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Force of Iron EpilogueEpilogue
They returned to the capital city the next day, acting as if nothing had ever happened while they where away. Which they thought best to do so no panic or ill-boding rumors would spread or start. Overall they decided that anything that had to do with Ozaian should be kept secret and away from the public's ears.
By the time they made it back to the palace Zuko was well enough to stand on his own and resume his duties as Fire Lord, but that was what he was limited to with his exhausted body. He immediately began rooting out Ozaian's subordinates and cohorts, which was rather easy to do since he kept very good records of his doings and dealings. After wards he had to right all the wrongs that Ozaian had committed while he was passing himself off as Fire Lord, which was not an easy task. Then on top on all of that he had his basic duties as the Lord of a Nation to catch up on. Katara had told him that he shouldn't push himself so hard, especially in his condition but he refused. H
Force of Iron Chapter 17Force of Iron
Aang stopped dead in his tracks when he heard the sounds of a woman sobbing coming from behind the door which he currently stood in front of. Pushing the door open he found Katara broken and sobbing on a bed with rustled sheets and her arms clutching her stomach.
Approaching her he asked, "Katara are you okay?"
Katara seemed to jump at the sound of his voice. Then she looked at her old friend with surprise and shock as to why he was here. She immediately asked, "What is going on?"
Aang could tell that she had been in this room awhile and wasn't up to date on what was going on. He patiently began to explain what he knew, his only interruption being Katara exclaiming; "Zuko's alive!" followed by a temporary look of relief on her face. When he mentioned that Zuko had been gravely injured by Ozaian and was now in the infirmary she jumped off the bed and raced down the halls towards where Zuko was.
It wasn't long till she arrived a
Force of Iron Chapter 16Force of Iron
The tension was thick on the deck as the two brothers stood on opposite ends. They both stood poised ready to attack. Each wore the same look of determination on their faces. To an outsider it looked like one of the brothers was looking at his own reflection. But there was no mirror, only two brothers about to fight over a country and the safety of a maiden.
Shifting his weight from one foot to another Ozaian unleashed a wave of blood red flame, which Zuko countered with his own burst of flame. It didn't take Zuko long to push back the force of heat and temporarily knock Ozaian off his feet. Ozaian soon got to his feet again and countered Zuko with a different attack, which Zuko managed to block and retaliate with an attack of his own.
The steady pattern continued for what felt like hours. Eventually both men began to tire out from the exertion on their bodies. But neither was willing to give in to defeat or settle on a tie. Despite the protest fro
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