Ashook breathed a huge sigh, flopping down on the curb to rest. Republic City was ridiculously big, at least ten times the size of the village back home. He'd heard the stories, but nothing could have prepared him for the immense districts and winding streets. Now it was almost sunset, and Ashook had no idea where he was. One look at the exotic shops lining the dusty, dirt-paved road, and he knew he was nowhere near the tiny inn where he had managed to rent a room that morning. He sighed again, halfway regretting ever leaving the South Pole. Ashook really had to admit that he really hadn't thought this through, but he really couldn't stand another day in a place where everyone looked at him like an outsider. At least here in Republic City, everyone was different.
He pulled his knees close, blue eyes closely watching the people hurry by. A swarthy old man dressed in green wheeling away a cart of dim sum, a little girl with pink and orange ribbons in her hairbuns chasing after