Narrator: Katara froze!! She didnt know what to do! Then Zuko realized what he just did and he was pulled back to reality. Hes eyes widened. He didnt know what got into him. He backed away from Katara and gave her some space. Katara looked at him confused. He knew Katara was looking at him but he was too embarrassed to look back. He lost control of himself.
(inside Zukos mind)
Zuko: How could I be so pathetic?! Im so stupid! Now Ill probably never get a chance to gain her trust back
Narrator: Zuko ran into the woods. He never looked at Katara. Katara wanted to stop him but she figured that hes just as confused as she was and that he probably needed some time alone. So she slowly walked towards the fire holding her lips. Her legs were still shaking from what happened. They were far away from each other but they had the same thoughts. The anger, the love, the passion
.THE KISS. (The DRAMA!!! oh my god! Its killin me!!!)
Hours passed and Zuko still hasnt return. Katara decided to look for him. She left their stuffs and went after Zuko. She looked everywhere but Zuko was nowhere to be found. She found footsteps leading to the bushes. It looked nothing like Zukos so she decided to prepare herself for whatever she will find. She saw a bit of light so she knew they were humans. She crawled into the bushes. Her head was coming out from the other side of the bush while her body was still inside it.
She felt someone coming from behind her so she immediately hid back inside the bush. Her foot was coming out and the person tripped. It was Zuko! Oh, was she glad to see him. She came out and helped him up.
Katara: Where have you been?!
Zuko: I was
just having some time alone. (blushing)
Katara: Well, next time you do that make sure to come back. You really had me worried. (also blushing)
Narrator: Remember those people that Katara spotted earlier? Well, they heard them and they woke up.
Katara dragged Zuko back into the bushes and they both peeped out. They saw a little girl and a soldier.
Girl: Whose there?! (looking at the bushes)
Narrator: The girls voice sounded familiar to Zuko and Kataras ears.
Soldier: Show yourself!
Girl: Well, actually Sokka, there are two of them so its probably, show yourselves.
Soldier: Well Toph, we cant all feel the people around us.
Narrator: They jumped out of the bushes and shouted
Katara: Sokka! Toph!
Zuko: Its us!!
Toph: with Zuko?
Katara: I thought you guys were in trouble. (crying while hugging Sokka)
Sokka: Well, we were. Sort of.
Toph: Where were you?! You owe me big time now!
Zuko: Sure. (looking down) What happened to your feet?
Toph: Why dont you ask the Fire Nation soldiers and your crazy sister.
Katara: It looks okay. It just needs a little healing touch. (checking Tophs feet)
Toph: Yeah it doesnt really hurt that much anymore.
Katara: I left my carrier at camp so we might as well go back.
Zuko: Yeah. Its getting dark.
Sokka: So sis, having to spend a lot of time with Zuko must have been a huge pain, huh.
Narrator: Zuko and Katara looked at each other and then shyly looked away.
Toph: Did I miss something?
Sokka: Did something happen?
Katara: Nothing happened.
Toph: Youre lying
Sokka: Spit it out sis!
Zuko: Not a
Katara: Im tired. Lets just go back to camp.
Sokka: If I-
Katara: Come on Sokka! Youre over reacting again.
Sokka: Over reacting?! Over reacting?! I have you know-
Toph: Common Sparky!
Narrator: Toph threw her arm on Zukos shoulders and Zuko lifted her up. He carried her all the way until they reached camp and then he placed her on a rock.
Sokka: Whoa! What is that?!
Katara: Relax Sokka. Its not gonna bite.
Zuko: Its an ostrich horse. I had one before.
Sokka: Then no doubt its gonna kill us! It has to go.
Katara: Its our transportation! Now eat!!
Sokka: If it wasnt for this delicious food, I swear he will go back to where ever he came from.
Katara: Alright Sokka.
Zuko: What do you want to eat?
Toph: You choose. Youre the one who could see.
Narrator: Katara watched as Sokka ate everything. Getting a piece of everything he could reach. Then her eyes turned to Zuko. He was feeding Toph. She wondered if he ever did this to Azula when they were kids but then she shook her head and stared at the fire. She tried to avoid looking at him but she heard Toph laugh and she couldnt help but stare.
