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The Princess and the Peasant - Book One: Bonds

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The sun shimmered over the lakeside while a regal woman sat with her legs folded beneath her gazing out across the distant waters.

The young woman was staring over the sunlit lake with cold golden eyes.

She was none other than Princess Azula.

The Day of the Black Sun was nearly upon them…it was just two days away.

Soon the rebels would discover just how deadly she could be…even without her bending.

Her eyes narrowed upon the horizon while picking up a small stone before tossing it across the waterside.

Her thoughts drifted to the Fire Nation boy that had spurned just the other day.

Azula's face entrenched into a furious scowl as she glared out across the once relaxing waters.

"How dare he think that he is too good for Princess Azula!" The Princess hissed while throwing a flaming pebble across the lake.

It landed in the waters before plunging down below with her blue flames vanishing in an instant.

As she sat there brooding that was when she heard the faintest snapping of a twig that quickly gained her attentions.

"Whose there!?" Azula barked while spinning around with her piercing gaze scanning foliage with evident annoyance in her eyes.

She specifically instructed that she was not to be disturbed!

Her palms lit afire as she turned to face the direction of the approaching footsteps.

"If you think that you can spy on me then…think again!" The Princess called out while speedily lunging for the bushes.

She leaped at the foliage while swiping at the leaves with meticulous precision.

Any thoughts of being pursued by an assassin or a spy vanished from her mind when a girlish cry echoed into the air.

Azula found herself looming over a young girl that had clumsily fallen upon her backside just narrowly avoiding her strike.

She glared down at the evident peasant with ruthless eyes while she briefly scanned her dainty form.

Only for her golden eyes to widen ever so slightly when she noticed that the peasant girl had blonde hair.

In all her life she has never before seen anyone with blonde hair!

Her long blonde hair flowed down over her shoulders and just above her developing chest.

The girl had golden eyes…that were pitifully widening in fear.

She was short…laughably so.

The small blonde was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt and a little blue skirt with scrapes on her bare knees from her sudden fall.

She was fair skinned and what most would consider a lovely girl.

And lastly slung over her back was a backpack.

"How dare you try to spy on me peasant!" Azula snapped in an icy voice while glowering down at the much shorter girl.

"I-I wasn't spying! I r-really wasn't Princess!" Elle exclaimed while peering up at the tall young woman's breathtaking form.

"Is that so? Then why were you creeping about in the brush?" The Princess demanded while bending over the girl with her palms clasped behind her back.

She came out here not to be disturbed and lo and behold!

She finds a dirty peasant girl snooping on her in the bushes.

Although she did mentally note that the girl didn't appear as dirty as other peasants that she has seen.

"O-okay. I admit that I followed you. But it wasn't to spy I swear it! I-I just wanted to give you something." The blonde-haired girl blurted out while laying on her back as her heart began to race under the controlling girl's hardened stare.

"Give me something?" Azula questioned while quirking a brow elegantly as she peered down at the timid girl.

"Y-you see I…" Elle stuttered nervously while the older girl stared down at her rolling her eyes impatiently.

"Explain yourself girl! Quit stuttering!" The Princess hissed while pondering why she was even speaking to this peasant.

"S-sorry! It's a habit of mine! I…wanted to give you…" The blonde-haired girl mumbled as she sat up while fishing in the grass beside her for an unknown item.

Azula's eyes followed her movements in a hawk like manner only for her stern countenance to transform into one of surprise when the petite girl held out her hand.

In her scraped palm was a carefully protected fire lily.

The Princess gazed down at the crimson flower with her eyebrows furrowing in shock.

Before she knew it, she was already clutching the flower in her right hand while she studied it with taken aback golden eyes.

"You…followed me to give me a fire lily?" Azula asked in a noticeably calmer voice than before while glancing down at the now blushing girl.

"T-that's so. I…just wanted to tell you…that I think y-you're b-beautiful Princess." Elle confessed while fiddling her fingers as she nervously averted her eyes from the older girl's stare.

Despite the Princess's best efforts, she found that the girl's innocent declaration hit her in a place she did not expect.

Her golden eyes were widened ever so marginally as her palm fell to her side with the flower clutched to her hip.

"You wasted your time girl. I already know that. Now get lost…dirty peasant." The Princess remarked coldly as she studied the now saddened girl's crestfallen expression.

"Y-yes Princess. I…apologize." The blonde-haired girl murmured as she shakily pushed herself up with the taller girl eying her harshly.

She expected a response like that…but it still stung.

The Conqueror of Ba Sing Se made no further comment as she watched the sorrowful girl stagger off into the brush with her brows furrowing in confusion.

It was a strange feeling really.

But as she gazed down at the small crimson flower, she couldn't help but feel a faint twinge of remorse.

This…was the first time that anyone has ever taken the time to give her a flower.

She soon pushed the thoughts to the back of her mind musing that the peasant girl wasn't worth any further thought.

Despite those cruel thoughts.

As Azula walked the opposite way she found herself inexplicably clutching the fire lily within her folded palm.

For reasons that escaped her…

She chose to keep the fire lily.

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For a year or two she had truly begun to think that her suspicions had been wrong, and that the Avatar was truly dead.

That is until she heard reports of various sightings of a small group of people traveling with a comatose boy over the last few years. From then on she knew that he was out there, somewhere.

After that she looked into the matter and discovered that the rebels were preparing an attack on the Day of the Black Sun.

Well now the Day of the Black Sun has come and passed.

And the Avatar has been revealed...alive.

Just as she suspected all of those years ago.

The Avatar got away and her pathetic brother as well.

It didn't truly surprise her that Zuko turned traitor.

Yet it still produced a sense of disgust from within her.

The Princess was currently striding through the Capital when she suddenly turned her head when she caught a familiar figure moving through the crowds.

Her piercing golden eyes zoned in on the peasant girl while her lips pursed into a frown.

'She's just a peasant…so why does this girl plague my mind?' Azula thought as she gazed at the young girl through the corner of her eye.

Just as quickly as the blonde caught her gaze the girl averted her eyes before turning away with her eyes glued to her feet.

"Peasant." The Princess called out sharply with the small blonde pausing in her footstep while they stood mere paces apart.

Many other peasants in the market briefly paused in their activities when Azula's voice rang into the air.

Most likely due to a fear of angering their Princess in the unlikely event that she was addressing one of them.

"Y-yes Princess?" The blonde-haired girl answered softly while grasping at her shirt shyly as she began to twiddle her thumbs once more.

"Are you following me? It seems…strange that I keep running into you." Azula spoke in her usual stern voice while turning to gaze at the timid girl.

"N-no! I'm not following you Princess." Elle responded as her heart began to beat faster when the domineering girl approached her back.

"That's a blatant lie and you know it." The Princess sneered as she now stood looming over the tiny girl.

She wasn't certain just why she was wasting her time speaking to this peasant girl.

Perhaps she was intrigued by her bashful nature.

This girl may very well be the meekest person that she's ever met.

"I…apologize. You are correct. I was following you…but not with malicious intent." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while shaking as she heard the older girl snort in amusement.

"You couldn't harm me even if you wanted to." Azula scoffed while folding her arms over her breasts as she stared at the girl's back.

"No…no I could not. You…you are so strong Princess." Elle agreed with admiration in her voice that seemed to pique the older girl's interest.

"There is no one stronger. Now why are you following me today?" The Princess queried in a seemingly disinterested tone as she tilted her head regally.

"I…just…wanted to see if you were okay." The blonde-haired girl answered to the taller girl's bafflement as she still gazed down at her feet.

"See…if I am okay?" Azula repeated with clear surprise in her voice as she stood staring at the peasant girl in disbelief.

"There…was an invasion yesterday. I…was worried that they may have hurt you. I…am relieved to see that they haven't." Elle admitted while turning to finally peer up at the elegant young woman's surprised face.

"You…were worried for my safety? That's why you followed me?" The Princess questioned in a break from her usual cruel voice.

Yet another first.

This was the first time that anyone has expressed such genuine concern for her wellbeing.

"That's so. Your Highness." The blonde-haired girl stated with a warm smile on her lips as she gazed up at the Princess's lovely face.

"Once more you waste your time. I am not wounded so easily." Azula remarked in a return to her colder voice while the girl turned away grasping at her backpack strap.

"I…know. But I still needed to see for myself. Have a good day Princess." Elle spoke as she began to slowly walk away while Azula gazed after her with curious golden eyes.

"What is your name peasant?" The Princess pondered as her sharp voice cut through the air like a whip.

The younger girl paused with her eyes widening in surprise as she clutched at her bag with a joyous grin adorning her visage.

"E-Elle. My name is Elle." The blonde-haired girl declared while the Princess stared at the back of her head while holding a hand to her chin.

"Well peasant…if you are going to follow after me like a lost puppy then I may as well make use of you. Come walk with me." Azula announced while gesturing for the smaller girl to follow after her.

Then to the Princess's puzzlement a cry of joy pierced the air.

"Y-yes Princess!" Elle cheered with an innocent grin on her lips as she began bouncing after the stoic woman.

'What a strange girl.' The Princess thought while eying her seeming admirer with cold golden eyes.

"Obedient. I like that…" Azula trailed off while tracing her finger along her chin as they walked through the market.

It did not escape her notice that the petite girl's mood brightened the longer that she spoke to her.

"I have always been courteous…" The blonde-haired girl answered while briefly peering back at the much taller girl's stony countenance.

"Pick any fire lilies today?" The Princess asked in an almost taunting voice while observing the peasant's face turn crimson.

"N-no, Your Highness. I have not." Elle stuttered as she trailed alongside Azula with the older female watching her closely.

The royal's lips curved into a smirk as she began to muse that this girl may amusing to keep around.

If nothing else it was another way to pass the boring day by.

"I am going to purchase a few things…you will carry the bags. Understood?" Azula purred in a domineering voice while Elle blushed once more under her stern glare.

"Yes Princess. As you say. I am at your command." The blonde-haired girl agreed much to the older girl's delight as she padded after the older girl.

For reasons Azula did not understand those words pleased her.

It made no sense really. She had endless servants at her beck and call eager to please her every order.

And yet…she finds herself drawn to this street wandering peasant.

It wasn't long before the naïve girl found herself carrying a large bag all the while smiling shyly at her crush's flawless face.

"Where do you live peasant?" The Princess inquired as she continued to walk beside the timid peasant girl carrying her bag.

"Um…nowhere fit for a woman of your status…" Elle muttered while peering down at her feet with a noticeable break from her cheery demeanor.

"Obviously not." Azula snorted as she walked with her palms folded behind her back with her brows furrowing in confusion.

Why would she even care if the peasant was homeless…it's not like it's her problem.

Soon after that Azula came to a stop before her palanquin with her guards waiting for her as she turned to peer back at the smaller girl holding her bag.

"That will be all. You may go now." The Princess stated curtly as she removed the bag from the teenager's trembling hand.

The girl even looked like she may be ill…by the look of it.

"U-understood Princess. It…was good talking to you. Have…a good evening." The blonde-haired girl responded while dropping to her knees as she bowed low before the older girls' boots.

Azula stared down at the peasant girl with harsh golden eyes as the young girl's face pressed into the dirt.

"A small piece of advice…if you're going to follow me you ought to learn to be more discreet." The Princess informed as she turned to step into her litter with her guards observing the little interaction in puzzlement.

"If you say so Princess…" Elle stated while smiling with her hands gripping her straps as she watched the beautiful woman gaze back at her briefly before her little raised into the air.

No further words were spoken as Azula closed the curtain of her palanquin while seating herself with her hands folded in her lap.

Callous amber eyes gazed down at her boots as her eyes drifted to the bag sitting beside her.

'Why did I almost give that peasant new clothes?' Azula thought while frowning as she glanced inside the bag with her lips curving downward in annoyance.

She had purchased several pairs of robes and very nearly gave them to the girl.

The powerful royal just scowled as she shoved the bag aside before folding her arms over her chest.

"Tch. It's none of my concern." The Princess scoffed before gazing ahead as she forced herself to think of other thoughts.

What a grating little peasant indeed.

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Azula sat gazing out of her palace window as the thunder crackled over the distant skyline.

She reclined in her throne with her hand resting upon her chin while she sat gazing down a paper in her study.

The peasant girl had been simple to track.

As she predicted the girl was living in an alleyway.

As she sat in her study with her cold eyes swiftly over to the corner of her desk, she once more gazed upon the fire lily that sat in a small vase.

It had been a day since she had last seen the peasant girl.

With annoyance flowing through every fiber of her being she sighed heavily while pushing herself to her feet.

"I already have plenty of pets as it is. It's…not like I need another." The Princess spoke in a frustrated voice as she gazed down at the document.

But even still.

She found herself sliding the rolled-up paper into her robes all the same.

Azula's eyes flickered to the fire lily once again with a frown pursing her usually cruel lips.

She had been so caught up in her musings that she didn't notice her friend in the doorway.

"Azula?" Ty Lee asked while blinking at her leader's back as Azula spun around to face her with a stoic countenance.

"What is it Ty Lee?" Azula replied as her hands fell to her sides while her friend surveyed her curiously.

"I was just wondering if you had any plans for today." The brown-haired woman pondered as she stood peering back at her friend.

Mai stepped up behind Ty Lee as they waited expectantly while their eyes were noticeably drawn to the fire lily upon the Princess's desk.

"I have to go take care of something. I will be back shortly." The Princess answered in her usual voice while they gazed at her in a puzzled manner.

The two had noticed that their leader had seemed distracted over the last day or two.

It was quite unlike Azula.

"That's a really pretty fire lily Azula! Who gave it to you?" Ty Lee conversed as Azula stepped past them while closing the door to her study with evident annoyance in her eyes.

"No one gave it to me. I picked it myself." Azula commented curtly before promptly walking down the hall with her two friends gazing after her.

"Weird. But whatever." Mai stated in her typical gloomy tone while sighing as she followed after her more optimistic friend.

"I wonder who gave Azula that fire lily?" The brown-haired woman spoke while walking alongside her friend who simply shrugged in response.

"Who knows." The markswoman replied in an uncaring voice while the circus girl continued to mull over the matter.

Sometime about an hour later…

The Princess's litter came to a stop as she exited into the rainy streets giving her guards the order to remain behind.

And then to their confusion they observed their Princess enter the slum alleyway.

It was where the lowest of the low dwelled.

Azula strode through the alley with her cold eyes remaining peeled ahead before she came to a stop before a hunched over figure.

The small blonde sat shivering with her face hiding in her knees while stern eyes swept over her pitiful form.

"Peasant." The Princess greeted as her voice cut through the air causing the petite girl to fall back in surprise.

Elle sunk back against the wall as she peered up at Azula towering over her.

Her eyes widened in shock to see that Princess Azula had bothered to track her down.

"Y-yes Princess?" The blonde-haired girl stammered while the aloof woman peered down at a bruise gracing her right cheek.

"Ugh! Come with me before I change my mind." Azula ordered as she swiftly turned away with her words prompting the younger girl to fall on her knees.

"T-to where?" Elle inquired while kneeling before the looming woman's mesmerizing form.

"Out of the rain dummy." The Princess snorted snidely as she placed a hand on her shapely hip while gazing down at the surprised peasant.

"T-thank you! Thank you, Your Highness!" The blonde-haired girl cried out with tears of joy streaming down her cheeks as she groveled low before the powerful young woman.

"You can grovel more later. I want to leave this wretched dump that you call home." Azula spoke with her nose wrinkling in disgust as she sniffed the air.

"I-I will not forget this kindness. I will never forget." Elle answered as she rose with her face stained with tears and raindrops as she began to follow the older girl.

"You had best not peasant. This is not something I usually do…" The Princess grunted as she stopped before her litter with her guards exchanging many bewildered looks with one another.

"D-do I step inside…with you?" The blonde-haired girl asked nervously while peering up at the Princess as she took a step inside her litter.

It was the equivalent of a death sentence to take a step inside Princess's Azula's litter without her prior permit.

"What do you think? Just get in." Azula commanded while glaring at her petite admirer as the timid girl followed suit.

Elle stepped inside while the guards observed in a speechless silence all the while the poor girl worried that she would tarnish the interior of the palanquin.

And with that the litter rose into the air while the small blonde sat across from the scrutinizing Princess with gratefulness shimmering in her wet eyes.

"You need a bath." The Princess remarked while gazing over the now crimson faced girl with a frown of disapproval on her features.

Though she will admit that she has seen far dirtier peasants.

It would seem that the girl had been making an effort to at least try to keep clean.

"I…know. I…apologize. I…don't have a home." Elle stated meekly while sinking back as far as she could from the powerful woman.

"You don't say?" Azula scoffed while leaning back on her cushions as she placed her palms in her lap.

Why she felt compelled to take in this peasant was beyond her…

"Not just that. I…have no one. I have no homeland…no anything." The blonde-haired girl admitted as she sunk into her knees while the young woman surveyed her closely.

"No homeland? You aren't Fire Nation? Are you Earth Kingdom?" The Princess questioned with evident distaste in her voice while she leveled the girl with a harsh stare.

"Oh! No. I am not Earth Kingdom. It's…complicated. I am from another land very far away." Elle declared while peering out of her knees at the Princess's puzzled face.

"There's no way that you're watertribe. Your skin…is much too…light. The Air Nomad's have been all but wiped out. Just what land do you speak of?" Azula inquired as she straightened with a sudden sense of curiosity in her voice.

"U-um…you probably wouldn't believe me if I told you." The blonde-haired girl muttered while she smiled back at her crush despite their difference in status.

"I demand that you tell me anyhow. I will be keeping you from this moment forward as my maid. You will hide nothing from me. Is that understood girl?" The Princess remarked while gazing down at the timid girl with imposing golden eyes.

To the Princess's surprise the girl fell forward onto the floor of her litter with her face pressing into the carpet as she beamed up at her with a tear streaming down her cheek.

Suffice to say Azula was not expecting such a joyful reaction to servitude.

"Wakarimashita!" Elle cheered as she hunched over on the floor with the older girl inspecting her with fascinated golden eyes.

"I'll take that as a yes." Azula stated calmly while peering down at her new pet with an amused look in her cruel eyes.

"Sure! I'm a simple soul Your Highness. I am not much for hiding anything. Of course, I'll tell you!" The blonde-haired girl chirped while peering up at the older girl's imposing face.

"I am certain that this will be revelation that will shake the land. Go on." The Princess ordered while waving her hand before her as she fixed the girl with a stern stare.

"I think I'm from another world." Elle blurted out while remaining prostrated upon the floor as she beamed up at Azula while the woman gazed down at her with stunned amber eyes.

"What?" Azula breathed in a taken aback voice while gazing down at the peasant girl with a surprised stare.

That was not anywhere close to what she had been expecting the girl to say.

"Yep! I had never even heard of the Fire Nation until about a month ago. I ran away from…home. And then I somehow wound up here." The blonde-haired girl stated as she peered up at the beautiful woman's bewildered countenance.

"…And you have no idea how that came to be?" The Princess asked with an incredulous countenance while she leaned onto her knees as she scrutinized the young girl.

"Nope! I'm clueless!" Elle exclaimed as she shrugged while beaming all the while up at Azula's deadpan visage.

"I…see." Azula sighed while folding her hands in her lap with a mildly disappointed demeanor about her.

For a moment there she almost thought that the girl would possibly have knowledge that would benefit the Fire Nation's efforts in winning the war.

Though it was intriguing to consider the possibility that other worlds may very well exist.

Although it remains to be seen if there was validity to the girl's words.

If there was one thing that she could tell...it was that this peasant girl had yet to tell a lie.

In all her life she has never seen anyone this transparent!

"So, after I got wherever I was I decided to start wandering. I figured I may as well get used to it." The blonde-haired girl commented while the young woman stared down at her seemingly pleased by her prolonged bowing.

"You just aimlessly wandered about?" The Princess scoffed while studying the peasant girl's nodding face.

If nothing else the girl understood that it was proper conduct to bow when in the presence of royalty.

"That's so. That is until I saw the most beautiful girl there is. I-I have never seen a woman so divine…I just had to give you a flower." Elle confessed as she turned away averting her eyes with a blush trailing down her cheeks.

Azula glanced down at the bowing girl with her cold countenance expressing traces of a rare flattery in her usually cruel stare.

Simple was indeed an apt way of putting this naïve girl.

It was both baffling and pleasing at the same time to hear that this girl put more effort in delivering her a fire lily than doing something more constructive to better her situation.

"I am aware peasant. There is no girl more beautiful than myself." The Princess boasted while puffing out her chest as she smirked down at the damp peasant girl.

"H-her Highness is the most beautiful of them all…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off in a stutter that the older girl was becoming fonder with.

If one looked close enough. They would have seen the faintest signs of a blush on Azula's cheeks.

It was subtle but it was there.

"So…you chose to abandon any thoughts of returning home…in favor of gazing upon me?" Azula purred as she tilted her head with an entertained gleam in her eyes.

"T-that's so Princess." Elle answered while pushing her face back into the floor as she closed her eyes expressing her reverence for the lovely woman.

'What a strange girl indeed…but once I clean her up…this peasant may make for a rather pretty pet.' The Princess thought as she began to rub her chin thoughtfully.

"Listen well girl. Consider yourself fortunate that you caught my eye. I have decided to keep you as my pet." Azula announced bluntly while staring down at the small girl's kneeling form almost daring her to protest.

Though to her surprise the girl simply smiled brightly up at her.

"Sure! I'm the Princess's pet now." The blonde-haired girl agreed happily while the older girl peered down at her with her lips curving into a smirk.

"It pleases me that you are quick to accept the situation. For your sake you had best hope that you never displease me. I do not like to be letdown." The Princess sneered as her hands gripped her knees enjoying how the girl trembled before her.

"Yes Princess. I will be a good girl." Elle assured as she returned to pushing her face against the floor while the litter moved about in the rain.

"You had better peasant. As soon as we return…you'll get yourself cleaned up and present yourself to me within one hour. Your training begins thereafter…" Azula remarked stonily as she tapped a finger on her kneepad.

"As you say Azula-sama. Always as you say." The blonde-haired girl spoke softly while peering down at the floor.

"Azula-sama?" The Princess pondered with another tilt of her head as she surveyed her new acquisition.

"It is an honorific that means Lord Azula. From one of my native languages." Elle explained while Azula glanced down with clear approval in her controlling eyes.

"Hm. I see. Very well servant. You may address me as such if you like. Though…do be sure to get that smell off of you." Azula commented as she scrunched her nose up while Elle flushed in embarrassment.

"I-I will." The blonde-haired girl mumbled lamely as she sunk into the carpet like a puppy that realized that she displeased her owner.

"Good. You smell like a wet sheep-dog. You've been playing out in the rain for far too long." The Princess snorted while glaring down at her pet with domineering golden eyes.

"S-sumimasen Azula-sama. This girl is s-sorry." Elle stammered pitifully while the woman rolled her elegant eyes down at her.

"Now I want silence for the remainder of the ride…I have some thoughts to consider. Just…be a good pet and let me think." Azula sighed while brushing her hair out of her eyes while gazing down at her drenched pet.

The blonde-haired girl speedily nodded before sinking into the floor while shivering periodically due to her damp state.

Being the pet of a beautiful Princess was much better than freezing on the streets.

The twinge of a blush formed on her innocent cheeks as she hid in the floor.

It most certainly was.

The Princess quietly peered down at her new maid with cold amber eyes before gazing away through the curtains of her litter.

The palace loomed over the horizon while she silently pondered just what it was about this peasant that somehow…drew a shred of her pity.

Azula really wasn't certain…

But she knew that she was most surely keeping her.

Yes, indeed she is.

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Here is some info about Elle:

Elle is a very short girl, with golden blonde hair and amber eyes.

She is two months away from turning fourteen, and she almost always carries her backpack with her. Her reasoning for carrying it with her at all times is because she carries all of her treasured belongings in her backpack.

Elle is very much an opposite of Azula. She does not enjoy violence, and she tries to make everyone happy with a smile. Even if she isn't really happy.

She's not much of a rebel, as she ends up telling Azula. She likes to go with the flow, and she is a pretty care free person.

Under the surface she has a great deal of internal insecurity and she holds little value over her own life. She tends to place her own worth as less than others.

Both of Elle's parents are dead, and her only surviving relative is her older brother.

She was about five-six years of age when her parents died. This left her being raised by her brother Felix. He is about six-seven years older than her.

As they got older, he started becoming depraved at a young age, and got much worse when he entered his teens. As an adult, he was very abusive to Elle.

Since her relatives were dead, she was completely dependent upon her brother. He had complete control of the family finances, and if she left, she would starve on the streets. This fear kept her from leaving for awhile until her brother's abuse became too much for her to handle.

She packed up the few items she was most sentimental about along with a few items for entertainment and left on foot.

Elle's education is stunted because of Felix. When she started to tell people at school about some of the perverse things he was doing, he pulled her from school and she was entrapped in their family estate.

She is at least three years behind in her education, and as a result, she is more childish and naïve than most girl's who are nearing fourteen years of age.

Elle is also sexually naïve, because her parents weren't around to teach her the basic things kids need to learn as they grow up.

Elle's mother had significant Japanese blood, her mother spoke both English and Japanese but she spoke English more frequently due to it's wider use.

Elle's father, was not Japanese, so Elle is a bi-racial child.

When Elle was little, her mother spent several years teaching her how to read and speak both languages. After her mother's death, Elle took interest in her mother's heritage and she continued to learn more Japanese in her free time.

Elle has a bizarre habit of speaking a mixture of both English and Japanese. It's a personality quirk of hers. She speaks English more frequently because it is more widely spread. But she likes to speak certain phrases and words in Japanese.

Her partial fluency in Japanese is about her only educational advantage along with her talent at art. She is behind in mathematics, science, sex education and other topics.

She has some knowledge of history, if only because they had a decent sized library with books on certain subjects. But even with that at her disposal she is still behind in the subject of history as well.

She has a strong desire to return to education, because she fears growing up to be uneducated.

Elle's favorite hobby and greatest skill is artwork. She loves to paint and write poetry. She is extremely talented with a paint brush and composing poems.

This stems from being locked at home with only books and art supplies to entertain herself.

Also, as a result of having to cook for herself for many years, she possesses more knowledge about cooking and making a good meal than most people do at her age. She is by no means a chef, but she has a reasonable degree of cooking experience.

Elle is a pacifist, and she believes in resolving most, if not all matters peacefully. This both hurts her and benefits her. It can result in her getting beaten up from time to time.

But she tends to get by well with figures of authority, such as Azula for example. She does whatever Azula orders her to do to the best of her ability. This leads to Azula being pleased.

Elle comes to view both Mai and Ty Lee as her big sister figures. In her eyes they are the siblings she always wanted.

Elle hero worships Azula, she is well aware that Azula is a cruel person but since Azula treats her well, she is content.

Elle is likely bisexual, but she isn't experienced enough to know the details. She has thought of girl's before, but never had a chance to talk to anyone much.

In Elle's eyes Azula is a princess charming come to life. Little girl's see princess's in all sorts of media. There's always an emphasis on prince charming, princess charming, etc.

This is why Azula is so amazing to a young girl like Elle. Meeting a powerful, beautiful, near perfect princess in a foreign land was a magical experience to Elle.

Azula represents a fascinating new world, with many new things to discover. Azula also represents security and protection that she has not had since her parents died.

Elle is from a modern-day Earth similar in technology to our own world but there are some big differences that will be explored in the later stages of the story.

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Azula sat in her study with war preparations in hand when her cold eyes shifted to the doorway pleased to see that Elle was now fully cleaned up and bowing on her floor.

The small blonde's face was touching the floor of the study while discerning eyes swept over her form searching for any margin of error.

The girl was now wearing traditional Fire Nation robes that suited her nicely while the Princess set her paperwork down.

Not only was Elle as clean as can be the girl had even arrived early.

"Early…I like that. I value punctuality. And you no longer smell like a sheep-dog. You're off to a good start. I dare say you look presentable now." The Princess remarked in a haughty manner while placing her hands in her lap as she gazed down at the girl.

While doing so she carefully noted that the girl's hair still hung over her shoulders free from any sort of restraint.

If it were any other maid, she would chastise them for disregarding Fire Nation custom.

But…not this one.

She had…a certain otherworldly charm to her that she wanted to preserve.

Her blonde hair was unlike anything she has ever seen before.

And she decided that she liked the way her golden hair hung down her pet’s shoulders.

And so that was how it would stay.

"I-I am glad that I please you Azula-sama. How may I serve you?" The blonde-haired girl pondered while timidly remaining in her bow.

"Come closer. Kneel…right here." Azula instructed while pointing at the foot of her throne with an evident love for power in her eyes.

"Yes Princess!" Elle exclaimed in a genuinely joyful voice that amused Azula as she scrambled forward before dropping onto her knees before the looming woman's throne.

"Your training begins now. I suggest you listen closely servant. I have many likes and dislikes…and I expect you to remember them all." The Princess stated with her lips curving upward as she peered down at her maid.

"I-I will write down every single one." The blonde-haired girl spoke to the older woman's gratification as she turned to stare down at her.

"You are to go receive instruction from the head maid. I eat dinner in two hours. My friends will be dining with me. You will serve my dinner with the other maids. Is that understood?" Azula explained while staring down at her lovely pet with a cold countenance.

"Wakarimashita!" Elle exclaimed while golden eyes surveyed her in amusement.

"I am glad that you are so overjoyed to serve me. One can only hope that you prove worth my time." The Princess replied as she watched the smaller girl shift on the floor.

"I shall aspire to please my Princess!" The blonde-haired girl cried out abruptly while peering up at her taken aback master with innocent amber eyes.

"Now that is what I like to hear." Azula answered before bending over to inexplicably pat the girl's head of soft hair.

"M-Master Azula…" Elle murmured dreamily while kneeling as low as she could while Azula ran her fingers through her hair.

"I hope you keep me pleased pet." The Princess purred while giving no thought to how strange it was to call another human her pet.

Such were the privileges of being royalty…

And if she were being truthful…the girl was rather…adorable.

She has never met anyone so eager to bow at her feet.

That alone…was a marvelous quality in her eyes.

"As…do I." The blonde-haired girl responded happily while closing her eyes under the controlling woman's petting hand.

And then just like that the Princess removed her hand and set it upon her thigh just as soon as she heard her friends walking down the hall.

Though she had the impulse to continue petting the girl…it would not do well to risk letting others walk in on them.

It would not due to show such weakness.

"You are dismissed now servant." Azula concluded while waving her hand before her as she watched Elle retreat low on the floor.

"I-I shall see you in two hours…Your Highness." Elle spoke before rising as she peered shyly back at her lovely master before departing into the hallway.

As she vanished down the hallway, she bypassed Ty Lee and Mai as they briefly glanced at the girl through the corner of their eye.

The bruise did not escape Ty Lee's notice but it was something that Mai paid little mind to.

They were puzzled to find Azula once more seated in her study.

Only…with a much more pleased expression than before.

What was most puzzling of all was the fact that their friend had stated that she needed to go take care of something.

And then she returns with a new maid.

"Azula…did you go out just to hire a new maid?" Mai asked in a monotone voice while Azula turned to gaze back at them with icy golden eyes.

"What business is it of yours Mai?" Azula snapped with clear bite in her voice as her two friends winced.

"None. It's just unlike you to select a maid." The markswoman stated while the royal rose from her seat.

"I grow weary of incompetent peasants. So, I brought back one that seems…promising. That is all." The Princess replied while striding forward with her hands folded behind her back.

"Huh…well I hope she works out!" Ty Lee exclaimed with her hands on her hips while smiling at her stoic leader.

"Indeed." Azula remarked while striding out of her study with her two friends in tow.

Before the girl's left the acrobat's eyes shifted to her leader's desk to notice that the fire lily was no longer on display.

Ty Lee held a hand to her chin while she quietly mulled the matter over.

She could only wonder if there was a connection between the flower and the new maid.

'Given that she's already bruised…probably not.' The brown-haired woman thought before following after her two friends.

Elle waded through the kitchens while smiling happily at the other sullen faced maids while the head maid continued to bark orders to each of the girls.

Her thoughts were solely focused on how she could best please her Princess.

The most beautiful girl in the…

"Why aren't you wearing a bun! The Princess will be furious if she sees this!" Chia shouted while the small blonde turned to her with surprised amber eyes.

Gazing down at her was a stern-faced middle-aged woman of Fire Nation descent.

"But the Princess picked me herself. She…didn't say that there was anything wrong with it." The blonde-haired girl protested meekly as she peered up at the older woman's scowling face.

The other maids turned to briefly gaze upon the scene already under the belief that the smiling girl would be dismissed by the days end.

"That's because the Princess is far too busy to waste her time on trivial details like this! I feel that I can speak for the Princess by saying that she expects you to fix it before you disgrace her at dinner." The head maid barked while jabbing a finger in the girl's shoulder.

"B-but she seemed pleased earlier…I don't want to displease her by changing without her prior permit." Elle insisted while backing away as she frowned up at the overbearing woman.

"You'll displease Princess Azula much more if you do not adhere to standard Fire Nation custom! Now change it." Chia ordered as she roughly forced a hair tie into the girl's hand.

"Alright…but if she is doesn't like it, I'm letting her know that it wasn't my idea." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while pulling her hair up as the older woman glared back at her with her eyes narrowing.

"Just shut up and pay attention." The head maid stated coldly before gliding to the other side of the kitchen.

The timid girl's mood plummeted while she continued to diligently sort the cherries removing the pits carefully.

Within moments her aggravation was gone. It had faded into but a distant memory.

She was smiling softly once more as she hummed quietly to herself while recalling that the other maids told her that the Princess despises cherry pits.

Naturally she already knew that small detail…she mused with a blush on her bashful cheeks.

Ever since her arrival in the Capital she began researching Azula after she first laid eyes upon the young Goddess of a Princess.

"Why are you so…happy?" A dark-haired maid asked quietly beside her as she turned to peer at her smiling brightly.

"Because I am serving Azula-sama. She brought me in herself…it was cold outside…and now I am warm. That is all the reason in the world to smile." Elle spoke joyously to the other girl's puzzlement.

"…right…just try to watch yourself around here. It's…not as a joyful as you think." Lao muttered while Elle blinked innocently with her words seemingly soaring over the blonde's head.

"Aren't you happy to serve Azula-sama as well? I think she's just wonderful…" The blonde-haired girl confessed while placing cherries in the bowl as her words caused other maids to turn their heads.

"O-of course I am." The dark-haired maid responded quickly before wisely clamming up as she turned away trying to mask the displeasure in her eyes.

It was foolish to say anymore to the newcomer.

The girl clearly didn't know how to keep her own mouth shut.

"How does the Princess like her meal?" Elle asked with enthusiasm in her voice as she concluded with the bowl of cherries.

"Never overdone and never underdone. Everything must be flawless." Lao informed while gazing over her shoulder at the younger girl.

"Flawless! Understood!" The blonde-haired girl chirped before striding after the head maid to study the cooking procedure.

The other maids exchanged baffled glances as if they were silently wondering what was wrong with her but she paid it no mind.

The Princess's opinion was all that mattered she mused while nodding resolutely.

Two hours later…

Azula sat at a dining table with Mai and Ty Lee while her judgmental eyes watched carefully as several maids brought in their dinner.

"It sure smells good Azula! It must be delicious!" Ty Lee exclaimed while sniffing the air with a smile on her face as her friend sat in her throne glancing about with emotionless golden eyes.

"Let us hope so." Azula scoffed while gazing across the table with observant eyes as she watched Elle pile in after the other maids.

She truly didn't care much for the other maids.

It was this one…the strange girl that she brought in that caught her eye.

The others…were just help.

But this one…that flower…could it be something more?

As the plates were set on the table that was when Azula took note of the change.

Her lips pursed into a frown as she held a finger to her cheek pondering why the girl had put her hair in a bun.

Hadn't she told her that she was presentable?

Elle maneuvered in and out of the room while Ty Lee's gentler eyes followed her bruised face.

"Azula…did you do that? That's…a big bruise." The brown-haired woman muttered while the markswoman gazed over at her as they watched the Princess straighten in her seat.

"No Ty Lee. I did not. She was already bruised when I found her." The Princess answered in a colder voice while glaring back at her friends with imposing eyes.

The Princess's reply took the two aback as the blonde reentered while pouring Azula a drink with a meticulous hand.

Azula's cruelty was well known by all throughout the land.

Suffice to say she's bruised maids before.

So, it was a bit of a shock to Ty Lee to hear Azula get…even mildly defensive over the bruise.

"Your hair…" Azula trailed off as her friends turned their heads in interest as she gazed coldly at Elle's smiling face.

"Yes Princess?" Elle responded in a joyous voice that put even the gymnast to shame.

"Why did you alter it? I do not recall giving you an order to make any changes." The Princess remarked while reclining in her seat with her palms folded before her.

At this point even Mai was puzzled by Azula's interest in the maid.

"I thought you might say that. Ms. Chia told me that you were surely expecting me to change it before dinner. She says she speaks for you…as Your Highness has no time for such…trivial details." The blonde-haired girl admitted while beaming back at the older girl's countenance as lovely lips sunk into a scowl.

"Really? She speaks for me." Azula spoke with a clear sadistic undertone to her voice that already had her friends nervous.

The blonde simply bowed low at the waist having already come to the understanding that her position…was a bit different than the other maids.

Chia reentered while bowing low on the floor while golden eyes focused in on her causing her to begin to sweat fearfully.

"You speak for me? Is that right peasant?" The Princess questioned in a taunting voice while the older woman paled as her eyes drifted to the beaming girl's face.

How dare that newcomer tattle on her!

"Azula…" Ty Lee pleaded while leaning back as she sighed heavily.

Why her friend can't just eat a meal without tormenting the staff was yet another trait that always had her on edge.

"N-no Princess! I-I do not! B-but I thought that you would want her h-hair corrected." Chia replied while Lao gazed on with mutually wary eyes.

"If something needs correcting, I can assure you that I will correct it. It is not your place to speak for me…peasant." Azula declared while gazing between the maids as she began to drink her wine.

"Y-yes Princess Azula! I-I understand…p-please forgive me." The older woman pleaded with her face touching the floor.

"Oh, very well. I suppose I could take your long tenure into consideration." The Princess purred while gazing out across the tabletop with merciless golden eyes.

"T-thank you Princess! T-thank you!" Chia cried out while Ty Lee shook her head once more in pity.

"You are dismissed. Leave the palace at once." Azula commented while glaring down at the now distraught woman with a sneer on her lips.

"B-but y-you said…" The older woman stuttered only to be silenced with the Princess's dangerously narrowing eyes.

"I said that I would take your tenure into consideration. I have. Instead of banishing you from the entire nation…I have opted to show mercy. You are banished from the palace. Now go!" The Princess barked while waving her hand in the air.

As Chia cowered on the floor her emotional gaze shifted in Elle's direction while the naïve blonde remained kneeling before Azula's throne.

She stared at the girl with fury in her eyes before gulping as she shrunk even further under Azula's stare.

"Y-yes Princess. As you command." Chia responded in a broken voice before departing with her tail between her legs.

Ty Lee and Mai exchanged a glance as they both began to quietly eat hoping that the incident had passed.

"In the future…servant. If it didn't come from my lips…ignore it. I am your master…your only master. Remember that." Azula announced while peering down at Elle's prostrate form with stern golden eyes.

"As you say Azula-sama. Always as you. Is there anything else I can do for you?" Elle questioned while peering up at the girl's as they ate their meal.

"All of you clear out…except for you. You will remain to wait on us." The Princess stated while grasping at her utensils with grace.

The other maids quickly retreated with Lao glancing over her shoulder at Elle's kneeling form silently hoping that the girl didn't dig herself an early grave.

If you asked her...the less attention from Azula the better.

Azula seemed to have taken an interest in her new coworker…

Poor Elle had yet to understand that she will be held to an even higher standard than the rest.

And that…was not worth the cost of being Azula's favored maid.

'It's not like Azula to order a maid to linger as we eat…' Mai thought while sighing as she continued to eat the hot dish.

Ty Lee was the only one to fidget as she shifted in her seat feeling rather uncomfortable eating before the young girl.

It was one thing when they cooked it and left…but it felt rude to eat the girl's cooking and force her to watch.

"Pour." Azula ordered while holding her hand out lazily as Elle knelt before her throne with a bottle in hand.

Her callous eyes followed the girl's movements…grudgingly musing that she's quite skilled for a new maid.

"So…what's your interest in this one?" The markswoman questioned in a bored voice while peering back at her friend.

"I am not certain I understand what you imply Mai." The Princess spoke while glancing down at her food with cold eyes as she began to cut into it.

"Oh, come on Azula. This isn't like you." Mai stated while gazing down at Elle kneeling before Azula with a baffling cheerful smile about her,

"As I said before. I grow tired of incompetent peasants. This one…I've decided to train myself." Azula explained coolly while turning to peer down at the small girl with a refined smile on her visage.

The two friend's exchanged puzzled glances when the innocent girl continued to gaze up at their controlling friend with an unnervingly relaxed demeanor.

"She's well behaved…isn't she?" The Princess pondered while turning away from the girl to gaze at the gymnast's uncomfortable face.

"Yes, she is Azula. Very well behaved." The brown-haired woman replied while eating her food musing it was indeed delicious.

Finally, Elle watched Azula take a bite out of the dish that she had been in charge of cooking while her heart began to race dreamily when the Princess hummed in approval.

"I don't recall seeing this dish before…" Azula trailed off while her eyes almost lit up as she swallowed a mouthful.

"Hm. You know…neither have I. It's really good!" Ty Lee remarked while gazing at Mai as she nodded quietly in agreement.

"It's a recipe from my homeland Princess." Elle spoke gently while Azula turned to peer down at her with faint surprise in her gaze.

"Is it? You made this servant?" The Princess questioned in a leveled voice while staring down at her blushing pet.

"Y-yes Princess. I…heard that you like spicy…so I…thought I would give it a whirl. Um…do you…approve?" The blonde-haired girl mumbled meekly while averting her eyes from the looming woman seated above her.

"It's…. not bad. I've had better." Azula stated before staring down at her plate while Elle nodded with her cheer still in full force.

She knew that the Princess liked it.

When she bit into it…her face said it all.

Once more Azula's friends were taken aback.

It wasn't like Azula to socialize with a servant.

The Princess returned to her meal while periodically ordering Elle to refill their drinks all the while Ty Lee continued to smile at the girl in hopes of expressing gratitude.

By the meals end Azula sat with a fully belly while glancing down at her empty plate for once seemingly satisfied.

"Wasn't that good Azula?" Ty Lee asked while grinning at her friend as she pushed her plate away.

"I suppose so. I am shocked that there were no mistakes." Azula spoke while holding a hand to her stuffed belly as she began to relax in her seat.

She wiped her lip gracefully while gazing down at her kneeling servant through the corner of her eye.

"Refill my drink servant." The Princess commanded while holding her glass to the side as the girl reached up upon command.

"You know Azula…you should give her a plate." The brown-haired woman began hesitantly as the royal woman turned to her with her eyebrows raised elegantly.

The petite girl blinked over in Ty Lee's direction in surprise while pouring her master more wine.

"And why is that Ty Lee?" Azula answered callously while turning to her childhood friend.

"She's been on good behavior like you said…and it doesn't seem right not to. She has been sitting there quietly watching us eat…it only seems fair." Ty Lee explained while gazing past Mai's calm countenance.

"She's a servant Ty Lee. My servant. It's her job. And I don't share my food with peasants. That would be beneath me." The Princess sneered while glaring down at her silent maid with harsh golden eyes.

Elle said nothing as she remained on her knees while Ty Lee gazed back at Azula with her mood noticeably plummeting.

It didn't offend her in the least…she was just grateful to be indoors.

So, it puzzled her that the Princess's friend would become upset over it.

"I…am going to go lie down. I'll see you later Azula. Mai." The acrobat stated out of nowhere as both girls gazed on in surprise as she stood up.

"Really? You don't look tired." Azula snorted while rolling her eyes as the other woman smiled warily.

"It's been a long day." Ty Lee responded before striding out of the dining hall with her smile vanishing as soon as she exited the room.

'Why…why does Azula always have to be so mean?' The gymnast thought with a look of disappointment on her lovely features.

"Whatever. Like I care." The Princess muttered while swirling her glass with her lone friend sighing heavily.

"I'm going to go as well. Not because I'm upset. But because this is beginning to bore me." Mai announced while standing up with Azula staring at her coldly as she strode out as well.

The door closed behind Mai and then just like that it was now just Azula and her new maid seated with her head bowed before the older girl's throne.

"D-did I do well today Azula-sama?" Elle pondered timidly while gazing down at Azula's booted feet that shifted in her line of vision.

The Princess took another drink of her wine before turning to gaze down at the peasant girl with grudging approval in her stare.

"You've yet to displease me. I suppose…you've been a good pet." Azula admitted in a noticeable break from her merciless sternness that she was using just minutes ago.

"G-good. I am glad. I…want to please…my Princess. Always." The blonde-haired girl mumbled only to turn a shade of crimson when a strong hand patted her head.

"Good girl." The Princess grumbled grudgingly while peering down at her new pet.

"I adore my Princess! I strive to make her smile!" Elle exclaimed innocently while grinning underneath Azula's petting hand.

"How did you get that bruise servant?" Azula inquired while reaching into her bowl of cherries.

She popped one into her mouth while staring down at the younger girl with a trace of fondness in her eyes.

Now that her friends had ditched her, she may as well make use of her servant's company.

"Oh! I was living in the alleyway for about seven days. On the first day a man approached me. He told me that he had work for me to do…" The blonde-haired girl confided while shivering noticeably underneath the woman's hand.

Golden eyes continued to peer down at the innocent girl narrowing ever so slightly after hearing those words.

"I-I told him that I was fine. He…eventually left me alone but he kept coming back every day or so. When he came back on the sixth day…I-I told him to please leave me alone. And then he punched me. H-he said that he would be back again the following day to take me away. T-that was supposed to be today b-but Her Highness rescued me!" Elle stuttered while staring up at Azula's callous visage with a tear trailing down her cheek.

"I…see." The Princess sighed while gazing down at the girl's crying face.

She truly was a sensitive little mouse.

"A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama. I-I am forever grateful." The blonde-haired girl whispered while the hand patted her head once more.

She sat on the floor with a peaceful smile on her lips as she began to understand that Azula wasn't that bad.

She was just too proud to let others see her kinder side.

"That is good to know servant. Now no more tears. It annoys me." Azula ordered while glancing down at her maid as she continued to stroke her head.

"Yes Princess! Elle is your good girl!" Elle cheered while wiping at her eyes as she sat on her knees staring up at the elegant woman's pursed lips.

And then to her surprise her Princess reached into the bowl of cherries before lowering her hand before her face.

She peered up at the towering Princess's callous face with puzzled eyes while the older girl rolled her golden eyes in a manner that made her heart race.

"Eat servant." The Princess snorted before staring down in amusement as the girl opened her mouth swallowing the cherry with her little eyes gazing back in gratitude.

"Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl cried out once more while licking her lips.

It didn't bother her in the least that most would see this as degrading.

She was able to look past that and instead see it as Azula's awkward attempt at showing her kindness.

"You're a cheery little peasant. If that little story that you told me is true…I can’t help but notice that you don’t even seem too worried about returning home.” Azula stated before feeding the girl once more as the teenager happily accepted the offering.

"I am a simple soul. I have all that I need now. There is no need to return home. Because I serve Princess Azula now." Elle declared with joy lacing her voice as Azula glanced down in surprise.

"You…would rather stay here to serve me?" The Princess questioned with a carefully controlled voice as she gazed down in shock.

"T-that's so master. I don't want to be anywhere else…nowhere but here." The blonde-haired girl spoke with an emotive voice while beaming up at the woman's stern face.

The Princess's palm lowered into her hair one more time while she giggled innocently under her strong fingertips.

All the while the ruthless woman gazed on with her lips pursed into a thin line.

"You may take a plate. Feed yourself." Azula announced as she sat back before removing her hand from the girl's head.

"R-really?" Elle blurted out in lovable voice that Azula was quickly finding herself fond of.

"I just said as much did I not?" The Princess scoffed while reclining in her seat as she watched the girl shakily stand.

Her cold eyes were scrutinizing the young girl's face once more pondering if she was ill.

Perhaps the girl needed to see a healer.

Ordinarily she wouldn't concern herself over a maid's medical care but there was no point in letting a perfectly good servant whittle away.

Despite being new, Elle already seemed more capable than most of the other maids.

"W-where do I eat…on the floor or…do I leave?" The blonde-haired girl requested nervously while the older girl drank her wine regally.

"In a chair. But I warn you…should word of this escape this room…" Azula trailed off while fixing Elle with a terrifying death glare.

"Yes, Your Highness. This girl's lips are sealed." Elle assured as she bowed politely at the waist while smiling warmly at the seated woman.

If there was one trait that Azula was coming to love about this girl. It was the fact that Elle not only addressed her with the upmost respect.

But the girl put such joy into her every labor.

She could not say the same…for any other servant.

"You are respectful. Possibly the most respectful peasant that I have ever met. Have you interacted with royalty before?” The Princess remarked while observing her servant timidly scoop food onto a plate.

"Not really. I met an Emperor briefly...only briefly though. But this is how my mother raised me. At least…until she…died…but even so! I was taught to always be polite. It's a skill that has gotten me far in life." The blonde-haired girl answered before shyly seating herself beside her master.

"Hm. I see." Azula conversed while eating another cherry while musing that this is the longest, she has ever spent talking to a peasant.

The most peculiar trait about this peasant was the fact that the girl did not annoy her.

This is the first time that she has had a servant that did not constantly grate on her nerves.

"Did I get all of the cherry pits?" Elle asked slyly causing Azula to glance over with curious golden eyes.

In fact, the Princess was almost smirking.

'What a splendid little pet this one is…' The Princess thought while inspecting the bowl of cherries to note that each was served flawlessly.

"It would seem that you did. I wasn't aware that you had cooking experience. I must say…you've surprised me." Azula muttered before drinking more of her wine.

"Well that's good! My research paid off." The blonde-haired girl stated while peering at the older girl's furrowing eyebrows.

"…Research?" The Princess repeated in a deadpan voice as if she was just recalling that the girl had been stalking her.

"Mhm. I was trying to find out what you liked. I…wanted to find a way to give you a gift. I spent a few days scouring the city for as many details on what you liked and did not like. I heard a cherry pit rumor…so I thought it best to avoid that. Sadly though…I had no funds to purchase you a gift…sumimasen." Elle confessed with reddened cheeks as she gazed over at Azula's taken aback countenance.

She wasn't sure if she should be pleased or angry that the girl essentially spied on her.

Given that it was all to offer further worship at her feet. She decided on the former.

"Let me see if I have my facts straight. You devoted all of your time and energy in the hopes of sending me a gift…instead of attempting to find a roof to sleep under?" Azula inquired with evident disbelief in her voice.

"T-that's so Azula-sama. I-I am a whimsical soul. I-I focus on what feels right. G-giving you a gift seemed more important than fussing over my sleeping situation." The blonde-haired girl stammered bashfully while blushing under the woman's scrutinizing stare.

"That doesn't seem very logical. You could have starved trying to afford a Princess a proper gift." The Princess stated dryly while rolling her eyes at the flushing teenager.

"I-I know b-but y-you're so beautiful. I-it was all I could think about." Elle admitted lamely while listening to Azula's lovely chuckle flow through the air.

Though Azula did not let it show. Somewhere deep down she appreciated the girl's sweet words.

"Fix your hair servant. I liked it better…before." Azula commanded as her lips curved upward while peering at her blushing pet.

"Y-yes Princess. I will do so at once." The blonde-haired girl assured while reaching behind her to release her hair from the bun.

Then the blonde hair spilled down her shoulders in the manner which Azula had come to prefer.

It hung elegantly over the smaller girl's chest while the servant began to eat once more.

Happily smiling all the while even when callous golden eyes scrutinized her every move.

It was baffling to Azula but somehow…she enjoyed her time with Elle more than she did with Ty Lee and Mai.

How bizarre she mused while setting her empty glass down.

She found the company of a peasant girl to be more desirable.

The girl met her gaze while she folded her palms before her while sighing under her breath.

Her mind had already come to a conclusion as to why that may be.

This particular peasant wasn't half bad.

Not half bad at all.

Chapter Text

After Elle had finished eating Azula had dismissed her.

She had been sent back to her servants’ quarters where she spent the remainder of her time laying on her back working on her artbook.

The lovesick girl quirked her lips while humming thoughtfully as she continued to paint her Princess’s divine face.

“Hm. It could be better…. couldn’t it?” The blonde-haired girl pondered while tilting her head adorably in deep thought.

Even when she was alone her primary thought was always Azula.

She spent so much time on it that she fell asleep with her book in full display upon her lap.

In the early morning Azula strode through the halls of the palace before coming to a stop before the girl’s servant quarters.

It was nearly a full hour before her servant was scheduled to get up.

But after waking up herself for some reason she felt like checking to see if the girl was already awake.

Could it be that she actually sought the company of a mere peasant?

For reasons that escaped her she opened the door quietly almost as if she was concerned with waking Elle up too early.

She chalked it up to being concerned about effecting the girl’s coming labors in the day ahead.

When the door opened Azula glanced inside the modest room only to sweatdrop when saw Elle sprawled out on her bed snoring.

The small blonde was laying upon her back with her legs stretched out and a blanket half covering her robed body while her master observed her in amusement.

‘I am not sure why I expected her to be up earlier than scheduled. Though…I will admit. She’s…cute.’ The Princess thought as she began to close the door.

Only to pause when her golden eyes caught the glimpse of a large sketchbook lying face up on the girl’s belly.

With her curiosity piqued Azula began to silently stride into the room with her arms folded over her breasts.

And then very carefully as if still fearing waking her pet she lit a small flame in the palm of her hand.

With the room lightly illuminated by her blue fire she gazed down at the petite servant’s snoring quietly face.

What she saw in the opened pages of the artwork caused her eyes to widen in surprise.

Paint supplies were scattered about on the floor beside a small container.

And gazing up at her on full display was a painting of her by the lake!

The detail of the piece was simply astounding.

It was almost comparable to the paintings that lined the halls of the palace!

In the painting she was sitting with her legs folded beneath her while she gazed out over the waterside.

It proudly declared the following.

Azula-sama, lakeside.

It took a great deal to take her by surprise but this…

Her little servant had been painting her from the bushes!

And just like that the blue fire vanished while she stood over the slumbering teenager with her cruel eyes once more conveying a rare fondness.

‘She…really likes me.’ Azula thought with the hints of a blush upon her cheeks as she turned away from Elle while the girl began to roll over in her sleep.

Without further delay the powerful Princess began to exit just as quietly as she came.

Her stoic eyes glanced back at the girl’s snoring face for a final time before silently closing the door behind her.

And with that Azula walked away with her palms folded behind her back.

Somewhere deep inside of her hardened heart.

She…was truly flattered by Elle’s innocent adulation.

She decided that she would keep the details of this little visit to herself.

And she also could not help but wonder…will her maid paint her again?

One hour later.

Azula was seated in her study as she listened to the sound of light footsteps approaching her chamber.

She turned expectantly to see Elle kneeling before her chair with her head bowed low at her feet.

“Ohayō gozaimasu Azula-sama!” Elle greeted happily while huddling onto the floor with her master staring down at her in approval.

“Is that a good morning?” Azula asked in an amused voice while setting her paperwork down.

“It is so Princess. How may I please you this morning?” The blonde-haired girl answered while the woman turned to gaze down at her with her arms resting on the sides of her throne.

“Go fetch me a hot cup of coffee.” The Princess commanded in a stern voice while peering down at the girl with imposing golden eyes.

“Yes master!” Elle exclaimed before rising from her bow while smiling warmly at Azula’s hardened face.

“You may get yourself a cup as well.” Azula informed curtly before turning away to focus on her paperwork.

The petite blonde’s face broke out into the widest smile that she could manage as she listened to the naïve girl cry out in gratitude.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu! Arigatou Azula-sama!” The blonde-haired girl cheered with an innocent grin adoring her lips while her master glanced at her over her shoulder.

“Keep your voice down! And keep this to yourself, and make certain that you close the door when you return.” The Princess hissed with her eyes narrowing as she watched the younger girl bowed at the waist.

“Understood Princess! Your secrets are safe with me. I won’t tell anyone. Not even under threat of torture.” Elle assured as she smiled warmly back at Azula who simply rolled her elegant eyes in response.

And with that the young girl left the study with purpose in her step as she departed for the palace kitchens.

“This peasant has me going soft.” Azula snarled under her breath before returning to her morning work.

But even so.

She recalled what she saw this morning…and despite her best efforts to be colder to the girl.

She was finding that she truly enjoyed their interactions as it stands.

If she raised a hand to the pure-hearted girl…then her little maid will no longer labor with such undying adoration in her eyes.

Perhaps…fear wasn’t the only reliable way.

It was not long before a cup was placed before Azula while she glanced at Elle through the corner of her eye when the girl seated herself beside her throne.

“Don’t you want to sit in a chair?” The Princess questioned calmly while reaching for her cup.

“No. I would rather sit beside you Azula-sama. I don’t mind the floor. It’s closer to you.” The blonde-haired girl stated in a genuine voice while sipping her cup.

Azula made no comment to that as she observed the girl lean against the side of her throne.

It was a sight that she decided seemed almost fitting.

“You will receive more training today. This time though…ignore any order that contradicts my will.” Azula declared while regally drinking her hot beverage.

“Wakarimashita!” Elle chirped while beaming up at the looming throne when a hand lowered to pat her head.

She began to blush as she sunk back into the base of the large throne as her master petted her.

It was a truly strange thing but she didn’t mind it when the woman treated her like a precious pet.

“Good girl…” The Princess found herself muttering as she ran her fingers through plush blonde tresses while reading the upcoming war plans.

“I-I am Princess Azula’s good girl.” The blonde-haired girl stuttered in a lovesick voice while closing her eyes in serenity.

For the first time in all her miserable life…she finally felt like she found a place where she belonged.

“I can see that.” Azula stated with smugness lacing her voice while clutching the girl’s head beneath her palm.

“Azula-sama?” Elle began in a hesitant voice while the older girl closed her eyes with her coffee mug in hand.

“What is it servant?” The Princess pondered while making an honest effort to maintain their amicable relations.

“U-um…w-well I…” The blonde-haired girl stammered lamely while she listened to the taller woman snort snidely above her.

“I am a busy woman. I may be…fond of you. Because of that…I am granting you privileges that no other servant will ever taste. I have even been so generous as to allow you to sit beside me. In order to retain these privileges…you’ll have to learn to be silent when I am working. So, spit it out already.” Azula announced while glaring down at her pet with imposing golden eyes.

“S-sumimasen master. B-but I wanted to give you a gift.” Elle admitted as she fiddled with her thumbs while Azula peered down at her with marginally widened eyes.

“…A gift for me?” The Princess asked while turning in her throne to glance down at the shy girl with returning fondness in her gaze.

“T-that’s so. I-I wrote you a poem.” The blonde-haired girl confided to the Princess’s surprise while fishing in her pocket for a small paper.

And then without turning to face her master she held up her arm above her with a wrinkled paper in the palm of her hand.

Azula found herself bending over to accept the offering with her hardened eyes peering down at the parchment with flickers of a moved emotion in her gaze.

“Just p-please don’t laugh at me…I know it’s not the best.” Elle mumbled while sinking into her knees with her innocent eyes peering down at her feet.

She just couldn’t help herself.

She truly has fallen for this beautiful Princess.

The Princess sat in a speechless silence reading the little poem that her devoted servant wrote for her.

It read as follows:

My Princess,

My Princess is the most beautiful

For there is none other so regal

My Princess your fire burns blue

There is nothing I want more than to serve you

My Princess beside you I wish to stay

Throughout each and every day

I feel that this is where I belong

Besides my Princess so strong

At long last she set the paper before her war documents while turning to finally gaze down at her maid with astonished golden eyes.

She was truly taken aback by the girl’s seeming undying adoration for her.

Not only did her pet paint her by the lakeside.

She has even written her a poem.

“Servant.” The Princess spoke in an authoritative voice while peering down at her now self-conscious pet.

“M-master?” The blonde-haired girl answered as she still sat nervously twirling her thumbs.

Azula found herself unable to fight the fond smirk that crept upon her lips as soon as the tiny girl called her master with such a lovable stutter.

That was when the Princess sipped her coffee once more while casually planting her palm back into the girl’s lovely blonde hair.

“That was well written.” Azula commented with her lovely lips curving upward in approval while petting the girl with a possessive hand.

“I-I am overjoyed that you think so…w-would it be inappropriate if I wrote you more?” Elle requested as she sat against the throne with her face as red as a tomato.

“Typically, it is considered improper for a servant to make advances on her master. As it is beneath a Princess to accept gifts from a commoner.” The Princess remarked aloofly while feeling the small girl sink glumly beneath her hand.

“S-sumimasen Azula-sama…if I have offended you.” The blonde-haired girl murmured in understanding as she clutched at her cup.

She understood that the Princess was far above her…

It was just so difficult to resist expressing just how much she adored Princess Azula.

She could only scold herself all the while mulling over that she is fortunate to even have a place beside such a wonderful woman.

“That being said…it is just as inappropriate for a peasant to give her Princess a flower. You’ve been breaching laws of common conduct ever since I met you. If I had any issues with it…I can assure you I would have corrected your behavior by now.” Azula announced as she took another drink of her beverage while patting Elle’s stunned head once again.

“I…am glad. Then I will continue to write you more…my Princess.” Elle answered in a meaningful voice while a warm smile spread across her lips as she savored the head pat.

The Princess peered down at her new companion with hardened golden eyes while silently wondering why this peasant of hers was so loyal.

“Tell me servant…what is it that you like so much about me?” The Princess inquired in a curious voice as she shifted in her seat to glance down at the small girl.

“Uh…” The blonde-haired girl trailed off lamely while gulping with the woman seated above her with a smug smirk on her lovely lips.

“Other than my divine beauty of course.” Azula stated with evident hubris in her voice while waving a hand before her.

“You won’t…make fun of me, will you?” Elle requested shyly while Azula peered down at her with her usual imposing stare.

“Kindness isn’t a trait that I am known for…and yet I have been merciful with you. When I ask you a question…you will answer it. Is that understood servant?” The Princess spoke with her spare hand resting on her thigh as she gazed down at the nervous girl.

“Yes, Master Azula.” The blonde-haired girl agreed with a rising smile on her lips while the woman patted her head once more.

That was her Princess’s way of letting her know that she won’t mock her.

“Good girl…now that pleases me.” Azula purred in a seductive voice while running her fingernails through her trembling pet’s soft hair.

Even she can’t deny that this girl made for a fine pet.

A lovely little maid that worshiped her with every fiber of her being. What’s not to love about that?

“Everything really…there’s…so much that I like about you. But…the of the traits that I admire most…is that you are so fearless.” Elle mumbled with pink twinging her cheeks while Azula glanced down at her in amusement.

“Of course, fear is for the weak.” The Princess stated pridefully while puffing out her chest as she continued to toy with her servant’s hair.

“We’re polar opposites…and I think…that’s why I am so drawn to you.” The blonde-haired girl commented while peering up at the seated woman with stunningly peaceful amber eyes.

“Is that it? You admire my strength because you are weak?” Azula questioned curtly while glancing down at the younger girl with unyielding eyes.

“I…don’t fit in with the rest of the world. I’m…not like the rest…you see. But I feel like I belong right here…beside you. It…probably has a lot to do with my mindset.” Elle admitted quietly while staring up at the older girl’s stony countenance.

“Your mindset?” The Princess found herself pondering while leaning back upon her throne placing one leg over the other.

Who would have ever thought that she would spend this much time talking with a peasant?

“Ever since I was little, I’ve found myself inevitably drawn to the darkness…I have the ability to empathize with the sort of people that…most people consider immoral…or bad.” The blonde-haired girl answered while sinking into her knees with the older girl glancing down at her with curiosity in her gaze.

“You can empathize with me? You do know that I am not a kind person…don’t you? This…is not how I usually treat people…” Azula remarked while waving her right hand before her yet finding herself intrigued by the girl’s personality all the same.

Perhaps…there is more to this simple peasant girl than she had initially thought.

“I can Azula-sama. It’s as I just told you. I am rather gifted at…understanding things from an angle most would never consider.” Elle spoke softly while peering up at surprised golden eyes.

“I must admit you’ve piqued my interests…tell me more servant.” The Princess purred while leaning down over her maid’s tiny form.

This was yet another first for her.

No one has ever told her that they could emphasize with her.

“I’ve heard people muttering on the street…I’ve heard people talk about you. Your own citizens…in this very city talk about you.” The blonde-haired girl stated quietly while golden eyes narrowed with faint anger in her stare.

“Oh? Just where are these people?” Azula asked in a glacial voice while glaring down at her petite pet’s still smiling face.

“I…have heard it said that you don’t even care if your own people starve. People in the city…say that you and your father are monsters. Monsters that don’t even care if a child starves from cruel tax rates.” Elle responded while still peering back up at the Princess’s thin scowl.

“They are not wrong…I am a monster. Though…I very much doubt that these detractors would ever have the courage to say as such to father or myself.” The Princess declared with her eyes gazing ahead with a callousness to their glint.

Perhaps…it was time to search for traitors in the Capital?

“Yes well…when you wander a cities’ streets for two weeks you tend to hear things. Things that you never would have heard if you were more than a wandering ghost. But I disagree with them.” The blonde-haired girl announced to the woman’s disbelief as she peered up into her master’s eyes.

“You do?” Azula pondered in a calmer voice while finding it baffling that she even cared what this peasant thought of her.

And yet…somehow, she did. She…didn’t want Elle to think less of her.

“I can’t speak for your father. But I don’t think you’re a monster at all! I think that you’re a person…neither good nor bad…a result of your circumstances.” Elle assured as she reached up to grasp at her shocked master’s hovering hand.

The Princess sat with her hand being grasped by the smaller girl while letting the words sink in.

“An interesting deduction…but incorrect. Though I do enjoy your naïve little musings…” The Princess trailed off with her lovely lips curving into a cold smirk.

“Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama! I enjoy your company as well!” The blonde-haired girl cheered up at her master with an expression of warmth in her eyes.

“This isn’t a leisure hangout peasant! You’re my servant. I am your master. Never forget that.” Azula spoke in an unyielding voice while grasping at her pet’s hair with a sterner grip.

“How could I ever forget? I…am so happy to be yours Princess. May…we talk for awhile longer?” Elle giggled out softly while Azula’s icy eyes peered down at her grasping at her head.

She blushed once more when the dominant woman compressed her beneath her stern grip as if stating once more that she was hers.

“I will permit it. If only because you’re a well-behaved pet.” The Princess sighed while brushing her hair from her eyes.

“Your Highness, may I tell you more about myself?” The blonde-haired girl questioned while beaming up at the ruthless woman’s cold countenance.

“Why not? You must have some riveting peasant tales to tell.” Azula commented dryly while scanning her fingernails with haughtiness in her stare.

"Mhm, you know I once aspired to pursue a career in psychology…either that or become a professional artist. When I got older…I was going to go to college to further my education.” Elle confessed in a softer voice while she glanced up into Azula's taken aback eyes.

That…she did not expect her servant to say.

The girl's desire to become a professional artist did not surprise her.

But her maid's interest in psychology on the other hand. That was another matter.

“Is that so? What stopped you? Did you decide that you wanted to serve me even before we even met?” The Princess remarked with a strangely at ease voice as she mulled over her servant’s words.

“No. It was all ruined…by one of the only two people that I fear.” The blonde-haired girl replied in a quieter voice while swallowing with evident discomfort in her voice.

"Just two people? Is the second individual me?" Azula questioned with a guarded voice while glaring down at the smaller girl once more.

"No, I do not fear you Azula-sama. Nor do I fear your father, Naoki or even Rieko. Four people with superhuman ability that could kill me with ease…from different worlds and yet I can speak to three of four without trembling. It's…ironic really." Elle explained while the Princess quirked a brow over the two mysterious names…but mused that which is an entire world away is none of her concern.

And then without speaking she removed her hand from the girl's head and hovered it methodically in the air with a light flame that began to generate on her fingertips.

"I should burn you just for saying those words. Then peasant…we'll see how fearless you truly are…" Azula hissed as she trailed her fingers inches above the girl's hair with fire burning at her fingertips.

Yet even with her fire coated palm hovered above Elle's head she found herself surprised by the maid's lack of fear.

Any other servant would have been pleading not to be burned by now.

"The man that I fear most…is much more frightening than anyone else. He…possesses no superhuman ability to speak of. He's not an assassin…and he's not royalty. He's…a man of average height…he wears glasses. His…hair is blond…and his smile…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off while staring down at her feet with evident discomfort in her stare.

“How terrifying…and for a moment there I thought that you were onto something.” The Princess snorted while rolling her elegant eyes down at her trembling servant.

Though it was clear that this man did something to her servant to leave such a long-lasting impression.

Even with her bending burning above Elle’s head she was shaking not out of fear of being burned.

But…out of fear of this man!

“I grew up with him. After my mother died…when I was little…and then soon after…father. He became my legal guardian.” Elle explained while trembling ever so faintly even when the woman’s bending was extinguished.

“So, you were abused by an adoptive parent?” Azula questioned as she frowned while pondering why she even cared if the girl was abused.

She’s just a servant…and nothing more.

“H-he used to hold me over a cage of beasts…if I fell, they would have eaten me. But he would smile and taunt me all the same. A-and he would never stop until I cried.” The blonde-haired girl announced with a noticeably glummer voice with the Princess gazing down in surprise.

Suffice to say Azula was not expecting abuse…that graphic.

Yet once again…she couldn’t help but feel a twinge of concern for her doting servant.

“Ugh. Quit your cowering peasant. This man is not present with you. I am.” The Princess declared in a stony voice while frowning down at her shaking pet.

“B-but Azula-sama. He…tried to take my clothes off…” Elle whimpered while averting her frightened eyes from her master’s harsh gaze.

For reasons that Azula could not explain her eyes were shimmering with a margin of anger as she reclined in her throne with her lips pursed in a thin line.

Perhaps it was because she has taken an interest in the younger girl or maybe it was because she has already claimed the peasant as hers.

The girl was her property…and it did not please her to hear that this man tried to touch what was hers.

‘Even if the girl should prove to be of no interest to me romantically…she is still mine. Even if she is but a kitchen maid…this girl belongs to me.’ Azula thought with her golden eyes narrowing into an imposing death stare.

“Did…he…” The Princess trailed off while finding herself strangely watching her tone of voice as she glanced down at the trembling girl.

“N-no. I tried to stab him. He…wouldn’t get off of me so I tried to put a knife in his neck.” The blonde-haired girl stuttered with a tear streaming down her cheek.

All the while the Princess listened…finding herself strangely hesitant to speak.

Azula glanced down at the smaller girl with a thoughtful countenance finding herself rather surprised by the girl’s admission.

If she were being honest…Elle didn’t seem like the sort of person to have it in her to harm someone.

Perhaps…that is yet another peculiar thing about this girl that has drawn her interest?

“Sumimasen…P-Princess. I’ll shut up now.” Elle muttered while Azula glanced down at her rolling her eyes.

“Servant…you don’t have the right to make your own decisions. You gave that up the moment you knelt before me.” The Princess remarked casually while taking another drink of her coffee.

To her puzzlement, the small blonde glanced up at her briefly sniffling with a bit more cheer than before.

It was odd to Azula…to see someone so happy to be in her presence.

“T-that’s so. I defer to Azula-sama’s will.” The blonde-haired girl responded while peering up at the older girl with loyal amber eyes.

“Hm. In that we are in agreement. Now…I am being generous enough to listen to your…blubbering. The least you could do is refrain from it consuming my entire morning.” Azula announced while turning to peer down at her seated servant.

“As you say Azula-sama. My…attempt was poorly executed…he was mostly unharmed. I…locked him in my bedroom and got out. He…is the only person that I’ve ever tried to harm.” Elle spoke as she peered back down at her knees with a frown still adorning her lips.

“Well then, it’s a good thing that you aren’t my bodyguard.” The Princess snorted snidely while staring down at the girl with cold golden eyes.

“We truly are opposites…you see. I don’t believe in violence. I suppose you could say that I am a pacifist. I…don’t ever want to harm another person…or any living creature. I try to believe…that one day people will get along with one another…instead of butchering each other.” The blonde-haired girl confided while chewing on her lip as she listened to the woman laugh derisively.

“A pacifist? You are even more naïve than I first thought you to be.” Azula sneered while still peering down at the blonde’s huddled form with grudgingly intrigued eyes.

“I know. But that’s just how I am. I…try to see the best in people. Even…the darkest sorts of people.” Elle answered while gazing over her shoulder at her Princess’s looming throne.

“Is that it? You think that there is…good in me…but not this man?” The Princess replied while holding her mug with her stony face never leaving the tiny girl’s face.

“Yes…he is a wretched man devoid of any redeeming qualities. He exists…solely to derive pleasure off of other’s fear.” The blonde-haired girl said while her master quirked a brow in amusement.

“Really? It sounds like me and him may have a good deal in common.” Azula commented while smirking as she watched her servant shiver in evident fear.

That will teach her to say that she doesn’t fear her.

“No…Your Highness…no you do not. He…is a perverse predator of the worst sort.” Elle stated as she clutched at her cup.

“Oh, there’s more than one kind?” The Princess asked aloofly while gazing between her maid and her paperwork.

“Felix…likes them young. Very young. He…used to invite little kid’s out to the family house…just to make them cry. Usually…he would tell them that their parents have abandoned them. I…once saw him wipe the tears from a little boy’s face…and then…he tasted it.” The blonde-haired girl explained to the woman’s further surprise.

The man was perhaps more twisted than Azula first thought…

“Licking tears? That’s highly unhygienic. As if I would ever lick the faces of dirty peasants.” Azula scoffed with her nose wrinkling in a margin of repugnance.

“I…had acquired funds to pursue my dream. But…he stripped me of all access to my education when I started telling people what he was…doing to the little boy’s and girl’s.” Elle spoke while taking a nervous drink of her beverage.

“And what then?” The Princess pondered in a stoic tone while finding herself somewhat taken aback by the girl’s experiences.

“I…ran away. After I found out that he planned to do something incredibly horrible to me. Then somehow…I found myself in the Fire Nation.” The blonde-haired girl told her master while swallowing her drink.

“I see. I must say that was quite the intriguing little tale. More than I expected…anyhow.” Azula remarked while resting her face in the palm of her hand.

“That man…is my brother…my brother Felix.” Elle admitted in a trembling voice at long last with tears trailing down her cheeks while the Princess’s golden orbs widened in surprise.

Even a person as frigid as Azula knew that it was disgusting for a brother to try to take his sister’s virginity.

Azula wasn’t certain why she even bothered to do so.

But…

“Servant. I command you to look up at me.” The Princess commanded while leaning over her throne to peer down at the cowering girl.

“I-if Her Highness says look up. I look up.” The blonde-haired girl stuttered while turning to peer up at her Princess’s towering form.

For some inexplicable reason Azula found herself greatly pleased by Elle’s devoted response.

“That’s a good girl…now I want you to calm down.” Azula cooed in a soothingly charismatic voice as she shifted her bottom upon her throne while possessively grasping ahold of the girl’s chin.

“Yes Princess…this girl obeys.” Elle mumbled as she sunk to her knees before her master’s seated form with her controlling hand forcing her to peer upward.

‘Playing the kind master with this girl does get a bit tedious …yet I cannot deny that I enjoy the girl’s worshipful behavior…I suppose I’ll just play along…’ The Princess mused before shrugging as she grasped at her pet’s fragile face.

“No more waterworks. Is that understood servant?” Azula declared in a domineering voice while staring down at the bowing peasant.

“Wakarimashita…Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl agreed while falling forward with her face pressed into the older girl’s knee.

Then her heart began to speed up when she felt fingers dance through her hair.

“Good. You’re a needy little peasant…consider yourself fortunate that I have taking a liking to you.” The Princess sighed while petting the smaller girl’s head as she savored the girl’s kitten like behavior.

“Azula-sama…may I make a request of you?” Elle pondered with her head inclined in a show of respect for her Princess.

She didn’t even dare to look the woman in the eyes.

She knew that it was only proper to bow her head when asking anything of her master.

“Ordinarily…it is considered impetuous for a peasant to make a request of her Princess.” Azula replied while finding her lips curving into a gratified smile as she enjoyed how Elle melted beneath her palm.

“Sumimasen…Your Highness.” The blonde-haired girl murmured while lowering her eyes to peer down at the woman’s elegant boots.

“But I am feeling charitable…so out with it.” The Princess stated while waving a hand before her as she smirked down at her prostrated pet.

“W-would you…would you protect your loyal servant…if s-someone tries to take her shirt off?” Elle requested timidly while Azula glanced down at her with marginally widening orbs.

Though as always Azula was fast to recover instead gazing down at the younger girl with a domineering stare.

“If any other servant were to be so brazen as to ask for my protection…I would burn them in retaliation…” Azula trailed off in a contemplative voice while furrowing her brows down at Elle’s kneeling form.

The small blonde said nothing as she felt her breathe hitch when the divine woman grasped roughly at the back of her head.

Then she was forced to gaze upward once again while a twinge of redness shot down her cheeks as she shivered under Azula’s piercing gaze.

“But you belong to me…you are mine. Do you understand? If anyone should be so foolish as to touch what belongs to me…I would destroy them without hesitation.” The Princess announced while glaring down at her quivering maid with a possessive countenance.

It was strange…but has decided that this maid is hers and hers alone.

She will serve only her.

She will give flowers to no one but herself.

She will write poems for only her Princess.

And she will paint no one. No one but her master.

She is hers and hers alone.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl whispered happily while she began to peer up at her master with a rising smile.

“Just…keep up the good behavior…do not displease me.” Azula grumbled with her lips pursed into a scowl as she held onto her maid’s little head.

“I…would never. You know…I think I finally have my answer…I know what it is that I like most about you.” Elle spoke gently while still gazing up at Azula’s frowning face.

“Hm? Tell me.” The Princess demanded while leaning forward as she loomed over her small maid.

Somehow…she was eager to hear just what it was that had this peasant so lovestruck by her presence alone.

“All of my life I have been afraid…afraid of my own brother. You…you are so bold…so mighty. You…y-you give me courage Azula-sama. Y-you inspire me.” The blonde-haired girl confessed in a heartfelt voice while staring up into taken aback golden eyes.

Even a woman as cruel as Azula…couldn’t deny that she felt a twinge of moved emotion somewhere deep down inside of her.

It was yet another first…of many from this bizarre girl known as Elle.

Someone…was inspired by her.

Someone…innocent.

“I see…you find comfort in my superior strength. Well…you are a feeble little girl. I suppose that makes sense. If standing in my shadow makes you feel better…then so be it.” Azula answered as she set her empty coffee mug down upon her desk before turning to meet her servant’s smiling face.

“This is where I belong! With Azula-sama!” Elle cheered with a widening grin on her lips as she beamed up at her master’s reclining visage.

“On that we can also agree.” The Princess purred while petting her maid’s hair with long fingers that conveyed who owned the girl.

“Oh…P-Princess…” The blonde-haired girl murmured while flushing shyly as the strong palm patted her head dominantly.

That was when a loud growling sound reverberated through the air as both females suddenly found themselves peering at the Princess’s stomach in response.

Elle knew her place by gaze alone when Azula’s eyes shifted down to her with her eyes already conveying her desire.

It was her place to satisfy Azula’s each and every desire.

“Servant! I am hungry!” Azula barked with sadistic delight in her voice as she watched the girl scramble to stand as fast as possible.

If she didn’t know any better her pet was already starting to stand before she even opened her mouth.

“Yes, Master Azula! How may I please you?” Elle exclaimed as she leaped to her feet before bowing at the waist while her master stared back at her in approval.

“Go fetch me a suitable breakfast. Bring it back here within…oh thirty minutes. If you are late…I will punish you.” The Princess explained with a smirk adorning her refined lips.

“Yes! I will not be late! Her Highness’s belly must be nourished!” The blonde-haired girl cried out with a genuine cheer while the woman gazed at her with entertained eyes.

“Indeed, it must. It pleases me that you see things my way.” Azula stated sternly while leaning back upon her plush throne before staring on curiously when her pet reached into her robe pocket.

“Is…there any particular beverage that Her Highness desires?” Elle asked with an attentive demeanor as she withdrew a small pen and book much to her master’s satisfaction.

“Are you recording my likes and dislikes?” The Princess questioned with smugness lacing her voice while her servant clutched at the book with an adorably bashfulness about her.

“I-it is so.” The blonde-haired girl mumbled with redness traveling down her heated face.

“What a splendid little pet you are.” Azula purred while nodding in approval as she watched her maid bow rapidly much to her pleasure.

“This girl is happy that you think so Princess.” Elle replied shyly with her arm held out before her as she smiled softly.

“I would like orange juice…” The Princess remarked lazily with her face in the palm of her hand.

“Orange juice. Understood.” The blonde-haired girl muttered while opening her eyes as she recorded the note while humming joyfully.

“…And if you can keep it to yourself…you may bring yourself back a plate as well.” Azula commanded while peering at her servant with a stony countenance.

“I-I get to have breakfast with you Princess?” Elle inquired in an awestruck voice while Azula glanced back at her rolling her eyes in the manner she has come to savor.

“I just said as much. Did I not? Now get going. I am dreadfully hungry.” The Princess spoke while adjusting herself in her seat as her belly growled once more.

“As you command Azula-sama! I will see the mission through no matter the cost!” The blonde-haired girl shouted while saluting the woman’s callous form before turning to rush out.

“Oh, and I almost forgot…I will tolerate this…behavior when we are in private. But at any other time…this will not be acceptable.” Azula called out with her hand resting in her lap as she gazed at the girl’s back.

“Yes Princess, this servant understands.” Elle agreed while turning to bow once more with golden eyes lazily peering back at her.

“Good. And you keep your little…writings between us. My father would not approve.” The Princess declared while reaching down to collect the poem with a cold gleam in her eyes.

“Between me and Her Highness only.” The blonde-haired girl repeated with her back bent as she nodded her head in understanding.

Then her ears picked up a third and final rumbling of the woman’s belly before she rapidly straightened already sensing the dominant woman’s demanding eyes upon her.

“The timer starts…now.” Azula informed while glancing at her clock before turning to her maid as she smugly observed the small girl speed out the door.

“I promise that I will not be late Azula-sama. I shall return to your side promptly.” Elle assured while turning to respectfully bow a final time.

Then she closed the door behind her while Azula sat with the poem curled up within her palm.

Now that she was alone, she unraveled it once more as she began to silently re-read its contents.

She found herself having great difficulty fighting the blush that arose onto her cheeks as she digested the heartfelt words.

Then without further delay she slid the paper into her pocket while sinking back upon her backside as she sighed once more.

‘Father cannot hear of this…if he does…’ The Princess thought as her lips curved into another frown.

She has no doubt that he would send the girl to the Boiling Rock.

Yet most puzzling of all…

Why did such a thought bother her?

Azula was not certain…

But it was how she felt all the same.

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Twenty-eight minutes later Elle stood before Azula’s seated form carefully balancing a tray as she set it down before her master.

Azula silently inspected the contents of her breakfast with a discerning eye while watching as her maid obediently set her food out for her.

The blonde’s smaller plate sat in the corner of the tray while golden eyes glanced over its contents.

She couldn’t help but notice that her servant’s plate was devoid of meat of any kind.

But she quickly shrugged it off while peering back at her loyal pet.

“Early once more. Good girl.” The Princess stated strictly while watching her servant set down her silverware.

“I endeavor to please you Master Azula. Would you like for me to stand or kneel before you while you eat?” Elle answered sweetly while bowing with her waist bent before the seated Princess.

“No. You may get a chair and sit beside me.” Azula spoke while grasping at her plate of food with her pet staring down at her in surprise.

“Are you certain master? I don’t mind waiting to eat. I understand that my Princess comes first.” The blonde-haired girl spoke with a warm smile adorning her lips as she beamed back at the stoic woman.

The girl’s submissive words truly pleased Azula.

And yet all the same…she wanted to get to know her servant better.

“Are you questioning my will?” The Princess demanded while narrowing her cold eyes as she delighted in how the small girl trembled.

“N-no Your Highness. I-I am just trying to be the best pet I can be.” Elle stuttered much to Azula’s delight while the woman glanced up at her smiling.

“Hm. Good girl indeed. Now do as you were ordered!” Azula commanded while watching as the younger girl scrambled for a chair.

She observed in amusement as the teenager dragged one of the spare chairs over before placing it beside her much taller throne.

There was little purpose for the arrangement of extra seating in her study.

But from time to time Ty Lee and Mai would accompany her to her study…

She never imagined that she would one day be allowing a servant to sit beside her.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama for t-treating me well.” The blonde-haired girl mumbled as she timidly peered down at the extravagant tabletop.

“Don’t get too sentimental servant. I am simply maintaining this standard in order to continue to receive optimum service.” The Princess replied while turning to peer down at her young companion with icy eyes.

“As you say master…would you like for me to fill your cup?” Elle requested softly while Azula gazed at her in grudging approval.

That was what she adored about this girl.

Even when she granted her privileges that no other servant has. Instead of slacking, Elle labored even harder than before.

“You may. But do not spill it.” Azula stated strictly while Elle poured orange juice from the jug into her glass.

“I am good at pouring Princess. I won’t spill it!” The blonde-haired girl exclaimed while smiling tenderly at her master’s emotionless face.

"I will admit that you are well coordinated. Tell me more…about where you come from." The Princess commented while taking a regal bite of her eggs.

"My…world?" Elle repeated with the barest loss of joy while gazing at Azula's stoic face.

The refined woman swallowed her food while glancing at her maid with understanding in her brilliant eyes.

"Your supposed world…not your brother." Azula answered sternly while finding herself frowning over her young maid's fear.

It was a bizarre feeling.

To be displeased over a peasant girl’s fear.

She just chalked it up to how revolting it would be for two siblings to share sexual relations.

“Oh! Well let’s see. We have many countries. More than four nations! Wait…the Air Nomads aren’t really a nation anymore…” The blonde-haired girl trailed off while holding a finger to her chin with the older girl listening in amusement.

“No, they are not. One person does not make a nation.” The Princess snorted with a cruel smile on her lips.

“We don’t have any benders…at least not that I know of. You see in my world…it’s not normal to have superhuman abilities of any kind.” Elle explained while cutting at her eggs with the Princess turning to gaze at her.

“It sounds like a boring world then.” Azula spoke while finding herself bothered by the thought of being without her bending.

“It might seem like that but it isn’t.

“No…it isn’t. It’s…just not a very happy place to be.” The young maid confessed with a reflective look in her eyes while her Princess swallowed her food with an uncaring countenance.

“How sad…for your fellow peasants that is.” The Princess snorted in a taunting voice while she watched her pretty maid begin to smile once more.

‘What a strange peasant. She’s already smiling again.’ Azula thought with her red lips pursing into a sophisticated scowl before turning away from the girl.

The woes of her maid’s homeland are none of her concern.

She just shook her head before taking another bite of her meal while her young servant began to do the same.

“But there are a few people that possess abnormal abilities. There is a woman…her name is Rieko. They call her the Ice Emperor you see. Because she can turn people into blocks of ice!” The blonde-haired girl announced in an animated voice while the older girl stared on with intrigued golden orbs.

“You just said that you don’t know if you have any benders. So how is she capable of freezing people in ice?” The Princess asked in a suddenly piqued voice while setting her glass down.

This was an interesting development.

If she could make contact with this woman…perhaps they could forge an alliance to strengthen the Fire Nation.

“Beats me! I’m just a simple small-town girl with a crazy brother. I wouldn’t know any more than the average person. It is very well possible that I don’t even know what I am talking about!” Elle cried out before returning to her food with a naïve smile.

Once more Azula found herself sighing as she bit into her komodo sausage shaking her head all the while.

It was rather obvious that Elle was a simple sort.

She shouldn’t have expected anything of great value from the soft-hearted girl.

“Believe me. I can tell.” Azula stated before swallowing her mouthful.

“We do have some cool stuff that your world doesn’t have! I’ve got a few things in my backpack that I could show you sometime.” The blonde-haired girl chirped while leaning in her chair as she gazed up at the woman with adoring eyes.

“Cool stuff? Like weapons of any kind?” The Princess inquired with amusement lacing her voice while she dryly watched the girl shake her head.

Figures…

“Oh no! I don’t carry weapons of any kind on me. I believe in resolving all matters peaceably.” Elle replied while Azula pointedly peered down at her bruised cheek.

“Really? How’s that working for you so far?” Azula taunted while gesturing to her cheek while staring at the girl with harsh eyes.

“It’s rather hit or miss. But even so. I just try to get along with everyone. I’m not the sort to start trouble. I’m not much of a rebel!” The blonde-haired girl conversed while smiling from ear to ear at the older girl’s stony countenance.

“Believe me servant I can see that. But that is good I suppose. Rebels don’t live very long.” The Princess remarked sagely while swallowing another mouthful.

‘This girl would have died if I would have left her on the streets…’ Azula thought with her lips pursed into a frown while watching her maid nibble on her eggs.

And most puzzling of all…why did such a thought irk her?

“While I don’t have any weapons. But I do have something much cooler. Want to hear what it is Your Highness?” Elle spoke while turning to the Princess’s cold face with her bright amber eyes alit with joy.

“Not really. But I suppose you are going to tell me anyhow.” The Princess sighed while pondering if the girl ever ceased babbling.

“I have a little gadget that plays lots of music! It’s small…very compact and it’s got all kinds of music on it.” The blonde-haired girl exclaimed while nodding proudly even as the girl turned to gaze at her with deadpan eyes.

“A music box? That’s what you want to show me?” Azula scoffed while regally swallowing another drink of her juice.

“It’s not a music box. It’s an MP3 player. It has…oh I don’t know…about two thousand songs on it.” Elle answered while smiling when her words brought about a gleam of interest in the royal’s eyes.

“Two thousand songs? How can one device hold that many songs?” The Princess pondered while gazing at the girl with curious golden eyes.

What strange little maid she’s picked up…

“In my world, songs created by artists can be compressed into datafiles that are therein copied to your device of choice. Pretty neat huh?” The blonde-haired girl concluded as she gazed up at the woman’s intrigued face.

“As a novelty I suppose so…though a weapon of war would have been of a greater interest to me…” Azula trailed off while skillfully masking her interest in the music device.

“Would you like for me to show it to you later?” Elle asked hopefully while resting on her elbows with her crush eating her meal in a refined manner.

“Servant! I am a Princess with a busy schedule. My country is in the middle of a war. I have no time for petty games.” The Princess snapped coldly while gazing at her maid as the petite girl sunk in disappointment.

“S-sumimasen Azula-sama…” The blonde-haired girl mumbled while poking at her food with saddened eyes.

Azula said nothing in response as she cut into her meat while chewing it calmly as she tried to conceal her mild annoyance over the girl’s sulking behavior.

Thus far she has concluded that her maid was twenty times as cheerful as Ty Lee and unlike her acrobatic friend easily prone to bursting into tears.

“I…know you are a busy woman. I just wanted to show it to you. I don’t have a way to charge the battery…so after I turn it on once more…it will never turn on again. You’re a Princess…and you’re also my friend. So…if I was going to show it to anyone…it would have been you.” Elle spoke in a softer voice while Azula gazed at her through the corner of her eye.

The girl’s words were strangely pleasing to hear…

Although she was rather taken aback to hear her maid call her friend.

“We’re friends?” The Princess questioned sternly while glancing over at her servant’s saddened face.

“I…would like to be friends…with you Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl admitted while redness traveled down her cheeks peered down at her food.

“You’re a peasant…and I am a Princess. Such a friendship would be frowned upon by many.” Azula commented coldly while drinking what remained of her juice.

“Oh….” Elle trailed off lamely with her spirits plummeting after those words.

“Which is why you had best keep this to yourself. I will allow you to show me your little toy later on.” The Princess remarked while turning to gaze at the smaller girl’s now brightened face.

“I am friends with Master Azula!” The blonde-haired girl yelled out childishly while throwing her arms up in delight.

All the while cold eyes surveyed her in a puzzled manner almost as if her existence was an enigma to the Princess.

“Keep your voice down!” Azula hissed while glaring at her exuberant maid musing that Ty Lee was sure to take a liking to her.

“I am so happy that we met!” Elle cried out before leaping over to embrace the stunned woman around her neck.

The Princess stiffened with her eyes agape in a comical display of disbelief almost as if she was having difficulty processing that one of her servants just hugged her.

Azula was so stricken by the action that she dropped her utensil while gazing back at Elle’s joyous face with bewildered golden eyes.

“Detach from my neck at once servant! Or I will punish you!” The Princess called out while squirming in her seat with her palms lighting ablaze.

She glared at the petite girl embracing her neckline while gritting her teeth in annoyance.

She even considered burning her maid for her defiance.

Yet somehow, she was finding herself unable to raise a hand to the younger girl’s face.

“But you’re so huggable! I just want to hug you forever and ever!” The blonde-haired girl insisted while beaming up at her master’s scowling face.

“The feeling isn’t mutual. Now get off me!” Azula growled while pushing Elle off of her with her palm while glaring at the girl as she fell back into her seat.

Why she cancelled out her bending before shoving her maid off of her was yet another mystery.

And even stranger…the hug didn’t make her as furious as she claimed.

“I feel much better now. Don’t you? Hugs make everything better. Especially hugs with a Princess.” Elle stated innocently while cheerily sipping her juice.

“No, I do not! Try that again and it will be your last!” The Princess declared while glaring over at her cheery pet with cold eyes.

Then she returned to her meal while eating the remainder of her food with a trace of aggravation in her stern eyes.

‘Hm…perhaps I should have hugged her longer…she still looks angry…’ The blonde-haired girl thought while holding a finger to her lips.

“Refill my drink servant.” Azula ordered while pounding her fist on the tabletop in a demanding manner.

“Yes, Master Azula. Forever as you say.” Elle agreed while reaching over to pour more juice into the woman’s tall glass.

“Well…at least you’re well trained. For the most part.” The Princess grumbled while chewing on her final bites with a frown still adorning her lips.

The blonde simply continued to peer over at the older girl’s lovely face while still touching her lip with her fingertip.

‘Azula-sama is so cute when she’s angry.’ Elle thought while smiling over at Azula’s brooding face while giggling softly under her breath.

Azula gazed over at her in a questioning manner but ultimately made no comment.

Then a short time later Elle stood with the dishes upon the tray while her master observed her from her throne.

“Go clean up those dishes servant.” Azula commanded while returning her focus to her war documents.

“Yes, Your Highness. What after that?” The blonde-haired girl stated while bowing carefully with the tray in hand.

“I have a great deal of work to do. But if you can keep silent…I will permit your company for a while longer.” The Princess explained while turning to her bowing pet with strict golden eyes.

“Wakarimashita!” Elle exclaimed with a grin on her innocent face while bowing once more before the woman’s emotionless face.

Azula scanned Elle for the briefest of moments before waving the girl off as she watched the maid open the door and vanish soon after.

The door closed shut while she sighed heavily musing that the girl could be a real pain.

Yet even so…she was finding herself becoming fond of the girl despite her best efforts not to.

It wasn’t long after that Azula heard the door open and quietly close once again.

The Princess idly peered over at her pet before blinking in bafflement when the girl dragged the chair back to its previous location.

And then much to her delight padded over before her booted feet and sat with her legs folded beneath her at the foot of her throne.

“The floor once more?” Azula questioned while gazing down at Elle’s petite form as the girl leaned against the foot of her throne.

“I prefer the floor. It’s closer to you master.” Elle answered while craning her neck to peer up at her looming master with worshipful eyes.

The Princess’s lips curved into a gratified grin before reaching down to pat her pet’s head once again.

