To all of my readers: Thanks so much for your reviews and kind words! It means the world to me that you guys enjoy my writings. And as you all might have noticed, Aang and Katara don't ever really kiss in my Fanfics, which is a little weird, but all of my fanfics are usually before the finale, and I feel if Aang and Katara had done any major kissing before the end of the show, the writers and directors would have added it in. So therefore, most of my Fanfics are just cute little drabbles.
ALSO: This Fanfic is going to be a few chapters long, so if you like this first Chapter, I suggest you keep this one on your alert, because there will be more to come. Because obviously there was a few days time for Kataang happenings that could have went on while Zuko and Sokka are away.
FINALLY: I don't own Avatar: The Last Airbender
"I swear, if Zuko lays a hand on my brother, gah, I just might, er, I don't know, Ill rip him apart!" Katara exploded.
I put a hand on her shoulder and turned her around so she was looking straight at me, "Katara, Sokka will be fine. You know just as well as I do that Sokka is a perfectly good fighter, and I know you don't trust Zuko, but I do, and I don't think he will hurt Sokka."
She sighed and slumped into the floor.
"I know, and I guess I should trust him, but every time I think about trying to trust him, I always think about him joining Azula in Ba Sing Se. It just makes me so mad, and sad, and—" She said the last sentence rushed. But before she could finish the thought, I cut her off.
"Katara, come on lets go for a walk" I said.
"Okay." She replied.
As we walked I continued the conversation.
"Katara, do you remember when I blamed myself for the death of my people? And you told me not to do that because it wasn't my fault?" I asked.
"Yeah, but I don't see where you are going with this." She commented.
"Well in a lot of ways I think it's the same thing with Zuko and I. I think what happened was, we both got very scared of what might happen when we made our original decisions. Mine being stay or run away, and his being to go with Azula or go to prison, or worse get the wrath of Azula for betraying the Fire Nation. And so we both made rash decisions without thinking them over. But in all of it, the outputs would have been the same. Even if I would have stayed, the monks were going to send me to another temple, so my people would have died anyways, because I wouldn't have been there to help. Just like Azula probably would have still shot me with the lightning because she had the whole Dai Li on her side. I guess that's why I trust Zuko now, because I know how he feels when it comes to making bad decisions." I said.
Katara stared at her hands for a minute, soaking in what I had just said. She all of a sudden stopped and looked at me. Then she pulled me forward into a tight embrace. Once she loosened her grip, she looked me in the eye with her arms still on my shoulders and said, "Aang, How did you get so smart, and understanding, and sweet, and I don't know, perfect?"
"Katara, I am no where near perfect…but I am 112 years old." I said and winked at her.
She chuckled a little and then hugged me again.
"I still don't know if I'm completely ready to trust him, but I think I forgive him at least for his decision, and at least he is trying to make up for what he did, I guess." She said looking at me again.
"Forgiveness is the first step in healing." I commented.
"I guess I'm just worried because, well, I care about you a lot Aang. Don't ever forget that. And I just don't want you to get hurt again, even if I can heal it." She said.
"I care about you too, more then you will ever know." I said back.
She leaned and kissed me on the cheek and we continued to walk around the Air Temple, and I told her the stories behind certain paintings on the walls. I was glad she was starting to trust Zuko, and I knew it would take time for her to completely trust him, but it was a start, and either way, I was proud of her.