Figured I'd do an alternative ending. Now stop the death threats! Sorry that it's about a year late :)


"I can't believe I'm getting married tomorrow!" Katara squealed into the phone that balanced lightly on her shoulder, "Yeah, I have everything in ord-" craaaaack. The bride-to-be dropped the phone onto the counter as pieces of glass fell into the soapy water. Immediately, her bloodied fingers went into her mouth and she sucked on them; hoping to stop the flow of crimson liquid.

"Helloooooooo?" called the voice from the phone, "Katara! Are you there?"

She pulled her hand away and pressed the cuts against a towel. Quickly, the girl grabbed the device and placed it next to her ear. "Sorry, I am trying to do dishes... And let's just say I hope me and Aang get a new wine glass set." Her eyes looked closely at the wounded hand. "No, doesn't look like I have to get stitches; the blood is beginning to stop." She sighed and pulled the plug out of the sink and watched the water twirl into the darkness.

Katara stared at the clock, why does time always go by slowly when something good is coming? The past few weeks went by so quickly; getting ready for her wedding took up almost all of her time. Didn't take long for the bride to get the flowers and catering mixed up, thank God for Yue! All Aang really did was decide if the wedding was going to be outside or inside. In fact, the young couple hardly saw each other any more. But does it matter? They were about to spend the rest of their lives together. A smile spread across her face at this thought.

Knock. Knock. Knock.

"Oh, Yue, I have to go. I think Aang forgot his key again! Yeah, I'll talk to you later, bye!" Katara pressed the button that cut the connection between the two. "Come in you silly! It's unlocked!"

There was a small pause at the door, but Katara ignored it and gently picked the broken glass from the sink. She was careful not to cut herself, seeing as how the bleeding had finally stopped. The doorknob slowly turned right, as though someone was committing a serious crime and they were determined not to get caught. "Aang? Are you okay?" The door opened a bit and the person paused just outside; keeping out of view. "Aang?"

Katara moved out of the kitchen and peered around the corner. "Who's there?" She said in a very low and freightened voice. Whoever it was, they didn't want the girl to know their identity. "Show yourself!" She demanded at the figure in the door.

Instead of a human emerging from the hall, a small black box was tossed across the floor and at the girl's feet. Puzzled, Katara gave a quizzical glance at the mysterious person. Seemingly pleased the man whispered, "Open it."

With shivers shooting through every nerve in her body, Katara bent down and held the box delicately in her hand. Full of curiousity, she opened the package and stared at the object within. A smile spread across her face as she took the necklace from it's casket, "Oh, Aang! It's beautiful!"

Her lover stepped into the room with a giant grin on his face. "Good. I thought you'd like it." Within a few strides, he stood happily behind her and grabbed the necklace from her grasp. "It's pretty," he whispered in her ear, "but doesn't even come close to being compared to your beauty."

"Now that's just cheesy." Katara smirked as he hooked the necklace on her neck and wrapped his arms around her waist. The stone pendant laid happily on her chest as the soft blue cloth hugged around her neck.

"I know," he confessed before kissing her head. "But it's true."

Never before had she felt so connected and at peace with her future husband. Within just a few hours... Katara gasped and placed her hands over his eyes. "What are you doing here? You know it's bad luck to see the bride 24 hours before the wedding!"

"That's too long." He complained as he tightened his grip on her and refused to let go.

"Fine... Just a few more minutes. But then you have to go straight back to Haru's house. Alright?"

"No promises." Aang mumbled and began to nibble lightly on her ear.

Katara giggled then spun around and kissed him lightly on the lips. He returned her kiss with one full of desire. As he began to caress her sides, she pulled back and grinned. "Save it for the honeymoon," the girl teased and stepped back from him.

Aang's lips went into an automatic pout, "Aww. C'mon! Please?"

She shook her head and crossed her arms over her chest. "Nuh-uh."

"Fine..." He laughed, "Guess we do have a big day tomorrow, huh?"

