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Zutara Week 2013 Day 3 Voices by Ringo-Ichigo Zutara Week 2013 Day 3 Voices by Ringo-Ichigo
A crackle of lightning. Searing pain. Her scream echoing in his mind. The one voice he had never wanted to hear scared.

A cold laugh. An irritating nickname. Her perfection rubbed in his face. The one voice he couldn't seem to get out of his head.


Zuko tossed and turned in his sleep, memories morphing into nightmares as he slept. Katara stirred and noticed her husband's troubled sleep.

"Zuko," she murmured, gently touching his shoulder.

That crazed laughter taunting him that he would never be good enough, never reach Katara in time. Reminding him that the one person he couldn't imagine living without could die at any moment. The smell of lightning permeating the air.

Then a crack and that scream that he had been dreading. Finally, miraculously able to move again, he ran to the waterbender's side. She was too still... He shook her, calling out her name over and over.


Zuko gasped as he jolted awake from the nightmare. His wife leaned over him, her blue eyes worried.

"Zuko, are you all right?" she asked gently.

He almost cried at the sight of her alive and safe. He sat up and held her tight. "Thank goodness," he breathed hoarsely.

Katara pulled him closer, enfolding him in her gentle arms. She felt tears gather in her eyes as she felt her strong husband shaking. "I'm right here, sweetheart."

He pulled away to trace her face, the dream still too fresh. "I dreamed you had died... in that fight against Azula. All I could hear was her voice taunting me as you..." he broke off, his tears finally getting the better of him.

Katara gently kissed his scar before pulling him close again. "I know..."

He didn't move, just clung to his only salvation from the horrible voices of the past.

"Just focus on the sound of my voice," she said quietly. "I'm here, and I'm alive."

He nodded, concentrating on the reality of her. The warmth of her body, the gentleness of her caress, the blue of her eyes, the riot of her curls. Everything that proved that she was alive and holding him. Slowly, he calmed down and relaxed completely.

As he drifted off to sleep, he felt his wife kiss his forehead. "Good night, Zuko."


Wow... what a lot of words... I'm sorry... Honestly, I could have written a lot more. In fact it started with a dreamy memory for each of his family pictured above. But it didn't flow right and it got too long so I chopped it down to just Azula.

But I figured I'd use the theme interpreted as "the voices of the past." I like drawing a tortured Zuko... (I should probably get that looked into...) But I picked the voices I felt would torture him and sometimes, depending on the person, guide him as well. And I love drawing couples comforting each other after nightmares.

Okay, I'll shut up already.
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Nini-Hearts Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
One, Zutara was going to be the original ship for the show. They changed it at the last minute. Don't knw, why but yeah. So much for your "Zutara shippers lose theroy"
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zshunterjaden Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Your revolution is over, Mr. Lebowski. Condolences. The  Zutarians lost. The Zutarians will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski? The  Zutarians will always lose!
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Ringo-Ichigo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If you're trying to start a shipping war with that or otherwise flame Zutara, take it elsewhere. No one forced you to come here and view this. You did it of your own free will. You have no one to blame for seeing a ship you didn't like than yourself. Two, if you think that you can get to me with that, I have been hearing that for years so obviously, I don't care.

If you're trying to be funny, it's not and I don't appreciate it. Take it elsewhere. Insults are not funny even if you're quoting something else.

Grow up and let others like the ships they like, whether they agree with yours or not. Seeking out pieces of a ship you hate just to troll it or flame it is just about the most immature thing you can do.

And lastly, it's Zutaran. Not Zutarian.
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animeprincess90 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student General Artist
i agree 150,000,000% 
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Ringo-Ichigo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If only everyone could agree to act like that...
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animeprincess90 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student General Artist
can i get a amen!
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zukeny1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
this is so beautiful..i could cry..seriosly!
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Ringo-Ichigo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! That's really flattering.
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EmilieBomb Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the concept! Very well executed too! 

Can't believe I missed Zutara Week by a month...
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Ringo-Ichigo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! And there's always next year.
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