It had been two long years since Sokka and Toph had seen the others. They had taken on a mission for Zuko, a personal mission, and gone in search of his mother Ursa. After two years, they had found her, hiding out in the North Pole of all places. They were currently taking her back to Zuko, much to her delight.
Toph glared at Sokka and rolled her eyes. She may not be able to see, but she had the motions down. In fact, had she not been glaring over his shoulder, Sokka may have been intimidated.
"I'm serious!" she yelled before blowing her bangs out of her face. Sokka raised both hands in a gesture of surrender.
"Okay, I know, you're serious." he placated. Toph rolled her eyes again and attempted to brush past him. He grabbed her wrist and pulled her close. He leaned down, and when their lips were close enough to touch, Toph punched him in the stomach.
"Then act like it," she replied as he doubled over. "I mean it Sokka!" she said before turning to Ursa, who was ringing her hands nervously.
"Ms. Bei Fong, I hope that you don't take me as inconsiderate, but, do you think this will impact us reaching my son before his birthday?" Ursa asked, her dark eyes filled with concern. Toph shook her head slowly.
"No, we'll be there by tonight if we get camp packed up." Toph replied, already moving to put out their fire. Sokka stared at her for a long moment before speaking.
"Toph, don't be mad at me. I just thought that you were kidding at first." Sokka said, his voice kind. Toph rolled her eyes and continued packing up camp. Sokka sighed and joined her, feeling like he had let her down.
Zuko sat up, nearly dropping Kira from his lap, and gasped. Mai immediately reached for the young girl as Zuko moved towards the door that had just opened. Mai watched tears gather in her husband's eyes, and Aang and Katara walked back into the room, a bowl of fire-flakes in hand. Aang opened his mouth to speak, but Katara clamped a hand over it, hoping to preserve the moment for Zuko.
Ursa stepped towards her son, tears streaming down her face. As the two met in the center of the room, she embraced him, and they both cried.
Katara smiled at her brother, and then sighed. She, Toph and Sokka were seated in the dining hall, waiting for Aang and Kira to get back from their walk. They had opted to give Zuko, Mai and Ursa some time alone.
"Okay, why aren't you guys speaking?" She asked, noting the couple had not spoken to each other since arriving. Toph rolled her eyes and pointed at Sokka.
"Ask his brilliance over there." She said, her face a mask of annoyance. Katara turned her gaze back to her brother, and fixed him with a look that he squirmed under.
"For Spirit's sake Toph! I didn't know! I thought that you were kidding!" he yelled, finally breaking under Katara's mother-glare. Katara raised an eyebrow, and glanced back and forth between the two.
"Alright. I don't care whose fault it is. I want to know what's going on, and I want to know now." Katara stated, and the couple shifted, an uncomfortable silence ensuing.
"Look, I just don't want you to get mad Katara." Toph finally said, sending Sokka another evil stare. Sokka sighed and Katara slowly nodded.
"Of course I won't be mad. You guys are my family, and even if I was mad, I would still love you and help you out however I can." Katara said, her words sincere. Toph sighed and opened her mouth, but Sokka cut her off.
"Toph came to me yesterday morning and told me that we were going to be parents. I thought she was joking until she got pissed at me." He stated rather calmly. Katara's jaw dropped, and she worked several times to close it. Finally she sighed.
"You guys aren't married." She stated flatly. Toph shrugged slowly.
"When have I ever done anything the way people expected me to?" she asked, smoothing out her dragon kimono. Sokka smiled at Toph and place a hand on her thigh.
"It doesn't matter." Sokka verified. "I know that dad will accept the baby, no problems. And if Toph's family wants to be uptight about it, then it's their loss." He finished, sneaking a peek at Toph. Toph's eyes had filled with tears, and she put her hand on top of his.
"Thank you," she whispered. Sokka leaned over and kissed the top of her head. Katara smiled at the couple.
"You two are going to be fine." she smiled.
A/N: I wanted this chapter to be short, sweet and to the point. There was a finality in the last chapter that I didn't want to diminish. Originally, there were supposed to be a few more chapters, but after I wrote the last one, I felt like it was over. Okay, thank you to everyone who read this story. And thank you to everyone who reviewed. I wanted to give each and every person who did recognition, so I'll probably tack on a chapter at the end of this to personally thank everyone who reviewed. Thanks again for all of the support and encouragement. ~Kirsten