Allies, Pt. 3
Pairing: Sokka x F Reader
Warnings: None? I think?
Word Count: 4,966
Summary: You bear the Great Divide! But of course things don’t go the greatest.
Note: This is one of my... not so greatly done parts of this work because writing out this episode was a chore, so apologies for that. Also if you’d like to be on a tag list for this series lmk through asks or messages!
-Masterlist- | -Allies Masterlist-
“Wait, Aang! You don’t want to pick those berries, they’re poisonous.”
Pausing, Aang jerked his hand away from the bush. He laughed nervously. “Really? I thought these were fine..”
Y/n stepped over to him, crouched next to him in front of the bush. “You’re probably thinking of Bacui berries, those are fine, but these are Maka’ola berries. They look really similar to Bacui berries, but these cause blindness.”
“Oh wow. That would have been a really bad mix up. This is why you’re always on food detail.”
Standing up, the two laughed.
“How do you tell the difference?”
She laughed nervously as they started to walk back. “Well, I’m not entirely sure if there’s a physical way to tell, I just kind of trust my instinct on these kinds of things. I remember a while back a young couple came through where I was staying and I let them camp with me. The husband went to eat what he thought were Bacui berries, and didn’t listen when I said I had a bad feeling about them. He ended up eating Maka’ola berries and went blind. Since then I’ve just kinda listened to my gut, and my gut said those were Maka’ola berries. Regardless it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
He nodded as she spoke. “Yeah. I’d rather miss out on Bacui berries than go blind. Your instinct seems to be a lot more trustworthy than Sokka’s too, so I feel pretty inclined to listen to it.”
When they got back to camp, they sat down the food they gathered. “Okay, Y/n and I got the grub if you guys got the…” Aang trailed off, noticing that Katara and Sokka stood facing away from each other, arms crossed.
Y/n raised her eyebrows at them. “Uh guys? Where’s the campfire? And what happened to the tent?”
“Why don’t you ask Miss Know It All? Queen of the Twigs!”
Katara snapped around, yelling at her brothers back. “Oh yeah? Well you’re Mister Lazy Bum, King of the-” She bent down and picked up a twig, throwing it at her brother. “-tents!”
The twig hit Sokka in the back of the head. He whipped around to face her. Aang laughed nervously, spreading his arms wide in a gesture of conciliation. “Okay, listen guys. Harsh words won’t solve problems, action will. Why don’t you just switch jobs?”
“Sounds good.” “Whatever.”
The siblings went off to do their new jobs, though still fuming at each other.
“You see that?” Aang gently elbowed Y/n in the side, a self satisfied smile spread across his face. “Settling feuds and making peace. All in a day's work for the Avatar.”
“Avatar, One. Water Tribe Siblings, Zero.” She gave him a gentle nudge in the side back with her elbow.
Aang’s smile faded, as he looked off to the side. Y/n looked over to where he was looking, to see Momo trying to take some of the food Appa had. The lemur was desperately trying to take a melon from him, that the bison was holding in place with a single digit. Giving up, he walked away depressed. Appa scooped up the melon with his tongue, but before he could eat it Momo flew by and snatched it from him. He ran into Y/n and Aang, the latter taking the melon and cutting off a small piece for Momo, giving the rest back to Appa. Momo chittered in protest of the small piece.
“Come on Momo, that’s fair. Appa’s got five stomachs.”
Momo begrudgingly accepted the smaller piece of melon.
“Correction- Avatar, Two. Rest of the Group, Zero.”
In the morning, the group found themselves standing at the edge of a large expansive canyon.
“Here it is, guys, the Great Divide.”
Katara looked out at the canyon with awe. “Wow! I could just stare at it forever.”
Y/n offered a small nod. “It’s pretty neat.”
Sokka looked unimpressed. “Okay. I’ve seen enough.”
“How can you not be fascinated, Sokka? This is the largest canyon in the entire world.”
He walked over to Appa, grabbing onto his reins, ready to leave. “Then I’m sure we’ll be able to see it very clearly from the air while we fly away.”
