Sighing deeply, Zuko sat alone by the turtle duck pond that he and his mother had sat by together two years ago this day. "I'm taller then I had been back then,"Zuko spoke softly to no one.
Forced to grow up quicker then normal after the loss of his mother and his fathers surprising ascension to Fire Lord, Zuko could no longer be considered the child he'd been. His father expected even more from him now considering that he was now the son of the Fire Lord thus Zuko had to be stronger all the time for all his actions now reflected back on the Fire Lord.
"Of course Azula had no problem showing how strong she was. Everyday she grows in more and more favor with father, to the Fire Lord, Azula is the Fire of the Fire nation and I am nothing but the smoke."
"Quack!" startled out of his dark thoughts Zuko nearly jumped to his feet when the mother turtle duck came swimming up near him with her babies swimming along behind her. Staring angrily after them Zuko picked up a handful of s