SUBLIME

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Note: I have interpreted this as "subliminal" - as in subliminal messaging.

Also this is set some time after predjudice. Zuko and Sokka have recently gotten into a ridiculous conversation about facial hair that has resulted in the two of them having a competition over who can grow a moustache the fastest.

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Late at night during a full moon. A couple are in a bed. One is sound asleep. The other is wide awake.

Katara: (very soft whisper in Zuko's ear) Tomorrow you will want to shave that terrible moustache off. Tomorrow you will want to shave that terrible moustache off. Tomorrow you will want to shave that terrible moustache off and admit that trying to grow it was a big mistake in the first place. Tomorrow you will realise that moustache makes you look like you have a fat caterpillar on you lip...

Zuko: (rolling over) mmsghrrmmm

Katara: (scooting closer to whisper in his ear again) Tomorrow you will want to...( Zuko rolls back over to his original position unexpectedly and collides with her)... gaah.

Zuko: (groggy) wassgoinon?

Katara: Nothing go back to sleep.

…...(there are a few minutes pause as Katara waits for Zuko to resume sleeping).

Katara: (soft whispering) Tomorrow you will want to shave that terrible moustache off. Tomorrow you will want to shave that terrible moustache off.

Zuko: What?

Katara: Nothing go back to sleep.

Zuko: How can I go back to sleep with you whispering in my ear about my moustache? Wait..why are you whispering in my ear about my moustache when I am asleep?

Katara: I was trying subliminal messaging okay.

Zuko: huh?

Katara: I was talking to Azula's therapist about it. Apparently suggesting things to people when they are asleep makes them much more open to the suggestion when they are awake.

Zuko: You want me to be open to the suggestion of shaving off the moustache? But it looks dignified.

Katara: It looks like you have a fat caterpillar on your lip!

Zuko: It does not!

Katara: It does too – I know! I'm the one that has to look at it all day.

Zuko: So you woke me up to let me know you hate the moustache.

Katara: I didn't mean to wake you up – you're meant to be asleep.

Zuko: So you're meant to be doing one of Azula's therapists "mind wigglers" on me.

Katara: Fine! I was. You caught me!... but I was desperate okay! I just...I really hate this moustache! You and Sokka are both such idiots. You're so stubborn about this stupid bet. But you both look ridiculous! And now every time you kiss me – it's all bristly and scratchy...and I just really want you to shave it off.

Zuko: But what about the bet with Sokka? If I shave it off, He'll win.

Katara: Well, I know if he doesn't shave it off, Suki is never going to sleep with him again...so it will be a hollow victory.

Zuko: (sharp inhale) oh, he'll cave in a second if Suki says that.

Katara: (thoughtful look) Will he now?...

...Okay Zuko, let me put it to you like this... (she raises one hand) your moustache and celibacy...or (she raises her other hand) no moustache and sex.

Zuko: (disgruntled) OhmiAgni. Fine! (He gets up.)

Katara: Oh don't be like that! Come back to bed! Where are you going?

Zuko: To shave it off!

Katara: I didn't mean now.

Zuko: Well I'm awake now.