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Toph was surprised that she woke up first. Since she had met him, Zuko had always been awake before her, even when he was the one who knocked her unconscious. Now that she was actually awake before him, she found herself cuddled up into Zuko’s side and, she had to admit, he was quite warm and comfortable. She found those odd thoughts entering her mind again, especially now that he was still sleeping and her hand was resting on his stomach. His well-defined, muscular, stomach, she realized, feeling her cheeks heat up. She knew what he had done the day before, willingly letting the curse take over to save them both, shielding her from the barrage that was fired at them that she couldn’t see. She found herself tracing his stomach and scooted closer, only to have something pointy stick into her side.
Zuko moaned slightly as well, but didn’t wake up, so Toph investigated the offending object, finding it to be the broken shaft of an arrow in his upper leg. Knowing she