I stayed with Katara that night. For some reason I couldn't leave her even though I knew it was one of the stupidest things I could do. We held each other through the night knowing what tomorrow could bring. I guessed that's what made it all the sweeter being able to savor every moment knowing that this might be my last night on earth. I woke up before sun rise Katara still asleep in my arms. Her dark hair caressed her face in the most beautiful way. It felt like my heart was going to burst from my chest, I made a vow there and then that I would protect her no matter the cost I couldn't bear to lose her. I knew I needed to get out of this tent soon before anyone else was awake and caught me sneaking out. I pulled my arm as carefully as I could out from under her but, she would just move closer. After several minutes of failed attempts of getting out without waking her I gave up."Katara." I said softly. Her big blue eyes fluttered open and she smiled at me. "I'm sorry but I have to go, it's still early and I don't want us to get caught together." The smile faded from her face and she buried her face in my chest."I don't want today to be it." I held her close and kissed the top of her head. I cupped her jaw in my hand."It won't be." I lend down and gave her a quick kiss before I stood up and walked back out into the camp. I kept myself busy for the first part of the morning trying not to think about what was going to happen. Then, Uncle called everyone from our team together for breakfast and the final plan.I asked Uncle if he would be willing to take his rightful place on the thrown but he told us that it had to be someone knew it had to be me. To do that though I had to take down Azula, I couldn't do it alone and I knew the person to help me do it. I asked Katara if she would be willing to help me put Azula in her place. She smiled and said she would love to. This was also a way I could keep her close to me and keep her safe. Sokka, Suki, and Toph were going to take out the air ships. Uncle and the White Lotus were going to liberate Ba Sing Sa. Katara and I were going to take Appa because we had the farthest to go.She took a while to say good bye to Sokka and I couldn't blame. I said my good byes to Uncle and everyone. I helped her up into the saddle and we took off for the Fire Nation Capitol. We traveled mostly in silence, and then we saw the comet come into view. I thought about how much more powerful my father was going to be. How could Aang do it? He was so stubborn on not killing him because of his believes when it was the only way. Katara was looking up at the comet."Do you think he will be able to do it?" I asked. She looked over her shoulder at me."Who?" She asked."Aang, do you think he'll have the guts to take out my father." She looked back up at the comet then at me again."I know he can." She said in a small whisper she added "He has to." I had to tell her what was really on my mind. I slid across the saddle and touched her shoulder."Katara if something happens to me." Her head snapped toward me her eyes were filled with horror."NO! Don't say that. We can beat Azula." I took her hand in mine."It's just in case. If something does happen to me you know all I want is for you to be happy." I could tell she understood what I meant and it made me sick thinking of them together. Aang might have been the avatar but when it came to Katara I didn't care I would fight to the end for her."Zuko everything is going to be fine we are going to win." She leaned over and kissed my cheek. This made me smile she always had a way of finding my soft spots. We only had a few hours till we reached the capitol and faced my sister.
We flew over the capitol towards the palace. Every nerve in my body was tensed up ready for this fight. I had faced Azula but had only just gotten out each time. I was hoping having Zuko on my side this time would help seeing he was her brother. Maybe he could find a way to get into her wacked up head. We flew right for the palace, there were people standing in the courtyard."I now crown you Fire..." the sage stopped as we landed in the courtyard Azula snapped something at him before she noticed us. Zuko leaped off Appas head and landed with a dull thud he straightened himself to full height, for the first time I saw the real prince inside him."You're not going to become Fire Lord today. I am." I jumped off the saddled and stood next to him. My eyes focused in in Azula she looked different her hair was messy and unevenly cut. Her clothes were loose and mussed. This was not the same person we had fought before. She let out a cackle of laughter."Oh if it isn't my big brother Zuzu come to pay his respects. And, I see you brought a toy with you." My fist clenched at this. I looked forward to bringing her down. Zuko was tense."Azula, I am the crowned prince it is my thrown." he said coldly through clench teeth. I was ready, knowing Azula she would try something sneaky."Well then brother, I see only one way for this to end. The show down that was always meant to be. I challenge you to an Agni Kai for the thrown." I held my breath Zuko couldn't take her down alone he needed me. He took a step forward tense and ready to move."I accept." My heart stopped in my chest. There was no way that Zuko could take out Azula on his own. I knew that he could redirect lighting but she could make it. I grabbed his shoulder and tried to pull him back but his eyes stayed locked with Azula.
"What are you doing?" I hissed in his ear. This was truly the craziest thing he had done to date, even crazier than when he had tried to escape with Aang in a snow storm. He didn't move a muscle. "You said it yourself you would need help taking her down." His lips were pulled into a tight razor line.
"There's something off about her, something off. I can't explain it. But, I know that I can take her." His eyes met mine and I knew that there was no changing his mind. The Fire Sages walked to one end of the courtyard with Azula and I walked with Zuko to the other. I hated showing her my back but I knew that right now was the calm before the storm. Zuko and I stopped in front of the columns. He bent down into a kneeling position on fist on the ground. I started to move toward the columns The Fire Sages had their backs to me and so did Azula. I moved quick crashing onto my knees before Zuko. His head snapped up I cupped his face in my hands and kissed him with everything I had.
"Win." I whispered as I pulled away and took my position by the columns. Zuko and Azula stayed frozen for several minutes, then they stood up and turned towards each other. This was it and my heart leapt as Zuko took his stance and Azula swung around to face him.