Suddenly, a man in an ornate white robe rushes past Sokka, rudely pushing him out of the way.
“Hey! If you’re looking for the Canyon Guide, I was here first!” The man spoke aggressively.
Katara clasped her hands together. “Oooo… canyon guide. Sounds informative.”
“Believe me, he’s more than a tour guide, he’s an earthbender. And the only way in and out of the canyon is with his help. And he’s takin’ my tribe across next!”
As the man spoke, Sokka stepped behind him and mocked him while opening and closing his hand. Y/n pressed a hand against her mouth to prevent herself from laughing. The man turned to look at Sokka, who feigned innocents.
“Calm down, we know you’re next.”
The man pointed a finger at Sokka. “You wouldn’t be calm if the Fire Nation destroyed your home and forced you to flee.” He gestured to the canyon. “My whole tribe has to walk thousands of miles to the capital city of Ba Sing Se!”
“You’re a refugee.” Katara commented.
“Hmph. Tell me something I don’t know.”
From the distance, a group of people start to approach. Katara pointed to them. “Is that your tribe?”
“It most certainly is not .”
Once the people approaching them got closer, you could see that they were dressed in animal skins, and looked kind of unkempt. Y/n didn’t have much room to talk though, she definitely looked unkempt compared to her friends.
“That’s the Zhang tribe. A bunch of low-life thieves. They’ve been the enemies of my tribe for a hundred years. Hey Zhangs! I’m savin’ a spot for my tribe so don’t even think about stealing it.”
A large Zhang woman walked up to the man menacingly. He leaned back, somewhat intimidated. “Where are the rest of the Gan Jin? Still tidying up their campsite?”
He leaned forward to push the woman back. “Yes! But they sent me ahead of them to hold a spot.”
“I didn’t know the canyon guide took reservations.”
“Heh! Of course you didn’t. That’s the ignorance I’d expect from a messy Zhang! So unorganized and ill prepared for a journey.”
The Zhang tribe began to grumble at the man's words. It seemed like an angry mob was going to form. Aang and Katara looked at the people disconcerted. Momo sat on a rock behind them in a pile of rocks. He was quick to jump off them and fly off, as they started to rumble. He handed on Y/n’s shoulder, cowering in fear. She patted his head gently, watching as the rocks are picked up and thrown to the side by an old man. He must be the canyon guide.
“Sorry about the wait, youngsters.” He gestured to the canyon. “Who’s ready to cross this here canyon?”
Katara nervously pointed to her right. “Um… One of them, I think.”
The Gan Jin scout ran forward. “I was here first! My party’s on their way!”
“I can’t guide people who aren’t here.”
The Zhangs pushed past the four kids and the fuming Gan Jin scout. The leader looked over at the latter. “Guess you guys’ll have to make the trip tomorrow.” The woman spoke with a mock sadness in her tone.
The scout pointed to a group of people, as they approached the canyon entrance. “Wait! Here they come!”
Several Gan Jin approached the entrance, they were dressed elegantly, much like the scout. The Zhang leader pointed her finger at the guide. “You’re not seriously going to cave into these spoiled Gan Jins! I mean, we’re refugees too! And we’ve got sick people that need shelter.”
“I… uh… well…”
“We’ve got old people who are weary from traveling.”
“Sick people get priority over old people.”
The Gan Jin leader stepped forward. “Maybe you Zhang’s wouldn’t have so many sick people if you weren’t such slobs.”
“If you Gan Jins weren’t so clean, maybe you wouldn’t live to be so old.”
“I could smell your stink from a mile away.”
Aang, Katara, Sokka and Y/n watched from the sidelines as the two leaders argued with each other. Katara leaned closer to Aang.
“Well Aang, ready to put your peach making skills to the test?”
He looked at the ground. “I don’t know. A fight over chores is one thing. These people have been feuding for a hundred years.”
Y/n placed a hand on his shoulder. “Hey, if anyone can fix this it’ll be you, Oh Great Avatar Aang.”
Katara stepped forward. “Everyone, listen up!” She pointed back at Aang. “This is the Avatar! And if you give him a chance, I’m sure he can come up with a compromise that will make everyone happy.”
