|Bridging the Gap
Author: obsessive360 PM
The gap between the end of "Sozin's Comet" and "Welcome to Republic City" was to be filled by the comic "The Promise", but it still left me wondering about some things. This is my take on the GAang's life after the war. I attempted to make it comic compliant, but I am not sure. R&R, please!Rated: Fiction T - English - Friendship/Family - Zuko & Bumi - Chapters: 2 - Words: 10,774 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 07-29-12 - Published: 07-20-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8339396
|A+ A- Full 3/4 1/2 Expand Tighten|
BEFORE YOU READ: I own nothing!
It had been three years since the twins, Yue and Jet, had died. When I had asked about their names later on, I was told that Zuko and Iroh had felt that they could have saved them, or prevented the circumstances under which the two had died, if Zuko had killed Zhao and been truthful to Jet. I told him there was nothing he could have done to save either of them, so he shouldn't beat himself up about it.
He eventually listened, and once both Zuko and Mai had moved on as best they could, Mai fell pregnant for a third time. I was the only person not confused when she said third time. She had only been about a eight weeks along with Aurora when the third assassin managed to sneak into the palace in an attempt to prevent Mai from ever bearing children. While the main goal failed, Aurora didn't survive because none of the palace emergency medical staff knew what to do. Mai had been so worried with this pregnancy, that she had asked me to arrive three months before the baby was due. I agreed, but then, away from everyone else, I told her I was also pregnant, though, unlike her, this was only my second one. I later told Aang and Kya, who was the cutest two year old I had ever seen, though I may be a bit biased.
Everything went smoothly, and two and a half weeks after my son, Bumi, was born, Mai went into labor. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.
"What are you going to name her?", I asked the two as I place the baby in Mai's arms.
"Honora Ursa.", Zuko said, surprising his mother.
"But, we will just call her by her middle name, if that's okay with you.", Mai added in, looking to her mother-in-law for conformation.
"I would consider it an honor.", Ursa said with a smile.
H-UPOV(16 years later)
I was sitting in the gardens on my sixteenth birthday, alone. Or at least I thought I was alone. Interrupting my thoughts, my best friend, Bumi, hopped out of the tree I was under.
"I wasn't under the impression that the princess could leave her own birthday party.", he told me, smiling like he always did.
"I wasn't under the impression I had invited you to tag along.", I replied, my tone probably a lot harsher than I meant it to be.
"Ursa, what's wrong?", Bumi asked.
"I'm just upset that Uncle Iroh, you know, my great uncle, is stuck in Ba Sing Se and couldn't make it to my party.", I said glumly.
"There's always next year.", Bumi said, and I could tell he was just trying to cheer me up.
"Yeah, and there was something that Lin and Kya told me.", I said mumbling the last part.
"I told them to shut up about that!", he snapped under his breath.
"Bumi, calm down. Why would you be angry that they told me?", I asked, shocked to see him loose his cool like that.
"Where in the world can a guy go to keep his sister and friend from telling his best friend, who happens to be a princess, that said guy is in love with her!", he snapped, not realizing what he had said.
"Bumi, they only told me you had a crush on some girl. I didn't know that!", I replied, surprised, but very happy, at his announcement.
"Um, Ursa, why haven't you slapped me and run off yet?", Bumi asked a moment later.
I just giggled before leaning in and kissing him.
"That's why.", I whispered.
Two years later...
At eighteen years old for him, fifteen years old for me, I knew that Bumi wasn't very mature, but when he said he was going to enlist in the United Forces, I knew he was mature, just insane.
"What are you thinking about now, Lin?", I heard Lee, Uras's brother, ask.
"Yeah, Lin, what's on your mind?", Tenzin added.
"Tenzin, your brother is a moron!", I exclaimed, throwing my hands in the air.
Unfortunately, I caused the bridge over the turtleduck pond to shake, but Tenzin's father, Avatar Aang, was walking by and stopped it.
"Why is Bumi and idiot?", Aang asked.
"That moron is joining the United Forces, and he doesn't get why Ursa's upset.", I replied, thinking about how all men are idiots.
"He's WHAT?", Aang yelled, which was a rare occurrence.
"Yep, and you can't stop him, Dad. He didn't tell you for that purpose.", Tenzin said, looking at his father.
Aang looked slightly upset as he hurried off, making me worry about Bumi.
I was on my way to talk with my oldest son when I saw my wife, who was livid, in front of me.
"Did you know he was joining the UF?", she asked.
"No, Katara, I swear I didn't. Lin just told me.", I told her, backing up slightly.
"Well, if you can't hear, Ursa is yelling at him now. We may not have to yell at all.", Katara said, though I could tell she was scared.
"He'll be fine. He was trained by the best swordsman next to Piandao. Not to mention, unlike us, he's not in the middle of a war.", I said to calm her down, and surprisingly, it worked!
"That's true, and I'm sorry for snapping at you like that.", she replied, burying her head in my chest.
I sat in the library, alone. I had yelled at Bumi until I was hoarse. Of course I wanted him to stay, but he had already signed up.
I heard the door open, and expecting it to be my mother, I said nothing.
"He loves you, Ursa.", it was Kya.
"Then why is he leaving me?", I snapped, though it was, no duh, hoarse.
"He isn't leaving you. He's leaving because he wants to prove he's worth something even though he is a non-bender. He's a bit of a moron, but the reason he's leaving is in your favor. He wants to prove himself to your father, so that will be worthy of being your husband.", Kya told me, snapping right back at me.
