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The first thing I did when I got home was take out my phone and called Toph. She answered instantly. "Hello Katara," she growled.
"I am so sorry for how I treated you this morning. I was jealous and you were bragging a bit. But you're my best friend and I could never stay mad at you." There was no answer. "Please Toph, forgive me" Still no answer. So I waited. Silence came over the phone from both ends. I was about to start crying. A few tears shed from my eyes.
"Ok, I forgive you-"
"Thank you Toph so much," I interrupted.
"Whoa just hold on a sec, I wasn't finished. I forgive you on one condition."
"What is it then?"
"Tomorrow I'm going to take you to my class and you're going to be my practice dummy."
"Sorry Toph I can't. You know I would love to be an example and make a fool of myself in front of a group of adults," I said sarcastically, "but I start work tomorrow."
"Oh my god that's great! Where did you get a job at!?"
"It's at a tea shop in Ba Sing Se called the Jasmine Dragon."
"That's awesome! I might have to check that place out some time."
"That'll be great."
"I have to go. A few people are staying after to get extra help. See you later bye."
"bye." I hung up. 'I'm so glad I have my best friend back' I thought. I decided to relax for a change instead of doing house work. For the first time in a while I felt completely calm. I went into the living room and sat on the couch. There was a blanket on the armrest. I grabbed it and wrapped it around me. I was glad I left my book on the table because I was way too comfortable to get up.
As I read I started getting tired and before I knew it I was asleep.
In my dream I was at home watching TV when there was a knock at the door. I opened the door; all I saw in front of me was a red dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the wearers' elbows and a black tie around their neck. I looked up and was surprised to see Zuko towering over me, his amber eyes staring down at me.
"Hello Mr. Joyful, what brings you here," I asked
"Cute," he said halfheartedly, "Anyways there's a stupid dance I'm forced to go to tonight and I have to bring a girl who has nothing better to do with her life, so I thought of you."
"How thoughtful of you. How'd you know I didn't have anything planned?"
"Look do you want to come or not."
"Sure, why not. My options were very limited tonight."
The scene changed and we were inside a rec center. I wasn't sure what I looked like but I know I was wearing a dress. A slow song came on and we automatically started to dance. I looked up at his face; I have to admit he was pretty cute. The way the light shined off his hair and how his eyes sparkled. I suddenly found myself standing on my toes slowly inching my face towards his. He bent his head down and did the same as me. My eyes began to close and before I knew it his lips lightly brushed up against mine.
I woke up suddenly breathing hard. "Do I really like Zuko," I said out loud to myself, "No I can't. It's Zuko, which would be like dating a Rottweiler. But does he like me? That would explain why he's so mean to me."
I looked up at the wall clock. It read 6:29. 'That was a long nap,' I thought, 'I'd better start getting ready for work.'
I looked through my closet and found a cute pair of jeans, my favorite dark blue tee shirt, and a pair of flats. I put my hair into two low pigtails and let my bangs hand out. I looked at myself in the mirror and smiled in approval.
I walked into the living room and checked the wall clock. 8:15. still not time for work yet. I decided to watch TV for two hours. It passed by real quickly.
I parked my car outside so I would have a better chance of not being late. I got into my car, backed out and drove off.
By the time I got there it was still pretty early. 'I'll go in and see if they need any help' I thought.
As I got closer to the store I saw Zuko standing outside. Immediately I began to blush remembering the dream I had.
"What are you doing here so early," he asked with distaste.
"I was wondering the same thing about you."
"Since you're here, why don't we start over since we got off to a rough start? I'll start. Hi, I'm Katara." I looked him in the eye and put my hand out.
"Listen girl, I really don't want to become your friend in fact I don't even like you… that much."
"So what you're saying is that you do like me," I said slyly, "what's the reason why you don't like me then… that much"
He blushed a little.
"Well first of all your to perky. Oh I'm Katara," he started to say in a girl voice that apparently was supposed to be mine, "I love everyone and it's all rainbows, butterflies, and lollipops with me"
"That is not true," I retorted, "I don't like a lot of people; starting with you. So what are your other reasons for not liking me Mr. Know-it-all?"
"I can't think of any right now but when I do I will surly tell you."
"I look forward to that moment."
For the first time ever in Zuko's sad little life he actually smiled and laughed. 'My work here is done.'
We walked in together smiling. Iroh saw us. "Good your early," he smiled, "you two seem around the same age and I thought you two could get acquainted. It's not time for you two to work yet so just sit down here." He guided us to an empty table and we sat down. Iroh left us alone.
Zuko looked at me blankly with that intimidating look on his face. "So…," I said breaking the silence, "Do you have any siblings?" his blank expression turned to anger. 'Oh crap,' I thought, 'what did I just get myself into?'
"I have a younger sister," he answered coldly, "she's pure evil and doesn't care about anyone but herself."
"Oh…I have an older brother… What about your parents?" His expression turned from angry to a mixture of complete hatred and sadness. 'Really Katara, really. Why don't I just shut up and then everything will be just fine.'
"I hate my dad. Just like my sister he's full of evil and loves know one. And my mom…," he hesitated and his eyes got watery, "she… she died when I was twelve. Besides my Uncle Iroh, she was the only other person who actually loved me." My heart literally just sank. It was hard for me to hold back my tears. "My mom died too when I was ten. My whole family was devastated."
"At least we have something in common," he said.
"Yeah, I guess we do." After that we didn't talk anymore and there was a long, awkward silence. Luckily Iroh came by. "So Miss Katara, I remember you mentioning that you were applying to collage."
"Yes I am," I replied, "it's to Four Nations University." Zuko's eyes widened.
"Wonderful," said Iroh cheerfully, "That is a great school. You know Zuko is applying there too."
"Oh really. What are you majoring in," I asked turning to Zuko.
"I want to be a fireman and fire captivates me. What do you think?"
"Oh. I'm majoring in child care. I love children."
"What a surprise," he retorted sarcastically
"Same goes to you. You don't seem like the heroic type of person."
He glared at me. "Time to start working," announced Iroh, "Katara, here is your uniform and your name tag."
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