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Aug 25, 2019 1:50 AM
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For once, someone seems genuinely happy to see Azula. She waves and grins like one would at an old friend they trust and don't fear.

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Azula raises an eyebrow.

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And Zaia–doesn't run up to her, exactly, but doesn't exactly not do that either. "I haven't seen you in ages, how are you doing?"

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"I'm well, of course."

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Nodnodnod! "You look great, too."

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"I see you're not blind."

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"Not even a little bit," she agrees. "You're always gorgeous."

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"Yes, I know. Are you here just to tell me things I already know?"

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"I wasn't here to talk to you at all, actually, but I'm glad I ran into you. I don't know anyone here except you."

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"I don't believe I know you."

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"We went to school together? I'm Zaia."

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"Oh, I see. I must have forgotten all about you."

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"Oh. Well, that's okay, we didn't talk much there anyway."

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"No, we certainly didn't. And yet you seem to think I want to talk to you now."

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"Listen. I'm going to give you some advice. You don't need a reason to want to talk to me. I'm going to be Firelord someday. You, however, are nobody in particular. So why should I want to talk to you?"

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"I don't care that you're going to be Firelord? I mean, I do, it's cool, but it's not why I want to talk to you. And obviously you don't have to talk to me, but I don't think you need a reason to? It sounds kind of lonely to need reasons to talk to people."

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"So many people want to talk to me that I have to filter them somehow. I suppose you wouldn't know what that's like."

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She shrugs. "I don't really have to talk to people for political reasons or anything, so I just talk to people that I want to talk to."

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"I suppose being entirely unimportant has some benefits."

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"Yeah. I don't envy your spotlight, that's for sure."

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"It's always nice when people know their place."

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"Sure, but you can't tell me it isn't awful being all constrained like that. I can't even imagine trying to keep up with it all."

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"Well, of course you can't. You weren't born for it."

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"I don't think people are as different as all that. Maybe some people need more space to breathe than others, but we all need to breathe, you know?"

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"Of course I know that."

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