A/N: Tokka oneshot that takes place at the end of the first day at the Western Air Temple.
Toph sighed. She was living her fantasy. She was being carried in Sokka's arms to her bedroom. It was her fantasy with a few inconsistencies. For instance, her feet were stinging with pain, Sokka wouldn't stop rambling and nothing was going to happen after he laid her into bed. They had just eaten dinner and everyone was going to sleep. She sighed and tried to look on the bright side. She focused on his heartbeat which she could hear clearer then ever as she rested her hand on his chest.
"I mean, he's chased us all around the world! Tried to kill us!" he was saying. He was talking about Zuko… and had been for the past 5 minutes, "It's just going to be so strange adding him to the group. Do you thi-"
"Sokka?" Toph cut him off.
"Shutup," she said as she rested her head against his shoulder. His heartbeat sped up she noticed.
Sokka smiled down at Toph. Her eyes were closed but he didn't think she had fallen asleep. What he didn't know was that she was cherishing this moment, trying to make a mental note of exactly how it felt to be carried by the boy she harbored a secret crush for. She couldn't help but notice he was carrying her like a husband carries his wife. She smiled to herself.
They continued to walk in silence both trying to hide their happiness from the other until they reached the stairs. Sokka began to walk up them and about halfway up he slipped. He gasped and this scared Toph. She threw her arms around his neck and held on tight. Sokka managed to catch them from falling backwards by stepping on a step two stairs below just in time.
Sokka was breathing heavily, "Are you alright?" he asked Toph. She was a little surprised at how close his voice sounded.
"I'm okay… are you okay?" she asked as she continued to cling to his neck.
He nodded and said, "Yes." He took a deep breath before continuing up the stairs. Toph knew she should probably take her hands away from his neck but she didn't. A minute later Sokka's heartbeat was still beating just as fast as when they fell and Toph wondered if her position had anything to do with that. She nuzzled her head into his neck and sure enough his heartbeat only got quicker.
"Thankyou for doing this Sokka," she said quietly.
"You're welcome," his voice was far softer the normal.
They didn't say anything until they reached Toph's room. He laid her down into her bed and helped her with her sheets. Toph noticed that all the places her body had been touching his were cold now.
"Do you need anything else?" Sokka asked leaning against the doorway.
Toph thought, she didn't want him to leave but she couldn't find a reason for him to stay. "I guess not," she said.
"Alright then, goodnight Toph," he said.
She heard him starting to leave then she called him back, "Wait, Sokka?"
She paused for a moment before saying bluntly, "I'm not tired, stay here and talk to me."
He smiled sweetly at her, he took every chance he could to be with Toph alone because he could show how much he cared for her with his face without Aang or Katara seeing. And of course Toph could only feel his vibrations, which he was painfully aware of. He sometimes thought that she knew how he felt for her but he tried to ignore it.
"What do you want to talk about?" he asked. They had been doing this for at least a month now. Toph would find a reason to keep Sokka from going to bed and then they'd talk long after Aang and Katara had fallen asleep. In the past weeks Sokka had grown closer to this girl than he had been with anyone before.
She sighed and tried to think of something. "I don't know. How about you just talk," she said.
"Last time I did that you told me to shutup," he said with a laugh.
"Well just talk about something other then Zuko," she said. He sat there trying to think of something. After a minute or so she said, "Well?"
"Don't rush me! You're putting a lot of pressure on me you know!" he said. She smiled at the strain in his voice, it was cute. "Okay, I'll talk about… uhh…"
"How about I think of a topic," she said.
"Alright," he said.
"Who's Yue?" she said.
She could feel the tension in the air rise the moment she said her name. His voice was shaky and soft when he spoke, "How do you know about Yue?"
"One night, you were lying down but I knew you weren't asleep. I asked Katara what you were doing… she said you were thinking about Yue. I didn't know what that meant but she didn't want to tell me anything else," Toph said. Sokka had been watching the moon that night.