The small blonde blushed while melting beneath the woman’s authoritative palm in an almost puppylike manner.

“My…aren’t you a good pet.” Azula purred with approval lacing her voice while Elle leaned in to rest her face upon her thigh.

She quirked a brow while peering down at her pet with stern golden eyes but ultimately decided that she would allow her maid to rest her head upon her thigh.

“…I am Azula-sama’s pet.” The blonde-haired girl agreed tenderly while burrowing her face into the woman’s soft thigh.

“That you are. Now be a good girl while your master works. I have much work to do. I need silence from here on out.” The Princess announced while turning to peer down at yet another page of the war document.

“Yes, Master Azula.” Elle mumbled softly while laying against the Princess’s robed thigh while a hand remained resting in her hair.

And so, the teenager sat at Azula’s feet with the Princess absentmindedly petting her here and there.

The petite blonde began to relax with her head laying upon the lovely thigh with her eyes quickly becoming heavy.

The maid yawned quietly while stern eyes occasionally glanced down at her in-between breaks from her workload.

If you asked Azula the girl was getting a little too comfortable.

And yet she found herself refraining from speaking any words of rebuke.

Nearly twenty minutes later Azula was surprised to hear the sound of gentle snoring coming from below.

The hardened Princess glanced down at the maid surprised to see that the girl had fallen asleep with her face buried in her thigh.

The small girl was resting with her arms curled up awkwardly beneath her in the space of her seat unoccupied by her backside.

Elle continued to breath peacefully while Azula stared down at her with imposing golden orbs after recovering her composure.

“I don’t recall giving her permission to sleep…” The Princess snorted while gazing down at her maid before trailing her fingers through her hair.

The blonde mumbled in response while yawning in her sleep before curling up closer to the older girl’s thigh.

“Azula-sama…” The blonde-haired girl murmured sweetly before resuming her snoring while her Princess still gazed down at her from above.

‘Is she…dreaming of me?’ Azula pondered as she surveyed her slumbering servant with curiosity in her gaze.

The Princess then returned her focus to her morning paperwork with her maid sleeping peacefully upon her shapely thigh.

She calmly flipped the page while quietly mulling over her war plans.

This should please her father…that she knew without a doubt.

And so Azula continued to go over the documents while finding herself strangely savoring the younger girl’s chosen sleeping area.

All was well in the mind of the Fire Nation Princess until the sound of knocking speedily straightened her in her seat.

“Who is it?” Azula called out while quickly gazing between the door and Elle’s dozing face.

“It’s me Azula. May I come in? Or are you busy?” Ty Lee asked from the other side while standing with her hands on her hips.

“…Just you?” The Princess answered coldly while the acrobat blinked in confusion on the other end.

“Yes, it’s just me.” The brown-haired woman stated while shifting on her feet when a strange silence followed.

Azula stared down at Elle’s peaceful face with a frown on her lips before turning back to the door.

She may be able to hide her little hobby from her father but Ty Lee was bound to see her and Elle interact sooner or later…

“…I’ll come back later.” Ty Lee spoke while turning away with a noticeably glummer countenance.

Lately she has felt like her friendship with Azula was slipping…and she wasn’t sure what to do about it.

Or if anything could be done about it.

“You may come in. But shut the door behind you.” Azula sighed while turning to the opening door with callous golden eyes gazing upon her friend as she quietly stepped inside.

Just as soon as Ty Lee stepped inside the study she froze with her hand upon the door.

She gazed ahead with shocked brown-gray eyes to find herself gazing upon Azula with the blonde maid sleeping with her face upon her robed thigh.

It was such a stunning sight that she hadn’t even realized that she was gawking for far too long.

She may be friends with Azula but even she and Mai both know that there was an unspoken boundary that even they couldn’t cross.

There were just certain things that you do not do in her friends’ presence.

It was not wise to stare at Azula for too long.

Nor should a servant ever be so foolish as to fall asleep in Azula’s presence.

And yet here this girl was sleeping upon Azula!

When golden eyes took on a much more dangerous glint, she quickly shut the door behind her.

“Azula…” The brown-haired woman muttered in disbelief while trying to take her eyes off the baffling sight.

“If you tell anyone about this…” The Princess trailed off in an even colder voice than usual with her eyes burning through her surprised friends’ skull.

It was such a terrifying tone that Ty Lee found herself gulping while speedily waving her hands before her in a placating show of reassurance.

“I won’t tell! I promise…I am just surprised. That’s all.” Ty Lee stated while stepping closer with her eyes occasionally glancing over at the girl cutely snoring on Azula.

“Try not to wake her up. She’s been babbling all morning.” Azula commented casually while Ty Lee seated herself in the corner of the room.

“I didn’t know that you listened to servants babble…” The brown-haired woman replied with a rising smile on her lips as she observed her friends scowling face.

“I don’t. I am training her to be the optimum personal servant. She must remain in my presence in order to ensure that she is shaped to my specifications.” The Princess answered while gazing at her cheery friend from the corner of her eye.

“If you say so Azula…” Ty Lee giggled while smiling gently in relief to see that her friend could be kind after all.

If Azula is allowing the girl to sleep on her…

She couldn’t help but wonder…if she gave her a plate after they left.

She had thought that Azula’s answer the prior night was a resounding no.

Yet after seeing this….

“Just what are you implying?” Azula hissed while glaring between her friend and her snoring servant with icy eyes.

“It almost looks like…you’re being…nice?” The brown-haired woman suggested nervously while leaning back in her seat.

“Nice?” The Princess sneered in a venomous voice that already had the acrobat regretting her words as she raised her palm to slap the younger girl awake.

“Azula!” Ty Lee exclaimed in a hushed voice while watching as her friends’ hand nearly impacted with the sleeping girl’s bruised cheek.

Azula’s palm halted before impacting with Elle’s face while the small girl continued to breath serenely while adorably nuzzling her thigh.

“Tch.” Azula grunted before reclining upon her throne while glaring down at the blonde’s snoring face.

“Do…you like this girl Azula?” The brown-haired woman pondered while hoping she wasn’t pressing too deeply.

“What do mean like?” The Princess asked icily while gazing over her shoulder at her childhood friend.

“There’s nothing wrong with feeling fondness for another person Azula…everything doesn’t have to involve cruelty.” Ty Lee explained while leaning on her elbows as she smiled at her unsocial friend.

“She’s a peasant Ty Lee. She is beneath me.” Azula insisted while glaring at her friend’s grinning face.

“Peasant…nobility…royalty. We’re all human. That doesn’t make her worth any less than us…she’s a nice girl. There aren’t many servants that would smile over kneeling on the floor while we eat for a whole hour. But I don’t recall her frowning even once.” The brown-haired woman responded while propping her legs up under her.

“That’s because she knows her place. Unlike the other peasants.” The Princess stated while gazing back down at her slumbering pet.

“Is her place sleeping on your leg?” Ty Lee teased while trying not to giggle over Azula’s obvious interest in the younger girl.

“Her place is kneeling before me. She is my pet Ty Lee. A pet sleeps at her master’s feet.” Azula announced while gesturing down at the snoring girl while Ty Lee’s smile began to wane.

“Your pet Azula?” The brown-haired woman repeated while gazing between the two with disappointment in her eyes.

Just when it seemed like Azula was allowing a girl of a lower status to get closer to her she finds out it is only because she sees the girl as her human pet.

“You heard me Ty Lee. I have decided to keep this girl as my pet.” The Princess declared while placing her hand atop the tiny girl’s head of soft hair.

“Oh…okay. Well at least you’re still being gentle with her…” Ty Lee sighed while shaking her head as she resumed playing with her braided hair.

“Well let’s hope for her sake that you keep your word. Because if you don’t…I’ll throw her back into the dirty alleyway that I found her in.” Azula informed in a warning voice while staring hard at her friends appalled expression.

“A-Azula that would be extremely cruel. Please don’t do that.” The brown-haired woman whispered while digesting the Princess’s words.

Azula took this girl in from the streets.

She never imagined that Azula would ever bring a peasant in from the cold streets!

The last thing she wanted to see was for this poor girl to get thrown back out into a filthy alleyway.

“Then you had best remember that what you see now…and what you may see when we are in private…stays in private.” The Princess replied while frowning over in her childhood friends direction.

“I get it Azula…I won’t tell a soul…may I ask what prompted you to take her in?” Ty Lee conversed gently while staring at Elle’s peaceful face.

That girl may the only person on the planet that could fall asleep on Azula and look so joyful about it!

“Ugh. She gave me a fire lily.” Azula grumbled as she gazed at the wall with an irate gleam in her eyes while Ty Lee’s eyes widened in realization.

The acrobat couldn’t believe that her brief suspicion had been right after all!

With the news just now sinking in she could only peer down at Elle’s mumbling face and then back up to Azula’s stoic visage as a smile began to climb onto her lips once more.

Even though her friend was claiming that the girl was her ‘pet’.

This added a whole new element to it!

It was…just adorable!

“Aww! That was so sweet of her! She must really like you Azula!” The brown-haired woman exclaimed with a beaming countenance.

“Of course, she does. She approached me to tell me that I am the most beautiful girl there is. I already knew that though…” The Princess trailed off smugly while her friend just smiled in response to her hubris.

“And that’s why went out in the rainstorm.” Ty Lee spoke with a tender smile adorning her lips finding it relieving that Azula had goodness in her after all.

“Yes Ty Lee. I decided that she would make a good pet.” Azula commented with her hand still resting in the girl’s hair.

“Is…that what you told her?” The brown-haired woman asked while she scratched at her cheek finding her friends lack of social skills to be rather amusing.

“I told her that I was keeping her as my pet…she said and I quote, sure I’m the Princess’s pet now.” The Princess responded with a smirk forming on her smug lips.

“You know Azula…this girl must like you more than you know if she tolerates you calling her your pet…” Ty Lee trailed off while leaning back in her seat smiling even so.

It was cute in a strange fashion.

She could tell that Azula was already becoming rather possessive of this girl and she could also tell that Elle adored Azula.

“Please. She worships me.” Azula boasted while puffing out her chest while Ty Lee gazed at her sweatdropping over her inflated ego.

“Well I’m happy for you Azula…so what’s her name? It must be something other than pet.” The brown-haired woman inquired while still gazing down at the dozing teenager.

“Her name is Elle.” The Princess admitted with the barest signs of fondness in her cold voice.

“Will Elle be hanging out with us from now on?” Ty Lee requested with a warm smile on her lips as she watched the girl mutter incoherently in her sleep.

“She will wait on us wherever we go yes.” Azula informed curtly while Ty Lee sighed heavily once more.

“…Can’t we just get to know her…you know without her slaving on us hand and foot?” The brown-haired woman asked while staring at her friend hopefully.

Homeless or not she knew damn well that any other commoner girl would run the opposite way if Azula approached her and declared that she was to be her pet.

The fact that this girl happily accepts such a role just proves how much she loves Azula.

“I am training her to be the ideal servant. This means that she must be ready to serve me at any moment. Be it day or night.” The Princess insisted while her friend peered at her with an awkward smile.

“Well I look forward to getting to know her. I hope you don’t work her to death…it would be nice to have a new face on the team!” Ty Lee chimed while Azula glanced between her and Elle’s snoring face with deadpan eyes.

The two girls then listened closely when the small blonde began to mumble once more.

“Oh…Azula-sama…” Elle mumbled while adorably clinging to the older girl’s thigh as she sunk face first into Azula’s soft flesh.

The acrobat blinked while holding a hand over her mouth as she failed to withhold her giggles all the while the Princess glared at her icily.

“Ty Lee…” Azula warned in a growling voice while still keeping her hand upon her pet’s snoring head.

“Azula that is so cute!” The brown-haired woman exclaimed while gaping at the girl’s adorable face.

“It is not cute.” The Princess protested while grasping at her young maid’s head with a dominant hand.

“Oh, come on Azula. How is that not adorable? It’s cute and you know it.” Ty Lee declared while folding her arms over her bust while marveling over the dozing blonde’s lovable face.

“Perhaps…she is marginally adorable…but only slightly.” Azula stated callously while scowling over her friends amused laughter.

“If you say so Azula…just marginally adorable.” The brown-haired woman snickered while musing that the two would make a cute couple.

“Are you through with your interrogation? I’ll have you know that I have a strategic reason for keeping her around.” The Princess retorted while glaring at her smiling childhood friend.

“Like what? So, you can have a girl that’s head over heels for you waiting on your every order?” Ty Lee answered while folding her arms over her bust with her friend scoffing in response.

"No, Ty Lee. It's because she claims that she's from another world." Azula confessed while resting her spare hand on her belly with her childhood companion gazing back in shock.

"What?" The brown-haired woman blurted in puzzlement after nearly falling from her chair while the royal gestured down to the teenager once more.

"She says that she is from another world. She doesn't know how she got here…or how to get back. She wandered the Fire Nation for a few weeks…before finding herself captivated by my beauty. She's been following me around trying to give me gifts ever since she laid eyes on me…" The Princess trailed off in a spoiled manner.

"That's…that's amazing Azula. And so sweet at the same time!" Ty Lee quipped while smiling at Elle's resting face once more.

That had to be one of the sweetest tales she's ever heard.

This girl must be truly innocent…to be able to look past Azula's cruel streak.

Not to mention the courage that it took to approach Azula with a fire lily!

"Naturally…my primary purpose is to ensure that she doesn't fall into enemy hands. If her story is true. There is no telling what secrets she may hold…" Azula spoke seriously while Elle continued to snore softly upon her thigh.

“…Right.” The brown-haired woman laughed while peering at the blonde’s opened mouth as she stretched out on the Princess’s thigh.

“Of course, this is only further validation of my magnetic charm.” The Princess answered while her friend sighed once more.

“I think you might be letting this go to your head Azula.” Ty Lee replied as she shook her head almost fondly.

“She abandoned any desire to go home as soon as she laid eyes on me. She says she wouldn’t go home even if she could. She would rather serve me.” Azula boasted while her lips curved into a gratified smirk.

The words were a bit of a further shock to Ty Lee as she peered at the sleeping girl with surprised brown-gray eyes.

“Like I said Azula…she’s clearly a sweet girl. I…just hope you’ll keep being nice to her. It’s obvious that she likes you.” The brown-haired woman commented while gazing at the blonde’s face with kind eyes.

“Oh please. I’ve hardly overworked her. The only work she’s done thus far was eat breakfast with me.” The Princess remarked while gazing down at the girl’s yawning face.

Ty Lee was just floored to hear that Azula had actually ate breakfast with a commoner.

It was…just astonishing.

Azula then glanced down at the girl’s groggy face while sternly observing as the smaller girl opened her sleepy little eyes.

The younger girl peered back up at her slowly yawning once more while her master grudgingly allowed her to remain upon her thigh.

All the while Ty Lee watched from the corner of the room while holding a hand to her mouth as she quietly gushed over the girl’s cuteness.

She could tell that Azula agreed with her…even if the Princess wouldn’t say as such.

“…mhm…” Elle trailed off in mid yawn while Azula gazed down at her snorting in evident amusement.

“You are a brazen little peasant.” Azula remarked while glaring down at the drowsy girl as Elle propped her head against her thigh.

“…Is it still silent time master?” The blonde-haired girl pondered while blinking up at the woman’s looming body.

The acrobat quietly sighed while watching the two interact.

Why must Azula make the girl call her master? Isn’t Princess enough?

“I wouldn’t be speaking to you if it was. Are you aware that you’ve been sleeping on my leg for an hour?” The Princess questioned curtly with the small girl still recovering from her nap.

“Hm. Only an hour…may I go back to sleep now?” Elle asked innocently while Azula narrowed her eyes down at her.

That was when Ty Lee finally giggled as she observed the two’s adorable interactions.

“Oh…do we have company?” The blonde-haired girl mumbled while still peering up at her master’s scowling face.

“Hello! Did you sleep well?” Ty Lee greeted while watching Elle turn her head to finally notice her with widened amber eyes.

“No, you may not! My leg is not your pillow?” Azula snapped while staring down at Elle’s blushing face with hardened eyes.

“It’s not my fault that it’s so comfy…” Elle grumbled childishly with the woman peering down with an icy countenance.

“You must have some comfortable thighs Azula…” The brown-haired woman teased woman her friend glared at her through the corner of her eye.

“Straighten yourself at once! Naptime is over!” The Princess barked while snapping her fingers as she observed in delight when the girl sprang up upon command.

“Yes, Master Azula! S-sorry!” The blonde-haired girl cried out while speedily removing herself from the woman’s lap.

“Kneel! I will not tolerate this disrespect.” Azula commanded while pointing down at her boots with smug golden eyes.

“Azula…” Ty Lee sighed heavily while Elle sank into a bow with her face pressing into her friend’s pantleg.

“Yes, Your Highness! How may I please you? Is there anything you would like me to get you?” Elle questioned while bowing with her face pushing into her master’s bootleg.

“Do you see that Ty Lee? Now this…is the ideal servant.” The Princess purred with a smile on her lips as she turned from her frowning friend to peer down at her prostrated pet.

“I see it Azula…” The brown-haired woman stated while musing that she preferred her friends prior behavior to this.

“I-I am pleased that you think so Princess…y-you know how much I strive to make you smile.” The blonde-haired girl stammered while remaining in her bow when the woman leaned down to pat her head.

“She’s a marvelous little pet. Isn’t she? No complaints…no frowns. Just joyful service.” Azula cooed in a possessive voice while petting the bowing girl’s head while her friend eyed her weirdly.

“Azula…why do you have to demean her like this? She gave you a fire lily…she’s a sweet girl.” Ty Lee muttered while suddenly regretting visiting her cruel friend.

“Demean her? Does it look like I am abusing her?” The Princess retorted while gesturing down to the teenager’s prostrated body while she continued to trace her fingers through the blushing girl’s hair.

“Not physically…but…you are emotionally demeaning a girl that has been nothing but kind to you.” The brown-haired woman explained with her lips pursed into a frown.

“Nonsense Ty Lee. Tell me servant…are you happy being my pet?” Azula inquired while smiling as she patted Elle’s little head while the girl pressed her face into her boot.

“Very much so! I am the Princess’s pet!” Elle chirped while giggling underneath her master’s petting hand.

Ty Lee simply blinked while musing that Elle must adore Azula so much that she is willing to be her friend’s pet just to be beside her.

It was both sad and adorable…in a twisted way though.

“That you are. And there you have it Ty Lee. She’s happy.” The Princess declared while patting the girl’s little head before leaning back in her throne once more with her pet hugging her boot.

“If you say so Azula.” Ty Lee agreed while staring at Elle’s face while finding the puppylike behavior to a bit unnerving.

Why did Azula have to turn a girl who genuinely adored her into a human pet?

“Your lazy time is hereby over servant. I command you to stand and report to the palace kitchens for your days training. You will spend the next few hours memorizing my every want...and then you will be trained in housekeeping. You shall report to me in my chambers in three hours’ time. After you’ve cleaned my room…you will spend the remainder of the day waiting on me and my friends.” Azula announced in a tyrannical voice while Ty Lee just gazed at her in clear disapproval.

“I shall not displease you Azula-sama! This servant will make you smile.” The blonde-haired girl exclaimed while speedily standing before bowing at the waist before her master’s reclining form.

“One can only hope…now run along now.” The Princess commented while waving the girl off while the blonde beamed back at her while scurrying for the doors.

“It was nice meeting you Elle!” The brown-haired woman called out as she leaned on the edge of her seat while watching the girl stop before the doors to return her smile.

“It was a pleasure to meet you as well Ty Lee! I will see you later Azula-sama! I’ll miss you!” Elle cheered as she waved at both girl’s while Azula gazed at she nodded briefly.

“Not as much as I’ll miss you.” Azula stated dryly while paying Ty Lee’s frown little mind as they watched Elle grin before shutting the doors behind her.

“Azula…isn’t that little a little extreme just for giving you a fire lily.” Ty Lee spoke softly while her friend turned with her smile waning.

“She is eager to please. I like to be pleased. I fail to see your point.” The Princess answered while gazing back at her sighing friend.

“I know. I am just saying…that it would be nice to get to know Elle without her constantly having to scramble about on our every order.” The brown-haired girl explained while her friend arose from her throne.

“Ugh. If it will quiet your complaining. I’ll give her an hour break later today so you can chat with her. Happy?” Azula spoke with her arms folded over her breasts while Ty Lee sprang from her seat smiling much wider than before.

“Very much so! I already feel like she’s going to be a great friend! Her aura is very pink!” Ty Lee blurted while following after Azula who simply rolled her eyes in response.

“Yes Ty Lee. She is very pink.” The Princess stated while she walked alongside her cheerful friend down the halls of the palace.

Sometime an hour later Elle knelt beside Lao while they continued to scrub the floors of the palace.

“So! What’s your name?” Elle conversed while gazing over at her fellow maid with happy amber eyes.

She was aware that the other staff thought she was crazy for being so happy to serve the Princess.

But oh well!

“You got Chia in trouble the other day. She was thrown out because of you.” Lao answered calmly while turning to gaze at the cheery blonde with a calmer countenance.

“Azula-sama asked me a question. I answered truthfully. The Princess was displeased over the change. I tried to tell Ms. Chia that Azula-sama would not approve…but she wouldn’t listen.” The blonde-haired girl explained while peering back at the puzzled girl.

The dark-haired girl gazed down at her scrubbing pad musing that the head maid had kind of set herself up for that.

It didn’t seem that the girl did it on purpose…but even so.

She didn’t seem to know when it was for her own good to be quiet.

“…Just don’t do anything to get me in trouble okay? I have to feed my family. Do you understand?” Lao inquired while gazing back at the blonde’s now nodding face.

“Wakarimashita.” Elle chirped while staring at Lao’s baffled face while the older girl sighed under her breath.

“My name is Lao.” The dark-haired maid muttered while resuming her scrubbing.

“And I am Elle!” The blonde-haired girl exclaimed proudly while humming as she continued to wipe down the floor.

“…Has anyone ever told you that you were strange?” Lao inquired pointedly while Elle turned to beam over at her.

“Mhm!” Elle answered with Lao gazing at her now comically with a bead of sweat dripping down her cheek.

“Right…” The dark-haired maid sighed before glumly returning to the miserable task at of cleaning the palace floors.

“Her Highness wants us to clean her room after this.” The blonde-haired girl chirped while the other maid gazed over with annoyance in her eyes that flew over her head.

“Joy….” Lao murmured while glaring down at the floor as she mused that the spoiled Princess would do well to learn how to clean her own room.

Not that she would ever say that aloud though.

Her bitterness seemed once more lost on her more innocent minded companion as they continued about their days work.

Azula strode through the palace with Ty Lee and now Mai in tow whilst the weapons user listened to the acrobat explain about Elle.

“Did I just hear that right? We’re…going to hang out with a maid?” Mai asked dryly while Azula glared at her from over her shoulder.

“We are not ‘hanging’ out with her Mai. I am overseeing her training personally. Therefore, she must accompany me wherever I go so I can mold her to my liking.” Azula explained with her hands on her shapely hips while the other woman gazed at her oddly.

‘What is with Azula? Why the sudden interest in this maid?’ The markswoman thought while the acrobat continued to play with her braided hair.

“Azula! You said you were going to give her a break. Hasn’t she already spent several hours cleaning the palace floors?” Ty Lee pondered while gazing at her stern leader with pleading eyes.

“She is currently cleaning my chambers. She concluded with the floors an hour ago.” The Princess replied in a controlling voice that took both girl’s aback.

“So…let me get this straight. She’s basically your…favorite …so she gets the privilege of doing more work than the rest?” Mai snorted while they strode through the long hallway.

“Correct Mai. This particular maid is my pet. As such she has the honor of serving me with her every breath.” Azula declared while approaching her chambers with both of her friends eying her oddly.

“Your pet?” The markswoman repeated dryly only for her words to be ignored by the Princess.

“Azula…when she is concluded with her current task will you let her sit with us…she’s a really nice girl. I’d like to get to know her.” The brown-haired woman requested once more while her friend frowned as if it was too much to ask.

“Fine. I’ll permit her to have a break from cleaning. She can fill our drinks instead.” The Princess stated strictly while both friends winced in unison.

“…That’s not a break Azula. A real break! Where we talk to her. You know…without having her scrambling about fulfilling order after order.” Ty Lee insisted with her arms folded over her breasts.

“What? You want me to not give her any orders for a whole hour?” Azula queried as if stunned while turning to her two friends sweatdropping faces.

“I do.” The brown-haired woman responded while smiling at her controlling friend as they neared the Princess’s chambers.

“If I do. Will it end your complaining?” The Princess inquired icily while turning to her grinning friend.

“Yep!” Ty Lee replied with her lips curving into a wide smile as she watched her friend stop with her hand on the doorknob of her chamber.

The acrobat paused behind Azula as they heard the sound of muttering voices asking if someone was okay followed by the sounds of heavy rasping for air.

“Are you alright Elle?” Lao asked in a worried voice while kneeling over the panting girl with a concerned look in her eyes.

When Azula heard those words, she felt a strange sensation of slight concern wash over her.

She couldn’t understand why but she did.

“I-I just need to catch my breath.” Elle stammered while she knelt with a hand over her chest with the other girl frowning down at her.

“You…look pale…” The dark-haired maid muttered before jumping in fright when the door abruptly opened to reveal the Princess gazing down at them with her friends behind her.

“Is this social hour?” Azula sneered while ignoring Ty Lee’s stare of rebuke as they gazed down at Elle wheezing with Lao hovering over her.

“Azula! She’s not well! You’re overworking her!” The acrobat exclaimed with a trace of anger in her voice that took both of her friends aback.

It was just mind boggling to her that Azula thought this was how she should treat a girl who gave her a fire lily!

“Y-Your Highness she’s having trouble breathing. S-she needs to see a doctor.” Lao stuttered while Azula stared down at them with icy eyes before gazing to the small blonde’s white face.

“I’ll be the judge of what needs to be done. Now get out servant! Or you can be punished along with her!” The Princess informed in a callous voice while narrowing her eyes as she watched the terrified maid shakily stand.

Ty Lee scowled at Azula’s back while Mai observed with her usual disinterest.

“Y-yes Your Highness! P-please go easy on her!” The dark-haired maid answered while scurrying past the monstrous woman as she gazed over her shoulder at the rasping girl.

And then she rushed out with disgust flashing in her eyes.

‘What a monster! She doesn’t even care about her own people. All she cares about is causing us as much misery as she possibly can!’ Lao thought while vanishing down the long hallway.

“Y-you’re not really going to punish her, are you?” Ty Lee inquired while Azula glared back at them over her shoulder before approaching the panting girl.

“S-sumimasen Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl exclaimed while the woman knelt over her with her hardened eyes surveying her pale face.

“What seems to be the problem servant?” Azula demanded while scowling down at her wheezing pet’s little face.

“I-I need my b-breather.” Elle stuttered to the puzzlement of the three women while the Princess furrowed her brows in annoyance.

“Breather?” The Princess snorted cruelly while rolling her eyes as the acrobat crouched beside her scowling at her in disapproval.

“Stop it Azula! She can’t breathe! She’s been nothing but nice to you! Why are you taunting her!” The brown-haired woman cried out with her friend’s eyes now burning through her skull.

All the while Mai stood silently observing the strange scene pondering why Azula even cared.

It wasn’t like Azula to give a damn about anyone but herself!

The gymnast placed her hand on the girl’s shaking back while sweat began to drip down her forehead already regretting backtalking the Princess.

Luckily for her Azula seemed to let it slide in favor of gauging the girl’s condition.

“Where is your…breather servant?” Azula questioned to Mai’s amazement while Elle peered up at her smiling in a strained manner.

“M-my room master. M-may I?” The blonde-haired girl responded shakily while peering up at her master’s hardened eyes.

“Go get this medicine of yours. But afterwards…you and I are having a talk.” The Princess grumbled while trying to conceal her concern while watching her servant stand with her childhood friend helping her up.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama.” Elle spoke while still attempting to bow before Azula while the woman stared back at her with a trace of approval in her eyes.

“Ugh! Don’t speak any further until you can breathe.” Azula snapped while waving her pet off while Ty Lee helped the red-faced girl walk.

“I’ll walk with her Azula.” Ty Lee announced while placing her arm around the shorter girl’s shoulder as she pulled Elle along under her wing.

The Princess said nothing in response as she stood with her palms folded behind her back while watching her little maid peer back at her almost longingly.

What a well-behaved pet she mused.

Even when Elle couldn’t breath she still bowed before her.

“Come along now Elle.” The acrobat commented while tugging the smaller girl alongside her when the maid lingered to stare at her friend.

It was rather adorable just how much this girl adored Azula.

But she was concerned that the Princess was going too far in taking advantage of the girl’s feelings.

“Y-yes Ty Lee. As you say.” The blonde-haired girl mumbled obediently while the woman grinned down at her.

“You’re too cute. Did you know that?” Ty Lee remarked as she peered down at the blushing girl while guiding her along underneath her armpit.

Azula observed their departure with callous golden eyes before sighing under her breathe.

She could practically feel Mai’s questioning gaze all over her face.

“Just a maid huh?” Mai taunted in a calm voice while almost smirking at Azula’s scowling face.

“Shut up Mai.” The Princess hissed before striding out to follow her servant to her quarters.

The markswoman began to follow as well if only because it was something to relieve her boredom.

Around twenty minutes later Ty Lee stood patiently in Elle’s servant quarters while she watched the girl comically toss items about over her shoulder.

“I…thought it was here…or was it here?” Elle mumbled while her artbook fell off her bedside onto the floor.

The book flipped open on a random page that quickly caught the acrobat’s astonished eye.

Her mouth hung open in awe as she blinked to find herself peering down at a simply beautiful painting of Azula!

The young girl had painted Azula walking over a bridge with the sun setting in the background!

It was proudly titled:

Azula-sama, walk.

“You…really like Azula…don’t you?” Ty Lee asked in a gentle voice while kneeling to close the book while Elle peered over her shoulder smiling bashfully.

“I-I cherish Master Azula more than anything or anyone else in this life.” The blonde-haired girl answered while still holding a hand over her chest.

“I can tell.” The brown-haired woman spoke softly as she seated herself beside the younger girl while placing a supportive hand on her new friend’s smaller back.

“I…can’t find it. Those girl’s must h-have taken it when they tried to steal my backpack.” Elle muttered while sinking back on her beside with Ty Lee now frowning down at her.

“What girl’s?” Ty Lee questioned with an edge to her usually kind voice while staring down at the petite girl.

“B-bullies in the city before Azula-sama took me in. They were teasing me and calling me panter when I was trying to take my medicine. They tried to take my pack from me…I got it back but…they must have stolen my medicine.” The blonde-haired girl explained in a worried voice while holding her hands to her forehead.

The acrobat gazed down at her new friend with a colder gleam in her eyes just when the Princess opened the door with Mai at her back.

She could tell that Elle was as sweet as they come.

It was just despicable to steal her medicine of all things!

The door was then quietly shut while cold golden eyes briefly danced about her servant’s room.

“Well? Is the problem resolved?” Azula inquired aloofly while folding her arms over her breasts as she fixed the two girls with a stern stare.

“W-well my breathing calmed for the time being b-but…” Elle trailed off in a shameful voice while Ty Lee sat up beside her in an almost big sisterly manner.

“Some girl’s stole her medicine!” The brown-haired woman exclaimed while the Princess stared on with her eyes twitching in annoyance.

“Is this a joke? Who in this palace would possibly be foolish enough to steal my maid’s medicine?” The Princess snorted while her childhood friend glared up at her with angered eyes.

“Not in the palace Azula! Apparently bullies in the city before you brought her back.” Ty Lee stated while Azula glared down at Elle with increased aggravation in her eyes.

“You have got to be kidding me!” Azula snarled while slapping her hand over her face while Mai listened in slight amusement.

“S-sumimasen…” Elle trailed off lamely while the older girl’s arm remained over her shoulder all the while Ty Lee gazed up at Azula expectantly.

“No Ty Lee. The answer is no.” The Princess scoffed while turning away form the other girl’s angry gaze.

“She gave you a fire lily and you won’t even help her retrieve her medicine?” The brown-haired woman demanded in a judgmental voice while the Princess scowled down at them with narrowed eyes.

Mai turned to the younger girl with surprised eyes while noting the blonde’s slight flush before gazing at Azula’s stoic face.

It was just barely noticeable but to her amazement the Princess was blushing!

“You expect the Princess of the Fire Nation…to go on a hunt for a peasant’s medicine?” Azula asked in a prideful voice while staring down at Elle’s ashamed expression.

“If you haven’t noticed Azula. This…peasant probably cares about you more than anyone else in this world. It just seems like it’s the least that you could do. Peasant or not…she’s our friend now!” Ty Lee insisted in a protective voice while patting the sulking girl’s back.

“You’re turning out to be a real pain in my ass. Do you know that?” The Princess scoffed while stepping forward as she towered over her servant’s seated form.

“F-forgive me Master Azula…” The blonde-haired girl muttered pitifully while she sat underneath the acrobat’s guarding arm.

“Azula…please. She’s a real sweetheart. She thinks the world of you. That ought to earn her a place beside us.” The brown-haired woman pleaded in a softer voice while embracing the smaller girl under her arm.

Azula stood silent for a moment while her eyes swept over Elle’s sullen face before her gaze flickered down to the teenager’s closed artbook.

At long last she sighed heavily while turning back to her maid with her callous eyes softening just barely.

“We need to look out for her Azula. We need to stick up for her.” Ty Lee spoke sternly while Azula gazed down at her still sighing.

“Once more consider yourself fortunate…that I have taken a liking to you.” The Princess stated finally while her words produced a smile from the acrobat.

“So…we’re going on a hunt for a maid’s medicine now?” Mai asked in a deadpan voice while standing behind Azula as they gazed down at Ty Lee holding Elle underneath her arm.

“Not just any maid Mai! She’s our friend!” The brown-haired woman cheered while smashing the blushing teenager into her bust.

“…Whatever.” The markswoman sighed while gazing down at the younger girl with mildly softer eyes than earlier.

“I will not permit a word of this to circulate beyond closed doors. I have a reputation to maintain…” Azula declared with her hands on her hips as she peered down at Elle while a smile slowly crept back onto her cheeks.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu…” Elle trailed off timidly with Ty Lee pulling her to her feet still holding her under her armpit.

“Remember Azula. She’s just marginally adorable!” Ty Lee chimed while planting her palm atop Elle’s head with Azula trying her hardest to glare down at the bashful girl.

“Shut up Ty Lee.” The Princess snorted before observing sternly as her friend moved forward with her little maid in tow.

“Azula-sama?” The blonde-haired girl began nervously as she peered up at the callous woman.

“What now?” Azula asked strictly while peering down at Elle while Ty Lee continued to smile down at the girl warmly.

Then Elle stunned Mai and even Ty Lee when she leaped from the acrobat’s hold and latched onto the Princess’s belly.

Azula’s face broke out with the twinges of an uncharacteristic blush while Elle buried her face in her upper belly.

The Princess squirmed in protest while the smaller girl continued to embrace her lovingly all the while Ty Lee watched giggling in amusement.

“Servant! Release me at once!” Azula protested angrily while her two friends stifled their chuckles as she glared down at her pet.

“Azula-sama…thank you.” Elle spoke up happily while staring up into Azula’s reddened face.

“You…you are welcome now let me go!” The Princess hissed while glaring over the girl’s head at her friend’s snickering faces.

“She hasn’t burned yet…perhaps the girl has the power to disable Azula’s bending by hug alone.” Mai taunted with the barest hint of humor in her deadpan voice.

Azula just glared back at her while still trying to push the smaller girl off of her.

“Ty Lee! She’s attacking me! Disable her at once!” Azula called out while her friend’s giggles still floated through the air.

“Definitely more than marginally adorable…” The brown-haired woman commented with her hands on her hips.

Finally, the Princess pushed the maid off of her while scowling down at the blushing girl with dominant golden eyes.

“Let’s just get this over with…I have better things to do than chase bullies all day.” The Princess sighed with her arms folded over her breasts.

“Wakarimashita…” The blonde-haired girl muttered beside her master while peering up with adoration in her innocent eyes.

Azula began to stride onward with Elle following eagerly at her heels with her little backpack on her shoulders and Ty Lee to the girl’s right.

Mai lagged behind in the rear all the while gazing at her leader with still taken aback eyes.

To think that Azula cared enough about this girl to go retrieve her medicine…it was just stunning.

“You’re apart of the team now Elle.” Ty Lee informed while placing her hand upon the shorter girl’s shoulder.

The Princess glanced down at the younger girl’s timid face with her stern eyes reflecting her newfound possessive nature towards the girl.

“Yes…apart of Team Azula-sama.” Elle agreed happily while turning to smile at all three women before peering up at her stoic master.

“Fine. Ty Lee. She can be apart of the team…” Azula spoke while shrugging as she walked alongside Elle while the petite girl beamed up at her.

All the while one thought continued to play over and over in Elle’s mind.

She has finally found where she belonged.

Besides Azula-sama.

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"I demand to know all about this...ailment of yours." Azula ordered while gazing down at Elle as they made their way through the city.

"Oh, I have a breathing condition. I have to take an inhaler to stabilize my breathing on a regular basis." Elle informed while her master glared down at her with irate golden eyes.

"In other words, you are feeble." The Princess snorted while the blonde's shoulders slumped as she gazed down at her.

"Azula!" Ty Lee scolded while frowning with her hand on Elle's shoulder.

"Tell me servant. What happens when we retrieve your…medicine? It will run out sooner or later no? Have you given that any thought?" Azula inquired while staring down at Elle with cold eyes.

"U-um I did…I was hoping that Her Highness could replicate it somehow…" The blonde-haired girl admitted shyly while the older girl glanced down at her sternly.

"Do I look like a healer to you?" The Princess asked icily while glaring ahead with her acrobat friend still frowning.

"I bet you can figure something out Azula! You're so brilliant! If anyone can replicate her medicine. It's you." The brown-haired woman praised sweetly while the markswoman sighed under her breath.

Azula noticeably swelled in confidence while walking with her lips curving into a smug smirk all the while Ty Lee smiled victoriously.

When in doubt just stroke Azula's ego!

"Azula-sama is the smartest person in the whole world! The most beautiful too!" Elle cheered happily while smiling up at her master's smirking face.

"I am rather amazing yes…" The Princess agreed while scanning her fingernails smugly.

"There is no one more amazing than Her Highness." The blonde-haired girl chirped while the acrobat giggled down at her.

"Seriously Azula. I can see why she is your favorite. This girl is a total brownnoser." Mai stated dryly while Azula glared over her shoulder.

The Princess's callous eyes never failed to notice when the small girl turned to her with a sudden look of curiosity in her gaze.

"What's a brownnoser Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl inquired abruptly while peering up at the three stunned taller girls.

"Seriously?" The markswoman repeated with disbelief lacing her voice.

Is this girl that naïve?

"You…don't know what a brownnoser is Elle?" Azula asked in a taken aback voice while peering down at her pet while the girl chewed on her lip.

"No. I've spent most of my life isolated from the world in the family estate. I don't know much about the world other than what I've read in books inside our library…I haven't had much social interaction with anyone besides my brother." Elle explained while gazing up at the three women with innocent amber eyes.

"I told you that we have to look out for her." Ty Lee remarked while patting Elle's back as the girl blushed up at her taller form.

"A brownnoser is someone who spends the bulk of their time with their face buried in someone else's ass." Mai stated in a deadpan voice while her two friends sweatdropped as she gazed down at Elle's thoughtful face.

"Mai…" The Princess warned in an icy voice while her friend gazed back with teasing eyes.

"But I-I haven't had my face in Azula-sama's…bottom." The blonde-haired girl protested naively while a blush developed on her cheeks just as all three girls stared down at her in unison.

Even Azula's mouth was agape in surprise while Ty Lee now peered down at Elle with her face overtaking a literal shade of pink.

"Wow. You sure are a sheltered child, aren't you?" The brown-haired woman commented while gazing over in amusement at the Princess's stoic face.

"Servant. Pay no mind to Mai. She's just miserable because her fiancé ditched her." Azula taunted while staring down at Elle as the girl nodded faithfully.

"As you say Azula-sama…always as you say." Elle agreed warmly while Azula gazed down at her in gratification.

"I bet if Azula pulled her pants down right now…you'd pucker up upon command." The markswoman teased playfully while her two friends turned to glare at her.

"That's a bit mean Mai." Ty Lee spoke in an almost big sisterly manner while frowning at her glum comrade.

"Azula-sama saved me from a cold alleyway. I am forever grateful for her mercy. As her sworn servant I will always obey her. No matter the order." The blonde-haired girl chimed innocently while her words produced an uncomfortable silence in the air.

"Good girl. It pleases me to know that you would kiss my ass if I ordered you to do so." The Princess purred while patting the smiling blonde's head while her friends coughed nervously.

"She…just proved my point." Mai muttered while gazing down at Elle with a slight bit of amusement in her eyes.

"…W-well you do have a beautiful backside master…it's a very lovely bottom." Elle stammered while peering up at the woman's smug face with worshipful eyes.

"You were right Ty Lee…she is adorable." Azula announced as she turned to her blushing friend with her palm still resting in the small girl's hair.

"…Well like I said Azula. With devotion like that you really should try to look out for her." Ty Lee stated while smiling awkwardly down at Elle's beaming face.

"Hm. Indeed." The Princess agreed while patting the girl's little head once more before placing her fist back against her hip.

"So…where exactly are these bullies?" The markswoman asked while gazing down at the blonde's naïve face.

"Oh! They were frequenting a coffee shop the last I saw them. I was thinking we might check there." The blonde-haired girl answered while the three-women exchanged comical glances.

"Tell me servant. How's that pacifism working out for you now?" Azula purred while glancing down at Elle while the girl smiled all the while.

"…You have got to be joking. You're a pacifist and you're friends with Azula?" Mai questioned dryly while even Ty Lee blinked in astonishment.

"It's a good thing that we're here to look out for our little pacifist." The brown-haired woman stated while patting the teenager's shoulder with her leader snorted snidely in agreement.

"It's working out quite well for me. I've made friends with three powerful noble girls'…one being Her Highness herself. I've never been the sort to start trouble. I just go with the flow! And here I have flowed." Elle declared to the amusement of Ty Lee while peering up at Azula with the woman glaring down at her in response.

"She's got a point actually." The markswoman stated while the Princess folded her arms over her breasts gazing down at the maid.

"Here you have flowed. And you can just as easily flow back into that alleyway." The Princess informed strictly while the small blonde padded alongside her.

"Azula…you shouldn't get mad at her when you are the one who asked it to begin with." Ty Lee commented while grinning down at their petite new friend.

"I'll do as I please thank you very much Ty Lee." Azula scoffed while Elle peered up at her with a finger on her lip.

"Do…you need another hug Master Azula?" Elle requested tenderly while Azula stiffened much to her friends shared amusement.

"No. No, I do not." The Princess replied sternly while glaring down at the younger girl's beaming face.

The girl was cute…that much she will admit.

"I think she does." Mai stated while paying Azula's icy glare little mind while watching in amusement as Elle drifted closer to the Princess's side.

"Servant! Don't you even…I told you that I don't need a hug!" Azula protested as she tensed when Elle leaped onto her belly once more.

The two noble girls stared on in puzzlement while the blonde embraced their Princess around her midsection.

"From now on whenever you're angry I'm going to give you a hug!" The blonde-haired girl cried out as she nuzzled the Princess's taut stomach while pressing her face into the squirming woman's robed flesh.

"No! No. You will not! Now detach from my stomach at once!" The Princess growled out while folding her arms as she fixed her grudgingly adorable pet with a glare.

"Aww! She's really sweet Azula." The brown-haired woman exclaimed while smiling over at the two while her friend rolled her eyes in response.

"Even if you look like you're going to set someone on fire! I'll hug you each and every time Master Azula!" Elle cheered out joyously as she detached from her master's side while peering up at her scowling face with a bright smile.

Azula turned away while her eyes pierced Mai's skull as the gloomy noble snickered with a hand over her mouth.

"You do that servant and you just might find that you're the one I set on fire." The Princess declared coldly while staring down at her pet while the girl bounced alongside her.

"You know I really like her Azula!" Ty Lee announced while placing her arm over Elle's shoulders once more while the shorter girl smiled shyly up at her.

"I thought you might. Now let's…just get to this accursed coffee shop." Azula sighed while brushing her hair from her eyes with a lazy finger.

To think that she was actually tracking bullies for her maid…

There was no way that her father could ever be allowed to hear of this.

Luckily for her, he is far too busy to be concerned with such trivial affairs.

It wasn't too long before the three women stood at the top of a staircase with their younger companion while the Princess tapped her boot impatiently as she watched Elle peer down over the rails.

"They're actually here. They really are as preppy as I thought they were." Elle stated while she glanced up at Azula's callous face.

True enough there were two Fire Nation girls seated at a table chatting with one another in the multi-leveled balcony of the picnic table area outside of the café.

"I almost feel sorry for them. But not really." Ty Lee spoke while she stared down at the two-snickering girl's with angered brown-gray eyes.

"These two are the ones? Very well my servant. In recognition of your admirable loyalty I will mercilessly punish them. Wait here." Azula announced while striding forward with her hands clasped behind her back and menace in her step.

Her two-childhood friends visibly shivered only to gaze on in confusion when the servant girl pulled on the Princess's arm to stop her.

"Oh no! I don't want you to hurt them Azula-sama. Now that you've tracked them for me. I will negotiate this matter peacefully." The blonde-haired girl insisted while the woman gazed down at her with her face scrunched up in mockery.

"You can't be serious." The Princess snorted with her hands on her shapely hips while they watched the girl shake her head.

"Mhm! I don't want to see them get hurt. I may not like them…and they may have bullied me but I still wish them well. Please wait here while I politely request for them to return my medicine." Elle explained while smiling gently as she turned to walk away with her backpack on her shoulders.

The three girls exchanged a baffled glance with the acrobat being the most understanding of the three.

But even Ty Lee was finding that Elle was more compassionate than she.

"See what I mean Azula? She's a really sweet girl…a bit clueless but sweet. She would be lost without us to look after her." The brown-haired woman spoke while turning to the Princess as she scowled after the blonde's marching form.

"On that I agree with you. Well…let's take a seat and order a coffee. I am certain that the girl has it all under control." Azula scoffed as they strode down the steps while she observed her young admirer approach the girl's table.

The three women seated themselves on the overlooking balcony while they watched the petite blonde naively stride across the distance of the café.

While even waving kindly at the two girls!

The two girls were now noticing their victim approaching as they exchanged a glance while smirking in a manner that was eerily like the sadistic Princess.

Only…on a much smaller and pettier level.

Ty Lee sighed while she sat beside Azula as she gazed at her friend observing the situation with unconcealed amusement in her eyes.

The stupid girls couldn't even see Azula on the upper balcony from where they were seated.

"Look who it is Irri." The first girl mocked after noticing the small blonde walking towards their table.

The taller of the two girls turned to stare at the approaching blonde with cruel intent in her gaze.

"Hello there. We ran into each other a few days ago. I have reason to believe that you took something of mine." The blonde-haired girl greeted with a bafflingly polite voice while the Princess tried to stifle her own laughter.

Even the usual apathetic Mai seemed to find the girl's absurdly courteous manner of handling a dispute rather comical.

"Oh, look new clothes! You must have taken up pan handling! I can just see your sign now. Will give blowjobs for a coin." Irri taunted while gazing up at Elle's still smiling face.

"Yeah! Who did you blow?" Arra sneered while both girls sat unaware that Azula was gazing down at them with predatory eyes.

'Those girls are so dead…' Ty Lee thought while folding her arms over her bust while she gazed at the Princess's waning smile.

"Huh…who did I blow? Look…I can see that there has been a misunderstanding. If I did anything to offend either of you. I now offer you my apology." Elle spoke while her new friends gazed over at her back in disbelief.

'Why is she apologizing to them!' Azula pondered with her eyes narrowing in increased aggravation while her friends watched her ire boil over slowly.

"You apologize?" The dark-haired girl questioned while gazing up at the nodding blonde.

"Mhm! I don't know what I did to anger you so terribly but I am willing to take responsibility for my actions." The blonde-haired girl explained while the Princess stared on furrowing her brows in disgust.

The two girls glanced at one another while the shorter girl shifted on her feet still smiling.

"With that out of the way. May I please have my medicine back now?" Elle pondered as she held out her hand for Irri to give it back.

The dark-haired girl began to smile in a manner that was clearly deceptive to the three noble women.

Yet Elle continued to smile genuinely seemingly unaware.

The three looked up from their table as a waitress dashed forward to greet the reclining Princess.

"H-how may I serve you-" Lei trailed off when the woman raised her hand to signal silence.

It was a rude gesture to be certain.

But when Princess Azula signaled that she wanted silence. One had best obey.

If they sought to keep breathing that is.

"Do not announce my presence. If you do…I will be certain that you lose your job." Azula stated icily while Ty Lee gazed down at the bowing waitress with sympathetic eyes.

The poor girl could only nod in a terrified manner uncertain if she was even allowed to speak.

"With that out of the way…we would like three lattes." The Princess commanded curtly while leaning back in her seat.

"Y-yes. I will bring those back right away…" The waitress assured before turning to spring inside of the cafe.

"I hate lattes." Mai muttered glumly with Ty Lee gazing at her in amusement while the Princess quietly scoffed.

"You hate everything." Azula remarked while turning back to her young maid's situation down below.

"Well that fixes everything. Of course, I'll give it back." Irri commented as she smiled at Elle's relieved face.

Up on the balcony Ty Lee's lips curved into a pissed off frown as she turned to Azula's emotionless face watching the scene carefully.

'What a cruel bitch…but still…I have no tight to judge…given that I am sitting with Azula.' The acrobat thought while staring down below as the girl arose from her seat.

"That's great to hear! Clearly this was all a misunderstanding." Elle stated while peering up at the taller girl's smiling face.

"Is…she really that naïve?" Mai muttered quietly while turning to Azula as their drinks were set down before them by the fearful waitress.

"It would seem so." Azula replied with her lips curling into a frown while the waitress knelt on the floor before her.

As Lei bowed before the woman's pointed boots, she could only hope that the difficult young woman has been pleased with her service.

Ty Lee was the only one of the three that glanced down at the poor girl in pity before gazing back downward to the scene below.

Her brown-gray eyes watched with a protective gleam as the Fire Nation girl approached Elle's much shorter frame.

"Yeah. A misunderstanding. We weren't really trying to set your hair on fire. We just got a bit carried away!" Arra remarked with a feigned apologetic smile while trying to stifle her laughter.

As soon as Azula heard those words she glared down at Elle's back with heavy annoyance permeating her stare.

Even Ty Lee. Easily the most compassionate of the three of them was glaring down at the two girl's no longer caring if they died.

'Why would she even care if I hurt them? This is ridiculous!' The Princess thought while staring down at her young maid with clear bewilderment in her eyes.

She just didn't understand it…and as a prodigy who excelled at almost anything, she put her mind to.

It truly got on her nerves when she couldn't understand something or someone.

Perhaps…that was why she was finding herself becoming fond of her servant.

Elle…was an enigma.

"The past is the past. Perhaps we can be friends now?" The blonde-haired girl asked with her hand extended with the taller girl stepping over her.

The three highborn women exchanged a baffled glance with clearly even the acrobat failing to comprehend why the girl would even consider being friends with someone who tried to set her hair on fire.

"Right…let's be friends. Shake on it with me." The dark-haired girl informed while holding her hand out before the shorter girl.

At this moment Azula groaned while holding her right hand over her face as she ground her teeth together in ever rising aggravation.

"That sounds great. My name is Elle!" Elle chimed while staring up at Irri's smiling face as she reached out to shake her hand.

What came soon after had been expected by all on Team Azula yet infuriating to them all the same.

A slapping sound resonated through the air while Elle soared to the stone flooring with a new bruise on her cheek.

The Princess stared down at the small blonde's crumpled form while trying to suppress the grating sense of anger upon seeing her admirer struck in the face.

Ty Lee had already stood up from her seat with her fists clenched while Mai gazed up at her with curious tawny eyes.

It took a great deal to piss off the acrobat.

But those two girls managed to do it.

"Sit down Ty Lee. She has it all under control." Azula commented wryly while gazing up at Ty Lee's outraged face.

"Azula…how can you even say that?" Ty Lee demanded while staring back at her friend with disgust in her eyes.

"She's the one who wanted to settle this peacefully. This is what her foolish pacifism will get her. It's naïve and pathetic." The Princess spoke while staring up at the acrobat's scowling lips before all three of them peered back below.

The Fire Nation girl cruelly removed the blonde's backpack from her shoulders all the while snickering with her fellow bully.

"You are even dumber than I thought you were! Why would I ever want to be friends with you! Thanks for bringing the backpack to me though! What sort of moron brings back what I was trying to take in the first place? Idiot." Irri sneered while gazing down at Elle while the younger girl held a hand to her cheek as she sat up slowly.

"I see. I…suppose we have not progressed forward but instead moved backwards." Elle announced while staring up at Irri's mean face with a downcast look in her eyes.

"You see? Brilliant deduction genius! It wasn't a mistake that I took your little breather. I knew that you'd be stupid enough to come running back for it." The dark-haired girl taunted while leaning over the kneeling teenager's marred face.

"Please give me my stuff back. Or…I will have to call my friends over." The blonde-haired girl insisted as she gazed up at the two-laughing girls.

"You have friends? I doubt it." Arra snorted while gazing down at Elle with a smirk on her lips.

"What friend might that be? The unscrupulous looking man that tried to hire you as a prostitute?" The dark-haired girl questioned while unzipping the girl's bag with a cruel grin on her lips.

Azula sat unflinching while sensing her two friends staring at her in a questioning manner.

Ty Lee's brown-gray eyes narrowed as she scowled down at Azula trying to resist the urge to puke.

"You know what's even more pathetic." The acrobat began quietly while turning to stare at the Princess's callous face.

"What Ty Lee?" The Princess sighed while pondering what her problem is lately.

"If you had seen this passing by a week ago you would have laughed with them…applauded them even. Maybe even joined in. I can't help but ponder if the only reason you care is because you like how she strokes your ego." Ty Lee declared in a furious voice while mustering up the nerve to glare down at Azula's shocked face.

A bead of sweat dripped down Mai's cheek as she turned to Azula's displeased countenance.

Azula glared up at Ty Lee with narrowed golden eyes that shone with fury over being back talked twice in one day.

"You forget your place Ty Lee." The Princess warned icily while gazing between her maid's bruised cheek and her childhood friends judging eyes.

"No. I don't. You're in charge. But I question if you were deserving of that fire lily." The acrobat stated while meeting livid golden eyes.

A unanimous flinch was felt by both Mai and the poor waitress entrapped in the midst of their argument.

It would generally be considered suicidal to tell Princess Azula that she was not worth the flower gifted to her from a peasant girl.

And Ty Lee just did.

"You dare…claim that I am not worth a peasant's flower?" Azula pondered in a tone devoid of her usual casualness that she used with Ty Lee.

"Azula…you're the strongest person I know…you're beyond beautiful and you're a genius to boot. But not all relationships are founded on fear. Some…believe it or not…are forged by compassion." Ty Lee explained while leaning on the table as she met her angered friends stare.

The tension continued to build up between the two with Azula only calmly marginally over the compliments to her looks and skill.

"What's gotten into you lately Ty Lee?" The Princess inquired in a more leveled voice while frowning up at her childhood friend.

"I feel like our friendship is slipping. And I don't think you care." The acrobat admitted while folding her arms over her bust while the regal woman peered up with taken aback eyes.

Before Azula could even mouth a response, her attention was regained by the conflict down below.

She began to feel a growing sense of anger to see the stupid girl bending over to intimidate her admirer.

"N-no. Not him. I have three friends. Older girls. And my best friend…she's a firebender!" Elle retorted as she stood up shakily to meet the cruel girl's gaze.

The girl's declaration came across as a shock to the three noblewomen.

Azula gazed down at Elle with puzzlement in her eyes while sensing Ty Lee's stare of disapproval.

She turned to meet her friends gaze while sighing heavily with her annoyance nearing its peak.

"Ah. We had it backwards Irri. She took up rugmunching for coin." The first girl laughed loudly with her words flowing freely through the air high up into the three noblewomen's ears.

The Princess's blood began to boil when she heard the remark that directly insulted her womanhood.

A snort of amusement resonated from Mai that was silenced speedily with a spin of her head.

Her eyes pierced the markswoman's skull and even the acrobat fell into a nervous silence.

"So what? I am a firebender. Now why don't you go eat some carpet…or whatever it is that you do." Irri called out while holding the girl's backpack out of reach.

Azula set her latte down scowling all the while having long since decided to brutally torture the girls.

This was beginning to get embarrassing watching this pathetic display.

"Eat carpet? Why would I ever eat carpet?" The blonde-haired girl asked naively while both girls blinked in disbelief before their roaring laughter once more echoed throughout the balcony.

The Princess held a hand to her face while groaning under her breath while the gloomy noblewoman did the same.

The two exchanged a shared incredulous look before turning to the acrobat's still furious face.

'Just how naïve…is this girl?' Azula thought while placing an arm on her chair before sighing heavily.

"Oh wow! You really take stupid to a whole new level, don't you? You know…I bet. That anyone you think is your friend…is just using you. Your face screams easy prey. I would know." The dark-haired girl informed while smirking down at the shorter girl as she began trying to retake her pack.

The Princess continued to gaze back at the acrobat whose brown-gray eyes never ceased conveying an unspoken judgement.

Her lips curved into an even deeper scowl understanding quite clearly that Ty Lee was silently accusing her of stringing the girl along.

'Ty Lee has some nerve! I have treated this girl quite graciously!' Azula thought while exhaling a puff of flame through her nostrils.

"That is not true! Now please give me my stuff back!" Elle exclaimed while making a swipe for the bag only for it to rise out of reach.

"Come on you can do it half-pint! Just a little further! Ooh you almost made it!" Irri taunted while laughing over Elle as the girl stumbled forward pitifully.

The Princess tapped the tabletop while meeting her friends angered stare before sighing as if it was a big inconvenience for her to have to stand.

"Please give it back!" The blonde-haired girl repeated with the bag being held out of reach just as the second girl walked up behind her friend.

"Would you look at that…a little jewelry chest… " Arra trailed off while whistling over her friends' shoulder as they both taunted Elle.

"D-don't you touch that. That belonged to my mother!" Elle shouted with the first signs of anger in her voice.

"You want it? Then jump higher panter! Maybe if you jump high enough, you'll be able to make a grab for your precious medicine as well. But you're going to have to work hard for it!" The dark-haired girl yelled out while her friend dangled the inhaler above the petite girl's head.

The two girls stood above the small blonde, one with the backpack and its contents in hand.

And the other cruelly draping the medicine over her head just as her fingers failed to grasp it every time.

"I-I'll get my medicine back…and my backpack back. The only difference will be the shape in which you walk away from here. If you give both to me now…we can still resolve this peaceably." The blonde-haired girl attempted to reason while Azula rolled her eyes from far above.

"Really? You're going to beat us up? You can't even jump without panting!" Arra hollered while swiping the inhaler out of Elle's reach just as the teenage fell down holding her chest.

"What's this? Is this a diary?" Irri questioned mockingly while carelessly flipping the book open.

"T-that's none of your b-business…p-put it down!" Elle stammered as she stood up shakily while holding her chest as she continued to wheeze.

Azula finally stood up from her seat alongside Mai as they two glanced at one another before following after Ty Lee who had already began storming down the steps.

"Ooh that condition is hitting you hard. I suppose you can't make the jump! How sad." The first girl spoke while smiling when the blonde knelt rasping for air.

"P-please give it to me. I am having t-trouble-" The blonde-haired girl trailed off before she began coughing painfully yet the two bullies paid her no mind.

"Is this an entire diary about Princess Azula? Listen to this Arra! I bet the Princess would love this one. The Princess's hair flows like silk…and she smells like cinnamon." The dark-haired girl stated in a sneer as she flipped through the book with her friend leaning over the gasping girl.

"I…can't breathe." Elle managed to rasp out while Arra continued to mercilessly hold her medicine above her head.

The moment the small blonde collapsed while wheezing for air was the moment that Azula narrowed her eyes while feeling a baffling sensation of anger overcome her.

Oddly enough…

It wasn't just because the brat's mocked her indirectly.

Elle was weak…the girl was a peasant…and yet she liked her.

On some level…she genuinely liked Elle.

And somehow, she found her anger over Elle's humiliation was greater than the indirect insults to her own person.

Lei had long since stood as she watched the scene unfold from above while shaking her head as she watched the Princess and her friends leap down to discipline the girl's.

The two bullies had never even realized that Princess Azula had been watching them bully her apparent friend the entire time.

"Come on rasper! I even bent over to make it easier for you." Arra exclaimed while staring down at Elle's white face as she squatted over her.

"Ha! You even wrote poetry about the Princess!? Perhaps I'll mail it to her?" Irri snorted just as Azula pounced on her from the rear.

Her eyes widened when her arm was savagely twisted behind her back by a powerful and skilled hand.

"No need. I am right here." Azula purred icily into the now terrified bullies' neck while swiftly retrieving her admirer's little diary.

The bully also found herself standing at point blank with one of Mai's blades pressed into her neck.

And the blonde's backpack hung from the gloomy noble's free hand.

"We've been watching the entire time." Mai informed curtly while Irri turned her head in puzzlement as she gulped now sweating in terror.

A savage cracking noise resonated through the air while Arra soared before landing painfully against the stone wall of the café.

The girl slumped over with a split lip while Ty Lee landed nimbly over Elle with her inhaler in hand.

"These girls are not pink. Not pink at all." Ty Lee growled out with her friends gazing at her through the corner of their eyes surprised by her anger.

Judging by the tooth that landed beside Arra the acrobat hit her hard.

Very hard.

"You should have just given it back when you had the chance. But at this point…it's too late." The Princess spoke while glaring a hole through the back of the trembling girl's skull.

"Y-Your Highness I can assure you that I meant no p-personal insult to you! I-I was just speaking in general!" The dark-haired girl stammered while both women gazed at her with pitiless eyes.

The acrobat knelt over the rasping girl who met her gaze with grateful amber eyes while her brown-gray eyes softened as she began to gently rub the younger girl's back.

"Here Elle. We're your friends. We really are. Right Azula?" The brown-haired woman inquired strategically while handing the girl her inhaler before glancing up to meet her friends cold gaze.

Azula met Ty Lee's eyes before turning to glance down to meet Elle's gaze whilst the girl tried to smile up at her despite her labored breathing.

She had already more or less told the peasant girl that they were friend's in private…

With her mind made up she returned her piercing gaze to peer into the foolish bully's terrified eyes.

"Yes Ty Lee. She is my friend." Azula announced callously with her words jarring a beaming smile onto her servant's lips.

"There. You heard it from Azula herself. Now breathe…slowly." Ty Lee cooed out warmly in a sisterly voice while watching in concern as Elle began to breathe into it as if her life was on the line.

"I-I…didn't know t-that she was in your party P-Princess." Irri insisted before crying out in agony just when Azula bent her arm once more at a horrific angle.

"As if that changes a thing." The markswoman snorted while lowering her blade before turning to glance down at their apparent new companion.

It didn't shock her to see that Ty Lee cared about the girl.

No.

What did astonish her is seeing that Azula cared.

This girl…Elle…somehow, she managed to win over Azula's cold heart.

And that, is no small feat.

Truth be told she was a good deal pissed as well.

The girl was rather sweet…even if she was painfully naïve…and had a tendency to kiss Azula's ass.

"Allow me to explain the gravity of your situation. This young girl is my personal servant…and also my friend. In order to perform the work, I assign her…she needs her…breather. Your actions have directly impacted me personally. I, Princess Azula have been forced to track you two fool's down in order to receive optimum service from my servant." The Princess explained with her eyes narrowing into a truly imposing death glare.

Elle peered up at Azula's back with a widening smile as she continued to rasp with her choking slowly dying down while Ty Lee peered down with a tender look in her eyes.

Irri's screech filled the café while Vana stared down from above shuddering when the girl sunk onto her knees with a broken arm.

"I was going to punish you from the start. But my naïve little servant pleaded for me not to harm you. She requested to handle the matter peacefully…" Azula spoke while turning to stare down at Elle with icy eyes while the petite girl trembled under her stare.

"S-sumimasen-" The blonde-haired girl squeaked only to cough once more while the Princess rolled her eyes down at her.

"Ugh. At least wait until you can breathe before you start kissing Azula's ass." Mai stated while leaning over the girl while Ty Lee sweatdropped down at Elle's blushing face.

"Mai has a point Elle. Azula can wait." Ty Lee assured as she smiled gently down at Elle while the girl nodded obediently.

"And well…we all saw how that turned out didn't we?" The Princess concluded while looming over the cowering girl with her merciless golden eyes never leaving Irri's face.

The dark-haired girl swallowed in pure terror as she sunk onto her knees gazing at the woman's pointed boots.

All the while recalling the girl's words.

I have three friends. Older girls. And my best friend…she's a firebender!

Only now did she realize just how horrible they've messed up.

'How did that pathetic girl ever befriend Princess Azula!' The bully thought with her eyes agape in surmounting fear.

"Y-your Highness…what are you g-going to do to me?" Irri inquired while staring up at the Princess's utterly wrathful countenance.

"That's a stupid question. Don't you think? You damaged what belongs to me. It's not your place to hit my servant." Azula answered in a terrifying voice before ruthlessly kicking Irri in the face.

The others watched without pity as the girl soared onto her ass with a brutal welt now adorning her cheek.

It did not escape Mai's notice how peculiar it was that Azula chose to bruise the girl in the same location that she bruised Elle.

"P-please f-forgive me P-Princess. Mercy!" The dark-haired girl begged while the Princess regally strode forward with her hands clasped behind her back.

"Her words amount to less than hippo cow shit!" Ty Lee shouted from where she knelt by Elle while the girl peered up at her with calmer eyes than before.

The other two women glanced over their shoulder at the two before Azula continued to walk forward with noticeable anger in her step.

"Mercy? You want mercy from me? How strange…just moments ago you seemed content to watch my servant suffocate." The Princess remarked before cruelly stomping down on the girl's throat while she towered above her with her intimidating gaze causing the bully to whimper pitifully.

"W-we w-were going…to g-give it back!" Irri stuttered out with her entire body quivering in terror so great that her hands became pale and clammy.

There was a moment of tense silence in which Azula closed her eyes chuckling softly with her friends peering back at her quietly.

Then her eyes abruptly snapped open while she glared down at the hysterical girl with a monstrous death stare.

"Now that…is hippo cow shit." Azula snarled before brutally stomping on the girl's face all the while savoring the piercing scream of pain that her victim emitted.

Even the acrobat couldn't help but flinch after witnessing the merciless stomp.

'Wow. They pissed Azula off a lot more than I thought. But still…they deserve it for what they tried to do to Elle.' Ty Lee thought as she observed with a grimace while Azula loomed over the girl with her fists clenched at her sides.

"You were so confident when you were tormenting my servant. Here's a piece of advice for you peasant. I suggest you listen well." The Princess purred in a dangerous voice while staring down at the now crying girl.

The blonde-haired girl's breathing finally began to stabilize while she sat back beside the acrobat who was still gazing down at her in concern.

"Are you okay now?" The acrobat pondered gently while Mai stood over them also gazing down in slight concern.

"M-mostly." The blonde-haired girl answered in a soft voice while releasing a few more slight coughs.

Though she knew she needed to act fast if there was any hope of convincing her master to spare their lives.

"Don't lay a hand on my mousy little servant…unless you are prepared to handle her master. I am her master." Azula declared in a possessive voice while bending down to grasp the paralyzed girl by her shirt.

By this point Lei stood with her co-workers and the mutually terrified owners of the café.

The owner had expressed a grievance over the Princess possibly beating a girl to death on his business grounds.

He had even demanded that she go request the Princess to take it elsewhere!

Needless to say, one can guess that she told him to kiss her ass.

Elle listened with widened eyes all the while both women glanced down at her oddly never missing that she blushed over Azula publicly declaring her as hers.

'There is no doubt about it! I belong to Azula-sama. This…this is truly where I belong!' The blonde-haired girl thought while leaning back with admiration in her eyes as she gazed upon the woman's tall visage.

"I-I understand Y-Your Highness!" Irri screamed out while pitifully shaking with a few tears streaming down her cheeks.

"I am bigger than her. Stronger than her. And much, much more ruthless than her. I do not fall so easily as a young girl with a lung condition." The Princess announced while she held the defeated girl before her face with her merciless stare ever piercing the girl's soul.

Both Mai and Ty Lee exchanged a mutually understanding glance before gazing down at the young girl seated before them.

Not only did they notice that Azula cared about Elle, and vice versa.

It also did not escape their notice that the Princess was beginning to act dangerously possessive of her admirer.

"You foolishly spurned the servant's mercy. Now her master is here. That mercy is long lost to you…and now you are under her master's judgement." Azula concluded before coldly hurtling Irri across the length of the balcony.

The long-defeated girl slammed into her companion against the wall from where they now lay side by side with Arra slowly awakening with a pained groan.

Her jaw throbbed horribly and a bit of blood was dripping down her lip.

Then she spun around to face Irri's brutalized visage in surmounting dread before paling as she turned once more to find herself gazing up at Princess Azula in the flesh.

The two girls could only cower with their bravery long since reduced to ashes in the wake of Azula's fury.

"Azula…you shouldn't do this on the café grounds…you're terrifying the employees. They didn't do anything wrong. The waitress obeyed your request…and she was nice. Can…we take this elsewhere?" Ty Lee pondered as she gazed at the Princess's tall back while the woman turned to glance at them with icy eyes.

The acrobat's words did little to calm the two terrified girls.

In fact, it seemed to only rend them into a further state of panic.

Mai couldn't help but gaze back at Ty Lee still somewhat taken aback by her anger.

Usually she would be the first to plea Azula to show mercy…

"S-she was with…the P-Princess?" Arra asked in a butchered voice while nursing her injured jaw as she gazed at Irri's sobbing face.

Though in post haste she realized it was a stupid question.

"Worry not Ty Lee. They'll going straight to the black cells. But first…I would like two hot coffees." The Princess called out while turning around with her eyes peering upward at the wary employees.

"T-two coffees P-Princess?" Lei repeated in a clearly intimidated voice while shivering under the woman's icy gaze.

"Two hot coffees…" Azula purred in a lethal voice that sent shudders down the spines of all before turning her gaze to her recovering maid.

"Why do I get the feeling…that we aren't drinking that coffee?" Mai sighed before taking a seat beside the other two.

"Servant." The Princess commented curtly while paying the acrobat's chiding gaze little mind.

"She has a name Azula…please try to use it." The brown-haired woman stated with her controlling friend gazing at her briefly before turning back to the small blonde.

And sure, enough despite Ty Lee trying to get her to remain seated the girl was already attempting to rise to bow before Azula.

The girl's eagerness to serve seemed to be a trait that Azula adored.

If her slight smile that she was now casting in Elle's direction was any indication.

"Master?" Elle responded as she speedily bowed at the waist before Azula while the woman smiled down at her in approval.

"Azula…please don't make her kneel right now." Ty Lee sighed yet even so she still smiled at Elle's bashful face.

The girl was truly adorable.

And somehow…she realized that Azula thought much the same.

The Princess held a hand to her chin as if considering a matter of great importance.

What that matter was…one could only guess.

"Elle…." Azula remarked while peering down at the young girl with an imposing gaze.

She couldn't help but muse that she savored the way her little admirer's name rolled on her tongue.

It sounded…pure.

The two women glanced down at Elle further taken aback by Azula amending her speech to factor in the girl's name.

'That's something. It's a start at least.' The brown-haired woman thought while gazing at the small blonde as she remained bowing at the hip.

The teenager's head was bent in reverence to the Princess all the while a peaceful smile of belonging formed upon her lips after hearing the woman speak her name.

"T-that's the first time you've said my name!" The blonde-haired girl cried out while she listened to the sound of the Princess's boots striding forward.

"That is your name is it not?" The Princess purred before coming to a stop over the bowing girl while ignoring the acrobat's scrutinizing stare.

"That's the first time you've called her by name?" Ty Lee asked while folding her arms in judgement yet her words were naturally ignored.

"It is. How…may I serve you Master Azula?" Elle questioned while Azula peered down at her noticing that she was still clutching her chest.

"You may stand." Azula informed while waving her hand as if she was permitting a great kindness whilst her friends rolled their eyes.

The blonde-haired girl straightened with her head coming up to the Princess's upper belly while she craned her neck to peer up at her divine love interest.

"Y-yes. Stand…" The blonde-haired girl answered before coughing slightly while the woman continued to stare down at her.

"Are you alright now?" The Princess inquired to the amazement of her team while staring down at the girl with her brows furrowed.

"Um…provided…I avoid strenuous physical activity for a few hours…probably…. I…apologize…" Elle mumbled while peering down at her feet while golden eyes swept over her face.

The two bullies could only sit there and feel their despair rise even further.

Just by being forced to witness the Princess's interactions it was evident that they hurt someone that she cared about.

"That's no big deal…right Azula?" The brown-haired woman spoke softly while staring up at her friend's stern countenance while she continued to peer down at Elle.

"You've done good work thus far. You're the first servant that is able to properly remove the cherry pits. I will permit this." Azula declared while tilting her head to gaze down at the girl's brightening face.

"I think I get why Azula likes her so much." Mai muttered while observing the interaction with Ty Lee turning to her frowning.

"Don't call her a brownnoser again Mai. She's not a brownnoser." Ty Lee replied as she turned to the other woman surprised to see her nod in agreement.

"I thought she was at first. But now I see that her desire to please Azula is genuine. It's the little details with Azula…and this girl is probably the only person capable of memorizing every order." The markswoman explained while they turned to the teenager in question.

"A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl stuttered with another minor cough just as a long finger slid underneath her chin.

Her face was raised upward and then comically tilted to the left followed by slightly to the right.

"When we return you will be seeing a healer. Both for your face and…your condition." The Princess spoke with her lips curled into a frown while the small girl nodded obediently.

And now an even greater smile had emerged upon the innocent girl's lips.

"Wow…Azula's-" The brown-haired woman began only to be silenced by her gloomy friends' hand.

"Dunce. Don't draw attention to it." The markswoman whispered before releasing her hand with the acrobat looking somewhat abashed.

"Yes Azula-sama…as you say." Elle agreed before performing a half bow with Azula's strict gaze supervising in recognition of her loyalty.

"Good girl. That's what I like to hear. Now listen closely. This is the part where I scold you." Azula stated while removing her hand from the girl's chin to place it on her hip.

"Azula!" Ty Lee yelled out with disbelief in her eyes while her friend glanced over her shoulder warning her to be silent.

She just sank back in her seat while folding her arms angrily.

"Y-yes Princess…" The blonde-haired girl murmured with a noticeably deflated demeanor.

"How can you be so soft hearted as to care what happens to someone who tried to set your hair on fire? You put on your little show in some futile effort to convey these two-little fool's in a positive light. All to convince me…to show mercy. And look what it got you. Tell me…would you have been hit if you had deferred to my will?" The Princess demanded icily with her words causing her young servant to shake.

"No. N-no master I…would have not." Elle responded before coughing mildly once more while Azula's sharp gaze paid close attention to her cough.

"Would you be coughing now had you yielded to my will?" Azula questioned meticulously while folding her arms over her breasts.

"N-no." The blonde-haired girl answered lamely while shifting on her feet as she began to feel like a puppy being disciplined by her owner.

Given how the Princess had already announced that she was her pet…the comparison was quite apt.

"You never once even tried to hit them. They dangled your belongings above your head while you hopped about like a tiger monkey." The Princess scolded while still scowling down at the petite girl shrinking under her stare.

"Azula…that's not very fair. If she would have tried to fight them the result would have been the same." The brown-haired woman protested while she shook her head as she gazed at her leader's back.

Elle had fallen into silence with her eyes remaining fixated upon the older female's boots.

Her tongue had long since failed her.

"Even if they were taller…stronger…and even if they were benders. You should have stopped begging them…and fought back. Even if the result was obvious…never beg those that are beneath you." Azula instructed while glancing down at Elle when she raised her little eyes upward.

The others on Team Azula were stricken into astonishment to see Azula not only show a margin of kindness.

But to hear her compliment Elle not once, but twice!

The small blonde could only stare up at her protector of sorts with her mouth hanging open in awe.

"I have graciously taken you under my wing. If you haven't noticed I am rather fond of you. You do not have to beg such gutter trash any longer. All you have to do is serve me. If anyone is giving you a problem just come to me. And I will handle it." The Princess assured with her lips curving into a composed smile while placing her palm on the girl's head.

Now the Princess's childhood friends were truly stricken into silence.

"Wakarimashita Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl giggled underneath the woman's palm while peering up at her with devoted amber eyes.

"I told you this before but I will repeat it. If anyone should be so foolish as to mar what belongs to me…I will destroy them. Without hesitation." Azula stated while removing her palm from Elle's head as she peered down at her with fond golden eyes.

Mai sat there sighing while turning her apathetic eyes to the two terrorized bullies while musing that the idiots must be regretting the day that they ever even met Elle.

"Yes! I belong to Her Highness!" Elle cheered while Azula's lips curved into a pleased smile before turning to gaze across the balcony.

"That you do. Now listen well my servant. There are three kindnesses that I very rarely grace…well anyone with." The Princess spoke as she set her hand upon the girl's shoulder.

"Three kindnesses Azula?" Mai snorted in amusement as she stood up behind her smiling leader.

"That's right Mai. We'll call it the three kindnesses of Princess Azula. I rather like the name." Azula remarked in a self-important voice while smirking down at her beaming servant's adorable face.

"The three kindnesses of Princess Azula…Azula I am not certain if I want to know what these supposed kindnesses are." Ty Lee stated while walking up behind Mai while her eyes drifted to the two girls' only now beginning to pity them.

Just slightly though. They were still little monsters.

"It sounds brilliant Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl answered while smiling up at the much taller woman's entertained face.

The other two women gazed down at their younger companion while watching as Azula seemed to almost swell in height every time the girl praised her.

"Hm. I thought so myself. The first is my protection. You are the first to receive it…remember that. The second…is my friendship. Only two others have been graced with such a kindness…though their gratitude is questionable…." The Princess announced sagely while her eyes drifted about scowling when one of two rolled her eyes at her.

"Um…Azula you kind of set my circus net on fire…" The brown-haired woman trailed off while gazing at her friend with less anger than earlier.

"Two kindnesses from Azula-sama! I will forever remember." Elle assured while bowing speedily even when Mai gazed down at her in deadpan.

"Very good. At least someone is grateful around here." Azula scoffed while staring at her two-childhood friends in a spoiled manner.

The two women said nothing as they exchanged an uncertain glance while waiting for their leader to conclude her speech.

"The third and final kindness…that you will be the first and only one to receive is my tutelage." The Princess stated sternly while staring down at the small blonde with hardened eyes.

"Tutelage Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl asked with genuine worship in her voice while beaming up at the taller female.

"Just…what are you planning on teaching her Azula?" Ty Lee inquired nervously while gazing down at Elle's sweet face.

Hopefully she stays that way…

"What else Ty Lee? I am going to toughen her up." Azula responded pridefully before patting the petite girl's shoulder with her hand all the while her two friends stared at her in horror.

"T-toughen me up?" The blonde-haired girl squeaked with noticeable fear in her voice while her master stared down at her nodding sternly.

"A-Azula she's a sweet girl! She has the most adorable crush on you…and y-you're going to brutalize her?" The brown-haired woman stammered while even their gloomy friend gazed down at the girl with a grimace.

The Princess rolled her eyes before glancing down at her admirer's widening eyes with cold golden eyes.

"Ugh! Ty Lee! I didn't mean combat training! She wouldn't survive. No. I am going to correct that absurd little pacifistic nonsense of hers." The Princess clarified to the partial relief of her two-childhood friends while gazing down into faithful amber eyes.

Elle listened attentively while smiling up at Azula with admiration in her innocent stare with the woman quirking a small smirk in return.

"You are the first and most likely only one to receive all three from me. Consider yourself honored." Azula informed strictly while Elle nodded with the upmost graveness in her eyes.

"Yes, Master Azula. This girl is honored." The blonde-haired girl chimed while bowing at the waist before her looming master's visage.

"My…she's a good girl, isn't she?" The Princess purred with an evident interest in her voice while she turned to her two uncomfortable friends'.

"Y-yeah she is Azula." Ty Lee mumbled while staring down at Elle with worry that had yet to leave her eyes.

"I am overjoyed that you think so Princess." Elle stated happily while Azula still smiled down at her.

"By the time I'm through with you. You won't hesitate to defend yourself. Be it verbally or physically. You'll learn to stand up for yourself..." Azula explained in a strangely thoughtful voice while her friends still listened in puzzlement.

"Does that include standing up to you?" Mai asked in a deadpan voice only to gaze on unsurprised when the woman shook her head.

"Everyone except for me. Don't you ever disobey me!" The Princess snapped in a voice of absolute sternness while the small girl nodded with clearly intimidated eyes.

"Azula…you're scaring her." The brown-haired woman chided only for her amoral leader to literally wave her concerns off.

"I-I will never disobey you Azula-sama…but…please do not take this the wrong way. But…what you are describing…is not me." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while the older female gazed down at her frowning.

"Is that so? We'll give it a go anyhow." Azula stated in a tone of finality while turning with Elle under her palm to face the two terrified bullies.

"Y-Your Highness…y-your coffee has been done for several minutes now. I was afraid to interrupt you…it has gotten cold. Would you prefer if I got replacements?" Lei announced from the sidelines as Azula peered at her from the corner of her eye.

"A wise decision. No. That will not be necessary. I'll warm it myself." The Princess replied before accepting both cups while her childhood friends observed warily.

"What a-are you going to do to us?" Arra asked in a terrified voice while Ty Lee gazed away growing vastly unnerved.

"Azula." Mai attempted to reason only for the woman to ignore her as she walked forward with Elle under her hand.

"Y-you're…not going to make her…Azula! You are!" Ty Lee shouted with clear anger in her voice while gazing at the innocent girl's face in horror.

Within moments steam was arising from the bubbling hot coffee while Azula turned to stare down into Elle's wide amber eyes.

"That girl…the one with the split lip. She was the one who taunted you with your breather. That is what you got for your pacifistic nonsense. Now. I want you to take this cup of boiling coffee and dump it on her lap." Azula commanded in a glacial voice while Elle peered up at her with emotive eyes struggling to process the order.

It shouldn't have come across as a shock to them.

But both Mai and Ty Lee were appalled that Azula wanted to take Elle's sweet nature and twist it into something cruel.

"P-please don't! W-we're sorry!" Irri screamed in a broken voice while backing away with Arra as they hit the wall.

"I…" Elle trailed off while her fingers were pried open and the cup was carefully set within her hand.

"Hold it carefully. That is boiling water. The objective is to burn them…not yourself." The Princess spoke while closely supervising her servant to ensure her admirer did not get burned.

"Please stop it Azula! She isn't that sort of person!" The brown-haired woman called out more for the blonde's sake than her cruel bullies.

"That one there…she hit you in the face when you generously offered peace. She even planned out your torture in advance. Dump the other cup on her face." Azula continued while gently sliding the second cup into the girl's trembling hand.

The Princess's fingers steadied her frightened maid while slowly bracing the girl as she walked her forward.

"M-mercy please! I-I'm sorry! We're sorry!" Arra yelled out while shivering horribly under the Princess's callous death stare.

"Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl muttered while the Princess ushered her forward with her hands waving her on.

"Do it servant. They showed you no mercy. So, show them none!" The Princess ordered in a brutal voice while the petite girl stood before the two paralyzed girls.

Elle's bangs shadowed her eyes while Ty Lee gazed on in disgust alongside Mai.

The two women shared a mutual look of distaste while the acrobat winced as she watched the teenager move forward to throw the coffee on command.

And then one moment later everyone gazed on in shock when the cups of coffee were harmlessly tossed aside well out of range of anyone's skin.

Coffee splashed upon the stone flooring before Elle turned to face Azula who was gazing down at her with evident surprise in her eyes.

"I…cannot do that Azula-sama. It's just not me. I hope that this does not affect my place in your service…" Elle announced while peering up into the woman's recovering eyes.

"You disobey me? The first order you disobey is showing mercy to your tormentors?" Azula demanded with disgust lacing her voice while Ty Lee approached from behind.

A sense of relief was in both women's eyes at least knowing that Elle would not turn into Azula junior.

"Azula…please…enough." Ty Lee stated as she stepped up beside Elle in a sisterly manner while she frowned back at her displeased leader.

"As I told you before…I am empathetic. I am quite skilled at seeing other people's point of view. I can understand them. I may not trust them…I may want to hurt them. But that's not how I want to live my life!" The blonde-haired girl explained to the bewildered woman before turning away with the acrobat observing her closely.

"You empathize with the girl's who tried to set your hair afire? And here I thought that we had already reached the limits of your naivety." The Princess commented as she folded her arms over her breasts while she scowled down at her maid as she approached the girl's.

"I…d-don't get it. Why…would you hesitate. I…didn't hesitate to hurt you." Irri blurted out while her friend gazed at her with frightened eyes telling her to shut up.

"And I rest my case. Even these sorry peasants agree with me." Azula spoke while scanning her fingernails yet even so Elle had piqued her interest.

She had been trying to see if she could coax Elle into becoming more like…well like her really.

Yet somehow her curiosity has only grown after witnessing the girl prove that her purity could not so easily be stained.

"Why? This is probably something you'd hit me again for…if I wasn't with my friends…but I feel sorry for you." Elle announced as she threw her backpack back on her shoulders while peering down at the two baffled girls'.

The Princess quirked a brow curiously while turning to her mutually puzzled friends.

"What?" The dark-haired girl asked while still shivering under the Princess's predatory stare.

"I feel sorry for you. And…I don't just mean…your current um…situation now. I truly pity you two. If you put this much thought into bullying me…then you two must be very miserable." The blonde-haired girl explained while grasping at her straps before stepping up beside her master who was gazing down at her in surprise.

"You…how…" Irri trailed off only for Azula to glance at her with callous golden eyes that had her sweating once more.

"You might want to watch what you say. Just a hint." Ty Lee commented as she stepped up behind Azula to place her hand on the blonde's shoulder.

"I can only gather that you two are simply trying to take your insecurities out on me. Someone else is bullying you…so you have to take it out on me. Perhaps an abusive lover…sibling or even your mom or dad." Elle remarked while the three noblewomen still gazed down at her in bewilderment.

The dark-haired girl's eyes shone with humiliation while she gritted her teeth under the younger girl's grating gaze.

"You flinched when I said dad. I can only presume it is so." The blonde-haired girl declared while peering up at the Princess's stoic yet piqued gaze.

"Shut up! Don't you talk like you know me." Irri snapped while Arra continued to cower beside her.

"Oh, I don't know you. I am just speaking from personal experience. My older brother used to abuse me." Elle stated factually with her words earning a compassionate glance from Ty Lee.

Azula turned to her maid while pondering if the girl was actually going to broach that in public.

The leader of the two bullies gazed up at her with grudgingly curious eyes while the small girl clutched at her backpack with tightened hands.

"It…got so bad that he started to change me. I would often spend entire days thinking of nothing but all the possible ways that he could die. Every time we ate a meal together…I would just think…maybe he'll choke today." The blonde-haired girl confided to the shock of even the Princess.

"Elle…" The brown-haired woman muttered in an attempt to sooth when sensing the girl's fear beneath her hand.

"This consumed several years of my life, until finally late one night I tried to cut his throat…he lived. Unfortunately. But…I realized something in the wake of that night." Elle spoke while staring down at Irri while with grudging intrigue flashing in her curious eyes.

'An abuse victim…clinging to Azula?' The markswoman thought in complete disbelief while turning to the Princess's emotionless face.

There was no doubt about it…this girl was literally clinging onto Azula as if she was her last lifeline.

The acrobat scowled in a protective manner while silently wishing she could pay the girl's wretched brother a visit.

"I had lost sight of all that I once was! I wasn't happy anymore. My dreams were lost to me…all that existed was my hatred. And that's why I left! So, I could be weightless." The blonde-haired girl stated with returning cheer to her voice while her new friends gazed down in mutual bafflement.

"Near weightless by the look of it." Mai commented while Ty Lee gently slapped her arm in rebuke.

"I am now weightless. Like a feather blowing in the breeze. I hold no ill will against either of you." Elle declared in a relaxed voice while smiling even with bruises gracing her cheeks.

"A feather blowing in the breeze? You truly are a whimsical little peasant." Azula snorted in evident amusement while smirking down at the girl's brightened face.

"That's so Your Highness. I flow where I flow. And here I have flowed." The blonde-haired girl spoke happily while her three new friends stared down at her in amusement.

"Wow. You know I've never seen anyone so carefree in Azula's presence." Ty Lee chirped while her leader still gazed down at their young companion with marginally fonder eyes than earlier.

"Right…here you have flowed. Fortunately for you I have decided to keep you. It would be a bother to go back to finding pits in my cherries." The Princess remarked in a spoiled voice while scrunching her nose up in distaste.

"It sounds horrible Azula." The markswoman replied in monotone while her friend just sighed heavily as if it was a tremendous burden to shoulder.

"Well! I guess that's it then! At least for me. I've got my medicine back. I've over and done with it." Elle chimed while gazing at the two puzzled girls' before turning to peer up at her master's scoffing face.

Even Ty Lee couldn't help but blink over Elle's prompt dismissal of their cruel behavior.

"That's it? You're over it…just like that?" Azula snorted with her brows furrowing down at the dainty girl's little face.

"Yep. I mean I still don't like them…either of them. Frankly I think they're pretentious bitches…just being honest here." The blonde-haired girl responded much to the Princess's amusement as she peered back at her humiliated bullies.

The sound of laughter flowed into the air while Ty Lee gazed down at Elle with a warm grin on her lips.

But much more puzzling was the sound of Azula chuckling softly.

"Hm. That is the first time that I have heard you insult anyone that wasn't your brother. There's hope for you yet. Perhaps I can still toughen you up…slightly." The Princess remarked while peering down at the timid girl with domineering eyes.

Although her friends found themselves trying not to shudder at their leader's declaration.

"I can't say I disagree with her. Are we done here Azula?" Mai complained while Azula gazed between them before glancing back down at Elle with a cold smile about her lips.

"I suppose so." Azula answered while Elle smiled up at her with her innocent amber eyes.

"Considering how I'm probably doomed…I may as well speak my mind. You're an annoying little shit." Irri stated while Arra sunk back in horror while she glared pointedly at Elle's grating face.

"Irri!" Arra cried out in a terrified voice while shaking under Azula's callous gaze.

Even if Elle was just the Princess's servant.

Insulting her in Azula's presence by extension it also insults the Princess.

"By all means. Feel free to speak your mind. But you should be aware…that it can always get worse." The Princess spoke while gazing down at her fingernails while meeting the now gulping girl's gaze.

"Think of me what you will. But neither your words nor actions will hold me down. If Felix failed to do so then neither can you. This is but a fleeting moment in time. And I'm already past it!" Elle announced as she began to stride away with the three noblewomen gazing at her in ever rising puzzlement.

The dark-haired girl gazed at the blonde's back with anger in her bruised gaze.

How dare she!

If she wasn't standing beside Princess Azula she wouldn't dare speak to her like that!

"Once more…I agree with her. This is becoming boring. You two can stay here as long as you like. As for me. I am done with this drama." The markswoman stated in a dull voice while walking past the acrobat with the two sharing a brief knowing glance.

"Aren't you going to plead for me to show them mercy?" Azula inquired playfully while turning to gaze at her servant's back.

Once more the two began to shiver as they realized just how badly they messed up.

Arra most of all.

"You are the sovereign Princess of this nation. It is not my place to tell you what to do Azula-sama. You are my master. You make the decisions. Not me. And I am happy with that arrangement." The blonde-haired girl answered with a warm smile on her lips just as she turned to face her master while promptly bowing at the hip.

In all their years knowing Azula, neither Mai nor Ty Lee have ever met anyone so joyful to be in Azula's service.

Nor have they ever seen the Princess treat a servant so well.

The Princess's golden pools remained fixated upon her maid all the while her lips continued to curl upward in increasing approval.

"I like that answer. You are a well-behaved girl…and my best servant. I'll have to keep you on hand at all times." The Princess stated with her palms folded behind her back as she surveyed her courteous servant with fond eyes.

"It pleases me that I have won your approval Your Highness. Do I have your permission to walk ahead?" Elle questioned with her arm held over her chest while Mai approached gazing down at her sighing.

"Elle…you don't have to ask for Azula's permission just to walk a few feet." Mai commented in her usual deadpan while stopping to stand beside the younger girl's bowing form.

Ty Lee just peered at Elle with kind eyes while turning to Azula's vastly pleased countenance.

"Pay Mai no mind. You have the right idea…you may walk ahead. But first I have one question to ask you." Azula declared while staring down at Elle with possessive eyes.

"Yes Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl replied while peering up at the woman's beautiful from with lovesick eyes.

"Tell me servant…do you think I should show mercy?" The Princess pondered in a sadistic voice while peering over her shoulder at the quivering girl's.

It was evident to Team Azula what the Princess was trying to do and it was working.

She was instilling even more terror into the girl's by making them feel like their victim was the one who would decide their fates.

"Well…like I said. It's your decision Azula-sama. But…they are clearly unhappy. People like them…will most likely live on to lead a depressing existence devoid of any meaning. They'll continue to bully people weaker than them…and when you look at it like that. They're lives are really sad." Elle explained as her eyes drifted to Irri's furious face.

"Y-you-" Irri began only to be silenced by her friend's palm while Ty Lee glanced down at them with brown-gray eyes warning them her to keep her mouth shut.

"Sad?" Azula repeated while staring at her peculiar pet with curious golden eyes.

"That's so. They must be. How can it not? They have nothing better to do than steal a girl's medicine. Just to wait all week for her to return for it. If they have nothing better to do with their time…what else would you call it?" The blonde-haired girl responded while her master's elegant laughter once more flowed into the air.

"I suppose that is the epitome of pathetic." The Princess agreed while placing a hand on her shapely hip with her eyes peering down at her polite servant.

She decided that was one trait she liked about Elle.

The girl was the most courteous commoner that she's ever met.

"When you look at it like that…executing them could be seen as granting them release from their pain. So…you could be viewed as merciful if you kill them." Elle stated with a thoughtful gleam in her eyes while Mai gazed back at her in surprise.

Is she trying to play on Azula's sadism?

"What? Merciful?" Azula asked in a clearly distasteful voice while she scrunched up her nose as she turned to the two terrified peasants.

"Mhm. You would be depriving them of all of their misery." The blonde-haired girl chirped while her master stared down at the girl's in amusement.

"I would hate it to be said that Princess Azula was merciful…" The Princess trailed off while sighing as if the concept was intolerable.

"People could start to call you Princess Azula the merciful. Kindly putting the unhappy out of their misery." Elle remarked while Azula glanced down at her with surprise in her gaze.

"Did you just crack a joke?" Azula snorted while smiling in amusement as she gazed down at her beaming servant.

"It could be viewed either way!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed with a wide smile on her lips.

"I see. You really don't hold a grudge." The Princess stated while the younger girl's smile widened from ear to ear.

"I do not…because I would like to think that my kindness is greater than my wrath." Elle spoke as she clutched at the straps of her bag while Azula eyed her with her interests clearly piqued.

The blonde's words had an impact on all present, even one as apathetic as Mai.

It was quite apparent that Elle was the complete opposite of Azula.

And yet strangely, the young girl was seemingly drawn to the Princess.

"Hm. Very well. That will be all for now. Mai…you may proceed ahead with…Elle. Do try to keep a close eye on her though." Azula concluded in a stern voice while watching as Elle arose from her respectful bow.

