[an0nym00se asked: Tokka. Sokka breaks up with Suki.]
Fandom: Avatar: the Last Airbender
Word Count: 728
Summery: Sokka is sulking. Toph isn’t having it.
Snoozles was sulking again, and it was starting to get on Toph’s nerves.
He had a good enough reason, she supposed, but it was still really annoying. She wanted her best friend back. She wanted to go to a bar and get into a fistfight and know she had backup. She wanted to go harass Zuko at formal parties, which to be blunt just wasn’t as much fun when she was alone. She wanted to go exploring the growing city and the surrounding woodlands, she wanted to stay up late in her Metalbending school with him and a pot of tea…
But mostly, she just wanted to get some city planning done without having to go on a manhunt first.
“I can’t believe this,” she growled as she stalked through the street. Merchant stalls crowded around her, and a pall of smoke from someone’s stove hung in the air, almost enough to make her choke. She pounded her fist into her open hand, scowling. “Shirking his duties again just because some girl doesn’t…I really ought to…”
The last time he vanished when they were supposed to be working, she found him an hour and a half later at a corner table of one of the bars they frequented. He wasn’t even drunk; in front of him was a cooling pot of tea. She wasn’t too keen on searching for him for an hour and a half again, so she made a beeline for the bar, deciding that was as good a place as any to start.
He was there, all right – sulking at the same table with another pot of tea, his head resting against the table’s grain and one hand draped listlessly around a cup. She stomped over to him, crossing her arms furiously over her chest and glaring down at him.
“Well?” she snapped when she hadn’t moved or even acknowledged her presence. “What do you have to say for yourself?”
He slowly lifted his head up, dragging his teacup closer. “I just don’t know what I did,” he said miserably.
“Well, right now you see like you’re trying to annoy me,” she deadpanned, “but I’m guessing that’s not what you mean.”
He pushed his chair back and turned his body so that I was facing her. “I just don’t get it, Toph,” he said. “We seemed fine. We were getting along great. Why…why did Suki break up with me?”
Toph took a moment to mentally reflect on the fact that some female friends of hers had handled breakups better than this. “Snoozles, before last week, when was the last time you even saw her?”
A lengthy pause followed. She couldn’t see his face, but she imagined it was contorted in concentration as he attempted to puzzle this out. “Uh…I…sometime last summer, I guess?”
“Sokka,” she said flatly, “the spring equinox is in three days.”
“So?!” he yelped, startling a few of the bars other patrons (not that there were many at this time of day). “We wrote! A lot! It’s not like I didn’t talk to her since then!”
She sighed. “Listen, dummy. Were you ever planning on moving to Kyoshi Island?”
“No,” he said, unreserved surprise lining his voice. “I’m going to stay here in Republic City as long as Aang needs my help. I might go back to the Southern Water Tribe one day, but…”
“Right,” she cut in. “And do you think Suki planned on living anywhere but Kyoshi Island?”
Her question gave him pause. She pressed on.
“She’s a Kyoshi Warrior, Sokka,” she said. “That’s important to her, and her home and the other warriors are important to her. I don’t doubt that she loved you, but she just wasn’t willing to give up that much of herself for you…and I guess she didn’t want you to do the same. Really? I’d say she broke up because she cared.”
He paused a moment longer before asking incredulously, “How…how on earth did you figure that out?”
“Oh, a girl has her ways,” she said flippantly, deciding to leave out the fact that she’d heard Suki telling Katara as much.
He sighed, pressing his hands through his hair. “I’m sorry I’m sulking so much, Toph.”
“I’ll forgive you if you come with me to get work done now,” she smirked. “And you owe me a drink later.”