you know... the one with zuko and iroh

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Iroh and Mai setting boundaries on what is and isn’t acceptable behavior. 

anonymous asked:

Yeah I really just laugh at when people compare Aang temporarily losing Appa to Katara's mother being murdered and her experiencing it and living through it, you explained it best in your previous meta, and what shocks me even more is that people don't see the connection in Zuko and Katara both losing their mothers, like yeah Zuko's mom was alive in the end but Zuko didn't know that did he? His mom was probably dead for all he knew, and that's one of many things Zuko and Katara have in common.

You’re right, I guess Zuko and Katara do have a thing or two in common …

Katara: The Fire Nation took my mother away from me.

Zuko: I’m sorry. That’s something we have in common.

Iroh: Please, sit. Why don’t you enjoy a cup of calming jasmine tea?
Zuko: I don’t need any calming tea!

Aang: Okay, okay, you both need to calm down.
Katara Both?  I’m completely calm!

Katara: I know it’s meant to be this way. The world needs you now. You give people hope.

Iroh: Things will never return to normal. But the important thing is, the Avatar gives Zuko hope.

Zuko: Not that you would understand. You’re like my sister. Everything always…came easy to her. She’s a firebending prodigy – and everyone adores her.

Katara: Will you PLEASE shut your air hole! Believe it or not, your infinite wisdom gets a little old sometimes. Why don’t we just throw the scroll away since you’re so naturally gifted!

Zuko: You can’t sacrifice an entire division like that! Those soldiers love and defend our nation! How can you betray them? 

Katara: No. I will never, ever turn my back on people who need me!

Aang: I… I was just showing Katara a few moves. 
Master Pakku:
You have disrespected me, my teachings, and my entire culture.

Zuko: I won’t fight you. 
Fire Lord Ozai: You will learn respect, and suffering will be your teacher. 

Zuko: You rise with the moon.

Zuko: I rise with the sun.

Iroh: Prince Zuko, have you forgotten what happened last time you dueled a master?
Zuko: I will never forget. 

Sokka: Are you crazy, Katara? You’re not gonna win this fight!

Katara: I know! I don’t care!

Katara: Why don’t you try blocking my chi now circus freak!!

Zuko: ‘I’m so pretty, look at me. I can walk on my hands, whoo!’ Circus freak!

Zuko: She’s not my girlfriend!

Katara: I’m not his girlfriend!

Katara: Here’s your chance, earthbenders! Take it! Your fate is in your own hands!

Zuko: A hundred years of fighting has left the world scarred and divided. But with the Avatar’s help, we can get it back on the  right path, and begin a new era of love and peace.

Maybe.

avatarsymbolismsblogs  asked:

Can you draw old Mai and Zuko with their grandbabies, please?

sry, Izumi’s daughter probably wasn’t born yet 


Izumi is usually busy with “soon to be Fire Lord” lessons, so she probably asks her parents to babysit Iroh II a lot.

anonymous asked:

I'm curious to know what you think about Zuko's character arc, like did you like him betraying Katara and Iroh at the end of Book 2 or did you find it OOC? Did you like how he wanted throughout Book 3, cause to me he looked like a douchebag yelling at Iroh, hiring an assassin etc, really looked like Bryke was trying to make him as bad as possible and pair him up with Mai, to cancel him as a love interest for Katara.

I believe his betrayal of Katara and Iroh at the end of Book 2 was entirely necessary for his character arc. Zuko always showed himself as one who needed to make his own decisions and mistakes before he learned from them. His uncle could preach at him all he wanted, but Zuko only ever recognized Iroh’s truth after he’d pursued a goal to no avail. 

For example, the greatest turning point in Zuko’s story during Book 2 was when he let Appa go. Now, he wasn’t planning to do so. He only released Appa after much urging from Iroh, and Iroh’s explanation of Zuko’s past failings: 

Iroh: So, the Blue Spirit. I wonder who could be behind that mask …
Zuko: [Sighs and takes off the mask.] What are you doing here?
Iroh: I was just about to ask you the same thing. What do you plan to do now that you’ve found the Avatar’s bison? Keep him locked in our new apartment? Should I go put on a pot of tea for him?
Zuko: First I have to get it out of here.
Iroh: And then what!? You never think these things through! [Points at him.] This is exactly what happened when you captured the Avatar at the North Pole! You had him, and then you had nowhere to go!
Zuko: I would have figured something out!
Iroh: [Starts yelling.] No! If his friends hadn’t found you, you would have frozen to death!

Iroh is quick to tell Zuko that his lack of planning will ultimately lead to his downfall. He was never successful in the past because he never thought his schemes through. What did he really hope to accomplish by capturing Appa? What was his end goal? How exactly did he think revealing his identity in the Earth Kingdom’s only stronghold was going to play out? And this was after he went on a date with Jin, after his uncle had found some success in Ba Sing Se, and after Zuko had a taste of what a normal, peaceful life could be if he’d just let his destiny go. 

Zuko: I know my own destiny, Uncle!
Iroh: Is it your own destiny, or is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you?

He was happy in Ba Sing Se, but largely so, because he had no other choice. His life no longer followed the trajectory he had planned— he couldn’t hunt the Avatar because doing so would mean revealing his location in Ba Sing Se and he couldn’t return home because he couldn’t hunt the Avatar.

Jump back up to Iroh’s last line listed above: Is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you? That can easily be applied to his hunt for the Avatar, but look how easily can that also be applied to Zuko’s newfound life in Ba Sing Se! His actions — pursuing Appa the second he knew the bison was in the city, even after experiencing peace and success — prove that his life in Ba Sing Se was another destiny being forced on him. 

Now, I know you may be arguing in your head that Zuko’s metamorphosis proves that he had changed— but I don’t think so. I think Zuko’s metamorphosis proved he hadn’t, foreshadowed by this exchange: 

Zuko: Stop it, Uncle! I have to do this!
Iroh: I’m begging you, Prince Zuko! It’s time for you to look inward and begin asking yourself the big questions. Who are you, and what do you want?

His transformation in Book 2 was his wrestling with this question: What do I want? Zuko didn’t know. He had no idea. Everything was conflicting in his head. Did he want the Avatar? Did he want peace? Did he want to go home? Did he want this new life? This is particularly evident in the warring dragons in his dreams: 

Blue dragon: It’s getting late. Are you planning to retire soon, my lord?
Zuko: I’m not tired.
Blue dragon: Relax, Fire Lord Zuko. Just let go. Give in to it. Shut your eyes for a while.
Zuko slowly starts to shut his eyes but widely opens them upon hearing the other dragon.
Red dragon: No, Fire Lord Zuko! Do not listen to the blue dragon. You should get out of here right now. Go! Before it’s too late!
Blue dragon: Sleep now, Fire Lord Zuko.
The dragons disappear, and the room they’re in, as well as the guards watching Zuko, crumble to nothing. The blue dragon reappears in front of him. Two golden eyes appear, followed by the face of the blue dragon, which closes rapidly.
Blue dragon: Sleep. Just like mother!
Charges at Zuko and opens its mouth. Inside the dragon’s mouth, Zuko sees his mother, Ursa. Within that darkness, the camera draws closer to Ursa, who drops her hood.
Ursa: Zuko! Help me! 
Zuko disappears through the floor.

Later when Zuko awakens:

Zuko: What’s happening?
Iroh: Your critical decision. What you did beneath that lake. It was in such conflict with your image of yourself that you are now at war within your own mind and body.
Zuko: What’s that mean? 
Iroh: You are going through a metamorphosis, my nephew. It will not be a pleasant experience, but when you come out of it, you will be the beautiful prince you were always meant to be.

I think a lot of viewers take Iroh’s final comment as the end all and be all sign that Zuko was supposed to fully transform here and join the Avatar’s side, however, I do not believe this is the case. I believe Iroh’s comment wasn’t exactly wrong… it’s just interpreted incorrectly. Zuko did change when he woke from his coma: He didn’t change sides or soften or discern all of Azula’s lies, but as became evident in Book 3, Zuko woke from his coma and was able to finally recognize the truth in Iroh’s words

Let’s delve into the imagery of the metamorphosis… not only is he plagued by weird visions such as taking on Aang’s body, the dragons in Zuko’s dreams symbolize the two dueling sides of him. One part of him wants to enjoy the life he’s found in Ba Sing Se, evidenced by the red dragon warning him to get away from the influence of the blue dragon— 

[SIDE NOTE: Zuko may know that Azula always lies… but he always seems to fall for it i.e. that time she said father wanted him home. that time she said he’d be welcomed home. that time she gave him credit for killing Aang as a favor. that time she said the Agni Kai would be one-on-one]

—while the blue dragon represents his desires lying in the Fire Nation. He nearly succumbs to the blue dragon’s suggestion that he sleep, until the red dragon appears and warns him off. However, in the end, Zuko is charged by the blue dragon: He is swallowed by the blue dragon, and in the blue dragon’s mouth, Zuko sees his mother (representing his long-lost childhood desires— to protect those in need and be gentle/kind/innocent) calling for help, before sinking into the floor. 

What does this mean? Well, I believe it means that Zuko gave in to the blue dragon, and it was meant to foreshadow him giving in to Azula’s seduction in the Crystal Catacombs, rather than foreshadowing him saving sides. It also foreshadowed his recognition of his mistake and his distraught emotional state following his choice to betray the red dragon (Iroh (and Katara)). 

Again, to break it down even more so: 

Zuko wants to give in to the Blue Dragon’s request to sleep. 
In the real world, Zuko falls prey to Azula’s bait, challenging her to an Agni Kai and being imprisoned. 

Zuko is warned by the Red Dragon of his choices. 
In the real world, Iroh pleads with Zuko not to listen to Azula. Twice, actually. Once when Iroh flees the palace and Zuko says he’s done running, and again, below the city, when Iroh pleads with Zuko to make the decision he knows is right.

Zuko is swallowed whole by the Blue Dragon.
In the real world, Zuko falls into Azula’s scheme. Unbeknownst to him, Azula is using him— she knows she cannot defeat Aang and Katara alone, so she entices him with the promise of being welcomed home a hero. 

Zuko panics over the vision of his mother (innocence), but is ultimately lost to the Blue Dragon.
In the real world, Zuko is completely absorbed in the version of himself he thinks he needs to be. He is angry. He is violent. He is a betrayer. He has lost all connection to the innocence of his childhood and the image of himself that he nearly reconnected with during his metamorphosis. 

Furthermore, being lost to the Blue Dragon symbolized Zuko’s emotional and mental spiral in Book 3. He was incredibly unhappy, even after he sold his soul to come home. He’d lost it all. He had no one to blame but himself but he didn’t want to blame himself— he wanted to blame Iroh for being right all along. Zuko’s behavior towards Iroh was unacceptable, yes, but it was in character when you consider Zuko’s complete and utter implosion and the destruction of his soul in his decision to betray everyone. 

