Grrrr. I know some of you might be wondering: "What happened to 'Aang, Katara, and a Plan'?" "And what about 'The Life of a Monk,' in all it's sad but good kataangy awesomeness?" Well, I have been writing 'Aang, Katara and a Plan' for about a month now, with a total of 17 chapters and a prologue. Over that course of time, I've had so many random ideas (including 'The Life of a Monk') backed up in my mind that it has made writing another chapter impossible until I've gotten all these ideas on paper.
So I present to you a series of random kataang-centric drabbles (whether it being romantic kataang or just friendship type kataang, mostly romantic). I just need to do this so I can finally continue with my other story.
So, drabble number 1! What would happen if you took the 'perfect opportunity' moments of kataang in the TV show and made it so that it worked out? That's what this chapter is about. Chapters will be in chronological order of airdate. Thanks to the avatarspirit website for episode transcripts.
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Perfect Opportunities Part 1
The Boy in the Iceberg
Aang, Katara, and Sokka had just met on the giant iceberg Aang had been trapped in for about 100 years. He offered to give them a ride back to their tribe on Appa, his sky bison. Appa tries to take off, but then falls into the water.
"Come on, Appa. Yip-yip!" Aang said as he shook Appa's reigns.
"Wow that was truly amazing." Sokka said sarcastically.
"Appa's just tired. A little rest and he'll be soaring through the sky. You'll see." Aang made a 'soaring through the sky' motion with his hand while looking back at his new friends. His gaze fell on Katara and he began to smile.
"Why are you smiling at me like that?" She questioned with a weird look on her face.
"Oh… I was smiling?"
"Ughhhh…" Sokka grunted from behind them on Appa's saddle.
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Katara ignores Sokka and gets up to sit next to Aang on Appa's head.
"Yeah, you were smiling." Katara settles down next to Aang and he begins to blush. He scoots away a little so that they wouldn't be so close to each other.
"I uhh, umm… sorry." He told her in a sheepish and quiet voice, rubbing the back of his neck, feeling the heat of his skin from the rush of blood to his face.
Well, he is kind of cute… And he seems fun and kind of strong… plus he's an airbender. You won't find any more of those… Ehhh, what the heck, you know want to.
Katara took off her mitten and took Aang's hand in hers, lacing their fingers together. "You can smile at me if you want."
The Waterbending Scroll
Aang, Katara, Sokka, Momo, and Appa were by a river, Aang and Katara practicing their waterbending with a scroll that Katara stole from a group of pirates.
"Why can't I get this stupid move!" Katara yelled angrily, upset that she failed to correctly use the 'water whip.'
Aang walks over towards the water. "You'll get it." Katara looks at him disbelievingly as he bends a stream of water out of the river. "You just gotta shift your weight through the stances…" Aang manipulates the water for a few seconds, before forming the whip and striking the air with it. "See, the key to bending is-."
"Will you PLEASE shut your air hole! Believe it or not, your infinite wisdom gets a little old sometimes. Why don't we just throw the scroll away since you're so naturally gifted!" Katara yelled as she shook her fist in-front of her. She looked at Sokka, who had a disapproving look on his face. "What?"
Sokka shakes his head 'no,' and Katara looks at Aang, who looks very scared and on the verge of tears.
"Omigosh, Aang, I'm so sorry. I don't know what came over me. But, you know what, it won't happen again." Katara rolled up the scroll and handed it over to Aang. "Here, this is yours. I don't want to have anything to do with it anymore."
"Its okay, Katara." Aang still sounded a little sad.
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Aang walked away, hanging his head, and left the scroll by his things. Katara let her head hang as well and she sighed.
"Aang, wait up!" She called out as she jogged to catch up with him. Once next to him, she began apologizing some more. "Aang, I'm sorry. I had no reason to blow up like that. It's just frustrating to see you get the technique right the first time and it took me my entire life just to get a few moves down."
"Katara, I already told you that it's okay."
"No, it's not okay. I want to make it up to you." She extended her arm towards him, offering to hold hands. "Come on, let's go for a walk."
