Author: yours truly
Prompt: 053. Protect
Warning(s): SPOILERS FOR THE WESTERN AIR TEMPLE
Word Count: 184
Summary: Katara makes Zuko a promise.
Author's Notes: This gives me shivers. Not so much "aangst" as "Katara's going to eat your soul."
“You might have everyone else here buying your... transformation, but you and I both know you've struggled with doing the right thing in the past.
Everyone is so willing to accept him with open arms and misplaced trust, but I know better. I know Zuko, I know how he works, I’ve fallen victim to his “transformation.”
I’m not so willing to forgive.
So let me tell you something right now:
Once upon a time, I had been the naïve soul so trusting, so stupid as to believe he had changed. But not anymore.
(Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.)
You make one step backward, one slip-up, give me one reason to think you might hurt Aang,
He may have everyone else twisted around his finger, but I know better. I know what he wants, and I’m not going to let Zuko have him. Not while I'm around.
and you won't have to worry about your destiny anymore,
You can have him, Zuko…
because I'll make sure your destiny ends right then and there... permanently.”
over your dead body.