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That other OTHER high school AU fic. //Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right...//
by Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
at May 12th, 2008 (06:43 pm)

Preliminary dialogue from my probably-never-be-written epic high school AU Aang/Katara/Zuko fic that's possibly named "Boys of Summer" because I'm easily influenced that way.

Zuko = 20, Katara= 17-18, Aang=16

This would be from a climactic scene very near to the end of the fic, possibly after Katara's grad night party or prom or 18th birthday party, where Zuko gets shot by Jet (accidentally or intentionally I'm not sure yet) and Aang (who was adopted by Iroh when he was 12 and raised with Zuko) finds him, and they're kind of alone and waiting for the ambulence or the cops, but there was something terrible going on the other side of the house/building which might be either a gang shoot-out or drug thing gone bad, or something. Zuko's not a gangbanger; this was a wrong-place, wrong-time thing thing with convoluted circumstances that involve Jet and other factors.

Aang just physically dragged Zuko out of the scene, after he was shot in the stomach, and now they're having a Much Overdue Conversation, primarily about the fact that Aang just learned about the existence of Zutara, which is a problem because Katara is his girlfriend. Aang's leaning against one wall, and he already called the police before Zuko's cell died, and he's got Zuko half in his lap.

I imagine "Stuck In the Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel is playing, because it's pretty much the opposite of serious.

- - - - - - - -


"Was it because Iroh adopted me? Still? Is that why?"

Zuko blinked up at the younger teen, whose face was a dark blot hovering in front of the yellow overhead lights. "No, Aang. God. You're my brother. You know--" his whole body shuddered, and he had to blink to keep his head looking upward, "You know that."

"Oh, you remember that we're brothers now? I don't suppose that might have occured to you at any other point in the last two months, huh? Well, brother, what do you have to say for yourself?"

"I..." Zuko looked down at his hands, pressing into his abdomen while little red rivers seeped through. "I got shot."

"Yeah, you did, and if you think that's going to make me forgive for sleeping with the love of my life, you still don't know anything about people."

"What if she's," Zuko coughed, and his whole frame shook, "love of my life?"

"I saw her first," said Aang, and tugged the young man's shoulders higher into his lap. Zuko's body covered his legs like a soggy red blanket, and the bastard still hadn't apologized yet.

"I got shot."

"Not going to make this go better for you. I don't see anyway it can, cause Zuko, I'm really mad at you right now."

"I can't see."

"That's what I just said. And you're bleeding on my new jeans. You're gonna to buy me new ones, you know that right."

"Aang, I can't see."

"Shit, Zuko!" Aang grabbed his brother's chin. "Zuko, look at me."

"Aang...Aang, I can't see. I can't see you."

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Posted by: redbrunja (redbrunja)
Posted at: May 13th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
WTF Cockblocked (Zuko)

This is good. I want to know what happens next, and I love that Zuko is bleeding and Aang is still pissed. Plus 'i saw her first' would totally be his retort.

Posted by: Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
Posted at: May 13th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
A little voice inside my head said "Don't look back, you can never look back"...
Dragon lives forever-- not so little gir

Aang is mad, but he's also scared out of his mind for Zuko, so talking about Katara and that stuff means they don't have talk about the fact that Zuko might be bleeding to death.

Also, for a bit of thought: When he could still managed it, Zuko called Aang first, not Katara. Katara would have been his second call, but he could only manage one so he called Aang, even though he knew Aang would be mad as hell today.

It's just that when you think you're dying, family is the most important thing, and Aang has been his little brother for the last four or five years, and even though Zuko stole his girlfriend there are More Important Things.

Of course, when this is all over, THEN Aang will be really spitting mad.

... I probably woudn't be the first person to write an entire fic based around Don Henley lyrics. Damn him and his hook-y addictive angsty beats!

Posted by: Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
Posted at: May 13th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
<<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just let go
Origin of Love

I kind of love the idea that Zuko would say "I got shot" as an excuse/instant penitence for any guilt in this situation. Like, "I totally just GOT SHOT, what more punishment do I need?" and Aang would be like "But it's not like *I* got to shoot you, so I'm still kinda mad you know."



Posted by: redbrunja (redbrunja)
Posted at: May 14th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
More Than What You Made Me (Zuko)

If fact, the fact that Zuko got shot would probably make Aang MORE pissed - like, this dude has been macking on his girlfriend, and now he's shot so you just know said girlfriend is going to all over him.

Posted by: Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
Posted at: May 14th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Origin of Love

Oh yeah, you've got that down perfect. Aang would still be mad-- and he'd be mad at himself and feel guilty for still being mad at Zuko.

