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    Her husband might be more attuned to the spirits than her, but Katara is the one with the knack for finding herself in these situations. Besides, everything turned out just fine last time. What could possibly go wrong with dealing with an even older, more resentful spirit? The Banyan was full of love and warmth, but the Ancient Deep is cold.

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    Zuko realizes his destiny much earlier. As in, as soon as he wakes up in the palace after his Agni Kai and is told he is banished. Unfortunately, he's never been a patient one. So he storms right up to Ozai and tells him what he's going to do. And gets locked up for over three years. Then, one day, he's being pulled out and told he's the new Fire Lord.

    A "Zuko never meets the Gaang and suddenly becomes Fire Lord after three years of literal torture" AU. In which the Gaang doesn't know what to think of this new Fire Lord who happens to be the missing nephew of Aang's firebending teacher, Iroh is misunderstanding a few things, and, sure, maybe the world hates the Fire Nation, but the Fire Nation LOVES Zuko, and he can work with that.

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    In which Zuko is much more profoundly affected by what he finds at the Western Air Temple.

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    Three Balance Keepers try to hold the world together by its seams until the World Spirit awakens. After the Avatar returns their lives get harder.

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    Rana is the adopted daughter of Zhao and a traitor to the Fire Nation following a realisation of how Zhao came to find her. Seeing the Fire Nation for what it truly is, Rana abandons it and heads off in search of the Avatar to see through her destiny to become the legendary True Elemental.

     

    Avatar: The Last Airbender x Pokemon crossover

    Zuko pairing.

    Set during Book One/Season One: Water

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    After the Yu Dao incident, Aang breaks his connection to Roku when Roku advocates for Zuko's death.

    Banished from his current self's side, Roku goes on a spiritual journey in the physical world, faces his legacy, and learns to forgive himself one little note at a time.

    Takes place immediately after 'The Promise' comic.

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    After Zuko's Agni Kai with Ozai and he learns of his banishment, Zuko flees the Fire Nation afraid, confused, and alone, leaving his uncle behind who has a chance to grow close to Azula. Zuko understands much sooner that his father never loved him and finds himself in an Earth Kingdoms forest surrounded by boys who want to free their kingdom from the Fire Nation. Zuko joins the Freedom Fighters claiming to be a nonbender from the Earth Kingdoms, growing in confidence in himself. When it is reveled that he is a firebenders, Jet is forced to understand not all members of the Fire Nation are war mongers and both boys are significantly less angsty when the Gaang shows up.

     

    Also a couple of solid chapters of Zuko getting to vibe and bond with the Southern Water Tribe because if that isn't in an ATLA fic is there even a point?

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    Eighteen-year-old Avatar Mitashi won the Hundred year war with the help of some good friends, and now that the war is over Mitashi has a great idea! Send most of the children from each nation to school together. Nothing will go wrong he's sure, it will promote friendship and healthy relationships.

    Meanwhile Zuko still suffered through a redemption arc and now he's off to the Avatar's new school in hopes of making a friend.

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    [Zuko doesn’t tell Uncle goodbye.

    He doesn’t think that he would try and stop him, but Zuko thinks that if he has to talk about it, he’ll manage to talk himself out of it. Better to go now before he can change his mind.

    Zuko packs light: a change of clothes, some nonperishables, and a few knives go into a wax-lined satchel. He’s about to leave the room when he stops to eye the swords mounted on his wall, and, well.

    It’s not like he can go around firebending all over the place, he reasons, and straps them to his back.]

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    Zuko’s super fun, solo adventure in the Earth Kingdom.

    Podfic of To Take Advantage by Haicrescendo.
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    [“Snap your fingers at me one more time, and I’m taking them off,” Zuko snarls at him after being snapped at once too often. Zhao rubs a hand over his sideburns and eyes him.

    “Your uncle hasn’t taught you manners yet?”

    “Sorry,” he replies, not sorry at all, “Snap your fingers at me one more time and I’m taking them off, Admiral.” He sees Uncle’s warning stare and shuffles a pace backwards. He hates Zhao and Zhao hates him, and they both hate the stupid game they have to play of feigned politeness when really, they each want the other to drop dead where they stand.]

