A/N: I wrote this quick oneshot for "Zutara Week" on DA a couple days ago. The word was "Manipulative." Let me know what you think! -FA

DISCLAIMER: I DON'T OWN AVATAR OR ANY OF THE CHARACTERS.


Manipulative

"Uncle, I just can't do this move…Is there any trainer or master you would recommend to me, besides yourself?"Katara has much to teach you. Like the move I taught you that I took from the waterbenders to manipulate lightning, you will learn many things from her."

"Zuko, Miss

Sighing, Zuko took his uncle's advice, as always. It had helped him find himself and end the war of the nations; in the end, he knew that Uncle Iroh would be proven right. Besides, as the new Fire Lord, he needed to be the most skillful bender in his nation. As much as he hated to ask Katara for help in anything, he decided to try for her help. He knocked on the door to her chamber in the Water Embassy.

"Fire Lord Zuko?" Katara opened her door with a surprised look on her face. "What brings you to this lovely corner of your nation?" She said sarcastically.

Zuko rolled his eyes. "I'm going down to the Flamed Plain to train. Will you join me?" He sighed. "I need some help in a move."

"Uh, sorry, I can't help you there. I'm a waterbender, remember?"

"I know, but- see- my uncle told me that I should learn from multiple bending styles in order to make my firebending stronger. And I thought, well, maybe you could teach me a few things and I'd…"

"Sure." Katara joined Zuko quickly.

"Now, this is a Southern Water Tribe form. It's very unique. You've probably never done anything like this before." Katara explained in the training arena.

"First, you lay on the ground."

"What?"

"Just do it." Katara said with a smug smile on her face. "Then, flail your arms in opposite directions so that you're propelled above ground with your water- er, fire."

Zuko did as he was told. However, a massive fire explosion burst out yards away from them.

"Ignore that- Now, what you want to do is…"

"Run like a rat-deer.

"Squawk like a hog-monkey.

"Eat that pebble over there."

Katara was fighting to hide back her laughter as her friend made a complete fool of himself.

When Zuko finally caught on, he was fuming.

Katara took a deep breath as she suppressed her laughter at last. Smiling, she gave him the last part of the "move."

"Lay back on the ground again and close your eyes."

"You're not teaching me anything," Zuko exclaimed, embarrassed and frustrated. "This is stupid. I'm looking stupid."

Katara smirked. "Complete the set, Zuko."

Throwing his hands in the air, Zuko gave a sigh of annoyance, but did as she said. He laid down on the ground of the arena and closed his eyes. In less than a moment he felt a warm body pressing against his and a soft kiss on his lips. The kiss deepened, and Zuko opened his eyes as the dream ended.

"That's how a waterbender does it," was all Katara said as she peeled herself away from him, smirking again.


A/N: Reviews appreciated! Keep in mind that this was done in less than 30 minutes, and that little editing was done. It was just a fun drabble piece to get pumped for the finale next week, which is what "Zutara Week" is all about! :) -FA

P.S. No Zutara flames, please. If you don't like the pairing and are biased against this story, keep your mouth shut and your fingers off the keyboard. I love Kataangers, but be nice please and we Zutarians will be nice back. :) We're all just simple Avatards and in this together, you know. -FA