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Sokka knew that Toph was beautiful, but at that moment, standing in front of him, he could have sworn she was one of the spirits.  Her wedding gown flowed around her small frame.  She almost looked like she was floating.

"Toph, please," he whispered to her.  "You don't have to do this."  He grabbed her hand as she turned away.  

She bent her head until her chin touched her chest.  "Yes I do."  She heaved a sigh.  "Goodbye, Sokka."

Toph began to walk away, into the fog that surrounded them.  Her hand started to slide through his fingers.  He grasped her tighter, determined not to let her go.  He knew that if she left him, he was never going to see her again.

"Don't leave me!"  He didn't care if he was screaming or begging.  He couldn't lose her like this.

She slipped out of his hold and vanished into the fog.

Sokka woke up feeling like he'd never rested at all.  He was sitting against the outer wall of the Bei Fong estate, arms resting on his bent knees.

He leaned back against the wall.  The sun had not yet risen, so he still had time before Aang and Katara left.  Maybe he could go back to Toph.  Maybe he only needed to explain himself better.   He just needed to talk to her alone for a few minutes, and everything could work out the way it was supposed to.

He shook his head.  There was no point.  She had dismissed him last night, there was no mistaking that.  She made it quite plain that she didn't love him.

So why had she kissed him like that?  Everything about it felt so...right.  

"Did you really sleep out here all night?"

His head snapped up.  Toph was standing in front of him, arms folded over her chest.  She was wearing her travelling clothes and carrying her bag over her shoulder.  "Morning Toph," he said, and shrugged.  "I guess I did sleep out here.  And what about you?  Headed back to Ba Sing Se?"

She nodded and pushed a piece of hair behind her ear.  She was wearing it loose again, a headband keeping her bangs out of her eyes.  "I was hoping it would be okay to stop there on the way.  I have to pick up a few things from my apartment."

"On the way?"  Way to where?

"Yeah.  I'm sure the Earth King could find something for me to do in the Fire Nation."  She tapped a finger on her chin and smirked.  "I do like the sound of Ambassador Toph Bei Fong."

"Ambassador?"  Sokka's mind reeled.  Nothing she said was making sense.  

"Sure!  Being an ambassador could be fun!  At the very least, it would mean a better room in the Palace."

Sokka rubbed his forehead with his hand.  "I know it's early and my brain isn't fully awake yet, but I'm so confused."

Toph took a couple steps toward him.  "Then let me explain.  Last night, this guy with a ponytail –"

"Wolftail," he corrected without thinking.

"Ponytail snuck into my bedroom, declared his undying love for me, and practically begged me to run off with him.  Now, I thought that was you, but if it wasn't, please tell me so I can go find him because he was one amazing kisser."

Sokka scrambled to his feet.  He couldn't believe what he was hearing.  She was really coming back to the Fire Nation...for him?  "Wait a minute," he said.  "I thought you made a promise to your parents and Lin."

"Well, I did promise to marry him."  She grinned at him, and he knew exactly what it meant.

"You're not telling me everything."  He crossed his arms in front of him.  "Spill it, Toph."

She sighed and smiled again.  "I also said that if ever the clumsy, obnoxious, clueless, oblivious, meat-loving, sarcasm-spouting..."  She paused and her features softened.  "...brave, caring, and completely wonderful warrior I fell in love with four years ago came for me before the wedding, I promised I would tell them before I ran off with him again."

A hundred things went through his mind.  "Wait a minute," he said.  "So last night, when you told me to leave, you knew what you were going to do."

"Of course I did.  I had to find some way for starting to make you pay for making me wait so long."

"Starting to?"  She only smirked.  He almost wished he didn't know what that meant.  "Hey!  Don't I get any credit for –"

"Snoozles."  She pounded her foot on the ground and was raised up by a small mound of earth.  She was eye-level with him, and she rested her arms on his shoulders.  "Would you just be quiet and kiss me already?"

Any objection he had was lost.  "Be quiet, Sokka," he said with a smirk, and leaned into her.

