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    Never mind that he won’t be of age for another year-and-then-some. Never mind that he’s sixteen with bandages still wrapped around his chest and a more intimate knowledge of war than these men will ever have. He wasn’t old enough for his first Agni Kai. He isn’t old enough for the crown. No one batted an eye then, they don’t now. The prayer shawl is a familiar weight on his shoulders. 

    (Youth is no excuse, the generals hiss to one another.

    You will learn respect, a palm of flames says.) 

    [Or: the war is over and it should be a relief.]

    Titles taken from and inspired by ‘To Build a Home’ by The Cinematic Orchestra

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    26 Jul 2021

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    perfectly captures the desperation and stress and despair that zuko must've felt with the weight of an entire war on his back, as well as the slow healing process his uncle finally returns, painful and lovely all in one breath

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    Zuko finds Aang a month into his banishment. They’re both 12. Expect not-a-kid-person!Zhao, gratuitous saving from pirates (dangit Katara give little Zuko back his shirts), and some solid Appa/Zuko bromance. It is the hole in your life you didn’t know needed filling.

    Podfic now available, check the opening notes!

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    25 Jul 2021

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    one of my comfort fics i always revisit when i'm down, how can you stay upset in the face of the adorably-endearing-but-very-shouty 12-year-old prince zuko (trick question you can't)

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    Kya hadn't lied, that day when the Southern Raiders came.

    The cost of balance is higher this time. The blood price must be paid.

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    Or, Kya-is-Hama AU

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    25 Jul 2021

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    I AM IN SO MUCH PAIN, EVERYTHING HURTS, also the prose was g o r g e o u s

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    The last thing Zuko remembered clearly was being on the bridge in the North Pole, and losing his grip on the railing with the sudden realization that offering mercy to the man who’d thrown fire at his back the last time he’d beaten him was perhaps not amongst his best ideas.

    Or, Zhao takes Zuko's hand and pulls. The Spirit World is not entirely sure what to do with the unexpected stowaway.

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    25 Jul 2021

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    i love the atmosphere of this fic, the unearthly vibes of the spirit world clash wonderfully with zuko's panicked internal (and external lol) monologues, and the ending was just *chefs kiss*

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    Ten months after Zuko is crowned at seventeen, he faces his first coup.

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    25 Jul 2021

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    ripped my heart out then tenderly stitched it back together