Aang smiled and gladly took her hand. As they began walking away, they could hear Sokka make a "pshhhh" noise as they left. They both grinned at each other and walked along the edge of the river until Sokka couldn't see them.
They found a nice, small, grassy hill near the river and they sat there for a while. They talked until the sun stated setting, never letting go of the others' hand. As it started getting dark, Katara got an idea and blushed a little. She yawned and rested her head on Aang's shoulder, waiting for his reaction.
Taking about half a second to think about what she did, and what he should do, he draped his arm over her shoulders. Katara smiled and snuggled into him a little more.
"Good thing Sokka's not here." Katara said, almost under her breath.
Aang agreed and started pulling her a little closer to him. She looked up into his eyes, their faces slowly inched towards each other. Aang could feel Katara's warm breath on his lips. Yes! This is it! Finally! They were so close… Until…
"AAANNNGGG!!!" Sokka's clearly distressed voice was heard perfectly by everyone in the Earth Kingdom, and possibly some in the Fire Nation.
"Crap…" The two muttered as they pulled apart and stood up, each sending glances at each other, almost as if sending silent messages reading: 'sorry' 'it's okay' 'I hate Sokka' 'Me too' 'let's come back here later' and 'I'd like that.'
The Fortuneteller (yay!) Kataang Moment Number 1
Aang, Katara, Sokka, Appa, and Momo are sitting by a river. A large fish jumps out of the water repeatedly.
"Look!" Katara exclaimed, pointing towards the flopping fish.
The green fish jumps out of the water once more, looking like it has a smirk on its face.
"He's taunting us… You are so gonna be dinner!" Sokka ran over to his tent and grabbed a fishing pole, then ran back to the water. He cast off several time, but nothing happens. "Hey! Where's the fishing line?"
"Oh, I didn't think you would need it, Sokka." Aang said as he holds up a necklace he was working on.
Sokka takes a closer look. "Ahhh, it's all tangled!"
Aang airbended himself to a standing position. "Not tangled, woven." Aang turned to face Katara. "I made you a necklace, Katara. I thought since you lost your other one…" Aang holds up the necklace and grins sheepishly.
Katara gets up and walks towards Aang. "Thanks Aang! I love it!" Aang handed her the necklace.
"Great, Aang. Maybe instead of saving the world, you can go into the jewelry making business." Sokka told him sarcastically.
"I don't see why I can't do both."
Sokka turns away to see the fish jumping out of the water again. He throws the fishing rod at it as if it was a spear. "Stop taunting me!" He called out as he drew his knife and waded into the water, stabbing at it repeatedly but continuously missing.
Aang watches until he hears Katara's voice. "So? How do I look?" She asked once she had gotten the necklace on.
Aang turns around to see Katara, resulting in Aang doing a double take, some rapid arm movements, and his eyes and tongue almost falling out of their respective places. He blushes vigorously.
Through his eyes, he looks at Katara from her feet panning upwards. Their entire surroundings and background were suddenly painted a beautiful pink and purple, dazzling in the light as if the suns rays were being refracted through diamonds. He slowly makes his way to her upper body. Katara's hand was at her new necklace, in a show-offable position. There were slight pools of pink on her cheeks, probably due to embarrassment. He couldn't find a word to describe how great she looked, except… Damn!
Aang pulled at his collar with his index finger while staring at Katara. "You mean all of you? Or just your neck? I mean, uh, both look great!"
Sokka emerged from the river, holding the fish close to his face, as if he were about to kiss it. "Smoochy, smoochy! Someone's in loooove!" The fish wiggled free from his grip and flopped over, slapping it in the face with its tail fin.
"Well, I… Uh…" Aang rubs his head in embarrassment.
Katara approached behind him. "Stop teasing him Sokka!"
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"Umm, I think he's right…" Aang mumbled under his breath, not meaning for anyone to hear.
"What was that?" Katara asked him, not hearing what he said.
Aang looked up with a panicked expression on his face, ready to recall whatever he said. But something inside him told him not to… Something inside him told him to take a chance.
