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Author's Note: So am I the only one who finds it sexy when Aang earthbends? At first, I thought it was just the drama of his battle with Azula, but I responded when he was building the zoo, too. Yeah, okay, I'm weird.
Anyway, this was going to be a oneshot, but I just had too many ideas to cram in. Instead, it's a series of related scenes inspired by Tales of Ba Sing Se. At the moment, I think it will be three chapters. The first one begins immediately after the Tale of Toph and Katara.
Toph and Katara, continued
"Well, Twinkle-toes thinks you're beautiful," Toph continued. "I guess I'll just have to take his word for it." Katara looked sharply at the other girl, seeing the smug smirk on her face that was usually reserved for earthbending opponents. Katara felt color rising to her cheeks.
"How do you know he wasn't just being polite?" she answered, trying desperately to keep her tone level.
"In that tone?" Toph snorted derisively. "And I'm guessing that Sokka's reaction means that the way he was looking at you wasn't entirely innocent, either."
"It was just a flick," Katara said faintly, blushing even harder. Yes, she remembered Aang's expression quite well. Bringing it to mind now, combined with his tone of voice, brought a warm, tingly feeling to a place deep inside of her. She had to admit that she had really liked his reaction.
"Come off it, Katara. I can feel you blushing from here."
"You can not!" Katara objected, before belatedly realizing that she had virtually confessed that she was. Toph's smile broadened. "How do you do that?"
"It's a gift."
"This is supposed to be a girls' day," Katara attempted to salvage the situation. "We're not supposed to be talking about the boys."
"That's funny. I thought the main thing girls talked about when they were alone was…boys."
Katara's mouth worked for a few seconds, but no sound came out. She realized that Toph was right. Had she been traveling with Aang and Sokka so long that she'd forgotten what groups of girls were like?
"Okay, you win," Katara gave in. "What do you want to talk about?"
"What do they look like?"
"The boys, of course," Toph sounded exasperated. "What are we talking about?"
"I'm not sure how to describe them that will make any sense to you."
"That's okay. Just give it a try. I know how tall they are, how heavy they are, and how they walk. Fill in the rest for me."
Katara did her best to describe Aang and Sokka, focusing on the size and shape of their features, since things like color would have no meaning for Toph. Toph was particularly interested in Aang's tattoos.
"Where do they start?" she wondered.
"Well, the ones that end on his hands start under the shoulder. I'm not really sure about the others; I haven't seen enough of him."
"How is that possible? He doesn't wear much when he's swimming."
"How would you know that?"
"Clothing gives vibrations, too."
"Oh," Katara did not offer any more.
"So you're saying you'd pretty much have to see him naked to know for sure?"
"Toph!" Katara exclaimed, blushing again. Okay, so she had thought about it a time or two.
"Hey, it's nothing to me," Toph shrugged. "I can 'see' everyone naked whether they're clothed or not because I can tell the difference between their clothes and their body."
"Can we just talk about something else?" Katara found this revelation a little disturbing.
"Whatever. We're almost back, anyway."
Katara looked up and found that, in fact, they were turning onto their street. Even though it had only been a few hours, she found that she was excited to see Aang again. She shoved aside her embarrassment and quickened her footsteps to approach their door.
Author's Note: I really thought Toph and Katara should have exchanged some girl talk at some point. Besides, Toph's comment about not knowing what Katara looked like seemed to lead naturally into her making some snarky comment about Aang's reaction to her being dressed up.
I have to give some credit to my husband here for coming up with the theory that, to Toph, everyone is essentially naked, and their clothes are a layer of vibrations over that.