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22 August 2008 @ 10:31 pm
100 Days, 100 Drabbles (#98: The Southern Raiders)  
Genre: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Title: 100 Days, 100 Drabbles
Chapter Title: The Southern Raiders (098/100)
Authorcatalyst283
Word count: 223
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Notes: These are Zuko’s thoughts…sometime before the end of the episode when Katara forgives him.

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The Southern Raiders

You really wanna know? Hmm, maybe you could re-conquer Ba Sing Se in the name of the Earth King? Or, I know—you could bring my mother back!

She was just harboring so much rage inside (a burden so many of us tend to bare during this war) that she needed to take it out on someone—anyone. She felt just so much pain from her mother’s tragic end that she needed an escape from the raw hurt, from the world now empty of the most important person in her life.

This isn't fair. Everyone else seems to trust me now. What is it with you?

She just needed someone to blame—and that burden fell to me. I was an easy enough target—the Fire Nation Prince who had, in fact, harmed her and tried to capture the world’s greatest hope more often than not. The early rage she had for me I deserved. The raw pain I heard in her voice and the tears in the catacombs of Ba Sing Se was something I had partly caused. Even the initial anger she had after I joined Azula instead was completely well deserved. I’ve deserved a lot of her rage, especially after I lost her trust—but not this.

Strangely enough, I’m no longer angry about it.

I forgive her. If only she could treat me with the same mercy.
 
 
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Fish Eye no Miko: zuko lightningfenm on August 23rd, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
Poor Zuko... I thought he handled it pretty well, though. I actually really liked his and Katara's interaction in this episode.
Lindsay: elizabeth::potc::master::photoshootcatalyst283 on August 24th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Me too. :) That's why I wrote this drabble--showing what I percieve to be his thoughts during this episode, how he came to realize what was truly wrong with Katara--what she truly wanted and why she was so cruel to him.
rabidlinerabidline on August 24th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
aaww.. zuko. in canon!verse, we see aang preaching 'the importance of forgiveness' to katara, and your drabble makes a great parallel.
Lindsay: elizabeth::potc::runningcut::photoshootcatalyst283 on August 24th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks. :) I didn't think of the idea of a parallel--but that's very true! I just thought that forgiveness goes both ways--many ways, in fact--and I'm sure Zuko and Katara were struggling with that idea during the episode.
arthoniel: Zuthonielarthoniel on August 31st, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Beautiful as always... I love how zen-like Zuko is here... like the Fire Lord he will become. :)
Lindsay: elizabeth::potc::redhair::photoshootcatalyst283 on September 1st, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
After his "mini-vacation" with Katara, I think Zuko gained a lot of self-actualization and so forth. He really learned a lot and realized even more than he did in DOBS. I just had to portray that here and in The Southern Raiders drabble.