Change Your Mind

Day 7

Promise

-

"That wasn't that bad."

"Yeah, Katara didn't cry that hard, I thought she was going to BAWL. Her big brother getting married and everything."

"She cried?" Toph chuckled. "The things I wish I could've seen."

"Oh man, Aang was way worse! You should've seen him when Katara held Zuko's hand. I'm surprised he didn't go into the Avatar State when they started dancing!" They shared the laugh this time.

The wedding was beautiful. The combined efforts of Poppy and a team of servants had decorated their little backyard into a beautiful, silk covered paradise. Streamers hung from trees while birds sat in cages, their song harmonizing with the small band that had been playing.

For the first time in his life, Sokka had seen Toph in a dress. He does not remember the colour, or what shape it was. He simply remembers that she looked beautiful in it. Surprising how fast love can sneak up.

As she walked down the aisle, her arm looped with her father's he allowed his mind a brief wander. What would life had been like if he had not married her? He would've been with Suki right now. He tried to imagine what they would've done this last week but nothing came to mind. Surely they wouldn't of seen the waterbending master of the north tango with the Fire Lord and get drunk out of her mind.

Before he could consider further she was upon him. They turned to Master Piando who had agreed to lead the ceremony. His gravely voice was easily heard about the soft music.

Sokka glanced at his future wife. She was shivering. She had never looked so scared in her life and with a flash he remembered when she had been dangling from his fingertips. Even then she didn't look half as scared as she did standing before the altar.

His hand reached out and squeezed hers. She relaxed immediately and they did not let to until they shared their second kiss.

"Should we go dance?" Se asked him, bringing him out of his memory.

He nodded. "Can I lead?"

"You can lead once, then I'm leading."

"Okay, Toph."

"Promise?"

"Promise."

A punch to the shoulder.

A kiss to the lips.

A hand holding, not for dear life, but for the comfort of a friend.

The comfort that someone was there to catch you if you fell.

The End


Alternate story


I Write Sins.

Not Tragedies.

-

The wedding had come to quickly. He hadn't even proposed to her properly. She had simply announced it one day, like they had been planning it all along. Like it was all set in stone.

No. Not stone. Not her element.

"We're getting married!"

He feigned the excitement. "Great!" As she threw her arms around his neck he became very aware of the necklace sitting in his pocket.

The necklace was not for Suki.

Oh, well imagine; as I'm pacing the pews in a church corridor

And I can't help but to hear, no I can't help but to hear an exchanging of words.

"What a beautiful wedding!, What a beautiful wedding!" says a bridesmaid to a waiter.

"Oh yes, but what a shame, what a shame, the poor groom's bride is a whore."

-

The Blind Bandit had no idea that he was engaged.

"Toph. There's something I need to tell you." She really was beautiful. Suki piled on layers and layer of makeup and yet Toph was twice as pretty with no effort. Maybe he was just biased.

"What is it?"

He was in the worst possible position. The woman he loved, he adored, stood in front of him, prime for the taking and here he was, about to rip her heart out.

Even when she cried she was beautiful.

-

Well, I'd chime in with a "Haven't you people ever heard of closing the god damn door?!"

No, it's much better to face these kinds of things with a sense of poise and rationality.

I'd chime in "Haven't you people ever heard of closing the god damn door?!"

No, it's much better to face these kinds of things with a sense of...

-

The wedding had come too quickly. Suki was a storm. She flew about, ordering food, planning the after party, getting her dress and sending invitations to even that mattered.

He followed like a good dog. Commenting on the food, offering suggestions that she wanted to hear, telling her she looked like a dream in her dress and that they should send the invitations as soon as possible.

The words were a recording and nothing more.

It seemed that even in the middle of all this she couldn't tell that her husband-to-be was seeing someone else.

-

Oh, well in fact, well I'll look at it this way, I mean technically our marriage is saved

Well this calls for, a toast so, pour the champagne,

Oh! Well in fact, well I'll look at it this way,

I mean technically our marriage is saved

Well this calls for a toast, so pour the champagne, pour the champagne...

-

"I'm getting married." He had expected her to argue, to dance around the truth, to protest loudly but she didn't.

"Oh." That was it. His fate was sealed. Without Toph, without his partner, without his other half, he couldn't fight his destiny. Why was she so stubborn? If she had lent him her will, her strength he could've faced the wedding. He could've gone through the steps.

He could've said "I don't."

-

I'd chime in with a "Haven't you people ever heard of closing the god damn door?!"

No, it's much better to face these kinds of things with a sense of poise and rationality.

I'd chime in with a "Haven't you people ever heard of closing the god damn door?!"

No, it's much better to face these kinds of things with a sense of poise and rationality...

-

The wedding was huge. He doesn't remember much. It all sped by. The guest, the food, the pews filing until in one blinding moment there Suki was, walking down the aisle, walking towards him.

He couldn't even look at her.

The vows were said. Suki smiled at him the whole time. He smiled back, never quite meeting her eyes.

"Do you, Sokka Kirima, take Suki Kyoshi to be your lawfully wedded wife?" He did not answer.

Again...

-

She grasped the front of his tunic and kissed him. "Sokka? Do you love me?"

-

I'd chime in "Haven't you people ever heard of closing the god damn door?!"

No.

It's much better to face these kinds of things with a sense of poise and rationality.

I'd chime in "Haven't you people ever heard of closing the god damn door?!"

No, it's much better to face these kinds of things with a sense of poise and rationality.

-

She was smiling as if to say "What are you waiting for? Say it."

He was taking too long. They should've been kissing by now. The crowd was muttering to each other. Sokka could see his sister clutching Zuko's arm. She was mouthing the words to him. He read her lips.

Again...

Toph was staring at him from the crowd. A necklace dangling from her pale throat.

I do

"I do."

-

But which was the promise?


Author's Note

It's all over.

-cries-

Happy Tokka Week. The greatest ship that went from fanon to canon. It lives on, through our art, our stories and our dedication.

Shenanigans forever.

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