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Toph nearly cringed at Suki's gasp. It was a gasp of delight but she abhorred it, anyway.

"Wow, that's so cute!"

Toph complacently stood still, hands on her hips, allowing Suki to run her hands along the thick braid that ran down her back. Katara had done a good job - it wasn't too tight but it certainly didn't feel like it'd be coming loose any time soon.

"Thanks," she mumbled, uninterested in Suki's opinion.

"Hey, Sokka, come over here," Suki called. "Come take a look at Toph's new hairdo Katara did."

Toph intently observed his approach, savoring each footstep.
thip thip. thip. Thip. Thip.

"Ohhh-hoho, hey!" Sokka greeted. "Looks like ya took my advice, huh?"

"Yea," Toph nodded in reply, struggling to contain her anxiety. "How does it look?"

"It looks good. Very sharp," Sokka decided, in very much the same way he'd comment on a blade. He ruffled her bangs around.

"Hawky likes it, too. See? That wasn't so bad, right?"

"Nah, it was fine," Toph replied calmly. He didn't seem all too taken aback as she had hoped. Maybe it didn't look as good as Katara and Aang had led her to believe? Like she'd know the difference, anyway...

"I think it looks very pretty, Toph," Suki complimented.
Well, whoop-dee-doo-dah-day. Didn't ask for your opinion, did I?

"We ready to hit the sky yet?" Aang called from the direction of the massive lump of Appa resting about twenty feet in front of them.

"I'm ready," Toph declared, jumping at the opportunity to stop focusing on Sokka's lack of being-impressed. She eagerly propped herself up with earth and hopped into Appa's saddle. "Where are we headed?"

"Makin' a stop back at Ba Sing Se," Sokka informed her, Thlumph, tossing his sack beside her.

What? Ba Sing Se? Didn't they just leave Ba Sing Se? Why were they going back there? Sokka must have noticed the confusion in her expression as he explained the reason.

"Yea, it's been a few days and we should probably stock up before we head out for the South Pole."

South Pole? Had she not been paying attention when this trip had been planned?

"W-whoa, wait up," she called, leaning over the edge of the saddle to talk down at Sokka. "Since when are we going to the South Pole?"

"Katara and I are thinking we might want to go see our dad," Sokka explained. "It's not like we're forcing anyone to go with us, we're stopping back home first. So if you're not up for it, you could just hang out there for a while."

Oh, pff. Yea, great. With who? If Sokka wanted to go, Suki would go. If Katara wanted to go, Aang would go, too. No, she wasn't going to just sit around by herself - though the fact that Sokka acted like her being on her own was perfectly chill was...kind of cool, in a way. It made her feel kind of grown up, if they thought she'd be OK by herself for a while.

"OK," she responded thoughtfully with a shrug. Maybe she would stay by herself? She'd have to make up her mind. Her mood-swinging over the past couple of days felt like a result of her company. She knew what Katara would say: 'You're in an emotional state right now. Loneliness is just going to make it worse.' Not to mention that the frozen glaciers of the home of the Water Tribe didn't sound all too appealing. Bleck, this whole situation meant that either way she'd have reason to be grouchy. What else was new?

As she pondered her options, she tried to relax herself for the long flight to come. They couldn't have been terribly far from Ba Sing Se by air. A day or two, tops.

"So have you gotten used to flying Team Avatar style?" Sokka asked Suki as the two settled in together.

"Not quite yet," she admitted. "But it's something I can definitely see happening."

"So can I," he whispered back in a tone quite out of Toph's range of familiarity. Their heartbeats spiked. It disgusted her to her core, yet she couldn't stop paying attention to it.



The world below vanished and they were encompassed by that all-too-familiar cloud of whrrrr and foooooo and sssshh all blended together. Sokka and Suki were whispering to each other, she knew they were, but the rushing air made it hard to make out the words, she'd have to really narrow it down in order to-

"Hey, Toph." Jeez! Oh, whew. When did Katara get there? Or had she been right there the whole time?

"You know, we don't have to go see our tribe right away. I know you're probably still feeling very confused and upset." A comforting hand pressed down on Toph's head, stroking her now clean hair habitually. "Sokka's just..." There was a pause. An odd one. She couldn't describe how it was odd, something just "Well, you know how he is: he sets his mind to something and he wants to get it taken care of. Ever since the festival in Ba Sing Se ended he's been wanting to go back to our tribe and spend time with our dad."

"You want to see your dad, too, don't you?"

