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    The desert sun burns and Zuko probably shouldn't touch the moving cloth, but he does anyway.

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    After the Blue Spirit frees the Avatar from the Pohuai Stronghold, Admiral Zhao captures Prince Zuko under suspicion of treason. Isolated from his Uncle and his crew, Zuko has only one ally: the chatty prisoner one cell over.

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    Zuko had never excelled at anything. Azula was a prodigy. Uncle always knew what to say. And Father... Father was strong, iron-like. But Zuko had only ever been good at surviving. Putting one foot in front of the other in a grim show of stubborn determination, gritting his teeth and bearing it. Survival was all he had ever been taught. He knew how to do it. So when he was kidnapped by the Southern Water Tribe, he expected to fight as he always had. He didn’t expect to be taught instead how to live.

    In a warring land, the Water Tribe forgave the enemy in an act of defiance. For this, he was torn from them, and this time, his wounds won't heal so easily.

    Forced back into nothing but survival, the last person Zuko expected to see was Hakoda's son. Hakoda was a promise of safety. The relentless blue of Sokka’s eyes was a promise of happiness. Zuko could have both if he just reached out his hands, but he found them clutching into fists. After all, he’d been burned one too many times.

    But hey, at least between Hakoda and Sokka, Zuko could appreciate the family resemblance of pure, asinine stubbornness.

     

    PODCAST/PODFIC/TRANSLATIONS AVAILABLE

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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, Italian, and Spanish now available! See chapter one author notes for links.

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    “Blessed Spirit, we thank you for the gift of this child’s life. We are forever in your debt.” The whole village is kneeling now, even the tiniest toddlers flopped down on their stomachs doing their best approximation of a bow. “Please, won’t you give us a name to call you? We would like to properly express our gratitude.”

    Oh.

    Well shit.

    (Where Zuko saves a little Earth Kingdom girl from drowning, the villagers think he's a Spirit, build him a shrine, and long story short, a fake story about the Blue Spirit who dances with dragons suddenly becomes very real.)

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    3/?
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    There is a ghost on the Wani. But the crew have grown used to - even fond of - Prince Zuko. And no matter how many times General Iroh tries to gently explain the boy’s predicament, tries to suggest that he might attempt to move on, Prince Zuko can always be found watching the sea.

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    There is a prisoner in the palace.

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    Katara kills Zuko at the North Pole. It is not the first time he has died.

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    Sokka is a man of science, and science says ghosts aren't real. So, he can't be dead... Right?

    Too bad science can't explain why the only person who can see or hear him is Prince Angry Jerk.

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    21/?
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    Sailing near the North Pole at the summer solstice, a few months after his banishment, Zuko finds his way to the Tree of Time in the Spirit World where Vaatu is imprisoned. Vaatu promises to help him find Raava's Avatar if Zuko frees him... which he can only do by merging his spirit with Vaatu's, becoming an Avatar of chaos. But before Vaatu will tell him where Raava is, he says, Zuko must learn to bend the other elements, to become a match for the other Avatar.

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    The Mother of Faces took one look at Zuko’s scarred face, and offered him a gift. AU.

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    Inspired by Muffinlance's Salvage, Hakoda not only picks up a surly traumatized teenager but his sarcastic, angry sister as well. Ozai may not want his son back, but his daughter on the other hand... well, Hakoda is ready and willing to fight for custody of the daughter that isn't his, and the son that's safer among enemies than with his own father.

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    With enemies everywhere, Jet does everything he possibly can to protect his kids.

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    For ten years Zuko couldn't manage to summon a single flame. It wasn't until he accidentally bent air that he realised why; airbenders can't bend fire. And Zuko was an airbender.

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    zuko uses his airbending to pretend to firebend and his new personal connection to the airbender genocide kicks zuko off on a big fat field trip of self discovery where he realises that fire isn't the only element he can fake bend, competes in earthbending tournaments with toph, joins the freedom fighters, becomes a kyoshi warrior and joins the gaang

    [chapter 19/19 25% finished - 23/12/20]

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    “Aang? I’m not going to let them take you away from me,” Gyatso said without preamble, walking into the room.

    He watched as Gyatso took in the scene: the note on his bed, Aang fully dressed and standing at the window with his glider clutched tight, ready to leave. Gyatso’s eyes widened with the realization, and the look he shot Aang, so full of heartbreak, made his cheeks burn with shame.

    “Aang?”

    Aang’s shoulders sagged. Of course Gyatso wouldn’t let them send him away. For a moment, all he felt was relief. And then he dropped his glider with a clatter on the ground and rushed towards Gyatso, still standing in the doorway with his hand resting on the post. He wrapped his arms tight around his teacher’s waist and pressed his face into the warm woolen robes.

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    Aang stays. The world changes.

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    “Sparky,” Toph announces, “it’s field-trip time. Pack your bags.” She pauses and considers Azula. “You want to come, Princess?”

    Azula eyes her up and down. “With you?”

    Toph’s grin is full of teeth. “You know I’m more fun than anyone else at the palace, don’t try and pretend otherwise.”

    Unfortunately, she has a point.

     

    Or: the beginning of Azula's redemption.

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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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    Father keeps on telling Zuko that he's acting without honor, but a lot of the time he won't explain what exactly Zuko is doing wrong, and what he should do to be more honorable. So, Zuko decides to do some research and ask around about how he should behave honorably.

    Or: the servants of the Fire Lord's palace develop a soft spot for Zuko, Zuko confuses everyone around him with his particular brand of shout-y, aggressive politeness, and somehow Zuko accidentally ends up leading a revolution.

    edit: update on the status of this fic in the end notes

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    12/?
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    It was a mission of revenge. There weren't supposed to be any survivors, but Chief Hakoda couldn't bring himself to kill the Fire Nation boy. Against his better judgment, he brought him home. A Zuko joins the Water Tribe story.

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    37/?
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    2018
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    On the day before Ba Sing Se falls, Katara decides two things: 1) not to stop for a cup of tea; 2) consequently, the fate of the world.

    Behind the walls, Zuko loses sleep, runs errands, contemplates treason, and drinks a lot of hot leaf juice—not necessarily in that order.

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    10/10
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    Sokka begins to dream of his soulmate when he's eleven years old, and it just gets harder from there. Or, 125 moments soulmates share, and none of them come easy.

    (In which your dreams are your soulmate's memories, and Sokka dreams of an all-consuming fire, growing and eating at his soulmate until it burns up the connection between their souls. In which they find love anyways.)

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    6/6
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    2
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    358
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    1937
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    418
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