Be True To Your Heart (Zuko and Katara Love Story)4: The Southern Water Tribe MeetingZuko has never mentioned Mai around Katara again. He spent most of the trip by Katara's side, taking his uncle's advice and giving her a chance and so far it's been worth it for him. She has shown him more love than Mai ever did. One time while on deck during a big storm, Zuko was almost washed overboard but Katara grabbed his hand as he fell off the side. Then she focused and the ocean water came up and pushed him back on the deck. She held him tight after that as tears ran down her cheeks.
After a while of traveling on the sea, the ship finally arrived to the Southern Water Tribe. Sokka and Suki were both waiting for Katara and Zuko to get off. They both waved as they saw them walk off. Katara waved back, smiling. Then Katara looked over at Zuko who was shivering from the cold and gently took his hand, "Come on. Let's get you some warm clothes." she said smiling. He looked at her and smiled back as he gripped her hand. She led him to Sokka and Suki, who she saw was heavy with child, "Hey, guys, we're back." she said. "The allies are already here. We need to be at the meeting." Sokka said smiling. "We'll be there in a minute. Right now, I need to get Zuko into warmer clothes." she said as she pulled Zuko pass them.
She led Zuko to her hut and they both walked in. She took out flints and walked up to the fire place. She put some firewood in the fire place and struck the flints together. Soon a warm fire was going and she turned to Zuko, "You wait here. I'll get you some warm clothes to wear." she said smiling as she got up and put on her heavy coat, gloves, and winter boots. Then she walked out and went to Sokka's house. After a few minutes of warming himself by the fire, she came back with some water tribe men's clothing, "Here. You can wear my father's old clothes. Since you are about his height now." she said as she handed him the clothes. He took them and smiled, "Thanks, Katara." he said. She smiled, "Your welcome. I'll wait for you outside." she said as she headed out the door.
She walked outside and waited for Zuko to get dressed and come out. "Ms. Katara!" she heard a small voice yell. Katara turned and smiled as she saw one of her students' running up to her. "Hey, Shin." she said. "Look I'm getting better at water bending now." he said as he made some snow melt and float in the air. "Good job, Shin. Keep practicing." she said as she reached her gloved hand out and ruffled his hair. Shin smiled and laughed as he ran off. Then she heard the cloth on her door move aside and turned around. She smiled as she saw Zuko come out in her father's clothes. "You look great, Zuko." she said. He smirked, "It is a lot warmer." he said as he approached her and placed his gloved hand gently on the side of her face. She smiled, wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him passionately. She felt him smile against her lips and kiss her back passionately as he wrapped his arms around her waist. Then she ends it, "Come on. We better get to the meeting." she said smiling. He smiled, "Alright." he said. They both walk down to the place they were meeting at.
As they enter, they see Sokka, Aang, Suki, Toph, and Uncle Iroh sitting around the fire, waiting on them. Katara sits down and Zuko sits beside her. "Tell us Zuko. What exactly happened?" his uncle asked. Zuko looks down deep in thought, "Well...."
Zuko and Mai are walking in the garden arm in arm discussing a banquet they were planning on having, when a guard ran up. "My lord, Your father has escaped! He's in the palace right now!" he told him as he bowed to him. Zuko's eyes widen, "How did this happen?" he asked as his eyebrows knitted together. The guard straightened back up, "He had help from-." he was cut off when a lightning bolt hit him in the back. The guard fell to the ground dead and Zuko looks over in the direction of the lightning bolt. His eyes widen when he see's his father standing there. "How did you get your bending back?!" he demanded. His father just laughed, "Let's just say that....I had help!" he said as he cast some fire at Zuko. Zuko quickly dodged it and shot fire back at him. His father blocked it, pulled out a sword and started slashing at Zuko. Zuko dodged and dodged as his father continually slashed at him. Then Zuko tripped over a root and fell to the ground and tried to get back up. His father didn't hesitate to slash again and Zuko yelled as the tip of his sword cut through Zuko's shirt and fell back on the ground. Then his father prepares to strike him with a lightning bolt as Zuko laid there breathing hard with his hand on his chest and his eyes closed. But as his father cast it, Mai ran between them and was struck. "Mai!" Zuko yelled as he opened his eyes and saw Mai being struck. She grunted and twitched before she fell to the ground. Zuko crawled to her with his hand still on his chest and lifted her up in his arms. "Mai." he said. Mai winced and looked up at him as she put her hand on the side of his face, "Zuko, don't worry.." she winced again "...about me. As long as...." she winced again "....your alive. There is hope." she said. Then the light left her eyes and her arm fell on the ground. Tears filled Zuko's eyes, "Mai!" he yelled as tears fell onto her face. He held her close to him, burying his face in her hair, as he sobbed. He kissed her lips before laying her back down. Then he stood back up still holding his chest and stumbled a little bit. He glared at his father, "You will pay for what you did to her! Mark my words! You will pay!" he yelled. He shot fire at him from his hands and his father dodged and slammed him against a wall, knocking him out.
