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    Mid-Season-One Zuko is held ransom by Chief Hakoda. Ozai's replies to the Water Tribe's demands are A+ Parenting. Hakoda is… deeply concerned, for this son that isn't his, and who might be safer among enemies than with his own father.

    Podfic and translations in French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, and Spanish now available! See chapter one author notes for links.

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    [“Draw a portrait, Sparky,” she says, “It’ll last longer.”

    Zuko does not draw a portrait. Zuko gets up and disappears to wherever he’s been sleeping (alone and far away, like he’s hiding, even though sound carries too well in this temple for him to keep his screaming nightmares to himself), and Toph thinks for a moment that she’s run him off. She hasn’t run him off.

    Zuko returns in a matter of minutes, holding what’s clearly a book in his hands.

    “Hasn’t…” he begins, anxious without fail every time he brings attention to himself, “Hasn’t anyone ever read to you?”]

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    Toph thinks books are stupid. Zuko disagrees.

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    As long as Hana could remember, there had always been a jar of burn salve hidden at the very back of the pantry, behind the rows of spices.

     

    Or, the story of one member of the Fire Nation palace staff as told through a jar of burn salve

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    Zuko does not survive that first fateful Agni Kai.

    But no matter how much Ozai strives to pretend otherwise, the Old Gods are not dead.

    And the Old Gods are angry.

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    ...and 1 time Aang asked why

    Hopefully updating every two days.

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    Hakoda had heard rumors from Earth Kingdom ports but he never suspected them to be true. He only hopes that he can get through to the prince to help him.

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    Hakoda helping Zuko through a panic attack.

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    Hakoda finds Zuko curled in on himself and hyperventilating. Having dealt with his fair share of panic attacks, his own and his children's, he does what any good father would (should have) done. Helps him.

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    Chapter 3 of "you and I didn't get a witness" from Hakoda's perspective.

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    For some reason, the others were scared of Zuko. Toph didn't understand why, he did nothing but try and help, and was constantly on the verge of panicking. So she decides its up to her to include him in the group. Cue awkward bonding and Toph learning a lot of facts about Zuko's childhood that piss her off.

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    Three years at sea, and unknowingly, Fire Prince Zuko had gained the respect and loyalty of the crew sailing with him.

    Three years away from home, and unknowingly, he had begun sowing the seeds of rebellion. A quiet rebellion of millions, waiting and watching, for their true lord to come home.

     This is what came before, and what comes after.

     

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    [And through it all, his nation and his crew would stand with him; from the flames of war to his frustrating refusal to just go to bed.]

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    Sokka's instincts had screamed at him ever since Jet showed his smarmy, smug, wheat chewing face, but without evidence he couldn't convince Katara and Aang to listen to him. Honestly, as time went on and he couldn't find anything to support his unease he started to doubt it himself.

    Then Jet let him in on the Freedom Fighter's biggest secret.

    Sokka should have known better than to ignore his instincts.

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    "I don't get it," Katara purses her lips, befuddlement clear in the furrow of her brows as she turns to him. "You'd think the Fire Nation would know such an important detail about their own prince."

     

    The Gaang wonders why the Fire Nation doesn't seem to know much about Zuko, like maybe where his scar should be? It opens up a lot of questions that they want answered. Zuko, on the other hand, just wants to sleep.

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    Katara has always been considered the mom of the group. She's always cooking their food, washing their clothes, comforting them about their problems, and having to keep them in line. But ever since Zuko joined the group, her role as the parent has been challenged. After all, what's a mother without a father?

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    What is the difference between what you've been taught, and whats the truth? When the Avatar asked Zuko if he thinks they could have been friends, Zuko stops for a moment to think about it instead of blindly lashing out. He comes to some surprising(and haunting) revelations about himself and his nation.

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    "The Fire Prince had nightmares. This was something the whole crew had been aware for some time; he’d had a nightmare around the same night he’d started sleeping in the crew cabin. At the time, Panuk hadn’t found it strange, not when the kid had almost drowned and was surrounded by enemies.

    It didn’t take him long to start questioning just what it was that caused the prince night terrors, though. He didn’t speak often while it was happening; sometimes he grunted, like he was in pain, but that was about it. But there were the nights… The ones everyone tried to ignore, where he mumbled “please” and “don’t.”"

    AU after ch8 of MuffinLance's Salvage.

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    They had spent hours and hours drilling and preparing the servers upon the importance of everything being perfect for the new fire lord. This was fine. Jin was good at her job. She could handle one fire lord.
    Expect that wasn't the fire lord. That was FUCKING LEE!

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    The Gaang leave Zuko and Toph in charge of dinner. Chaos ensues.

     

    (inspired by @hollypunkers's post: kind of obsessed with the idea of the rest of the gaang leaving Toph and Zuko to watch over some cooking food and when they come back its burned and Katara starts fuming but Toph and Zuko are like “we’ve never stepped inside a kitchen in our lives and only have one eye between us, if anything it’s your fault”)

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    It took a long time for him to calm down, to stop screaming and thrashing and demanding to know just what exactly happened. Through his hysteria, Father managed to give a rushed sequence of events – bad information, an ambush, Earth benders, no one else in the mission survived and they did not think Lu Ten would either, except the boulder fell strangely, crushed his arm, but staved off enough bleeding to keep him alive until healers arrived, he was lucky. Not that Lu Ten felt lucky.

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    Lu Ten survives, but his arm does not, leading to Zuko becoming his temporary scribe while he learns to write with his non-dominant hand; at the same time, he starts realizing family doesn't mean the same thing to everyone

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    The Gaang hone their skills playing a game of hide and seek, during which Sokka and Zuko make a surprisingly effective team.

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    “It’s healing really well.” Katara tells him with a smile, before her lips quirk down into a frown. “Though it’ll still scar pretty bad.” 

    Zuko shrugs. “It’s ok. I doubt people will really focus on it anyway… the one on my face is a bit more prominent.”

    Katara makes a face, like she’s not quite sure if she should laugh or frown, when Toph speaks up. 

    “You have a scar on your face?” Toph asks, sitting up so she’s sitting by his legs rather than lying on them.

    Zuko blinks. He never quite forgets that Toph is blind, but the fact that she can’t see his scar never really occurred to him.

    “Oh, yeah.” Zuko looks down at his lap. “My father burned like, half my face off before I was banished.” He says it a little too casually, probably not bitterly enough. 

    A crash next to him makes him look up, to see Katara's horrified expression, and a shattered bowl of water at her feet.

    No one says anything for a long moment. 

    “Zuko… it- your dad?” Katara finally manages to gasp out. Zuko blinks at her, his brain moving slowly. 

    “You didn’t know?” He asks in genuine surprise.

    “No.” Sokka wheezes. 

    Zuko blinks at him. “Oh.” Is all he can manage to say. 

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    At first, Sokka dismisses it.

    He notices, they all do, that Katara feeds Zuko less. A lot less. He notices that Zuko’s portions are often burnt and lacking any care, so even the little bit he does get is barely salvageable.

    Sokka notices, but he doesn’t care.

    (In which Fire Benders need to eat twice as much because they create their own fire. Based off Chapter 17 of "The One Where Zuko's Hair Matches Sokka's and Other Tales")

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