Disclaimer: I do not own Avatar the Last Airbender, only my OC's.
Meeting the Gang
Katara lay there on the floor, frozen in shock as she stared up at the little girl who claimed to be their pet lemur, Momo – who, if she remembered right, was supposed to be male. The little girl appeared to be eight years old, had cream white shoulder length hair, the same shade as Momo's fur and the same shade of grey-brown eyes, and the tips of her ears were slightly pointed. Katara finally was able to regain control of her mouth and said just about what anyone would say at the moment.
"M-Momo?" she asked in a faint voice.
The girl's eyes sparkled in happiness and she nodded her head with a smile on her lips. "Yes, it is Momo, it is me, miss Katara. I woke up not to long ago and found my self like this," she said as she waved her arms over herself.
"But… but how did it happen?" Katara asked still sitting on the hard floor in a daze.
"I wish we could answer that question mi amiga," spoke up the teen, Maria was her name, thought Katara, "But me, my brother and our little friend here haven't the slightest clue. I mean, it sounds so unbelievable that I wouldn't have believed it, if she didn't have white hair and pointed ears!"
Katara looked away from the giggling girl, who claimed to be Momo, and turned toward the older girl. Maria looked to be maybe a year older than she was, and quite pretty as well; with her dark tanned skin and her long wavy hair. She was wearing a sleeveless black shirt that left her midriff bare and a pair of small shorts, made of a rough blue material*. As she spoke, Katara was able to pick up on a slight accent, one that she wasn't familiar with.
Realizing that she had been staring, Katara blushed and turned back to the little girl who was still looking at her with that beaming smile of hers, eyes mere slits. She just couldn't help but return it.
"So, your really our pet lemur, Momo?" the girl nodded, "And earlier you said we were in a different world?" another nod, Katara took a deep breath, "Okay then, I believe you, but one more question, where exactly are we?"
Momo barely contained a squeal of joy as she launched herself once more into Katara's arms and kissed the older girl on the cheek. "Oh, I knew you would believe me, I just knew you would miss Katara!" exclaimed Momo as she snuggled deeper into the embrace.
She then paused, sat up and turned confused eyes toward Maria, "Uh… where are we anyway?"
The older girl chuckled as she walked over toward the duo and, after removing Momo, helped Katara up to her feet. "Well, mi amigas, you are currently onboard mine and my brother's sailboat the 'SPIRIT OF THE SEA,' which is currently heading for the coast of Key West, Florida."
Two pairs of confused eyes stared at her, like she had a second head or something – if this was an anime, Maria was pretty sure she would have sweat dropped. In anycase Maria sighed and led the two girls to the galley table and had them sit down on the bench.
"Here let me show you," she said as she moved toward a wooden bookshelf, there she reached toward a small black box with blinking lights, knobs and two circles of mesh* and pressed a button, silencing the music coming from it. She turned to the books on the shelf and ran her finger along the spines until she found the one she was looking for and pulled it out.
Maria returned to the table and placed the book in front of Katara and Momo. The words 'WORLD ATLAS,' stood out the most on the cover above a blue circle with lines crisscrossing all over it. Maria regained their attention, by clearing her throat.
"Now then, this book is called a world atlas. This book, has maps of every country, nation, continent, etc. inside," Maria turned the atlas to face her and opened it, and continued on as she flipped through the pages, "Anywhere you want to go, anyplace you want to look up, this book will give and show you the information your looking for."
She lifted another page and stopped, a smile on her lips as she found what she was looking for. Maria laid the page flat and turned the atlas back toward the other two, showing them a map of a strangely shaped land mass.
"This is a map of the United States of America. This is the country my brother and I are from," She then flipped a few pages forward and stopped on another map, this one of the strange looking peninsula from the bottom right corner of the other map. "This is a map of the state of Florida, and these…" here Maria tapped a chain of small islands off the southern tip of Florida, "These here are the Florida keys. And the biggest one on the end here, is Key West. We are just a few miles out from the coastline."
