Zutara Week 2012 – Day One: Serendipity (Discovering something nice while trying to find something else.)
Disclaimer: Avatar: The Last Airbender is not mine. Wish it was, but it’s not.
Fire Lord Zuko walked through the hallways of his palace. It was still weird to think of it as his palace. It had always been his, but when he was the prince or crown prince, not the Fire Lord…
Nonetheless, Zuko had been perfectly content to just walk around and do as he pleased – he didn’t want to bother the servants, even though it was their job to do what he told them to do. He was wandering towards the kitchen, as he was rather hungry.
“Fire Lord Zuko! Your Honor! Sir! Wait!” A squeaky voice rang behind him. He stopped and turned. It was one of his servants. “Mistress Katara is here, Your Honor.”
A smile crept up on Zuko’s face. He had invited Katara to visit him weeks ago, but she had been so busy, rebuilding the Southern Water Tribe, and then traveling with Aang, she had no time to visit. This was certainly a pleasant surprise.
“Have her join me in the kitchen.” With that, he turned and walked into the kitchen, a spring in his step now.
Katara walked into the kitchen. “Hey, Sifu Hotman,” Katara smiled and let out a giggle as she plopped down next to the Fire Lord. “Or would it be Fire Lord Hotman?”
“Fire Lord Hotman sounds good,” Zuko grinned. “It’s so nice to see you again. It’s been months!” He took a handful of the food he had found in the kitchen – a small bowl of Sizzle Crisps and a tall glass of Watermelon Juice. He offered some to Katara, who shook her head. “Are you sure? Do you want anything? Some Leechi nuts? Purple berries? Anything? I can have Ty Long cook you up some Water Tribe cuisine.”
Katara shook her head once more. “No thank you. I’m good. I actually wanted to talk to you about Aang…”
“Yes, how is he doing? We should be getting together soon to continue our Harmony Restoration Movement. “
“I…he’s fine. Always busy.”
Zuko understood what was going on. “Are you…planning on breaking up with him?” Secretly he was ecstatic. When he and Mai broke up several weeks ago, he was okay with it because it meant he was free to fantasize about Katara without Mai getting mad at him. Not that she got mad much, but still.
Katara shook her head. “I already did.”
“Oh.” He scratched the back of his neck. “I…I’m sorry that you had to break up with him.”
“It’s okay. We weren’t as close as we used to be. Besides, I had my eyes on someone else…”
“Oh.” His face drooped a bit.
Suddenly Katara leaned over and kissed him. “Yeah.”
Zuko smiled. Today certainly was better than he expected. He was just looking for something to eat, and instead, he got a kiss from the girl he loved. And, she was a good kisser.
K. So that was short and had a terrible ending. I’m sorry. I hope the rest are better.