I fully believe the betrayal was Aaron Ehasz’s idea. In my opinion, it was fundamental to Zuko’s character. As long as he had the support and guidance of his uncle, Zuko would never transform on his own. He needed to hit rockbottom. He needed to realign himself with what he wanted, and the only way to do so, was to have everything he wanted and nothing at all at the same time. 

I do not believe it was a ploy by Bryke to destroy Zutara, as the pair came back together in Book 3 and were closer/stronger than ever. 

What Avatar struggled with the most was the timing of Zuko’s arc. Book 3 spent too much time focusing on useless episodes that could have been utilized to showcase Zuko’s actions in the Fire Nation and his resulting decision to leave his place there. His treason could have taken place earlier and, as a result, we could’ve spent more time with the transformed Zuko and the Gaang.

I also think Avatar suffered greatly by cancelling Book 4. If we’d had a chance to see Zuko rule as Fire Lord, I believe his transformation would’ve felt complete. 

Some Zuko and Katara fics

*** NOTE: THIS ISN’T ALL THAT I WOULD RECOMMEND, BUT WHAT I HAD TIME TO JOT DOWN FOR THIS POST– THERE WILL BE MORE IN THE FUTURE AND IF YOU CANNOT WAIT, MESSAGE ME DIRECTLY AND I’LL SEND SOME YOUR WAY***

(this is especially for yell-allons-y, damonsbonbon and hyperspacemashmallow, hope this helps :D  )

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- The Last Waterbender*** by Haikoui (Rated T, 56k+ words, WIP) 

The Southern Raiders found the last waterbender, leaving her mother alive, and took the child with them to the Fire Nation as a prisoner. Zutara AU. The avatar has not been found yet, and Zuko has not been banished yet, either. Rated T (and maybe M at some point… maybe!) for later chapters. 


Slow to develop relationship (they’ve just started interacting due to certain circumstances), both learning things, unlearning prejudices and propaganda, very IC, very good OC’s too.  The plot is super interesting as the author manages to include both things from the show as well as their own very original ideas. I like how even though this isn’t  a canon story line, the characters are still IC, something I cannot say for even those who write stories that coordinate with canon. The suspense and surprises are very well thought out, too, as the author has an endless supply of creative villains and an interesting plot. Overall, super awesome.

- Jasmine*** by Yorushike (Rated T, 140k+ words, WIP) 

AU, Katara, traveling companion of the Avatar, had always dreamed of the day the war would end, but she had never thought that she would be forced to marry Firelord Zuko, who was said to have killed his own father, for this to happen. Zuko had no other goal than to repent for his sins and bring peace to the world, even if both his allies and enemies feared and hated him. Zutara,

While Katara is travelling with Gaang for training, Chief Hakoda is captured by a cold and distant Fire Lord Zuko, who has killed off his own family to become ruler and is feared by pretty much everyone, even his own citizens. Instead of torturing or killing Hakoda, he asks for Katara’s hand in marriage as a symbol of peace, to which she reluctantly agrees. She finds out things, like he’s actually trying to atone for his sins and those of the Fire Nation, and that he is a genuinely good but tortured man. Everyone is so IC, with a “I’m not deserving of love or anything good, imma just brood over here in this dark corner while trying to heal wounds i’ve inflicted on world” pre-Gaang Zuko and a “STFU, ZUKO, YOU ARE ACTUALLY A BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY CREATURE AND A PRETTY CHILL GUY WHY DON’T YOU GET YOUR ANGSTY HEAD OUT OF YOUR LILY WHITE BEHIND AND SEE THAT i pet ur face now k frand?motherly Katara. The author also keeps Gaang in character. You will laugh out loud, if not let out one of those ugly laugh snorts every time the whole Gaang is present, especially seeing awkward ass Zuko interacting with them. You will cry at a couple of points in the story (especially one chapter in particular but i’m not telling cuz i’m a cruel person and want your heart completely unprepared for the pain WOOOOOOOOAH HOHOOOOooOooooOo). It is a bit slow at first, but that adds to strong development between Katara and Zuko, as well as setting up a good plot with interesting politics and culture. At this point, shit is going down but you have no idea what it is yet so SUPER SCARY but good yes. Occasional spelling errors, but not super present. 

Butterflies and Hurricanes by Rebirth of the Phoenix (Rated T, 103k+ words, Complete)

“You may find yourself capturing hearts that you are forbidden to keep.” She is a servant. He is a Prince. Together they are about to go against everything that keeps the world at peace. Zutara

AU, This one is already pretty popular. Katara is bought taken as little girl to Fire Nation, becomes servant to Mai, later to Royal Family, becomes friendly with Zuko, whole tiime she has little memory of her family, Zuko puts pieces together and they face shit. Pretty IC for the most part (I just wish Katara was a little bit more outspoken but at the same time it was understandable considering her station for a large portion of the story), good OC’s that you’ll like too.

- Fortress *** by SilverLining33  (Rated  T, 69+ words, WIP)

As a child, I was blind to the tragedies of the world. I chose not to understand. I chose not to acknowledge. I chose not to act. But now, things are different. This war has taken everything from me: my home, my family, my freedom. No more waiting for rescue. No more sitting by and relying on hope and faith. It’s time for me to take action. It’s time for me to fight back. AU. 

 WOW. this story. this story. THIS STORY. ohmygaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhHHhHhHh

I cannot begin to tell you all how great this story is and how much I think you’ll enjoy it too. 

Anyway

AU, Fire Nation has pretty much taken over and colonized the whole world, including the Southern Water Tribe. Covers all that shitty shit that colonized people would go through like unfair and harsh government and brutality. Fetus Katara meets Fetus Zuko, son of mean governor Ozai who rules over South Pole at this point in the story. Shit happens, big stuff too, but I won’t reveal what. Fast forward several years, Ozai has long left with family in tow to Fire Nation, Katara thinks she’s done with them (hehe WRONG). The Water tribe and Katara suffer horribly, she’s left with no family (they’re gone for different important reasons), she’s depressed and filled with anger, has to hide waterbending or risk imprisonment and death, all while dealing with a fire nation soldier who is stationed in the South Pole and has the hots for her (hehe… pun… i’m sorry.) that she can’t stand… and then A LOT OF STUFF HAPPENS SHIT HITS THE FAN OHMYGAHD AND SHE HAS TO  GO SOMEWHERE BECAUSE OF SOMETHING BIG AND I WON’T SAY TOO MUCH BUT BAM, SHE MEETS LIL ASSHOLE KID SHE MET AS A CHILD THAT WAS THE GOVERNOR’S SON ONLY HE IS NOW AN ADULT ASSHOLE AND HAS A SCAR AND I CAN’T SAY ANYTHING ELSE BUT THERE IS MORE THAN THAT GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME TOO.

Basically awesome story. This author obviously took the time to not only research their stuff, but also spent time diving into the characters to portray very raw and realistic emotions and reactions. This gives very awesome, IC people, which is what I want from my fics but don’t always find. To add on to that, even the authors OC’s were well developed. I was surprised by the quality of these characters– even people who appeared for no more than one chapter made a big impact on me and the story. And the plot itself is very nice. The romance isn’t what drives it– there are outside factors like a freaking war and people fighting that move the plot along which adds to the realism. This also throws in the suspense, because while it may be safe for the mean time, there are people on the other side of the world who could be planning some shit.

Anyway, good story. Really, really good story. It has lots of potential and I hope to see it grow to a 200k fic complete with the main seasons covered in ATLA as the author’s interpretation is fun to read.

- Dancing in the Dark by DamageCtrl (Rated T, 64k+ Words, Complete)

AUPWP: Having heard a rumor about two tea servers in the lower tiers of Ba Sing Se, Katara and Toph sneak away go to investigate only to have their suspicions confirmed. ZutaraBlutara 

Another pretty popular one. For anyone who likes season 2 Zutara or Blutara, this is for you. It’s pretty cute. Zuko disguises himself as the Blue Spirit to get information on Gaang, Toph and Katara sneak around and find out Zuko and Iroh are working in teashop, Blue Spirit realizes Katara is a freaking idiot at dancing, he gives lessons to her cuz Zuko knows fancy royal dances, she falls in love with Blue Spirit, Zuko falls in love with her, stuff happens, OH NO WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF KATARA FINDS OUT WHO THE BLUE SPIRIT REALLY IS, on top of EVERYTHING else happening??!?1!?! Anyway, cutesy cute fic. 

- Time and Time Again*** by Dra323 (Rated T, 36k+ words, WIP)

A sigh of relief barely escaped her lips before rough hands grabbed her body and pushed her back against the tree. Katara screamed and attempted to claw at the body of the person holding her, only to have her hands captured. “Well, doesn’t this seem familiar?” He hissed. 

Starts off at Waterbending Scroll episode, goes different direction. Zuko is pretty much the insane, reckless, violent, angsty lil shit we see in Season 1. Katara is super sassy and coolio and tough and if bad stuff happens to her, she doesn’t do any of that stupid “cowering in fear but falls in love with mean guy cuz yay Stockholm Syndrome!” shit, instead she does the “imma be awful to you if you’re awful to me, and the fact that you’re fire nation doesn’t help you at all you asshat little brat.” I like the frustrated, crazy Zuko, I like how smart, sneaky, and resourceful Katara is in this story as well. 

Lots of shit happens from the moment Katara is taken to his ship. Right now, where I’m at in the story, they’re on a deserted island and have to depend on each other and Zuko is starting to realize “wow, I’ve been a big asshat to Katara, and she’s my only means of survival right now, I should be nice and appreciate what she has done for me so far”, kinda hinting at the beginning of a redemption arc, while Katara is like “he can go shove a coconut up his ass I’m not messing with that tool ffs I hate his stupid angry ass byyyyye”. Jet has also just been introduced and is as insane as ever, a big wild card right now and no one knows what’s going to happen with this guy walking around. 

Right now it’s heading in a very awesome direction, the emotions are there and you will get tense while reading. The action scenes are well written and you’ll be freaking out  when you get to them. I’m hoping that the author will write this as a 200k fic that covers the whole show to the end (and maybe beyond??) because I am liking how the author is writing not only the characters, but their relationship development too. It would be cool to see them interacting to different situations introduced throughout the show. There is the occasional spelling error, but not so obvious that it takes away from the story. Really good though so far, you should definitely check this out.

- In the Same Candlelight by Like a Dove (Rated T, 76+ words, Complete)

In a world where there is no war, Zuko and Katara spend their summers together. Growing up is messy, embarrassing, and at times sad, but they think it might be okay because they have each other. Edited summary. 

 AU, no war. Aang stopped Fire Nation from messing world up, he’s now a pretty old guy who is still adorable af. Water Tribe siblings and Fire Nation siblings spend vacations with each other and pretty much grow up with each other. More cutesy stuff. 

