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Chapter 4: Not a Perfect Parent
Aang sat perfectly still. He had a perfect, composed posture and yet Katara could tell he wasn't really focusing on meditating. He was thinking of the horrific incident that had happened only hours ago. Katara was unsure whether to comfort her husband or to leave him alone. If she left him, he would probably be there the whole night and miss the part; but if she spoke with him she could help him. But before she could decide on what to do... "I know you're there," Aang said. "You don't have to just stand there." He paused and said, "That came out wrong. What I meant to say was--"
"It's okay. I know what you meant," she said as she sat down next to him. "What's bothering you?"
Aang raised his eyebrow and said, "You're joking right? You aren't feeling like you've failed at being a good parent? 'Cause I do." At that, Aang hunched his shoulder and place his hands on his head. " I thought we had done a great job raising Kya and Tenzin, but now I don't think so."
"I think we have done a great job. At least better than I hoped we would."
"How can you say that when Tenzin almost killed the Fire Nation princess? I should have never had taught him how to fly Appa."
"No, you should have taught him and you did. I think you just never taught him how he could abuse his privilege. Though I don't blame you for not teaching him that. We had no need to, because we live in an air temple and the only place where he can see other kids is to go down in the village below. And as far as I know, he only has a couple of friends and they're all dare devils. So he is not used to people refusing to ride Appa because every one down in the village loves Appa. But, you know young boys these days. They are always trying to impress the girls."
"How is it that you know the right thing to say when I'm feeling down?"
"Maybe because I've been playing the mother part most of my life." she said with a smile.
Aang blushed. He never forgot that Katara was the one who was always holding the beams when things got rocky when Team Avatar was still together.
"I love you." Aang said.
"I love you too." Katara replied, kissing him on the lips tenderly. Aang relaxed at once.
"Aang, just remember we can't be perfect parents, but we can try to be the best, and that is all that we can do for our kids."
This story is dedicated to my parents. For I'm pretty sure that they have felt the same way Aang and Katara have.
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