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    Zuko botches his escape on the day of the eclipse and sits out the war in prison. What will the Gaang do with a new Fire Lord they can't trust? Season Four "Zuko never joined the Gaang, and he's really bad at being good" AU.

    Podfic and German translation now available, see chapter one notes!

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    What if Ozai had been just a bit more serious about taking the throne, and Ursa didn't find out in time? And what would happen if the world thought Prince Zuko was dead, but was instead a servant at the palace?

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    “Never give up without a fight!” was the last thing he saw before fading away. It felt bitter-sweet. He’s been thinking about this. He was scared, but there was a sense of peace with it. He felt the fire inside him flicker, and then there was darkness.

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    He turns back to Toph, who is looking completely nonplussed. “But no, Toph-” Her previous words filter through all at once and he suddenly has very different questions. “Wait, you were looking for me? Is everything okay?" 

    She sighs and takes a seat in the half removed empty chair beside him after checking its place with a kick and her hand on the back of it, laying her white stick across her lap, as she sits down heavily with a huff. "You'd know if you checked your fucking phone, dumbass. Sokka said he couldn't get hold of you but he couldn't escape class for another couple hours so he sent me to make sure you hadn't killed yourself with studying."

     

    Or Toph and Zuko bond over the stress of chasing what you want when their parents don't respect them or their choices.

    Whumptober day 29 - All Work And No Play/Overworked

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    “You sure I can’t tempt you to come adventuring to unknown lands with me? Have a change by going on a field trip with less chance of death than our old ones?”

    It’s an invitation Sokka has extended twice before when staying at the palace; on the day he leaves, he asks Zuko if he wants to come with him. And both times he had watched Sokka walk out of the palace gates, wishing he could be beside him instead of closed in his office focused on his duties as Firelord.

    This time though, Zuko says something he hadn’t planned to say. Something he doesn’t even realise is out of his mouth until he hears the words, and then takes him another moment more to realise that he means it.

    “Yeah, okay.”

     (Alternatively titled: Zuko and Sokka's excellent adventure to escape adulthood)

    Whumptober day 25 - Hide and seek/ escape

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    Katara’s trying to figure out what Southern Water Tribe hairstyle would suit Zuko best in preparation for their wedding. He's trying to stay awake, but Katara’s playing with his hair and it feels so good and now he can’t keep his eyes open.

     

    (Zutara Week 2021, Day 1: Hair)

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    "At first glance, Zuko was hunched over his desk, unflinching when the doors opened with a loud bang, head too close to the papers to be healthy for his vision and posture. The fading evening sunlight cast an almost unearthly glow over the room that didn’t do anything to cover up the relative chaos that was the Fire Lord’s desk. 

    At second glance, Sokka realized that Zuko was fast asleep at his desk."

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    As the last of the airbenders die, the first of the kindling-men burns.

    In a nation now defenseless from itself, Zuko is born with a body of firewood and lighters on his hands.

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    late nights spent in good company are something that feels recognisant of a deep poem about the main character of a coming age movie. never did sokka think that would be a life he could make for himself.
    ( or,
    fellas.... is it gay to tell your best friend you’re in love with him?”)

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    This is how the story begins. It's a world where there are Littles, Baselines and Caregivers. Zuko and Iroh are homeless refugees in Ba Sing Se, after escaping Azula and her attempt to take them back to the Fire Nation as prisoners. Life in the city is stressful, which becomes too much to handle for the closeted little.

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    Zuko was imprisoned after his attempted escape on the Day of the Black Sun. He's scheduled for a public execution. Someone took exception to that. It's not who you think.

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    The newly married couple are woken up early the morning after their wedding in the Fire Nation.

     

    A.K.A. Another scenario for fluff.

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    Zuko put his head down on his desk in frustration with a hint of anxiety. The darkness was welcoming. Nothing to do here, no expectations to meet.

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    Zuko and Azula are traveling around the world, checking destinations off their list. Sokka, Katara, and Aang are traveling around the world on their path to defeat the Fire Nation, what happens when their paths cross? Zuko and Azula join the Gaang! Or do they....

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    [Zuko has been awake for thirty-six terrible, horrible hours.

    And now it’s nearly three am, the apartment is empty, and Zuko is so tired that he feels dangerously close to crying. It’d be easier if Sokka were here, but he’s out with some buddies from class. Zuko had been invited too, but declined for sleep-related reasons, and in retrospect he wishes that he’d gone out instead. He’d undoubtedly still be fairly miserable, but at least he wouldn’t be alone.

    Ugh. The world is awful. Everything is awful.

    Zuko wants a lobotomy.]

    Or,

    Zuko and Sokka have an arrangement.

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    Katara notices that Zuko is tired and decides that they could use a nap.

     

    Yet another afternoon tea fic. 

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    Fire Lord Zuko was happy, content, for the first time in a long time. His nation is stable, the economy slowly rebuilding itself, the children laughing at school instead of on battlefields.

    He wakes up, every morning, to Sokka asleep beside him.

    He wants to be able to look over and see him like that, hair strewn over this face, peaceful, for the rest of their lives.

     

    Or

     

    It's Valentine's Day and I realized I've never read a Zukka proposal story.

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    [Zuko has been awake for thirty-six terrible, horrible hours.

    And now it’s nearly three am, the apartment is empty, and Zuko is so tired that he feels dangerously close to crying. It’d be easier if Sokka were here, but he’s out with some buddies from class. Zuko had been invited too, but declined for sleep-related reasons, and in retrospect he wishes that he’d gone out instead. He’d undoubtedly still be fairly miserable, but at least he wouldn’t be alone.

    Ugh. The world is awful. Everything is awful.

    Zuko wants a lobotomy.]

    Or,

    Zuko and Sokka have an arrangement.

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    he doesn’t know how to say the words that stick to his tongue— the pain is like a poem without flow— like an epic without meter. it’s a wound that won’t clot, and it’s something so much greater. the words that stick used to feel like a trap, but something about it seems freeing now— a little secret that he’ll take to his grave. because he knows that in the end, not matter what, it’s the one thing he’s sure to reach.
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    zuko isn’t okay— and he doesn’t know how to reach out).

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    lieutenant jee is watching from the side— the little brat is all grown and becoming the person jee never thought anyone could be. but the kid has always overworked himself, and maybe that’s why their reunion is so bittersweet.

    (or,
    a 5 + 1 of the people zuko loves telling him it’s okay to rest, and the one time zuko encourages someone else to take a break).

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