Sorry for the wait.


Ursa glowered at Lu Ten. "Did Zuko say what I nthink he said?"

Lu Ten swallowed. "Um...yes?"

"You taught my son a SWEAR WORD?!" Ursa shrieked. "How could you?!"

"It was an accident!" Lu Ten protested. "I was talking to myself, and it slipped out!"

"Well, did you try teaching him a new word?" Iroh asked.

"Yes, but he won't freaking give up!" Lu Ten answered.

"We leave this palace for three short hours, and you teach my son a swear word?" Ozai seethed. "Dammit, Lu Ten! Howe stupid are you?"

"Whoa, hey!" Iroh stepped in. "Ozai, do not attack my son like that. It was just an accident!"

Ozai simmered and muttered to himself. Ursa took a few deep breaths and calmed down. "Fine. It was a mistake. You didn't know he'd pick up wso easily."She sighed. "Did everything else do smoothly?"

"Yeah, pretty much." Lu Ten replied. "Except...um...well..." He chuckled nervously. "Zuko kind of barged in on Fire Lord Azulon, but I got Zuko out of the throne room before he caused trouble."

Ursa closed her eyes and groaned softly. "Just for that, I'm only giving you five gold pieces."

"He shouldn't be getting any gold pieces at all!" Ozai interjected. "Seeing as he did a crappy job babysitting!"

"Hey, I fed and changed Zuko, and I made sure he was safe!" LuTen defended himself. "Have you done those things, Ozai?"

"That's Uncle Ozai to you, buddy!" Ozai pointed a warning finger at Lu ten.

"Okay, Ozai, that's enough." Ursa chided. "Zuko's fed, safe, and happy. Let's just leave it at that, okay?"

Ozai growled and stormed off. Ursa turned back to Lu Ten. "I'll give you your payment as soon as I put Zuko down." Ursa followed Ozai.

Iroh sighed and turned to Lu Ten. "Well, Son, I'd say you had a successful evening."

"Yeah!" Lu Ten said sarcastically. He started headed towards the castle. Iroh followed.

"Lu Ten, it was your first babysitting job. It's not supposed to be easy. You'll get better!"

"Yeah, well, I don't know if I'll be able to sit for Zuko any more." Lu Ten argued. "He's way too much of a handfull!"

"Hey, now," Iroh raised an eyebrow. "Is that the talk of a real soldier?"

Lu Ten sighed and rolled his eyes. "No..."

"Okay, good." Iroh clapped Lu Ten's shoulder. "Well, I think I'll have a cup of tea before I turn in. Join me?"

"Don't I always?" They both chuckled. "You know, in all the craziness...I'm sure I'll find some way to laugh at this adventure."

""I'm sure you will." Iroh encouraged.

"But I feel like there's something else I needed to fix, though..." Lu Ten furrowed his brow in thought. "I just can't remember what it was."

"LU TEN!" Ozai screamed from his den.

Both Lu Ten and Iroh froze. Iroh turned to his son. "You let Zuko make a mess in Ozai's den, didn't you?"

"Yes." Lu Ten said in a small voice.

"Run." Iroh instructed. "I'll hold him off."

"Thanks.," Lu Ten smiled, then he sprinted off towards his bedchamber.

Iroh shook his head and smiled. He then braced himself for his raging, fast-approaching younger brother.



Yeah, I know it's short. Sorry. But it had to end somehow.