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    That's the Way of the World

    Post by Sokka on Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:54 am

    Date: July 11, 2013
    Time: 11:34 am


    If there was one constant truth aside from science, it was that it was practically always best to trust ones instincts... and right now, as he moved from his room to the hallway, Sokka's were telling him something that he really wished wasn't true.

    Try as he might though, he could not erase the feeling that something was wrong... VERY wrong, and the full extent and meaning of just what he was piecing together was something he did not want to face. The alternative though was simply not knowing... and Sokka hated not knowing something. If he was ever given an option between ignorant bliss and honest truth, he would always pick the latter, no matter how deep it might cut. That was the nature of the truth sometimes... just like what had happened to his own mother, to the monks at the Southern Air Temple, the points in time of his and Korra's world when they had bene whisked here... it all hurt to a degree. Even so, he would always seek it out, although thus far his detective skills were pointing to a reality that he did not want to believe. This was what the evidence was showing Naga, Korra, and Sokka, though...

    Things had gone from normal, to strange, downright worrisome in the span of at least two days. Both Tenzin and Lin had flat vanished without a trace. It was not unusual for either of them to go off and do their own thing unannounced for a short time... it was much the same as how Korra and Sokka were prone to head off on their own. However, if it was anything longer, they usually made a point of trying to let the others know, even if it was just by way of a written note. This time though, they had both disappeared without a trace. No note, no heads up... nothing. And since the Breach did not seem to be in the middle of a crisis, that definitely narrowed the pool of possibilities.

    There was one of those that was increasingly likely, and whilst it was the one that the clues were pointing towards so far, Sokka did not like it one bit.

    In his time here, Sokka had learned that just as people could be brought to the Breach, so too could they vanish… not back to their own world of course, but elsewhere entirely… usually. People could disappear… and from the sound of things he had picked up, it was not exactly involuntary. Be that as it may, he was still determined to keep searching for as long as he felt a chance remained. He was not going to give up, and he would only concede this search if one conclusion or another was found to the end of it. But even with his resolve steeled, if things really were what he was guessing them to be, there was only one thing he could ask…

    … why would they leave?
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    Re: That's the Way of the World

    Post by Korra on Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:28 am

    Things had been pretty good for Korra and Sokka at first. Their first actual summer here together, tons of plans they had for what to do! Neither liked to stay in one place for very long, and the two loved to explore this new world they had. Plans were on something of a hold though, due to the disappearance of a certain earthbender and airbender. At first they thought maybe they were busy. Maybe Tenzin was conducting a search for Pema and the kids again, with Lin assisting. Maybe Lin was just busy at the Spa. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

    They were running out of maybe's as time went on though. They couldn't even find the Spa Lin had worked at, and Naga couldn't find any scents of the two. She'd searched the entire room for any sign of a letter like they'd gotten from Zuko, who had also never reappeared. She'd briefly considered the idea that maybe something was happening on the Breach again. After all, she had completely forgotten about Sokka a few months back! And yet, despite their lack of presence, she could still very clearly remember the both of them. Tenzin's stern but caring nature. Lin's tough as nails attitude that hid a kind interior. Tenzin, who was like a father to her, for good or bad. Lin, who had fought with her several times and who had saved her life in the process. Even though Lin and Korra had had a rough start, she had really grown to care for the woman, and even though she could rebel against Tenzin's decisions at times she cared for him greatly too. Whatever was going on, they weren't invisible and forgotten. And they couldn't be dead, because Sokka proved that you could come back!

    There was no sign of them. None at all. The room at the inn seemed very empty without the other woman in there, which lead to quite a few nights of sleeping over with Sokka instead. Korra fixed her hair up, getting ready for the day, and fixed up the pelt around her waist. Looking at the evidence at hand, it was likely that the older benders had left. Tenzin might have left to look for his family. Lin? Maybe she just wasn't happy with them like she had seemed to be. She frowned deeply and felt her eyes well up. She wasn't good enough. They weren't good enough to keep them here or to even get a good bye. She rubbed her eyes with the palm of her hand, sniffling. They had managed to create a new family out of their shared losses and now...it had shrunk.