"Of course I do," Katara answered. "But I can be patient. The war is over: our father isn't going anywhere," she noted with a laugh. It was kind of an involuntary laugh, like she was still coming to terms with that idea: that she could just go see her father whenever she wanted for a change. "He's fine, he doesn't need us right now. But you do...don't you?" Katara said it in that way that was conclusive, that she already knew this was the case.

"Mm," Toph hummed with a shrug. That hand continuing to run across her head was pleasant and reassuring. Katara would really hold off on seeing her own father - her flesh and blood father- just to try and help her feel better? Sokka would sacrifice his boomerang and his sword to save her life, which was awesome, but...what was he willing to do for her happiness? And why did she care so much to know?

The following day and a half was long and slow, with little to do but dwell on the many thoughts that had been brought to Toph's attention over the day and a half prior. Lost in the endless fog of noise from the wind all around, Toph's mind retreated to her recent memories. She hid from the bitter nothingness: swimming with Sokka, crying into Aang's chest, falling asleep to Katara's heartbeat.

Partway during the first day of their trip back, Sokka and Suki had found their faces magnetically attached, only for Katara to scold them apart. This had made her realize that she and Aang had been specifically less mushy than usual. It took some time, but it managed to click in her head that the two of them were trying to be considerate of her comment of feeling awkward. That night had been bizarre, as Toph, sleeping with Katara and Aang once again, found it practically impossible to not pay attention to the vibrations coming from the nearby tent. They didn't carry enough force for her to tell exactly what was going on, but enough to know it likely involved all manner of kissing and rubbing and gross things. How gross, exactly, she couldn't decipher - likely for the best. All the same, it was like trying to fall asleep with a rooster-cat meowing every few seconds. She found herself wrapping around Katara, clinging to the Thum-thump's to drown out the 'racket' from the neighboring tent.

The next thing she was conscious of was what sounded like Aang's voice.


What? Huh?

"...have to...before...because..."

Wow. Her body was taking its time waking up.


"Haha, good morning," Aang cheerfully welcomed her. She couldn't comprehend what time of day it could've been. The altitude made everything chilly.

"Didn't sleep too well, did you, Toph?" Katara sympathetically wondered. "We tried waking you but you wouldn't budge so we had to drag you up here!"

"Muhhhh," Toph moaned, turning her body around to get comfortable. Hm. This pillow felt a lot like...Aang's bony lap...? No wonder it wasn't the most comfy thing. Her friends giggled at her inability to speak properly.

"Aw, poor girl," Katara teased. "She probably couldn't deal with your snoring last night, Aang," she picked.

"H-Hey, I don't snore that bad!" Aang protested, seeming somewhat flustered by the remark.

"Yea you do," Sokka disagreed flatly from somewhere behind them.

"We there yet?" Toph managed to grumble out, desperately trying to find a comfortable spot on the mass of stickly limbs.

"Nope," Sokka informed. "But we should be there around sun down."

Toph yawned and scratched her stomach before rolling off of Aang's uncomfortable lap and into the secure leather saddle she was familiar with. With her face half buried in leather she groggily eked out a remark.

Well, good, 'cuz I'm gettin' sick of flying.
"Whh grd cuz mm get sicko fling..."

She sighed a relaxed, peaceful breath as a bony hand scratched at her head. She could really start getting used to all of this scratching and petting and hugging and such. If this was what Momo and Appa experienced every day, she'd gladly trade lives with them every now and then. But it'd be real nice if Sokka was following Aang and Katara's lead here...

"Why is she so sleepy?" Suki asked with a tint of concern. Toph was in that strange netherworld of consciousness where she could hear what was going on but couldn't really move herself to do anything about it. "Was she up late?" Ohhh, she was up late, all right, all thanks to that stupid warrior princess seducing Sokka throughout the night.

"Mm-hm," Katara nodded. "I think she was having trouble sleeping for some reason. Probably just everything that's happened. I'm sure she has a lot on her mind."

Whatever. Screw my parents. Don't even care anymore about those stupid freaking losers.

"Yea," Suki murmured. Yuck, that tone was distinctly shrouded in pity. "Poor thing. I can't believe her parents would do something so horrible to her..." Oh, shut up. Don't need your pity, don't care what you think.

"I know," Katara agreed with a sigh. "I'm not sure what to think of her parents anymore. I thought I understood where they were coming from: apparently, I was wrong." Yea, you were. Can't believe I listened to you. Stupid letter.

