I don't own Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Toph had been spending a lot of time with Haru, The Duke and Teo. And they all had been running around the temple and having fun. This left Aang and I a lot of alone time. Yet, I was not complaining one bit. We had kissed at the invasion and that seemed to be the only thing on my mind since then. I wouldn't tell anyone, but I really liked the kiss. I really liked Aang. But how could I tell him? I didn't want him to be distracted, because he had a huge battle in front of him when he would have to duel the Firelord. Not only that, but I didn't think I could handle him getting hurt again. I knew it sounded selfish, but I was surprised my heart didn't stop beating when his did back in Ba Sing Se. Therefore, I couldn't set myself up for defeat again, even though I had up most confidence in Aang.
But since Aang and I had so much free time with Zuko and Sokka gone, we did many things like played games, read, and just acted like normal teenagers.
One day in particular, Aang walked towards me with a bored look on his face and sat down next to me.
"What are you doing Aang?" I asked.
"Nothing. Absolutely nothing. That is my problem, I am so bored." He replied with a sigh.
"Well, I know one thing we could do," I said.
"What's that?" He asked excited that there was something to do.
"Let's go explore!" I said smiling and jumping up and grabbing his hand.
We walked down many twisting and turning tunnels, hitting dead ends after dead ends.
"Aang, why are these hallways so confusing?" I asked.
"Well, all of these doors you are seeing are bedrooms. There were many people in this temple especially, so the Airbenders made many labyrinths for the bedrooms to be kept. And, yes they are a little confusing." He said with an exasperated sigh.
"Aang, are we lost?" I suddenly asked worried.
"Er, Well a little bit, but it won't be hard to find our way out." He replied and winked at me.
"Okay, whatever you say." I said, trying to calm my nerves.
We were holding hands, walking down the endless hallways while Aang held a flame in his hand, about the size of a fist. We turned another corner and saw an open room. It was all but empty except a few items that had been left. Old Airbender artifacts. We walked in and found a small doll with a dress on it, and an old cover on the bed. We explored the room a little further and found in a small desk drawer a bracelet with a charm that was the airbender symbol carved out of wood.
"This must have been a girl's room." I concluded.
"A little girl at that," Aand said "The Monks taught us to not have materialistic connections to things. And this little girl had a doll and a few other possessions. So she must have been younger than a schooling age I'm guessing." Aang added.
Aang took the bracelet out of my hand and looked at it. I started to see his eyes watering. He was going to cry if I didn't do something so I put my hand over his with the bracelet, causing his hand to close around the bracelet. Then I used my other had and pulled his chin up to look at me. I looked into his stormy eyes and saw the hurt he had in his heart. Then I pulled him into a tight hug. I could feel a few tears fall on my shoulder, but I didn't care. He was hurting and needed someone, and I was there for him. Once we let go of each other, I again lifted his chin to look at me, and I wiped away his tears and whispered, "Come on, let's get out of here."
He nodded and we walked out of the room. After we walked out of the bedroom, I was struck with the realization that we were still lost.
"Uh, Aang, how are we going to find our way out?" I asked.
Aang chuckled a little and then grabbed my hand and walked another hallway down. He walked towards one wall that had a small square cut into the wall. Aang released my hand and airbended a blast straight into the square. Just then blue arrows started lighting up on the sides of the walls, telling us the way out.
"How does that work?" I asked, interested in the trick Aang had just shown me.
"There are vents in the walls, and in the vents are crystals. The crystals glow when they get cold, so all you have to do is blast a little cold air through the vents." Aang said with a smile.
"Hm, that's really smart. But I guess we better go." I said smiling.
I grabbed Aangs hand again, and blushing a little, and we followed the arrows out.
When we finally got out of the never ending hallways I hugged Aang again. I don't really know why I hugged him, but it just felt right.
"Katara," he said.
"Yeah?" I asked.
"Well," He started, taking my hand "will you keep this?" As he said this, he put the airbending bracelet on my wrist.
"Aang, are you sure? I mean it is an Airbending artifact, are you sure you don't want to keep it?" I asked, looking into his eyes to make sure.
"Yes. I can't wear it anyways; it's too small for my wrist. And I don't know, I just feel like you are supposed to have it. I don't really know how to explain it, but I know it though." He concluded still holding my wrist and examining it.
He then looked up at me again and smiled. I smiled back and hugged him tightly and thanked him for it.
"Lets go find Toph and the others." I said smiling.
"Sounds good." He said, agreeing.
We walked hand in hand, for the fourth time today. I knew how I felt inside, and I knew how he felt inside, but I couldn't bring myself to tell him. I knew we would be together someday. I just hoped the internal conflict I had about when that would be, whether it was before or after the war, would be solved.