    Two Water Tribe Natives were left, along with a polar-bear dog. Naga had been down about Lin and Tenzin too, especially since she could tell the two teenagers were upset. Korra took a few deep breathes and calmed herself, especially since she could hear something in the hallway. Possibly Sokka. She wiped her face, glancing in the mirror to make sure she seemed fine, before she walked out to the door and stepped out into the hallway to meet him. "Hey...how are you doing, Sokka?" There was a slight hesitation to her tone. What she was really asking was how he was doing with their...present situation.
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    Re: That's the Way of the World

    Post by Sokka on Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:09 am

    Sokka perked up almost instantly as the door next to his opened, soon showing that Korra had got set with the perfect timing that the two of them seemed to share with each other. Despite the storm of thoughts and questions that were rushing through his mind, he couldn't help but smile slightly at seeing his best friend. His eyebrows soon creased in sympathy though, for two reasons… one he caught the subtle look in her eyes that indicated that despite the brave face she was putting on, much like him, she was not as fine as she wanted to appear. And two… he definitely picked up on the slight hesitation in her voice.

    He knew exactly what she really meant with that question… but even so, that hardly made it any easier for either of them.

    "Hey… Korra," greeted Sokka with a nod, still managing to smile somewhat at her. "I'm… I'm hanging in there. How about you?"

    In the back of his mind, he had a few ideas on where they could search next for the two missing benders around their own afternoon outing today, but first and foremost, he wanted to check on his friend. If things were really looking to be the way that they were… then deep down, neither of them would truly be okay for quite a while, but for the time being… he still wanted to see how she was holding up.
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    Re: That's the Way of the World

    Post by Korra on Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:54 pm

    Sokka smiled when he first saw her, and she gave him a sincere smile back. The look on his face seemed to twist a bit, which probably meant he could tell she wasn't fine. She felt bad that she couldn't better cover it up, though at the same time she was relieved. That meant she didn't have to pretend with Sokka, and he didn't have to pretend with her either. "That's good to hear, Sokka. I'm..." She trailed off with a frown, eyes trailing to the floor. She hesitated for a moment before finally stepping towards him and wrapping her arms around him in a hug. "I miss them..." She knew Sokka missed them too. Lin and Tenzin were family members from the future, his future niece and nephew. He'd only gotten to know them for about a year before they disappeared, and they were probably the last family he had!

    Which was why this disappearance was so strange. Even removing herself from the equation, it didn't make sense; they'd known Sokka far longer than they had known Korra herself. Even though Sokka was younger, he was their uncle, a treasured family member. Someone they both loved! Even if she herself wasn't good enough, why wasn't he good enough? She tightened her grip and sniffed, not keen on letting him go just yet. "I'm sorry, Sokka..." Wherever they were, if they WERE still here, they owed the two teenagers one heck of an explanation.
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    Re: That's the Way of the World

    Post by Sokka on Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:19 am

    Although they were both still reeling from the recent discovery, Sokka was very glad to see the sincerity in Korra's smile. It helped him through his own turbulent thoughts here, even as he caught that she, like himself, was trying to seem like she really was okay. Deep down, they both would be… he knew that, but if what they had gathered thus far was true, then it was definitely going to take them some time before they truly were.

    Sokka nodded as Korra started to speak, but before she could finish, her eyes traveled south to the floor. His heart fell for her, but a moment later, he found himself caught in a hug from her. With the briefest hesitation of his own, he soon moved to hug her back, holding her close and and secure. He took a deep breath as she said just what was on her mind, and with a soft sigh, he stated, "It's all right… I miss them too."