"At least she's got us now," Sokka chimed in casually from the direction of Appa's head - he must have been piloting. "I mean, that's what matters at this point, right?" Whatever...

"Definitely," Aang vigrously agreed.
Hey, wait, no, don't stop with the scratching. That felt nice...

"Now, who knows if that's a good thing," Sokka conceded. "I mean...Come on...This is us we're talkin' about."
"I know, Hawky, I know! We're not worthy of your presence."

"..can't like Hawky.."
" bird...what I want."
"...want is stupid..haha..."

"I thought we were supposed to keep traveling," Toph complained to Katara as the bustling sounds of Ba Sing Se had finally become a dull hum below. "What about the cliff diving? And, I dunno, the fishing? And...all of that? And-and what's with the South Pole? When did we plan on that?"

"We didn't." She felt a firm grip on her shoulder as Katara whispered in her ear, trying to calm her down. "I..." There was some hesitation. Something was up. "This wasn't my idea," she precluded. "If you really want to know, I'll explain after we get home."

"O-OK," Toph mumbled, confused and suddenly complacent. It didn't sound dire, but it sounded like she wasn't supposed to talk about it. What the hell was the deal?

"Don't worry, it's not bad," Katara insisted with a warmth Toph was quickly coming to appreciate, rather than abhor. The pressure on her shoulder let up as Aang yelled out a 'Yah!' to Appa. Fwip-crack! She felt her stomach lurch as vertigo set in - they were heading in to land. The different voices of the air howled through her ears as her hands tightened around the edges of the saddle.


THUD. The world quaked into existence in an instant, all kinds of shapes scattered about. Eager to be on solid ground, Toph lept from Appa's back, and the city sharpened around her when her feet touched down. Blurbs and blobs became buildings and merchants. She stretched out her arms, stood up on her toes, and wiggled her fingers around. It was kind of nice to be back home without anything in particular to worry about. No underground fighting, no stupid parents, no Fire Nation war, no festival: no rules. Awesome.

A few minutes later, the gang had sorted themselves into their little house that had been assigned to them when they had originally arrived - a gracious gift from the timid king for the Avatar. She could hear shuffling as Suki unpacked people's things, Aang played around with Momo, and Sokka started clattering around in the kitchen area.

"Can I help?" Toph wondered, oddly interested in trying to be useful. Fuu. Clack. Fuu. Clack. He was inspecting the cupboards. Frrf frrf. Hawky ruffled his feathers, perched on Sokka's shoulder.

"Actually," Sokka slowly began, thip-thip, tapping his foot thoughtfully. "I was thinking of cooking us up some chicken and rice but we'd need some chicken."

"Toph and I will go and get some," Katara offered eagerly, nudging Toph's head into a sideways hug of sorts.

"Sounds great," Sokka acknowledged, still digging around the kitchen. Clitter, tak, scuff. "I'll get some water boiling. Hey, Sweetie, would ya mind getting some green beans from the garden out back?"

"Sure thing, Dear, Suki obiently complied.


"Let's go," Katara eased with a pat on the back.

"Hey, Aang," Sokka requested as they made their way out. "Can you go get us some water?"

"What's that?"
"Some water, can you go grab some? There's a bucket right over here."
"Sorry, I can't hear you."
"You can learn manners, Sokka! Heheh."
Cluk. FoooooOOOOOOMMM!
And there he went, speeding on past them, ruffling their clothes and hair around. It felt weird to Toph, having her hair arranged in a way that caused it to flop all around. She had to twist her head to put thick braid back in place.

"Is that boy making you act nice?" Suki teased, her voice faint as Toph and Katara were already outside.

"It's an uphill battle," Sokka joked casually.
"Well, excuse me, Hawky. We mortals can't be perfect like you."
Toph found herself smirking at his idiocy, but it was wiped from her face when she heard a snicker from Suki. Blech.

She decided to ignore the remnants of their voices and focus on Katara as they made their way into the busy streets. Ponce-ponce, a kid bounced a leather ball into the ground, his friends chasing after him. A customer and a merchant debated the worth of a dozen catfish-salmon. Chunk-ka-chunk, a man wheeled around his cart full of vegetables.


"My cabbages!" wailed a voice from the scene of the cart's collision.

Chinka-chh-clink-chink-chh-clinka. Toph almost felt like dancing to that sound: the lovely coins jingling in Katara's waist pouch were like a choir.

"Soooo what's the deal?" she bluntly asked as they hit the market square.