Their first kiss a year ago had been tentative and nervous.  Their second was rushed and heavy with passion.  But for Sokka, the third kiss they shared next to the wall of her parents' house was what he would always remember as their real first kiss.  It was light at first, and then deepened into something else entirely.  Something he couldn't describe in words, but he knew that it wasn't longing or infatuation.

It was love.

He wrapped his arms around Toph's waist and picked her up from her small hill.  He felt her smile beneath his lips, so he spun her in a tight circle.  The smile turned into a laugh as she clung to his neck.  

Sokka set her back to the ground and held her close to him.  Her head rested against his chest.  He could only think about how good he felt – even the pain in his shoulder had disappeared.  "Don't ever leave me again," he whispered to her.

"Promise," she replied.  She tilted her head up to him.  "Don't ever let me go."

He pressed her even tighter to him and smiled.  "Wouldn't dream of it."


Well, ladies and gentlemen, that's it. It's all over. Officially the longest piece of writing I have ever finished - 95 pages in Word (using Calibri 11pt - it would be longer if I used a different font :)), 37,773 words (wow, how palindromic).

There may be additions to this one day. There's a couple of scenes I had to cut out simply because they didn't fit into any of the chapters nicely. There's a conversation between Lin and Toph that has happened in my head and in the story, but there was no where to put it. Also, Zhan's back story is really tragic and depressing, I may delve into it one day.

A huge thank you to everyone that had read, commented, and/or faved this. It means more than you could ever know.

Special thank yous to :iconcapt-ba: and :iconmyah5000: for betaing the chapters, and to :iconthephoebster: for keeping me on-track when I would put this aside for a while.

And to everyone that hasn't figured it out yet, everything I've written for the Tokka weeks fits into continuity with "Heart of the Warrior." Also, the Pic & Fic entry "Heat" fits as well. If you reread all of them, I promise you'll find new little things I sprinkled in them to link to this.

Will I ever write a fanfic this long again? Probably not. I won't say definitely though, because stranger things have happened.

So, for the last time, thank you all, and if you enjoyed any of this, leave a nice comment below.

(Shame on everyone who thought Toph and Sokka would end up apart. I'm one of the mods of the TFU! Did you really think I wouldn't end this with one huge Tokka payoff? :giggle:)

Chapter One: [link]
Chapter Two: [link]
Chapter Three: [link]
Chapter Four: [link]
Chapter Five: [link]
Chapter Six: [link]
Chapter Seven: [link]
Chapter Eight: [link]
Chapter Nine: [link]
Chapter Ten: You are here
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HollyRoseFowlCasson Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was the first fanfic I ever read, and I keep coming back and reading it again. It's also the best fanfic I've ever read. Thank you for such beauty.
kkitty177 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Even though I'm overflowing and choking on fluff, THIS IS AWESOME.
coffeelover22 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Anie92 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist
This is the BEST Tokka fanfic what I ever read!!!!!!!!!!
(And I read a lot of them...) I don't know what can I say more....
I LOVE it!!!!! The only thing what I am unhappy about, that is already ended.... I could read a lot more of them.
wooaaah I became addicted... :D
So this is a really great work. :) CONGRATULATION!!!!!! :clap:
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xMissPanda Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
OMG.... I am crying... THIS WAS BEAUTIFUL T___T Flameo good friend...flameo...
tenneyshoes Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I am not a Tokka fan, but this is very well done! The characters were very well written and you actually kept them in character, which can be hard! Although, I will admit, you made Lin VERY likable, and I was kinda rooting for him (Like I said, I'm not a tokka person).

