Toph: Now I'm really gonna beat your butt.

Sokka: Hey, Toph.

Toph: What, Sokka?

Sokka: I think you should take a look at this. –hands Toph a copy of all the chapter up so far-

Toph: -reads through it and a vein starts throbbing in her temple- HOW DARE YOU WRITE SOMETHING LIKE THIS! I WOULD NEVER ACT LIKE THAT IN A MILLION YEARS.

Sokka: What do you mean by that?



Phoenix's Soul: -starts sneaking away while Toph and Sokka are yelling at each other- Oh boy now I'm really gonna get it. Those two aren't going to be happy when they finally decide to make me pay for this. Oh well on with the next part of the story.


"What?" Kataraa gasped.

"I can't believe this," said Aang in disbelief.

"I agree," Bato said nodding his head.

"They aren't here," Hakoda said walking around the small area at the front of the caver.

"I was sure they would be here," Kataraa said hanging her head.

Hakoda walked around the small space for a few minutes. He bent down and check here and there from time to time. He placed his hand on his chin and began to think.

"Well they were here," he finally said after a few minutes.

"So they could still be alright," Bato said in a comforting voice.

"Yeah, Kataraa," Aang said putting his hand on her shoulder. "I'll bet they're on their way back to the village as we speak."

"How ya doing, Toph?" Sokka asked looking down at her.

"I'm doing fine, Sokka," Toph replied.

He was leaning on her for support since he couldn't put any weight on his left leg. Sure he was heavy, but Toph didn't mind. She was just happy that they were both together, alive and together.

"You know you really don't have to do this."

"I know I don't have to," Toph said in a soft growl. "But I want to. For the longest time in areas where there was no earth you were my eyes. Now that you can't walk I'm here to support you, just like you've supported me."

Sokka looked down at her still, and felt tears beginning to form in his eyes. This side of Toph that he now saw was almost strange to him. He was used to Toph being tough and strong, or at others a little scared and worried. But this one was a whole new side of her that he had thought he would ever see. A loving caring side that just made him feel so right.

"Did Sokka really kill a Walrus-Lion?" GranGran asked disbelievingly.

"As far as we can tell, yes," Hakoda responded showing her Sokka's boomerang, part of which was covered in blood. "We went ahead and brought it back with Aang's and Kataraa's help."

"By the way, where are Kataraa and Aang?" GranGran asked. "I haven't seen them since you've been back."

"They've been keeping a look out up on the wall."


"Yes, Aang?"

"You really should be so worried. Think about it. They are Toph and Sokka, the greatest Earthbender and the Idea Guy."

Kataraa laughed and thanked Aang for his words of comfort. They shared a momentary hug and kiss, before the sound of someone shouted brought them back to reality.

"Their back, their back!" Bato shouted from down at the bottom of the wall.

"Come on Aang," Kataraa cried happily and grabbed his arm and took off down along the wall.

The two came to a halt at the front of the village. Several feet away they could see Toph and Sokka slowly making their way to the village in the waning light. Aang was a bit perplexed when he realized that Sokka was leaning on Toph, but didn't have too much time to think when Kataraa pulled him along once more.

"Sokka! Toph!" she shouted as she ran at them full speed dragging Aang through the snow.

"Hey, Kataraa," Sokka shouted waving to his sister with his free arm.

"Braise yourself," he whispered into Toph's ear.


"Just do it."

Toph barely had time to dig her feet into the snow before, both she and Sokka were plowed by Kataraa and Aang. The three were laughing merrily until Kataraa accidentally rolled onto Sokka's broken leg causing him to yelp in pain. The four friends finally stood up and once again Toph began to support Sokka's wait. Aang still found this a little strange even though he knew Sokka's leg was broken.

"Oh my, Sokka!" GranGran exclaimed when she Sokka's broken leg and the cuts he had on his face and the gash in his arm. "So you really did fight against a Walrus-Lion. Those are going to leave some very severe scars."

"No they won't GranGran," Kataraa beamed. "I can use my waterbending to heal Sokka's wounds up in no time."

"No," both Sokka and Toph in unison.

"I mean I think they'll pretty cool when they're all healed up an all," Sokka stammered when he realized that everyone was looking at him and Toph strangely.

And so Sokka and Toph began telling the story about everything that happened. Though they conveniently left out certain parts. It took less than an hour, but each minute felt like an hour in its self. After everyone enjoyed a bit off food Toph leaned over to Sokka and whispered something and the two of them got up quietly and snuck out. The only person who noticed them leave was Kataraa.

"So they finally realized each other's feelings," she said with a soft smile on her lips.


"Yeah, Toph," Sokka replied while setting up Toph's little earth mat.

"You won't leave me will you?" she asked softly.

After finishing pouring out they earth from its little jar he kissed her lips softly.

"Does that answer your question?"

She simply replied by kissing him back. "What do you think?"

He helped her take her boots off, and the two of them sat down on the earth mat. Sokka took her small hand in his and gave it a soft squeeze. She squeezed his back and rested her head on his shoulder.


"Yeah, Toph?"


"For what?"

"For keeping me warm, snoozles," she said closing her eyes and drifting off to sleep.

"You're welcome, Toph," Sokka whispered softly and kissed the top of her head. "And thank you for."


Phoenix's Soul: Well that's that. Hmmm I wonder what happened to Toph and Sokka?- looks around and starts looking for them- Hmm that's strange.-looks over some bushes and smiles- Hey everyone look at this.-points past the bushes and shows Toph sitting with Sokka- Aaaah. That's so cute.-wham hit hard by a large boulder-

Sokka: See I told you he would fall for it.

Toph: Yeah, yeah I know I know.

Sokka: So what do you want to do now?

Toph: Well we could just sit here.

Phoenix's Soul:-the two just sit there and don't even pay attention to me as I get back up- Ouch did anybody get the license number of that bus.- rubs head and sneaks away- Ok well that like I said before that's everything for this story. "Until the Next Chapter"