- I Was Not Magnficent by Like a Dove (Rated M, 53k+ words, Complete)

When Zuko first meets the waterbender with the scars, he’s fascinated by her. His fascination quickly turns into something much more. Soon Zuko will have to confront his greatest enemy - himself. AU. 

 AU, No Aang found from iceberg, Zuko didn’t speak out against general at war meeting and is still a prince in the Fire Nation, Fire Nation has pretty much taken over the whole world with Sozin’s Comet. Because of problems with little rebellions, Fire Nation starts messed up breeding program so they can raise their own earthbenders and waterbenders to enforce Fire Nation rule around world. They finally bring in a scarred waterbender for the program, shit goes down. Pretty good. Zuko is a snotty little dick who you kinda wanna slap (Katara actually does this, so no worries there) but grows into a more honorable guy. Katara is pretty cool too. My only complaint is that I didn’t like how quickly they immediately fell in love with each other. It felt a little rushed considering that they really didn’t confront many obstacles and personal beliefs that would keep them from wanting to suck face, but otherwise pretty cool story.

- Resting in a Raze (Sequel to I Was Not Magnificent) by Like a Dove (Rated M, 24k+ words, WIP) 

Zuko and Sokka go searching for a waterbender who has been long lost. Slowly but surely their world begins to erupt around them. Sequel to ‘I Was Not Magnificent’. 

To be honest, I haven’t kept up too much with this, but I figured people might want to know that there’s a sequel so BAM here it is 

- Tempest in a Teacup*** by AkaVertigo (Rated T, 34k+ words, IDK if it’s supposed to be complete, it felt like there was supposed to be more to me…) 

Fate puts Katara in the Fire Nation to grow up in the company of a Dragon, a prince, and a lot of good tea. AU Zutara…of a sort. 

 I’m pretty sure this is one of the most famous Zutara fics out there. AU, Iroh finds Katara as a little girl, raises her, she and Zuko grow close. This is really beautifully written. It manages to deliver strong emotions, humor, great dialogue, and an overall good plot through gorgeous passages. It’s set up like poetry at times but it is awesome. Pretty good stuff here.

- The Chief and I *** by jassmarie19 (Rated T, 21k+ words, WIP)

100 years after the War started the Fire Nation has managed to add on all of the four nations as Provinces, except the Southern Water Tribe. It is Zuko’s duty to travel to this land of people that shut themselves away from the world at the onset of the War and convince them to surrender. The King and I inspired AU. Rating may change.

This story is super awesome. I’m not gonna lie, the first chapter had me thinking that there wouldn’t be much to expect from the story but I WAS A FOOL AND HAVE SEEN THE ERROR IN MY WAYS. The plot is super cool.  There is much tension between the accomplished asshole Prince Zuko and a proud and sassy Chief Katara. Katara has some struggles she must face before and during the Fire Nation’s unexpected and very much unwanted arrival, such as just wanting her dad and bro home to take over. She and Zuko constantly butt heads as the arrogant (and very ignorant) Zuko tries to force Katara to surrender the Southern Water Tribe to the Fire Nation (or empire, at this point). Where I am right now, it looks like Zuko will be pulling in man power to take over the Water Tribe through force as he is getting frustrated (in more than one way, tbh, which is entertaining cuz Katara is just like GUHhhHhHHHHROSS GET YOUR WEIRD ASS TYRANNICAL SELF AWAY FROM ME). I can’t wait for the next update as shit just went down cuz Zuko is an impulsive dumbass who “doesn’t think things through” so suspense is there and very strong. Definitely worth reading.

- Polar Nights by crystalline talisman (Rated T, 72k+ words, WIP)

In order to arrange a treaty for the long standing war between the Water Tribe and Fire Nation, Prince Zuko is sent to the South Pole to arrange a truce by Fire Lord Lu Ten, where he is greeted by subzero temperatures, sea prunes, and quirky customs. This of course, is a cake walk compared to the revelation he’ll be marrying the stubborn spiritual leader, Katara. AU. Zutara.


Kind of a challenge to the idea of Katara being the one to leave her homeland for a political marriage. This is really entertaining, with spot on characters and interactions, an interesting look at South Water Tribe and Fire Nation cultures, and a fun plot overall. It shouldn’t be so entertaining seeing Zuko have a hard time, but with so many funny components to the many challenges he has to face in order to be seen as “proper husband material”, you can’t help but hope for more. Katara is also very awesome. She is a priestess with a stubborn personality, trying to face her own fate and what is expected of her in her position. She that takes quite a bit of joy out of jostling Zuko around. Fun. They are growing to at least see each other as possible friends where I am at in the story, with the prospect of heading back to the Fire Nation for another ceremonial process there. Humorous with great drama, this one is a pretty great read.


-Water Wench *** by Meeknchic (Rated M, 3k+ words, WIP)

“What is your idea of justice, Prince Zuko?” she asked through the fixed smirk. The woman sauntered closer. “Would you throw me in your dungeon?”


This is such a funny fic. I’m not sure if I should label it as “humor” or cracktastic. Poor Zuko is just trying his hardest and then he has to deal with a dumbass military friend, Chang, (who is bae tbh if he isn’t at first he will be later) and a snarky waterbender that just won’t give him the Avatar. The thing is, she doesn’t know that she’s giving shelter to the master of four elements. Each chapter so far has basically been Zuko’s failed attempts at getting the Avatar, persuading Katara to hand him over, ignoring his attraction for the uninterested Katara, while his stupid ass friend is laughing at Zuko when he is on fire when butt naked (this actually happens). The dialogue is witty and hilarious, the characters are quite on point as far as sticking to their canon selves goes. The author’s main OC (Chang the bae) has so much personality considering that he isn’t in the fic as often as Z and K. Where I am at, Katara has just been apprehended and is pissed. 


Anyway, super fun, quick read, so you READ AND FINISH IT WHILE TAKING A SHIT. 


-Down in Flames *** by sjdboom (Rated M, 80k+ words, WIP)

As Katara battles to protect the Avatar and restore balance to the world, she struggles to ignore the one major, golden-eyed confliction who keeps getting in her way. Rated M for chapters 22 & 26 ;)

THIS FIC. YES.


YOU WANT BLUTARA?! YOU GET BLUTARA!! YOU WANT FLUFF?!! YOU GET FLUFF!!! YOU WANT PRE-GAANG ZUKO?!?! YOU GET PRE-GAANG ZUKO!! YOU WANT GAANG ZUKO??!? YOU GET A GAANG ZUKO!!! YOU WANT SOME ANGST YOU GONNA GET SOME OF THAT TOO!!! THIS AUTHOR IS LIKE THE FREAKING OPRAH OF ZUTARA AUTHOR HANDING OUT EVERY LITTLE THING YOU LOVE ABOUT ZUTARA FICS IN ONE STORY.


like damn this fic has the best of everything and the things I listed above only scratch the surface. you get a reasonably paced development between Zuko and Katara, you get betrayal, you get a sneaky Zuko with inner turmoil, you get a smart and independent katara, you get a capture where SHE DON’T FALL IN LOVE PLS STOP THIS AWFUL TROPE DON’T DO THIS PLS. you also get an awesome plot that has you hopping all over the world, the Gaang present or working in background of story (you know, like what they would do in their situations, instead of fangirling over z and k…. they gonna do stuff with the war), Katara and Zuko having to face each other and themselves, just so much happens in this fic for how short it is and it is handled so well. I am praying for the next update.


Super awesome, you’ll immediately get hooked. 


-Facets*** by balai (Rated T, 61k+ words, WIP)

It was unfathomable. Imagine the rumours, the scandal that would spread at the idea of the Fire Lord sneaking about under the cover of darkness, donning the mask of the Blue Spirit. But he would do it. He knew the risks he took. Still, he would do it for her.


Oh you want a punch to the heart? read this fic then and feel you insides cry. like damn this fic is so good and you will be filled with emotions so no mascara while reading this one. basically post war Zuko and Katara dealing with external and internal forces, growing closer as they overcome many obstacles in efforts to help the world get back on its feet. Very nice.


-The Plan*** by Sisters-From-Hell (Rated T, 53k+ words, WIP)

Katara was captured after trying to save Haru. Now she is a concubine in the Fire Lord’s Palace and she must find a way to save her tribe and the world. AU based on the movie “One Night With the King”


YES THIS ONE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST I READ AND IT’S STILL ONE OF THE BEST. AU, older, no avatar (yet…. wink wink)


GTFO with all those weird “KAtaara is a concubine to PRinc no FIRE LORD ZUko but they fall into luv <3” shit cuz that is not what would happen and YOU know it and thankfully this author knows it too.


Katara, being Katara, isn’t just gonna sit around all doe eyed while the world goes up in flames (pun), and she gets captured by the Fire Nation while causing shit for the nation. Sent to its capital, about to be given to old creepy guys for “personal use” a certain angel comes to her in the form of a tea loving uncle of the freaking Fire Lord. Iroh is basically a sneaky little shit but you know that’s Iroh and we love him for it. Zuko and Katara meet, it goes BADLY, and they hate each other (at worst) or ignore and look down on each other (at best). Does a pretty good job of subtly acknowledging stuff like the prejudices one would see in a colonizing, warring country, and doesn’t have Katara and Zuko falling in love immediately. There’s an incredible amount of tension and contempt between the two, and when they aren’t making the other’s life shitty, they’re creating plans. For Zuko, to use Katara as a tool for the war to “persuade” the Water Tribes to surrender to Fire Nation rule. With Katara, she takes advantage of living in the palace to soak up every bit of information at her disposal, with the hopes of using it later to give to the resistance groups or to take out the Fire Lord himself. She so far has kept her bending abilities hidden, and she has attracted the eye of certain Fire Nation men that Zuko is to deal with. Right now, it seems like Zuko is beginning to find her attractive (not admitting that to himself, though) and she is literally puking at the thought of being romantic with him, even if it is for her benefit in the long run. Also, a certain tribesman may have just cracked open the iceberg…


Super awesome, definitely should read if you want a break from the never-ending “katara-gets-captured-and-instead-of-working-to-end-war-or-to-acknowledge-and-fight-back-against-oppressive-nation-and-people-that-have-messed-up-her-life-she-gonna-fall-for-a-dude’s-diq-while-he-ignores-years-of-propoganda-and-shitty-parenting-and-decides-he-suddenly-likes-katara-too” stories. 


-Fallacy by BloomRay (Rated T, 15k+ words, WIP)

Three years have passed since the Avatar’s defeat and the Fire Nation’s victory in the war. Katara and a handful of survivors have sought refuge amongst the ruins of the Western Air Temple. That is, until someone shows up. A very unwelcome someone, as it so happens. AU.


