Disclaimer: I unfortunately don't own any of the characters used in this story.
After being a long time fan of the show, I decided to write my first "Avatar: The Last Airbender" fanfiction. This story takes place during the second season in between the episodes "Bitter Work" and "The Library", so Aang can earthbend and is still trying to get better at waterbending. I had always wondered in the episode "The Drill" how Katara knew Ty Lee's name and that she was from the circus, so this story will hopefully explain that. I hope you enjoy reading this story.
It was a normal day for the Avatar gang as they flew on Appa's back searching for a safe place to train Aang while avoiding the Fire Nation soldiers that were looking for them. The sun was shining brightly that afternoon and it looked like it would be a great day for Aang to practice bending, if they could only find someplace to land.
Despite the nice weather, the boredom of looking for a decent location was getting to all of the kids, and even Momo who squeaked more than usual. On top of all of that, they also hadn't eaten in a good while and were running low on supplies.
"Are we ever going to land? I'm starving!" Sokka exclaimed. Apparently the hunger and boredom were getting to Sokka more than usual.
"So what else is new?" Toph said in an uncaring manner. "You're always hungry. Tell us something that we don't know."
Right as Sokka was about to say something in retaliation, Katara stepped in between them and placed her hands on their shoulders. "Calm down, both of you! This bickering isn't helping anything!" she shouted so loudly that a flock of birds in the distance suddenly flew in the opposite direction.
"Yeah, Sugar Queen's right. There's no point in continuing an argument that I'd eventually win anyway." Toph said confidently.
As Sokka was about to say something again, Aang who was riding on Appa's head screamed "Hey guys, I found a place to land! Here Katara, take the reins while I check for Fire Nation soldiers." As she took the reins, Aang extended his glider and jumped off of Appa's head laughing playfully as he soared to the forest below.
"Does he always have to do that?" Toph asked.
"Trust me, you get used to it." Sokka replied.
As they landed, Aang hurried back to his friends and said that the area look okay from above. Everyone was relieved that they were on solid ground again, particularly Toph who wasn't to fond of flying in general. Just as Toph placed her feet on the ground, she felt a powerful vibration in the distance.
"What is it Toph?" Katara asked in a concerned manner.
"We're not the only ones here. Someone or something is definitely in this forest with us. I can't tell what it is, but whatever it is, it's big." Toph answered.
"What do you think it is Katara?" Aang asked as he approached her.
"I don't know Aang. It could be those girls from Omashu again. After all, they managed to find us before." Katara said with a worried look on her face. "Maybe it might be best to leave for now and find some other place to train."
"Awww, is Sweetness afraid of the big bad Fire Nation girls and their scary machine?" Toph teased.
"No!" Katara said as she walked towards Toph. "I'm just saying it's better to safe than sorry. After all we won't be able to train Aang if we're just waiting around to be ambushed by the Fire Nation! Who knows how many soldiers those girls could have brought with them this time?"
"Well, if any soldiers interrupt my training, I'll show them who's boss!" Toph shouted boldly. "After all, I'm the GREATEST earthbender in entire world!"
"Toph, calm down, you ARE a great earthbender, but you need to be reasonable." Katara replied trying to be patient.
"I think Katara's right Toph." Aang said as he stepped into the conversation. "She does make a lot of good points."
"Well what do you know? Twinkletoes is sticking up for Sugar Queen? Why am I not surprised? Toph retorted.
"I'm just saying that we should be careful and try not to caught. After all, the less firebending we have to deal with, the better. Anyway we're all to hungry to do anything if we DO have to fight." Aang said.
"And on that note, I'm going off to find something to eat." Sokka suddenly said out of nowhere. "I am getting hungrier by the minute." Everyone paused and looked him surprised at his comments. "Hey, don't look at me like that. I thought you guys were having a "benders-only" conversation." he said calmly.
"Sokka, weren't you listening. We're about to leave." Katara said sternly.
"No we aren't." Aang said as he saw Appa on his side asleep. "I guess Appa's too tired to fly us anywhere now."
"After carrying all four of us and our supplies on his for several hours straight, poor Appa must be exhausted." Katara said sympathetically.
"Yeah, well that's just great." Sokka said as he picked up his boomerang. "I'll be back soon after I find something to eat."
"Sokka, what about the vibrations that Toph sensed?" Katara asked as ran up to him.
