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    Yue flees from a horrible fiance. Iroh saves the moon spirit's life. Yue joins Iroh and Zuko on their journey through the Earth Kingdom, and finds that she and Zuko have much more in common than she ever expected.

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    In which the Gaang returns from the Ember Island Players' performance of "The Boy in the Iceberg" and Zuko has some feelings about it. And then he lets something slip into his rant, which turns into an explanation about why Aang needs to kill Ozai.

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    Disheartened after the failed attack on Caldera on the Day of Black Sun, Sokka is hunting in the woods by the Western Air Temple when Mai pins him to a tree and offers him a trade — Zuko in exchange for his father.

    All he has to do is trick the Jerk Prince into breaking into the Boiling Rock prison with him. Should be easy enough. Shouldn’t awaken anything in him or anything.

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    Hakoda just wants to destroy the Fire Navy, is that so much to ask?
    Apparently yes, as his second in command drags in a net containing one half drowned fire prince with a severe brain injury. He can't justify tossing him back like the crew wants, so he will just keep him prisoner until they make it to port and then he's the Earth Kingdom's problem.
    (Does it count as imprisonment if he's allowed to run around the ship as he pleases?)

    Hakoda and the crew slowly adopt a brain damaged fire prince. Just another day at sea.

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    "Zuko is born into fire, and in fire, he will live."

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    moments that shape a banished prince

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    The first time Zuko watched his father bend lightning, Ozai had come to himself with a familiar smile, the one Zuko went on to fear.

    When Azula bent lightning for the first time, she returned to herself beaming, giggling at her hands in awe of what she had done.

    Zuko comes to himself screaming.

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    When Yue is fifteen, a Fire Nation prince comes looking for the avatar.

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    It is said that fortune favors the bold— that fortune favors the brave, the strong. That is not the case with the Fire Nation’s Crown Prince, who dies at the tender age of thirteen, tucked within the safety of Caldera.

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    In which Zuko dies far sooner that the spirits anticipated, and the Avatar finds himself without a destined fire-bending teacher. Fortunately, the spirits can improvise.

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      Zuko's favorite color is green.

      Azula teases him endlessly for it. But it is the color of life, like the turtleduck's backs, and the sprigs of grass that push through the tiles of the palace halls.

      Later, he supposes that should have been the first sign that he had everything wrong from the beginning.

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    There are stories about spirits enamoured with children, who know only want and take, whose idea of equivalent exchange is very different from human’s.

    These stories have nothing to do with the Fire Lord’s firstborn, is said as lightly as one can under the threat of burning on a pyre.

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    Zuko is a Spirit Child.

    [ON HIATUS]

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    Sokka is safe, and right where he should have been this whole time. Guilt prods him ceaselessly. His careless, foolish choices chase him. Nestled securely in the welcoming embrace of his sister tribe, he berates himself for missing the ease and comfort he enjoyed as a spurious captive aboard Fire Prince Zuko's ship. His heart is broken by Zuko's betrayal, and he swallows it down, over and over.

    Katara and Aang include him in their routine as if he'd never been absent, but Sokka can't find peace. He catches his sister staring at him with anger, confusion, and her own distress. He's not sure he can repair what he's torn.

    Prince Zuko thought he knew loneliness and the ache of separation, but that was before he made it horribly worse. His most recent reach for restoration shattered his foundation, and he’s left still banished, still scarred, and still with no clear direction. But now- he’s penniless, loverless, and hunted.

    His uncle expresses that he worries Zuko’s recklessness will get them killed, but most days, the Prince can’t muster the means to bother with recklessness. Hungry, and tired, and furious with himself, he trudges forward. Iroh searches for peace, and Zuko searches for an alternate path.

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    Generation swap AU. Iroh is the banished sixteen year-old prince and Zuko is the elderly Dragon of the West.

