It had been a week since Zuko broke up with her and Mai was moping around even more than usual. As she lay in her room staring at the ceiling, she couldn't help but think about her relationship with Zuko. He hadn't told her why he left her so she was stuck blaming herself.
Mai sighed and sat up on the edge of her bed. She didn't even know what to do with herself. Finally, she determined that the best thing for her right now was just to get some fresh air and something to get her mind of Zuko.
She headed out to the garden courtyard and sat down on a bench by the pond. She envied the turtle ducks, swimming happily along the surface of the water. It was as if they were mocking her. She picked a red petaled flower that was growing near the leg of the bench and looked at is with sad eyes. Plucking each rosy petal, she thought to herself; he loves me, he loves me not as the drifted from her hand onto the glassy surface of the water.
For the first time in weeks, Avatar Aang didn't have anything to do. After firelord Ozai had been defeated, Aang had had to attend meetings, peace councils, and parties all while attempting to hold up his relationship with his girlfriend, Katara.
Well, three weeks after all the excitement, there weren't as many meetings, councils or parties to attend and Katara had recently broken up with him.
He sighed as he walked through the doors to the garden. He was just passing through, even though he wasn't quite sure where he was going, but something stopped him. Over by the pond, where the turtle ducks swam, sat a very sullen figure. It was Mai, Zuko's recent ex-girlfriend.
Aang wasn't exactly close friends with her but he knew her well enough to know that she looked more depressed than usual.
Sounds like a job for the avatar, Aang though as he smiled to himself. Spreading peace, love and happiness to everyone. He walked over to the raven haired girl.
"Hey Mai. Is something wrong?" he asked.
"Oh, hey Aang." She threw a flower stem, stripped of it's petals into the water. Aang observed the naked stem and red petals floating around it. "What are you doing?"
"Nothing. Absolutely nothing. That's the problem. I haven't done anything with myself since Zuko broke up with me."
"Well, sounds like your problem is the exact opposite of mine. Today is the first day in weeks that I've had time to do nothing." He smiled at her but she just continued to stare into the water.
"You know what? Come with me." He stood.
Mai gave him a confused look. "Why?" He grabbed her hand and pulled her up from the bench. "Aang, what are you doing?" She said and pulled her hand back in protest.
"We're going out."
Before they left the palace Aang insisted on grabbing a hat from his room to wear so no one around town would recognize him. Even though he was no longer wanted by the firelord, he didn't want anyone to recognize him and ruin their trip into town.
"So, how do I look?" Aang smiled a big, cheesy grin.
"…fabulous…" Mai's expression and tone of voice didn't change at all.
He sighed, "Just follow me." He led her out of the palace and into the busy city streets.
"So, what do you like to do?" Aang asked Mai as he walked beside her.
Mai's arms were crossed and her face was fixed in her usual bored expression. "Nothing," she answered. Aang gave her a skeptical look. She sighed, giving in. "I guess I like to shop for weapons…"
This is going to be harder than I thought Aang said to himself.
"But I heard there was a fire bending show in town that might be interesting," she added.
"Great! We'll star there!" He grabbed her by the arm and took off, dragging the reluctant girl behind.