Not gonna lie, when I first read this, I was like “no”. I didn’t want to see Zuko regress back into his Season 1 personality as it would have been out of character, and I don’t like “Aang died…. okay anyway Zuko and Katara now suck face happy happy ending yes!” stories


This doesn’t do that wow I don’t know why I thought it would thank Jesus that’s not what we readers will have in this story. There were plot twists and major surprises and it’s only the beginning of the story. Very good so far, it has lots of potential.


-The Prophecy by XrhiaX (Rated T, 19k+ words, WIP)

AU. The Avatar lives in chains. The Earth Kingdom has fallen. Prince Zuko is a prisoner within the palace for his traitorous actions. And a Prophecy foretells of how the Last Southern Waterbender pertains to the Fire Nation’s ultimate victory.


To be honest I have no idea what’s happening right now and I mean that in a good way. Basically, you have a different plot running with the idea of Zuko still suffering punishment, but now he has a new “cell mate” (will make sense once you read). There’s still a search for the Avatar, and a confused and pissed Katara is taken to the Fire Nation to live in a gold cage, for reasons she doesn’t know either. There is obviously something keeping her there, as characters like Lu Ten are acting strangely while visiting a lonely Zuko, and there are talks of a prophecy. I can’t wait to see what will happen next, as the author already shows they have something planned with the way they are setting up everything so far. Since it is told from Zuko’s and Katara’s limited points of view, we only see so much, adding to the suspense. Pretty cool fic.


-Aerials*** by Bravada (Rated M, 28k+ words, WIP)

AU. One hundred years ago, the Avatar was killed, and the benders were no more. But now that the Fire Lord has merged with a demon, the Spirits are going to have to set things straight. Zutara, Taang, Sukka.


I love this fic. Zuko and Uncle washed up on SWT shore, taking on aliases to avoid death (confrontation, though, is something they do face and face often). Zuko slowly bonds with STW, in particular the two children of Chief Hakoda. Right when it seems like everything is going well, BAM SHIT GOES DOWN, IDENTITIES EXPOSED, and that’s just the beginning. Where I am right now, Zuko, Katara, Sokka, and Iroh left for the Southern Air Temples in search for people similar to Zuko and Katara. I love how in character everyone is, how fun the dialogues are as they always seem to grow a bit after a conversation, and the writing overall flows well. Every little interaction adds so much to the story. I enjoyed how Zuko grows from awkward and angry to awkward and nice, along with how Katara is strong, but also affectionate. The little events that help them to grow together are super fun and exciting. The other characters so far, such as Hakoda, Iroh, Sokka, and Zhao also make big impressions.


Great, fun read.


-The Spirit’s Beauty: A Fairy Tale of Sorts by NonsensicalLyrics  (Rated T, 28k+ words, Complete)

When Sokka and Aang go snooping around a seemingly abandoned ship only to discover it’s cursed, Katara must sacrifice herself in exchange for the Avatar’s freedom. Based loosely on the traditional fairy tale, “Beauty and the Beast”. Bluetara/Zutara.


This follows pretty closely to the original Disney story while remaining true to ATLA, I was surprised that this could be accomplished and done well. Zuko as the beast is endearing and Katara is pretty cool. I loved the whole mythos set up for the story as it added much to the story without taking away the charm ATLA has. It pretty much works like an episode of ATLA as they immediately go along with the main plot there. Pretty nice stuff.


-Reflections Dire by Jadely (Rated K+, 7k+ words, Complete)

News of the Painted Lady’s return spreads all the way to the Fire Nation capital, birthing festivities among the people. And who could happen to stumble into the middle of it with a keen curiosity other than the unsettled prince Zuko, who decides who decides to take up the face of the Blue Spirit one last time to meet the fabled woman himself. But who is who under the moonlight?

Zuko and Katara have to face their demons. Pretty cool, will make you sad for actual Painted Lady and Blue Spirit. Katara’s and Zuko’s interactions are pretty realistic too. Very nice short read. 

-Even So*** by lewilder (Rated T, 7k+ words, Complete)

A hundred years after Avatar Roku stops the Fire Nation’s attempts to take over the world, uprisings begin again in the Fire court. After the battles, the new Fire Lord, Zuko, seeks to reaffirm old alliances and looks for a bride from the Southern Water Tribe. Zutara, AU. Oneshot. 


THIS FIC KILLS ME WITH THE BEAUTY AND SIMPLICITY AND THE SET UP BOTH IN TERMS OF PLOT AND THE WRITING STYLE ITSELF  GOSH IT’S SO PERFECT THIS IS WHAT I WANT FROM MY ARRANGED MARRIAGE STORIES


Zuko and Katara marry, Katara is stubborn and won’t learn his language, he is still a shy little sweety anyway, they grow close while learning each others languages and the amount of affection between the two is so sweet but believable and not too much. It kinda follows them throughout their married years together (a little bit before for Katara). Very beautiful, can also read while in bathroom stall so double awesome.


-Beneath the Alder Tree by Harky21 (Rated M, 27k+ words, WIP)

“I’ve experienced many things in my time. I’ve seen storms brew and felt the earth quake. But there’s one thing that I’d only ever heard of in the whistling of the wind and on the dying breaths of men.” Beneath the branches of an alder tree a boy and a girl from enemy clans meet and learn that they may not be as different from each other as they thought. Rated M for later chapters.


Really great, set up almost poetically and from the point of a tree. It may sound weird, but it works so well. Katara and Zuko live in neighboring clans at war with each other, but grow very close through out the years in a field between their homes. The tree is a sort of narrator and I read it for the most part in Gandalf’s voice so there’s that. Super nice story with lots of surprises, tension, and great character growth.


-Burn to Ashes by beanaroony (Rated T, 21k+ words, WIP)

This is what the blood of betrayal tastes like, when its claws dig into your chest and tear at your throat and you palate nothing but sorrow and distrust again and again, again and again. S3 finale AU.


Well if you’re up for more angst cuz you just couldn’t get enough from earlier fics, here is this one for you. While heading over to take down Azula during Sozin’s comet, Zuko turns on Katara, believing it was for the best. They have to deal with much tension as Katara is sooooo done at this point and Zuko, being Zuko, just wanted to help but keeps screwing up instead. While they’re interacting, there’s lots going on in the background, mainly with everyone’s favorite batshit crazy royal, Azula. Pretty good so far. Where I’m at in the story, there is a major build up to something big about to happen so yes suspense is there, too.


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Once again, when I have time I will finish this list and organize it. I know that I’m missing a ton from this post, so if you want more before I have time to update this list, message me and I’ll send you some quick links. If there’s something you guys think I forgot, message me and I’ll see that it’s changed. Have fun :)

i will hopefully have fics for pairings like jinko up sometime too.

anonymous asked:

Could you please write your essay on the zutara, kataang and maiko analysis? I would like to hear what you have to say...

Yes! Okay so I recently reblogged this post about Yin and Yang and how Zutara does not represent it, but Mai/ko and Kat/aang do. As I said in my tags, as a zutara shipper I do have a lot of thoughts on the interpretations of these three ships written in this post. 

The interesting thing about this anti zutara analysis and the reason I reblogged it is that I almost completely agree with everything said about zutara.  

In the original post, OP goes on describe the two most popular ways that people associate yin and yang with zutara and refute them:

I have seen two flavors of the yin and yang argument for Zutara. The first is the somewhat grounded point that Katara is a female waterbender and represents yin, while Zuko a male firebender and represents yang. The second is the completely clueless assertion that Zuko is “dark” and therefore yin and Katara “light.” therefore yang.

I could not agree more. So many anti zutara shippers (and even a lot of casual zutara shippers) like to picture zutara as the good girl/bad boy ship and I really hate that because the ship is so much more complex than that. Katara is not a goody two shoes pure angel, and Zuko is not an evil badboy who needs Katara to redeem him. 

The first of these arguments, of female, water-associated, yin Katara and male, fire-associated, yang Zuko is true as it goes according to the traditional concepts of yin-yang, but it’s incomplete, outdated, and even dehumanizing in my opinion. It’s basically saying two people are right for each other based on what they are, characteristics that were inborn or cannot be changed, instead of who they are, their personality and individuality. Their actual personalities tell a very different story, as I will discuss below…

…Also frankly, the parts about masculine yang and feminine yin are the products of heavily sexist societies from two millennia ago. They reflect archaic gender roles where men are expected to be aggressive and assertive and women to be submissive and supportive….

…That’s why I don’t like the “female waterbender and male firebender are yin and yang = instant romance!” formulation. It’s sexist and heteronormative, and literalizes what were meant to be symbolic representations…

…If you’re actually interested in applying philosophical yin-yang to individuals and their relationships, it may help to think of yang as “drama” and yin as “chill.” Yang is starting things, getting in people’s faces, wearing your heart on your sleeve, raised voices. Yin is resolving things, calming down, contemplation, quiet conversation or just silent contentment. Everyone has some drama and some chill, but some people have more of one or the other. If one person in a relationship brings tons of drama, it strikes a good balance if the other can bring the chill.
In this understanding of yin and yang, it should be clear Zuko and Katara are both drama llamas, that is yang ascendant. “But female waterben-” shush. Katara is more than her gender and element. Also the gender and element are symbolic representations of yin anyway, not the actual thing.

Based on what OP has written (I recommend reading the original post, even though the quote above is very long, I cut a lot of good stuff out for length) I completely agree that Katara and Zuko are both Yang. Up to this point in the essay, I 100% agree with everything written about Zutara. 

Here is where I start to disagree…

Zuko and Katara, then, don’t personify the yin-yang balance at all. They both have too much fire, too much drama, and that’s why their interactions can spin out of control and bring out the worst in both. Remember “The Southern Raiders?” Where Katara set out to murder a war criminal and Zuko egged her on? It was Aang’s calming words, his chill, his yin that ultimately moderated her rage and helped her remember her better self. Aang is the yin to Katara’s yang.

Countless essays and analysis’ have been written about how ‘The Southern Raiders’ does not, in fact, bring out the worst in both Zuko and Katara, and so I’m not going to directly respond to the above statement. I will respond to the statement about Aang and Katara, however. 