Katara could feel her throat tightening as dread settled in her stomach. She slowly glanced back up at Maria, then down at Momo, and back at the map showing a part of a land she knew nothing about. She swallowed, her mouth suddenly feeling dry as she continued to stare at the map that confirmed her feeling of dread.
"We really are in a different world, aren't we?" Katara directed the question to their host as she slowly raised her eyes to the older teen, who could only nod her head, her eyes glowing with reluctant affirmation.
Josh sighed as he finished lashing the last line holding the billowing sails in place. 'There's a good wind today,' he thought, 'We should reach the marina sometime around sunset, I'm sure of it.'
After wiping the sweat from his brow, Josh made his way back below deck, leaving the hatchway open to let the ocean breeze blow in. The sight that met his eyes was one he hadn't expected to find when he returned to the galley. Maria and little Momo were sitting beside of one of the other girls that he had pulled from the water. She looked very distraught; her eyes were glazed over and dull, her lips were tight and trembling, her hands were shaking as they rested on the table before an open book with the map of Florida on the page.
His sister had her in her arms, murmuring comforting words in Spanish that he was sure the girl couldn't understand and little Momo was sitting in the girl's lap leaning her cheek against her chest, an almost similar expression on her face, a tear trailing down her cheek. Maria looked up just as he entered the galley, her eyes glistened with unshed tears and she was bighting her lower lip, she stared at him imploringly. Josh took a deep breath and made his way over to the table.
"Something happened," it wasn't a question, but his sister nodded anyways, he grabbed a folded stool and placed it beside the table and then sat down, elbows on the table, chin resting on the backs of his hands, eyes staring at the other girl.
He had to admit she was pretty, she had wavy dark brown hair that went all the way down to the middle of her back, beautiful tanned skin that seemed to make her look exotic, and blue eyes that he was sure sparkled when they weren't as clouded with emotion as they were now. She looked to be two years younger than him so that would make her around sixteen and from what he could remember from when his sister had bandaged and clothed her, she had a nice body, though still going through puberty, she was going to be very beautiful one day.
Josh leaned forward and cleared his throat, breaking the girl from her daze and bringing her focus to him. He smiled at her.
"Well, I see you've awakened," he said in a cheerful voice, the girl just continued to stare at him with a blank expression, "I already know little Momo's name, but I have yet to know yours. Apparently you talked to Maria, so you know her name," "Obviously…" muttered Maria, quieting as he sent a frown in her direction.
"Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Joshua Harris, though I prefer to be called Josh, but my sister oh so affectionately dubbed me Jo-Jo," Josh said sarcasticly as he mock glared at his sister, who smiled sweetly back at him.
"Aw, you like it, Jo-Jo, and you know it!" Maria said in a sweet tone.
"What ever you say… Mar-mar," Josh threw back, he glanced at the new girl and noticed the corners of her lips were beginning to twitch upward, his plan was working.
Maria's expression became furious as she released the girl and slammed her hands down on the table and glared at her older sibling.
"I. Told. You. Never. To. Call. Me. MAR-MAR!" she growled as she reached across the table and latched onto the collar of Josh's shirt and hissed, "You take that back or I will… will… uh?"
The other girl's shoulders were beginning to shake and Momo was already smothering her giggles with a tiny hand over her own mouth.
"Or you'll what?" taunted Josh.
"I will… I will…" Maria glanced around the galley, searching for something and he eyes lit up when she found what she needed, "Or I will throw your collection of anime DVD's over the side!"
An expression of pure horror washed over Josh's face as he stared at his sister with wide eyes. "Y-you wouldn't? You wouldn't do that to your lovable, caring older brother now would you?"
Maria's lips pulled back into a vicious smirk, her eyes flashed dangerously.
"NOOO! Not my precious set of anime! What have they ever done to you? Alright, ALRIGHT! I take it back, I take it BACK!"
