Disclaimer: Avatar is NOT MINE!!! How many times do I have to remind you? Sheesh.
A/N: I wrote something short and lighthearted? Potentially even vaguely humorous? What is wrong with me?!?! Oh, and this is Sokka's POV. What, Sokka's POV? What IS wrong with me? Ha ha ha.
Aang would say that it's their personalities and it can't be helped.
And I suppose the kid has a point. After all, he was born a peacemaker in more than one way. Not only is he the Avatar and responsible for restoring all peace throughout the entire world, but he's also the type to compromise instead of argue, back down instead of fight. He doesn't want conflict; personally, I think it makes him uncomfortable. He would prefer to be walked all over than risk upsetting someone.
Alright, that's not entirely truthful. He doesn't let people walk all over him. He's not that passive. But still, he's a fairly passive guy who's content to let things flow. King Bumi put it best: avoid and evade, typical Airbender tactics. And, well, Aang is a master Airbender.
Then there's the matter of my younger sister. Katara is anything but a born peacemaker; she is a born fighter, through and through, whether it's the Fire Nation or someone else's opinion that's her enemy. Would she back down when Pakku told her he wouldn't teach her? No, she convinced that man soon enough and was Waterbending in no time. Would she let Toph go about her own business and just set up camp herself? No, she badgered Toph until the breaking point and both of them had a delightful shouting match—and Aang, unsurprisingly, intervened to cool everyone down. She's stubborn and obstinate and opinionated, and by the spirits, she will hold her ground.
So I can see where Aang's coming from. His personality is rather unsuited to defeating hers. But across the campfire, I can see it happening again.
Aang stands up, looking hesitant and nervous, and clears his throat. We all look at him, even though Toph has no purpose pointing her blind eyes in his general direction.
"I'm leaving tomorrow," he announces, staring fixedly at the fire. "I have my Avatar duties to attend to, and I'm not going to drag you guys all over the world again. It'll boring and repetitive, and I'm sure you all have lives you want to return to. So…I'll be going alone."
"If you seriously think I'm going to let you, then I worry for your intelligence," Katara mutters, sending him a glare.
Toph shrugs. "Sounds fine with me. I have places to go, things to do, people to not see."
I shrug as well. "Suki's waiting for me on Kyoshi. I was planning on leaving anyway."
"I'm not going anywhere," Katara repeats firmly, folding her arms on her chest and looking ready for a fight. "I'm coming with you, and I don't care if it's boring and repetitive. I'm coming."
Aang predictably caves and says meekly, "Alright, Katara. If you really want to."
"I really want to." And she smiles at him, and I can see his cheeks flush and his knees go weak. If I could, I would exchange knowing glances with Toph.
Because no matter what he says, it's not a matter of their personalities.
No, Aang is simply whipped.