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Zhao: Secret EditionAnother day had ended as the midsummer sun interred itself beneath the Fire Nation's horizon. Like a flame on the end of its wick, the centers of livelihood in Royal Caldera started to flicker as the proud and happy citizens returned to their homes. Even the denizens of the palace mimicked the lazy heat waves radiating from the sunset. Yet another glorious day for all.
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Zhao: Secret Edition
Another day had ended as the midsummer sun interred itself beneath the Fire Nation's horizon. Like a flame on the end of its wick, the centers of livelihood in Royal Caldera started to flicker as the proud and happy citizens returned to their homes. Even the denizens of the palace mimicked the lazy heat waves radiating from the sunset. Yet another glorious day for all.
The throne room was unoccupied, save for Admiral Zhao sitting at the conference table amid layers and layers of paperwork. He had been assigned the duty of overlooking reparations from the war. It could be worse, they told him, you could be swallowed up by a giant spirit fish and dragged to a watery hell. Their remarks did little to lift his somber mood. Lately, however, people started to notice the admiral taking his labor in a more jovial fashion, though they wondered why.
Sounds of footsteps trailed into the great hall wherein entered a lowly servant of Zhao's. "Sir, I have those papers you requested, sir." The sheets
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Part 3: Defiant
The unraveling began when Azula arrived home with a wave of humid summer weather.
She was celebrated as a greater hero than Zhao would ever be, given a Public Presentation in the center of the capital city. Everyone turned out to hear the litany of her accomplishments (assassinating the Earth King and causing a succession war, recovering her brother, and teaming with him to chase the Avatar from his hideout in the Eastern Air Temple), and the din of the applause echoed throughout the entire caldera. Her brother was honored alongside her, and soon the whole capital was abuzz with word of their favored status. The Fire Lord brought them into his war meetings, sitting at either side of him on the throne.
With their ascension, came Zhao's descent.
It was clear that the Fire Lord no longer valued Zhao's opinion, and the admiral came home daily with tales of subtle humiliations. Yue was sure that only the affection she had come to be able to show the man was th
Part 2: Subversive
"Welcome home, Admiral."
"It is a pleasure to be back, Fire Lord."
"I'm sure. You can give a full account of Conquest of the North during the Military Council later, but for now I want to know one thing. Where is the Incarnate Moon Spirit?"
"It should be at my new mansion now, my lord. I inspected the holding chambers myself after the parade in my honor, and watched as the Koi form was locked in the tank. The only place more secure in all the world is this throne room."
"As it should be, Admiral. You will have ample opportunity to spend time here, yourself. I am elevating you to the Military Council, as an expert consultant for Special Operations. You will advise on the threat of the Avatar and other supernatural military concerns, but of course your Naval experience will be highly valued during general planning sessions. As well, your obvious competence will not go unrecognized by Myself. Do you understand?"
"Oh, I understand, Fire Lord."
Part 1: Compliant
One dark night, an old man walked in the clear, cool air; he was alone in body, but not in spirit. There was no warning when a flash of light illuminated his path. He turned towards the source, and the light was revealed as the death of the warship he had traveled on for three years. What remained of the craft after the explosion was burning furiously. The old man's former path was one that would not be walked, now.
As soon as his eyes beheld the glowing destruction, the old man remembered that his surrogate second son had still been aboard the burning ship.
That afternoon, the old man might have had a second cup of calming tea. Or, perhaps, he could have indulged in that considered nap. A different song might have been sung during Music Night, one that soothed his emotions instead of raising them. He could, even, have added a single minute to every Firebending practice session he had held over his life, resulting in a slight strengthening of his cardio
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