Zuko: Hows this?
Toph: Mmmm! This is not bad. Not bad at all. Whered you learn to cook like this?
Zuko: Actually it was given to us.
Toph: No wonder it tastes so good.
Zuko: Should I get you more?
Toph: Bring it!
Narrator: Zuko fed Toph just like they were brothers and sisters. Then, it was bedtime once again!
Katara: Come on Toph, youre sleeping with me in-
Sokka: Looks like Im sleepin with ya tonight sis.
Narrator: Katara and Sokka watched. Zuko was leaning on the ostrich horse with his eyes closed. Toph was sleeping on his lap. She was curled up like a baby.
Sokka: Aw, they look so cute.
Katara: Yeah, I guess youre right. (jealous)
Narrator: Morning came and Zuko was the first one to wake up. He looked around for any weird things that may be signs from the Fire Nation but there was none. He decided to go for a quick meditation.
He started to undress himself leaving only his pants on. By and by, Katara also woke up. She peeped out of the tent and like Zuko, she searched for any signs of the Fire Nation around. Then she stepped out and stretched a bit. She noticed that Zuko wasnt there anymore. She looked for him and found him meditating the river.
Katara: Up already?
Katara: You know, for a lazy prince, you sure wake up early.
Zuko: Well, I AM a fire bender. Ive told you before. I rise with the sun. (closing his eyes)
Narrator: Zuko went back to meditating. Katara got irritated so she ran and pushed him into the river.
Zuko: Whyd you do that?!
Katara: Keep is down. It was just for fun.
Zuko: You know I hate the water!!!
Katara: Alright. Sorry.
Narrator: Katara sat down on the riverbank and dipped her feet in the clear water. Zuko came closer to her.
Katara: You had a good sleep?
Zuko: Yeah. Did you? (starting to blush remembering what happened between them)
Katara: How could I not? It was a lovely night. I mean, we found Sokka. Toph is healed. And- (stopped also remembering what happened )
Katara: Oh. Uh
*cough* Yeah. Sorry too.
Zuko: No. It was my fault. I shouldve known better.
Katara: Its alright. Its also my-
Zuko: Lets just forget it ever happened.
Katara: You always say that people dont know you-
Zuko: They dont.
Katara: Let me then.
Narrator: Zuko came closer and closed his eyes as Katara held out her hand. She touched his scar like she did in the Zutara Cave (Ba Sing Se). She traced the detail of his scar. Then again Zuko pulled back. He remembered last night and he pulled away.
Zuko: Im sorry.
Katara: No. Its okay.
Zuko: No! I-
Katara: Zuko. Listen. The truth is
Zuko: I was so confused. I was so stupid to do that. (turned back from Katara)
Katara: No. You werent. (going into the water)
Zuko: I shouldve- (shocked)
Katara: Its ok, Zuko. (hugging Zuko)
Narrator: Zuko was so mad at himself at the same time embarrassed. He turned away from Katara. Katara tried to explain to Zuko that it was okay but Zuko kept going on blabbering. Katara went into the water and Zuko suddenly stopped when Katara hugged him.
Katara: Of course not.
Zuko: You forgive me?
Katara: I did say it was okay.
Katara: Next time, asked permission first.
Zuko: What do you mean? Ask permission from who?
(he still doesnt get girls
Zuko: And even if you forgave me for what happened, Ill never gain your trust back. (looking away)
Katara: In time, you will.
Zuko: You really think so?
Katara: I know so. Come on. Im hungry. Lets have breakfast. (trying to find an excuse)
Narrator: Zuko and Katara got out of the river soaking wet. Katara bended the water from her shirt back to the river and did the same with Zuko.
Few minutes later Toph woke up.
Toph: I smell food! Sparky! Food! Now!
Katara: Get your own Toph, hes still eating.
Zuko: No. Its okay. Im not that hungry anyway.
Zuko: No Katara. Its my punishment. Its okay. (standing up and bringing food to Toph)
Toph: And here comes another delicious meal!!
how was your sleep?
it was pretty great! Who knew youd smell so good.
