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Finding What You Weren't Looking For Chapter 2: Prologue: Red and Blue, an avatar: last airbender fanfic | FanFiction
Life is full of searches. But are the things we find worth more than the things we seek? An alteration of Book 1 events changes characters' later perceptions and reactions. Zutara and Taang romance of realistic proportions. Now featuring a NEW PROLOGUE! More renovations soon to come.

From now on I’m going to be working on “Finding What You Weren’t Looking For” from both ends, the beginning and the present. Here is my new prologue, based on part of the prequel comic “Zuko’s Story” that carries over into my story’s theme. It will appear even more relevant once I start revising and replacing the subsequent chapters.

Can we talk about this scene for a minute? Because I tear up literally every damn time I watch it. 

After losing his son, Iroh fought tirelessly to save his nephew from Ozai’s brainwashing, no matter how hard Zuko tried to push him away. But even after years of sticking by him through every dead end and reckless gambit, Zuko still goes back to his awful father. Once again, Iroh couldn’t save his son and it just kills him

Then the kid shows up with team Avatar, because it turns out some of those proverbs got through to him after all.

But the part that really gets me is Zuko’s perspective.

Sitting outside that tent, he’s so damn scared. He’s so convinced Iroh hates him, he won’t even go in without a pep talk from Katara. Everyone else can see that Iroh will be proud of what his nephew has done since they last met, but Zuko can’t. When Zuko goes in to see the family he disappointed, he’s braced for yelling and fire and rage because that’s what he’s been raised to expect when he screws up. Pissing off his father got him disgraced, burned, tossed in the street, told he didn’t deserve to be alive, and shot at with lightening. A lifetime of experience says he should be scared. He doesn’t expect to be forgiven, he just wants Iroh to know he’s sorry. 

And then Iroh’s not even madNOT EVEN MAD. Mercy and compassion are so alien to Zuko that immediate forgiveness wasn’t even a remote possibility. He’s so utterly confused, but at the same time, so, so relieved. He hasn’t lost his only family. The only person who stayed by him all those years in exile. The only father who loved him.

They both thought they’d lost the only family they had left. Instead, they find themselves closer than they’ve ever been. And I tear up every damn time.

The signs as characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Aries: Uncle Iroh

Taurus: Katara

Gemini: Appa

Cancer: Toph

Leo: Azula

Virgo: Aang

Libra: Suki

Scorpio: Jet

Sagittarius: Sokka

Capricorn: Momo

Aquarius: The cabbage guy

Pisces: Zuko

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atla | zuko | wait for it

Sadly, this is as HD as the ATLA episodes get, but I hope you give the video a shot anyway and maybe experience some of the emotions I had making it.  Big thanks to @worddevourer for having this idea and my twin sister @splickedylit for consulting with me during its creation!

Song: Wait For It from Hamilton
Show: Avatar - The Last Airbender