A/N: Warning Lemon

Disclaimer: I guess owning Books 1 and 2 on DVD doesn't count as owning Avatar...damn

Chapter 5

The ride back to the palace was silent. The two went their separate ways without so much as an obligatory "good night." Mai entered her room, dumped her packages on the floor, and quickly undressed. She was glad that Ty Lee was not in the room. She didn't want to explain her foul mood. The night was still young, the sun having dipped out of the sky less than an hour ago. There was no telling where Ty Lee could be, but she hoped that she wouldn't be coming back anytime soon. Mai grabbed her journal out of the wardrobe and climbed into bed. Writing usually cleared her mind, but tonight she was so pissed off that she was having trouble formulating even the simplest of sentences. So Mai ended up lying in bed staring at the 15 foot high ceiling.

Around midnight, Mai heard a knock on the door. Ty Lee was still out and somehow she had managed to fall asleep. "Who is it?" she asked crossly.

"It's me."

"Go away Zuko! I have nothing to say to you." Mai wasn't really angry at Zuko anymore but she also wasn't ready to forgive him.

"Please Mai. I want to apologize to you."

"Whatever Zuko. I'm not in the mood." Mai pulled the covers over her head and closed her eyes. She heard the door creak open. "I thought I told you to go away." She kept her voice even, steady. When she peaked from underneath the sheet Zuko was standing near her bed, a small flame flickering above his open palm.

"And I told you I needed to apologize." Zuko extinguished the flame and allowed the glow of the full moon to be the only light in the room. He sat a comfortable distance from her on the bed and Mai allowed the sheet to drop. As his eyes adjusted to the dark he could see that Mai was wearing a very thin nightgown. A strap fell from her porcelain shoulder and Zuko adjusted it. Every nerve ending in Mai's body responded to his touch. Her breathing hitched. Zuko noticed and grazed her flesh with just his fingertips. Mai bit her lip and tried to regulate her breathing.

"Zuko." From the tone of Mai's voice he could tell she meant stop.

"So you're still upset about dinner?"

"Uh, yeah." She answered sarcastically. "If I told you that I had slept with some random boy, no excuse me man, you would be a little let down too."

"Let down?" Mai turned away from him. He didn't understand and this made her embarrassed. "What? I don't get it."

"Of course you don't get it Zuko. I foolishly allowed myself to believe that you were coming back to me. That no matter how many years passed you would come back and everything would be the same between me and you." Mai still kept her back to him. It was only when she said this aloud that Mai realized how naïve she had been.

"Mai I've changed a lot and I don't just mean because of what happened with that girl. Being outside of the Fire Nation made me see life in a whole new perspective, but I'm not the only one who's changed. You've changed also. You're not the same little girl who used to sneak away from her friends to steal kisses. But that doesn't mean that things have changed between us." Zuko inched closer to her and pushing her thick hair away kissed her neck.

In her mind she wanted to shove him away. She wanted to curse him out and silence him with her stilettos so he couldn't tell her more things she didn't want to hear. But luckily for Zuko, Mai's mind wasn't in control, her heart was. She allowed her body to yield to his pressure as he swiftly moved from behind her to on top of her. Leaning in to kiss her neck again he whispered "I'm sorry." He repeated this several times, each time kissing a new location. When he finally kissed her lips, Mai hungrily accepted his warm tongue.

Allowing his hands to explore her body, Zuko happily noticed that Mai did not sleep in the bindings that had so confused him over a week ago. He removed the straps from her shoulders and watched the gown fall, exposing her flesh. He kissed a trail from her lips to the valley between her breasts. As he gently squeezed one breast, he slowly kissed and sucked the other. Although Mai was tingling all over, the tingling seemed concentrated at the apex of her thighs. Zuko, who was so attuned to Mai's body put his hand there and stroked. Mai arched her back and gasped for air. She had never been touched there. It was shocking but at the same time a very pleasant sensation swept over her.

"Zuko," Mai was nearly breathless. "Zuko I don't know if I'm ready for this yet." Zuko stopped stroking her and plunged his fingers inward.

"I can stop if you want me too."

"No," she moaned.

Smiling he answered, "I think you're ready." Lifting himself off of her he headed for the door.

"Where are you going?"

"I'm locking the door. We don't want to have a repeat of last time."

Mai shook her head. She couldn't believe what was about to happen. She started to get nervous. Returning, Zuko could see the worried look on her face. "Don't worry" he said taking off his shirt but leaving his pants on. "I care too much about you to ever hurt you."

