Lego: Hello everyone! Unfortunately, Tears of a Lotus is still being difficult. In the mean time, I decided to pick up the 100 themes challenge in order to motivate myself to write (heavily influenced by the fact that one of my favorite fanfiction authors, Joey Taylor, is doing it). I've decided to post the canon ones I write (no OCs and such) as separate oneshots here on my account to show that I actually am writing. I hope you enjoy this one! My sister requested this one because she got tired of all my angsty doom oneshots and demanded something that ended happy. This is dedicated to her!
Disclaimer: The Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise belongs to Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, and Aaron Ehasz. I own only the story.
The battle had grown fiercer since they'd begun. The Fire Nation had pushed them back onto a dangerous cliff. Despite the enemy's low numbers, Aang only had himself, Katara, Sokka, and Toph to fight. In order to keep the battle somewhat balanced, the Avatar threw all of his might into every attack. He had to protect his friends. They had to survive.
Aang rejoiced in the knowledge that their enemy could not hold on forever (though he prayed that he and his friends would survive) as they dwindled into a very small handful. One soldier near the forefront, however, took an opportunity to dive past Aang's defenses and threw a fireball that the Avatar missed.
"Look out!" he shouted as he swept the entire group back with a powerful wave of air. As soon as the enemy had fallen to the ground—temporarily stunned he was sure—he whirled around to check on his friends.
Aang stared. His mouth opened slowly but did not move, his body standing still as time. The ground beneath Toph exploded. She screamed.
"Toph!" Katara's voice broke him from the reverie.
They both rushed forward in time to see Toph's body disappear into the ocean below.
"She can't swim! We have to do something!" Aang shouted, his voice coming out high pitched with his panic. He couldn't lose anyone else. What happened at the Air Temple in his childhood was hard enough.
Katara glanced at him then dove into the water's depths without a word. Aang almost stopped her, then remembered last minute that she was a waterbender. If anyone could save Toph, it would be her.
"Aang, behind you!"
Aang turned back to face the enemy at Sokka's voice and narrowly escaped a brush with a stream of fire. He reached behind him and grabbed hold of the ocean water, winging it around to dissolve another blast of flames. The enemy soldier sprinted forward then leapt above Aang and shoved his hands in a downward motion. The Avatar dove to the side then jerked the ground upward to stop the firebender's momentum and encased him in a prison of earth.
Sokka had just knocked out the last of the soldiers, then turned and quickly joined Aang. They rushed to the edge of the cliff just as Katara and Toph shot from the ocean below. All three of them knelt by Toph's side. The worry etched itself into Aang's expression, one equally mirrored by his friends. Katara used her bending to try to revive their earthbending friend.
Finally, Toph coughed, then rolled over and puked out any leftover water that didn't belong in her system. Aang let out a sigh of relief and shared a laugh with Sokka and Katara.
"Ugh, that was awful." Toph shook herself. "I never knew water could be so dangerous."
"I'm just glad you're okay." Katara smiled.
Aang clapped her on the back. "Me too."
"I can just see the talk of the town if you hadn't made it—Mighty Earthbender Toppled by Ocean." Sokka burst into laughter then shrieked as Toph pounced on him.
Aang and Katara shared a smile then a laugh as they tried to convince Toph not to kill Sokka.