they'd taken a detour from their little cave , sokka having his sword strapped to his back as he weaved through the crowd - trying to remain as discreet as possible . of course , he had nothing to worry about - really . the clothes they'd stolen to fit into the fire nation fit him snugly , and it wasn't like he looked incredibly out of place . sure , he didn't quite pick up on all of the slang that the fire nation seemed to use , and a few people had called him a little old-fashioned for it . but it wasn't like the lack of jargon was about to make or break his stay here . his eyes caught onto a stall that had lined up a few knives . his momentary distraction had been enough that he felt a shoulder ram into his sternum , making him let out an ' umph! ' at the collision . he stepped to the side , hand already trying to ease the pain that blossomed where they collided , eyes widening when he saw who he'd bumped into . she looked ... well she didn't quite look like someone who walked around the stalls every day . sheepishly , he apologized , " sorry for bumping into you - i uhh ... got a little distracted with the weapon setup there , " he gestured towards the stall in question .
" can you watch out ? " the fire bender asked , eyes flickering at the other . akira had accidentally — of course ran into her , though the girl being as she is rolled her eyes a annoyed look forming on her face . \\ hihi ! i hope u dont mind me dropping this (":
morning. you feel asleep. do you want breakfast?
@ignisgloria thank you. * she nodded, smiling down into her cup, * where are you headed next? if i may ask?
fire is destructive, * zuko says with a nod, * but it can help, too. the amount and dimension of anything is crucial. a small flame isn’t destructive. a wildfire is. * he shrugs. * nature can be just as destructive. self-destructive, too. and fire is a part of nature. * zuko smiles lightly, averting his eyes, and stares at a patch of daisies nearby. nature is beautiful. it can be horrid and horrifying and horrible, too, but in first place, it’s beautiful. mostly. * mm, that would be nice. you’re always welcome, * the prince says, far too quickly. * um. when you leave, i wish you the best of luck.
@ignisgloria i see. well, * she smiled back, small but sure, & let her shoulders relax a little * there is no short of places to explore around here. i’ve had lots of time to look around . . . nature was never really my thing, but i have since become accustomed to it, and learned to respect it. i used to think it was the exact opposite of fire, and fire bending for that matter, but things can’t grow without warmth, without sun. so. * akira shook her head * no, i have always travelled alone. it’s easier that way. but if you and iroh ever do choose that domestic life, i’ll be sure to drop by for some tea.
wait , please - ! i don't -
get out of my way.
@ignisgloria * she nodded in kind, already moving past the hostility the other had showed her before. * i will do my best to help. / SAME!! ki needs people desperately lol and i’m rlly looking forward to them becoming friends!! would u mind if i dropped a follow-up one liner?
* zuko hesitates, but he assumes that he has no other choice but to trust this woman to take care of his uncle until he returns with the needed medicine. he dips his head in a mild expression of gratitude. * thank you for your help, akira. i’ll meet you at the camp soon. \ the way i’m hype for their blooming friendship hO
how are your injuries? a bit better?
well, i don’t know, maybe i learned a couple things along the way with you . . . or ryuu . . . and maybe even with kalriq.
@northernlotus you say you don’t understand relationships, but the advice you give—it suggests the opposite.
you again — are you following me?
your form is weak, you’ll never defeat your enemies like that
you think you’d ever want to return to the fire nation capital ?
@foundhonor my anger, my skill. it’s my father’s. my vanity—mother passed that down to me with no hesitation.