Author's Note: hey all! this is it for this story-I haven't gotten much response from it, so I'm posting this final chapter. but don't fear-more stories are definitely on the way. This scene just seemed like a perfect spot to end it. Thank you for reading it, and enjoy!
Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar. I probably won't ever own Avatar. I'll let you know if I get it for my birthday, OK?
Early the next morning, Kya awoke to the sound of a snoring Ursa. The younger girl wasn't far behind.
"It's dark in here," Ursa declared, opening her eyes.
"Yeah, you wanna turn on the light?"
"Ok," Ursa agreed. She flicked her finger, shooting fire into the little light between the beds. The two girls sat upright in their beds, legs crossed.
"What do you think the grown-ups were talking about last night?" Kya brought up the subject from the previous night.
"I don't know, but I hope they were joking. I don't want to go away," Ursa whispered.
"Me either," Kya agreed whole-heartedly. They heard a knock at the door, and their eyes locked.
"Uhh...come in," Kya said, working hard to keep her voice steady, worried that they were in trouble from the previous night. 16-year-old Koko poked her head in the door.
"Good morning, ladies. Your moms want you to come to breakfast," she paused before relaying the rest of her message. "They have a surprise for all of us," Koko noticed the scared look on their faces. "Do you want to come with me to wake everyone up?" she asked, hoping to ease the tension. The two little girls nodded. "Then let's go!"
The three young ladies made the rounds of the rooms. Many of the old monk's chambers had been turned into makeshift guest quarters for the delegates and their families. The children of the delegates all shared rooms down one long hallway, making it easy to sneak around among themselves. The older teens scolded them lightly when they were caught, but that was a rare occurrence.
As they woke the other children, a crowd gathered. By the end, all of the children woke the last one, a 17-year-old girl who promised revenge on Koko. Koko just smiled innocently as they herded the children down to the stateroom, where a second table had been erected for the momentous breakfast.
"Go find your seats, kids," Koko and the other older teens announced, looking for their own as the younger ones sped off. They were running and pointing like they were in the toy room.
Soon enough, they were all seated. The wide doors on the other wall opened, revealing the delegates-all the moms and dads of the little kids. They looked very pleased. Aang walked in last, holding Katara's hand. They were preceded by Sokka and Suki, with Mai and Zuko between the other two couples.
"Before we eat," Aang began once they were all seated, "Katara, Mai, and Suki would like to say something." He gestured to the women standing directly behind him. They stepped forward.
"We, the wives of the delegates, would like to announce the opening of a new school," Katara began.
"A boarding school for all the children here, so they can have fun with other kids," Suki added.
"And learn to not blow up the world," Mai said, dampening the mood.
Kya and Ursa looked at each other across the table. They were nervous, and each was thinking the same thing. Where are they sending us? Luckily, they didn't have to wait long for the answer.
"Since we will need a large, open location, we have decided to set the school here, at the Southern Air Temple, at least for now," Katara continued. Kya breathed an audible sigh of relief, but Ursa was still a little nervous.
"We will, of course, have the best teachers around for the children, and parents of the youngest children may be asked to stay for a semester so the children can get used to being away from home," Suki said. This time, it was Ursa's turn to sigh.
"Future peace-delegations will be held in other locations, and will not interrupt the school," Mai ended the speech in a technical, slightly depressed voice. Then again, it was Mai.
"So, what do you think Kya?" Katara asked her daughter as she returned to the table and the food came out.
"I think it's an amazing idea!" Kya exclaimed. Katara laughed at her daughter's response.
"Me too," she smiled and placed a small kiss on Kya's head. "Me too."
"I can't believe you're leaving," Kya said sadly a few days later.
"I know," Ursa replied to her best friend. The door opened.
"Come on, Ursa, your mom and dad are waiting outside," Koko informed her.
"Okay," Ursa pouted. She didn't want to leave her best friend.
"What's wrong? Don't you girls remember? Ursa will be back in like, two weeks for school!" Koko laughed at the sudden cheer that filled the room. The two girls had, in fact, forgotten this fact.
"Oh yeah!" they exclaimed simultaneously.
"Secret handshake?" Ursa smiled.
"Secret handshake," Kya agreed. They looked at Koko.
"Oh, got it. Come out when you're done saying goodbye, okay Ursa?" Ursa nodded as Koko slipped out of the room. Ursa appeared a few moments later. Koko led Ursa to the front gate.
"We'll see you in a few weeks, right Mai?" Katara checked as Koko handed off the 6-year-old.
"We'll be here," Mai assured as they turned to leave. Aang walked over to Katara and placed a small kiss on her cheek.
"You did a great job, Katara." Suddenly, Kya ran out to the gate. Aang grabbed her by the waist, holding her back.
"Let me go! Ursa forgot her bracelet! I have to give it to her!" Katara smiled at her daughter's persistence.
"You'll give it to her in two weeks when she comes back. Right now, you are going inside and cleaning your room before dinner."
"Fine," Kya pouted. Aang laughed.
Katara watched the retreating form of her daughter and smiled. Aang put his arm around her waist. She leaned into him, trusting that this was how it was always meant to be.