(starting to blush)
Toph: Whats the matter Sparky? It was just a compliment.
Zuko: I think it was just the food.
Toph: Nah. It was you.
Toph: Someones coming.
Toph: I cant tell but theyre not friendly, thats for sure.
Katara: How many?
Toph: A lot. We need to hurry. Theyre not that far but we still have time to get away.
Narrator: Katara woke Sokka while Toph and Zuko started packing their things.
Narrator: Zuko and Sokka just finished loading their things on the ostrich horse when the soldiers jumped out of the bushes. They were spotted but Toph swiftly lifted her arms and brought the gang underground. The soldiers looked for them but they were to deep to be dug. Meanwhile
Aang: Are you sure about this?
Soldier: Yeah. I know the way around and Im sure itll work.
Aang: How can I be sure this is not a trick?
Soldier: Ive spent most of my time planning your escape and you still dont trust me?
Aang: Alright. When are we doing this?
Soldier: The day before the celebration.
When is that again?
Soldier: Its in five days.
Aang: Five days?! How are we gonna get ready for this? I dont even know where Im staying!
Soldier: Keep it down. Someone might here us. I already told you. You can hide in my place. Just for a while. Besides, I think youll get along with my kids.
Aang: You have kids?!
Soldier: Theyre friendly and they know how to keep a secret.
Aang: Fine. What other choice do I have?
Soldier: Good. Now lets agree never to talk about this until the day we do the plan.
Soldier: Well, I gotta go.
Narrator: The soldier left Aang eating breakfast. Lets go back to the gang shall we? ... *goes microscopic and travels through the next page of the imaginary book*
Toph made a tunnel while Zuko made a tiny ball of fire just sitting few inches above his palm to light the way. They both walked ahead. Following them was the ostrich horse carrying Katara and Sokka on its back along with their other stuffs.
Sokka: Toph, its been hours
I think. Are you sure you know where youre going?
Katara: Id have to agree with him on this one. Are they still out there?
Toph: Nah. I just like staying in places where I am the only one who could get us out.
Zuko: So weve been staying here for nothing?
Katara: Toph! You bring us to the surface right now or Ill-
Toph: Oh fine. You always take away the fun. (lifting her arms and bringing the gang up to the surface)
Sokka: Air!!! Land!!! *Shipping clue*( seriously I was just writing this down. I never would have noticed this if I hadnt read it again)
Toph: Oh thats so dramatic Sokka.
Zuko: This place looks familiar.
Sokka: Hey look you guys! I found something!!
Narrator: It was a cave (Remember the one where Zuko and Uncle Iroh stayed before Zuko left him?). Everyone cautiously went inside the cave. It was dark so Zuko lit a tiny ball of flame on his palm like before. They examined the cave.
Sokka: Hey, check this out. It must be a sign from outer space!
Katara: A tea cup?
Sokka: Oh sorry. Its just junk.
Its a tea cup! (excited and smiling)
Sokka: Like I said. Its JUNK.
Zuko: No. Dont you get it?!
Katara: Whats there to get? ITS A TEA CUP.
Zuko: And whos the one always drinking tea?
Toph: Your uncle!
Uncle: Prince Zuko? (going inside the cave)
Uncle: What are you doing here?
Zuko: Uncle! (hugging him) I thought everything through and I finally decided to join the Avatar.
Uncle: Im glad to hear that Prince Zuko. So where IS the Avatar?
Sokka: We dont know.
Toph: We were separated.
Katara: Azula took him.
Zuko: Theyre celebrating his capture in five days.
Uncle: That is terrible. But first, I am Iroh. Surely weve met but I never caught your name.
Sokka: Its Sokka. Im the idea guy.
Uncle: Lovely to meet you.
Toph: Hey Iroh!!
Uncle: Small world isnt it, Miss Toph? Please
call me Uncle. Ah
you must be Lady Katara.
Katara: Nice to see again Uncle. (still feeling awkward about calling Iroh her uncle but doesnt know why)
Uncle: The Painted Lady was quite impressive.
Zuko: Painted Lady?
