For Ren, a refugee scavenger in a polluted land, survival comes first. But when her best friend falls deathly ill, saving Lu’s life will mean infiltrating a competition hosted by the secretive, Qi-gifted Cultivators, kidnapping an enemy heir, and unraveling the mystery of what really destroyed her home province years ago.
WANT meets LEGEND OF KORRA with Wuxia elements.
If I stay here, I’ll die.
The pollution concentrations are highest in the evening, and it’s currently 16:04 hours. At 18:00, the pollution will exceed my air mask’s containment levels, and I’ll die. Or I might run out of oxygen before then, and die. Maybe something sharp will puncture the mask and let the toxins in. If that happens, I might experience organ failure, convulsions, hemorrhaging, or all three at once until I drown in my own blood. And definitely die.
It’s a fact. If I don’t leave here soon, I probably won’t leave at all.
But I don’t feel afraid pondering all the ways I might die today.
I just feel hungry.
And it’s the hunger that keeps me from turning back around.
I glance over my shoulder at Lu, who trudges reluctantly behind me, barely visible through the thick crimson mist. She mutters something under her breath, likely questioning why she lets me drag us into trouble, or how much I owe her when we return to Jin, the Steel Province. I flash her a sheepish smile, my eyes crinkling above the metallic device covering my nose and mouth. She wears a similar mask, but of a higher grade. Not in total need of reconditioning like mine. That’s because we stole hers more recently. And if I didn’t lose that Qen toss for it, I wouldn’t be the one facing a greater risk of death in this particular moment.