The two tribes fell silent, and turned to look at Aang. He hesitated for a moment, before suggesting a solution. “Uh… you could share the earthbender and travel together?”
The Gan Jin Leader looked appalled. “Absolutely not! We’d rather be taken by the Fire Nation-” He pointed an accusatory finger at the Zhang “-than travel with those stinking thieves.”
The Zhang Leader points a finger at the Gan Jin Leader in turn. “We wouldn’t travel with you pompous fools anyway!”
“I am not pompous!”
A fight broke out between the two tribes, as they started to yell and shout at each other. This lasts for a few minutes, before Aang intervenes. “Alright! Here’s the deal! We’re all going down together and Appa here will fly your sick and elderly across. Does that seem fair.” He spoke loud and angrily, gaining the attention of the two tribes.
The two leaders begrudgingly agreed.
“Sorry Appa. You’ll have to do this on your own.” Aang petted the bison as he spoke. Appa grunted.
Sokka crossed his arms over his chest. “This feuding tribe stuff is serious business. Are you sure it’s a good idea getting involved in this?”
“To tell the truth, I’m not sure.” Aang offered a wide smile. “But when have I ever been?”
Katara placed a hand on his shoulder. “He’s the Avatar, Sokka. Making peace between people is his job.”
Slumping forward, Sokka sighed. “His job’s gonna make us cross this whole thing on foot, isn’t it.”
“It is.” Y/n looked out at the canyon. “I don’t even know how well I’ll be able to get across on foot. My leg is still healing from that whole Jet situation and there isn’t any more room on Appa by the looks of it.”
It had gotten a little better, and she did a bit of walking here and there but would limp whenever she did. Taking an arrow to the ankle was not a nice feeling. Her hand was still healing too, but that was much less of a concern.
Aang cringed inwardly. “Sorry Y/n, I wasn’t thinking about that. We’ll just have to help you walk if it gets too hard for you.”
“I guess so.”
The four of them joined the two tribes and the canyon guide.
“Okay, now comes the bad news. No food allowed in the canyon. It attracts dangerous predators.”
The tribes muttered dissatisfied with this.
“No food! This is ridiculous.” The Gan Jin Leader spoke.
“Aww, you babies can go a day without food. Would you rather be hungry… or dead?” The canyon guide asked. He raised a pillar of stone underneath him, now towering about ten feet above them all. He cupped his hands over his mouth. “Now, we’re headin’ down in ten minutes! All food better be in your gut, or in the garbage!”
As the Zhang and Gan Jin eat the food they have with them, Aang took a moment to address the people in Appa’s saddle, and double check to see if there would be any room for Y/n. By the looks of it, no.
“Appa’s gonna take good care of you until we get there. See ya on the other side, buddy. Yip, yip!”
After sending Appa off, they all started through the canyon.
The Canyon Guide and Aang guided everyone through the canyon. Katara, Sokka and Y/n followed not too far behind, with the two tribes behind them. Sokka walked close to Y/n’s side as she limped, just in case she needed quick help.
The path in front of them dropped down hundreds of feet. The canyon guide was able to use earthbending to replace it, however.
“Nice bending!” Aang was impressed.
“That job’s much more than bending, kid. Folks want information.”
They all stop, as he turns to address the crowd. “Many of you are probably wondering how canyons are formed. Experts tell us this canyon was most likely carved into the ground by Earth Spirits who were angry at local farmers for not offering them a proper sacrifice.”
Katara, Y/n and Sokka look between each other, gasping and looking up at the sound of rumbling. A rock slide was beginning above them. Before the rocks came too close to the group, the guide bent them away. He laughed.
“Guess the spirits are still angry! Hope you all brought sacrifices.”
After a bit more walking, they reached the canyon floor. The guide stood in front of them all. “Okay… everyone stand clear of the wall.” He earthbeds a earby rock and throws it at the bridge he created earlier to destroy it.
Aang looked at him with a questioning expression. “Why’d you do that?”
