I know, I know, you guys are mad at me for not updating sooner! Well, I have an excuse!
At first, it was other stories and making another Ty Lee rp blog (which you can kindly follow bubblychiblocker), and getting distracted even more, and doing Zue stuff, and the fact that school started, which caused this fic to be pushed back even more...
But I'm back! Don't worry! I will finish this story before I make my next one (which I think will be on the lines of Older Gaang stuff+Ty Lee, which should be fun).
My apologies for the short chappie xP
As the deadline of the Comet drew nearer and nearer, Ty Lee still wasn't able to produce a single gust of air. Aang, however, was a patient teacher, and told her that it takes time and she wasn't going to get it the first few tries. To help her, he told her how hard it was for him to learn earthbending, and waterbending and airbending had been almost a breeze, pun intended. He was getting better with firebending, and she was jealous of him.
The good kind of course.
During her lessons, Ty Lee became more involved with the Nomadic culture (sans the shaving part-she wasn't going to shave her bangs); she now dressed in summer robes that were golden, red, and brown, showing off her shoulders and calves. On training days, it was her stomach that was exposed. She especially loved the jewelry; Aang taught her how to make them.
Ty Lee and Zuko's friendship took a turn for the better she would say. Neither of them spoke of the 'forehead kiss', and Ty Lee preferred to not mention it anyway. Why pester him about it? It was just a little kiss on the forehead.
...But she did like to think about it.
Especially when they sparred together.
Yep, that's right! Both Zuko and Aang were training her, Zuko more so on the hand-to-hand combat and he taught her some firebending forms and stances.
The bubbly girl was also surprised that Zuko didn't discover what was in her bag, a.k.a. snooping. The gift from Mai were personally designed stilettos and shurikens just for her, almost looking like fire lilies. When no one was around, Ty Lee practiced throwing them.
Like Aang had taught her...
She wasn't going to use her gifts to intentionally hurt someone-unless that action is completely necessary. Like Azula, for example. But she knew Aang always wanted to reason first. She was gonna have to practice those habits.
On a crystal clear night, she sat just outside the house, meditating. She wore her usual Nomad robes, with the correct assortment of candles in front of her. The candlelight reflected off her face in a beautiful golden glow, shadows of the flames licking her jawline. Her mind was clear, and she was fully focused.
That was until the back of her neck prickled.
"Yes, Zuzu?" she asked lightly.
"How'd you know it was me?"
"The flames just flickered," explaining with amusement and a bit of enthusiasm, she couldn't help but smile and turn her head, opening her eyes. He looked pretty content, something that she still couldn't get used to. He was always so uptight and moody, and now he's...happier, in a way? "I know it couldn't be Aang, because he's meditating on the other side of the house. I know it's not Toph or Katara, because their footsteps are lighter, and Sokka isn't good with sneaking up on people. He likes to be noticed."
Zuko nodded in surprise, lips jutting out a little bit.
"I hope I'm not, uh...disturbing you," he said.
"No, not at all! It couldn't hurt to join me every now and then, though," she pointed out.
"That's...kinda why I'm here..."
Ty Lee turned around more. Was he blushing? "Oh! Well, have a seat, my sweet!"
Stiffly, Zuko complied and sat across from her. She rearranged the candles so their sides were facing them. He got into his meditation position, and so did she. The silence between them was very peaceful, and Ty Lee had the strongest urge to curl up next to him and go to sleep.
She actually did a bold thing, reaching across the short distance between them without opening her eyes, her fingertips grazing his knuckles for silent permission. Surprisingly, his hands turned, palms facing upwards, and their fingers curved around each other. Ty Lee smiled while Zuko stayed almost emotionless.
His lips twitched though.
Ty Lee's eye fluttered open, watching the flames and Zuko's inhaling. As he inhaled, the fire waned, and once he exhaled, the fire sparked; the skin around his palms rose in temperature on the exhales. It fascinated her how amazing he was.
"You know you watching me is distracting."
"Oops!" Ty Lee closed her eye shut. "That's cool though, how you can control the flames like that-or should I say, hot!"
Zuko opened an eye, arching his good eyebrow.
She did too, "No?"
"Worst pun in the history of puns."
She giggled, and he couldn't help but dryly chuckle.
"How's the training going?"
Katara's voice had Aang smile automatically and open his eyes to look at her. "With Zuko or with Ty Lee?"
Katara shrugged, walking further outside. "Both."
"Oh, they're great! The both of them! Zuko's an amazing teacher!" He got to his feet.
"Hey..." Katara playfully sounded offended.
Snickering some, he continued, "And Ty Lee...where do I start? I've never taught anyone before, let alone airbending! I'd never thought I'd feel so much hope when I'm around her. Like...like my people are still alive, and they're still living in here." He touched his heart.
"Well, I'm glad you're happy. I just hope you're not stressing yourself."
"What do you mean?"
"Aang, the Comet is drawing nearer and nearer, and you still haven't mastered firebending just yet. And you're also teaching Ty Lee airbending, and you train with me and Toph on occasions since your waterbending and earthbending could use some practice. How can your head not explode from all that?"
Aang shrugged sheepishly, smiling bashfully as he gave her hand a reassuring squeeze. "I'll be fine, Katara. Besides, I'm thankful for all these things-challenges are fun!"
"Not if they stress you out..." Katara muttered.
"Aw, c'mere," he pulled her in for a hug.
"Wait a minute," she said, but hugged him back anyway. Since he was a firebender now, his skin was a little warmer than usual, almost feverish. His waterbending chi balanced that out.
"Aren't I supposed to be comforting you?"
Aang pulled back. "Do you want me to make real tears?"
He made puppy eyes and sucked in his bottom lip repeatedly, blinking several times.
Tears welled in his eyes, reaching for her, and she backed away. Before she knew it, she was running, and he was chasing her.
"LET ME LOVE YOU!"
"Hi, Appa," Ty Lee greeted, coming up to rub the flying bison's soft fur. He sounded like he was purring, so he was calm and content like she was. "What do you do when you like someone?"
Appa rose his head up.
"Okay, love," Ty Lee corrected sheepishly, and he barked with laughter. She sat down on the ground and cuddled into his warm fur. "But really, what can I do? He's off-limits, no matter what Mai says...Why can't I love anybody different, buddy?" she rubbed his fur some more. "Why does it have to be with Zuko, out of all people?"
"Okay, okay, so he's the most amazing guy ever and so what if it weren't for him I wouldn't be with you guys?" Her eyes closed; Appa was a really good pillow. She could fall asleep right there. "If it weren't for Zuko..." she sighed. "I would still be with Azula...Scary thought, huh?"
Ty Lee nodded off after that while Appa made a sound of agreement.
Barely an hour passed, and she didn't wake to notice that Zuko had scooped her up and carried her to her bedroom.
But she did slightly come to when she felt warm lips against her forehead.
Next chapter is longer, I promise! I missed you guys :3