Chapter 4 Breaking Up
A/N: I was going to get this in earlier but I've been so busy. DX Sorry to make you guys wait! Please enjoy. :)
Sokka was truly confused. Why did Toph run away? Was she tired of her life? Or mad at her parents? Sokka felt bad; he was really rude at Toph the other day on the chatroom for being the cause of Aang and Zuko's fight. Ugh! How could Sokka be so stupid?! That's probably why she ran away- she felt bad about telling Aang to stand up for himself! And thanks to Sokka, she felt even more bad.
The teenager sat up in bed and rubbed his eyes. Out of all the stupid thing's he's done, this was probably the stupidest. No wonder Toph always made fun of him.
The alarm clock on Sokka's night stand read seven AM. He yawned tiredly, got out of bed and opened his drawer. When will Toph ever came back? He pulled on his jeans and shirt, stuffed his feet in his shoes, and zipped his jacket up halfway. What if she never does come back? While in the bathroom, he continued to brush his teeth and shave his "so called" mustache. And what if...she doesn't make it?
"Sokka, dear, will you wake up your sister? Usually she'd be downstairs by now." Sokka's mother told her son when she past the bathroom. The boy nodded, half asleep half awake, and knocked on his sister's door. "Katara, you awake?"
"Katara?! Wake up!
Still no answer.
"Come on, little sister, it's breakfast ti..."
Sokka stopped dead when he opened his sister's door and found her bed empty. At first he thought she might be in her closet, but there was no sound of movement in her bedroom. Everything lay still and lifeless. The boy ventured into her bedroom and looked around: under the bed, behind the desk, in the corner, over the been bag, and in her closet. But no one was there.
Where the heck is she?
Sokka was about to go downstairs and tell his mom when something occurred to him: In the middle of the night when he was staying up and playing his video game, he had heard something out in the hallway; creeping down the stairs. And then he heard a sliding door- similar to the back door that could slide.
Then another thing occurred to him: Katara was extremely upset when they found out Toph had ran away. I mean, Sokka was upset too, but Toph was Katara's best friend. She was devastated when Toph ran away! She would never just sit around at home while Toph could be who knows where, all alone, and starving to death.
Finally he put two and two together and came up with this conclusion:
There was no time to stall- Sokka ran to his bedroom and slammed his fists down on his computer. He quickly opened up the chatroom. After logging in, Sokka checked the Chatroom History and started reading the last time anyone had gotten on.
PurpleKatara44: I'm going to do it.
PurpleKatara44: I'm going after Toph, I'm going to find her. :|
Sokka's face fell off.
NO! This isn't possible- Katara actually ran away to try and find Toph!? What was she thinking!?! UGH! How immature and absurd!
Sokka read the rest of Aang and Katara's chat and figured that Aang had run after her. Well, Aang isn't enough, Sokka had to go after Toph, Katara, and Aang himself-
"AGH!" Sokka jumped in surprise, quickly closed the chatroom, and twisted around to see his mother with her hands on her hips.
"Where is Katara?" She asked sternly.
"Katara? Um, er, she- she texted me saying, uh,- oh! She went to the school early to finish a book report!" The son blurted.
The mother stared into the eyes of her son with an extremely serious expression on her face.
"Are you sure?" She shot the last word out like a bullet, digging deeply in Sokka's heart and scarring his brain of the lie he was telling.
"Yes. I, am, sure." Sokka gulped.
"Okay, then. Come down and have breakfast now." His mom left Sokka's bedroom and hurried downstairs.
After a few odd seconds, Sokka sighed out of relief. He had to do this, for the sake of his friend, his sister, and...his girl. He packed his backpack, zoomed downstairs, and hurried out the door yelling to his mom, "Sorry- not hungry- gotta go- BYE!"
A few blocks away, Sokka stood underneath a large tree, staring at his high school. He didn't know when he'd be back, and frankly he didn't care about missing school. His grades were pretty decent, minus his math grade, and his college application had good as done already been accepted. There was just one thing he was worried about...
"Hi, Sokka!" The girlfriend stood in front of him, smiling brightly. "Usually you wouldn't be here this early." She giggled and then pulled him into a hug.
"Hi, Suki." Sokka didn't hug back, and he didn't hide the sadness in his voice.
Suki pulled away and then frowned. "Oh, that's right, Toph ran away yesterday... I heard it on the news. But I'm sure they'll find her." She spoke hopefully.
Sokka knew Suki had meant "they" as in the police, when really "they" was him, Katara, and Aang.
"Yeah, er, listen. We've been together for a long time, and I, well... I'm starting to realize the word love, and all it's different meanings. Of course there is family love, friend love, and girlfriend love- and I know who I love in my family and friends, but I think my girlfriend love is... ugh- how do I put this? Let's see- The love for a girl for me- no, no, that makes no sense Um, the thing is, I love- as in girlfriend love- a different, er, wait...ugh! This isn't working!" The boy scratched his head and made his "thinking" face. Finally he sighed. This wasn't going to be easy, so he wanted to get it over with.
"I only love you in friendship love, nothing else..." He stared into the eyes of the girl who he used to think he loved. Tears were streaming down her cheeks.
"There's... someone else, isn't there?" It wasn't a question, it was a knowing fact.
"Yeah." Sokka stared at the ground, feeling the awkwardness surround him.
"Who is it? It's Yue, huh? I know you two had a relationship before, but then she moved away. Ty Lee? I can see why you like her," Suki muttered, seeming to conclude Ty Lee was the answer.
"Toph. It's Toph. I, I really like her."
"Toph?! But, she's younger then you! And she always makes fun of you!"
"Only by two years- and she makes fun of me because she's my friend!"
"I can't believe your breaking up with me for her!" Suki cried, trying to make Sokka feel guilty.
"There's nothing wrong with Toph- she's perfect! I know it must be hard for you to know the truth, but you have to understand-"
"What do you mean know the truth?! How long have you liked her?!" Suki demanded.
Sokka didn't answer right away. He looked at the sky and folded his arms.
"A long time." He finally answered.
Suki was shocked. How could Sokka have been hiding his love for Toph all this time, and behind Suki's back??? It didn't make sense. Suki was absolutely sure her and Sokka were getting pretty serious. But... it looks like she was wrong.
"So...you don't want to be with me anymore?" Suki's heart cracked, and the energy to keep her alive poured out. Pretty soon her heart was in pieces.
"No, I don't. But...we can still be friends, right?"
Suki adjusted the bag around her back, turned around, and stalked off without saying goodbye.
The boy was left open-mouthed. "I guess that's a no." he mumbled to himself.
But he had told the truth. He liked Toph a lot, for some time too, and he couldn't hide it anymore. He was going to find Aang and his sister, and then he was going to find Toph, and tell her the truth. He didn't know what was going to happen after that. She might say yes, or she might say no. Either way, at least Toph will finally know the truth.
The boy took one last look at his school, made sure he had packed everything he needed inside his backpack, and then set off toward the city.
A/N: Again, really sorry I got this in late. ^_^ I know it's really short, but please comment and tell me if you like. :)