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Ursa's Sacrifice
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Avatar: The Last Airbender

Ursa's Sacrifice

Part 1

I will never forget the night I left the palace:

"Azula, I thought I told you earlier to stop talking about all of this. What you're saying is hurtful and downright disrespectful. I know you know better. I don't know what's gotten into you lately, but..."

"But Mom...I really heard Grandfather tell Dad to kill Zuko. He said that Dad had to sacrifice his own son in order to become Fire Lord and Dad said he would do it. Mom, I really don't want my brother to die." She started sobbing and I stood there horrified that Ozai could even think of such a thing. Ozai does have a bit of a mean streak, but he would never kill his own son. No...I refuse to believe it. This is just another one of Azula's lies. Well, I'll show her, I'll let Ozai handle this. "You wait here until I send for you, do you understand me, young lady?"

Prince Ozai was a difficult man to understand. He was nothing like his brother Iroh. Iroh was always so good to me and the kids. I used to wish that Ozai was more like him. He was a very good man to his wife and son. I feel so horrible that he is all alone now. Ozai was in one of his rare moods this evening. He did seem a little distracted earlier, before his meeting with the Fire Lord, but afterward he retired to his study with a cup of his favorite chi enhancing tea. He owns a vast collection of various torture contraptions and gadgets and seemed to be particularly enchanted with a small coiled metal snake when I walked in. It was originally from a statue that was a gift from Iroh. Ozai cruelly broke it the day Iroh reached Ba Sing Se out of jealousy. He kept saying, "The Great Iroh wins yet again!

"Ozai, we need to talk about Azula. She's...""Oh, for crying out loud woman what is it now? I'm getting a little tired of this "thing" you have going on with Azula."

"Ozai, will you just hear me out. All day long Azula has been torturing Zuko and saying very unkind things against your father saying that if he were to die right now, you would have to become Fire Lord. I have tried to discipline her, but she continues on with these vicious lies about you planning to kill Zuko to become Fire Lord. I think you should handle this because I am at the end of my patience with her and I think she needs her father to handle this."

"Azula is correct although I don't know how she knew that I was planning to go ahead with it and to be truthful with you I never thought about what would happen if my father were to suddenly expire. She's brilliant, my baby girl is absolutely brilliant!"

"Are you insane, you are talking about murdering our son! I don't know you any more ... you are pure evil ... it flows through your veins to your very seed. But this is my son, our son, and I am begging you... if you ever loved me to spare his life, please..."

"Love you... hahaha... I never loved you. I needed a wife to position myself politically, you were just a pawn my dear... a cute little distracting pawn. But you've turned out to be a disappointment to me. You can't even handle the children. In fact you are not fit to be their mother. You are weak and you have turned our son into a weak little boy who deserves to die. "

I couldn't help myself when I lunged at him. I was so angry, but he skillfully caught me and started to hug me. As I struggled to break free, I felt the right shoulder. I screamed as I could smell the stench of burning flesh ... my flesh. Then I heard something hit the floor. It was the coiled snake Ozai held, still glowing hot. I blacked out. When I came to Ozai, was standing over me. He laughed ... hahaha... very well, I will spare the boy, but you are banished. I can't stand the sight of you any more. Leave the palace and don't come back, and don't contact either one of the children either. If I find out that you have, I will have you captured, thrown into prison and tortured. How dare you come to me with this treacherous plan ... you are now a marked woman and an enemy of the Fire Nation. "

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I couldn't believe that he could be such a cold-hearted rat. "Very well Ozai, I will leave to spare the life of my son, but if I find out that you have gone back on your word, I will be back."

That was the last time I saw Ozai. I went to say good-bye to Azula first, but when I got there she was not in her room. Well she is Ozai's problem now. Zuko looks so peaceful lying there asleep. This is by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do...

"Zuko, Zuko my son wake up..."

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