Reviews for Not Stalking Zuko
moonspirityingyang chapter 12 . 9/16/2011
I've always believed that the 'born lucky' comments implied that it was a priledge for Zuko to be born, but I've never considered a premature birth. Bravo!

I loved this chapter. I love how you delved into the background of Toph and focused on her family dynamics. I believe she is a very complex character and her family issues were just glossed over by the creators.

And I wuv! the Zuko and Toph dynamic. Toph is Zuko's non-homicidal badass little sister he's always wanted. Yay!

I was beaming during the scene in which Katara is checking Zuko's heart and when she leans in closer and his heart beats faster... that gave me butterflies.

I don't blame Katara for coppin' a feel, it's hard to resist all that raw sex appeal.

Hawky and Momo's epic battle was hysterical.

I love Sokka! I love his Hawky voice! Gah! This fic gave me warm fuzzies, which is seriously commendable considering that I just took my first Intro Psych test, which was a bitch.

A cold hard bitch!

But I digress.

Keep the warm fuzzies coming!
Scar-Faced Hundred chapter 12 . 9/15/2011
Yay for updates! What a lovely fluffy way to end the week. :D

~Jo
xXxSweetSacrificexXx chapter 12 . 9/15/2011
I'm too lazy to log in.

I seriously have to review this story more. I'm just on my phone reading this and it won't let me log in.

Anyway, I literally just squeal when I see an update. I have you right on my Bookmarks on my phone. You are a pure genius!

Oh Katara, you always tend to be a bit handsy, don't you? Its okay, who wouldn't wanna be handsy with Zuko? ;)

This is exactly how I imagined Toph's mother to be like. She loves Toph with all her heart and is just worried about her. But she doesn't know Toph. She sees her as a weak, helpless little blind girl. Not the tough, independent earthbender she really is.

Anyway, I'll miss you Hawky!

Update soon!

Hugs, Kisses, and Zutara

-Zaira
Punch A Fish In The Face chapter 12 . 9/15/2011
Toph has pockets?

You should write 2 fics where the first is Love Amongst the Dragons, and the other is when the whole Gaang watches it because they don't believe that it could be as bad as Zuko said it could be, but they were wrong. So very wrong. If not you, someone should (looks pointedly at people reading the reviews pages).

Hawky and Momo are Swedish Death Metal? (look up Arch Enemy)

Hawky is like Momo's stepbrother who doesn't get along with him, and Appa's like their dad. That makes Aang and Sokka their mommies! This would be even more complicated if you add in FoofooCuddlyPoops. Maybe that's another fic idea...

I got a few weird looks in Target today when I read Poppy's letter. I may or may not have said my frustrations out loud... I can never go there again. But She is so AGGRAVATING! But I'm relieved because it wasn't mushy, and I'm curious to see the next response, maybe even a oneshot where the whole Gaang shows up in Gaoling and tells the Bei Fongs all about every awesome thing Toph has done: including Metalbending! Wait, I got an idea for that... ignore what I said...

Aww, platonic Toko! Followed immediately by Katara's fail.

LEGITIMATE MEDICAL PURPOSES. Haha, sure...
treena-ivy-carter chapter 12 . 9/15/2011
O.O

That was SO SWEET!

D

Tree
Irako of the Desert chapter 12 . 9/15/2011
I have guesses about who's room she's staying in, but I'll shush up about it until the next chapter arrives.

Reading about your thoughts on Toph's relationship with her parents was really cool. The bit about how they kept her secret made a thought pop into my head. We'll stick with the assumption that Toph had a tough birth, and as a result, her mother is overprotective. What about her dad? Maybe as a result of Toph being born, her mother can't have any more children. Normally, a man in that situation who needed a male heir would divorce his wife and marry a new one. Toph's dad would need a male heir to inherit his fortune, but loves his wife too much to divorce her, and so is stuck with a blind, weak-hearted child.

I feel like there would be a little bit of resentment from her dad if this was the case. It'd be suppressed under tons of over-protectiveness, of course, but deep down, he'd feel like it was Toph's fault that his wife could have no more children and bear him a male heir. That doesn't mean he doesn't love his daughter! I'm sure he does.

Anyway, that's what popped into my head when you pointed out that she'd been kept secret. Maybe her father felt ashamed of the fact that he wouldn't divorce his wife and his heir is currently a blind girl. He might also feel like something is wrong with him for not being able to sire a healthy male, which is something most nobility obsesses over. Rather than be subjected to ridicule from his peers, he uses Toph's blindness and diagnosis with a weak heart to keep her isolated. Her mother's totally fine with that and probably wouldn't even know her husband had all these other motivations on top of keeping their baby girl safe.

I hope that made sense. I sometimes have a hard time getting exactly what I mean down.