The gloomy noble gazed down at the beaming girl before turning back to her leader nodding in understanding.

"Right. I'll look after your treasured maid. Come along now shorty." Mai commented with her arms folded over her breasts before she began to walk away with Elle in tow.

"Watch yourself Mai." The Princess growled out while curling her fingers up against her biceps scowling all the while.

"I'll see you soon Azula-sama! You too oneesan!" The blonde-haired girl called out cheerily while the two women glanced at each other in a questioning manner.

"Oneesan?" Ty Lee pondered as she turned to her friend blinking curiously to which Azula lazily shrugged her shoulders in response.

"She speaks in a peculiar manner." Azula stated while they gazed after her servant hopping happily alongside the mutually puzzled Mai.

"It means big sister!" Elle shouted out while waving at the two while Mai gazed at her with a baffled look in her tawny eyes.

The girl's announcement took even the infamous Princess aback while she stood beside the ecstatic acrobat.

"Aww! Azula! She just called me her big sister! We'll be over shortly little sister!" The brown-haired woman exclaimed just as she waved at the two with a large grin adorning her cheerful visage.

Azula still had yet to respond.

She found that she was staring after her little servant with uncharacteristic confusion in her usually composed golden eyes.

"Big sister? What does she think? That this is an adoptive family?" The Princess scoffed while she turned to her still smiling friend.

"I guess so…and apparently you're the head of the family." Ty Lee spoke while gazing at Azula with a bright smile while the woman scrunched up her nose with a scowl on her lips.

"Ugh. Enough of this nonsense and focus on the matter at hand…" Azula trailed off in a more menacing voice than a moment ago while turning to face the two-trembling girls.

At this point the two bullies had long since understood that they have dug themselves in a hole so deep that they may never escape.

They cowered with their faces pressing against the floor while the employees of the café had long ago ushered their remaining customers inside.

Even Ty Lee shivered when she caught of glimpse of her leader's wrathful face.

"So…" The Princess began in a purposefully delayed manner while glaring down at the girl's as they bowed with their eyes glued to the floor.

There was a moment of pause before the regal woman continued.

"I give my womanhood away to my servant in exchange for a few coins?" Azula demanded in a voice so glacial that the air seemed to suddenly take on a freezing chill.

The acrobat visibly flinched while sweat began to drip down her brow.

She wasn't the subject of her leader's wrath…and yet she found that her hands were literally trembling.

Which was to say nothing of the two girl's who were once more to the point of hysterics.

From the moment when those words left those girl's mouth Ty Lee knew that it would come back to haunt them.

Had they never said that. They may have gotten off much easier.

But…she damn well knew that there was no way Azula would let such an insult slide.

"Y-Your Highn-" Irri started to stutter only to be savagely kicked in the face once again.

Arra watched her friend soar with blood landing on the stone flooring with pure unadulterated terror in her eyes.

"You will be silent until your monarch says otherwise! You do not have the right to speak!" The Princess bellowed with rage in her voice while she stood towering over the sobbing girl.

Ty Lee finally began to understood just how furious Azula was over the insult.

It was…truly terrifying.

Yet…

'It's…almost like Azula waited for Elle to leave before unloading all of her rage…could it be…that Azula doesn't want the girl to fear her? Is…that possible?' The brown-haired woman thought while her heart began to race in the face of her powerful friends' fury.

"You dare to infer that Princess Azula solicits her servant for sex? You have the nerve to state that I pay the girl for oral pleasure? You have the gall! To imply that the Princess of the Fire Nation tosses her maid a few token coins in reward?" Azula hissed while staring down at the two with a stare so callous that Arra began to wet herself.

Ty Lee swallowed in terror while staring down in newfound pity after observing one of the girl's begin to piss herself.

The sound of liquid hitting the floor resounded into the air followed by a thunderous thudding of the Princess's footfall.

A boot slammed into the shrieking girl's head while she shook underneath the woman's weight.

The Princess stomped down upon the horrified peasant while staring down at her with monstrously narrowed eyes.

"To put it in peasant tongue…she munches on my rug for pay." Azula stated icily while gazing down at the crying girl while she peed in her long since soiled pants.

"A-Azula m-maybe you should…" The brown-haired woman stammered only to cower when the Princess slammed her boot upon the floor once more.

"Do not give me orders Ty Lee. I will not tolerate defiance from you thrice in one day." The Princess informed in a voice devoid of any warmth while glaring over her shoulder at her cowering friend.

"U-understood Azula." Ty Lee muttered before falling silent with her hands clasped before her.

"Unfortunately for you two. My kindness is not greater than my wrath." Azula spoke while gazing down at the girl under her boot and then to the other to the right.

The two had been attempting to steel themselves to hear something along those lines.

But…now they found that there was no way to prepare for the wrath of Princess Azula.

"The good news is that I have decided to spare your lives. With my coronation upon the horizon…I can't have it said that I ordered the deaths of two of my own subjects. Just as it would surely be…it would not be prudent." The Princess announced while unfolding her hands behind her back just as her cruel eyes swept about.

Though brutalized the two girls began to cry in relief all the while Ty Lee gazed away grasping at her arms.

Azula was so cruel.

Every moment that it seems like there is hope for her she comes back around and acts even more monstrous.

The long she watched this the more regretful she began to feel for having earlier wished for their deaths.

Even after what they've done…this was…too much.

"However, I cannot simply let you walk away with a slap on the wrist. I will not allow it to be said that I let such disrespect to go unpunished." Azula continued with her hands falling to her sides while staring down at the girl's shaking forms with unyielding eyes.

Her golden eyes were agape in a livid manner, narrowing all the more with every passing moment.

"You've disrupted the quality of my service, forcing me, the Princess of the Fire Nation to track down mere bullies, and to top it all off, you've publicly slandered my womanhood!" The Princess snapped in a voice that resonated far and wide.

The girl's shook as if they were being whipped with every word that carried out of the woman's regal lips.

"And last but most certainly not least. You could have very well killed my most skilled servant. The girl belongs to me. Any attack on her person will receive a response in kind from her master." Azula declared while tightening her fists in white hot rage.

The acrobat glanced up in surprise while noting the look of pure rage in her leader's eyes.

Azula was difficult to read…

But…listing the attack on Elle must be Azula's unspoken way of declaring that she cares for the girl.

As…much as a woman like her is capable anyhow.

"I am her master. It is a master's duty to defend what belongs to her. What sort of master would I be if I let this go unpunished?" The Princess remarked in a domineering voice while she loomed high above the terror-stricken duo.

Ty Lee once more felt a stab of revulsion over Azula's fondness for dominating all under her domain.

Even an innocent girl that simply sought to give her a fire lily.

Azula feels the need to make the girl kneel in submission, to turn her into a human pet!

Then yet another shiver crawled down her spine as she gazed on in horror to see the Princess's palms light up with blue fire.

"N-no! No! P-please! N-not that! Y-Your Highness! I-I'm sorry! I'm so sorry!" Arra screamed out from beneath the sole of the towering woman's boot.

Irri was too frightened to even form words.

She lay on the ground with a bloodied face while watching with widened eyes when the tall form of Princess Azula bent over her friend.

"I suggest you stay still. The more you struggle…the more this will hurt." Azula spoke while she crouched over the screaming girl.

The acrobat audibly gulped before rapidly gazing away with unnerved brown-gray orbs just before a piercing wail filled the once calm city air.

Both customers and employees of the café turned their heads while a unanimous shudder was felt by all in the building.

The scream was so prominent that the glass that Lei was holding fell from her hand and shattered upon the floor.

An action which would usually incur a scolding from the café owner.

Yet no words of rebuke were uttered.

The man was far too busy shaking with a pale complexion from where he stood with a rag in hand.

"Only a fool would cross Princess Azula." The waitress whispered with sweat dripping down her brow as she shakily knelt to clean up the glass.

Then the second scream resonated into the air.

The other girl she mused with a grave expression in her eyes.

Mai was walking with Elle when the scream ruptured the once calm atmosphere.

The affect was so intense that they both turned around with widened eyes.

The she heard a second soul piercing cry that caused her to shake ever so slightly.

"Azula…" The markswoman trailed off in an uncharacteristically shaken voice just before she loudly swallowed the lump that had formed in her throat.

"I-I thought as much. Azula-sama is not weightless." The blonde-haired girl stated with a slight stutter while the noblewoman raised her brows in a questioning manner.

It was a rather curious statement from one so young.

From a young girl that had a tendency to act like a child and then the next moment she was stunningly mature for her age.

It was evident that Elle was not inferring to Azula's body mass.

But her psyche.

The sound of boots striding up the steps mingled into the air along with agonized cries of pain while the acrobat shakily glanced down at the burned girls.

Irri had been scarred in the same location that she had bruised Elle.

The same had been done to Arra.

"Oh, and one more thing girls. If I should ever hear of you approaching my servant again…you'll spend the rest of your days whittling away in a cell devoid of light." The Princess called down from where she stood at the top of the staircase.

The words were spoken without an ounce of remorse.

Azula's gaze was utterly merciless while peering down at their sobbing forms for a final time.

"Y-yes Y-Your M-Majesty!" Irri cried out in a broken voice while she knelt cradling her burned face with her eyes agape in unfathomable agony.

"Excellent. I believe we're all finished here Ty Lee. Let's go." Azula commanded while striding ahead of her intimidated friend with a noticeable satisfaction in her step.

Ty Lee could only nod while she trailed after Azula all the while gazing at her robed back.

Did Azula just get scarier…because she seemingly cares about someone now?

She wasn't certain.

But she knew one thing for certain.

Woe to whoever got on Azula's bad side.

Chapter Text

The acrobat's hands still hung at her sides while she gazed at her friend's robed back pondering if it was wise to broach this subject now.

"A-Azula? Can we…talk for a moment?" Ty Lee asked in a more skittish voice than usual just as her friend peered at her over her shoulder.

"If you wish to talk Ty Lee. Then talk." Azula answered in a terribly unsocial voice while walking with her arms folded over her chest.

Truth be told she let the girl's off easier than she intended.

She originally planned to have them imprisoned for life.

But strangely, she modified her plans after hearing her pet's little speech.

"In private. B-before we get back to Mai and Elle. Over…there on that bench…maybe?" The brown-haired woman responded to the other woman's curiosity.

"What? Do you wish to chastise me once more? As if you are my superior?" The Princess snapped while rounding to face her somewhat shorter companion.

She was somewhat bothered by the increased fear in Ty Lee's voice.

Not that she would ever say as much aloud.

"No. I…would like to level with you…as a friend. I…feel like our friendship is splitting…and I w-want to save it." Ty Lee explained in a voice that verged on possible tears while Azula gazed back at her frowning in confusion.

She didn't understand what caused Ty Lee to start to think such a thing.

"Fine." Azula grumbled before turning to veer off the river walkway to sit on the bench overlooking the bay.

The acrobat followed along silently until they stopped before the bench.

The two women seated themselves beside one another with the Princess folding her arms over her breasts all the while gazing at her clearly intimidated friend.

"Well? You wanted to talk. Just what was it that put this silly idea in your head?" The Princess demanded while staring at her trembling friend with annoyed eyes.

Strange as it may seem when Ty Lee heard her leader voice those words, she couldn't help but feel a spark of anger.

She decided to use it as fuel for her courage.

"The fact that you are even asking me that just proves how serious this is. I am going to be completely honest with you Azula. I wasn't even going to broach this subject with you. I was just going to leave it be. Until the day it shattered. But strangely…meeting Elle gave me the courage to talk about it." The brown-haired woman admitted while turning to her now angered friend with graveness in her gaze.

"She what! Have you been talking with my servant behind my back?" Azula snarled with paranoia in her golden orbs as she gazed at her unusually serious friend.

Her good mood was ruined once more.

What a bothersome day this has turned out to be!

"No! She hasn't been speaking with me! I only just recently met her! So quit thinking what I know you're thinking! She gave me courage by watching you show a glimpse of humanity in your interactions with her." Ty Lee shouted while suddenly leaping to her feet while her friend glared up at her.

"I don't think I care for your tone-" The Princess began only to be cut off when the acrobat began shaking her shoulders angrily.

"Too bad! I'm your friend! Not your slave! A-and if you give a damn you're going to listen!" The brown-haired woman cried out with a tear streaming down her cheek while gripping the regal woman's shoulders.

"Calm down Ty Lee. You're acting like a child." Azula stated in a slightly softer voice than before upon seeing the teardrop.

"No! I won't calm down! This is a long time coming and if you can just listen! Maybe it will do you some good." Ty Lee replied while releasing Azula's shoulder as they gazed into each other's eyes.

"Just say what you have to say. Quit blubbering." The Princess complained while frowning up at her emotional friend.

"Azula! How can you be so blind? You can conquer Ba Sing Se and go one on one with the Avatar. But you don't even understand your own friends. The truth is…you don't understand people. All you know is war." The brown-haired woman questioned while the Princess's lips pursed in increased ire.

"Blind? You dare call me blind?" Azula hissed while clenching her fists in her anger.

"We are afraid of you Azula. Me and Mai both." Ty Lee confessed with her voice trembling while callous eyes peered up at her.

"Good. You should fear me. Fear is how-" The Princess was cut off once more to her anger by the furious acrobat.

"No! Not good! We're your friends! Not your enemies! We shouldn't have to tremble in fear whenever we're around you!" The brown-haired woman exclaimed with rising bravery while the other woman gazed up with marginally widened eyes.

The fact that Ty Lee had reinforced that they were her friends strangely made the remark hit her hard in the chest.

"Have I not treated you two well enough? Is that it? I share all of my possessions with you and Mai both." Azula responded with frustration lacing her usually cool voice.

A resounding slap echoed throughout the empty park while the Princess's head was now tilted to the side with a faint mark upon her cheek.

Her eyes were agape in disbelief while pure rage began to flow through her veins.

"Y-you set my circus tent on fire you asshole! H-how could you…do that to m-me?" Ty Lee yelled out in a shaken voice with tears now flowing in full force down her face.

"That was years ago! You weren't even harmed!" The Princess insisted while turning her head to glare up at her hysterical friend.

"Y-you scared me to death! W-why would you ever do that to me? M-my own friend made me jump through a ring of fire. Y-you stripped me of my dream. I-I wanted to work in the circus!" The brown-haired woman cried while plopping back on the bench beside the baffled Princess.

"I needed your help to hunt the Avatar." Azula insisted with ever rising aggravation as she turned to gaze at her sobbing companion.

If anyone else had slapped her they would be dead by now.

She decided to overlook it, due to their long friendship and what with how emotional Ty Lee can be.

"Don't you understand? Y-you don't do that…to a friend. An e-enemy but never your friend." Ty Lee stated while gazing off across the ocean with tearstained eyes with the other woman listening with grudging shock in her eyes.

In fact, the Princess found that for once she was struggling to form words of response to her companion.

"That girl…Elle. I'll be truthful in this as well. She…sees something in you that I am not so sure that I…or Mai can see." The brown-haired woman continued while her friend glanced at her in a speechless silence.

Azula was adept at confrontation but…not with Ty Lee.

This issue…has never been broached before.

"She sees good in you. She sees compassion. You…don't frighten her. She is so eager to be in your company…it's adorable really. I... saw one of her paintings by mistake earlier. It's called…'Azula-sama Walk'." Ty Lee informed in a softer voice while Azula still gazed back with taken aback golden eyes.

"Another? She's…painted more than one?" The Princess pondered while mulling over her little servant's lack of fear.

It both irked her…and pleased her at the same time.

"Yeah. I…think that this is a good thing for you Azula. I think that Elle is a very good thing for you. And…I don't mean just because she memorizes your every order. I…think you need to learn compassion. You can't…you can't go through life relying on fear alone." The brown-haired woman announced while meeting the other woman's resistant gaze.

"A good thing? You don't seem to understand Ty Lee. That it is only through fear that a ruler may maintain control." Azula retorted while scowling when her friend adamantly shook her head.

"That's just what your father told you. B-but he's wrong. If you think that you can keep friends through fear…then you don't even know what friendship means." Ty Lee answered with her lips quivering while Azula gazed at her with her own lips curled into a frown.

Once more the mighty Princess found herself at a loss for words.

Her throat felt…oddly dry.

"I'll warn you right now. If you continue to treat us this way. Our friendship will shatter. Do you know what comes after that?" The brown-haired woman inquired with a tear trailing down her cheek.

"What?" The Princess hissed with her fists clenched in her lap.

She despised being given an ultimatum.

As if…Ty Lee was demanding that she submit to her will.

"Once we are no longer friends. You are just my Princess...and I am just another hired hand. I will serve you solely through fear. Never again we will share a dinner. Nor will I ever visit you outside of wartime. You can still forcibly summon me. But at that point…I'm just your subordinate. Not…your friend." Ty Lee declared with genuine sadness in her voice while Azula sank back on the bench with a strange sensation bubbling in her belly.

"Are you…threatening me Ty Lee?" Azula questioned while staring at the acrobat with shock still present in her gaze.

"No. I am leveling with you…as a friend. Giving you a chance to work with me…to save our bond." The brown-haired woman assured with her lips curving into a sorrowful smile.

The words…were truly baffling to the ruthless Princess.

Over the course of several minutes of sitting in a tense silence while the acrobat sat with her face in her hands, Azula finally formed a response.

"What…must I do to satisfy you Ty Lee?" The Princess asked while glancing at the other's woman's marginally more upbeat face.

"I would like to help you Azula. Both for our friendship and the people you will soon rule. I…want to help you learn how to understand people." Ty Lee answered while Azula sat there in a bewildered silence.

She was having trouble even processing that she was being told that she had an area where she was deficient.

"I do understand people. I understand their psychology and what makes them tick." Azula stated in an insistent voice while Ty Lee still gazed at her still crying.

Yet the tears were slowing at least. That was something.

"No, Azula. You understand how to control them through fear. You need to learn to understand people. How else can you expect to rule until you grow old? The palace staff are terrified of you! Even more so than your father! They are just people that need to feed their families. You are...so cruel to them. I don't understand it. They are your people Azula. They shouldn't be looking at you with terror in their eyes. They have children to feed! If you banish them their kid's may starve!" The brown-haired woman explained with passion in her voice while her regal companion sat in a stunned silence.

The Princess was vividly recalling her young servant's prior confession of whispers in the streets.

She hadn't thought it relevant…until now.

"As the Princess of the Fire Nation…the soon to be Fire Lord. You should give a damn if a family starves all because of a minor cooking mistake! Don't you get it Azula? They should respect you and look up to you as their leader. Not see you as a cruel person who doesn't care for her people!" Ty Lee cried out while Azula peered back at her with bewildered eyes.

"Are you insinuating that my people don't respect me?" Azula spoke at long last with anger intermingling with her shock.

"They do. But not as much as you think. You and your father frighten people…and Azula…that's not always a good thing. If your people despise you. It breeds resentment…and hatred. And a possible premature end…to an otherwise long and bountiful reign." The brown-haired woman replied while gazing hard at her unsocial friend.

"If you think that I am that easy to assassinate then you are truly deluded." The Princess scoffed with her arms folded in a haughty manner.

"Okay Azula. How else should I put this? For the sake of simplicity. In this analogy, I am going to compare you to a rude customer in a restaurant" Ty Lee remarked while Azula glanced at her in amusement.

"What? Where are you going with this Ty Lee?" Azula sighed while shaking her head as she leaned back upon the bench.

"Let's say for a moment that you're an everyday citizen. You're displeased with the wait time for your food. So…you begin snapping at the waitress. Like you're royalty. Only…you're not. Perhaps you call her stupid…slow or a number of things. Tell me Azula. What do you think will happen to your food?" The brown-haired woman continued while peering out over the waterfront.

"I am disgusted you even contemplate this." The Princess grunted with revulsion in her eyes while gazing at her friend.

"It's the truth Azula. Certain workers will put spit, snot, or even worse bodily substances into a customer's food if they are rude. Why do you think I am always nice to the waitstaff?" Ty Lee blurted out while Azula reeled on her with her nose comically scrunched up in repugnance.

"Ugh! I will hear no more about this Ty Lee! This is revolting!" Azula exclaimed with rare expression of humorous annoyance in her eyes.

Damn Ty Lee! Now she's gone and gotten her even more paranoid!

"Now just imagine what they might do to royalty. Oh, sure. Most people will be too terrified to even try it with you. But as the years pass by, as you make your servants live in terror…" The brown-haired woman trailed off while gazing gravely at her repulsed friend.

The Princess scowled once more while meeting her companion's gaze with a grudgingly thoughtful gleam in her eyes.

"When you surround yourself with an entire palace of people that loath you. Azula…you'll eventually die writhing at the dinner table on the day that your assassin breaches your food taster." Ty Lee concluded in a no-nonsense tone while her leader sat there in silence processing her warning.

"Are you worried about me being killed Ty Lee?" Azula asked while gazing on in astonishment when her friend nodded with a tear falling down her cheek.

Then the other woman reached out to grasp her hand while she peered down at it with widened eyes.

"Please Azula. I am begging you. Just…try to be a little bit kinder. This is your country. We are your friends. The world should admire you for the amazing talent that you are! Not cower in terror when you walk the streets!" The brown-haired woman called out while grasping at her friends stunned hand.

"What do you expect me to be? Zuko?" The Princess snorted yet she considered the words all the same.

"No. You are Azula! Not Zuko. You…could be kinder than your father…but harsher than Zuko. There…is an in-between you know. There is always…a middle ground." Ty Lee responded while clutching at the Princess's palm.

"I…will consider your council Ty Lee. But I make no promises!" Azula commented while staring sternly at her emotive companion.

She found herself even further taken aback when the other woman enveloped her around her neck.

"I-I am so glad Azula. I am glad that we could talk. I have hope for our friendship now!" The brown-haired woman cried out while she embraced the regal woman.

The Princess soon realized that she was…strangely relieved.

And with that thought in mind she awkwardly wrapped her arms around the acrobat's smaller frame.

"That is good to hear." Azula muttered while staring over the other woman's shoulder.

"Sorry…for slapping you. But you did kind of deserve it." Ty Lee whispered while Azula gazed off over the waterside with a puzzling emotion in her eyes.

"I am…" The Princess trailed off while trying so hard to form the words upon her tongue.

The acrobat said nothing as she waited while hope continued to swell in her chest while listening to the prideful woman struggle to say what she hoped to hear.

"I…" Azula continued while growling in annoyance with her lips curling into a deep frown.

Still silence reigned just when she noticed a teardrop slide down her neck.

She glanced down in concern to see that Ty Lee was still crying.

For some reason…the sight filled her with a newfound resolve.

She had never realized until now just how much that ring of fire terrified Ty Lee.

"I apologize Ty Lee…. for setting your net on fire." The Princess spoke with her teeth ground together just as the other girl clutched at her with a tightened grip.

"Thank you Azula! Thank you for saying it. I don't want to be terrified of you. I want to look forward to living out each and every day beside you!" Ty Lee declared while backing away to meet her friends surprised stare.

"Good…I need you. I would have you…no place else." Azula stated with a marginally softened voice while disconnecting from their embrace.

The acrobat smiled brightly back at her while wiping her eyes.

"Just promise me one thing." The brown-haired woman stated while the other gazed back curiously.

"What would that be?" The Princess pondered while inwardly realizing she would do almost anything to maintain her friendship with Ty Lee.

"Please…please don't ever try to hurt me again. I…am your friend Azula. You're not supposed to wish harm upon me." Ty Lee answered with a few more tears falling from her eyes while Azula surveyed her in a displeased manner.

"There will never be a repeat of that incident. Now would you cut out the waterworks? I already have to deal with my servant crying on a daily basis. Must you do it as well?" Azula responded in a return to her stern voice while gazing on in relief to see her friend smiling brightly once more.

"Elle. Her name is Elle." The brown-haired woman corrected while the Princess rolled her elegant eyes.

"I am aware Ty Lee. She told me as much herself." The Princess scoffed in a conceited manner while her friend concluded wiping at her eyes.

She was beginning to wonder if Ty Lee disapproved of her burning of the two brats.

But…as far as she was concerned, they had it coming.

"Then use it! Honestly Azula you can be such an icebox sometimes. Considering that blue fire burns hotter than orange flames it's a bit peculiar." Ty Lee chimed while her friend sighed heavily.

"Fine! I'll use my servant's name more often! Are you happy now?" Azula complained while studying the smiling woman with impatient golden eyes.

"Yes! I think that Elle is a wonderful thing for you." The brown-haired woman insisted while the Princess gazed out over the waterside.

"I know you do. You keep saying that." The Princess replied while curling her fingers over her biceps.

"I know. But I really mean it. She's…so sweet Azula. You're her idol. She…doesn't want to be cruel like you…but she admires your strength. And so much more…" Ty Lee remarked while leaning over to sniff the recoiling woman's hair.

"Why are you sniffing me!" Azula protested while glaring at Ty Lee as she pondered if her friend has gone mad.

"Huh! You do smell like cinnamon." The brown-haired woman giggled to the Princess's degradation who could only sink her backside even further into the seat.

"She wrote me a poem this morning…" The Princess confessed in a casual voice while eying the other woman in annoyance when she cried out in delight.

"Aww! That's so adorable Azula! You have your own little poet!" Ty Lee gushed while smiling as she noted the barest hints of blush on the regal woman's cheeks.

"It…was called 'My Princess'…I'll let you read it. If you…can keep it to yourself." Azula announced while reaching into her breast pocket to fish for the paper.

The acrobat was even more touched to hear that Azula trusted her enough to let her read it.

And even more so…to find out that the ruthless Princess had been carrying it around all day.

"It's a promise!" The brown-haired woman assured while accepting the small paper before sinking back to read it in silence.

Her eyes grew wide in astonishment as she read each and every heartfelt word.

A tear streamed down her cheek while Azula watched her closely before the paper was quietly deposited into her open palm.

"That…was beautiful. By Agni Azula. That girl's head over heels for you. I can see it in her eyes." Ty Lee spoke finally while Azula exhaled more calmly.

"I thought as much. It's too bad that she's lowborn. Such a relationship would never be acceptable in the eyes of the court. And she's female…on top of it all." The Princess stated in a cold voice much to the other woman's frustration.

"Azula! That doesn't matter. As Fire Lord you get to decide what is and isn't proper. I…am telling you. You shouldn't pass this up so carelessly." The brown-haired woman advised while the Princess held a hand to her chin.

"She's too young as well. Is she even fifteen? I am twenty." Azula commented while listening to the acrobat sigh in exasperation.

"What does that even matter Azula? Age is just a number. None of those preconceived notions determine what constitutes love. For Agni's sake. She's giving up any chance to go home. Just to serve you. How many potential suitors are that devoted? None. Not a one." Ty Lee urged with her lips curving into a grin.

"Why are you so concerned over the girl? It's not like I am throwing her out. I have already laid claim to her." The Princess boasted while the other woman sat back in puzzlement.

"…Laid claim to her Azula?" The brown-haired woman pondered in a patient voice.

"I decided to claim her as my property. I laid siege to her defenses and made her submit in awe of my might. I conquered her in a display of my superior ability. In the event that I do take any interest in the girl…I already own her." Azula explained while puffing out her chest with a smirk upon her crimson lips.

"Eh…own her…" Ty Lee repeated while scratching her head as she sweatdropped over Azula's lack of social skills.

"Indeed Ty Lee. By conquering her I have proven that I am the ideal romantic partner. She is a sensitive little thing really. Therefore, she would not be searching for another person of meager strength. A girl that vulnerable is clearly looking for someone strong. I am the strongest there is. Nor is there anyone that can offer the financial stability that I can…as the to be Fire Lord. On top of all of that, I am clearly the most beautiful. I excel in every desired category. It's clear that I am the prime marital candidate." The Princess announced smugly while the acrobat gazed at her in a comical silence.

"Wow. You sure put a lot of thought into that!" The brown-haired woman exclaimed while grinning despite her friends overinflated ego.

Azula's romantic ignorance was adorable in a strange fashion.

It was quite cute that Azula thought that she had to conquer Elle in a siege of warfare.

Especially considering that Elle is the timidest girl that she's ever met!

The concept of Azula even needing to 'conquer her is just laughable.

"It's just the way I am. One day I will be the ruler of this entire planet…and then I will dominate this earth!" Azula called out abruptly while Ty Lee sank back sweatdropping even further over her megalomania.

Ty Lee could have sworn that she heard crickets chirping in the background while she gazed at her friend's proud grin.

"As I said Ty Lee. Clearly, she is searching for someone to lead her…I am the ideal alpha. If I choose to explore the matter that is." The Princess stated with finality in her voice while nodding resolutely.

"Ahem…the ideal alpha Azula?" The acrobat sighed while staring at her dominant leader with amused eyes.

So, this was where Azula got the absurd idea that Elle is her pet.

She thinks that romance is a game of dominance!

"What? Do you know anyone mightier than I? If so, I demand to know the name. I will go destroy them before her very eyes. Then she will continue to paint me and me alone!" Azula declared with her burning fist clenched with her lips curved into a deranged smile.

"No Azula. You're definitely the strongest. I really think you're overthinking this. She has eyes for you and you alone." Ty Lee assured gently while leaning forward to smile up at Azula.

"Just as I suspected. She has been conquered. By rights of strength she will only write tributes for me. Nor shall she paint another." The Princess stated strictly while tightening her fist while nodding all the while.

"Well…it sounds like you're interested." The brown-haired woman chimed while the regal woman sank back on the bench.

"It's just…unfortunate that she's a peasant." Azula sighed while missing the spark of anger that suddenly lit in Ty Lee's eyes.

"Stop that!" Ty Lee shouted while Azula turned to her in confusion.

"Stop what?" The Princess asked while frowning as she realized that she was enjoying the second half of their talk.

For once…she didn't want to descend into conflict.

"Demeaning her! Calling her a peasant like she's trash! I have seen you do some truly cruel things Azula. But degrading Elle…has to be at the top of the list." The brown-haired woman remarked while gazing away from her puzzled friend.

"I simply speak the truth Ty Lee. She is lowborn. That doesn't mean that I despise her. She's…a well-behaved girl. I am fond of her." Azula confessed while folding her hands in her lap.

"That's the thing Azula. One moment you're fond of Elle and the next she's bowing like a collared dog. Have you ever painted anything? I have…I can't even paint and it takes days!" Ty Lee exclaimed while clenching her fists in aggravation.

"No. I have not painted Ty Lee. But I am certain that I would excel at it as with everything else." The Princess responded in a confident voice while staring at her friends back.

"I wouldn't be so certain of that Azula. Not everyone can paint…like that. Not many can. It's a true talent. If she wasn't so stricken with you…she could get rich painting anything and everything. But there's only so many Azula paintings that she could sell before people got sick of her artwork!" The brown-haired woman answered while turning to grace her friend with a pointed look.

"Humph. So, you say Ty Lee. I for one think that my image is quite divine. She told me so herself." Azula spoke while swelling in pride as she scanned her fingernails smiling.

"Azula…how can you say all of that…and still debase her? You are her sole all consuming thought ever since she arrived from…wherever it is that she came from. Please…just try to get this erroneous notion of division from your mind. Give the girl a chance." Ty Lee conversed while smiling once more at Azula's arrogant visage.

"It's not such a simple matter Ty Lee. You do understand…that my father cannot know of her feelings for me? He would surely put her away in Boiling Rock." The Princess responded while sighing as she turned in surprise to see her friend looking even more furious than earlier.

Even angrier than when she had the nerve to slap her.

"What has she done…to deserve Boiling Rock?" The brown-haired woman snapped with venom in her usually cheerful voice.

"Don't put words in my mouth. I never said she deserved it. But her affections would be perceived as an unforgivable slight to the Royal Family." Azula attempted to reason while waving a hand before her face.

"If your father is that monstrous then he truly deserves to be overthrown. And if you would follow in such a notion! So, would you." Ty Lee growled out while jabbing the Princess in her shoulder.

"Those are treasonous words Ty Lee." The Princess commented curtly while narrowing her eyes icily.

"I don't care. She's the gentlest soul I've ever met. And you are going to make another promise to me that you will never let that happen. Because if you do Azula…I will rescue her and take her somewhere you will never find her. I'll take her home. Somehow." The brown-haired woman informed while leaning forward with her lips in a thin line.

The tension had once more returned in full while Azula glared at Ty Lee with a lethal gleam in her eyes.

Strange as it was…she has already realized that she did not want to part ways with her little admirer.

"You will do no such thing." Azula retorted in a glacial voice while exhaling a puff of blue fire like a wrathful dragon.

"Then promise me. That you will protect the girl whose devoted her entire life to you. Even from your father." Ty Lee responded while trying to maintain her resolve under such a fearsome death glare.

The fact that Azula had just scarred two girls was still fresh in her mind.

So…she had to be very careful with her choice of words.

"She's my pet. Not yours." The Princess insisted in a pompous fashion while still staring icily at her companion.

The acrobat sighed heavily while throwing her arms up in such frustration that the Princess could not help but scowl at her.

"Whatever Azula! Call it whatever you like but you must promise me. If she's yours…then the responsibility falls on you." The brown-haired woman demanded while folding her arms over her breasts.

"…I will protect her." Azula muttered while still glaring at her unusually rebellious friend.

"Say it again." Ty Lee stated while leveling the regal woman with a frown.

"I said she's mine Ty Lee. I will protect her! Be it bullies, the Avatar and his friends, her brother or my father. I will keep her safe from all harm." The Princess reassured in a dominant voice while folding one leg over the other in a refined manner.

"Good. Because she's my little sister now. So, I'll be holding you to those words!" The brown-haired woman exclaimed while smiling happily once again.

"Little sister? You already have ample sisters. Six if I recall correctly." Azula snorted while staring at her beaming friend in amusement.

"Now I have one that's not part of a matched set! Ooh! I can't wait to bring her over for snuggle nights!" Ty Lee cheered while her gushing over the girl's gullible nature earned her a cold stare from Azula.

"Snuggle nights?" The Princess almost growled much to the other woman's amusement.

"Yeah I mean…it's not like you're snuggling with her. Poor girl shouldn't have to sleep every night in a cramped chamber." The brown-haired woman stated while gazing at the Princess with a gleam in her brown-gray eyes.

"I do not snuggle. But all the same. As her master I hereby prohibit you to snuggle her. All activities with my pet must be authorized by me personally." Azula announced in a tyrannical voice while returning to eying her fingernails.

"She's not your pet Azula." Ty Lee argued while turning to her spoiled friend.

"Yes, she is. You just agreed that she was just moments ago." The Princess reminded with a broad smirk about her while the other woman sank back in her seat huffing.

"T-that was just so I could get you to agree to protecting her." The brown-haired woman answered while fixing her leader with an exhausted stare.

"Hm. My dominance is already set in stone. Speaking of the girl…we ought to get going." Azula commented while turning away with a curious gleam in her callous eyes.

"Alright…I'll let it go for now. But this subject…of ownership is not over. Not by a long shot. I did just have an interesting thought though." Ty Lee replied while the other woman peered at her through the corner of her eye.

"And what might that be?" The Princess queried while unfolding her palms to push herself to her feet.

"We should go do something fun tonight. All of us." The brown-haired woman suggested while the Princess stared back blinking in confusion.

"You mean…me, you and Mai? Like what?" Azula asked in a bored voice before looking even more taken aback when Ty Lee's smile vanished.

"Elle too. Stop excluding her. It's…so cruel." Ty Lee stated while Azula herself began to frown.

"Ty Lee. I can't be seen with a peasant in…" The Princess trailed off only for the acrobat to clutch her shoulder angrily.

"Make up your mind. Is the girl one of us or not? If she isn't…then you need to stop toying with her. She thinks that you're her friend. And friends aren't afraid to be seen with a friend." The brown-haired woman retorted while standing up beside her leader.

"Ugh. I…consider my servant to be my friend." Azula sighed while Ty Lee began to walk beside her.

"Then you can't single her out. Trust me Azula…she'll notice in time if you do and she'll be hurt. Very hurt. You…don't want to make Elle cry…right?" Ty Lee explained while Azula turned her head away with a scowl upon her lips.

"No. That would be too much of a bother. But even still…my father…" The Princess remarked while frowning down at her boots.

This young girl was truly becoming quite the dilemma.

"That's easy. Just play it safe until you're Fire Lord. But for the time being…it wouldn't hurt anything if we had a night out on the town." The brown-haired woman stated while turning to her friends scrunched up face as she grinned all the while.

"…A night on the town Ty Lee? Something so trivial does not befit a wartime Princess." Azula spoke while striding with her palms clasped behind her sloped back.

"Azula! You need to unwind…socialize. We could all use it. Just for one night. We could…go to a nice restaurant…reserve a private room…order food and drinks." Ty Lee insisted while slapping the uptight woman's side.

"Are you…trying to get me to take the girl out on a date?" The Princess snorted while rolling her eyes at the other woman's attempt at innocence.

"Oh no! A date would be between just the two of you. But it would be a good chance…for all of us to get to know her." The brown-haired woman hummed while the Princess glanced ahead thoughtfully.

"And if I say no?" Azula drawled out lazily while eying her fingernails.

"Then I'll bug you about it. Every second. For the next eight hours." Ty Lee chirped while Azula turned to eye her icily.

"At that point I would simply bar you from my chamber." The Princess scoffed while smirking at her friend's crestfallen face.

"Come on Azula. It would really make the girl happy if her beloved Princess included her in a fun night." The brown-haired woman stated with a warm expression in her eyes as she gazed at the other woman pleadingly.

For the briefest of moments Azula thought it over.

For once…wanting to make another person smile instead of cower in fear.

She glanced down at her feet while musing that it would bolster her position as the girl's dominant.

It was a good chance to showcase her strength before the world to her little admirer.

And it was sure to earn her another poem or two…

As long as she keeps the matter from her father's attention…

Even if he does find out she could simply pass Elle off as possessing powerful knowledge of an unknown world.

As a possible representative to this emperor that she wishes to learn more about.

If she ever discovered a way to Elle's world that is.

"Alright Ty Lee." Azula relented at long last while the other woman grinned in delight.

"Elle too?" Ty Lee asked while beaming over the proud woman's stubbornness.

"My servant too." The Princess agreed with a smug curve of her lips while she began to walk ahead of her companion.

"Elle. Her name is Elle." The brown-haired woman reminded once more while the Princess literally waved the matter off.

"I will only permit her to accompany with us under two conditions. One, this stays between just the four of us." Azula instructed while turning with her finger raised with Ty Lee speedily nodding in response.

"You said the four of us. That's what I want to hear. No exclusions." Ty Lee stated while gazing at Azula's stern face.

"And two. Under no circumstance. Will you or Mai, mention her brother. If you do…grievous injury is sure to follow." The Princess announced in a callous voice while leveling her now shivering friend with her usual imposing stare.

The acrobat decided to ignore the threat of injury after just being promised that Azula would never hurt her again.

She decided…to chalk it up to Azula truly caring about the girl.

"Of course, but...uh I know this is going to sound nosy. But…what did he do to her? If…you don't mind me asking." The brown-haired woman mumbled while noticing the way in which the Princess's eyes narrowed ever so faintly.

Azula…truly was protective of this girl.

"He tried to rape her. That's why she tried to kill him. That's all I know. I don't know any more and I wouldn't float it about if I did." Azula explained while Ty Lee stood with her mouth hanging up in horror.

She couldn't quite blame Ty Lee.

Even to her…that was a new level of horrible.

"What a beast…a beast. His own sister." Ty Lee whispered with her eyes fixated into a furious glare of her own.

"She also told me that he had a fondness for bringing little children over…and well. Need I say anymore?" The Princess revealed while the acrobat still gazed ahead with repulsed brown-gray eyes.

"No. I get the picture. If I ever see him…" The acrobat hissed while following alongside her calmer leader.

"I will kill him. If I ever see him." Azula spoke while her possessive eyes formed a truly callous stare.

"Good." Ty Lee mumbled while Azula placed her palms on her shapely hips.

"Enough about that. Let's track down them down before Mai abandons the girl in her boredom." The Princess commented while sharing a knowing look with the acrobat.

They both knew that Mai wouldn't appreciate playing baby sister for hours on end…

With that thought in mind Azula and Ty Lee hastened their pace.

Hopefully to get there before their young companion reached the end of Mai's patience.

Chapter Text

Mai sighed heavily from where she sat upon the ridge of a large water fountain overlooking a meadow at the edge of the city.

She was currently gazing off to the side from where Elle knelt still searching for a proper flower for Azula.

'Damn them for abandoning me…does this girl think of anything that isn't Azula?' The markswoman thought while scrunching her brows up in disbelief while the blonde continued to pour over the flower field.

And she couldn't exactly just cut the girl loose like she could anyone else.

Ty Lee and comically enough Azula, would surely kill her.

"Okay. I have to ask. What are your interests besides Azula?" Mai questioned in her typical voice while peering at the petite girl's robed back.

"Um…I like to paint!" Elle exclaimed while Mai leaned forward on her elbows somewhat taken aback by that answer.

She hadn't pegged the girl for a painter.

"About what?" The markswoman pondered in a mildly curious voice.

"Primarily Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl commented while the sound of a Mai slapping her own face with her hand echoed throughout the air.

"Why am I not surprised. But seriously. What beside Azula?" Mai continued in a bored tone while gazing off into the distance.

"I like to write poems. Also, about Azula-sama." Elle answered innocently while Mai groaned from beneath her palm.

"Right…" The markswoman trailed off yet still eyed the girl closely.

Even if it was solely about Azula, it was still impressive that a girl her age was into both poetry and painting.

"I used to enjoy reading comics. But I haven't had any access to new reading material since I arrived. I don't exactly have any money…" The blonde-haired girl admitted while the noblewoman turned to her surprised by the non-Azula related hobby.

It was something anyhow…until Azula ordered a comic series to be created as tribute to her with her as the main character…

"You haven't been paid yet?" Mai inquired while inwardly wondering if Azula would be cruel enough to keep Elle as a slave instead of the standard paid servant.

"I get paid? I thought my pay was a roof and the pleasure of serving the Princess." Elle answered with genuine awe in her voice while Mai stared at her for what seemed like a long moment.

"There isn't much pleasure in serving Azula. At least…not for most. But yes…you do get paid." The markswoman informed while gazing on in a faint amusement when the girl's face brightened immensely.

"If I get paid then I can buy Her Highness a gift!" The blonde-haired girl cheered with delight in her eyes while the older female stared at her in even further bafflement.

"What? Why would you spend all of your pay just to get Azula a gift? She's spoiled enough as it is kid." Mai muttered while running a hand through her hair.

"I wonder what I should get her…hm." Elle pondered while holding a finger to her lip thoughtfully with the woman's words soaring over her head.

"I suppose in your case…slave and servant are one and the same." The markswoman commented while still peering at the small blonde in a deadpan manner while the girl fumbled through the flowers.

"Would Azula-sama like a golden flower?" The blonde-haired girl asked while peering over her shoulder at the annoyed woman.

'Azula…I am going to kill you.' Mai thought as she began to tap her fingers with her eyes shimmering in irritation.

"She's quite difficult to please. To say the least. But you seem quite adept at making her happy." The markswoman responded with as much patience as she could muster.

"So yes then?" Elle continued while Mai began to tap her boot on the ground in increased annoyance.

"Yes! She will like the flower." Mai assured speedily with her teeth ground together in frustration.

"Arigatou gozaimasu oneesan." The blonde-haired girl announced to the woman's complete shock.

"You are calling me big sister?" The markswoman pondered in a truly bewildered voice.

It was rare feat to make her lose her trademark composed face but somehow this girl managed to do just that.

"Is that alright?" Elle responded while peering over her shoulder with the first signs of worry in the woman's presence.

Mai contemplated the matter for the briefest of moments.

She ultimately decided that it did not bother her.

The girl was very kind. Possibly the kindest she's ever met. Too sweet for Azula…if you asked her.

"No. That is fine. Call me it if you wish. But may I ask why?" Mai spoke before standing up to go sit beside the girl.

"I finally feel like I have somewhere where I belong. My brother has been the only family I've had ever since my parents died…long ago…and I've always wanted big sisters…so I thought if you and Ty Lee didn't mind…" The blonde-haired girl explained gently while gazing up to see the woman standing over her.

"I see. Well, I don't mind. I doubt it will bother Ty Lee at all either." The markswoman replied before seating herself beside the smaller girl.

The only weird part was the fact that Azula was master…and they were big sister.

But she decided to chalk that up to Azula's control freak behavior.

The naïve girl was probably only calling the Princess that in the hopes of making her happy.

"Yay!" Elle cheered to the older girl's further surprise before enveloping her in a sudden hug around her stomach.

Once more Mai sat back with her eyes widening in complete confusion.

"Shorty. I don't…do hugs." Mai stated while squirming to break free from the girl's grip.

It was funny when it was Azula under attack but now…

She could only groan when the joyful girl refused to release her.

"Everyone does hugs!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed with an innocent aura about her while the older girl peered down at her sighing.

"I just said that I didn't…" The markswoman trailed off dryly before awkwardly hugging the petite girl with one arm.

She glanced up at the sky all the while asking herself how such a kind girl would be drawn to Azula.

"I like the Fire Nation." Elle remarked while they sat hugging each other.

Much like a big sister and her little sister that was under her elder's close watch.

"You're not from the Fire Nation? Azula never told me where you were from." Mai questioned with slight curiosity while gazing down at the rather clingy girl.

"Oh no. I'm from another world." The blonde-haired girl declared so happily that the noblewoman furrowed her brows presuming it was a joke.

"Haven't heard that one before." The markswoman stated dryly while still peering down at the blonde's radiant face.

"I am completely serious. I have no clue how I got here. A few weeks ago, I had never even heard of the Fire Nation." Elle admitted much to Mai's total disbelief.

"What? So, you're not joking." Mai spoke while quirking her eyebrows in amazement.

It took a great deal to amaze her.

But hearing someone claim to be from another world did the trick.

If this is true…she couldn't help but wonder if that would explain much of Azula's interest in this bizarre young girl.

"As serious as a heart attack. But that's all behind me now. There is nothing for me there. This is my home now." The blonde-haired girl declared in a serene voice while staring up at the taken aback older girl.

"There is nothing that you wish to go back to?" The markswoman inquired in a voice that hid her mild pity for the girl's seemingly abusive past.

"No. Why would I? Then I wouldn't be able to see you, or Ty Lee, or Azula-sama ever again. And that…would make me very sad." Elle muttered while Mai stared down at her with sympathy in her usually aloof eyes.

It sounds like the girl was latching onto them…because she has never had anyone else.

"I see. You're a nice girl…Elle." Mai stated while they finally disconnected from the sisterly embrace.

"Arigatou gozaimasu. Oneesan." The blonde-haired girl replied while bending over to finally pick her chosen flower.

The noblewoman couldn't help but feel touched by the girl's quick trust in her.

It was undoubtably naïve but sweet all the same.

"Finally decided on a flower?" The markswoman asked while noticing the girl had chosen a rather lovely color of gold.

'We'll have to watch over this girl…to make certain that Azula doesn't plan on hurting her.' Mai thought while furrowing her brows as she realized the thought of letting Azula tarnish this girl was quite disturbing.

Zuko would like her…she mused while trying to ignore the brief stabbing pain in her chest.

"Mhm. I hope she likes it!" Elle chimed while Mai still sat staring down at her with faintly softened eyes.

That was when they both heard the sound of a throat clearing behind them which was followed shortly afterward by a girlish giggle.

"Hope who likes what?" Azula demanded with her hands on her at her sides while Ty Lee continued to giggle softly.

It was obvious to all but Elle that the Princess was being possessive.

"Azula-sama! I missed you!" The blonde-haired girl called out as if they have been apart for weeks.

The girl's joyous cry earned her two questioning stares while the acrobat judged the unsocial woman's side.

As if to silently say see I told you so.

"Missed me? But it's barely been an…oof!" The Princess exclaimed as she was suddenly assaulted around her belly by the small blonde.

"One hour is far too long!" Elle cried out while embracing the Princess's belly as she peered up at her now annoyed countenance.

"Servant…release me!" Azula barked while trying to push the girl off as gently as possible.

How bizarre was it that she did not wish to bruise her further?

"Azula…what did I tell you about using her name?" Ty Lee sighed while still smiling even so at the amusing scene.

"And I already told you that I am her master, not you. I will call her as I please." The Princess snapped in a spoiled voice while ignoring her two friends exasperated gazes as she stood with her pet cuddling her belly.

"What took you so long? And why do you have a mark on your face?" Mai inquired while exchanging a glance with Ty Lee who was gazing off into space in a laughably suspicious manner.

She has known the two long enough to tell when something was up.

There was a hint of an unspoken tension that followed after her question.

She couldn't help but ponder…did Ty Lee have anything to do with the imprint on Azula's face?

"Did someone hurt you is that why you were gone for so long?" The blonde-haired girl pondered while peering up at the proud woman with concerned amber eyes.

The two noblewomen shared an amused glance while Azula scowled down at the girl who still refused to release her.

"No, I was not injured servant. Do you doubt my power?" Azula demanded as she folded her arms while staring down at Elle's easily intimidated face with narrowed eyes.

It would not do well if her little admirer was beginning to doubt her dominance.

Perhaps…this night out is a good idea after all.

"N-no of course not Your Highness!" Elle exclaimed while Azula carefully pushed her back with a strong hand before leaning over her in a domineering manner.

"You had better not. I am the Great Princess Azula and I have no rival. I am the strongest there is." The Princess announced with her hands on her hips while towering over the rapidly nodding petite girl.

Mai was gazing at Azula with a baffled countenance all the while gazing at Ty Lee as the girl continued to giggle.

'Is Azula…trying to posture to impress Elle? Could she actually be interested in this girl?' The markswoman thought while gazing between the Princess and her maid with faint curiosity in her stare.

"I would never doubt you Azula-sama! You're so strong and so b-beautiful." The blonde-haired girl responded while a blush overtook her cheeks as she cradled her master's flower carefully in her cupped palms.

"Hm. Just you wait until I get a chance to show you just how powerful I really am." Azula remarked while staring down at Elle in a conceited manner while the smaller girl gazed up at her with adorable eyes.

"Ugh. I could puke. Her ego has soared through the roof." Mai muttered beside Ty Lee while the other woman nodded in agreement.

"It certainly has. So, what have you and Elle been up to while we were away?" Ty Lee inquired as she turned with her hands on her hips noting the small meadow at the edge of the city.

"I-I can't wait…" Elle trailed off bashfully while Azula peered down at her with observant golden orbs.

Why couldn't the other servants behave more like Elle?

She pondered it for the briefest of moments before musing that it was a ridiculous thought.

If they all acted like Elle then there would be nothing unique about her servant's personality.

And somehow…the thought of Elle just being one of hundreds lost in the stream of palace servants displeased her.

"Do you…have something in your hand servant?" The Princess questioned with a hand held to her chin as she surveyed the dainty girl's lovely form.

"I-I have a gift for my Princess." The blonde-haired girl stammered while the older female gazed down at her with vastly gratified eyes.

As soon as Ty Lee heard that she turned to Azula while still smiling as she tried her best to silently convey to the Princess to be gentle with Elle.

"Another gift for me? But you just gave me a gift this morning." Azula spoke while smiling with her eyes never leaving her pet's flushing face.

"I-I know. B-but one gift is not enough for my Princess…" Elle trailed off while kicking at an imaginary pebble with her cheeks developing a crimson hue.

"On that we agree…well? Aren't you going to give me my gift?" The Princess purred while brushing her hair from her eyes in a seductive manner.

"Seriously? You gave Azula a gift this morning and we spent nearly an entire hour browsing a flower field?" Mai inquired in her usual monotone while Azula turned to glance at her smirking so smugly.

"Aww. That's so sweet Mai. Did you help Elle select a flower for Azula?" The brown-haired woman teased all the while grinning at the gloomy woman's irate face.

"Yes, indeed Mai. It is nice to know that you were thinking of me while I was away." Azula taunted while Mai glared at her with her hands twitching in her anger.

"Azula, just shut up and look at your flower." The markswoman growled while the Princess smiled even so as she turned to gaze at the innocent girl's nervous face.

"…I…hope you like it Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while unfolding her palms to reach up to hand the regal woman her golden flower.

The acrobat gasped when she laid her eyes upon the simply gorgeous flower while gazing at the younger girl's back.

She really hopes that Azula doesn't break Elle's little heart.

She…doesn't think that Elle will be able to handle her beloved Princess rejecting her.

The Princess found herself gazing down at the little flower with a marginally widened look in her callous eyes.

Though she would never say it aloud.

She was finding that this pure-hearted girl had a way of touching her ice-cold heart.

"You…spent an hour to pick this for me?" Azula asked as she accepted the flower with her mind vividly recalling their first meeting just nearly a week ago.

"Y-yes. Oneesan assured me that you liked gold." Elle stuttered while Azula peered down at her in even further surprise.

All the while Ty Lee turned to Mai while the noblewoman tapped her elbow in annoyance clearly disliking the attention.

"Oneesan?" The Princess sighed while turning from her admirer to gaze at her apathetic subordinate.

For as merciless as she is.

And she is most certainly just that.

She couldn't help but feel strangely pleased by her admirer's desire to live out her life beside her and her friends.

The girl was truly beginning to see her team as her adoptive family.

And strangely…she realized that she was okay with that.

If nothing else. It would ensure that she could depend on either one of them to safeguard Elle should something unforeseen occur.

"What of it? She called me her big sister. She's a kind girl. So, I allowed it." Mai stated with a slight bite to her voice while glaring at both of her friends.

"We're both her big sisters' now Mai!" Ty Lee exclaimed while grasping the other woman's hand as she pumped their fists in the air.

"Joy." The markswoman mumbled while she sighed as her friend forced her to hold hands with her.

"D-do you like it Princess?" The blonde-haired girl requested timidly while still averting her eyes from the taller woman's gaze.

Azula was contemplative for a few moments while she studied the shorter girl's cute little face before discreetly glancing around her.

She could practically feel Ty Lee's waiting eyes following her every movement and sure enough the acrobat was giving a 'what are you waiting for' stare.

After checking to ensure that no one was around…

"It is a fine flower Elle. I approve of this tribute." Azula announced with the flower carefully clutched in her right hand while Elle gazed up at her with joy that astonished even her.

"Y-you used my name again!" Elle cheered out childishly while Azula glanced down at her in evident amusement.

All the while both of her friends were staring at her back in a chiding manner.

"So, I have. It pleases me that you think of me so often. Had this flower been for someone else I would have had to discipline you." The Princess commented strictly while staring down at the submissive girl with imposing golden eyes.

"Azula…one doesn't usually threaten discipline after being given a flower…" The brown-haired woman advised while staring at the regal woman with a smile all the while.

"F-for someone else? I think of no one but Her Highness." The blonde-haired girl blurted as if horrified at the prospect while her master continued to level her with a controlling stare.

"That's what I like to hear. I hereby declare that you are forbidden to give flowers to anyone but myself. This new decree also extends to all other sources of tribute. You…will gift me and me alone." Azula spoke in a voice of absolute authority all the while leveling Elle's little face with a demanding glare.

"Forbidden Azula?" Mai snorted while blinking over in the other woman's direction in genuine puzzlement.

She certainly was becoming possessive of this young girl.

That much was evident.

Those piercing screams still had her shuddering.

To think that Azula had been so furious that she scarred the two bullies just as Ozai did to Zuko.

Not only was the pain surely beyond her wildest imaginations, the affect was quite damning to any hope for a social life.

The girls would always be marked for their disrespect to the Royal Family.

"For Azula-sama only. No one but my master." Elle stated passionately while grasping at Azula's robbed stomach while meeting her domineering gaze.

"Hm. What a good girl you are." The Princess purred before reaching down to pat the blonde's soft head in a puzzling show of fondness.

"Is it just me or does Azula think that Elle is a kitten?" The markswoman pondered while gazing at the acrobat's sighing face.

"It's not just you." The brown-haired woman replied yet even so she was still finding their budding bond to be rather adorable.

Perhaps…there was hope for Azula to learn more about people after all.

She was still disturbed by the earlier display of brutality…she felt that it was too much. Even for those cruel girls.

But there was nothing that she could have done to stop Azula.

She had already tried to talk her out of it and Elle tried to convince her to show mercy.

The Princess had her mind set on it and that was all that mattered in the end.

"Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl murmured shyly while blushing underneath the Princess's patting palm.

"What for?" Azula questioned curiously while astutely having already learned that that it was her admirer's way of saying thank you.

"For…standing up for me. No one…has ever done that for me before." Elle admitted quietly while craning her neck to peer into the woman's captivating eyes.

The words took not only Azula aback but both Mai and Ty Lee as well.

It was just baffling to hear that the first person who has ever stuck up for Elle was Azula of all people.

"You don't have to worry about that anymore little sister. You're one of us now! Your place beside us is secure! Isn't that right Azula?" Ty Lee assured warmly while stepping up behind Elle as the girl turned to gaze up at her with emotive amber eyes.

The Princess gazed over the petite girl's shoulder to meet her companion's gaze before turning to peer down at her servant once more.

"That's right Ty Lee. Elle is part of my entourage now. It would be…a waste to let such a loyal servant come to any further harm." Azula stated while withdrawing her hand as it fell back to her side.

Mai listened in amazement from where she stood behind the acrobat.

Before long all three women were gazing at their younger companion with varying levels of fondness.

"I-I am so grateful…to all three of you." The blonde-haired girl whispered happily while wiping a joyous tear from her bruised eye.

"Aww. We'll look out for you. Especially Azula. She really likes you. You're the first person that she's offered to protect." The brown-haired woman informed while patting the smaller girl's shoulder while the blonde peered up at the callous woman with awed eyes.

The Princess simply stood with her arms folded over her breasts while fixing the petite girl with a stern stare in clear disapproval of her tears.

"Cease that crying at once! No more waterworks for today!" Azula barked while pointing a finger down at Elle with the flower clutched underneath her palm.

"What a warm response." The markswoman commented dully while even she stared at her leader frowning.

If you asked her Azula was way too big of a bitch for such a nice girl but…it's not her place to tell Elle what to feel.

"Yeah! Seriously Azula! You don't have to be such an ass about it." Ty Lee scolded while frowning over Elle's timid shoulder at her scowling leader.

"I do as I please Ty Lee. Especially when it comes to my own servant." The Princess insisted in a spoiled voice while still glaring at the girl's crying face.

It…irked her in ways that she cannot explain.

"Yes! As you say Azula-sama. This girl will always do as you say." Elle answered while beaming up at the woman's harsh gaze with rising admiration in her eyes.

"Good. Your adulation pleases me greatly. Now there is no further need for tears. I am more than capable of protecting you. And I will say no more on the matter." Azula stated in a tone of finality while staring down at Elle's rapidly nodding little face.

"Yes Princess!" The blonde-haired girl cried out while bowing much to the overbearing woman's approval.

"Shorty. You know you don't have to bow before Azula every minute that you spend in her company, right?" Mai spoke while earning a questioning gaze for the teasing nickname from both of her friends.

"Shorty Mai? Why am I the only one here calling the poor girl by her name?" The brown-haired woman asked while the two other women just shrugged.

"You may ignore Mai…and continue with your current behavior." The Princess purred while paying her friends chiding gazes little mind.

"Azula-sama is the boss!" Elle cheered as she straightened while throwing a hand up in her joy.

"Yes Elle. She certainly is…" Ty Lee trailed off while patting the smaller girl's back with the Princess gazing on smugly.

"With that matter out of the way. We can proceed onward with other plans." Azula remarked while still holding the golden flower carefully underneath her curled fingers.

"Other matters?" The markswoman asked while noticing both of her friends faces indicated that they had planned something without her knowledge.

"Hm. I have decided to reward Elle for her good behavior." The Princess began while staring down at the young girl's overjoyed face.

The words came across as a shock to Mai given that this was once more unlike Azula.

She has already granted the girl a place amongst them, a commoner at that.

Neither she nor Ty Lee had any particular bias against people of lower status. But it was well known by all that Azula did.

"A reward Princess…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off in disbelief while the regal woman nodded.

"That's right! We have a surprise for you!" The brown-haired woman exclaimed while leaning on the petite girl's shoulder with a grin adorning her lips.

"I am so overjoyed. I... finally have a real home…and the Princess has even used my name four times now!" Elle cried out while smiling warmly up at Ty Lee while the older girl's eyes softened in response.

Most surprisingly of all was that not even Azula said a word to rebuke Elle's announcement that this was her home.

"Four times?" Mai inquired with a deadpan voice that displayed ever so slight amusement over the fact that the girl was keeping count.

"Mhm! My most frequent names have been servant, pet, good pet, peasant, little peasant, girl and twice I have been called sheep dog…" The blonde-haired girl chirped naively while both women turned to gaze at the Princess's conceited face.

"What are you two gawking at?" Azula demanded with annoyance lacing her voice while she began to scowl ever so slightly.

"Sheep dog Azula? Sheep dog?" Ty Lee growled out while tapping her boot angrily at her unsocial leader's glaring face.

"Oh! And once I have been tiger monkey!" Elle exclaimed in a seemingly unbothered voice while counting on her fingertips with the three women glancing down at her.

The Princess in her usual possessive stare and the other two females seemed baffled by her casual disregard of such demeaning treatment.

"I didn't call her a sheep dog. I stated that she smelled like one after playing out in the rain for several weeks." The Princess remarked thoughtlessly while giving her friends a questioning glance when they began to scowl at her.

Even Mai's lips curved into a frown.

That was only when that she noticed Elle's shoulders slumped with a hurt look in her eyes.

"I-I smell?" The blonde-haired girl mumbled pitifully while the acrobat immediately took to rubbing her back while narrowing her eyes at the Princess's faintly regretful face.

"Azula! No. No you don't smell Elle. Azula's just socially clueless. I am certain that she didn't mean that in the least." The brown-haired woman cooed while pulling the smaller girl into a hug when it looked like she was about to cry.

"What? You dare call me clueless?!" Azula snapped while stomping forward with her hands at her sides to pry Ty Lee off her little admirer.

"You kind of have to be Azula to be that oblivious. You're even worse than Zuko. Seriously. You don't tell a girl that likes you that she smells." Mai stated with an unusual sternness to her voice while staring at the Princess as she glared between her and Ty Lee while striding forward.

"I don't?" Elle asked while gazing up at the two women as they shook their heads speedily.

"No. You don't shorty. Ty Lee's right." The markswoman spoke while folding her hands over her stomach.

She mused that having the innocent girl around was truly like having a little sister.

The notion of having a baby sister was a decidedly pleasant one.

"Don't put words in my mouth! I said that was when she was living on the street…" The Princess trailed off while storming towards the blonde's side with her friends staring at her in disbelief.

"Azula. Just stop while you're ahead before you dig too deep of a hole." Mai sighed while rubbing her forehead in annoyance over the other woman's lack of social conduct.

"I'd like to see how you smell after several weeks on the streets. It probably wouldn't be anything like cinnamon." Ty Lee remarked while Azula glared at her icily before rudely pushing her off Elle.

The acrobat huffed as she stepped aside to allow the Princess to attempt to amend her error.

"You both will be silent or I will strike you both into the ashes of oblivion! And you stay off my pet. Get your own Ty Lee." Azula hissed while forcefully grasping onto Elle by her shirt collar while the other two exchanged an exasperated glance.

"Azula! How many times do I have to tell you that Elle isn't a pet!" The brown-haired woman exclaimed in frustration while the Princess pulled the small girl alongside her.

"Yes, she is. She is my pet. She submitted to my dominance the moment she stepped into my litter. By rights of strength she now belongs to me. I conquered her just as I conquered Ba Sing Se." The Princess announced while the petite girl peered up at her with her a faint blush on her cheeks.

"…Conquered?" The markswoman snorted while musing it was best to just ignore the woman's seemingly demented idea of dating.

"A-Azula-sama? I don't…smell, do I?" The blonde-haired girl stammered with a worried look in her eyes while gazing up at the tall woman's stern face.

"No. Of course not. You smell quite fresh." Azula assured while strangely allowing the girl to hold onto her bicep.

The two noblewomen sweatdropped over the Princess's rather poor attempt at flattery.

'She goes from saying she smells to saying that she doesn't…smooth.' Mai thought while observing the interaction with bored tawny eyes.

Thankfully for Azula, Elle was a kindhearted girl that was rather easy to please.

That was all it took to restore her spirits.

"I do?" Elle asked with rising hope in her voice while Azula nodded sagely while staring down with her entrancing golden orbs.

"Like the first day of spring." The Princess answered with her lips pursed into a smirk when her pet clutched tightly.

"Oh Azula-sama…I am so happy to belong to you…." The blonde-haired girl gushed while pressing her face into the Princess's toned bicep.

The acrobat couldn't help but smile even though her leader had just acted like a major ass.

Elle adored Azula so much that she already forgot the foolishly spoken insult.

"It pleases me that you have accepted my dominance. Now then let us proceed onward with tonight's plans." Azula declared while turning to face her friends with a return to her callous composure.

"Tonight's plans? What are you two on about?" The markswoman queried with her brows furrowed as she gazed between the now grinning acrobat and her stern-faced leader.

"We are all going out for a fun night out on the town!" Ty Lee exclaimed while Mai turned to her with puzzlement in her eyes.

"We are?" Mai repeated with slight interest in her voice before turning to see Elle looking up at Azula in confusion.

"Are you going to help me get back to my quarters first? I don't know my way back to the palace from here." Elle questioned while Azula glanced down at her with strict golden eyes.

"No, I will not. You are coming with us. If you can keep it to yourself that is." The Princess informed to the small girl's surprise.

Even the gloomy noble could only blink in genuine shock.

Azula…is bringing a commoner out on the town?

Though she did suppose that no one really knew that the girl was lowborn besides them.

Given that she was seemingly from…wherever that somewhere is.

"I will never disobey you Your Highness. I take it that you wish for me to serve at the dinner table tonight?" The blonde-haired girl pondered with an unbothered voice while peering up at the older girl.

As soon as Mai heard that she couldn't help but gaze away in discomfort.

Now that she was getting to know the girl it didn't seem right for her to spend the evening bowing on the floor while they ate.

It would have been kinder just to send her back to the palace.

Now that Elle was calling her and Ty Lee big sister it just felt wrong, very wrong.

"No! You aren't coming to serve us Elle! You're coming to have fun with us!" The brown-haired woman shouted before the Princess could respond.

Knowing Azula's controlling personality she could try to back out of it and she didn't want to give her the chance.

"I am? Is this true Azula-sama?" Elle inquired with her lips curling into a broad smile as she peered up into the woman's beautiful face.

"It is true. But you had best remain on good behavior or oof! Not again!" Azula attempted to explain only to shout in protest when Elle tackled her stomach.

"Well color me shocked. The girl gets to spend an evening doing something other than slaving away for Azula." The markswoman commented in a pleasantly surprised voice while watching in amusement as the regal woman was assaulted via hug.

"Arigatou gozaimasu! Arigatou! Arigatou! Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl called out while enveloping her master's belly in a tight embrace.

"You…you are welcome servant now let me go!" The Princess complained while her friends observed with smugly entertained eyes.

"My Princess is including me in her circle! I feel so honored!" Elle cheered while Ty Lee watched with a warm smile as she hid in the Princess's belly.

Azula made eye contact with Ty Lee while reading her eyes that silently conveyed an obvious message.

I told you it would make her happy.

"If you wish to maintain your position in my circle you must…get off me." The Princess grunted while gazing around to be certain that no people were passing by the meadow.

"You get her Elle! Defeat the Conqueror of Ba Sing Se! Take her down with the ultimate hug!" Ty Lee yelled out with a grin as Azula glared back at her with icy eyes that promised great pain.

"I am so excited Princess! But…what do I wear?" The blonde-haired girl asked in a worried voice while peering up at the woman's much finer clothes.

Azula fell silent for a moment after finally dislodging from the embrace not having considered that.

She held a hand to her chin while wondering if they should go back to the palace first.

Ultimately, she chose it was best not to do so.

In the unlikely event she ran into her father.

"Hey! I have an idea. Why don't we browse the market beforehand? You can pick out an outfit! If Azula won't buy it for you. I will!" The brown-haired woman suggested while striding forward with her fists on her hips.

The Princess's eyes snapped upward thoughtfully while also taking the acrobat's generous offer a challenge to her dominance.

"Really? You would do that for me oneesan?" Elle requested with innocence lacing her voice while Ty Lee stopped before her to beam down at her.

"Aww! When you're that adorable how could I ever say no?" Ty Lee cooed while patting Elle's head with the younger girl blushing over all of the attention she was receiving.

"Absolutely not. I will purchase the outfit." Azula retorted with her arms folded over her breasts as she gazed back at the still smiling Ty Lee.

'Did Azula just get deceived into purchasing her servant a party outfit?' Mai thought while stepping up behind the other girl's as she mused it could be fun.

If you ignore the fact that Azula just burned two girls' not even an hour ago.

"If you say so Azula…but I might still buy her one myself. She's just too cute. I have to." The brown-haired woman stated in a sisterly manner while still patting the girl's head.

"I-I don't know what to say." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while peering between her master and her big sister's taller forms.

"You don't have to say anything…just continue to be a good girl for me." The Princess remarked while greedily swiping the other woman's hand off the girl's head.

The acrobat huffed while gazing at her with amusement in her eyes all the while the gloomy noblewoman watched in increased puzzlement.

'Is Azula…jealous of other women touching Elle?' The markswoman pondered while the Princess stood over the girl once more.

"Yes, Master Azula. As you say." Elle agreed with an adorable nod of her head while Azula peered down at her in stern approval.

"Azula…please stop making her call you master." Ty Lee pleaded in an exhausted voice while the Princess began to walk ahead of them.

"Come along now Elle. You two as well. We shall go dominate the marketplace into submission." Azula declared with her right fist clenched as she began to grin violently.

"Dominate the marketplace Azula?" The brown-haired woman sighed before smiling when she noticed that the Princess had the flower tucked beneath her sash.

It was just barely noticeable around the woman's waistline while the younger girl continued to follow after her with her backpack slung on her shoulders.

"Azula-sama? I have a question that I have been pondering for some time." The blonde-haired girl asked while chewing on her lip as she gazed up at the much taller female.

The acrobat and the weapons expert stared at the girl curiously while the Princess seemed to swell in pride that the girl chose to ask her instead of them.

"Then ask me. My wisdom is as vast as is my merciful heart. Since I have taking a liking to you…you are in a most fortunate position to benefit from the fruits of my genius." The Princess announced with seemingly endless hubris while waving a hand before her smiling all the while.

"Please. I think your head is getting too big for your shoulders." Mai snorted while striding behind Elle as she gazed down at the girl with a mild fondness in her gaze.

Naturally, the spoiled woman ignored any and all remarks that put her flawless nature into question.

All the while Elle continued to hold a finger to her lip unaware that two of the three women were mulling over how adorable they thought she was.

"What's a rug muncher Azula-sama?" Elle blurted out with little warning while staring up at Azula when the royal woman nearly fell over in surprise.

Azula wasn't the only one to be taken aback by the innocent query.

Even Mai almost tripped on Elle's heels while she gazed down at the girl with widened tawny eyes.

How could she really not know what that meant!

Even sweet Ty Lee paused in her step while glancing down at Elle with redness on her cheeks all the while musing that it was mind boggling how she as this pure.

"Eh…well Azula?" The brown-haired woman began nervously while turning to the Princess's comically baffled face.

"How…can you be interested in another girl and not know what that means?" Azula responded in a tone of complete disbelief while gazing down at the puzzled girl with astonishment in her eyes.

She just couldn't believe that Elle truly didn't know that it inferred to oral sex between two females.

"Like I said. Felix removed me from school several years ago…and forced me to stay indoors for many years. My parents died long ago…that left me with only Felix…so…my education is a bit stunted." The blonde-haired girl muttered with evident shame in her voice as she averted her eyes after concluding it was something she ought to know.

The explanation once more caused all three women to gaze down at the girl in disgust to hear that the girl's brother was that demented.

Azula of course only cared because she had grown fond of Elle.

Whereas the other two were just…all around more compassionate than her.

"What a-" Ty Lee hissed furiously only to fall silent under the Princess's piercing death glare.

Sweat dripped down her brow as she was once more reminded just how terrifying Azula could be.

And so, she wisely shut her mouth.

"I see. I was aware of the fact…just not that it was this extensive." The Princess commented while rubbing at her nose for once uncertain of how to respond.

"S-sumimasen. I probably sound pretty stupid. Those girls were right." Elle stated in a tone of low self confidence while padding along glumly.

The three highborn women exchanged looks with one another while Azula sighed heavily in the palm of her hand.

"Hey! Don't talk like that little sister! You're not stupid. Not in the least. Those girls were just…" The brown-haired woman trailed off while an involuntary shiver trailed down her spine at the vivid recollection of their screams.

Judging by the grimace on Mai's face the other woman was well aware of what occurred.

"Ty Lee is correct. Your…writing is proof of that. You are just…naïve. Which simply means that you need someone capable to enlighten you." Azula announced while turning to peer down at her admirer with stern golden orbs.

The woman's words struck her friends by surprise while they both gazed at her in silence.

"Oh! You're so brilliant Azula-sama. Will you enlighten me?" The blonde-haired girl pondered with hope in her voice while the woman strode ahead with her pride returning in full force.

"Indeed, I am brilliant…sometimes I surprise even myself. Just what sort of enlightenment do you seek from me? I excel in all areas. Simply pick one and I will surely be able to assist you." The Princess offered while scanning her fingernails with her friends gazing on in even further disbelief.

Did Azula just offer to school a servant girl?

"That's a marvelous idea Azula! Elle is a Fire Nation citizen now. She can go to school here!" The brown-haired woman shouted triumphantly while the gloomy noblewoman turned to her in surprise.

Then Mai turned to Azula as she noted the uncertain gleam in the woman's selfish golden eyes.

'Figures. She's probably afraid that Elle will lose interest in her if she is around other people. She is so selfish. It's disgusting.' The markswoman thought while finding herself frowning over the matter.

No doubt Azula meant that she would fill Elle in here and there.

"School? What sort of school teacher knows even a fraction of my genius?" Azula sneered while Elle peered up at her with blinding awe in her eyes.

"Will you school me Azula-sama?" Elle asked innocently while gazing up at her master's divine face while the woman smirked in such a captivating manner.

"Azula…you could just let her go to an actual school. Do you even have the time to educate her to the proper capacity that she desires? I think Elle wants to be up to be speed in all areas. Not just one." Ty Lee explained while turning to her leader's smug visage.

"Hush Ty Lee. Yes Elle. I told you that I would take you under my tutelage. I suppose that means that this is my responsibility. I will school your little mind." The Princess declared while turning to gaze down at the joyous girl's adorable face.

If she was truly taking a romantic interest in this girl…it wouldn't do to let her possible girlfriend remain in a state of permanent limbo now would it?

"Arigatou gozaimasu Master Azula!" The blonde-haired girl answered happily as she halted to bow at the waist before the tall woman's pleased countenance.

"I warn you though. I will be a strict teacher…." Azula trailed off while glancing down at her pet's young face with a lovely smirk on her crimson lips.

"I have complete faith and trust in my Princess. I know you would never steer me wrong!" Elle exclaimed while rising from her bow just when Azula patted her shoulder fondly.

The other two women weren't so certain but it would be unwise to voice as such aloud.

"Now that is devotion." The Princess stated while wagging her finger for her pet to follow with a controlling gleam in her eyes.

"So…what does it mean?" The blonde-haired girl asked once more in a bashful voice while gazing up at the older girl to notice her posture tensing once more.

"Oh boy. I can't wait to hear this." Mai spoke with a hand over her mouth while Azula eyed her icily.

"Shut up Mai. You see Elle…rug munching is an analogy for…how dare you laugh at me! I will destroy the both of you!" Azula bellowed as she rounded on her snickering friends with a twinge of redness on her cheeks.

"I don't get it Azula-sama. Who eats rugs? I don't eat rugs. They aren't edible." Elle chimed while grasping at her straps while Azula groaned in frustration.

"You are just too precious little sister." Ty Lee cooed with a blush still adorning her cheeks as she ruffled the girl's hair.

"A-arigatou oneesan Ty Lee." The blonde-haired girl muttered while the acrobat smiled at her all the while gushing over her much to her pleasure.

She decided that she liked being the youngest of the group.

She truly felt like Azula-sama and her big sisters would look out for her no matter what.

"Ugh. If Azula won't answer then I will. It seems that it has fallen upon me to be the informative big sister." The markswoman announced while gazing down at the girl with composed tawny eyes.

"Mai. I am warning you…" The Princess trailed off dangerously while the acrobat turned away blushing even deeper.

"Please tell me oneesan. I really want to know." Elle asked queried while glancing up at Mai's apathetic face.

"I will strike you with lightening if you so much as speak another word." Azula hissed while glaring over in the other woman's direction.

As strangely as it was. She found her admirer's childlike innocence to be rather endearing.

And she was suddenly finding that she was becoming curiously protective of the younger girl.

"Alright. Here's your answer. It's a crude analogy for sexual conduct between two women. Basically, it's when one girl eats out another girl's…womanhood. And I am quite certain that it's something that you would enjoy doing with Azula." Mai answered at long last with her arms folded over her chest while gazing off to the side just as an uncomfortable silence overtook them.

Ty Lee was now as red as a tomato while she glanced down at Elle's adorably thoughtful face.

The younger girl was holding a hand to her chin as if processing the explanation.

All the while Azula gazed over at Mai's unbothered face with a truly horrifying glare.

Golden eyes that were so callous that it was a wonder the gloomy noble didn't burst into flames on the spot.

"What? She's interested in women. So, I answered. Would you rather she remains ignorant?" The markswoman questioned while gazing at her leader's oddly angered face.

"I…still don't understand. That makes even less sense than before. Why…would I want to eat Azula-sama? I am not a cannibal. I wouldn't eat my Princess even if I was starving. How is eating people a sexual pastime?" The blonde-haired girl inquired while turning to gaze up at the three women's reddened faces.

At this point they stood in the street with silence so thick that one could have heard crickets chirping.

Mai slapped her forehead in disbelief as she groaned beneath her palm while Azula stood marveling over the girl's naivety.

"Elle…don't worry your little mind over it. I'll educate you at your own pace." The Princess sighed while rubbing the bridge of her nose as she strolled ahead of her pet.

As comical as it was, she found that she was somewhat pleased to know that Elle's love was this pure.

The girl didn't adore her just because she was the most beautiful girl there is…or just for her limitless power.

No…now she understood that it ran much deeper than that.

"Yes Azula-sama! As you say. Always as you say. Please know that I would never cannibalize you. I would rather die of hunger." Elle informed in a voice so grave that Azula was now staring down at her with returning amusement in her eyes.

"I'll keep that in mind if we are ever trapped on a deserted island." Azula spoke dryly while folding her arms over her breasts once more.

"That's so sweet Azula. She wouldn't eat you even if she was starving. Most of the servants probably wouldn't even hesitate." Ty Lee commented with her hands on her hips smiling widely all the wide as her blush finally began to die down.

There was a snort of comical agreement from Mai while the Princess stared back at her with irate golden eyes.

"Shut up Ty Lee." The Princess replied in a grumpy voice while the smaller girl smiled up at her.

"It's okay Azula-sama. If you couldn't move, I would protect you with my life." The blonde-haired girl announced while puffing out her developing chest with undying loyalty in her young eyes.

"Aww, Azula. Elle would shield you. That's just too lovable." The brown-haired woman cooed while the Princess stared down at the girl with humorous doubt in her eyes.

"As sweet as that is…let's hope that it never comes down to that." Azula answered while sighing once more as she inwardly mused that the girl is making her go soft.

The foursome finally strode into the Fire Nation marketplace with many eyes being automatically drawn to Azula's callous countenance.

The sight of their fearsome Princess entering the marketplace was a silent warning to all venders to be their absolute best behavior.

Displeasing Princess Azula was possibly even more terrifying than angering Fire Lord Ozai.

To the amusement of the three noblewomen they soon watched as Elle's eyes began to sparkle while she gazed about at the wide variety of shops.

All the while Azula strode authoritatively beside her younger companion with her stern eyes following Elle's wandering gaze.

This was the perfect chance for her to establish her position of prime candidacy once and for all in her lovely admirer's little mind!

"Azula…you should buy her something…" Ty Lee whispered into the woman's ear while Azula watched Elle wander ahead in her rising excitement.

Mai began to silently follow after Elle while the other two women lingered behind.

The Princess tilted her head while her friend continued to whisper in her ear.

Her eyes followed Elle she strode with her hands behind her back all the while pondering what to buy her admirer.

"Like what?" Azula asked while frowning as she began to realize she knew very little about the girl other than that she enjoyed painting and writing.

"Let's just scout out where she goes and see." The brown-haired woman replied quietly while the small blonde bounced through the streets gazing around with childish amazement in her eyes.

"See something of interest shorty?" Mai asked questioned in her typical tone while standing over Elle as the girl marveled at everything around her.

Though she hated to admit it. It was indeed adorable.

"There's so much here! The last time I was here people were calling me a street rat and telling me to get lost." Elle stated while Mai glanced down at her frowning over the cruel treatment that the girl endured.

Ty Lee was shivering automatically when Azula halted with her eyes narrowing in a predatory manner.

"Oh really? Just who said that?" The Princess inquired in a near emotionless voice while the acrobat shook her arm.

"Azula! We're here to have fun. Not to terrorize the public." Ty Lee advised discreetly while Azula continued to stride about frowning in clear displeasure.

It would not do for her to allow the mockery of her potential girlfriend.

Her eyes and ears were peeled as she already noticed one or two people were staring at the girl oddly.

She began to realize while it wouldn't have phased her a week ago.

Now that she was growing fond of the girl it was grated on her nerves.

"Just what are you staring at peasant?" Azula demanded while her companions turned to her warily after she halted by a stall.

The acrobat sighed with a hand over her face when her gaze drifted to her friend now causing an older man at a spice stall to cower in terror.

"N-nothing Y-Your Highness!" The vender cried out while already kneeling the ground with the woman's golden eyes piercing his soul.

"You had best keep it that way." The Princess snarled while striding onward with her moody eyes drifting about as she followed the girl's bouncing form.

'Wow! It's really sweet watching Azula act so…protective. I know she has a tendency to act like an ass to Elle but I can tell she truly cares about her.' The brown-haired woman thought while finally noting that the girl stopped to admire a stall.

It was none other than a candy shop.

Given Elle's childlike personality it came across as no shock to Ty Lee.

She turned to nudge Azula's shoulder while the stern woman continued to walk after Elle and Mai.

"Ooh! There's so much here!" Elle cried out while Mai peered down at her sweatdropping.

"I presume that you like candy…" Mai trailed off while keeping a close eye on the girl just as Azula strolled up behind them.

"Is there something that you see of interest?" Azula inquired while she loomed over Elle's browsing face with her palms clasped behind her back.

All the while gazing down at the younger girl with her strict eyes just barely showing her fondness for the smaller girl.

To passers biers it appeared as if the Princess was about to terrorize her.

But of course, Team Azula knew better.

"I…am permitted to have a candy?" The blonde-haired girl responded while peering shyly up at her master's amused countenance.

"Aww!" The brown-haired woman gushed while the gloomy noblewoman turned to her sighing in mild annoyance over her continues fawning over their new friend.

"I suppose I could allow it. You're a well-behaved girl. Pick whatever you like." The Princess purred while leaning over the younger girl with a charming aura about her that had the teenager spellbound.

"…Your Highness may I have a maple praline?" Elle requested while folding her hands over her belly while bowing her head before the Princess in reverence.

It was quite obvious that Azula greatly approved of Elle's courteous nature.

Even when simply requesting for a single candy she bowed her head before the monarch.

The owner of the stall was also bowing before the Princess all the while her eyes were drifting about over the monarch's odd choice of companion.

"Hm. Good girl. One maple praline." Azula announced sternly while removing several coins from her pouch all the while savoring her young servant's growing excitement.

The coins dropped on the counter while the three women watched with varying levels of amusement as the small girl was handed the treat with joy shimmering in her amber eyes.

"A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl spoke with a warm smile on her lips as she bowed before the gratified woman once more.

"You really should reduce the bowing Elle." Mai stated while folding her arms as she gazed down at the happy girl just as she arose from her bow.

"Quiet Mai. Courtesy is in her nature and that is a trait that I approve of. You would do well to remember that I am her monarch. Not you." The Princess remarked from where she stood with her lips curved into a smile as she peered down at her pet.

The noblewoman said nothing in response deciding that there was no point arguing with Azula.

It just baffled her that Azula thought that dating and subjugation were one and the same.

"I am so fortunate to serve Azula-sama." Elle stated with a wide smile on her lips before biting into her treat beaming all the while.

Azula continued to stride beside the petite girl all the while staring at her calmly with a satisfied countenance.

"At least someone recognizes how great of an honor it is to serve me." The Princess commented while the acrobat continued to grin down at their young companion.

"The whole world should serve Azula-sama. Because she is wonderful." The blonde-haired girl chimed while nibbling on her candy while the Princess's lips curved upward in increased smugness.

"Why did you have to say that little sister?" Ty Lee sighed while turning to Azula to see that she took the innocent remark as a challenge to conquer the world.

An inferno was already brewing in the woman's eyes that had her friends excluding Elle growing increasingly wary.

"Great. Just what we needed." Mai muttered while Elle peered up at them in slight puzzlement.

"I see. So, you wish to see me conquer the world?" Azula remarked with her hands on her hips while turning to peer down at her adorable admirer.

The other two women sweatdropped while they sighed heavily despite finding the Princess's posturing to be a somewhat pleasant change of pace.

Though her ego had surely soared through the proverbial palace roof.

At least Azula was being a little bit nicer.

Even if it was only to one girl…

"Huh?" Elle responded after swallowing a mouthful of candy while her two adoptive big sisters sweatdropped even further.

That was proof enough that the just said whatever came to mind to please Azula.

"Do you wish to see your Princess dominate the entire world into submission?" The Princess demanded in an icy voice while staring down at the girl with a stare that would make most men piss their pants.

"Azula…I think you're taking this a little too far." The brown-haired woman stated only for her words to soar over the arrogant woman's head.

"Oh! I really want to see you in action Azula-sama! Will you show more of your bending?" The blonde-haired girl questioned while turning to gaze up at the strict woman with worshipful eyes.

"Hm. You desire to see my bending? Then I shall show it to you. Today I will give you just a small taste. When I destroy the Avatar and crush the rebels underfoot then…you will get your wish. I will dominate this world!" Azula announced with her hands afire at her sides with her crimson lips forming a conceited grin.

The blue fire lit the street while Elle peered up at Azula with awe in her young eyes all the while Mai watched in deadpan as people ran in terror every which way.

Clearly thinking that Azula was about to kill someone at random.

"…Azula…you're terrifying people." Ty Lee informed while Azula gazed down at Elle with possessive golden eyes while waving her words off.

"Wow! That's amazing Azula-sama! You're so good at domination! I could listen to you talk about it all day." Elle exclaimed while gazing up at the woman's smiling face unaware of the impact that her words had on her master.

"Shorty do you have any common sense? Why would you tell her that?" The markswoman asked while she stood alongside the gradually concerned acrobat.

They could tell that the girl's ill thought words had inspired the Princess to dominate the girl even further.

"So…you find my dominance appealing?" The Princess purred with her words causing her two friends to shiver in pity for the naïve girl peering up at her.

"Now Azula I really don't think that is what she meant…" The brown-haired woman trailed off only to sigh once more.

Elle got her too riled to listen.

"Y-you're so strong Princess…I feel so safe around you…" The blonde-haired girl mumbled while staring up at the Princess's flame lit visage.

"Marvelous! So, you desire a strong leader to protect you? Perhaps we do make a good mix after all." Azula called out while waving a hand in the air smiling all the while.

"W-well I've always dreamed of h-having a Princess charming…" Elle confessed as she began to twiddle with her thumbs while the older girl hummed curiously.

"Azula? Princess charming? Yeah. And I'm pink." Mai stated in a dull voice while Ty Lee sweatdropped despite finding their interactions to be rather cute.

"Princess charming? There is no Princess as charming or powerful as me!" The Princess shouted while still causing people to turn their heads fearfully.

"D-does that mean that y-you'll be my Princess charming?" The blonde-haired girl pondered timidly while still averting her eyes from the Princess's towering form.

"Very well little servant. I will be your Princess charming and I shall give you the dominance that you so dearly crave." Azula declared while pointing down at Elle with her eyes narrowed all the while the petite girl blushed from ear to ear.

All along the two other women gazed at her clearly thinking that she just may have gone mad.

"But Azula you already dominate her." Ty Lee stated while Mai shook her head in annoyance.

"Waste of breath." The markswoman scoffed before turning curiously when the Princess grasped ahold of the girl's smaller wrist.

"O-oh Azula-sama…my Princess charming…" Elle trailed off in a dreamy voice just as the woman began to drag her like a rag doll through the streets.

"Azula! Where are you taking her!" The brown-haired woman exclaimed while running a hand through her hair as they sped up to follow their dominance obsessed leader.

"Come my pet. Let's go to the weapons shop." The Princess spoke much to her friends' fright as she pulled the lovesick girl alongside her.

"Poor girl. I'm glad I'm not her." Mai stated wryly while Ty Lee winced while nodding in agreement.

If Elle ever decides she's interested in someone else they were beginning to fear that Azula would cage the poor girl!

They watched the two vanish ahead of them only hearing the small girl call out a meek 'yes Master Azula' one more time.

"Y-yes Master Azula." The blonde-haired girl agreed while reaching up to embrace the woman's toned bicep all the while admiring her peak physique.

And with that Azula dragged Elle out of sight with her behavior clearly taking on an even more dominant turn.

In Azula's mind she was beginning to realize that she just may have found the perfect romantic partner for her.

She was lovely, just young enough for her, petite to her liking, submissive, very eager to please, and to top it all off the girl even enjoyed her dominant personality.

Elle was indeed a splendid little find.

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When the two noblewomen finally caught up to Azula they were deeply unnerved to find her guiding the innocent girl through a shop full of deadly weaponry.

“A-Azula why in Agni's name did you bring Elle here for?” Ty Lee stammered with evident terror in her voice fearing that Azula would get the girl killed.

“For two reasons Ty Lee. One! To show off my strength in the bending arena out back and two, my little companion needs a weapon.” Azula explained to the acrobat’s horror while she continued to pull Elle by a large array of lethal swords.

“But she’s a pacifist.” Mai stated in deadpan only for Azula to wave her objection off.

“Nonsense. I’ll find something that suits her.” The Princess remarked while the blonde peered up at her clearly intimidated by the massive weapon store.

“I-I’m scared of these weapons Azula-sama.” Elle admitted while Azula came to a stop before a wide selection of swords.

“That is only because you have not been taught how to wield one. I could teach you if you like.” Azula informed to the rising horror of her subordinates.

“Azula…you’re scaring the girl. She doesn’t want to be in a weapon store.” The markswoman attempted to reason once more in a sterner voice.

“C-could you teach me about mathematics, science and history instead?” The blonde-haired girl requested in a mousy voice as if afraid that she would disappoint her master.

“Of course! I can teach you all of that and more. I have taken a romantic interest in you. There is nothing that I can’t or won’t teach you.” The Princess announced to the small girl’s delight.

The direct statement came across as a shock to even Ty Lee.

“Y-you have? Me? Y-you are interested in me?” Elle stuttered as she felt her heart skip a beat while Azula snorted derisively.

“I would have thought that would have been obvious by now. I am your Princess charming. Am I not?” Azula scoffed while folding her arms over her chest as if attempting to loom over the girl even more than she already does.

She has come to enjoy Elle’s small size, petite yet still oh so lovely.

“Y-yes! You are my Princess charming!” The blonde-haired girl squealed while grasping at the woman’s robed belly while the Princess smirked in gratification.

“Of course, I am. There is no Princess as dominant as I. It is becoming clear to me that I am the prime romantic candidate for you. And I feel as if you may well fit me.” The Princess commented while holding an elegant hand to her chin as she smiled down at the joyous girl.

“Since when is Azula the ‘prime romantic candidate’ for anyone?” Mai asked openly while never caring if her leader overheard her.

“She seems to think that she needs to flaunt her strength before Elle. She thinks that because Elle is sweet and delicate that only the strongest will suit her.” Ty Lee explained while smiling awkwardly when Mai scrunched up her nose in puzzlement.

She really can’t blame Mai.

It really didn’t make any sense.

“I-I am so excited! I really want to get to know you further Princess. Please give this loyal servant a chance to please you.” Elle pleaded while tugging on Azula’s robes while she gazed down at her pleased by her words.

“As I would like to get to know you. Now, there is much for us to do and more. But I really don’t approve of your pacifism. I strongly believe that you should carry at least a small dagger.” Azula spoke while gesturing about the shop with cold golden eyes.

Even Mai shivered at the terrifyingly casual statement.

This poor girl was more liable to stab herself with a dagger than anyone else!

“B-but I am not physically built for that Azula-sama. I have a health condition that prohibits excessive activity. I can’t do weapons training.” The blonde-haired girl tried to explain only for her master to pull her forward.

“All the more reason that I am the ideal partner for you. You clearly need someone of great strength. Just the same. What if you need to defend yourself?” The Princess demanded while they stopped before a display of daggers.

“Azula…you are really beginning to scare us.” The brown-haired woman urged while standing behind the two as her leader inspected the daggers.

“I trust you to protect me. You and my big sister’s.” Elle answered sweetly with her words touching each of the three women’s heart in some manner.

“I am pleased to hear that you have such faith in me and my team. But I would still feel more comfortable if you at least carried a dagger on you. What about this one?” Azula spoke with her hands on her hips while pointing at an elegant red blade.

“Azula, you claim you like the girl but you aren’t listening to her.” The markswoman stated in growing anger while glaring at the selfish woman’s back.

It truly disgusted her that Azula seemed to think that it was acceptable to try to force the girl to alter her behavior.

“It…looks…terrifying.” The blonde-haired girl mumbled lamely while her shoulders slumped as she began to dread upsetting her Princess.

“Try holding it.” The Princess insisted as she grasped the dagger while attempting to deposit it into the shaky girl’s hands.

“Please stop it Azula! She’s not a fighter. She’s not having fun anymore.” Ty Lee exclaimed while Azula’s lips curved into a scowl in her frustration.

“S-sumimasen Azula-sama. But I can’t hold this.” Elle announced while fearfully pushing the dagger away.

“Is it too large?” Azula commented with a frown while placing the weapon back in its place.

“N-no. I don’t like knives. Felix liked knives. S-sumimasen.” The blonde-haired girl confessed with her head hanging low while the Princess glanced down at her with marginally widened eyes.

The statement was a gruesome one that hinted that her brother may have tortured her in very sadistic ways.

The affect had such an intense change in the atmosphere that Ty Lee pulled the girl away from the knives while casting the Princess a warning stare.

“That’s enough of this Azula. If you want to show her your bending that is fine. But she doesn’t want a weapon.” The brown-haired woman spoke with a protective voice while her leader gazed down at the girl finally relenting.

“I see. So that is the issue. Very well. I hope that I did not upset you too badly.” The Princess remarked to her friends amazement while peering down at her pet with faint concern in her callous stare.

“No. I am not upset. I am overjoyed that you are my Princess charming.” Elle assured while twirling her thumbs while Ty Lee gazed down at her smiling once more.

“Hm. Indeed, it has a nice ring to it. How would you like to accompany me to the bending arena? To see my strength first hand?” Azula pondered with a hand on her chin while smiling confidently when Elle grasped at her left hand.

“Please Your Highness. Show your loyal servant your strength…” The blonde-haired girl trailed off passionately as she gazed up into smug golden eyes.

“Splendid. I shall show you my dominance first hand. Come my pet.” The Princess declared once more before guiding her little admirer past her sighing friends.

The two watched the Princess drag the girl out of the weapon shop before Mai turned to Ty Lee.

