Azula scowled as she dug through her old trunk.
A pile was slowly building behind her of various pieces of armor, chinked and dulled blades, handles, things snatched from Zuko’s room, and other knick-knacks. There were even a few diary scrolls she’d begun and never finished, although those she promptly tossed directly into the fire pit in the center of her room.
“All this rubbish,” she grumbled halfheartedly, not moving to throw any of the things away.
An hour of digging in her ridiculous war trunk and she could simply not find the advanced bending theory scrolls her father had procured for her before she ventured off in search of her brother and uncle.
Something glistened in the candlelight near the bottom of the trunk, giving her pause. She reached down and pulled at the item; a cheap, quartz figurine or a sickeningly bright pink.
“Oh,” she mused, settling down to inspect it further.
It was such a stupid thing, really. Just a charm Ty Lee had brought to her one day during their stay in Ba Sing Se. The acrobat had, somehow, charmed Mai into taking her to the marketplace, and when they returned, had presented Azula with the figurine.
“Stupid girl,” she muttered bitterly, noting the missing pieces of the figure and the cracks in it. It wasn’t as if the thing had offered any real sort of protection. That sort of mysticism was simply tripe for the masses and fanciful girls like Ty Lee. Still, she had carried the foolish thing with her during their entire campaign.
When she returned from Boiling Rock, however, she remembered whipping it against the wall, reveling in the sound of the charms little arms breaking off. But, then, she’d stuffed it into the bottom of her war chest, hadn’t she?
She growled, ready to toss the offensive thing into the fire pit. It was just junk, right? Something to be thrown away, like Ty Lee had thrown their friendship away…
With a flush she shoved the thing into the pockets of her robe, deciding not to over think it. After all, it would be fun to burn later when her bending was restored. Of course… that’s what she’d do with it. And it was best to keep the thing with her just in case her bending came back…
She sighed and returned to digging through the trunk, thoughts straying every few moments to deliriously wide gray eyes and infectious, ridiculous laughter.
Mai eyes widened taking another sip of tea “Really? That’s even surprising coming from you.” she laughed to herself thinking of how Azula always picked on Zuko before taking another sip of tea “My family has been getting better, I mean they actually treat me like I exist. My dad has been working with the earth kingdom though,helping out,etc.” she said looking into her cup of tea wondering if Zuko actually missed her or even still thought of her. She thought more of the people she was close to, Ty Lee. She had to miss her from how long they’ve been friends. Without Azula,Ty Lee and Zuko Mai’s life seemed grim and boring. She was sick of being alone.
Azula narrowed her eyes and regarded Mai more seriously. “You seem more… morose… than usual.”
She set her tea cup down and folded her hands before her, scrutinizing her friend. It seemed strange, sitting her civilly as adults instead of spitting vitriol at one another as they had when the Princess had first returned to the Palace. It had taken years to forgive Mai and now, even worse, she almost felt concerned.
I was so mad when Azula and Ty Lee did this to me. >_<
I found it quite hilarious.
Mai sat down by Azula getting a cup of tea smiling “Yeah I guess so” she agreed then sipped her tea. She sighed afterwards, thinking how she was missing seeing everybody. “Do you know how Zuko has been?” she asked curiously,Fiddling with her cup of tea.
Azula shrugged and brought her tea cup to her lips, debating on how to answer Mai. She was aware the knife thrower ad her brother had had problems, but had thought better than to pry into their affairs.
After all, the Princess had little to no use for such silly matters like love.
“Oh, just being a pathetic loser, as usual,” she replied with a shrug. “Though he does seem to be getting the hang of being a proper Fire Lord. He wrote a law and everything.”
Her eyes darted up to meet her friends. “What about you? How are you and your family faring in this new era of peace?”
[goes to the Palace] Hey Azula,how have you been? I haven’t seen you in a while.
Azula glanced up from her reading and smirked. “Mai,” she replied, nodding.
She waved the guards away dismissively, standing to languidly stretch. “How have I been? Oh, just bored out of my skull. I’m starting to feel a bit like you, actually.”
The Princess inclined her head to the tea tray and table that had been set up in the courtyard to receive her guest. “But, that’s what happens when everyone believes you’re insane, isn’t it?”