- Original Work (1)
Zuko isn’t sent to capture the Avatar after his Agni Kai. Instead, his banishment is permanent. No exceptions. No opportunity to regain his honor. He’s unceremoniously dumped in the Earth Kingdom and left with nothing but a debilitating scar and an uncle who still claims he cares.
An assassination attempt quickly proves that his father isn’t satisfied with just exiling him. He and Iroh decide to hide out in the remote town of Gaoling, one of the few places overlooked by the Fire Nation due to its strategic unimportance.
Zuko’s pretty sure the Spirits hate him. Well, that’s fine. He hates them too.
In which Zuko gets a job in a tea shop, accidentally acquires some stolen swords, realizes his father was actually pretty horrible and meets a blind girl who’s too stubborn for her own good, not necessarily in that order.
- Part 1 of the way of tea
He’d been around nine when they’d found him washed up on the beach outside the city, near death and unable to recall even his name.
[Or the one where Zuko is the lost prince of the Fire Nation, Sokka is the conman trying to collect some reward money, and Aang and Katara are just along for the ride.]
The sun and the moon are opposites. The Fire Nation and the Water Tribes are opposites. Fire and water are opposites. Summer and winter are opposites. Princes and peasants are opposites. Zuko and Sokka are opposites. So, naturally, they don’t mix. Not ever. Not even if Sokka keeps going back, lying to himself by saying that it’s just for information and that he’s not totally and completely falling in love with a Fire Nation prince.
Or: Sokka finds Zuko at Pao’s Family Tea House, accidentally-kinda-maybe falls in love under the pretense of gathering information and thinks that maybe him and Zuko aren’t that different after all.
Zuko, for all the loyalty he shows his nation and people, is not really prepared for them to pay him back in kind.
Fandoms: Avatar: The Last Airbender
30 Nov 2020
Zuko’s head hung even lower. He wasn’t here for his father and he certainly wasn’t here for his soulmate. Zuko had made peace a long time ago with the fact that whoever his soulmate was would hate him. Zuko’s blue eyes meant that his soulmate was Water Tribe, but what Water Tribe member would love a Fire National. A Fire Prince at that. “I’m offering myself willingly as a prisoner,” he said.
“Willing or not, you are indeed a prisoner,” the chief replied. “And whatever you know, I will know soon.” He waved his hand again and the men behind Zuko moved closer. “Take him to the prison.” In a quieter tone, the chief said to one of the men now hauling Zuko to his feet, “Make sure Prince Sokka doesn’t hear a word of this.”