Title: Because of You

Rated: T for Violence and Swearing

Summary: Katara has a dream about her mother's death. Songfic with some AangxKatara at the end.

Disclaimer: I do not own Avatar: The Last Airbender or Kelly Clarkson's Because of You. Plus I own her Five-Time platinum CD but I know you don't care… WHO ASKED YOU? Oh well, the song's great!

In Katara's Sleep

Ooh… Ooh…

Someone stormed into Katara's home.

"The fire nation is here!" said the water tribe member.

Katara's father got his weapons and walked to the door.

"Daddy, can I come with you?" asked young Sokka.

"No son, it's too dangerous. Stay here with your and little sister," said his father.

Sokka smiled, "Ok dad, I'll make sure Katara is safe." Sokka's dad ruffled Sokka's hair and went outside the house to protect the water tribe.

Katara asked her mom, "Mom, will everything be ok?"

She shook her head, "I'm not sure honey. Let's just hope everything will be ok."

All of sudden, a fire nation soldier stormed into the room.

He saw Sokka and Katara staring into his evil, golden eyes in fear.

Their mom blocked his view and shouted, "DON'T HURT THEM! THEY'RE MY ONLY CHILDREN!"

He only said, "I am only here to wipe out this village and no one will stop me." He brushed the mother and stormed over to the two tweens.

"Don't worry, this won't take long," the soldier said coldly.

Sokka stood up and warn, "I have a weapon." He had a wooden pole in his hand with the water sign carved in roughly.

The soldier scoffed, "Like I'll ever be scared of a piece of wood."

"Katara, Sokka, get out now. I'll handle him," ordered their mom. She turned to the fire nation soldier, "Don't try to hurt them. You'll have to go through me."

"Mommy! I'm staying here to help you," said Sokka.

"I'm helping too," spoke Katara.

Their mom rejected their help, "Don't, this is very dangerous. Leave now!"

The soldier said harshly, "THIS ENDS NOW BITCH!"

He raised his fiery fist.

"MOM!" cried out Katara.

Sokka tried to pull her away, "We have to go now Katara, listen to mom."

Sokka pulled Katara out of the house and as they left they heard a fiery blow that blew up their home.

Katara and Sokka shouted, "NO!" They ran to the burned down house and saw nothing but ashes. Katara looked for her mom and saw her necklace.


Katara woke up. She was breathing heavily with burning tears in her eyes. She thought coldly, Damn the fire nation.

She thought about those last moments with her mother and the explosion.

I will not make
The same mistakes that you did
I will not let myself
Cause my heart so much misery
I will not break
The way you did, you fell so hard
I've learned the hard way
To never let it get that far

She started to cry and walked to the burning fire that she, Sokka, and Aang made earlier in the day. She still couldn't get those visions of that horrible day out her head.

Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid

She started to think of all the people she met ever since she found Aang in that iceberg. There was Bumi who almost got Sokka and herself killed. There was also Haru. He was very nice and cared for Katara very much. She slightly smiled at that thought. But there was Jet. I was so stupid to believe he was the "nice" guy. Thank goodness for Sokka. Soon she remembered about Zuko, the one with her mother's necklace. She would've done anything to get that necklace back. She sighed.

I lose my way
And it's not too long before you point it out
I cannot cry
Because I know that's weakness in your eyes
I'm forced to fake
A smile, a laugh, every day of my life
My heart can't possibly break
When it wasn't even whole to start with

She always had to look up, especially for Aang. She didn't want to bring the avatar down just because of her recurring dream that happens over and over again.

Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid

She continued crying but harder. She cried for every bad thing that ever happened in her life.

I watched you die
I heard you cry every night in your sleep
I was so young
You should have known better than to lean on me
You never thought of anyone else
You just saw your pain
And now I cry in the middle of the night
For the same damn thing

Katara threw a branch into the fire and wished that branch was that soldier. It was his entire fault that she's reduced to this. Now with her dad somewhere in the world, Grandma, Sokka, and Aang is her family. Aang, the one and only avatar; she admired him for always being so spirit lifting and being well, happy.

Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt
Because of you
I try my hardest just to forget everything
Because of you
I don't know how to let anyone else in
Because of you
I'm ashamed of my life because it's empty
Because of you I am afraid

"Katara?" Aang was awake.

Katara wiped her tears and said, "Oh, you're awake."

Aang noticed the ground felt a little damp.

"Are you ok Katara?"

"I'm fine Aang, it's nothing really."

"Are you sure?"

"Yes Aang, I'm very sure."

"I don't think so. I saw you last night crying. You look like you were crying again too. I don't like it when you're sad Katara. What's wrong?"

Katara sighed and admitted, "I've been having these dreams but they're always about my mom's death. (Breaking) I just… can't get the memory out of my head… I wasn't able to say good bye to her Aang." She buried her face in her hands cried hysterically.

Because of you

Aang sighed nervously brought his hand around her shoulder.

"It's ok Katara. You still have me and Sokka," reassured the avatar. She wiped her tears and smiled.

"Thanks Aang."

"I'll make sure the fire nation will pay for what they did to your village, your mom, and for all the things they did."

Katara smiled, "And I'll right there beside you. Thanks for cheering me up Aang. I never really told anyone about this. I think I'm ready to go back to sleep." She stood up and started to walk to her sleeping bag.

"Um… Katara? Is it ok if I tell you something?"


"Well uh… I kinda… The truth is… I… well um… I… (JUST SAY I LOVE YOU!) care for you, very much. (AH YOU BIG DOPE! NICE GOING!)"

Katara blushed, "I care about you a lot too Aang. Is that all?"

Aang answered, "I guess."

"Ok, then. Good night Aang." She kissed him on the cheek and headed for her sleeping bag.

When she was fast asleep, Aang grinned and said, "Yes! (Next time, try saying LOVE stupid. Close enough though.)"

Because of you

A/n: What do you think of my first oneshot? Please review guys!