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High School Sweethearts Chp. 27Chapter 27
Saturday morning, with the sun shining bright and a few clouds coating the blue sky, it was perfect weather for power discovery. Aang and Katara were sitting in her backyard, thinking about how Aang can learn about his air ability, if he has one to learn about. Hakoda had gone to work early this morning and won't be home until eight o'clock.
"Well," Katara was saying, "maybe it has something to do with being light, being as close to the element as possible. There's a little breeze out today, so that probably helps a little. And you're calm and collected; it will help you focus. When I did it yesterday, I felt a surge of energy rush through me. Maybe it will happen to you too. Do you want to try it?"
Taking a deep breath, Aang nodded and stood up. He didn't want to admit it, but he was nervous. What if it doesn'twork? What if Katara's the only one who could control an element? As far as he knew, Jet could be plotting a new way to eliminate them, maybe starting off with taking
High School Sweethearts Chp. 26Chapter 26
Friday came, and Sokka and Suki were still going on their date. The night before, the Gaang managed to convince the couple to not go alone. Aang, Katara, Mai and Zuko were going. Toph was harder to convince since, although she knew they were safer when together, she didn't have a date and she doesn't like to dress fancy. Katara had told that she didn't have to dress up or wear makeup. After a little while longer, Toph finally agreed, albeit reluctantly.
Here she was, in her room getting ready by Katara and Suki. Her parents had been reluctant to let them in, let alone allowing their blind child to go out with them and their friends. Mai was getting ready at her place. Just because she was friends with the other girls it doesn't mean she wanted to be around police guards when getting ready.
Katara was going through Toph's outfits, taking out blue jeans, a loose pale green T-shirt, and white tennis shoes. She brought them over to the bed and laid them out. "Okay Toph," she sai
High School Sweethearts Chp. 25Chapter 25
Tuesday, surprisingly, went off without a hitch. No spies came at them, no mysterious poison darts were shot at them, and, probably best of all, no feeling like they were being watched. No one bothered the Gaang all day, which was a relief. It saved everyone in the group from a headache. But they knew it wasn't going to last. It was Wednesday when things took a bad turn.
Aang was walking down the hallway, on his way to lunch. He had wanted to finish his homework based off of World War II for History class, and had told his friends to go ahead without him, saying he would catch up with them. They had hesitated, not wanting to leave him alone, especially Katara; but then they had left Aang to work in the library. He was a History nerd, and they knew he wanted to get his homework done sooner rather than later. The assignment wasn't due until Friday, but he had wanted to get it done and out of the way to make more time for something important; mainly Katara.
The colorful halls
High School Sweethearts Chp. 24Chapter 24
Everyone stayed that night at Aang's house, afraid to leave anyone behind even after Smellerbee had reasurred them they were safe for now. They weren't taking any chances in case Jet decided to come after them in the night, when they were most vulerable. Smellerbee and her gang of Freedom Fighters, as they started calling themselves, had left around five o'clock.
The Gaang had sat in silence after they were gone, thinking about everything they had heard. The world was counting on them? Talk about pressure. As if the stakes weren't high already. The teenagers had tried to eat a light dinner consisted of noodles, chicken Alfredo sauce, and in Aang's case vegetables. But it was pretty halfhearted, since no one was really hungry.
They had taken up the guest rooms upstairs, all of them having a hard time sleeping.
The next morning had everyone jittery. Even Appa knew something was wrong. He understood everything Smellerbee had said. The dog knew his human friends were in danger o
High School Sweethearts Chp. 23Chapter 23
Aang and Katara backed away from the door, taking battle stances Aang had taught. Katara was giving a ferocious glare that could have made Mai and Zuko cringe and shiver with fear. If looks could kill, these people would have been dead already. Aang was looking at them just as hard. If Katara's gaze could kill, then his would burn them to ashes.
"Wait! We're not here to fight; we want to talk!" It was Smellerbee. She and the others besides Jet were there, backing away from the two enraged teens with their hands up in a complacent gesture.
Katara scoffed without humor. "Talk?" she demanded, glaring at them. "You just want to talk? After everything you and your gang has done to us, you expect us to listen to you?! Not likely; not in this life, or the next!"