"He, he wants to marry me?", I croaked, not fully believing it.
"Yes, he does.", she said with a smile.
"Agni, I messed up. I told him if he was doing this behind my back then he didn't love me at all. I've got to fix this.", I whispered, rushing out of the room.
"Bumi, don't you dare take another step towards that door!", I heard a raspy voice call.
"What do you want now, Your Highness?", I asked, rather annoyed.
"I'm sorry. Kya just told me why you signed up for the UF. Why do you think you need to prove yourself to my father? Bumi, he's known you for your entire life.", she croaked out.
"That's just it. I don't want anyone to think that the son of the Avatar and the daughter of the Fire Lord got married because the Fire Lord knows him personally. Other than that, I'm nothing. My sister is a master water bender, my brother is the last full air bender, and I'm nothing special.", I told her, leaning against the railing of the walkway.
"Yes, you are something special. Your uncle was trained by Master Piandao, and you bested your uncle several times while in training. Plus, you're an amazing leader. When we were kids, you always were a team captain in any team games we played.", Ursa said, her voice not as hoarse as before.
"It's a bit late for me to not join the United Forces, Ursa.", I said as she snaked her arms around me.
"I know, and you'll go, but not before promising me you'll stay safe out there.", she said with a smile, looking up at me.
"I promise I'll stay safe, and I promise that you are the only girl for me, my dear Princess Honora Ursa.", I told her, wrapping her in my arms and kissing the top of her head.
"Ursa, Bumi, you are needed in the Fire Lord's study.", Lee, Ursa's brother, called from the doorway.
"Lee, why can't you just call him 'Dad' or 'Father' at the least?", Ursa asked, rolling her eyes.
"Just get in there.", Lee told his sister with a smirk.
As it turned out, Fire Lord Zuko actually told Ursa to wait out in the hall for a few minutes, and he gave me a gold and ruby bracelet.
"This was the bracelet I had made for Mai when we got engaged. Jasmine refused to have it, so I am giving it to you to give to Ursa.", he told me, with Lee nodding in agreement over to the side.
I was in shock. He was actually giving me permission to ask Ursa to marry me. I accepted, then when I exited, I asked Ursa to accompany me to the gardens.
Once there, she turned to me.
"Bumi, what's going on?", she asked.
"Honora Ursa, I love you more than anything. You are the reason I am still here. It would be an honor if you would agree to marry me.", I said, watching the shock register on her face, then turn into glee.
"YES! YES! YES!", she cried happily.
2 years late
Bumi and I married in secret before he left for the United Forced. Eighteen month later, he was home, and he was supposed to stay for over a year. That turned out to be a good thing, because I found out some important news.
We were about to go to sleep when I told him.
"Bumi, I'm pregnant."
Bumi promptly went into shock, thenhis face split into a wide smile.
"Really?", he asked.
"Yep. I'm about two and a half weeks along, which means it must have happened the night you got back.", I told him, watching him smile more.
"Is it to early to think of names?", he asked.
"I'm tired. We can discuss names in the morning.", I said, snuggling to his chest.
A month later...
I was quite shocked when I entered the dining room to see my father in tears. I hadn't seen him cry since my grandmother's death when I was fifteen.
"Daddy, what's wrong?", I asked, kneeling down beside him.
"Uncle Iroh passed away, Ursa. He's gone.", he told me, his voice raspy.
I felt my knees hit the ground and tears spring to my eyes.
"When?", was all I was able to manage to get out.
"It was about two days ago, but the messenger hawk just got here this morning. Jasmine is in her room. She fainted when your mother told her.", my father croaked out, drying his now red and gold eyes.
4 months, 1 week, and 2 days later...
I felt soomething wet and sat straight up in my bed. I threw off the covers and looked down, lighting a fire in my palm.
"Bumi, go get your mother.", I said, shaking my husband awake.
"Huh?", he asked, still half asleep.
"Go get your mother. My water just broke. The baby is coming.", I said, trying to stay calm.
Bumi pulled on his night robe before bolting out of the room. After about five minutes, he and Katara were back.
"Go and alert the rest of the palace EMS. If her labor with this child is anything like her mother's was with her, I'll need them. When you get back, stay out. I can't risk you getting burned by any accidental fire bending.", my mother told me, shoving me back into the hall.
I did as told, and remained in the hallway until the sun started to rise. It was then I heard the cries of a baby.
My mother came to the door and opened it.
"You may see your son now, Bumi.", she said, letting me into the room.
"Look, Iroh, it's your daddy.", I heard Ursa tell the small bundle in her arms.
"Hey there, little buddy.", I told my son, seeing his eyes that would more than likely turn amber in a few weeks time.
4 years later...
I sat with my nephew, Iroh, as my sister went into labor again. Iroh was watching Bumi, his father, as he paced up and down in the hallway. When we heard the baby's cries, the three of us gathered around the door.
"It's a girl.", Katara said.
"Ilah.", Bumi muttered.
"Sister?", Iroh asked.
"Yes, Iroh, you have a sister.", Ursa said from the bed, where she sat, holding what looked like a bundle of blankets.
Iroh toddled forward, heaved himself up onto his parents bed, and looked at his sister for the first time.
"Hi, Ilah.", he said, smiling down at the new baby.
A/N: R&R? Please? I own nothing, and it took me a while to write this. I have a continuation, in the form of a Legend of Korra story, called The Secret Game of the General and the Heiress. I own nothing, so don't try to accuse me of theft, plagiarism, ect. R&R!