Warnings: Violence, Minor Character Death(s), Implied/Referenced Major Character Death, Implied/Referenced Domestic Violence, Description of Violence, Description of Blood, Description of Gore, Mature Content Filter is On.
As always I apologize for upsetting anybody in any way.
(Name), 19 : Year of 103 AG - Spring
I feel like the scared child hiding in the closet.
I feel weak.
I feel useless.
Zuko and I went out to see a play, about the Avatar's adventures, though it wasn't accurate, it was still entertaining.
We were attacked, by a group of men. One of them just grabbed me, like it was nothing and held fire to me.
More seemed to appear as if it were magic.
Zuko defended me, the best he could. He was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers.
Roughly 10 to 1.
Now Zuko is laying on the ground, bloodied, bruised, and beaten.
"Not such a tough guy without your guards, huh?"
Another kick to his stomach.
Another wheezing cough.
"What do you want?" Zuko spat crimson to the ground.
The ringleader of the group crouched down, grabbing Zuko by his hair,
"What I want is the price that's been put on your head, Firelord Zuko." He looked smug.
"Now, the person who hired us, said they simply wanted you dead..." He paused,
"Doesn't mean I can't have my fun with it." He turned and looked at me. He held a sadistic grin on his face.
"Now what's going to happen is that we're going to beat this lovely little lady to death, till her blood runs through the streets, her clothes look like they were already red. And then, and only then we will address your way to die. I haven't settled on anything yet." The group of men chuckled in amusement.
He stalked down the alley towards me, he ran a hand down my cheek,
It was cold like death.
"You're so beautiful y'know? Makes me want to keep you all for myself. Would you like that? Wanna come with me, sweetheart? I would make you so-" He froze, he slowly turned to Zuko,
There was smoke leaving his fists.
Ringleader had a large burn covering the entirety of his backside, from top to bottom. Parts of his spinal cord were exposed, the skin and flesh absent from his body.
I'm surprised that I wasn't affected by the flames.
Ringleader fell to his knees, slowly dying.
"Guess she's your girl huh?" He fell over dead. But the others sprang in to action, resuming the ruthless beating that Zuko had a brief relief from.
Then one started to strangle him.
I couldn't stand by, not again.
"Let him go!" I ran I punched the man square in his face. But it only served to direct only some of their attention towards me,
"Come here pretty lady." 6 were walking towards me, cornering me in the alley.
The only thing I could hear was Zuko struggling for air.
Not again...please not again...
Something snapped in me,
"Let. Him. Go." I blacked out.
I can see again, I'm cradling Zuko's head in my lap. I look at him and him only.
"(Name)? What? How did you?" He turned and looked at the alley that now only possessed two souls.
"How did I what?" I looked up, and I saw it.
They were all dead.
Every. Last. One. Of. Them.
I looked at every face, or what was left of one, and saw cold, dead eyes.
Burns all over them, the sides of the buildings, the ground.
But Zuko didn't do that.
"I did this. Did I really do this?" I tried to blink tears away.
"Zuko, please tell me I didn't do this." My voice cracked, tears fell, and I just held him closer.
"It's not your fault, (Name), you were defending yourself."
"But I killed them, I brutally killed them. I'm a killer. I'm a murderer." Zuko sat up, and held my face in his hands,
"You just firebent, how I don't know, because you said you couldn't bend at all, but it's not your fault."
"Yes, it is, I-"
"No, no, it's not. When I first started, I was uncontrollable, I accidentally burnt people, I couldn't control the flames that were leaving my hands. I had to learn control. To protect other people, to protect myself. You can do the same, (Name). It's not your fault."
"But why now? Why not when-" I choked on my sob.
Zuko knew what I meant.
"I don't know, I can't answer that for you." He looked into my eyes,
"But what I can do is help you control this, teach you how to firebend, how to defend yourself with it. But you have to let me."