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    Zuko is tired of Zhao’s nonsense, an important talk about surrender is a long time coming, and the Siege of the North is an absolute mess.

    Podfic of To Take Heed by Haicrescendo.
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    Besides the enflamed scar, Zuko looked strangely… handsome. His lighter skin glowed almost ethereally in the Artic sun, and his golden eyes were pools of honey that Sokka found himself drowning in. Sokka envisioned the banished Fire Nation prince to be a tall, old soldier with greying hair and a mildly xenophobic attitude. Zuko looked nothing like that. If only he wasn’t Fire Nation...

    Zuko was having a similar epiphany. Who was this boy standing in front of him with elaborate war paint and the sharpest jawline he had ever seen? Who did this sun-kissed-skin, ocean-eyed, spiky-wolftailed vision of a man think he was? A fleeting thought passed through Zuko’s mind, If only he wasn’t the Avatar. Nevertheless, ogling pretty boys would never bring his honor back.

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    After Aang returned from a week on Roku’s island, he learned how to bend lightning. When Zuko, the Fire Lord, asked Aang to teach him, the lesson ended in spectacular disaster and required an entirely new set of robes to be ordered for the new Fire Lord. With Iroh unable to teach him, Aang unable to teach him, and Ozai being in prison, there’s only one other lightning bender that Zuko can turn to.

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    Zuko wants to learn to bend lightning and he asks Azula

    And they learn how to be siblings after years of abuse

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    Katara comes down sick, leaving Zuko in charge of the children. He quickly realizes how much work Katara puts in to keep these kids alive.

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    Zuko knows that Katara is angry at him (and she's right to). He's wronged both her and the rest of the Gaang more times than he can count, and he's been working his hardest to earn acceptance and forgiveness.
    But when Sokka gets injured while they're going hunting, and it's Zuko's fault, he knows he doesn't have the right to ask Katara for help or healing.

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    Both Zuko and Sokka get injured while they're hunting. Katara's pissed at Zuko, Toph is concerned for the firebender, and Zuko won't ask for help. Zuko whump.

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    When Mai's father kicks her out of the house, Zuko wants to help, but there are complications. Can he figure out a way to support his girlfriend without jeopardizing her future? How can he accept her love when he's so damaged?

    (Takes place in the AU of my long story When It's All Over, but you don't have to read that to understand this one.)

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    In the first year after the war, Sokka and Zuko have a romantic relationship together which they are forced to hide from the public. The world is mending slowly and Sokka is required to come back to the Southern Water Tribe to follow his father’s footsteps and one day to become Chief. Zuko must stay in the Fire Nation as Firelord and work to rebuild his broken nation.
    This separation between the two boys causes more problems than expected and they both struggle.

    Miscommunication, assassination attempts, demons from the past, and family relatives getting in the way, it seems like fate is fighting against them. They learn more about themselves and each other, discover truths, bond with friends and try to forget about their once perfect lives together, all while attempting to maintain world peace and harmony.
    All of that is easier said than done.

    How far will they have to go to create their own destiny together? How much pain will have to be caused in order for one to realize that their love is worth it?

    And will they find their way back to each other in the end?

    UPDATE : sorry, currently on pause and may be abandoned :/

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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.) 

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    Katara thought she would only find Zuko falling asleep outside of her tent just the once. She is heartwarmingly mistaken.

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    Azula is seven when she first bends lightning.

    She is the youngest lightning bender in fire nation history.

    I did it, Father! Azula thinks, as she turns round to face him. The joy and pride that dares to escape dies in her throat the moment she meets his eyes.

    Ozai’s face is cold and impassive, “Your lightning is weak.” A heaviness sits and grows in Azula’s stomach. “You’ve missed your target.”

     

    *****

    Azula learns to heal, and Zuko learns patience.

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    For the first time in their four years as boyfriends, Sokka and Zuko cannot sail to the Southern Water Tribe for the Winter Solstice Festival. When this dims Sokka's usual bright light of happiness, Zuko is determined to restore his boyfriend's spirit. He decides on one logical course of action: he will bring the Winter Solstice Festival to the Fire Nation Capital.

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