Opposites attract

Forever After

Katara

"What?" Sokka yelled. "I'm going to kill Zuko." He grabbed his crutches and began to hobble towards the door. That was all we need two injured warriors fighting. Dad hadn't said anything throughout my entire speech. He had just sat there quietly listening and even now his face was stoic clam and considering.

"Sokka stop." He said an even tone, the one he had used on us as kids when we were in trouble. Sokka stopped dead in his tracks and looked back at us. "Katara, is this what you want?" I stood there for a few moments and really thought about it. There really wasn't much of a choice in it this was something I had to do and was willing to do.

"Yes." He nodded and stood. Sokka was just standing there slack jawed he couldn't believe that Dad was actually going along with this and neither could I. Dad had always been level headed but even this was a new record for him. I just sat there watching him. "If this is what you want Katara then I'm not going to stop you. I also understand that this really is your only choice. Now if you will excuse me I need to go have a little chat with my future son-in-law."

He headed for the door without another word. Sokka continued to stand there just as slack jawed as he had been before. A part of me felt relieved that Dad was being so clam about this and another part of me was hoping that he didn't do anything to Zuko during their "talk". Sokka limped back over to the couch and sat down next to me. We sat there in silence for a few moments. I stared absently across the room thinking about everything that had happened over the past few years and how my life had changed so drastically. It seemed almost surreal that in only a few days I would marry Zuko, bequeath the throne to him, and become Fire Lady. My mind was having problems handling all the information.

"Katara," my eyes snapped back to Sokka, "Is this what you really want? I mean seriously you hated Zuko a few months ago and what about Aang? You two were kind of together weren't you?" This was true but things with Aang had always been a little weird I had always had to take care of him, train him, watch out for him. With Zuko I didn't have to be like that, with him I could stand on equal footing.

"Yes this is what I want. You didn't know it but Zuko and I kind of started seeing each other back on Ember Island, right after the play." And again his mouth fell open at this rate he would have birds nesting in it soon. "We didn't want to tell anyone because of the comet and everything that was happening. It was just easier to keep it a secret." Sokka sat back sinking into the couch a little more.

"I just thought that you would tell me something like this." I out right laughed. He looked taken aback by my laughter.

"Sokka you are my brother why in the world would I tell you about the boys I like?" He cracked a smile and leaned back again.

"Well anyway what do you think Dad is telling Zuko?" I shrugged, even though I was sure it wasn't pretty to be on the receiving end of Dad's little chat. Sokka stood up and headed for the door.

"Where are you going?" I asked. He smiled and replied.

"Well I want to go see Suki and if I'm not mistaken you have a wedding to get ready for, Fire Lady." His voice dripped with mockery during that last part. I scowled at him and looked at the neatly folded pile of silk. He was right I did have a wedding to plan whether I was ready for it or not.

Zuko

It was the day of the wedding. It felt like there was swarm of bees flying around inside of me desperate to get out. There was less than an hour till the ceremony and so far things had gone relatively smoothly. Between Katara telling Aang about the engagement and having to tell Mai about it as well things had been good. Suki had been helping Katara out so much with all the planning and preparation while I caught up on my duties as crowned prince. I slipped my hand into the pocket of my dressing robe and felt the smooth cool stone under my fingers. Somehow holding it gave me the strength I need to keep from feeling like I was going to fly all ways at once. I decided I need to take my mind of things. Walking over to my meditation alter I lit the candles and tried to relax my mind.

After some time had passed I honestly couldn't say how long. I was rather thankful to hear a knock on the door. Standing up I said a quick come in. There was no way of knowing who was going to be coming around the door but since I had told Mai about the engagement I had kept a sharp eye out for anything silver. Thankfully it was just some of the servants who had come to help dress me for the wedding. Seeing as how I was still on the mend from the Agni Kai getting dressed in formal robes was a considerable challenge. Without much conversation they helped me dress in the normal robes for the ceremony. Once I was dressed I dismissed them and pulled my hair up into a formal top knot and fitted it with the piece uncle had given me. There was another knock at the door and again I said come in. But instead of the normal rush of servants this person opened the door slowly. A delicate tan hand reached around the door and I knew it was Katara. Honestly I had no idea what she was doing here but it was nice that she was. The door pushed open the rest of the way and I felt my heart skip a beat.

She was the most beautiful site I had ever seen in my life. Her hair was pulled half up into a low bun and the rest cascaded down her shoulders. The dress hugged her body in all the right places making her look beautiful and the gown itself was made from a white silk with blue waves weaved into the bottom. I smiled thinking of how the seamstress honored the water tribes by adding that touch instead of the normal dragon and flames. But despite all her other beauty the one thing about her that still took my breath away more than anything else were those blue eyes. She looked nervous and unsure of herself but for the first time that day I felt clam and sure. I walked over to her and took her hands in mine.

"Zuko," she said softly "I'm scared. I don't know about this. I mean marriage is kind of a big thing and I …" I stopped her and lifted her chin so our eyes met. It was then I had the courage to give my gift to her. I slipped my hand into my pocket and grabbed the necklace.

"Well you see Katara I actually have something for you. I know it's traditional to give an engagement necklace so…" I pulled out my hand and opened my fingers to reveal the necklace I had carved from the stone Hakoda had given me. The carving in the necklace was that of a yin yang. It was the only symbol I could think of that would fit our situation. Katara drew in a sharp breath.

"Oh Zuko it's beautiful." She reached behind her neck and untied her mother's necklace. Once it was off I reached up to her neck and tied the black silk ends together around her neck.

"Katara, I want you to have this so no matter what you will always remember that I love you and that no matter what happens we can make it through anything." Tears welled up in her eyes as she stretched up on her toes to kiss me. Now she was truly mine and I was hers and for the first time in a long time something felt right and more perfect than anything else before in my life.


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