Force of Iron Chapter 15Force of Iron
The End of it All
Even Zhao noticed how close Ozaian was to insanity. The possessed look in his eyes shook the former admiral's certainty. But nevertheless, he would finally be rid of the pest that they called Fire Lord. So with an almost careless gesture he signaled his men to kill the captive Fire Lord.
Instantly one of his men grabbed Zuko by his hair and pulled his head back, exposing his neck. While the other pulled out a short blade, which seemed to shine with a vicious lust for blood. But before the soldier could place the sharp metal against the tender flesh of Zuko's throat Zhao barked, "What do you think your doing? Don't do it in here you'll get blood all over the floor. At least kill him out in the hall."
The soldiers did as they were told and dragged Zuko out into the hall. Zhao, somewhat surprised at the Fire Lord's sudden submissiveness, shut the door to the room, leaving him with Zuko's near hysterical fiancé and edge of insanity twin. They
Force of Iron Chapter 13Force of Iron
The Heat Rises
Ozaian awoke the next morning to find his head pounding and his sight blurred. Every light seemed too bright and the smallest noise rung in his ears. He grunted painfully and rubbed his eyes trying to recall what had happened the night before. As hard as he tried he couldn't recall anything except Katara not obeying him.
He grunted angrily as a guard walked in to deliver him the daily status report, he took it and carelessly tossed it onto his desk.
"Make sure that Mistress Katara doesn't leave her room, until further orders from me," he commanded as he sat up stretching out his stiff limbs.
"Yes, sir," said the guard as he saluted and left the room.
Katara awoke a few hours later, to find herself completely at ease, as if she wasn't in the lions den, and her love didn't live behind bars. She ate her breakfast slowly and quietly savoring the taste of the food as if she hadn't eaten in a long time.
As her food digested she too