Here’s the next part of Katalyna’s journey…
The soft rocking of the waves had lulled the young Pandaren cub to sleep. She dreamed of fire and frost, earth and air. All four of the elements were standing over her in a ring, almost protecting her as she slept.
The sun warming her fur woke the young girl up and she stretched, careful not to rock the boat too much. She looked around at the blue sea surrounding the boat and sighed. She already missed Mamma and Pappa terribly.
Carefully leaning over the edge of the boat, she dangled her paws in the water. Gasping as something brushed past her, she lept back from the edge of the boat. Calming herself, she leaned back over and peered through the waters below.
Fish were swimming below the boat! Silvery sided and delicious looking, she carefully took aim before reaching below the water to pull up the bounty below.
Her paws clasped around one fish and it wiggled and wiggled. Giggling, she pulled it from the water and laughed as it slipped past her claws and onto the deck of her small canoe-like boat. She leaned over and caught another one before frowning to herself.
“How am I supposed to cook these?” she wondered. She had no idea what kind of fish these were, or if they were even really safe to eat raw. Sometimes, they had raw fish but only after Mamma had prepared it from Pappa’s fresh catches.
She thought about how angry she had gotten at Jojo and the other students and she placed one of her paws on the still slightly wriggling fish. She closed her eyes super tight and began to think of fire and how it had felt when she set Jojo on fire.
Soon the smell of cooked fish wafted across the waves and the Pandaren cub was munching happily away on her meal. She was proud of herself for using her fire for good rather than bad.
Once she finished eating her meal, she leaned back in the boat and sighed. “I wonder where the water is taking me?” she asked. In response, she felt the waves beneath her boat push her slightly, the boat tilting as the waves raced below her. Startled, she sat up and leaned over again, looking at the water.
“Are you taking me somewhere?” she asked it. The water surged under her boat in response, and she felt her speed pick up. She smiled brightly at the water and leaned back again. Maybe this wouldn’t be so bad, if the water was taking her somewhere!
A few days later, she could feel the waves starting to slow down from their push. She opened her eyes as she had been napping, and gasped. Before her stood this magnificent harbor that had boats and… creatures! Scurrying to and fro. They were all shorter than the average Pandaren male but they didn’t have the fur that the Pandaren men have. They also weren’t nearly as stout.
Her little skiff ran aground on the shoreline, and she stood up, her little legs wobbly from misuse for several days. She carefully got out of her little boat and gasped as she looked up. There stood one of the creatures that had been running around but he was dressed in shiny clothes that looked like they would hurt to touch. He reminded her of the men in her village, and so she assumed he must be a man.
He began to babble at her in a language that she didn’t understand and she shook her head. “I don’t understand…” she murmured. He continued to babble at her before turning around and gesturing behind him. Another creature, this one taller than the man and with long pointed ears, came up. This one reminded her of the women that she grew up with, and she assumed that this one was a woman. The female creature smiled at the cub and reached out with it’s hand. Still not understanding the words, but understanding the smile, the little cub put her hand in the woman’s hand, hoping that she would be safe.