The Avatar Returns - Never thought I'd see you again
返回的頭像 - 從沒想過我會再次見到你
Katara sat on the green grass of the fire nation palace garden watching the turtle ducks.
It had being almost three years since I'd seen him.
Today was the anniversary of the day he came and told me he had to leave.
Katara sat in the garden of the fire nation palace watching the turtle ducks swim around. The innocent animals played and splashed each other making Katara smile.
"Katara," Katara turned to the sound of Aang's voice.
"Yes Aang?" she asked standing. Aang remained at the entrance to the garden looking at the ground grimly.
"Um, I have to go away for a while" he said.
Katara took a step forward, but Aang held up his hand. Katara stopped and looked confused. Did he mean what she thought he meant. "I have to go alone Katara" he said. "But…" she couldn't think of what to say. The weights of his words crushed her making her feel weak and hurt.
"I'm not sure how long I'll be gone, but, take care of yourself" he said.
Aang turned to leave, "I thought…" Katara knew Aang would know what she was talking about.
It had only being a few months since there intimate kiss on the balcony. Aang turned and looked into her eyes. She soaked up his storm grey eyes before he looked away.
"I'm sorry Katara…Goodbye" he left leaving Katara standing shocked and on the brink of tears.
Katara shook her head. She needed to forget Aang; she needed to move on with her life. No, it was time to move on, in a week she'd be eighteen and that was the agreed age that she would marry. Her father arranged for two years before he would choose a husband for her and her time was almost up. She'd heard about him from time to time. Helping in villages, mostly in the Earth Kingdom, and that he is on a quest of some sort.
"Katara," Katara quickly wiped away her tears and stood.
She faced Zuko, who had being Fire Lord for five years. Zuko smiled knowingly and embraced her. She was in the Fire Nation on official Water Tribe business. He took a step back, "I know you've been down lately, but someones here that will make you feel better." he said smiling. Katara looked questioningly at Zuko, "Sokka and Suki are here they are in there room in the west wing of the palace. They are eager to talk with you about wedding planes"
Katara grinned, "There here?"
"Yes, they were on their way back from the Earth Kingdom and dropped in to accompany us to the Water Tribe."
She hadn't seen Sokka or Suki for almost a full year. Being the representative for the Water Tribe meant she travelled a lot. She hadn't being home in nearly two years what with the travelling.
Upon her up-coming birthday, however, she's been summoned to the Southern Water Tribe to be prepared for marriage. Zuko and Mai had already agreed to accompany her back to the Water Tribe and attend the wedding which would all be finished with in the week of her birthday. By the time of her third day of marriage, she would be back in the Fire Nation helping plan more peace and reconstruction policies and by the fifth she would be in a boat heading to the Earth Kingdom to assist in the restoration of the colonies.
Katara and Zuko walked through the palace; the west wing was kept for important guests. Sokka being the Southern Water Tribes Prince, a water tribe representative and being one of the people to defeat Ozai he was deemed important.
"It's hard to believe sometimes" Zuko muttered.
Katara looked over at him. "What is hard to believe?" she asked.
Zuko smiled, "That the world is free" he said making Katara smile. She and Zuko had come to level footing with each other over the past three years.
Katara entered first and was instantly embraced by her brother. "It's good to see you Sokka" she said a tear running down her cheek.
Sokka stepped back, "Look at you! Haven't you grown!" indeed she had.
She had gotten taller and filled out in areas. Her curves had become more defined and her face less child-like. Her hair had even grown which she had down today.
She grinned, "Look at me, Look at you, you look so handsome!" she said.
]Sokka blushed, Sokka was approaching twenty-one and had really grown into a handsome fellow. He still kept his hair in a wolfs tail and still wore the same outfit but he was taller and more muscular. Sokka looked at Suki who was also grown up; she still kept her hair trimmed short and wore kyoshi green. Katara hugged Suki, "How are you?" Suki whispered into Katara's ear. "Fine, just want this wedding to be over." she whispered back.
Suki mentioning the topic again made Katara want to burst into tears. But she had learned enough self control not to loose it publicly.
Katara and Suki stepped back and smiled sadly at each other. Not only was it the day that always made Katara's heart shatter all over again, she would also be marrying a complete stranger within a week. "Don't worry your dad would never pick anyone less than perfect." she said reassuringly.
Katara shrugged, "I face each challenge head on." Sokka wrapped an arm around Katara's shoulders.
"Come on we have loads to catch up on" he said guiding them all over to a table set with tea and sweets.