There are some painful hospital room scenes in the near future of this event, believe me. Hospital scenes, plan tickets, and a lovers tragically divided.

Posted by: redbrunja (redbrunja)
Posted at: May 15th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
...And I Will Be Your Slave -Zuko/Katara

Yeah. To be honesty, I'm really interesting in Katara's reaction to all this, and how that whole 'dating brother of boyfriend' think came about.

Posted by: Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
Posted at: May 15th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
roots are trees

how that whole 'dating brother of boyfriend' think came about.

"dating" isn't quite the word... ::snicker::

Actually I just thought of this the other day in the car.

Zuko works as a busboy while going to junior college, and Katara and her dad and Sokka are at the restaurant (Zuko doesn't seem them though) and they have a huge fight at the table about Hakoda, who is a captain, shipping out for another tour in the Gulf. Katara storms off and tells them she'll find her own way back later, she needs to be alone. She rushes right through the restaurant and runs out one of the back doors, behind the building. She's there moping when Zuko comes out at the end of his shift to drop off the garbage in the dumpster. He sees Katara sitting on the little curb, recognizes her from having met her a few times, and (since his shift is over) goes to ask what's wrong.

They end up talking for about two hours behind the restaurant, Zuko still in his long, dirty white apron, and then they kind of realize how it's gotten dark. Katara's like, "oh my god, how long have I kept you here?" and he tells her he's off, and she gets even more sheepish/interested to hear that because it means he just off the cuff spent two hours talking to her instead of going home or having anything else to do. He takes off his apron and offers her a hand up.

I have this really vivid mental image (and I might one day try to fanart this) of it being overcast and nearly dark, and Katara is sitting with her knees in front of her (we see her back, back of her head, and a little of her side from an angle) looking up at Zuko who is standing (about 80% facing us) with his right outstretched to her and his left hand (on our visual right) is by his side holding a scrunched up serving apron, there's cement and a wall and there's a dumpster a few feet away, and Zuko's head is bent slightly so his bangs cover his eyes, and it's all moody and normal and totally "don't take his hand don't do it don't do it aaahhhh no no no this is where it starts nooo!" and good.

He gives her a ride home, and he's so different from Aang, and she's feeling so vulnerable right now, and he's older whereas Aang is younger, and she feels older just being around him... so when he stops the car she steals a serious kiss, then runs off without saying anything.

Zuko was just being nice to Aang's girlfriend and wasn't expecting her to glomp him (not that he didn't kiss her back after a second), and afterward he's like "Holy shit holy shit what just happened holy shit" and doesn't tell.

Things only get worse from there.

The trick is to make Katara sympathetic while cheating, and to make Zuko sympathetic while cheating, and to make the audience realize that although sympathetic, what they're doing is pretty damn rotten to Aang, who ends up an innocent victim and ultimately comes out of the whole thing with more dignity than either Zuko or Katara, even though he comes out of it alone.

It would be all about how you can't control things sometimes, and you never know who you're going to fall for (Zuko falls in love, and Aang is in love, and we possibly never know which one Katara loves more...) or when or why. No one is to blame, yet everyone is to blame.

It would also end with all three of them going separate ways (Zuko in recovery, Aang back to school, Katara to college in Europe), though with a implication that one of them would meet Katara again in the future.



Posted by: redbrunja (redbrunja)
Posted at: May 16th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Love Is For Fools (Inara)

*whimpers*

Oh, man. Just describing that scene, with Zuko offering his hand breaks my heart. I would seriously consider drawing it yourself or bribing someone to (if I had any talent, I'd do it.)

This fic sounds yummy, and I love how screwed up it would be, and how sad at the end (because regardless of how it started, you want Zuko and Katara to be together, and someone the idea of them splitting up because of colleges and life is more heartbreaking than things ending just because they do.)

Posted by: Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
Posted at: May 18th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Dragon lives forever-- not so little gir

The trick when I was thinking about it would be to make it perfectly balanced in the kataang and zutara sense... make you feel for the Aang/Katara stuff as much as the Zuko/Katara stuff. That would just make it hurt all the more. Plus, when I'm listening to "Boys of Summer", in my mind the singer/narrator is Aang thinking about Katara. I don't write Aang enough, and even though I don't usually go for the kataang pairing (hah is that an understatement!) I really feel for the guy and the intensity of his emotions toward Katara. I can easily see him winning her attention, and then I can see the heartbreak when he can't keep it because of circumstances like age, life separation, and the involvement of other people.