The debris from the bridge landed behind them, kicking up a cloud of dust that obscured some of the area.
“These people are fleeing from the Fire Nation aren’t they? I gotta make sure we can’t be followed. We’ll be safe now.”
Suddenly, a massive insect shaped silhouette appeared in the dust behind the guide. A pincher emerges from the dust, and picks up the guide, causing him to yelp in surprise. Aang airbended the dust away, revealing the monster as a huge, black insect like creature with four legs, and red eyes. It held the guide in it’s mouth.
“We gotta help him!” Sokka shouted, throwing his boomerang at it. It striked the creature on the head, causing it to drop the guide and rush at Sokka. He started to run.
“Okay… now you gotta help me!”
Y/n unhooked her bow from her back, readying it she aimed and shot an arrow at the creature's leg. It didn’t do much but annoy it. She didn’t realize how terrible of an idea this was, until it started to run at her. Her eyes widened as she turned hot on her heel and started to run away from it with a limp.
She crouched down, pushing herself into a roll as the creature swiped a pincher to grab her. She just barely avoided it. She was able to evade it, but she didn't have any time to recover. Thankfully Katara stepped in and used her bending to smack it with a water whip. As her and Aang take care of the creature, Sokka ran over to help Y/n up.
“That was really stupid of you.” He said, wrapping an arm around her waist, pulling her to her feet.
“I realize.” She leaned against him, letting him help her walk back to the others.
Aang looked at the group, concern drawn onto his features. “What was that?”
The Canyon Guide, who was laid out flat on the ground, groaned in pain. “Canyon crawler. Ugh- And there’s sure to be more.”
Katara kneeled down next to him. “Your arms… they’re broken.”
“Without my arms, I got no bending. In other words…” He trailed off.
“...We’re trapped in this canyon.” Aang finished the sentence, horror present in his voice.
Katara worked on wrapping a set of bandages around the guide’s arms. Aang, Sokka and Y/n didn’t stand far away from them. Y/n was still leaning against Sokka for support. She definitely worsened her ankle trying to run away from that canyon crawler.
“I thought the whole point of ditching our food was so we wouldn’t have to deal with things like… canon crawlers..”
Y/n nodded in agreement with Sokka. “Yeah… what was that about?”
The Gan Jin Leader spoke up. “It’s the Zhangs! They brought food down here, even after the guide told them not to!”
Approaching the man, the Zhang Leader pointed an accusatory finger at the man. “What! If there’s anyone who can’t go without food for a day, it’s you pampered Gan Jins!”
“I hope you’re happy! We’re stuck in the canyon with no way out.”
“Why don’t you thank yourself, food hider!”
Aang stepped into the situation. “Look. Sticking together is the only way too-”
The Zhang Leader interrupted him. “I’m not walkin’ another step with the likes of them.”
The Gan Jin Leader folded his arms across his chest. “Now, there’s something we can agree on.”
Aang turned to look at The Guide and Katara. “Any ideas?”
The Guide was in hysterics. “No bending. We need to get out of this canyon. I won’t die down here! I won’t become part of the food chain!”
Looking at the panicking man, Y/n breathed out a sigh. “I.. regret not finding a way to fit on Appa.”
Sokka glanced at her. “Yeah, this… isn’t great. But we’ll be fine, Aang and Katara are here after all.”
A blast of wind pushes past everyone, surprising the whole group into silence.
Looked like Aang was starting to get upset again. “ENOUGH! I thought I could help you guys get along, but I guess that’s not going to happen.” He airbended up to a small bluff. “We should split up. Gan Jins on this side… and Zhangs on that side. We’ll travel in two separate lines.”
The two leaders looked up at Aang, then to each other before nodding, heading off into their respective directions.
Aang jumped back down, as Sokka, Y/n and Katara approached him.
“Sokka, you go with the Zhangs. And Katara, you go with the Gan Jins. See if you can figure out why they hate each other so much. Y/n, you can stay with me.”
The two siblings split up, following after the tribes they were assigned. Aang opened his glider, looking at Y/n for a moment. “I’m going to take him up to the bluff, then I’ll come back for you alright?”
