*One Year Later*
Our wedding was simple. Well, as simple as it can be when you're marrying the new Fire Lord. Zuko and I decided that we would wait to tell everyone of our engagement. Only those closest to us knew. Zuko was determined to get his nation back in order, at the very least stable, before announcing that their new Fire Lady would be from the Water Tribes. While he did that, I returned to the South Pole with my father, Sokka, and Suki to help rebuild there. Suki adapted surprisingly well to the cold. Eventually, she too had to return to her own people with a promise to return as soon as she passed on her leadership. She and Sokka were also engaged though they had been for quite a few weeks, much to my shock.
"Hello love," Zuko greeted, hugging me from behind. I relaxed into his warm embrace as I stared out over the ocean from our balcony.
"Hello husband," I smiled.
"I must say, that was one of the longest years of my life. You have no idea how much I've wanted to call you my Fire Lady." A kiss on my temple. "My wife." A kiss to my cheek. "Mine." He kissed me full on, turning me slightly.
"Mmm," I hummed. "Well, now I'm yours as you are mine."
"And you're positive the wedding was to your liking? We could always take a trip to the South and have a traditional Water Tribe ceremony if you'd like." Zuko looked at me with anxious eyes, always worried that his nation's customs would make me unhappy. I turned in his arms.
"Zuko, stop worrying. It was magnificent. Besides, we were able to combine our two traditions. Surprisingly, many of them were similar. And who would have thought that your Fire Lady would wear blue to her wedding? I'm sure your ancestors are rolling right about now," I laughed at the thought. My dress had been in the traditional Fire Nation style but shades of beautiful blue. I'd wanted a blue and white dress but when Zuko explained that white was their color of mourning; I understood and decided on light blues to substitute.
"I am glad that Aang has found someone, aren't you? Who would have guessed that he and Toph would end up together? Especially when we first met her, though I suppose the same could be said about us."
"Yes, I am glad for them, but I'm even gladder for us. We made it. After all the obstacles we faced, we made it!" The grin adorning my husband's face was blinding. I couldn't help my answering grin.
"Yes, we did," I sighed happily and kissed him.
*Three months later*
"Zuko, love? Come here please!" I called from the balcony. The full moon was high above me and I could barely contain my excitement. I've waited all day for this.
"What is it?" he asked, curiously, not even bothering to rid himself of his crown or armor yet. He looked as handsome as ever.
"I have something to show you," I grinned, holding my hands out to him. He took them and I pulled him closer.
I placed his hands on my slightly round but hard belly, on the barely noticeable bump. Zuko looked at me quizzically but when I grinned and glanced down at our hands I saw understanding flood his face. He laughed with joy, picked me up and twirled me before setting me down and kissing me with a barely concealed passion. Pulling back from me he knelt before me and felt my baby bump once more.
"I'm going to be a father," he said in wonder.
"You are," I grinned. "The best father this nation has seen. You will love them and care for them and they will love you."
"I love you," Zuko whispered, rising and placing his hands on my cheeks.
"And I love you."
That night we slept curled into one another with smiles etched into our faces. It was the start of a new era of love and peace and happiness. Just as Zuko promised.
Well everyone, that's all! Sorry it was so short but I couldn't think of a good way to end it. But, there it is. Thank you for sticking with me through these last couple of years! I've had a lot of fun writing this but now I think it's time to move onto others! I love you all for favoriting, following, and reviewing!
All my love,