Follow Your Heart

I'm Katara. I helped defeat the Fire Lord with the avatar. That was 14 years ago. Now I live in a small, ordinary house in the Upper Ring of Ba Sing Se.

You might be wondering why I'm in Ba Sing Se. Well, let me explain. After the war was over, I fell in love with Fire Lord Zuko. I know, surprising. Things didn't go out too well, though. See, the people of the Fire Nation didn't approve of two people from opposite nations marrying one another. Fire Lord Zuko didn't want to anger his people, so he decided to keep our relationship private. I thought it was romantic at first, like forbidden love. But then things started to get a little out of hand. People found out, I guess because they started to realize that we were always gone at the same time. We decided that we needed to stay away from each other for a while. Fire Lord finally got his people to settle down and we got married shortly after, but it didn't take long for things to get crazy again. Ten months later we had a girl named Kairi. People weren't too happy about the fact that she was a waterbender. Now you could say happily ever after……NOT!

Weeks later I started to notice that Lord Zuzu was starting to disappear a lot. At first I paid it no mind. He was Fire Lord, it was understandable. But after a while it just went a little too far. Eventually I decided to go look for him, only to find him making out with Mai. I gasped in shock, but finally I found my voice.

"Zuko!!!" I yelled. Zuko and Mai quickly jumped away from each other, beet red.

"I-I-I-I-I-I" he stuttered, "Let me explain." Fortunately, I did.

"Okay, you caught me, I was kissing Mai. But it's not what it looks like…..okay, it is. A few weeks ago, I was taking a walk when I bumped into a girl. A beautiful girl I may add. When I looked into her eyes, I quickly recognized her. It was like love at first sight." I rolled my eyes, but I let him continue.

"I told her how I felt, and she felt the same, and we decided to keep a low profile, just like we did, Katara. But then you caught us."

Surprisingly, I wasn't angry, for I had fallen in love with another, too: the avatar. But I had already missed my chance. He had waited for me, and after awhile he moved on, got married and had 5 kids, all airbenders. At least he had his happily ever after.

Now I live with an 11-year old waterbender who just asked me a very important question:

"Mommy, do you regret marrying daddy lord?" Daddy lord is what she calls Fire Lord Zuzu; she doesn't like calling him Zuzu because he doesn't liked it. She was always a daddy's girl, even though she looks exactly like me. She has her dad's hair, though.

I think it's time I tell her the truth.

"Well Kairi, yes I do sometimes regret marrying him. You know how I always tell you to follow your heart?" Kairi nods. "Well, I didn't follow mine. You see, the avatar had fallen in love with me during the war, and I didn't notice. Then after the war, I fell in love with Zuko and we got married, but months later I started to think more and more about Aang. And now I'm too late."

"Aang married On Ji." Kairi says sadly.

"Yes," I reply, frowning. Kairi catches the hint and gets up to leave, but as soon as she is out the room I brake down sobbing. It wasn't new; it was just like every other day, where I would cry myself to sleep, praying that my life would get better. Maybe even that Aang will come back to me, though I doubt it. This day was different. I see Kairi standing at the door post, and I am immediately embarrassed. Was she always there when I cried?

Then I hear her whisper, "Don't worry mommy, I will always follow my heart."