One piece of Avatar lore I don't quite believe is that most avatars don't learn they're the avatar until they're told on their 16th birthday.
like, POV you're some Earth Kingdom kid who knows the previous Water Tribe avatar died suspiciously close to the time you were born. You CANNOT tell me that that entire class-year of starry bright-eyed children doesn't spend every waking moment trying to prove they're the avatar. "Shut up Hang Lee you're not the avatar I'M the avatar. That stream just moved toward me." "Nuh-uh a fish did that and Avatar Tepek died on the summer solstice and YOU'RE a winter baby." "All the seasons are opposite in the water tribe Hang Lee!" "Nuh-uh"
You're 8 years old with all your other 8-year-old friends at your first day of How To Throw A Rock Class you CANNOT tell me that every kid present doesn't waste half the class trying to catch grass on fire with all the sincerity and conviction of a gas station hopeful snagging a mega-millions lotto ticket with their Mars bar and $30 gas fill-up.
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imagine you are fifteen years old taking your little sister to the grocery store because your dad is busy and your grandmother is old and you need food. as you turn a corner you accidentally ram your shopping cart into God with a capital G and he promises to show you the world you’ve never seen from inside the ten square miles of your hometown in exchange for your company. you hate the risk but your demigod sister has untapped potential and an unrelenting determination to get ghost, so you follow God with a capital G through heaven and hell and back. God with a capital G is twelve and wiser than even your grandmother and treats everything like a game and he’s your brother now and suddenly you would (and have and will) kill and die for him. your first love becomes a different god and you add her name to the list of things (your childhood, your vulnerability, your parents, your safety) you don’t have the time to grieve right now (or ever) and you become a man on foreign soil and your dad isn’t there to see it. you are fifteen and God with a capital G’s best friend and your little sister-- sisters, now-- are the most powerful demigods on the planet and you are the only one keeping three divine tweens focused on saving the world and you are still not allowed to say fuck.
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Idiots in love in the Fire Nation + family bonding time, kind of a follow up to this
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[ID: four colored digital drawings of Sokka, Zuko, Ty-Lee, Mai and Azula, from ATLA.
In the first image Sokka and Zuko are drawn from the thigs-up. They are sparring, Sokka has his space sword pointed towards Zuko and Zuko is blocking the blow with his dual swords. They are smiling at each other with a defiant expression. They are both shirtless and wearing dark red loose fitting pants tied with a lighter red sash with golden pattens. Zuko has his long hair up in a ponytail, while Sokka has his hair in a top knot tied with a red ribbon. In the same image there is another drawing of Sokka and Zuko drawn from the shoulders up, standing next to each other. They have just finished sparring, their hair are in disarray, and they are both sweaty and blushing, pointedly looking away from each other with a flustered expression. Sokka has a white towel draped around his shoulders while Zuko is using his own towel to wipe the sweat from the side of his neck. Sokka is awkwardly saying “you… fight good.” And Zuko is answering “uh, ok.”
In the second drawing Sokka, Ty-Lee, and Zuko are drawn from the waist-up. She is in the middle, smiling widely, and has her arms thrown around Sokka and Zuko. Ty-Lee is wearing pink clothes with a floral pattern, and a wide golden collar ornated with pink gems. She has her hair in a long braid that falls over her shoulder. At her right Sokka is smiling with a confused expression and leaning into her side. He’s wearing a loose sleeveless red tunic, and a dark red scarf around his waist embroidered with traditional blue water tribe patterns. He has a dark blue tattoo around his right bicep, and is wearing two golden band bracelets on his forearms, his hair are tied back with a red ribbon. At Ty-Lee’s left Zuko is standing stiffly, face-palming and looking annoyed. He’s wearing dark red clothes with golden embroidery, and has his hair tied up in a top knot. Ty-Lee is looking at Zuko and saying cheerfully “You know, your auras are very compatible, so fruity!”. Sokka is looking at Ty-Lee and saying “Oh, sure?”, and Zuko is saying “Fuck’s sake.”
In the third drawing there are Mai and Sokka standing next to each other, drawn from the waist up. Mai is wearing an elaborate dark maroon hanfu with red patterns, the sleeves and the collar of her clothes have a white lining with black and gold embroidery. She’s wearing black fingerless gloves that have darts around the wrists. Her hair are tied back in a low bun and kept in place with two silver pins, her lips are painted dark red, and she has two little red dots painted under her eyes. She’s holding Sokka’s boomerang in both hands, looking at it appraisingly. Next to her Sokka is wearing a deep red tunic with short sleeves, a bright red sash tied around the waist, and an ornate red collar that covers his chest and shoulders. His hair are in a top knot tied with a red ribbon. He’s holding six of Mai’s knives between his fingers, and is looking at them with a very focused expression, his tongue is poking out of his lips. Both of them are saying “sharp, I like it.” In the right side of the same image there is another drawing of Sokka, drawn by profile from the waist-up. He has his hair down and is wearing the same clothes he had in the second drawing. He has his arms raised, and is holding Zuko’s dragon Druk, which is orange-red with a yellow mane and dark red horns, and is still very small. Sokka is making kissy faces at the dragon and saying “who’s my little fire noodle?”, there are a lot of little red hearts surrounding them.
In the fourth image there are Sokka and Azula, drawn by profile and facing each other from the opposite sides of a pai-sho board. Sokka’s outfit is the same that he was wearing in the drawing with Mai, while Azula is wearing a long sleeved red tunic with dark red shoulder pieces, her hair are cut in a bob, and partially tied up in a top knot. She has her arms crossed and is looking at Sokka, while Sokka is holding his chin with one hand and is looking pensively at the board. /END ID]
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