Zuko's Real First Kiss
Many believe that Zuko's first kiss was with Jin in Ba Sing Se. Many are wrong. Zuko's real first kiss was four years ago, before he was banished, before his scar and before that meeting.
He was just a normal 11-year-old boy. He was coping with the disappearance of his mother, Lady Ursa. Prince Zuko was training harder than ever to prove himself to Fire Lord Ozai. When he was alone, little Prince Zuko liked to wander the halls and spy on people.
One rainy afternoon, prince Zuko was wondering the halls when he spied two maids arguing. Interested, he relaxed and watched them fight. It was just beginning to get loud enough for him to hear what they were saying when he felt someone tap him on the shoulder. Spinning around, Prince Zuko saw a young servant girl standing there. She appeared to be the same age as him.
"What do you think your doing?" she asked him, hands on hips and everything. A slight blush began to creep up Prince Zuko's cheeks.
"You're doing it all wrong. You can hear better from up there." She said, pointing to a room above their heads. He looked, than turned back to thank the girl, but all he saw was her reddish brown hair whipping around the corner. Zuko ran to catch up with her.
Finally, after catching up with her, Zuko asked her stop.
"What's your name?" he asked her after he caught his breath.
"Kiku." She replied. An awkward silence filled the room.
"Kiku," Prince Zuko said, trying to break the silence, "do you like turtle ducks?" Kiku nodded vigorously, and the two of them, bored of the fight downstairs, went outside and played together. They talked for a long time, until Kiku had to go and get some work done.
Prince Zuko and Kiku had been friend for about a year. They were sitting together in an old room. Kiku was playing with a cougar dog pup and Zuko was leaning up against the wall.
"Kiku, have you ever kissed anyone before?" Prince Zuko asked out of the blue. Startled, Kiku just looked at him for a moment. Slowly, she stood up.
"No. Have you?" She asked him. Prince Zuko blushed.
"No." he blushed.
"But I know how to." Kiku said. Zuko gave her a weird look and she laughed.
"I've seen my older brother kiss his girlfriend."
"Will you show me?" He asked, turning bright, bright red.
"First, they stand really close together," they slowly closed the space between them. "Then, he puts his hands on her waist." Kiku placed Zuko's hands on her waist.
"Than what?" asked Prince Zuko, swallowing hard.
"She puts her arms around his neck. And than they do this." She said, putting her arms around his neck and kissing him. He kissed her back. They smiled.
Kiku was sent to the training grounds, one of the most dangerous places to work. The servants there often got hurt or worst. Prince Zuko wasn't very keen on the idea.
Two weeks later, when she was supposed to return, Zuko paced his room waiting for his best friend to return. Finally at sunset, he went to the apartment she shared with her family to see if she went straight home.
Maku, Kiku's older brother was sitting outside in front of the door.
"Kiku is dead." He said when he noticed Zuko. "No one knows who killed her."
Another person had left him. He would never let himself get attached again.
And this is the story of young Prince Zuko's first kiss.