    The Water Tribe warrior might not have met his future 'niece' and nephew until he had been brought to this world, but in that time… between the bond they shared and their own having grown up knowing his older self, they had still become very close. It was so strange being their uncle yet being the same age as the current Avatar, but… he was still Sokka. He was still himself. He'd had a blast getting to know them, having the opportunity to learn more about the future he'd had in their world, and just… being able to connect across time. As much as he missed his world, he was thrilled to have been able to gain the opportunity to meet three people from his future.

    But although he and Korra had wound up becoming best friends, just as he had with Aang before… the two of them now found themselves without Lin and Tenzin. There was a sudden void in their lives, and the only thing that hurt worse than knowing it was there was not knowing why it had happened. They had just left… that was all there was to it.

    Tightening his own embrace around her in response to her own grip strengthening, he said, "I'm sorry too, Korra…" After that, Sokka let several beats of silence pass as he hugged his friend. It was only once he trusted his voice again that he added, "We'll make it through this… no matter what, we will. And for what it's worth… I'm not going anywhere." He couldn't make any promises on what their future held, but at the very least, he knew that he was not going to leave his friend.
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    Re: That's the Way of the World

    Post by Korra on Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:33 pm

    Korra let out a small, content sigh when Sokka hugged her back, tightening her own grip on him. Even though she could obviously see with her eyes that he was still here, it was an immense relief to feel that he was physically there too. Especially since in their respective times, this would never have happened. At least, not like this. Sokka had been dead, after all. Only here, could they be in the same age range and connect so deeply. Even more, it reminded her that she wasn't alone. No matter how she felt, she wasn't really alone.

    "This is completely unfair..." Between the two of them they had done a lot of good things. Both here, and in their timelines. They were good people! They had flaws, sure, no denying that. But everyone did! They only ever did good things for others and tried to help whenever they could. So why had this happened? Why did they lose their friends? It couldn't be payback for anything bad they'd done, could it? Was this karma for the way she treated that one Equalist guy? For being so forceful and violent? If it kept Sokka here, she could change! She could try to use diplomacy instead of her fists!

    She tightened her grip even more when he assured her that they would get through this, and that he wasn't going to go anywhere. Now more than ever, she was grateful for their friendship transcending lifetimes and even timelines. "I'm not...I'm not either!" Despite her best efforts, a few tears rolled down her cheeks as she nearly squeezed him. "We're the last members of the Southern Water Tribe and we'll always be here! The two of us, you and me!" Though obviously if more members of the Tribe were to come, they'd be welcomed, and the same for any members of Team Avatar, both past and future. Til then, they were a two man Team Avatar.
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    Re: That's the Way of the World

    Post by Sokka on Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:39 am

    Even in the lowest of lows, it was always good to see a close friend… in fact, that was when being able to see them could mean the most, and Sokka found that particularly true with Korra right now. The two of them might have met across time in this new world when they would not have been able to back home, at least as they were… but right now, he was even more grateful for this chance than he usually was. No matter how much what was to come, no matter how hard this all stung… neither of them was alone.

    "Yeah… yeah, it is…" Sokka agreed, hugging Korra a little closer. As far as he could recall, neither of them had done anything to deserve this, the departure of the duo much less their leaving without saying goodbye. Neither of the Water Tribe teenagers were perfect, but they had always tried their best to do good… to do the right things. That stood regardless as to both of their roles in saving the world, for one of them across many lifetimes. Even though Sokka liked to think that good things happened if you yourself did good, he knew that unless if they could find evidence to the contrary, that there was no good explanation for this. He disliked not knowing things, and not knowing why this had happened was a puzzle that he knew was going to haunt him for some tie.

