lindenpoplar

a European starling



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    While trying to stop himself from falling, Chen had been flailing his arms in a desperate attempt to regain his balance. All his flailing manages to do, however, is smack his arm into one of the torches lining the wall. The force of his arm hitting the torch causes it to fall from its holder. Chen watches from the floor in horror as the torch falls, and somehow, somehow, on its way down, the flame touches the portrait of Fire Lord Sozin. Which then begins to catch fire. Chen feels like he’s watching everything happen in slow motion as the portrait is slowly being eaten up by flames. The portrait of Fire Lord Sozin is on fire holy shit. 

    Chen thinks he’s going to faint. 

    Or, times Fire Lord Zuko was nice and people were surprised, and one time everyone expected it.

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    When Azula is nine, she becomes an only child. She hears the Fire Lord call for Zuko's life, and in the morning, her mother and brother are gone. Azula may be young, but she isn't naive. She knows what happened to them.

    Which makes it all the more surprising when Azula tracks the Avatar down and fights his group of peasant friends, only to find herself staring into an eerily familiar face.

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    22 Jan 2021

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    Some people are born with soulmarks. Zuko has them, but his grandfather burned them off because they "make you weak."

    Team Avatar has a few things to say about that.

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    14 Jan 2021

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    The important thing, Crowley tells himself -- the most important thing -- is Adam, his brilliant, creative, empathetic nephew. Being fourteen's hard enough on its own, the kid didn't ask to deal with the weight of the world on top of it.

    And if taking care of Adam means Crowley has to tough it out at a job he can’t stand, so be it.

    And if Crowley's job means that Adam’s charming English teacher is NOT a romantic possibility, well, that's just how things go.

    But the occasional drink with Aziraphale proves hard to resist. They frequent the same pub, so who can object to them saying hello? Briefly sharing a table? Perhaps a little conversation? The painful knowledge that it can’t be anything more -- not without somebody getting fired or sued or both -- well, that can't be helped.

    Until Crowley stumbles onto a terribly reckless idea...

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    06 Jan 2021

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    The window is open, the Prince is gone, and there's a scarred stranger in the Prince's rooms. It doesn't take a genius to put the pieces together—the stranger is obviously an assassin.

    Sokka presses the tip of his sword further into the stranger's neck. "I'm going to give you one chance to tell me who you are and why I shouldn't kill you right now," he says, his voice deadly calm. "Start talking."

     
    Or: when Sokka gets assigned to guard duty outside the rooms of a Prince that no one's seen in six years, he isn't expecting to make any new friends. But when he ends up meeting Li, the servant with a scar and a mysterious backstory that he refuses to share, Sokka gets more than he bargained for.

    Ft. secret identities, a smidge of murder, and the inherent romanticism of falling in love with the same person twice.

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