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The third chapter of The Rise and Fall of Fire Lord Ozai. It takes place 24 years before the Battle of Wulong Forest.
Six years later, Ozai had completed his training, both official, and his training with Iroh. As he demonstrated his skill with Lightningbending, he became frustrated by how long it took. Ozai had now grown to a physically fit man, with a slim frame, and long hair.
"After six years of training," Ozai complained. "I still can't get my Lightningbending to work fast enough!"
"Brother," Iroh responded. "You're almost twice as fast as anyone else!"
"Almost isn't good enough." Ozai said, more to himself than to Iroh.
A few weeks later, all of his skills were perfect. It would have probably taken less time, but Iroh was spending more and more time with his wife, and his year old son, Lu Ten. During the evening meal that night, everyone is at the table.
"Iroh," Azulon said proudly. "You have done well in your training. Your skill was excellent! You did extremely well in killing the last dragon, Dragon of the West."
Ozai finally decided that he should do it. He was planning to do it ever since he noticed that he was learning almost quicker than Iroh could teach which was from the moment his training began.
"Iroh!" Ozai called out in an authoritative voice. "I challenge you to an Agni Kai!"
Iroh only looked slightly surprised. Azulon didn't react at all.
"I accept." Iroh responded coolly.
The day before the Agni Kai, Ursa was talking to Ozai; she had developed into a beautiful woman.
"Ozai," Ursa said. "Are you sure about this?"
"It's my only chance to prove to Father that I'm just as worthy of his attention as Iroh!" Ozai responded.
"But Ozai," Ursa pleaded. "You could die."
"No I won't." Ozai said confidently. "Iroh wouldn't take my life."
"I just don't-" But whatever Ursa didn't, Ozai never knew because he came in and kissed her on the lips. She quickly pulled away.
"What the heck was that?" Ursa asked, shocked at what Ozai did.
"What?" Ozai asked back. "We're going to be married."
"In about nine years!" Ursa answered. "I told you, 'Let's go slowly.'"
"If we were going any slower we'd be going backwards!" Ozai answered back. "You're already my best friend!"
"Didn't you tell me last week that Iroh and I were your only friends?" Ursa said again.
"What are you, the remember everything police?" Ozai said, the sarcasm hardly hidden.
"I just think it would be safer for us to wait." Ursa said calmly.
Ozai conceded. "Alright," he said.
As Ursa left, Ozai banged his head against a wall.
"Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!" Ozai said to himself.
On the day of the competition, Ursa came up to Ozai.
"Look, Ursa," Ozai said. "I'm sorry about being so brash."
"It's alright." Ursa said.
Ursa kissed Ozai's cheek.
"Good luck." Ursa said as she left to find her seat.
As Ursa left, a servant arrived.
"Prince Ozai," the servant said. "It's almost time for the Agni Kai."
"Thank you." Ozai said politely.
At the stadium, Iroh was at the right side of the stage, and Ozai stood at the left end of the stage. At the sound of the gong, they got into fighting positions. Ozai opened with a powerful fire blast! Iroh was barely able to deflect it! Ozai smiled. Iroh taught him too well. Iroh countered with a powerful fire blast of his own! Ozai easily deflected it. After an hour of this, Ozai decided to end the fight. He unleashed the Breath of Fire technique at Iroh! Iroh deflected it, but was still knocked down by the force of the blast! The fight was over; Ozai had won. Azulon came up to the stadium.
"Well done, Prince Iroh." Azulon said with pride dripping in every syllable. "Your endurance was remarkable."
Ozai smiled. If he was proud of Iroh's endurance, he was going to be bursting with it for Ozai's clear control of the entire battle.
"As for you Prince Ozai!" Azulon said. Ozai stopped smiling. That was not a voice of pride. "The only way you could have known those moves was if you had been spying on Iroh's lessons! You are a disgrace to stoop to spying on your own brother!"
Azulon left. When Iroh got up, Ozai turned on him.
"Even when I win, Father praises you and rebuffs me!" Ozai said. Anger was boiling up in him like a pot on a stove! "No matter what I do, you are always in his good books!"
"Ozai-" Iroh tried to say in defense, but Ozai cut him off. "I never want to speak to you again Iroh!"
Ozai composed himself and left the arena, but before he left, he looked back and said coldly, "I hate you Iroh, now and for all time!"
The Agni Kai was based on an idea by my friend, Miracleboy5200, who gave me permission to use it.
- Ozai's line at the end is the same as the line Actor Zuko said in "The Boy in the Iceberg" when he shoved Actor Iroh down.
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