The Blue Spirit and The Painted Lady
It had been a week since the robe incident and the comet was just six days away. Katara and I had hardly spoken to each other and Aang was really starting to worry about facing my father. It seemed like everyone else got the point that the easiest way to end everything was for Aang to kill him but he was holding on to his air nomad teachings. Aang and I stood in the courtyard facing each other I had one final lesson to teach him.
"There's one important thing you need to know before facing my father. How to redirect lightning." I showed him the movements and he imitated.
"The idea is to let the energy flow through you and then let it out." Katara was sitting on the steps watching us.
"Like waterbending." I nodded.
"My uncle invented this technique studying waterbenders." We continued to practice.
"Have you ever redirected lightning?" Aang asked.
"Once against my father."
"What did it feel like?"
"Exhilarating and tariffing. Knowing you have that much power but if you make one wrong move it's over." Aang stopped and looked over at Katara.
"Well there's always Katara and a little spirit water." She looked down at the steps.
"Actually I used it all up after Azula shot you." With that the session ended. Soon Katara had dinner cooked and everyone was out in the courtyard eating. Katara had gone off to look for a pot and no one was really talking all that much. When she came back there was a slight smile playing on her lips. She was holding a scroll in her hands.
"I went up into the attic to find a pot and I found this." The scroll fell open to reveal a picture of a baby smiling and waving his arms.
"It's baby Zuko. Isn't he cute." She cooed in a mocking manner. Everyone began to laugh but me. They thought it was funny and if it had been my picture I would have laughed as well but it wasn't. Katara gave me a hard look.
"I was only kidding Zuko, lighten up." I shook my head.
"There's just one problem. That's not me that's my father." Everyone went silent.
"But, he looks so sweet and innocent." Suki said in shock.
"Yeah well that sweet little kid grows up to be a monster and probably the worst father in history." Aang was sitting away from the rest of us.
"But he's still a person." We all stared at him.
"You're actually defending him?" Sokka said.
"No Fire Lord Ozai is a horrible human being and the world would probably be better off without him." Aang stood up and walked over to us.
"Then you know what you have to do." Katara said looking at Aang.
"No there has to be another way then killing him." Aang started to walk away from the group Katara stated to fallow him.
"Aang! Don't walk away from this." He turned to face her and yelled,
"When you figure out a way for me to defeat the Fire Lord without taking his life let me know." He turned and stormed away Katara began to go after him put I stood up and quickly put a hand on her shoulder. She stopped and looked back at surprised.
"Let him go. He needs time to work this out by himself." With that everyone dispersed to their rooms. When I got to my room I had no intention of going to sleep. I opened my dresser and dug to the bottom pulling out a black stealth suit and my blue spirit mask. I had to see Katara tonight and tell her the truth it was now or never.
Once I had finished applying the last of my red face paint I put my hat on and was ready to go see Zuko. Spirits knew why I was doing this but I had no idea. I made the water in the air around me form into a thick fog around me as I walked out of my room. As I made my way to Zuko's room I saw him the Blue Spirit. He was walking towards me he froze when he saw me I had no choice but to run. As I fled down the hall I heard the spirit running after me. I made it outside and ran into the forest, my heart was racing I couldn't stop running. Once I reached the point where I was gasping for air I stopped and looked around me. The Blue Spirit wasn't anywhere to be seen. I leaned against a tree to catch my breath when he dropped from the tree and landed right in front of me. Before I had a chance to move he had grabbed my wrists and was holding me still.
"Don't scream." Said a muffled voice from behind the mask. I wasn't able to any way it seemed like my voice had left me.
"Who are you." I was able to squeak out I made sure my voice sounded different only a little higher than my normal voice. I made sure to keep my head down so he couldn't see my eyes.
"I was going to ask you the same question." He let go of my wrists and gently placed them on the edge of my hat. I reached up at the same time to the ties that help his mask in place. He waited for me to undo the ties and hold the edge of his mask as I pulled off his mask he lifted my hat off my head. When I looked up I was gazing into twin pools of gold, I stopped breathing. The mask fell from my hands and landed softly on the ground. I heard my hat land on the ground as well.
"Z-Zuko?" He looks just as amazed as I am. His hands where gently touching my face.
"Katara?" We stood there staring at each other. I didn't know what to say it seemed like my voice had run away again.
"It was you in my room." You said all I could do was nod. My mind was still processing everything that was happening.
"And you were in my room." At any other time I would have thought that was insanely creepy but I had done it to him.
"So I guess we're even." I couldn't help but giggle. Zuko pressed his forehead to mine this stopped my giggling. His eyes where closed his warm breath brushed against my face. I didn't know what to do it seemed like I was rooted to the spot. Zuko moved his face a little closer to mine, our lips where barely apart. My heart was pounding so fast and so loud I thought the entire world could hear it. I felt my eyes slide shut then the lightest brush of his lips over mine. It was enough to take my breath away, he pressed his lips to mine again this time letting them rest there. I kissed him back not wanting him to break away. The kiss made the world spin and turn upside down. He was seemed so sure of himself and so gentle not wanting to rush. This was so different form Aang. Aang, I could see the look of betrayal on his face, I pulled away suddenly. Zuko's eyes flew open his hands dropped to his side.
"What's wrong?" He placed a hand back on my check, I twisted my face away and stepped back.
"Zuko we can't." I said feeling tears in my eyes. Why was I crying shouldn't this be easy to do?
"Why Katara?" He stepped forward and took my face between his hands making my look at him. He brushed my tears away with the pad of his thumb.
"Zuko please I need to go." I turned and ran back into the house tears streaming down my face.
I stood there for a moment not knowing what to do. Suddenly I felt so angry I let a ball of fire explode from my hand into the sky. Why was everything so complicated with her? As I stormed back to the house I remembered a poem I had read once about the sun being in love with the moon but the seasons kept them apart. Katara was my moon, I knew I was her sun and Aang was the seasons that kept us apart. When I got into my room I slammed down on my bed and went to sleep with Katara in my mind. In my dreams I would see her floating far away from me she was wearing all white and silver she was so beautiful but when I tried to get close a gust of wind would throw me back.
I woke up in the morning with no intention of doing anything. Well except talk to Katara but I wasn't sure what I was going to do about Aang. I went out in the courtyard and waited for everyone to get up. Toph came out first which was a surprise Aang was always up before her. She came over and sat down hard next to me.
"So you and sugar queen have a thing." My eyes where wide as I stared at her, my heart was pounding.
"What no we don't." She raised an eyebrow.
"Zuko you are one horrible liar." Leave it to her to figure it out.
"Don't worry I won't tell twinkle toes about it. By the way where is he?" I shrugged my shoulders.
"No idea." Moments later Sokka and Suki came into the courtyard fallowed by Katara. I noticed her eyes where slightly red and puffy. Probably from crying last night.
"Do you guys know where Aang is?" Toph asked. They looked at each other then shock their heads no. This began the search for Aang. Suki and Katara went into town, Sokka took Appa and searched form the sky, and Toph and I went to the beach. As we walked along looking for Aang Toph stopped suddenly. She grabbed my arm.
"Wait some one's coming." We ran off the beach and hid in the woods but from the moment they rounded the corner I knew who it was. Azula.