All in all, Props to you!
DanceInTheRain23 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student Writer
This was the single most amazing piece of writing I think I've ever read. I wish I could do something ike this. I tip my hat to you...
DanceInTheRain23 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student Writer
this was truly amazing... (sniffs)
biancalovesdbz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
DX -wants more-
Keyanburton Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Wow dude. I cried, and I never cry. Much thax to you, took me weeks to find a tokka story that left me feeling satisfied. Bravo!
Kisa96 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love Tokka so amazing ending!!!!
MrSpartin Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The story was good. What else is there to say?
DragonmanX-90 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
I literally started reading this fic about an hour ago and jusst finished. Sweet baby Jesus you can write girl! I'm not typically much for romance fics but I couldn't take my eyes off this. The substory with the insurrection plot, Sokka manning up, Lin actually being cool instead of a d*(khead like in every other romance fic I've read, just...whoa. I wish the guys in charge had read this and some other Tokka fanfics before making the Suikka *or whatever the abbreviation is* cannon. My props, bigtime.
90skid67 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011   General Artist
you have no idea how many "awww"s i slipped out of my mouth in this chapter :D I LOVE YOUR WORK SOOOO MUCH :D
ShodanAllen Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
"That's how it's done.....Water Tribe."-Tokka

Thanks for all the work. It was perfect.
Leona629 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :D
DarbyLucy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This fic is so awesome! Thanks for putting in the effort for all us Tokka fans!!
BlindBandit642 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Is there a word for being adicted to a fan fiction?
I LOVE THIS ONE! I think the coolest part was the dream aspect...and the TOKKANESS...I was satisfied with the ending (that rarely happens) and it was soooo well written!
girliee159 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Writer
OMG!! *sniff* that was the best story i have ever read in my entire life!! *sniff* The best ending too!! i love you for writing this!! :'D
Leona629 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
And I love you for reading it! :glomp: I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for faving the chapters! :iconglomp1plz::iconglomp2plz:
girliee159 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Student Writer
it was all my pleasure!!! Keep writing!! And hopefully one day you could read my stories :D
WonderGirlCassie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
THANK THE SPIRITS!!!!!!!! Happiness at last!
Leona629 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Of course everyone lived happily ever after. This is Tokka, it's inevitable.

Thanks for faving the chapters, I'm glad you enjoyed this story, my first foray into a major fanfiction. :glomp: Thanks for reading!
WonderGirlCassie Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
glad to do it lol ^_^ I loved it!
KeleeWarren Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
LOVE IT! I;ve always been a huge fan of Avatar (Not the movie >n> ) And never really thought of a Tokka pair off, but this is magnificent! It's... 1:24 am and I could not stop reading until I hit the end!! A million thumbs up!!
Leona629 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so happy to know that you liked it. Is it okay that I'm happy you stayed up until nearly 1.30 to read all of it? :giggle:

This story was such a labour of love, and it really makes me excited that people are still reading, liking, and faving it two years after I wrote it - especially by people who aren't fans of Tokka like I am (I'm just a bit obsessed - just look at my faves!).

Thank you so much! :heart:
KeleeWarren Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
lol I would say I always liked Zuko; I knew he was good at heart, even in the beginning XD
Leona629 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I always new he was a good guy, just stuck in a bad situation.
ooamaimomooo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist
* A *!!!!!!:heart: Good lord, I think you've just lit a flame under me to do some Tokka fanart. <3333333333
Leona629 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Any excuse to do Tokka fanart works for me! :excited:

Thanks for reading, and I'm very happy you liked it. :love:
Leona629 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much! :glomp:
TheDragonPrincess Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
you're welcome :tighthug:
FlotaingArtist2435 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
ABSOLUTLY!!!!!!! Best Tokka fic EVER!!!!! I am crying because it's the end!!!! WRITE MORE!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
Leona629 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much for your enthusiasm! :D I'm very glad you liked this little story of mine. :thanks:
tophytoph-toph12 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
OK. so i have to give this my award for BEST TOKKA FIC I HAVE EVER READ. EVER. because it certainly deserved it. i cried and laughed and i simply just lost my self in this story. It was so beautiful and elgant and very daring, too. I got mad at sokka at times, toph sometimes too, but i will always love them. again, this is the best tokka fic i have evar read, nd possibly the best FIC i have ever read. i might just have to go read it again.....haha

Nicole (AKA tophytoph-toph12)
Leona629 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for saying so! I did work hard on it, and I'm always happy when people read and appreciate it. :D

Thank you for faving every chapter of it! :love: And go right ahead and read it again. I often do. :giggle:
tophytoph-toph12 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
lol!!!!! haha its a really awesome story!!!
SmiterRasco Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Oh! Thank the Lord! I thought I was going to have to sing the theme from "Titanic." Children would have wept...

