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Avatar: The Life and Journeys of Ursa
The second chapter of The Life and Journeys of Ursa. It takes place in 67 AG.
At ten, Ursa had developed slightly, and she continued to play with Ozai when her father would visit Fire Lord Azulon. Ozai himself had changed little besides growing, and his face becoming slightly more angular. They had become minor friends, not close, but Ozai was still comfortable about saying certain things to her.
"It's not fair." Ozai said angrily. "I've got way more potential than Iroh does, and Father treats me as if I was the dirt on Iroh's shoes!"
"Ozai," Ursa said to try and comfort him. "It's not Lieutenant Iroh's fault."
"According to Mother," Ozai said, deciding to change the subject. "You and I are to be married when I turn 25."
"Yes." Ursa replied. "It's going to be kind of weird don't you think?"
"Huh?" Ozai said, he was staring at her chest during her answer. "Oh, oh yeah!"
Ursa realized what he was doing and asked, "What were you looking at just now?"
Ozai was flustered and embarrassed. All he could get out was, "Um... You're... Uh..." But that was all Ursa needed to hear.
Ursa slapped him across the face. Ozai almost attacked her, but he stopped after a moment. Ursa could only guess that being friends had stopped him. At that moment, a messenger came.
"Prince Ozai." The messenger said. "Your mother is sick."
All Ozai could say was, "What?"
"She is dying." The messenger replied.
Ozai kicked him in the stomach.
"If I find out that this is some kind of joke . . ." Ozai said, in a soft, cold voice Ursa didn't like.
All the messenger could say through the pain was, "I swear . . . I . . . Swear . . ."
"Good for you." Ozai said semi-sarcastically.
Ozai ran off as Ursa looked on, horrified. True, Fire Lady Illah was dying, but Ozai acted as if the messenger had done it himself. She wanted to run home. She wanted to beg her father not to let her be married to him, but something stopped her. She wasn't sure if it was pity for him, sympathy for his loss, or something else.
"Poor Ozai..." Ursa said in the end as she walked inside to meet with her father.
- Ursa's sympathy for Ozai's mother's death could be from the fact that she herself didn't have a mother since Chapter 1 stated she died in childbirth.
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