If you take Katara and Aang’s individual personalities, traits, and mindsets, I absolutely agree that Kat/aang could be a wonderful representation of Yin and Yang. Aang’s role as Avatar is to be a mediator and to bring peace. Keeping in mind Katara’s fiery personality and emotional drive, I think that the two could have had a really amazing balance if written well. The issue, however, is that we don’t see this at all, which can all be boiled down to the fact that Aang doesn’t understand Katara. Let’s look at the scene between Aang and Katara in ‘The Southern Raiders’:

Aang: Umm… and what exactly do you think this would accomplish?
Katara: (sighs and shakes her head) I knew you wouldn’t understand. (She begins to walk away)
Aang: (Cut to a close up of Katara as Aang and Sokka look on behind her) Wait, stop, I do understand. You’re feeling unbelievable pain and rage. How do you think I felt about the sandbenders when they stole Appa? How do you think I felt about the Fire Nation when I found out what happened to my people?
Zuko: (off screen) She needs this, (everyone turn their eyes towards him) Aang. This is about getting closure and justice.
Aang: I don’t think so. I think it’s about getting revenge.
Katara: (off screen) Fine! (Cut to an angry and frustrated Katara) Maybe it is. Maybe that’s what I need. Maybe that’s what he deserves.
Aang: Katara, you sound like Jet.
Katara: (defensively) It’s not the same. Jet attacked the innocent. This man, he’s a monster. 

These are not calming words. Rather than see Katara’s determination and anger and calm her, Aang riles her up even more. He doesn’t try to understand where she is coming from. He just assumes that he already knows. And then he delegitimizes her need for closure. Rather than try to empathize, Aang tells her she is wrong and refuses to see where she is coming from. He even goes so far as to accuse her of being a murderer. 

The ultimate irony here, I think, is that when Appa was stolen, rather than show the sandbenders forgiveness, Aang entered the Avatar State and almost killed them. He would have, too, had Katara not been there to calm him down and be his yin.  

The way Aang tries to be there for Katara mimics how Mai tries to be there for Zuko. Let’s look at this Mai/ko conversation in ‘Nighmares and Daydreams’:

Mai: Zuko, it’s just a dumb meeting. Who cares?
Zuko: I don’t.
Mai: Well good. You shouldn’t. Why would you even want to go? (Cut to shot of Zuko and Mai standing in the window, the Fire Nation Palace before them. Mai puts her arm around Zuko) Just think about how things went to the last war meeting you went to.
Zuko: (sighs)I know.  

Zuko has been completely distraught about not being invited to the war meeting. This is a huge deal to him, he wants to be the perfect son to Ozai, and he feels like a disappointment and an oversight. Mai can’t understand why this is a big deal to Zuko, and rather than try to understand, she invalidates it and acts like it’s the stupidest thing in the world to be upset over. On top of that, she throws in his face one of the biggest shames of his life, all for the sake of making him feel bad for caring. 

Let’s compare these two scenes to two scenes of Katara and Zuko supporting each other. First, Zuko supporting Katara in ‘The Southern Raiders’

Katara: But, we were too late. When we got there, the man was gone. (voice cracks slightly) And so was she.
Zuko: (Cut to a sorrowful Zuko) Your Mother was a brave woman.
Katara: (Cut to a front shot of Katara as she touches her necklace) I know.

Katara just opened up to Zuko about one of the most traumatic moments of her life: the murder of her mother. Zuko doesn’t make this about him; he doesn’t talk about the disappearance of his own motheR. He doesn’t try to defend the Fire Nation, his home or tell her not all Fire Nation people. He hears what happened to her, accepts how awful this was for her, and affirms that her mother was a wonderful woman. 

Now for Katara supporting Zuko in ‘The Old Masters’:

Katara: Are you okay?
Zuko: No, (turning his head away from Katara) I’m not okay. My Uncle hates me, I know it. (Katara lowers herself to the ground) He loved me and supported me in every way he could and I still turned against him. How can I even face him? (Cut to a sideview of a regretful Zuko with Katara looking on.)
Katara: Zuko, you’re sorry for what you did, right?
Zuko: More sorry than I’ve been about anything in my entire life.
Katara: (raises her shoulders) Then he’ll forgive you. (Zuko looks at her) He will. 

Zuko considers betraying Iroh his greatest regret. Iroh is the father figure Zuko never had growing up, and one of the most important people in his life. Right now Zuko is terrified out of his mind that the only adult figure who has ever loved him and supported him is now done with him forever. He is convinced Iroh will reject Zuko, and he doesn’t even want to face his uncle. Here enters Katara. She sees the regret and fear in Zuko. She knows there isn’t anything to worry about, that it’s ridiculous to think that Iroh wouldn’t forgive him. But Katara doesn’t say any of this. She doesn’t tell him to suck it up, or that he’s being dumb. She allows Zuko to reaffirm his sincerity and then reassures him that everything will be okay. 

In these interactions, you can see that even though Zuko and Katara’s personalities are traditionally ‘yang’, when they come together like this, they find a perfect balance. They don’t egg each other on or bring out the worst in each other, they bring out the best, most vulnerable, and their truest selves. 

This is what I love about zutara. It isn’t about ‘opposites attract’ or ‘good girl saves bad boy’. It’s about two people with very similar, but ultimately complementary, personalities coming together on equal playing grounds and supporting each other in the most positive way they can because the level of understanding between the two goes beyond words. It’s just natural for them to know exactly what the other needs. 

Arrangement (Zuko X Chubby!Reader)

Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing: Zuko X Chubby!Reader
Word Count: 1,250

“I’m getting what?” You asked, staring at your father in disbelief.

“You’re getting married as soon as Prince Zuko arrives at the North Pole.” He answered, and you continued to look at him in shock.

“Why am I just now hearing about this?”

Your father shrugged. “It hasn’t come up before now.”

You opened your mouth to protest before deciding that it was pointless. Your people needed the alliance with the Fire Nation, so you sucked up your pride and nodded at your father. He smiled at you, clapping a hand to your shoulder in thanks before exiting your room.

You sank down onto your bed of furs with a sigh. Getting married to a firebender, that would certainly be fun.

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“I can’t believe my father’s just giving me away like this.” Zuko grumbled, crossing his arms as he leaned on the rail of the ship, his eyes looking for any sign of the island of ice that held his future bride.

“He is doing what he believes is best.” Iroh said wisely, and Zuko rolled his eyes.

“I think he just wants to get rid of me for a while.”

Uncle Iroh snorted into his tea. “It could be that as well. Maybe if you smiled more often he’d be happier keeping you around.”

Zuko gave him a sad attempt at a smile, barely even quirking the corners of his lips up, and Iroh shook his head. “Hopeless.”
 
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“You look lovely, Princess __y/n__.” One of your maids, a pretty, younger girl by the name of Nilak, complimented, and you smiled warmly at her.

“Thank you, Nilak. You are far too kind to me.”

She shook her head, her dark braids flopping against her chest. “You deserve all the kindness in the world, princess. I know you’re not very enthused about this wedding, and you have every right to not be, but you make a beautiful bride.”

You glanced at yourself in the mirror. Your robes were a light lavender-blue color, with white fur trim on the sleeves and the skirt. You had a dark blue belt cinching your waist and accentuating your curves nicely. You were bigger than some of the other girls in your tribe, and while you knew it was good, being on the heavier side was a sign of wealth and luxury, sometimes you couldn’t help but wish that you were slimmer and leaner.

Regardless, the size of your body didn’t matter at this moment in time, as Prince Zuko would be forced to marry you whether he thought you were attractive or not.

You snapped back into the moment at hand. “If it will keep the peace between my people and the Fire Nation, I’d do whatever it takes.” You smoothed out your robes before bringing your gaze back to Nilak. “Thank you, Nilak. It does mean a lot to me.”

She threw her arms around you before you could protest, and you smiled softly at her, returning the hug before pulling away. Most wouldn’t consider it princess-like to hug your servants, but you were friends with almost all of your maids and quite frankly, you didn’t care what other people thought.

“How do you think I should wear my hair?” You asked, gazing at your __h/c__ hair in the mirror. You may not have been eager about the wedding, but you did want to make a good impression on your husband-to-be.

Nilak guided you to your bed and made you sit down. She grabbed a whalebone comb and started to brush your hair, murmuring, “I know exactly what to do”, in a voice that left no room for protest. You smiled and let her do as she pleased, your mind wandering to your future husband.

What would he be like?

Would he be kind? Smart? Funny? Sweet?

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Turns out, he was nothing like you expected. Prince Zuko was…stoic, to say the least.

The moment you started walking down the aisle, your heart sank. He was attractive, you couldn’t deny that, but he was practically scowling and he looked like he wanted to be anywhere but the wedding.

You hurried through your vows, and when you were officially married, you sealed the deal by rubbing your nose against his. You thought that you saw a brief flicker of amusement or fondness in his eyes, but before you could dwell on it, he pulled away and started walking back down the aisle with you.

The Southern Water Tribe didn’t have receptions, but they did throw feasts in honor of the bride and groom. The feast for you and Prince Zuko was humongous. Your father and your people had really outdone themselves. The table was loaded with fish, squid, seaweed noodles, whale, five-flavor soup, arctic hen, and a dozen other dishes that would take too long to list.

You took a seat next to Zuko, chuckling to yourself as he looked at the table in confusion. He definitely didn’t appear to be used to Water Tribe cuisine, so you took pity on him and loaded up a plate of food that you thought he would like.

“I know it can be a little intimidating at first, but it’s not as bad as it looks, I promise.” You said gently, handing him a plate that contained seaweed noodles, arctic hen, and sea prunes. “I tried to pick some of the less…flavorful options.”

Zuk-, your husband, you corrected mentally, flashed you a tiny, grateful smile. “Thank you.”

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“How do you want to do this?” You asked curiously, stepping into the room wearing a pair of furry pants and a long sleeved shirt with fur lining instead of your wedding robes.

Zuko looked up at you, clearly startled. “Do what?”

You raised an eyebrow. “Sleep?”

Your husband visibly relaxed, and you laughed softly.

“My parents and your father probably expect us to do,” You waggled your hands. “Things, but I would never do that before I got to know someone, so tonight is about figuring out where you’re going to sleep. I can sleep on the floor, or you can share the bed with me.”

“I’ll, uh, share with you, if you’re okay with that?” Zuko said awkwardly, and you nodded.

“That’s fine with me.” You answered, carefully climbing into your bed and your furs before gesturing for him to do the same. He did as you asked, and you divvied the furs between the two of you, curling your body around your pillow.

“Good night, Zuko.” You murmured, not comfortable yet calling him your husband out loud.

“You too, __y/n__.” Zuko mumbled back.

It wasn’t long before you fell asleep, your breath evening out and your heartbeat slowing.

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Zuko, meanwhile, was trying not to freeze. His clothes were not nearly as warm as yours, and his body was not used to the intense cold of the South Pole, so he was shivering and unable to sleep.

Cautiously, very, very, cautiously, Zuko inched closer to you and wound an arm around your waist, pulling your body closer to his. He froze in place when you turned over, snuggling closer to his body and nuzzling your face into his chest. He relaxed as your body started to warm his, and Zuko almost accidentally burned you when you spoke.

“If you wanted to cuddle, you could’ve just asked.”

Zuko chuckled in response and pressed a light kiss to your forehead.

Maybe since the arranged marriage was to you, it wouldn’t be so bad after all.