Suddenly the other girl burst out laughing, followed quickly by the little girl in her lap. Katara just couldn't help it, the sibling's were just to funny, and even though she had no idea what a DVD was, Josh's horrified expression was just priceless. Maria and Josh looked over at the laughing duo and smiled, well in Maria's case, smirked as she released her brother and sat back down in her seat with a victorious grin on her face. Josh chuckled as he waited for them to calm down before he spoke again.
"Well now, that there is one mighty beautiful smile you've got there," he said in a mock southern accent, causing little Momo to giggle once more and the older girl's smile to grow bigger, "You've got a name, Ma'am?"
Katara smothered the blush that was burning on her cheeks and looked up into his eyes, beautiful blue-green eyes, that seemed to sparkle with mirth. Katara felt she could loose herself in their depths.
"My, my name is Katara, its nice to meet you Joshua," as soon as she said his name her cheeks burned a bright red and she looked down at her hands, which she now held clasped in her lap – around Momo.
"Hey now, none of that, Katara. I already told you I like to be called Josh; not Joshua, not Harris, not Mr. Harris – that's my father – and definitely not Jo-Jo, just Josh."
Katara shyly looked back up and nodded, "A-alright… Josh."
Josh beamed at her, causing her face to turn even more red, and turned to his sister, "See, Maria, its not that hard to call me Josh!"
Maria just rolled her eyes and muttered, "Whatever… Jo-Jo."
Katara laughed once more and held her hands between the arguing siblings, "Please, no more fighting. Though it is funny, cause it reminds me how me and my brother fight all the time." As she said that, Josh's expression turned thoughtful.
"Well, Katara are you feeling better now?" she nodded, "Good, because even though the squirt over there…" "Hey!" Momo pouted, "… told us what happened to you guys, I might be more inclined to believe the story coming from you."
Momo, huffed and turned her pouting face away from the others, her arms crossed across her chest. Katara brushed her fingers through the little girl's white strands, electing a small sigh from her as she leaned back against her chest again. Katara then looked back up at the curious siblings and took a deep breath.
"Alright, I guess it would be more believable coming from an older person, " here she stopped and sighed. "But before I can tell you about the events that led us here, I need to tell you the full story, though I must warn you most of what you'll hear will be pretty hard to believe and its very long."
Maria smiled as she placed her hand on Katara's shoulder, "That's alright, mi amiga, after hearing the tales that Momo told us, I think we can believe anything. And we have plenty of time for a long story, right? She asked her brother, to which he glanced at his watch and nodded.
Katara nodded and steeled herself for the story she was about to tell, one she and the others had kept to themselves, only telling certain people they found they could trust. "Alright, Long ago the four nations: Air, Fire, Water and Earth, lived together in harmony…"
And so she told them their whole story, about when she and her brother found Aang frozen in the iceberg, about their journey to the Northern Water Tribe, then to the Earth Kingdom, when they met Toph, and then finally arrived at where they had got caught in the storm and appeared unconscious in the sea. During the time Katara had been telling the story, Maria had fixed up a plate of scrambled eggs for her to eat.
Josh bit into the apple that he had grabbed from the fruit basket on the table, gathering his thoughts after Katara had finished telling her story. "Hmm… you know, you guys are lucky to be alive, what with everything your group has been through and getting struck by lightning. But if you ask me, there has to be a reason that you all were brought here, I doubt it was just mere coincidence that we found you just after a lightning strike. There is a reason, and I have a hunch that you all will remain here until you've figured it out… or something." Josh finished, scratching the back of his head.
Katara looked down at her plate, she was pushing the leftover eggs around with her fork, and pondered their group's situation. She was about to ask Josh another question when a loud scream filled the air.
"AHHH, WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY EYES!"
Josh, who had been leaning backwards on the stool, lost his balance and tumbled to the floor, Maria jumped, dropping the plate she was cleaning to the floor, where it shattered, and Momo, who had fallen asleep in Katara's lap, jolted awake with a shriek of her own. Josh picked himself up from the floor and he ran toward the cabin door, followed by Maria, Katara and Momo.
