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ZuTara - I Never Thought I'd Love You!
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Chapter 8 – Kept Captive:
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After 3 days of travelling, team Avatar finally arrived at Ba Sing Se. They were greeted by king Kuei and he gave them a house where they could stay as long as they want. Aang and Toph went out of the city to train at some training grounds, built specially for the soldiers of Ba Sing Se, Sokka went to buy some things he needed and Katara went out to explore the city. However, she didn't know that Zuko and Iroh were in the city, too, looking for a way to capture Aang.

Iroh had a house and his own tea shop in the city and knew all the places there. He and Zuko were sitting in the shop, when suddenly, they saw Katara passing by. Zuko immediately recognized her and jumped off his seat. She didn't notice them. Katara stopped at a flower shop and started browsing the beautiful bouquets. Zuko didn't want to attract attention, so he slowly went to her, grabbed her hand, covered her mouth with his and said:
-Come silently and nobody gets hurt.

She knew that if she screamed or tried to fight him everyone would see them and try to help and someone might get hurt, so she went with him, not making a sound.
He took her to one of his uncle's hideouts outside the city and locked her in one of the rooms. The hideout was like an underground house. It had 3 rooms – two bedrooms with their own bathrooms and a kitchen. There were some hallways which led to other places and rooms. It was like a prison, but much bigger and more "comfortable".
-This is the third time you've captured me! Can't you see that I'll never give you Aang! I'd rather die then let you have the only person in the world who's able to stop your father!
-It would be better for you if you did!
-NEVER!!!
-You won't leave this place until you tell me where he is.
-Do whatever you want! You don't scare me! I can handle anything you throw at me, anything!
-OK, then… I'll just have to torture you until you break.
-Go ahead!
-Aarghh… - he was just about to attack her when suddenly he heard Iroh shouting:
-Prince Zuko…where are you?
-You got lucky this time…I'll be in the room next to you, so don't try anything that might get you in trouble!

Zuko went out of the room and locked it. He went to the other one where Iroh was sitting on a couch.
-What do you want, uncle?
-What are you planning to do with the girl, Zuko?
-I'm planning to get her to tell me where the Avatar is, of course…
-And what if she doesn't tell you?
-I'll torture her until she does.
-You know that you will never be able to do that because she believes …
-In what?
-In "him", in peace and most importantly – in her dreams. She dreams of a peaceful future and she will stop at nothing until it's done!
-I … I must try …
-Think about it, prince Zuko.
-Where are you going?
-Back to the tea shop. I won't come down here again, it gives me the chills every time I come. And besides, I'll leave you two alone, so you can settle things.

As Iroh left Zuko thought about his words. He also remembered what Katara had said the first time they met. He sat on his bed. Part of him was relieved that she was here… with him.

As he was pondering he heard something. It was her. She was crying. Why? He immediately went to check on her.
-What's going on? Why are you crying?
-Leave me alone! I don't have to tell you anything!
-I hate it when you're so stubborn!
-Why would you want to know how I feel? You don't care about anyone but yourself and your "honor"!
Zuko got angry and started shouting at her.
-Even I don't know why! I just feel like asking you, OK?!
-Go to hell!!!
Zuko snapped and ran at her. He pushed her against the wall and shouted:
-Don't you think I'm already there!? Do you think it's easy, chasing dreams that might never come true?! Answer me, damn it!
Katara's eyes slowly closed and more tears poured down her rosy cheeks – they were red, because he was so close to her. She knew he was a monster, but something told her he could change. Maybe, just maybe she would be able to kill that anger, that sadness, that madness of his and put an end to his suffering. She was eager to do it.

As Zuko watched her silently crying he felt sadness and realized that he had let go of his grip and was gently holding her hands. He leaned forward and hugged her tightly. As she was crying he held her even closer to him. He didn't want to let go, right now. That was when he realized that he doesn't want her to leave. Never! She felt comfort and her tears slowly faded. After a few seconds, when she finally stopped crying, she put her hands around his waist and hugged him, too. She didn't want to let go either.
-What's happening to me? – Zuko thought to himself – Why do I feel like this? What's that feeling? – he was confused by his actions, by his feelings even more. Katara felt something, too. It was the best feeling in the world. They both knew exactly what it was, but neither of them wanted to admit it. There was no doubt now – they were in love!!!

After realizing it they both let go of each other, looking away and blushing like hell.

-A-are you OK now? – asked Zuko rubbing the back of his head.
-Y-yeah…I'm fine…thank you, by the way. – said Katara, holding her right arm with her left one.
-Oh, no problem.

They were smiling and as their eyes met they looked away again, blushing even more. Zuko headed for the door and before he went out he said:

-H-hey…can we NOT mention this in front of my uncle? He's going to torture me for the rest of my life with his stupid jokes!
Katara smirked and said:
-Only if you promise to never tell anybody what happened!
-Deal! – Zuko smiled and left.

Of all this tension Katara forgot all about her plans to escape.
-It seems you're not so bad after all! – she smiled and laughed. – I guess…I was wrong about him…He's not a monster, he's just…misunderstood. – the moment of their hug repeated in her head over and over again. She was happy.
Zuko was standing outside the room propped on the door. He heard what Katara said and smiled.

Maybe this was the start of something new … new to both of them!
Finally ... it begins !!! :D :D :D
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