“Most people go to the pet store or the animal shelter when they want a pet. Why did Azula pick up a homeless girl from an alley?” Mai questioned with the other woman shrugging her shoulders in response.

“Don’t ask me. I’m glad that Elle is around. I just wish…that Azula would cut back on the dominance. At least…a bit.” Ty Lee answered while following after their leader once again.

About ten minutes later the two noblewomen entered the large arena to comically find firebenders fleeing the arena in terror.

Soon they heard the Princess’s voice resonating from the center of the arena.

The two stepped in to see Elle seated alone on a bench while she peered down at Azula with childish awe in her amber eyes.

The Princess stood in a wall of blue fire while glancing at the last few fleeing firebenders in disgust.

“Cowards! And you call yourselves firebenders!” Azula snapped while folding her arms over her breasts while she exhaled a burst of azure fire.

“…She was going to find arena firebenders? I don’t blame them for running.” Mai stated dryly before seating herself beside Elle while gazing down at the excited girl.

“Azula-sama’s fire is so amazing!” Elle cheered out innocently while gazing down with entranced eyes as Ty Lee sat on the opposite side of her.

The only strange thing was that the girl seemed to have already forgotten that it was these very flames that burned two girls just hours ago.

“Is Azula giving you a good show little sis?” Ty Lee greeted while slipping an arm over the smaller girl’s shoulder.

“Mhm! I really like Azula-sama. I-I really feel like she cares about me.” The blonde-haired girl confided quietly while the acrobat gazed down at her warmly.

“She does. She’s…just a bit eccentric.” The brown-haired woman answered while the gloomy noble rolled her eyes.

“That’s putting it mildly.” The markswoman snorted while the blonde nibbled one what was left of her treat.

“Well…it matters not. I can practice just as well alone. It’s all the same to me. They would have only gotten in the way. Watch closely, my little admirer. I’ve been training my bending for several years now. I’ll show you a few of my new techniques…that not even Ty Lee and Mai have seen!” The Princess called out while peering up at the young girl with charming golden orbs.

Her lips were curved into a confidence smirk before she sunk into a bending stance that had soon had Elle’s mouth hanging open in amazement.

Her words took both Mai and Ty Lee aback as they glanced at one another with the only answer from one another being a puzzled shrug.

It was now known that the Avatar spent six years in a coma before reappearing on the day of the Black Sun.

The Princess had grown from a fourteen-year-old girl to a twenty-year-old adult.

During the six-year lull there was little involvement on the front lines.

Azula had been spending large portions of her time bending in the forests, but they weren’t aware that she had created any new techniques.

“New techniques? Azula created her own techniques?” Ty Lee pondered in a mix of awe and newfound fear as she watched as large plumes of blue flame began to spark across the arena.

She could only sink back in her seat with widened eyes to see just how strong her friend had gotten over this six-year lull.

It was truly astonishing.

She had never given it much thought until now that Azula had gotten stronger.

This is the first time that she has seen her practice in several years!

Even Mai stared down at the arena with shock in her eyes to witness just how much Azula has advanced her bending.

The Princess slid her left boot which immediately produced a pillar of blue fire that spiraled to the height of the ceiling all the while Elle’s younger eyes followed her movements in admiration.

This was closely followed up by a spellbinding array of elegant kicks and punched while Azula continued to perform her firebending dance.

All along her domineering eyes would flicker up in her admirer’s direction vastly pleased to see that she had stunned not only the submissive girl but her childhood friends as well.

“Azula’s…really taken her bending to a whole new level...” The brown-haired woman trailed off in mutual awe while staring down at her leader’s dance with an intimidated gaze.

At this point Azula just might be stronger than her father!

The markswoman said nothing in response as she sat there in a state of speechless silence all the while the small blonde still sat with her mouth agape between the two of them.

“Azula-sama…is so incredible…I didn’t know that she was this strong.” Elle breathed out a tone of pure amazement while the two noblewomen gazed down at her.

She sat underneath Ty Lee’s arm all the while never ceasing in admiring her master’s divine body that moved about with such grace.

“I’m quite certain that she heard you Elle.” Ty Lee stated with a soft smile on her lips despite her still present fear of her leader.

Although it was lessened somewhat thanks to their earlier talk.

Azula seemed to be trying to treat them better.

She had to give her credit for that.

“Feast your little eyes on this my servant.” Azula remarked while sliding her feet backwards with a proud look about her as her right hand fell down to her side.

Almost as if she were preparing to draw a sword!

Then she sunk into yet another bending stance while her subordinates continued to gaze on in bewilderment only to widen their eyes when a sword of blue fire formed beneath her fingertips.

Then with truly frightening speed the Princess dashed across the arena before slicing straight through a stone pillar.

It thunderously tore in two before crumbling into a pile of rubble all the while the three gaped in awe.

A bead of sweat was streaming down Mai’s cheek while she tried to suppress her long-hidden fear of Azula.

At this point onlookers from the street had come in to witness their Princess’s mighty spectacle that was quickly spreading like wildfire.

The people stood murmuring in an impressed silence all the while the regal woman slid to a stop at the other end of the arena.

“My Princess is so strong.” The blonde-haired girl spoke with spellbound respect lacing her innocent voice as she sat peering down at the woman’s magnificent image.

The sword of fire promptly vanished from Azula’s hand just as she extended two fingers before her with her eyes narrowed into a focused stare.

“She’s…not really going to bend lightening with these people, around is she?” Mai pondered in a slight break from her monotone only to receive a wordless answer in the form of crackling lightening at her fingertips.

Then to the complete disbelief of the two noblewomen that watched as Azula sunk backwards generating the lightening near instantaneously.

“Watch closely Elle. Don’t you dare even look away!” The Princess commanded with her refined voice resonating through the air.

It was becoming quite apparent to Mai and Ty Lee that no matter how they felt about the matter…

Azula truly dominated young Elle in every way shape or form.

The woman had to but speak and the girl was already nodding with a lovable look of adulation in her amber eyes.

“Y-yes! As you say Azula-sama. Always as my Princess Charming says.” Elle agreed while leaning forward on her knees as she beamed down at the beautiful light show.

Energy sparkled and danced upon the tip of the regal woman’s two outstretched fingers just before releasing a mighty bolt of lightning.

It promptly exploded into the wall of the arena all the while Azula stood with her fists falling to her sides with her lips curling into a smug smile.

Silence was all that reigned while Azula turned to peer up at their astounded faces with her ego clearly rising to even greater heights.

“So…what do you think?” Azula questioned while glancing up at Elle with right fist clenched upon her shapely hip all the while smiling up at the girl.

“Why…is Azula acting like a hormonal boy?” The markswoman muttered beside the acrobat as they both peered down at their younger companion’s awed face.

It truly was adorable in a strange fashion watching Elle gaze upon Azula as if she was a hero of some ancient fairie tale.

And just as peculiar was witnessing the Princess of the Fire nation strut for a commoner from another world.

The two were complete polar opposites…

And yet they were oddly drawn to one another.

“Wow! You can create lightening! T-that was just awe inspiring!” The blonde-haired girl cheered in such an innocent manner that the acrobat couldn’t help but smile despite her shock.

“Hm. I can. That and more. I still have two more new techniques under my belt. But that…will have to wait for another day.” The Princess responded while brushing her bangs from her eyes with her golden gaze never leaving her young admirer’s face.

The simple yet ominous words ‘two more’ sent a shiver down the spines of her subordinates.

Not only has Azula mastered instantaneous lightening but she’s created an effortlessly pillar of fire technique.

With but a mere twitch of her foot she can attack and defend.

Not to mention that she is the first firebender to bend a sword of flames!

“Y-you are so strong Azula-sama! So mighty! My master is the strongest there is!” Elle announced as she stood up while gazing down at the Princess’s lovely visage with childish reverence in her gaze.

Judging by the manner in which Azula’s lips curved into a prideful smile it would appear that her performance had the intended affect.

“Humph! Of course, I am. Now…I demand that you return to my side at once!” Azula barked while snapping her fingers in an unbelievably spoiled manner.

Her childhood friends couldn’t help but sigh heavily over her pompous behavior.

Yet it would seem that it didn’t bother Elle in the least.

Not if her scampering was anything to go by as they sweatdropped while watching the girl dart through bench after bench to reach her Princess’s side.

“Yes Azula-sama! As Her Highness commands!” The blonde-haired girl exclaimed while finally coming to a stop before the older woman.

She panted slightly while peering up at her commanding visage with adoring little eyes while her callous stare scrutinized her breathing.

“Azula! You…shouldn’t make her run like that!” Ty Lee complained with her arms folded over her breasts while frowning all the while.

This breathing issue seemed…unnaturally severe.

It was…quite sad to watch such a young girl be so hindered by such a debilitating condition.

She was beginning to realize that Azula was most surely correct about her belief that this would enrage her father.

In the eyes of a ruthless man like Ozai, not one of Elle’s adorable tributes to her Princess mattered, nor her limitless love for her idol.

All that mattered was that Elle was low borne and just as damning…is the fact that she was seemingly sickly.

She truly, truly hoped that Azula would protect Elle now and when she inherits the throne.

“You barely even ran that far and your breathing is this bad?” The Princess demanded with her eyes narrowing as she loomed over her exhausted admirer.

“S-sumimasen Azula-sama for being so w-weak.” Elle stuttered while hanging her head with her low self esteem once more coming to the surface.

“You are very weak. Quite possibly the weakest…but I am also the strongest. It is incredibly apparent to me that a woman of my strength is the prime fit for you.” Azula spoke just as she slid her fingertip beneath Elle’s chin while forcing the girl to meet her controlling gaze.

The small blonde began to blush despite her breath difficulty all the while marveling over the tall woman’s flawless countenance.

“O-oh my mighty Princess charming…” The blonde-haired girl mumbled while teetering on the woman’s long fingertip all the while smiling shyly up at her.

“Aww…” The brown-haired woman gushed once more while ignoring Mai’s deadpan stare.

“Hm. I rather like the sound of that. Now. I will not allow it to be said that there was a problem beyond the brilliance of Princess Azula. Therefore, my little servant, in recognition of your undying loyalty I shall lend you my genius on the matter in question.” The Princess stated in a voice of supreme smugness as she waved her other hand before her smiling all the while.

“I don’t think I can take much more of Azula’s gigantic ego.” Mai stated with annoyance lacing her voice while Ty Lee giggled with a hand over her mouth.

“Oh, come on Mai. Azula’s just trying to impress Elle…in her own twisted way.” Ty Lee commented while staring down at Elle turning an adorable shade of red.

“I…am so happy to be in your service Master Azula.” Elle admitted with a wide smile overtaking her cheeks as she swooned under the Princess’s domineering golden gaze.

“On that we are in agreement. But for the time being I command you to breath at a more desirable rate! Disobey me and I will punish you!” Azula snapped while furrowing her lips into an imposing glare as Elle gulped nervously under the weight of her stare.

“Azula! You can’t just command her to breathe normally! That’s not how it works!” The brown-haired woman yelled out with her words falling on deaf ears.

“Waste of breath.” The markswoman replied once more in a bored undertone as she gazed away sighing.

“Y-yes Azula-sama as my master commands.” The blonde-haired girl agreed in a submissive voice while she twiddled her thumbs under her Princess’s entrancing stare.

She has come to realize that she really enjoys the woman’s commanding presence.

“What a good girl. So well trained…I like that. Now tell me. Did you enjoy my display of dominance?” The Princess pondered while tilting her head in a questioning manner with her palm finally falling to her hip.

The sound of her two friends both groaning and sighing was completely disregarded by her ears.

“Little sister! Think carefully before you respond!” Ty Lee shouted down with her hands over her mouth while Mai observed in her usual deadpan manner.

“I-it was spellbinding. I…can’t believe how strong you are. Oh Azula-sama…I could just bask in your presence for all eternity.” Elle confessed in a passionate voice while cutely averting her eyes from Azula’s suddenly contemplative face.

The acrobat smiled in rising nervousness after hearing the younger girl’s innocent declaration.

Sadly…to Azula that was a resounding yes.

“You find my dominance spellbinding? You crave it so terribly that you desire to bow before me for all time?” Azula inquired with a gratified smile on her lovely lips while she held a finger to her chin humming thoughtfully.

The sound of Mai slapping her forehead resounded throughout the arena as she sighed heavily beneath her hand.

This girl does not consider the impact of her words before she speaks.

“I…confess that I do. I wish to be nowhere but beside my Princess charming. Under your rule…forevermore.” The blonde-haired girl declared with joy in her voice while smiling so radiantly that Princess couldn’t resist smiling even wider herself.

“Her fate is sealed.” The markswoman spoke while leaning back beside the flinching acrobat while staring down as the Princess’s planted her fists upon her hips.

“Perfect! Then I shall continue to subjugate you under my dominance. I am confident that you will find that my authority to your liking. Now…what do you wish to do next?” The Princess announced strictly with her fists curling on her hips while smirking down at her lovely little pet.

“Yeah. I won’t argue with you there.” The brown-haired woman responded while she shook her head.

Yet even so she smiled.

So, what if Elle enjoyed Azula’s overbearing nature?

If it made the girl happy and her leader treated her well.

Then where was the harm in it?

She flinched while realizing that there was a great deal of potential for possible harm.

But it was still cute!

“Um…either a bookstore or…a clothing store? If…my Princess wishes to take me…” Elle muttered while kicking at the floor meekly just as a strong hand suddenly grasped her by the collar of her shirt.

“We shall visit both. Ty Lee! Mai! Come!” Azula bellowed while pulling Elle alongside her as the petite girl was literally dragged with a blush on her cheeks.

The two noblewomen arose while gazing down with pity in their eyes as they watched the terrifying Princess haul the poor girl out of the arena.

The last they saw of their young companion was the girl frantically attempting to walk on her own yet never getting the chance as the woman continued to pull her along.

The teenager’s reddened face was the last thing they saw before the doors thunderous echoed shut behind them.

“I hope for her sake she never decides to leave the Fire Nation.” Mai snorted while walking down the steps beside Ty Lee.

The acrobat shivered while trailing after her power obsessed leader.

Her friend had a point.

The next they saw of Elle was as they strode into a large high-end clothing store only to cringe in pity for the girl over the scene they stumbled upon.

Elle standing timidly behind Azula while the Princess scowled down at outfit after outfit while tossing each one over her shoulder in disapproval.

Never caring that she was creating a huge mess for the workers to clean up.

All the while a poor sales attendant knelt in fear on the floor while the two women gazed on in pity to see the spoiled woman barking orders at her.

“Ugh! You call this wear fit for nobility? This girl is my most prized servant! I insist that she is dressed to my liking!” The Princess shouted while her admirer stood quietly behind her with pink adorning her cheeks.

“Azula…I think you’re being too picky.” Ty Lee suggested in a fearful voice while the woman whipped around to glare at them icily.

“Hush Ty Lee. I am not picky. I simply have a refined sense of fashion!” Azula replied while gazing through the outfits with a discerning eye.

“I-I apologize Your Highness! W-we’ll find something to your liking!” The sales attendant exclaimed while bowing low on the floor.

“One can only hope, Elle come.” The Princess ordered while snapping her fingers loudly with the petite girl padding after her with a joyful smile on her lips.

“Yes Azula-sama. You’re so authoritative!” The blonde-haired girl chirped with her big sisters following behind her all the while exchanging exasperated glances.

“Humph. I just knew that you would find my leadership to your liking…”Azula trailed off while striding off with her hands upon her swaying hips.

The fact that Azula was subtly swaying her hips for Elle spoke volumes about her interest in the younger girl.

“Finally, something promising.” The Princess commented before coming to a stop before a particular outfit that had her friends cringing in increased pity for the poor girl.

It was…a suit of Fire Nation armor.

“Why in Agni’s name are we looking at armor?” Mai inquired while turning to Azula with annoyance in her tawny eyes.

“Because Mai I feel as if the girl could benefit from a proper battle suit. She doesn’t need weapons for me to teach her self-defense.” Azula stated knowingly while turning to Elle as the girl stood beside her peering up at her with seemingly limitless patience.

“Azula, we’re here to buy an outfit for a dinner…we’re not taking Elle into a war zone.” The brown-haired woman stated while she stood beside the small girl with her hands at her sides.

“I…don’t think I will be able to walk in that Azula-sama.” Elle attempted to reason while gazing dutifully up at the woman’s much taller frame.

“I am certain that you will adjust. Try the helmet on.” The Princess commanded while effortlessly lifting up the battle helm before her embarrassed companions.

“Y-yes Your Highness.” The blonde-haired girl mumbled as she accepted the heavy helm while peering down at it with puzzled amber eyes.

“This girl has the patience of a sage to even put up with you.” The markswoman spoke while the Princess stood observing while the girl slid the oversized helmet over her head.

“I have no idea what you are implying Mai…” Azula remarked while folding her arms over her breasts while surveying the petite girl as the helmet enveloped her entire head.

“Um…I can’t see. My eyes don’t line up with the eye holes.” Elle squeaked out in a mousy voice while she turned comically with the large helm clanking on her shoulders.

“That is disappointing. It would appear that you are too small for the standard model.” The Princess grumbled while frowning down at the girl as she spun around nearly bumping into the wall.

Had it not been for Ty Lee grasping ahold of her while the acrobat turned to her leader with even her patience reaching its limit.

“S-sumimasen Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl murmured out lamely beneath the helmet.

“Azula…can we please just proceed to the formal wear?” Ty Lee pleaded while Azula tapped her boot on the floor as if deep in thought.

“It is no matter. I rather prefer your small size. I will simply order you a suit custom made.” Azula informed while waving her hand before her face as she sighed.

“As you say.” Elle agreed to the Princess’s delight while her big sister promptly removed the helmet from her shoulders.

“How about we let her pick out an outfit?” Mai advised in her usual monotone while Azula glanced back at her blinking.

“Let her make her own decisions?” The Princess questioned while her two subordinates stared at her for what seemed like the longest moment.

“…Yeah Azula. It’s only fair. She’ll be the one wearing it.” The brown-haired woman answered while they gazed at the Princess scrunching her nose up as if the concept was too much to ask.

“You are suggesting I refrain from dictating her life? Even if only for a few minutes?” Azula snorted while gazing down at her pet with her fists on her hips.

Even now Elle stood with her hands clutching her backpack all the while gazing up at the woman waiting for her next command.

“Yes.” The two noblewomen responded in unison while the Princess stared down at their adoptive baby sister.

“…I suppose I will permit it. But I have the final say on the outfit of choice. If I disapprove…you will pick something else. Is that understood servant?” The Princess declared in a controlling voice while glaring down at her rapidly nodding servant.

“Wakarimashita Azula-sama!” The blonde-haired girl cheered while bowing low at the waist before her looming master.

“…That’s not really letting her choose.” Ty Lee piped in an ignored voice while watching as Elle continued to curtsy Azula.

“Good girl. You have my permission to browse the store now.” Azula announced while waving her hand before her as Elle arose from her bow beaming up at her in adoration.

“As Her Highness commands! This girl will obey!” Elle assured as she saluted Azula’s looming visage before turning to rush through the store.

“Hm. It would appear that I am a natural at even the dating scene. Just look at her. Spellbound by my superior charm.” The Princess commented in a self-important voice while striding ahead of her sighing friends.

“That incident on Ember Island says otherwise.” The markswoman snorted while the Princess glared at them over her shoulder.

“Please! That foolish boy was never worthy of me. No. I am finding that this girl is more of my type.” Azula spoke while swiftly walking after her little pet while the girl stood adorably gasping at an outfit.

“Azula-sama! I found something I like!” The blonde-haired girl called out while turning to smile up at her approaching master.

The three women stopped behind their younger friend to see the petite girl joyfully pointing at a fine white blouse complete with a golden skirt.

Elle gazed up at Azula while the monarch inspected the outfit with a choosy eye all the while observing as the girl childishly tugged on her robes.

“Can I have it? Please? Please Azula-sama!” The blonde-haired girl cried out while staring up at her Princess’s stoic face.

“She really likes it Azula. You should buy it for her.” Ty Lee stated while giggling over Elle’s lovable nature.

“Try it on first. That’s an order.” The Princess demanded while pointing down at her young maid with a domineering stare as the girl nodded speedily.

“Yes Azula-sama. As my Princess charming commands.” Elle agreed before bowing respectfully at the waist while Azula’s red lips curled into a pleased smile.

Then Azula turned to watch the girl scamper off into the changing booth all the while nodding her head in approval of the girl’s submission.

“She is such a marvelous pet.” Azula commented with the other two women staring at her in varying levels of discomfort.

“Azula! How many times do I have to tell you that she’s not a pet!” The brown-haired girl protested only for her leader to snidely roll her eyes.

“You are just jealous that I found her first Ty Lee.” The Princess boasted with her hands on her hips as she turned to smirk at her childhood friend while the other woman groaned in frustration.

“This day is not pink! Not pink at all!” Ty Lee growled out comically while her two friends observed in amusement.

That was when all three women were startled by a high-pitched scream that came from the girl’s changing booth.

“Is someone in the booth?” Mai pondered as she rushed forward with Azula sprinting towards the stall with a trace of concern in her hardened gaze.

“G-get off me! Ahh! It’s so big and hairy! Eeh! I-it’s yellow! Azula-sama save me!” Elle shouted in a terrified voice as the three finally reached the changing stall.

Needless to say, it certainly sounded like a man was in changing booth attempting to do the unspeakable to the poor maid.

Team Azula exchanged concerned glances just when the mighty Princess kicked the door open with one swing of her booted foot.

The regal woman’s face was entrenched into a scowl while finding a sense of white-hot anger had overcome her at the thought of her admirer being molested in the stall.

Her hands were alit with blue fire only to find herself gazing into the booth with widened eyes.

Azula was quick to recover as she gazed into the stall now rolling her elegant golden eyes at the screaming girl.

“Whoever is in there you better…get out…huh?” Ty Lee blurted as she slid to a stop behind Azula while they all three of them gazed in taken aback by the sight.

“G-gross! What are you waiting for! G-get it off me!” The blonde-haired girl screamed in a hysterical voice as she hopped about with a large spider crawling across her bare back.

This was the first time they heard the girl take on a more forceful tone.

The young girl continued to spin in a maddened circle in her panties all the while covering her developing chest.

“To think that I was actually worried.” Mai spoke dryly before respectfully turning her back from the near naked teenager.

“A spider? That’s what this was all about? A small spider?” The Princess snorted in a voice laced with amusement as she watched the girl hop onto the changing bench.

“Azula! Get it off her! It doesn’t matter if it’s just a spider. She’s scared. Don’t taunt her!” The brown-haired woman exclaimed while the Princess sighed before striding into the booth.

“S-small! T-this is s-small! I-it’s almost as big as my head! I-it’s in my hair! I-it’s in my hair! A-Azula-sama! Help me! I-it’s on my face! I-I am going to have a heart attack!” Elle stammered while slamming into the wall as she shrieked when the large arachnid scampered across her eyes.

The two noblewomen exchanged a glance that conveyed how stunned they were over the girl’s extreme fear of the spider.

That was when Azula stepped over Elle’s much smaller frame before speedily removing the arachnid from her maid’s panicked face.

“Ugh! Calm yourself servant! I’ve extracted the creature! All this fuss over a spider! I can’t believe I thought for a moment that a man was in this stall!” Azula shouted while looming over Elle with the near naked girl still panting as she glanced about in a mad state of terror.

All the while the Princess continued to scoff as she held the squirming spider before her hardened eyes.

“G-get that thing away from my head! O-or I am going to die of a panic attack! G-get rid of it or I am running the opposite w-way and never looking back!” The blonde-haired girl cried out in a surprisingly angered voice while the Princess stared down at her in shock.

“Did…you just give me an order?” The Princess demanded with her eyes narrowing down at Elle only to realize that she was having another breathing attack.

“Y-yes! I-I will pick all the cherry pits that you want! I-I’ll spend the evening serving your drinks! I-I’ll scrub the palace floors but get that beast away from me!” Elle called out to even Mai’s astonishment as she glared up at the furry yellow spider.

“Quit your screaming Elle! I’ll incinerate the creature.” Azula grumbled in a moody voice when the girl cried out once more.

“D-don’t kill it! Just…put it outside!” The blonde-haired girl exclaimed while the Princess gazed down in disbelief.

“Now that’s just…” The Princess trailed off when Mai finally grasped ahold of the arachnid.

“Azula. You need to learn that sometimes in dating. You need to do what the other person wants…or else.” Mai remarked as she carried the squirming spider in her clenched fist.

“Or else what?” Azula scoffed before peering down in surprise over Elle’s outrage.

“O-or else it’s back to eating cherry pits for you! D-don’t you ever hang a spider near my head again! That! Is where I draw the line!” The blonde-haired girl declared comically while swiftly extracting her inhaler from her bag.

“If I wasn’t fond of you, I would punish you for this defiance!” The Princess snapped while the small girl opened her breather as she still rasped for air.

“Azula! This is Elle’s line. You just have to accept it and deal with the fact that she’s going to yell at you if you don’t keep her spider free! All things considered Azula. She’s not asking for much.” Ty Lee advised while standing behind her friend with her arms folded over her bust.

“That is a rather trivial line in the sand if you ask me. But very well…I shall overlook this. If only because it is just further validation of why a mousy little girl like you needs my strength.” Azula announced with her hands on her hips as she still loomed over Elle while the girl wheezed for air.

“Just…regain relax little sister. It’s over now.” The brown-haired woman assured before exiting the booth while the Princess glanced back at the smaller girl.

“I’ll be outside if you need me…hm?” The Princess pondered as she peered down at her pet rather puzzled when she grasped ahold of her pant leg.

The brief spurt of anger was somewhat refreshing in truth.

Though she was displeased over being yelled at by her own pet.

She was somewhat pleased at the same time.

It was proof that the girl had a spark of fire within her…even if it was buried deep down.

“P-please stay.” Elle pleaded in a softer voice while Azula gave her a questioning glance before turning to nod at Ty Lee to close the door.

“Just a moment ago you were shouting at me…and now you want me to stay while you change?” Azula asked while peering down at the recovering girl with a quirked brow.

“S-sumimasen Azula-sama for yelling at you.” The blonde-haired girl mumbled in a return to usual self while the Princess towered over her.

“I’ll let it slide. But I suggest you remember that I am your master. Is that clear girl?” The Princess stated strictly while watching in approval as the girl bowed her head in reverence.

“Yes, Azula-sama. You are my dominant…” Elle trailed off while bowing in her seat before Azula when a palm reached down to pat her head.

Now those words were vastly gratifying to hear.

“Good girl. So, you do enjoy submission after all.” Azula purred while tracing her fingers through her admirably loving maid’s hair.

“I…do. But I also hate spiders. Please sit with me while I change. There…might be more.” The blonde-haired girl admitted while glancing up at her amused master with worried amber eyes.

“Are you requesting the Princess of the Fire Nation to protect you from a tiny spider?” The Princess pondered while staring down at her near naked servant with pleased golden eyes.

“You bet your beautiful royal butt I am! That was not small!” Elle exclaimed in a comical return to her anger while Azula gazed down at her with a smirk gracing her lips.

“You like my bottom, do you?” Azula taunted while removing her hand from her pet’s hair while the girl blushed as she bent over to change.

“Who wouldn’t? It’s so…well formed.” The blonde-haired girl confided while flushing in embarrassment when the woman’s smooth laughter filled her ears.

“Those words please me. Very well. I will guard you.” The Princess commented while seating herself beside the daintier girl with a possessive gleam in her eyes.

“Azula-sama?” Elle began uncertainly in a voice that the older female decided she enjoyed as she gazed at her from the corner of her eye.

“What is it Elle?” Azula asked while folding her arms over her breasts as she turned to peer down at her servant.

She has noticed that she is finding herself compelled to use the girl’s name more often.

It was a curious feeling but she simply went along with it.

Her maid was very well behaved, in her mind she has earned the right to be called by name.

“D-do…you really…like me? As in…potentially return my…” The blonde-haired girl trailed off while swallowing as she sat with her back turned to the Princess.

“Of course, I do. Do you really think that I would be treating any other servant like this if I didn’t?” The Princess answered while snorting derisively as she gazed over her shoulder at the girl’s smooth back.

“No. Your Highness…I just had to ask. Because I…treasure you more than life itself. I…want to be…” Elle spoke while swallowing nervously as she felt her heartbeat at an abnormal rate.

Azula was silent for a moment while peering at the girl’s angelic mane of golden blonde hair that swept down the curves of her budding back.

Elle truly was a sight to behold, even she cannot deny that.

The girl was…just gorgeous.

“Y-your girl!” The blonde-haired girl blurted out with a lovable blush consuming her cheeks as she sat back against the woman’s robed leg.

Unbeknownst to her the Princess was gazing down at her with marginally widened eyes.

There was not much that Princess Azula would deem ‘adorable’.

But hearing her lovely little pet confess that she wanted to be her girl…

“Let’s continue to get to know one another. We’ll see…if you are my girl. You just might be.” The Princess announced while turning away with her stoic eyes peering at the closed door.

“Yes Princess.” Elle agreed in a joyful voice while Azula’s curling lips reflected just how fond she had become of her younger companion.

“So…you hate spiders, do you?” Azula taunted in a playful voice while watching as Elle slipped the blouse over her shoulders.

“I do. And I expect you to keep those monsters away from me. Don’t even try to tell me no. It ought to be trivial for a woman of your strength.” The blonde-haired girl stated as she stood up with her small backside facing the amused woman.

“Please! I am more than capable of exterminating premature volcano sac spiders!” The Princess scoffed while brushing her hair from her eyes as she admired the girl’s tight bottom.

“T-that wasn’t an adult?” Elle stuttered with her eyes widening in terror while Azula eyed her in amusement.

“Hm. No. They grow about two times that…size.” Azula responded while blinking in puzzlement when Elle released a horrified high-pitched scream that resounded throughout the entire store.

The Princess cupped her palms over her ears in annoyance while the blonde pranced about with her lovely legs shivering in fear.

“G-gross! The biggest spider in my world isn’t as big as my head! It’s about half the size of what I just saw! And that is as an adult! And it’s on the other side of the planet! In the Amazon rain forest! Most spiders are the size of my fingernail! Disgusting! Absolutely repulsive!” The blonde-haired girl yelled out while Azula gazed down at her in genuine bewilderment.

Ultimately Azula decided against teasing the girl any further.

If only to silence her piercing screams.

Elsewhere in the store Mai listened in mild amusement while staring at Ty Lee’s sweatdropping face.

“Wow. Azula just might have her work cut out for her!” Ty Lee chirped while Mai nodded as she sunk back against the wall.

Several minutes later Elle emerged from the stall with Azula standing over her while the Princess gazed down in approval.

The young girl turned with her skirt falling down to her knees while smiling up at the tall woman with appreciation in her eyes.

“I really like it Azula-sama. How do I look?” Elle pondered while turning with a blush on her cheeks while Azula’s eyes followed her closely.

“Lovely.” Azula responded while smiling down at Elle just as the other two women approached from around the corner.

“Aww! You look so pretty Elle!” Ty Lee informed while Mai nodded stoicly in mutual agreement.

“T-thank you. I was hoping so…” The blonde-haired girl trailed off shyly while peering up at her master in adoration.

“Come Elle. There is one small addition that I want to make.” The Princess ordered while snapping her fingers just as she began striding through the store.

Her pet sped after her with her backpack over her shoulders all the while smiling brightly.

Even happier than earlier.

“What addition do you have in mind Princess?” Elle requested in a faithful voice while Azula turned to her with a small bow tie in hand.

“This.” Azula purred as she began to wrap the golden bow tie around the girl’s neck all the while Elle peered up at her flushing furiously.

“I really like it!” The blonde-haired girl cried out while grasping at the woman’s robed belly.

“It suits you. Now I believe that we’re all set.” The Princess stated while smirking down at her servant while the girl blushed with her little hands tugging at her robes.

That was when they heard the acrobat clear her throat which prompted them to turn to see Ty Lee grinning brightly with a truly embarrassing outfit in hand.

Mai was staring at Elle’s baffled face in unconcealed pity while the cheery acrobat held up the tiger monkey costume.

“Ty Lee…what in Agni’s name is that?” Azula snorted while staring at the animal costume with deadpan golden eyes.

“What does it look like! It’s a tiger monkey costume! She’ll look sooo adorable in it Azula! Can I get it for Elle! Please little sister! You should totally wear this!” Ty Lee cooed while gazing at the Princess pleadingly with the regal woman scrunching her nose up in disapproval.

And most comically was the fact that Elle scurried behind Azula just as soon as she laid eyes on the absurd costume.

“Oh, so now you’re dictating what she can wear? I was under the impression that we were here strictly for formal dinner wear. You berate me for browsing the battle armor but this…is acceptable?” The Princess demanded as she waved her hand in the air with her servant peeking out from behind her sloped back.

“Oh, come on Azula! Elle’s not a warrior and you know it! But she is a cutie!” The brown-haired woman insisted while the Princess gazed back rolling her regal eyes all the while.

“Azula-sama? Do I have to wear that?” Elle mumbled in a comically fearful voice while her looming master glanced down at her over her shoulder.

“No, you do not. Just ignore Ty Lee. Let us proceed to payment.” Azula scoffed while stepping forward with Elle humorously shadowing her footsteps.

“Aww please! Little sister!” Ty Lee whined as she peered at Elle’s bashful face hiding behind Azula while Mai groaned all the while.

“Now you’re the one scaring her Ty Lee. I don’t blame the girl for not wanting to be caught dead in that.” Mai remarked while gazing at her cheerful friend’s grinning face as she pursued the two.

“She’s my pet! Not yours. Go play dress up with someone else Ty Lee. This one belongs to me.” The Princess retorted in a spoiled voice with the petite blonde padding behind her back.

“How many times do I have to tell you! She’s not a pet! She’s our adorable friend! And she’ll look very cute in this!” The brown-haired woman yelled out while the Princess glanced at her rolling her eyes once more.

“Can we please leave the clothing store now Azula-sama?” The blonde-haired girl requested timidly while holding onto her master’s shirt with a timid hand.

“Yes…let’s do just that.” Azula stated while brushing past her acrobatic friend’s pouting face with her maid scampering behind her.

“Well I’m going to buy it for her anyway. It’s just so cute!” Ty Lee exclaimed before rushing to the front of the store to pay for the costume.

Moments later they were seen exiting the store while Elle walked happily between Azula and Mai all the while peering up at both women.

“Oneesan Mai…you’re the only one that didn’t have me try out an outfit.” Elle spoke while gazing up at the woman with a smile on her lips.

“That’s because unlike Azula and Ty Lee I am not going to force my tastes upon you.” Mai explained in her usual tone while peering down at Elle with a flicker of fondness in her gaze.

The markswoman’s words earned an even brighter smile from the blonde and a loud scoff from the Princess.

“Oh please. The girl craves my dominant leadership and we all know it…where was it you wanted to go now?” The Princess commented while striding with her stern gaze shifting down to her petite maid’s joyful face.

There was no doubt about it…the girl did indeed enjoy her dominance.

“…Bookstore…p-please…” The blonde-haired girl murmured while peering up at her master’s curious face with a radiant smile.

All the while Ty Lee emerged from the clothing store with a shopping bag slung over her arm while she beamed as she chased after her friends.

“Very well. The bookstore it is then.” Azula agreed in her usual strict voice while pulling Elle alongside her as the girl smiled bashfully up at her.

“Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama…” Elle trailed off while staring up at Azula’s stony face with redness lining her timid cheeks.

The Princess quirked an elegant brow while returning the girl’s gaze as she maneuvered through the evening shopping market.

“F-for bringing me out for such a wonderful evening…this girl is grateful.” The blonde-haired girl confessed while gazing up at the Princess with a joyful tear sliding down her cheek.

“You are welcome…Elle. Now no more crying. You know how much it annoys me.” Azula answered while peering down at the girl’s sniffling face while she nodded with her vibrant eyes shining like the sun.

“Y-yes. My Princess Charming.” Elle responded while smiling warmly as her hand was suddenly clutched by her master’s strong palm.

“Hm. Indeed I am.” The Princess purred with her lips curving into a refined smirk while guiding her little admirer through the busy streets.

All along the two noblewomen stared after them while exchanging an amused glance with one another.

“I think they’ll make a beautiful couple.” Ty Lee spoke with a grin while Mai closed her eyes sighing.

“Let us hope…for Elle’s sake.” Mai commented while following after her leader and their new companion.

Nearly twenty minutes later…

Azula gazed on curiously while observing Elle peer through the ample selection of books with awe in her eyes.

All the while Mai watched over the Princess’s shoulder with her tawny eyes also finding the girl’s behavior to be somewhat amusing.

“Are you aware that this is the place she wanted to go to the most? Not the weapon store…or the arena but the bookstore?” The markswoman asked quietly while the regal woman turned her head with her brow raised inquisitively.

“I’ve gathered as much by now Mai.” The Princess replied while peering after the small girl with her hand curled up beneath her chin.

“Azula…you should help her.” The brown-haired woman whispered while nudging the callous woman’s side.

“Hm?” Azula pondered while tilting her head in curiosity.

“She isn’t familiar with Fire Nation literature. Help her pick something out.” Ty Lee advised with a smile while Azula gazed after Elle with a thoughtful demeanor about her.

“…What should I choose?” Elle mumbled while holding a comic in her hand with her eyes drifting over the front page.

Always eager to demonstrate her superior leadership the Princess strode forward without delay.

Intending to show her little admirer that she was the most knowledgeable woman there was.

Even on the most mundane of subjects.

“So, you like comics, do you?” The Princess greeted with a charming purr that laced her voice while stepping over the girl with her hands folded behind her back.

“I do…would Her Highness be so kind as to help me find something?” The blonde-haired girl asked as she set the title back down while peering up at the Princess’s smoothly smiling face.

“Of course. I’ll lend you my brilliance once more. Come.” Azula remarked while snapping her fingers in a domineering manner with her lips forming a confident smirk.

“Yes Azula-sama. Please guide me.” Elle stated shyly while trailing after Azula before the regal woman came to a stop before a particular rack.

“This one.” The Princess commented without delay while picking up a comic that she held before her admirer’s curious face.

“What is it about?” The blonde-haired girl queried with pink adorning her cheeks while the woman glanced down at it thoughtfully.

“It is about the dragons of old and how they brought firebending to my ancestors.” Azula explained with a proud voice while enjoying how Elle’s mouth hung open in excitement.

“It sounds riveting! I trust in my Princess’s judgement…I would like that one.” Elle announced while grinning up at Azula while she retrieved the other issues from the shelf.

The Princess made a mental note of Elle’s hobby while holding all four issues as she made her way to the checkout counter.

Until she was Fire Lord, Elle would have to remain in the servant’s quarters.

But she decided that she would reward her pet with regular reading material to occupy herself in her free time.

“Then you shall have it…continue to be a good girl and I will personally supply your reading material.” The Princess informed while glancing down at the petite blonde’s overjoyed face.

“Arigatou gozaimasu!” The blonde-haired girl spoke tenderly while bowing at the hip before her Princess’s discerning eye.

“You truly are a fine servant. I approve of you.” Azula announced with a refined smile gracing her crimson lips as she surveyed her polite maid’s bowing face.

“T-those words mean more to me than I can ever say. I am honored to be in your service…Master Azula.” Elle chimed with her arm held before her chest just as she glanced up into entrancing golden eyes.

“Good to know. You may rise now.” The Princess commented while waving her hand with a gratified twitch of her lips.

“Yes! As my Princess commands!” The blonde-haired girl cheered with an expression of boundless happiness that shimmered in her amber eyes.

“Hm. Come along now Elle.” Azula ordered before snapping her fingers loudly once more smirking all the while when Elle padded after her heels.

“I…will always follow you Azula-sama…wherever you take me.” Elle spoke with passion lacing her voice while staring up at Azula as she gazed down at her with a rare appreciation in her stare.

The two gazed into each other’s eyes for what seemed like an eternity before the Princess answered her maid with a curt nod of her head.

No further words were spoke as the two made their way to the front of the bookstore.

But no more had to be said between the Princess and her devoted servant.

For their bond had already grown deeper than words can ever convey.

Chapter Text

About one hour later.

Elle stood obediently while Ty Lee hovered over her while applying an ointment to her bruised face.

Azula stood with her arms folded over her breasts while her callous eyes never left her maid’s bruised cheeks.

As curious as it was, she was finding herself scowling at the girl’s marred face.

The mere sight of bruises on what belonged to her was all the validation that she needed to feel no remorse for scarring the two brats.

“There! That ought to help reduce the swelling and the pain.” Ty Lee declared while frowning down at Elle’s smiling face.

She also found that her blood began to boil once more while gazing upon her adopted sister’s bruises.

It was such an infuriating sight that she temporarily lost sympathy for the two girls.

“Arigatou oneesan.” Elle commented with a sweet smile adorning her lips while all three women gazed back at her.

“Think nothing of it, Elle. You’re one of us now. Isn’t that right Azula?” The brown-haired woman spoke softly while ruffling the giggling girl’s hair.

They stood in the street with the Princess leaning against the rail of a bridge while her stern eyes continued to peer back at the laughing teenager.

“I would think that my position on the matter should be obvious by now.” Azula remarked while staring back at her young admirer’s bright countenance.

“I don’t ever want to leave you…any of you.” The blonde-haired girl announced to the surprise of Team Azula while they glanced back at her with taken aback eyes.

“You won’t ever have to! You’ve won over Mai and even Azula herself! You’re here to stay.” Ty Lee replied while straightening with her hands-on Elle’s shoulders.

“Shorty isn’t too bad. I’ve been around more boring people than her.” Mai stated with a slight break from her monotone voice.

“I am glad you think so oneesan.” Elle chirped while holding her bag of comics to her chest with pure happiness in her eyes.

The markswoman just gazed at her nodding quietly before looking away to peer across the riverfront.

“With that settled. We can proceed to the night’s main events.” The Princess purred with her hand curled up underneath her chin while her gaze drifted over all three of her subordinates.

The simple fact that Elle was automatically included in her mental calculations proved just how vital she had come to consider her maid to be.

Even with no combat ability or otherwise wartime use, the girl was already invaluable to her.

“Azula-sama is our matriarch!” The blonde-haired girl cheered while pumping her fist above her head while her words caused the gloomy noblewoman to groan.

And Ty Lee to giggle while Azula continued to peer at the small blonde with a satisfied smirk on her lovely lips.

Then without further delay the Princess pushed her backside off the railing while her hands fell down to her sides.

All the while a familiar inferno began to light up within her golden eyes.

Each and every member of Team Azula, young Elle included knew what was coming.

“That too…is undeniable. Now then…let us dominate this night into a submission so great that we will leave an unshakable imprint upon this world! We will reign over this night for all time!” Azula declared while clenching her now burning fists with a violent smile gracing her lips.

An uncomfortable silence was what followed while both noblewomen stood sweatdropping while they gazed back at their war-obsessed leader.

Azure flames lit the darkening bridge just as the sound of cheerful clapping was heard by all three of the women.

They turned their gazes to Elle to see her beaming up at Azula with adoration alit in her amber eyes.

“You go Azula-sama! You dominate this night!” Elle shouted with excitement in her innocent voice while Azula peered down at her with a smug smirk upon her visage.

“Congratulations Azula. You have your own personal cheerleader now.” Mai sighed while running her hand through her hair.

“Hm. So I do. Come with me Elle! And I will show you how a true conqueror lays siege to the night scene!” The Princess shouted as she towered over her enthusiastic servant while holding up her right fist before her face.

“Oh Azula-sama…I could listen to you talk about domination for the entire evening…” The blonde-haired girl trailed off while swooning adorably before sighing dreamily.

Azula grinned upon hearing her pet’s submissive declaration before placing a non-burning palm upon her small shoulder.

“Then consider your hearts desire granted.” The Princess responded while exhaling a small puff of fire as she gazed down at her favored maid.

Elle continued to blush as if she was but a school girl in the presence of her first crush.

Unbeknownst to even Azula, that was indeed the case.

Not too long after that the foursome was striding into the highest end restaurant in all of the capital with Elle trailing alongside Azula.

The monarch’s entrance caused the wait staff to spin around to face her all the while scurrying to ensure that she was greeted properly.

“Princess! How may we serve you on this night?” The host inquired while bowing low on the floor before the woman’s stern gaze.

“A private dining room for four.” Azula demanded while staring down at the rapidly bowing man.

The establishment had private rooms only for the highest class of nobility and of course, royalty.

Elle was well aware of this fact.

It was a true honor to have a place amongst the Princess’s team.

“Yes! Right this way Your Highness!” The man called out before rushing away with the regal woman and her crew following after him.

All was going well, no one had yet to anger Azula.

And then it all changed in but an instant.

They were making their way through the extravagant bar where patrons sat chatting and drinking, enjoying living the high life.

While making their way through the party crowd people moved aside to grant the Princess a wide berth.

That was when a young boy ‘inadvertently’ bumped into Elle causing her to stumble to find herself face to face with a dark-haired boy around her age.

“Oh, hey there little lady. How’s your night?” Shin blurted out awkwardly while smiling down at the short girl gazing up at him with uncertain amber eyes.

“Um…good…now if you’ll excuse me…” Elle trailed off politely with her words instantly causing the Princess and her friends to halt.

“Aw now don’t be like that at least tell me your name. Mine is Shin.” The dark-haired boy insisted with his words causing Azula to turn with her callous eyes narrowing in on the two.

“Azula…please don’t kill the poor boy.” Ty Lee pleaded while watching as her leader swiftly moved to intercept the boy when he placed his hand on the nervous girl’s shoulder.

“I pity that kid.” Mai stated dryly while cringing as Azula swiftly approached them.

“…I-I am Elle. I must go now. I need to rejoin my group…” The blonde-haired girl answered only to jump when the boy slid his hand onto her shoulder.

“Elle? That’s a nice name.” Shin stated just as an imposing female figure stepped up behind him while Elle’s eyes flickered upward in relief to see the Princess looming over them.

“This little lady is not for you to touch. Now remove your hand unless you wish to lose it.” Azula announced from behind the now paling Shin as the young boy shakily turned to peer up at her.

“Azula-sama!” Elle exclaimed with glee just as she smiled when the older girl possessively reached out to grasp her wrist.

“N-no offense was meant Princess. I-I was just letting Elle know how pretty she is.” The dark-haired boy responded while the woman glared down at him with terrifying icy eyes.

“Azula’s aura is most definitely not pink.” Ty Lee commented while approaching Azula before she murdered the teenager.

“I am certain that Elle didn’t need you to tell her that. She is well aware.” The Princess snapped with her eyes narrowing into slits while young girl latched onto her wrist.

“I-I’ll just turn…around and w-walk that way.” Shen stammered while Elle beamed up at Azula with a blush adorning her fair cheeks.

“Oh, that’s my Princess in shining armor…she’s so authoritative!” The blonde-haired girl gushed while swooning with a joyous smile on her lips as she held onto the much taller Princess’s arm.

The poor Fire Nation boy continued to tremble under the imposing death stare that Azula was leveling him with as he began to back away in fright.

“You do that. And don’t ever touch what belongs to me again or I will destroy you for all time! Never again to rise above the ashes of your shame and humiliation!” Azula called out with her a vice grip on Elle’s hand scowling all the while.

Mai glanced around wincing when Azula’s words rang out over the entire restaurant while she observed in amusement as the boy ran away as fast as his legs could carry him.

“Y-yes P-Princess!” The dark-haired boy hollered as he vanished through the crowds and then ran out the doors of the establishment to escape her wrath.

The Princess’s behavior caused everyone to stop and glance at her shivering all the while as she tightened her grip on her younger companion’s wrist.

“Don’t mind us!” The brown-haired woman yelled while smiling nervously as she waved at all of the gawking people.

“She’s here to dominate this night scene into submission!” Elle cheered with her little eyes peering up at Azula while a smile began to work its way back onto her lips.

Silence reigned in the restaurant apart from a few coughs before Azula spun around with Elle in hand.

“Ah. That I am. Now let’s go eat dinner.” The Princess purred while glancing down at her adorable pet before she began to walk once more with her maid being pulled alongside her.

“T-this is my master. I belong to Princess Azula.” The blonde-haired girl chirped while the older girl smiled in approval as she was guided through the terrified crowds.

“…You really don’t have to call Azula master little sis.” Ty Lee sighed while gazing down at the girl’s bright smile which she found rather infectious.

Even Azula seemed to…in her own way of course.

“But oneesan…she is my master.” Elle stated happily with cheer lacing her voice while Azula gazed down at her with approving golden orbs.

“What a good girl.” Azula cooed in a silken voice while dragging Elle upstairs with the girl gazing up completely spellbound.

“Ooh my Princess…I live to satisfy you!” The blonde-haired girl squealed while the two noblewomen sweatdropped at the sight of her Princess forcibly pulling her into their private dining area.

The dining area was a luxurious two-sided cushioned booth large enough to seat eight people.

Upon the table sat four menus.

The small blonde could only gaze at the seating arrangement in amazement while her eyes silently marveled over how expensive even the seating was.

“I’ve got to say Azula…you have a bizarre idea of dating.” Mai spoke dully while the woman just gazed at her waving off her words.

“I have no idea what you mean Mai.” The Princess scoffed while finally releasing her crushing grip on her maid’s little wrist.

“C-can I sit by you Azula-sama? Please Your Highness?” Elle whined while peering up at Azula with pleading amber eyes that had the woman smirking down at her with her lips curling upward.

“Aww! That’s so cute Azula!” Ty Lee exclaimed while Mai simply strode for the seating area.

“Hm. I don’t know…what if Mai or Ty Lee wish to sit beside me? A Princess is popular after all.” Azula boasted with her hands on her shapely hips while gazing down at her adorably distraught servant with smug eyes.

“P-please Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl stuttered with her eyes never leaving her Princess’s smiling face.

“Please. I would prefer to sit over here.” The markswoman snorted with her words incurring a brief glare from the woman in question as she seated herself.

“It wouldn’t be pink to separate you two.” The brown-haired woman stated while sitting down with a wide smile about her beside the other woman.

“Oh, very well. I suppose I could allow it. But no and I repeat. No hugging. I wish to eat my meal without you latching onto my stomach the entire time.” The Princess announced while sighing as she brushed her hair from her eyes in a lazily seductive manner.

“Yay! I get to sit by Her Highness! I am the luckiest girl in the world!” Elle shouted childishly with her words earning her two smiling gazes and one puzzled glance from Mai.

“Mhm. You truly are fortunate. Now…come.” Azula ordered while snapping her fingers with her lips forming a haughty smile while the girl scrambled after her.

“Yes Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl answered while her master seated herself in the middle of the booth before she slid in happily beside her.

The maid set her treasured backpack off to the side along with her newly acquired shopping bags.

“I have to ask. What’s in that backpack besides a jewelry box of your mother’s?” The markswoman pondered with slight curiosity while the other two women tilted their heads curiously.

“Oh! Many things! Several items of personal value to me from my world. Along with my Azula-sama diary. So, I can write poetry about the Princess wherever I go. And-“ The blonde-haired girl explained lovingly before noblewoman leaned over to gently place a hand on her mouth.

“I get the point Elle. Azula. Azula. Azula.” Mai grunted while Azula sat glancing down at Elle through the corner of her eye clearly savoring the girl’s worshipful behavior.

“She’s so sweet Azula. Just adorable.” Ty Lee stated while smiling from Elle’s innocent face to Azula’s stony countenance.

“I suppose the girl has a certain level of charm to her.” The Princess replied while staring down at her servant’s blushing face before turning her head when their waitress stepped in.

“Greetings Your Highness, it is an honor to serve you this evening. My name is Tao, how may I please you and your companions tonight?” Tao announced while bowing respectfully before Azula’s seated form.

Ty Lee met Azula’s eyes briefly silently pleading the Princess to take her advice and not terrify the poor girl.

Azula sighed before musing that there was no harm in humoring Ty Lee.

“A bottle of fire wine would be a good start.” The Princess spoke with her eyes gazing down at the menu while flickering over to her young admirer’s face buried deep in her menu.

“Understood. Would we like any appetizers or anything else to start or do you need more time?” The waitress pondered while glancing around with all four females reading the menu.

“Fire spiced tea please.” The brown-haired woman chimed while smiling up at the waitress.

“Fire ale.” The markswoman stated plainly with the waitress writing it down before turning to the youngest amongst them.

“Um…” Elle trailed off in confusion while Azula gazed down at her sighing before leaning over to assist her.

It was a subtle but noticeable act that the Princess had never done for anyone else.

“Do you need me to lend you my genius once more?” Azula purred while bending over Elle with a faint yet seductive aura about her that took the others aback.

“I-I do. See…I am uh…vegetarian.” The blonde-haired girl confessed while the Princess gazed down at her rolling her lovely eyes upon hearing her declaration.

The statement earned her a curious glance from Ty Lee and Mai didn’t even bother to look up from the menu.

“…A pacifist and a vegetarian?” The Princess snorted with clear amusement dripping from her regal voice while the smaller girl nodded in a bashful manner.

“That’s so…” Elle murmured in a self-conscience voice clearly fearing mockery from her idol.

“Why am I not surprised? I had suspected the possibility…given that I had yet to see you eat meat. Hm. Very well. So, you wish for my assistance navigating the menu?” Azula cooed with yet another charming purr while planting her elbow on Elle’s head of soft hair.

Her friends gazed at her for a moment somewhat confused by her seeming attempt to seduce the girl even further under her charms.

All the while the waitress stood unmoving ever patient waiting for the woman to complete the order.

“Yes Azula-sama. This girl seeks your aid…may I have watermelon juice?” The blonde-haired girl requested while chewing on her lip as she peered overhead at the regal woman’s stoic face.

“Watermelon juice for my young companion. Hm. Perhaps an order of dumplings on the side. Everyone here likes dumplings, right?” The Princess remarked in a smooth voice while glancing between her childhood friends.

“I do!” The brown-haired woman exclaimed with a nod while turning to the woman beside her.

“I hate dumplings.” The markswoman stated while staring back at the Princess with bored eyes.

“Right. An order of dumplings…make certain to cook a portion without meat for this one.” Azula explained while waving her hand over Elle while the girl’s smile grew by tenfold.

“As you command Princess. It will be done.” Tao agreed while writing down the order with her eyes always remaining peeled to receive the next command.

The other two gazed over at their younger companion with surprise in their eyes after witnessing what was once considered impossible.

Azula just demonstrated consideration for another human being!

If anyone else, had been seated at this table with the Princess she would have never modified the order to factor in their dietary preference.

Not because it would increase the bill.

No, simply because Azula was selfish in all respects.

She would have left it as is, just to throw salt in the metaphorical wound.

“Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama.” Elle piped up from beneath the Princess’s elbow while meeting the divine woman’s icy eyes.

“Hm. I suppose you also seek my wisdom in the selection of your meal of choice?” The Princess continued with her lips curving into a confident smile.

“I’ll have the sea soup.” Mai commented while gazing at the waitress as she wrote down the order.

“Will you choose for me Master Azula?” The blonde-haired girl inquired shyly while peering up at the Princess’s pleased countenance.

“You wish for me to dominate even your meal of choice? I shall do so with pleasure. She’ll have an order of fire spiced vegetable curry. As for myself. I shall have the same.” Azula spoke while gazing down into Elle’s adorable eyes with her crimson lips placing the girl in a spellbound trace.

The Princess’s decree earned her an inquisitive glance from her two-childhood friends but they once more made no comment.

“I bet it’s delicious! I submit to Her Highness’s meal of choice!” Elle cheered while leaning back against the cushion with her master leaning upon her head.

“I’ll have hotcakes!” Ty Lee cried out with her choice earning her glances from all but Elle.

“For dinner? Hotcakes for dinner?” The markswoman snorted while the acrobat peered at her blinking in confusion.

“What’s wrong with hotcakes for dinner?” The brown-haired woman questioned only to receive a predictable monotone stare from her friend.

“That will be all, for now. Try not to take too long…I have worked up quite an appetite.” The Princess concluded in a spoiled voice while the waitress arose bowing once more.

“Your will shall be done Your Highness. I will bring you your appetizers and drinks right away, and your meal soon afterward.” The waitress responded as she straightened before rushing towards the doors.

Before she could leave the Princess called out to her once more.

“And I had best not find anything…suspect in my food. I trust I don’t have to elaborate on what will occur if I do.” Azula stated with an edge to her voice that sent shivers down the spines of all present.

Ty Lee turned away as she sighed already beginning to regret that part of their earlier conversation.

Knowing Azula, she’ll never let that go.

“I-I am not certain what you imply Your Highness but I will deliver your message to the cooks.” Tao answered with sweat dripping down her brow while giving the monarch a final bow.

“Splendid.” The Princess commented while reclining as she watched the woman flee through the double doors.

“What was that all about?” Mai asked with faint curiosity to her voice while Azula began to scowl as she turned to glare at Ty Lee who was now smiling nervously

“Earlier today, Ty Lee saw fit to inform me that workers may be brazen enough to put bodily fluids in my food.” Azula responded in a glacial voice while the acrobat sank back in her seat already paling in fear.

“Why would you ever tell that to Azula?” The markswoman pondered while turning to the other woman as she scratched her cheek warily.

“It’s…kind of complicated.” The brown-haired woman replied while flinching under her leader’s icy gaze.

“You don’t need to worry about that Azula-sama! Your loyal servant already serves as your eyes and ears in the palace kitchens. I have already taken it upon myself to supervise the other servants. If I see anything. I will let you know.” The blonde-haired girl announced as she puffed out her chest in pride with Princess’s golden orbs peering down at her in slight surprise.

Both noblewomen almost shivered over the innocent girl’s offer to be Azula’s eyes and ears.

Now Azula will be watching the servants even when she isn’t present.

“I don’t recall giving you any such order. And yet you are my eyes and ears?” The Princess answered as she peered down at her pet with her crimson lips curving back into a gratified smile.

“O-of course! I started doing so the moment I stepped foot into the palace when I noticed that the others don’t labor with love like I do.” Elle explained with cheer in her voice that had Azula gazing ahead with a pleased smirk.

“Is that so? They don’t labor with love?” Azula purred in a silken voice while her two-childhood friends gazed at each other nervously.

“Mm-mm. But I do.” The blonde-haired girl proclaimed while as she held a fist above her head while peering up at the monarch with childish amber eyes.

Without even speaking the Princess set her palm atop her pet’s head while her friends gazed at her oddly when she began to pet the girl like a kitten.

“Hm. Such a good girl. You truly are a marvelous servant. You go above and beyond for your master…this pleases me greatly Elle.” The Princess informed in a domineering voice while gazing down into the small girl’s lovesick amber orbs.

“I-I strive to make you smile Azula-sama. When my Princess smiles, I know that it was worth it.” Elle admitted with a slight stutter while Azula continued to pat her head.

“If you see anything that contradicts my will…no matter how mundane. Report it to me and I will reward you for your good behavior.” Azula commanded with a voice so strict that it sent shivers down Elle’s spine.

But it was not an unpleasant shiver…no it was a pleasurable sensation.

“Wakarimashita!” The blonde-haired girl cheered with her Princess staring down at her with a graceful smile upon her visage.

“Azula, please don’t take advantage of Elle’s innocence.” Ty Lee spoke with a trace of worry in her eyes while Azula stared at her in a questioning manner.

“Take advantage? I have done no such thing. She is my most reliable servant…therefore it is only natural for me to entrust her with tasks that I would not give to others.” The Princess stated while meeting the acrobat’s concerned face.

“I know. But if you order Elle to start spying on everyone in the palace…sooner or later she is going to hear something that she shouldn’t have…” The brown-haired woman trailed off with the Princess gazing down at the beaming girl with callous golden eyes.

“Relax Ty Lee. I won’t endanger her life.” Azula assured while patting the joyful girl’s head once more before returning to using her as an arm rest.

“Oh. Look our drinks are here!” Ty Lee exclaimed while turning to the doors when the waitress wheeled a cart in with both the drinks and the steaming dumplings.

The bottle of wine was set down carefully before the Princess along with four glasses, followed up by Elle’s freshly squeezed watermelon juice.

And then Mai’s fire ale, and after that Ty Lee’s tea.

The dumpling was set down with Elle’s vegetarian portion being deposited before the maid who was gazing down at it with excited amber eyes.

“If there is anything else Your Highness let me know. Your meals will arrive shortly.” Tao stated in mid bow while Azula nodded curtly before waving her off.

The waitress soon left while the foursome began to focus on their drinks and their dumplings.

“Pour me a glass of wine Elle.” The Princess ordered as she ignored the acrobat’s disappointed stare while the young girl began to skillfully pour her wine.

“Yes Azula-sama. Always as you say.” The blonde-haired girl agreed dutifully while her master smiled down at her with approving eyes.

“I thought she was here to have fun Azula.” The brown-haired woman muttered while the Princess held up her glass of wine.

“Don’t be so dramatic Ty Lee. All she did was pour me wine. You may serve yourself a glass if you wish.” Azula commented while regally sipping her wine while gazing down at her admirably lovely maid’s bashful face.

“Has she even ever drunk alcohol before?” Mai inquired pointedly while the other two women turned to Elle suddenly curious.

“I don’t know. Have you?” The Princess asked inquisitively while peering down at the girl’s nervous facial expression.

“N-no.” Elle answered while gazing up at the Princess’s stony face once more fearing she’d be mocked for her inexperience.

The girl’s announcement was yet another reminder of the age difference between Azula and Elle.

It was all the more proof of the girl’s innocence.

“Hm. Are you interested in trying it?” Azula asked in a charismatic voice while staring down at Elle with intrigued eyes.

She now understood that she was most surely drawn to Elle’s purity.

It was like the yin to her yang.

“Careful Azula. She will get really sick if she drinks too much.” Ty Lee spoke while the regal woman rolled her eyes.

“I think between the three of us we are more than capable of watching over one young girl.” Azula retorted while Elle gazed at the bottle before peering up at her.

“I-I would like to try a little. Will you guide me once more?” The blonde-haired girl requested timidly with her eyes meeting the Princess’s alluring gaze.

“Of course. I think it’s adorable when you request me to dominate your every decision. We’ll start off small…how does that sound?” The Princess purred as she clutched the bottle before she began to pour her young admirer a tiny glass.

“It sounds great! You know best Azula-sama! You’re so wise.” Elle chimed while smiling with reddened cheeks as she watched the wine spill into her cup.

“I know. Sometimes even I am amazed with my brilliance…it isn’t easy being flawless. But…such is burden that I must bear.” Azula sighed as she set the bottle down while glancing down at her pet with a smirk adorning her lips.

“Ugh. You’re going to do this all night aren’t you?” Mai inquired while staring at her smug leader with mild annoyance in her stare.

“Naturally.” The Princess answered while taking a drink of her wine with her eyes focusing on her timid maid when the girl nervously grasped her glass.

“So, Elle…how old are you?” Ty Lee pondered with an easy going smile while Elle sunk in her seat with a lovable blush spreading across her face.

“Oh, I have got to hear this. I am dying to know just how far Azula is reaching into the cradle.” The markswoman commented while the Princess glared at her through the corner of her eye.

The gloomy noblewoman’s words caused the small girl to flush terribly while gulping under the weight of their combined stares.

“Just ignore Mai.” Azula snapped in an icy voice while leaning atop Elle’s little head while Mai’s lips curled into a slight smirk.

“Yeah! You can tell us little sister. We won’t make fun of you! Will we Azula?” The brown-haired woman assured in a gentle voice while staring at the Princess silently begging her to go easy on the girl.

“Um…” The blonde-haired girl mumbled as she peered into her wine while the regal woman’s elbow shifted marginally.

“Go on. It’s not like I am going to cannibalize you.” The Princess sighed while glancing down at her pet’s while the girl chewed her lip in the manner, she has come to find herself fond of.

“T-thirteen.” Elle stuttered out adorably while turning away from their stunned faces.

The sound of Ty Lee choking on her tea resonated around the table whilst Mai stared back at Elle with a truly uncharacteristic shock in her tawny eyes.

And Azula’s expression was the most humorous of all.

The Princess was gazing down at her servant with widened golden eyes so taken aback that she had paused with a mouthful of wine.

It was just stunning!

That young and she was writing her such flawless tributes!

Which was to say nothing of her magnificent painting ability.

“W-wow.” Ty Lee blurted with pink spreading across her cheeks as she audibly gulped down her tea.

“A-almost fourteen! My birthday is in two months!” The blonde-haired girl explained hurriedly while peering up at the Princess while the woman regained her composure.

It amused all of Team Azula how the girl had felt the need to inform Azula that she was on the verge of turning fourteen.

“By Agni Azula.” The markswoman muttered with a rare judgement to her voice while she frowned at the shameless woman seated over the innocent girl.

A flash of rage began to shimmer in Azula’s eyes while she rapidly swallowed her wine with her crimson lips forming a tight thin line.

“N-now that’s not really fair Mai. I mean…Elle looks like she might be…maybe…uh sixteen?” The brown-haired woman spoke lamely while the Princess spun around to glare at her with furious eyes.

“How dare you Mai speak as if I’ve sullied her.” The Princess snapped with her fist grasping her glass so tightly that it was a wonder that it didn’t burst.

Ty Lee glanced at Elle worriedly while the girl shamefully sunk even further in her seat with her shoulders slumping as the tension began to rise.

“No. But you were checking her ass out earlier. Don’t think I didn’t catch that. You’ve also done a damn good job of turning a sweet girl into your personal pet. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next time we see her she’s wearing a collar.” Mai answered with a trace of disgust lining her voice while meeting her leader’s burning golden orbs.

“The girl would have died on the streets if not for me. I suggest you worry about your own relationship Mai…or rather lack thereof.” Azula replied with a truly glacial undertone while still resting her elbow upon her young admirer’s head.

Though she won’t deny that the girl is a good two years young than she was guessing.

Ty Lee had been right about one thing…age was just a number.

When she was fourteen, she conquered Ba Sing Se!

Elle was undoubtably a stunning young beauty…and she would only flourish as the next year or two years pass her by.

The girl worshiped her in a manner that even she couldn’t help but find endearing.

As Ty Lee stated earlier…it would be foolish to pass up such a lovely admirer.

Especially after having such poor luck with boys.

She would never admit it aloud, but to date she has yet to go on a single successful date.

Not a one.

‘It’s ironic. Boys my own age are too intimidated to ask me out…but this young girl had the courage to gift me a fire lily…’ The Princess thought while setting her wine glass down as she began to cut into her dumplings.

Just when Mai’s own eyes narrowed in defiance over the sling at her failed relationship that was when Ty Lee noted Elle gazing down at her feet in humiliation.

“S-sumimasen.” Elle mumbled in a shaky voice just as the sound of a fist hitting the table caused Azula to turn to Ty Lee.

“Stop it! You’re hurting her feelings! We didn’t bring her out to make her feel like an outcast! She’s here to have a good time with her Princess not to be the subject of scorn!” The brown-haired woman shouted furiously with a rare scowl on her face while the other two women gazed at her in surprise.

The acrobat’s anger prompted Mai to feel a shred of guilt after she noticed the small blonde’s vanishing cheer.

And even though Azula would never admit it aloud.

Somewhere deep inside of her she felt a twinge of emotion too.

“I apologize Elle. It wasn’t my intention to make you sad.” The markswoman commented while gazing at the young girl’s downcast face.

“It’s okay oneesan.” The blonde-haired girl answered in a still muted voice while the Princess peered down at her also frowning.

“You should apologize Mai. I already stated that the girl is one of us. Tonight, we are welcoming Elle into the fold. Thirteen, fourteen, fifteen. We all went to war at that age. When you look at it like that…what does it matter? What is the harm in sharing a glass of wine with her Princess?” Azula remarked while reaching down to place her guiding hand on Elle’s shoulder.

As soon as the Princess touched her shoulder Elle peered up at her with gratefulness shimmering forth from her gaze.

Mai sighed while sinking back in her seat before nodding in defeat.

It really was a waste of breath to discuss it any further.

She could see that Azula’s interest in the girl would not vanish anytime soon and nor would Elle’s hero worship of the Princess.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama.” Elle spoke with slowly returning cheer while Azula swallowed a bite of her dumplings.

“Azula has a point…I mean…I don’t see any harm in it. For the most part anyhow. I think it’s cute! It’s like Azula’s her first love! It’s very pink!” Ty Lee commented with a brightening smile while gazing at Elle’s young blushing face.

The concept of Azula being a young girl’s first love was utterly baffling yet it seemed as if it was indeed the case.

“Why don’t you share your first drink with your Princess?” The Princess purred in a return to her calm yet silken voice while gazing down at her adorable admirer.

“Y-yes Azula-sama. As you say…always as my Princess Charming says.” The blonde-haired girl answered while clutching her glass at the same moment that her master raised hers.

“Yeah. It’s pink.” The markswoman stated in deadpan while raising her own glass in an effort to cheer the girl up.

“Cheers! To our new comrade!” The brown-haired woman exclaimed while holding up a glass of wine of her own.

“Indeed Elle. Perhaps you will be the one to stand beside me as I dominate this world!” Azula announced with her lips curling into a proud smile while gazing down at the now swooning Elle.

Both Mai and Ty Lee fell into an awkward silence as they now sweatdropped while taking a drink of their respective beverage.

In the same moment Azula took a long swig of her wine all the while peering down at her young companion.

A stroke of courage had overtaken Elle as she bravely tipped her glass back while swallowing her first ever taste of wine.

The three women observed comically as the petite girl’s cheeks turned a shade of pink while she flicked her tongue about as if still processing the taste.

“…I-it tastes weird…Azula-sama.” Elle stated while hiccupping much to the Princess’s amusement as she stared down chuckling.

“You’ll get used to it.” The Princess assured while patting the girl’s head once more while the young girl giggled with a twinge to her cheeks.

“I hope that I get to be the one that stands besides you Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl confided in a lovesick voice while staring up at her idol with adulation in her gaze.

“Aww! That is so sweet Azula! Sharing a first drink with your biggest fan.” Ty Lee cooed out with a grin on her lips.

Though Azula had a most strange idea of dating…to say the least.

There was no mistaking that the Princess had become fond of Elle.

She could see it in the way Azula acted protective of Elle several times now.

Azula would have never acted this way with anyone else!

“What say you servant? Are you my biggest fan?” Azula questioned with a pleased smirk about her as she reclined with her hand resting in the small girl’s plush blonde hair.

“Humph! There’s no one that could ever match my love for you Azula-sama!” Elle boasted while puffing out her chest while Azula peered down at her with entertained orbs.

“So, Elle…is Azula your first love?” The brown-haired woman inquired while leaning forward as she gazed at the girl’s adorably proud face.

“I-it is so.” The blond-haired girl stammered much to the Princess’s pleasure as she peered down at her deciding that she liked that answer.

“That is just too cute. Azula, you’re her Princess Charming from another world, it’s like a beautiful fairy tale. Love at first sight…” Ty Lee sighed wistfully while Azula rolled her elegant eyes over her friends’ mushy words.

“Sure Ty Lee. It’s a fairy tale. And I am going to crush the Avatar and conquer the earth!” The Princess called out with a fist clenched while smiling violently.

The two noblewomen sweatdropped over their leader’s megalomania but amusingly enough the more dominant Azula became the more Elle swooned over her.

“Oh Azula-sama…I love the way you talk…it gets me excited.” Elle gushed while holding a hand to her cheek while Azula sat above her with her elbow in her hair.

“See? She may be young but I feel as if we are a good fit for each other. The girl even admitted several times that she enjoys my dominance.” Azula declared with her lips curved into a smug smirk while her friends gazed at Elle trying not to shiver.

“You like it when Azula orders you around?” Mai asked in a dull voice while Elle’s cheek lit up as if Azula were her dream come true.

“I don’t like it…I love it. Azula-sama makes my heart skip so wonderfully…she’s so authoritative. Oh, I want to serve her forevermore!” The blonde-haired girl cried out as she blushed as red as a tomato while the Princess stared down at her vastly pleased by her confession.

“Well…I hope it makes you happy little sister. If…dominance is what you want…there’s no one who will boss you around more than Azula.” The brown-haired woman stated while smiling nervously at her friend’s growing smile.

“Let’s hope you don’t regret it when you’re older. By then it will be too late to run away.” The markswoman commented with her words causing the acrobat to sweatdrop.

“I would never run away. The more authoritative Azula-sama is the more my heart races…” Elle trailed off with an innocent smile never considering the affect her words had on Azula.

The two noblewomen knew what was coming just by the burning inferno in Azula’s domineering eyes.

This had to be the first time that they met someone that enjoyed being ordered around by Azula.

“Pour me more wine! Now!” The Princess barked while snapping her fingers in a spoiled manner as she observed the girl speedily lean forward on command.

“Yes! Right away Azula-sama!” The blonde-haired girl exclaimed with a comically rushed demeanor while swiftly pouring wine into the woman’s glass.

Azula gazed back at her two taken aback friends with a refined smile on her lips as she sat with her hand holding out her cup.

All the while Elle dutifully poured her a new glass of wine with the hints of a blush on her cheeks.

“Wow…she actually enjoys it…” Ty Lee stated in amazement while taking in the Princess’s victorious countenance.

“Good girl. I think we’ll make a perfect fit for each other.” Azula purred while raising her glass back to her mouth before resting on the girl’s head once more.

“You make me happy Azula-sama…I hope I get to stay with you.” Elle murmured as she began to eat her dumplings while peering bashfully up at the regal woman.

“Aww…” The brown-haired woman trailed off while observing the stoic Princess glance down at their young companion with a faint fondness in her eyes.

“You are a peculiar girl…but to my liking all the same. Relax. I intend on keeping you…” The Princess declared while chewing her food once more before swallowing it gracefully.

The small blonde broke out into an innocent smile after hearing those words as she gazed up at her new caretaker with adoring eyes.

Then she surprised Azula by reaching out to embrace her side with a peaceful deameanor in her amber eyes.

“I…don’t know how I got here…but I am so glad that I did…” The blonde-haired girl spoke sweetly with a radiant countenance that never lessened even when the Princess stiffened while biting into her meal.

Elle’s announcement touched each of the three women in some respect.

Even Azula herself.

“While I am pleased that you find my company so appealing…I would prefer if you did not push on my stomach while I am eating.” Azula responded in a strict voice while gulping down another mouthful.

“O-oh. Sumimasen.” Elle stuttered out as she slid away with her a blush still upon her youthful face.

“Eat your dumplings before it gets cold.” The Princess commanded with her gaze flickering down to her admirer’s lovely face.

“Yes Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl agreed while quietly returning to her meal.

“I for one am glad that Elle is here. I always wanted a little sister.” Ty Lee sighed happily while the other two women gazed at her oddly.

And Elle glanced up from her bowl with a widening smile.

“You have six sisters.” Azula reminded once more while her acrobat friend still gazed at their young companion smiling.

“Six sisters? Wow!” Elle exclaimed while Ty Lee nodded grinning all the while.

“All twins! You’re special because we aren’t part of a matched set.” The brown-haired woman explained while the young girl nodded with amazement in her eyes.

“Six twins…do you have any siblings oneesan Mai?” The blonde-haired girl asked curiously while the composed woman nodded calmly.

“One little brother. Tom-Tom.” Mai answered while gazing at Elle’s inquisitive face.

“What about you Azula-sama?” Elle questioned while staring up at Azula with boundless reverence in her eyes.

“Just Zuzu.” The Princess spoke while swallowing more of her dumplings while turning to gaze down at her pet’s adorably puzzled face.

“What’s a Zuzu? It sounds like a bitter vegetable.” The blonde-haired girl muttered with her nose scrunched up in curiosity while the Princess began to chuckle in amusement.

The two noblewomen sweatdropped musing that it was good Zuko wasn’t around to hear of such an undignified comparison.

“That’s a good way to describe Zuko. I just call him Zuzu.” Azula stated while taking another drink of her wine.

“Oh! I had heard of the name Zuko here and there but not a Zuzu. I understand now.” Elle chirped to the three women’s comical entertainment.

“Just you wait Elle. We’re going to have so much fun together.” Ty Lee spoke while smiling at the timid girl’s lovable face.

All the while Azula glared at Ty Lee from the corner of her eye.

“I can’t wait oneesan!” The blonde-haired girl exclaimed while taking another bold drink of her wine.

The affect hit her more than the first time while Team Azula observed closely as a flush shot down her cheeks.

“Neither can I! I am going to bring you over for snuggle nights at my villa! We’ll have a sleep over!” The brown-haired woman announced with her words causing the gloomy noblewoman to turn to her in deadpan.

“Snuggle nights Ty Lee?” Mai asked in her typical monotone voice.

“I already told you that there will be no…” The Princess stated sternly only to peer down when the blonde shouted in joy.

“Snuggle nights! Really!” Elle cried out with such joy that Azula’s cold eyes twitched knowing that it would be impossible to stop Ty Lee now.

“That’s right! You’re so cute I just have to snuggle you.” Ty Lee answered while beaming at Elle’s bright countenance.

“Will you be there Azula-sama?!” The blonde-haired girl requested in excitement with the Princess glaring ahead with icy golden eyes.

Mai began to snort while laughing softly while Azula glared at her as if silently attempting to combust her into flames.

“No. I will not and neither will…” Azula growled out while glaring between both of her friends in annoyance.

“Of course, she will. Azula will be there.” The brown-haired woman snickered while the royal woman continued to glare between her and her comrade.

“Azula-sama? We you and I have snuggle nights at the palace?” Elle pondered with her words causing Azula to stiffen in her seat.

Her friends were now cracking up in laughter that they could no longer stifle.

‘Damn you Ty Lee! That’s just what I need! This girl wandering the palace late at night to knock on my chamber door…for a snuggle!’ The Princess thought with her callous eyes narrowing dangerously.

“There will be no snuggle nights servant. In my chamber, or otherwise.” Azula declared harshly with her words hitting the girl harder than she intended.

If the girl started wandering the palace and coming to her chamber, before she was Fire Lord. That was a guaranteed way to get her father to ship the girl away.

“O-oh…” The blonde-haired girl stuttered while falling silent once more with the other two women turning to the now scowling Princess.

“What?” The Princess demanded with aggravation ripe in her voice while she glared back at the two of them.

“I am certain this girl will have a grand time dating you Azula. She gets to clean the entire palace and cook your meals. That’s all within reason. But Agni forbid she wants to hug you.” Mai stated dryly while drinking her ale.

“Yeah seriously Azula. There’s nothing wrong with Elle coming over to hang out for a night. If you don’t want to that’s fine. But I don’t see why she can’t visit.” Ty Lee insisted with a frown on her usually cheerful lips.

“You two are fools. I already stated that father would not approve. Letting the girl visit my chamber late at night is the perfect way for him to take notice. Need I say anymore?” Azula snapped as she gazed at her two-childhood friends before glancing down at Elle’s downcast face.

“I know that. But you could at least consider letting her visit me.” The brown-haired woman complained while the regal woman groaned loudly.

“I’ll think about it. Happy now?” The Princess hissed with her words instantly causing the small girl to peer up with cheerier eyes than before.

“Yep!” Ty Lee exclaimed in a victorious voice while winking at Elle’s smiling face.

She knew that Azula agreed to that not to cheer up but to revive Elle from her sullen mood.

Not that Azula would ever admit it aloud.

“Can I still eat breakfast with you each morning Azula-sama?” Elle requested politely while gazing up at Azula with hopeful amber eyes.

“If you don’t broadcast it around the palace…” Azula answered sternly while peering down at Elle with a dominance gaze.

“Wakarimashita!” The blonde-haired girl chirped while saluting the moody woman with a bright smile about her.

They continued talking for a few more minutes before the doors opened once more and the waitress wheeled their dinner in.

Their steaming plates were set down before each of them all the while Elle gazed down at the curry with childish awe in her eyes.

The Princess waved the woman off while sighing as she began to eat her curry all the while observing her mousy maid’s grudgingly adorably sense of wonder.

“This looks so good Azula-sama! Thank you!” Elle exclaimed with cheer while embracing the Princess’s bicep affectionately.

“Just eat your food servant. And don’t push on my stomach.” Azula grumbled while grudgingly allowing Elle to remain on her arm while they both began to eat.

The Princess swallowed a mouthful of curry to quiet her growling belly all the while the petite girl cheerily ate beside her.

The sight of Azula allowing a girl to hold her arm while she ate was a stunning one to both Mai and Ty Lee.

In that moment the two actually looked like they were a couple dating.

Albeit an odd couple, but a couple all the same.

Neither dared to comment on the Princess’s strange show of fondness knowing that if they did, she would shove Elle off her just as soon as they spoke.

“Azula-sama?” The blonde-haired girl began warmly as she nibbled on her curry while the Princess turned to peer down at her.

“Yes?” The Princess replied in her usual abrasive voice with her friends observing as discreetly as possible.

‘I can tell that Azula likes Elle. Even I would get snapped at if I bothered her like this while she ate…’ Ty Lee thought while smiling as she ate her hotcakes.

“Can I show you and my big sister’s some of the cool stuff I was telling you about earlier?” Elle requested sweetly as she gazed up at the now sighing Princess.

“Cool stuff?” Mai inquired with a small trace of amusement in her voice as she gazed at the beaming young girl.

“A few toys from her homeland…likely nothing of interest to me. She already clarified to me that they were just toys. Not tools of war.” Azula remarked dryly while Elle still clung to her toned bicep.

“Oh, don’t be like that Azula! There are other things in life besides war. Of course, we’d love to see your stuff Elle.” The brown-haired woman assured warmly while nodding at the innocent girl.

“Do I have your permission Your Highness?” The blonde-haired girl continued with as she peered up at the Princess with adorable puppy dog eyes.

“While your submission undoubtably pleases me. That look isn’t going to work on me.” The Princess commented in a supremely smug voice while the petite girl’s shoulders sunk pitifully like a pouting puppy.

“B-but Master Azula you said you’d look at them later…it’s later…” Elle murmured with a childishness to her voice while prodding her food with her utensil.

The two noblewomen just watched in amusement when Azula’s eyes twitched ever so slightly like an annoyed parent.

“As your master it is I who defines what constitutes later. Perhaps my definition of later…is a year or two?” Azula spoke with a hint of playfulness to her voice while staring down at the sulking teenager.

“Y-you didn’t say a few years…I keenly recall you said later…I would know if you said a year. I memorize everything you say…” The blonde-haired girl trailed off while the Princess’s eyes shone with a trace of amusement.

“Do you now? Oh, very well. Show me your toys.” The Princess finally relented while sighing as the girl squeezed her arm with increased affection.

“Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama!” Elle cheered while giggling as she leaned into the callous woman’s arm.

“You had best keep up your good behavior if you wish to retain these privileges. Is that understood servant?” Azula explained in a harsh voice while staring down at her petite pet with imposing golden orbs.

“Yes Azula-sama! I will be a good girl for my caretaker.” The blonde-haired girl chimed as she released the much taller woman’s arm before sliding to collect her backpack.

“Caretaker? What do you think I am girl? Your mother?” The Princess snapped with her eyes narrowing down at the small girl’s radiant face.

“Azula…a caretaker.” Mai snorted in a deadpan manner while the woman in question glared daggers into her skull.

“Oh no, you’re not my mother. But technically as my master that makes you my legal guardian. Seeing as I am underaged. Which is…basically the same thing as a parent.” Elle responded happily as she paid no heed to Azula glaring down at her.

“Did you just get snarky with me?” Azula demanded with her wine glass in hand while watching her little maid unzip her precious backpack.

By Agni that girl acted as if that stupid bag was her third arm.

“Mm-mm. I got factual.” The blonde-haired girl responded to the other two women’s entertainment as they observed their leader bicker with a young girl.

“Factual is it? If I wish I could deem you a slave and revoke all of your so-called rights. Slaves don’t have legal guardians. How’s that for factual?” The Princess retorted with the acrobat giggling in the background as she glared down at the small girl.

“You could. But I know that my Princess wouldn’t do such a cruel thing to me.” Elle stated while digging in her backpack with a broad grin about her young countenance.

If anyone else dared to speak those words to Azula, they would have been burned horribly and sent soaring to the floor.

Yet Azula did not lash out.

“I wouldn’t be too sure of that. I am plenty cruel.” Azula spoke smugly with her elbows leaning on the tabletop as she swallowed another bite of her dinner.

That was when her observant eyes caught sight of the little diary being withdrawn as if it was the most precious thing in the world to Elle.

Then her eyes gazed on in amazement when she noticed the title of the diary.

Somehow, she had missed it earlier when retrieving it from those brats.

But now she saw that the diary was proudly named the following:

The Princess Azula Reference Book

She wasn’t the only one who noticed.

Both of her stunned friends must have seen it too, judging by their stunned faces.

“You have got to be kidding me shorty. You…named your Azula diary?” Mai questioned with annoyance in her voice while gazing at the book in disbelief.

“Wow Azula. She really is your biggest fan!” Ty Lee called out smiling all the while despite how odd Elle was.

Odd but oh so cute.

“Yep. It’s my Princess Azula Reference Book. I record everything of importance that she says, from how she likes her food, to her rules and so much more!” The blonde-haired girl announced as she puffed out her chest in pride while holding the book up for all to see.

“My…my…my. I knew that you were making some notes but…never in this much detail. Such a good pet. Why don’t you amuse your master and your big sister’s? Read us a few excerpts or two…” The Princess announced in a voice of great self-importance while peering down at her cheerful pet.

“Please no.” The markswoman groaned only for the small girl to open the book up in a prideful manner.

“Yes, Master Azula. I am so overjoyed to belong to you.” Elle agreed with her submissive words earning her another pat to the head from Azula.

“Hm. Well trained, isn’t she?” Azula inquired haughtily as she danced her fingers through Elle’s hair all the while enjoying how the girl buried her nose in the diary as if it was a novel.

Neither of her friends graced her with a reply.

Not that she needed one, their silence was just as good.

“Day one, punctuality. Palace rumor goes that Azula-sama grows wrathful with the tardy. I work in advance so I am always early. This way I am always ahead of her schedule.” The blonde-haired girl spoke with cheer lacing in voice while the Princess leaned into her right-hand smiling.

“Mhm. I’ve noticed. Good girl.” The Princess purred while patting the blonde’s head with her friends sinking back in their seats.

Their faces were just priceless!

“Day one, her will. I learned this particular lesson after witnessing Ms. Chia lose her position. I confess that I did not much care for Ms. Chia after she spent several hours screaming at me in the kitchens. She informed me that the Princess would be furious if I did not put my hair in a bun. I knew this to be untrue. Just one hour before Azula-sama told me that I was presentable.” Elle explained with while adorably chewing on her lip as she hid face first in her book.

“No kidding Azula…she’s detailed.” The brown-haired woman muttered in awe as she continued to eat while listening in closely.

“Indeed Ty Lee. That she is.” Azula agreed with even more approval in her voice than before all the while glancing down at her little admirer with fondness in her eyes.

This girl just may well make the ultimate submissive girlfriend…young, lovely, absolutely obedient and she confides that she finds the girl’s company rather enjoyable.

With her coronation upon the horizon she could see much value in Elle as a potential marital candidate. Not that she would publicly admit as such.

At least not yet.

“Her Highness chose me personally, she told me that I was to be her pet. If Azula-sama said presentable, I was presentable. I suspected that it would be unwise to make alterations to my person without her prior permit. Yet Ms. Chia did not agree. She told me that she felt that she could speak for the Princess, claiming that Her Highness doesn’t have the time for the trivial details.” The blonde-haired girl continued to read while her master petted her head all the while swallowing her most recent mouthful.

The Princess’s smirk continued to grow with every sentence that Elle read in her little lovesick voice.

All the while musing that even she was astounded by her little servant’s attention to detail.

“This is one of the most pleasant meals that I have ever had.” Azula commented while scooping up another bite with smugness lacing her voice.

Mai was now glaring at her with her eyes beginning to twitch but that did not stop her little admirer from reading onward.

“Ms. Chia was incorrect. Azula-sama not only has the time, but Her Highness notices every detail. Nothing escapes her. I knew this from the moment I laid eyes on her. I knew that my master would disapprove of me wearing the bun. But I obeyed Ms. Chia regardless. Though I did warn Ms. Chia that if Azula-sama was displeased that I would be certain to let her know that it was not my idea. She snapped at me. Suffice to say when Ms. Chia was ejected from the palace my thoughts were proven accurate. And the kitchens have been much more peaceful ever since.” Elle informed sweetly while Azula leaned over her chewing her curry in a refined manner.

“Hm. You are correct Elle. Nothing escapes me. I applaud your due diligence.” The Princess cooed while grinning down at her lovely pet’s focused countenance.

“My conclusion, never insult Her Highness by claiming that any task is beyond her capability, and just as damning. Never claim to speak for Her Highness. If the order didn’t come from her lips. Ignore it. Ending note. I am really thankful to Her Highness for firing Ms. Chia.” The blonde-haired girl concluded while turning the page as she smiled up at her impressed master.

“You are most welcome servant. If there is anyone else you dislike just let me know.” Azula stated while lounging upon her dainty admirer’s head with a broad smirk upon her crimson lips.

“Ugh. Please no more Azula.” The markswoman complained while the acrobat still gazed at the small blonde with astounded brown-gray eyes.

“Day one, cherry pits.” Elle chirped as she peered back into her book all the while shivering pleasantly with Azula breathing warm air upon her neck.

“Just ignore Mai.” The Princess remarked while staring down at her favorite maid with a possessiveness in her controlling eyes that grew by the minute.

“A servant whose name will go unmentioned had missed several cherry pits in the first bowl. I took it upon myself to finish the job. By the time I was through, over four hundred cherries were pit free. Her Highness was vastly pleased. So much so that she rewarded me. She fed me two cherries, and petted me. Azula-sama says that I am a good pet.” The blonde-haired girl mumbled while the Princess patted her head upon hearing those words.

“You most certainly are. I am keeping you on cherry detail. Continue to do a good job and I will feed you more next time.” Azula purred while peering down at Elle’s blushing face with gratified eyes.

Though Azula was enjoying the diary reading.

Ty Lee and even Mai couldn’t help but begin to worry for the girl’s mental health.

It was becoming apparent that Elle’s abusive past played a major factor in her desire to serve Azula.

And it was rather unnerving to hear the effect that Azula was having on her innocent psyche.

“Day one, loyalty. My Princess appreciates the loyal. I learned this when I confessed that I did I not wish to return to my world, but to instead spend my life serving her. She rewarded me with a plate of food at her table. Her Highness even conversed with me after her friends left. Her final words…fix my hair.” Elle piped up with joy in her young voice while Azula laughed above her once more.

“So, you did give her a plate. You were just too prideful to let us see you feeding a servant. Typical Azula.” Mai scoffed while eating her soup with annoyance in her eyes.

“Absolutely marvelous girl! You are the perfect pet! Keep up the good behavior and you can eat with me every night.” The Princess announced with smugness in her voice all the while patting the girl’s smiling head.

“Azula! I am glad you like her but I am getting worried. You’re taking this pet thing way too far.” Ty Lee stated with concern in her voice as she stared at the small girl buried in her book.

“She herself admits that she delights in my dominance. As far as I am concerned…the girl consents to being my pet. Now hush Ty Lee.” Azula commanded sternly before swallowing another drink of her wine.

The acrobat sunk back with her arms over her chest.

It was hard to argue the issue if the girl enjoyed it but still…it was just worrying hearing Elle happily record Azula declaring that she is a good pet.

The petite girl then turned read while speedily turning the page only for her master to grasp her wrist in a vicelike grip.

“What’s wrong? Am I not supposed to read this?” The Princess taunted with increased hubris in her voice that had her friends turning their heads in grudging curiosity.

“M-may I please turn the page?” Elle squeaked in a bashful voice while Azula shook her head with her smirk in full force.

“Hm. Her Highness has a wonderful backside. Flawless and beautiful like the rest of her. Its well-formed shape is simply divine.” Azula spoke with amusement rather than anger in her voice while gazing down at Elle’s speechless face.

“A-Azula! We r-really don’t need to hear a narration about your ass!” The brown-haired woman cried out with a reddened face.

Though she couldn’t deny that Elle’s admiration was cute, in a bizarre fashion.

“You were checking out my ass when you were bowing weren’t you?” The Princess purred while still holding the girl’s shaky hand down.

“M-maybe.” The blonde-haired girl admitted while shrinking further into her seat with her master’s chuckles ringing in her ears.

“I will let it slide. If only because you are such a good girl. If it were anyone else. Anyone other than you. I would incinerate them. But you…you are too precious to incinerate. You may continue now!” Azula called out with supreme smugness while watching Elle speedily flip the page.

“Do you even sleep Elle? Or do you spend all night thinking about Azula?” Mai asked while staring at Elle’s flushing face in slight amusement.

“O-of course I sleep! I have to be energized to please Azula-sama!” Elle exclaimed while blushing under all of the attention from her master and her big sister’s.

“Correct Mai. I must be pleased. The girl has the right idea.” The Princess stated while holding her wine glass with her lips curling into a smile.

“Day two, co-workers. Most of the palace staff seems to think there is something wrong with me. They stare at me all day, and I get the feeling that I am a subject of mockery. They seem to think me daft. That’s alright. Because Azula-sama approves of me. Two hundred servants can disapprove of me. But so long as Her Highness approves, I am happy.” The blonde-haired girl declared while puffing out her chest once more while grinning up at her master’s contemplative countenance.

“Aww. That’s adorable Azula.” Ty Lee cooed while smiling at Elle once more.

For as cold as Azula is, the girl’s sweet words of loyalty were slowly but surely worming their way into her heart.

And strange as it may be, she was somewhat angry hearing that her less skilled servants were whispering about her most dutiful pet.

“Who says you’re daft? I will not have it said that Princess Azula punishes the devoted and rewards the incompetent. If these whispers continue. Come to me.” Azula remarked with a frown on her lovely lips while her subordinates gazed at her in silent shock.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama.” Elle mumbled while feeling a hand pat her head once more which brought a bright smile to her lips.

“Mhm. You belong to me.” The Princess stated possessively while staring down at the red-faced girl all the while enjoying her lengthy tributes.

“Day two, coffee. Her Highness likes her coffee bright and early, on the dot, every morning at seven. Azula-sama permitted me a cup for myself, she even offered to let me sit in a chair. I chose to sit by the foot of her throne. I prefer proximity to my Princess over comfort. When she patted my head, and told me that I was a good girl. I knew it was worth the sacrifice.” The blonde-haired girl told her master with a joyful smile on her young lips.

It was apparent to all three of the women that Elle was completely stricken by Azula.

“We shall continue this morning routine. Is that satisfactory servant?” Azula inquired with a trace of affection in her cold voice while staring down at the beaming girl with callous golden eyes.

“Yes Azula-sama.” Elle responded while embracing Azula’s side with a serene smile while the woman peered down at her sighing.

“But I warn you…if you tell anyone that I allowed you to hug me…” The Princess grumbled as she grudgingly allowed her pet to lean into her belly.

“I thought you didn’t snuggle Azula?” Ty Lee snickered while wrathful golden eyes flickered back at her all the while narrowing dangerously.

“I don’t. But if I allow her to latch onto me from time to time. I can get away with denying you snuggle nights.” Azula stated ruthlessly while smiling at Ty Lee’s pouting face.

“I have to say Azula…I never thought I’d see you holding a young girl in your lap.” Mai said while pushing her empty bowl away.

The Princess decided to ignore her friends taunting words while peering down at her pet’s lovable face.

Her eyes flickered to the girl’s wine glass.

And the gears in her mind already began turning.

“Servant. I demand you drink another glass with me.” Azula commanded while pouring her maid a slightly larger glass than before.

“Yes master. Day two, protection. The Princess permitted me to talk with her throughout the morning. And though she deems me a needy little peasant, she listened to me, and told me that she would personally destroy anyone that tried to hurt me. I gave her a gift, my Princess seemed pleased with my poetry.” The blonde-haired girl spoke while a wine glass lowered before her lips.