*End of Flashback*
"And the next thing I know. I'm waking up in a small house with Katara." he ended it. Katara lowered her head and his uncle raised his hand to his beard, deep in thought. Zuko looked at everyone. Aang was also deep in thought and Sokka and Suki were pale. Toph, however, was expressionless, "So did you two kiss or something?" she asked. "What? Come on, Toph. You know their just friends." Sokka said as he looked over at them. Aang also looked up at them at the question. Their jaws dropped when they saw Zuko and Katara both blushing and smiling at each other. "You two kissed?!" Sokka asked as he stood up in front of them. "Well.." Zuko started to say but Katara interfered, "Yeah, Sokka. We kissed." she said still smiling. Zuko looked over at her and smiled as he took her hand. She looked at him and smiled back as she gripped it. Sokka turned to Iroh, "Are you alright with this?" he asked him. Iroh smiled, "Yes. I am alright with it. My nephew did say that he was going to make this a era of peace and love. What better way than this?" he asked. "What's that supposed to mean?" Sokka asked. "I mean that if they go on loving each other. They will eventually get married and bond the water and fire nations. You and her are the tribe chief's children after all." his uncle explained still smiling. Sokka's eyes widened and then he stumbly went and sat back down beside Suki. "Now, before we can attack. We will have to find out who helped Ozai escape and how he got his bending back." Iroh said changing the subject after seeing how red Zuko's face was. "How are we going to do that?" Sokka asked. Iroh thought for a minute, "We will have to go to the earth nation to Ba Sing Se. There is legend of a magical mirror in the palace there. They call it, "The Mirror of Dreams"." he said, "It is said to reveal a person's most secretive desires of their hearts." he added. "How does that help?" Sokka asked. "If we hold up a picture of Ozai to it. His desires' may help us discover who is helping him." Iroh said. Then he turned to Zuko and Katara. "Zuko, Katara, you two and Toph will go there, Sokka and Suki will remain here and Me, and the avatar will go to Ember Island to hide out at the old royal house until you get back." he said. Everyone nodded.
After the meeting, Zuko, Katara, Sokka, Suki, and Aang walked out while Toph stayed behind to have tea with Iroh. Sokka glared at Zuko, "Listen, Zuko, if you hurt my little sister in any way I will kill you!" he yelled. Zuko just stared at him expressionlessly. "Leave him alone, Sokka. He would never hurt me." Katara said as she took Zuko's hand. Zuko looked over at her and smiled as he gripped her hand. She smiled back and took him back to her hut. When they got there, Katara put more wood on the fire as Zuko sat down beside it facing her. Then she turned to Zuko and smiled, "Sorry about Sokka. He's been under a lot of stress lately. Running the tribe, and Suki's pregnancy." she said. "It's alright, Katara." he said smiling. Katara smiled again and then walked over, sat down in front of him, leaned forward, and kissed him. He smiled, wrapped a arm around her, and kissed her back. She placed a hand on the back of his head, deepening the kiss. He pulled her closer, causing her to get on her knees. She unbuttoned his water tribe coat, revealing his masculine chest. The shoulders of her coat started to slip off, revealing her shoulders.
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