She offered him a small nod. “Okay.” Watching as he used his glider to take the guide up to the bluff, she leaned against one of the rock walls. Momo perched himself on her shoulder while they waited.
“This has been a bust of a trip, huh Momo?” He chittered quietly, as she scratched his head.
When Aang landed back on the ground in front of her, Y/n limped over to his side, wincing as she put pressure on her injured ankle. He took one hand from his glider, and wrapped it around her waist.
“Hold on tight, and hook your foot down here.”
She put her arm around his shoulders, and reached up to grab onto the other side of the glider while hooking her foot where he said too.
She took in a deep breath. This was a little nerve wracking. He offered her an encouraging smile.
“Don’t worry, it’s not that bad once you get used to it.”
He gave her a short countdown, before taking off. Momo took off after them.
As dusk set in, and everyone started to set up camp for the night, Aang and Y/n landed on the bluff that the Canyon Guide had been walking along. He stood back from them a bit. Momo landed up there as well. Adjusting to the glider wasn’t terrible but she can’t say she wasn’t glad to be on solid ground. Even if she knew that Aang knew what he was doing, there was still a bit of fear in the back of her head that she was going to get dropped.
He closed the glider back into it’s staff form, before they both sat down.
“That wasn’t too bad, was it?”
“I’ll admit, it could have been worse.”
They shared a short laugh.
Falling onto her back, Y/n draped an arm over her eyes. “Do you think they’ll figure out what’s going on between those tribes?”
Aang sat in a spot where he could see both groups at the same time. “I’m sure they will.” He paused, looking over at her. “How’s your ankle feeling?”
The point of bringing her with him on the glider was to get her off of it, but that didn’t mean it magically got better.
“It still hurts pretty bad. I really shouldn’t have gone at that crawler earlier, I definitely hurt it worse trying to get away from it.”
“Yeah, if more show up you need to stay away from them.”
They fell into silence, as Aang went back to watching the two groups. Momo hopped up onto his shoulder, watching with him.
“Sure would be nice to be around one of those campfires, telling stories and laughing.” Momo chitters. “It’s okay, Momo, we’ll be out of here soon enough and then we can eat our weight in leechy nuts!”
The lemur caught a bug flying by, and offered it to Aang.
“Nah, I’ll wait for the leechy nuts.”
The Canyon Guide decided to approach the two of them. “It’s lonely, isn’t it? Being impartial.”
Aang turned to look at him as he spoke. “I wish I could help these people get along, but it just seems impossible. Anyhow, I guess our biggest problem is getting out of here.”
The man laid down next to Aang and Y/n. “I’m not so sure the two problems are unrelated.”
Both the guide and Y/n drifted off to sleep, as Aang looked away sadly.
“All clear! We’re almost there!”
The guide pointed somewhere below, as him Aang and Y/n walked atop the baulk. When they reached the end point of it, Aang used his glider to fly them both down separately. Now, the three of them stood between the two tribes. Katara and Sokka approached them.
Aang looked between the two. “Katara, Sokka, will these people cooperate long enough to get out of the canyon?”
“I don’t think so, Aang, the Zhang’s really wronged the Gan Jins. They ambushed Jin We and stole the sacred orb.”
Y/n raised her eyebrows. “What are you talking about?”
“Yeah, Katara, what are you talking about? We Jin didn’t steal the orb, he was returning it to their village gate and was wrongfully punished by the Gan Jin.”
Katara crossed her arms over her chest. “Not punished enough if you ask me!”
Sokka made an angry, frustrated noise as Aang replied.
“Okay! Okay! I get it! Now I need your help. Let’s get everyone together at the base of the canyon wall.”
Aang took off in his glider, as they all went to meet at the canyon wall. Once the two tribes were together, he landed between them. Folding up his glider he addressed the arguing crowd.
“Please everyone! As soon as we get out of here we can eat, and then go our separate ways, but I need you all to put your heads together and figure out a way up this cliff.”
“Maybe the Zhang can climb the walls with their long, disgusting fingernails.” The Gan Jin Leader said.