Awesome chapter. I love the explorations into Toph's and Zuko's relationships with their parents.
Em Dixon chapter 12 . 9/15/2011
Katara's in either the Fire Lady's room or Ursa's room (Ursa was not, in fact, Fire Lady, despite popular belief). Or the Fire Lord. The room with the best view has to be someone important's room, or a room that Zuko associates with goodness and love, thereby improving the view. Subjectivity and all, ya know?

I believe there was much agreement and emphatic nodding from Toph's mother (incidentally, she's named Lily) at the end of The Blind Bandit, but that could still be taken as she wants her precious daughter home so she can protect her. I like the way you've done Toph's relationship with her parents. It's sad, but I've always believed that they'd never accept that Toph has become different. In my mind, they only agree to let her stay with Zuko because her father's a shrewd businessman and knows an advantage when he sees one (possible exclusive trade deals), and because Zuko knows how to be stuffy and pretend that he's going to make sure Toph is coddled like her parents would. For a minute, I was afraid you were going to have her parents accept her, and I'm glad you didn't.

About Zuko being 'lucky to be born,' I've always thought that was something Ozai said retroactively. I agree he was probably born at a bad time, but I've always thought Ozai was just being a dick. I like your interpretation because that lets Katara get a bit handsy. I love her assertion that it's for LEGITIMATE MEDICAL PURPOSES. Of course, Katara. Whatever you say :D
lazyguy90 chapter 12 . 9/15/2011
Cool. Great work as always.
Ozuma thy Awesome chapter 12 . 9/14/2011
She's staying in Zuko or Ursa's room right?

That's my guess.

Katara, getting handsy, for the millionth time. lol.
Kimberly T chapter 12 . 9/14/2011
Excellent chapter!

This is the first fanfic I can think of off the top of my head, that has Toph receiving a letter back from her parents before the war's end. (Actually, I can think of only one other fic that had them writing her back at all; generally she has to actually travel back home to find out how they're taking all the changes in her.)

FYI, ever since I read the awesome and haunting AU fic "Life Bound" (by clockworkchaos; an excellent read, but not for the excessvely squeamish), I've had the theory that the reason Toph's parents thought she was still so terribly fragile at twelve years old, the reason she still put on the 'poor helpless me' act at home and saved all her awesomeness for the Earth Rumbles, was that Toph desperately didn't want to suffer the fate that befell millions of little girls in traditional China (the country the Earth Kingdom was largely based on): foot binding. It was considered a status symbol, for wealthy families to have their young daughters' feet ruthlessly bound and abused until the bones broke, and the feet were slowly but forcibly reshaped into these tiny mutilated things that made just walking painful. The 'lotus feet' were considered attractive to men (eeeeuugggh) and made women more marriagable... and Toph's parents would surely have figured that with their daughter being blind, she'd need every advantage they could force on her to make her a good marriage prospect after all.

But if foot binding had been done to Toph, it would have not just crippled her feet, it would have crippled her earthbending; the way she 'saw' the world. So to save herself from being truly blind as well as crippled, she deliberately fed their perception that she was pitifully weak; too weak to survive the years-long torment that was the process of foot binding. It meant having to live a double life for years, until she was far too old for the process to work properly on her feet, but at least she could still earthbend.

Anyway, I'm glad Toph was able to unload on Zuko in this fic, after reading her mother's letter. It makes his inconsiderate words to her in "Sozin’s Comet, Part 1" when he cut off her talk about her parents with an abrupt "Look, I know you had a rough childhood but we should really focus on finding Aang," a little more understandable. In this 'verse, by that time he's heard it before, and when she ends her bout of self-pity Toph will remember what he expressed earlier.
AnnaAza chapter 12 . 9/14/2011
At first, when I read the letter, I yelled "bitch!" really loudly in my head. After I cooled down, I knew there was a reason Poppy would act that way. Her daughter was basically told at birth that she was helpless, fragile, weak, and blind. For twelve years, Toph had even played along so not to upset her Blind Bandit identity and her parents. Naturally, Poppy would have gotten a shock when she heard about the fight, but she isn't white sure what to do with herself and Toph. See how she just nods at Lao in the "Blind Bandit" episode? I always thought that she did agree with Lao, but perhaps she was still reeling from shock trying to process it.

Anyhow, I always thought Zuko would be a winter, sickly baby. I imagined it was during the season of winter and that mother and child nearly both died. I loved how Katara felt Toph's heartbeat, and Zuko's also. That was a great scene.
pinksmurf101 chapter 12 . 9/14/2011
goodness every chapter of this fic puts me in such a good mood! sneaky katara feeling up zuko for "medical reasons"
treena-ivy-carter chapter 11 . 9/14/2011
OH MY GPD I DIES LAUGHING
treena-ivy-carter chapter 10 . 9/14/2011
That was beautifully awesome like always.
Queztionz chapter 11 . 9/14/2011
Hilarious!Why is Sokka such a bad brother? Who makes bets on their little sisters virginities?
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