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Book One: Aang's Story
Conclusions is the sixth chapter of the fanon And Everything in Between. It was released on October 7th 2011.
Aang and Katara face off against Azula, while Mai comes to Zuko with some shocking news.
"Zuko, I need to talk to you," Mai's usually drab voice boomed from across the vast room. Zuko's head flipped right around, fear in his eyes.
"Don't sneak up on me like that! I have an entire country to control, and about half of it is plotting to kill me. Everything scares me," he explained, his voice still squeaky in fear.
"Zuko, calm down. Do you know what happened the last time someone acted like you are?" she questioned, her eyes wide. She had never seen Zuko acting so weird. Zuko stared at her, oblivious to at what she was hinting. In frustration, Mai blurted, "Azula!"
"It's not the same. I'm not Azula. I'm just fine. But I need to figure out a way to crush these rebellions, and finally get this world to a peaceful state," he said, drifting back to the issue at hand. Mai walked over to him, stroking his hair.
"It's not going to happen overnight, you know," she reminded him. "You can't perfect the world in one day after a hundred-year-war. The world's not just going follow what you say and be friends," she paused, trying to see if she was getting through to Zuko. "Look, Zuko...it's going to take time. But you stressing and worrying 24/7 isn't going to solve anything."
"I know. You're right," he admitted. He continued, "Maybe...maybe I just need some rest." </p>
"Good. Now, Zuko, I need to talk to you. We have to move the wedding up," she abruptly stated. Zuko looked taken aback, but through his shock, he managed to mutter one word.
"What?" he asked, his eyes nearly popping out of their sockets. Mai's eyes thinned, and she spoke. "I just...we need to move it up some. We planned it for about the winter, right?" she asked. Zuko managed to nod, but he refused to blink. "Well, I was thinking to moving it up to...two months from now?" At this, Zuko's mouth dropped to the floor, and his eyes took up half of his face. "Zuko...we just have to, okay?" she kissed him at this. "I love you," she announced.
"I love you, too," Zuko declared, his face returning to normal. Mai looked at him with her beautiful eyes, and he smiled. "Whatever you want, Mai. I love you, and I'll marry you tomorrow if it'll make you happy," he said, a sweet rasp filling every word. Mai smiled, and walked out of the room, leaving Zuko to bury himself in his work.
"Aang, turn around," Katara squeaked, paralyzed in shock. Aang's head whirled around, and his eyes popped out of their sockets. A sinister laugh could be heard from across the room, and Aang leapt out of his seat, prepared to engage the threat in combat. Through the blue fire, she emerged. The tyrant. The villainess. The death machine. And as the wall of fire disappeared, the silhouette of her sinister and unstable body's presence appeared out of the ashes. Azula.
"Come out of hiding, filthy wanderer!" she screamed, a witch-like screech filling her voice. Lightning flew across the classy place, illuminating the tame light of the restaurant. The electric shock crashed against a back window, barely missing the back of the young Avatar. At this, Katara rose from her elegant chair, her hands crossed.
A flash of blue skimmed Aang's sleeve, and crashed into a small table in the corner of the large room. Everybody fled the restaurant quickly, leaving the trio alone in the vast eatery.
Katara resourcefully used the restaurant setting to her advantage. Lifting some spilled water from the expansive wood floor and other liquids from the glasses of innocent patrons, she fired the small amount of available water at the mad princess. Dodging the shot, she propelled herself toward her other opponent, who kicked a column of fire spiraling toward her. The princess punched through the fire, and continued her propulsion. Aang, waiting patiently, held a fistful of fire behind his back. As Azula approached, he thrust his fists forward, and the princess fell backwards.
Katara rejoined the fight at this point, utilizing the vapor in the air around her to poke the injured princess. As the water came upon Azula, she lifted herself off the ground, and kicked a slice of fire towards the young Avatar. Despite his evasion attempts, he was thrown backwards into the elegant table, which collapsed upon impact. Grabbing his glider, Aang rose, and created a spiral of air, finally hurling it at Azula. The princess dodged, but was knocked backwards once more when a stream of water impacted her stomach. She looked up, and there stood Katara, hovering over her. Refusing to lose once more to Katara, Azula stood as Katara prepared for her next attack. In the middle of her movement, Azula's mouth suddenly began spewing flames, which knocked Katara backwards.