“Oh, sorry! I forgot that to the Gan Jin, unclipped fingernails is a crime punishable by twenty years in jail!”
“Why you dirty thief!”
“You pompous fool!”
The tribes start to taunt and argue with each other again, this time joined in by Katara and Sokka.
“Guys! FOCUS! How many times do I have to say it? Harsh words won’t solve problems, ACTION will!”
“Perhaps the Avatar is right.”
“Yes, perhaps he is.”
Aang smiled wide with hope. Y/n smiled over to her friend. “Nice job Aang.”
“Harsh words will never solve our problems…”
Both of the tribe leaders drew their swords, and approached each other. They crossed swords in front of Aang, who jumped back with a cry of surprise and fear. Y/n watched the battle break out with a pensive expression. “...or not.”
“To the death! And let this be the end of this rivalry!” The Gan Jin Leader exclaimed, as he faced off with the Zhangs leader while the two tribes watched. Aang and Y/n stood amongst the side lines, watching the duel as well.
“You know, I take it back! Harsh words aren’t so bad!” Aang spoke nervously, in a desperate attempt to defuse the situation. They ignored him, opting to proceed with their duel.
Getting fed up with the fighting, Aang raised his staff and slammed it down to the ground, blowing the two tribes backwards. Y/n grabbed onto his arm so she didn’t get blown back by the force as well. That was not something she was looking to do today. She gave her friend a concerned expression, before turning her head to look between the two tribes.
Her eyes widened when she saw that food had fallen out of a blanket the Gan Jin had. “You’re kidding me.”
Aang looked at the tribe as well, disbelief written on his face. “Is that… food? Everyone smuggled food down here!? UNBELIEVABLE! You put all our lives in danger because you couldn’t go without a snack for a day!? You are all… AWFUL!”
Y/n tensed up, as a shiver crawled up her spine. Looking around, fear filled her eyes as she spotted several Canyon Crawlers starting to climb down the cliff’s wall. “Oh… This is bad.”
She rushed off as the creatures got to them, hiding herself behind a rock. She’d stay hidden for now, but got her bow ready just in case.
“Everybody! Watch me!” Hearing Aang shout to everyone, she peaked around the rock. He held up a bag of food. “Do what I do!”
He jumped towards the nearest bunch of crawlers and threw a piece of food at them. One of them caught it in it’s mouth and ate it. When the crawler ran at him, he put the bag over its snout and catapulted himself onto it, using the bag straps as reigns.
Y/n was quick to hook her bow back onto her quiver, and went to get one of the food bags, repeating the action. Once everyone had mounted onto one of the crawlers, Aang shouted again. “Now, follow me! We’re riding out of this hole!”
He used a rod with a bag of food tied to it, to guide the crawlers up the canyon wall. Once they’d gotten to the top of the canyon, they dismounted from the canyon crawlers. Aang threw the bag of food back down in the canyon for the creatures to go after.
For a moment the two tribes leaders had gotten along, before quickly going back to bickering. Aang had been quick to step in, and tell the true story between Jin Wei and Wei Jin. It got the two tribes to unite, and travel to Ba Sing Se together.
“That’s some luck you knew Jin Wei and Wei Jin.” Sokka commented, as the group reunited with Appa.
Y/n found herself hugging the bison's leg while listening to the others.
“You could call it luck.” Aang grinned evilly. “Or, you could call it… lying!”
She gasped in shock. Katara seemed to be surprised as well, and Sokka just seemed angry.
Aang rubbed at the back of his neck. “I made the whole thing up.”
“You did not!” Katara was in disbelief for a moment, before donning her own devilish smile. “That is so wrong.”
“Now, where’s that custard tart…” Aang took a look around for it, before finding where he tossed it off to. “I’m starving!”
When they all climbed up onto Appa, Y/n looked over at Aang. “You better share that…”
She jumped at him and tried to take that tart when he showed no sign of sharing. Katara and Sokka watched in amusement as Aang held the tart way from Y/n, while simultaneously trying to shove her away.
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