Canon Divergent AU where Zuko joined the Gaang early in the S2 finale: Crossroads of Destiny.
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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
When Zuko was locked up in the cell, then forced to chase the impossible on a ship, his only companions were his numbers.
the one where Zuko is hurting and takes it out on himself.
The avatar gang competes to see who can get Zuko to laugh first. Adorableness ensues.
Zuko is captured while pursuing the avatar gang. They want to know what he knows about the Fire Lord, but they don’t want to hurt him to get him to talk. A hungry Momo enlightens them on how to do just that.