End.  <3

anonymous asked:

Zuko (avatar the last airbender) having a powerful air bender s/o

I need more Avatar and just everything from these great fandoms

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| Prince Zuko

• After meeting the Avatar, who was known as the last Airbender was something heartbreaking for him (knowing his nation had a part in that genocide) but discovering someone who was also a Airbender was unbelievable for him and Aang. Not only were they both relieved (for different reasons) they had a chance to learn about some hidden history and what could be done to make amends for such a thing.

• After experiencing a few fights with Aang, Zuko thought he was able to handle a fight with another airbender who probably didn’t wasn’t as powerful as the Avatar but he was surely mistaken. The moment you used your bending to take out the air, and killed his fire, left him more than speechless and helpless for a few moments before he decided to change tactics. You used this stun moment to gain the lead.

• Zuko spoke to his Uncle Iroh on how to confess how he feels to you, and how to apologise for assuming you weren’t as powerful as him or any other benders he’s met on his travels. He didn’t meant to assume but he believed that being one of the few airbenders, that you wouldn’t have any advantage or skill set to match him or Aang. He decides to ask you to tea so he can do so, he stutters and spills his tea as he loses his cool, “I’m sorry ok! I didn’t mean-Ugh I thought-. I apologise for assuming you were weak.” Bowing until he heard your laughter.

• A few months of getting to know each other, having a few sparring matches, and playful banter (at his expense) the both of you became comfortable enough to start a relationship. Yes, he was the Fire Lord and you were one of the only two Airbenders, it was something many didn’t expect or understand but you both didn’t care enough for the negative opinions of others. The Gaang fully supported you both and so did Iroh and a few other friends were more than happy for you and your dragon boy.

• Zuko does his best to keep the negative opinions of his council hushed until you were both engaged. That was when one of the Fire Nation advisor (wealthy politician) decided to tell you his thoughts himself. You had challenged that man yourself, to an Agni-Kai, and you showed you were not a force to be recon with. That man was left powerless when you manipulated the air around you, silencing his fire before it even touched you, and starring down anyone else who dared to challenge you. “I am ____, a Airbender, and I will fight anyone who believes me to be incapable to help lead this nation to greatness at the side of Fire Lord Zuko.”

• Never has Zuko felt his love burn for you hotter for than at that moment; you had passion burning in your eyes and power in your stance. Everything a Fire Lord’s spouse would symbolize for the future. The moment you both had a sliver of privacy he attacks you; leaving a hot trail on your skin from his lips and roaming hands. Zuko confesses that he wished that he had fought that man himself but the sight of you standing (more like floating) above them had made him realize how in love he was with you.

• At some point you both had gotten a bit rough with each other during a few sparring lessons as you had completely shut down his fire bending, before he chose to use lightning that left you a bit amazed and stunned. The friendly banter lead to a real fight that allowed you both to actually rant and scream at each other - it was therapeutic. But the best moment was when the pet dragon Zuko had, decided to show up and played with you both. You used your air bending to create a funnel for their inner fires to whirl around it. It was so beautiful that it had been the moment where you realized you loved Zuko and where your first kiss took place.

avatarsymbolismsblogs  asked:

Zuko for the headcanon meme

What I think realistically:

Zuko is absolutely terrified by the prospect of parenthood. He is terrified that he will do to his children what Ozai did to him, that he won’t know what to do, that he will fail them, and they will suffer for it. Mai sends Iroh a letter detailing all of Zuko’s fears and how she doesn’t know how to help, espcially since she’s kind of panicking herself, and also very pregnant, please come. And Iroh’s like “Did you think I would miss my first grandchild’s birth?” and comes right down to the Fire Nation.

What is hilarious:

Zuko is a huge theater nerd who stole most of his best dramatic lines from Fire Nation plays. Iroh happily provides the gaang an anotated list of said plays. Ah well, it gets the children into art, he supposes.

What is soul-crushing:

The ruler of an inherited monarchy like Zuko always has one first priority, making an heir to ensure a peaceful succession. Izumi seems kind of young for this. After they married, Zuko and Mai probably didn’t wait to have children, because of these pressures, so I think either they struggled to have a child, or they did have a child who died young.

What doesn’t work but I don’t care:

Mai and Zuko are the goth Fire Nation Weasleys. They have eight kids. In the official royal portaits of the family, Zuko and Mai look increasingly stunned and then increasingly resigned over the size of their brood with each birth.

anonymous asked:

"they were going to have Kαtααng, which they insist is in the “DNA” of the show, happen with a ten and twelve year old?" That's because Kataang was supposed to remain one-sided with Aang crushing on Katara but her not reciprocating. Them actually getting together was not planned out until later on. Even during Book 3, some of the writers wanted Katara to end up with Zuko. Zutara happening was not something that Bryke wanted but the other staff members and Aaron Ehasz wanted it to.


“I think you’re absolutely right about Mai being retconned to be paired off with Zuko. I have heard that Aaron Ehasz created Mai (and Ty Lee and Azula), and he doesnt like Maiko. If you look only at the eps that he or his wife wrote, Return to Omashu, Zuko Alone, The Awakening (life story comment) none of them suggest that they were “childhood sweethearts”. They only show Mai liking Zuko quite superficially and nothing from him. Bryke like Maiko, thats why its badly written like the LoK romance.” 


“about your ask for the airbender thing and ty lee, aaron ehasz originally was going to make ty lee a descendant of an airbender who escaped. zephyrita mentioned it once on their blog before they left. again, bryke fucked up and the ehasz duo needs to come back like aang and save us from bryke’s bullshit.” 


[Disclaimer: Araeph does not vouch for the validity of these asks, but merely wishes to demonstrate the context and frequency of these two names being mentioned.]


Who Are the Ehaszs, and Why Does Everyone Bring Them Up?

Aaron and Elizabeth Ehasz. You will hear these names often as guides for what disenchanted fans, particularly Zutara shippers and “Legend of Korra” antis, would have liked to have seen in the Avatar world, versus what we actually got once Bryke assumed more control. While A:TLA was such a collaborative effort that no one person or team could be the end-all-be-all of the series, often the balance shifts too far the other way, with people ascribing all of the series’ creative genius to Bryke. (The disappointing “Legend of Korra” and character-mangling comics helped fans take a second look at the process behind A:TLA’s creation.) There has been a subsequent pushback in recent years to give the other talents around A:TLA more credit for the story. So why were these two staff writers so important?

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

So Kataang shippers always say Zutara had no set up to be canon, tbh I think Zuko and Katara had a better set up to be canon than Aang and Katara lmfao, like ever since Zuko joined them the chemistry between the two and how well they communicate and understand each other is just incredible and would've been set up perfectly to end up together at the end of Book 3.. but Bryke.... what are your thoughts?

[Oh my God, I thought this one got lost in the tumblr grinder, but I guess x-kit’s ask-draft works after all.]

Hey Anon, I made a whole post about how Aang’s crush on Katara was just that: a crush, and a whole other post about how Zuko and Katara were definitely set up to be canon at one point.

Now, they obviously changed their minds because, you know, hero gets the girl and trilogies sell in cinemas.

And that’s fine, things sometimes change during production, and “what every true artist truly wants is to be payed.”

What isn’t fine is how hack of a job they made of it.

You see, “Love is a doing word.”

I made a separate post about Katara’s anger during “The Western Air Temple”–”The Southern Raiders” and one of the things I said was:

“Zuko is the only one who actively works, both on his own, and with her, until they reach the root of the problem and then solve it.

No one has, at any point during the show, put that much effort into Katara’s mental health and emotional well-being. No one but Zuko.”

This is then followed by Katara returning that care, when Zuko’s nervous in front of Iroh’s tent.

(Tangentially, if anyone actually thinks that that scene wasn’t supposed to parallel and contrast Zuko’s scene with Mai in “The Awakening”, I really don’t know what to say to you.)

And, of course, you have the lightning.

So, you have all these tangible displays of mutual support, and care, and understanding, and protection, and add to that the above mentioned foreshadowing, and you get… nothing.

The problem isn’t that they changed their minds about having Zuko and Katara fall in love, but rather that they changed their minds but then didn’t bother to change all of these scenes where they actively act out of this supposedly nonexistent love.

Season 2 set up Zuko and Katara to fall in love. The fact that the creators feel the need to lie about it, and pretend that it never happened, and to actively throw the rest of the production team under the bus for the sake of their wish-fulfillment self-insert fantasy is, frankly, vile and insulting.

But, you know, who could possibly expect better from men who think it’s acceptable to mock children in front of a live audience?

[I don’t think that they should’ve got together at the end of Book 3, though. They weren’t ready for a relationship, none of them were. They should’ve hugged though.]

mathemagicalmlp  asked:

AU+5HC: Katara never spills the beans to Azula that Zuko is in Ba Sing Se

Oh, man, this is an interesting ask. 

So, what happens is that Katara doesn’t go for a cup of tea (or at least not at the Jasmine Dragon). This means she doesn’t discover Zuko in the city,, which means she doesn’t go running into the palace to tell the Kyoshi Warriors, which means that Azula doesn’t find, which ends up meaning that she can’t recruit Zuko and Zuko doesn’t betray Iroh all because Katara didn’t enter the Jasmine Dragon in the first place. 

This really fucks up the timeline. Because, while Azula can still win thanks to the the Dai Li, Zuko is still in the Jasmine Dragon with no knowledge of this…until one day the Fire Nation comes marching through the streets and it’s revealed that not only has the Fire Nation taken over Ba Sing Se, but the Avatar is dead. 

And because Zuko wasn’t in the catacombs he doesn’t know abou the oasis water. And, because he doesn’t know about the oasis water, Zuko assumes that Avatar is dead, and with it all hope of ever returning home. 

So, this leaves us with one extremely conflicted, angry firebender who now blames Iroh for his failure. And Iroh’s all “BUT WHAT THE FUCK WHERE YOU EVEN GOING TO DO, NEPHEW!? YOU’RE KILLING YOURSELF!” 

Anyway, things go south for Zuko and he either gets brainwashed by the Dai Li and/or captured by Azula. 

If he survives though, Zuko will still eventually Aang but, this is a much more different Zuko who’s constantly brooding in a way that;s more reminiscent of the Zuko we see in AvacadoLove’s sequel to “Lose Yourself,” “Find Yourself.”

(P.S. Absolutely do NOT read “Lose Yourself” unless you want to spend the whole day being devastated, heartbroken, traumatized, and shocked…at least I found out about the sequel though. That made me feel better at least..

Holy fuck this fic though. After I got over it, I found it super intriguing though. Still, I was so glad to find a sequel…put my heart to rest.

Also do NOT read this fic in the middle of the night if you want to rest peacefully.)

