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Ms Joo Dee took the next week off of work. Rumour amongst the students was that she was taking a trip to a psychiatric hospital near Lake Laogai after being informed of Mr Long Feng's death. With two teachers missing from the school, classes were chaotically organized and supervised by whichever other teachers were free. A group of police officers came through the school and asked every teacher the same question, which several students caught wind of. "Do you know which students were closely acquainted with Azula?" The teachers, no longer fearful of her presence, were quick to point to the students they'd known to interact with her regularly, including the boys who had been involved in a scuffle with Zuko the week before, which had landed him in detention. The students indicated were taken away for questioning for possible knowledge or involvement in Red Army activity. Rumour had it that the students would be arrested and prosecuted if found guilty of involvement.
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When the police finished their questioning, Dr Pakku had Suki move Zuko to a ward. He rubbed his wrists where the handcuffs had sat and was glad to be rid of them, even if he was forced to be transported by wheelchair. "It's just how it works in hospitals. We don't ask sick and injured patients to walk when we have the ability to move them ourselves," she said, somewhat indignantly. Zuko didn't answer her as she wheeled him into a room with two beds. One bed was already occupied by a younger girl with short black hair.
"Suki, that you?"
"Hi Toph. How are you today?"
"The stinging has finally stopped. Can I come home soon?"
Zuko left the wheelchair and sat on the bed. The girl across the room gazed in his general direction with a frown. He realized with a small start that she was blind. Suki went over to her. "They're looking much better today. I'll get Dr Pakku to look at them again and he'll tell you if you can go home soon. I'm sorry the treatment didn't work, Toph.
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Zuko pulled a package wrapped in a bin-liner out from underneath his jacket and thrust it into her grasp, hoping that it was the decoy. Her smirk confirmed what he suspected would happen next. Azula spun around as she ran and raised the gun towards him. He stopped, knowing he'd never get out of the way in time. She pulled the trigger. The bang ripped through him and resounded down the corridor. The guards kept coming and Azula disappeared out of the shattered window, before he'd even hit the ground.
As the guards rushed past him, Zuko rolled to one side and unzipped his jacket. His breath hitched in his throat as he peeled the package wrapped in bin-liner from his chest. The bullet had torn through the thick confidential folder and embedded itself somewhere in the right side of his chest. It pained him to breathe and a dizzying sensation beg
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"Dad and I want your help. We need to find as much information about King Kuei as we can and relay it to him. I've already made a start, but there are some files up in the palace that I want to get my hands on and I can't do it on my own."
"Where is she, Azula? What have you done to her?"
She faced him again. "That's for me to know, Brother. All you need to know is this: Tonight, midnight, I will be waiting in the abandoned underground market, at the entrance near the public section of the royal gardens. If you meet me there and agree to help me, I will let Jin go, unharmed."
Zuko said nothing for a moment. "And if I don't?"
She took one step back towards him. "You said it yourself. You know what I'm capable of. So, will I be seeing you there, or not?"
Katara looked at him thoughtfully. "What if one of the teachers is on her side?"
"You mean a mem
Detention - Chapter 15Chapter 15
Neither Zuko nor Katara knew the teacher supervising them during detention. "I guess Ms Joo Dee and Mr Long Feng were too humiliated," Zuko whispered. The sound of his voice was met with by a glare from the supervising teacher.
"I feel gross," Katara sighed. "I want to go home and have a shower already."
"Shh!" the teacher hissed. "No talking!"
In the dragging silence, Zuko slipped his hand under the table and placed it gently on her knee. She smiled, trying not to look at him in case the teacher noticed. His hand was warm and comforting. A laugh almost escaped her lips when he started rubbing circles on her leg, but she reduced it outburst to a sudden squirming in her seat. Unfortunately, that caught the teacher's attention and Zuko quickly pulled his hand away from her before they were caught. The action was more sudden that Katara had expected, especially considering his crude outburst which had landed them in detention to begin with. She suspected something
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Ba Sing Se seemed to be humming quietly with the life that existed during school hours. Katara weaved through the sea of bodies without looking into the faces of anyone who passed her by. Somewhere behind her, Zuko followed less seamlessly, trying to catch up.
"Katara, wait," he called out when he was close enough. "Katara, that's not what I meant when I said that."
"Really?" she said doubtfully, without slowing down. "Then what did you mean, Zuko? Tell me that."
He grabbed her by the arm. "I meant that it didn't mean anything between Jin and I. Not to me, anyway."
She pulled her arm away from him. "Then why would you do it?"
"She kissed me! Not the other way around. And hey, what was I meant to do?" He finally caught up with her properly and pulled himself around in front of her, forcing her to stop. "Katara, I left her straight afterwards. I didn't mean for it to happen."
"So what about last night then?" she asked, defensively.
Zuko felt himself blushing. "La
Detention - Chapter 13Chapter 13
The sound of voices dragged Zuko back to consciousness and for a moment, he considered letting himself drift back to his dreams. Next to him, Katara continued sleeping peacefully. His sleep-heavy eyes showed him the smiling face and messy hair. But the sound of voices elsewhere in the house became clearer, and Zuko felt his stomach twist as he recognized who was there.
"Wake up," he hissed, shaking Katara.
She gasped as she came around and then glared at him. "What –?"
"Shh! You need to hide."
He didn't answer, but instead, grabbed her by the wrist and pulled her up from the bed. He threw his wardrobe door open and pulled her around to stand in front of him. "Sorry about this… please, just keep quiet."
Suddenly, that voice was right outside his bedroom door. "– so if you'll excuse me, Uncle, I'd like to see my brother." Zuko took one final look at Katara's confused and fearful face before he shut the door. He took a step back from the
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Within minutes, Katara deemed herself thoroughly lost. The streets she found herself wandering down were dark and unfamiliar, in a part of Ba Sing Se she didn't know by day. She was tired and the air was chilly. To make things worse, the smell of rain clung to the air, and the stars and moon were completely obscured by clouds; it was going to start pouring down on her any minute. All she wanted to do was go home and forget about her hazardous afternoon.
What was so hazardous about it? She thought to herself. She turned a corner and slowed down for a moment, but a prickling feeling at the back of her neck convinced her to speed up again. Someone was watching her; she could feel it. But as she peeked over her shoulder, she was met with nothing but darkness. This is weird… She turned another corner and looked around for anything that might be familiar, or a street-sign she might recognize. Instead, she realized half-way down that she'd turned not int
Detention - Chapter 11Chapter 11
The Jasmine Dragon was just as quaint and peaceful as Katara had suspected. They became a part of the steady flow of customers and sat across from each other at a small table. The afternoon was quickly disappearing into the night, and streetlamps and shop-lights were starting to compensate for the lack of sun. A tiny dinner candle flickered on the table between them, and Zuko ran the tip of his finger back and forth over the top of the flame.
"Doesn't it burn you?" He shook his head. "I've seen my brother do that trick before too, but I've never been game enough to try it."
She shrugged. "I guess I'm afraid of getting burned."
Zuko gave a low chuckle. "You don't have to be afraid. That's the only reason you will get burned. It's easy; you just have to be quick." He demonstrated again, running his finger over the small flame. He showed her his fingertip, just as unmarred as the rest of the pale skin on his hand: it showed no resemblance whatsoe