I would definitely suggest finishing Forty Weeks before reading this, if you haven't already. ;)
YEARS GO BY…
The door to Zuko's office banged open and in stormed his wife, flustered and extremely irritated.
"Your son," she growled, "IS IMPOSSIBLE."
Zuko can't help but grin.
Because Katara… Katara had finally met her match, and it was in the form of their twelve your old son, Shen.
"YOU WIPE THAT SMILE OFF OF YOUR FACE."
Zuko's grin only grew. He looked down at the documents spread out across his desk, documents he had abandoned over an hour ago in order to spy on Katara and Shen's waterbending session. It had been hilarious, as per usual.
"I thought we had established," he began smoothly, "that his sarcasm and overall smartass-ness can only come from your side of the family. Namely Sokka."
Her eyes narrowed into slits. "You can't weasel out of this. Your genes contributed!"
"Yes they did. He looks exactly like me."
She let out a cry of frustration before marching over to the small mirror he had hanging up by his set of shelves. She began to rake her fingers through her brown curls before settling on a few strands. "I'm getting gray hairs," she said, clearly devastated. Finally she let go of the strands and let out a forlorn sigh. "I'm getting old, Zuko. I have gray hair. I have wrinkles." Zuko rolled his eyes. "And I'm not nearly as in shape as I was ten years ago."
Zuko smirked at her from where he was sitting. "After the moves you pulled last night, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with that."
She turned around and eyed him with a raised eyebrow. "You've gotten cheeky in your old age."
"We're not that old," he said, watching her step towards him.
"Well, I don't know about you but sometimes I feel ancient. I blame the kids." She stopped in front of him, leaning down and running her hand through his hair. Most of it was still black, but there were small streaks of gray on the sides around his ears. Katara smoothed it back (it was still as unruly as ever) before beginning to lean in.
After all this time his heartbeat still quickened at her touch. She brushed her lips against his before moving to straddle him in his chair. She dipped his head back, her fingers winding through his hair as her mouth moved over his. Zuko's hands roamed over her curves, considerably pleased at how their afternoon was turning out.
The office door banged open and Tenzin stepped it.
Katara quickly untangled herself from her husband before turning and face their son, abashed.
Tenzin blinked. "Um. I'm just going to pretend that I didn't just walk in on—" he made a gesture with his hands—"that."
Tenzin was seventeen and too handsome for his own good, as Katara liked to say. Too bad Kiddo was completely clueless as to how the servant girls would stare at him when he'd pass them in the halls.
"So anyway," he continued, "I just thought you guys should know that Shen has flooded the garden." Then he turned and bolted out of the office to avoid the impending explosion.
"YOU'RE KIDDING ME." Katara flew out of the room after Tenzin and Zuko stood up and straightened out his rumbled clothes. He left his office, calmly following his panicking wife down the hallway.
Yakone' poked her head out of a room as they passed. "I hear screaming," she stated. "What did Shen do?"
Two hours later the entire palace was out in the mucky garden in an attempt to clean it up.
Katara was in the middle of giving Shen a lecture—complete with arm waving, and counting off on fingers. The twelve year old didn't look remotely apologetic.
Tenzin and Yakone' were in a heated argument on where the turtle ducks should stay until their pond was fixed up.
And Zuko…Zuko couldn't wipe the stupid smile off of his face as he surveyed them.
He never would have thought he would have turned out to be a family man.
But he had.
Zuko is totally a silver fox. Just sayin'.
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