How Do You Take Your Tea? - ATLA

Bear in mind that Zuko is the barista because this is the tea shop that Iroh had in season 2 :)


Zuko: So how do yo- YOU.
Aang: *glancing innocently around* Who, me? I’m just an unassuming tea enthusiast.
Zuko: I can see your Airbending tattoos!
Aang: They’re trendy. I’m very fashion conscious. And besides, the customer is always right.
Zuko: But y- fine, fine. What kind of tea would you like sir?
Aang: Uh… *stares at menu for twelve minutes*
Zuko: *bangs head on counter*


Zuko: How would you like your- *sighs* coffee.
Sokka: Hey there Zuk Zuk. How’s it?
Zuko: How. Would. You like. Your. Tea.
Sokka: I don’t like tea can I get coffee?
Zuko: THIS IS A TEA-HOUSE.


Katara: *stares passively-aggressively for five minutes*
Zuko: I’m really uncomfortable here can you please order already?
Katara: Ginseng.
Katara: *water-bends scalding water out of kettle*
Zuko: *sighs and goes to get more water*
Katara: *waterbends water back into kettle*
Zuko: Really?


Zuko: How would you like your tea?
Toph: As sweet as my personality.
Zuko: One cup of saltwater coming up.


Zuko: How would you like your tea?
Suki: Strong. And uncompromising.
Zuko: … ?


Zuko: How wo-Ah! *hides behind counter*
Azula: I can still see you.


Zuko: How would you like your tea?
Mai: I hate tea.
Zuko: I know. You hate everything.
Mai: I hate you less.
Zuko: I get off at 10:00.


Zuko: How would you like your tea?
Tai-Lee: *bouncing up and down* Full of sugar!
Zuko: You’re SURE that’s a good idea?


Iroh: Can I have some Jasmine Tea please?
Zuko: Uncle you work here.


Zuko: *thinks no one is watching, drinks cup of Jasmine Tea.*
Zuko: :)

In Iroh's tent
  • Zuko (tears in his eyes: ) Uncle, I wanted you to know I am so sorry and ashamed of what I’ve done. I would do anything for you to forgive me, and so I made this… -hands him a cup of green tea-
  • Iroh: Oh, Zuko… -puts one arm around him and then takes the teacup with the other, taking a sip- I forgive you! I just knew you’d make it here with a warm cup of tea!

anonymous asked:

If you could re-write the ending of A:TLA, how would you approach canon Zutara? How would you resolve Aang's infatuation with Katara and the subsequent romance between Katara and Zuko?

Zuko and Katara’s relationship honestly does not need that much help to be canon. The build-up is all right there in the show, and it’s very well paced. And actually, when you think about it, the build-up for a Kαtααng break-up is also right there in the show. It would take such minor tweaking to make this whole thing work.

There is a prime opportunity for Kαtααng to start breaking up at the end of Season 2. When Aang realizes he is too attached to Katara and has to let her go, that can be the beginning of him realizing his attraction to her is too self-centered. For example, in “The Awakening,” he could apologize for abandoning Katara when she and Hakoda were having issues of their own. Then in “The Headband,” after Katara kisses him on the cheek, we get Aang’s happy reaction shot as always…but then a moment of doubt as she starts putting away the bundle of clothes that allowed her to pass herself off as his mother. In “The Avatar and the Firelord,” instead of Roku saying things like “I was persistent” and “being the Avatar doesn’t hurt your chances with the ladies,” he could emphasize how Ta Min and he didn’t get along at first, but became a perfect match due to the way they balanced each other. (Hey, here’s a thought: instead of Roku’s male earthbending teacher Sud, whose model is based on the original boy!Toph, why couldn’t we have his eartbending teacher be a lady, perhaps foreshadowing Taang? By combining Sud and Ta Min, it would also show the difference between a divided world with four separate nations and the more unified world of the past.)

“The Runaway” would then come at the perfect time for Aang to get a full dose of Katara being motherly toward him. Next comes “Nightmares and Daydreams” two episodes later. I have previously demonstrated how Katara provided emotional support for Aang in a whopping nine scenes in that one episode, and instead of a purely happy ending where Aang gets to sleep, we could show him sound asleep and Katara purely exhausted from all the work she’s been doing to help him. 

During the “Day of Black Sun,” Katara didn’t get a lot of development compared to Aang and Zuko. So I would take advantage of her “healing Hakoda” subplot a little more. Emphasize that she has drained herself so much taking care of Aang that she is finding it difficult to help out when she is needed the most. Maybe she would have to fight and heal if they ran into some trouble, and she might think she is handling it, but then can’t slice open enough airships at the end to keep the adults out of prison. We would still get the Kαtααng kiss in Part 1 with Katara’s ambivalent reaction, which would lead nicely into…

“The Western Air Temple.” After the invasion fails, Aang reverts to his Season 1 self, and starts flying off again when Katara needs him. This wouldn’t need to be touched upon–it just emphasizes the running theme throughout Season 3. Everything else can pretty much stay the same until “The Southern Raiders.” Now this episode is one that I would have liked to see Elizabeth Ehasz’s original script for, before Bryke felt so threatened by the Zutara relationship that they tried to have her write Zutara as worse than it was originally conceived. (They pretty much failed anyway, but still, she should have just been given free reign on the project.) Maybe Katara could promise to help Zuko find his own mother after the war? That would be a sweet bookend, foreshadowing a furtherance to their relationship.

After “Southern Raiders” comes “Ember Island Players,” and I would have had the episode opening with Katara and Sokka spending some quality time together, maybe Katara taking Sokka shopping instead of Suki to make up for her “you didn’t love her the way I did” remark. She could ask Sokka some pointed questions about his relationship with Suki, which would not only give Sukka more development, but also lead Sokka to wonder if there is someone she is thinking about dating. It also leads to some worry on this part, because the kinds of questions she’s asking are all about what’s good for the person she might be interested in, rather than what works for her. Cue Aang’s tirade and the “unexpected” kiss, and Katara refusing to talk to him after.

Then we have the part in the finale where Aang storms off, again, never to be seen until after Ozai is defeated. I think this makes Aang look pretty bad, actually, added to the fact that he never even thinks that his friends might be worried about him. I would have him send Momo away, not right before the battle, but after he wakes up on the island, in order to deliver a letter to the GAang (he could snatch up the baby Ozai scroll in his rage and then have it with him on the island to further his moral dilemma, then ultimately send it back to the GAang). It wouldn’t reveal Aang’s location, so the GAang would still have to track him down, but it would explain that there is something he has to do before the Firelord is defeated. It would also tell Katara that he is sorry and has to respect her wishes–a parallel of Zuko’s breakup letter to Mai. Aang and Katara both realize that they can’t put each other’s wellbeing over the wellbeing of the world, or their own wellbeing, respectively, and being attached to each other that way is a mistake. 

“Sozin’s Comet” is full of Zutara moments–Zuko putting a hand on Katara’s shoulder to calm her down after Aang runs off, Katara encouraging Zuko to join in the group hugs, Zuko choosing Katara to fight by his side, Katara encouraging him when he is worried about his uncle’s forgiveness, Zuko taking the lightning bolt for Katara, etc. etc. It really needs very little work in that direction. One thing I would change is the final dialogue between Zuko and Iroh, where Iroh instead promises to support Zuko and be at his side as Firelord–provided he gets his own tea shop! (And when Katara says, “Good luck, General Iroh!”, Iroh could reply with “Good luck, everyone,” then with a meaningful look at Katara, “and thank you,” showing that he knows she helped Zuko get up the courage to apologize to his uncle.)

I would have the ending Mαiko scene take a different path, with Zuko overjoyed to see Mai alive and thanking her for the sacrifice she made for him, and her replying, “Yeah. That’s just it, Zuko. I made the sacrifice for you, but not for myself. This whole time, I haven’t thought much about what I really want from life.” She looks around at the walls of the palace. “All I know is that I just escaped from prison, and going right back into the one that trapped me as a child is not going to happen.” Then she pauses. “When you knew Azula was going to take me down, you didn’t go back for me.” She holds up a hand as Zuko starts to apologize. “It’s not your fault–I saw the people with you. You were choosing your new life over your old one.” She looks at the scar on Zuko’s chest. “You still are. And now I have to do the same.” She kisses him good-bye and says she’ll see him again, and when he asks how, she’ll just give a secretive smile–and pull out a throwing star shaped like a White Lotus when no one is looking. 

During Zuko’s coronation, I would have Katara smile at both of them, not just Aang. Instead of that teaser scene with Zuko sounding more like his Season 1 self during his Ozai questioning, I would have cut that scene and left more time for the end GAang reunion. We could see Aang and his new self-confidence being more capable of keeping up with Toph, and then a scene where Zuko awkwardly comes up to Katara, rubbing the back of his neck, and asking whether the offer to help find his mother is still open. She says yes, and just presses her lips to his for a tiny moment–not a sweeping romantic kiss, but a promise of things to come.  Then when they are all together, I would bring the GAang out in order of appearance–Sokka and Katara, then Aang (keeping the Aang and Katara hug), then Zuko, Suki, and Toph. And why a sunset, I wonder? Maybe it could be a sunrise instead–them watching a new dawn together.

how… how can you ship a pairing where their one (1) onscreen interaction is her telling him about how she gets a kick out of torturing his canon girlfriend, with the express purpose of causing him pain and distress, something that she never apologizes for, or you know, they never interact again after, and then turn around and say that you can’t support zutara because “Zuko did a ton of cruel things to Katara”? when he made amends? and saved her life? and spent a whole episode being the iroh to her zuko? seriously though, people who say that zuko was enabling katara’s dark side or whatever, must think that iroh was enabling zuko throughout the whole show, because it’s the same thing.

like, this isn’t me saying that you can’t or shouldn’t (or should) ship something, this is me asking how come your keyboard hasn’t been crushed under the sheer weight of the hypocrisy you typed out?

The Water Bender

1.It’s the Painted Lady
2.The Blue Spirit
3.The Painted Spirit
4.The Blue Lady


Katara follows the blue spirit out through the gardens, right as the spirit jumps onto the fence Katara calls out.

“Wait!”

The spirit stops and looks back to Katara, but then but just jumps over the fence.

Katara frowns and then heads back to her room discreetly.

The next morning she has breakfast with Zuko, but her mind is on the blue spirit.

“Kat, is everything alright?” Zuko snaps Katara out of her thoughts.

“Yes,” she smiles, “Just thinking.”

“A letter came in last night,” Zuko says, putting down his spoon, “From Aang.”

Katara stiffens at the mention of the avatar.

“More details about your disappearance,” Zuko continues, “He’s worried, he’s joined up with Sokka and Toph, it’s only a matter of time until they track you to the Fire Nation.”

“What am I supposed to do?” Katara asks, her voice is soft and frightened.

“Tell me what happened.” Zuko says, “Did he hurt you?”

