Jin Avatar was a girl from the city of Ba Sing Se, who developed a crush on Zuko; while he and Uncle Iroh were hiding out in the city. She eventually went on to ask him out on a date, with help from Iroh of course. Like most of the people in the Lower Ring, Jin’s parents were refugees who had moved to the city. And though they had struggled for much of their lives, they were strong – and had been able to provide for their family.
Jin (Avatar) – Date with Zuko
Jin was a frequent visitor to the tea shop where Iroh and Zuko were employed. This made Zuko conclude that she knew they were from the Fire Nation. Uncle Iroh knew better, however, and immediately contradicted Zuko’s suspicions; telling him that the girl had a crush on him.
Jin Avatar came up to the counter one day to pay for her tea and steal a chance to talk to Zuko; and after he introduced himself as Lee, she built up the courage to ask him out on a date. Left to Zuko, he would have said no, but luckily Iroh said that Zuko “would love to”. Excitedly leaving the shop, she said that she would meet Zuko there at sundown.
When Zuko emerged from the shop, his hair had been combed and cleaned by his uncle. Jin preferred his former hairdo; and immediately fixed it back to normal. She then pulled him along to a restaurant in the Middle Ring of the city. She tried to make light conversation as they were having an awkward dinner; so she asked some questions about Zuko and Iroh’s background.
Because they were in hiding, Zuko was not able to tell the truth; and so he just made up a story about travelling the world a lot as part of a traveling circus. Jin guessed that he was a juggler, and asked Zuko for a private performance, to which he reluctantly agreed. Of course, he failed miserably with this, but it only amused Jin. She then took him to the Firelight Fountain, one of her favorite places in the city.
Jin (Avatar) and Zuko Together At The Firelight Fountain
Jin Avatar spoke excitedly about how beautiful the fountain looked when the light of the lanterns reflected in the water. However, when they got there, the lights had not been on for a while.
Zuko noticed her disappointment, so he asked her to close her eyes; carefully using his bending to light up the lanterns. To thank him for lighting the lanterns, Jin turned to Zuko to give him a kiss, but Zuko interrupted her by holding a coupon for a free cup of tea in front of his face, to which she replied how sweet he was.
She proceeded to say that she had something for Zuko as well for which he also needed to close his eyes. Obeying her request, Jin softly kissed Zuko on the lips; a gesture he hesitantly returned, before backing away. When she asked what was wrong, he simply excused himself by saying that it was “complicated” and that he had to go, leaving her standing alone.
The Fall of Ba Sing Se
As the Fire Nation army marched into Ba Sing Se after it had fallen; Jin Avatar hid in the Pao Family Tea House.
The fall of the city came after Princess Azula’s successful Coup of Ba Sing Se. As the Fire Nation occupation began, Jin Avatar was with Pao and her family at Pao’s tea shop. They watched in horror, seeing the fire nation soldiers swarm the streets of Ba Sing Se. They eventually secured the city completely.
Shortly after the capital city fell, Jin Avatar saw Zuko once again; only this time he was walking with Mai. She addressed him as Lee, and asked him who Mai was. Zuko nervously mentioned that Mai was an old friend from his time in the circus; and that Mai’s occupation in the circus was as a knife thrower. Mischievously joining in on the lie, Mai offered to teach Jin how to throw knives; with Zuko as the target. She had Zuko stand in front of a fountain with fish from the nearby market on his head.
Mai then explained that the trick to throwing knives was all in the wrist; before accurately hitting the fish on his head with an icicle. Jin was amazed by the show of marksmanship; and she had her own attempt. Unfortunately when she threw the icicle; she almost hit Zuko, barely missing his head. This made him fall into the fountain.