Katara woke up, but kept her eyes closed. She wanted to keep dreaming. She finally decided that she couldn't go back to sleep and sat up. There was a soft smile on her face from dreaming about Aang again. He said he was going to come visit as soon as he could, but that was months ago. Katara ate breakfast and went outside. As she walked along the streets, she noticed that the snow started to get darker. It took a minute, but she recognized the darkened snow as soot. She ran to the edge of the iceberg to see a quickly approaching fire nation ship. She was over come with a sense of felicity when she thought of the possibility of Aang being on the ship. She waited eagerly, and many more people started to gather around. When the ship got close enough, Katara and froze a dock and the ship lowered the front ramp on to it. Zuko stood and waited for the ramp to finish its dissent, then walked down it to find himself face to face with Katara. She hugged him, and people started to disperse.
"Is Aang on board?" she asked hopefully.
"Sorry, no. I haven't seen him in a while…" Zuko replied.
"Oh," she said. She was a little upset, but she kept it hidden. "So what brings you here?"
"I actually need to talk to you… alone…" he said, noticing the people that still stood around the ship.
"Ok… sure." Katara led him back to her house and they went inside. Zuko started a fire under the teapot after several failed attempts by Katara to light a match. A few minutes later, she poured them each a cup and sat down.
"So, what's up?" she asked.
"Well, I kinda need a really big favor from you…" he said hesitantly.
"Well… um… will you… um… can we… uh… do you think that… Uh… we could…"
"Just say it."
"Will you marry me?" Zuko said.
"Uh… well I-"
"Wait, let me explain." Zuko said, leaving Katara even more confused than she was before. "I have to get married this week, or I'll be in an arranged marriage with some crazy girl who wants to be fire lady. But, there's someone I need to talk to, and see, and spend time with because I think I love her, and if we get married and never… you know… consummate… then we can get divorced and she'll be my wife and it will all work out. And if she doesn't feel the same then we'll still get divorced and I'll marry the crazy. But… I have to know."
"Then, yeah. As long as it's temporary, and you get to be happy in the end, sure."
"One thing though,"
"Don't tell anyone. I know that there are people you know you can trust, but please, you have to promise me you wont say a word."
"Ok, I promise."
Later that day, Katara and Zuko went to go talk to Hakota.
"Are you sure you want to do this?" he asked Katara after Zuko had left the room.
"Yeah, dad. I'm sure." Katara and Zuko got on the boat the next morning and headed back to the fire nation. It wasn't long before Katara sat in her room of the Fire Nation palace, an amazingly beautiful red dress hanging from her closet. She went out to the front courtyard to see the turtleducks, the little cute animals had captured her heart since the moment she saw them. One of the Palace workers walked up to her and bowed before saying,
"Miss Katara, you have a visitor." Katara was very confused, but she followed the man to the front gate where a woman in earth kingdom clothing stood waiting. Oh no
"Hey, sugarqueen, how are you about to get married without even telling me?!?"
"Toph, what are you doing here?" Katara asked.
"I'm TRYING to figure out how you are about to get married without even telling me!" she yelled.
"How did you even hear about this?" Katara demanded.
"News spreads fast, now back to my original question, how are you about to get married without even telling me?"
"Long story, just come inside." She said as they began to walk up the long road to the palace door.
"That doesn't really answer my question…" Toph mumbled.
I need help with this one, who should Zuko be going after to marry?!? If you have any ideas, let me know!!!
The options that would totally throw off the story are: Toko, Maiko, Zulee and Zutara, not that I have anything against them, they just wouldn't make any sense in the story...