Aang refrained from making eye contact and looked at the dirt, turning some of it over with his foot. "I said, uhhh, that I think… um… hemightberight…" Aang let that last part out all at once and with one breath. When he didn't hear a response, (except Sokka laughing) he looked up at her, wondering what she was thinking.
He slowly raised his head and looked at her. Katara couldn't move. She just stood there.
Ummm, why is she just standing there? And what's with that smile? And that twinkle in her eye? The corners of Aang's lips curled up a little, leaving him smiling as well. Uhh, could that mean… No! No… It couldn't… Could it?
"Uhhh… Katara? Say something… Please…" Aang stepped closer to her, until they were just barely apart. "Katara…"
"For once, I'm glad Sokka's right." Katara said with a smile, taking Aang's hand in her own.
The Fortuneteller Kataang Moment Number 2
Aang and Sokka were sitting in the reception area of Aunt Wu's building. Katara was getting her prediction done in another room.
"So…what do you think they're talking about back there?" Aang asks Sokka as he pigs out on bean curd puffs.
"Boring stuff, I'm sure. Love. Who she's gonna marry. How many babies she's gonna have." Sokka replied, still eating curd puffs, sounding uninterested.
Aang was growing more tense and anxious with every word that came out of Sokka's mouth. "Yeah, dumb stuff like that…" Aang was biting his fingernails. "Well, I've gotta go find a bathroom!" Aang jumps up and begins to practically run down the hallway.
Aang begins tip-toeing, trying to be quiet as he approaches the door of the room Katara is in. He presses his ear against it, trying to hear well. From inside, he can hear her and Aunt Wu conversing.
"Your palms are so smooth – do you use moisturizer?" Aunt Wu asks Katara before the reading begins.
"Actually, I have this special seaweed lotion… I could get you some if you want." Aang slouched over and stuck out his tongue, obviously not interested in skin care products. "So, do you see anything interesting in my love line?" Aang instantly straightens up and begins to worry after hearing this.
"I feel great romance for you. The man you are going to marry…"
"Tell me more!" Katara practically yelled in excitement. Aang is growing more uncomfortable outside.
"I can see that he is a very powerful bender." At hearing this, Aang gets a sly, wide grin. He jumps around happily; after all, you don't get much more powerful than the Avatar.
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Still in his fit of joy, Aang fails to notice that Katara and Aunt Wu have started to get up and were heading towards the door. The door slides open, with Katara in-front, with Aang on the other side, eyes closed, mouthing a 'yes!'
Katara smiled and put her hands on her hips. "And just what are you so happy about?"
Aang's eyes opened widely at hearing her voice. "Ahhh, uhhh, I was… uhh… in ….um bathroom… and…" He began to blush so hard; his skin pigment probably would have turned permanently red if he kept it up much longer.
Katara stepped close to Aang, Aunt Wu watching happily in the background. "I'm supposed to marry a very powerful bender… You know of any?" Katara asked, almost teasingly.
Aang decided to play it cool, maybe something good could arise from it. "Yeah, I hear that there is guy heading towards the North Pole so that he can master waterbending. He's traveling with this extraordinarily beautiful girl from the South Pole and her brother. If you want to marry him, you'd better hurry up. I think he's falling in love with this girl."
Katara smiled some more and stepped a little closer. "So, uhh, what does this guy look like?"
"He's supposed to have these cool looking blue arrows tattooed all over his body. They tend to glow when he gets angry. His head is shaven, showing the largest of the arrows. He's kinda short, but I hear people his age tend to shoot up in a small amount of time. He likes to wear red, orange and yellow air monk robes." Aang shot her a look. "Sound like anyone you know?"
Katara stepped even closer, their faces almost touching. "Yeah, I think I know who you're talking about… And I don't think I'd mind marrying him." Katara leaned in slowly, Aang doing the same. They kissed briefly, but it had all the passion of about a month and two weeks of bottled up love in it. Aang pulled back first.
"Yeah, he wouldn't mind marrying you, either."
Okay, just so that I can post this up tonight, I'll stop there and continue on in the next chapter, and I'll put up any other random kataangy goodness that may cross my mind.
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