Her master tipped the glass back as she took a modest drink while a blush began to grow on her cheeks.

“A needy little peasant Azula?” The brown-haired woman sighed while shoving her empty plate away.

“She is a needy little peasant. Just look at her. Crawling into my lap.” The Princess snorted while setting her maid’s glass down with grace.

“At some point Her Highness’s belly growled. And she yelled, servant, I am hungry!” Elle exclaimed with while holding a finger to her lip with her words producing another amused snort from Azula.

“You even record when my stomach growls. Good girl.” Azula commented with satisfaction lining her voice while drinking her wine.

“I fetched my Princess breakfast, she permitted me to eat beside her in a chair. We talked, and though I am but a peasant, she agreed to my offer of friendship. She assured me that she would look at my music player later.” The blonde-haired girl informed with a slight smugness of her own while peering up at her scowling master.

“Well done Elle! There aren’t many people that can catch Azula in a lie!” Ty Lee cheered while Azula glared down at Elle’s beaming face.

“Ugh! I’ll look at the damn music box! Are you happy now?” The Princess scoffed while reclining in her seat before sighing heavily.

“Yay! You’ll like it! It’s cool!” Elle chirped while Azula stared down at her with deadpan eyes before they narrowed once more upon reading the next entry.

“What! Princess Azula is very huggable! Her…hug didn’t cheer her up. Note to self, hug her longer next time. Her Highness is so cute when she is angry!” Azula bellowed with her words produces snickering from both of her subordinates.

“Any other servant would have died.” Mai stated while smirking in Azula’s scowling direction.

“You know Azula…you kind of are.” Ty Lee agreed much to Azula’s outrage while the woman continued to glare down at Elle.

“I’ll show you just how ‘cute’ my temper gets servant. Now I command you to stop giggling!” The Princess hissed while the small girl continued to giggle softly all the while meeting her angered gaze.

“Day two, naptime on Azula-sama’s thigh.” The blonde-haired girl began cheerily with the Princess reeling around to glare back at Mai’s taunting face.

“That was adorable Azula.” The brown-haired woman commented while laughing in good-natured amusement.

“After breakfast was concluded, I chose to return to the floor sitting by her feet. She praised me, and then she even allowed me to rest my face upon her thigh. Speech was now prohibited…so I fell asleep in her lap. I awoke one hour later disappointed when Her Highness declared that naptime was over.” Elle announced with a peaceful voice while swooning with lovesick amber eyes peering up at her master.

“The next time you fall asleep I will punish you. Is that understood?” Azula asked in an icy voice while tipping another drink of wine down her pet’s throat.

The girl gulped it down while blushing even redder than before while attempting to turn the page only for a domineering hand to once more halt her.

“Hm? What’s this? Another one that I am not supposed to read?” The Princess purred while her lips curled into a broad grin once more.

“Um…maybe?” The blonde-haired girl answered cutely while the Princess’s eyes focused in on her entry.

“Her Highness’s thighs are flawlessly shaped, soft like the finest pillow, as are her long, beautiful legs. There is a particularly nice view of Her Highness’s perfect backside seated upon her throne from her thighs…. I could have slept there all day.” The Princess remarked with a haughty smirk as she peered down at the now buzzed up girl looking red-faced.

“W-what? If I am going to kneel, I may as well enjoy the view.” The blonde-haired girl stuttered with her words causing the Princess to roll her eyes almost fondly.

“Consider yourself fortunate Elle that you even get close enough to get a view.” Azula spoke while Elle hiccupped once more with an adorable look of mild intoxication about her.

“Y-yes my Princess charming…” Elle mumbled while Azula sighed as she allowed the girl to lay her head upon her belly.

“Don’t go too fast Azula. This is her first-time drinking.” Ty Lee advised in a sisterly voice while gazing warmly at Elle’s relaxed face.

“Calm down Ty Lee. I am more than capable of supervising my maid.” The Princess stated as she continued to stare down at the small girl laying against her belly with her diary in hand.

“Day two, her magnificence. Her Highness’s beauty is truly grand. My Princess is without doubt the most beautiful woman there is. From her silken dark hair…to her crisp cinnamon scent…to her smooth voice which is like music to my ears. I find every aspect of her High Highness spellbinding…” The blonde-haired girl admitted in a tender voice with her Princess now gazing down at her with marginally widened eyes.

“Aww! That’s so sweet Azula.” The brown-haired woman cooed while gazing at the Princess’s taken aback expression.

“I am well aware servant. But it is good of you to take such careful note of my magnificence all the same.” Azula remarked with a graceful smile on her controlling lips while the petite girl’s hands quivered in a grudgingly cute manner.

The gloomy noblewoman could only sigh under her breath knowing that this innocent girl was going to continue to drive Azula’s ego to even further towering heights.

“W-while I find the whole of Her Highness divine. I confide that my favorite aspect about my Princess is her lovely eyes. Her gaze is truly enrapturing. With every order I find myself consumed under her captivating spell. Even her fearsome glare that makes most fear imminent doom makes my heart race so wonderfully.” Elle confessed while embracing the woman’s belly once more with Azula peering down at her face her lips pursed elegantly.

“Really? My eyes? I would have thought otherwise based on your prior entries.” The Princess commented as she held a finger to her chin while smiling slyly down at the small girl’s reddening countenance.

“N-no Azula-sama. It’s your eyes.” The blonde-haired girl stammered in a mildly intoxicated voice while her Princess’s chuckle flowed into her ears.

“Hm. I suppose I will just have to take your word for it.” Azula stated with supreme haughtiness in her voice while pressing her elbow down on Elle’s soft head.

All the while Ty Lee giggled once more as she turned to Mai’s deadpan expression that clearly conveyed how the other woman felt about the Azula-centric diary.

That when the Princess’s callous eyes widened once more after noticing the girl’s final and most recent entry.

With emotion lacing her voice Elle grasped onto her book while her joyous words resonated into the air.

“D-day two, h-home.” Elle murmured with a stutter while her words struck even Azula into a state of silence.

The affect was instantaneous, even Mai glanced up from her prior bored demeanor to gaze at Elle in shock.

Ty Lee was so touched by the girl’s sweet words that a tear began to stream down her cheek all the while she gazed back at Azula practically pleading her not to crush Elle’s spirit.

“I-I have finally found where I belong, my place is besides Azula-sama. I wish to follow Princess Azula for all of my days. Because…Azula-sama is my h-home.” The blonde-haired girl concluded in a voice overflowing with contentment just as she quietly closed her diary.

All the while leaning into the Princess’s robed belly while the regal woman gazed down at her with uncharacteristic astonishment in her golden eyes.

Azula did not fail to notice the sight of a tear trailing down the small girl’s cheek before closing her eyes while sighing as she began to rub the bridge of her nose.

Curse this girl for making her feel such weakness!

“How is it that I am your home?” The Princess pondered while staring down at the young girl’s emotional face with her brows furrowing in bewilderment.

“B-because my home is besides you Azula-sama…isn’t it?” Elle questioned as she craned her neck to peer into Azula’s harsh eyes.

“Azula…” The brown-haired woman muttered softly while her friend’s emotionless eyes turned to meet her gaze taking note of her tears as well.

She truly hoped that Azula would take their earlier discussion to heart.

If the Princess could learn to be even just a little bit kinder, she would be more than happy.

“Are you two ever going to stop crying?” Azula snorted as she sat back with her arms folding over her breasts all the while glancing down at Elle’s sniffling face.

“S-sumimasen Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl responded as she held onto the woman’s stomach with her face resting below her breasts.

“If you wish to see me as your home…then very well. I will permit it…but this stays between you and me. Is that understood Elle?” The Princess announced with her glass in hand as she sat back with her admirer pressing her face into her belly.

And just like that she watched as the small girl’s sadness faded away.

Elle wiped her eyes all the while nodding gratefully while peering up at Azula’s towering form just as the woman took another graceful swallow of her wine.

“As you say Azula-sama…you have but to simply speak and this loyal girl will obey.” Elle declared passionately just as she beamed up at Azula with endless adoration in her loving eyes.

“That was one of the sweetest things that I have ever heard.” Ty Lee stated while wiping her eyes as well.

“That is what I like to hear servant. Now…continue to be a good girl for me and this home of yours beside me…will always be open to you.” Azula spoke while gazing down at Elle’s overjoyed face all the while the petite girl clung to her stomach.

“Y-yes Azula-sama. I will always be Her Highness’s good girl.” The blonde-haired girl stated while smiling radiantly up at the Princess’s elegantly smiling lips.

“Mhm. Let us hope so Elle. Let us hope.” The Princess purred with her little admirer practically sprawling out across her lap while she lay her arm in her lovely maid’s hair.

“Your Elle is forever loyal…forever and ever with Azula-sama.” Elle answered with her eyes peering up at the older woman’s toned bicep with a broad smile taking over her innocent visage.

“Aren’t they cute together Mai?” The brown-haired woman pondered while turning to the composed woman gazing back at the two females seated beside one another.

“Elle maybe. Azula…not really.” The markswoman replied while drinking her ale with her tawny eyes observing the young girl’s joyous little face.

“If you so terribly wish for me to dictate your every decision until your dying breathe…then I suppose I could grant your wish.” Azula sighed lazily while stretching out legs out upon the cushioned seat with a confident smile growing upon her plump lips.

And just like that both noblewomen were flinching in renewed sympathy for the naïve girl’s rapidly vanishing freedom.

“Please do! I would be lost without your guidance Azula-sama. I find your authority quite comforting!” The blonde-haired girl cried out while affectionately nuzzling her Princess’s muscular stomach with her eyes reflecting her serene mood.

The Princess’s lips curled into a truly delighted smirk while she peered down at her rather stunning little pet.

As far as Azula was concerned. What was there not to love about this girl?

“There goes any freedom that you had left kid.” Mai informed dryly while staring back at Elle’s carefree face before sighing under her breathe.

“I just knew that you would find my dominance to your liking. Oh, very well…I will dominate you until the end of time!” Azula growled in a truly imposing voice while glaring down at Elle’s blushing little face hiding in her belly.

“O-oh Azula-sama…I just love it when you talk to me like that. It gets me so excited!” Elle exclaimed cheerily with her arms wrapping around the woman’s robed belly.

“Hm. Then take heart my loyal pet…the excitement has only just begun…” The Princess trailed off in a possessive voice while reaching down to pat her little admirer’s head smiling gracefully all the while.

“M-my Princess…” The blonde-haired girl stuttered sweetly while pushing her face into her master’s stomach all the while enjoying the way her Princess petted her head.

Though Mai was gazing at her with a trace of concern in her eyes and Ty Lee was smiling in an awkward manner.

The small girl was never once bothered in the least.

“My servant…my favorite servant.” Azula spoke with a domineering countenance while lounging like a true queen with her young pet wrapping her little arms around her belly.

“Home…my home.” Elle whispered with pink adorning her cheeks as she lay upon Azula while the woman’s finger trailed through her hair.

The Princess stared down at her adorable maid with callous golden eyes all the while fondly patting the petite girl’s plush head.

It was a strange compulsion…

But she is most definitely keeping this one around.

That Azula knew without a doubt.

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“I have to say Azula…you do seem fond of this girl.” Mai commented while gazing at Azula as the spoiled woman lay back upon her seat as if it was a throne.

All the while Elle lay with her head upon the woman’s belly sighing peacefully with the Princess’s palm in her hair.

“Of course, I am fond of her Mai. What’s not to like about her? She’s practically the servant that I’ve always wanted. It’s only natural that such a wonderful pet will have privileges that others could only dream of.” Azula remarked as she turned with her plate in hand while scooping up another mouthful smiling widely as she did so.

“Well! I wish you two all the best!” Ty Lee cheered while gazing down at Elle with a warm smile about her.

“I-I am overjoyed that you think so Azula-sama. There’s nothing not to like about you either…” Elle trailed off while swooning with a crimson traveling down her cheeks as she traced her finger along the woman’s belly.

“Hm. I know but I do enjoy hearing you tell me how perfect I am.” The Princess responded while lazily gulping down yet another delicious bite of her meal.

“Then I will continue to do so master. May I show you my cool stuff now?” The blonde-haired girl requested with childish joy in her voice while the reclining woman gazed down at her still eating her food.

“…Fine. Show me your ‘cool stuff’.” Azula answered in mid mouthful before swallowing it with grace as she wiped her lips with a napkin.

“Yay! I am so happy that we’re best friends Azula-sama. I just know we’ll share so many wonderful memories together…” Elle cried out as she sat up on the much taller woman’s lap while Azula gazed down at her with deadpan golden eyes.

“Aww…” The brown-haired woman giggled as she took careful note that her cruel friend was being quite gentle with her adopted sister.

For Azula this was astonishingly tender behavior.

“Oh, of that I have no doubt…best friend.” The Princess stated with a trace of wryness that was lost on the seemingly simple girl’s little mind.

“Best friends with Azula-sama!” The blonde-haired girl cheered with innocent joy lighting her cheeks as she grasped her backpack.

“You have a strange choice in both best friends…and caretaker’s Elle.” The markswoman spoke while they all watched the girl sit in the Princess’s lap while beaming as she dug into her bag.

“Mhm. I must say. This is my idea of a ‘best friend’…one who is complete subservient to my will. You should take note Mai…you as well Ty Lee...” Azula taunted while pointing an entitled finger down at the back of Elle’s head only for the other woman to snort derisively.

“I’ll survive.” Mai replied in monotone while Azula peered down at Elle with amused golden eyes.

“What are you going to do with Elle when we have to go on day long wartime missions?” Ty Lee inquired while peering at their young companion’s adorable face.

The words caused Elle to snap her head around with a suddenly distraught gaze that Azula just adored.

“D-days on end without Azula-sama….” Elle mumbled like a saddened puppy as she sunk in sorrow while Azula leaned against her seat smirking in approval.

“Hm? Several days without serving me is too much for you to endure?” The Princess pondered while holding a palm beneath her chin.

“F-far too long. Just too long. A day without my Princess is a day without joy.” The blonde-haired girl responded glumly while plopping her head on the regal woman’s folded knee frowning deeply.

“There are thousands…perhaps millions…that will disagree with you Elle.” The markswoman sighed while finding the girl’s clingy behavior to be rather sad.

It was proof that beyond Elle’s happy smile is a pain so vast that she latches onto Azula for comfort.

“Well don’t worry your little mind over it. I have good news for you servant. Do you want to know what it is?” Azula purred in a silken voice that instantly spurred Elle to peer upward upon her knee with her innocent eyes aglow with wonder.

“Yes Azula-sama. Please tell this loyal girl the good news!” Elle chimed while staring up at Azula with hopeful amber eyes.

“You won’t have to spend even a day without me. You’ll be spending every day of your life under my dominance. How would you like to come with me wherever I go? You can serve me even in travel.” The Princess announced while staring down at her pet’s ecstatic little face with her lips curving into a pleased smile.

Any other servant would have gazed back with horrified eyes over the spoiled woman’s declaration.

But Elle…

Soon erupted in a bafflingly overjoyed tone just as she leaped into the Princess’s lap before plopping on the grunting woman’s belly.

“I would love to Your Highness! I want to spend every moment…of every day…with you Azula-sama!” The blonde-haired girl exclaimed while embracing her master’s belly while the Princess swallowed another mouthful of her curry.

“Your enthusiasm to serve pleases me…” Azula sighed while patting the girl’s head once more with a possessive hand.

“A-Azula-sama is my home.” Elle mumbled timidly while closing her eyes peacefully under the monarch’s patting hand.

Her words earned her a composed glance from the Princess before she returned to her meal.

“This is so cute Azula! But I do have one question. Isn’t it dangerous to bring Elle on wartime missions? I mean…what if she…” Ty Lee trailed off while gazing in Azula’s direction while her leader continued to eat the remainder of her dinner.

All the while Elle lay upon the Princess’s belly while breathing happily never bothered by how the woman treated her like a kitten.

Regardless, the fact that they were discussing a servant’s safety with Azula was all the validation that was needed to know that the Princess had become fond of the young girl.

“And I have a question for you in turn Ty Lee. Do you really think that she is better off in the palace without me? I have no doubt that she would attract ample negative attention wandering about the palace like a lost child.” The Princess spoke while gazing pointedly at the acrobat’s wincing face.

“Y-yeah. Point taken.” The brown-haired woman agreed while nodding as she smiled at the adorable sight that was the Princess patting the small blonde’s head.

“She is clearly better off under her master’s direct supervision.” Azula stated with her lips curving into a graceful smile while removing her hand from her beaming admirer’s head.

“I would be saddened if I was without you Azula-sama. I cherish our daily routine. Coffee with Her Highness at seven on the dot…followed up shortly afterward with breakfast. And then naptime on my Princess’s thigh at around eight.” The blonde-haired girl chirped with a bright smile while sitting up as she turned to pull her backpack onto the seat.

The girl’s joyful declaration had even Mai snickering at Azula who was now glaring at the back of the naïve girl’s head with narrowed golden orbs.

“There will be no further naps at the foot of my throne.” The Princess retorted while pointing her finger down at the small girl as she hummed joyfully all the while.

“I am so excited to show you and my oneesans the stuff from my world.” Elle commented with a broad grin on her face while Azula eyed her in the same manner a parent would humoring their child.

“Not as excited as I am…no doubt.” Azula remarked dryly while sighing as she peered down at her little maid with a flicker of fondness in her cold stare.

“Oh, don’t be rude Azula! This is our chance to learn about Elle’s homeland!” Ty Lee chided warmly while Azula rolled her elegant eyes in response.

“Of course, Ty Lee. I am certain that my servant’s toys will teach us a great deal about this land…” The Princess trailed off while waving a hand before her face when the teenager withdrew an unseen item.

“You’ve got even me slightly curious…what is in that bag other than Azula. Azula. Azula?” Mai pondered with faint curiosity to her usual monotone voice.

“Several things! When I ran away from Felix, I brought everything that I cherish along with me on my back. I haven’t shown this stuff to anyone yet…since Azula-sama is my best friend…and the Princess I wanted her to have the first look.” The blonde-haired girl explained while turning to peer up at her master’s deadpan countenance.

“That’s so cute Azula. You get the first look.” The brown-haired woman chirped while the Princess swallowed another bite of her meal.

“I am honored. I assure you.” Azula commented lazily after gulping down the last of her meal before pushing her plate aside.

“I just you would be happy that I considered you first Azula-sama. Check out my music player!” Elle exclaimed as she leaned into the woman’s lap while Azula stared down at her sighing.

“Oh, very well servant. Show me your music player.” The Princess remarked dryly while peering down at her happily grinning pet with surprisingly patient golden eyes.

“Music player?” Ty Lee repeated with evident curiosity in her voice while leaning forward on the tabletop with her wine glass in hand.

Even Mai was staring at the young girl with a twinge of intrigue in her tawny orbs.

The three women observed in amusement when their young companion held up a small item before Azula’s mildly curious face.

“This is it!” The blonde-haired girl cried out as she proudly held up her mp3 player before her Princess’s face while the regal woman scrunched up her brows in a display of grudging interest.

All three women now found themselves gazing at a small black box, that easily fit in the palm of Elle’s petite hand.

It had strings attached to it that split along the middle with two circular pieces at the end of the cord.

“…That…is a music player?” Azula asked as she sat up above her small pet while trying to conceal her curiosity in the girl’s strange device.

“Mhm! You place these ear pieces around your head and you can listen to all kinds of music.” Elle explained with a joyful smile while Azula peered down at her with stony eyes.

“How charming servant…” The Princess trailed off sighing while her little admirer propped herself up upon her stomach once more.

“That sounds amazing Elle! But how does it work…what powers it?” The brown-haired woman inquired with fascination in her voice as she eyed the device in evident interest.

“Well in my world our technology is not powered by bending. It’s supposed to be powered by electricity…conducted through a charge cord…which is in my bag. Sadly though…I don’t know if I will ever be able to power it up again once the battery dies…” The blonde-haired girl answered with a glummer voice all the while the Princess swallowed more of her wine.

“How unfortunate.” Azula snorted as she already sensed two pairs of eyes zoning in on her much to her rising annoyance.

“Azula I bet you could figure out how to charge Elle’s music player.” Ty Lee suggested while Azula glared over in her direction with her eyes narrowing icily.

“You expect the Princess of the Fire Nation to devote her time and energy into powering a servant’s toy?” The Princess snapped with her words causing the small girl’s shoulders to slump sadly.

“Well Azula you are the smartest person in the world after all…” Mai commented in a deadpan voice while gazing at the Princess’s scowling face.

“In case you already forgot Azula. You yourself have stated that you have a romantic interest in this servant. You probably don’t know this…but in a relationship you do things to please the other person. It’s called caring.” The brown-haired woman scolded with a frown adorning her lips while the other woman still glared at her with irate eyes.

“The girl has been sitting in my lap all night Ty Lee. I have been pampering her for several hours now. Elle is hardly mistreated. Not in the least.” Azula scoffed while gazing down at her timid pet with a strict countenance.

“I know that Azula. But I am sure it would mean a lot to Elle if you helped her out with the matter…just look at her! She adores you.” Ty Lee reasoned with a smile returning to her face as she surveyed the bonding duo.

It was apparent that beyond Azula’s harsh exterior that she was considering assisting Elle in the matter.

Just by how she was staring down at the bashful girl with a thoughtful gleam in her eyes.

“Not only must I replicate your…breather…. you also wish for me to power your little toys? Is that right?” The Princess questioned while peering down at her maid’s adorably pouting face.

“S-sumimasen Azula-sama…this girl is sorry to be a bother…” The blonde-haired girl trailed off while sulking with her face propped up on her master’s toned belly.

“Indeed, you are quite the bother…but I will not have it said that Princess Azula is incapable defeating her admirer’s toy. So be it Elle. I will lend you my brilliance once more.” Azula announced with her lips curling into a smile when Elle cried out in joy.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu Princess!” Elle squealed with her innocent face overtaking a radiant grin while she peered up into the woman’s hardened eyes.

Ty Lee smiled just as brightly while nudging Mai’s shoulder as if to say see they make a cute couple.

Mai just sighed deciding to make no comment.

“Humph! It is clear that I am the optimal romantic candidate for you. I excel in all categories. Even in the repair of toys. Now let me have a look at this…music player.” The Princess remarked while puffing out her chest pridefully as she smirked down at her blushing pet.

Both noblewomen sweatdropped at Azula’s rather bizarre way of posturing for her young love interest.

It was adorable…in a strange fashion.

“R-romance with my Princess charming…I am the most fortunate girl in the world.” The blonde-haired girl stammered while peering up at the woman’s beautiful face with her cheeks as red as a tomato.

“On that we can agree. I have long since concluded that a girl such as yourself is only compatible with a woman of upmost dominance such as myself. You are incapable of protecting yourself…therefore I will subjugate you! It’s…for your own good anyhow.” Azula spoke with a smug smile while removing the device from her quivering pet’s open palm.

“O-oh Azula-sama…you are so dreamy…” Elle gushed while swooning with her hands on her cheeks as she shifted in the woman’s lap.

Azula’s friends were somewhat baffled by her declaration that Elle required her protection and therefore enslavement was in her best interest.

But there was no point in trying to convince the Princess otherwise.

“Of course, I am! What a strange little toy you have here…” The Princess trailed off while blinking down at the device as she pressed her finger on one of its buttons.

Her golden orbs observed in concealed interest when a light flashed on the screen as it began to power on.

“It’s probably got about a half hour charge left…put it on your ears and try it out Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl advised happily while leaning against her love interest’s left arm.

“Hm. Very well Elle. I can only hope that this music player lives up to your continuous pleas for my attention.” Azula declared before placing the ear pieces over her ears while her friends observed with amusement in their eyes.

“It will! It’s really cool. Not as cool as my Princess but still cool!” Elle exclaimed while leaning forward while Azula peered down at her curiously when she began pressing buttons.

“There is nothing as ‘cool’ as…me.” The Princess boasted only for her callous face to scrunch up with her brows furrowing when a melody began playing in her ears.

“Don’t keep me in suspense Azula! What does it sound like?” Ty Lee blurted while tilting her head inquisitively while noting Azula’s pricelessly taken aback face.

Azula’s eyes were widening in an uncharacteristic display of sudden interest all the while staring own at the young girl lounging with the back of her head just below her breasts.

“…What sort of strange music is this?” Azula pondered with comical puzzlement in her voice while Elle peered up at her giggling.

“Oh, that’s called jazz. It’s usually upbeat and highly energetic. Oftentimes it is instrumental only.” The blonde-haired girl replied as she gazed up at her Princess’s blinking eyes with the regal woman processing the functionality of the device.

“I see. I confess it has a certain draw to it…you informed me that there are over two thousand songs on this device…is that correct?” The Princess responded while the other noblewomen gazed on in amazement with the teenager nodding.

“Two thousand? How can it hold that much?” Mai inquired while setting her empty glass of ale down.

“In my world artists are able to sell their music on multiple formats. Once the user purchases any of the formats one can compress the music files…essentially copying a data file onto a small data bank inside the music player.” Elle explained in a patient voice for one so young while Mai nodded in fascination.

“Wow! That is really neat Elle. Your world has some really interesting inventions! Can I have a look at it Azula?” The brown-haired woman requested while gazing on in amusement to notice that the Princess seemed to be enjoying the device.

“I have determined that further investigation is necessary on the matter. After I conclude my inspection Ty Lee…then of course…by all means you can look at it.” Azula remarked while smiling in the direction of Ty Lee’s sulking countenance.

“But Azula…I thought that it was just a toy?” The markswoman taunted with a slight smirk about her while the Princess reclined in her seat.

“Hm. Indeed it is Mai. Just a toy, Elle’s toy and I have no doubt that she’ll cry if I don’t solve her little dilemma. Now hush Mai. I am lending my little companion my genius…this is yet another burden that I must bear…. perfect as I am.” The Princess spoke while gazing down at the music player as she began to fiddle with the buttons.

“I don’t know Azula…it sounds like you just want to hog it all to yourself.” Ty Lee grumbled while Mai rolled her eyes over Azula’s gargantuan ego.

“Oh Azula-sama…let’s just hug all night long…” The blonde-haired girl trailed off while embracing the woman’s belly with the Princess comically paying her little mind.

“I am not quite certain what you just said…but certainly. Yes, to whatever you just said.” Azula commented dryly while waving her hand before her with a wide smile on her lips.

And just like that both noblewomen were gazing at Azula in amusement when Elle cried out in joy apparently only hearing her idol say yes.

“R-really? All night long? We’re having a snuggle night?” Elle stammered as she peered up at Azula with adorably happy amber orbs.

In an instant it would seem that Azula realized her error while removing the ear pieces from her head.

“What do you mean snuggle night?” The Princess questioned with her eyes narrowing down at her pet’s blushing little face.

 

 

“You just agreed to an all-night cuddle session.” Mai informed while Azula glanced down at Elle with marginally widened eyes before hardening her gaze into a piercing stare.

“No. There will be no snuggle night.” Azula stated in a strict voice that brook no argument while she glared down at Elle’s now sullen face.

“B-but Azula-sama…you just said we would…” The blonde-haired girl trailed off in a somber voice while the Princess leaned back in her seat scowling.

“I had ear plugs on. It doesn’t count.” The Princess replied as she watched the small girl’s shoulders slump in a saddened manner.

“…A-am I unsnuggable? Is that it?” Elle mumbled pitifully with a frown while twiddling her thumbs while all three women sweatdropped over her silly terminology.

“Unsnuggable? Ugh…” Azula sighed while rubbing the bridge of her nose while glancing down at Elle’s now depressed little face.

“Azula…” Ty Lee spoke while gesturing to their young companion’s innocent face while Azula met her gaze all the while rolling her golden eyes.

“Elle, I command you not to cry! If you cry, I will punish you!” The Princess barked while pointing a finger down at the petite girl’s now worried face with her eyes narrowing callously.

The two noblewomen could only sigh upon hearing Azula threaten to discipline Elle if she cried.

“Y-yes Princess I-I won’t.” The blonde-haired girl agreed with her lips beginning to smile once more already while her Princess peered down at her humming in approval.

“Hm. That’s a good girl. You must remain on exemplary behavior for me at all times…that is if you wish to continue our current morning schedule….” Azula purred as she held a finger beneath her chin while grinning down at her maid’s widening little eyes.

“Yes Azula-sama! Always as you say…I’ll be a good girl.” Elle assured sweetly while folding her palms in her lap as she met Azula’s pleased gaze.

“Mhm. That is what I like to hear…now. You wish to have coffee and breakfast with me tomorrow morning at seven…is that right?” The Princess pondered while lazily brushing her hair from her eyes with a seductive confidence about her.

“Oh yes! This girl wishes to start every morning besides Her Highness!” The blonde-haired girl chirped with a joyous smile while her master peered down at her with her fingers trailing through her fine dark hair.

“Then…be a good girl for me okay?” Azula cooed in a silken voice while peering down at her fingernails with her eyes always following Elle’s brightening little face.

“Wakaru Azula-sama!” Elle cried out just as the woman’s hand patted her hair while happily sat back beside her idol’s much taller frame.

“Good. Very good. Just do as I say Elle…and we’ll see what becomes of the two of us.” The Princess instructed in her usual stern voice just as she removed her hand from her pet’s head.

“Well I for one don’t find you unsnuggable! You are super, totally snuggable!” The brown-haired woman exclaimed while her friends rolled their eyes over her gushing behavior.

“I-I am glad that you think so oneesan…” The blonde-haired girl spoke with a slight blush as she gazed over at both of her big sister’s.

Ty Lee’s smile broadened after hearing the lovable words while she jabbed Mai’s deadpan countenance as if to ask if she agreed.

“Leave me out of this.” Mai muttered dryly while sighing as she folded her arms over her breasts.

“Elle…share another drink of wine with me.” Azula remarked while Elle glanced up at her beaming before reaching for her wine glass.

“Yes Princess…my Princess charming…” Elle responded while placing a hand on her cheek all the while swooning over the regal woman’s charms.

“Now…regarding this…music player and your breather as well. My brilliant mind has conquered a most wonderful idea.” The Princess announced in a tone of great self-importance while drinking a mouthful of her wine.

The words managed to grasp even Mai’s attention as all three girls turned to their undisputed leader with curiosity in their eyes.

“Wow Azula! Tell us your idea!” Ty Lee exclaimed while Azula reclined with Elle leaning into her toned bicep once more.

“There is an Earth Kingdom inventor…. a mechanist that has done impressive work for the Fire Nation before. Unfortunately, recently he has taken up arms against the Fire Nation. But…I have a feeling that I can persuade him on the matter.” Azula explained while lowering her glass smiling in a way that bore hints of violent intent.

“That mechanist…I see.” The markswoman stated while eying their young companion with intrigued tawny eyes.

If Azula was willing to go to that much trouble just to replicate Elle’s breather…it spoke volumes about her fondness for the girl.

Even if that affection was…somewhat twisted.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama…” The blonde-haired girl murmured timidly after swallowing a meager sip of wine all the while blushing in a buzzed manner.

“As I have said many times before…consider yourself fortunate that I am fond of you…Elle.” The Princess spoke while peering down at her little servant with imposing golden orbs.

“I am…a most fortunate girl…” Elle agreed while tracing her finger along the woman’s well-muscled arm with a look of deep admiration in her eyes.

“I am glad you see things my way servant. I was thinking…that there may well be a way to power your music player…with firebending. It…is just a theory but…it may well work.” Azula commented while rubbing her chin thoughtfully as she drank another swallow of wine.

The small girl’s lips broke out into a grin as she peered up at the regal woman with appreciative amber eyes.

She truly cherished her Princess…more than anything in life itself.

“That’s a great idea Your Highness.” The blonde-haired girl replied while her master smiled down with spellbindingly confident orbs.

“I am pleased that you think so…” The Princess purred while purposefully adjusting her seating so that her breasts pushed down on the girl’s soft head.

It was a baffling sight that did not go unnoticed by the other two women but they knew better than to comment on it.

“Azula-sama…would you care to listen to a song with me?” Elle requested in an adorably bashful voice while her heart began to race as she leaned back into the woman’s soft chest.

“Hm? But there is only two ear pieces?” Azula pondered inquisitively while Elle turned to hold up one end of the headphones much to her amusement.

“Yep! One for me and one for you.” The blonde-haired girl answered while the Princess briefly gazed down at her before accepting half of the headset.

“I suppose that could work…” The Princess trailed off while grasping onto the headset as she began to raise it upward while the girl began to pitifully stretch her neck attempting to reach her head.

“Um…could you bend over to my height?” Elle inquired lamely while Azula gazed down at her rolling her eyes sighing all the while.

It was a request that earned her a giggle from Ty Lee and a wryly amused gaze from Mai.

If anyone else had asked Azula to lean her head down to reach their eye level her answer would have been a resounding no.

But…

“You are really small…you do know, that right?” Azula scoffed while leaning down before Elle’s reddened face while holding onto one end of the headset.

“G-gomen. I have always been on the small side.” The blonde-haired girl stuttered while pressing her face into the beautiful woman’s neck as she leaned into the other end.

“Have you? I didn’t notice.” The Princess stated dryly while gazing through the corner of her eye at her little admirer’s flushing cheeks.

“Azula…Elle has no control over her height…just listen to a song with her.” Ty Lee said with a gentle smile as she gazed over at the two musing that they were cute together.

“I am well aware Ty Lee…but I do enjoy teasing her.” Azula commented with a smug smirk while glancing at Elle’s face pressing into hers.

Her callous eyes continued to peer onward while the teenager boldly placed her palm upon hers.

It was an action that caused her to appraise her pet curiously but she nonetheless chose to permit it.

“I am so excited to bond with you Azula-sama…oh my mighty Princess…” Elle gushed in a lovesick voice while beaming at Azula through the corner of her vision before pressing play.

The Princess glanced back at her companion with her lips forming a composed line before a pleasant melody began to play in her ear.

Her eyebrows quirked as she began to listen to the music from her admirer’s world all the while musing that it was grudgingly appealing to her ears.

All the while Elle sat beside her blushing lovably over her song selection with the lyrics earning her an entertained glance from the conceited woman.

“Maybe I wanna be your girl. Maybe all I need is you.” Chieko’s voice rang out in their ears while Azula gazed back at Elle smirking confidently.

Even the other two noblewomen could hear the foreign song playing across the table.

Their mutual intrigue over the strange device grew upon hearing the music playing all along Ty Lee giggled with her palm over her mouth.

Elle’s love for Azula really was quite adorable.

“Annani mou soba ni ite mo…konnani mou aisarete mo. Jikan ha mikata shite kurezu ni. Anata no kanojo ni narenai atashi.” The voice continued to sing while the Princess furrowed her brows in a questioning manner unable to discern the lyrics.

It sounded somewhat similar to Fire Nation old tongue.

The old dialect was once their language of choice before the spread of the common tongue many centuries ago.

In the interest of expanding trade with the other nations it became clear to her ancestors that there was a great need for a shared tongue.

This only became even more widespread after the Fire Nation’s global expansion nearly a century ago.

But even so…while it may sound similar it still sounded different all the same.

Yet the meaning behind the song was quite clear.

Judging by the way Elle was embracing her neck with a peaceful smile on her young lips all the while leaning into her cheek.

“You certainly are a clingy little peasant.” Azula remarked with a stoic countenance yet nonetheless allowed her little admirer to lean in cheek to cheek.

“That’s so Azula-sama…” Elle murmured while tracing her finger along the woman’s belly with a serene smile about her.

“Sore demo iitte nandomo omotta. Anata wo dareka to shea shiteiru keredo. Soreja iya datte nandomo naiteru. Uso demo kiyasume demo atashi dakette itte.“ Chieko sung in their ears all the while Azula peered back at Elle narrowing her eyes when the girl began to snuggle her cheek.

“Don’t push your luck servant.” The Princess stated strictly while eying the girl’s radiant face through the corner of her vision.

Instead of cowering Elle just giggled sweetly while smiling up at her idol.

“Princess…” The blonde-haired girl whined while latching onto the powerful woman with adoration in her innocent eyes.

Azula just sighed in response while adjusting her bottom upon the seat while still craning her neck down to Elle’s eye level.

All the while listening to the bizarre music with amused golden eyes that never left her young admirer’s grinning face.

And before long just like that, the song was already at its end.

“Maybe baby. I wanna be your girl, maybe I wanna be your girl. Maybe baby. Maybe all I need is you, all I need is you…” The singer concluded in a melodious voice while Azula’s golden eyes peered back at Elle’s overjoyed countenance.

The teenager squeezed the taken aback woman’s neck giggling all the while.

“Aww…that was so sweet Azula.” The brown-haired woman spoke while gazing at the two with her eyes practically sparkling.

“Hm. So, I take it that you want to be my girl?” Azula questioned as she exhaled hot air upon Elle’s reddened cheeks which sent a shiver down the servant’s spine.

“Y-yes Azula-sama it is so.” Elle responded in a timid voice while gulping under the weight of the regal woman’s intimidating gaze.

She hadn’t been lying when she claimed that Azula’s eyes were her favorite part of her Princess’s body. Her backside being a close second…

“I am astounded anyone wants to be Azula’s girl.” Mai stated dully while calmly taking another drink with Azula turning to glare at her icily.

“I am going to pretend that I didn’t hear that…” The Princess trailed off while rising to her full height with the small blonde gazing up at her once more in admiration.

“I-I do. I really do! I want to be Azula-sama’s girl. There is no one that loves Her Highness more than me!” The blonde-haired girl exclaimed with a childish pride about her all the while puffing out her small chest.

The three women were amused by the young girl’s tendency to attempt to appear tougher in the hopes of impressing Azula.

It would seem that Elle was the only one who failed to realize that she looked petite and cheery no matter what expression she overtook.

“Mhm. I believe you. Have some more wine.” Azula spoke while raising her glass once more with Elle obediently following suit.

“Oh Azula-sama I love it when you tell me what to do.” The blonde-haired girl sighed dreamily before hiccupping with her naïve eyes peering up at her amused master.

“It pleases me to hear that. From now on I will control every little aspect of your life. Your will belongs to me now!” The Princess snarled while possessively grasping ahold of the quivering girl’s hair.

“I-I belong to Azula-sama.” Elle stuttered as she gazed up at Azula with her heart racing all the while warm arm brushed over her eyebrows.

“That’s right…my pet.” Azula purred as she ran her fingers alongside her pet’s cheek while dominantly clutching her hair.

“W-well…at least Elle is happy.” Ty Lee stammered nervously while Mai glanced at her with deadpan tawny orbs.

“Azula-sama…” The blonde-haired girl murmured while swooning as she held a hand to her cheek like a lovesick schoolgirl.

“Simply the best pet. That is what you are…” The Princess cooed as she gazed down at the trembling girl with dominance overflowing forth from her harsh stare.

“T-this girl is overjoyed that Her Highness thinks so.” Elle stated while gulping when her master’s fist dug into her hair.

“Azula…don’t pull on her hair…that’s…” The brown-haired woman attempted to reason while watching uncomfortably at the sight of Azula roughly tugging on Elle’s blonde locks.

“Oh, please Ty Lee…I am hardly pulling at all.” Azula scoffed before settling her palm atop the small girl’s head all the while compressing Elle beneath her fist.

“…Can I show my music player to my oneesans now?” The blonde-haired girl requested while peering up at the Princess’s looming visage.

“I don’t see why not. I have researched the matter enough for the time being…” The Princess trailed off while her friends excluding their young companion rolled their eyes at her.

“Have a look!” Elle cried out while leaning forward with the Princess’s domineering hand never leaving her head.

It was a silent message that was clear to all.

It was Azula’s way of declaring that she owned Elle.

“Thanks, little sister!” Ty Lee chimed as she reached to grasp the small device with Mai gazing down at it in slight interest.

“You go ahead. I can look at it after you.” Mai informed calmly while her cheerful friend nodded in gratitude all the while slipping the headset over her ears.

“So…how do I turn it on?” The brown-haired woman inquired while blinking in puzzlement until the young girl reached over to assist her.

“That button on top is the power button…and the buttons to the left and right cycle between songs. The furthest down button is the play button.” The blonde-haired girl explained with a helpful smile while the acrobat gazed back at her warmly.

“Oh! I think I get it. Hm now let’s see…” The brown-haired woman stated before fiddling with the device just as music began to play in her ear.

Ty Lee listened attentively while her eyes widened in fascination as she quickly began to see why even Azula took an interest in it.

It was really amazing!

“I must admit you’ve piqued my interest. Is such a device available to peasants far and wide?” Azula asked with her lips pursed into her usual composed gaze while Elle sat beneath her hand.

“Yep. Pretty much anyone can buy one. I mean…unless you are homeless.” Elle remarked while the woman glanced down at her in amusement.

“Like you were?” The Princess taunted with her brows in slight mockery.

“I wasn’t homeless until I came here Azula-sama. I had a roof over my head…even if it was a very unpleasant place to live.” The blonde-haired girl answered with a marginal decline in her cheer.

Elle’s plummeting joy was noticed by all three of them while Azula continued to stare down at the girl before sighing under her breathe.

In fact, the acrobat was so concerned that she removed the headphones from her ears without delay while gazing back at the girl with saddened eyes.

“I really like your music player Elle…it’s very pink…but right now your aura isn’t pink at all…” Ty Lee commented before sliding the music player to her friend beside her.

But the noblewoman did not reach for it.

Mai too was glancing at Elle with faint concern in her calm tawny orbs.

“O-oh well I am glad that you like it oneesan.” Elle murmured while attempting to smile back at the other woman’s worried countenance.

“If you ever want to talk to us…any of us. We’re here to listen.” The brown-haired woman declared warmly while the Princess turned to her with her eyes narrowing callously.

“Ty Lee.” Azula hissed in a venomous voice that promised a miserable punishment if the other woman continued.

The acrobat visibly flinched with sweat dripping down her brow while attempting to smile reassuringly in her leader’s direction.

“I…am just afraid of Felix. It’s…not the sort of fear that leaves you…even when he is an entire world away.” The blonde-haired girl confessed with her palms folding in her lap.

The fact that the girl was beginning to shiver when she spoke her brother’s name was all the proof and more of the abuse she suffered at his hands.

“Calm yourself servant…even if you should ever see your brother again. This Felix is no longer a concern of yours. You serve me now…and that entitles you to the privilege of protection.” The Princess announced in a stony voice while gazing down into her little maid’s fearful eyes.

“I-I know…and I am so very grateful. But…I will always be afraid of Felix. I just hope…that I never see his face again.” Elle muttered while her hands shook as she voiced the words while they listened patiently.

“It will be okay Elle. I mean…you’ve got Azula protecting you. That’s about as safe as you can get. And you have us too!” Ty Lee assured with a resolute nod while turning to her fellow noblewoman.

“Ty Lee is correct. You are safe now.” Mai informed with a slight break from her monotone as she stared back at the emotional girl’s moved countenance.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu…minasan.” The blonde-haired girl spoke timidly while blushing under the bulk of their combined attentions.

The three women noted that her mood had perked somewhat…yet an underlying trace of worry still lingered.

Azula found herself strangely displeased by her little admirer’s fear.

It was a truly foreign feeling to her…

Yet she chose not to dwell on it. She simply waved it off with the fact that the girl belonged to her and therefore she was just concerned with the quality of her service.

With her decision already set in stone she peered down at her petite servant with cold golden eyes.

“Servant…” Azula trailed off while observing in delight when the girl’s head snapped upward immediately after hearing her voice.

“Azula…please call her by name…” The brown-haired woman almost groaned while leaning forward to gaze at her leader with chiding eyes.

“Yes master?” Elle inquired while managing to muster a smile as she gazed up at the regal woman’s looming face.

“Don’t move…it’s on your head.” The Princess began with her friends already glaring at her when she pointed at the now pale faced girl’s mane of blonde hair.

“W-what is on my head?” The blonde-haired girl stammered as she already began squirming while her master ran her fingers through her hair.

“There is a spider on your head…right here.” Azula commented with a slight smile while Elle glanced up at her with comically horrified amber eyes.

“Azula!” Ty Lee exclaimed only to fall back in her seat when a piercing scream shot through the air.

The acrobat quickly covered her ears alongside Mai who was wincing while she did the same.

And judging by the expression on the Princess’s face she just may be regretting her cruel prank.

“T-there’s a-spider in my hair! G-get it Azula-sama! S-someone get it off my head!” Elle shrieked as she began to hop about with Azula now also holding her hands over her ears.

“Why did you have to do that Azula?” The markswoman demanded with both aggravation and disapproval in her voice.

The petite girl suddenly leaped into the grunting woman’s lap while Azula now gazed up at Elle’s panicking face with irate golden eyes.

“Calm down!” The Princess barked while reaching out to prevent her pet’s squirming by placing a stern hand on her shoulder.

“P-please get it out of my hair Azula-sama!” The blonde-haired girl whimpered pitifully while her big sisters stared at her in sympathy.

“There isn’t a spider in your hair. Now stop hopping about!” Azula remarked while Elle finally sat back upon her thighs with realization in her eyes.

“T-then why did you say there was!” Elle exclaimed with a trace of humorous anger in her normally timid voice.

“Because she’s an asshole. That’s why.” Mai stated while gazing at Elle’s distraught face with a flicker of anger in her eyes.

“I don’t think I care for your tone…what do you…” The Princess trailed off while frowning as the girl spun around with her eyebrows narrowing up at her.

“D-don’t you play a joke like that on me again!” The blonde-haired girl cried out with hurt in her voice while the woman gazed down at her in shock.

“For your information servant I only said that to get you to stop moping!” Azula snapped while glaring down at her sensitive pet’s nearly crying face.

And just like that Elle’s anger began to fade as she peered up at Azula with a flicker of surprise in her eyes.

“Y-you did?” Elle stammered while staring up at the woman’s nodding face with calming eyes.

“Yes. Now cease this behavior at once…and in the future watch the tone that you take with me.” The Princess stated strictly while glaring down at her pet’s now guilt-ridden face.

“Seriously Azula? You couldn’t think of anything else other than that?” Ty Lee demanded with her lips curling into a scowl.

“I-I didn’t know Princess. I…should never have doubted your judgement.” The blonde-haired girl mumbled while turning around with a rising smile on her meek lips.

The two noblewomen were somewhat taken aback by how quickly Elle accepted Azula’s reasoning.

“You can be a bothersome servant…do you know that?” Azula questioned while reaching her hand down to trace her finger along the girl’s once more submissive cheek.

“S-sumimasen Azula-sama…” Elle trailed off shyly while she sat obediently enjoying how her master’s palm stroked her cheek.

“Hm. I’ll let it slide…” The Princess purred in a controlling voice all the while gazing down at the small girl with a domineeringly strict stare.

“Um…I have been meaning to ask…just how frequent will I see those huge spiders in the Fire Nation?” The blonde-haired girl pondered nervously while gazing up at the woman’s stony face.

“It’s okay Elle! They aren’t that common…they usually are only seen in very deep forests. It’s only on occasion that one or two makes it over by boat in a fruit shipment.” The brown-haired woman assured gently while the blonde nodded with clear arachnophobia in her stare.

“She’s not wrong. What you saw today was an occasional occurrence.” The markswoman commented with a relaxed nod.

“Oh good. Because if that becomes a common occurrence, I am moving to the coldest place there is.” Elle muttered while Azula peered down at her with her brows raised.

“I will not permit that. I have already decided that I am keeping you little lady.” Azula remarked with a callous frown while Elle glanced up at her huffing.

“Then you had best keep those disgusting abominations away from this little lady…Your Highness.” The blonde-haired girl grumbled while folding her arms over her small bust in another show of comical displeasure.

Ty Lee was soon giggling once more even musing that she found the bizarre manner in which Azula tended to Elle to be rather adorable.

“Humph! The Princess of the Fire Nation could slay a thousand volcano sac spiders!” The Princess scoffed only to scowl when the girl leaped in fright once more.

“G-gross! Don’t even say the name!” Elle cried out while landing in the seat beside Azula with the woman staring down at her with deadpan eyes.

“What is it about spiders that has you acting so ridiculous?” Azula demanded while sighing as she began to drink more of her wine.

“Well…let’s see. They are repulsive…they crawl up the walls and drop down on me in the dark…and Felix likes spiders. He used to drop them on me in my sleep.” The blonde-haired girl confided while all three women turned to her unsurprised.

“It sounds like something that someone I know would do to Zuko.” Mai stated while gazing at Azula’s guiltless face with cold eyes.

“Hm…perhaps.” The Princess replied while scanning her finger nails smugly all the while gazing down at her maid’s lovely face.

“Once he dropped a tank of a few hundred of them on me. The next day I tried to put nails in his cereal.” Elle announced while her new friends glanced at her with shock in their eyes this time.

“I…can’t even picture you doing something like that…for you to try that…he must be a real monster.” Ty Lee stated softly while gazing at Elle with taken aback eyes.

“I am surprised that you have the capacity to try that.” Azula spoke with a genuinely puzzled voice all the while pondering if she could toughen her admirer up after all.

“Yes…well. He found the nail and told me that I had to do better than that.” The blonde-haired girl explained to her baffled friends.

“He’s clearly a wretched person. Try not to worry about him anymore. You’re safe from him now.” The markswoman informed with a faint fondness in her tone while the small blonde peered back with emotional eyes.

“Arigatou…oneesan.” Elle spoke warmly with her innocent words managing to earn a small smile from the noblewoman.

“Think nothing of it.” Mai responded while placing her palm on the tabletop.

“It’s his fault that I am so low on medicine…I had a stock of ten inhalers but Felix confiscated them in hopes of keeping me from leaving.” The blonde-haired girl admitted while the Princess now glanced down at her with annoyance in her eyes.

And the two noblewomen were just appalled that the girl’s own brother would go so far as to take away her medicine that stabilized her breathing.

“You would have ten more if not for your stupid brother?” The Princess demanded with aggravation oozing from her voice.

“Y-yes. That is so Azula-sama.” Elle answered while scratching her cheek nervously under the woman’s imposing stare.

‘What a nuisance. Even a world away this man manages to inconvenience me.’ Azula thought while scowling in a displeased manner.

She had already made up her mind that she would kill him if she ever met him.

Now she was going to kill him and torture him.

“It will be alright Elle! I am sure that the mechanist will be able to figure it out.” The brown-haired woman exclaimed hopefully while nodding in the young girl’s direction.

“Azula-sama? Can I ask you something?” The blonde-haired girl pondered while the woman glanced down at her curiously.

“You just did.” The Princess replied with a hint of playfulness in her voice that had the small girl pouting cutely.

“W-would you consider putting a small desk in my quarters?” Elle asked meekly while inclining her head respectfully much to the Princess’s approval.

If any other servant were to be so bold as to ask Azula for her to upgrade their quarters she would banish them without hesitation.

But Elle was no ordinary servant…was she?

“Hm. What for?” Azula inquired while turning to gaze down at Elle’s half bowing in her seat.

She truly approved of her little admirer’s respectful demeanor.

“F-for my writing and for my arts and crafts…it’s difficult for me to do it from my cot.” The blonde-haired girl explained in a timid voice while remaining in a respectful bow in her seat.

“Very well. Consider it done.” The Princess agreed without delay with a slight trace of fondness in her cold voice.

The regal woman gazed on calmly when her little maid cried out in joy before latching onto her stomach once more.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama!” Elle cheered while embracing Azula while the woman stiffened in her embrace.

“You are welcome servant.” Azula spoke with her eyes closed while sighing under her breath with her friends gazing on in amazement.

They never thought they would see the day when Azula took requests from a maid.

Unbeknownst to Elle and her childhood friends.

Azula had already been contemplating having a higher quality bed put in Elle’s chamber in replacement of the standard servant cot.

The idea had been on her mind since earlier today when she had gone to the girl’s chamber to see if her breathing had improved.

Strange as it was…she had found that the girl’s current cot did not seem like an appropriate sleeping arrangement for her most loyal servant.

With her mind already made up…she decided that she will install a new bed along with the chair and desk.

“Aww! I am happy that you are taking such good care of her Azula. Elle is a nice girl. She deserves to be happy.” Ty Lee stated while gazing at Elle’s adorable face as the girl still hung onto her friend’s belly.

“As I stated earlier Ty Lee. Elle is my most devoted servant…therefore it is to be expected that she will be rewarded in ways that no other servant will.” The Princess declared as she opened her eyes to meet her smiling friends gaze.

“Let me guess shorty…this desk is Azula related? Isn’t it?” Mai queried much to Azula’s pleasure while the Princess turned to peer down at the girl hugging her side.

“U-um…y-yes. My back starts to hurt after writing for several hours on my cot.” The blonde-haired girl answered with shyness adorning her cheeks while her master glanced down at her with pleased golden eyes.

And yet at the same time also making a mental note of the girl’s admission to back pain.

“Ugh. Several hours? So, you do stay up all night thinking about Azula after all.” The markswoman muttered while the young girl blushed a dark shade of crimson.

“Silence Mai. This is to be praised…not scolded. Tell me servant…about what goes through your little mind during your free time.” Azula announced with her stern eyes peering down at Elle with her lips forming a refined smile.

“After Her Highness dismisses me, I spend one hour every evening archiving the days many orders and all that I’ve learned from my day of serving Azula-sama that I wasn’t able to record in the day. I must remain on my toes after all! Azula-sama must be pleased.” Elle explained in a joyful voice while gazing up at Azula’s satisfied countenance.

In Azula’s opinion the expression on her friend’s faces as a result of her maid’s words was just priceless.

“What a good girl. So well behaved. When I become Fire Lord…you will remain kneeling beside me at the foot of my throne.” The Princess purred while reaching down to cup the now quivering teenager’s chin.

“R-really Azula-sama? You will keep your Elle close by at all times?” The blonde-haired girl stammered while peering up into the dominant woman’s enrapturing golden gaze.

If you asked Mai that didn’t sound anything like dating.

Though she knew better than to broach the subject in Azula’s presence.

“You are mine girl. You will bow before me!” Azula spoke with her eyes narrowing into a soul piercing glare while gazing down at Elle’s gasping face.

“O-oh Azula-sama…I will always bow before you…” Elle trailed off while swooning with a blush that quickly overtook her young cheeks.

“Your place will always be at the foot of my throne…no matter where that throne sits…that is where you belong.” The Princess declared with her brows scrunching up while tightening her grip on her pet’s chin savoring how the girl melted under her stare.

“Yes, because Azula-sama is home.” The blonde-haired girl agreed while bashfully twiddling her thumbs under the woman’s imposing stare.

“Mhm. My favorite servant.” Azula remarked with a twinge of fondness to her cruel voice while staring down at Elle just as the girl leaned into her bicep.

“H-Her Highness’s favorite servant…” Elle trailed off dreamily while hugging the Princess’s powerful arm with adoration in her lovesick eyes.

“That is correct. Now…I command you to share another drink with me.” The Princess ordered with her strict eyes flickering down to the small girl latching onto her bicep.

“As Her Highness commands. Always as she commands.” The blonde-haired girl mumbled while clutching at her glass with her master peering down at her with a smug smirk adorning her crimson lips.

“Azula…you’re not really going to make Elle bow all day, long are you? Please try to remember that she’s human…not a dog.” Ty Lee commented while observing the two’s strange method of bonding with a margin of worry in her gaze.

“Of course, I know she’s human Ty Lee. Do I look stupid to you? Her place is before my throne…but I will always keep her well being in mind. It’s not as if I intend to abuse her. I should think that would be apparent by now…” Azula remarked while taking a long drink of her wine before sighing in a content manner.

Her golden eyes observed her little maid taking another gulp of her wine all the while leaning against her elbow.

She was still a bit uncertain about the girl’s clingy behavior but even so.

Elle was without question her most devoted servant and a subject of romantic intrigue.

With that in mind she chose to permit a certain level of neediness.

Even if only to maintain their amicable relations.

The Princess was soon torn from her thoughts when the small girl yanked on her sleeve in a hurried manner.

“Actually Azula-sama I am not human…I am an alien sent here to destroy your world! Rawr!” Elle exclaimed childishly with an innocent smile on her lips while Azula now glanced down at her with her brows furrowing in a rare display of bewilderment.

No matter how much time she spent in the girl’s company there were certain behavioral traits that remained an enigma to even her.

The two noblewomen sweatdropped while they also gazed at Elle gazing about the room with her hands clasped over her mouth in a pitiful attempt at roaring.

“…Then you have got to be the most pitiful conqueror this world has ever seen.” Azula snorted with a trace of amusement in her hardened voice before gracefully sipping more wine.

“…I don’t know Azula. She’s pretty scary if you ask me…” The brown-haired woman trailed off giggling when her leader rolled her golden eyes in response.

“Listen to my best roar Azula-sama!” The blonde-haired girl whined while pulling on the groaning woman’s sleeve once more.

Ty Lee never thought she would see the day when a servant was asking Azula to listen to their ‘best roar’.

It was certainly an adorable sight to say the least.

“Have you already had too much to drink?” The Princess pondered while gazing down at her lovely pet with entertained eyes.

Then the small girl sucked in a great intake of air all the while Azula watched with deadpan eyes when her pet puffed up her little chest.

“Rawr!!” Elle cried out while pounding her chest in an effort to appear tough before sinking back in her seat with a prideful smile on her face.

“How terrifying.” Mai stated dryly while gazing at Elle with a similar look of bafflement in her eyes.

Even for a thirteen-year-old girl…she was prone to acting as if she was eight years old or younger.

It was…strange.

“You are a peculiar girl. But not one that I dislike.” Azula announced with her palm resting on her knee while Elle now beamed up at her smiling from ear to ear.

“T-those words mean the world to me Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl mumbled while hugging her master’s arm once more.

“Just don’t get too clingy. This…won’t be happening in the presence of anyone other than Mai and Ty Lee.” The Princess spoke while gesturing to her arm with the petite girl attempting to snuggle her.

“Wakarimashita!” Elle cheered with a never waning smile as she set her wine glass down in favor of reaching for her neglected watermelon juice.

“It’s good that you understand.” Azula stated before swallowing the final drink of wine from her glass.

“Azula-sama…” The blonde-haired girl began once more with her master sighing while closing her eyes.

“Yes?” The Princess inquired with an expression of astounding patience for her favorite servant.

“D-did you keep…the fire lily?” Elle pondered to the woman’s surprise while Azula’s eyes snapped open before glancing down at her with a guarded countenance.

“Perhaps…or perhaps I burned it to ashes.” Azula commented casually with her eyes narrowing into her usual imposing stare.

The cruel words of mockery earned a stare of disapproval from Ty Lee but Elle didn’t appear bothered in the least.

“This girl understands.” The blonde-haired girl spoke with a soft smile rising onto her peaceful lips.

Her master kept the flower…she was just too proud to say as much.

“I am not quite certain what you mean to imply servant. But I will just chalk it up your usual silly babble.” The Princess snorted while glaring down at her giggling admirer as she watched the girl sip her juice.

“Would Her Highness care to hear about the story of how I gained the courage to deliver her fire lily?” Elle inquired with a hopeful look in her innocent eyes while the woman continued to gaze down at her.

Before Azula could even speak Ty Lee beat her to it.

“Of course, we would!” The brown-haired woman shouted while the Princess glared at her through the corner of her vision.

“The question was directed at me, not you Ty Lee. But all the same…by all means why not? I am certain that it must be a riveting little peasant tale.” Azula spoke with her hand waving lazily before her face with her words producing a beaming smile from her pet.

“It is very riveting Azula-sama! Full of suspense, intrigue and danger!” The blonde-haired girl chirped in a comical voice while sweeping her hand about in an animated manner.

“Hm? Is it now?” The Princess responded while staring down at her little admirer with a flicker of amusement in her callous stare.

“Danger little sister?” Ty Lee asked in a tone of both worry and humor while they watched the petite girl puff out her chest in an adorable attempt to appear older.

“Mhm! I confess that I made two attempts to approach Azula-sama.” Elle revealed while peering up at her Princess’s curious visage with a timid smile.

“You…tried to give me a fire lily twice?” Azula asked with evident intrigue in her voice while appraising her cheerful pet with surprised eyes.

“My first attempt ended in failure…I-I had found you on a bridge…but I-I was too afraid to speak to you.” The blonde-haired girl stuttered while gulping as she fidgeted under the woman’s stern stare.

In an instant Ty Lee connected the dots.

The painting of Azula walking over the bridge was inspired by Elle’s first attempt to gift her a flower!

It was just so cute that she couldn’t contain herself!

Given the look in Azula’s eyes it seemed as if the Princess herself connected the other painting with the bridge walk.

“And rightfully so! The Great Princess Azula cannot be approached so casually!” The Princess snapped while pointing a domineering finger down at her little pet’s intimidated face.

“O-oh Azula-sama…you are so strong…” Elle gushed with a hand on her heated cheek all the while enjoying how the arrogant woman spoke to her.

“There is no woman or man as strong as me. Don’t you ever forget that…little admirer.” Azula boasted with a conceited smile while glaring down at her swooning pet.

“Ugh. Azula can’t you even go one minute without acting like a hormonal boy?” Mai questioned dryly while Azula spun around to glare back at her.

“You dare compare me to a man? I am perfectly feminine!” The Princess retorted while narrowing her eyes in a dangerous manner with both of her friends coughing nervously.

“…R-right! Of course, you are Azula!” Ty Lee agreed with a wary smile while the Princess scowled with her regal lips forming a thin line.

“Her Highness’s beauty is so vast that I feared that she would grow wrathful with me and…possibly throw me in prison.” The blonde-haired girl chimed in a comically happy voice while the acrobat now gazed at the Princess’s icy face with chiding brown-gray orbs.

“Stop that Ty Lee. Quit looking at me like that.” Azula grunted while folding her arms as she sighed while peering down at her lovely admirer.

She would never say so aloud but…she knew that she would never be able to throw Elle in prison.

“See…that’s kind of what I was getting at earlier Azula…a young girl was fearful that she would go to prison for giving you a fire lily…” The brown-haired woman trailed off while the Princess scanned her fingernails smugly.

“Elle isn’t in prison…she is seated on a designer cushion directly beside her master.” The Princess scoffed while glancing down at her pet when the girl leaned into her belly once more.

“Do you know something Azula-sama? I…was almost too intimidated to give you your fire lily but then a stranger encouraged me!” Elle admitted with her words earning her three intrigued glances while she peered up into piqued golden orbs.

“A stranger encouraged you?” Azula asked with curiosity lacing her harsh voice while she studied her little admirer’s loyal face.

“Yep! I ran into a woman on the streets right after my first attempt and we talked for a while.” The blonde-haired girl chirped while the Princess’s eyes continued to penetrate her soul.

“Another woman on the streets?” The Princess almost growled while staring down at the small girl with terrifyingly dominant golden eyes.

“Azula! Don’t scare her! She said this woman encouraged her!” Ty Lee scolded with a smile while her friend still scowled in jealously over the unknown woman.

“I-I just talked with her Azula-sama…I didn’t g-give her a fire lily.” Elle stammered while quivering submissively under the spoiled woman’s possessive glare.

“Hm. And that is how it shall remain. You are forbidden to gift anyone but myself. If you do…I will punish you severely.” Azula remarked with her hands at her sides while she glared down at her adorably intimidated little pet.

“F-for Her Highness alone…no one but my master.” The blonde-haired girl agreed with a warm smile on her naïve lips while she craned her neck to meet the imposing woman’s gaze.

“Good. Very good. I now permit you to resume your tale.” The Princess commented while waving her hand before her with her lips beginning to smile once again.

“She chased off some people that were making fun of me. And she gave me a bag of coins for food…” Elle trailed off while the three women gazed at her with varying levels of pity.

It was a reminder that it was not long ago that she was wandering the streets without even a coin for a meal.

“I see. Well I suppose that it is good that you received a donation.” Azula sighed while Ty Lee gazed at her with scolding brown-gray eyes.

“Yep! I owe it all to her Azula-sama! Had she not told me to go for it. I wouldn’t be sitting here right now!” The blonde-haired girl exclaimed while peering up at the stoic woman’s amused face with joyful amber eyes.

“Tell me servant. Before she said to ‘go for it’ did you disclose to her my identity?” The Princess pondered with a victorious look in her eyes while watching her small admirer visibly deflate.

“N-no. I just said that you were the prettiest girl in the world…” Elle mumbled meekly while Azula’s smooth voice flowed into her ears when the regal woman began to chuckle.

“Aww! Well I am glad that you decided to take her advice Elle. Regardless of if she knew it was Azula you were talking about.” The brown-haired woman stated warmly while the gloomy noblewoman eyed their young companion.

“If she had known you were speaking about Azula. She would have advised you to run the opposite way.” The markswoman snorted while the Princess eyed her with icy golden eyes.

“Yes well…you belong to me now.” Azula spoke in a controlling voice while staring down at Elle’s overjoyed face leaning into her arm.

“I know…Azula-sama. I am so happy that I took Toph’s advice…” The blonde-haired girl trailed off happily once to blink in puzzlement when all three women turned to her with startled faces.

The announcement of Toph’s name was so profound that Azula almost choked on her wine.

“Toph?” The Princess breathed with narrowing eyes while glaring down at the meek teenager once more.

“T-that was her name. W-why are you all looking at me like that? I-I didn’t give her a flower I swear it!” Elle cried out while nodding all the while she adorably patted her chest in a childish display of honesty.

“What did this…Toph look like? Describe her to me.” Azula demanded while sitting up above Elle’s small frame with a hand curled up beneath her chin.

“Hm…let’s see. She didn’t wear shoes…she had dark hair…and I distinctly recall that she was blind.” The blonde-haired girl murmured while holding a finger to her lips as she peered up into her master’s widened eyes.

Ty Lee exchanged a worried glance with Mai all the while Azula’s lips curled into a furious frown.

“The Avatar’s friends have the nerve to gallivant around the Fire Nation at their leisure! They will suffer for this arrogance!” The Princess bellowed all the while breathing a plume of blue fire that nearly scorched the petite girl’s little head.

“Azula!” Ty Lee shouted in horror while Elle fretfully ducked out of the way of the Princess’s dragon breath.

“E-eep!” Elle squeaked out pitifully just as Azula peered back down at her with a scowl that had her young heart racing.

All the while Azula silently scanned Elle’s face searching for any signs of burns before visibly relaxing upon concluding that she was unharmed.

“Servant…how long ago was this?” Azula questioned with her palms folded in her lap while Elle still returned her stare with confused little eyes.

“Um…well master…I would probably say that it was about…uh five days before the invasion.” The blonde-haired girl responded in a dutiful voice while nodding up at her master’s brooding visage.

“I see. Was anyone else with the earthbender?” The Princess continued while looming over her small pet’s contemplative face.

“N-no master. I would have told you if there was right from the start. This girl would never lie to Her Highness.” Elle spoke while inclining her head in reverence under the woman’s demanding gaze.

“A-Azula you’re not doubting Elle, are you?” The brown-haired woman pleaded while gazing at her friend’s scowling lips with a sudden flash of fear in her eyes.

Azula can’t possibly think that Elle is a spy!

She wouldn’t…right?

“D-doubt me? I don’t understand…have I done wrong? I am loyal to you and you alone Azula-sama, to my Princess charming…to my master.” The blonde-haired girl declared sweetly while meeting her Princess’s harsh golden eyes.

For the briefest of moments Azula seemed to be considering the possibility that Elle was a spy.

And then to the relief of both Mai and Ty Lee they watched in puzzlement when Azula lowered her palm into Elle’s hair.

“Calm yourself servant. I do not doubt your loyalty.” Azula assured at long last with her hand patting the petite girl’s soft head all the while reclining in her seat.

“G-good. I am Princess Azula’s most faithful servant…” Elle murmured while swooning underneath the woman’s petting hand.

“Shorty is too obvious to be a spy.” Mai remarked while gazing at the young girl with amused tawny orbs.

“Please! What sort of spy would be foolish enough to announce an association with their target’s known enemy?” The Princess scoffed while rolling her golden eyes down at her pet’s still adorably bewildered face.

“Spy? Target? I am confused. I just want to hug Azula-sama all day! Everyday! For the rest of my life!” The blonde-haired girl cried out while the three women sweatdropped before all sighing fondly in unison.

“Don’t strain your little brain over it. This Toph…is the enemy and she will be destroyed. Understand now?” Azula explained with her eyes gazing down at Elle’s pure hearted face while the small girl began to nod somberly.

“Yes Azula-sama…I do.” Elle answered while gazing down at the table with her master’s hand still planted upon her scalp.

“Let’s not worry about this tonight Azula…we’re here to have fun remember? Not focus on the war.” Ty Lee commented while smiling once more when Azula glance down at Elle with a sliver of fondness in her eyes.

“Indeed Ty Lee. I have yet to dominate this night…and I can only presume that if I did not…it would disappoint my little admirer.” The Princess stated with cold smile while staring down at the young girl’s beaming face.

“Azula-sama you could never disappoint me. You are my idol…and I will always cherish you no matter what.” The blonde-haired girl cooed while smiling radiantly up at the woman’s lovely visage.

The young girl’s words someone struck a chord deep within Azula who was now glancing down at Elle with a marginally taken aback golden gaze.

“Aw…she’s a real sweetheart isn’t she Azula?” The brown-haired woman remarked while turning to gaze at the Princess’s furrowing countenance.

“Your idol huh?” Azula commented while holding a finger to her chin all the while musing that she rather liked the sound of that.

This young girl…pure of heart…is inspired by her strength and direction of leadership.

For even as callous a woman as she is. She is not the sort to forget such genuine words of devotion.

“T-that’s so Your Highness. B-because you give me courage…I take comfort in your strength.” Elle confessed while averting her eyes once more with her cheeks heating up under Azula’s imposing stare.

It was completely and totally astounding to Mai to hear that this kind girl considered Azula her idol.

Because she finds the Princess’s might soothing.

If someone before today had told her that she would hear someone say these words before Azula herself she would have rolled her eyes.

But now…

“Oh, very well. I will be your idol Elle. In exchange for your loyalty…you may find comfort in my power if that is what you wish.” The Princess announced sternly while peering down at her small admirer’s angelic face.

A face that was marred only by the sight of two bruises that she realized strongly displeased her.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama.” The blonde-haired girl mumbled with a bashful stammer while finally gaining the courage to peer up into her master’s harsh eyes.

“Now tell me my young companion…do you wish to see your Princess dominate this night?” Azula inquired with her visage reflecting a stare of unfathomable dominance while she glared down at her trembling maid.

“Please Azula-sama! I really must see how Her Highness lays siege to the night!” Elle cheered while gazing up at Azula’s callous face with a crimson blush overcoming her cheeks.

“I see! You won’t be satisfied unless I give you yet another display of my divine right to rule! You require me to demonstrate my strength once more!” The Princess announced while abruptly rising from her seat with her friends sweatdropping in their seats.

“Azula…I really think you’re taking this too seriously. If you haven’t noticed…Elle just says whatever she thinks will please you most.” Ty Lee advised with a nervous smile on her lips only to gaze on unsurprised when her leader ignored her completely.

“Waste of breath.” Mai stated once more before sighing in annoyance.

“My mighty Princess charming! You captivate me with every word that you speak!” The blonde-haired girl gushed with her hands upon her cheeks while peering up at her Princess standing above her with her lips curving into a refine smile.

“Marvelous! You find my dominance so charming that you can’t even look away. It is painfully apparent to me that I am your ideal alpha.” Azula spoke with her fists planted on her shapely thighs while gazing down at Elle’s adorably speechless little face.

“Azula-sama…my alpha…will you guide me with your strength?” Elle requested timidly while gazing up at Azula towering over her with a graceful smirk upon her red lips.

“Hm. So be it. Take my hand…and I will give you the authority that you so deeply desire.” The Princess declared in a strict voice while extending her right hand before her petite servant’s spellbound amber eyes.

“Yes, my Princess…as you command.” The blonde-haired girl agreed before reaching for the regal woman’s outstretched hand.

And then just like that her wrist was crushed in an unyielding grip that pulled her onto her feet.

“Now that is what I like to hear. Come with me my little servant and I will crush all that oppose me on this night beneath my boot!” Azula called out with Elle standing before her belly with her eyes peering up at her in ever rising awe.

“Um…Azula…I really don’t think any party goers are going to oppose you.” The brown-haired woman offered while rising from her seat alongside her friend.

“Oh, Azula-sama…I just love listening to the sound of your voice…ooh it gets me so excited!” Elle exclaimed with an adorably passionate voice while cupping her hand to her cheek before sighing contently.

At this point her two adoptive big sisters were gazing at her oddly with their brows raised in a questioning manner.

But…they had already long since come to the conclusion that Elle was a bit of an eccentric.

“Then follow me my pet…and you will find that excitement you will not be lacking.” The Princess purred with a confident posture about her while holding her pet’s backpack in one hand and the girl in the other.

“I-I will follow Her Highness for all of my days…until my last day.” The blonde-haired girl chirped just as the much taller woman began to pull her alongside her.

She just barely had the time to quickly grab her shopping bags before she found herself being whisked away once more.

“Such a good girl…” Azula trailed off while gazing down at Elle with domineering golden orbs that sent shivers down the small girl’s spine.

“Azula! Where are we going now!” Ty Lee yelled out while running a hand through her hair while watching the duo swiftly depart through the doors.

“Can’t forget this…” Mai trailed off while Ty Lee turned curiously to notice that Elle had forgotten her precious music player.

“Yeah. We can’t.” The brown-haired woman replied before grasping the device while the other woman eyed it thoughtfully.

“May as well check it out.” The markswoman stated dryly before holding out her hand as it was dropped into her waiting palm.

“It really is quite neat!” Ty Lee piped while smiling at Mai while they two left to pursue Azula and their adopted little sister.

It wasn’t too long afterward that Mai walked with the headphones on while gazing ahead with an unnaturally inquisitive countenance.

“Yes. It is.” Mai agreed while gracing the acrobat with a small smile that had Ty Lee giggling.

If you asked Ty Lee.

Elle was a good thing for all of them.

A very good thing indeed.

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"A-Azula-sama?" Elle stuttered while the Princess pulled her along after paying for their meal.

"Yes?" Azula pondered while glancing down at her small admirer with stern yet patient golden eyes.

"Um…t-two questions…where are we going…and could you please lighten your grip on my wrist?" The blonde-haired girl squeaked in a mousy voice while the woman peered down at her with her brows furrowing.

But even so the woman lightened her grip almost as soon as she heard her voice that it was causing her pain.

The small blonde could only smile up at the regal woman in gratitude.

She may be bizarre…but Azula-sama truly cared for her.

She knew that beyond all doubt.

"To dominate a party…where else?" The Princess responded while guiding her young admirer through the streets with a gentler grip.

"I-I have never been to a party before master…and I am just a peasant girl…" Elle mumbled in a fretful voice while following after her master's much taller frame.

"Peasant girl you are but you belong to me now. It is I, who decides where you stand in status…and if you refrain from broadcasting it with your every breath. Who would know?" Azula remarked while peering down at Elle's shy face with a strict countenance.

"Yes Azula-sama…I belong to you." The blonde-haired girl agreed happily while smiling wider as she gazed up at the regal woman's striking visage.

"As for the party…you wanted my guidance did you not? Just follow me…and you will never find yourself lacking in leadership." The Princess declared while glancing down at the small girl with her lips curling into a refined smile.

"Wakarimashita Azula-sama!" Elle exclaimed before laughing warmly with a bright smile while peering up at Azula's taken aback expression.

Golden eyes remained fixated upon the teenager with just a sliver of fondness shimmering in the depths of the Princess's cold gaze.

Despite Azula's best efforts…she found herself unable to resist becoming fond of her young admirer's innocence.

"Yes, Elle…wakarimashita." Azula sighed while brushing her bangs from her eyes in a seductive manner all the while Elle beamed up at her clearly enjoying her company.

"May…I ask my Princess one more question?" The blonde-haired girl began with joy in her voice while the older girl stared down at her with her brows furrowing curiously.

"You just did." The Princess stated with faint amusement in her voice while the small girl blushed while fidgeting under her imposing stare.

"C-could you elaborate…on your…i-interest in me?" Elle requested bashfully while averting her eyes from the Princess's questioning gaze.

"Elaborate? What is there to explain Elle?" Azula responded in a smooth voice while turning to gaze down at her pet to note that the girl was cutely chewing on her lip.

"W-well Her Highness has told me that our friendship would be frowned upon…so we must keep it a secret between her inner circle…which I gather means that you will not hold my hand before the eyes of others in the palace." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while padding after the beautiful woman with her gaze remaining on the Princess's striding boots.

"You have discerned the situation correctly. Before the eyes of others, you are just another servant." The Princess stated curtly while glancing down at the petite girl's thoughtful little face.

"T-that is so Azula-sama. This is why I sleep in the servant's quarters…it is a servant's place. Even Her Highness's favorite servant." Elle chimed while smiling shyly while Azula still held onto her hand with a controlled grip.

"Correct once more. My favorite servant is still a servant…but even so. My favorite girl receives many honors that no other servant will ever taste. So, what has you so confused?" Azula pondered with her fingers curling beneath her chin while peering down at Elle's dainty face.

"It…is another matter that confuses me…will you hear me out master?" The blonde-haired girl continued with her eyes peering down at the woman's pointed boots walking slowly through the street.

"Hm. Am I not already?" The Princess cooed in an amused voice while smirking before placing her other fist upon her hip.

"I-I am just a young lowborn girl. I-I…know nothing of sexual desire…and just as little of the larger world…of any world. M-my only talents are poetry and painting…" Elle trailed off with a slight drop in self esteem while Azula stared down at her in a grudgingly concerned manner.

Who would have ever thought the day would come when Princess Azula concerned herself with a servant's feelings?

Yet Azula found that she did indeed care.

She just…wasn't used to voicing such a feeling.

The moonlight shimmered over the riverside while the regal woman's brows arose when the petite girl tugged on her as if requesting for her to take her by the waterway.

And just like that Azula shrugged her shoulders while guiding Elle alongside her as they strode in the direction of the river.

The girl was beyond well behaved…just one trait of many that she was coming to enjoy about Elle.

"I-I don't even know w-what two girl's d-do together." The blonde-haired girl stuttered out in such an adorable way that had the Princess peering down at her with entertained eyes.

"You are an innocent little thing…but I confess that I like that. I will enlighten your little mind in time…judging by the way you gaze at my backside you are just now beginning to consider the desires of the body." Azula commented while gazing down at the small girl's now reddening face with a smug smile on her lovely lips.

Her little admirer was so pure that she didn't even know what oral sex was!

But rather than be displeased she was vastly pleased by her pet's untainted innocence.

She has come to realize that the idea of guiding and teaching such a young girl was highly appealing in all aspects.

"I-I have been finding my eyes drawn to your…b-bottom but I only know that I find it beautiful…as is the rest of Her Highness. I-I have no clue what one girl does with…another girl's…um bottom…" Elle explained lamely with her cheeks heating up intensely while the older girl's amused chuckles floated into her ears.

"Mhm. Fret not my pet. I will guide you…" The Princess purred with a hint of sensual desire in her voice while she held onto the young girl's hand as they now stood gazing out across the riverfront.

"B-but there is one thing that I do know." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while the woman glanced down at her through the corner of her eye.

"Oh? And what is that?" Azula asked while leaning on the railing with Elle grasping at her toned bicep.

"My h-heart beats for you…it speeds up so wonderfully whenever I am in your presence." Elle confessed while peering up at Azula's surprised visage with a warm smile on her lips.

Once more Princess Azula was rendered speechless for the briefest of moments by this young girl.

This was the first time…that anyone has told her that their heart beats for her.

"W-whether I am serving you breakfast…or seated beside you at the dinner table. Y-you make my heart flutter…you provide me warmth Azula-sama. T-this girl wishes to spend her life beside you…" The blonde-haired girl stammered with her hands tugging on the tall woman's robed belly while her Princess glanced down at her with a taken aback golden gaze.

"Your heart flutters for me…" The Princess spoke in a tone that she hoped was not too cruel while the small girl gulped as she nodded while averting her little eyes once again.

"T-that's so Your Highness…which is why I wish to ask you…" The blonde-haired girl responded with a nervous swallow while the woman stood above her with her brows furrowing curiously.

"Ask me what?" Azula pondered while tilting her head as she peered down at her little admirer with her usual imposing stare.

"I-if Her Highness deems me…her girl. Is she the sort…to keep her girl in a separate bed…in the servant's chamber? O-or would her Highness deem her girl…snuggable?" Elle questioned in mousy voice as she held a hand to her blushing cheek while Azula glanced down blinking in a comical manner.

"That's it? That's what you wanted to ask me? If I find you…snuggable?" The Princess snorted while shifting above her servant with clear amusement in her domineering eyes.

"Y-yes. I wish to know if Azula-sama is the sort of woman that would cuddle with her girl in her personal chambers…or…if such a thing is of no interest to you." The blonde-haired girl concluded as she chewed on her lip while gazing down at the shimmering waters.

There was brief moment of silence before the regal woman's voice resonated into the night air.

"The Princess of the Fire Nation has no time for such weak sentimentality." Azula announced with her callous glare as well as her words abruptly crushing the innocent girl's hopes.

Her eyes were fixated in a merciless stare while she observed the girl release her grip upon her robes.

And strange as it was, she felt a twinge of concern upon seeing her admirer become so downcast.

"O-oh…as you say Azula-sama." Elle murmured in a tiny voice like a heartbroken puppy while Azula folded her arms over her breasts before sighing in annoyance.

"However…" The Princess trailed off while staring down at the small girl with her words causing her young companion to snap her head upward.

The petite girl's amber orbs were now gazing up at her with just a bit more cheer than a moment ago.

And curiously enough…she felt a flicker of relief.

Then Azula cleared her throat regally before touching her chin with her left hand.

"If I deem you…my girl…I just may consider indulging your silly impulses. But only…and I mean only…if you can keep it to yourself." Azula declared as she lazily examined her left fist while glancing down at Elle's rapidly returning smile.

"M-my Princess finds me snuggable?" The blonde-haired girl asked with a cute stutter while peering up at the towering woman's glaring countenance.

"You are marginally adorable….and that is all that I will say on the matter." The Princess stated strictly before lowering her hand to her side when a blonde blur impacted with her belly.

The sound of Azula grunting angrily resounded into the night air while Elle now clung to her robed stomach with her eyes agape in boundless joy.

"Release me servant!" Azula hissed with her eyes narrowing into an imposing death stare while she continued to try to pry Elle off of her lower belly.

"Master Azula deems me snuggable-" Elle cried out only to find herself being muted by a mighty hand clamping over her mouth.

"Be silent pet or I will discipline you." The Princess commanded while pointing a domineering finger down at the now intimidated girl's little nodding face.

"Y-yes Master Azula." The blonde-haired girl mumbled in a muffled voice with her master's warm palm still covering her mouth.

"Just…continue to be a good girl…and we shall see if you are my girl." Azula purred in a silken yet dominant voice while staring down into Elle's spellbound amber eyes.

"Yes Princess! I am a good girl for Her Highness!" Elle chirped with a radiant smile forming on her innocent lips while Azula peered down at her in approval.

"Hm. So well behaved…I think you just may be my girl." The Princess cooed in a seductive voice before reaching down to pat her little admirer's head of plush blonde locks.

Yes, indeed she could certainly see the merit in taking Elle as her intended.

Young, beautiful, innocent, submissive and practically begging for her guidance.

She was hers to shape and mold as she saw fit.

A potential lover who would never think of anyone but herself.

Never know anything but Azula.

"A-Azula-sama is home…." The blonde-haired girl gushed while tugging on the spoiled woman's red robes while she inclined her head submissively just as the strong hand began to pet her.

"I suppose I am. Now let us get going hm?" Azula spoke in a charismatic voice while smirking fondly down at her petite maid's lovely face.

"I go where Azula-sama goes. Simply give the command and this girl will follow." Elle declared with her hands folded before her belly as she peered up into pleased golden orbs.

"Now that I like to hear. Come…Elle." The Princess commanded just before snapping her fingers in a supremely haughty manner.

She watched in delight as the small girl speedily straightened before giving her an adorable curtsy with her arm bent over her chest.

"As you say Your Highness. Always as you say." The blonde-haired girl agreed with a joyous smile while the woman peered down at her bowing form in approval.

"You are indeed a good girl. I like that." Azula commented before turning to walk away while listening to Elle began scurrying after her.

All the while carrying her backpack and shopping bags slung over her shoulders.

"I am overjoyed that Her Highness thinks so. As long as I have your approval…I am happy." Elle stated sweetly while trailing after the much taller Princess.

The Princess peered over her shoulder with her arms folded over her breasts trying her hardest to conceal her ever rising affections for her young admirer.

"One more thing servant…I hereby order you to pay no mind to what the other servants say of your…peculiar personality. You have nothing to be ashamed of…you have a place beside me…they do not." The Princess announced with her head turned as she gazed over her shoulder at the young girl's astonished expression.

And then without even speaking another word she continued to walk ahead of her loyal servant who was staring after her with grateful amber eyes.

"Yes Azula-sama. I will live by your words of wisdom and they have now been forever committed to my memory!" The blonde-haired girl cheered while bouncing after the Princess's strolling form with joy in her every step.

Though Elle did not get a glimpse of the woman's face in that moment.

Azula sighed heavily with a ghost of a smile now adorning her cruel lips.

What a splendid little pet indeed.

The two females were abruptly torn from their thoughts by the sound of the acrobat's voice which prompted duo to turn to see the two noblewomen approaching them.

"Azula! Will you please stop running off on us!" Ty Lee called out while walking up with Mai comically wearing Elle's headset.

"I do as I please Ty Lee. It would seem that your tracking skills are not up to par with your chi blocking…" Azula scoffed with her hands on her hips with Elle now standing beside her waving at the approaching noblewomen.

"Whatever you say Azula…" The brown-haired woman sighed but smiled even so as she gazed at their young companion's lovable face.

"Hi Ty Lee! Hi Mai! I missed you both!" Elle exclaimed with her right hand grasping at the Princess's robed belly in a needy manner.

"Hi little sister!" Ty Lee cooed while Azula elegantly rolled her eyes before turning to glance down at Elle.

"They were only gone for ten minutes." The Princess snorted while the gloomy noble walked up while removing the headphones.

"Ten minutes is far too long to be away from my oneesans." The blonde-haired girl chimed while the two women gazed back at her with fond eyes.

"We missed you too shorty. You left this." Mai greeted with her usual expression while reaching down to hand the young girl her music player.

"Arigatou gozaimasu oneesan!" Elle exclaimed as she unzipped her backpack before putting it away with Mai down at her with a small smile on her lips.

"So where is Azula taking you now Elle?" The brown-haired woman pondered while gazing down at the chipper blonde striding alongside her leader.

"Azula-sama is going to show me how she dominates a party!" The blonde-haired girl responded joyously while the acrobat turned to visibly cringe at the woman in question.

"A party Azula? You do remember what happened the last time you went to a party?" The markswoman inquired while gazing on in a dull manner.

"Azula…this is Elle's first time drinking and you're bringing her to a party? She's already had enough." Ty Lee reasoned while peering down at Elle walking with a slight sway to her step.

The teenager was the only one amongst them that even seemed affected by what they've had thus far.

"Ugh! She'll be fine Ty Lee. It is only going to be for a short while. What are you? Her mother now?" Azula snapped with her fists on her hips while turning to stare at her subordinate with icy golden eyes.

"N-no I am not. But I am her big sister. And you should know that if anyone of us has the role of mother Azula…it's you." The brown-haired woman retorted while smiling at the sight of Azula scowling down at Elle's blushing face.

"I am not the girl's mother!" The Princess growled while stomping down the street with the small girl following after her feet like a young turtle duckling.

"No but you are her caretaker now. Which is almost the same thing." Mai teased with evident amusement while Azula glared between the two of them.

"And what if I am? As her…caretaker I will show her how I dominate this night into submission!" Azula declared while holding a burning fist before her face while her friends sweatdropped.

And without delay they heard the sound of excited clapping while they gazed down at the small blonde beaming up at her merciless caretaker.

"You go Azula-sama! You're so awe inspiring! I just know I'll flourish under your guidance!" Elle chirped with glee while Azula peered down at her smiling in a refined manner.

"Of course, you will! I am now in charge of your developing little mind. You are in capable hands my little companion." The Princess boasted as she patted the small girl's shoulder all the while examining her clenched fist in a conceited manner.

The announcement sent shivers down the spines of both noblewomen while they exchanged a worried glance.

"I-I am Her Highness's favored servant…her little companion." The blonde-haired girl repeated in an honored voice while she began to walk once more with her master's hand still holding her close.

"Please Azula…please in the name of Agni don't try to twist Elle's innocent mind. She's…already been tortured enough." Ty Lee pleaded while gazing at the two with a smile despite her inner concerns.

"Oh, relax Ty Lee. She has the Great Princess Azula as her mentor now…by default she is guaranteed to thrive." Azula insisted while turning to her worried friend with a smug smile.

"Right." Mai stated dryly while scoffing as she eyed Elle with mutual concern.

"Now let's go to the Fire Club!" The Princess announced with a smirk while guiding the joyful girl forward with her two-childhood friends reluctantly following.

"Azula…if we do this, I just want to make sure…she gets to sleep in tomorrow right?" The brown-haired woman inquired while her spoiled leader gazed at her snorting.

"Absolutely not. I must have my coffee at seven on the dot." Azula remarked with her two friends staring at her in disbelief.

"On the dot! Not a minute later or Her Highness gets grouchy." Elle commented with cheer that earned her another pat on the head from her Princess.

"You're serious? You are taking a thirteen-year-old out to get drunk for the first time in her life…and you really think she'll be doing anything but puking tomorrow morning?" The markswoman questioned while staring down at the young girl's now concerned face.

"W-what? I can't get sick! Azula-sama needs her coffee at seven…and then breakfast right after that…and then I must clean her chambers at ten…and then Her Highness has lunch no later than twelve! And after that at one pm she has me scheduled to learn how to wash her feet! And that's not even the entire day!" The blonde-haired girl explained in a hurried manner while Azula glanced down at her with pleased golden orbs.

The two noblewomen stood there with their mouths ajar in amazement all the while staring down at their adopted sister in a newfound pity.

"Wash your feet Azula? Is it really necessary for her to do that tomorrow?" Ty Lee queried while staring at her demanding leader with pleading eyes.

"Of course, it is! I happen to value personal hygiene and I will not have my beautiful feet neglected by poor foot hygiene. It is absolutely necessary that my pet learns how I like my feet washed." The Princess insisted with her arms folded over her bust while the small girl beamed up at her.

"Understood! I will take detailed notes on the entire process!" Elle assured while smiling up at Azula's smug face with loyal amber eyes.

"Then maybe we should go back. There's no way she is going to be functional if you take her to the Fire Club." Mai suggested with a bored voice while Elle still gazed up at Azula with increased worry in her eyes.

"I haven't even recorded Her Highness's daily orders yet! I-I don't want to get in trouble! W-what if Azula-sama decides to kick me out if I don't wake up? I-I'm her good girl…not her bad girl…" Elle rambled while chewing on her lip with her little eyes peering up at her master in a distraught manner.

"Azula isn't going to be kicking you out…under any circumstances. Especially not when she is the one insisting on getting you drunk Elle." The brown-haired woman assured gently while touching the panicking girl's shoulder.

"Calm yourself Elle. It will be fine." Azula instructed while turning to peer down at her fretting pet with approving eyes.

"B-but Azula-sama I don't want to jeopardize our friendship by making you angry…we have a routine going…what if I lose breakfast rights…" The blonde-haired girl mumbled pitifully while padding alongside the spoiled Princess like a saddened puppy.

"Azula…if you are taking her out can't the poor girl at least sleep in?" Ty Lee urged with desperation in her voice while Azula gazed down at the girl sighing heavily.

"Fine. Just this once…I will have coffee at 7:15." The Princess announced while examining her fist in a spoiled manner.

"7:15? That's the best you can do?" The brown-haired woman asked in disbelief with her eyes beginning to pierce her entitled friends skull.

"I suppose…I could do 7:30…" Azula trailed off with a finger on her chin while Elle listened as she nodded attentively.

"Why not…eleven?" Ty Lee pondered while rolling her eyes when Azula spun around now with a scowl on her lips.

"Eleven! Absolutely not." The Princess snapped with her hands on her shapely hips as she continued to stroll beside the petite girl.

"Azula…it's already dark out. She won't be in bed until at least twelve. This is absurd. You wanted to take the girl out…you need to cut her some slack. It was your idea. Not hers." Mai commented while staring at Azula's frowning face as she gazed down at Elle.

"I-I can't be up until twelve…I am going to get in major trouble…Azula-sama please take me back." Elle whined while tugging on Azula's sighing sleeve.

"Come have one drink with us. And then we will take you back. I will have breakfast and coffee just this once…at eight on the dot. And as a one-time courtesy…I will allow you to return to bed afterward if you are still feeling sick." Azula spoke while peering down at her little admirer's grateful face before continuing to pull her along.

The compromise truly took both Mai and Ty Lee by surprise.

All things considered it was a pretty generous offer considering that this was Azula they were talking about.

"A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl squeaked before hiccupping with pink twinging her cheeks while the three women gazed down at her sweatdropping.

"Well…at least you'll let her go back to bed. Though it does look like she's already had enough…" The brown-haired woman sighed yet smiled even so now that the girl will be allowed to sleep it off.

"Oh, hush Ty Lee. She is my pet. Not yours. And not Mai's." The Princess declared with her hand on the small girl's head while she gazed at her annoyed friends.

"How many times do we have to tell you…" Ty Lee began in a frustrated manner only for Azula to literally wave off her concerns.

"Let us go conqueror the Fire Club…the invasion begins now! Follow me Elle and we will dominate this night for all time!" Azula called out with her lips curling into a violent smile while Elle gazed up at her with excited amber eyes.

"Oh Azula-sama! You are such a confident speaker!" Elle gushed while swooning with a hand on her buzzed cheek with her big sister's sweatdropping all the while.

"Ah. Indeed I am. Now let's go have a drink." The Princess concluded before dragging the small girl through the streets while her two friends exchanged a knowing glance.

The petite blonde's squeaking along with a hiccup or two were all they heard of Elle before Azula vanished with her once more.

Heading in the direction of the prestigious Fire Club.

"May as well follow…that girl will be doomed if she doesn't have someone sane to watch over her." The markswoman sighed while the acrobat nodded in agreement.

"Yeah. You're right about that." The brown-haired woman agreed before rushing after the bizarre duo.

About twenty minutes later…

After leaving her backpack and shopping bags in an area that Azula assured her would be safe.

Elle was striding with her young eyes peering about while she waved at people left and right all the while her adoptive big sisters followed behind her observing comically as people turned away in terror.

"Hello!" The blonde-haired girl greeted with cheer while the Princess stood over her shoulder giving every person that she greeted an icy stare.

The terrifying gaze of Azula sent a young woman running the opposite direction while Elle held a finger to her chin in confusion.

"Is it something I said? Why is everyone afraid of me?" Elle pondered while walking through the huge club as she chewed on her lip thoughtfully.

"It would seem that there is something about you that intimidates people. I must be rubbing off on you." Azula remarked with her hands on her hips while Elle peered up at her with a saddened countenance.

"Yeah…that's gotta be it Azula." Ty Lee stated while gazing about sighing as they advanced into the club.

"But I don't want people to be intimidated by me. Please come back! We can be friends…" The blonde-haired girl called out with her big sister's sweatdropping as they watched the girl ran as fast as her legs could carry her.

"Fret not Elle. Even if others are too afraid to approach you…still have me." The Princess declared in a silken voice while patting the sulking girl's shoulder.

"Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama…" Elle trailed off while peering up at Azula's divine face with grateful amber eyes.

"Hm. No need to thank me…but I appreciate it all the same." Azula purred while ignoring Mai's deadpan glance as they made their way to get drinks.

"Still…maybe I just need to work on my approach…" The blonde-haired girl mumbled adorably while walking with the smirking Princess looming over her shoulder.