    Sokka held Korra steady as she tightened her grip on him at his words, and at her own promise and involuntary tears, he upped the strength of his own hold a fraction. At her declaration, he closed his eyes, nodding once and making sure to take a steadying breath before responding. Only once he trusted his voice did he state, "We are, and we will! We can handle anything that comes our way… back home and here, we've done it before, and we'll do it again. And we'll always be by each other for it. Always." It was a two man Team Avatar, but these two friends weren't going anywhere.
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    Re: That's the Way of the World

    Post by Korra on Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:08 pm

    Korra was an only child, and she was fine with it. When she was younger, she used to wonder what it'd be like, to have an older or younger sibling. To have an older brother to wrestle around with or maybe a little sister to teach the ropes to. She usually didn't pay much mind to it since she was always busy, but sometimes when she was really lonely, she wondered what it could be like to have a sibling. As nice as a sister would be, she always figured she'd most enjoy a brother. Sisters seemed so fragile, but brothers were strong, they could take anything you could throw at them. Sometimes back home, she felt like Bolin was almost like a brother. At least, the type of brother she would want. Even though Mako and Bolin had tragically lost their parents, they were very lucky to have each other, things could have been so different otherwise.

    Tenzin's children were a lot like younger siblings as well, she felt immensely protective of them and even now, thinking that they could be gone forever, she preferred to think that they were with Pema in another Gamma, altogether. Perhaps complete now especially, if Tenzin had left to find them. But the reason her mind flickered to what siblings could be like, was because with Sokka holding her like this and comforting her, she realized that Sokka was a lot like the brother she never had. They were both from the same tribe too, of course! Sokka already had a sister, and Korra was no Katara, but she did like to think of Sokka as being like a brother. She knew Katara was really lucky to have him, too...

    She couldn't help a slight chuckle, wiping away her tears as she wondered if maybe this line of thinking was influenced by Aang. He and Sokka seemed pretty close, from what she had seen and heard. Perhaps they were like brothers. Especially so since Aang went on to have children with Katara. She nodded in agreement with his words, smiling again. "Nothing can split us up yet, and I won't let this be the thing to get between us! We'll always be there for each other." She pulled away from him a bit and smiled for him, feeling a little ashamed at how emotional she got. At least it was in the past. With a now sheepish grin, she gestured at the hallway with her head. "Do you...wanna go get something to eat? I think its still breakfast time...and I'd say we definitely deserve something good to eat."
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    Re: That's the Way of the World

    Post by Sokka on Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:14 am

    Unlike Korra, Sokka was not an only child. There was the occasional moment growing up where he'd almost wished he had been, as all siblings clashed from time to time… but when he got right down to it, he was so glad to not only have a younger sister, but to have the younger sister he had. He was an older brother through and through, and his sister helped forge that part of him into something even stronger than it already was. Katara was one of a kind, and even though Sokka had grown used to his new life here, there was not a day that went by that he did not miss her.

    The two had more than their fair share of differences, but they balanced each other out perfectly. Even with Katara's motherly nature and Sokka's inherent protectiveness, they were still a duo to be reckoned with well before Aang came into the picture. Katara might have been his sister by blood, but the friendships that Sokka later formed in Team Avatar became something close to sibling level bonds. He was sure that part of it was his own personality, but given his own place as an older brother, he'd like to think that it was something he naturally fell into. Whilst he and Suki had become close in another way all together, he and Aang had become closer like brothers… similar connections also grew with Toph and Zuko.

    And here, another bond like that extended to Korra.

    This one had formed some time ago, even before the two of them had realized it, but it was still just as special. Korra was not Katara by any means, but to Sokka, she really had become like another sister. He was honored to think that she had become such, and if he was to be a brother figure to her… then he was going to do his best to help look after her even more.

    Sokka's own smile returned at Korra's statements, and as they both pulled back a little, he met her smile with one of his own. Smiling might have only been a slight help here, but ever little bit counted. "I think by yet you mean ever… there's no way this could get between us! If anything… it'll only make sure that that always being there for each other turns out to be even longer."

    With her tears wiped away, her eyes clearer, and a sheepish grin across Korra's features, Sokka simply chuckled a bit to her before nodding, saying, "Yeah… food sounds really good right now."

    At that, the two ended the hug, and with a newfound confidence in his smile, Sokka let out a relieved sigh. It was going to be tough for a little while, but Sokka knew within him that they could get through it. Together, he and Korra would make it… just like brother and sister.

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