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She nods slightly, ends up with her head slightly bowed and her voice quieter. "So are you doing okay?"

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"Obviously."

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She grins at Azula. "That's good. I was a little worried for a minute there."

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"I'm not going to leave this nation without an heir to the throne."

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"Of course not."

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Azula pauses for a moment before answering.

"You may have the honor of joining me for target practice tomorrow afternoon."

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Zaia beams. "Honored is right, I'd love to. But, um, where? I haven't been here that long yet."

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Azula gives directions.

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And Zaia shows up happily to target practice.

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Zaia can go first. They can start with a perfectly innocuous assault on some effigies of people from the Earth Kingdom. Smaller targets are more of a challenge, which might be why some of them are child-sized.

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She frowns but doesn't hesitate, probably more in concentration than concern. Her aim isn't perfect but she never outright misses the targets.

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"You're not used to throwing knives, are you. How do you prefer to fight?"

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"Hand-to-hand. It makes more sense to me."

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"Would you rather show me what you can do fighting hand-to-hand? Unarmed, no firebending?"

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Her face flushes. "I'd be–absolutely honored to have the chance–"

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"And if you're ever called on to serve and defend your nation, do you think the Earth Kingdom's soldiers will ask how you would prefer to fight them?"

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"No! I can fight other ways, I'm just better at one than the others."

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"I suppose we can't all be good at everything."

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"There's only so much time to learn and practice."

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"Quite true. Tell me, do you have hobbies?"

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She shrugs. "I people-watch, I guess."

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"Why not? Um, I like to see how people react to things. Who looks up if a baby starts crying. The faces they make when they realize they've forgotten something important. You know."

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Azula nods. "Yes. That is entertaining. Of course, it's also nice to test what you think you know."

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