AAAH!! DEATH! PAIN! DESTRUCTION! RAVENOUS BABIES!! I am SOOOOO sorry I haven't updated this in so long people! I'm the worst writer EVER!! But I've been crazy busy! So, here you go. This is pretty long, so I hope you all are satisfied. I've gotten SO many messages and comments and all those kinds of doohickies from angry fans wanting more. DON'T EAT ME!! –shrinks away and holds out chapter 7 shakily- take it! JUST TAKE IT!! AH!! –runs away screaming-
(SO YOU KNOW: This contains a scene from the boiling rock, and the next chapter is gonna be based on that point in avatarness, so if you don't like spoilers, you should! They're crazy awesome!)
Toph lay quite comfortable under her sleeping bag. She was nice and cozy. The morning was warm. It was the perfect moment. That is, until Sokka jerked her shoulder, "Toph! Are you awake?" He asked in a loud whisper.
"Well, I am now!" She growled at him. She shifted the earth and made it shove him across the campground, where he hit a pillar, causing him to stop. "And now you are too!" She said with a smirk.
Sokka rubbed his head and groaned. She had done this before when he woke up to use the bathroom one night, and tripped over her pack lying right beside her ear.
He muttered angrily to himself and stood up, brushing the dirt off his clothes.
"What do you want, pea-brain?" Toph asked sitting up reluctantly.
Sokka held his finger to his lips, shushing her, muttered something about Aang, who lay nearby, and motioned for Toph to follow him.
She moaned and fell back on her sleeping bag, covering her face with her pillow. Sokka sighed and grabbed her wrist, pulling her along. She protested a bit to being forcefully moved, but left it at that and followed him out, giving the faintest suggestion of a smile. She quickly stifled it though, and tugged her hand from his tight grip, "I can walk, thank you very much." She mumbled loud enough for him to hear.
He rolled his eyes and turned towards the ruins. Toph followed behind him and sat on the pedestal when they arrived at the center of the ruins.
"So why'd you wake me up so early, frog-breath?"
Sokka sat next to her and said, "Well, we gotta come up with a plan to get Aang and Katara together, don't we? And we need to do it when they aren't around, and they're both sleeping!"
Toph yawned loudly, "Whatever. Just don't expect me to be nice to you today. I need my beauty sleep!"
"What?" Toph asked, glaring in his direction.
"You? Want beauty sleep? That's just really—" He stopped when he saw the look in her eyes, and cleared his throat quickly. "I mean, sure, whatever you say."
Toph slugged him on the shoulder with extreme force.
Sokka moaned and spat out, "Okay, that's a bruise!"
Toph lay down on the pedestal. Sokka could almost see her eyebrows radiating with fire. She was really pissed now.
"Sorry Toph." He said calmly, "I didn't mean it."
"Yes you did." She said, rolling over to face away from him. "You wouldn't have said it otherwise. And why should I care if you think I'm ugly? I don't give a hoot what you think." Her eyes got watery as she said this, but Sokka couldn't see.
"You're not ugly!" He said in an apologetic tone.
Toph sniffed and shook her head, secretly drying her tears. "Yeah, thanks for sounding oh, so reassuring." She sat up and sighed. "Whatever. Let's talk about Aang and Katara."
They sat in silence for a while. Sokka finally mumbled, "You really are pretty you know."
Toph blushed, and punched him, "Shut up, you don't have to say that."
He looked at her and smiled. She could feel the tenderness of his gaze and smiled, "Thanks."
"No problem." He replied.
"So, did you have a plan or something?" She asked, trying to blow off the subject. "For Aang and Katara I mean?"
He raised an eyebrow, then shrugged and said, "Uh, not really. You got anything?"
She smiled mischievously, "Well—"
"We're not locking them in a room made of metal!" He snapped at her.
"What, a girl can't have a little fun?" She asked with a smile.
He moaned and slapped his hand to his forehead, "We're never gonna get anywhere if we keep this up!"
Toph sighed and played with her space-rock bracelet, "Fine, we can try and figure out a logical plan!" She put on a sing-song voice with these last two words and rolled her eyes.
Sokka glared at her. "Whatever. Let's just go back to the camp, seeing how neither of us can think of anything realistic!"
"Hey! Trapping people in metal is realistic! I would know!" She said as they stood up.
"You got out though, didn't you?"
She stuck her tongue out at him.
Sokka sighed, "Let's just go. If you think of anything, let me know, okay?"
"Likewise" Toph said as she reattached her bracelet to her upper arm. As they walked back, Toph hummed a soft tune. Sokka had never heard her sing or hum anything before. It sounded pretty good, actually. He didn't say anything to her about it though, he just smiled and enjoyed it while it lasted, which wasn't very long, for as soon as Toph felt his heart skip a beat and knew he was smiling. She stopped humming and asked, "What's that goofy grin for?"
He looked at her, "Uh, nothing. I'm just happy!"
She raised an eyebrow, and walked ahead of him to her sleeping bag as they reached the campsite, "Whatever."
It became apparent throughout the day to Toph that Sokka was not very happy though. He seemed rather gloomy and walked around with a frown on his face the rest of the day. She wondered what was wrong with him, but she wasn't the type of person that would ask, so, she kept her nose out of his business and walked out of the temple, pulling a protesting Aang by the ear to go practice earth bending.
"But we practiced this afternoon!" He yelled, digging his feet into the ground, "I think my arms are going to fall off if I do anymore! My muscles are screaming at me!"
"Then tell them to shut up! I'm bored!" She yelled back and pushed him ahead of her as everyone watched and laughed, except for the gloomy Sokka.
By the time Aang and Toph got back at sundown, Zuko was brewing up a pot of tea for everyone. Aang sat next to Katara and Toph sat next to Zuko, who stood with the tea and began passing it out, saying something about a joke. Toph felt Sokka's steady breath sounds behind her, clearly sitting alone, polishing his boomerang. He didn't seem to have cheered up since she left. If anything, he seemed worse. She sighed and put on a smile as Zuko came to her with a cup of tea. She tried to cover up her disappointment of Sokka's dull behavior and said,
"It's nice to get a chance to relax a little. It hardly ever happens!" She sipped her tea, and wrapped her hands around the cup, warming her hands.
Zuko approached Sokka, offering him a cup of tea.
"Hey, can I talk to you for a second?" Toph heard Sokka say. She heard the two of them walking away and sighed again.
"Is everything okay, Toph?" Katara asked, looking at her from across the fire.
She smiled, "Everything's fine! But between us, this tea is pretty nasty."
Everyone laughed quietly and poured their tea in the fire in agreement.
When Sokka and Zuko got back, they all agreed it was a good time to go to bed. They all said their good nights and curled up under there blankets.
Toph woke up in the middle of the night and looked around. She thought she had heard Appa groaning, but he lay still next to Momo by the edge of the temple. She could hear steady breath sounds from everyone in the camp, except for Sokka who wasn't in his sleeping bag.
"Wonder where he got off to." She thought to herself. Yawning, she closed her eyes and went back to sleep, not noticing the vibrations of a large fire nation war balloon been shoved away from the temple, floating towards the dark sky beyond.
Sound familiar to anyone? :-O
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