Length: ~1000 words
Summary: After the death of the Avatar during Sozin’s Comet, Zuko and Katara find themselves struggling to survive and doing what they must in order to do so. Written to Lord Huron’s song “Lullaby”.
Rated: T for some blood and implied violence.
Katara sits up on one elbow from her pallet on the floor when the door creaks open. With one hand, she draws water from her waterskin, and with the other, she grips a dagger by her thigh. Thin streams of silvery moonlight slip through the cracked door and as the gap widens, she sees the silhouette of a man. Her grip tightens and then relaxes as he trudges in, and she recognizes the outline of his shoulders and hips.
Zuko’s head hangs forward as he wearily closes the door behind him and leans against it. His shoulders slump and his breathing is labored. She sits up fully, allowing her loose shirt to slip open further and expose her shoulders to the cool night air. Katara shivers against the chill but doesn’t bother to hitch up her sleeping shirt.
“Zuko,” she says softly into the darkness, and he grunts in reply.
With a sigh, the firebender pushes himself away from the door and throws a sack into the corner. It hits the ground with a heavy thud and something white spills out. Rice. Her stomach growls in hunger at the sight of food, and she becomes aware again of the thinness of her arms and legs. Tomorrow they will eat for the first time in two days.
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