"It could be a factor beyond your control." Mai stated with her arms folded over her bust while glancing at Azula to note the woman gazing down at the girl in an eerily possessive manner.

"I know! Perhaps I should tell a joke!" Elle exclaimed while slamming her fists together with Ty Lee smiling down at her.

"Maybe little sister…maybe…" The brown-haired woman stated gently before coming to a stop at the bar counter.

"Y-your Highness! How may I help you!" The bartender cried out while he speedily rushed forward to greet the stoic woman.

"Four fire whiskies." The Princess ordered strictly with her hands folded behind her back while standing beside the small blonde.

"W-woah hold on Azula! Fire whiskies for Elle? She's not going to be waking up at eight if you give her that!" Ty Lee protested with her words instantly provoking the dutiful girl into another state of worry.

"A-Azula-sama I don't want to lose my breakfast rights…" The blonde-haired girl murmured fretfully while the Princess turned to peer down at her sighing softly.

"I won't take away your breakfast privileges…now fret no more. Is that understood?" Azula commented with her hand under her chin while Elle nodded with a relieved smile on her young lips.

"Y-yes Azula-sama. I understand." Elle answered while peering up at her master as she turned to gaze upon the waiting bartender

"That is still too strong for her Azula…" The markswoman remarked while the Princess frowned while she examined her fingernails.

"Three fire whiskies…and one light fire whisky mixed with a fire cola." The Princess explained while waving her hand before her.

"Understood Princess. Right away." The older man agreed before quickly going about pouring the drinks.

The two noblewomen still gazed at their leader and their young companion with clearly concerned gazes.

"What? I watered it down." Azula scoffed while ignoring their looks just as the drinks were set down before them.

"Yes but…" Ty Lee trailed off while gazing down at Elle's mixed drink just as the Princess handed it to the timid girl.

"It will be fine Ty Lee. Now just shut up and take your whisky." The Princess commanded with her drink in hand while her friend nodded as she followed suit.

The foursome walked through the expansive club once more all the while Elle peered about in awe as she listened to the live band playing with huge crowds socializing with one another.

"This place is so big Azula-sama…what are those machines over there?" The blonde-haired girl inquired while peering up at the regal woman for guidance.

"Gambling machines. They are for lesser minds." Azula responded with a haughtiness about her while Elle continued to gaze about with childish wonder in her gaze.

"What sort of card game are those people playing?" Elle asked with her hand pointing at a table where a group of men sat playing against one another.

"Also gambling. Men find the game addictive. Also, for lesser minds." The Princess answered while inwardly finding the girl's childlike curiosity to be endearing.

"Can we play games together sometime Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl requested innocently while the acrobat giggled as she gazed up at the ruthless woman's callous visage.

"Games?" Azula repeated while peering down at her young admirer with stoic golden eyes.

"Like a board game! I like board games! Will you play board games with Your Highness?" Elle pleaded as she tugged on the woman's sleeve while Azula gazed down at her with her nose scrunching up over the odd request.

"Princess Azula doesn't-" The Princess trailed off angrily when a hand clamped down over her mouth as she glared back at the acrobat leaning over her shoulder.

"Azula would love to Elle! She is your best friend after all." The brown-haired woman spoke with a bright grin while the markswoman snorted in amusement.

Azula swiftly slapped the other woman's palm off her face nearly lashing out.

Until she glanced down sighing to see Elle gazing up at her with an innocent smile while girl continued to pull on her robes.

"Azula-sama…you are the best friend that I could ever ask for." The blonde-haired girl stated while staring up at the Princess deadpan visage in admiration.

"Should there be a repeat of this…I will destroy you." Azula informed while glancing over her shoulder at the cheerful Ty Lee before returning her attentions to her young admirer.

"I can't wait to play board games with my Princess." Elle commented while walking through the club with her drink in hand.

"Mhm. Nor can I. The excitement is just killing me." The Princess remarked wryly while drinking her whiskey.

The small blonde noticed the older girl's drinking so she boldly began to take a drink of her mixed cola.

Moments later Elle was flicking her tongue about in an uncertain manner while the three women stared down at her in amusement.

"It tastes…b-bitter." The blonde-haired girl stuttered with a hiccup while the Princess gazed down at her.

"I suppose it is good that I watered it down…careful. I don't need you falling and getting bruised again." Azula sighed with her hand bracing Elle's shoulder while the girl peered up at her with pink cheeks.

"Yes…as you say Azula-sama…hey! I have an idea. Let's go socialize some more. Maybe we'll make a new friend?" Elle chirped while strolling ahead of Azula with her words causing her big sisters to flinch.

"Yes…perhaps we will." The Princess replied in a devious voice while staring down at her folded fist in a smug manner.

"Do you have any advice for me Azula-sama? You're so brilliant that you must have all sorts of advice!" The blonde-haired girl requested sweetly while gazing up at her master's graceful visage.

"You're better off asking Ty Lee shorty…Azula doesn't know a thing about-" Mai spoke only to be silenced by the Princess's hand pushing her aside.

The acrobat in question just sighed while observing the woman's domineering behavior.

"You've chosen correctly Elle. Always remember…that your master is much smarter than your sisters'." Azula spoke as she peered down at Elle's beaming face while placing her fist upon her hip.

"Always ask Azula-sama. She knows everything. Got it." Elle agreed while peering up at the tall woman's smiling face.

"That's right. I am a people person…you see." The Princess purred with her friends staring at her back in deadpan while the young girl gazed up at her.

"U-understood. Please lend me your wisdom Princess." The blonde-haired girl pleaded while clutching at her drink with a childish smile on her lips.

"Give them your…best roar." Azula cooed before waving her hand lazily while her entourage sweatdropped as they all gazed down at the excited teenager's rapidly nodding face.

"What a great idea! I'll pretend to be an alien invader. Thanks, Azula-sama!" Elle chirped before turning to stride off with pride in her step while the three women turned to observe in amusement.

"She's so cute Azula." Ty Lee commented while Azula tipped back the remainder of her drink with a refined smile about her.

"She's a lovely little thing. I won't deny that." The Princess remarked with a trace of desire lining her voice that had Mai eying her wearily.

A small group of girl's stood chatting with one another only to turn their heads when the jovial blonde approached.

"Hello!" The blonde-haired girl greeted while the four girls eyed her oddly while sharing a glance with one another.

"…Uh…hi." The oldest girl answered with a noticeable bite to her voice that flew over the younger girl's head.

"It really is a good thing that we're here with her." Mai said with an edge to her voice while Ty Lee nodded as they gazed at the group of clearly mean girl's.

"So…is there a reason that you're talking to us?" Another girl asked in a bitchy voice while staring back at the teenager's joyful yet bruised face.

Unbeknownst to the unfortunate girl's Azula was casually making her way over with her hands folded behind her back.

The sight of Princess Azula approaching through the throngs of people with her two subordinates at her back was enough to silence even the boldest of people.

"I am here to inform you that I am an alien from another planet. And I am here to destroy your world!" Elle announced while puffing out her chest all the while peering back at the speechless girls with a playful grin on her innocent face.

There was a brief pause where no one spoke while the four girls stared back at Elle as if she had just grown a second head before their very eyes.

"Uh…okay…." The first girl trailed off while stifling her mocking laugh only to pale in terror when she saw a much-dreaded figure step up behind the small girl.

Azula now stood behind Elle with her signature imposing death stare aiming at each and every one of the paling girl's.

Ty Lee was cheerily waving at the foursome while Mai stood holding her drink in a mildly humored manner.

"Rawr!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed mightily after releasing a great intake of air while she stood with her hands on her developing hips.

In that very moment the sadistic Princess's hands lit up with burning blue fire while the two noblewomen sweatdropped over the silly scene.

And just like that the four girls were cowering in a terror so great that it was a wonder they didn't piss themselves on the spot.

"M-mercy! W-we're sorry if we were rude! J-just please don't hurt us!" The oldest girl stammered in a terrified voice while peering up at the Princess's callous face before spinning around to sprint away as if her life depended on it.

Her three friends speedily followed suit with their drinks falling to the floor with a faint clang.

All the while Elle blinked in a show of adorable confusion while gazing down at the stained carpet.

The girls had even abandoned their drinks in their frenzied panic.

"Was I that scary?" Elle pondered in a bewildered voice while her two big sisters stared down at her in a humorous show of pity.

"It would appear that people are intimidated by your smile. There must be something about you that puts people on edge." Azula remarked with her hand on Elle's shoulder while her two friends tried not to roll their eyes.

"O-oh…. well I sure wish I knew what the problem was." The blonde-haired girl murmured while the woman's hand began to usher her onward once more.

"I suppose your roar is just too fearsome…" The Princess trailed off while staring at her fist with a cold smile on her controlling lips.

"Yeah. Azula, it's gotta be the roar." Ty Lee stated while gazing at the woman in question with chiding brown-gray orbs.

"Maybe it's not you. Maybe it's someone else." Mai spoke while turning to the Princess who glanced back with feigned innocence.

"Well…it's alright. I still have my best friend…Azula-sama…and my two wonderful oneesans." Elle spoke with returning smile while gazing up at the three women in adoration.

The girl's gentle words were truly touching, even to Mai and Azula.

"Aww! Snuggle time!" The brown-haired woman squealed just as she crushed the smaller girl in a tight hug.

The other two women watched the scene while the Princess began to tap her boot the longer the hug went on.

"S-snuggle time with my oneesan!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed happily with her head pushing against the other woman's breasts.

"You are just too cute!" Ty Lee cooed while peering down at Elle's blushing face with affectionate eyes.

"That's enough Ty Lee. Get off my pet." Azula ordered just as she pushed the other woman's pouting face off the smaller girl.

"She's not your…never mind…why waste my breathe." The brown-haired woman sighed while their young companion stood smiling up at the Princess in admiration.

"Azula-sama…will you come listen…to the band with me?" Elle pondered shyly while fidgeting under the woman's stern stare.

"Oh…very well." The Princess remarked with a lazy shrug of her shoulders all the while observing her little admirer's overjoyed smile.

"M-my Princess charming…" The blonde-haired girl gushed while swooning dreamily as she was pulled in the direction of the music.

"You two have fun!" Ty Lee called out while waving after the two with Mai staring on in a bored manner.

"I am getting tired." Mai complained with a slight yawn while the other woman smiled in a reassuring manner.

"I am sure we'll be going soon. It's not like Elle can drink much more…she'll pass out if she does." The brown-haired woman explained while nervously scratching her cheek.

It wasn't too long later that Azula stood with yet another drink in hand while observing Elle finish the remainder of her mixed drink.

The two stood listening to the live band while Elle swayed happily to the music with a noticeably intoxicated shakiness to her step.

All along the two noblewomen sat at a table observing Azula in amazement.

The Princess was acting…surprisingly nice for once.

Just when Elle almost staggered off her feet, she was swiftly caught by Azula's strict hand while she hung from her grip gazing up at the royal woman with a warmth overcoming her cheeks.

"I distinctly recall telling you to be careful." Azula stated with her hand pulling the young maid up while the girl blushed all the while under her stern stare.

"Y-yes…my Princess. Forgive…me." Elle spoke with a more prominent slur than before while she smiled softly up at the powerful woman.

"Once more…you are fortunate that I am fond of you. Compassion…doesn't proceed my reputation." The Princess purred while holding the small girl's wrist all the while peering down into lovesick amber orbs.

"It doesn't matter Azula-sama…you're good to me…and that is what matters most to me." The blonde-haired girl responded while gazing back up into the older girl's entrancing golden eyes.

Those were curious words that brought a smile to Azula's face while she held a finger to her chin thoughtfully.

"You are a pacifist…and it doesn't matter to you that I am not?" Azula pondered with her amused gaze observing the carefree girl smile as she grasped at her hand.

"We are polar opposites Your Highness…I adore you as you are. I wouldn't have you any other way…" Elle stated with her dainty hand clutching at the firebenders stronger palm.

Those words too…were pleasing or so Azula mused.

"And you too…are fine as you are. I would be displeased…if you were any different…" The Princess remarked with her hardened voice betraying a rare sliver of fondness for her lovely admirer.

The small blonde began to laugh joyfully in response to the Princess's statement.

The girl's jovial laughter had Azula furrowing her brows in a questioning manner yet all the same she was finding that she enjoyed the sound of her servant's giggle.

"Your honor me Master Azula…may this servant make another request of Her Highness?" The blonde-haired girl commented as she smiled oh so softly under the callous woman's imposing gaze before bowing her head respectfully.

"Another request?" Azula questioned with a smirk upon her refined lips while staring down in approval as she watched her pet bow at the waist.

"W-will you dance with me Master Azula?" Elle murmured in a timid voice with her eyes all the while peering down at the regal woman's pointed boots.

The words hit Azula harder than she let on.

She was peering down at Elle's delicate face with surprised golden eyes all the while noting that she always bows before requesting anything of her.

"You are asking the Princess of the Fire Nation to dance with you? Is that right?" The Princess purred with her lips curling into a gratified smile while the smaller girl grasped at her palm.

"T-that's so…if I am out of line…I apologize." The blonde-haired girl spoke before widening her eyes when the older female pulled her out of her bow before seizing her other hand.

"Hm. Very well my pet…your master accepts." Azula announced in an alluring voice that flowed into Elle's ears like the music they were listening to.

"Azula-sama…" Elle whined while swooning when Azula began to gently guide her in an elegant dance.

In that very moment even, Ty Lee spat out her drink all the while gazing on with her eyes the size of dinner plates.

Mai's mouth hung open in astonishment as she shared another glance with the acrobat before they both gazed on in disbelief to see Azula slow dancing with Elle.

"You are the first person to ever ask the Princess of the Fire Nation to dance…and the first to give me a flower." The Princess revealed while gracefully spinning with the young girl peering up at her in shock.

"R-really?" The blonde-haired girl blurted with a slight slur to her speech while the regal woman spun her around once more.

"I will not be repeating such a statement…and if you tell anyone…I will punish you severely." Azula whispered in a voice of upmost domination while smiling when Elle shivered in delight in her arms.

"O-oh I love it when you talk like that…please guide this young girl with your great strength." Elle pleaded with wanting in her innocent voice while blushing as she slid underneath the much taller female's arm.

The very sight of Princess Azula dancing had many people pausing in their own dance as they watched the woman lead her young partner across the dance floor.

"I must confess that you are rather precious…begging and pleading for my dominance with every breath. Most must be forced to kneel…but you…want to bow before me." The Princess declared while peering down at her young admirer's heated cheeks all the while savoring her submission.

"I-I cherish you more than life itself…yes…I wish to bow before you. I…want to spend my life beside you…from this day…until my last day…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off in a passionate voice while golden eyes now gazed down at her in surprise.

Now that was one thing that Azula wasn't used to.

Listening to someone declare such moving words of loyalty…a devotion so great that she was hesitant to break the girl's pure hearted spirit.

"I've already stated that I will be keeping you…Elle. I have long since concluded that I am the only alpha that will suit you. There is no one more dominant than me…and there is no one…more fragile than you. So be it…little angel. I will enshroud you with my strength. Follow me…and I will lead you down the path ahead." Azula announced with a charming smirk just as she caught Elle's quivering little body within arms.

Elle gasped while staring up into Azula's enrapturing eyes all the while the woman's dark hair fell over her face just barely touching her skin.

Long blonde hair swayed below the lovely young girl while the Princess confidently held onto her hands leading her across the floor of the club.

"A-are you seeing what I'm seeing?" Ty Lee questioned while rubbing at her eyes blinking all the while.

"Seeing it but not believing it." Mai replied in a voice of unusual disbelief while gazing at the stunning scene.

"Azula-sama…please enshroud me in your strength…envelop me…submerge me…possess me…my alpha…my exquisite Princess charming." The blonde-haired girl spoke with ardor overflowing from her voice while peering up into the Princess's delighted golden eyes.

Elle hung in mid air while staring up at Azula who was now breathing warm air over her shivering face all the while her crimson lips were now forming a beyond gratified smile.

Why if she didn't know any better the mighty Princess was exhaling azure embers that were fading away into the club air just as soon as they were born.

"I think…that you just may be my girl. But I will forewarn you…this is your final chance to run away. Once I proceed any further…there will be no escape. If you wish to lead a life without me…then turn around and run away…and don't look back…if you do not…well…need I really go on?" The Princess explained in a smooth voice with her imposing stare causing the maiden to peer up at her with her enchanted amber eyes agape in unbridled bliss.

Due to their proximity to the dance floor the two noblewomen heard the Princess's possessive declaration.

And if you asked Mai that girl was a fool for not turning around and running as fast as her legs could carry her.

"Why…would I ever want to run away? I…have never felt this free. Here I have flowed…like a feather in the breeze…and I have landed in the palm of your hand. I have no intentions on leaving a Princess this magnificent…" The blonde-haired girl stated in a voice laced with contentment while smiling serenely up into stunned golden eyes.

Right then and there both Mai and Ty Lee knew that Elle had just sealed her fate.

There was no turning back from Azula now.

If the girl ever tried to leave, they knew that the Princess would track her down.

But if you asked Ty Lee it was sweet, very sweet.

"Have it your way Elle…I going to consume you whole…I will…devour you. There is no escape from me now." Azula hissed mere inches from Elle's face while gracefully swinging the blushing girl across the floor of the Fire Club.

In that instance a look of adorable naivety overcame the joyous teenager while she peered back into the Princess's captivating golden eyes.

"Huh? You are going to eat me? I would prefer it if you didn't cannibalize me Azula-sama." Elle asked with an innocent blink of her eyes while Azula now gazed back at her incredulously.

The small blonde's absurd question had both noblewomen sweatdropping in unison.

"That was a figure of…never mind! No, I am not going to eat you! Silly girl. Take note that I am rolling my eyes…" The Princess snorted while gazing back at the petite girl's embarrassed face just as they spun once more.

"S-sumimasen Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl murmured with a faint drop in cheer while the regal woman peered down at her sighing fondly.

The girl was a naïve little thing…but it was that very trait that she was finding herself drawn to.

"Don't worry your little mind over it…I'll teach you everything and anything." Azula assured in a slightly softer voice while sliding backwards with Elle's delicate body in her arms.

"Oh, Your Highness. I do indeed find your authority to my liking." Elle confessed in a voice of rising excitement while she fell back into Azula's marvelously toned arm.

All the while the Princess loomed over her with a smug yet so very beautiful smirk gracing her red lips.

"I just knew you would…my pet. I will show you sights that you never thought possible." The Princess cooed while exhaling over the trembling girl's lovely little face all the while tightening her grip on her smaller hands.

"I-I…can't wait Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl whispered with the effects of the alcohol and the woman's entrancing presence causing her to quiver in her strong hold.

It was all she could do to even stay on her own two feet…

Just when she began to stumble the Princess prevented her fall by pulling her arms upward all the while manipulating her body with effortless ease.

"You are…beautiful Elle." Azula purred as she leaned over the girl with her hot breath drawing closer and closer.

All along Elle's young heart began to race so pleasantly while she gazed up into the elegant Princess's confident eyes.

"Y-you honor me Princess…but I am nowhere near as beautiful as you…" Elle spoke with her eyes remaining transfixed into Azula's spellbinding gaze.

"Hm. Although I disapprove of these bruises…I'll remedy that tomorrow…" The Princess breathed over her sweet maid's reddened face while reaching out to abruptly grasp her cheek.

"Y-yes…as Her Highness deems…t-tomorrow." The blonde-haired girl responded in a lovesick voice all the while gasping when the Princess suddenly pulled her in.

"You…belong to me." Azula declared in a seductive voice just before smashing her lips into Elle's with her hands all the while bracing her hands against the girl's lower back.

As they kissed Elle could only peer up at Azula unable to even so much as will her body to move.

In this moment…everything was perfect.

The teenager's hands clutched at the woman's shoulders while she sunk into Azula's dominant yet tender kiss.

Ty Lee gazed on in a stunned silence alongside Mai.

The other woman was so shocked that she dropped her drink at her feet paying no mind to the liquid staining her boots.

"W-wow." The brown-haired woman spoke in an awestruck voice while gazing on at the scene with a grin on her blushing cheeks.

"I…must have drank too much. This can't be happening." The markswoman whispered while gazing on with wide tawny eyes.

It didn't take long for Elle to gain the courage to return the kiss while staring up at Azula with her cheeks heating up as if the Princess had just set her afire.

Azula's strong hands continued to restrain her all the while easily overpowering her in their passionate kiss.

And people far and wide across the club were watching just as spellbound as Mai and Ty Lee to see this young girl being kissed by Princess Azula.

Just a moment later Azula finally withdrew with a conceited smile adorning her graceful lips while peering down into Elle's panting face.

"So…how was it?" The Princess inquired with her silken voice being all that her little admirer heard all the while holding her servant up.

"T-that was…" Elle stuttered while gasping for air with her eyes as wide as can be.

The sound of Azula chuckling smugly flowed into her ears while she gulped with her heart beating faster and faster.

As if the Princess was a rollercoaster and the excitement only grew with every minute!

"Hm. As if it could be anything less than flawless…" Azula purred in a pleased voice all the while peering down at Elle's adorably speechless face in amusement.

The young girl's eyes met her own with her smirk only growing as she drank in the girl's delightful worship.

Elle quivered in her arms while she smiled up at her with an expression of contentment that Azula decided she approved of.

Even a woman as ruthless as her found her maid's lack of a response to be just too cute.

Then and there with serenity lining her innocent visage the small blonde suddenly slumped in the now bewildered Princess's arms.

Azula now stood holding Elle's unconscious body against her chest with her eyes widening in comical disbelief.

"Is she alive Azula?" Ty Lee piped up from far away while observing with a giggle.

"The girl fainted." The Princess stated with her surprise quickly giving way to pride while she peered down at the blonde's sleeping face with a sliver of fondness in her gaze.

"Guess that means we're finally leaving." Mai remarked with a sigh while eying Elle's passed out form in amusement.

"Mhm. My dominance is forever solidified…you are mine now." Azula announced with a victorious grin upon her refined lips.

There was no response from Elle who was now being held against her chest.

And then without further ado the Princess scooped the girl into her arms before striding back to her seated friends.

They gazed up at her in shock still unable to even question what they just saw.

"Mai. Ty Lee. Let's go." The Princess commanded with her lips etched into a broad smirk while they gazed up at her nodding numbly.

Without so much as speaking another word Azula strode past them while they arose gazing at one another as if to verify that what they were seeing was real.

Yet they did not get the chance to question the matter.

They soon rushed after the Princess and her prized maid.

The regal woman collected Elle's backpack and shopping bags on the way out before all three of them departed back to the palace.

About one hour later…

Elle moaned only stirring when she felt a warm hand touch her cheek.

And then a blanket was pulled up over her body.

She opened her sleepy eyes to find herself gazing up at her beloved Princess standing in the dark of her bedroom right before her bedside.

"Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl questioned just as she began to sit up only for a strict hand to push her back onto her cot.

"Go to sleep…you can serve me more tomorrow." The Princess ordered in a tone so stern that it left no room for argument.

The teenager nodded sleepily before falling back onto her pillow never even having the time to process that Azula had placed extra pillows in her bed.

In the corner of her red sat her shopping bags and her backpack.

All the while Azula's eyes briefly flickered about the room already calculating how she'll make it more comfortable for her little admirer.

"Yes…Princess. As…. you say." Elle agreed while yawning all the while as she smiled up at Azula's near emotionless face peering down at her.

"Good girl…I will see you in the morning Elle." Azula spoke before turning away while striding for the door.

She knew that she had to leave now or she would feel compelled to show even more weakness.

"Arigatou…gozaimasu…for tonight." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while gazing back at the woman's robed back.

A tear of joy streamed down her cheek all the while yearning to sleep beside her idol but…she knew that it would take time before they progressed to sharing the same bed.

"You are most welcome. I must go now…understand?" The Princess replied while gazing back at the young girl's emotional face.

"Yes. Just one more thing." Elle began timidly while Azula gazed at her with her brows furrowing inquisitively.

"And that is?" Azula sighed while folding her arms over her breasts with her composed gaze sweeping over Elle's radiant face.

"Oyasumi nasai Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl announced with a sunny smile while the Princess stared at her with her nose scrunched up in puzzlement.

"Is that a goodnight?" The Princess pondered with her fingers curling beneath her chin while watching as her lovely pet nodded from where her head lay upon her pillow.

"That's so." Elle answered with yet another loud yawn while her master eyed her for a moment before turning away for a final time.

"Oyasumi nasai to you as well Elle." Azula called out before closing the door behind her and walking away with her brows still furrowing in confusion.

She never expected that taking her servant out on the town would result in a dance and a kiss.

She knew one thing for certain…

For Elle's safety she would have to bring a report to her father detailing the girl's use.

That she will have to do first thing tomorrow morning.

What a conundrum this little pet of hers has turned out to be…

The blonde-haired girl lay in her bed all the while thinking of her Princess with a shy smile on her lips.

She yawned once more before closing her eyes to find herself clutching the bow that she bought her.

Elle smiled in contentment before rapidly falling asleep.

Peacefully dreaming of her beautiful Princess charming.

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Azula knelt before her father just having concluded her report on Elle while he gazed down at her with intrigued golden eyes.

"Very well Azula. It is indeed prudent for such a valuable guest to remain under your supervision. I will allow you to keep the girl as your maid." Ozai spoke with his hand rubbing his beard while his twenty-year old daughter gazed up through the orange flames.

"Understood, father. I believe that through whatever means…that sent this young girl here…should we be able to decipher this puzzle…it could lead to a potential alliance with this Rieko that she has spoken of. And who knows…what other wonders await in this foreign land." The Princess commented while brushing her hair from her eyes sighing all the while.

"Hm. I applaud you for thinking this through so thoroughly. Inform me of any developments as soon as you are aware of them. That will be all…Azula." The Fire Lord concluded while waving his hand for the Princess to depart.

"It will be done father." Azula agreed as she arose while giving Ozai a curt nod before turning as she strode for the doors of the throne room.

The Princess exited the throne roof of the Fire Lord while his eyes followed her all the while.

She was well aware that he has been keeping a closer watch on her now that she was older and in a much more favorable position to overthrow him if she wished to try.

The thought had undoubtedly crossed her mind quite often.

And she was mulling the matter over more frequently as of late.

At the moment she realized that she was most looking forward to coffee with her maid at eight.

A full one hour later than usual.

It was now seven-thirty.

With that in mind she began to stride towards her study with her hands folded behind her back.

And most peculiar was the fact that she was almost smiling.

When Azula arrived at her study she had been surprised and even angered to find the door ajar.

Until she sniffed the air while pushing the door open to note the smell of fresh coffee in the air.

As well as a hot breakfast.

'Twenty minutes early…even after such a long night?' The Princess thought with a finger on her chin as she smiled in approval.

That is until she stepped into the room.

She was even further astonished to see Elle seated at the foot of her throne with her arms folded beneath her looking…rather unwell.

The regal woman quickly closed the door with the sudden noise startled the evidently exhausted girl.

"Are you not feeling well this morning servant?" Azula pondered with a faint frown while swiftly striding across the distance of her study.

The small blonde peered up at her with a brighter countenance after noticing her presence.

"Ohayō Gozaimasu Azula-sama…" Elle responded sweetly before dropping into a bow on the floor before Azula while the woman peered down at her in approval.

"Hm. Good girl. So good…" The Princess cooed while bending over to pat the blushing blonde's soft head of hair.

"T-this girl is glad that you think so Princess…" The blonde-haired girl mumbled while smiling softly despite how woozy she felt.

"I approve of your punctuality. Are…you not eating this morning?" Azula asked while standing up once more with her eyes sweeping about her table.

"I-I don't feel very good. I feel…shaky." Elle stated quietly while Azula glanced down at her with a margin of concern in her cold eyes.

"I see…let me have a look at you." The Princess spoke while seating herself upon her throne all the while gazing down at her with stern eyes.

Then the older female wagged her finger in a come-hither motion that prompted the tired girl to scramble forward on command.

"Come…sit beside me and stay still." Azula commanded while peering down at Elle when the girl knelt before her with her needy little eyes gazing upward.

"Yes master…" The blonde-haired girl answered softly while two warm hands grasped her cheeks in a careful manner.

"Mhm. Your face is warm…for a non-bender. I suppose Ty Lee was right. You may go lay down Elle. I will…check on you in a few hours." The Princess announced with her strict eyes never ceasing in peering down into her pet's-tired eyes.

"Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama!" Elle chirped with a faint return to her cheerful demeanor while Azula reclined back into her throne.

"Well? I just gave you an order…get going before I decide to put you to work." Azula snorted while reaching for her coffee cup with a pleased smile on her lips.

What a marvelous little pet she has.

Elle will make for a splendid girlfriend.

"Um…m-may I sleep somewhere else…" The blonde-haired girl requested pitifully like a saddened puppy while the Princess peered down at her sighing heavily.

"Is this somewhere else on my thigh?" The Princess questioned while gazing down at her bashful maid in a pointed manner.

The timid drop of Elle's little face was all the confirmation and more that she needed of the girl's desired sleeping place.

'Grand…now this girl thinks she can just sleep in my lap every morning…' Azula thought while massaging the bridge of her nose before down swallowing a gulp of coffee.

"I-if Her Highness will allow it." Elle mumbled with a blush while twiddling her thumbs under Azula's judgmental stare.

"I have work to do…I can't have you in my lap all morning clawing at me like a clingy kitten." The Princess replied with her eyes peering down at the kneeling girl in a near emotionless manner.

The small blonde's shoulders visibly slumped upon hearing those harsh words.

She had…been hoping that Azula would be willing to hold her after all of the time they spent bonding last night.

"S-sumimasen Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl stammered while bowing her head as she began to push herself to her feet.

It was then that her amber eyes widened in surprise when a strong hand clamped down onto her shoulder.

"Which is why I will only permit this…for oh…maybe two hours. After that…if you wish to continue your nap…you'll have to find another place to put your head." Azula explained with her eyes narrowing down at Elle's small frame all the while sipping her morning beverage.

An expression of joy overcame the young girl while she stared down at Elle when the girl peered up at her with one of her usual sunny smiles.

"Wakarimashita!" Elle cried out while almost springing upward in her usual excited manner before sinking back into the floor moaning in discomfort.

All the while Azula glanced down at her shaking her head in disapproval before setting down her mug beside her steaming breakfast.

"Perhaps you should wait until you are feeling better before you beginning leaping about like a tiger monkey? Hm?" The Princess asked while leaning forward with her hands now resting on her thighs.

"Azula-sama is right…I feel sick…" The blonde-haired girl whined on the floor like a needy child while she listened to the regal woman sigh above her.

"Drinking too much will do that to you. Well? What are you waiting for? Come here Elle." Azula announced with her right hand patting her thigh as she gazed down at her little admirer while beckoning the petite girl forward.

"P-please hold me Azula-sama…" Elle murmured in a meeker voice than even her usual while slumping into the large throne before plopping her sweating face onto Azula's shapely thigh.

"Isn't that what I am doing servant? Though I will forewarn you…if you puke on my leg…you will find yourself wishing you had returned to your bed." The Princess remarked while glaring down at her quivering pet laying upon her thigh with icy golden eyes.

"I-I won't. I promise. I just want to be with my protector." The blonde-haired girl whimpered while sprawling her arms in in the seat with her face buried in the older girl's leg.

"Your protector?" Azula repeated just as she surveyed her meal with approval in her cold eyes.

The girl brought her everything that she ordered and even when sick, it was served flawlessly.

"Her Highness stated that this loyal servant was the only one to have all three kindnesses…that I might be her…g-girl. That makes Azula-sama my protector…r-right?" Elle spoke in a shaky voice while Azula glanced down at her from beneath the table.

"I suppose it does. I have never been anyone's protector…not until now anyway. Though…I must say this doesn't look too comfortable for you…not that I don't enjoy the sight of you bowing of course. But still…wouldn't a bed be better?" The Princess pondered with a tilt of her head while swallowing a bite of her eggs.

All the while making no comment when the small girl hugged on her thigh in a whiny manner that she found to be rather clingy.

But…she already knew that Elle would be a needy girlfriend.

Somehow, she was okay with that.

"Not unless Azula-sama is in that bed…Her Highness is home…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off in a mousy voice while pressing her face into the Princess's well-formed thigh with a faintly more peaceful demeanor.

"I see. You…wish to be beside me no matter what. Ever loyal to your master." Azula commented with a finger on her chin while gracefully consuming her meal.

This lovely girl is going to make for the prime submissive wife…

"T-that's so. You are my alpha Azula-sama. I will never betray my Princess." Elle spoke in an emotional voice while embracing the Princess's thigh all while the woman peered down at her with pleased golden eyes.

Then she felt a palm plant in her hair all the while closing her eyes just as Azula began to pet her.

Long fingers ran through her hair while she listened to the subtle sounds of the regal woman eating her meal above her.

It was a truly submissive position to be in…but she didn't mind in the least.

She was with Azula-sama…she is home.

"You are a good girl. I can see why you drew my eye." The Princess spoke while gazing under the table when the girl continued to whimper pitifully.

She was almost regretting taking her out.

She didn't expect her to be this sensitive to drinking.

"M-my head hurts Azula-sama. It feels like its imploding." The blonde-haired girl confessed in a sensitive voice with her eyes becoming misty.

Azula stared down at Elle while watching a teardrop stream down her fair skin before sighing softly as she began to rub the bridge of her nose.

'If this was anyone else…' The Princess thought while swallowing her coffee before lowering her palm over the young girl's forehead.

Then Elle's emotive eyes widened when she watched long fingers slide within her line of vision.

And then Azula's palm began to knead her scalp with just a faint heat provided by her bending.

"If you tell anyone about this…you won't be laying in my lap again. Not a word of this…of any of this. Is to be breathed outside of Mai and Ty Lee. Understand Elle?" Azula declared after swallowing a mouthful while listening to sniffling below her.

"W-wakarimashita." Elle moaned out painfully while Azula peered down at her once more with just a noticeable twinge of concern in her hardened eyes.

It did not escape her notice that particular wakarimashita was…rather glum.

Elle always cried out that silly word whenever she excitedly agreed to her most recent command.

'This…seems like an extreme reaction to her first taste of alcohol…a healer. Today she'll see a healer.' The Princess thought while frowning down at her admirer's sweating visage.

"You are seeing a healer today. For your breathing condition…and anything else that may be wrong with you. Even if you can't stand. I'll have you seen." Azula announced just with one hand massaging Elle's face and the other holding her utensils.

"Y-yes Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl agreed tearfully while clutching the older female's leg in a needy manner.

"Now try to get some rest. I'll be here if you need me." The Princess commanded with her palm gently stroking the small girl's forehead while she listened to her pathetic groans.

"A-arigatou…gozaimasu Princess." Elle whimpered with a few tears falling from her eyes while Azula's hand continued to pet her face.

"Just…go to sleep." Azula sighed while staring down at Elle's young face with annoyance in her golden gaze.

This time her only response was a truly pitiful moan that sounded much like a pitifullt butchered 'yes Azula-sama'.

And so, the Princess ate the rest of her meal in relative silence save for a groan here and there from below.

After a half an hour of stroking Elle's forehead with her bending she finally heard the teenager's breathing relax beneath her palm.

And then…

A soft snore resonated from below while she glanced down at Elle's innocent face sleeping with her mouth buried in the side of her thigh.

Azula did notice that the girl's chosen sleeping area was a bit too close to her backside…as this time she now slept on the side of her thigh versus atop it.

But…she just brushed it off musing that it didn't bother her any.

Dried tears were on the young girl's cheeks that had the Princess sighing once more.

"You are so lucky that I like you. I wouldn't put up with this whining from anyone else." The Princess grumbled while glaring down at the small girl's snoring face.

But even so…she couldn't help but muse that Elle was rather adorable.

Both asleep…and awake.

And with that Azula went on to continue massaging Elle's scalp all the while lazily scanning her paperwork in a less attentive manner than usual.

Her plate was now empty and pushed aside with her coffee mug.

All the while Elle continued to snooze while occasionally yawning in her sleep much to her slight amusement.

Soon an hour passed her by, and then another hour, and then…

Azula had spent over two hours rubbing Elle's sleeping forehead before finally her palm simply settled unmoving in the softly snoring teenager's hair.

Then the Princess reclined in her throne with her face resting in the palm of her free hand.

And before she knew it her own eyes became drowsy…

And then Azula closed her eyes before falling into a very light sleep all the while holding Elle's small face into her thigh in an almost protective manner.

Another hour passed by while Elle mumbled in her sleep all the while hugging the monarch's thigh as if it was her last lifeline.

And then finally the Princess's eyes abruptly snapped open when she heard a soft knock on her study door.

She already knew who it was before the person even spoke.

"Azula? Can I come in?" Ty Lee pondered quietly while standing with her arms folded as she listened for the sound of her friend's voice.

She already had a strong suspicion that Azula was not alone.

Given that she already asked around for Elle and checked her little sister's chambers not too long ago.

That meant only one thing, that the girl was with Azula.

Before Azula could respond her eyes widened when they landed on her clock.

It was…past one!

Curse this simpering little girl!

"Ugh…you may…but be quiet…and close the door behind you." Azula called out in a moodier voice than usual while she watched the door open slowly.

Then it shut soon after while she now glared at Ty Lee's smiling face through the corner of her eye.

The acrobat gazed down at Elle's rather…questionable sleeping location before giggling with her hand over her mouth.

"Aww…" The brown-haired woman gushed softly while making no comment that the girl was sleeping rather close to the Princess's backside.

"Be silent. This is all your fault. She's been crying all morning about how her head is imploding. I offered to let her go lay in her bed…but she begged to sleep in my lap instead." The Princess complained with her face resting in her palm even still.

A good portion of Ty Lee's cheer vanished after hearing how sick Elle was.

Though it was adorable that Elle would rather…sleep in such an uncomfortable position just to be near Azula.

"That was before eight. Her whining was so insufferable that I had no choice but to massage her forehead for two hours. After an hour she finally fell asleep…and myself…about halfway through. And then…I wake up to discover that half of the day is over." Azula snarled with her callous eyes glaring between the other woman's surprised face and her clock.

The fact that Azula spent all of that time taking care of Elle was just nothing short of astonishing.

Even if she claims she did it to shut Elle up…she knew that the Princess wouldn't have done so if she didn't care.

"You…fell asleep Azula? Wow. Still…how is this my fault? I warned you over and over that this would happen." Ty Lee replied while folding her arms in her lap with the other woman staring back at her angrily.

"This was…all your idea. Had you not pushed me into it…I wouldn't have been drinking with her. Therefore…it is your fault Ty Lee." The Princess concluded in a spoiled voice while the acrobat just nodded slowly.

"Uhh…right. Whatever you say Azula. Is she still sick?" The brown-haired woman asked in a concerned voice while smiling slightly over the cute snores that occasionally came from the Princess's lap.

"I presume so…her forehead is still warm. I…am beginning to suspect that it is a combination of another health problem…still unknown mingling with the effects of alcohol." Azula announced casually while scanning her fingernails with her words jarring a sense of greater worry within Ty Lee.

"W-what? You…don't think that this is just drinking?" Ty Lee answered while the Princess shook her head all the while frowning in response.

"She is undoubtably sick…from her first-time drinking. But it seems…rather extreme. In any event…I'll be waking this little tiger monkey up shortly to see a healer." The Princess stated with her eyes glancing down at the blonde in a strict manner.

"Well that's something…so you're settling on tiger monkey now huh?" The brown-haired woman sighed while musing that the nickname wasn't too insulting.

At least not compared to the others.

And she won't lie…she can't wait to convince Elle to try on the tiger monkey costume.

It will just be too cute!

"Humph. She's something of the sort. Clinging to my leg like a needy kitten." Azula scoffed with her pompous voice producing a curious glance from the acrobat.

"Wait…you yourself told her that she was your pet…and when she acts like your pet…you get angry? Azula…have you ever considered the fact that she might be less clingy…if you didn't…I don't know…keep telling her that she was a pet?" Ty Lee offered while waving a hand in the air with Azula staring down at Elle's snoring face.

"She is my pet Ty Lee. I am just…not usually nice to pets of any kind." The Princess sighed while brushing her hair from her eyes while the other woman gazed away with a brief flicker of disgust in her eyes.

"Yeah. I am well aware Azula." The brown-haired woman responded while staring at the wall with a frown.

Before Elle arrived, Azula has been cruel to her maids and servants for…well all of her life.

There is a reason why they fear Azula far more than even Ozai.

The Fire Lord is far too busy to concern himself with terrorizing a maid over a cherry pit…but Azula on the other hand takes the time out of her busy schedule.

No matter how trivial the mistake.

"But I can't spend all day in this throne. Which is why if she still wishes for a pillow after her visit with the healer…I have decided to appoint you as my proxy." Azula commented to the other woman's amusement as she turned back to her smiling once more.

"Your proxy Azula?" Ty Lee repeated with a giggle while Azula sat glaring down into her lap.

"Indeed. It's a pretty simple job. All you need to do is find a chair…sit down…and remain stationary for a good five hours." The Princess explained in a lazy voice while staring down at the small blonde's mumbling face.

"Um…I'll just go snuggle with her in her cot. Unlike you…I am not too proud to cuddle with Elle. It's likely more comfortable for her…. rather than…laying on your thigh…or wherever she is sleeping." The brown-haired woman spoke with the Princess turning to her with her eyes narrowed dangerously.

"Just what are you implying?" Azula demanded in an icy voice that instantly put the other woman on guard.

But even so…Ty Lee tried to stay jovial.

"She's…a bit too close to your…uh…ass." Ty Lee clarified while fidgeting under Azula's callous stare.

"Shut up Ty Lee. She started off on my thigh and gravitated…at that point I was just glad that she was falling asleep." The Princess snapped with her palm still resting in the small girl's hair.

"Whatever you say Azula." The brown-haired woman agreed while smiling despite her friend's imposing stare that never left her face.

Then a slight moan resonated from the Princess's lap with her eyes peering downward along with the acrobat leaning on the edge.

All the while trying her hardest to see the young girl.

"Ooh…" Elle mumbled lamely with Azula gazing down at her sighing in the palm of her hand.

"Do you have any idea what time it is girl?" Azula demanded with her icy eyes never leaving the slowly moving blonde's head.

"N-no." The blonde-haired girl stammered while she listened to the woman above her snort.

"It is well past one. And well past time that you get up off my leg and come with me to see a healer." The Princess ordered while pointing a domineering finger down at the sweating girl.

"Y-yes Azula-sama." Elle agreed with yet another yawn that earned her an imposing stare from Azula and a giggle from her big sister.

But she was far too sick to get excited over even one of her oneesans being present.

"You aren't moving Elle…hey! You open your eyes now! I need to get out of this chair." Azula barked in a louder voice that instantly snapped Elle's eyes back open.

"Azula…" Ty Lee chided with a sigh while her friend naturally ignored her plea.

"I…am moving." The blonde-haired girl murmured while pushing herself up all the while wincing at the sound of her master's raised voice.

"Would you look at that…I can finally move my leg. You are a clingy little tiger monkey. Do you know that?" The Princess remarked with a slight smile despite her words while peering down at her still drowsy maid now gazing back with an adorable blush.

"Um…y-yes?" Elle stammered out with yet another yawn while the woman gazed down at her sitting on her knees before her throne.

"Can you refrain from teasing her right now Azula? She doesn't feel well." The brown-haired woman requested warmly while staring at her friend's sighing face.

"Do you feel any better?" Azula questioned as she pushed her backside forward while staring down at Elle seated upon her knees.

"S-somewhat…but my head still hurts…and I still feel woozy." The blonde-haired girl explained in a notably delayed manner while watching her protector stare down at her.

Then Azula pushed herself to her feet before arising above Elle all the while peering down at the small girl with her lips pursed in disapproval.

"Stand servant…go sit with Ty Lee. I with return with the healer." The Princess announced with her hands on her shapely hips while watching as her pet smiled up at her.

"Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama." Elle stated softly while standing up slowly with her hand on the table leg.

Then she felt hands grasp her from behind while peering over her shoulder at the acrobat's gentle countenance smiling down at her.

"Come on little sister. Sit with me." Ty Lee spoke while aiding Elle into standing before guiding the timid teenager over to her seat.

All along she never missed how Elle peered over her shoulder at Azula as if afraid that she would leave for days on end.

"Yes oneesan." The blonde-haired girl replied while the woman pulled her down into a chair under her right arm.

"You are just too cute." The brown-haired woman cooed while holding the blushing girl in her arms with the two of them sharing a large seat.

And with that the Princess strode towards the door only to pause briefly as she turned to the two girls.

"Keep a close on my little tiger monkey Ty Lee. Make certain that she refrains from hopping about." Azula spoke while waving her hand before her face sighing heavily all the while.

"Uh…sure. I'll do that Azula." Ty Lee agreed while Elle gazed after Azula with a tender smile not even bothered that she was being dubbed a small animal.

"I'll be a good tiger monkey for Her Highness." Elle stated sweetly with her words earning her a small smirk from the woman in question.

And then the Princess swiftly opened her door making certain to close it just as quickly behind her.

The sound of Azula striding down the hall was heard by both girls until her footfalls fading into the far-off distance.

"You encourage Azula far too much Elle." The brown-haired woman spoke softly in a chiding manner while peering down at the young girl in her arms.

"I don't mind oneesan. I have no complaints whatsoever. I love Azula-sama just the way she is." The blonde-haired girl admitted bashfully with her words producing a gentle smile from the acrobat.

"You're so sweet…that I just can't help…but snuggle you." Ty Lee cooed before smashing the red-faced girl into her pink blouse.

Elle wrapped her arms around the acrobat's bicep just like she did with Azula all the while laying her head against Ty Lee's chest.

"Snuggle time with my oneesan." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while the older girl giggled all the while holding her close.

"That's right." The brown-haired woman chirped while humming as she began to play with her braided hair.

The two sat together for a time only they heard the door opening about forty minutes later.

Elle speedily sat up beside Ty Lee who was also straightening herself to avoid angering Azula in front of prying eyes.

Then the door opened to reveal the Princess striding in with her hands clasped behind her back with a palace healer following after her.

"This is the one Your Highness?" The palace physician pondered while turning inquisitively to the stoic woman for guidance.

The small blonde gazed up at the smiling acrobat and then to her caretaker for reassurance in the presence of the unfamiliar man.

The doctor wore long red robes and his hair was grayed while also wearing his hair in the traditional Fire Nation bun.

In his left hand he held onto a bag of medical tools.

"Yes, this is my personal servant in training. She requires a checkup for her peculiar breathing condition." Azula informed curtly while tapping her fingers along her folded biceps all the while striding forward.

"A breathing condition Princess?" Sekim repeated while staring at the young girl with evident puzzlement in his eyes.

"I just said as much. After excess…activity her breathing becomes labored…this displeases me. Therefore, I demand you correct her ailment." The Princess explained from where she stood over her timid maid with the acrobat holding a hand to her shoulder.

"Pardon me for questioning you Princess…but why not just find another servant to attend to your needs? There is no shortage of servants. Why keep one on hand that cannot perform the work required of her?" The palace physician questioned with his clinical gaze now peering down at the young girl while her shoulders slumped in panic over his cold query.

Elle's distraught amber eyes flickered up at Ty Lee's now angered countenance before turning to peer up at the Princess for reassurance.

She had but to glance up at her master for an instant and all of her worries began to wash away.

The Princess's merciless narrowing of her golden eyes said it all and more.

Azula's glare was so intimidating that Sekim began to sweat profusely under her imposing stare.

"I like this one. Despite her…condition the work she performs is impeccable. The girl is the most devoted servant that I have ever had. And I will not accept a replacement. Now treat the girl!" The Princess snapped with her voice cutting through the air like a flaming whip while her callous glare never left the now trembling man's face.

The regal woman's rigid order earned her a shy smile from Elle and a grin of approval from Ty Lee.

"O-of course Y-Your Highness. Forgive me." Sekim stammered while speedily stepping past the tall woman all the while feeling her icy eyes following his every move.

It was completely baffling to witness the cruel Princess Azula demand her maid receive treatment.

"Get up Ty Lee." Azula commanded while staring down at her friend with a pointed look while the other woman frowned once more.

"But Azula…she's scared…" Ty Lee protested while gesturing to Elle's fretful face only for the the Princess to glance over her over with a scowl.

"Whatever. Just don't get in the way." The Princess grunted while waving the healer forward as he knelt before her young admirer's sweating face.

Several minutes later Elle sat beside Ty Lee while Sekim checked her breathing with a strange metal instrument.

His bag of equipment sat on the floor beside him while Azula stood supervising the whole affair.

"I do indeed hear a strain on her breathing. It's faint but it's there. As for the cause…that will require further investigation if Your Highness wishes to pursue the matter." The palace physician explained while the Princess peered down at him rolling her eyes at his turned back.

"Do whatever you must. I will finance the matter personally…cost is not an object. Not for this one." The Princess spoke while staring down at Elle with the girl peering up at her with a grateful smile.

Once more Sekim glanced up at Azula with a flicker of surprise in his eyes but he simply nodded all the same while returning to examining the nervous girl.

All along Ty Lee also gazed down at him with protective eyes already taking the role of big sister as a serious responsibility.

"May I ask why the girl is showing the signs of a hangover?" Sekim queried with a tone of disapproval while the acrobat gazed down at him finally rolling her eyes.

But Azula beat her to the punch.

"Ty Lee borrowed her for the evening…she has become quite taken with my servant…and against my advice…she gave her alcohol. I told her that the girl would get sick…but sadly she didn't listen." Azula remarked with a sigh while shaking her head down at the two girls'.

"Right. I should have listened to you Azula." Ty Lee spoke with a sigh of her own while Elle continued to slump under the man's judging stare.

It truly angered her that the poor girl was being glared at for simply doing what she and Azula had encouraged her to do.

"How irresponsible of you girl. You should have listened to Princess's Azula's orders. I must say…you are not a very reliable servant. Getting so drunk that you are unable to perform the functions of your job." The palace physician berated in a strict voice while the small blonde's head hung low with a look of shame in her innocent eyes.

"S-sumimasen…" Elle mumbled glumly while folding her hands in her lap with Sekim audibly scoffing in evident condemnation.

Once again unfortunately for the old man he was unaware just how fond both the Princess and the acrobat had become of their young servant.

Both women were now glaring at him with the acrobat's glare being the most outspoken.

Azula stood with her arms folded making a noticeable effort to maintain an aura of detachment yet still staring down at the physician with cold golden eyes.

"Hey! Why don't you shut up and do your job! She did as I ordered her to do! It's my fault. Not hers! I suppose you've never had a hangover interfere with your job! My ass you haven't!" Ty Lee bellowed with anger in her voice that took Sekim aback while she sat glaring down at him with annoyance in her eyes.

The petite blonde peered up at her big sister with a twinge of pink on her cheeks while meeting the acrobat's reassuring eyes.

"The girl has been ordered to follow Ty Lee's absolute will in my absence. She did as Ty Lee bid. Now, if you berate my servant again. You will find your day will suddenly become…quite miserable." The Princess announced in a glacial voice while peering down at the cowering man's back.

And just like that Elle was staring up at Azula as well with a broad smile that puzzled Sekim who was now nodding rapidly.

"U-understood P-Princess." Sekim agreed all the while pondering just what made this particular servant so special to the Princess and her noble friend.

"Good, very good. Now I couldn't help but notice her reaction to the alcohol was stronger than normal." Azula stated while gazing down at Elle with impatience in her eyes for the man to move on.

"W-well she may simply not have a tolerance for it. But m-more than likely there is an underlying medical factor that was simply…aggravated by the consumption of alcohol." The palace physician answered while glancing up at the Princess's frigid countenance.

"I had already presumed as much. Once more, I require you to investigate every little aspect of the girl's health. Again…money is not an object. Is there something you can give her to expedite her recovery?" Azula declared over the man's shoulder all the while gazing down much like an observant mother.

"Tea would help with the nausea. There is a medicine I can prescribe…a leaf herb. It should get her back to work within a few hours." Sekim responded while Azula held a finger to her chin giving her nod of approval.

"Treat her bruises as well. I want her unmarred." The Princess continued in a strict voice while peering down at her servant with domineering golden eyes.

"Y-yes Princess. I shall apply a treatment that should resolve the bruises within several days." The palace physician assured while placing her instruments away while he began to apply a salve to the girl's cheeks.

About twenty minutes later Sekim was standing up while Elle sat with a cup of tea in her hand as she obediently sipping at it.

And the Princess had been given instructions on how long she was to take the crushed-up herb with her meal.

The teenager had also been prescribed a medicine for her severe headache that was just now taking affect.

"One more thing…she uses this inhalant to stabilize her breathing. Is there something you could give that is similar?" Azula questioned while holding out her palm with the man staring down at the inhaler in surprise.

"I…have never seen a medical device like that before." Sekim muttered while giving the device a look over with curious golden eyes.

"I didn't expect that you would…but that is not relevant." The Princess scoffed while staring at the older man with demanding eyes.

"T-there are medicines that can help with breathing yes. I will arrange a treatment plan straight away." The palace physician spoke while gazing back at the seated teenager with amazement in his eyes.

"Only the finest and most effective medicine will do for this one. I suggest you remember…that she is to receive only the highest quality of care. You will report only to me on the matter…understand?" Azula spoke with her palms behind her back while Sekim bowed nodding rapidly.

"Yes, I understand, Your Highness. I will work diligently on her case." Sekim stated while bowing at the waist before the looming woman.

"That will be all. You are dismissed." The Princess concluded with a wave of her hand while turning away to gaze upon her pet seated alongside the protective acrobat.

"As you command Princess Azula." The palace physician answered before departing the study with his bag in hand.

All the while glancing back at the odd young girl for a final time before opening the door and closing it silently soon after.

"I don't like that man. He was rude to Elle." Ty Lee complained while snaking an arm around the petite girl once more before drawing the smiling girl into another hug.

"If there is a repeat of it…I will have him replaced." Azula commented while still standing over the two with her stern eyes peering down at the timid girl.

"S-sumimasen for inconveniencing you Azula-sama." Elle spoke meekly with her eyes remaining fixated upon her tea while the regal woman shook her head.

"You are a bothersome little tiger monkey…but not one that I dislike." The Princess remarked with a lazy shrug of her shoulders while frowning over her pet's downcast mood.

"Azula…she's not a tiger monkey." The brown-haired woman scolded mildly only to smile when the Princess reached down to tenderly pat the girl's head.

"This loyal servant will strive to be the best tiger monkey she can be!" The blonde-haired girl chirped with returning cheer while her words earned her a smirk from her master.

"Such a good pet…isn't she Ty Lee?" Azula purred with her hand running through the blushing girl's hair all the while enjoying Ty Lee's groan of aggravation.

"She's not a pet Azula!" Ty Lee exclaimed while playfully slapping Azula's arm only for the monarch to smirk down at her as well.

"But oneesan…I am. Azula-sama wishes for me to be her good girl…and I won't ever be anything less than the best girl that I can be for Her Highness." Elle insisted while drinking her tea with a smile as leaned into Azula's petting hand.

"…As long as Azula makes you happy Elle…" The brown-haired woman sighed while the Princess finally removed her palm from the young girl's head.

"That is what I like to hear…Elle. I have a reward for you. Several rewards actually." The Princess spoke with a finger underneath her smiling chin while staring down at the overjoyed girl.

"S-several rewards for me?" The blonde-haired girl stuttered out cutely while both highborn women observed her fondly.

"Hm. Indeed servant." Azula stated before striding away while Elle's childish eyes glistened in excitement all the while following her every move.

Ty Lee couldn't help but grin while watching Elle peek after Azula with her eyes sparkling in innocent wonder.

The sweet girl adored Azula so much that her excitement was more due to hearing that she pleased the Princess than the reward itself.

Then Azula seated herself upon her throne once more before reaching for a small box and opening it in a purposefully slow manner.

All the while Ty Lee giggled as she peered down at Elle to see that the girl had the most adorable expression on her face.

"Come here Elle." The Princess announced with a snap of her fingers while reclining in her throne with her lips curling into a refined smile.

"Y-yes Azula-sama!" Elle exclaimed while her big sister observed her hopping to her feet with her tea in hand before scurrying over.

"Walk slowly! You need to finish that tea." Azula barked while pointing a dominant finger at her carefree pet with her words instantly slowing Elle's gait.

"As Her Highness says. Always as my Princess Charming commands." The blonde-haired girl chimed with an expression of warmth in her eyes while proceeding over in a more careful manner.

"Now put down your tea. Just for a moment." The Princess instructed in a micromanaging manner that had the acrobat smiling.

There was no doubt that Azula enjoyed dominating Elle…but there was also no doubt that her leader truly cared for their young friend.

"Yes Princess." Elle answered as she did so before facing Azula just as she bent over in a respectful bow at the waist.

Azula smiled with a finger touching her lip while she surveyed her pet bowing before her with her hands at her sides.

And her young face gazing downward with her eyes closed as she smiled softly.

"Mhm. She's very respectful. Wouldn't you agree Ty Lee? I approve of this one." The Princess spoke while leaning forward just as she patted the blushing girl's head with her right hand.

"Yes, she is Azula. I have never met anyone as courteous as Elle. She's a real sweetheart…" The brown-haired woman agreed with an expression of fondness in her cheerful eyes.

She couldn't help but giggle softly while watching Elle practically swell in pride with a proud smile after hearing Azula's words.

"I-I will never be discourteous to you Azula-sama. I endeavor to make you smile." The blonde-haired girl piped up with a sunny smile all the while puffing out her chest in an innocently prideful manner.

Azula's hand patted Elle's head once more while she gazed down at the young girl with her crimson lips twitching in a pleased manner.

"Hm. Good girl Elle. So good. I like to be pleased…and no one pleases me more than you. I will not allow it to be said that Princess's Azula's good girl goes unrewarded." Azula purred in a silken voice that was making young Elle blush madly while reaching into the mysterious box upon her desk.

"Wow Azula…I've never heard you refer to anyone as your good girl before." Ty Lee stated with a soft smile while gazing at her little sister's joyous face.

"I am Princess Azula's good girl!" Elle cheered while laughing happily under the Princess's petting hand all the while Azula gazed down at her with a fond smirk on her red lips.

"That you are. This…is for your good behavior today. You brought my breakfast twenty minutes early…even when you didn't feel good." The Princess remarked in a satisfied voice while holding out her hand before the girl's face with a small item wrapped in white paper.

The acrobat was astonished by the Princess's declaration, it was no wonder why Azula liked Elle so much.

She went above and beyond what any servant would do just to make Azula happy…it was so sweet!

The small blonde opened her amber eyes to find herself gazing at a wrapped maple praline!

"A maple praline! I love pralines Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl squealed with her little eyes sparkling while she watched her Princess set the treat down beside her tea cup.

"I know you do. I ordered an entire stock of them. For every day that you please me, you may have one praline." Azula spoke with her lips curving into a gratified smirk while she watched Elle's childish eyes zone in on the treat with an even greater eagerness to please.

"E-every day?" Elle stammered out bashfully as she twiddled her thumbs happily while all the while remaining in her courteous bow.

"Every day." The Princess responded while folding her legs gracefully upon her throne all the while peering back at her pure hearted pet's sunny countenance.

"May…I have it now Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl pondered with her eyes peering at the praline just as her belly began to growl.

All the while she listened to her big sister's gentle laughter with her blush growing even greater under all of the constant attention that she was receiving.

"I suppose so. I wouldn't normally give you a praline for breakfast…but you've been good. Just…eat it slowly…I don't need you throwing up on us." Azula stated while turning to watch her maid gleefully reach for her snack.

"Wait! She hasn't eaten yet Azula?" The brown-haired woman repeated in a shocked voice while her friend shook her head.

"No Ty Lee. She didn't feel well enough to eat this morning. Only I ate." The Princess answered with her hardened gaze observing the girl smile while unwrapping her candy.

"A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama. I…wouldn't want to be anywhere else." Elle murmured with a radiant visage while peering at her reclining master's sighing face.

"I am aware servant. Here is your second reward…" Azula trailed off while withdrawing her hand from the box once more before setting down a large sack that loudly clanged upon hitting the tabletop.

The acrobat's eyes nearly fell out of her head as she gaped at the size of the bag of gold that the Princess was offering their young friend.

Well beyond…the normal servant's pay!

It wasn't like Azula to handle a servant's pay to begin with, such a trivial task was handled by someone far below her in status.

"Um…may I ask what is in that bag Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl pondered naively while taking a small bite of her treat with a joyful smile about her.

"Your pay. Silly girl." The Princess snorted with her fist resting against her cheek while she smirked back at her stunned maid.

"I-I really get paid?" Elle blurted in a voice of disbelief while Azula gazed back at her with a now deadpan stare.

"Of course, you get paid girl. Servants get paid! What did you think? That you were a slave?" Azula inquired with amusement lacing her voice while she watched Elle poke at the sack with awe in her little eyes.

"Oneesan Mai told me the other day that I got paid…but I wasn't certain because I didn't hear it from you master." The blonde-haired girl spoke timidly while smiling innocently at her now taken aback master.

"You really thought that I wasn't going to pay you? You truly are a naïve little thing…" The Princess sighed while lazily twirling a lock of her hair with her long fingertip.

"Yes, little sister, Mai and Azula are correct you do get paid." The brown-haired woman commented with a rising smile while gazing at the astonished girl's face.

She was wise enough to know that it would be foolish to comment on how generous Azula was being with Elle.

Doing so would put Elle at risk to lose these privileges just as fast as they began.

"W-wow all of this for me? I didn't even know that servants got paid…I thought our pay was a roof over our heads and the joy of serving you Azula-sama." Elle admitted as she held a finger to her chin with her treat in her other hand.

Ty Lee almost fell out of her chair when she heard that adorably naïve admission.

She could only hold a hand to her face sighing heavily while peering out of her fingers at Azula's wolfish grin that had now appeared on the Princess's smug face.

"Hm. What an adorable little pet you are. Just too precious." Azula purred as she shifted her bottom while leaning forward to pat Elle's head with her action causing the small girl to flush sweetly.

"I-I am Azula-sama's favorite girl." The blonde-haired girl stammered from underneath the monarch's petting hand with a shy smile on her lips.

"Well Azula…at least she's happy…" The brown-haired woman trailed off while watching the Princess treat the young girl just like a prized pet.

"Mhm. You are…all mine." The Princess cooed while exhaling over the quivering girl's face with her lips curving into a predatory smile.

"O-ooh Azula-sama…you enrapture me with every word that you speak." Elle gushed with her hand on her cheek while Azula's palm slid down the side of her face.

Ty Lee glanced away with a blush on her own cheeks while watching from the corner of her eye a bit taken aback by Azula's rising sensual interest in the girl.

"I shall continue to enrapture you. I will continue to dominate you…here you have flowed and now you flow no more. I am never going to let you go. As I told you last night…it's far too late to run away now…" Azula whispered in a voice of absolute domination while breathing on the trembling girl's neck.

"Why…would I ever run from a life like this? P-please keep me…forevermore." The blonde-haired girl pleaded in a passionate voice while domineering golden orbs pierced her very being.

"Don't worry your little mind over leaving…because you belong to me!" The Princess hissed in a powerful voice while grasping her pet by her face in a dominant hand.

"I-I belong to Princess…Azula-" Elle agreed with an adorable stutter before freezing up when she was pulled forward.

"You're damn right you do girl." Azula snarled before pulling Elle into her lap all the while Ty Lee gazed on red-faced just as she crushed her pet in yet another kiss.

The Princess held the paralyzed maid in her arms while staring down at the gasping teenager's overjoyed little face.

All the while cupping her bruised cheek in her hands with her hot breath exhaling in Elle's awestruck face.

The timid girl began to nervously kiss her master back all the while trembling in fear of her inexperience showing in the face of such a marvelous woman.

But the regal Princess didn't seem to mind that she barely knew how to kiss.

If anything, it pleased Azula greatly that Elle was hers to shape and mold.

And just as quickly as it had begun it ended with the Princess releasing the young maid from her kiss with a smug smirk adorning her confident lips.

"Did that…make you feel better?" The Princess purred once more with the gasping girl falling into her arms while she gazed down at her victoriously.

"O-oh my…" The blonde-haired girl murmured in a lovesick voice while shivering in the Princess's strong arms.

"That…was your third reward." Azula cooed while breathing against Elle's neck all the while stroking her face like a precious kitten.

"I-I think my brain is shutting down." Elle confessed adorably while listening to Azula chuckle arrogantly in her ear.

"A-Azula she's only thirteen! P-please don't give the poor girl a heart attack." Ty Lee spoke up from the corner of the room while gazing at her leader with stunned eyes.

"You hear that Ty Lee? My charm is so powerful that it shuts her brain down. Young girl's fall head over heels just to have the privilege of serving me breakfast." The Princess boasted in a supremely haughty voice while holding her submissive pet in her lap.

"You're really letting this go to your head Azula…" The brown-haired woman trailed off with a sigh while observing the scene smiling even so.

"Hm? Are you still with us my pet? Oh, you are? I was just checking." Azula taunted while peering down at Elle's reddened face with smug golden eyes.

"D-does this m-mean that I am y-your girl?" The blonde-haired girl requested with a lovable stammer while the regal woman rolled her eyes above her.

"Aww!" Ty Lee squealed in a gush while she smiled at the two.

"I should think that would have been obvious. Since you can't see my face…I should tell you that I am rolling my eyes." The Princess sighed while trailing her fingers through her young admirer's hair all the while holding her close.

"I-I am Azula-sama's…girl." Elle spoke with an overjoyed voice all the while leaning into the woman's powerful arms.

"Humph. Did you really think I would be so generous if you weren't? You are indeed…my girl." Azula purred just as she held the back of Elle's head against her breasts all the while petting her maid in a possessive manner.

"Azula…I am truly happy for you and Elle…but…you will take her age into consideration…won't you?" The brown-haired woman pondered only to flinch not a moment later when the Princess turned to scowl in her direction whilst petting the stunned blonde's head.

"I am offended you would even ask! What sort of woman do you take me for?" The Princess snapped while glaring at her childhood friend with the small girl relaxing in her lap.

"Do you really want me to answer that?" Ty Lee replied in a sigh when the spoiled woman huffed in offense.

"Can you believe the way my own subordinates speak of me Elle?" Azula questioned with a smooth voice while peering down at Elle's still shocked face with amused eyes.

The small blonde then blinked slowly as if her brain had only just now turned on.

"That's not true oneesan. Azula-sama is not a selfish person at all. She is so kind…" The blonde-haired girl spoke sweetly with her big sister gazing back at her with her nose scrunched up in disagreement.

"You are so cute dear…just too sweet." The brown-haired woman stated with a smile while shaking her head.

"Hm…at least someone is loyal around here. To answer your question…Ty Lee. Yes, I have factored her age into consideration." The Princess remarked while staring down into her maid's enraptured eyes with a pleased smile.

"Well…that's good." Ty Lee responded though her voice still reflected her uncertainty.

"Listen well Elle. You are my girl. But I will not have it said that Princess Azula is without grace. Which is why starting today…we will continue to get to know one another. Are you following me so far? Good." Azula spoke smugly while Elle gazed up at her nodding in a numb spellbound trance.

"G-get to know each other." Elle repeated with a sunny smile while the regal woman nodded.

"That's right. While I would love to just shove your face between my legs…I will…wait. I know. Such is the sacrifice that I must bear." The Princess announced while brushing her bangs from her eyes in a captivating manner with a conceited smile on her red lips.

"A-Azula!" The brown-haired woman cried out with a flush while sinking back in her seat.

"S-shove my face between your legs? I-is that something we'll do together Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl asked naively with a blush while the older girl grinned wolfishly over her shoulder.

"Such an innocent little thing. Isn't she Ty Lee?" Azula boasted with a smirk while gazing back at her sputtering friend.

"P-please go e-easy on her Azula." Ty Lee stuttered while listening to her friend chuckle in an arrogant manner while gazing down at Elle.

"Over the next few weeks we will keep our budding relations a secret between us. My father…cannot know. Once I become Fire Lord…I will announce you as my intended." The Princess stated with a sigh while the small blonde peered up at her wide eyed.

As was the acrobat who could only listen in awe.

"Y-your intended Princess?" Elle inquired with her heart speeding up so wonderfully as she leaned into her master's soft breasts.

"My intended…my betrothed…my girl. You will remain as such…until you are sixteen. Then…if all has gone well. I shall marry you." Azula explained with a gratified voice while staring down at her adorable pet with dominant golden eyes.

"M-marry me…when I am sixteen?" The blonde-haired girl spoke in a transfixed voice while a radiant smile began to spread like wildfire across her cheeks.

All the while Ty Lee silently smiled as widely as can be listening to Azula's surprisingly touching declaration.

Not only was she stunned that Azula was considering possibly marrying Elle, she was just as astonished that her friend was willing to wait over two years for the girl to become of age.

"Mhm. That's right. I won't allow it to be said that I took advantage of you. Not in that manner…anyhow." The Princess commented with her confident gaze never leaving her pet's overjoyed face.

Elle sank into the Princess's arms with an expression of serenity in her innocent eyes all the while staring up at the powerful woman's entrancing gaze.

"Over these next two years we will date one another…and you shall continue to serve me. I am your alpha after all. If all goes well…and we marry…you will continue to serve me even then…" Azula declared with smugness lacing her voice while running her fingers through her admirer's hair.

The young girl could only nod in a spellbound manner finding that she was at a loss for words.

"W-wait she'll still be a servant Azula?" The brown-haired woman pondered with surprise in her voice while the regal woman gazed on smiling.

"No. Not a servant…my wife. My pet. By that point she will sleep beside me and she will most certainly be my Fire Lady. I would have nothing less. But…she will still always be my pet…such is the nature of our bond." The Princess replied in a stern voice while staring back at her nodding friend.

"A-at least she'll be Fire Lady…in name at least…I can already tell that you'll be a demanding girlfriend Azula. I am not sure if I should be happy for her or pity her." Ty lee sighed yet smiled all the while at the two girls seated together.

"Your training has only just begun…Elle. I hope you can handle pleasing me." Azula whispered in Elle's quivering ear with a look of hunger in her callous eyes.

"I…can handle anything to be yours…Azula-sama. Y-you are my Princess charming." Elle murmured with a bright smile while a joyful tear streamed down her cheek.

"I'll settle for happy." The brown-haired woman stated with a tear of her own sliding down her face.

"I confide that I find such a title pleasing…but I do not approve of your tears. If you shed another tear…I will punish you!" The Princess barked with her eyes narrowing in a terrifying glare while the blonde nodded with a blush on her cheeks.

"Azula…" Ty Lee trailed off while she sweatdropped with a finger wiping at her eye.

"Y-yes Azula-sama…as you say. Always as Her Highness commands." The blonde-haired girl agreed while the Princess smiled once more while reaching for her tea cup.

"Finish your tea. It is getting cold." Azula commanded in her usual rigid voice while Elle accepted the cup with shaky hands.

"Yes." Elle spoke with a sunny countenance while sipping at the tea with peaceful amber eyes gazing ahead.

"If you are feeling well enough to make the walk after that…I want you to go to your chamber. Your new chamber…I made…a few changes to your arrangements. Fret not…all of your personal belongings are as is. If you find the changes satisfactory…let me know. If there is anything else that you need…let me know…as well." The Princess purred while brushing her fingers through the girl's hair once again.

"Wakarimashita …Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl cheered while laughing sweetly with her spirits now returning in full.

She still felt shaky and her head still hurt…but Azula-sama was somehow making her feel as if that didn't matter.

"Hm. Now that…is what I like to see. I prefer you…smiling." Azula confessed while staring down at Elle's serene face with a trace of affection in her eyes.

"T-thank you…for all of this Azula-sama. I promise you…that I will be the best girl for you that I can be. I am your good girl." Elle declared joyfully while still giggling as she leaned into the woman's alluring touch.

"Mhm. I can see that. One can only hope for your sake that you're feeling better by tonight…because I'll be putting your devotion to the test." The Princess announced with a wolfish grin on her crimson lips while she pressed her face into the back of the gasping girl's head.

"T-to the test Azula? H-haven't you tested poor Elle enough?" The brown-haired woman inquired in a nervous voice while her friend chuckled smugly.

"Not in the least." Azula stated while exhaling into Elle's quivering neck with a dominant smirk on her sophisticated lips.

"W-what is my test tonight? How…will I please you master?" The blonde-haired girl pondered in a lovesick voice while shuddering pleasantly at the sensation of warm air tickling her neck.

"You were scheduled to wash my feet at one…I've rescheduled you for six on the dot. Tonight… I will be training you. You'll learn all about how you'll be washing my feet from now on…" Azula remarked in a sadistic voice while never even paying Ty Lee's scolding stare any mind.

"T-that doesn't sound very romantic Azula. I pity the girl once more." Ty lee sighed while her spoiled friend waved off her words.

"Y-yes Azula-sama. Her Highness's feet must be washed!" Elle chirped with a worshipful smile about her that had Azula smirking even more by the minute.

The acrobat just cringed while musing that Elle doesn't seem to understand that Azula will continue to push work onto her just because she knows that the girl enjoys pleasing her.

"Hm. Such a good pet. I am very peculiar about the process…make sure that you get between the toes. I would be displeased if you didn't…" The Princess purred with a malicious smile while still breathing into her pet's neck.

The sound of the acrobat coughing nervously once more filled the air.

"Get between the toes Azula? Your idea of romance is an odd one to say the least." The brown-haired woman remarked with another sigh.

That was when Elle took both women aback by setting her empty tea cup aside.

And then slipping her hand into her robes to withdraw her little diary complete with a small pen attached to the binding.

All the while Azula now gazed over Elle's shoulder only to find herself blinking in surprise when the small girl began to record a notation all the while chewing on her lip.

"Get…between Her Highness's toes." The blonde-haired girl mumbled thoughtfully while the Princess glanced down at her with a grand smile of approval on her crimson lips.

"Good girl…so good. After my feet are washed…you can spend the next hour massaging my feet. As my girlfriend…I expect daily massages." Azula ordered while flipping her bangs from her eyes in an ever-pompous manner.

The more Ty Lee heard the more she flinched in renewed sympathy for the sweet girl.

"A good girlfriend…gives Azula-sama a massage every…day." Elle spoke in a soft voice while writing with a gentle smile on her lips.

"Oh…and do be certain that you bring me a proper bowl of cherries. I need something to snack on while you're busy with my feet. And there had best be no cherry pits!" The Princess bellowed with her eyes narrowing playfully while delighting in her maid's lovable habit of recording her orders.

"A-Azula this is beginning to sound like slavery." Ty Lee stammered with her eyes widening in worry for her adoptive sister.

"Always…bring Azula-sama cherries before servicing Her Highness's feet…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off dutifully while smiling with her master peering over her shoulder.

"And…if you are a good girl…perhaps I'll even feed you cherries while you're down there." Azula sighed in a purposefully teasing voice while she smirked down at the blushing girl.

"How generous of you." The brown-haired woman snorted with her arms folded in slight disapproval.

"Yes Azula-sama. I will be a good girl for you." Elle agreed with a sunny voice before taking a bite out of her praline while Azula smiled in recognition of her good behavior.

"Of that I have no doubt my pet. And if you are really, really good. Perhaps…you can massage another part of my body afterward?" The Princess suggested with a lazy demeanor about her while enjoying how the girl leaned into her chest.

"I-I would be honored to serve any part of your body Azula-sama. You have but to speak and I will follow the order through…no matter what…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off with a giggle as she sunk into the monarch sighing dreamily all the while.

"Perhaps…you could massage my backside? I bet you'd like that wouldn't you? How would you enjoy that view?" Azula taunted with a seductive smirk all the while clutching Elle into her breasts with a domineering gleam in her eyes.

"A-Azula! W-wait awhile before she starts playing with your ass!" Ty Lee cried out in a comically protective voice while Elle gazed on smiling brightly.

"If that is your wish master…I won't protest such a lovely task…" Elle agreed while swooning with a hand on her cheek.

"Marvelous. Just splendid. I look forward to our time together later." The Princess spoke with a slightly softened voice while playing with her favorite servant's hair.

"As do I…Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while chewing on her treat once more with a truly relaxed countenance.

"Tell me though…are you feeling better now?" Azula questioned in a truly attentive voice with her playfulness giving way to concern.

"Much better…my head still hurts though…" Elle answered honestly while Azula gazed down at her with her lips frowning into a thin line.

"I will have you seen only by the best of the best. Worry not…if there is something wrong…I will mend it…" The Princess assured with her palm brushing against the smaller girl's cheek.

"A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off timidly while leaning into the regal woman's shoulder.

"As I told you the other night…you are in capable hands." Azula sighed in a protective voice all the while scowling over her pet's mysterious health issues.

"…Azula-sama…my protector…" Elle whispered with a serene smile on her bashful lips while the Princess hummed in agreement.

Ty Lee sat in the corner unable to resist the urge to smile while watching Azula and Elle bond. She could tell that they would be an odd couple…but cute all the same.

"There is no one more capable than me…for such a task. You belong to Princess Azula now. It is that simple." The Princess purred with a strong hand stroking the small girl's cheek.

The small blonde hid in her shoulder while she mused that it couldn't hurt to hold her pet just this once.

She was hers now…

Her girl.

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Elle stood in her new chamber that was situated just a short distance from her old one.

It was bigger, and that was not all.

Her simple cot was gone and in its place was a very lovely designer bed!

Her emotional eyes flickered about while turning to her new desk complete with a comfortable chair.

She now had a closet, which she was opening at this very moment with a look of astonishment in her amber eyes.

It was completely lined with only the finest of robes and countless blouses, and lovely dresses!

A lounge chair even sat in the corner of her room with her shopping bags and backpack resting neatly on the floor beside it.

And finally, there was even an artwork station.

Complete with a painting stand and a wide assortment of arts and crafts.

A tear of joy slid down her cheek when she stopped before the stand with the note that was taped to its wooden surface.

It was clear that her Princess now knew about her hobby painting her royal image.

But she didn't care.

Because she was Azula-sama's girl now.

Elle,

I hope that you find your new arrangements to your liking. If you need anything, anything at all. Come to me.

Sincerely,

Princess Azula

"She…likes me…Azula-sama…truly likes me." The blonde-haired girl murmured before falling onto her new bed with an overjoyed smile.

She has never been this happy!

Never, not even close.

Many hours later.

Elle walked with a large bowl of cherries in hand now wearing fine red robes along with her golden bow around her neckline.

She strode before coming to a stop before her Princess's personal royal spa.

She timidly rapped on the door before she heard the woman's loud, yet silken voice as she called out to her.

"Come in Elle." Azula called out from where she sat in a large throne with her palms folded in her lap.

Her controlling eyes watched as the girl opened the spa door all the while glancing at her clock in approval.

Twenty minutes early.

"Such a punctual girl. Oh, don't be so timid. It's not like I am going to eat you." The Princess taunted with her hair hanging freely behind her as she watched the red-faced teenager meekly step in.

The small blonde peered at the woman seated in her throne wearing elegant red robes with a golden trim, with a red sash wrapped around her lovely waistline.

And her dark hair flowing freely with a glistening gleam making it clear just how well cared for the Princess's hair truly was.

"Y-yes Azula-sama. As you say…always as Her Highness orders." Elle answered bashfully while padding closer with Azula all the while observing her sighing.

"So…how do you like your new arrangements?" Azula pondered while glancing down at Elle with pleased eyes when the girl dropped into a bow before her bare feet.

The bowl of cherries was placed directly before her hand while she reached down with a smile before popping one in her mouth.

'This girl is just the best pet.' The Princess thought while smiling down at her adorable maid when the girl leaned down to hug her knee.

"I-it is more than I deserve. T-thank you Azula-sama. I-I appreciate everything you do for me. I-I've never been this happy. Not o-once in my life." The blonde-haired girl stammered in a moved voice with the older woman staring down at her taken aback by her sudden show of emotion.

Azula swallowed the cherry with her lips pursed into a thin line before planting her palm in Elle's soft blonde hair.

She felt the girl fall face first into her thighs while sighing once more as she began to pet her in a rare show of compassion.

All the while listening to little whines from below.

"You've been abused a great deal. Haven't you servant?" The Princess questioned in a stern voice while patting her maid's head just as she gazed down at her with dominant eyes.

"Y-yes Princess. I-I have." Elle cried softly while Azula glanced down at her scowling with disapproval in her cold eyes.

"I am not going to abuse you. That time of your life is over now. You belong to me…now." Azula spoke while peering down at her pet with callous golden eyes all the while patting the sniffling girl's head.

"I-I belong to Master Azula now." The blonde-haired girl agreed while peering up at the woman's stony countenance with emotive little eyes.

"That you do…pet. There, there." The Princess cooed while consuming another cherry with a sigh as she ran her fingers through her submissive girl's hair.

"Master Azula is home." Elle stated with a rising smile while peering up at the woman when her long fingers wiped her eyes.

"I am. Now no more tears. Be a good girl for me." Azula purred while staring down at her servant just as she reached into her bowl before lowering a cherry over Elle's blushing face.

"I-I am Princess Azula's good girl." The blonde-haired girl cheered with a sunny smile just as she opened her mouth to accept her treat.

Then she blushed an even deeper shade of red when the woman's palm pushed her face into her thigh patting her head all the while.

"You're a good pet. I'll take care of you." The Princess sighed while gazing down at her sensitive pet with a stern stare that hid her fondness for the small girl.

"Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama." Elle spoke cheerily while laughing happily as she began to nuzzle Azula's thigh in a submissive manner.

"Hm. You are a sensitive little dear. But I feel as if we'll make a good fit for each other. You'd be lost without my strength." Azula commented while swallowing another cherry with a content sigh.

"That's so. I need your guidance master." The blonde-haired girl chimed while propping her head up on a shapely thigh with her eyes peering up at the towering woman's strict face.

"Oh, very well. I shall guide you Elle. Go fill my wash bowl, would you? Place it down when you are done and then kneel right here." The Princess commanded while pointing at her feet with her domineering eyes peering down at the blushing maid's rapidly nodding face.

"Yes Azula-sama. I will do so right away!" Elle exclaimed as she arose before giving the seated woman a bow at the waist.

Azula glanced back at Elle with a smile of fondness on her red lips just as she watched the small girl scamper over to fulfill her order.

"You are an exceedingly well-mannered girl. The other servants around here could stand to learn a thing or to from you. Some of them don't even know how to bow properly." The Princess complained while chewing on another cherry as she observed her favorite servant filling the wash bowl.

"It is kind of you to say so Azula-sama! But as you saw at the club last night a lot of people don't like me. Many people seem to think me mentally stunted because I smile so often. But that's alright! But I have you and my oneesans now." The blonde-haired girl chirped with her back to her frowning master's displeased visage.

It angered Azula greatly knowing that her future betrothed was so widely mocked.

And it irked her just as much that Elle was okay with such treatment.

"I will not permit whispering of my girl. In the palace…or otherwise. If I hear of any such talk…I will remedy it." Azula responded with her lips pursed in a tight scowl while Elle's face heated up as she knelt with water spilling into the bowl.

"A-Azula-sama's… g-girl." Elle stuttered out adorably with Azula peering over at her with her lovely lips curving upward.

Just a bit.

"Mhm. That's right. And don't you dare forget it girl." The Princess spoke in a domineering voice while swallowing another cherry.

"H-how could I…Your highness?" The blonde-haired girl murmured with a genuine smile while staring into the flowing water.

"You truly delight in being mine…" Azula trailed off in a thoughtful tone while gazing at her pet with a stern golden gaze.

"I-it is so Azula-sama. You are…the Princess I have always dreamed off. My Princess right…" Elle announced sweetly with her words incurring a curious stare from the regal woman.

"Princess right? I like the sound of that." The Princess commented in a supremely haughty voice while gulping down yet another cherry.

"D-does Her Highness know that I have painted her visage?" The blonde-haired girl requested shyly while swallowing nervously under the woman's prying gaze.

"I do." Azula answered with a sigh while feeling a sliver of remorse for accidently glimpsing at the tribute before it was completed.

"Oh. W-when did you see my art book?" Elle pondered with her heart racing rapidly as she stared down into the wash bowl.

"On your first morning here. I went to see if you were awake…I had planned to ask if you wanted to walk with me. I found you snoring…sprawled out like a little tiger monkey with your precious book on top of you…" The Princess responded while popping another cherry in her mouth before consuming it with a smile.

"D-did Her Highness approve of her likeness?" The blonde-haired girl stammered while turning off the water when she heard a regal snort behind her.

"Is that a genuine question? Silly girl. Your skill is impeccable. Your work is fit to be on the walls of the palace." Azula declared with her callous eyes lingering on the back of her maid's head.

"R-really Azula-sama? I-it was that good?" Elle asked while turning with an adorably sunny smile on her young face.

"It was. When I become Fire Lord, I demand that you paint many works in my likeness. I will hang each one on the walls of my throne room." The Princess explained with an unyielding stare of dominance that had her pet blushing wildly.

"Y-you honor me Azula-sama. But if that is your desire...then it will be done." The blonde-haired girl assured while smiling over her shoulder at the authoritative woman.

"Good. I am glad that you see things my way. Now come here servant." Azula commanded while snapping her fingers loudly with a spoiled demeanor about her.

"Yes Princess. At once." Elle agreed meekly while she began to carry the bowl over all the while listening to the loud snapping of the woman's fingers.

"Bow. Right there!" The Princess barked in a tone of absolute dominance while staring down at her quivering pet with smug golden eyes.

"Y-yes master. I will always bow before you and you alone." The blonde-haired girl squeaked while setting the bowl down before dropping down into a low bow on all fours.

She blushed with a warmth spreading across her cheeks when she found herself gazing face to face with the Princess's bare feet.

The Princess began to wiggle her toes while she observed just a light sheen of sweat on the woman's immaculate feet.

"Good pet." Azula purred in a silken voice while raising her foot in the air as she patted the flushing girl's head with her right foot.

Elle swallowed with her heart racing when the woman lightly stepped on her head in a dominant yet gentle manner.

"O-oh Master Azula." Elle stuttered while Azula peered down at her chewing on another cherry.

"Hm. You like that?" The Princess cooed while pressing her bare toes into her submissive girl's blonde hair.

"Y-yes I-I do. I-I like it when you t-tell me what to do." The blonde-haired girl stammered while she listened to the towering woman gulp down her cherry.

"Oh, I know that. I was asking if you liked it when I dominated you with my feet." Azula remarked with absolute smugness while staring down at her precious servant with fond golden eyes.

"T-that as well Azula-sama." Elle murmured with heated cheeks when the foot slid down in her line of vision before resting atop her face.

"Hm. You like my feet. You're adorable Elle…do you know that?" The Princess commented with her stern eyes peering down at the small blonde beneath her foot.

"Y-you and my oneesans keep saying that." The blonde-haired girl spoke in a muffled voice that amused the woman seated above her.

"We keep saying that…because you are." Azula snorted before removing her foot from the girl's head and setting it back on the floor.

Ordinarily she wouldn't plant her foot on her new girlfriend's head if it was unwashed…but she planned on bathing with the girl afterward anyhow.

The foot bath…was just a way to precursor to getting naked with her little admirer.

And…it was also an excuse to order the girl to massage her feet.

She's always enjoyed having her feet tended to.

"T-that means so much to me Azula-sama. Knowing that you find me…adorable." Elle stated with a shy smile before grasping at Azula's left foot while holding it carefully over the water.

"You truly are a naïve little thing. How could you not know that you are beautiful? Really…I should think that it should be obvious." The Princess scoffed while folding her palms in her lap while the small girl began to scrub her foot down.

"I…am too short…my breasts are growing slowly…and my hips are small too…" The blonde-haired girl murmured in a voice of low-self esteem that Azula decided she did not approve of.

"Look up at me…Elle." Azula commanded with a stern countenance while snapping her fingers just as the petite girl peered up at her with hopeful amber eyes.

"A-am I…really beautiful Azula-sama?" Elle pondered with a twinge of pink to her cheeks while gazing up at Azula with the woman rolling her eyes in response.

"Very much so. You are still a growing girl…you are only thirteen. By sixteen…you'll fill in." The Princess assured with a hand on her chin while staring down at her maid feeling strangely displeased by her low self-worth.

"What about my…height…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off in a voice that desperately sought the Princess's guidance.

It was a trait that Azula has come to enjoy.

Having this lovely young girl look to her to answer each and every little curiosity that crosses her young mind.

"You'll likely always be petite. But that isn't a bad thing." Azula explained while waving her hand before her sighing all the while.

"It…isn't?" Elle questioned with a blush on her cheeks while submerging her protector's foot in the wash bowl.

"No. I like you just as you are. I prefer petite girl's anyhow." The Princess spoke with a stare of dominance while leaning down to pat her innocent admirer's head.

"I-I like tall girl's…" The blonde-haired girl admitted bashfully while staring up at Azula's smirking lips.

"Splendid! I have always been a tall woman myself. I trust that I am tall enough for you?" Azula purred with a supremely confident demeanor while peering down at the small girl so lovingly scrubbing her foot.

"Oh, very much so Azula-sama…I confide that I enjoy gazing up at you." Elle answered with a sunny smile while glancing up at Azula's pleased visage with a look of adoration in her young eyes.

"Really? This is good. Considering that I will always be taller than you. See we're a good mix. I like small girl's and you like tall girl's…" The Princess trailed off in a contemplative tone while smiling down at the younger girl in a refined manner.

"It would seem so Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed with a cheerful giggle while Azula petted her head once more.

"Let's see what else is there? It goes without saying that I like submissive girls. And I know by now that you crave my dominance. Once more…it seems as if we're ideal for each other!" Azula remarked with her golden eyes staring down at Elle beaming up at her while scrubbing the underside of her sole.

"I am so overjoyed to hear you say that. I-I feel as if I fell for you the moment, I laid eyes upon you." Elle confessed with her eyes gazing down at the damp foot with Azula wiggling her toes in a seductive manner.

"At first sight huh? Well I suppose that makes sense. I am flawless after all…" The Princess replied before reclining in her throne with her hands in her lap.

"T-this loyal servant thinks so as well. M-may I ask your age Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl stuttered with her master gazing down at her before popping a cherry in her mouth.

"I am twenty year's old." Azula sighed in a prideful voice only for her lips to purse into a thin line when her maid peered down at her feet once more.

"Am…I too young Princess?" Elle pondered while listening to Azula gulp down yet another cherry.

"No. You are not. I prefer younger girl's as well. Relax…I like you." The Princess cooed while peering down at her lovely pet with a trace of affection in her cold stare.

"O-oh Azula-sama your approval is all that I need in this life…I am so glad that I am not too young!" The blonde-haired girl cried with sweet laughter following her words all the while staring up at the Princess glancing down at her with a sliver of fondness.

"Hm. You are the sweetest servant that I have ever had. I see that I will have to keep a close eye over you…" Azula sighed with her fingers twirling her dark hair before reaching into the bowl for another cherry.

"A-am…I really Her Highness's sweetest?" Elle requested with joy so great in her little eyes while Azula sat gazing down at her with her elegant eyes rolling all the while.

"I am not even going to answer that. You'll just have to decipher the rolling of my eyes. Eat." The Princess spoke haughtily just before thrusting the cherry before her young maid's beaming face.

While doing so she savored the sensation of the teenager's tender palms diligently scrubbing her foot with a desire to please that no other servant could match.

"I find Her Highness's rule quite satisfactory!" The blonde-haired girl chirped before happily accepting her reward while the Princess watched her swallow it with a refined smile.

"As I knew you would. My rule is a divine right. While we're on the subject of age…you turn fourteen in two months. Is that right?" Azula commented with her brows furrowing in a thoughtful manner while lowering another fruit before Elle's waiting mouth.

"Mhm! My birthday is on July 11th!" Elle answered cheerfully while chewing her treat while Azula glanced down at her with amusement in her stern eyes.

"July? That is the name of a month I presume? We'll have to translate that over to our calendar. I need to be certain that I have the correct date." The Princess announced with her golden gaze peering down at her loyal pet while the girl beamed up at her with innocent eyes while she knelt before her foot.

"July is a month yes. Y-you wish to record my birthday Your Highness?" The blonde-haired girl pondered with excitement lining her voice while she smiled peering down at the woman's wiggling toes.

"Of course! I will not have it said that Princess Azula doesn't know her own girl's birthday." Azula responded while staring down at Elle's adorable face with an imposing stare all the while wiggling her toes before the blushing girl's eyes in a teasing manner.

"T-thank you for…for thinking of me Azula-sama." Elle mumbled with her heart beating at an abnormal rate just as the flawless foot was thrust before her reddened face.

"As I said…you're an adorable little thing. Hm. Kiss my foot pet." The Princess purred with a wolfish grin now adorning her lips while hanging her damp foot before the quivering teenager's face.

"Y-yes Azula-sama. I-I am your good girl." The blonde-haired girl spoke in a bow while leaning upward to kiss the center of the Princess's hovering foot.

Toes began to wiggle once more before curling over her blushing face just as the regal woman began to use her face as a footrest once more.

"I know you are. Hm. Do you enjoy that?" Azula pondered as she peered down at Elle while chewing on a cherry with toes wiggling over the small girl's eyes.

"I-it is so. I-I don't know why but I like it." Elle admitted with a gulp as she remained prostrated with Azula's foot pressing into her eyes.

"Interesting…you truly do enjoy all aspects of my dominance. It would seem that despite your naivety regarding sexual pastimes that you have an inherent interest in dominant women. Is that right?" The Princess remarked while swallowing another cherry all the while staring down at her pet's small face beneath her damp foot.

"Y-yes Princess. I-I like assertive girls." The blonde-haired girl stammered while Azula glanced down at her with a pleased smile before grasping at her face with her curling toes.

"Marvelous! You will find no woman more assertive than me. I believe that I am the ideal woman for you. Kiss it, again would you?" Azula commanded with her hand waving lazily while biting down on another cherry smiling even wider when she felt little lips kiss the underside of her toes.

"O-oh Azula-sama…I like your feet." Elle confessed with a timid voice while Azula smirked just as she slowly slid her foot off the girl's face in a purposefully seductive manner.

"I can tell. You don't have to worry anymore Elle. I'll look after you from now on. You're my good girl." The Princess cooed while staring down at the petite girl kneeling before her with a flicker of fondness in her strict eyes.

"I will not worry! I will trust in my protector!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed with a joyful voice while the regal woman peered down at her sighing.

"Yes, Elle…your protector." Azula stated with her fingers twirling through her dark-hair with her cold eyes watching Elle move to her other foot.

She was coming to find herself enjoying how Elle looked to her for guidance on all matters in life.

It was…strangely rewarding.

"I am safe with Azula-sama…and my oneesans. This is my family." Elle declared with heartwarming emotion in her voice while Azula gazed down at her with marginally taken aback golden eyes.

There was a brief moment of pause while the Princess seemed to mull over the girl's gentle hearted words.

"Oh, very well Elle…we will be your family if that is what you wish." The Princess sighed while glancing off to the side before turning back to her young admirer when she reached up to grasp her hand.

"Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl spoke tenderly while the Princess stared at her through the corner of her vision.

"Hm…I confide that I look forward to introducing you to Zuzu." Azula commented with a refined smirk gracing her crimson lips.

"I look forward to meeting your brother Azula-sama! Now I'll have a oniisan in addition to my oneesans!" Elle cheered with childish delight while Azula chewed on yet another cherry.

"I wouldn't get too excited about Zuko. He is a traitor to the Fire Nation. He has since joined forces with the Avatar…and as such he is the enemy." The Princess explained while the young girl gazed up with a concerned amber eye.

She knew that her father will never see eye to eye on the matter of Elle.

But as far as she was concerned once she is Fire Lord she can do as she pleases.

She would have never thought the day would come when she would see marital value in a peasant girl.

After all of her failed efforts to find a suitable suitor it would be foolish to just toss such a lovely girl aside.

