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Zuko is going to have to explain to his uncle why they now have an extra mouth to feed.
This piece was sooo much fun. I forgot how much fun it is to paint chinese architecture and uneven paths.
Here’s also my reference pieces (because I thought they looked cool). I made my composition by combining 4 different photographs into 1 giant piece. However, these definitely weren’t the only reference I used! I used no less than 3 references for Zuko and the dog each lmao
I don’t think we appreciate enough just how BAD Zuko and Iroh were at pretending to be earth kingdom refugees. It is a goddamn miracle that these two didn’t get caught within two days. “Where are you traveling from?” “YES WE’RE TRAVELERS!” Zuko, please act like a human. General ‘Dragon of the West’ Iroh chancing it and making some tea out of a random flower that was probably (and was) poisonous? The two of them finally getting into Ba Sing Se after weeks of almost dying several times after being found and Iroh just firebending in public for the sake of some subpar tea? We know exactly where Zuko got his impulse control from, no question about it. “We we’re part of a, ummmmm, traveling circus?” “Yes, I juggled.” Zuko, honey, babe, please just think of one convincing lie I’m begging you. Zuko deciding “fuck the girl I’m on a date with looks sad, time to whip out some firebending” to light up some lanterns at a PUBLIC FOUNTAIN. And then once the Jet drama dies down and Iroh finally gets his tea shop, what does he name it? The Jasmine DRAGON. Ah yes, a perfectly inconspicuous name for a perfectly inconspicuous pair of refugees who some guy very publicly accused of being firebenders just a month prior. Totally not firebenders. These two... I swear to god it’s a good thing there is no war in Ba Sing Se because fucking hell they were bad at lying.
He heard Sokka take in a breath, and then felt another hand under his unscarred ear, which was Zuko’s only warning before something practically hit him in the mouth, hurting his teeth, and his eye flew open to realize Sokka was kissing him.
Ok so... I kept thinking someone was gonna draw this scene from @hollypunkers Blue bc it made me cry TWICE. But no one did so I had to draw it myself. Read it if you haven’t already!!!
[Zuko and Sokka are trapped in the catacombs beneath Ba Sing Se. Zuko is wearing his blue spirit outfit but has lost his mask. Sokka is in his normal blue attire. Sokka reaches up to touch Zuko’s scar. “This must have hurt,” Sokka’s voice said, low enough it only added to the quiet around them. Zuko opened his mouth to lie, but somewhere along the words muddled with his thoughts and what he said instead was, “I used to look like my mother.”]
[ID: digital fanart of Zuko and Jet in flat colours, from the waist up in front of a simple mint green background. They are sitting at a table, presumably in Pao’s Tea shop in Ba Sing Se, wearing their Ba Sing Se outfits. Jet is sitting straightly, gently blowing on a cup of tea he is holding in his hands, eyes closed. His straw of wheat sticks out of the tea cup, because he is Jet. Sparkles surround him to show just how much of a proper customer he is. Attacking this quaint tea shop is truly the last thing on his mind.
Zuko sits to his right, slouching, head resting on his left hand, frowning and pouting, clearly annoyed with Jet’s ridiculous behaviour. He wishes to be anywhere else.
Text in speech bubbles:
Zuko: You’re a menace.
Jet: I am a model patron!
Zuko: Why do you even come here?
Jet: The waiter is cute. End ID]