As a disappointed Zutarian and Avatard, Ive decided to revisit the very-lacking Avatar: the Last Airbender finale (aka Sozins Comet) and freshen it up a little bit. Muah ha ha. Im beginning this adventure as our favorite heroes are making their way back to the beach house after a devastating performance by the Ember Island Players
Sozin's Comet Revisited
not a good show. Zuko stated the obvious. Everyone chuckled and solemnly agreed. Aang slumped ahead of the group as they slowly made their way across the shore of the sandy beach towards the abandoned summer home on Ember Island-- their most recent hiding place. His staff scrapped against the sand, leaving a long trail. Sokka nudged Suki a little bit too hard and nearly sent her sprawling into the wavy water. Revenge burned in Sukis eyes as she grabbed Sokkas elbow and dragged him into the waves with her.
Eventually the shore became rocky, and Toph grinned and skipped ahead, launching pebbles at Aang, who absentmindedly batted them away with his staff, one of the rejected pebbles hitting Sokka on the top of his head and sending him tumbling into the murky water. Suki roared with laughter. Katara was fuming, her mind spinning with jumbled thoughts. She kicked at the sand along the trail Aang had left behind.
Whats wrong, Katara? A soft voice beside her whispered.
She immediately snapped back into reality and glanced up into his burning eyes.
Nothing. She told him halfheartedly.
He sighed. Youre lying.
What is it with you, anyway? Youre always asking me how I am, trying to make things better for me. I dont need that. Ive never needed that. Im fineokay?
What do you meanyou dont need that?
If I tell you, will you leave me alone?
Im human, alright? I feel pain as hard as the rest of you do. But you know whatcrying hurts more than repressing my feelings. So, Ive always repressed them
instead of focusing on my pain, I focus on the pain of others. Its just my way of dealing with things. Not only does it take my mind off my problems, it makes me feel better when I see that Ive helped. So sorry Zuko, but I really am fine, and if Im actually not, and lying to you like you think I am, you will never know it. Anyway, what about you? Are you okay? Katara turned to him. They both stopped. Zuko stared at her with sad eyes for a while before taking her delicate face in his strong hands.
No, Katara, are you okay? He whispered. His soft fingers brushed gently across her cheek, warmth tingling through her face. She bit her lip and tried to break his firm gaze.
This isnt fair. She declared.
He smiled playfully at her. You should know by now that I dont play fair.
Katara rolled her eyes. Why are you doing this to me?
I dont know. Because I care. Because you intrigue me.
Katara glared stubbornly at him.
Alright, you dont have to tell me. I think I can guess, anyway. You said you dont like to cry. And yet, because of this marvelous play weve had the pleasure of attending, the whole world thinks youre a big crybaby. And that humiliates you.
Brilliant. And yesI hate crying. But for some reason, when Im around nosy and ridiculous people like you, I cant seem to help it. And thats why I find you so irritating. The end. She folded her arms across her chest.
I dont think so. He brushed a wisp of hair out of her eyes. What is it Katara? Is it me?
Asks the man holding me hostage. Katara smirked.
He tried not to smile and continued. What about Sokka?
She rolled her eyes.
She shook her head.
Is it Aang?
Silence. Katara stared at Zuko and tried with all her might to hold back the tears. He carefully brushed a single tear from her cheek.
You dont want to be considered the Avatars girl? He asked softly.
She took a deep breath. I just need him to back off I dont want to be forced into anything. At the same time, though, I cant hurt him. I love him too much to do that to him. I really dont want to damage our relationship, not after all weve been through and with all he means to me, but I dont think I can push it any farther, either. Ive been trying, I really havefor him. But I dont think I can do it anymore. I cant lose him over thisnot now. She couldnt help itshe had to finally let it out. It was as if his gaze broke down all the walls she had put up to protect her heart and her feelings. She relaxed in his firm hold, no longer afraid and no longer fighting. The tears ran down her cheeks, warming as soon as they hit Zukos hands.
I know you try to improve everyone elses lives, but this is not about him. This is about you, Katara. If doing something for someone else is causing you so much extra pain, its not worth it. Tell me you know that. He pleaded.
She covered her face with her cool hands, allowing Zukos hands to warm them. Finally, she let her hands drop to her sides and slowly nodded. Okay. I know that. Am I done yet?
Zuko smiled and released her.
Thank you. And she meant it as she pulled him into a hug. She had never felt so relieved and free. As they broke apart, she waved her hands behind her back, gathered a wisp of water, and froze his feet to the ground.
Zuko glared at her. What was that for?
You should know by now
She leaned forward and whispered softly in his ear,
I dont play fair either. She laughed and ran across the shore.
Zuko shook his head, smiled, and tried to concentrate on defrosting himself.