"Katara, don't worry. There are probably a lot of caves around here. For all we know it could just be a bunch of badger moles digging some underground tunnels." Sokka said as he headed in the forest alone.
"Well, just be careful." Katara said with concern.
"Don't worry. I will." Sokka said as he tossed his boomerang around.
Sokka had been walking around for a couple of hours looking for anything that looked edible, but had no luck. Eventually he saw the sky start to change color and realized how long he had been gone. He knew that sunset was approaching and he had to find something to eat before night fell. Just then, he saw a tree with huge fruit growing off of its branches.
"It's not meat, but it'll do." Sokka said as he rubbed his stomach.
Sokka threw his boomerang perfectly cutting off the fruit from its branch, and quickly ran under it to catch it before it hit the ground. The fruit landed in his hands and splattered its juice in his face. He licked it off his mouth and bit into the fruit just as he heard a feminine laugh.
"Who's there?" Sokka shouted. "I know you're out there." Sokka felt as if this laughter was familiar somehow.
Just before Sokka could remember who the laugh belonged to, a limber girl in a pink uniform landed on the same branch that Sokka had cut the fruit from and smiled at him. "Hi, Cutie." were the only words to come out of her mouth.
"Ahhhh, it's you! That girl from Omashu!" Sokka screamed out as he looked for his boomerang. "Katara was right, it was you and your friends' machine that made the vibrations that Toph felt, I was really hoping that would have been badger moles instead." Sokka searched around for his boomerang, but was confused when he couldn't find it.
"Looking for this, Cutie?" Ty Lee said as held Sokka's boomerang in her hand. "I was exploring the area and I saw it in this tree I was climbing. It was in a branch near me and I thought it looked familiar."
"Well "Pokey" that's mine and I want it back now or else!" Sokka demanded, only to have Ty Lee giggle at his threat.
"Wow, you're even cute when your angry." Ty Lee said as if Sokka was just kidding around. "And by the way, my name's not "Pokey" just so you know."
"Well what would you call someone that pokes somebody when they fight... and that's not the point anyway!" Sokka screamed. "Give it back now! This is your last warning!" He was obviously very frustrated at the situation and Ty Lee called his bluff.
"Okay Cutie, you can have it back." Ty Lee said sweetly.
"Well then, that's better." Sokka said proudly as if he had won a fight. "You must be a smart girl to know better than to anger a warrior like me." Sokka continued as if Ty Lee hadn't defeated him in battle before, cause Ty Lee to giggle again.
"All you have to do is catch me first!" Ty Lee exclaimed as she playfully leaped through the tree branches in the forest, laughing the entire time. "Come on Sweetie, you have to move fast to keep up with me!"
Sokka groaned and chased after her not even thinking about the possibility that she might be leading him into a trap, or that her two friends could following him right now just waiting for the right time to strike. All he could think about was getting his boomerang back at any cost. He was so distracted that he didn't even notice the trench ahead of him, as he monitored Ty Lee's movements in the trees.
Ty Lee was having so much fun playing around with Sokka that as she turned to look at him running on the ground, she accidentally stepped on a dead tree branch that snapped and caused her to fall. Sokka yelled as she crashed into him and caused them both to fall down the steep incline of the trench.
When they had both landed, Ty Lee sat up and brushed the dirt off her arms. "Oh, I must be lucky, I landed on something soft." she said happily.
"Hey, who are you calling soft?!" Sokka said, his face muffled in the ground. Apparently he had broken Ty Lee's fall and wasn't too happy about being on the receiving end of the collision. "Can you get off of me?!"
"Oh, sorry about that." Ty Lee said as she squirmed off of him, slightly embarrassed about the predicament. Just then Ty Lee smiled at Sokka, causing him to become nervous.
"What is it? Why are you smiling?" Sokka said as started to back away, but hit a wall with his shoulder.
"Well Cutie, it appears that there's no escape now." Ty Lee said as she extended her smile "It looks like I caught one of the Avatar's friends, but what do I do now?"
"What indeed?" Sokka thought to himself. "Oh man, why did this have to happen to ME?"
At this moment, Sokka realized he might be in a lot more trouble than he thought.
Well, that's the end of Chapter 1. I hoped you enjoyed reading so far. I'll write Chapter 2 as soon as I can. See you next time.