Title : Broken Hearts Club
Genre : Romance/Friendship
Characters : Zuko-centric, All members of the Gaang (including Suki)
Pairings : Zuko/Everyone (Friendship), Katara/Aang, Sokka/Suki, hints of Sokka/Yue, hints of Katara/Jet, one-sided Toph/Sokka, mentioned Zuko/Mai.
Summary : He burned one's feet and another's village. He stole one's necklace and got hit by another's boomerang. And don't forget, he chased one all over the world. Now, he's their personal relationship consultant.
Patient : Young Lady Toph Bei Fong of Gaoling
Case : Unrequited Love
"You like him, don't you?"
Her back slumped, and somehow he felt like he was seeing the helpless little blind girl and not the tough earthbender they always saw.
"I said, enough."
"You'll regret ever saying another word."
"I don't know what to say."
"There's nothing to say."
They were silent, him watching the campfire flared up and down, a sign of the nearest firebender's doubt, and her sightless eyes trained in the direction of the fire, determined not to let him see any trace of sadness inside them.
He was just about to say something, but she beat him to it.
"I thought he likes me."
He kept his silence.
"He let me hold his hand. He gave me a part of his sword. He told me about his mother, and he said he never told anyone except me. I thought I was special for him."
He didn't interrupt her, so she kept on talking.
"And then we met your sister on The Day of The Black Sun. She told him that she was keeping her prisoner. He knew that it was a trap, but he still fell for it."
"Azula was stalling, wasn't she?"
"Indeed. But her words worked. He was distracted long enough for the eclipse to end."
"It got worse after the invasion. He wasn't sleeping at night, spent all his time to talked to himself, blaming himself for her capture. And when he finally slept, he fell asleep whispering her name."
"And then you came. You came and you led him to her. And now they spent all their time together eating each other's faces."
"Yes I can, Sparky. Just because I'm blind doesn't mean I'm stupid. Maybe I'm a bit dumb for ugh- loving him all this time just for him to end up with someone else."
"You're not dumb-"
"I said stop trying to-"
"-you're just in love. Love makes people do stupid things."
"And I bet you did a lot of them, didn't you?"
"Let's just say you're right, Sparky, that I'm in love. What good will that realization do? They love each other so much that I'm starting to get sick, and he saved her like all good heroes do to their damsels in distress. That pretty much sums up the equation of a happy lovey-dovey fairytale ending, in my opinion."
"Suki's not a good damsel in distress. Really."
"Whatever. You prefer Warrior Princess?"
"And to think that you believe in fairytales."
"Shut up, Sparky. Just shut up."
"Maybe you don't need a fairytale ending. You're the greatest earthbender in the world (or so you said), you can write your own ending. Anyway, The Uncrushable Blind Bandit settling down for a life of happily-ever-afters? Boring."
He couldn't help but notice that her tone is a little bit more hopeful (and happier) than before.
Diagnosis : It might take a long time (and a lot of butts to kick) but the patient will get over it. Eventually.
I DON'T OWN AVATAR. If I do, let's just say the rest of the series will air before July. R&R, Thanks!