Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar
Note: Satisfying a random craving for some Azula/Aang. Rated M for future chapters.
1. This is multi-chaptered. I have not forgotten about my other story "When Power Corrupts" it already has a few chapters written out.
2. Just because this is Azulaang doesn't mean Katara will end up with Zuko. Mai is with Zuko. Also, It may not seem like it but my OTP is Kataang. However, I enjoy writing Azulaang and/or Kataangst more. Thus, this story was born.
3. I have not read the new Avatar comics and I only have a brief idea what they're about, so this is only compliant to the show.
4. If you'd like you can skip to Chapter 1; where the real story begins.
The night air was cool against his bare skin. The soothing sound of waves meeting the shore granted him a sense of calm that was in direct contrast to his current predicament. The lamps from Zuko's nearby beach house were still lit but he knew the inhabitants were now in their respective rooms.
The Avatar only had the moon as company in the lonely, quiet beach. His thoughts were a mystifying jumble.
A few minutes passed and even through the shifting sand, he could feel a familiar set of footsteps walking toward him.
The dim moonlight allowed Aang to barely make out her soft features and the tiny outline of her frame. The sand shifted beside him as she tentatively took a seat.
"Listen, Aang," she started, "things back there were rough─"
"You don't say?" he said bitterly.
"Hey, I'm trying to comfort you here," she retorted. "The least you can do is listen."
"You don't have to. I'd just rather be alone, Toph," he replied sullenly.
"Well, I'm not leaving!" she told him harshly. "But you are…aren't you?"
"I'm thinking about it," he admitted softly.
"If that's what you want then I'm not going to stop you," she sighed, "but please just hear me out for a second."
He continued to gaze into the tide and the earthbender took his silence as a yes.
"You and Katara are my best friends," she said. "I don't understand exactly what's going on between the two of you and as curious as I am, I'm not going to force you to tell me."
Aang provided her with an inquisitive glance.
"You've been so busy. We haven't seen you for weeks," she started again. "Katara was really looking forward to this trip. She wouldn't stop yapping about it. She missed you so much, Aang. We all did."
"I just have so much on my plate right now. I don't need her snapping at me for something I didn't even do," he replied, agitated. "This is the first break I've had in forever. I just wanted to see you guys and she keeps picking unnecessary fights. It's stressing me out."
"I know," she said with a terse snort. "She smothers you. She can be a real pain in the ass."
Aang was recalling tales from his most recent trip to a great Earth City called Yongsheng. It was his last stop before heading to Ember Island for a few short days of relaxation and bonding with his friends. Casually and unaware of the repercussions he would receive later on, he mentioned a girl he had met named Maylin and how he had spontaneously resided in her house during his whole time in Yongsheng.
"She suddenly becomes all passive aggressive and drags this one little thing out for the rest of the night!" he started, "Maylin and her family were generous enough to let me stay in their guest house and that was it. Nothing happened. Why would she even think anything did?"
Toph listened to the airbender quietly, reclining on the shore.
"I don't know where she gets all these ideas. Just because I didn't mention it in my letters, she flips out. It just wasn't a big enough deal for me to write about it," he reclined on the shore too, following her suit. "She gets so jealous sometimes," Aang dug his fingers in the sand, "it's like she doesn't trust me at all."
"Honestly, I don't really get her too," she said, absentmindedly bending the sand around her toes, "but I guess you should just be patient with her. You travel alone for months. She doesn't know what you're doing out there."
"But I'm not doing anything─" he started to retort sharply.
"I'm not saying you're bedding every Avatar-crazed floozy you come across," she clarified, chuckling. "It's Sugar Queen. You of all people know how she gets. Just talk it out. Give her what she wants."
"And what's that?"
"Assurance," Toph replied. "You love her don't you?"
He hesitated for a beat. "Why are you asking me that?"
"Just answer the question, Twinkles," she replied with a shrug.
"Of course I love her," he responded sharply.
"Then why are you preparing to leave?" she asked calmly.
"I don't know, Toph," he replied truthfully, eyes downcast. "I really don't know anything anymore."
Note: This is just the prologue so it's extremely short, much much shorter than the next chapters. Katara did show a little jealousy a few times in canon, and that was before she and Aang got together. Just my take on what separation, lack of communication, a wandering mind, and insecurity does to a girl. Please review so I know if I should continue this! The next chapter will have Azula in it.