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The fourth chapter of The Rise and Fall of Fire Lord Ozai. It takes place in 75 AG
Prince Ozai was dreaming. He was older and standing in front of an Air Nomad. He appeared to be young, younger than himself certainly, but he had the tattoos that Airbending masters had put on their bodies. It had to be the Avatar.
"After my father and grandfather failed to find you," Ozai said. "The universe delivers you to me as an act of providence!"
"We don't have to fight!" The Avatar protested, how weak of him. "You have the power to end this!"
"You're right." Ozai conceded. "I do have the power. All the power in the world!"
Ozai released an intense fire blast, but before it can make contact, Ozai woke up. As he contemplated the dream, Ozai's face grew stern with determination.
The next morning, Ozai was walking towards Azulon's throne room. Ursa tried to stop him.
"Ozai," Ursa pleaded. "The Avatar has to be dead. There's no way he could still be alive, even if he did survive the Fire Nation's fight with the Air Nomads."
"I'm sorry Ursa," Ozai replied. "But I know that it's my destiny to confront the Avatar. I will go down in history as the man who slew the Avatar. I will be known as Ozai, the Destroyer! Ozai, the Avatar Slayer! My father will have to give me his respect after that!"
Ursa conceded his point and said, "Well, if you're sure you want to do this, at least let me give you something, so you know that there's a reason to come back."
Ursa kissed Ozai on the lips, and Ozai kissed back. Ozai then walked into his father's throne room.
"Father," Ozai asked. "I ask a request of you."
"What is it Prince Ozai?" Azulon answered.
"I ask your permission to look for the Avatar." Ozai said bowing low.
"Before I give it," Azulon responded. "I ask you to reflect on your desire. The Avatar has eluded even me and my father."
"I know it is my destiny to find him." Ozai answered surely.
"Very well," Azulon said. "Go with my blessing, but you are to return by your 24th birthday!"
"Yes father." Ozai replied. He couldn't believe it. He had thought it was going to be much more difficult. "Thank you."
As Ozai came out, Iroh ran towards him.
"Brother!" Iroh said. "What are you doing?"
"I'm going to look for the Avatar." Ozai answered without turning his head.
"But Ozai," Iroh argued. "Even if the Avatar is alive, you won't find him, our father and grandfather both tried and failed."
"I never fail." Ozai said coolly.
"Brother-" Iroh started before Ozai grabbed his shirt.
"I told you two years ago that I never wanted to see you again." Ozai said in his soft voice, which he had been using more and more often since the Agni Kai. "I also told you that I won't fail. Unless you're going to help me, stay out of my way."
Later that day Ozai walked up to the Fie Navy ship in his royal armor. He would not fail. He would get what he wanted. He would force his father to respect him. He would win.
- Ozai dreams of his confrontation with the Avatar.
- The titles Ozai called himself once he's found Aang are similar to Zhao's.
- Ozai's determination to find the Avatar is reflected in Zuko's search, though a bit more selfish.
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