“No, he’d never hurt me,” Katara sounds distant, distracted, Zuko waits patiently, “after the war was over it just happened so fast. Zuko, I-I don’t think I love him, I don’t know if I ever did.”

Zuko sits back and watches Katara as she fiddles with her hands.

“Aang, he just, leaves responsibilities for me to do, I work so hard, he just goofs off,” Katara says, “Everywhere we go I was ‘the avatar’s girl’ or ‘the avatars water bender’. I was a part of him never just me.”

“I understand,” Zuko says, “What do you want me to say to them?”

“The truth,” Katara sighs, “Tell them I’m here.”

Katara stands and excuses herself, she walks out of the dining room and then through the halls. She doesn’t go back for lunch, instead opting to seat with Iroh.

When she walks into the room the royal physician is leaving.

“Perhaps you could get him to eat something,” the physician says, “he’s stubborn.”

Katara nods and then sits by Iroh’s bed.

“You do need to eat,” she says, looking to the food on the bed side table.

“I need tea,” he says, groaning and moving the pillows behind his back.

“I’ll make you tea if you eat,” Katara negotiates with a smile.

“Spirit and tea maker,” Iroh smiles.

“Shh.” Katara winks and then makes Iroh some tea with jasmine and cherry bark.

Iroh eats as instructed and accepts his tea gratefully.

“How are you feeling?” Katara asks.

“Much better, thank you.”

“I’m sorry I couldn’t fix you the first time,” Katara apologises, “I didn’t know you had the fire bug; I thought you had what the others had.”

“Why do you hide behind the veil?” Iroh asks, “Why not be who you are.”

“Because I know that not too many in the Fire Nation take kindly to water benders.”

“Smart.”

“Who’s smart?” Zuko asks, walking into the room, Katara stands to her feet.

“The Painted Lady,” Iroh says with a smile.

“Right,” Zuko smiles, sitting down on the edge of Iroh’s bed, “I heard that you saw her.”

“I did,” Iroh says, “And she was more beautiful than her statues.”

Katara blushes as she slowly sits down again.

“She was followed by a Blue Spirit,” Iroh says, “I saw him too.”

Zuko seems shocked at this, Katara doesn’t think much of it.

“The Painted Lady followed him,” Iroh says, with a smile that suggests he knows more than what he is telling, “Perhaps trying to chase down her lover?”

“Lover?!” Both Katara and Zuko gape in unison.

“It’s been told that the Blue Spirit and the Painted Lady are connected, friends, even lovers. They are usually seen together in times of stress, one bringing protection, the other, healing and helping those in need.”

“I don’t think so,” Katara scoffs, “The Painted Lady works alone.”

“Sometimes,” Iroh smiles, finishing his tea.

“I think you need to rest,” Zuko says, taking the cup and standing to his feet.

Katara nods her head and then follows Zuko out of the room, trying to ignore Iroh’s coy smile as she goes.

“I sent the letter to Aang,” Zuko says, as they walk down the hall together, “he should be here before the months out.”

“Great,” Katara sighs, then she looks to Zuko and watches how he walks, his eyes forward in concentration.

“So,” she says, clearing her throat and bringing his attention back to her, “Where’s Mai?”

“I don’t know,” Zuko says with a shrug of his shoulders, “She didn’t tell me where she was going.”

Katara follows Zuko back to his office before continuing to ask questions.

“Why did she leave?” Katara asks, “Is she coming back?”

“She left because I pushed her away,” Zuko sighs, sitting down at his desk, he looks tired, exhausted even.

Katara sits down on the edge of his desk and waits for more.

“Mai is difficult,” Zuko says, “Her father is in open rebellion against me. Do you know how hard it is to love someone whose father you’re trying to kill?” he shakes his head, “She wanted me to make her Fire Lady, my council is against the movement.”

“And you?” Katara asks, “Do you want her to be your Fire Lady?”

Zuko looks to Katara and when their eyes meet a spark ignites in their hearts.

“Truthfully,” Zuko breathes and Katara knows that he feels it too, “I don’t.”

Katara blinks out of the spell and moves away from Zuko, knowing she is walking in dangerous waters.

“Maybe one day you’ll find someone who can be your Fire Lady,” Katara says, “And you’ll love her too.” Katara smiles and then places her hand on Zuko’s shoulder, “You deserve all of that and more.”

Katara places a kiss to Zuko’s half scarred cheek and then walks out of the room, not knowing that Zuko stares after her, his hand pressed to his chest, where his lightning scar sits right over his heart.

“Maybe I’ve already met her,” Zuko whispers, staring at the door that Katara just walked through

Who you should fight: ATLA

• Zuko: Zuko’s firebending style all about basic Firebending forms. This is both his strength and weakness. In other words Zuko only knows the basics, but is good at it. He is not good in advanced techniques and they all blow in his face. The show showed it pretty well. It took him long time and effort to learn something that isn’t simple basic and that is only with Iroh help.

Zuko use his skills with sword to enhance his firebending and that help a lot for him. His basic firebending skill and swords skills make up for his lack of advanced firebending techniques and can be good replacement for it. At same time helping to defeat stronger opponents.

Dancing with the Dragons was a great change into his firebending, he know what his firebending means.

Anyways go ahead. Just remember that won’t be easy and he probably will kick your ass. Don’t forget his special move, be careful to jumb at the right time if you can.


• Mai: No character thrives on action like Mai- Mai’s not only about throwing knives, she’s also clever. She knows exactly what to do, she didn’t let her emotions get in the way of fighting. She also can be tricky, so watch out. Find a way to make the fight boring and don’t worth her time if you want a chance. It worth a shot.


• Ozai: Do it. Fight Ozai. Just remember he’s a Firebender master and literally shows no mercy. From all ATLA series, Ozai is the one who can create the most powerful lightning blot. So, you need to learn how to redirect lightning before face him. Fighting him without learning the technique could be a fatal. Yes, you’ll hurt multiple times but you’ll be remembered as a hero if you beat him. If he overpowered you dON’T beg for mercy, the outcome will be much worse than you imagine. Die with honor.


• Aang: Aang is by far is the most powerful bender in Avatar universe. He’s quick and sharp thinker, but has an incapable kind nature and let his emotions get in the way of the fight. It’s time for you to struck. (Ozai’s advice)


• Ty lee: Although Ty lee knows how to fight, she absolutely hate fighting, and would do almost anything to avoid it. If it was necessary, she’d ready to fight. She may be cute and all but will literally cause you to crumble faster than you think if she managed to lands a hit. She’s already decided to fight now, so you don’t really have any say in the matter.


• Uncle Iroh: Iroh wouldn’t really wanna fight you. Doesn’t mean he won’t be able to kick your ass if you’re being a lil bitch. Believe it, Iroh can be determined and heartless in a fight. Being an excellent fighter, Iroh is able to be extremely aware of his surroundings. Iroh will act only if needed and is quick to make a judgment if those that he cares for is in danger.

Iroh keeps his thinking to himself, always analysing a situation before making a decision. He is an excellent strategist and general due to this ability, as seen in his achievement of penetrating Ba Sing Se’s outer wall. Iroh thinks deeply before he gives any advice.

You can make your move when he questions his life descisions and self worth while he drinking tea.


• Katara: Why would you want to fight Katara. She’s a sweetie pie and keeps everyone in check. That and you really have no chance fighting her at all. Katara can be brutal in a fight, especially when you bring her family and friends in it. Katara is a hard shell on the outside, but soft on the inside. A physical fight is all about the outside, so the crap will crush her opponents.


• Sokka: Go for it. Don’t let his appearence fool you. He use his brain and technically knows how to fight. The issue is he’s not a good attacker, but he extremely quick and intelligent. Doing something unexpected in combat can be very helpful and Sokka is good at it. He’s mentally flexible.

This won’t be that hard. If you came and waved a well rousted chunk of meat in front of Sokka you can be sure to get his undivided attention. Also if something that Sokka never expected to ever happen, Sokka will be distracted, too. You may win, but you need to deal with Katara after that.


• Azula: Look, we both know this is a terrible idea. Azula is extremely powerful Fire bender. She can be fierce especially when become determined. Azula will do anything to win. She hates humiliation of losing. (remember when she fought all the Gaang at once in “Book 2”? Or when she defeated Zuko, Mai, Ty lee and Suki effortlessly in one comic? That was impressive).

Like lightning, she hits the the traget as fast as possible then disappeared before you realize the damage (remember when she hited Iroh on the chest or Aang when he was in the Avatar State?), never let your guard down for a socend. She analyses your movements while fighting and prepare for a appropriate counterattack, or note it and save it later for a mental review. She’s powerful, quick, precise, smart and confident. Hell! she is Ozai’s perfect daughter after all.

That won’t stop me from telling you to fight her. The best way to asure your victory is observing her current state. If she was in weak mental state, then it’s easy to take her down (like Zuko puts on). Her attacks would be far more vicious but so easy to predict, she wouldn’t be able to analyse your fighting style at that rate and would throw Fire balls at you mindlessly, and get tired faster than usual. If you win the fight she may induce a counterattack or revenge later down the line. The blue dragon will do anything to save her pride. Fighting Azula is a challenge, are you ready to take her on?

hey maybe its just me but i feel like ive been seeing a lot of gay zuko posts lately,  so heres my unsolicited two cents on zuko being a gay icon:

  • according to that new lok comic, same gender relationships were banned by fire lord sozin. zuko was raised in a homophobic society with laws put in place by his great grandfather and presumably enforced by his grandfather and father. can i say king of rebelling against an oppressive regime and overcoming internalized homophobia?
  • developed anger issues and feelings of inadequacy because of the toxic environment he was raised in. another gay mood
  • no hate for mai because i love her. she’s a lesbian and her and ty lee are gfs. zuko and mai break up on good terms and are the ultimate example of gay/lesbian solidarity so jot that fucking down
  • a quote from zuko, after iroh suggests that he might bring girlfriends to their new apartment in Ba Sing Se:
    • “This city is a prison. I don’t want to make my life here.”
  • uncle iroh (ever forcing heterosexuality) is the one to set up zuko with that girl who has a crush on him in Ba Sing Se. Zuko 1000% percent does not want to be there
  • a quote from jet who had a crush on zuko:
    • Jet: You know, as soon as I saw your scar, I knew exactly who you were. You’re an outcast like me. And us outcasts have to stick together. We have to watch each other’s backs, because no one else will.
      Zuko: I’ve realized lately that being on your own isn’t always the best path.
  • zuko and sokka get married and become a power couple. I will not elaborate on this. but here’s some evidence
    • zuko’s spouse is canonically unknown (according to his wiki that i read this morning)
    • sokka has no recorded spouse or children
  • you might say, hey, doesnt that mean they are definitely not together then? 
  • well in this time and gayge (gay age), nothing is something and i take what i can get
  • and that’s that folks