Outro part 3
Katara pulled the shirt over her head and opened the door for her brother.
"Hey guys, I jus-" he looked at her in Aang's shirt and messy hair and scowled "Oogies. It's broad daylight. Don't you two have any shame?"
"It's still morning Sokka, what do you want?"
"I came to ask what time we're heading out."
"After lunch. Appa will be full and rested. The trip back to Meela and Tseten's shouldn't take too long."
"And how long before you guys go to the mountains?"
Katara shrugged "A week I guess. When are you going back home?"
"I've got some things I want to finish up for Meela. I'll go after that, or maybe I'll come back here, I mean, Zuko owes me and all."
"You could come crash with us sometimes."
"I think that's a no. I'd rather not make conversations with you dressed like that a regular thing. You're making me uncomfortable. I'm going to pack." he turned to leave.
"Hey." she called out to stop him "Are you doing alright?"
He shrugged "I'll live." and walked away.
Katara sighed deeply and closed the door. Aang stuck his head out and looked around "Are they gone?"
"Yes. Sokka was checking to see what time we're leaving."
Aang grinned "Good. So I don't have to put pants on ." he hobbled out of the doorway and stood up as straight as he could placing his fist triumphantly on his naked hips "Now, about that conversation we were having before we were interrupted."
Katara couldn't help but laugh "You are so silly."
"Are you ready?" Mai asked as she walked up to Toph.
"Are you sure about this. I mean me as a model, come on."
"Hey, I told you when I met you, you're exactly what I need. I'm trying to shake things up."
"I could stand off stage and cause a some trimmers for you."
Mai rubbed her chin "That's not a bad idea."
Toph sighed and shook her head "I was joking."
"I know, but I still like the thought." she reached down and took Toph's hands "Come on. I have a half a sketch book of designs just for you, and Ty Lee has all these makeup ideas. We'll go all over the place and raise hell. It'll be fun."
"I do like raising hell." Toph considered.
"I know you do."
"I guess I'll be your model…I still can't see it though."
Zuko and Suki waved as Appa took to the sky.
"It was nice of Azula and Kuzon to go and help them move." Suki said as she dropped her hand.
"They want to meet Tseten and Meela, and Kuzon wants to check on the twins."
"That'll be nice." they turned and started walking.
The couple walked for a while and Zuko reached over and took Suki's hand "Suki, did you mean what you said last night?"
She thought for a second "When." she laughed "I'm surprised you remember anything from last night."
He smiled and looked down, "I don't remember much," he looked at her 'but I do remember you agreeing to marry me."
Suki stopped "Wha- you were sloshed. I didn't think you were serious."
He faced her "I was. I don't remember exactly what I said, but I do remember being happy you said 'yes'…Did you mean it?"
"I," she bit her lip, "well I thought you were just talking nonsense. I didn't realize you were serious. If I had…"
He shook his head sadly "It's okay. I get it."
He turned to walk away ,loosening the grip he had on her hand, but she tightened hers and stopped him. When he turned around she kissed him "If I had known you were serious I would have told you that I would be proud to be your wife."
4 months later
Their friends stood circled around them as they shared their first dance. The couple moved gracefully around the dance floor with great smiles on their faces.
"They're beautiful." Katara said sweetly, swaying with Bumi sitting on her hip, his head leaned against her shoulder as he fought to keep his eyes open.
"They are." Xing Ying said with a noticeable hitch in her voice.
Xing Yee wrapped her arm around her twin's and moved closer "Are you okay? I told you, we can leave if you feel like you need to."
She shook her head and glided her fingers around to too large studded cuff around her wrist "I'm okay."
Katara and Aang gave a questioning look and Xing Yee shook her head. Xing Ying patted her sisters arm "It's fine." she held her wrist up to her heart. This is Bumi's. He gave it to me the morning after your wedding," she paused to take a breath "when he proposed."
Sokka and Aang, who were standing behind the ladies started at each other for a moment, and Katara said "Oh, Honey, we didn't know."
"She didn't tell anyone but me," Yee said holding her sister tighter.
They all gathered closer and hugged Xing Ying. They moved back to their places right as Zuko dipped Suki deeply and Ezra surprised him by jumping onto his back. He looked back at the boy and smiled bigger, something that everyone didn't think was possible.
"He's pretty light on his feet for a goofball." Toph commented to Kuzon and Azula "Maybe I should be calling him Twinlketoes."
Azula waved her hand dismissively "That's too easy. You can come up with something better than that."
"You're right. I can."
The music changed and Kuzon bowed to Toph "Miss Beifong, may I have this dance."
"Sure. Only if I get to lead."
Kuzon said "I wouldn't have it any other way." she leaned over to Azula "I'll try to bring him back in one piece."
Azula laughed and watched them go onto the dance floor along with quite a few others. She looked over a few feet and noticed Katara bouncing Bumi on her hip while he squirmed in her arms. She walked over to them "What's wrong?"
"He's tired. He was dozing off, but the change of music woke him up. His travel crib is set up in the lounge, I'm going to go lay him down."
"I'll do it." Azula volunteered.
Aang and Katara looked at each other "What?" Aang asked.
Azula landed her hands on her hips "You heard me." she reached out for the baby "Come to Auntie, Little Prince."
He reached over and she took him into her arms, and she waved his parents off "Go dance or something."
Azula walked down the hall and into her uncle's lounge. Bumi took one look at the little crib and started fussing "No, no Little Prince don't be like that." she said in a stern, yet sweet way that only she could "You may as well take a nap now so you can wake up in time to get cake. You want sweets don't you?" he fussed more and tried to wriggle his way out of her arms.
"Shhhhh." she cradled him in her arms.
La da da daaah ahh
I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream
I know you, the gleam in your eye is so familiar a gleam
Now I know it's true that visions are seldom all the seem
But if I know you, I know what you'll do
You'll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream.
Azula kissed the sleeping baby on the forehead.
"You're good at that, Princess." Kuzon said quietly from where he stood by the door.
"I'm good at everything." she said as she carefully laid the baby in the crib.
"I don't disagree." he walked up behind her and snaked his hands around her waist, resting his chin on her shoulder "It was nice of you to take him. They're having fun out there."
"Well, I don't get to see Bumi all the time." she brushed some hair out of his face, then turned her head back to Kuzon "Besides, I can use the practice."
He smiled and opened his hand across her stomach "So, when do we get to tell everyone?"
She turned in his arms "We'll wait until Zuzu and Suki get back from their honeymoon in a couple of weeks. I want to let them have their time."
He kissed her "Yes Princess."
The rocked together slowly. Aang with one hand pressed gently into the small of his wife's back, the other gripped on the head of the cane Sokka had made especially for him.
Katara rested her head on her husband's chest, her hands on his back. They reveled in the comfort of all they had: a home, an extended family, each other. Who could have known that a simple internet message would lead to their destiny?
Yes. Who indeed ;)
The final song, Once Upon a Dream from the Sleeping Beauty (animated) soundtrack.
Well, that's it. It's done. There'll be companion pieces and outtake type stuff coming up (most of it will be on the tumblr. I'll compile what I can and post here and add it as I go). From November 21, 2015 - November 28 the characters will take the blog over.
This was supposed to be a 10 chapter, strictly Kataang story, but it grew and grew. Now, at 75 chapters (not counting the extras) and at least a half dozen ships we're finally at the end. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the love through this whole thing. You all made this so much fun to write.