"Right," Katara muttered with a sigh. "Sokka didn't want you to know because...He doesn't want you to think he's trying'get in your business,' as he put it." She sounded kind of annoyed. "He thinks that you'd get upset if you felt like he was 'babying' you or something."

"He thinks that's what you're doing, huh?"

She huffed through her nose in a rather cross fashion. "Yea," she grumbled. Her irritation crumbled into worry. "Uh...I'm...I'm not doing that, am I?"

"Baha," Toph chuckled, slapping her stomach. "Of course you do, Sugar Queen - some times. But,'s not always bad, ya know?"

"I'm glad to hear that." Toph couldn't help but smile a little at the relief in her voice. Somehow Katara's intense concern was causing a reciprocation of some kind.

"But what's up, anyway?" Toph asked.

"Oh, well, it's...Sokka-well, I mean, all of us-we feel bad with what happened with your family. Sokka had this idea after Aang told him how he looks at you like a sister." They had reached their destination, the scent of slabs of freshly cut chicken somewhat luring Toph's stomach into hunger. Chinkalinklink. Calishhink. Katara handed money to the merchant.

"Thank you, ladies," his gruff voice greeted. He was a large man, Toph could tell. His girth seemed to convey a gentleness somehow. Nice old guy. She recognized his shape and voice a little. They'd probably bought food from him before.

"Have a good day," Katara sweetly called back, an entire raw chicken in tow.

"So," she grunted, getting a good grip on the slippery thing, "Sokka decided that if you're like a sister to us, then...maybe it'd be a good idea for you to meet our dad. Since...he'd kind of be like your dad now...If you wanted."

Toph remembered the strong leader who had helped them invade the Fire Nation during the eclipse and the many stories Sokka had told of his brave deeds. The idea of such a noble warrior being some kind of new father in her life was...kind of awesome.

"Wh...-?" She was a bit speechless. Was it really as simple as all that? Oh, looks like your parents hate you. Here ya go! Have a brother! Have a sister! Have a dad! It just seemed too...easy. "W-well, why have you been saying I don't have to go, then?"

"We want to see our dad anyway," Katara explained. "And Sokka didn't want you to feel like we were forcing you to go." Huh. For how he had been acting, maybe Sokka did care just as much as Aang and Katara did... "Soooo...That's...what's up."

"So you guys are changing all of yours plans...just for me."

"Mm-hm! B-but don't let anyone know I told you," she quickly spat out.

"Don't worry, Sugar Queen, secret's safe with me."

After they arrived home, Sokka and Suki set to prepare dinner while Katara set some water to boil in a kettle.

"It's gonna be a while before food is ready," Sokka announced. Choppa-choppa-choppa. He was dicing up something with precision, each stroke identical. Choppa-choppa-CHUNK. "Gaaahhh!" he shrieked in abject horror. Toph's heart froze up - had he just cut his cute little finger?

"Wh-what's wrong? Are you OK?" Suki cried in fright. Wibble, waaahhll...Katara was bending water from a bucket, likely to heal whatever damage had been done.

"Pffff! Man, you guys are easy," Sokka struggled out through a hearty guffaw. Whew! So he was fine. Just stupid. So...perfectly fine.

Slap! Smack! The girls had just belted him. "Ow-ow-ow! Geez! Seriously, you guys need to lighten up a little!"

"You should probably go take Momo outside," Suki suggested through a sigh as the creature sounded like he was scrambling around. A small crunch indicated he had just stolen an uncooked green bean.

"All right," Aang merrily offered. Fwohhhh-ohohoh.
"Greee!" Swumph.

"Gotcha!" Slirp slirp. "Haha, c'mon, buddy." Tip-tip-tip-tip-tip.

Toph tapped her foot a few times, trying to identify where that money pouch had gone. Ah-ha, there it was. She shuffled over and nonchalantly slipped a few coins out of the pouch. She rubbed her fingers against them to check their weight and texture. Yep, oughtta be more than enough.

"Hey, Missy," Katara suspiciously called. Eep. "What's that for?"

"I-I was just thinkin' of going out to go get some tea before dinner," Toph blurted out. "Uh, please?"

Katara giggled at her nervousness, running her soft hand through the girl's bangs. She flipped Toph's braid, likely to check that it was 'presentable.'

"It's fine, Toph," she assured. "But I'm about to make tea, you don't have to go out to get some."

"No offense," Toph objected, "Your tea's OK. But it's got nothin' on the stuff I'm gonna get."

