The life of a mercenary is not desired by many. Hiro, a young firebender, got drawn into it by his uncle, who happened to be his mentor at the time. As the years passed by the hot-blooded apprentice would rise to be a feared savage. He did his job without a complaint, and he did it quite neatly.
Hiro had his fair share of women, but none of them captured his attention like Kanade did. In the Capital City, they met. Kanade worked in a pub as a barmaid, and Hiro would find himself visiting that bar every chance he got, when he wasn’t working. So naturally, when given two long years of bickering and heavy tension by the counter, they fell in love.
Hiro never revealed the description of his job to his lover, but she would find out eventually. To make a long story short there was a fight that ended up with them kissing, then other things. Hiro realised that Kanade didn’t seem to care, much to his relief, and she promised to keep it a secret from the rest of the neighborhood they lived in. This scenario led to their first-born Tadashi, nine months later.
Six years of being together later, in 326 ASC, Tenshi was born. It was around this time Hiro had made more than a few enemies here and there. There was one trio in particular, an earthbender, a nonbender and a waterbender, who he’d all angered in one of his many conflicts.
Kanade was home alone with their two still very young children, Hiro was due home within an hour or so. These three men had tracked down their home, and out of revenge, plotted and killed Kanade first; they intended to harm the children as well, but fortunately Hiro suddenly crashed in, in all his wrathful rage and glory. He killed the bastards, of course, then collapsed onto the ground by the corpse of what used to be his lover.
He was devastated. The woman he loved was an innocent who was caught in his own battles, she didn’t deserve this. Neither did the children, who were now without their mother. Tadashi kept shaking Kanade’s body by her shoulders, crying for her to wake up, and baby Tenshi was wailing loudly. His heart broke at the sight.
The months after the murder the family moved to a more quiet and secluded home, in Shu Jing. Tenshi was a very quiet toddler, and had the closest relationship with her older brother, who loved to fuss over her and made sure she was healthy and unharmed at all costs. Her father noticed as she grew older, Tenshi just looked more and more like her late mother. Hiro wasn’t over her death, probably never will be, and Tenshi was a very painful reminder.
Hiro avoided his daughter for the most of her life, sadly. For such a petty reason too. It was very obvious that he preferred Tadashi, especially so after the young boy discovered his firebending abilities when he was nine. Tenshi was an oblivious toddler, and honestly she preferred Tadashi over everyone pretty much.
Her feelings of neglect only came around when she was 6, when she truly realised her father wouldn’t talk to her or give her the time of day. His focus was always on Tadashi, who was now his apprentice. Hiro was still a mercenary, often leaving for long periods of time on constant missions, so whenever he came back he would mostly train Tadashi, and ignore Tenshi’s existence. At least when he was away Tenshi had Tadashi to herself. At least she had Tadashi..
Tenshi was more like a self-appointed house child, who cleaned and occasionally cooked dinner once she was old enough. Surprising enough when she was 8 she realised she could manipulate the air around her, very much like an airbender could. It was funny because no direct relative that she knew of were airbenders. It started out with small balls of air, and then gusts of wind that nearly ripped off some of the crops, much to Tadashi’s irritation. Nevertheless the older boy encouraged his little sister to keep practising, saying one day she'll be a “knockout, literally.”
Her father, not unusually, had no comment on her discovery. Not that Tenshi thought too much about it, she just kept practicing when it was possible. Years passed and suddenly she was capable of beating hooligans and perverts looking down her shirt. She was 16, quiet, distant and observant. Boys and men alike went after her for her beauty, but she wasn't interested, and no one took a step close without Tadashi standing behind them menacingly. He saw it, the change in his sister and the hoodlums, and very much disliked it.
Hiro was constantly busy, so Tenshi little to never saw her father. It honestly did affect her, but she tried not to show it. Whenever he did come back, Hiro would bring back a colleague or two or head out and train Tadashi. No glance, no hello, nothing. Tenshi was as irrelevant as dust. She let it be, she let it be, she let it be, until one day. The young airbender turned 17 and sometime after that, she was having a rare exchange with her father. It wasn't a pleasant conversation, nope, it was an argument. Tadashi would just stand by the door in shock as his sister and father argued, and then Hiro left the house. He didn’t come back for a while.
Tadashi told Tenshi it was no one's fault but their father's, but although she loved her older brother, she doubted it. They waited a week, Hiro didn't return. A week longer, and he still didn't return. Tenshi grew concerned. Recently too she'd been feeling that something would go wrong. Unfortunately it did. Tenshi had no idea what happened but suddenly she and Tadashi were ambushed by a bunch of killers at their own house. Tenshi’s stomach had filled with dread.
They fought for who knew how long. At first they were side by side and then suddenly Tenshi was pulled away from her brother. She fought against two earthbenders, although she was tiring quickly, she managed to suffocate them to death. The house was suddenly quiet as the last earthbender fell to the floor. Upon dealing with that, she ran to search for her brother. She found him at death's door. Tenshi’s whole body just stopped functioning when she saw the blood spilling out like a fountain from Tadashi’s abdomen. She was telling him she's gonna find a healer, but Tadashi told her it was too late. For the last time, he asked her to hug him, and told her to keep living no matter what. And Tadashi whispered good bye before his eyes were locked in their stare forever.
Tenshi fled. Her father was gone, and now, her brother. She didn't know what to do. She found herself living in the Earth Republic for a while, until she turned 19. She decided to move permanently to Republic City. Tenshi wanted to forget. She wanted to start again. Maybe, just maybe, she wanted to find her father. But most of all, her brother wanted that, so who was she to decline?