Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar: The Last Airbender; Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have me beat in that area. I don't know if I would want to own it, anyways, with all the shipping wars going on. Hmm...
Author's Note: Due to the plethora of spoilers being posted for A:TLA from NYCC, I've been bit by the inspiration bug for Suki and Sokka and felt like participating in a LiveJournal challenge dedicated to them. This challenge is from the 10(underscore)themes community, and there (as the community name suggests) are ten prompts. So, basically, these will all be ten one-shots dedicated to Suki and Sokka!
I picked this title, straying from how I normally name challenges, since this is a more dirty (though not entirely smutty) take on their prospective relationship, and... they wouldn't be head over heels, they'd be heels over head (taken from a song title), in this smuttier tale, wouldn't they?
Please, review when you're done and tell me what you think! Enjoy!
01 : Hot
Rating : PG-13
Theme : 06. Hot
April 20, 2008
She leaned back against the rock she sat in front of, her face tilted upwards to the sky. Ever since she had left that prison, the sun had become more precious to her than almost everything. Being away from it for so long, its calm, warming rays–it made her stir-crazy. Not to mention, pretty pale in comparison to her usual healthy skin tone. Every day the sun was shining, she found herself outside in minimal clothing, taking in the sun's rays.
"As much as I admire the view, aren't you hot out here?" was the first thing she heard, before opening her eyes and frowning at the person who was blocking her sunlight. Sokka's eyes traveled up and down her body, and even though that would've made her nervous in the past, she raised her eyebrows in question with a challenging smirk. He grinned back.
"Do you mind moving?" she asked finally, giving him a look.
"Are you aiming for my skin color? I don't even think that's possible. This is all natural, baby," Sokka grinned down at her, but not before chancing a look at his arm with a satisfied smirk.
She rolled her eyes at him, "Well, I'm sorry if I can't have perfect, tan skin like yours. I just want to not be pasty white anymore. I look sickly."
"You look gorgeous," he replied, not missing a beat.
"You're just saying that because I complimented you."
"I could be, but you know how I feel about you. Why would anything I say be a lie?" he smirked, opting to sit down next to her rather than stand above her. "Besides, who would ever think I'm lying when I say how gorgeous you are?"
"Me, but that's beside the point," she shot back, closing her eyes and stretching out a bit underneath the sun. "The sun feels good on my skin. I'm not used to it being this hot, though, but it's nice."
"We're changing the subject already? Why? I think your beauty is a nice topic. I think about it often," he continued, looking over at her with a mild frown.
"Because it's making me uncomfortable, that's why. As a Kyoshi Warrior, I've been taught not to think of myself that way, but to believe all individuals are equal and what they're capable of and their beliefs mean more that physical attributes," she responded matter-of-factly. "Plus, even though you eyeing me like a steak dinner is flattering, I hope you believe that I have some substance."
"Of course those things matter, Suki," he said, smiling warmly at her. "And, of course I think you have substance. How many women say they can successfully bring me to my knees without a second thought? Well, besides Toph, since she's cheating with earthbending." He chuckled as an afterthought. "Besides, can't I tell the girl I'm in love with how pretty I think she is? Is that a crime?"
The smile that grew on her face against her will gave her away, but not as much as the blush on her cheeks did. "No, it's not a crime," she gave in, agreeing.
"Good, because you're going to be hearing it more often."
There was a small pause.
"Say it again," she mumbled as she got up on her knees, inching over to him. "Tell me again."
"Tell you what?" he asked, playing coy. He knew exactly what she wanted to hear, and the smirk on his lips told her just that.
"Oh, you should know. You just said it."
"That I think you're gorgeous? That telling you isn't a crime?"
"No, not that," she said, hoping to hear what she heard before come from his lips. She looked into his deep blue eyes and saw him doing the same to her own eyes. She knew he was toying with her, just as he adored to do all the time. "I need to hear it again. I've been waiting months to hear it in the first place, to be honest."
Facing her, Sokka lifted a hand to cup her cheek and to put a stray lock of hair behind her ear that escaped from her ponytail. He kissed her forehead before leaning back to say, "Suki, I'm in love with you. I know that you know that, even without me having to tell you. A while back, I thought I felt the strongest love anyone could ever experience, but I was wrong. What I feel now is beyond anything I've felt in the past."
The lump in her throat that threatened to form tears in her eyes was pushed back as she quickly closed the distance between them and kissed him hard on the lips. Her arms encircled his neck as they were prone to do, and his arms sought refuge around her waist. Just as a hand began to drift lower to the hem of her skirt, she pulled back with a smile.
"I'm in love with you, too," she confessed. "I kept that small piece of hope that you felt the same way for me and that you would come find me and keep me–forever."
He smiled, kissing her softly on the lips before saying, "I plan on it. You're not going anywhere."
She smiled, shyly averting her eyes before snaking herself back into his embrace. "I think it's gotten a little too hot out here, now. Don't you think we should go inside for a bit? Rest up? Or even," she thought out loud, "... I could go cool off in the lake near by, and you could happen to show up."
"I could happen to, indeed."
"I could happen to not be wearing any clothes, either, so you should be prepared for that." She loved messing with his imagination.
"I could happen to not be wearing any clothes, either. Also, I could very well possibly been preparing for this since the day I was born," he shot back effortlessly.
Chuckling, he kissed her, then said while wiggling his eyebrows suggestively, "I think the temperature just went up a few degrees, we should head to some water before we both get heat stroke."
She got out of his arms, standing above him with her hands on her hips, "Oh, I'll heat stroke you. Come on, lazybones." Without another word, she took off through the clearing towards the large body of water secluded by trees.
"You'll what me?! Suki, wait up!" he yelled, taking off after her.