"I am sorry Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off in a more solemn voice while the Princess peered down at her with her brows furrowing in a questioning manner.

"For what?" Azula pondered with her callous eyes gazing down at Elle at work on her foot with puzzlement in her gaze.

"Because you have to fight your own brother." Elle muttered with her young eyes gazing over the lovely foot while she dunked it in the warm water.

"Oh yes it's quite difficult for me. But I will just have to work through it…such is the burden that I must bear." The Princess spoke with a dramatic sigh while chewing on another cherry in contentment with her maid rubbing her foot.

"You're so strong Princess. I just know I'll be safe with you." The blonde-haired girl stated with a returning smile while the regal woman huffed haughtily.

"I am the strongest there is girl! You had best remember that." Azula barked while pointing a smug finger down at Elle while the girl nodded in a manner that pleased her.

"I-I shall never forget the strength of my Princess Charming! This loyal servant has ingrained it to memory." Elle chirped with a sunny smile while Azula's lips curved into a satisfied smile.

"Such a good girl…" The Princess cooed with her backside sliding forward as she glanced down at her blushing pet so dutifully washing her foot.

"A-Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl stuttered in her usual endearing way that the Princess had come to enjoy.

"Yes? What's going through that little mind of yours?" Azula purred just as she reached downward to brush her maid's hair from her amber orbs.

"I-I wrote you another…poem." Elle admitted with a nervous gulp as she averted her eyes from the regal woman's now surprised gaze in favor of continuing her labor.

Once more the Princess found herself staring down at the young girl with her eyes expressing her brief surprise.

She was quick to recover though.

Azula leaned down over Elle with a charming smile on her crimson lips just as she continued to stroke her little admirer's hair.

"Another one hm? But you just gave me both a poem and a flower yesterday." The Princess spoke in a silken tone just as she fiddled with her pet's hair while her young maid quivered so cutely.

"M-my Princess is the keeper of my heart. Therefore, I will always write for you Azula-sama…once or twice will never be enough." The blonde-haired girl insisted while running the wash cloth over her Princess's foot with a blush adorning her cheeks.

"My…. you are just precious. So…where is my poem?" Azula drawled in a seductive manner while staring down at Elle with her face propped up within the palm of her left hand.

"I-in my pocket Princess." Elle answered meekly while shivering when she felt warm air sweep over her neck.

"In that case…I would like my poem now." The Princess remarked while sweeping her bangs from her eyes in a deliberately alluring manner.

"B-but what about my current task?" The blonde-haired girl blurted out with heated cheeks while she listened to the woman seated above her chuckle softly.

"So well behaved…. you may pause the washing of my feet. Briefly." Azula commented with her lips in a conceited smirk while she placing her palms in her lap.

"Yes Azula-sama! Your girl obeys." Elle cheered while sitting up with a smile as she began to dig into her pocket with wet fingers.

"Mhm…believe me I've noticed. I truly feel as if we're a prime fit for one another!" The Princess exclaimed while lazily popping another cherry in her mouth with her eyes peering down at her pet in smug gratification.

"T-those words warm my heart as if they were your flames themselves…this is for you Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl stammered with a flush while extending her shaky hand into the regal woman's lap.

No words were spoken when Azula found herself reaching down to accept the offering with her stern visage giving way to astonishment when her eyes fell upon the wonderfully written poem.

Azula gazed down at Elle's most recent tribute with her golden gaze widening all the while trying to resist the faint blush that was now adorning her cheeks.

She was so enthralled in her servant's poetry that she hadn't even realized she had already swallowed her cherry.

The beautifully written piece read the following:

She is like the shining sun

Under her brilliant gaze I find myself unable to run

She burns bright just like a shimmering star

Under her burning rays her warmth is felt no matter how far

She protects me with her radiant flame

Under her guidance there is no need for shame

She rises and sets over me

Under her rule I am truly free

She is my most trusted friend

Under her watch I will stay until the very end

The Princess had been so taken aback by the touching poem that her palm now resided in her lap clutching the small paper within her folded fist.

Then Azula turned her stunned gaze down to her skittish maid all the while observing with a fond eye only to notice Elle twiddling her thumbs with her little eyes peering over at the nearest wall.

"D-do…d-do you like it Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl pondered with baited breath while her heart began to beat like a rollercoaster.

At long last she heard Azula clearing her throat in a regal manner while the woman continued to stare down at her with boundless approval in her hardened eyes.

"Elle." Azula called out while gazing down at her small pet with her lips now in a pleased smile.

"Y-yes P-Princess?" Elle asked in a stutter while gulping as she watched her master bend over through the corner of her eye.

"It was impeccably written. Your poetry…is truly something to be praised." The Princess announced with her stern eyes peering down at her maid just as she set her palm in the girl's soft hair.

"R-really Azula-sama? You think my poetry is that…good?" The blonde-haired girl replied with her youthful cheeks overtaking a shade of crimson.

"Of course, I do! Silly girl. When I become Fire Lord, I shall see that your works receive the recognition that they deserve." Azula declared while patting Elle's head all the while allowing the small girl to fall face first into her thighs.

"Your recognition is all that I need in this life…" Elle trailed off sweetly while beaming under the Princess's petting hand all the while burrowing into her curvaceous thigh.

"Hm. Well you'll receive no shortage of that. I shall rise and set above you for all of your days." The Princess sighed with her fingers tenderly dancing through her young pet's hair while gulping down yet another cherry.

This was…just the best.

There were no words for how content she was right now.

Just none.

"G-good. I wouldn't be happy if you didn't." The blonde-haired girl murmured with her face buried in the Princess's soft thigh all the while enjoying how she petted her with such care.

"Try not to fret so much…my pet. I am keeping you…I wouldn't cast aside such a good pet." Azula assured in a dominant voice while staring down at Elle all the while dropping another cherry in her mouth.

"O-oh Azula-sama…" Elle whined out in a muffled voice while listening to the pleasant sound of Azula gulping down her most recent cherry with her palm resting upon her head.

"Do you like that? When I pet you in my lap?" The Princess inquired with her strict eyes peering down at the small girl clinging to her thigh once more.

"I-I do. I enjoy it when you pet me Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off in a needy voice while whining as she began to nudge Azula's thigh as if asking for more.

"Hm. You enjoy soft domination. I am not usually one for tenderness…but in your case I will make an exception." Azula commented just as she dropped another cherry in her mouth while staring down at Elle in amusement while the girl continued to mewl for her attentions.

"I-I am Azula-sama's girl." Elle mewled with her hands grasping at the voluptuous thigh before her with a serene look in her eyes.

"Mhm. I have indeed decreed it so…open your mouth." The Princess commanded just when her fingers dropped before the small girl's face with her little eyes peering upward.

The regal woman was dangling a cherry before her blushing face and she soon found her mouth opening upon command.

"Yes Princess!" The blonde-haired girl chirped happily just as she began to chew the cherry with a radiant smile about her.

"Do you enjoy it when I feed you?" Azula pondered with her face resting in her other hand while smirking down at Elle's adorable face.

"I confess that I do!" Elle exclaimed sweetly with her cheeks as red as a tomato while staring up at Azula's elegant countenance.

"Then I shall continue to do so. Now…get back to work! My feet must be absolutely spotless!" The Princess barked while snapping her fingers in a supremely haughty manner all the while delighting in how her admirer sat up in a panic.

"Y-yes Azula-sama! R-right away!" The blonde-haired girl stammered just as she sunk into yet another bow while grasping at the woman's lovely foot with her eyes all the while admiring its smooth surface.

"Oh, and do be certain that you get between the toes. I simply will not stand poor foot hygiene!" Azula announced with her toes wiggling before Elle's face all the while the girl gulped in understanding.

"I will Princess! I promise! Between the toes!" Elle cried out innocently as she began to wash the monarch's long foot with a blush decorating her cheeks.

"Good girl." The Princess purred before raising her one clean foot while she lightly patted the girl's head with her heel.

"I-I do my best Azula-sama. I hope you know that…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off in an emotional voice never bothered by the foot resting in her hair.

"I do Elle. I assure you that I do. You scrub so well…many of the maids don't even know how to properly wash my feet…" Azula complained with yet another heavy sigh while reclining in her plush throne.

"If Her Highness wishes…I would be happy to take up the task on a daily basis." Elle remarked naively with her hands diligently running the cloth between her master's toes while the other foot curled up upon her hair.

Unbeknownst to the young girl the Princess now sat above her with her regal lips curving into a beyond satisfied smile.

"Oh, very well dear. If you insist, I suppose I could add it into your daily work schedule." The Princess spoke with a smile while popping another cherry into her waiting lips all the while chewing on it in contentment.

"I will not let you down Azula-sama! I will ensure that your feet are sparkling each and every day!" The blonde-haired girl chimed with a bright smile while the foot upon her head retreated back to its rightful place beside the other.

"That's my girl. The only one worth keeping around." Azula stated with a regal smirk while gazing down at her small admirer happily continuing her labor.

About an hour later the Princess sat surveying her feet with approval in her callous eyes before her gaze flickered down to the young blonde prostrated at the foot of her throne.

"How…did I do Princess?" Elle requested in a nervous voice while Azula glanced down at her with her signature imposing stare that made all but her cower in fear.

"Passable…it will suffice." The Princess replied in a taunting voice just as she stared down at her little maid all the while savoring how the adorable girl gazed up with panicked amber eyes.

"J-just passable? Is…there something I did wrong? W-would you like me to repeat it Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl pondered in a fretful voice with her hands now tugging on the amused Princess's robes while the woman glanced down with an entertained gaze.

"Repeat it? You would repeat it if I stated that I was displeased?" Azula responded with her regal lips once more forming a delighted smile.

What a splendid little find this lovely girl is!

"I don't understand why you are asking master…I am your most loyal servant. There is nothing that I would not do for you. I would do it ten times over if that was what it took to please you! I will redo it for your Princess!" Elle explained in a hurried manner before leaning down to grasp a foot only to blink in confusion when it slid out of reach.

Then a palm landed on her shoulder which prompted her to gaze up at the Princess's strict visage just when the older girl stared down at her sighing under her breath.

"While it pleases me that you are so enthusiastic about repeating it ten times over…there is no need to do so Elle. I was just teasing you. You did very well." The Princess announced with backside sliding forward while she peered down at her now overjoyed pet.

"I-I did?" The blonde-haired girl asked in a hopeful voice just as a bright smile broke out on her lips when a strong palm patted her head once more.

"Yes, you did a fine job…as you do with all of your work." Azula spoke while patting Elle's head with her cold eyes gazing down at the blushing teenager.

Then a puzzling cry of joy emanated throughout the spa while the Princess still gazed down at the small blonde with a sliver of fondness in her stare.

"I am so relieved Azula-sama! I was worried that I had displeased you!" Elle chirped happily just as she began to laugh warmly all the while grasping at the woman's knee as if begging for a hug.

"Hm. I am not concerned with you displeasing me. You are a good girl." The Princess purred in a silken voice with her palm resting in the petite girl's hair all while her maid hugged her knee.

"Yay! I have pleased my Princess! This is a moment to be proud of!" The blonde-haired girl cheered with childish glee while thrusting her fist above her.

Azula found that she couldn't resist the fond smirk that crept unto her lips upon hearing those joyful words.

"You have indeed pleased me. But don't you relax just yet…there is more work to be done." The Princess remarked in a smug voice while peering down at her small admirer's joyful countenance.

"How else may I serve you Azula-sama? What can I do for you!" Elle questioned in an eager tone while gazing up at her gratified Princess with a devoted demeanor.

That was when a freshly washed foot was shoved in her line of vision once more all the while she gazed at it with transfixed eyes.

While doing so the regal woman's palm continued to pat her head.

"You have only finished washing my feet. Now I demand a massage!" Azula barked just as she pointed a finger down at her submissive girl while snapping her fingers in a spoiled manner.

"O-of course Princess! Right away!" The blonde-haired girl agreed while diligently grasping at the woman's nearest foot only to gaze up when her master pointed behind her.

"Get my foot lotion, it's on the shelf with my beauty supplies." The Princess ordered with her hand waving in the air all the while gratified by how the girl leaped to her feet.

"Yes Azula-sama. If that is your will then it shall be done." Elle spoke while bowing courteously at the hip with Azula's callous eyes scanning her grudgingly recognizing her devotion.

"Good, Elle. Very good." Azula cooed with her palms now folded in her lap while watching as Elle hurried over to collect her lotion.

"Azula-sama? I have a question." The blonde-haired girl began in a joyful tone while fumbling through various lotions and shampoos.

"Oh? What does my favorite servant wish to ask me?" The Princess inquired with her head tilting to glance at her pet's back with an amused golden gaze.

"W-will my Princess Charming…d-dance with me again?" Elle stuttered with her back turned to Azula's now wolfishly grinning face.

"You wish for your Princess to lead you in a dance once more?" Azula asked with a noticeable purr while watching Elle begin to rush back to her side.

"T-that's so Your Highness." The blonde-haired girl mumbled as she came to a stop before the woman's throne before bending to curtsy her once more.

It was something that never escaped her observant Princess's attention.

Every time she demonstrated her reverence Azula would gaze upon her with boundless approval that made her chest swell in pride.

"I must say Elle…your courtesy is highly admirable. You never fail to show me proper reverence." The Princess announced with her arms resting on the sides of her throne while peering back at the bowing girl with a trace of affection in her stare.

"You are my master Azula-sama. You rescued me from the cold rain, and gave me a home. I…am thankful. So very grateful." Elle spoke in a bashful voice with her arms neatly at her sides while remaining bent in her bow.

"I can tell. Well…I will not have it said that Princess Azula does not recognize the loyal. So, I shall say it once more. I approve of you girl." Azula informed with a nod of recognition all the while staring back at Elle's innocent face with stern yet fond eyes.

"I-I have Princess Azula's approval!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed before laughing happily while her master still gazed on with her strict eyes focusing on her face.

"That you do my pet. Now kneel! Right here." The Princess commanded with a snap of her domineering fingers all the while smirking when the petite girl dropped to the floor once more.

"Her Highness's feet must be massaged! And I will see it done." Elle stated with a smile while bending over to begin work on the left foot.

That was when the Princess's right foot arose into the air before the woman lazily slid it over her shoulder all the while making her blush when she began to curl her toes in her hair.

"I need a foot rest…you don't mind do you pet?" Azula pondered in a seductive voice all the while twirling her dark hair with her foot propped up on her maid's shoulder.

"Oh no! I don't mind at all Azula-sama. If it will make you happy then I will be a foot rest." The blonde-haired girl chirped with a sunny smile just as she began to rub her master's foot with lotion in her hands.

"Mhm. You truly are the best pet. So eager to please…and so lovely as well." The Princess cooed with a charming smile while wiggling her toes in her young admirer's blonde hair.

"A-anything that will make you happy Princess. Makes me happy!" Elle replied with a hum while dutifully rubbing Azula's foot with adoration in her innocent eyes.

"I confess that I find those words pleasing. Now…you desire to dance once more?" Azula questioned in a smooth voice that flowed through Elle's ears like honey upon the tongue.

"I-I do Azula-sama…that is. If you will have me. I-I know I can't…d-dance and you move so gracefully…" The blonde-haired girl muttered in a voice of noticeably low self-esteem.

"The reason I move so gracefully is because I am a prodigy firebender…firebending is much like dancing really. It's about precision…and form." The Princess explained in a surprisingly genuine attempt at education while holding a finger up for emphasis before the young girl's awestruck face.

"I…didn't know that. That is so interesting." Elle responded with her fingers kneading the flawless foot while the other continued to grasp at her long locks of hair.

"I suppose so. But to answer your question. Yes, I will dance with you again…" Azula trailed off with her domineering eyes peering down at Elle's now overjoyed little face.

"A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl stammered with a happy sniffle while the regal woman gazed down at her with her toes clutching at her hair in a dominant manner.

"You belong to me." The Princess hissed while skillfully pulling on her maid's gasping face with her toes alone.

"Y-yes Princess. I-I belong to you." Elle agreed with her heart racing rapidly while her head was tugged on lightly by Azula's clenched toes.

"Good. Very good. I enjoy your submission Elle." Azula sighed with her fingers lazily flipping her hair from her eyes while reclining in her throne with her other hand resting over her belly.

"I-I am so honored that my Princess deems me worthy…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off with her head bowed low while she rubbed the soft foot with a radiant smile.

"If you weren't Elle…I would let you know." The Princess stated while gazing down at the small girl with her toes continuing to dig playfully into her pet's hair.

"M-may I ask why Her Highness has decided to consider a servant as a marital candidate? Surely a woman of your stature must have a long line of suitors!" Elle pondered with her eyes peering down at the foot while Azula's lips curled into a thin line.

It was a question that annoyed her ever so slightly.

But the girl meant no offense so she knew not to snap at her.

"You deduced correctly…I do indeed have a long line of suitors…" Azula spoke haughtily with her toes playing with Elle's hair when her words caused the girl to peer upward in a sudden panic.

"W- wakarimashita …" The blonde-haired girl mumbled lamely while the regal woman peered down at her sighing heavily.

For some reason Azula has decided that she disliked it when the girl offered her such a downcast wakarimashita.

"However, most men are too terrified to approach me. Rightfully so! The Great Princess Azula is not approached so tepidly…though they are cowards all the same." The Princess declared icily with her eyes narrowing into her usual glare.

"Oh! I see! Your beauty intimidates them." Elle chimed while staring up at Azula with a returning smile to hear that her place is secure.

"Hm. That it does. I simply cannot respect a suitor that is too afraid to approach me." Azula stated with a scowl while pressing her foot into the back of Elle's quivering neck with her toes curling into the girl's skin.

"B-but surely you must have had a boy or two that caught your eye?" The blonde-haired girl asked in an effort to decipher just how secure her position was.

"Oh, there was one…or two. Not too long ago. There was a boy…that I met at a party. I…thought he was cute…though not as cute as you of course." The Princess admitted with a sigh while leaning back in contentment with the small girl's hands trailing across her sole.

"This servant is overjoyed to hear that Her Highness deems me cute…" Elle mumbled timidly while blushing when the Princess's toes wiggled against the side of her face.

"We shared a kiss…and then just when I proposed that we could be the strongest couple in this world he ran away like a little craven!" Azula exclaimed with her lips pursed in a glare of disapproval.

"Well! Then he wasn't worthy of Her Highness in the first place!" The blonde-haired girl assured with the woman staring down at her nodding in agreement.

"No Elle, no he was not. And as punishment for rejecting me…I burned his house down." The Princess confessed with a sadistic smirk while the small girl peered up at her now sweatdropping.

She was beginning to see just why so many men were fearful of approaching her Princess.

"I guess you showed him then." Elle piped happily while Azula glanced down at her with fondness in her stern eyes.

"I most certainly did." Azula commented with a confident nod all the while savoring the girl's hands laboring to please her.

About a forty-five minutes later…

The Princess's feet swiftly changed positions with the right foot now lowering before the blonde's face while she continued to indulge herself with her cherries.

"The other now…" Azula trailed off with a relaxed sigh while Elle began to massage her other foot without delay.

"Of course, Azula-sama. May I ask if I am doing well?" Elle questioned in a hopeful voice while gazing up at the regal woman's sighing face.

"I confess that you have skilled hands…" The Princess responded while staring down at her favored maid with the upmost approval in her eyes.

"I am glad to hear it!" The blonde-haired girl chirped while humming all the while as she continued to massage the foot before her.

Then finally after another forty-five minutes of intensive labor the Princess receded her feet with a much happier expression than before her maid's labors.

"Mhm. You did well. Exceedingly well. I am very pleased with your service…Elle." Azula announced with her golden gaze peering down at her kneeling servant while she folded her palms in her lap.

"T-though I am but a young girl. I strive to please you Azula-sama. Hearing that I have makes me so happy…so very happy." Elle answered while peering up at Azula's stoic visage with a sunny smile.

"Hm. For your diligence I have decided to reward you with a privilege that no other servant has ever received..." The Princess trailed off with an alluring voice while sighing heavily once more.

"R-really? What is my reward Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl blurted out joyfully while the regal woman stared down at her with pleased eyes.

"I am going to take a bath…and you…" Azula spoke just as she suddenly stood up while gazing down at Elle's bowing form with her lips curving into a smirk.

Elle was silent while staring up at Azula's captivating face with her heart racing all the while.

"Get to join me." The Princess concluded with her clenched fists now upon her hips while glancing down at her servant's astonished face with smug eyes.

"B-bathe with you Azula-sama?" Elle questioned with her cheeks as red as a tomato all the while peering up at the Princess's authoritative countenance.

"I will not repeat myself. Now come girl!" Azula ordered with smugness lacing her voice just as she loudly snapped her fingers all the while enjoying how Elle immediately sprang to her feet.

"Yes Princess! I'll be good!" The blonde-haired girl cried out while she padded after Azula with the woman glancing back at her over her shoulder.

"After this we are going to have dinner together. The chefs will cook it. You will serve it to me…as a reward you may eat beside me." The Princess stated sternly while peering down at the small girl's overjoyed face.

And then before Azula could react she was once more assaulted by a blonde blur that had promptly latched around her belly.

"Elle! Get off of me now or you will not be joining me…for either!" Azula bellowed with her eyes now glaring down at Elle's face buried in her belly.

"But I am so happy Azula-sama! I just have to hug you! You're the best friend I could ever ask for!" Elle exclaimed with a bright smile while pushing her face into the stiffening woman's stomach.

The Princess couldn't help but roll her eyes down at the naïve girl for believing that they were 'best friends'.

But even so…despite her annoyance she was fond of the girl.

"The desire…isn't mutual. Now release me!" The Princess barked as she trudged towards her bath with her eyes twitching in aggravation when her admirer clung to her side.

"But Azula-sama I just spent three hours servicing your feet…surely we can snuggle now." The blonde-haired girl sighed while swooning dreamily as she walked with her arm intertwined with the rigid woman's.

Azula now glanced down at Elle with deadpan golden eyes utterly taken aback by her childish desire to cuddle.

"There will be no snuggle! Your payment for serving my feet was having the honor of kneeling before them. Now…let go." Azula spoke with a slight growl while finally shaking the pouting Elle off her bicep.

"But I want to snuggle…" Elle whined out pitifully while padding behind Azula's tall form just as they entered the gigantic bath.

"Must I punish you?" The Princess questioned with sadistic delight in her voice as she turned to peer down at her pouty pet with her arms folded over her breasts.

"N-no Azula-sama…I-I am sorry. I just love you so much that I want to hug you forever and ever…." The blonde-haired girl trailed off with a mewl while the regal woman gazed down at her rolling her lovely eyes.

"How touching. Just…be a good girl and…I will reward you as I see fit." Azula purred with her fingers now brushing her bangs aside while her imposing eyes stared down at her childish pet.

"Yes Azula-sama! I will be the best girl I can for you!" Elle cried out while beaming up at Azula's hardened visage.

"That's what I like to hear. Now…fill my bath." The Princess ordered with her fingers pointing from her favored maid to the golden faucet.

"Right away Princess!" The blonde-haired girl shouted while bowing once more at the hip before her master who now peered down at her smiling.

"Hm. I approve of your courtesy…I will admit that you are rather refined…for a peasant." Azula commented with her fingers curling beneath her chin all the while eying Elle's bent over with her head inclined in a show of reverence.

"I am happy that you think so Azula-sama. I shall go fill your bath now." Elle stated as she arose while adorably saluting the amused Azula before scampering off to fill the vast royal tub.

"Don't bother concerning yourself over the temperature…a firebender heats her own bath." The Princess announced while glancing over her shoulder at her young companion's nodding face.

"Right. Her Highness warms the waters like the heat from the shining sun." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while gazing into the extravagant bath just as waters rapidly spilled into its confines.

All the while unaware that Azula was staring at her kneeling back with pleased golden orbs.

'Like the shining sun…the girl is a skilled poet…and an equally impressive painter. This one has her merits…of that I have no doubt.' Azula thought with small smirk while untying her sash just as her robes fell down to the floor at her bare feet.

"Is that high enough Azula-sama…eep!" Elle squeaked after turning around to find the tall Princess now stood naked before the tub.

Her cheeks heated up with a warmth like no other while she gulped when her amber eyes briefly passed over Azula's simply astonishing body.

Her Princess was everything that a girl hoped to grow into and more…so much more.

A refined facial shape, perfectly sized breasts, voluptuous hips and a beautiful, so very beautiful bottom.

Just as quick as her eyes had flickered over her Princess's naked body, she averted her gaze now peering down into the waters while the woman gazed at her back in amusement.

"What's wrong? Haven't you ever seen another girl…or should I say a woman naked before?" The Princess purred in a seductive voice while striding over with her hands at her sides.

All the while her breasts bounced ever so slightly now that they were free of their restraints.

"N-no master I-I haven't. O-only my own body." The blonde-haired girl stuttered with baited breath while the Princess now loomed above her with her brows furrowing inquisitively.

"So, I am the first female that you've seen naked? That is pleasing to hear." Azula cooed with her hand underneath her chin while staring down at her pet adorably quivering under her gaze.

"Y-yes P-Princess. I-is that enough?" Elle repeated in a stammer while gesturing to the mostly filled tub.

"It would appear so." The Princess spoke just as she stepped past the small girl in a purposefully slow manner.

"O-okay A-Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off only to be stricken into silence when the statuesque woman's bare bottom entered her line of vision.

"It does seem adequate." Azula stated with a click of her tongue just as her backside almost pushed into Elle's blushing face.

"G-good." Elle blurted out lamely while gazing down at her feet with a reddened face when the Princess's bare cheek pressed into the top of her head.

"Oh, my apologies servant. I didn't notice you back there." The Princess taunted in a tone of feigned innocence with amusement in her eyes when her bare ass lightly brushed against the spellbound girl's face.

"P-please show m-mercy to me A-Azula-sama…I am new to this." The blonde-haired girl pleaded with a cute stammer while the Princess smirked down at her.

"Show mercy? You are an amusing little pet. But very well…" Azula sighed just as she raised her foot to enter the huge tub.

Her body sank into its waters with her full backside facing the teenage girl who was trying her hardest not to look.

She slowly submerged herself within the now warming waters just when her bottom vanished beneath its depths.

And then her stomach as well before she regally seated herself in the far end of the tun all the while peering out at her little maid with expectant golden eyes.

"Well? Aren't you going to join me?" The Princess pondered with her fingers lazily running through her hair while she stared at the hunched over girl with her red lips curving into a smile.

"I-I have never b-bathed with another person." Elle admitted as she sat fiddling her thumbs while swallowing nervously all along.

"I see. So, I am the first in that regard as well." Azula replied in a silken voice while adjusting her position with her firebending warming the waters to a controlled temperature.

"Y-yes." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while the Princess's lovely sighed flowed into her ears.

"Don't be so skittish…you do want to bath with your Princess, don't you? Come Elle, I promise I won't eat you." The Princess called out in a charming voice while staring at the small girl's quivering back.

"Y-yes Azula-sama. A-as you say. Forever as you say." Elle finally agreed just as she stood up with her hands shakily untying her robes.

Though Azula would not say it aloud she found herself displeased by her maid's seeming worry that she would take her by force.

She could only gaze at her pet calmly when her robes were dropped to the floor revealing the young blonde's mostly naked form.

"T-this as well?" The blonde-haired girl whispered in a tone of low self-esteem while gesturing to her panties.

"It's rather pointless leaving them on don't you think? Calm yourself girl. It's just a bath." Azula sighed while turning in the splashing waters just when the girl slowly removed her underwear.

"I-I trust you Azula-sama…so I will share these waters with you." Elle spoke quietly with a small smile while padding forward just as she gingerly touched the water with her toes.

The Princess's callous eyes surveyed her admirer while inwardly pondering if she made the water too hot.

But then the girl slipped into the tub with her hands adorably covering a growing blonde bush and her other over her developing chest.

"Just quit your cowering girl. It's not like I am going to do anything obscene to you." The Princess snorted with her arms lazily reclining against the wall of the tub.

"I-I was never worried that you would. T-this is just new to me…where do I sit Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl stuttered while gazing about nervously in the direction of her amused master.

"With me. Come pet." Azula purred just as she wagged her fingers all the while watching as Elle waded over to her side like a devoted kitten.

"I-I would like to sit beside you master." Elle admitted shyly just as she happily made her way over to the naked woman's side with a blush overcoming her naïve cheeks.

"Then sit…right here." The Princess commanded just as she patted her naked lap while the young girl turned even redder than before.

If that was possible.

"I-in your lap Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl requested with her heart beating rapidly while she peered timidly at the Princess's flawless visage.

"In my lap. Don't you want me to pet you? If you sit in my lap, I'll pet you." Azula cooed in a honeyed voice with her fingers making a come-hither motion.

To her utter entertainment that was all it took to get the childish girl wading into her lap with an eager smile.

"I want to be petted by my master!" Elle cried out with a bashful smile before turning with her backside lowering into the waters before seating herself between the older woman's shapely thighs.

All the while leaning back with her cheeks a lovely shade of crimson when her head suddenly pushed into two damp breasts that dwarfed her own.

"Mhm. Such a good pet. I confide that I like you…" The Princess trailed off in a purr with her palm now trailing through her quivering pet's hair.

"I-I like you too…A-Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl stuttered with a bright smile while sinking back into soft breasts while the woman's hand patted her gently.

"Hm. You like being my pet…don't you?" Azula whispered in a domineering voice while she continued to stroke her maid's blushing head.

"I-it is so. I-I like being the Princess's favorite girl." Elle whispered with a shy smile while the Princess petted her in a soothing submission.

"I can see that…tell me what you like most about being my girl." The Princess purred while snaking an arm around the much smaller girl as she pulled the red-faced girl into a dominant embrace.

"I…feel special…like I am valued under Her Highness's service. I feel safe…I know that my Princess will protect me." The blonde-haired girl confessed in a passionate voice while the regal woman gazed over her shoulder now holding a finger to her chin.

"You are the first to seek my protection…it is a new notion to me. But pleasing all the same. So be it Elle…as promised. I will protect you." Azula spoke while pressing her face into Elle's blonde tresses with her warm breath tickling the trembling girl's neckline.

"O-oh Azula-sama…you are so dreamy…" Elle gushed with a hand on her cheek while Azula now peered down at her with an arrogant smirk adorning her lips.

"I know. I have an irresistible magnetic pull that is quite difficult to resist…" The Princess trailed off with her fingers running through her young maid's lovely hair.

"Magnets Princess? How did you get magnets in your body?" The blonde-haired girl pondered innocently as she craned her neck to peer up at the Princess who was now scrunching her nose up in bafflement.

"No! I do not have magnets in my body…silly girl." Azula snorted while rolling her eyes down at her adorably confused admirer.

It was yet another reminder that she needed to get the girl up to speed in her education.

"But you're the one that said you did master. Not me." Elle stated with a childishly factual voice while chewing on her lip just as she listened to Azula groan above her.

"That was a figure of speech. You do know what that is…don't you?" The Princess sighed all the while gazing down at the small girl leaning into her wet breasts.

"Um…kind of…" The blonde-haired girl muttered lamely while her shoulders slumped while listening to the woman snort above her.

"I'll take that as a no. Fortunately for you…I am here to school your little mind. Over the coming weeks I will arrange for you to begin lessons." Azula announced with her arm curling around Elle's naked chest while the petite girl gazed up at her with joyous little eyes.

"R-really Azula-sama? I get to return to school once more?" Elle questioned with a hopeful voice that amused Azula all the while turning around to cuddle into the woman's generous chest.

"Even better than school. I shall supervise your lessons personally." The Princess answered in her usual stern voice while gazing down at her little admirer curling up in her lap.

"Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed with glee while laughing warmly before burying her face just below the woman's breasts.

All the while golden eyes peered down at Elle seemingly pleased with the girl's eagerness to explore her body.

"I will not have it said that Princess Azula does not value education. Most certainly not…with my girl." Azula purred once more with her arms clutching at Elle's small frame all the while peering down at the blushing girl beneath her breasts.

"Her Highness's girl…" Elle repeated in a swooning voice with her caretaker's strong arm wrapping around her while she reclined with her face against the woman's upper belly.

"This is a bit premature…to say the least. But I have decided to claim you. I own you now…Elle." The Princess hissed with her backside sinking in the tub while she lowered her face into her quivering servant's neck.

"You own me…Azula-sama…and I wouldn't have it any other way." The blonde-haired girl agreed with a sunny smile while falling back into the naked woman's powerful embrace.

In that moment the flame lamps flickered blue with the lighting in the royal spa overtaking a tint of azure that had young Elle gazing on in awe.

All while Azula clutched her in a possessive hold with her golden eyes peering down at her shaking back in a truly imposing stare.

"And don't you ever forget it girl!" Azula hissed in an aggressive voice with her hot breath tickling Elle's fair skin.

All the while the small girl sat wide eyed with her face resting in between the regal woman's breasts.

While enrapturing blue flames continued to light as far as her inexperienced eyes could see.

"How could I ever forget my Princess right? Oh Azula-sama…I will always remember that I belong to you." The blonde-haired spoke with ardor all while falling into her master's bust with an expression of belonging in her naïve eyes.

"What a good girl…" The Princess trailed off in a marginally softer voice with her fingers fiddling with the young girl's blonde locks all the while gazing down at her little admirer with fond golden orbs.

"Princess…" Elle murmured with her hands grasping at the alluring woman's neck with wanting in her innocent gaze.

"You are such an adorable little pet…" Azula commented with her crimson lips curving into a content smirk when Elle began to nuzzle her breasts like a kitten pleading to be held.

"Y-you are all that I ever need Azula-sama…please protect me." The blonde-haired girl whispered with her voice briefly wavering as she sunk into the soothing waters while hiding in her master's flesh.

"Humph! Foolish little pet I already told you that I would. Do you doubt my strength already? You had better not!" The Princess scoffed with a snide snort while glaring down at her quivering pet with her gaze reflecting her absolute dominance.

"N-no! O-of course not! My master is the strongest!" Elle cheered with a smile while pressing her face into a lovely breast before sighing blissfully.

"Hm. You say that…but I ponder if an even greater show of my dominance is necessary. It…may well be." Azula remarked with her hand waving before her callous face all the while holding Elle into her bare breasts.

"If you wish it so Azula-sama. You are the one who makes the decisions. I just follow my beautiful Princess…" The blonde-haired girl whined while burrowing into soft breasts with her expression now a radiant one.

"Now…that's what I like to hear. Just be a good girl for me…always." The Princess sighed with her fingers swiping the hair from her eyes while peering down at the pretty young girl in her arms.

"Yes Azula-sama…I will be a good girl for my alpha." Elle agreed in a timid voice while Azula gazed down at her with a pleased smirk.

"Mhm. Such a well-trained girl…" Azula stated in a tone of satisfaction while she began to pet her maid's head with her long fingers running through the girl's hair.

"D-does this mean that I am snuggable?" The blonde-haired girl requested timidly with a blush adorning her young cheeks while she clutched at the taller female's chest.

"That silly word again? Snuggable?" The Princess snorted with her strict eyes all the while gazing down at the yawning girl in her arms.

"A-am I?" Elle pondered with a stutter once more just before yawning loudly once again.

"Elle, just shut up." Azula commanded while rolling her elegant eyes down at Elle's form curling up upon her lap.

"Yes Azula-sama. Always as Her Highness commands." The blonde-haired girl mumbled with yet another yawn before resting her head upon a comfortable breast.

"Now that is what I like to hear." The Princess announced in a gratified voice while staring down at her clingy admirer with a possessive countenance.

Azula held onto Elle with the young girl continuing to yawn drowsily into her bare chest.

All the while musing that her little admirer was indeed worth keeping around.

The only one worth keeping around…

Chapter Text

Elle lay curled up in strong arms snoring quietly when water abruptly splashed onto her face swiftly jolting her awake.

She found herself still laying in the Princess's naked arms while the woman now glared down at her with icy golden eyes that made her shiver so wonderfully.

"Wake up! I have been generous enough to hold you…but I am not sitting in this tub for five hours." Azula snorted with her cold eyes gazing down at Elle's reddened face while the small girl sat up yawning once more.

"How long was I asleep master?" Elle pondered innocently with the back of her head pushing into the woman's pillowy bust.

Azula had long since decided that she savored the way the girl called her master as if it was her name.

Not once, has her pet addressed her without a title.

She was well behaved…that she knew for certain.

"An hour and a half." The Princess grunted in an aloof voice while staring down at her maid's adorable little face.

"A-an hour and a half? I-I must be snuggable after all!" The blonde-haired girl cried out with childish delight in her voice that had the regal woman rolling her eyes down at her.

"Is that your only concern? Being snuggable?" Azula questioned with another roll of her eyes while Elle still sat between her womanhood beaming so sweetly.

The girl was truly an innocent little thing…she didn't even pay any mind to the fact that her backside was pressing against her nether region.

"I am snuggable!" Elle cheered with a joyful laugh while pumping a fist above her head while Azula glanced down at her with a deadpan stare.

"That answers my question." The Princess stated wryly as she gazed down at her companion all the while finding her pet's victorious demeanor amusing.

"Azula-sama finds me…snuggable. I…must record this as soon as I dry off." The blonde-haired girl muttered with a thoughtful countenance while holding a finger to her lip.

"Hm. For your sake…you had best keep such weak notions to your diary." Azula announced in a rigid voice while staring down at her carefree pet with an imposing gaze.

"O-of course I will! I would be upset if I had to compete with the other servants for a snuggle with Her Highness!" Elle exclaimed with a smile while Azula now glanced down at her with narrowing eyes.

"Just what do you think this palace is girl? This isn't a pet shelter! And your fellow peasant girl's will never find themselves in the same bed as me." The Princess snapped with a margin of ire in her hardened voice while the small girl peered up at her with confusion in her eyes.

"Isn't it Princess? You're our matriarch and you give each girl here a roof over their heads. That sounds like a shelter if you ask me." The blonde-haired girl chimed while her Princess glanced down at her with her brows furrowing curiously.

If there was one trait, she adored about Elle it was the fact that the girl always held her in the highest esteem.

"I am indeed the Fire Nation matriarch…though even if this is a 'pet shelter'. The other pets will stay will they belong…in the servant's quarters." Azula remarked while adjusting her bottom with Elle still laying against her breasts.

"I am so glad that I am your favorite pet. I love you so much Azula-sama…" Elle admitted sweetly while averting her eyes from the Princess just when a palm landed in her hair.

"Mhm. You are a good girl Elle. I am…quite fond of you. There is no need to rush the proceedings…we have until you are sixteen to get to know each other better." The Princess announced with her hand petting her submissive girl's head while the petite girl adorably leaned into her palm.

"Until I am sixteen!" The blonde-haired girl yelled out with a giggle while blushing under Azula's patting hand.

"That is correct. Now I have another job for you. As my personal servant…it falls upon you to not only wash my feet…but my entire body." Azula purred with a twinge of sadistic delight in her voice while glancing down at Elle's now reddening cheeks.

"Y-your e-entire body master?" Elle stuttered much to Azula's delight while staring up at the divine woman with a returning nervousness.

"Do you…have an issue with that?" The Princess pondered lazily with her entitled gaze peering down at her pet's pink countenance.

"E-even Your Highness's…b-bottom…and your…" The blonde-haired girl trailed of meekly while gesturing between the amused woman's legs.

"Hm? Are you so innocent that you can't even speak about my womanhood?" Azula cooed with amusement lacing her voice while Elle gazed up at her as red as a tomato.

"Her Highness's no-no square." Elle mumbled bashfully while Azula now glanced down at her in a rare break from her stoic nature.

"My what?" The Princess snorted with her brows furrowing while making little effort to stifle her chortling.

It was a feat to be proud of to make Princess Azula laugh about something that didn't involve the suffering of others.

Her little pet truly was a naive one.

"Your no-no square, the no touch zone." The blonde-haired girl explained while peering up at the Princess laughing with her hand over her forehead.

All the while Azula's belly began to shake underneath her while she lay against the regal woman's breasts with an awkward blush adorning her cheeks.

"My…you certainly are an innocent little thing." Azula stated while shaking her head just when her laughter finally began to die down.

"S-sumimasen Azula-sama…" Elle muttered lamely while her shoulders began to slump fearing that she looked idiotic in the eyes of her brilliant master.

"Oh, would you quit with your sulking? I like you as you are…pure…mine." The Princess cooed with her fingers once more trailing through her pet's soft hair.

"Y-yours Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl agreed while hiding in the Princess's perfect breasts once more.

"Though I must ask…where did you ever hear such ridiculous terminology?" Azula inquired with an entertained smirk while patting the girl's head with a possessive hand.

"F-from a few girl's in school." Elle admitted pitifully while Azula once more rolled her lovely eyes.

"Well that figures that such nonsense would be peasant babble. To answer your question. No. I will not make you wash my…'no-no square'." The Princess declared with yet another snort while the small girl blushed under her domineering gaze.

"A-as Her Highness commands!" The blonde-haired girl piped up while saluting her amused master just when a bottle of shampoo was deposited into her hands.

"Your job begins now. You will…wash all of me…save for my nether regions. Oh…and if you don't start now. I will punish you!" Azula spoke in a tyrannical voice smirking all the while when Elle sprang upward upon command.

"Y-yes! If Azula-sama says now! It means now!" Elle exclaimed while squirting shampoo onto her hands just when Azula turned in her seat to grace her with her divine back.

"That's right my pet. Now start with my hair!" The Princess commanded with her eyes narrowing into a dominant stare while gazing over her shoulder at her submissive girl.

"It will be done Princess." The blonde-haired girl chirped as she began to happily wash the older female's hair while humming cheerily all the while.

All while Azula sat in a regal manner with her hands upon her knees while she sighed in contentment with her loyal pet gleefully washing her hair.

It was gratifying having such a dutiful servant.

As the minutes passed by with Elle's happy hum being the only sound in her tub, she began to realize that she enjoyed chatting with her pet.

With that in mind she began to mull over what she should talk about with the girl.

Then Azula smiled with while rubbing her chin just as she nodded in approval of her brilliance before turning her head to speak to her maid.

"So…." The Princess began while the young girl peered up at her still smiling.

"What is on your mind master?" Elle pondered with a tone of adulation that Azula just adored.

"What other…vegetarian foods do you like besides pralines?" Azula asked with her hand curled under her chin while gazing down at the girl's brightened countenance.

"Um…let's see, I like white fudge!" The blonde-haired girl piped with a broad smile while the Princess squinted down at her in disapproval.

"Besides candy. You can't eat candy all day. I will not allow it to be said that Princess Azula managed your health poorly." The Princess stated in an almost maternal manner while staring down at her pet's now pouting face.

"But I like candy…" Elle whined before gulping under Azula's now narrowed glare that made her feel like she had misbehaved.

"My word is final and my authority is absolute! I suggest you remember that I make your decisions for you!" Azula barked with a domineering voice while reeling around to point a finger down at Elle's quivering face.

"Y-yes master. Please don't be mad at me…" The blonde-haired girl mumbled like a saddened puppy while the regal woman rolled her eyes before turning away once more.

"I am not angry. Now return to washing my hair. And answer my previous query." The Princess grumbled with her arms folded over her bare breasts.

All the while scowling over her bizarre urge to assure Elle that she was not angry with her.

"I-I liked that curry…" Elle admitted shyly while obediently running her hands through long dark hair while the Princess clicked her tongue in seeming approval.

"Hm? You liked fire vegetable curry? That is a good dish. I approve of it." Azula remarked while waving her hand in the air never considering that it was oppressive to dictate the girl's diet.

"I-I did. It was a lot like a curry I had back in my world. Thai curry." The blonde-haired girl explained with a smile while her master nodded in understanding.

"I see. I have decided to permit this dish in your diet. What else do you like?" The Princess questioned with a stern countenance while folded her hands upon her naked belly.

"I like lots of fruits! Um…whatever fruits you have!" Elle answered jubilantly with her fingers once more at work rinsing her Princess's hair.

"A vegetarian likes fruits…I wouldn't have guessed that. But very well. I shall permit you to eat that as well." Azula spoke with a spoiled demeanor about her while Elle continued rinsing her hair.

"I also like tofu...hmm you smell good Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed while sniffing the Princess's hair which earned her a questioning glance from Azula.

"Do be certain that you refrain from sniffing me in the eyes of others." The Princess grunted with her strict eyes peering down at her pet happily sniffing her hair.

"Mhm. I make no promises. My Princess has such a lovely fragrance…" Elle sighed before embracing the Princess's naked back while burying her face in her mane of hair.

And she was likewise paying no mind to how her leg was now brushing up against Azula's well-formed backside.

"You are a peculiar girl. But I favor you all the same." Azula confessed with her palm brushing her wet hair from her eyes all the while enjoying how her pet nuzzled her nude back.

"Um…what else do I like? Ooh! I like onions! And…I like peppers! I also like noodles! And pie! I like pie! I like coconut! Lots of coconut…I love sweet potatoes! And hotcakes! I also love hotcakes! And, I really like cold cereal! Can I have cold cereal Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl rambled in a hyper manner while the Princess's eyes glared ahead in mild annoyance.

"Ugh. You are a bouncy little tiger monkey. I can already see that you'll be testing my last nerves." The Princess complained while glaring over her shoulder when her pet continued to tug on her back.

"May I please have cold cereal master? Please!" Elle whined while the older female began to growl with the azure flames flickering as proof of her ire.

"Yes! You can have cold cereal!" Azula snapped with the torches briefly bursting into small infernos while she listened to Elle cry out in joy.

"I love cold cereal! You're the best Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl squealed while tenderly hugging the Princess's long back once more.

"I am well aware on both counts. Now wash my back pet." The Princess ordered with her stern visage gazing ahead while small hands began to dutifully scrub the slope of her back.

"Her Highness says scrub! So, I scrub with joy." Elle chirped with enthusiasm while humming once more as she chewed on her lip while soaping up the woman's looming bare back.

"Good girl. We need to finish up with this bath…I am growing hungry." Azula complained with a scowl while glancing down at her belly when it rumbled thunderously.

To her delight, just as soon as her belly began to growl her faithful pet began to labor with increased urgency.

"Azula-sama's belly must be nourished! The cherries were not enough to appease Her Highness! You can count on me master! I'll be done in a flash!" The blonde-haired girl assured in a chipper tone while scrubbing diligently with the growling of her master's belly still resonating into her ears.

"Hm. Such a fine pet…" The Princess muttered with her hand on her chin while she leaned back with her hands on the floor of the tub all the while sighing pleasantly.

"I-I am overjoyed that you think so Azula-sama." Elle confided with a blush adorning her cheeks while running the cloth down the slope of her master's back.

Azula just sat with her crimson lips now forming a pleased smile while she savored the sensation of her young admirer cleaning her body.

Eventually it was Elle's turn to bath and the Princess was even feeling generous enough to assist her.

Time began to pass by until the two were long finished with the bath.

They were dressed and dried off, and Elle had been ordered to go fetch the Princess's dinner.

The young girl strode in a hastened manner through the near endless halls of the palace before a voice yelled out to her.

"Girl! What are you doing scampering about like this is a playground?" General Bujing demanded in a voice so rigid that Elle froze up in her tracks.

Unlike her Princess's cold demeanor, the older man's voice lacked the slightest hint of fondness that prevented her from cowering in terror.

"I-I am f-fetching dinner for my master. P-Princess Azula." Elle stuttered with her hands at her sides while shifting fearfully under the military man's scrutinizing stare.

"Is that right? I can't help but wonder if the Princess is aware of your improper conduct. That is…if you are even speaking truthfully." The gray-haired man stated in a cold voice while stepping forward to loom over the small girl's now worried countenance.

"I-I speak truthfully. I-I am Her Highness's most favored servant…let go of me!" The blonde-haired girl yelped when the military man seized her wrist.

"Now I find that even more doubtful. I have never seen a servant behave in such an unacceptable manner." General Bujing sneered while the young girl continued to cry out.

"Y-you're hurting my hand!" Elle whimpered while Bujing gazed down at her with sadistic eyes even going so far as to tighten his grip.

Just before he got any further his hand was furiously slapped away.

General Bujing now gazed on in puzzlement to find himself staring at an uncharacteristically wrathful Mai.

The noblewoman stood tall with the small girl peering up at her with relieved amber eyes.

"Oneesan!" The blonde-haired girl cried out with a grateful smile while the gloomy woman held her under her arm.

"Touch her again and you'll regret it. The girl speaks the truth and last I checked…annoying though it may be. It isn't a crime to be happy." Mai retorted in an icy voice while Bujing now stared back at her with his eyes narrowing in anger.

He clear did not enjoy being back-talked.

"Lady Mai. I suggest you watch how you speak to a High General…especially over something as trivial as a misbehaving servant." The gray-haired man hissed with his hands now folded behind his back.

"Would you prefer to talk to Azula instead?" The markswoman answered while glaring at the now sweating man with the acrobat approaching angrily from down the hall.

"No…there is no need. Though I am certain that the Princess would be interested to learn that her servant was behaving in such an erroneous manner." General Bujing argued with his glare never leaving the petite girl's side even when the acrobat stopped beside her.

"You leave her alone! She's our group servant, when Azula is not around she's under our direct supervision. And I can tell you that Azula will not be pleased to hear that her dinner is growing cold because of you. I'll be certain to relay it." Ty Lee remarked with her hand on her hip while standing beside Elle's small frame.

Needless to say, the elderly man was now staring back at them warily uncertain if the duo were telling the truth.

But the risk of angering Princess Azula was far too great.

"Then I suggest you watch her more closely! This unrefined girl could clearly use further training!" The gray-haired man exclaimed while turning away with the young girl's shoulders slumping in concern.

"And I suggest you mind your own business General Bujing." Mai spoke while staring sternly at the marching man's back with her words prompting him to pause in his step.

Bujing turned to gaze back at them angrily with the two noblewomen never backing down.

"The girl spoke the truth. She is indeed Azula's favorite servant. From now on you'll be seeing her cheerfully scurrying about the palace on a regular basis. I advise you to think twice before you harass her next time. Delay her and you delay Azula. And we all know how Azula gets about punctuality…don't we?" The markswoman explained while turning to walk away with her hand gently pulling her adopted sister behind her.

The acrobat followed them all the while casting the general a nasty glance with her arms folded over her pink blouse.

General Bujing made no further comment as he watched with sweat dripping down his now worried eyes when the two noblewomen led the strange servant girl away.

He never failed to notice how the two women tucked the girl under their wing in an absurdly protective manner.

As if the pitiful girl was their turtle duckling!

Does Princess Azula truly value such a whiny little girl?

Just a minute later after the three were out of earshot of Bujing the two peered down at their younger companion in concern.

"What an ass! Are you okay little sister?" Ty Lee asked while placing her hand on Elle's shoulder while the young girl smiled up at them.

"I am fine thanks to my oneesans!" Elle exclaimed while the acrobat grinned before mussing her hair.

And just like that the kindhearted acrobat was already resuming gushing over her.

"You really need to watch how you behave around here shorty. I suppose it is best that we escort you. Let's get Azula's dinner before Her Highness gets too bitchy." Mai stated in her usual deadpan voice while still pulling Elle under her arm.

"Good point Mai! Azula's been happier lately. Let's keep her that way." The brown-haired woman spoke while smiling warmly down at their young friend.

To think that this innocent girl won over Azula…

She wouldn't have believed it if she didn't see it.

That was when the small girl gazed at a small watch that she was carrying before gasping in horror as if she just had an arm cut off.

"Oh no! I am running behind schedule! I-I am going to be late for Her Highness's dinner! I-I am going to be tardy! Azula-sama despises the tardy!" The blonde-haired girl shouted in fright while both women sweatdropped down at her when she began to scurry ahead with Mai still holding onto her wrist.

They weren't sure if they should be impressed or frightened by how well Azula had trained the girl in mere days.

"It's okay Elle! We'll vouch for you. Besides! Azula likes you. She won't be mad." Ty Lee assured gently while speeding up after the rushing teenager.

"Y-you really think so?" Elle murmured while peering up at Mai still guiding her down the hall.

"Yes Elle, we know so." The markswoman replied in a faintly softened voice while sighing down when the girl began to chew on her lip.

"So, Elle…evidently you're feeling better?" The brown-haired woman conversed while the other woman glanced over with her brows furrowing.

"She got sick after all huh?" Mai muttered while Ty Lee nodded with a strangely worried gleam that also sparked her concern.

"I am. It would seem that the herbal medicine worked wonders. I'm back on my feet and serving Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl chirped while puffing out her chest in a childish show of pride that amused her big sister's.

"Is Azula running you ragged again?" Ty Lee pondered in a tone of disapproval that flew over the girl's chipper head.

"Oh no oneesan. Not at all." Elle insisted while shaking her head with Mai peering down at her in a questioning manner.

"Really? You look a bit worn out." The markswoman snorted while the acrobat sweatdropped as they continued down the palace halls.

"I've just done a few humble chores here and there. First, I began washing Azula-sama's feet at five forty, twenty minutes earlier than scheduled. After an hour and half Her Highness, herself congratulated me on my efforts!" Elle announced in a cheerful voice while both women gazed down at her with pity in their eyes.

"Elle…you spent an hour and a half just washing Azula's feet?" The brown-haired woman questioned with disbelief in her eyes.

Even when Azula had two or three maids' washing her feet they were done in under twenty minutes!

Azula was clearly making Elle work harder because she enjoyed Elle's eagerness to please.

"Mhm and after that I spent another hour and a half massaging her feet. Forty-five minutes for each foot! Azula-sama says that is the recommended length of time that it takes for the lotion to absorb into her skin." The blonde-haired girl responded with gusto while both noblewomen sweatdropped once more.

"It sounds like hippo cow shit." Mai sighed while holding a palm to her forehead.

She was just astounded by how easy this girl was to manipulate.

"Azula-sama also said she was tired and she needed a footrest. She was even kind enough to ask me if it was okay…so I agreed." Elle spoke with a joyful voice while both of her big sister's now glanced down at her just bewildered that she said yes.

And there was even a spark of anger in both noblewomen's eyes, most especially Mai's.

"Elle! You don't have to do everything Azula says. She shouldn't be using you as a footrest! You matter…to all of us." Ty Lee complained with a frown while gazing down at Elle's naïve face.

"It's alright oneesan. It really is. I made Azula-sama happy and that was all worth it. We even b-bathed together." The blonde-haired girl confessed while twiddling her thumbs with both women gazing on nervously.

"Azula…bathed with you?" The markswoman asked with the edge in her voice soaring over the innocent girl's head.

"Yep. I washed her entire body save for her…um bottom and her no touch zone." Elle boasted with her chest puffing out while the two women exchanged a brief comical glance.

"Her no touch zone?" Mai repeated with a trace of amusement in her eyes while Ty Lee also sweatdropped.

"Her no-no square." The blonde-haired girl clarified while point to her own lower region while the two older girls blinked in comedic amusement.

"No-no square little sister?" The brown-haired woman giggled while staring at the other noblewoman who was face palming once more.

"That is the most absurd way of describing-" The markswoman trailed off when the acrobat covered her mouth.

"That's what I heard a few girl's call it back in school. They also called it a kitty. Is that a more proper term?" Elle inquired while holding a finger to her lip while both women gazed away now turning red.

They both knew that if they told Elle that it was okay to call Azula's womanhood a 'kitty' that only great agony was certain to follow.

"Hm. Not really no. But don't worry! Me and Mai will educate you on the subject later." Ty Lee informed with a cheery smile while ignoring the other woman's display of discomfort.

"Ooh…I have a secret to tell you both. But you have to promise to not tell anyone." The blonde-haired girl began mysteriously with both women staring down at her curiously.

"We won't tell a soul…you can trust us. We're your big sister's after all." The brown-haired woman stated fondly while snaking an arm around the blushing girl's side.

"Yeah. Big sisters." Mai sighed while scratching her cheek while Elle tugged on her sleeve.

"Will you two please bend over…I am…rather…um…" Elle trailed off nervously as she turned red under their combined amused stares.

"Short?" The markswoman finished while the acrobat's warm laughter resonated into the air.

"Y-yes." The blonde-haired girl stammered with the acrobat already leaning over her shoulder grinning all the while.

"Aww! It's okay to be short. We like you small!" Ty Lee cooed while patting Elle's adorable head just as Mai stooped over on the girl's other side.

"So, what's the secret little sister?" Mai questioned in a calm but slightly inquisitive voice while Elle glanced about as if making certain that no one was listening.

Before she stood on her toes with her head in-between both of their ears.

"Azula-sama thinks I am snuggable!" Elle exclaimed in as quiet a voice as she could muster while the two now leaned on her shoulder with their eyes widening in surprise.

Both noblewomen exchanged a quiet glance while inwardly knowing if they broadcasted such a rumor that Azula would not only have Elle thrown out…

But their lives would suddenly become…very miserable.

"Keep your voice down…" The markswoman urged quietly while standing up to her full height with her hand on the smaller girl's shoulder.

"Aww! That's so cute! We won't tell anyone. Our lips are sealed." The brown-haired woman stated with a grin while patting the younger girl's shoulder.

"Come on. Let's get that food. We can talk more afterward." Mai sighed while taking the lead with Elle still latched onto her sleeve.

All the while Elle followed in between them while the two continued to watch over her in a genuine big sisterly fashion.

And most adorable was the fact that the small girl's smile never once lessened after revealing that the Princess deemed her 'snuggable'.

About twenty minutes later…

Azula sat holding a cup of wine gazing at her clock in mild annoyance to see that the girl was oddly late.

Her brows furrowed in aggravation until she glanced up when she heard a cart being pushed down the hall.

Then the doors opened while she peered on curiously to see her two subordinates following Elle in just before discreetly shutting the door.

"You are late…" The Princess trailed off with a slight frown while the petite girl paled in fright already bowing rapidly at the hip.

"S-sumimasen Azula-sama! I-I-" The blonde-haired girl began in stammer while the regal woman eyed her only for Mai to place her hand on the girl's shoulder.

"It's not her fault Azula. Besides I should think after three hours of tending to your feet you should be able to let one-minute slide." Mai spoke in her usual voice while Azula peered at Elle with her brows rising in curiosity.

"I'll ignore your tone and ask. Why was she late?" Azula pondered while gazing at her pet still fretfully curtsying her repeatedly one bow after another.

It almost made up for the girl's unusual tardiness.

"General Bujing stopped her in the hallway. He began to harass her…and he even grabbed her wrist. I intervened. But I still thought you should know about it." The markswoman explained in a calm voice while the Princess now gazed on with a spark of an inferno in her callous eyes.

"Really? General Bujing thinks it is his business to meddle in my affairs?" The Princess asked with a noticeable frown while turning to watch her maid scamper over to her side.

"Don't be mad at her Azula. Elle didn't do anything wrong." Ty Lee pleaded while sighing as she observed Elle bow low on the floor.

"S-sumimasen Azula-sama! Sumimasen!" Elle cried out while bowing over and over with Azula now peering down at her with pleased golden eyes.

"I suggest you give her some sort of official seal as proof that she answers directly to you to prevent future disruptions to her work." Mai advised as she pulled out a seat on the furthest side of the table.

Azula's stern gaze briefly flickered up at Mai clearly considering her words before glancing back down at Elle kneeling before her boots.

"I will let it slide…just this once only because it was beyond your control. You perform the highest quality of work. Make certain that you continue to do so." The Princess commented with palms folded in her lap.

"Y-yes Azula-sama. A-as you say, always as you say. I-I am sorry. A-are you mad at me?" The blonde-haired girl stuttered in a sullen voice while the regal woman sighed as she shook her head.

"Azula! The poor girl's been working to please you all night. Just tell her that everything is okay." The brown-haired woman exclaimed after seating herself while frowning back at the controlling woman's hardened visage.

"Hm. I am not mad at you Elle. You are a good girl. My good girl. Now calm yourself…" Azula purred just as she bent over to pat Elle's head with the young girl now peering up at her with a revived smile.

"I am so relieved! Oh Azula-sama…" Elle trailed off before assaulting Azula in a sudden hug around her waist with the Princess now staring down at her in slight annoyance.

"Elle! No hugs! Not right now! I…want to eat my dinner!" The Princess complained with her belly growling in protest while her two-childhood friends snickered at her expense.

"I don't want to be a bad girl…I want to be the best girlfriend that I can be for you…" The blonde-haired girl murmured with her face pressed in the woman's rumbling belly while the Princess awkwardly began patting her head.

All the while Mai was now gazing at the two with a questioning countenance before turning to the nervously smiling Ty Lee.

It was obvious that she missed something.

Elle…a thirteen-year-old…Azula's girlfriend?

"What…did I miss?" The markswoman questioned in a slightly uneasy voice while gazing at the acrobat's clearly reddening face.

"So well behaved. That's my girl. Now go bring me my dinner." Azula commanded with her palm in Elle's hair while the small girl beamed up at her with happy amber eyes.

"You haven't heard oneesan? Azula-sama is going to marry me when I turn sixteen!" Elle announced with a sunny smile while Mai now glanced at them with her eyes widening in disbelief.

And if one looked closely there was a sliver of accusation in her tawny orbs that the Princess never failed to notice.

"Really little sister? No, I hadn't heard. Why don't you fill me in?" Mai pondered with her hands folding over the tabletop while Elle happily stood up with a blush on her young cheeks.

"We are going to date for two years, and two months. If…all goes well…I will marry her…when she comes of age." The Princess remarked while reaching out to pat the flushing girl's cheek.

"I-I am Princess Azula's girl now. And when I am old enough…she is going to take me as hers." The blonde-haired girl declared with her chest puffing out pridefully while the Princess gazed at her with a charming smile while she stroked her cheek gently.

"You already…belong to me." Azula purred with her hand clutching at Elle's reddening face with a possessive aura about her.

"I…think they'll make a cute couple…" Ty Lee trailed off with a wary smile while Mai still eyed the two with a less than convinced gaze.

"O-oh Azula-sama…I am yours." Elle agreed while holding a hand to her swooning cheek with her Princess's lips curving into a pleased smirk.

"Mhm. You are. Now…be a good girl…and set the table for us." The Princess commanded with her belly growling once more before giving her pet one final pat on the cheek.

"Yes Princess! Straight away!" The blonde-haired girl cheered before turning to set the table for all three noblewomen.

"You don't have to set the table alone! I'll help you Elle." The brown-haired woman offered before standing up as she made her way over to the girl's side with a cheerful smile.

"B-but oneesan it's my job as the group servant." Elle protested only for the acrobat to frown while gently pushing her aside with her hip.

"You aren't the group servant…I only said that to get that mean old man to back off. You're one of us now." Ty Lee explained just before poking Elle's nose with a grin while the small girl turned an adorable shade of red.

"Ty Lee, I hereby decree that Elle must set my plate. Set yours and Mai's if you wish, but she will set mine. Come Elle. Bring my plate and silverware." Azula commented lazily while clapping her hands with her words jarring the eager girl into action.

"Wakarimashita Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl chirped before scurrying past her sighing big sister while grasping her master's plate.

"If Azula makes you happy Elle…then I am happy for you. Though one can only hope that she finds more dignified tasks for you…other than…being a human footrest." The markswoman commented while watching the petite girl set down a plate before the Princess.

The Princess now silently glared over in her direction once more while Ty Lee continued to set the many platters upon the table.

"It was light play…nothing more. The girl even admitted that she likes my feet." The Princess stated with a smug smirk while her words caused both of her friends to cringe in unison.

The two noblewomen once more gazed at the blushing girl all the while pondering why she would ever say that to a woman like Azula.

"But Azula…she's got such a cute face. How…could you ever step on her sweet face…someone this cute shouldn't be used for such a degrading task." Ty Lee scolded with a frown while pinching Elle's cheek as she strode past the blushing girl.

"Azula-sama says that the other maids don't wash her feet properly. So…I volunteered to do it every day for her." Elle piped with glee just before setting silverware before Azula who gazed at her with a wolfish grin on her lovely lips.

Even Ty Lee visibly blanched while peering at the young girl's innocent face before sighing loudly deciding not to comment on the matter any further.

"She likes assertive women Ty Lee. I am assertive. What more is there to understand? It was all in good fun. We even bathed together afterward…" Azula trailed off with a gratified smile while turning to Elle standing faithfully beside her.

"Well…that's great Azula. It looks like all of the platters are set up…and everyone has a plate!" The brown-haired woman commented with her hands on her hips smiling all the while.

"Sit Elle. Beside me…" The Princess ordered while pointing her finger at a chair placed beside her throne.

"Yes Azula-sama. H-have I pleased you today?" The blonde-haired girl asked shyly before sitting down beside her Princess with the older female eying her fondly.

"I confess that you have. You have been such a good girl." Azula cooed before reaching out to pat Elle's head with a controlling palm.

"I-I have? But…I-I was tardy." Elle stammered with a timid smile while she sank into her seat enjoying the soft domination that Azula exerted with ease.

"That's not your fault…and you can rest assured…that I will have a word with General Bujing." The Princess stated with an edge to her voice while reaching across the table to raise the lid off the main course.

The two noblewomen blinked in amazement to find themselves gazing at a strictly vegetarian dish.

A simply delectable vegetable stir fry complete with a broth and white rice.

There was also a course of fire noodles, and many other food items that it seemed that Azula wanted Elle to try.

And finally, Azula's personal favorite treat, mochi.

"You didn't have to order the entire meal vegetarian Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed with awe in her innocent eyes while peering about the table in excitement.

"Consider it a reward for being so faithful. I doubt Mai and Ty Lee will mind." Azula remarked while gazing at Mai's apathetic face and then Ty Lee's usual cheerful visage.

"It's totally super Azula! She deserves it." Ty Lee replied while nodding as she reached across the table to serve herself.

"I don't mind…and I hardly have a right to complain since I only ended up here by chance. I am just surprised…it isn't like Azula to consider anyone but herself." Mai answered while also reaching to scoop food onto her plate.

Elle was a nice girl, liked by all three of them in some manner.

Even Azula.

In a strange way she was quickly becoming the young girl of their group that they all wanted to protect.

"A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama…" Elle trailed off sweetly just as she leaned over to embrace the woman's toned bicep.

"You…are welcome. But there will be no hugging while I eat my meal. I don't need you pushing on my stomach while I am eating!" The Princess exclaimed while gazing at the pouting girl slinking back into her own seat.

"Yes Princess." The blonde-haired girl whined with a noticeable sigh while she began to scoop smaller portions than the older girls.

"So Azula…" Mai began with a slight smirk that had the woman in question gazing up at her already annoyed.

"What?" Azula answered while scooping food onto her plate with her eyes narrowing in a warning manner.

"No-no square…" The markswoman stated with a victorious countenance that had the Princess glaring at her with a twinge of redness on her cheeks.

All the while Ty Lee giggled despite her own blush while Elle continued to gaze around in a lovably puzzled manner.

"Shut up…Mai." The Princess growled before peering at her timid pet with a sigh.

There is no way that she could let her possible future wife remain this…ignorant.

Even if it was adorable.

"So, you and Azula bathed together?" The brown-haired woman questioned with her giggles dying down while the young girl peered down at her plate still blushing.

"W-we did. It was a bit overwhelming at first…b-but after I pleaded for mercy, she w-went easy on me." Elle replied with a stammer while Azula smiled in a prideful manner.

"Mercy Azula? Why do I get the feeling that I don't want to hear this?" Mai inquired with a sigh while sitting back with a full plate.

"Oh, I simply forgot that she was kneeling on the floor…and I accidently brushed my ass against her little face. You should have seen her adorable face…quivering and begging me to show her leniency. But at heart I am a merciful woman…so I made certain that it didn't happen again." Azula announced casually over the dinner table with her words stunning her two-childhood friends into a blushing silence.

The two noblewomen gazed back at their unabashed leader before turning to their young companion's reddened face.

"A-Azula! Please wait until she's older before you start s-shoving your ass in her face!" Ty Lee cried out while Azula just smiled with a wine goblet in hand.

"It was an accident Ty Lee." The Princess insisted with feigned innocence that had all but the young blonde rolling their eyes.

"I am sure it was. Well congratulations Elle. You had both Azula's feet and ass in your face all in one day." The markswoman declared in her usual tone while the small girl turned even redder upon hearing her words.

"I-I had a good day. I-I really did! Azula-sama held me in the tub. She let me nap with my face in her bosom." The blonde-haired girl chirped with the two women staring back in even further shock.

"Hm. So I did." Azula agreed while stirring her meal with a pleased demeanor about her.

It was just stunning the two how Azula was already getting naked with Elle, even if they weren't having sex.

"I spoke too soon. You had her breasts in your face as well. Well…at least you got something out of it. Likely more pleasurable to have a woman's boobs in your face…than her feet." Mai commented factually while Ty Lee began to choke on her drink.

"M-Mai!" The brown-haired woman protested while her friend calmly began to eat her meal.

"I got the most precious thing of all! I got to snuggle with Azula-sama!" Elle shouted while puffing up her chest in a childish show of pride that had the three women sweatdropping.

All of that talk about Azula seemingly testing the waters with the girl sexually and the young girl only wanted to cuddle.

"Keep your voice down girl! You can't just shout that to the world!" The Princess snapped with her icy eyes glaring about clearly worried about her reputation.

"So…tell us Elle. What makes for comfier pillows. Azula's thighs…or her breasts?" The markswoman teased with her words earning her a glare from the woman in question.

"Both! Her thighs are so well formed I could just sleep there all day! And her bosom is very warm and soft as well!" The blonde-haired girl explained with a pure hearted voice while the acrobat coughed on her drink.

"W-wow Azula. I didn't know you were that comfy." Ty Lee stated while eying her stoic friend now staring back at her icily.

"Azula-sama?" Elle pondered sweetly while Azula turned to her with surprisingly patient eyes.

"Yes?" Azula answered while swallowing a mouthful all the while surveying her lovely maid with possessive eyes.

"Are we officially adding lapnaps to our morning schedule?" The blonde-haired girl with a sunny smile while the Princess now glared at her through the corner of her annoyed eye.

All the while she listened to the acrobat's oohs and awws, and Mai's snort of amusement.

"No. We are not. But we are adding a two-hour foot session every day. At one pm, on the dot. Be certain that you record it." The Princess commanded while swallowing her food with her words causing the poor girl's shoulders to slump.

And both of her friends amusement died down while they now gazed at Azula rather taken aback by how selfish she could be.

Even to a girl she professed to like.

"But…you said that I am your girl." Elle protested meekly while Azula still gazed at her with cold eyes.

"I did. And you are. You belong to me." Azula stated before opening her mouth to chew on another bite in a regal manner.

"E-even if we share separate beds…surely we will hug sometime…maybe an hour every morning…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off while the monarch sighed under her breath.

"This morning it was five hours. Not one." The Princess reminded bitterly while the young girl turned red while sulking in her seat.

"Aww…if Azula's too much of an icebox I'll snuggle with you every day little sister." Ty Lee announced with a warm smile that had Azula staring at her from the corner of her eye in faint jealousy.

Just as she expected it would…

"Really! Lapnaps with my oneesan!" Elle cried out while Ty Lee smiled despite the girl's fondness for sleeping in a woman's lap.

"If you want…sure! But you don't have to kneel on the floor. We'll go snuggle in my bed." The brown-haired woman explained while turning to the Princess's now irate face.

"Absolutely not. I forbid it. You are not permitted to put your face in another woman's lap. You will use my lap only. And only…when I give you permission." Azula declared in a voice of authority while gazing at Elle's now jubilant face.

"You speak as if Ty Lee was going to do something horrible to her." Mai scoffed while swallowing a sip of wine.

"So, we are keeping lapnaps! Every morning at eight on the dot!" The blonde-haired girl cheered while the regal woman eyed her once more.

"No. Not every day…only when I…" The Princess sighed while observing the girl withdraw her silly little diary.

"Lapnap…with Azula-sama from eight…to nine am." Elle commented with an adorable smile while the three women sweatdropped once more.

"What a clingy little tiger monkey you are." Azula snorted snidely before returning to her meal.

"I suppose so!" The blonde-haired girl cried out while taking a bite of her food smiling brightly as she did so.

"Tell me Elle…why are you vegetarian? I don't believe that I have asked yet." The Princess pondered with a thoughtful countenance while peering at her young admirer's happy face.

"Oh, that's because I can't stand the thought of anything dying for me." Elle responded with her smile wavering just a bit while Azula rolled her golden orbs at her.

Her innocent answer caused Ty Lee to glance up from her plate before turning to Mai's sighing face.

It was as if the two silent agreed that they would have to watch out for her.

"Well coming from a little pacifist that doesn't surprise me. What would you do…if I were to order you to abandon your…diet?" Azula inquired with a contemplative smirk while turning to Elle's now worried expression.

"Azula, you can't just make changes to someone's personality. You either like them for who they are…or you don't. It's…that simple." The markswoman spoke while gazing at the Princess with a pointed stare.

"She is how she is Azula. And I like her just the way she is." The brown-haired woman stated with a smile while gazing at the small girl looking so shy over all of the attention.

"I would just disregard the order. I absolutely will not eat meat. Not even for my Princess." The blonde-haired girl declared in a proud manner with her words incurring three taken aback looks for her answer.

It had stunned even Azula that the girl had actually stated that there was an order she would ignore.

"Disobedience? Silly girl. I am in control of everything that goes onto your plate. With but one word you won't be able to find a vegetarian bite in the entire palace." The Princess remarked with merciless delight lining her now cold voice.

The statement now had both noblewomen gazing at Azula in disapproval.

"I would just go on a hunger strike." Elle boasted with her chest puffing out while Azula's controlling smile widened in amusement.

"Azula!" Ty Lee scolded with a frown all the while shaking her head.

"A hunger strike? Is that a challenge to my authority?" Azula purred with her palms now folded on the table before her.

"No Azula-sama. It is just the truth. I would rather starve than eat meat." The blonde-haired girl insisted a resolute nod while the Princess still eyed her with predatory eyes seeming to take it as a challenge.

"After ten days of hunger pains. I am quite certain that I could change your little mind…" The Princess trailed off with a taunting smile while the other two women glanced at her warily.

"Azula! Why do you have to keep going from nice to mean with Elle?" Ty Lee protested with a concerned shake of her head.

"Oh no. Not only do I know that my Princess would never do that to me. I also know that before I start to starve my oneesans will feed me." Elle declared with a jubilant smile that had Azula now staring at her two-childhood friends with imposing golden eyes.

What irked Azula the most was that all three of them knew that Elle had her beat in that regard.

"Yep! I would just steal you for a few weeks until Azula decides to stop being a meanie. You can be my snuggle servant…your only job will be snuggling with me for days on end!" The brown-haired woman announced with a cheerful grin that had their young companion gazing over at her with her eyes almost sparkling in excitement.

"No. You will not." Azula retorted with a frown while Mai gazed at Elle's overjoyed face sweatdropping.

"I want to be your snuggle servant oneesan! It sounds fun." The blonde-haired girl chirped in a return to her chipper voice while staring at Ty Lee in rising admiration.

"Aww! Hear that Azula? She wants to be my snuggle servant." Ty Lee commented with a bright smile while leaning over to pat her little sister's hand.

"How touching Ty Lee…but she isn't for rent. Humor me Elle. Let's say I would never do that to you. I am curious…how would you survive if you were trapped on a deserted island?" The Princess pondered with her fingers resting beneath her chin all the while surveying her maid in amusement.

"I really doubt that the girl is going to be trapped on any isolated islands anytime soon…unless you drop her off yourself." Mai stated while gazing at Azula with a monotone stare.

"Hm…I would look for berries!" Elle answered naively while Azula now gazed at her with her nose scrunching up comically.

"That's it? You would just hope that you find an adequate number of berries to survive day by day?" Azula scoffed in a deadpan voice while peering at her pet with a chiding stare.

Once more…the girl is just too naïve.

"I suppose so. I would never want any living creature to die just for my sake. I am just one girl. There are millions, upon millions of humans out there. There's nothing special about me that makes my life worth more than a rabbit or a butterfly soaring in the breeze. So, I just try to live as peacefully as I can…and hope for the best." The blonde-haired girl explained in a relaxed voice that took all three women aback.

Even Ty Lee.

There were just astonished by how little worth Elle placed on her own life.

It was also shockingly mature to hear this from a thirteen-year-old girl.

And yet…sad at the same time.

All three were now staring at Elle with varying arrays of emotion in their gazes with Azula's being complete bewilderment.

That was one of the most intriguing aspects about Elle that continued to draw her in.

The girl was an enigma to her.

She just didn't understand Elle…and it annoyed her to admit that.

"You just trot along and hope for the best?" The Princess snorted with her wine glass in hand while staring at her little admirer with a twinge of frustration in her gaze.

"That's right. I am a simple soul Azula-sama. I don't need much…and I just want to be happy. I just go with the flow! I try not to worry about what may or may not come. What will flow will flow!" Elle responded with a carefree shrug while the three women gazed at her as if she had just spouted a third arm.

"What will flow will flow? You are a strange kid." The markswoman remarked with her tawny eyes agape in bafflement.

"Maybe so. But I am content. Whether I die old or young…that doesn't matter to me. As long as I was happy…that's all that matters. It's just the way it goes. No sense in worrying about what may come." The blonde-haired girl spoke before taking a bite of her meal with a content countenance.

Azula sat staring back at Elle with her brows furrowing in disbelief over what she was hearing.

And try as she might she couldn't help but feel a sliver of concern.

Her lips pursed into a scowl all the while glaring at the young girl's lighthearted face.

'Curse this peasant…for making me feel such weakness.' The Princess thought bitterly all the while snorting in contempt.

"Hm. How lucky for you that I am here to make your decisions for you. It's clearly for your own good." Azula stated with her stern gaze suppressing the faintest slivers of concern that she felt for her young companion.

Up until now Ty Lee and Mai wouldn't have agreed to Azula saying such a thing.

But now they couldn't help but wonder if Azula was right.

"I do not protest your governance Azula-sama…in truth I find it to my liking. I just look at life differently than most people. I try not to carry a grudge…I am weightless! If all ended in an instant…I would have no regrets." Elle answered after swallowing her bite with a gentle smile that had even Azula staring at her agape in shock.

All three of the women exchanged a glance with the acrobat's being the most emotional of them all.

Those were strange words to hear from a thirteen-year-old girl.

Words that roused a sense of concern in all of them.

Even if they didn't show it.

"Elle…you are young. You shouldn't be talking about dying so casually. Please don't do that. It…worries me." Ty Lee spoke softly with a trace of sadness in her usually cheerful eyes while peering at the small girl's speedily fading smile.

"I-I am sorry oneesan. I…am not trying to worry you! I am happy here! That's all that I am trying to say. Please don't be sad." The blonde-haired girl cried out while staring at her big sister's frowning countenance.

"Just…please don't talk like that. We'd miss you if you left us." The brown-haired woman assured while wiping at her eye trying not to shed a tear.

"Y-you would?" Elle stammered with her rising smile causing all of them to gaze at her oddly.

"Of course, we would! Isn't that right Azula?" Ty Lee urged with a pleading look in her eyes while she turned to the Princess's callous face all the while rolling her eyes over her concern.

"The girl's not dying Ty Lee. Cease the waterworks." The Princess grumbled before turning to glare at the teenager's innocent visage.

"It's nice to have a new face around. I can see that we'll have to be keeping a close watch on you." Mai agreed while Elle turned to her smiling even wider than before.

"A-arigatou gozaimasu oneesan." The blonde-haired girl muttered before jumping up in a startled manner when the regal woman loudly snapped her fingers in her face.

"Eat your food tiger monkey! It's growing cold. Let it flow into your mouth! I don't need you starving on me." Azula barked with her imposing stare causing Elle to gulp meekly before saluting her much to her delight.

"Y-yes Azula-sama!" Elle exclaimed while the two noblewomen sweatdropped when she began picking at her food like a tiny bird.

"Good. It would be a shame to lose you. You give such a splendid foot massage." The Princess remarked with her two-childhood friend's now staring at her in disapproval.

"Azula!" The brown-haired woman scolded while folding her arms over her bust all the while huffing angrily over how insensitive her friend was.

"I-I would be saddened if I lost you too Azula-sama. You bring such joy into the world. I-it wouldn't be the same without you…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off with her amber eyes peering at her master's lips curving into a refined smile.

"Yeah. I am just going to say that I disagree with you kid." The markswoman sighed with the Princess swallowing a sip of wine clearly pleased by the girl's worshipful nature.

"Yeah! Azula…makes the world a pink place." Ty Lee stated while smiling at Elle with a warm countenance.

"I know I do. But you don't have to worry your little heart about ever being without me. It's too late for you to run away now. I am going to dictate your every action…right down to what you eat…for as long as you live." Azula announced in a glacial voice while narrowing her eyes at her pet's reddening little face.

The two noblewomen visibly shuddered after hearing that terrifying statement.

Anyone else would be in tears after hearing that.

But Elle…

"Please do! I find your rule quite soothing Azula-sama!" Elle cheered just before laughing happily while Azula now gazed at her with her lips adorning a pleased smirk.

"Y-you really should stop encouraging Azula to tell you what to do Elle." The brown-haired woman blurted out nervously while watched as the Princess leaned over the side of her throne.

"Well…when you beg so sweetly how can I ever say no? Very well Elle. You no longer have a will of your own. That too…belongs to me now." The Princess informed with a domineering smile that had the other women shivering.

"Yay! You're the best friend that I could ever ask for Princess!" The blonde-haired girl yelled out with a grin while her big sister's gazed at her comically.

"Mhm. And you are the best pet I could ask for." Azula purred before reaching out to pat Elle's head with the young girl blushing beneath her palm.

"I can't still believe you enjoy Azula dictating your life. But…whatever." Mai snorted in a dismissive voice while concealing her inner concerns.

"O-oh Azula-sama. I-I am so glad that you think so." Elle stuttered while swooning with a dreamy look in her young eyes all while the woman petted her head.

"You are fortunate that it is so. You would clearly starve without me. There is no woman or man out there that can provide such a prime selection of foods as me. This is just even further proof that I am the optimal dating candidate." The Princess boasted with an arrogant smile before removing her palm from her young admirer's blonde hair.

"Sure. Whatever you say Azula." Ty Lee coughed while shaking her head in amusement over her conceited friends’ absurd idea of dating.

"What other Princess can offer what I offer Ty Lee? If she exists simply give me her name and I will slaughter her before our young companion's own eyes! Never for her nation to ever rise above their shame and ruination!" Azula called out with a violent grin now adorning her crimson lips while the torches in the room suddenly burst into azure flames.

The two noblewomen gazed at her awkwardly in a tense silence while they sweatdropped over the Princess's megalomania.

Then the sound of joyful clapping filled the air while they turned their gazes to the small girl chipperly stroking the regal woman's gargantuan ego.

"You go Azula-sama! I don't know who this Princess is but she can't defeat my Princess charming! Her Highness's victory is imminent!" The blonde-haired girl cheered with gusto while Azula glanced at her from the corner of her eye in clear approval.

"Elle…this Princess doesn't exist. There is no victory for Azula to win." The markswoman informed in a deadpan manner while shook her head over the young girl's continued clapping.

She supposed that she could see why Azula liked Elle so much.

The girl's love for Azula was seemingly limitless.

"Hm. My little admirer speaks wisely." The Princess spoke with a wolfish grin while only to grunt when a blonde blur leaped into her lap.

Azula now peered down at Elle now happily hanging onto her neck while peering up at her callous face with a sweet smile.

All the while Mai and Ty Lee snickered at her glaring face while making very little effort to stifle their laughter.

"My Princess is the greatest there is. And that's all there is to it." Elle sighed with a blissful smile before snuggling into the irate woman's chest.

"Your enthusiasm pleases me Elle. Now go back to your own chair!" Azula snapped while glaring down at Elle's beaming face with narrowed golden eyes.

"B-but Azula-sama…I want to sit in your lap." The blonde-haired girl whined only to pout like a sulking puppy when the Princess raised her into the air by the back of her shirt.

"Azula! Don't hold Elle like a rag doll!" Ty Lee protested while she sweatdropped all the while at the sight of Azula holding Elle above her throne while the small girl pouted adorably.

"Not while I am eating." The Princess snorted while peering up at the petite blonde's pitiful attempt at puppy dog eyes.

"I-I just wanted to snuggle." Elle mumbled lamely before being dropped onto her backside in her chair.

It did not escape the notice of the others that Azula did not drop Elle carelessly, she had set the girl down with a margin of care for her fragile nature.

"Too bad. Now eat your food…and stay in your seat!" Azula bellowed out dominantly while staring at Elle with narrowing golden eyes when the girl moved to hop over again.

"Aww…that's so cute Azula." The brown-haired woman gushed while observing Elle sulking with a lovable pout on her cheeks.

"W- wakarimashita Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl stammered while slumping in her seat with her hand now grasping at her utensils once more.

"Quit your pouting tiger monkey." The Princess scoffed while rolling her elegant eyes over her pet's childish behavior.

"Y-yes master." Elle agreed without delay while Azula peered at her with her frown quickly transforming into a smile once more.

"Just do as I say Elle. Be a good girl and I will indulge your silly desires." Azula commented with a refined smirk while scooping up another mouthful.

"So, Elle…earlier I heard Azula state that she moved you into another chamber?" Ty Lee pondered in a strategic effort to change the subject.

"Mhm! I have a bigger room now!" The blonde-haired girl chimed while peering at her master eating in an ever-graceful manner.

"Azula moved you into a larger room?" Mai asked with curiosity in her voice all the while Elle rapidly nodded her head exuberantly.

"I did." The Princess stated casually while gulping down her bite with her callous eyes all the while peering at her joyful pet.

"Azula-sama removed my cot and put in a really nice bed! I have a desk now with a chair! Now I can write poetry for Her highness at my desk!" Elle cried out with jubilance while Azula's lips curled into a pleased smile.

Not only were the two noblewomen rather taken aback by the Princess's strange act of generosity.

They couldn't help but sweatdrop over how even now Elle only thought of how the new arrangement would benefit Azula.

They had no doubt that played a factor in Azula's bizarre habit of pampering Elle.

"I suppose you could. Perhaps you can also find a non-Azula related hobby." The markswoman commented while her leader eyed her in a spoiled sense of disapproval.

"And now I have a lounge chair! And a huge closet full of nice clothes! A-and even an art station! There is even a painting stand! Now I can paint Azula-sama from the comfort of a chair!" The blonde-haired girl squealed while her two big sisters shook their heads in a fond manner.

"Or not." Mai concluded dryly with a sigh while the acrobat smiled cheerfully.

"Aww, that was really nice of Azula." Ty Lee cooed while gazing between Elle's radiant little face and Azula's slight scowl.

"I am simply humoring her in order to continue to receive the highest quality of service." Azula spoke in an offhand manner while waving her hand before her face.

Neither Mai nor Ty Lee believed the Princess's obvious lie.

"I-I'll have my first two Azula-sama paintings finished even faster now that I have an art station." Elle admitted bashfully while peering over at Azula with a blush on her cheeks.

The joyful announcement incurred several more oohs and awws from the acrobat and a slightly inquisitive glanced from her other big sister.

And Azula's red lips curled into a gratified smile as she drank a sip of her wine.

"When they are finished…I demand that you show me my paintings." The Princess purred in a hubristic voice while resting her chin in the palm of her hand.

"Wakarimashita!" The blonde-haired girl agreed in a cheerful manner that earned her an approving glance from her master.

"You're going to hang them up…where we can see them…aren't you?" The markswoman inquired while the Princess gazed ahead with her usual entitled smirk.

"Elle, tell your big sisters about my decorating plans." Azula commanded in a supremely haughty voice while Elle turned to face her sisters with an enthusiastic grin.

"Azula-sama told me that when she becomes Fire Lord, I must line the entire palace with artwork in Her Highness's royal likeness!" Elle announced in a lively voice while both noblewomen gazed at her in renewed pity before turning to the Princess's pleased smile.

"T-the entire palace Azula? Do you have any idea how much work she must be putting into each painting? Elle just might work herself to death!" Ty Lee protested with disbelief in her sisterly voice that had Azula rolling her eyes.

"I never said that I would make her do it all in one day. Far and wide I will ensure that she is known as the painter of the flawless Fire Lord Azula. No doubt she will sell a great many prints." The Princess remarked in a content voice before pushing her empty plate aside.

"It seems a waste of her talent to only paint your face a hundred times over." Mai sighed with a shake of her head while gazing at the sunny faced girl.

"We'll just have to agree to disagree. I can think of no finer subject." Azula replied with an arrogant smile while turning to nod over in her little admirer's direction.

"Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl began once more while the older female eyed her with a trace of noticeable fondness still smiling.

"What is going through that little mind of yours?" The Princess pondered with a less sadistic smirk than her usual.

"W-will you make sure that old man doesn't try to twist my arm again?" Elle requested in a timid voice while Azula peered at her with her smiling now fading fast.

The two noblewomen winced in unison while exchanging a knowing glance with one another.

Though they had no pity for the old general, they knew that he was bound to regret impeding Azula's dinner.

"I will. Show me your wrist." Azula ordered with her lips pursed into a frown while Elle leaned over sliding down the sleeve of her shirt.

It was barely noticeable, but there was a faint, very faint mark on the girl's skin from where Bujing had seized her arm.

"He…bruised her." The brown-haired woman growled out in a protective voice while the markswoman also frowned in mutual disapproval.

"This will be corrected. You can be assured of that. First thing tomorrow morning…I will give you a seal to where on your arm. After that…I doubt very much that you'll ever be harassed again." The Princess informed with her eyes forming a terrifying stare before releasing her maid's arm.

"A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl murmured meekly while smiling up at the regal woman's stern countenance.

"You belong to me. Only I may berate you." Azula stated in a domineering voice that had young Elle blushing once more.

"How romantic." Mai scoffed in a monotone while shoving her plate aside.

"O-oh Azula-sama, you're the best there is. I-I just know you'll defeat this other Princess." Elle gushed while swooning with a hand on her cheek with her two big sister's sweatdropping once more.

"That's right my little admirer. I'll crush her underfoot." The Princess boasted with a visible swell of pride while gazing at the young girl with a violent grin.

"Can I ask you another question master?" The blonde-haired girl pondered with a shy smile while the regal woman still peered at her smiling in a graceful manner.

"Of course, I have boundless brilliance to share with your developing mind." Azula responded in a voice of ever rising arrogance that had Mai groaning in annoyance.

"H-how do I determine the value of the coin that you gave me?" Elle asked bashfully while peering at her feet clearly afraid that she would be viewed as an idiot.

"Finally paid her huh?" The markswoman questioned in her usual tone while the Princess rolled her eyes in response.

"I was always going to pay her. Now…you wish for me to educate you on Fire Nation currency…is that correct?" The Princess purred with her fingers brushing her bangs from her eyes all while staring over in the small girl's direction.

"T-that's so Azula-sama. I don't know how to spend it." The blonde-haired girl admitted with an adorable stutter all while finding herself captivated by the woman's natural charms.

"That simply will not do. Will it? Hm. I shall school your little mind on the subject during tomorrow mornings breakfast. How does that sound?" Azula remarked with her golden eyes peering over at Elle's innocent face with a hunger for dominance emanating from deep within.

"It sounds wonderful Azula-sama!" Elle cheered with warm laughter that had all three women gazing at her fondly when she reached out to grasp the woman's hand.

"Aww…she's so pink Azula." Ty Lee cooed with a giggle while Azula glanced at the girl holding her hand sighing all the while.

"Yes Ty Lee. Elle is…very pink." The Princess stated while reclining in her throne with her pet leaning over to hug her bicep.

"Has there been any word on the Avatar?" Mai questioned in a bored voice while Azula's smile returned to that of her usual cold nature.

"I am glad you asked Mai. As of matter of fact there has. We will be leaving in two days on a mission." Azula announced with a callous smirk while the two noblewomen gazed back in surprise.

All while Elle now peered at Azula with her innocent eyes on the verge of panic.

"D-do I get to come Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl requested as she tugged on the regal woman's sleeve while the Princess gazed down at her with a sophisticated smile.

"Of course, you're coming with me, silly girl. I can't leave you here to make your own decisions…now can I?" The Princess declared with a suave curve of her lips while staring down at the now overjoyed girl with amused golden eyes.

The two noblewomen sweatdropped when their adopted sister's cheerful shout rang into the air.

"This is joyous news! I get to travel with Azula-sama!" Elle squealed in delight just before leaping over the arm of the throne and plopping right into the now grunting woman's lap.

The acrobat giggled once more while watching the Princess attempt to intimidate their young companion into vacating her lap.

"Go back to your chair peasant. Or I will punish you." Azula spoke while pointing a finger in Elle's beaming face when the small girl began to hug her belly.

"But Azula-sama…I am your pet am I not?" The blonde-haired girl pondered with her face pressing into the Princess's upper belly while the woman's brows furrowed in slight curiosity.

"Yes, you are my pet. But you still have your own chair." The Princess growled just as she snapped her fingers in the petite girl's cheerful face.

"Azula…please…in the name of Agni stop turning Elle into a pet." Ty Lee sighed yet even still she smiled over Elle's adorable personality.

"But pets sit in their master's laps. So that means that this is my spot." Elle retorted with a sunny smile while Azula rolled her lovely eyes in returning amusement.

"Only if the master deems it so. I do not recall ever stating that you were a lappet." Azula snorted before lazily reclining with Elle propped up upon her belly.

"B-but Azula-sama! If I am your girlfriend and your pet…then that means I belong in your lap." The blonde-haired girl insisted while sighing happily with her head resting against the monarch's belly.

"Elle…girlfriend and pet are not usually one and the same…" Mai stated in deadpan yet even so it did not deter the chipper teenager.

"In our case they are one and the same. Very well Elle. I will permit this for thirty minutes. Then you must go to bed." The Princess announced in a near maternal manner while gazing down at her pet with her face resting against her fist.

"O-only thirty minutes of snuggle time?" Elle protested comically while Azula's eyes now narrowed into a truly terrifying stare.

"Would you prefer no…snuggle time?" Azula asked in a tyrannical voice all the while delighting in how Elle's shoulders slumped in defeat.

"N-no Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl stuttered pitifully like a sullen puppy while the Princess once more rolled her eyes.

"You are a whiny little tiger monkey…" The Princess sighed before lowering her palm into the pouty girl's hair just as she began to pet her soft blonde tresses.

"I am Princess Azula's tiger monkey!" Elle cheered in a childishly prideful voice all the while blushing as she pushed her head into the Princess's bosom.

The other two women sweatdropped while watching Azula peer down at Elle with an amused smirk about her sophisticated lips.

"Mhm. I suppose you are." Azula agreed lazily with her hand patting Elle's soft head in a possessive manner.

Over the next thirty minutes Elle continued to snuggle up in the Princess's lap all the while slowly but surely beginning to yawn.

Such actions incurred glares from Azula and more oohs and awws from Ty Lee.

Until finally the allotted thirty minutes had expired and the yawning girl was forcibly evicted from her master's lap.

"Go to bed now Elle. I will see you…tomorrow morning at seven." The Princess ordered with her palms resting in her lap while she back at the exhausted girl with stern golden eyes.

"Yes…Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off in mid-yawn yet even so bent over in a courteous bow that earned her a stare of approval from the seated woman.

"Such a reverent girl…" Azula trailed off before leaning forward to pat Elle's head while the small girl remained bent over at the waist with her hands at her sides.

Elle simply smiled warmly with the hand petting her head before releasing a few sleepy laughs all the while savoring the Princess's attentions.

"I can't believe General Bujing called Elle's behavior improper and erroneous. What an ass." Ty Lee snorted with her arms folded under her breasts.

The statement caused the Princess's eyes narrowing in a strange combination of anger and amusement.

"This one? Improper?" The Princess scoffed with her controlling eyes peering down at her maid's timid little face.

"I-I'm not improper am I Azula-sama?" Elle mumbled with her eyes peering down at the Princess's boots while the elegant woman sat with her legs crossed in a regal manner.

"No, most certainly not. I approve of you." Azula cooed in a curiously subdued voice while glancing down at Elle being compressed beneath her palm.

