I owed his father too much to let the generals take his only son away from him! Bato's father had only two loves in life, Bato and water-bending, the love of the water nation.
I rushed to Bato's suddenly unfamiliar house, running through to Harato's (Bato's dad) study room. In a flash I saw Darato (Bato's mum) hunched over the ancient oak desk.
"Misstress Darato! Misstress Darato! The war generals have come to take Bato to the war! You must come and persuade them to leave him here and get someone else!" I exclaimed so fast, I barely took a single breath. Misstress Darato took a deep breath before replying, "What is the problem of that? If he comes back safely, he's a hero. If he dies in the war, he will die an honourable death, and will also become a hero."
This took me by shock. I thought Misstress Darato would hate Bato being taken away from him because he was her only memory of her husband, Bato's father. Then it struck me. Maybe it wasn't Misstress Darato who would miss him. Maybe, just maybe, it was me.