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ChokeIt starts off so simply. A small issue that escalates and snowballs and swells to epic proportions. The anger, the frustration, the simple hurt you hold back until it comes up in your throat and you choke on it to stop it from erupting and causing even more pain. The accusations, the hurtful statements, the plain cruelty causing that ball to grow larger and larger and harder and harder to hold back and the pain makes its way through your nose and eyes and your ears start to ring and you can't hold it back anymore so you go to your safe place because you won't let them ask why you're crying.
IWTG 3: SokkaInterviews with the Gaang 3: Sokka
I stand in a corner of the room, watching Sokka finish give Suki a tour of the Western Air Temple. Suki spots me first, and attracts his attention to where I stand waiting. He turns to look at me; a short conversation follows. She eventually waves him off and walks away; he looks after her a while, then approaches me.
Sokka: So you're ready to interview me, huh?
Myah: That's right.
(Someone's stomach rumbled- it wasn't mine.)
Sokka: Can we talk while we head back to camp? I'm starving.
Myah: No problem.
(We start strolling back, taking a longer route than the one I'd used.)
Myah: It's obvious that you're ecstatic about having both your dad and Suki here.
Sokka: Yeah- it's great having everyone together like this.
Myah: I have to ask you this, though Sokka- especially after the events crossing the Serp
IWTG 2: TophInterviews with the Gaang 2: Toph
After talking to Zuko, I thought it would be wise to talk to the rest of the gang before they moved out of the temple, as Katara had been suggesting. Thus, early the next morning, I found myself observing the end of Toph's earthbending session with Aang. After he left, I sat down opposite Toph in the middle of the large room, surrounded by the relics of an age past.
Myah: So, Toph, I have an obvious first question.
Toph: Wait- I have two rules for this interview. No mushy stuff, and none of what we talk about gets back to the others.
Myah: Well, I'll try. Okay, so how's Aang's training going?
Toph: Good, actually. He's really starting to act- and think like an earthbender.
Myah: Are you teaching him metalbending as well?
Toph: I'd like to- after all, I won't always be there to bust down doors for him. But he's not ready for that yet. Soon, but not yet.
Myah: What I'd also like to know
PnF: So CloseSeconds.
It had all come down to a matter of seconds.
In the excitement and activity since their victory, it had been easier for Toph to push away that knowledge. But almost two months had gone by; and while there was still so much to do, at least the furious pace they had been moving at to cement their victory and lead their world into a new era had slowed enough for her to find a quiet moment to herself. For once, no admiring or disbelieving fans were trying to get her attention, no puffed-up diplomats were there to inveigle favor. No petitioners begging for the help of her wealthy family in restoring their estate, or young earthbenders begging for her to teach them, or older ones challenging her to fights. The former were a nuisance, and she was always happy to disabuse the latter of their self-confident boasts.
But in this quiet moment on the banks of one of the rivers that flowed through Ba Sing Se, things better left alone came to mind, and refused to let her push them away.
Midnight thoughtsShe was awake long before her mother's hand rested gently on her shoulder.
Did Ursa really think she didn't know exactly what was going on? After all, in their world, knowledge was only another form of power. So Azula made sure that she knew. She always knew.
Azula waited till her mother was well and gone before opening her eyes. Focusing on the delicate curtains around her bed, she cataloged what she'd learned that day.
Little Zuzu had messed up. Again. Why didn't he just stop trying: everyone knew that she was the superior one. Every time he tried, he failed. And now, they all had to pay the price for his constant inability to measure up to the standards of a true prince.
Because of him, their mother was going to sacrifice herself.
A whisper of a thought drifted through her mind: "Would she have done the same if it were you, Azula?" She pushed the thought firmly away.
But her sleep that night was restless.
As the years passed, every time she watc
TFU Meme: Part 6Tokka meme #6: Let's go a little AU for a moment. This time, Toph is oblivious to Sokka's crush. How does he get through to her?
"Toph, we've been friends for a long time. And for a long time, I was convinced that that was perfect. I had Suki, you had Ohev. But now I realise that for me, being friends isn't enough. I don't know when, or how, it happened. I just know that one day I heard something great, and I thought of you before Suki. I woke up one morning, and the first thing that came to mind was whether I'd see you today or not. The best times I had were when the two of us were getting into trouble again- or out of it. I noticed that you have beautiful eyes. That your hand in mine makes me feel.. whole. Strong. That a tiny blind girl with a warlord complex laid siege and won the battle before I even knew there was one.
Anyway. What I'm trying to say is... I love you, Toph."
Momo cocked his head at Sokka. Sokka glared back, then groaned. "So how am I ever supposed
TFU Meme: Part 5Tokka meme #5: Yes, it's been done before, and yes, we're doing it again. Let's see some genderbending.
"I am NOT doing this."
"We BOTH lost the bet, Sokka."
"So? No one said we had to- OUCH!"
Sokka glared at Suki after she'd applied a final swipe of mascara to finish putting on his makeup. "No backing out. Katara and I won fair and square." Refusing to rub the ear she'd given a vicious twist, he turned his ire instead on Toph, sitting not far from him and clad in his favourite Nickelback t-shirt and a pair of baggy jeans. The sight she presented made his irritation rise even higher.
"That's almost what you normally wear!"
"So?" she bit into a plum, almost moaning aloud at the sweetness of the fruit. "All they said was that I had to wear your clothes."
"So you get the cool stuff, and I have to wear MAKEUP? AGAIN!"
An ear cocked in his direction as Toph caught that slip. "Again?" She shook her head. "And you guys wonder about ME being gay."
TFU Meme: Part 4Tokka meme #4: Without killing or bashing her, what happened to Suki?
She stared at his chagrined smile, wondering exactly what had gone wrong.
They had been together ever since the war. Him back and forth as his father's representative and spokesman when necessary. She furthering the training of her warriors, and inducting new groups of trainees every year. They'd expanded their efforts to do good far beyond the borders of Kyoshi, and she had so much responsibility on her hands- as did he.
Maybe time was the problem. They had so little to spare to spend with each other. Maybe if she delegated the training of this latest batch of recruits to Ty Lee, and Sokka could give up some-
Suki glanced at Iroh as he regaled a table of customers on the other side of the Jasmine Dragon with tales from his youth. It was time she admitted the truth to herself. Just as he had once told her, times and seasons can have an effect on even the most loyal of hearts. She raised her cup o
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