|Mai and Zuko|
The NodZuko's hands were burning, aching, throbbing. There was a catch in his side, making every breath agony. His head was reeling. He tried once to sit up, felt the blood rushing to his head like a freight train, and immediately lay back down.The Nod by ~OnceUponALie
"Get up!" The voice was Ozai's—and it was dripping with anger.
Zuko tried again to rise, this time more slowly. He steadied himself with his hands, then carefully lifted his head. His father stood a few steps away, fuming.
"I said GET UP! On your feet, boy!"
With great effort, Zuko managed to get on his feet. His head was spinning, and his stance was weak. Before he could catch his breath, Ozai sent a fireball sailing towards him. He dodged it automatically. Another fireball. Another dodge. A larger fireball. This one came before he was ready, and his movement was off. It seared his arm. He yelped in pain.
"Pathetic!" Ozai spat. He fired seven blasts in rapid succession. Zuko tried feebly to dodge them again, but the seventh one hit home. The force la
EndingsLuckily Mai hadn't been present at the Agni Kai, but Azula informed her of it that evening. "It was SO funny, Mai. Zuko was sobbing like such a little weakling. Crumpled in a heap before father, begging for mercy. He didn't even TRY to fight! And father was amazing. He didn't hold back. I was so awed at his power. Can you imagine, Mai? Me in awe?"Endings by ~OnceUponALie
Mai had just nodded, her throat tight and her mouth dry.
It was after midnight when Azula declared she was tired. Finally Mai was able to make her escape. She was exhausted from listening to the Princess gush about the terrible Agni Kai, but she had no intention of heading home just yet. Her parents wouldn't notice her absence anyway; they never did. She had to find Zuko. She had to see if he was ok. The moon was new and the night was dark. She shivered a little as she walked alone, the cool night air whispering around her.
She found him in the palace garden, by the fountain, where she knew he would come. He always came here when he needed co
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By the time Zuko and Dr. Runyan arrived to check on Ahna, her burns were half healed by her bending. The doctor did a quick check over, knowing nothing of her healing abilities, and told her she was lucky that her burns were so mild. You should have seen them 15 minutes ago… thought Zuko. Dr. Runyan bandaged only the largest burn, on her forehead and hairline, and told her he was glad it hadn't landed over her eye. He smoothed a section of burnt hair gently. "No worries, kiddo," he said. "It'll grow back before you know it." Zuko was surprised at the kindness the doctor displayed. It was certainly nothing like the rough treatment he had endured from the moody doctor. As he worked, Ahna relayed the story of how she'd received the burns—and of how Zuko had saved her.
Dr. Runyan looked at the prince, a surprised light in his eyes. He bowed low. "I don't know why you did what you did, Your Highness, but on behalf of this sweet girl, I thank you." With that, he left the two
Fury Chapter 8Zuko lay awake all night thinking about what Uro had told him. Ahna a water bender! So it had been her in the bathroom that caused all the showers to run. He couldn't decide if he were more annoyed at her lying to him or grateful that she had saved him from his father's wrath. And the girls at the water fountain! Ahna could have made short work of them in seconds, yet had the self control to refrain. Of course if word got to the Fire Lord's guards, she could be banished, imprisoned, or worse—just for who, or what, she was.Fury Chapter 8 by ~OnceUponALie
And yet she had offered to help him. She had been on the verge of telling him her secret the other day, but he had blown up. She had risked her very life, trusting him, and he had thrown it in her face. Tomorrow he would go to her and make a real apology. He owed her at least that, even if she didn't forgive him.
The dawn came slowly. The morning was foggy, cold and damp. Zuko arose as soon as the first streaks of grey light touched his face. He stretched, glad to fe