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    “It’s a piece of history,” He argued and she was, as always, shocked at the rolling gravel that flowed quietly from his mouth, “We must preserve it.”
    And Mae, who’d spent hours scrubbing the ghost of bloodied fingerprints from her brushes and days willing the scratch of pen to paper to drown out the sound of the Fire Princess's wailing; had looked at the child clutching ruined parchment to his chest and suddenly understood like a punch to the jaw why Prince Iroh had to be physically restrained from murdering his brother in cold blood.

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    The early days of Firelord Zuko's reign as described by his Royal Stenographer.

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      The set of swords that Lord Zuko often trained with were in his hands in one breath and on fire in the next. The fire shot up his arms, engulfing them in a furious rainbow of flame that proceeded to erupt from his feet and rocket him down the breezeway. He ricocheted off a pillar, the wall, and another pillar, leaving behind scorching footprints before sailing overhead, trailing multicolored sparks like a firework.

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      The minister’s voices rose again, but their protests died as the sconces in the rooms began to flicker oddly.

      It was well known that the ample number of lanterns and sconces in staterooms were to allow frustrated benders to quietly and discreetly calm themselves during stressful meetings. It wasn’t unusual for the lightning to differ in different portions of the room, but the fires were turning white.

      Mae's heart dropped as Lord Zuko took a deep, meditative breath and the light flared with his inhale. The sudden brightness cast strange shadows along his face as he exhaled, steadily lowering the flames back to their normal level.

      The display, in which he’d effortlessly snatched control of every flame in the room, smothered the discussion like a bucket of water.

      "Gentlemen," Lord Zuko spoke quietly, his voice scraping against the silence, "I know that you care deeply for the wellbeing of the Fire Nation and her people. Rest assured that I am well aware of the actions you took and the sacrifices you made to get us to where we are now."

      Mae averted her eyes to hide the shock she could feel on her face, but she could hear the sharp intake of breath that shuddered through the room.

      "Some of you have spent decades in service to the Fire Nation and I value your council. However," Lord Zuko took another deep breath and the fires cooled to an unsettling azure blue, "However- As your Fire Lord, I am telling you that this is not up for discussion. My decision has been made and it's final. Princess Azula is fourteen years old. She's fourteen."

      The fires were back to their normal orange hue.

      "Is that understood?"

      The room spoke in chorus, "Yes, my Lord."

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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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      SPOILERS!!!

       

       

      Aaaaand there you go! From there on you’ve got a poorly planned Azula intervention/kidnapping attempt, a very-not-redeemed Azula waging a war of wits with Sokka, pretending-to-be-redeemed Azula trying to manipulate Zuko, semi-redeemed Azula and Toph becoming best friends, and a very different visit from Sozin’s comet.

      In the end, though, obviously, they all live happily ever after.

      ...except Ozai.

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    --THIS IS AN OUTLINE. FEEL FREE TO WRITE THIS OUT IN FULL IF THE SPIRIT MOVES YOU--

    Instead of being sent to find the Avatar, Zuko gets thrown in prison. When he escapes a year later after faking his own death he travels to the backwaters of the Earth Kingdom and settles down to make charcoal for the village blacksmith.

    But then the war is over, and the Fire Nation is uneasy under Iroh's White Lotus-influenced rule. He needs an heir.

    He needs Zuko.

    A good thing he's not actually dead.

    Now, if only they could find him.

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    After that fateful Agni Kai, Ozai makes a different call. Branded as a traitor and banished to a prison camp, Zuko learns how cruel the Fire Nation can be to its citizens. Three years, a water tribe raid, and an unexpected meeting with a gang of over-enthusiastic idealistic children puts Zuko back in the spotlight. The revolution is coming and it wants another poster boy, but Zuko is not willing to lend his face to the cause.

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    High Sage Kenji blesses Fire Prince Zuko with the resilience of the reed, who bends in the wind and never breaks. When he is done, Fire Prince Ozai narrows his eyes, seemingly displeased by this blessing. But Kenji does not speak for himself; he is only a vessel. 

     

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    The newly-crowned Fire Lord Ozai offers his firstborn son to service in the temple.

    This turns out to be a catastrophic mistake.

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    Zuko is fourteen when he slits his father’s throat.

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