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It was over. They were escaping from the Capitol, sans half of the invasion force. Avalon felt horrible for leaving during the battle, but it needed to have happened. No one questioned her.

Something wasn't right, Avalon felt it in the air. She shrugged it off as post-war hype, and fell into a fitful sleep on Appa's back.

The sun was about to come over the horizon, the sky was growing pink in preparation, when Avalon stood up stiffly. Aang turned his head to look at her, as did Katara and Sokka, the only ones awake.

She was standing up, looking in the direction they had just come. The area was swept with clouds, and not much was visible. She continued standing there though, searching for something.

"Avalon?" Katara asked, trying to get her attention. Avalon didn't respond, not even with movement. She just kept searching.

Far behind Appa, just breaking loose of the clouds, a Fire Nation zeppelin was following them. Aang jumped from Appa's head, staff in hand. He stopped abruptably, for the most unexpected thing had happened. As the first sliver of the sun showed itself, Avalon started to sing. Her voice grew louder as the sun rose higher.

"Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,

and I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter

Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun

and I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles' returning to the faces

Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun

and I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting

Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,

and I say it's all right

It's all right"

Way back there, on the zeppelin, Zuko heard her voice. He got up, and strained his eyes to see the slim figure standing on Appa, singing him in.

When the song was finished, Avalon dropped like a rock, still asleep. Aang, Katara, and Sokka shared worried glances, but Aang didn't go out. He returned to Appa's head, and finished the journey to the Western Air Temple. Avalon slept the whole way soundlessly, and as soon as they had unloaded, Sokka moved her to a little room, out of the way, so she could finish her sleep.

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Are you happy now? The words ran over and over again in Zuko's brain, the only four words written on Avalon's note. He hadn't been happy, he had made the biggest mistake of his life. And now he was fixing it.

Zuko hadn't been able to sleep the whole journey. The only time he had tried, he had been bombarded with memories that made his heart ache.

"I love you, Avalon."

"I know," she smirked ever so slightly, and kissed him softly.

Zuko had already had his somewhat prophetic dream, and he was still wrapped up in it.

"Avalon?"

"Hm?"

"I promise that I will never, ever consciously do anything to hurt yo-"

Avalon had put her hand over his mouth, halting him. She shook her head. Her eyes were full of a deep sadness.

"What? What did I say?"

"Don't promise me anything."

"Why not?"

"You don't know the future, Zuko. You can't fathom what will happen."

"Are you saying that you think I'll ... that we won't be ... do you doubt me?"

"Or course not. And I hope times will always be like this, but that's a blind hope. You know, shit happens."

"Right," Zuko nodded, but he had felt so insecure after that. She had been so right.

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When Avalon woke up, she got the feeling that a lot of time had passed. She looked around her, and found the sun. It was coming over the horizon.

The last thing she remembered was falling asleep on the ride to this place, which she assumed to be the Temple. It was only a few hours before daybreak then, and she had definitely been sleeping for more than a few hours.

Had a whole day passed? Avalon soon got distracted from her comtemplation, something was happening.

A commotion stirred in the middle of the Temple. Voices were shouting. Avalon got up to check it out.

Standing in the middle of the Temple, Katara was in a heated argument with Sokka and Aang. Toph stood quietly nearby, not engaging in the battle. Avalon wandered in, and the room fell silent.

They all stared at her.

"Prime example," Sokka mumbled. Katara smacked him. Avalon looked inquiringly at them.

"It's Zuko," Avalon flinched at the name, she always did, "He's here."

Avalon's face grew hard, but stayed smooth.

"He wants to join us," Katara explained.

Avalon nodded slowly.

"He's outside," Katara added. Avalon shrugged and walked off in the opposite direction Katara had indicated.

Coming back out into the main hall, Avalon had interrupted the argument again. This time, she had a bag slung over her shoulder, and this time, the object of the argument was present. The room grew deadly silent.

Sokka was about to say something, but Katara gave him a look.

A strange, electric vibe passed throughout the room. Avalon's and Zuko's eyes were locked upon the other.

Zuko was the first the break the glare, "Katara, Aang, would you mind leaving us alone for a minute?"

"Absolutely not," Sokka shot back.

"Absolutely," Katara replied simultaneously.

"Only if she wants," Aang cleared up. They all looked at her, and her head nodded almost imperceptibly. They left in a hurry.

It was awkward, Avalon was glaring at something around her feet, and Zuko was staring at the ceiling.

"Avalon," he said, breaking the silence, "I'm sorry."

No response. Not even a flicker of emotion.

"I don't know what I was thinking. I was so wrong, and I regret it so much. You can't imagine. There isn't one moment when I don't wish it hadn't happened. And when Azula told me you were dead ... it almost killed me."

Avalon snorted, her arms crossed.

"I know they don't mean much, my apologies, but Katara has told me everything. How you can't fly. How you won't talk. That's not you, Avalon. You know it."

A small warning growl escaped her lips.

"I know you hate me," here Zuko got some of the emotion he was looking for, Avalon's face twisted the slightest bit, "But please, please, forgive me. For me and you. And I know that you'll never love me again, I'm not asking that. You just have to forgive me. Somewhere in that beautiful head of yours, you know that, too. Otherwise you wouldn't have sang me in yesterday morning in your sleep. Your subconscious knows it. So please, forgive me."

The grimace had faded, and Avalon's face was contorted with sorrow. The tears began again. They weren't nearly as bad as before, there was no sobbing, only silent tears running down her silent face.

"Please," It was only a whisper, "Please."

Avalon nodded, and her voice cracked through the barrier it had been hiding behind for so long, "I forgive you." She wiped the tears from her face.

"I forgive you."

Fin

Author's note - I have been getting some feedback and there is a possibility I will write a sequel to this or continue it. But I won't if I don't hear from anyone. Review and let me know.