"Good. I want to be your good girl…always." The blonde-haired girl answered with a sweet smile just when her head was patted once more.

"Go to your chambers now servant…" The Princess trailed off with her palm withdrawing while she surveyed her pet with a flicker of fondness in her callous eyes.

"Oyasumi nasai Azula-sama!" Elle exclaimed with a gentle voice while bowing once more all while Azula stared down at her clearly pleased by her obedience.

Both noblewomen found the scene to be strangely touching, even Mai herself.

Their new companion was a real sweetheart, of that they had no doubt.

"Oyasumi nasai…to you too Elle." Azula spoke with a stern nod only for Elle to leap into her lap once more while she sighed deciding to allow the hug.

"T-thank you Azula-sama…for the new chamber." The blonde-haired girl murmured graciously while the Princess glanced down at her before patting her head.

"Consider it a reward for being a good girl. Now…run along now…before you pass out in my lap." The Princess commanded before pushing the young girl out of her lap just as the blonde stood up with a faint blush on her cheeks.

"Yes Princess!" Elle responded with cheer before curtsying Azula yet again before elegantly arising from her bow.

Azula never failed to take note of Elle's exceedingly courteous disposition, one of the girl's traits that she deeply favored.

Then she tilted her head curiously when her maid turned to scurry over to the smiling acrobat before hugging the woman around her waist.

"Aww! Goodnight to you too little sister!" The brown-haired woman gushed with a kind smile while patting the small girl's head.

"Oyasumi nasai…oneesan." The blonde-haired girl replied with a bashful smile while the woman mussed her hair.

"You go get your sleep now." Ty Lee stated softly before patting the girl's head once more while Elle stood up before adorably dashing over to Mai's seat.

The gloomy woman sighed when she turned to greet the girl approaching her with a twinge of fondness in her tawny orbs.

"You know…I am not really much for…" Mai trailed off in a deadpan voice just as Elle latched around her belly.

"Too bad. If I have to endure it so do you." Azula commented smugly while sipping her wine as she silently enjoyed watching Mai tense up.

"Oyasumi nasai oneesan!" Elle cried out cheerfully while Mai gazed down at her with softening eyes.

"Yeah. Same to you Elle." The markswoman spoke before gingerly patting the girl's grinning head.

And just like that the small blonde stood up almost turning to walk out of the room.

But she halted to peer back at the Princess's stoic face all the while chewing her lip.

Then Elle speedily scurried back towards Azula's throne with the other two women smirking in entertainment.

The Princess's wry expression was priceless while she watched the small girl scamper back over with aggravation finally beginning to show in her hardened eyes.

"Servant…you already said goodnight to me." The Princess sighed only for the small girl to halt before her throne with her needy little eyes peering down at her boots.

"B-but Azula-sama…I love you so much that I wanted to do it all over again…" The blonde-haired girl whined while kicking at an imaginary pebble with her cheeks heating up under the Princess's scrunched up stare.

The acrobat could be heard giggling in the background while the regal woman sat peering down at the young girl's bashful face.

"Really? How fortunate for me." Azula remarked dryly just when Elle embraced her around the neck with even more emotion than before.

"Azula…that is so cute! She's a total snugglebug." The brown-haired woman cooed only for the woman in question to glare at her from the corner of her eye with the small blonde latched around her neck.

"O-oyasumi n-nasai…" Elle stammered in a voice of endless affection with Azula glancing down at her while she patted her on the back.

"Goodnight to you too…once again. Now no more hugging!" The Princess stated strictly before pushing the pouting blonde back to her feet.

"J-just one more?" The blonde-haired girl murmured with puppy dog eyes while the Princess stared down at her with imposing golden eyes.

"We've hugged enough for one day. Now go to bed girl!" Azula barked with narrowed countenance now making Elle gulp under her glare much to her satisfaction.

"Y-yes Azula-sama…um…I hope you sleep well…" Elle trailed off with a shy smile while scratching her cheek nervously.

"You as well servant…now get going! Or I will punish you!" The Princess exclaimed before pointing a domineering finger in the blushing girl's face.

"Wakarimashita!" The blonde-haired girl chirped before performing a final bow with her hands at her sides all the while peering up at her master's sighing face.

"Yes Elle… wakarimashita." Azula spoke with forced patience before watching Elle smile up at her and then turning to sprint away.

All three women observed Elle dashing to the doors and vanishing for the briefest of instances.

Only for two of three women to sweatdrop when the young girl peaked back in to peer at the Princess's now exasperated face.

"Go." The Princess snapped with her irate eyes staring at the naïve girl's smiling face all the while listening to the acrobat's hearty laughter.

"Oyasumi nasai minasan!" Elle yelled out while waving happily at all three with Ty Lee being the only one to cheerily wave back at her.

"You too baby sister! Maybe I'll pay you a snuggle visit one of these nights!" Ty Lee shouted with a joyful giggle while Azula glared at her from the corner of her eye.

"Go to sleep girl or I will put you to work all night long scrubbing the floors of the palace halls." Azula announced with a scarily callous stare now being aimed at the carefree young girl who was now making a hasty retreat.

"I love you Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl called out from down the hallway with the Princess's lips now curving upwards ever so slightly over the adorable declaration.

"Is she actually gone now?" Mai asked while gazing at the open door with amused tawny orbs.

"It would seem so. Though I was beginning to wonder if that girl would ever finish saying goodnight." The Princess snorted while reclining with her face now resting in the palm of her left hand.

"But she's so cute Azula!" The brown-haired woman squealed while gazing at the Princess who simply rolled her eyes in response.

Though Azula did not say it aloud.

She did not disagree with her friend.

Elle was most certainly a lovely little thing.

Hers and hers alone.

Chapter Text

Elle sat at her desk chewing on her lip as she closed her diary.

In the center of her desk sat her art book with her lakeside painting of the Princess gazing back up at her.

The young girl smiled with a twinge of redness adorning her cheeks while standing up just before pushing her chair in.

"I…should get to bed. Tomorrow…is going to be yet another great day with Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl spoke quietly just as she turned off her night light before padding to her bedside now in her night clothes.

She sat upon her bedside with a serene countenance before widening her amber eyes as she suddenly clutched at her chest.

With speed she didn't know she was capable of she lunged for her backpack with a shaky hand.

All the while fumbling for her pill bottle in the dark of her room.

She finally recovered it before she sunk back with a cup of water in hand while quickly swallowing a small tan pill.

Moments later Elle fell back into her bedside holding a hand over her face with the barest traces of pain now visible in her eyes.

The small blonde moaned quietly with a faint trace of sweat on her forehead.

And sometime later she fell asleep at long last.

In the early morning hours unbeknownst to the now snoring blonde a woman now sat before her bedside.

Azula glanced down at Elle with callous golden eyes all the while fondly watching her maid sleep.

The Princess began to lean over the sprawled-out girl with her palms clasped together in her lap.

Her lips began to purse into a thin line while she turned away from the girl's sleeping face to glare at the closed door.

'Why does this peasant pique my interests? It's not just her tributes…is it? Why did I feel the need to come all the way down here? It's not as if I expected the girl to be awake at this hour.' Azula thought while turning her head to peer back down at Elle laying on her back with her mouth open in her sleep.

That was when she found herself brushing soft blonde tresses in an almost affectionate manner all the while her possessive eyes continued to survey her servant's adorable face.

The Princess closed her eyes before releasing a heavy sigh while she inwardly mused that this girl was becoming too great of a liability.

Then her eyes snapped wide open when she heard a faint whimper emanate from the sleeping girl.

Azula glanced down at the small blonde's face all the while frowning when took note of her pet's pained expression.

A flicker of concern began to grudgingly flash in her eyes while she scowled over the girl now leaning even closer as if to inspect her for injury.

"Ooh." Elle groaned in her sleep while Azula lowered her fingers to softly touch her cheek.

'Why is she in pain? The hangover is long over with…so why?' The Princess pondered with her brows furrowed in apprehension while staring down at her little admirer's quietly moaning face.

Azula's rigid eyes continued to sweep over Elle from head to toe searching for any defect.

Anything that would make her cry out in her sleep.

There were no surface wounds…not that she could see above the girl's clothing.

Which only left her with the conclusion that it must be related to the girl's mysterious health problems.

Then the teenage girl unexpectedly opened her eyes.

The Princess's fingers swiftly withdrew all the while peering down at her pet's half-asleep face with an imposing scowl.

It took a few moments while Elle held a hand to her forehead before she glanced up in surprise to realize that her master was seated beside her bed.

The older female was now staring down at her with icy golden eyes that already made her feel as if she's displeased her.

"M-master! H-have I overslept?" Elle stuttered with a distraught countenance while trying to sit up only for the woman's palm to push her back onto her pillow.

"Stay in bed girl. It is two hours before you are scheduled to get up." Azula spoke with a frown still pursing her lips while Elle peered up at her with confused sleepy eyes.

"O-oh…did you…need me?" The blonde-haired girl mumbled with the sophisticated woman still glancing down at her with strict eyes.

"No. I was going for my morning walk when I walked past your chamber. I decided to step in and make certain that your arrangements were up to my standards. That is all." The Princess responded before standing up above the young girl's bedside with her palms now folded behind her back.

"I…see…" Elle trailed off in mid-yawn while Azula now towered over her with her callous eyes peering down at her in a way that already sent shivers down her spine.

Then the regal woman began to turn away with her eyes peering down at her even still.

"Just go back to sleep…what?" Azula questioned with a curious twitch of her lips when a dainty hand grasped ahold of her pant leggings before she could turn away.

"W-would you s-stay with me…Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl requested bashfully with her words producing an instant scowl from the looming woman.

"Stay with you? Look at you…already trying to crawl into my lap." The Princess scoffed with her cold eyes gazing down at the small girl's now crestfallen face.

"S-sumimasen…" Elle trailed off with her drowsy eyes gazing away at the wall to which Azula rolled her eyes in response.

Azula closed her eyes for the briefest of moments while she exhaled under her breath.

Then the Princess reopened her impassive eyes before peering back down at the half-asleep girl's turned back.

"Well? Move over girl. Make room for your Princess." Azula commanded in a supremely entitled voice while glaring down at Elle who was now turning to gaze up at her with startled amber eyes.

"R-really? Azula-sama? You'll sit with me?" The blonde-haired girl mumbled while peering up at the towering woman's shadowed frame with her heart already beginning to beat rapidly.

"I said move girl!" The Princess barked with absolute dominance before bending over to seat herself while the small girl scooted out of the way of her lowering backside.

"Yes master! If Her Highness says move. I move!" Elle chirped with her back now pressed up against the wall while struggling to contain her excitement when Azula seated herself at the top of the bed.

"You will not breathe a word of this to anyone...not even to Mai or Ty Lee." Azula remarked just as she bent over to remove her boots with her backside purposefully seated just inches from Elle's blushing face.

"W-wakarimashita." The blonde-haired girl agreed with a jubilant yawn all the while peering at the Princess's shapely bottom with a twinge of pink on her bashful cheeks.

"For as long as I am present in this bed you will yield the majority of the bed to me…you will get whatever is left. Now move over more." The Princess demanded with smugness lacing her voice while sliding her long legs into the bed.

"Y-yes Azula-sama." Elle stammered before backing up as far as possible while watching Azula place her head upon her pillow.

Then the Princess finally settled with her tall body taking up approximately seventy percent of the bed, all the while stretching her legs in a spoiled manner.

But even though her love interest had just rudely shoved her aside and almost sat on her face the small blonde was practically ecstatic to lay with her Princess.

"Come here Elle." Azula purred with her golden eyes peering over at Elle's small frame all the while delighting in how the young girl began to crawl over like her kitten.

"Princess…" The blonde-haired girl whined before crawling to a stop before the regal woman wagging hand.

"You seek my lap…is that correct?" The Princess pondered lazily while staring down at the small girl with a pleased countenance when her pet sunk onto all fours before her belly.

"That's so." Elle admitted with a prolonged yawn while turning a shade of crimson when a strong hand was lowered into her hair.

"Hm. Very well then…I shall indulge your silly desires." Azula sighed while examining her finger nails before watching in amusement when Elle began to curl up beneath her petting hand.

The small girl yawned once more before collapsing face first upon the Princess's lower belly all the while Azula peered down at her with her fingernails trailing through her young admirer's hair.

"T-thank you…" The blonde-haired girl spoke softly while breathing serenely once more with her head atop the regal woman's belly while it continued to rise with her every breath.

"Just consider yourself fortunate…that I have become fond of you." The Princess muttered with her stern gaze always peering down at her servant now latching onto her belly.

"I…am indeed fortunate to have you as my best friend Princess…" Elle trailed off with a sunny smile that only grew brighter upon listening to a snort resonate through the woman's belly.

"Yes Elle…your best friend." Azula commented dryly with an amused countenance that Elle never seemed to notice while her hand grasped at the top of the girl's head.

All the while Elle peered up at Azula from her lap with a display of moved emotion in her innocent eyes.

Then a single teardrop fell onto the monarch's robes which the Princess noted with a detached golden gaze that shone with the barest trace of disapproval over the tear.

"Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl whispered while the woman's hand still resided in her hair.

"What is it servant?" The Princess questioned with yet another sigh just as she herself began to relax deciding that she approved of her pet's favored sleeping area.

"Can…I talk to you about anything?" Elle requested while averting her eyes while Azula glanced down at her with her astute countenance searching for something unspoken.

"So long as that something isn't something along the lines of secretly being in league with my brother or the Avatar…then by all means. Tell me anything." Azula explained with her head turning the pillow while her callous stare continued to scrutinize Elle's eyes to note a brief flash of sadness.

"Oh…no…I…don't even know what an Avatar is…and…I have never met your brother." The blonde-haired girl mumbled with her eyes closing as she lay upon the rising belly with the woman's palm digging into her hair.

The Princess had already long since ascertained that her young admirer had no connection with the enemy.

But even so she was somewhat taken aback that the girl didn't even know what the Avatar was.

"I already know that. Why do you ask? Is there something that you are hiding from me?" Azula inquired in skillfully smooth voice with her keen mind already recalling the girl's pained moans in her sleep.

"No. Nothing at all. I…just…wanted to know." Elle stated with yet another yawn before lowering her head into the Princess's stomach once more.

"Really? For your sake my pet…you had best remember that I own you. You no longer have the right to secrets…I own even that…as well." The Princess purred with her long fingers grasping at the quivering girl's hair all the while pushing her into her lap.

"Y-yes, I-I am Her Highness's good girl." The blonde-haired girl murmured with a blush just as her breathing began to stabilize.

"That too…is self-evident. Now…go to sleep…you only have one hour with me. I suggest you make use of what you can." Azula announced with her eyes now peering up at the ceiling while she listened to Elle yawn once more.

Her pet was lying…not about the Avatar but…something unrelated.

But she will find out…of that she knew for certain.

"My master…" Elle whined in a muted voice with her face burrowing into Azula's soft belly all the while breathing peaceably.

"You are…a good pet." The Princess sighed while trailing her hand through the small girl's hair all the while enjoying how her pet hid in her lower belly.

The small blonde just mumbled incoherently in response with her eyes closed all the while just when the sound of soft snoring began to resonated into the air.

Azula's stern eyes flickered back down to Elle while she began to silently study her submissive girl's sleeping face.

From that moment onward her strict countenance never left her maid's murmuring visage all the while her hand remained planted in the young girl's hair.

All the while Elle continued to periodically snore while adorably clutching at Azula's elegant robes.

She didn't know what the girl was hiding…

But she intended to find out.

Two hours later…

Elle awoke with a loud yawn all the while stretching her limbs only to blink when she realized that her head was now on her pillow.

Then she glanced around to notice that Azula was no longer present.

She was somewhat disappointed that her Princess didn't stay…but she knew that she was lucky that Azula even graced her with her presence for a single hour!

Most fortunate indeed!

The young girl quickly sat with a soft smile while she happily mulled over her growing bond with Princess Azula.

Then she stood up with yet another yawn before slowly padding about her chamber to begin her morning routine.

About five minutes later while she fumbled through her closet still in her night ware, she heard a curt rapping upon her door that startled her into straightening.

"Yes?" Elle called out before turning when she watched the door open to reveal Azula standing on the other end gazing back at her with impassive golden eyes.

Without even giving it, any thought the teenager immediately dropped into a respectful bow on all fours.

The small girl gazed down at the floor while Azula began to approach with her hands folded behind her back all the while peering down at her with approval in her stern eyes.

"Ohayō Gozaimasu Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl cheered with warm laughter while watching the Princess's pointed boots stop just before her kneeling face.

"Good morning Elle." Azula greeted while glancing down at her well-mannered servant with her callous eyes reflecting her flicker of fondness for the girl.

"How may I serve you this morning Princess?" Elle pondered sweetly before peering up at Azula's statuesque frame with joyful amber eyes.

"Finish getting dressed. Then I wish for you to walk with me." The Princess announced with her palms still clasped behind her while staring down at her pet with her usual hardened gaze.

"Yes! A walk with Her Highness!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed with innocent cheer lacing her voice that had the Princess peering down at her with an amused smile.

"I will be outside your door…do be sure not to keep me waiting too long." Azula spoke just before turning away with Elle watching her stride towards the door.

"Wakarimashita …Azula-sama." Elle agreed in a chipper manner that prompted Azula to glance back at her for the briefest of moments before shutting the door behind her once again.

The petite servant arose with her spirits at their peak before quickly returning to her open closet all the while swiftly choosing her choice of outfit.

And then dressing herself all the while chewing on her lip in a panic fearing that her Princess would go on the walk without her.

Then Elle releasing a yelp when she almost tripped on the leg of her chair that echoed outside of her door.

The Princess gazed over her shoulder with her face scrunched up when she heard her favorite servant's clumsy cries that were soon followed by an unknown item falling to the floor with a clang.

Azula stared at the door with a blank expression of bewilderment with her arms folded over her breasts.

"I-I'll be right there master!" Elle exclaimed in a fretful voice that now had Azula rolling her elegant golden eyes.

"Hm. I am sure you will." The Princess taunted with a small smirk about her lips before another squeak followed from the girl's chamber.

"Just brushing my teeth!" The blonde-haired girl assured in a garbled voice while Azula now examined her clenched fist sighing all the while.

Several more moments passed by before the door opened and then closed soon after.

"All done!" Elle piped with a grin before bowing at the waist while the woman now eyed her with a comical dry stare.

The small girl curtsied her master with a bright smile all the while averting her eyes with her arms neatly held out at her sides.

The blonde was now dressed in red and gold robes that curiously mimicked her master's colors that signified her status as royalty.

All the while her backpack was now humorously slung over her shoulders and she once more wore her little golden bow upon just below her collar.

"As always…you please me with your courtesy…. your curtsy is in splendid form." Azula stated just as she walked closer all the while looming over her curtsying maid with her crimson lips now adorning a pleased smile.

"I am honored that you think so Azula-sama! I strive to be show you only the upmost courtesy!" The blonde-haired girl answered gleefully just as she peered up at the Princess still giving her a glance over.

"But your bow tie is upside down." The Princess informed casually with a finger under her chin while her petite servant visibly deflated upon hearing that.

"H-huh…oh…" Elle trailed off lamely with her amber eyes now gazing down at her bow tie in a fretful manner.

"And your sash is tied backwards." Azula commented while pointing down at her pet's adorably distress little face.

"S-sumimasen…A-Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl stuttered with an audible gulp all the while feeling like a fool in the presence of such a divine woman.

"This simply will not do…come. I shall lend you my guidance once more." The Princess sighed before gesturing for her maid to follow with the pouting girl padding after her.

"Y-yes Princess…" Elle murmured in a tone of low confidence while opening the door once more for her master.

The petite girl held the door for the tall woman stepping past her before watching her Princess regally seat herself in her desk chair.

Then she shut the door behind her while Azula folded her legs elegantly before wagging her finger in a come-hither motion.

The young girl was already scampering forward before the royal woman even opened her mouth to speak.

"Stand right here…" Azula ordered with a snap of her fingers while pointing before her boots.

"W-wakarimashita." The blonde-haired girl replied with a noticeable stutter before halting to stand perfectly straight before her master.

She stood with her arms flawlessly held to her sides while the Princess reached out to adjust her bow tie.

All the while callous golden pools surveyed her ashamed face in an almost parental manner.

"From now on when I tell you to finish getting dressed…take a few more minutes to do so. I am not going to beat you for doing so…understand?" The Princess explained with her strict eyes peering back at her sulking pet while untying the girl's bow.

"I…do master. Forgive me…" Elle whined with her innocent eyes peering down at her feet while she felt the bow tie tighten up snugly around her neckline.

"Stop acting like I just backhanded you girl." Azula scoffed with her cold eyes now staring back at her pet's corrected bow tie all the while clicking her tongue in approval.

"Yes Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl agreed meekly while trying her best to stand proud with the sophisticated woman lifting her chin up with her long finger.

She stood motionless while her Princess tilted her head to the right and then to the left.

"Your bruises are healing…good…very good. This pleases me." The Princess commented just as she cupped the teenager's chin while gazing down into the small girl's emotive amber orbs.

While Azula may be a cruel person to nearly everyone else in the world…to young Elle she was the only person to have make her feel this cherished.

"A-arigatou gozaimasu!" Elle cried out with her misty eyes now peering up at Azula's impassive face while the older female furrowed her brows inquisitively.

"What for now?" The Princess pondered with a silken voice just as she released her maid's fragile chin.

"F-for making me feel cherished…you are s-so good to me Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl murmured with a returning smile while she wiped at her eye sniffling as she did so.

"You are my most devoted follower…I recognize the loyal. Now raise your arms above your head." Azula ordered with her lips curling upward just barely while in amusement when Elle raised her arms as soon as she voiced the command.

"Yes master! I am a good girl for my master!" Elle exclaimed jubilantly with a sunny smile while Azula glanced back at her with pleased golden eyes just as she began to untie her sash.

"Good girl Elle. Never forget that you please me. Very much…" The Princess trailed off with her lips pursing into a stern stare while she began to retie her maid's sash.

"B-but have I not acted improper today Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl questioned with a faint blush when her pants loosened around her waist.

But through it all her Princess made certain to hold her pants up while she tightened her sash the proper way.

'I trust Azula-sama with all of my heart and soul…she cares for me…' Elle thought while peering up at Azula with admiration in her gentle eyes.

It truly moved her that her master would take the time to assist her in such simple matters.

She truly was both her caretaker and her mentor.

"Improper? How have you been improper? Is this about what General Bujing said?" Azula queried with her lips pursed into a frown while she concluded in tying the girl's sash.

Then she glanced back at her servant's childishly worried face all the while mulling over why she even felt the urge to reassure the girl.

"I-I am uncoordinated…I am clumsy. I…put my bow tie on upside down…and I tied my sash on backwards. Y-you've had to take time out of your morning just to fix my appearance. I…apologize master." The blonde-haired girl stammered with her palms grasping at her arms while she gazed off to the side in shame.

The sound of Azula snorting in contempt entered her ears while the elegant woman uncrossed her legs before rising to her feet.

Once again Elle stood with the Princess looming over her much smaller frame while Azula glanced down at her scowling in disapproval.

"Look up at me girl." The Princess demanded with a domineering snap of her fingers all the while observing in delight when her lovely maid gazed up at her with faithful amber eyes.

"If my Princess says look up…I look up." Elle spoke with emotion lining her voice as she clasped her hands together while peering up at her caretaker's powerful visage.

"That's my girl. You speak to me with only the highest level of respect…. you never fail to curtsy me…and your bow is simply flawless. Silly girl…do you really think that those trivial details make you improper?" Azula announced with her crimson lips beginning to curl into an amused smile while lowering her hand into Elle's soft hair.

"U-um…no?" The blonde-haired girl answered lamely with a returning cheer while she gazed up at the Princess now rolling her captivating orbs once more.

"How many times will you continue to doubt me…when I tell you that I approve of you?" The Princess snorted with her strict eyes narrowing down at her pet's quivering little face.

"Sumimasen Azula-sama…" Elle declared passionately before bending in a curtsy at the hip with her arms folded politely at her sides.

All the while Azula stared down at her curtsying girl while holding a hand beneath her chin with her lips now forming a refined smirk of approval.

"If I had any issues with correcting your dress…you would know." Azula assured with her palm patting the small girl's head which produced a most curiously satisfying giggle.

"Wakarimashita!" The blonde-haired girl cheered in a voice intermingled with warm laughter while she blushed beneath the Princess's dominant hand.

"Good…so very good. Now close your eyes servant. I have a surprise for you." The Princess informed with her head tilting to the side all the while surveying her pet's excited little face.

"A surprise for me!" Elle exclaimed merrily before closing her eyes all the while remaining in her respectful bow with a bright smile adorning her face.

Then the young girl felt a piece of fabric drape over her right shoulder while her master began to wrap the unknown cloth around her upper arm.

"Open your eyes my pet." Azula purred in a charming voice while Elle eagerly opened her little eyes before gazing down at her arm in confusion.

Then the small blonde's eyes widened in a heartfelt manner to find herself gazing down at fine ribbon that now hung upon her arm.

It was a golden cloth that featured her master's Fire Nation insignia in a bold red and gold colors!

'This…this is Azula-sama's royal seal!' The blonde-haired girl thought before peering up at the towering Princess with joy overflowing from her eyes.

"M-my master…you honor me." Elle spoke with a moved emotion in her happy voice while Azula stared down at her vastly pleased by her devotion.

"You are to wear that at all times. You should have no further troubles as you go about your labors." The Princess stated as she glanced down at her little admirer falling into an even deeper bow before her boots.

"A-Azula-sama…you are my home…" The blonde-haired girl murmured in a voice of endless loyalty before hugging the nearest boot while the Princess observed her from above.

"Indeed I am. Don't concern yourself with what others say. All you have to do is serve me…and I shall do your worrying for you. I will take care of you…Elle." Azula explained with her hands now folded behind her back while peering down at her pet kneeling before her boot.

"Yes, my Princess! Forevermore as Her Highness commands." Elle called out sweetly while grasping at the Princess's robed pant leggings all the while falling into her knee.

"I am greatly satisfied by your reverence Elle. You may rise now…" The Princess remarked with a graceful smile now on her refined lips all the while observing her pet push herself to her feet.

"If my master says rise! I rise!" The blonde-haired girl chirped with a radiant countenance that earned her yet another pat to the head.

She began to laugh warmly once more all the while peering up at her master with her face now at level with her upper belly.

"Mhm. Now that I just adore. You are such a good pet." Azula cooed while Elle peered up at her with a reddening blush on her cheeks.

"If a good pet is what you want Princess. Then it is what I shall always be." Elle boasted before childishly puffing out her chest with an expression of adorable pride in her loyal eyes.

"Of that I have no doubt. Come along now Elle." The Princess commanded with yet another snap of her spoiled fingers before she began to stride away all the while her pet began to chase after her heels.

"Humph! There is no one that can surpass my loyalty to you Azula-sama! I'm your most faithful girl!" The blonde-haired girl cried out as she swelled proudly while now striding alongside the amused Princess.

"I know you are. Now let's go for a walk you and I." Azula announced with her palms clasped behind her back all the while glancing down at Elle bouncing along cheerily alongside her.

"Yes, Azula-sama. I…look forward to yet another day with you." Elle stated with a serene smile adorning her cheeks before scampering ahead of her master to open the door for her.

The Princess observed the door open with her lips now forming a content smirk while her little maid never failed to bow when she held the door for her.

"Good girl. Such a polite pet." The Princess purred with a sage nod the while striding along with her pet who was now beaming up at her.

"O-oh Azula-sama…I strive to be the best girl for you that I can be…" The blonde-haired girl gushed with a hand on her bashful cheek while her Princess gazed down at her with a regal countenance.

"Let's go have an early breakfast." Azula declared while casting her small companion a fond glance just as they made their way down the palace halls.

"Wakarimashita Azula-sama." Elle agreed with a vibrant grin while the two walked closely beside one another down the long palace hall.

The Princess and her servant were now forming an unspoken bond with each other that was felt even now.

No more words needed to be said.

Elle was quickly becoming accustomed to reading Azula's body language better than anyone else could.

And Azula was now growing used to the foreign role that was being Elle's protector.

Thirty minutes later…

Azula now sat in her throne within her study while she quietly read over her plans regarding her upcoming mission.

She briefly glanced up when Elle set her plate down before her along with her usual fresh cup of coffee and a jar of orange juice as well.

"Is there anything else I can get you master?" The blonde-haired girl pondered while bowing at the hip before her Princess's seated form.

"No servant. That will be all. You may sit down now." The Princess informed in a pleased voice while granting her servant a nod of approval.

That was when the small girl's eyes sparked when she removed the wrap from her plate while Azula all the while gazed at her through the corner of her stern eye.

"Ooh! I like hotcakes! T-this isn't the usual breakfast Azula-sama. Did you order this…for me?" Elle requested before seating herself in a smaller chair at the table while peering up at Azula with grateful little eyes.

"I did. You informed me that you liked hotcakes." Azula stated with her coffee cup in hand while staring at Elle's overjoyed face sniffing her breakfast in rising excitement.

"Thank you!" The blonde-haired girl cried out with a sunny smile while gazing back at her master as she began to cut into her own meal.

"Hm. It is on your list of permissible meals. I will be managing your food intake for all of your days. From this moment onward I will be deciding what you eat for each meal." The Princess remarked in a domineering voice all the while glancing back at her pet in a supremely entitled manner.

Instead of being horrified or angry the small girl began to beam at the amused Azula with even more delight in her innocent eyes.

"Please make my decisions for me Azula-sama! I don't know what I would do without your authority. I-I like it when you decide for me." Elle confessed with a blush while the Princess peered at her with a fond smirk growing upon her red lips.

"I have come to the conclusion that your appetite for dominance just may be insatiable…but fortunately for you pet…no task is too daunting for a woman of my genius. Very well dear. I will hence forth impose even more restrictions on your little mind!" Azula announced with her fingers pointing at Elle's reddening face before swallowing a mouthful with grace.

"O-oh Azula-sama…it really comforts me knowing that I have you to guide me along the way. W-will you promise me that you'll always be here to lead me?" The blonde-haired girl pondered shyly with her words incurring a beyond gratified glance from the Princess in question.

"You would be lost without me…it is clear that you need my dominance. Hm. So be it…you will never find yourself without my rule." The Princess stated with a fond smirk now adorning her lovely lips just as she sipped her coffee.

And then just like that Azula found herself grunting before gazing down at her side to find Elle had leaned over the arm of her throne to embrace her belly.

"I am so grateful for your friendship Princess. I just know we'll be inseparable!" Elle shouted radiantly while squeezing the woman's side only for the Princess's hand to promptly pry her off.

"Yes, of that I have no doubt. Now go back to your chair!" Azula barked just as she snapped her fingers in Elle's pouting face.

"Y-yes Azula-sama…" The blonde-haired girl mumbled with a sulking countenance all the while gazing at the Princess's lap with longing in her eyes.

"And eat your food." The Princess commanded with her golden eyes narrowing down at her submissive girl's rapidly nodding face.

"Wakarimashita." Elle agreed with a blush just as she began to gingerly nibble on her pancakes.

"There are a few things that we need to discuss this morning." Azula commented just as she cut into her eggs while Elle listened with a smile.

"I'll talk about whatever you like Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl chimed with her amber gaze peering up at the woman gracefully swallowing her meal.

"Good. Then perhaps you could explain the moans of pain that you were making in your sleep." The Princess remarked with her callous stare now glancing down at the taken aback little blonde.

If there was one thing her pet was terrible at…it was deception.

"Pained moans?" Elle repeated as she chewed on her lip before quivering under her master's hardening glare.

"Mhm. Pained moans." Azula spoke in a voice of absolute control just as she set down her coffee cup while she turned to peer down at her servant's vanishing cheer.

"I…don't know." The blonde-haired girl murmured lamely while she almost shrunk under the weight of the woman's stare.

"Do not lie to me girl." The Princess warned in an icy voice while frowning down at her admirer's worried little face.

"S-sumimasen…" Elle trailed off with an audible gulp while she gazed down at her lap fiddling her thumbs.

"Lie to me again Elle…and you just may find yourself spending the next week or two pondering your disobedience while you wait for us to return." Azula announced casually while waving her hand before her face just as her words provoked an expression of adorable horror in her maid's eyes.

"W-weeks without Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl stammered with a sorrowful voice while the Princess quirked a cruel smile.

"Weeks." The Princess replied with smug satisfaction all the while trying to suppress the faintest sliver of something akin to remorse when her little admirer looked as if she would nearly cry.

"P-please don't leave me behind. I-I might die of heartbreak…" Elle whined out with a sniffle while Azula rolled her golden eyes down at her.

"While I find your adulation endearing I very much doubt that you would die. Even so…if you wish to maintain your many privileges, I expect absolute obedience from you." Azula spoke while glancing down at her sensitive servant with a strict gaze.

"Y-yes master." The blonde-haired girl mumbled with a sullen countenance when a palm lowered to pat her pouting head.

"Good girl. Very good. I like good girls. You're my good girl…and my good girl obeys my every command." The Princess purred with her fingers now dancing through her pet's hair while peering down at her submissive girl sinking into her seat.

"A-are you mad at me Princess?" Elle asked in a worried voice while she savored the woman's petting hand.

"That depends on you. I demand an explanation for those pained moans. Are you going to be a good girl?" Azula pondered with her regal lips pursing into a frown while she brushed blonde bangs from her maid's eyes.

"I…don't know the reason for my pains…but I suspect that it is serious. I…didn't want to tell you. Because I didn't want to focus on it. I…have just been trying to ignore it." The blonde-haired girl explained quietly while the Princess stared down at her with her eyes widening in concern.

"Serious? Naïve girl. Ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away. Explain this to me. Now." The Princess snapped with her arms resting on the sides of her throne while glaring down at her flinching pet.

"W-well I keep having crippling pains in my chest." Elle admitted meekly with a trace of fear in her voice while Azula glanced down at her with a sliver of worry flashing in her eyes.

"And…you weren't going to tell me this?" Azula scoffed with a twinge of anger in her voice while narrowing her eyes over the girl's naivety.

"No." The blonde-haired girl responded once more while averting her eyes in shame from her master's displeased scowl.

"The Princess of the Fire Nation, and the soon to be Fire Lord has taken a romantic liking to you. I have access to virtually any and all medical treatments on the entire planet. Instead of telling me so I could investigate the matter…you…were going to withhold details from me?" The Princess demanded in a voice that verged on unforgiving while she stared down at her little servant with callous golden orbs.

"W-well I have been taking pills for the pain." Elle confessed with a nervous gulp while Azula reeled around with even deeper anger flashing in her gaze.

"Pills?" Azula hissed with her hand swiftly grasping onto the girl's trembling shoulder with her cold eyes once more flashing in concern.

The fact that the girl's pain was so great that she was taking pills spoke volumes.

And the little fool had thought it brilliant to hide this from her!

"Y-yes. I acquired the medicine a little over a month ago. I am not certain what the problem is. I-I have had a lung condition ever since I was a little girl. It might be worsening…or there may be s-something more serious going on. B-but I prefer not to think about such things." The blonde-haired girl spoke quietly while avoiding meeting the Princess's angry eyes.

"You prefer not to think about it. As opposed to what? You should have told me this before!" The Princess snapped with her palm subconsciously tightening on the small girl's shoulder.

"I-I meant no disrespect. I-I am just…finally happy. For the first time in my…life. I am happy. I w-would prefer to focus on serving you master." Elle stuttered in an astonishingly carefree voice while Azula gripped her shoulder with her imposing glare making her cower in her seat.

Though Azula would not admit it aloud she was touched by the girl's answer.

It was all the more reason to be angered that she wasn't told earlier.

Try as she might to resist it, she has become fond of this peasant girl.

Elle's loyalty was truly moving. Even to a woman as cold as herself.

She supposed that played a heavy factor in why she has come to care for this girl.

Which is why it baffled her that Elle would hide this from her.

This…mousy little lady managed to catch her eye.

The health of her intended was not to be neglected!

'Damn this peasant for making me feel such a weakness!' Azula thought with her hardened eyes now narrowing down at her pet's innocent face.

"You simple minded girl! How can you serve me if you can't even breath?" The Princess inquired callously with her hand tightening once more upon Elle's fragile shoulder.

"P-please loosen your grip. T-that hurts." The blonde-haired girl whimpered with a yelp just as the Princess's hand swiftly released her shoulder.

Azula gazed down at Elle now eying the girl's shoulder with an almost remorseful stare.

There was a brief moment of uncomfortable silence while the small blonde sat staring down at her food all the while fidgeting under the Princess's continued scrutiny.

"This is not acceptable. You should have told me about both the pills and the severity of this condition before you saw the palace healer. I am displeased with you Elle." The Princess declared with a scowl while she turned away from the young girl's now distraught countenance.

Those were the very words that Elle feared hearing more than anything else.

"S-sumimasen Azula-sama." Elle stated in a voice verging on tears while Azula grasped at her coffee cup with her lips still pursed into a cold frown.

"I don't even want to hear it. I am henceforth forbidding you from speaking for the remainder of this breakfast." Azula spoke just as she sipped her coffee while trying to suppress something akin to guilt when she heard a choked cry behind her.

"Yes Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl whispered with a tear sliding down her cheek just as she began to eat in a sorrowful silence.

The two resumed their meal in silence while the Princess occasionally glanced down at her crying maid with an annoyed scowl all the while trying to squash her remorse.

Elle was soon pushing her half-eaten pancakes away in favor of staring down at her lap with her shoulder slumping as she did so.

After another twenty minutes of this Azula also pushed her plate to the side while she turned to eye her sorrowful admirer with a displeased frown.

"Enough of your crying. It annoys me." The Princess stated insensitively with her palm gripping her coffee cup all the while scowling at the small girl's slumped back.

"Wakarimashita …" Elle answered with a sniffle while she sat gazing away glumly.

That was the straw that broke the metaphorical komodo dragons back for Azula.

For reasons unknown it bothered her when Elle offered her an unhappy wakarimashita.

"Servant." Azula called out with a slight sigh while setting down her cup before turning to speak to the depressed girl once more.

"Y-yes master?" The blonde-haired girl pondered with a hopeful tone while turning to peer up at her Princess's imposing visage.

"Your punishment is over…you may speak now." The Princess commented with her palms folded in her lap while gazing at her little servant wiping her wet cheeks.

All the while she couldn't help but purse her lips into a thin line at the sight of her maid's tears.

"A-are you…still angry with me…Azula-sama?" Elle questioned with her fingers wiping at her eyes while she gazed up at her in a fretful manner.

"No. You are too devoted for me to stay angry with you for long…over a small lie. But there will not be a repeat of this incident. You will show me these pills…and you will tell me everything." Azula responded with her head reclining in her throne all the while glancing down at her sensitive servant's damp face.

"Yes Princess. As Her Highness commands." The blonde-haired girl mumbled with another sniffle while her words finally produced a pleased smile on the regal woman's face.

She was very much relieved to see Azula-sama smiling once more, it broke her heart to know that she had angered her Princess.

"My good girl heeds my will at all times. Are you my good girl Elle?" The Princess purred with a finger curling beneath her chin all the while knowing that the young girl was.

But she still enjoyed lightly toying with her.

To her satisfaction Elle briefly peered up at her with a distressed face before leaping to her feet with her little eyes agape in worry.

Then Azula glanced on with pleased eyes when the petite girl promptly bowed before her at the hip with her arms neatly tucked in at her sides.

"I am your good girl Azula-sama! P-please forgive me Princess." Elle cried out with another tear streaming down her cheek while she gazed down at her master's boots.

All the while the Princess surveyed her maid's emotional face before the tear drop fell to the floor below.

That was when Azula raised her gaze upward deciding that she would rather her pet smile once more.

"You are such a melodramatic little thing…but I am fond of you all the same. You are forgiven." Azula remarked with a lazy wave of her hand while staring at her bowing maid with an amused twitch of her lips.

"I-I am so glad to hear that Azula-sama. I-I don't like it when you are displeased with me…" The blonde-haired girl murmured glumly while pitifully kicking at an imaginary pebble.

"I can see that. The obvious solution is to simply do as I say. Do you understand girl? It's in your best interests…anyhow. I do have your well being in mind." The Princess spoke with her face resting in the palm of her hand while she leaned forward on her throne to peer at her pouting pet.

"I-I know it is…my master cares about me…" Elle trailed off while quivering in her bow with her innocent eyes misting up once more.

"Hm. I do. You wouldn't be spending your mornings with me if I didn't. Nor would I have taken an interest in ensuring that your arrangements offered maximum comfort. And I most certainly…would not have even stepped foot into your chamber if I did not." Azula explained in a silken voice while gazing into her maid's pure hearted eyes with a gaze of genuine fondness that she only graced Elle with.

"I apologize Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl stated morosely in a shameful voice on the brink of further tears just when a warm hand reached out to grasp her chin.

The small blonde's saddened eyes widened when her chin was lifted upward by the woman's finger to find herself gazing into stern golden eyes.

"No more tears! I have already stated that I forgive you. If you shed another tear then I will punish you once more!" The Princess bellowed with her finger pointing into the young girl's trembling face all the while narrowing her icy eyes down in a terrifying stare.

"Y-yes Azula-sama." Elle mumbled with a final sniffle while she began to smile shyly in response.

"Good girl. Tell me Elle…why would you keep such details from me? I desire to see that you are given only the finest medical care…I would see you breathing normally. Is that not in your best interests?" Azula questioned with a frown of disapproval pursing her lips while she held onto her little servant's quivering chin.

"It…is." The blonde-haired girl admitted lamely with another slump of her shoulders while she once more felt like a misbehaving puppy.

"I see. So, would you not be better off heeding my will?" The Princess purred just as she began to trace her fingers along her pet's fair skin.

"I…would master." Elle agreed while chewing her lip in shame under the weight of the woman's reproaching stare.

"So…why do you prefer to ignore it?" Azula asked with her hand clutching Elle's face all the while peering into her maid's ashamed little eyes.

"Because I prefer not to focus on things like hunger and health…I just go with the flow. I…don't consider such things…my life isn't some precious thing to me…so I don't give it much thought." The blonde-haired girl confessed in a tone of low self-esteem while the Princess gazed back at her with surprised golden eyes.

If Azula didn't know any better there was a trace of an unspoken suicidal tendency in the girl's voice.

"Regardless of how you view your life. You still need to eat if you wish to stay alive…and ignoring these pains will not make them go away." The Princess stated in a tone verging on maternal guidance while frowning down at her little admirer's gulping face.

"I-I know. But I w-would still rather not think about it. I prefer to live the simple life without worrying about the outcome." Elle informed in a soft voice while Azula now gazed down at her rolling her lovely eyes.

"You really are fortunate that I am here to decide for you." Azula snorted flatly with her fingers still forcing her pet to peer up at her.

"I suppose so master. I would much rather spend my evenings painting Her Highness's beautiful likeness than worry about things like that. I just don't want to think about it. Because it worries me." The blonde-haired girl remarked with innocence lacing her naïve voice while the older female glanced down at her sighing under her breath.

"As adorable as that may be…you won't live to paint me very long if you don't eat. Just heed my absolute will…and I will make all of your choices for you. All you have to do is serve me…and I will take care of the rest." The Princess announced with her elegant lips curving into a refined smile all the while possessively grasping at her pet's chin.

"It comforts me when you decide for me. Please take care of me Azula-sama…" Elle pleaded with longing in her voice while the woman's graceful smile began to make her heart beat rapidly.

"Mhm. I will…you silly girl. I like you servant…and for that reason alone you do not have the right to neglect your health. I own that…as well." Azula explained in a domineering voice just as she began to pat her pet's soft blonde hair.

"Wakarimashita Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl cheered with a returning smile while she bent over to curtsy her master once more.

"You are a well-mannered pet. And it is painfully apparent that you wouldn't survive without my strength." The Princess commented dryly while patting her bowing servant's head with her fingers dancing in the girl's hair.

"That's so…can I ask you something Princess?" Elle began timidly with a bashful countenance while Azula eyed her in a slightly curious manner.

"What is it servant?" Azula pondered with a sigh while staring down at Elle with grudgingly fond eyes.

"C-can we share a hug?" The blonde-haired girl requested just as she twiddled her thumbs all the while averting her eyes from the Princess's comically stiffening countenance.

"A hug?" The Princess snorted while rolling her eyes all the while watching Elle shift on her feet like a needy kitten.

"I…wish to hug you master." Elle murmured with a blush just as she peered away adorably under the woman's deadpan stare.

"Ugh. Just make it brief." Azula relented with a sigh just when she allowed Elle to lean in to hug her around the neck.

"Even when my chest hurts…I still think of nothing but how happy you make me Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl admitted with her face buried in the Princess's neck unable to see the flash of concern in the older female's gaze.

It was a truly foreign feeling to Azula.

For the first time in her life she realized that she was worried for another person's well being.

She understood that she didn't want to see anything happen to her little admirer.

Because…she did not want to part ways with Elle.

"Does it hurt right now?" The Princess pondered with her lips pursing into a frown once more.

"A little. My inhaler helps to keep it under control. Sort of!" Elle chirped in a stunningly carefree manner while pressing her face into Azula's flawless dark hair.

"You have got to be the most naïve little thing I have ever seen! You will be seen by the palace physician once again today. By a different healer if the first should prove inadequate. And you will not protest my will! Is that understood girl?" Azula snapped just as she carefully pushed the girl back to her feet all the while gazing at her maid with an imposing stare that sent shivers down Elle's spine.

"Y-yes Azula-sama…my master…my caretaker." The blonde-haired girl agreed as she stood once more before bowing at the hip while the Princess surveyed her with approving golden eyes.

"Good girl. Now that is what I like to hear. I will take good care of you. Just…be my submissive girl…I'll be a good alpha to you." The Princess purred with her arms resting in her lap once more all the while surveying her servant with stern golden eyes.

"Y-your submissive girl…my alpha." Elle repeated with a widening smile while she blushed under the weight of her Princess's stare.

"I have already laid claim to you Elle. It is far too late for you to protest now. You no longer have a will of your own…I own that now as well." Azula declared with her lips now adorning a regal smile while she leaned in with her chin resting in her palm to peer at her maid's reddening face.

"I-I don't protest your authority Azula-sama. Why would I? I want nothing more than to be your g-girl." The blonde-haired girl stuttered with an adorable flush while staring down at the older female's pointed boots.

"You are…my girl." The Princess cooed with a flicker of fondness permeating her voice along with a smirk gracing her lovely visage.

"I…am Azula-sama's girl!" Elle cried out radiantly before bashfully leaning in while Azula eyed her with amused golden eyes.

"Hm. Are you trying to do what I think…" Azula trailed off only to blink in surprise when Elle gingerly kissed her upon the cheek.

The Princess sat in a taken aback silence before observing Elle adorably withdraw all the while averting her eyes from her questioning gaze.

"I…am sorry if I shouldn't have done that…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off shyly while shifting on her feet.

"You certainly are an entertaining little thing. I will admit that much. I have could use a refill on my coffee…that is. If you can manage." The Princess remarked while leaning back in her throne just as she lazily gestured to her empty mug.

"I am always feeling up to serving you Princess!" Elle exclaimed while bowing politely at the hip before her master's seated form.

"And clean these dishes up while you're at it. And then bring me my coffee. When you get back…we'll go over the basics of Fire Nation currency." Azula announced while gazing at her curtsying maid with a pleased countenance.

"As Her Highness commands! Always as she commands." The blonde-haired girl agreed with unrivaled cheer that had the Princess's lips curving into a content smile.

"Now that is what I like to hear. You may go now servant." The Princess commented with a wave of her hand while eying the girl with possessive golden orbs.

"Yes! I shall return to you straight away master!" Elle chirped before quickly scurrying over just while carefully gathering the dishes in her arms.

"Oh, and one more thing." Azula began while peering at her maid's back with a trace of concern in her callous stare.

"Yes Azula-sama?" The blonde-haired girl answered in a tone of boundless devotion while turning to meet the woman's stern gaze with the dishes balanced in her arms.

"Don't…do anything strenuous. Just…return with my coffee." The Princess commanded in an offhand manner while the young girl now smiled brightly back at her.

"Wakarimashita!" Elle called out with an infectious grin while Azula stared at her with a hardened gaze before waving her off once more.

"Get going then Elle." Azula sighed before turning away while watching Elle pad towards the doors trying to conceal her grudging worries regarding the girl's health.

The dishes clanged while the innocent girl opened the door before making a final but altogether laughable attempt to bow before her master.

"I'll be back soon Princess." The blonde-haired girl stated with a smile while the Princess gazed at her dryly when she almost dropped the dishes in midbow.

"Just go get my coffee." The Princess snorted with her face resting in her open hand while she observed the girl shut the door behind her.

Her little admirer's beaming face was the last she saw of the girl before the sound of the door closing resonated into her study.

Though vastly pleased by her maid's dutiful behavior…

She found that her concerns for her servant were growing by the day.

And so, with that in mind.

She withdrew a blank document while she began to elegantly write an official order to the Fire Nation Medical Association.

She would settle for nothing less than the best for this one.

Chapter Text

Zoe Song Bio and information on the previous Earth King Jaran:

In my story there are ten noble houses that serve under the Royal Family that each govern a different area of the Fire Nation. It's kind of like Game of Thrones with the Seven Kingdoms.

However, and I say this plainly, the noble houses have no claim to the throne, they are nobility, not royalty. There will not be ten different people trying to take the throne from Azula, Zuko or Ozai.

That being said, while the noble houses do not war for the throne. Not all of them are in agreement. We may only see five of ten houses as the story progresses. But let's cover the basics.

Mai is from House Lin, and Ty Lee is from House Wan.

And Zoe is obviously from House Song. House Song is the strongest noble house, and the most dedicated to ending the war in the favor of the Fire Nation.

Zoe is twenty-five years old, and she is one of the greatest warrior's in all of the Fire Nation. In terms firebending output, she is below Azula and maybe a notch below Ozai.

In my story, Azula has already surpassed Ozai but she is keeping some of her abilities a secret from him. But she remains loyal out of respect for her father and because a dispute would tear the court apart.

She fully expects to receive the throne on Sozin's Comet so she doesn't feel a need to challenge him for what she believes she will inherit.

Zoe is a woman that shuns custom and tradition, she believes that it only holds them back. For this reason, she does not wear her hair in a bun. Because she simply doesn't like it and with her status, she can easily get away with it.

She is also Azula's strongest soldier, and a captain of her own squad of specially trained soldiers from the Imperial Guard.

Under special orders from both her mother and Azula, she spent an entire year at sea hunting the White Lotus sentries and other rebel soldier's.

She is a longtime veteran of combat, having fought in wars since she was thirteen years old.

Her fighting style is highly unusual for a firebender, she prefers to fight with a sword, bombs, and grappling rope. She does this to conserve her chi, so if pushed into a corner her bending will be at full strength.

This leads people to underestimate her, as erroneously believe that she is compensating for a lack of skill in bending.

Zoe is a passionate soldier above all else, her duty is to her country and she abhors anyone who betrays the Fire Nation.

She is even more ruthless when dealing with the enemy than Azula herself but also more compassionate to Azula with her injured soldier's and she treats the general public kindly.

This is because Zoe understands that you don't treat your own people poorly.

Zoe's soldiers are trained in her favored fighting style and this means that her soldiers are anomalies compared to the standard soldier. This leads some high generals to look down on her soldiers.

Also, Zoe and her soldier's wear light armor instead of the more traditional heavy armor that we see the royal soldiers adorn in canon.

Another change in my story, is my deceased original character Earth King Jaran.

Ten years before the current events, and four years before Aang awoke in the iceberg, a powerful earthbender arose from the ranks and took up the mantle of Earth King.

His skill was so great that even Azulon and Ozai were wary of him. Ultimately, Jaran inspired a sizable army to flock to his side and then he set sail on a mission to kill the newly crowned Fire Lord Ozai.

Jaran's bending was abnormally strong, and because of this he managed to win several small victories while he forced his way closer towards the Capital.

He and his people knew that they would not survive, their sole goal was to damage the Fire Nation as much as they could, and kill the Fire Lord and his heirs.

Not everyone in the Earth Kingdom signed onto this. Other powerful earthbenders such as King Bumi thought it was a foolish kamikaze charge.

But even so he made it to the outer islands of the Fire Nation, and he even defeated a renowned general in a surprise attack.

This general was General Shoren, his legion was defeated by the Earth Kingdom forces and serving under him was the fifteen-year-old Zoe.

On that very day, General Shoren was slain by his own subordinate Zoe Song on the grounds of treason when she received word that he intended to surrender his post to Earth King Jaran.

Due to the interruption in command Jaran made his way through only to be killed by a larger legion before he could reach the Fire Lord.

Jaran's heroic charge, was an important lesson to the Earth Kingdom that even the strongest of earthbending warriors could not lead a successfully attack on the Royal Family.

As a result of this, Long Feng and the naïve Earth King that we know from canon arose to take back the power stolen by Jaran.

But even though his reign was brief, and even though he lost. Jaran is widely considered by all including Azula and Ozai as the strongest Earth King in all of the Hundred Year War.

Due to Zoe's slaying of General Shoren she has an infamous reputation in the eyes of people who liked General Shoren.

As a result, she earned the nickname Generalkiller, and more recently, Azula's Captain.

Zoe has a long-hidden rage that can get the best of her in certain situations, and she has a strong dislike of Mai because of House Lin's feud with House Song.

And lastly, Zoe's physical appearance is as follows.

Zoe has dark hair that is typical of those of Fire Nation nationality, as stated above she does not wear her hair in a bun.

In its place her hair flows freely down to her neck in a cropped style cut.

She wears light armor, and a light red cloak that is usually draped over her shoulders.

She wields a sword on her right hip and she has piercing hazel eyes.

And lastly, Zoe is a tall woman that exerts an imposing aura.

That's about all you need to know about Zoe.

Thanks for reading!

A chapter update will be out soon!

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The Princess discreetly glanced up from her paperwork when her servant returned with a fresh cup in hand.

"Prompt as usual. You please me very much Elle." Azula commented with a hum while gazing up when her maid set her cup down before her.

"I am honored that you think so Azula-sama." Elle spoke with a soft smile before sitting down at the foot of the woman's throne while golden eyes peered down at her in a pleased manner.

"You are going to sit by my feet while I lecture you?" The Princess pondered while staring down at her maid leaning in to rest her head against her knee.

"Since it is considered improper for a servant to share a bed with her master. I wish to spend as much time beside you as I can in other ways. To that end I would much rather sit at your feet." The blonde-haired girl answered serenely peering up at her Princess looming above her with her red lips curving into a refined smirk.

"Hm. You like sitting at my feet?" Azula purred just as she reached down to plant her hand in the girl's hair while Elle began to push her face into her pant leggings.

"T-that's so Azula-sama." Elle murmured shyly with heated cheeks while the woman's hand continued to pat her head.

"I suppose I could allow it. It is a fitting place for you. You are my pet after all." The Princess commented while gulping down a sip of her coffee with her palm possessively clutching at her little servant's plush hair.

"I am!" The blonde-haired girl agreed with warm laughter while the older female stared down at her with her mug in hand.

"Now then…where were we? Fire Nation currency." Azula stated casually just as she folded one leg over the other while Elle still clung to her leg that remained on the floor.

"Yes, I need to know how to determine the appropriate amount per transaction." Elle replied with a smile that never wavered even when a pointed boot hung in her face.

"That's right. You don't mind my boot in your face do you servant?" The Princess inquired lazily while glancing down at her pretty maid sitting unbothered by her boot lingering in her eyes.

"Oh no, Her Highness's comfort is deeply important to me. By all means Azula-sama…do what makes you most comfortable." The blonde-haired girl chimed in a gentle voice while she hung onto her master's long leg.

"I can assure you I will. I was only asking because I am fond of you. Now back to currency. There are three types of currency. Copper, silver, and gold. Gold is the most valuable, and silver after that…and copper the least." Azula instructed in a patient voice while she continued to absentmindedly pet the small girl's head.

"I get it! But I don't know the worth of what you paid me…I don't…give away the entire bag do I?" Elle questioned in a childlike voice while she chewed on her lip thoughtfully.

"Give away the…no! You don't give away an entire bag of gold for whatever peasant urge is sure to strike your fancy!" The Princess barked with a roll of her golden eyes while her maid gazed up at her with a finger adorably pushing on her lip.

"Huh! That's all gold?" The blonde-haired girl spoke with innocent puzzlement in her voice while the Princess glanced down at her grunting in mild annoyance.

"Of course, it's all gold girl. What did you think? That Princess Azula pays in coppers?" Azula snorted while staring down at her pet's naïve little face with deadpan eyes.

"I didn't even know that I got paid! This is all new to me. An entire bag of gold…" Elle trailed off just as she folded her arms as if thinking the matter over deeply.

"Yes…an entire bag…" The Princess confirmed flatly while gazing down at her favored servant in a manner akin to a parent speaking slowly so their child will understand.

She was beginning to ponder if there was even a point in paying Elle.

"Hm. So…if I want to buy something. How much of it do I give away?" The blonde-haired girl asked with her young face furrowing in a show of innocent confusion.

"What do you wish to purchase Elle?" Azula inquired with a sigh all the while holding her small admirer's head beneath her petting hand.

She was starting to think that it would be easier if she simply continued to buy what Elle desired for her as a reward for good behavior.

She truly didn't desire to deprive her most loyal servant of pay…but now she wasn't certain that her maid wouldn't just give the entire bag away.

All for something childish no doubt.

"Um…I am not sure yet!" Elle exclaimed with a bright smile while craning her neck to peer up at the Princess's scrunched up expression.

"How can I tell you how much to use if you don't even know what you want?" The Princess demanded with a roll of her lovely eyes while staring down at her pet's naïve countenance.

"Well I have a few ideas but I can't tell you Azula-sama. It's a secret!" The blonde-haired girl piped up with a grin while the Princess glanced down at her with deadpan golden eyes.

"A secret? I already explained to you that there will be no more secrets. I own you girl…and that includes every thought that floats through that little mind of yours." Azula declared just as she thrust her finger in the girl's beaming face.

"I know! I am so lucky that I have you to decide for me Princess." Elle commented with a relaxed sigh while leaning into her love interest's kneecap.

"I am pleased that you see things my way. Now tell me this…secret. No doubt that it is something that will shake the land itself." The Princess spoke with her palm stroking her maid's hair with an amused smirk adorning her lips.

"I can't tell you what I wish to buy you Azula-sama. That's just silly." The blonde-haired girl admitted with a sunny smile while the Princess glanced down at her with a comically dry stare.

"For me servant?" Azula repeated flatly while gazing down at her pet's bashful face with her brows furrowing in humorous bewilderment.

"O-of course. I can finally buy my Princess a gift now. Sorry master. I can't tell you." Elle concluded sagely with a nod while she listened to Azula snort snidely above her.

"You are going to buy me a gift with your pay? That seems…rather counterproductive." The Princess stated in an amused voice while rubbing the bridge of her nose just as she sighed under her breath.

'Why did I bother paying her if the gold is just going to flow back to me?' Azula thought with an exasperated expression about her all while peering down at the girl's head resting upon her leg.

While it most surely did baffle her.

On the other hand, she was greatly pleased to hear the girl say this.

While it was laughable that Elle thought that she could afford a proper gift for the Fire Nation Crown Princess.

It was also quite stimulating to know that she truly was Elle's all-consuming thought.

So much so…that she had even refrained from berating the girl that there was no gift that she did not already own.

"I don't understand Azula-sama. Why is it counterproductive? Girlfriend's get each other gifts do they not? I don't want to be a bad girlfriend." The blonde-haired girl questioned with innocence lacing her young voice while gazing up at the older female's scrunched up visage.

Those words were both pleasing and comical to Azula at the same time.

"Fine! Do as you wish tiger monkey. But still, I need you to give me a few examples things that you would like to buy for yourself." The Princess sighed as she waved her hand before her face all while gazing down at her cheery pet with even more fondness than before.

This is exactly why she was finding herself quite taken with her little servant.

Elle was the only person whose company she was able to tolerate for an extended length of time.

So much so that she could spend long hours with the girl day in and day out.

"Oh me? I don't really want anything." Elle chimed chipperly while she listened to Azula groan in aggravation above her.

"Nothing? So, this lesson on currency is essentially pointless?" Azula remarked with her annoyed eyes peering down at her favorite maid still cuddling her knee.

"No Azula-sama! I need to know so I can buy you gifts." The blonde-haired girl reasoned innocently with her young face gazing up at the older female's sighing countenance.

"Your enthusiasm to tribute pleases me Elle. But I paid you…to reward yourself." The Princess remarked with a shake of her head while she sipped at her coffee sighing as she did so.

"Well…I like pralines! Is a praline worth a gold coin?" Elle pondered while leaning on her elbows as she peered up at the Princess with adoring amber eyes.

"What…no! A praline is not worth a gold coin! And you already have pralines!" Azula bellowed with her eyes narrowing in a manner similar to an aggravated mother.

Her relationship with this servant was a strange one. Even she knew that.

In a way Elle was almost her child, servant and love interest all intertwined as one.

Despite there only being a six to seven-year age difference between them, she supposed it had much to do with her servant's childlike disposition.

"Wow! I-it was really nice of you to give me so many coins Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl spoke with a blush while smiling up at her Princess with sunny eyes.

"I will not allow it to be said that my most faithful servant went unpaid. Even if flows back into my pockets in one manner or another." The Princess commented dryly before reaching down to pet the small girl's head once more.

"I want to get my oneesans something…what do they like?" Elle pondered with her little eyes peering up into Azula's now narrowing eyes.

"You wish to tribute Mai and Ty Lee?" Azula demanded with an envious undertone while staring down at her petite maid with a frown adorning her lips.

"Not a tribute Azula-sama. It's not romantic. They are my big sister's. So, I would like to get them something…" Elle explained innocently with a timid smile while Azula glanced down at her seemingly placated by the answer.

"Well…ignoring the fact that I have forbidden you to give tributes to other women. I suppose I could assist you." The Princes stated while taking another drink of her beverage.

"I am so fortunate to have you as my leader Princess. I just know I'll learn so much from you." The blonde-haired girl replied sweetly while the older female gazed down at her with a returning smile.

"Hm. On that we are in agreement servant. Though I must ask…you do know that Mai and Ty Lee both are rich right?" Azula questioned with a curious tilt of her head while Elle just beamed up at her.

"Yep! I thought so. My oneesans are noblewomen. That means that they are upper class." Elle answered with her face pressing into the Princess's leg while the woman gazed stared down at her with amused golden eyes.

"Yes, they are nobility, second only to royalty such as myself…and you are a peasant. Do you understand what I am trying to say Elle?" The Princess responded while staring down at her carefree servant with an expression of superiority in her cold eyes.

"I-I am lower class." The blonde-haired girl answered with a noticeable drop in confidence while she averted her eyes from the Princess's callous gaze.

"Indeed…you are lower class. You are the first peasant that I have even deemed worth my time. Much less permitted in my inner circle." Azula declared with her palm gripping her coffee cup before she took note of the young girl's crestfallen face.

"D-does being a peasant…make me a lesser person Azula-sama? Does that mean…that there is something wrong with me?" Elle requested with a stutter while Azula glanced down at her turned head with something akin to remorse in her strict eyes.

"No. It does not. That wasn't what I was trying to say." The Princess assured in a more subdued voice while frowning down at the innocent girl seated at her feet.

If any other peasant were to ask her that she would have responded accordingly.

But Elle…

For some reason she was bothered by the sight of her young companion's saddened face.

She preferred the girl smiling.

"I-I'm not?" The blonde-haired girl asked with a more hopeful voice while turning to gaze up at her Princess's elegant visage.

"You wouldn't be sitting with me if you were. Now quit moping!" Azula barked with her golden eyes forming a truly imposing glare that made the girl jump much to her delight.

"A-as Her Highness commands!" Elle agreed with a warm smile while clutching her master's leg once more.

"Such a good girl." The Princess purred with her hand patting the blushing girl's head while her maid began to melt beneath her tending palm.

"I-I am relieved that you think so highly of me Princess." The blonde-haired girl mumbled while embracing the regal woman's leg before sighing blissfully.

"What I was trying to say is the both of them are exceedingly wealthy. Mai even more so than Ty Lee. And as royalty I am by far richer than even the highest class of nobility…such as Mai and Ty Lee." Azula stated with a proud smile while gazing down at Elle's astonished face.

"Wow! That's amazing Azula-sama." Elle chirped with a look of childish awe in her young eyes.

"Perhaps, which brings me to my point. All of us are wealthier than your little mind could even fathom. To put it bluntly. We are all rich and you are not…so why would you spend your gold on us?" The Princess inquired with genuine curiosity lacing her voice while glancing down at the small girl resting adorably upon her knee.

"B-because you and my oneesans are my family now. You told me so yourself Princess." The blonde-haired girl remarked just as she peered up at the taken aback Princess with a sunny smile.

"I suppose I did say that." Azula sighed while staring down at her maid with her brows furrowing in rising bewilderment.

"It doesn't matter to me if you are all wealthy and I am but a poor peasant girl. I cherish all three of you! This is my family now. I wish to do so because I care." Elle announced with her chest puffing out just as she gazed up at into surprised golden eyes.

"Because…you care about us?" The Princess repeated in a contemplative manner while staring down at her servant with grudgingly fond eyes.

The girl saw her and her team as a family…with herself as the head and her subordinates as big sister's.

It was a fanciful notion but strangely it was a pleasing one all the same.

"Yep!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed joyously before her smile widened when the Princess's hand landed in her hair once more.

"Very well then Elle. I will accept that answer. Now, where were we? Mai and Ty Lee's likes." Azula commented just as she gracefully sipping at her coffee.

"Yes! Their likes. Ty Lee likes pink…is that right?" Elle queried with a hand beneath her chin while peering up at the Princess's comically dry expression.

"…Yes. Ty Lee likes pink. She's easy enough to please. You two likely have similar tastes. I wager that you may even earn a hug or two." The Princess stated while gazing down at the small girl propped up upon her knee.

"I like snuggling with oneesan Ty Lee!" The blonde-haired girl cheered with a happy nod while the older female glanced down at her with a twinge of jealously in her eyes.

"I am well aware. As for Mai…she doesn't like much. In fact, she hates just about everything. Just go with something miserable. That will likely make her happy." Azula instructed just as she set her mug down before folding her hands in her lap.

"Huh? Why would getting her something unhappy…make her happy?" Elle questioned while chewing her lip thoughtfully with her master petting her hair once more.

"Because she has a fondness for gloomy things. Think of her tastes as the opposite of Ty Lee's tastes." The Princess explained with her fingers running through her petite maid's hair all the while enjoying having the girl kneeling before her throne.

"Oh, I think I understand." The blonde-haired girl answered in a yawn before peering up at the Princess's now narrowed gaze with sweet amber eyes.

"Those eyes don't work on me peasant." Azula snorted callously while staring down at Elle's puppy dog face when the girl attempted to crawl into her lap.

"C-can I nap on your leg now Azula-sama?" Elle stammered with another yawn while continued to make her way for the older female's shapely thigh.

"You already had your lapnap several hours ago." The Princess reminded sternly with her hand still resting in the whiny girl's hair.

"T-that's not fair Azula-sama. You didn't tell me that you would revoke my lapnap. I-I thought that I would get both…" The blonde-haired girl protested with a pouty countenance to which Azula simply rolled her eyes in response.

"Ugh. Fine. But no longer than one hour." Azula stated in a dismissive manner before finally allowing Elle to rest her head in what remained of her seat.

"Yes master…only one hour." Elle muttered in mid-yawn all the while grasping at her master's thigh when a hand began to caress her hair once more.

"Mhm. That's my pet. So well behaved…" The Princess trailed off with her lips curving into a pleased smile while the young girl clawed at her thigh once more.

"I am your good girl Azula-sama…I-I like to please you." The blonde-haired girl admitted with her face now pressing into the older female's thigh.

"Believe me I've noticed. You enjoy bowing before me…" Azula trailed off with a refined smirk gracing her visage while she continued caressing her blushing maid's head.

All the while enjoying how the girl nuzzled her thigh like a kitten.

Her kitten.

"T-that's so Princess. Because I feel safe in your presence. I know…that you will protect me." Elle spoke shyly just as she lay her head upon the Princess's thigh all the while yawning with a serene countenance.

Those were curious words to Princess Azula.

Words that she would never allow another person to say.

All but for this one.

"Oh, very well then. Find comfort in my presence if that is what you desire. I have already stated that you are under my protection. It wouldn't do to allow you to come to any harm…not when I've just taken an interest in you." The Princess informed with her face resting in the palm of her hand while her golden gaze flickered down to the small girl resting in her lap.

"Arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama." The blonde-haired girl replied with an appreciative smile now adorning her lips.

"Take your lapnap tiger monkey. I'll wake you in one hour." Azula commanded just as she glanced down at Elle with a sliver of affection within her hardened eyes.

"Wakarimashita!" Elle called out cheerfully before closing her eyes all the while delighting in the way that Azula patted her head.

"You belong to me girl." The Princess remarked in a tone of finality while she held the small girl's face into her thigh.

"Yours Princess." The blonde-haired girl mumbled contently with another noisy yawn before she sunk peacefully into the shapely thigh.

And just like that Elle drifted off into sleep with her relaxed breathing now producing very soft snores that had Azula gazing down at her with a possessive golden gaze.

"Such…a peculiar little thing you are." Azula sighed before turning away with her fingers still absentmindedly curling up in the young girl's hair.

She wasn't certain yet what to make of her fondness for this servant girl.

But she decided that she approved of the girl's company.

Two hours later.

The Princess exited her study with a very sleepy Elle padding after her all the while rubbing at her still drowsy eyes.

"Come along Elle.' Azula ordered in an almost attentive manner while walking along with her hands folded behind her back.

"Yes Princess." Elle agreed with another prolonged yawn that incurred a stern glance from her master.

"Wake up!" The Princess barked before snapping her fingers in her little admirer's face to which her maid speedily straightened much to her pleasure.

"S-sumimasen Azula-sama! Sumimasen!" The blonde-haired exclaimed while bowing at the hip before her master.

"You've slept more than enough…well beyond your allotted hour." Azula remarked with her callous gaze peering down at the curtsying girl.

"I…know. But I'm waking up now. I really am." Elle stated with a bright smile just as she resumed scurrying after Azula who was now gazing down at her rolling her eyes.

"You had best be servant. I will not tolerate anything less…than absolute flawlessness." The Princess spoke in a pointed manner while glancing down at the girl with an imposing stare.

The meaning of the message was quite clear to Elle.

It was essentially a reminder that the comfort she enjoys behind closed doors would not be given before the eyes of others.

"Fear not Azula-sama! I am alert and ready for whatever may come my way." The blonde-haired girl cheered with pride in her voice before childishly puffing out her chest while peering up at the Princess's deadpan countenance.

"Hm. I am sure you are." Azula snorted just before swiftly reaching down to seize the cheerful girl's bow tie.

The small girl's gaze shifted down to the monarch's hands promptly straightening her bow tie while she visibly deflated under the woman's scolding stare.

"Oh…I-I didn't notice that my bow was loose." Elle muttered with her shoulders slumping all while Azula gazed down at her with a stern yet grudgingly fond gaze.

Azula found that she was coming to enjoy all the little ways that her admirer needed her guidance.

"I can see that. But fortunately for you…I am here to manage your little life." The Princess commented factually before releasing her grip on her maid while the petite girl peered up at her with a revived smile.

"Yes Azula-sama. I am the most fortunate girl in the world." The blonde-haired girl agreed while gazing up at the much taller woman with a bashful blush adorning her cheeks.

"Now come servant." Azula called out impassively before resuming her walk down the halls while Elle scurried after her.

"If Her Highness says follow! I follow." Elle quipped while literally walking in the older female's footsteps like a lost turtle duckling.

The Princess did not reply while she glanced down at the small girl from the corner of her vision.

She has long since decided that she approved of the girl's eagerness to follow after her much like a lovesick puppy.

The two continued to walk together with Azula always in the lead for about ten minutes before the Princess slowed when she noticed a familiar man striding down the hall ahead of them.

The young girl peered up at her master's back with a small trace of fear in her eyes upon seeing the man that grabbed her wrist.

But then she realized that there was no cause for fear.

Not while she was besides Princess Azula.

"General Bujing." Azula stated curtly with her icy gaze prompting the older man to rapidly turn around with a trace of worry in his eyes.

"Princess it is good to see you." General Bujing responded with a bead of sweat dripping down his brow while bowing with his golden eyes never failing to glance over the woman's choice of companion.

The fact that the young girl was walking with Princess Azula did not bode well.

He was already beginning to regret so much as saying a word to the seemingly clueless servant.

"It seems that you've returned rather early. Are you already concluded with your mission in the east?" The Princess pondered in an expertly probing voice all while the teenager stood gazing up at her back.

"That is correct Your Highness. I have returned to oversee preparations for Sozin's Comet." The gray-haired man stated while meeting the Princess's intimidating gaze.

"Sozin's Comet is two and a half months away." Azula continued with her hand waving before her face while watching the general rise to his feet.

"It is never too early to make preparations…wouldn't you agree Princess?" General Bujing inquired in a more composed manner while Azula tilted her head smiling in her usual manner.

"I suppose so. There is so much to tend to…" The Princess trailed off with a sigh just as she shifted on her feet while her small servant waited patiently beside her.

"Indeed, there is. You see the situation astutely." The gray-haired man replied with a nod only to shiver when the regal woman's cold gaze narrowed in a terrifying manner.

"Which is why I must ask. Don't you have more important things to do? As opposed to…impeding my dinner." Azula demanded in a frigid voice with her lips now pursing into a displeased frown.

The Princess's casual announcement prompted Bujing to gaze between Azula and her young servant with evident fear in his eyes.

"I-I can assure you that I meant no personal offense Princess." General Bujing spoke while the Princess continued to scowl back at him.

"I was informed by Ty Lee that you saw fit to delay my dinner. Is that right?" The Princess questioned in a predatory manner while her narrowed gaze never left the old man's worried countenance.

"I had no such intentions Princess! I noticed the girl's improper behavior when she was prancing about the palace in a most unacceptable manner not befitting a servant of the Royal Family. Moreover…I was not aware that she was engaged in the retrieval of your dinner...not until Lady Mai brought it to my attention." The gray-haired man explained with a hardened expression while staring at the skittish young girl standing beside her master.

Azula turned to glance down at Elle's mousy countenance while rolling her golden eyes as she did so.

Of all the servants in the palace to harp on, the girl was the least improper of them all.

"Unacceptable conduct?" The Princess repeated in an impassive voice all while peering down at the girl's worried little eyes with a flicker of fondness in her gaze that reassured Elle that she was not angry.

"Yes, Princess. Were you not aware of the girl's erroneous behavior when she is working outside of your supervision? If I may add. I have never witnessed a servant behave in such a disgraceful manner." General Bujing responded with a sneer while gazing at Elle's slumping shoulders unaware that he was only angering Azula even further.

That was when Elle timidly raised her hand to tug on the Princess's sleeve in a way that signified how deep their developing bond was becoming.

"What is it servant?" Azula questioned while staring down at the small girl's seemingly distraught face with curious golden orbs.

"May I speak master?" Elle asked softly in a polite voice while Azula glanced down at her in approval.

"You may speak." The Princess agreed to the older general's shock while she turned to gaze at the stunned veteran with her usual imposing stare.

"H-he lied Azula-sama. I told him that I was fetching your dinner and that was when he grabbed my wrist. He even tightened his grip instead of releasing me to attend to my duties." The blonde-haired girl announced in a mousy voice while the Princess now glared at the outraged general.

"Filthy peasant how dare you…" The gray-haired man hissed only to fall silent under the weight of Azula's callous glare.

"You lied directly to my face." Azula remarked in a disturbingly calm voice that sent shivers down Bujing's spine.

"Princess, you're not going to take the word of a peasant girl…over a veteran high general, are you?" General Bujing retorted with more sweat dripping down his brow while the woman continued to stare at him with a soul piercing gaze.

"Of course, I will. The girl is my most faithful servant. She is many things…naïve and perhaps a bit absent minded. But a liar? She is not a very good liar." The Princess spoke with her palm waving in the air while the young girl now gazed up at her with emotional amber eyes.

The old general stood speechless while he stared at the petite servant girl with stunned golden eyes.

Elle gazed up at Azula's looming frame with a returning smile when the woman turned to meet her gaze once more.

"Curtsy me servant." Azula commanded with her strict golden gaze peering down at her cheerful little maid.

"Yes Azula-sama! Always as you say. Forevermore as you command." The blonde-haired girl quipped before bowing at the hip while gazing downward with her arms neatly tucked in at her sides.

General Bujing was silent while Azula stared down at the young girl with her lovely lips curving into a pleased smirk.

"Improper General Bujing? This one is the most proper servant that I have ever had. So, she prances about like a carefree child. The girl gets her work done…each and every time without mistakes." The Princess declared with her imposing countenance always glaring at the older man's sweating face.

"As you say Princess. You see the situation correctly." The gray-haired man agreed without delay while the woman still stared at him with terrifying golden eyes.

"I am glad that you see things my way. Because if my dinner should have a chill to it one more time…" Azula trailed off in a menacing voice while her eyes narrowed all the while making the old general nod rapidly.

"U-understood Princess! It was just a misunderstanding! It will not happen again." General Bujing assured with yet another bow while the woman surveyed him icily.

"Good. I suggest you focus your attentions on the war at hand. Not my servant's chipper scampering. You may go now." The Princess concluded while eying the older man as he arose from his bow nodding in understanding.

"Yes, Your Highness. Good day to you." The gray-haired man answered before swiftly turning to walk away with an expression of shock that had yet to leave his eyes.

He just couldn't believe that the Princess had actually took a servant's side over his!

It was just downright baffling and even a good bit infuriating.

But he knew better than to go against Princess Azula over such a trivial matter.

Especially with her eventual coronation almost a certainty.

"Elle." Azula called out with a trace of amusement now lining her voice when she turned to survey the still bowing teenager.

"Yes master?" Elle chirped with her arms still bent at her sides while she listened to the older female snort above her.

"You can move now." The Princess informed with a gratified smirk gracing her lips while she peered down at the small girl's radiant face.

"Oh? Okay!" The blonde-haired girl cried out before straightening once more with a sunny smile adorning her innocent face.

"Come. Let's go find Mai and Ty Lee. Then you'll see the physician once more…and after that. I will permit you to go shopping in the city as you requested." Azula instructed while resuming her walk with Elle quickly scampering after her heels.

"Wakarimashita!" Elle chimed with warm laughter lacing her voice while she rushed alongside the Princess now gazing down at her through the corner of her eye.

"Yes servant…wakarimashita." The Princess sighed while shaking her head fondly all the while the young girl continued to hurry after her.

About twenty minutes later Mai and Ty Lee were waiting for Azula as ordered when both women turned their heads after noticing the Princess walking in.

And by now it was not a surprise to see that Elle was scurrying in after her.

"Hi little sister!" Ty Lee shouted while waving at their young companion standing happily beside Azula.

"Hello oneesan!" Elle exclaimed with a sunny smile while she rushed over to greet the two women.

"Hi there Elle." Mai stated dryly while watching Elle promptly hug Ty Lee around the waist.

"Snuggle time!" The brown-haired woman gushed with a grin while she pulled the giggling girl into her arms all the while the Princess strode over with her eyes narrowing in comical envy.

"Yay! Snuggles with my oneesan!" The blonde-haired girl yelled out with her face now being shoved in the acrobat's chest.

All the while Mai observed from her seat sweatdropping over the strange scene.

"Ty Lee! Release my pet at once. Go get your own tiger monkey." Azula snapped in a supremely spoiled voice while she stood over the two with her hands on her shapely hips.

"Azula! How many times do I have to tell you that she's not a pet?" Ty Lee scolded with Elle in her lap with the regal woman now gazing down at her.

"I'll make you a deal Ty Lee. We'll ask Elle what she thinks. If she says no…then I will no longer address her as such." The Princess remarked casually while her two-childhood friends were now gazing at her in deadpan.

"Whatever you do. Don't say yes to her!" The brown-haired woman urged in the smaller girl's ear.

"Are you pet my Elle?" Azula purred with her fingers resting beneath her chin while Elle stared up at her smiling as brightly as can be.

"Yes! I am whatever Her Highness deems me." Elle answered happily all the while beaming up at her Princess's now wolfish grin.

Ty Lee nearly fell out of her seat as she gazed down at the young girl sighing all the while.

Mai said nothing while she gazed over with unfettered tawny orbs.

"Hm. And there you have it. The girl agrees." The Princess commented before striding to seat herself in her throne with her lips curving into a content smirk.

"So…what's on the agenda for today?" The markswoman pondered while she turned to the monarch now seated in her throne.

"Servant fill my drink." Azula called out in an entitled manner while observing with gratified eyes when Elle leaped to her feet much to Ty Lee's protest.

"That's not fair Azula. We were snuggling." The brown-haired woman grumbled with her arms folded over her bust.

"Someone has to pour my drink. It isn't going to pour itself." Azula stated with an entitled wave of her hand while watching Elle begin pouring her a drink smiling all the while.

"Um…you could pour it yourself." Ty Lee suggested just as she began playing with her braided hair only to sweatdrop over the Princess's incredulous expression.

"What! You expect the Princess of the Fire Nation to pour her own drink? Absurd! I absolutely expect to be waited on hand and foot at all times." The Princess barked in a hubristic manner while she now reclined with her drink in hand.

The two noblewomen just stared at their leader in an exasperated manner all the while knowing that it was futile to argue the issue.

"Don't worry Azula-sama! Your loyal servant is ready and reporting for duty!" The blonde-haired girl declared with her chest puffing out adorably before saluting the amused Princess.

"Such a splendid girlfriend." Azula cooed in a pleased voice while sipping at her beverage with a smug smirk adorning her lips.

"Azula…girlfriends aren't supposed to be slaves." The brown-haired woman reasoned while the young girl now stood blushing with a hand on her cheek.

That was when all three women observed the petite girl withdraw her silly diary while Azula turned to survey her with approving golden eyes.

"A good girlfriend…is always there to pour Azula-sama her drink…" Elle trailed off with her hand clutching her pen while she chewed on her lip thoughtfully.

"So good. I think you deserve a praline for your exemplary behavior." The Princess announced with her chin in the palm of her hand while she watched her little maid begin to bounce in excitement.

"Can I please have my praline Azula-sama! Please!" The blonde-haired girl squealed with her hands clasping at her blouse while three women observed her jump up and down in amusement.

"Hm. I suppose I could allow it." Azula stated with a casual shrug of her shoulders while reaching for the box of pralines.

"Y-you're so good to me Princess." Elle stammered innocently just as she accepted her treat.

"Anyhow to answer your question Mai. Seeing as that we are leaving tomorrow morning. Given the recent developments regarding Elle's condition…I have decided that it is only prudent to have her examined once more before we depart. She'll be seeing the palace physician shortly." The Princess explained in a stoic manner while glancing at the young girl taking a seat beside her.

"Recent developments?" Mai inquired with a raised brow while she and Ty Lee stared at Elle with a margin of concern in their eyes.

"Servant…perhaps you would care to explain your brilliant decision for me?" Azula questioned wryly while peering at the small girl's reddening face with taunting golden eyes.

"U-uh…" The blonde-haired girl trailed off with a stutter while she sunk in shame under the woman's reproachful stare.

"Azula…what are you talking about?" Ty Lee asked in a concerned voice while she eyed the young girl nibbling on her treat.

"Mhm. It is quite simple Ty Lee. You see, I have discovered that free will is actually quite toxic for this one here. She is clearly unfit to make her own choices. I mean…just look at the girl. If anyone is better off in slavery…it's her." The Princess sighed lazily before folding her legs while gesturing to their young companion bashful little face.

Mai and Ty Lee exchanged a glance with each other while they tried to suppress the shiver that they both felt after hearing the Princess's disturbing statement.

"Y-you are really taking this whole dominance thing too far…. you know, that right?" The brown-haired woman inquired while meeting her childhood friend's callous gaze with clear worry in her brown-gray orbs.

"Evidently not. Given the fact that the girl neglected to tell me that she takes pills for chest pains incurred by her medical condition." Azula replied while staring hard at Elle now seemingly trying to shrink away once more.

The announcement quickly gathered the two noble-women's attention as they turned to stare at the girl in rising worry.

"You get chest pains from your breathing condition Elle?" Ty Lee spoke with a frown while Elle gave her a mousy nod in confirmation.

"I do." Elle replied in an offhand manner that took the others aback.

"Why didn't you tell Azula? I mean…though she may have a strange way of showing it…she does like you." The brown-haired woman pondered while the Princess sipped her drink with her eyes closed in an attempt to act like she didn't care.

"Because talking about it is dwelling on it. And I would prefer not to dwell on it. That… and I was worried that Azula-sama would kick me out if she knew how bad it was." The blonde-haired girl admitted while averting her eyes from their curious gazes.

"Azula isn't going to kick you out. Under any circumstances." Ty Lee assured just as she directed the woman in question a pointed stare.

"And yet…I would have found out sooner or later anyhow. In the meantime, these pains would only continue to grow as a result of hiding this from me. Does that seem smart to you Elle?" The Princess queried in her usual rigid voice while staring at her young servant with scrutinizing golden eyes.

"N-no." Elle mumbled lamely while flinching under the older female's scolding stare.

"Now show me these pills. Now!" Azula commanded just as she snapped her fingers loudly in the now panicked girl's face while her two friends observed sighing.

"Yes Princess! Right away!" The blonde-haired girl cried out just as she bent over to fish through her backpack while the Princess gazed down at her smirking smugly.

"Should you really be making a girl with a breathing condition hop about on command?" Mai asked with a trace of concern to her voice.

"Please, the girl spends most of her time sleeping." The Princess snorted with a roll of her eyes while gazing down when the teenager dropped a pill bottle in her lap.

"I have around two months' worth…" Elle trailed off vaguely while the Princess began to inspect the bottle with her lips pursing into a displeased frown.

"This is unacceptable! I will not tolerate insufficient breathing!" Azula bellowed while pointing a finger in Elle's gulping face.

"Sumimasen Azula-sama!" The blonde-haired girl cried out while she clutched at her praline all the while falling back into her seat with the Princess's finger jabbing her in the forehead.

"Elle has no control over her breathing Azula." The brown-haired woman spoke with a sigh only for the other noblewoman to shake her head.

"Waste of breath." The markswoman stated bluntly all the while gazing at the young girl with a sliver of pity when the Princess continued to lean over her.

"I command you to change it for me!" The Princess snapped while towering over the small girl's comically distraught face.

"B-but how do I change it Princess?" Elle pondered with a nervous gulp while she peered up at Azula's narrowing eyes with her heart racing all the while.

The two noblewomen could only sweatdrop when they watched their adopted sister gaze up at the Princess as if such a thing was possible.

"I will not allow this to continue anymore. I henceforth declare that you are forbidden to pant! If you do. You will be punished!" Azula announced with an underlying twinge of sadism while she narrowed her golden eyes down at Elle's dainty little face.

"Forbidden Azula?" Ty Lee questioned while scratching her cheek while she glanced at her little sister with a sympathetic gaze.

"I don't want to be punished Azula-sama. I will do my best to change it!" The blonde-haired girl assured with a timid nod while the regal woman finally smirked down at her in a spellbinding manner.

"You had better Elle. I will not tolerate anything less than absolute flawlessness. As my girlfriend…you have high standards to live up to. Try not to disappoint me." The Princess spoke before patting the small girl's head with her domineering eyes conveying her developing fondness for the girl.

"Wakarimashita!" Elle cheered with a sunny smile while gazing at the Princess with boundless love in her eyes.

"Good girl. The palace physician should be here shortly." Azula stated while removing her hand from her servant's head before sighing under her breath.

About thirty minutes later…

Elle stood by an exam table while Azula sat supervising her examination.

The robed physician went about his job all the while trying not to shiver under the weight of the Princess's staring eyes.

Not to mention the fact that the acrobat was frowning in dislike over his remarks from the prior day.

"Well?" The Princess demanded with a scowl almost like that of an impatient parent while she stared at the scene with callous golden eyes.

"A chi scan may determine the cause of the problem." Sekim answered while turning to face the woman seated upon her throne.

"Why didn't you just say so on the first visit?" Azula questioned with her lips pursing into a tight scowl while she glared at the man's paling face.

"B-because the cost would be exorbitant. Not to mention that the girl would have to travel to the Fire Nation Medical Association to receive treatment." The palace physician explained with sweat dripping down his brow.

"I distinctly recall telling you that cost is not a concern." The Princess snapped with her eyes narrowing at the physician while the small girl gazed back at her with a shy smile adorning her lips.

The two noblewomen exchanged a knowing glance well aware that the unfortunate man was about to be dismissed.

"I-I understand Princess and I have arranged a treatment for her to take in her chamber that will stabilize her breathing at night. It's just that anything further will cost the price of twenty servants that could serve you in her place." Sekim spoke with a pale countenance all while Azula eyed him with increasingly callous golden eyes.

"I have already stated that I want this one. No other servant will suffice. You will install this new treatment…and after that you are dismissed from her case. And your post as well." Azula declared before arising to her feet with her arms folding over her breasts.

"A-arigatou gozaimasu Azula-sama." Elle mumbled out with a soft smile while her eyes fell down to her feet while the woman began to stride over.

"B-but." The palace physician protested only to shiver under the woman's unforgiving glare.

"I have no use for anyone incapable of following my orders! Now leave!" The Princess barked with her eyes narrowing dangerously while blue flames suddenly lit about the room.

The visage of Azula standing with blue torches flanking her all throughout the dining room was so intimidating that the old man turned and sprinted for the doors.

"Y-yes Princess!" Sekim called out in a terrified voice before dashing through the doors while the two noblewomen sweatdropped while they observed his flight.

"That was a little harsh Azula." Ty Lee stated casually while gazing at her adopted little sister just as the Princess stood over the girl.

"Please. What good is a healer that refrains from utilizing everything at his disposal. Besides…I had already thought of a chi scan myself before that fool even spoke of it. He was of no use to us." Azula remarked with her hands resting on her hips while Elle peered up at her smiling bashfully all the while.

"That man wasn't as smart as you Azula-sama! You're clearly a better physician than he is!" Elle exclaimed with her hands grasping at her sleeves while Azula swelled in pride over the innocent praise.

"Azula isn't a healer. What she does is the opposite of healing." Mai commented in her usual dull manner.

"I am the best at everything girl. And don't you forget it!" The Princess shouted while pointing a domineering finger down at the young girl's adorably nodding face.

"I-I will never forget it. I am so happy that you are here to guide me Azula-sama. I just know that you'll never steer me wrong." The blonde-haired girl spoke with endless trust in her voice just as she began to trot after the Princess.

"Hm. Just do as I say and the outcome will be to your benefit." Azula answered while glancing down at her petite servant's sunny smile.

"Yes, always as Her Highness commands." Elle agreed innocently while her big sisters watched the scene at hand.

"Ty Lee!" The Princess yelled out while the acrobat gazed over at her sighing.

"What is it now Azula?" The brown-haired woman pondered whilst musing that the two were surprisingly cute together.

"This little tiger monkey wants to go shopping with her coin. I have a meeting to attend to…so I'll be appointing you as my proxy. Take the girl to the market." Azula announced with a lazy wave of her hand while Ty Lee's face broke out into a broad grin as she surveyed Elle's timidly blushing countenance.

"Of course, I'll take Elle shopping! What about you Mai? Are you coming?" Ty Lee quipped with a cheerful smile while turning to her groaning friend.

"I hate shopping." Mai complained in a moody voice while she listened to her acrobatic friend giggle.

"You hate everything. But even so…take heart Mai. You get to remain here with me." The Princess stated with her arms folded over her bust.

"Joy..." The markswoman sighed with another shake of her head.

"Let's go have a good time little sister!" The brown-haired woman shouted just as she leaped into the air before landing before their astonished young companion.

"Yes! A good time with my oneesan!" The blonde-haired girl cried out while the acrobat grinned down at her while she mussed her hair.

"Be certain that you keep a close watch over her. Leash her if need be." Azula commanded with her fingers curling up beneath her chin all the while staring down at her pet's innocent little face.

"I'll watch over her Azula…without a leash." Ty Lee agreed with a sigh while Elle smiled up at her before turning back to the stoic Princess.

"I'll miss you Azula-sama…." Elle trailed off shyly while the woman glanced down at her snorting in a haughty manner.

"You will only be away for two hours at most." The Princess scoffed with yet another roll of her elegant eyes.

"Two hours is too long to be without my Princess charming." The blonde-haired girl retorted sweetly while the Princess eyed her before sighing under her breath.

"Just go spend your coin. You can serve me more when you return." Azula instructed just as she turned away while waving at the two as they left.

"Wakarimashita Azula-sama!" Elle agreed exuberantly while Ty Lee began to usher her away tucked under her arm.

"Oh, and Ty Lee. Make sure that the girl doesn't give away the entire bag of gold for a candy." The Princess called out while meeting her friend's amused gaze.

"Right! I'll look after her!" The brown-haired woman shouted while hugging the smaller girl to her side while they walked out.

The fact that Azula even concerned herself with the girl's coin was even more proof of the Princess's budding affections for the teenager.

And if you asked Ty Lee it was just too cute.

After they left Azula glanced at a clock upon the wall before turning to the apathetic woman's gazing at her with mild curiosity.

"What was that you said about a meeting?" Mai questioned with her arms folded over her bust while her leader strode back to her throne.

"A famous soldier is coming to report to me personally…regarding the information that she's gathered on the enemy. Our upcoming mission is in part based upon her findings…" Azula trailed off with her expression overtaking a more ruthless countenance.

"Eh? A single soldier? That is surprising Azula. It's not like you to meet with random soldiers...or servants for that matter." The markswoman stated while watching the other woman seat herself once more.

"Only the most exceptional soldiers are worthy of an audience with me." The Princess stated with supreme haughtiness while seemingly letting the quip regarding Elle slide.

"Of course." Mai commented dryly while Azula began to sip her wine once more.

"In any case, this is no ordinary soldier. She is a member of the Imperial Guard…and of noble descent." Azula revealed with a wave of her hand while Mai gazed at her with a flicker of surprise in her tawny orbs.

"Zoe Song, the Generalkiller." The markswoman muttered with a twinge of distaste that the monarch ignored.

"Hm. That's the one...Zoe the Mighty. Although I personally prefer her other nickname. Have you heard the rumors about her? They say that I inspire her Mai. She takes after me." The Princess boasted with a clearly inflated ego while resting her arm on the side of her throne.

All the while gazing at her aloof friend with a refined smirk now gracing her lips.

"Yes, I've heard." Mai answered dully while Azula continued to gaze ahead with an unnervingly confident countenance.

Nearly ten minutes later the Princess turned her head upon hearing the sounds of approaching palace guards.

However, unlike the usual Imperial Guard, this particular squadron wore light armor in place of the usual heavy armor just like their leader.

"Captain!" An Imperial Guardsman exclaimed while saluting the advancing captain.

The woman stood without a helmet in lightweight Fire Nation armor along with her short-cropped dark hair flowing curiously free of the signature bun.

Above her armor she wore a similarly light cloak that signified her position among the Imperial Guard.

And lastly in her right hand she was holding a small sack with small objects clanging about inside.

"Yes, it's me. Now…all of you clear out. Go look important somewhere else." The captain ordered in a dismissive voice while she swiftly brushed past her fellows.

Then a polite rapping on the door followed soon after while the Princess waved her hand in the air.

"You may enter." Azula called out apathetically all the while staring at the doors with a flicker of intrigue in her hardened gaze.

The doors opened in response while the Princess and her bored companion watched a young woman step in.

She promptly closed the door behind her before turning her trained gaze to the Princess seated upon her throne.

Then Zoe swiftly sunk int