Katara: Howd you-
Uncle: Well, you are like my nephew.
Zuko: What are you talking about Uncle?
Uncle: You are both definitely alike. You both go in disguise and help people.
What are you doing?
Uncle: Did you tell them about the time you set the Avatars bison free?
Sokka: You freed Appa?
Uncle: And dont forget the time you saved the Avatar himself.
Katara: Youre the Blue Spirit!
Zuko: Uncle! They didnt know!
Uncle: Oh dear. I am most sorry.
Zuko: Argh!!! You cant go out blowing peoples secrets like that!
Toph: Wow. What else is new?
Katara: Well, were planning on finding Aang and help him escape.
Zuko: On the day of the celebration.
Sokka: Weird. Toph and I were planning the same.
Katara: Great! Then we can all go together.
Zuko: Wheres Uncle?
Toph: Oh dont worry. I can feel him. Hes not that far. And hes not in any danger either. Hell be back.
Narrator: They were so caught up in their little conversation that they didnt notice Uncle go out. He went to get something. Later he came back. He was still outside but Toph felt him.
Toph: Well, well, well, look whose back.
Narrator: Everyone looked back to see who it was. They saw Uncle enter the cave with his ostrich horse in his hand.
Zuko: Where have you been?
Toph: Whos your friend?
Sokka: Friend?! It looks just like that THING we rode on! Dont worry! Ill save you!!!!! (about to get up and save Uncle)
Narrator: Before Sokka could even get up from where he sat, Katara pulled his shirt bringing him back down.
Katara: First of all, its an ostrich horse. And second, if it was to attack Uncle, why would he be holding a rope attached to it in his hands?
Uncle: Its mine. I hope you dont mind me bringing your pet a company.
Katara: Oh no. I bet he would be delighted.
Zuko: You can put him beside Tai.
Toph: Wow idea guy and I thought youre smart. You shouldve probably known it by now.
Sokka: Know what?!
Toph: Tai is the name of the beast youve been riding on, DUH!
I knew that
Toph: Ya sure did
Uncle: Ill just go there and then we can all have tea.
Zuko: Okay Uncle.
Narrator: Uncle went back and he made them tea. They all talked about what happened to them (but of course Zuko and Katara said nothing bout their kiss). And how they met and how they got there.
Uncle: What an incredible journey youve went through Miss Toph and Sokka. And you make me so proud with your transformation nephew.
I had help. (looking at Katara)
Uncle: Oh dear weve talked all morning. Its time for launch.
Sokka: What do you want? We have
whatever we ate. They were delicious!
Zuko: Ill go get them.
Narrator: Zuko went out and got their food. He went back. Everyone looked so happy. He smiled a bit trying his best to hide it. Then he went inside and distributed the food.
Uncle: Did you make this prince Zuko?
Sokka: Nope. It was given.
Uncle: Oh. It is delightful.
Zuko: Here you go. (Giving a bowl filled with food to Katara)
Katara: Thank you.
(starting to blush)
Narrator: You may be wondering why Katara was embarrassed. Well, when Zuko handed her the bowl, the food almost fell out of it so she tried to catch it. She hurriedly held out her hand but instead of putting her hand on the bowl she accidentally placed her hand on top of Zukos. (OMG
. wahahahahha!!!) Zukos golden eyes met Kataras crystal blue eyes once again.
Uncle: My, my, what a beautiful picture.
Narrator: Zuko immediately pulled his hand away leaving the bowl on Kataras hands.
Katara: Its fine.
Narrator: Sokka and Toph looked at each other with that I know something happened between them look. xD
Sokka: Man! That food was delicious!!! I cant wait for dinner.
Uncle: We will rest for a few minutes and then you will train.
Uncle: If you are to get the Avatar out, you need to get through a lot of Fire Nation Soldiers.
Katara: Well, I guess we could use a little training.
Toph: Little? You mean A LOT!!!
Zuko: Yeah. We never practiced after we were separated.
Narrator: Man! This is tiring. I gotta get some sleep
Welp, see ya next chapter!
P.S. Im dropping a lot of Zutara moments next chapter so make sure you catch it