A/N: Hey this is my first story ever! So please tell me if you like it. This is what I think should happen after the episode The Chase. This story does not include the episode Bitter Work which I haven't seen yet (I only know the name because I looked it up on my TV). Oh and lines that are in italics and not bolded are the same as thought bubbles.
Fires of Love
It was a cheery morning despite the events of the day before. Katara remembered how Zuko had yelled at them to go away after the battle with that girl. But she knew she had to do something for the old man she couldn't let him die even though he was Fire Nation and traveling with Zuko. He had helped them fight off that Fire Nation girl, he couldn't be all bad and neither could Zuko, there had to be good in there somewhere.
She made up her mind.
"Aang?" she said "I'm going back to help the old man who was with Zuko."
"What?" Sokka nearly fell over in surprise "Why?"
"Sokka, he helped us, we owe it to him to go back and help, and if you won't come I'm going alone"
"No you're not, I'm coming too." A soft voice behind Katara said with finality.
"Why do you want to come Toph?" Katara was confused, why would Toph want to come and help an old man?
"He helped me when I left y'all and went on my own, so I owe him something too." Toph said softly.
"Good, then Toph and I will take Appa and be back by night fall you boys stay here." With that the two girls hopped on Appa and left.
"What are we gonna do now?" Aang, who had said no word to Katara on the matter, asked Sokka, who fell over in surprise.
Meanwhile, a few miles away in the abandoned town, Zuko, who had not slept that night, was still crying and totally freaking out over the issue of his Uncle, who was in a lot of pain.
"Uncle, what am I going to do now?" Zuko said softly.
He lay down on his back and faced the sun, hoping the spirits would take him then and there. Then he saw it, the avatar's flying bison. He jumped to his feet wondering why the avatar was coming back, but when he looked at the bison he saw that it was just the two girls the avatar was traveling with. Expecting a fight, he leapt into his battle stance just as the bison landed. The water tribe girl and a girl in green jumped off the animal.
"Zuko." The water peasant said. What did she want?
"I thought I told you and your friends to go away, water peasant!" He screamed at them. The water tribe girl, seeing that he would not listen to them, quickly opened the water skin at her side and froze his feet to the ground and his arms to his side, the girl in green then made sure that he couldn't melt the ice by reinforcing it with stone. To tired to fight, Zuko stayed still.
"What do you water peasant?" he spat at them.
"We want to help you."
"Yeah right, wat-" She cut him off by freezing his mouth shut.
"Now listen to me, I can heal people, I can help this man," She pointed to the old man doubled over in pain. "and I'm not going to let someone as stubborn as you stop me! Now, I need my water back to heal him." She took away the water and the other girl put the stone that was binding him back into the earth and they walked over to his uncle.
"Why are you doing this?" he asked as he got up.
"Why did you help us fight off that girl?"
"First her name is Azula, second she's my sister and third she's hunting me too." Why am I telling her this?
"So you're not hunting us anymore?"
"No, I suppose not."
She quickly healed Iroh and stood up.
"Then why don't you come with us?" She asked "We can fight Azula together."
"No, I-." He was quickly cut off by Iroh who was trying to sit up.
"Boy, am I stiff." He said as he sat up. Zuko rushed to his side and supported him.
"Uncle, you're okay!"
"He's your uncle?" The girl said.
"Yes, I am. My name is Iroh, what is yours?"
"My name is Katara and this is Toph."
"Katara, that is a pretty name, and I have met you before, Toph," He said "I hope you and your friends have gotten along well since I last saw you."
"Yes, and thank you for your advice." Toph said.
"It was my pleasure" Iroh said happily. "Now, I heard something about joining parties, sounds like a good idea."
"No buts, Zuko, you should accept help when it is offered to you."
"No more!" Iroh said with finality, Zuko would not be able to sway him now. The sulky Zuko and the cheerful Iroh climbed onto the back of the bison and the two girls followed suit. Katara climbed to the beasts head and said "Appa, yip yip!" and they took off into the sky. Iroh laughed as they shot into the air, obviously excited. Zuko, on the other hand, hung on to the saddle trying to not fall off and look dignified at the same time.
Now back to Sokka and Aang. The whole time that the girls were gone all they did was ask each other what they should do. Finally they saw Appa flying back towards them.
"Look Aang, it's Katara and Toph!" said Sokka excitedly.
"Yeah, but there are four people on Appa's back, who did they bring back?" Aang asked obviously confused.
Appa came gracefully to a stop in front of the boys and they could hardly believe who got off. Zuko stepped off of Appa's back only to be almost attacked by Sokka, but Zuko stepped out of the way just in time, and Sokka crashed into Appa's large, hairy side.
"Katara! What are these two doing here? Did they force you to bring them here?" Sokka yelled at his sister.
"Sokka calm down! I asked if they wanted to travel with us and they said yes." Katara said trying to calm her brother down.
"Hey, I didn't say yes Uncle made me!" Zuko said defiantly.
"It was for your own good. Besides, they have food and you are so skinny" Iroh told him.
"Katara, I can't believe that you asked the Fire Nation Prince to travel with us!" Sokka yelled in disbelief.
"It doesn't matter they are with us now." Aang said to end the argument. After that everyone was quiet, and went to work to get dinner and to get the camp ready for night. Iroh made tea, Katara went to go get water, Zuko started the fire, Sokka and Aang went to go find fruit, and Toph prepared her stuff for the night.
After Zuko was done with the fire he decided to go and practice his fire bending in case he ran into Azula again, and he was sure that he would run into her if he was traveling with the avatar. As he walked around the trees he saw that girl there by the water, the girl that had asked if he and Uncle wanted to travel with her and her friends. Not wanting to disturb her he stayed where he was and watched her. She's really pretty in the setting sun. Wait why am I thinking this! She's a water peasant and I'm a prince! Banished prince. He shifted his position and stepped on a twig, it made a loud crack. Damn! She turned around and saw him. He came out of the bushes and slowly made his way toward her.
"Hi," She said softly "What are you doing sneaking around?"
"Why do you care?" he spat.
"Well, if you're going to be like that then I don't want to talk to you!"
"You can be so stubborn and arrogant-."
"What did you say?" He said his voice ice cold.
"You heard me, unless you're hard of hearing too!" She retorted.
"You little wench!" He spat back at her. At that Katara stood up, she was not going to stand for that. She stepped into her battle stance while he did the same. She took the water from the stream and formed it into a hard ball of ice and hurled it at him, to which he just through a fire ball at it and destroyed it. He then kicked fire at her, and she quickly bended the water into an ice wall and blocked his fire. She then formed the wall into spikes and hurled them at him he danced around them and followed by surrounding them in a ring of fire. He slowly made the ring smaller and smaller knowing that he could attack her better if they were closer together. When they were about a foot apart Katara tripped and fell forward the next thing she knew she was in his arms.
A/N: Well, there you go I hope you liked it please review! I may be the writer put you reviewers are my inspiration! Thanks!