The fire shoots from his fist and into the oven, heating the coals that are the only things keeping them from plummeting to earth.

"This is a really bad idea," he warns.

"Well, I'm not turning back now. I think you've officially taken over my role as the pessimist in the group. Lighten up!"

"This isn't a joke, Sokka! I've done a lot of stupid things over the years, but this..." The firebender pinches the bridge of his nose and shakes his head.

"I didn't ask you to come, you know."

"I wasn't going to let you go off to break into a maximum security prison alone!" he fumes, hurling a flame into the furnace. After a second of silence, he continues. "Sokka, there is a very good chance that this will end... Badly."

"So? I don't care. He's my dad, I have to at least try. I mean... You do what you have to do for family, you know?"

"Yeah," Zuko lies, looking away. Truth be told, he has far more memories that disprove that particular expression than those that could attest to its truthfulness. It is yet another sad aspect of his screwed up life that he prefers to keep to himself.

He shoots another orange flame from his fingertips as he wonders where his own family went so very, very wrong.


A/N: This is my first attempt at something so short. Please let me know what you think:) There is at least one more chapter, so stay tuned!