"Speaking of which..." Katara grabbed his wrist and began to drag him to the front door, "You have to go!"

"That wasn't even five minutes!"

"Good. The sooner you leave, the better. I don't want the bad luck to strike us." She pushed him into the hallway and gave him a quick peck on the cheek. "See you at the wedding! And don't be late."

Aang nodded and began to walk down the corridor. "I love you."

"I love you too. Oh. And Aang?"

"Yeah?" He paused and turned around to look at his love.

She winked at him. "Thanks for the necklace." Then closed the door behind her as she went back inside.

-x-

"Oh Katara! Can you believe that you're getting married today?" Yue sang in delight.

"Honestly, no, I can't." The bride swayed back and forth in front of the mirror in her wedding gown. "Does my dress look okay?"

"Ugh. For the millionth gazillionth time, Katara!" Sokka threw his hands up in the air, "You look just fine!"

"You're just grumpy because Aang didn't pick you to be his best man." Yue smirked.

Katara laughed as she spun around and looked at her brother. "It's not too late to be a bridesmaid!"

"Well... The dresses are very slimming." He gave a thoughtful look, "Yue, can I try yours on?"

"No way! Get your own!"

"But there is no more..." Sokka pouted and looked away.

There was a knock at the door and everyone looked as it slowly creaked open, "Are you ready? It's almost time."

"We'll be out in a minute!" Yue replied as the man outside grunted and closed the door once more. "You are ready, aren't you?"

Katara began to mumble, "I've been thinking..."

"Now don't you be gettin' cold feet on us!" Sokka panicked.

"Sokka, could you-"

"Oh god. You do have cold feet! I knew this was going to happen! Oh god. Oh god. Oh god! Someone start blowing on this girl's feet and make them warm again! Quick! Yue!"

"Sokka!" Katara screamed, "I just wanted to ask if you would walk me down the aisle!"

Sokka stood there awkwardly and shuffled his feet back and forth. His head bent down and he cleared his throat.

"Sokka?"

He coughed and looked up at the bride. He stretched his hand out towards her and smiled, "I'd be honored to."

The girl nodded and gently placed her hand in his own. Both of the siblings walked silently out of the room and to the main doors. Yue walked slowly behind them, letting the beautiful music of the organ fill their ears.

All three of them stood in the main hall. "This is it," Yue whispered.

"Yep." Katara swallowed, why did her mouth suddenly get dry?

"Hey." Her best friend kissed her forehead and smiled, "Remember: He is the one."

She returned the smile, "Yeah, I know."

"Good luck!" Yue stuck her tongue out at her, "Oh. And don't trip."

"Gee. Thanks."

Katara clung onto Sokka's arm as she watched her bridesmaids walk to the alter. This is it. She thought.

"You ready?" Her brother whispered.

She nodded her head and sharply inhaled. The Wedding March played through the organ pipes and the two began the long walk down the hall. With all eyes on her, Katara locked her own gaze on the well-groomed man waiting for her by the alter. He beamed happily as his bride walked to him. We're finally going to be together, she thought. As though reading her mind, Aang nodded his head and his smile grew.

Katara took the final stride and stood before her groom. Sokka kissed her forehead before moving away, "Give him hell, sis."

She chuckled as her hands entertwined with her lover's fingers. The minister gave a nod of approval and looked out to the crowd, "Dear family and friends, on behalf of Katara and Aang, I welcome all of you for this marriage celebration. We are here today to encourage..."

The couple looked deeply into each others' eyes as the minister continued. For the rest of our lives, we will be together. Katara smiled.

"Do you take Katara to be your lawful wedded wife to have and behold from this day on, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, as long as you both shall live?"

Aang grinned and declared, "I do."

The minister switched his gaze to the bride and repeated, "Do you take Aang to be your lawful wedded husband, to have and behold from this day on, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, as long as you both shall live?"

"I do." She swore with all her heart.

-x-

"So as marriage is the covenant, vows are the entrance into that commitment. The first step down the road that they will travel together, for the remainder of their lives." ~ Anonymous