The gang was looking shocked by Katara's anger. They had actually flinched as her voice had gotten louder; now they hung their heads in shame, feet shuffling uncomfortably. Smellerbee took a deep breath before slowly
High School Sweethearts Chp. 22Chapter 22
"You know, this almost made me forget about the Mamba gang. Do you really think we can stop them?"
"Of course I do. I promise that they will be stopped. I'm not going to let them hurt you, our friends, or any of these people. I swear it."
Smellerbee turned off the recorder. She, Longshot, Pipsqueak, The Duke, and Sneers were sitting around the table in her home as they listened to the recordings Smellerbee had taken the past two days. It was early morning, Sunday, and Jet was at the hideout getting the plan ready, which would be launched in a few days.
The gang sat in silence as their minds tried to comprehend what they had just heard. Even they could tell from the way Aang and Katara spoke that the couple was serious; about their love and about their determination to protect. Smellerbee sighed and leaned forward, linking her hands together. "Anyone can see how close these people are; especially Aang and Katara. Jet was wrong about them. They only want to protect peo
High School Sweethearts Chp. 21Chapter 21
The sun rose in the colors gold and red, the finger lights stretching across the sky. Aang shifted a bit before opening his eyes with something between a sigh and a groan, blinking rapidity. He yawned before looking down at the precious girl wrapped in his arms, sleeping soundly, and smiled. He almost didn't want to leave her, but he had to if he was going to get everything ready for today. So being as gentle and quiet as possible, Aang slipped out of the bed and got dressed before grabbing his wallet. Then he left the room after looking at Katara again. He felt tenderness creep into him, and knew his heart was in good hands.
Going outside after grabbing the spare key, Aang went to the side of the house, grabbed his bike, unlocked it, and took off down the road. He had somewhere to go, a couple things to buy, and when he got back, Aang was going to make this birthday for Katara the best she's ever had.
Three hours later, Katara woke up to the smell of pancakes. She st
High School Sweethearts Chp. 20Chapter 20
The carnival was incredible in Aang's eyes. It was a lot like the amusement park; only smaller. There was a roller coaster, a Ferris Wheel, even the Tilt A Whirl. And a bunch of other games like Targets, basketball, and more. There was a line for a Ferry Ride around the lake, with a glass bottom to see what wonders the water holds. It was nearing sunset, and Aang and Katara were on the boat, sitting on cushioned benches, watching as fish dart away and turtles swim slowly under them. They can even see some of the seaweed. They had been on practically every ride and had played all the games. Aang even managed to win Katara a stuffed panda, saying it was an early birthday present. She had laughed and kissed his cheek as a thank you.
Aang sighed, content and relaxed. It's been so long since he felt this way. Now he was really grateful to have Katara as his girlfriend. She makes him feel so special. She would go to any lengths to insure he had a normal time. And today he had. Bei
High School Sweethearts Chp. 19Chapter 19
For the rest of the week, the Gaang practiced their fighing abilities. Katara was number one in Tai Chi, Toph with Hun Gar, Zuko and Mai with Northern Shaolin. Sokka and Suki were best at natural fighting; punches and kicks. The oldest couple, the Shaolin Fighters, as Sokka calls them, are deadly with their own fighting skills. Toph may be blind, but she sure can hit. Aang had helped her learn to land a blow anywhere on the body. People may think that her blindness causes her to be useless; but the truth is, it has heightened her hearing and vibration sense. Aang had made her picture the body as best she could, and using him as a dummy, the Blind Bandit, as she started calling herself, can now land a hit in certain points. He had taken them, despite Katara's protests, so Toph can get a feel for the body.
Zuko and Mai didn't really need that much help. Show them a few moves and they had become even more lethal than they had ever been. Suki has been getting faster, almost as f
Her CatalystAs she walks through the maelstrom, the words trace upon the tips of her fingers and press into the stone. Every brick, every crack in the concrete, every crossed and angular stroke in reds and blacks and oranges. The drips of the gasoline pool around the base of her boots, slosh as she steps over the burst pipes and the rubble.
So much rubble. So little outcry. The silence of the city grates on her eardrums and the mantras she'd been forced to memorize. The Seers demanded they observe thirteen years of recitation before they attempt to weave their first World together.
But who other than the Seers can claim the incantations that knot the skeins they twist and pull on like reins hold fast? When have any of the Sisters recorded the visions they traced upon space-time and recited them, left them open for critique and discussion and debate?
Which is why she walks through the chalky soot of the smashed city around her. This all
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