Mai looked at his body in the moonlight. She massaged his biceps then allowed her fingernails to rake across his chest. He let out a low, pleasure filled groan. She was ready to taste his lips again. Instead he grabbed her by the waist, slid her down the bed a few inches, and began kissing between her thighs. Immediately she was shocked. She couldn't believe where his mouth was, but it felt so good. She allowed herself to watch and found the voyeurism as pleasurable as the feeling he was giving her. He must have felt her watching him because he opened his eyes and held her gaze. He couldn't describe it, but there was something so erotic about her watching him work that it encouraged him even more. After a few moments Zuko closed his eyes and concentrated. Mai suddenly felt a new sensation in her body and got scared. It was like a small fire had started to grow low in her stomach. Its warmth and flames grew quickly and spread over her body. "Zuko! Something's happening!" she was breathing so fast and her heart was racing like a wild raberoo. "Something's…." She couldn't finish her sentence because she was interrupted by her own screams. Zuko lifted his head and watched her hands twist in the tangled sheet until she nearly ripped it. Her body lay shaking uncontrollably. She couldn't speak but she didn't mind. The feeling was so other worldly that words couldn't have done it justice anyway.

Once Mai's body finished quaking she opened her eyes to see Zuko propped up next to her. He was completely undressed now and she scanned his body admiring his shape. She blushed and turned away, but he caught her cheek and turned her head to face him. Mai was conflicted. She had always been taught that sex was a wife's obligation to her husband with the sole purpose of producing children. It was a duty and only naughty, dirty women of ill repute engaged in the activity outside of marriage and enjoyed it. Mai knew she was neither dirty nor naughty and cursed her mother's lies. Still it was hard for twenty minutes of pleasure to erase fifteen years of preaching. Nevertheless, Mai knew what she wanted and reading the desire in Zuko's eyes pulled him onto her to let him know she was ready.

She could feel his fingers gently probe inside of her and he could feel her body respond to his touch. She breathed quick shallow breaths, partially because of the sensation he was causing in her but also because of her mounting anticipation. She watched him stroke himself and out of curiosity she reached out and touched him. He smiled and softly hummed a moan that stuck in his throat as she closed her hand around him. When she released her hand, he lowered himself onto her and began to kiss her a little more roughly than before. She could feel his heat as he rocked his hips slowly entering her one inch at a time. He let out a low moan once he was inside. She let out a moan as well but only because it was hurting more than she had expected. But he was gentle with her, and with every thrust the pain ebbed, allowing the pleasure to flow in.

She tugged at his hair and bit the lobe of the undamaged ear. Taking it into her mouth, she let her tongue play with the soft skin. He moaned with each flick of her tongue. Instinctually, she wrapped her legs around his back. This, she discovered, caused a completely new sensation than when she had kept her legs on the bed. Zuko grabbed the back of one of her thighs and pushed himself deeper and harder into Mai. She dug her nails into his back and buried her face in his chest to muffle her moans. She felt the fire rising in the pit of her stomach, but this time she was not afraid. She wanted that feeling again and at that moment she knew she would do anything to have it.

Zuko could feel Mai's tight walls pulsate around him and he tried very hard not to release as she had done. Zuko could feel that he was slipping fast so he pulled out only long enough to regain control and roll over on his back. Mai's legs were still trembling but he pulled her on top of him. She was straddling him and he easily entered her warm wetness. She threw her head back and moaned. Holding on to her hips, Zuko rocked Mai's body back and forth and she quickly picked up what he wanted her to do. Her hands splayed on his chest and clawed at the taut flesh. She bit her lip to keep the noises from spilling out of her mouth but she failed miserably. A deep guttural sound escaped Zuko's throat and his toes curled tightly as Mai ground herself into him. Zuko was ready for his release but he would have to wait until he was sure that Mai would have hers. Reaching out he squeezed her beasts and massaged her erect nipples with his thumbs. He could feel her rhythm falter and knew that her climax was near. He grabbed her shoulders and thrust himself into her as she did the same him. She screamed out in delight. Again he could feel her muscles contract against his hard flesh. Zuko could feel the onset of his release. There was something about the way she screamed his name that made it impossible for him to wait any longer. At the very last second he pulled out of her and groaned loudly as he felt the warm, sticky liquid ooze over his stomach and legs. He threw back his head and a column of red flames escaped his mouth, dissipating before setting anything on fire. Mai rolled off of him and lay panting until she got under the covers. He snuggled in next to her. They lay quietly like that for what seemed like an eternity. Mai's eyes were closed and her breathing was soft and steady. Zuko wasn't sure if she was awake or not but he kissed her forehead anyway.

"Mai? Mai I…"

"Don't say it." Her voice was low and raspy. "I know." She kissed his lips innocently and pressed her body even closer to his. She hoped he understood, but even if he didn't she knows how to prove it to him and smiled as she anticipated showing him again.

A/N: My first story and lemon is complete. Whew, I'm spent. Please R&R