Chapter 46: End the End Already
"No, wait," Toph smiled and sat back down with him.
"I'm sorry, I shouldn't have judged you so quickly. I guess tonight I'll find out what you're all about." They both smiled flirtatiously, but were interrupted.
"Toph, I'm sorry-," Zuko came and apparently didn't notice Joseph. "Who is this?" He quickly asked.
"I'm Joseph. Are you... her boyfriend?"
"No," Zuko's jaw tightened. "You know what, never mind. I'm sorry for whatever I interrupted," he angrily said.
"What are you getting mad for?" Toph half-slurred.
"Nothing." He remarked.
"Don't give me that bullshit! Sorry for this Joseph. Why aree you here?" Toph asked.
"Because Sokka asked me to. He said you were crying."
"Does it look like I'm crying?" she raised her voice. "Just get out of here, you made everything worse from the start, you never really put any effort in!"
"I'm the one that's come looking for you!"
"I guess I should go," Joseph suggested.
"No, stay." Toph told him. "I know it's jealousy," she glared at Zuko.
"It's not jealousy. And you would be one to talk."
"Yes, I would!"
"You were jealous of Jackie when nothing was going on between us!"
"I don't want to talk about this." Toph crossed her arms.
"Hey, hey, hey! Sokka came bustling in. "Apologize, Zuko-! Whose this?" He looked at Joseph.
"Joseph," Zuko answered.
"Waiit...," Sokka looked over at Zuko.
"Thanks for telling me to come," Zuko said to Sokka sarcastically. He was just about to leave.
"Now, wait, Zuko. Both of you have to cool off and figure out exactly what you want to do, because I don't want anyone complaining about how they regret not making up!"
"I'll see you around, Toph," Joseph got up. Zuko rudely made him sit down again forcefully. "Don't touch me!"
"Shit," Sokka whined.
"Or?" Zuko asked threateningly.
"You guys stop!" Toph finally intervened.
"This is your last chance to make a confession." Zuko said to Toph.
"I don't know what you're talking about," Toph implied.
"Yes, you do."
"What confession?" Joseph asked.
"I don't know, he's crazy."
"Goddammit, Toph, it's on the line."
"Whatever we had! Whatever it was because I don't know what it was!"
"Than why do you still want it?" Toph asked, confused.
"Because if I don't, there's no way I could get you out of my head."
"... I'll see you around, Joseph." Joseph got up and eyed Zuko angrily and left. "Sokka..." Sokka looked at them both and left as well. "...Why are you so angry?" Toph whispered.
"Why... why am I so angry?" Zuko looked at her in disbelief. "Because you're unbelievably confusing! Because you smell like peaches and because your eyes have that special glow no one else has, because you hit everyone you care for, and because you manage to use sarcasm without anyone minding especially me! Because you... peach smelling-eye-glowing-tough-sarcastic-beautiful girl don't want to take the love I have to offer. Because you would rather have me let you go." She stood, utterly confused by his choice of words. "You don't have to say anything," Zuko said half in disappointment "; I'll take the blame and you can go right on with your life. It was all my fault that I blew up in your face, blah blah blah."
"Do you like her?" Toph was able to ask.
"I don't know what you're talking-."
"Do you like her?"
"Jackie?" Zuko sighed. "We're still talking about her?"
"Yes, Zuko. Because nothing is going to be resolved if we don't. I Know what you're trying to do, you're trying to avoid it."
"I don't like her. April just asked me to show her around school."
"Is she pretty?"
"Bullshit," Toph said angrily.
"What is it that you want me to tell you?"
"You could tell me the truth." Zuko sighed again and looked around.
"... Very pretty." Toph stayed quite, trying to take it in slowly, then she spoke up again.
"How pretty am I?"
"Just very pretty?"
"Yes..." She came closer to him and uncertainly hugged him."What was that for?"
"For staying near the truth." Zuko wrapped his arms around her. Zuko was afraid to ask something that was rattling in his mind.
"What does this mean?" He whispered.
"I don't know but can we enjoy it while it lasts?"
"...Please don't lead me on," he tried to pull away from her but she wouldn't let go. "Toph," she wouldn't respond. "Toph, let go."
"No. Sadly, I could live with myself knowing you let go of me but I can't stand letting go of you." Zuko looked down at her porcelain skin and had a sudden urge to comfort her. He knew nothing of comforting others though.
"So what does this mean?" He asked again. But before Toph could respond Katara came a long.
"It looks like you two are in good terms again, hmm?" They wouldn't say anything but stopped their hugging. "... What?"
"We... don't know," Zuko said, looking down. Katara looked at the two.
"...We don't know Katara."
"Aw, really?" Katara whined. "How long has this been going, because I swear, I will push you two together if I have to! Can we just end the anger already?"
"No more anger... just confusion," Zuko told her.
"Great! At least you two aren't at each-other's throats anymore! Lets just end this already, I'm getting tired of this!"
"We can't just..."
"Kiss already!" Katara whined. "Or be friends, I don't know!" Zuko looked over at Toph.
"What are we?" He asked.
"Zuko and Toph," Toph answered.
"No, what are we together?"
"... I don't know... What do you want to be?"
"...Whatever you're fine with. Katara is right, I'm tired of this, too."
"Yeah... so am I..."
"... Can we... can we just... be...," Toph scratched her head. "Friends?- For now... I mean... we'll see what happens...?" Zuko swallowed in attempt to shut his thrumming heart up.
"Friends? Really? Well... I always thought you two would end up being a real couple. But none of that, I don't want it to be awkward and I'm sure you two don't either!" Katara left with a smile. Zuko stood in front of Toph again, this time at an awkwardly close distance.
"Can I try something first before we become official 'friends'?"
"Okay.." Toph said nervously. Zuko's lips were finally once again pressed on Toph's, ending whatever it was they had... for now.
A/n: Sucky ending, I know. Don't be disappointed in me, it said 'for now'! Well uh... that's it.