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"You haven't noticed?" Katara asked as she held her hands on her stomach. A small lump had began to form on her flat, toned stomach. Aang's breath caught in his chest and his eye widen with surprise. "Are you...?" He asked in a meak tone. "Yes..." Katara said, wincing, not sure of his reaction. A smile started to form on his face, tears brimming his stormy grey eyes. "Katara!" He said as he hugged her from behind. Katara let out a squeal of surprise at his actions. "We've tried for so long! You're finally pregnant!" He said as he kissed her lips. "Yes..." Katara moaned happily as she leaned aganist his chest. "A family..." He said as he held her slowly swelling stomach firmly. "A complete family..." Katara mimmed him. "You will never be alone again..." She said with a content sigh.
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The sky glowed a warm colour of honey mixed with the coolness of purple as the sun setted on a crisp Autumn day. A brisk wind whipped around
a girl standing at the base of a giant oak. She looked up into the branches at a man sitting high within it's leaves. Her translucent blue eyes connected
with his steely grew ones. "I love you." Katara said in a whisper carried to him by the wind. "I love you - and I love you, little Miho." He whispered right
back. The three year old child at her side looked up. "I love you, Daddy!" The little girl shouted up into the tree, raising her little arms into the air,
reaching for her father.
Aang airbended himself from the branch from which he was perched, landing gracfully onto the ground below. He picked up little Miho, squeezing her tight in his arms. "I love you, my little Miho!" He whispered into her ear. Katara giggled at the sight before her. "I love both of you." She said as she started to head back to thier home. "Mommy! Wait!" Miho called to Katara as she ran from her father's arms, trying to catch up to her. Katara looked behind her, but still kept her pursuit to their house. "Come, my little girl! Hurry!" She called teasingly to her child. Miho huffed as she finally caught up to her mother. "Mommy! You did'nt wait for me!" She said with tears. "My love, I am sorry!" She cooed as she held her child tight.
The little girl had a head full of thick, wavy, fairy tale blonde hair. Eyes the color of sapphires, her delicate skin sprinkled with freckles. "I love you Mommy!" Miho said as she wrapped her tiny arms around her mother's neck. Aang smiled at the sight. 'My family...' He thought affectionaltly as he gazed upon them with loving eyes. Katara looked up, saw the look on his face and smiled back. "Let's go, Miho..." She said as she winked to Aang, picking her daughter and carrying her to thier home.
Once inside, Miho sat at a table in the center of thier living area, a doll in her arms. "Mommy! What's for dinner!" She asked enthusiatically. "For
you, my lovely - rice, steamed vegtables, and even a beef dumpling or two!" She said as she brought Miho her food. "Thank you mommy!" Miho
said with a smile as she dug into her food with her chop sticks. Miho held them perfectly in her little hands, just as a little girl should. "Wow, Miho!
You have such nice manners!" Katara said affectionaly to her daughter. "I learneded them from mommy!" She said with a giant grin, bits of rice stuck to her rosy cheeks. Katara laughted at her daughters actions. "So cute..." She whispered as she went back to her cooking.
Aang leaned aganist the wall that led to the kitchen, studing his wife and child. 'I love them so much...' He thought. 'But I don't think little Miho is a bender...' His head swarmed with thoughts. "Aang!" Katara called, pulling him out of his thoughts. "Yes?" He asked as he suddenly appeared in the kitchen. "Sokka and Suki are bringing their little girl up here this weekend, do we have enough room for them?" She asked, as a wife should. "Oh, sure! We have enough room her to store about thirty flying bison!" He said in an exagerated voice. Katara looked at him and let out a faint laugh. "That's good. I haven't had enough time to fully explore this giant of a house..." She said as she looked down to chop her vegtables.
"It sure was genorus of Taeko to give us this manor..." Katara said, looking up at Aang. He sat aganist the wooden door frame, his brow furrowed in apparent anger. "She hasn't shown any signs..." He said in a low voice. "Signs of what?" Katara asked questioningly as she wipped her hands free of vegtable oil. "Of being a bender." He said as he stepped into the room. "I am sure she is a bender." Katara said reassuringly as she wrapped her arms around her husband's chest. "Just give her time..." She sighed. "We may not have enough time..." He said as he pryed her from him.
"What do you mean?" She asked, fear on her face. "I can feel it! War! Katara, war! It's coming again! She must be the new Avatar! She has too!"
He shouted at her. "Aang! Stop it!" She said with fear as she tried to calm her husband. Katara placed her hands on the sides of his head,
bringing him in for a kiss. "Stop it! It's coming!" He shouted at the top of his lungs as he slapped Katara away. Katara stumbled back, falling to the ground. Suddenly, reality came back to him. "Katara... Oh my gods!" He said under his breath as he went down to his knees, trying to soothe his weeping wife. "What had happened to you?" She asked as she stood, a dish rag held to her fore head as she walked over to Miho.
"It's time for bed, sweety..." She cooed as she helped her child to her feet, with only one arm. As Katara lead Miho to her room. Aang sat at the kitchen table. "What has happened to me?" He repeated.
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Katara lay on one side of the bed, Aang on the other. "Katara?" He whispered, hoping his wife was still awake. "Yes?" He asked with a sad tone.
"I'm sorry..." He said as he turned to face her. Her back was turned to him, she then too, turned to face him. "It's okay... Just what is this, "War is coming"? That can't be! We killed Ozai! Zuko rules the Fire Nation, he has shown her only means to better the reputation of the fire benders, not worsen it!" She said through a fierce whisper. "I saw it in a vision - more like a dream - but I saw it! Many thousands on men, dressed in battle armor! One side held the banners for Earth, the other held the colors of Water!"
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Volume two of the Nobody's Listening Trilogy... "Virgin Healer". March.8.2006 Debute! Look for it!
Summary of "Virgin Healer"...
Katara, mistaken for the legendary Virgin Healer of Chikai is taken to the Northern Water Tribes' Palace to serve as thier guardian diety, while Aang is left to take care of Miho and get to the bottom of his vision of war. How will Katara convince the Chief she's not a guardian? And is there really a war between two countrys... or just two people?