Author's Note: I'm trying something new again, this time it's a bit of a "Choose Your Own Adventure." After the short set up below, I'll give you a number of choices for the next part of the story. I'll probably give it a week or so before checking back in this topic. I'm not even sure it'll get any response, but we'll see. The heroine for this story is a minor character from the Avatar: Last Airbender series. Ursa, Zuko's mother. I like her robes and hairstyle, and I also found a nice image to go along with it. So we'll see how it goes. Enjoy. ------ Princess Ursa was shamed and defeated. To save her son she had murdered the reigning Fire Lord and planned to escape into the night never to be seen again. But the second she stepped outside Azulon's room the royal guards were upon her with firebending and spears. No matter how hard she fought they countered her bending and beat her into submission. The skilled guards were careful to take her alive as they slapped on shackles and restricted her movement with heavy rope. Before she could react they had taken her into custody. Just like that, the princess of the Fire Nation had become a prisoner. She struggled despite her situation with an expression of shock and outrage on her face. How could they have discovered her so quickly? "Ungh... how? This can't be..." She tugged at her shackles. It was futile. "Murderer!" The guards cried. "For this you will surely be executed!" To her utter shock her husband stepped forward. Ozai moved before the guards with a smirk on his face. "I see," he said. "I was too late. I heard a commotion from my father's room. I would never imagine my wife would kill him." Ursa was livid. She had been betrayed... by her own husband? But he was the one who suggested she kill Azulon to save her son in the first place. She couldn't understand. "Ozai! What is the meaning of this?" She cried. Her husband did not flinch at her accusation. He moved closer to lean in and whispered to her ear. "If you would kill my father... who knows how far you would go to protect Zuko? You had to be taken care of as well." "Careful!" One of the guards warned. "She's dangerous." Ozai pulled back and smiled. Ursa tried to hold onto her dignity and honor... but she could not help it. She lowered her head and began to cry. This whole night had been a set up. Now her cruel husband would take the throne of the Fire Nation... who knows what he could do with so much power. No matter her intentions, she had played right into his hands. She shook her head. It couldn't be true. "Why Ozai? Why would you betray me like this?" "You betrayed me first. The murderer of my father... Take her away." Ursa was powerless as four guards escorted her out of the Fire Nation royal palace. She would begin a long march to the prison outside the royal capital's walls. Her feet didn't want to move. The tears continued to stream down her face. Her sorrow was quickly replaced with anger. She could not leave her son in the hands of a man like that. Not to mention her daughter. Her children... left at his mercy. But no matter how hard she tried, her bonds would not break. No firebending would break the iron shackles. But still, she struggled. "Traitor! Don't even try to resist!" One of the guards punched her in the stomach causing her to drop to her knees and cough. The blow was sudden and powerful... and she could not defend herself. Immediately she began to breathe heavily. It nearly knocked all the air out of her lungs. "Are you sure you can raise your hand to a princess?" A younger guard asked. "She is no princess anymore. She's the murderer of the Fire Lord. She deserves no mercy." "Hm. A good point." Ursa tried to stand up and received another blow to her stomach. She did not fall this time as one of the guards grabbed her from behind to hold her up. The three guards struck her several more times until she felt faint. "Ungh! Aaah!" A punch struck her in the face. "Aaaaaah! Ah! Huagh!" Her anger toward Ozai continued to grow. She had indeed killed the Fire Lord... but it was only to save her son. "That's enough," one guard said. "We're close to the prison." It was a long walk as the guards took her through the prison to the lowest cells in the prison. She did not listen to their explanations of how a princess of the Fire Nation was now treated as a prisoner. Her senses only refocused when a cell door slid open and they threw her to the ground. To her surprise, they did not undo any of her shackles or rope. She was bound and helpless on the cell floor. "Shouldn't we remove her shackles?" The young guard asked. "Such a traitor doesn't deserve the luxury. We'll remove them the next morning." The cell door closed as Ursa continued to struggle. She knew it was hopeless... but she could not help it. Her husband had tricked her into committing murder and she would take the fall. Surely she would be executed for such a crime. Not even royalty was free of the worst punishment. "Zuko... Azula... forgive me... I've failed you..." She muttered, feeling exhaustion overtake her. Princess Ursa's fate looked dim. But even still, she continued to fight. It was the only thing she could think to do... What will be Ursa's Fate? Decide from the choices below... -Post the number of your choice. The one with the most votes wins. You may also suggest what Ursa might suffer or endure in her struggle (bondage, humiliation, etc.) 1) [The Desperate Duel] Ursa challenges her husband Ozai to an Agni Kai to expose the truth 2) [The Princess' Flight] Ursa attempts to break free of the prison and escape the Fire Nation 3) [A Cry for Mercy] Ursa is forced to endure the prison's torture devices ZERO VOTES: If there are no votes, Ursa will be executed as a game over. A sad fate indeed. Of course, you can also vote for this one too if you really want. But it will end the story. So fair warning.