"Let's talk about something else okay?" he said quietly.
Toph wasn't going to let him off that easily, "Alright, let's talk about Suki."
"Why would I want to talk about either of those things?!" he said angrily. She could tell he had stood up by the area his voice was coming from.
"Sokka," she was speaking kindly trying to keep him from yelling at her again. It hurt her more then he would ever know, "I've told you everything. Every secret I have to tell."
"I didn't make you tell me! I didn't ask you to talk about your family! Why should I tell you these things," he was almost shouting now.
She sighed, "I'm not saying that you owe me anything. I'm just trying to help." He didn't respond, "You and me are the same Sokka. We both bottle up our feelings until we can't stand it anymore. But when I talk to you about my problems… well it just makes me feel better. I haven't heard a word about Suki and apparently there's a girl named Yue who you still think about! If you told someone… if you told me, then it could help."
She could hear Sokka sigh. But she was shocked when she felt the end of her bed sag under his weight. Had he just sat on her bed? She tried to stop herself from blushing.
"Alright, I'll talk… but if I want to stop you can't press me to keep talking okay?" he said in a defeated voice. Toph nodded, "Alright, so do you want to hear about Yue first?"
"Well, Yue was the princess of the northern watertribe. We went there to find Aang and Katara a waterbending teacher. This was a few months before we first met you. Well when we first entered the city I saw this beautiful girl… more beautiful then any girl I've ever seen, with white hair and pale blue eyes," Toph was listening politely sitting up in bed, "And so I started talking to her and she eventually agreed to go out on a date with me. But I found out that she was engaged to this creep named Hahn," he said the name with a growl, "And then everything began going wrong when we realized we were about to be attacked by the Firenation," he remembered the black snow falling through the sky… black snow he had seen twice, first preceding his mother's death and second preceding his love's death.
He swallowed the lump in his throat and continued, he told about Aang entering the spirit world and Zuko kidnapping him. He explained Yue's connection with the moon and how the moon and the ocean were the source of all waterbender's power. Then he got to Zhao, "The head of the fleet of Firenation ships was named Zhao, and he had somehow found out that the moon spirit had taken the form of a coyfish years ago. And he planned on killing it and destroying the power of the waterbenders. He killed the fish and the moon vanished, it was terrifying. I really thought that…" he stopped and a ghost of the terror that had come to him that night came to him now, "I thought that it was over."
It was silent as Toph tried to get the picture of her three best friends dead out of her mind."How did you escape?" asked Toph.
"Aang saved us all, it was incredible Toph," he said. "He went into the avatar state and joined his energy with the ocean spirit and created this monster of water which he was controlling from the inside. He fought off the Firenation single-handedly and they retreated."
Toph had a feeling she knew what happened next. She asked in a quiet voice, "What happened to Yue?"
When he spoke his voice was low and filled with emotion, "She gave herself up. She gave her life to become the moon spirit," neither of them spoke for a long time. Toph wanted to hold him, comfort him in anyway but she couldn't think of anything she could do.
So she reached her hand out on the bed and she prayed he would hold it. He did and she asked, "Did you love her?"
He nodded but couldn't speak because of the lump in his throat. Toph didn't need a yes to know the answer. She heard a tiny sniffle and the idea of Sokka crying made tears come to her own eyes. She felt them begin to roll down her cheeks. The sadness that she felt for Sokka was overwhelming.
She felt him sit up, "What are you crying for?" he asked, his voice stuffy after his bout of tears.
She squeezed his hand, "For you." She felt him take his hand out of hers, then she felt it again on her face this time, wiping away a tear.
"Don't," he said sweetly. And they didn't say another word for the rest of the night. Sokka came under the sheets, Toph rested her head on Sokka's shoulder while Sokka wrapped his arm around her waist. They fell asleep, closer than ever.
A/N: I can't believe how fluffy that was at the end :P Hope you liked it!
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