Toph sat in her room, thinking. She had just woken up a few minutes ago and could not stop thinking about her dream. Well, more of a nightmare.
I wish Mother was here to comfort me, Toph thought.
Toph got up and walked into the living room. There stood Suki and Sokka. Toph could feel with her feet that they were kissing gently.
Aang walked in…well, rather skipped in. Obviously he was in a happy mood.
Toph turned red and quickly looked away. Her heart was beating fast. She bit her lip. Why was she feeling like this? A few days ago, Sozin's Comet had arrived and Aang had defeated the Fire Lord. Now Toph got nervous around him and couldn't think of things to say. The only thing she had managed to get out was, "Hi, Twinkle Toes."
Katara and Mai were sitting at the table, eating breakfast. Katara walked over and touched Toph's shoulder.
"Would you like something to eat, Toph?" Katara asked.
"Or maybe some tea! Just made some, it's fresh from the kettle!" Iroh interjected.
Toph shook her head.
"I'm not hungry." Toph said. Katara raised her eyebrows, although Toph couldn't see it.
"Are you sure? I'm worried, Toph. You didn't have dinner or lunch yesterday. All you do is sit there. I haven't seen you do any earth bending since…well, since a few days ago!" Katara's voice was motherly and kind.
"Stop acting like a mother, Katara! I can do things by myself. I'm just not hungry, alright?" Toph yelled. The room suddenly got quiet. "I know what I am doing. I don't need any help!" Toph stormed into her room. Katara looked at her feet. She sulked over to the table.
"What's with her lately?" She asked.
"I-I don't know…!" Katara replied.
"Personally, I think she might be having guy troubles. It was how – Zuko, would you get me some rice, please? – It was how Azula was acting when no boys would notice her and they swarmed around Ty Lee." Ty Lee smiled from across the room.
"I need to talk to her." Katara decided. She knocked on Toph's door and walked in, shutting the door behind her. She sat on the bed next to Toph.
"I'm sorry I was so motherly to you, Toph. I know you don't like it."
"No, I'm sorry I yelled. You were just being caring. I was just rubbing off my frustration on you." Toph sighed.
"Talk to me, Toph." Katara pleaded.
Toph started slowly.
"Well…there is this guy. And I don't think he really notices me. He is sweet and charming and…heroic. But I can't tell you what he looks like." Toph smiled. As did Katara.
"Toph, you are beautiful. Tell me who it is. I'm sure he'll end up liking you with a few simple tips from me."
"Erm…well…it's…Aang. I like Aang. "
Katara's face grew red and her eyes glared.
"Aang will never, ever like you Toph, so don't even try! I can't believe you would even think... Arggh!" Katara yelled. Toph shut her eyes, threw open her door, and, holding back tears and not succeeding, she ran into the hall closet and locked herself in. When she was securely inside, she started openly crying.
Katara herself choked back tears, realizing what she had done. She stepped into the living room.
Sokka, Suki, Mai, Ty Lee, Aang, Iroh and Zuko were staring at her. Ty Lee, who was now a great friend of Toph's, said, "Explain to me why Toph just came running out of her room crying?" Katara turned red. She filled herself a glass of water and walked over to the closet. She knocked on the door.
"Toph, let me in, I'm sorry! Toph, please, open up!" Katara begged, but Toph wouldn't budge.
Katara bent the water and sliced open the door. She stepped inside and refilled the cracks of the door with sturdy ice.
"Toph, I'm so, so, so sorry. I guess I didn't know that you hadn't known that…well, that me and Aang are sort of…an item. It happened just a few days ago. I'm really, really sorry. "
Top was silent for a moment. Then, "Thanks for telling me Katara. I didn't know. I understand now. I forgive you." Toph smiled. They hugged, and Katara spoke.
"I am going to make it up to you, okay? Be awake at 3 tomorrow. Nobody's is awake by then, and we can sneak out without anybody telling us we can't. I am going to do something with you." Toph sighed but agreed.
(Be prepaired for Chapter 2!)