Chapter 11 - Like a Sister

There are always some scenes here and there that I wonder "does this scene really have a point?" but by the time I finish writing it, it always seems like it does what I want it to do...

Chapter 1

Chapter 12
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Fallonkyra Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
okay now i'm going to smack Sokka harder. that was not cool, making them think he hurt him self
frostheart131 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
"My cabbages!" the best line in the whole series!!!
stylinorcas Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
i TOTALLY agree! hes like my fav extra character next to bumi lol
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yep, can't ignore the cabbages line.
dwillsn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Not a major character in this story but ya can't just forget old Iroh, right?
dwillsn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
no you can't :)
AikoChaan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Awwe! Aang and Katara are so nice to Toph. I have a feeling that Toph is heading for "The Jasmine Dragon" Iroh's teashop, since their in Ba Sing Se right? :D Im excitedly waiting for the next chapter!
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
TophForeverr Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, I'm about halfway tot 2/3 done so far, decided to split the scene into two chapters but it'll be worth it.
TophForeverr Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Haha okayy :D :XD: :excited:
Laranga Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Enjoying the story so far. Nice work. :)
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, glad to hear another person is enjoying it. All the more reason to keep at it, and all the more reason to be glad I posted it here!
BrunetteMenolly Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
"Well, whoop-dee-doo-dah-day." :giggle:

Yay! Iroh and Toph! *does a little jig*
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hells f5cking yes Iroh and Toph. And,'ll see. I've already started writing it. Been looking forward to this chapter since the beginning.

As for the whoop-dee-doo-dah-day, that just seemed appropriate, I was inspired by her line "I didn't ask for diddly-doo-dah" back when she was first getting used to the group.

It's been very fun letting her emotions and thoughts run rampant in the narration. It doesn't matter if they're irrational or immature, they're what she's thinking and feeling in those moments. I think it adds a fun dynamic and further helps you see the story through her perspective. The inconsistency of her emotions and thoughts (annoyed with someone one minute, thankful the next, etc.) only further solidifies the idea that she is a growing girl who doesn't fully understand herself yet.
BrunetteMenolly Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Of course you have!!! 'Cause they're the best pair evah!! (Maybe the threesome of Zuko-Iroh-Toph is some of the reason I like Toko ;))

Aaaaand . . . it's funny. :D

Indeed it does. Indeed it does. Maybe you could try italics, though. It'd be a little easier on the eye/brain.
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I thought of doing that at first (the italics/thoughts) but that would ruin the effect I want. It would clearly distinguish what is Toph's thoughts and what is the narration. I want the narration to BE Toph's thoughts, in a way. I want you to believe whatever the narration says because it's the narration, but still acknowledge that the 'narrator' is Toph, in a way.

And yes, Zuko and Iroh with Toph has been pretty amusing to write but it has its seriousness, too. :)
BrunetteMenolly Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Okay, then. 'Tis your choice as an author.

That's what makes it so FUN! :)
Gentlewolf Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Wow, it turned out really nice.

Though... Everyone treating Toph like a sister doesn't leave much room for any "Tokka?" Plus, I have to agree with Toph... Suki's presence is really annoying... ^^; Urgh, I mean Katara, Aang, and Sokka are genuenly worried about Toph, but Suki is 100% pity... man, I'm surprised Toph hasn't hit her yet...
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not sure how you missed this, but I've been VERY open with the fact that this is one-sided Tokka-shipping. IE Toph likes Sokka but it's not reciprocated. This is how it happens in the show, too.

I'm not writing this out of fantasy fulfillment, as much as I like the idea of Tokka. I'm writing it about Tokka, to be sure, but not to fulfill fantasies. There are MORE than enough stories/art that do that. Ironically, I think my story will oddly speak to rabid Tokka fans to remind them that Toph and Sokka never ended up together in canon. No matter how much you like Tokka you have to face that fact. Just as Toph is in this story.

More IMPORTANTLY, this story is about how some times in life we have to grow up and get over feelings we may have for someone when nothing is going to come from them. You can't force something like that to happen, it has to be mutual. But that doesn't mean we can't still value our relationships with those people.

There will be some more scenes (one in particular) that I'm sure Tokka fans specifically will appreciate, but the end result HAS to line up with canon, and that means no long-term, genuine Tokka.

