A/N: This is a long chapter! But, I hope you enjoy it. It took forever to type! This is the last chapter and I am so excited! Enjoy the Toko-ness!
Chapter Four: Matchmaker
Katara and Toph were left alone in Toph's bedroom. Sokka had ran off to argue with Zuko, with Aang in tow. Neither of the girls were sure if he went to keep the two boys from killing each other, or if he was there to watch. But either way, the girls were abandoned in Toph's room to talk.
"Tell me, why won't you come with us?" Katara pleaded, wanting to know the reason that Toph turned down Aang's offer to accompany them on their journey.
"Katara, I can't. I have no intent on flying around the world when I can keep my feet planted firmly on the ground."
"But Toph! Why would you rather stay here with Zuko when you can travel with Aang, Sokka, and me?"
"I like it here. The entire place is made out of stone, so I can see anywhere I go. I have Iroh here for days that I need an intelligent conversation and some good tea. Not to mention, I get to spar with Zuko at any time and I can annoy him on a daily basis. What's not to like?" Toph smirked. Katara raised an eyebrow at her last sentence. Toph actually likes staying with Zuko? She always thought the only reason Toph stayed was because she didn't want to go back to her parents, and Zuko only let her stay because Iroh was very fond of her, but maybe there was something more. . .
"Oh no. I recognize that heartbeat! Sugar Queen, don't start getting any ideas of why I might refuse to leave! I told you so let's just drop it!" Toph narrowed her eyes, fully aware of the grin that just made its way across Katara's face.
"So you wanna stay here because of Zuko, huh?" her tone was slightly accusing. "I understand. You want to stay with the guy you like. That's acceptable."
"I never said I like Zuko!" Toph growled.
"You just did."
"Katara!" Katara was half-expecting to be earthbended into a wall, but when nothing happened, she continued.
"You know, you're right! I mean, what was I thinking? You and Zuko? I know he doesn't like you that way!" Katara snorted. Toph glared at her.
"Just because I said I don't like him doesn't mean he doesn't like me! I feel the change in his vibrations when I talk to him! He thinks I don't notice, but I do! He acts just like Twinkle Toes does with you!" Katara ignored the last sentence.
"But I thought you didn't care! After all, you just said you didn't like him, so he surely doesn't like you!"
"You don't know that!"
"Yes I do!"
"Yes, I bet that you'd kiss him before he would kiss you!"
"I'll take that bet! One gold piece says he'll kiss me first!"
"Deal!" Katara grinned and began to set up a couple of dates for her, to provoke Zuko. Katara was gonna have fun with this. She loved playing matchmaker. Little did she know, she actually won the bet. Yet, how she found out about this was very different than she imagined.
What actually happened that day was quite a blur. Toph and Zuko were sparring and it ended as it usually did. Zuko had pinned down Toph and was kissing her fiercely. Of course, the kissing was interrupted by a guard, who knew quite well what was going on.
"Um, Fire Lord Zuko?"
"Leave us!" Zuko didn't even bother looking up. The guard was in haste to remove himself from the throne room. Unfortunately for the couple, the guests that the guard had come to alert Zuko about didn't believe the guard when he said, "The Fire Lord is busy." The guests believed that the firebender would be happy to see them.
Zuko and Toph were lost in their own world. In fact, they were so distracted, they didn't hear or see the doors open as the Avatar and the Water Tribe siblings entered. It wasn't until Sokka shrieked before they realized anybody had come in.
"What are you doing?!" Toph and Zuko broke apart, faces flushed and lips swollen. Toph rested her head on the floor, closed her eyes, caught her breath, and wished that she was imagining her friend's vibrations. Zuko looked at the trio.
Aang stood there, speechless, with his mouth hanging open in shock. Katara stood there for a moment, before doubling over, clutching her sides, in uncontrollable laughter. Sokka was glaring at the two on the ground, his face red with anger. Zuko could imagine the steam rolling out of his ears.
"GET. . .OFF. . .HER!" Zuko began to rise, before Toph grabbed his shoulders and held him in place.
"What if I don't want him to, Snoozles?" Toph sneered. Sokka's eyes grew wide in shock.
"Toph! This is ZUKO we're talking about!"
"And your point is?" Toph raised an eyebrow. Zuko wasn't going to get in this fight, even though he wanted to say something about Sokka's remark. Instead, he took Toph's hands off his shoulders and lifted himself off her.
Toph sighed, then held out her hand. Zuko gladly took it and lifted her from the floor. Toph kept his hand in hers.
"Look, Sokka. No matter what you say, I'm going to be with Zuko. I love the hothead." she squeezed Zuko's hand. "Besides, it's not like you don't kiss your girlfriend."
"I just don't see how he puts up with you!" Sokka grinned. And with that, it started. Insults were exchanged, solely between Toph and Sokka. It wasn't until Zuko stepped in that the fighting was stopped. Zuko did this by snaking his hands around Toph's waist and lifting her off the ground away from any vibrations.
"Let's continue this later, without insults." He then carried her out of the room, much to her protests. Toph struggled violently, cursing for every breath she had in her and demanding her release so she could beat the crap out of Sokka, but Zuko held her tightly and disappeared around the corner, probably carrying her off to her bedroom to cool down.
It was about this time that Katara was rolling around the floor, clutching her sides with tears streaming down her face, laughing. Sokka only shook his head in disbelief. Aang finally closed his mouth, eyes still wide. After a few moments of silence, the guard from before came and escorted them to their rooms.
And what about the guard through all of this? He heard it all, but it didn't bother him. After all, the earthbender was going to become Fire Lady soon anyway. The Avatar and his friends were asked to come so the Fire Lord could invite them to the wedding. The only other thing on the agenda was to alert Toph's parents, but hopefully in a less. . .abrupt manner. Toph knew her parents would have fainted on the spot of seeing her and Zuko doing that, which actually didn't seem like too bad of an idea. Anyway, Toph did eventually admit to losing the bet and gave Katara her gold piece, though Toph didn't mind it so much. After all, there was a lot more where that came from. I mean, she is marrying the Fire Lord, isn't she?
A/N: And it is finished! Please review and tell me what you think! I love to hear what other's think of my story, so please review! Thanks, ta-ta!