Unwilling to put Katara in any more danger, Aang took a large breath, and sent it hurling at the mad princess. Knocked off her feet once more, Azula lay exhausted on the ground, black circles darkening under her eyelids. As she rose once more, Aang bent the building's very foundation, setting up another part of the building for collapse. The foundation landed Azula on her back for the last time, and Aang entrapped her fists and feet in the ground. Struggling to break free, Azula once more lay crying on the ground, and Aang rushed over to Katara. Helping her stand, they both looked upon Azula, thinking of the incredible princess they once knew.
Mai entered the throne room, directly after the war meeting had ended. "Hey, Mr. All-powerful Fire Lord!" she exclaimed, a small smirk crossing her face, and a bit of sarcasm entering her dull voice. "How'd the meeting go?"
"It went great! I think we've finally figured out how to keep the colonies situation under control! We're going to transfer the colonies back to Earth Kingdom territory. But first, we must get the Fire Nation villagers to relocate, right?" he explained, excitement in his tone. Mai nodded. "Well, we're going to relocate the Fire Nation civilians to one big city—in the Earth Kingdom! We're going to try to convince the other nations to help us build a city where all the nations live in harmony! That way, the civilians are happy, we don't lose territory, and we can repair the bonds between the nations!
"Zuko, that's great! You must be happy!" she said, remembering what she had said.
"I am," he reminded her. Things have changed since then. He thought.
"Zuko, I do have to talk to you. It's about the wedding," she explained.
"Are we pushing it back further?" he asked, fearing the answer.
"No...I only said we need to push it back, because..." she began. Zuko's mouth was curving upwards, but he wasn't happy. He was nervous. Why?! "I'm pregnant."
Katara burst through the doors. "Zuko, we captured Azula!"
"What?!?!?!?!?!" responding to either girl. He looked as if he was about to pass out from both pieces of news, but instead replied. "We'll talk about this later, Mai. Katara, take me to her."
Azula lay on the floor, a blank, hopeless expression on her face. She gazed up, and saw her brother. The princess had not let her rage go just yet. In a final fit of fury, she let out a blast of sky blue fire from her throat, but missed the prince by a mile. "Take her back to the institution. And WATCH her this time!" he demanded.
Azula was freed for a moment, but barely resisted as they cuffed her, and walked her out of the restaurant. Everybody exited the restaurant with them, just as the broken foundation took its tool on the building. Unable to contain all the pressure, the building collapsed to the ground, now a pile of dust. Zuko, Katara, and Aang swung around. "I'll hire construction crews to fix that," Zuko assured them. _______________________________________
Aang and Katara walked through the palace doors, and Zuko trudged up the steps, Mai on his tail. "We need to talk about some things," Zuko told the other couple. Taking Mai's hand, he rushed up the steps.
"Well, we're alone again," Katara pointed out. "We're never gonna have a good date again, are we?"
"I don't know," he decided. After a moment of silence, Aang giggled. Katara joined him. The giggle transformed into hysterical laughing, and Aang fell onto the floor, laughing so hard. "We...we have the worst luck ever!" he exclaimed.
"Yeah," Katara agreed, calming down. A smile still on her face, she sat down on a couch, and Aang joined her. "Not a very fun night, was it?"
"No...wanna go out tomorrow night?" he suggested.
"I don't know...I guess," she decided. "Yeah."
"I'm sorry our dates are so awful," he apologized.
"It's not your fault," she reminded him. It's just...the way of the world."
"Yeah, but still..." Aang began. Lost in her eyes, he froze. Her warm smile puckered, and she leaned in for a kiss. Aang returned the favor. "I love you, Katara."
"I love you, too."
Trivia and Author's Notes
- "Zuko, that's great! You must be happy!" is a reference to Nightmares and Daydreams, where Mai says this line to Zuko before he betrays her.
- This is the final episode where Aang and Katara are children/teenagers. It will now pick up, 15 years after the current events.
- Each event in this part of Aang's story has set up a plotline for each character's story: Sokka's will pick up after they drop Aang and Katara off at the Fire Nation Capital, Zuko's will pick up at the conversation, and Azula's will pick up after she is thrown into the institution after these events.
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