Is Suki really annoying? There seems to be a split on that in feedback. The intention is you're supposed to perceive that she's annoying only because Toph is jealous of her and is projecting her jealousy and anger on her, but if you actually observe what she literally says and does she's being polite and considerate, so you're supposed to kind of feel bad for her. Please tell me how you think she is annoying, maybe I should fix some things? You aren't ACTUALLY supposed to be annoyed by her, you're supposed to acknowledge that she's just flirting with Sokka and he's flirting back and Toph's being immature about reacting to it. She's not 100% pitying Toph. She IS somewhat, but in Toph's mind her grains of pity are like giant splotches on her pride.

You have to understand, most of these scenes are written from Toph's perspective. That means that what is said in the narration isn't 100% true, it's what Toph PERCEIVES to be true.

But don't worry, Toph will have at least one meaningful interaction with Suki eventually and you can probably guess what it's going to be like. ;)

ANYWAY! Thanks for your feedback, I'm glad you're enjoying it. I just really hope people aren't reading this for Tokka fantasy, there's PLENTY of other places to get a fix for that.
Gentlewolf Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Wow.... um... ^^;

yeeaahh... sorry about that... Um, I did get all of that, but I guess I just misunderstood your comment in the "Artists comments" in Ch. 10 that: "With this chapter over, the ball is now rolling with the Tokka-focused aspect of this story. Let's see where it ends up, shall we?" I kind of took it to mean that maybe Sokka was going to have a change of heart...or something. bad...

And Suki.... yeah, I'm probably looking at her from Toph's pov. Suki is acting concerned for her, I'll admit... but, wow... I guess that I just find it irritating that Suki and Sokka are both blind to the way their PDA's make Toph uncomfortable. I mean, Sokka, sure - he's clueless anyway... but I'd think at least Suki would have more sense? At least Katara and Aang are conscious of it and try to refrain from PDA's in front of or around Toph...
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
No worries, I just have been very clear about it in every case it comes up is all. I don't want people to feel mislead or something. Technically I shouldn't even worry about it but for some reason rabid shippers can scare me. ^_^; I'd rather not piss them off.

Yes the ball is now rolling with the more Tokka-focused element of the story...and I'm not going to say what happens, I'm sure it will be intriguing, but I don't want people to feel let down when the end result is - oh wait - the same result at the end of the series. ;)

The PDA is Sokka's fault just as much, maybe even moreso since he's known Toph longer. Cluelessness isn't an excuse for insensitivity. ;)

You also have to remember that part of it is Sokka and Suki trying to keep it a bit on the sidelines and Toph just having heightened perception of sound and vibration. For example, whatever they did in their tent at night, Katara and Aang had no idea, because it was quiet. But Toph senses the world differently - Sokka and Suki have no way of comprehending how Toph can detect what they're doing in that way. So while there is some legitimate ignorance going on, some of it is also Toph just embellishing things in her mind.

You could interpret that they had sex in their tent or merely that they made out. They could have still had clothes on for all you know. But the truth isn't what's important in that scene, it's what Toph PERCEIVED. ;)

I hope this clarifies some of the narrative decisions I'm going for here.

But don't worry, things WILL come to a head by the end, of that I can certainly promise. There will be conflict - can't have the kind of impact I want to have without some serious conflict, after all. :)
Gentlewolf Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
honestly, I'm not one of those rabid shippers. I do understand what you are saying.

Yeah, Toph perceives things differently, :nod: Funny thing is, though, that Sokka should know that better then anyone... I'd think, at least. I mean, in the series, he's the closest one to her. (even though, yes, I know they never actually get together together... in the series he probably really does look at her like a little sister. I mean, he's over protective of her just like he is with Katara... and I actually like that side of him too.)
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yes! Exactly!

That is how I perceive Sokka and Toph's relationship, too.
Part of Toph's anger toward Suki is, as 'she' has pointed out at least once or twice, that Suki just 'came along and messed everything up' or something to that effect.

I feel like Sokka understands Toph's independency desires and that's precisely why he's not trying so hard to help her right now - he knows everyone else is and feels like he'd just be annoying her. I definitely will be establishing their bond more by the end. As opposed to genuine Tokka, their sibling-like relationship is the end-goal of their friendship here.
Gentlewolf Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
:nod: as I said, I do understand... heck, I'll be doing the same thing eventually in my fic, Where Earth Meets Sky which I'm aming to be a Teoph fic...

I just got so used to Tokka in a romantic way that Tokka in a sibling way went over my head for a moment...
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
"I just got so used to Tokka in a romantic way that Tokka in a sibling way went over my head for a moment..."
XD And that, dear reader, is exactly my fear and why I tend to avoid exposure to rabid shipping of any kind. XD
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