Posted by: redbrunja (redbrunja)
Posted at: May 19th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
The Painted Lady (Katara)

can easily see him winning her attention, and then I can see the heartbreak when he can't keep it because of circumstances like age, life separation, and the involvement of other people.

*nods*

I always feel like there's parts of Katara that Aang couldn't fully understand, or desires that he can't fulfil. (In the sense, that I really think that at a certain point, especially if she continues to travel with Aang after Ozai is defeated, there will come a point where she's like, 'I want to strike out on my own.')

Posted by: Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
Posted at: May 26th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Origin of Love

* And in that picture above, it's overcast because it's just about to rain. just starting to sprinkle.

Posted by: Irrel (irrel)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Avatar: I've seen too much

Oh, oh! I love this <3 (I'm a sucker for AUs... in case you haven't noticed). Is it OK if I draw that scene you describe, Zuko offering his hand to Katara? Or do you want to draw that? I could draw something else ^^ Let me know~~!

Posted by: Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Shigure loves his popsicles

::clings to you::

Of course! Why do you think I plugged my idea to you? I don't really want to draw it, I want someone else whose much more comfortable with drawing animated characters to draw it. I just want to think it up. :D I would love it if you're excited by the idea enough to draw it. Yay!

I have a weakness for AUs too. Do you have the song "Boys of Summer" or "Stuck In the Middle With You"? Because I will give them to you for inspiration if you want. Stupid "Boys of Summer" has been in my head (and in this AU) for three weeks now.

Posted by: Irrel (irrel)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le

lol XD And by whom are these songs? I'd love to download them.

Posted by: Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Origin of Love

Boys of Summer by Don Henley (note: not the crappy version by the Ataris)

Stuck In The Middle With You by Stealers Wheel


Now, technically neither of those songs relate to the scene in question (if you read the post above), especially since Boys of Summer is kind of an "ending theme" and the picture I described here is of the beginning of the love triangle, but it also serves as my mental theme song for the whole idea, and Aang and Zuko are boy the "boys" of summer. Well, spring, really, since this AU would culminate right in the last two months of Katara's senior year of high school.

But anyway, it'll give you an idea of the bigger picture. I don't really have a specific mental theme song for the scene in question.

Although, this song would definitely apply to the pairing somewhere in the fic:

Into Temptation by Crowded House


And because I love it, even though it's too happy: You're So Cool by Hans Zimmer

Posted by: Irrel (irrel)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Firefly: Take me

Downloading ;) I know those songs didn't inspire that scene, but I'm sure they'll help somewhat with the inspiration. Good thing you have a way with words and I can practically SEE that scene in my head now, thanks to how you described it.

Posted by: Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Origin of Love

"Into Temptation" is probably the closest to that scene in spirit, although the lyrics of that song describe an affair already in progress and the scene I imagined was more innocent, albeit foreshadowy, with this being the first emotional connection/attraction between two people who, until this day, had never paid each other much attention and only been recent distant acquaintances.

Good thing you have a way with words and I can practically SEE that scene in my head now, thanks to how you described it.

:laugh: You mean obsessively down to the hand placement and props? Yep, that's me. I also wanted you to have a feel for the mood of the scene though, and the characters not just the look of it, because I figure mood helps you with imagining it. It helps me, anyway.

Posted by: Irrel (irrel)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Avatar: Mad art skillz

The mood does help, especially for picking colors XD

Posted by: Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Origin of Love

I hope those help with the inspiration. I WILL PLAGUE YOU WITH RECS FOREVER if you don't stop me.

For example: watch this insanely cute and colorful music video with large groups of synchronized dancers that was done all in one take except for the very beginning and end.

Posted by: Irrel (irrel)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Firefly: Big damn hero

Wow... they must have rehearsed that a lot... Poor camera guy =(

Posted by: Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
roots are trees

I tried to write tony/pepper, but I wrote more for zutarotica instead. :sigh: Stupid sexy Tea Party songs...

Posted by: Irrel (irrel)
Posted at: May 27th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le

lol fail D=

But how can I complain? ;)

Posted by: Irrel (irrel)
Posted at: May 29th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le

Heeey, I'm trying to sketch this and... does Zuko have his scar? D=

Posted by: Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave) (rashaka)
Posted at: May 29th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Re: <<I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever, I should just le
Shigure loves his popsicles

Yes. His dad went to jail for it, which is why Iroh formally adopted him. Ozai has no legal claim on Zuko. Uh... don't ask me where Azula is. I don't know.

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