They threw the cabin door open and stepped inside, only to be met with a crazed yell and something slamming into Josh, knocking him to the floor. Josh let out a groan of pain and raised his head to peer up at what was laying on top of him. The first thing he saw was a pair of emerald green eyes, that sparkled with shock and wonder. His eyes then took in the rest of the figure and he recognized the other third girl in the group. Toph, was what Katara called her. Toph's black hair was hanging loose down to the base of her neck, since her customary headband was missing. They both stared at each other in mild shock until Katara butted in.
"Toph?" the girl turned her green eyes toward the sound of her friends voice and as soon as their eyes met, tears began to fall from her eyes as her lips pulled back into a wide smile. The moment was ruined when someone cleared their throat.
"Um, not to be rude or anything, chica, but do you think you can get off my brother now?" Maria asked with a hint of amusement in her voice.
As if she had just remembered where she was Toph looked back down at Josh. "Eep!" she yelped as she leapt up blushing heavily, "Uh, heh, heh, sorry about that."
"No problem," Josh grunted as he staggered back to his feet, "Oh, I'm going to feel that later."
"Toph?" Toph turned back to Katara, who was looking back at her with wonder and amazement shinning in her eyes, "Can… can you see me?"
At Toph's nod Katara pulled the young Earth-bender, who was like a little sister to her and held her close as said bender began crying tears of happiness.
"Huh? Wha? What's going on?" asked a sleep-laden voice and a young boy with arrow tattoos stepped into the doorway.
"Master Aang! Master Aang! Your awake!" cried Momo as she leapt toward the half asleep Avatar and embraced him tightly, startling the boy into wakefulness.
"Uh, hi! It's nice to meet you too, I guess. Do I know you?" Aang asked as he stared down at the young girl with white hair.
Momo giggled as she buried her face into her master's shirt. "Silly, master Aang! Of course you know, Momo," she said happily.
"Momo!" exclaimed Aang in shock, he then looked up glanced at all the others in the hallway before stopping when he reached Katara, "Katara, what's going on? Who are these people? What happened to Momo? What's wrong with Toph? And where are we?"
Maria grumbled 'Great, here we go again,' just as Katara answered Aang. "Well… I'm still not quite sure how to answer those yet, Aang. Maybe we should wake Sokka up first and then we can try to explain everything."
Momo released Aang and started hopping up and down, a big grin on her face. "Ooh, ooh, can I wake up him up? Please!"
She hardly waited for any response before she ran into the room and jumped onto Sokka's bunk, landing right on his chest. "Wake up time, sleepy head!"
"GYAH!" screamed Sokka as he was jolted awake, "Give me back my boomerang Momo, or I will… uh… um, who are you and why are you sitting on me?" he asked the little girl sitting on his chest, giggling.
"Master Sokka is funny! Why would Momo steal your boomerang, I don't know how to use it," Momo giggled, still sitting on Sokka's chest.
"Um… well, you know, you do have a poi-WAIT A MINUTE! Did you just call yourself Momo?"
"So your saying that your Momo?"
"Your saying that you are our little, pointy eared, food stealing, annoying, fur covered pet lemur?" Sokka asked still staring at the white haired girl sitting on top of him with narrowed eyes.
"Yep!" Momo chirped as she rolled off Sokka's chest and landed feet first on the floor.
Sokka sat there in his bunk staring at the little girl standing beside his bed and then turned his gaze to the small group standing just on the other side of the doorway.
"Um, am I dreaming or is this shrimp here for real?" he asked, jerking his thumb in Momo's direction.
"Yes she is Sokka, Momo is telling you the truth," said Katara as she stepped further into the room.
Sokka looked at his sister, her clothes, then the room, the rest of the people in the doorway, back at Momo, and finally returning to Katara.
"Okay, well, that's good at least. Now, WILL SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON!"
Well, how was it? I know that some of you are wondering why I made Toph able to see, but I won't tell you, you'll have to find out later in the story! Sorry! Please Review! – Dune
*Katara is describing a pair of short jean shorts
*If you can't guess what it is from the description, it's a radio.