Kya knows that Lin is bad at communicating her feelings and thus hugs or touches or kisses rather than saying how much she cares.
Kya also knows that Lin feels bad for not being able to articulate her feelings the way Kya can.
When Kya switches to displays of physical affection, Lin fights to hold back tears because the woman she thought couldn’t get any more perfect was able to fully understand her the way nobody else ever had.
Role swap au where Zuko was the Avatar who got frozen for a hundred years, so when he’s rescued from the ice instead of a goofy twelve year old Katara catches this mysterious teenager with long hair and a cool scar and a fucking DRAGON
Katara: BOY???? HOT BOY?????? HOT TEENAGE BOY?????????
Katara: nevermind I hate him
How does Aang factor into this? I ask because the more I think about it the more I want him to somehow be trying to capture the Avatar.
Aang is 112 years old, decided he was going to be Zuko’s airbending teacher, and refuses to take no for an answer
Aang: Aw, the new Avatar doesn’t want me.
Aang: *gets out a weighted net* Time for Plan B then.
Look, you know how you keep a net from falling on you? YOU AIRBEND IT, SUCKA. Air comes right after fire in the cycle so it’s not like the guy has any other options. Do you want a flaming net falling on you? No? Then learn to airbend. Or this tiny old man will cart you away like a trussed turkey and lecture you about the power of laughter, going with the flow, opening your chakras, and other hippie shit.
Sokka, slouching against a fence, not moving: Oh nooooooo, that creepy old man stole the Avataaaaaaaaaar.
Sokka, sitting down on the ground: We should dooooo something.
Sokka, pulling out his lunch: Otherwise he might actually learn something. That would be teeeerrible.
Katara, indignant rage coursing through her body: Sokka!!!!!!!! We have to go look for him!!!!
Sokka: Might! Actually! Learn! Something! Katara!
Katara, also sitting down: We have to go look for him…. *gets out her own sandwich* But, maybe after lunch.
I love that this transforms Aang’s role in the full Team Avatar familial situation from the baby of the family to the Grandpa with weird hobbies
My brain, immediately after the “Aang won’t take no for an answer” post:
Aang: I’m gonna ride him! *jumps on Zuko’s shoulders*
Actually, I thought a bit more about this: If Aang is “grandpa figure who won’t fucking stop teaching Zuko to be a better and more spiritually fulfilled person,” then what is Iroh doing?
And then it hit me.
Iroh: *sitting in a teahouse at a paisho table*
Iroh, deadpan: I must capture the last airbender.
Iroh: It is the only way to make sure the powe rof the Avatar won’t be turned on the Fire Nation.
Iroh: Only then will I be redeemed in the eyes of the Fire Lord for my failure at Ba Sing Se.
Iroh: Anyway, it’s your turn.
About half of the B plots are just Iroh finding new ways to feign incompetence and bad luck so that his political watchdog can’t prove that he’s letting Aang - and by extension Zuko - get away.
Sometimes Iroh plays paisho with Aang, whose entire disguise during these games consists of a painfully fake mustache.
AANG WAS THE OTHER PLAYER IN THAT SCENE OF COURSE IT’S PERFECT (the moustache is just a bit of Appa’s fur tied in a string)
i think about this post all the time and if i may, i would like to suggest keeping the banished royalty angle for zuko.
he was the eldest son of fire lord sozin, who knew the avatar was the greatest threat to the fire nation, but also knew the new one would be a firebender and he couldn’t exactly merc his own people, now could he? but he always planned to order a convenient little assassination on whoever the new avatar turned out to be and in the meantime took out the air temples so that avatar couldn’t learn the next element in the cycle. of course, when it turns out to be his son, sozin, stellar dad that he is, thinks “if you want something done right” and shoots a fire blast at his firstborn.
zuko enters the avatar state, blows up half the palace, etc etc as one does, gets a nasty scar for his trouble, and escapes, hence why he was hanging out far enough south to necessitate katara and sokka cracking open a cold boy a century later.
all this is to say 1. i think it’s a good way to maintain zuko’s background and characterization in an au like this and 2. it leads to a secret second roleswap
because this makes zuko iroh’s uncle.
Imagining Iroh’s voice saying “uncle zuko” I’ll be busy laughing for the next few hours.
Lin Beifong loves her wife Kya more than anything else in the world. She can’t quite articulate this to Kya, but she makes up for it through the physical affection that she surprised Kya with at the beginning of their relationship.
When Avatar Korra’s relationship with Asami is made public, more and more queer couples start appearing throughout the four nations.
These relationships aren’t announced. The couples will just spend more time together and display affection publicly and wait for others to notice.
The most prominent queer relationship to come to light was the one between Lin Beifong and her lesbian lover Kya, daughter of Avatar Aang and Master Katara.
It happened at some boring official event that for some reason required the police chief’s attendance.
Kya leaning over to kiss her girlfriend’s cheek was actually the most interesting to happen at that event.
Lin Beifong learned early in her life that her social activity would almost always be in the papers.
She also learned early in life that she could avoid this if she were careful.
So when she and Kya finally got together, nobody knew about it until they were ready.
Lin Beifong has never been especially in touch with her emotions. She would much rather let her feelings turn to anger and let that out by beating the hell out of the poor schmuck who had the misfortune of being her sparring partner.
But even with her refusal to acknowledge her own feelings, Lin can’t ignore the way her heartbeat becomes erratic whenever Kya passes by, or how her stomach did backflips when she smiled, or any number of other things that screamed she was falling for the healer.
Lin: I don’t need to go to sleep. I’m not tired. I’ll be fine!
Kya: But, I’ll be so lonely without you. Come curl up in my arms so I can feel whole again.
Lin: Oh. Well. Wait… Are you trying to seduce me into having healthy sleeping habits?
Kya: Is it working?
hold on a fucking second. delaware is a state?? i thought it was a river? or is the river more important than the state? why don't i know this? (i should mention i don't like in america, i'm just confused)
there is delaware (state) and delaware (river)
both are equally strange
the state is a tiny little cryptid thing
the rive is a monster that spans new york, pennsylvania, new jersey and delaware. also washington crossed it once and that was like kinda a big deal i guess. like crossing the rubicon in rome.
the state tries to me more important with its “im the first state!!!” bs (seriously its even on the fucking license plates) but we all know. its the river.
In event of Aang being thrown back in time into a Groundhog Day time lop
Zuko’s action plan flow chart:
- thing happen
- >>> shout
- but that would make avatar go away and that’s a no no. He needs to stop hugging me though. But maybe it will make him go away?
- >>> start throwing fireballs
- no because same as above
- >>> breaking and entering ?
- zuko.exe stopped working
backup action plan: what would uncle do ( easy mode: this time you can go and ask)
The main reason Kya likes to watch Lin train is because of how easy it is to distract the metal-bender when there’s nobody else around.