Some years ago, my brother and I noticed something. Almost every story gets better if the second or third sentence or so is replaced with “But then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.” Having tested it out in an ATLA rabbit stream yesterday with my lovely girlfriend and a number of our friends here, I can confirm: it is still immensely entertaining, and I hope most of them will pop in here and share some of the ones we came up with last night.
Try it, if you don’t believe me. Here’s a free example, courtesy of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light:
His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god, but then he never claimed not to be a god.
But then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.