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Guide Me Home is an Avatar: The Last Airbender Fanfic written by Qwi-Xux that has gained popularity in the fandom for... actually being good.

Essentially, it's an What Happened To All Those Mice, Hurt/Comfort Fic that follows Princess Ursa during all three books and is completely Canon compliant (well, until The Legend of Korra and the comic-book continuations came out, but that was two years later and so can be forgiven). Ursa has been living in the Earth Kingdom and secretly helping La Résistance. When she discovers a Fire Nation spy amongst the Earth Kingdom underground, she is forced to flee and is rescued by Chief Hakoda and his crew.

Ursa and the crew (especially Hakoda) eventually grow closer. Of course, they don't know she's from the Fire Nation...

It can be found here.


Provides Examples Of:

  • Apologizes a Lot: Ursa. Hakoda lampshades it frequently.
  • And Here He Comes Now: After the war is ended, Zuko comes back from his prison meeting with Ozai asking about his mother and only getting a vague answer, and asking Iroh for more info. Guess who he sees in the room the moment he enters?
  • Arranged Marriage:
    • Ursa and Ozai.
    • There is also a nameless Northern Water Tribe couple who get married. That one could possibly be a Perfectly Arranged Marriage. They are "very much in love".
  • Badass Crew: The Southern Water Tribe warriors.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Ursa is abducted she is rescued by Toph.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The war is over, Hakoda and Ursa are together and Zuko has a mother again... but Azula is damaged almost beyond repair.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Ursa cooks a Fire Nation dish for the crew. In her defense, she did warn them.
  • Broken Bird:
    • Ursa, at first.
    • Azula, even more so.
  • Domestic Abuse: Like anyone needed another reason to hate Ozai.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's a Water Tribe tradition apparently... but Mai's only line in the entire fic cements her position as Avatar's quintessential Deadpan Snarker.
    Mai: Wow. And I thought my family had issues.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Ursa, sometimes. She has a tendency to shut off her emotions when she feels that showing them would make her vulnerable, though the Southern Water tribe does a great job in drawing her out of it.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Toph, who saves Ursa from a Fire Nation spy in the Resistance
  • Everyone Can See It: As Notu, one of Hakoda's men, puts it:
    "I don't know who you two think you're kidding... but it's sure not us."
  • Elsewhere Fic: As befitting a story trying to answer What Happened to the Mouse?.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Ursa has many... to the point where she actually finds it "refreshing" to have a normal nightmare.
  • Flat "What": Qwi-Xux manages to turn this trope into a Tear Jerker.
    Hakoda: With outside help from my son... and yours.
    Ursa: What?
  • Foregone Conclusion: Ursa goes to Ba Sing Se to find Zuko and Azula and get them to end the occupation. That'll work.
  • Freudian Excuse: Katara and Azula in spades. They're getting better.
  • Groin Attack: While teaching Ursa how to fight, Hakoda pins her against the wall and accidently puts his hand over her scar. She panics, a Groin Attack ensues and Ursa is absolutely mortified afterwards. Yes, that is an actual tear jerker example of this trope.
  • Hates Being Touched: Ursa, at first.
  • Happily Married:
    • Mikko.
    • Also, Mila and Ran, later on.
  • Heroic BSoD: Ursa has one when she finds Zuko's wanted poster...and sees his scar.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Ursa is filled with guilt and shame at the start of the fic despite her work for the underground.
  • It's Personal: After Hakoda finds out that Ursa was married to Ozai and he finally has names to her oblique backstory, the war becomes even more personal for him.
  • Killed Off for Real: Poor Ornu.
  • La Résistance: Ursa is part of one at the beginning, and it seems that the Order of the White Lotus fills this role more than it did in the cartoon.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Ursa eventually develops this type of relationship with most of the Water Tribe men; it's particularly strong with Mikko.
  • Mama Bear: Guess.
  • The Mole: Lots, of course, since this story is about an underground spy network. Special mention goes to Ran, an Order initiate operating from within the Fire Navy who helps Ursa and Hakoda escape from Zhao.
  • Mundane Utility: At one point, Ran uses is firebending to make toast for The Duke.
  • Power of Trust: How Ursa finally gets through to Azula.
  • Papa Wolf: Hakoda. The phrase Papa Polar Bear is actually used to descibe him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Ursa delivers one to Ozai. At this point the readers are cheering for her.
  • Rescue Romance: Ursa's first encounter with Hakoda is rescuing her from a Fire Nation spy who just burned her inn down and is pursuing her.
  • Sherlock Scan: Due to spending her whole life in the Fire Nation, Ursa has picked up on the subtleties on how firebenders walk and act. The first chapter has her IDing a person who knew the Trust Password of the Earth Kingdom underground but walked like a firebender as a Fire Nation Mole.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Ursa slowly developing feelings for Hakoda.
  • Stunned Silence: The entire room goes silent when Ursa and Hakoda meet after the war and share a Big Damn Kiss, right in front of their flabbergasted children.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Ursa to Azula.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Hakoda offers Ursa his blanket, claiming to be used to the cold. Ursa decides to take a third option and they end up sharing.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Applies when Ursa joins Hakoda and his all-men crew on their ship.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Ursa, who goes from a steadfast Fire Nation defector trying to run an inn for the Earth Kingdom Underground to a steadfast warrior in her own right.
  • Torture Always Works: Averted. The red spider-fly venom is nasty but unreliable, and often causes hallucinations.
  • They Do: Ursa and Hakoda are finally married after the war.
  • True Companions: The Water Tribe men.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: This fic seems to exist to explain what happened to the mice, including Ursa, of course, Hakoda at various points, and also Longshot, Smellerbee, everyone else who split up from the Gaang at the beginning of "The Southern Raiders," and a few other people who showed up once and never appeared again.


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