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Two simple words.
So hard to say.
He was the Fire Lord. The Earth King was back on his throne as well, and Zuko had full right of transit anywhere his feet (and fleet) would take him. He was still venerated as a demigod by some of the more traditional Fire Nation villages, and many more welcomed him as their new ruler.
He didn't have to be afraid of anyone or anything.
So why did his hand shake as he opened the gate?
He stepped across the threshold and stared at Song's house in the wide daylight, unwillingly reflecting on one of the most cowardly acts of his young life to date.
He had stolen an ostrich-horse from a poor Earth Kingdom family that had done nothing but offer him food and refuge. Song had even mistaken him for another victim of the marauding Fire Nation soldi