so all eyes would be on me of course" she giggled but pouted as she realized sadly that was not the case since another girl sped into the room almost slamming into her teammate before she made a dead stop.
"What the hell?" Kade started as he glared at the girl who panted infront of him. "Neoma you're late!"
"Wanna point out the next obvious thing today" she rolled her eyes panting. "I got caught up my bad i took the fastest short cut i knew!"
"Where were you?" Phil sighed asking more calmly.
"I was with someone and i lost track of time"
"Yeah you fooling around as always" Kade growled.
"Sorry Phil..." They both sighed still glaring at each other.
"Hope your fooling around was worth it." Kade glared but notice neoma's attention was taken over to the other side of the arena, Where another girl has just come rushing in.
"Where the heck were you!" The bigger guy growled, no doubt an earthbender by his outfit. His golden eyes landed on her blue ones as she frowned.
"Does it matter i'm here aren't i?"
"And if we got kicked off cause of your dumb-"
"Guys" The girl in the middle chuckled weakly. "Come on Holland, s-she's here right~" he frowned.
"No buts~ I'm sure she's sorry for being late"
"See sorry" She chuckled weakly cutting her off. "Now please just, calm down" Both turned their backs to one another frowning. The girl in the middle paled. "Guys..."
"Are you listening to me Neoma?!?" Kade said his eyes twitching.
"Nope" she said before getting closer to the girl on the other side, when their eyes met both were in a bit of shock.
"Woah." Marla said before smirking. "Well what do you know guess we get to have a rematch after all"
"Guess we do, why am i not surprised you're in the probending sport" Neoma crossed her arms.
"Cause you know i'm good and I aim to win" she chuckled.
"As do i"
"Hmmm that's gonna be a problem isnt it? Since they can only be one winning team"
"Problem?" Neoma chuckled "Not at all....what good is a competition if it isn't fun...besides to be able to kick your butt in front of a crowd....I'm all for that"
"ughh..do you two know each other" The girl in the middle chuckled weakly with a smile.
"Sorta" Marla chuckled. "Met her today while i was training~ Tara, meet the reason why i was late"
Neoma chuckled as Tara did. "Nice to meet you reason why Marla was late"
"Nice to meet you too~ Tara~...just came over to say that my team is going to kick you guys asses."
"As if" Marla scoffed looking past Neoma's shoulder. "Where's your team anyway"
"See the dude glaring and obviously scared at that squoala on the other guy's shoulder"
"Ha. You're so toast" she said still looking over at them, her gaze got Neoma a bit suspicious but she shrugged it off.
"Keep thinking that" The announcer went up onto the podium and Neoma chuckled as she walked back over to her team, she rose an eyebrow at Phil who had just been petting Koko on her head with his finger. "Where's the idiot?" she said looking around not seeing Kade anywhere in sight.