Zuko glared. "How dare you? We all know that is a lie!" he gasped, taking a step back. Mai smirked. "Hm, really? Everyone would believe that the Fire Lord has slept around. Your father had multiple concubines, so why shouldn't you use me as that way?" she asked, her face emotionless but he could hear the smirk in her voice. Zuko shook his head. "Mai, we were never like that! It couldn't be mine!" he said, angry that she would lie about such a thing. Mai shrugged. "You know that and I know that but the people won't. There is no one to stop this. I will you give you one day, Fire lord, then everyone will know." she said, triumphant in her voice. Katara pushed the door open. "I know."
Mai turned around, looking at her. "You are but a water peasant. Why would anyone believe you." she glared. Katara scoffed. "I am a master water bender and the fire lords adviser. They would believe me before they believe a slutty fire nation noble women." she said, walking in. Zuko looked at Katara shocked. "You say that it is Zuko, but in truth I bet you don't even know who the father is, do you Mai? You just want to be royalty since things are not working out you want. We can have you imprisoned for saying such a thing. Life in prison. I will give you a choice. You either leave the palace and say nothing of the terrible rumor or be imprisoned. Under Zuko's rule, of course." she said, her voice all business. Zuko tried to hold back a smile at his water bender. 'Yes, his..' he thought to himself. Mia stood there shocked before turning to leave. "Watch your back, water bender." she said as she left and was shown out of the palace by the guards.
Katara sighed and shook her head. "I am sorry for disturbing your talk, Fire Lord, but it seemed you were in need of help." she said coolly. She figured what had happened only minutes before with them was something that was a mistake, not matter how much she didn't want it to be. Zuko flinched at the way she talked. "Katara-" he said but she cut him off. "You were disoriented and didn't know what to tell me. It is fine." she said, walking out and shutting the door behind her. She just had to get to her room before the tears burst free. Her room seemed so far away but finally she made it, bursting in and shutting the door behind her before falling onto the bed in tears.
Katara knew that they would never be. He was the Fire Lord and she just his adviser. She had caused problems because of liking him and felt like he only desired a women. He just should of taken Mai back, she shouldn't cause problems. Katara sighed. Maybe he should fine a man adviser. She knew she was well pass marrying age in her tribe. She should just go back and marry a man that was 'suitable' for her. She didn't want to but it might be for the best. Her and Zuko were just.... just to complicated. They shouldn't of even played that love game as they did.
Zuko watched her go. Mai had messed this up. He had messed this up. He felt like banging his head against a wall. Multiple times. He sighed and paced the room, trying to figure out how to fix this, again.He hated how Katara had acted. Like there was nothing between them, like nothing ever was. He sighed, cursing the bad timing and how he acted to hell and back. He would be upset to if she had walked out on him for another when they were like that. Hell, he'd probably of beat the man down, but he had run to Mai as a child a mother almost. He felt pathetic. He wasn't sure what to tell her. She knew he loved her. He hoped she still knew that it was true. He wasn't saying it just to bed her, though he would really like to, it was more than that. Zuko sighed. He'd have to talk to her, in the morning though. It was too late tonight and he thought she might want to be alone for a while. Tomorrow, it would all be set right and she'd be his. Finally.
The next morning, Zuko had woken later than usual because he was up thinking of Katara most of the night and couldn't sleep. He got dressed quickly and went to go find her. He hoped by the end of day, they would be okay and together. He smiled at the thought as he went to Katara's room. He knocked softly. When no one answered, he peeked inside. The bed was already made and no Katara. He figured she would already be up, so went to the dinning hall. When she wasn't there he walked around, thinking where in the palace the water bender could be. When he couldn't find her, he sighed. He figured she went out for the day. He could live a day without his adviser. She deserved it. He went off to the council room and started his duty's for the day.
Zuko groaned as he finally left the council room. It was past dinner and he had missed seeing Katara. It was getting late but he wanted, no, he needed to see her. He had to make everything right and make her his. He had to. He went to her room and knocked. Again, she was no where to be seen. He finally asked a guard, which gave him a strange look. "What is it?" Zuko asked, confused. The man bowed. "I am sorry sir, but she had to us that you knew and not to mention it. Lady Katara left this morning for the south pole, telling you of her resignation as your adviser. She found a more suitable one she said." he said, reciting what she had told him. Zuko looked at him, heartbroken and shocked. "She left....?" he asked again. The guard nodded. "Yes, to marry the man her father betrothed for her."