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Chapter Eighty: Words Edit
There are simply not enough.
Not for her.
Ever so carefully, she begins to speak, and her hands shake.
“Water,” she whispers, and she can imagine him.
When he took so swiftly to the art of Waterbending, and she was jealous of his abilities.
When he, at the North Pole, fought for her to be able to learn it along with him.
When he created a giant wave to carry him to the shore of the Crescent Island, the volcano looming large over them all.
He told her about it.
He tells me everything.
When he first tried to Earthbend and couldn’t do it, but eventually he found the courage to Earthbend.
When he, at Earth King’s palace, used it to create a moving slab of rock that brought them to the door.
When he used it during his training, the same training day that later caused a rift between Toph and her.
He always defends me.
When he burned her under Jeong Jeong’s tutelage, when she discovered that she could heal.
When he, in the circle of candles, sought her forgiveness.
When he learned how to Firebend with the dragons, the blue and the red, representing not only fire but the relationship between him and Zuko.
He lets me in on all his secrets.
When he showed her village how he flew on the glider, his face aglow.
When he, in the catacombs of Ba Sing Se, entered the Avatar State and levitated into the air.
When he soared over the fierce waters of the Fire Nation sea, in so much agonizing pain he could barely move.
He even tells me the things that upset me.
“Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony.”
Back before he was frozen in an iceberg, this was the way it was. But . . .
“Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.”
His people . . . they were all killed. Murdered. Genocide. Genocide. I don’t know how he stands it. I understand his pain. I understand his grief. The same thing as when my mother died.
“Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished.”
He was in the iceberg for that long, and yet . . .
“I did get to meet you.”
That memory always gets me.
“A hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered a new Avatar, an Airbender named Aang.”
Not just my little Airbender anymore. Now, he’s a Waterbender. An Earthbender. And even a Firebender.
“And although his Airbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone.”
Not anymore. He knows so much. He is wise beyond his years.
“But I believe Aang can save the world.”
He will save the world.
Words can’t express it.
I love him.
Words just aren’t enough.
I . . . I love him.
Oh snap, I didn't.
Oh snap, I did!
Ha, ha, ha. Yes. The intro.
I'm not exactly sure what this is. Originally, I pictured for this to be Katara telling the story to a large crowd after the Phoenix King was defeated, but then I wrote "He will save the world", and this may invalidate it.
So where is she saying this? Maybe just to herself? "He'll come back. He has to." An internal dialogue just before she faced Azula? It's up to you, good reader.
The general consensus is that she is thinking this after she defeats Azula but before she meets Aang again - or even knows if he's okay or not.
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