They talked about how things were going with Suki and Sokka and Kyoshi Island. "We plan to visit the southern Water Tribe this summer" Sokka said.
"Isn't that when the baby is due?" Zuko asked. Suki and Sokka nodded, "Sokka wants the first child to be born in the Water Tribe," Suki said and looked lovingly at Sokka. It made Katara fill with joy and jealousy and several other emotions.
Mai joined them later after with their daughter Ursa, named after Zuko's mother. The group chatted and discussed the plan for Katara's wedding avoiding all conversation of the Avatar. All of them know what would happen if they mention him.
"Katara do you want the dress to be white or blue?" Suki asked.
Katara shrugged, "I don't know, whatever, I don't really mind" Everyone groaned including Mai. "Katara you have to at least give us some kind of clue, it is your wedding after all" Suki said.
"Yeah, you need to at least act excited" Mai said.
It took all of Katara's self control not to mumble a discourteous comment.
"Katara you know your father wouldn't choose just anybody please trust him a bit" Zuko said. Katara nodded, "White" she said, "Ah finally!" Sokka sighed, while Suki quickly wrote it down.
The questions kept coming and Katara answered not really thinking about them. As Suki ticked the last thing of her wedding list they all became silent. Zuko finally announced, "Katara we are having a dinner tonight, we should all probably leave to prepare" he said standing and taking Mai's hand.
Katara also stood agreeing. "Goodness it's almost five o'clock" she sighed.
"See you at dinner" Sokka and Suki said as they left. Katara went round to her room and got dressed into her formal clothes. Her formal clothes consisted of a blue shirt and pants with her blue robe over the top. She slipped her shoes on and headed to the dining chamber.
As she entered she was announced, she saw Sokka and Suki sitting and talking with some Water Tribe men and quickly found Toph with a Fire Nation general. Katara quickly headed in Toph's direction. Things had become very positive between the two after the defeat of the Phoenix King, they'd become firm friends.
As Katara approached Toph wrapped up her conversation with the general and faced her.
Toph, who is the peace representative for the Earth Kingdom, smiled as Katara hugged her tightly. Toph had grown into a beautiful woman with long black hair and a face to envy. Of cause, she wouldn't know, being blind.
"Sup Sugar Queen long time no see," she said.
Katara grinned, "I didn't know you were in the Fire Nation" she said back.
Toph grinned, and said sarcastically "Just thought I'd rock in" Katara chuckled, knowing full well Toph didn't enjoy coming to the Fire Nation.
"Is this why we are having the dinner?" she asked. Toph looked confused, "No, they wouldn't throw a dinner for me, although I think they should." Katara shook her head and laughed.
"Thanks for saving me by the way, that guy was never going to stop" Toph said.
Katara chuckled, "Why didn't you just shift the tiles and make him go away?" she asked.
Toph grinned, "It did cross my mind more than once, but I hear we are neutral with the hot heads these days"
Katara looked around her, looking for the other peace representative, "Where is Ty Lee?" she asked. Ty Lee is the Fire Nation peace representative. She stayed on Kyoshi for three years before Iroh retired.
"She is caught up with business in the Northern Water Tribe" Toph said.
Toph always heard the gossip.
"Zuko and Mai are here" Toph said.
Katara looked expectantly at the large double doors and sure enough Zuko and Mai appeared. The announcer tapped his stick and announced, "The Fire Lord and Fire Lady" Zuko and Mai entered the room and were instantly surrounded by generals, politicians and such.
"Please let us be seated" Zuko declared.
Everyone took their seats. Katara and Toph sat across from each other at the top end of the table near the Fire Lord and Lady. Sokka and Suki also sat nearby. Mai sat next to Toph leaving a spare seat next to Katara. That seat is always left vacant in case he comes back. "Highly unlikely" Katara mumbled with relief. She didn't know how she'd hold it together if he walked in and sat right next to her.
Food had just being placed in front of everyone when Toph nudged Katara from under the table. "Someone is coming, someone." Toph murmured.
Zuko, Mai, Sokka and Suki were instantly on alert. Katara's eyes narrowed as she examined her friends faces.
Toph glared at Zuko, "Did you know?" She hissed.
Zuko shrugged, "I promise I didn't think they'd attend?"
Toph smoothed her feet over the floor; her face fell into one of shock. "What? Who is it?" Katara asked.
Toph grabbed Katara's wrist and made to rise, "Katara I think we should…" the announcer tapped his stick and announced, "Avatar Aang of the Airbending Nomads." he announced excitedly.