“Oh, you think you can do a better job, Momo?” Sokka asked Momo when the lemur jumped to the table.
Aang smiled as his friends kept commenting on Sokka’s poor drawing skills. They had been very peaceful that afternoon on “The Jasmine Dragon” savouring the end of the war and the perfect sunset in Ba Sing Se. The feeling of relief, happiness and something else he couldn’t understand was so overwhelmed he had to leave the small division and catch some air.
“Hey, my belly’s not that big anymore. I’ve really trimmed down.” Iroh’s voice reached his ears as he patted Appa snout, the bison looking at him with bright brown eyes.
“Well, I think you all look perfect!” Toph said and everyone laughed inside the tea shop and Aang’s smile widened even more with her remark.
The sunset was beautiful; the wonderful pink and orange colours brush stroking the blue and cloudy sky stretched its way until losing sight away from the city wall, somewhere beyond the horizon.
He couldn’t ask for a more perfect view of the world now in peace. They had ended the war, the Fire Lord was finally defeated and the four nations could live together in harmony.
He felt it inside of him, a small revolt in his stomach now that he pictured his future without any more fights or battles, just amity and quiet. That’s when he heard footsteps behind him and her scent announced her coming his way, calmly and rather anxious.
He waited till she reached him, standing right beside him and he felt her blue eyes staring at him. When he turned to face her she was glowing; her cheeks slightly red and her eyes shining. She placed a hand on his shoulder making him turn to her and she looked even deeper into his gray eyes. Then, they lost themselves on a warmth embrace, their hearts beating fast and pumping blood to their heads but they didn’t mind.
Aang wanted to just freeze time and remain like that for all eternity, with Katara close to him. He could feel her breathing quicken and her arms squeeze around his neck and that small gesture was pure joy to him. There was only one time before when he had felt so happy, so alive in Katara’s arms.
They parted and Katara’s hands never left his shoulders, reassuring her that he was really there. But then they faced the sunset, both watching the big red star going down and Aang’s heart skipped a beat with the magnificence of the moment.
It seemed hours before Katara faced him, turning slowly to him and he could hear her heart beating even faster now. His own heart joined the frenzy for he knew what was coming and the anticipation was crawling beneath his skin.
He turned to her, both staring at each other and he was suddenly overpowered by the beauty of her face.
She leaned forward and her lips were immediately on his, her hands framing his face before wrapping her arms around his neck. Aang was sure that his heart had just exploded with happiness. His head spun with the amazing adrenaline that was running inside his veins and he deepened the kiss, making sure that Katara was really on his arms and they were sharing a true passionate kiss.
Katara’s lips parted from him but their gaze never left each other. Her face was bright red and Aang had the same sensation that she was glowing under the twilight. He placed a hand on her cheek and his thumb caressed her skin softly.
“Aang?” Katara called slightly embarrassed, her voice so sweet and hypnotic he caught himself almost jaw opened staring at her in awe.
“Yah, Katara?” He said and something wet was rolling down his face and burning his eyes, clouding his vision.
“There’s something I need to ask you.” She answered avoiding his gaze for a second before pierce him with her sapphire orbs.
“Anything.” He said in a whisper as he washed away the stubborn tears of happiness that kept falling.
She paused for a moment chewing her lower lip before looking intensely at him with a shyly smile.
“Will you go penguin sledding with me?” she asked out of a sudden taking Aang by surprise.
He raised an eyebrow at her question, confusion and perplexity obviously expressed on his face. Then Katara begun laughing, the sound of her express amusement making him smile first and then burst with her, both now embraced and cuddle in each other arms as the question brought back some good memories.