Great conclusion! I get the feeling that this will be a piece that you will be able to reflect on years from now and feel a true sense of pride. From one writer to another, great work.
Leona629 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so very much. :D I am still quite proud of this, nearly a year and a half after its completion. I'm proud that I actually did complete it, and it gives me hope that I can do it again if I decide to pen something as long.

I'm also proud that there are people still just discovering it, and that they like is as much as you. It's fun to read first reactions about it again after so long. :D

Thanks again for reading, and I'm immensely happy that you enjoyed it. :love:
SmiterRasco Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Well, Leona you have every right to feel pride. You are probably the only person I know that has ever written an engaging, well constructed, and compelling work of FANFICTION! A title that you should (and you probably already do) wear with pride!

I, myself have been inspired by your work to continue to improve my own writing, so thank you for that.

Once again, from one writer to another, heres hoping for newer and greater things! Thanks!
maihatesworld Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
I loved this so much.
It has to be one of the best fanfictions I have ever read! Wish I was as dedicated as you to all my fanfictions. I leave them alone for months sometimes. Sometimes I never even post them.
Anyway thank you for this amazing piece of fanfic and made my two days reading it wonderful and filled with Avatarness, and Tokkaness.
(they really are the best couple ever).
Also thank you for a nice way to end SokkaxSuki. I like them together, just not as much as Tokka. And also for the great plot that had me on the edge of my seat, and the little mentions of other characters that pleased me. Everything is in perfect characterisation. I wonder what the Fire Brat turned out to be?
Take a bow for your amazingness.
Leona629 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:blush: Thank you so very much! It took me nearly a year to write these ten chapters, but I felt great when it was all over.

Tokka is great, isn't it? :love:

I couldn't so anything bad to Suki really. She does kick ass, but I just like Toph with Sokka more. She needs her own man, like someone from Kyoshi...

Fire Brat turned out to be a boy, and they named him Urson. :heart:

Thank you again for commenting! I'm very happy you liked it. :D
maihatesworld Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
I sent you a messagey thing asking for some help on my Fanfic since you're so awesome :)
thank you for the comment and watch :)
I liked, it very very much!
Viidra Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Ooohhhhh yay! Thank you for writting this! Love love love love love love love love love.
Leona629 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much, I'm very happy you liked it! :D
mysticgaze Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
I- I'm.. I am truly stunned. That was by far the BEST fanfic I have EVER read.
It was totally worth skipping dinner for. I just couldn't stop reading.
You kept everyone completely in character (quite the rarity in fanfics), while tying them in with your own wonderful OC's in such a marvelous manner.
The plot twists, the humor, the drama, the friendship, the love; every word was written PERFECTLY! I don't think I've ever felt such a whirlwind of emotions in such a short amount of time. I laughed, cried, squealed/went into total fangirl mode, among other things. xD
Basically, to sum up my feelings in one sentence: I LOVED IT SOOOOOOOO MUCH.

Thank you for sharing your brilliant work with us! I am truly grateful! :iconiloveitplz:
- Marina
Leona629 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. You have left me speechless. I am so happy that you liked this story. It was a labour of love. When I wrote it, there was a disturbing lack of really good Tokka fics out there, and I wanted to at least put one into the world.

Thank you so much for faving every chapter. :D That, and your comments, mean more to me than you will ever know. :glomp:

Sorry you missed dinner. :giggle:
Scooterly Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Hi there! Just found this . . . and read the entire thing in a day - I couldn't stop! (Have to feed the obsession you know . . .) I smiled the entire time, you did such a wonderful job of capturing the characters personalities as well as adding your own OC's to the mix. I just started my own fan fic and was having some doubts about it, but this turned out to be a good boost of inspiration.

Thank you for sharing your work! It's amazing! :D
Leona629 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I know all about feeding the obsession. :giggle:

I'm glad you enjoyed this. It always makes me happy to find someone new who likes the work I did on it. It was hard, but worth it in the end. And if I've inspired you to write your own fic, then my work here is done. :nod:

Thank you for reading! :D
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