Under the Shimmering Moon

By justicar347

Disclaimer: I do not own Avatar: The Last Airbender, oh well.

Authors Note: This presumably happens sometime in the third season.

The night was warm and no clouds obscured the light of the full moon and stars. In the pale light, Sokka could plainly see Suki's wound. He kneeled over her unconscious form, unsure of what to do. Despite his best efforts to staunch the flow, blood still leaked out her body. If Katara were here, she could easily heal the injury with her waterbending. Unfortunately they had all become separated during the Fire Nations attack.

Sokka could feel hot tears stream down his face as he held her dying body close. This could not happen again. He had already lost too many people important to him. He had sworn that he would protect Suki. He could not fail to save her as he had failed to save Yue. "You can't go. You can't leave me," he said to unhearing ears, "I love you."

He pleaded with her and any spirit that might take pity on her. He begged that the universe would not punish his weakness. He had not been able to save her, and now he would again lose the girl he loved. He should not have let her come. It was his fault, just like Yue. This has to be some horrible dream he though to himself as he looked at her face. Her injury, this whole damn war, it has to be some dream he would wake from.

He opened his eyes to look at her again and noticed that a pale light was streaming over them from behind him. He slowly turned to see what could be giving off this light. He prayed it was just another part of this horrible dream, not another enemy to deal with. His eyes opened wide as they could not believe what they saw. He knew it mush be a dream, because floating behind him was Princess Yue.

She looked just as she did the night she was taken from him. She floated above the ground in a shimmer dress. She was beautiful and radiated an inner light. Her calm face looked sad as she watched over him.

He gently lowered Suki to the ground and stood up. He slowly stumbled forward with his arm outstretched. "Yue, is that really you?"

Before he reached her, she spoke, "Have you forgotten me Sokka?"

Sokka stopped dead in his tracks inches from touching her. He looked at her with shame covering his. "No. I haven't forgotten you, it's just that…" he tried to come up with a response. He dropped to his knees and started to cry again as he looked at the ground, "Please forgive me. I haven't forgotten you and I think about how I failed you every day. I did everything I could, but there was nothing I could do to stop it from happening," he said as he pounded the ground with his fists.

"Do you love her Sokka?" he heard Yue ask. He slowly raised his head and saw that she was leaning closer. His heart beat faster as he gazed at her perfect face. He was drawn into her radiant eyes.

He swallowed the lump in his throat in replied in a weak voice, "Yes, I love Suki. I have not stopped loving you, but… I-I had to move on."

He felt warmth as ethereal hands grasped the sides of his face. Her soft lips brushed his forehead. He looked at her with longing as she spoke, "Be well." The light intensified and when he opened his eyes she was gone, again.

He stayed there for a moment wondering if any of it was real. This must be another part of my dream he thought as he slowly got back to his feet. He made his way back over to Suki. As he knelt back over her, he discovered the wound had been healed. She would still need treatment, but her life was no longer in peril. He held her close as he smiled. He looked up at the shimmering moon above them and whispered, "Thank you, Yue."