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    Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:24 am

    Date: December 31, 2012
    Time: 10:15 AM

    It might not have been the vast, snowy expanse of the Southern Water Tribe or even the Icelands of this world, but right now, the Samba Heartlands came pretty close to it. One of the more recent snowfalls had turned the area into a veritable winter wonderland, and even though Sokka was far more used to snow than the average denizen of the Breach, seeing it this way right now was surprisingly refreshing. If nothing else… this wave of nostalgia was even more welcoming that it normally would have been.

    Right now… being able to see something that reminded him of home was particularly helpful… it made him feel like he could still be remembered… like he would still be remembered…

    Being remembered might have sounded like such a simple thing, but with the way that his own little family here had been starting to lose some of their memories of him? The Water Tribe warrior was set to take hold of anything he could get. Even if it was just the sense of being remembered… he could make that count for something.

    At least Korra still remembered him… mostly.

    And with that… at least the two could share part of the day before the new year together.

    Sokka's and Korra's own world had its own very special New Year celebrations of course… those were a given no matter where someone was from there. Even though he wasn't sure just EXACTLY how close the years here lined up with the years back there, so far, the charts of the stars, moon, and sun seemed to show that they were practically the same. That had been encouraging, and it definitely helped keep things from getting too confusing for him as he got more and more settled here… two and a months in though, and he seemed to be doing all right. Having one of his new closest friends be here definitely helped in that regard, as did the previous arrival of his niece from the future. Most recently, the arrival of his youngest nephew had also been a nice boost… Tenzin might have arrived last for the group, but his being here was no less special for them. The circumstances that took them where weren't the best of course, but at least the four of them had been able to make something special out of it.

    That alone was part of why whatever was happening affected Sokka so much. Here he had his blood nephew and the woman who was effectively his niece from the future, and they were both starting to have memory slips about him. The two of them not realizing that the moon had changed shape was one thing, as was them not seeing that blasted castle. As frustrating as all of that was though, he could completely handle it compared to the thought that they were starting to forget him. The two of them had grown up with him as a prominent figure in their lives… they had both shared great stories with them about what his future self would have got to do and experience… but whatever forces were at work here were starting to take that away.

    Worse than just the two of them though, Korra was starting to have some of her memories altered too… her own memory loss did not seem to be as bad as Lin and Tenzin's were starting to get though. Whether their younger age had anything to do with it or not, Sokka had a feeling that the biggest reason behind this was the fact that she was the Avatar. The spirit inside her, Aang's own spirit, and her true self seemed unwilling to just let her forget him… and for that, Sokka was eternally grateful.

    He was glad that she still knew who he was… that they were still close friends. Sokka knew that it might not last much longer if this mess kept up, but for as long as he could, he as going to hold onto that.

    Speaking of holding onto, he was definitely glad that the two had set out to make a new memory to keep no matter what happened over the next few days. In an idea that had mostly been Korra's, the two had set out to enjoy some of the snow in the open wilderness before it got too close to the eve of the new year. Getting out in this area to visit with his friend was just what Sokka needed it seemed… and Naga certainly seemed to be enjoying the excursion too. The duo had ridden the polar bear dog out to the center of the heartlands, and the three were now walking about, just enjoying the snow and the scenery. It was familiar yet not at the same time… and that combination of new sights coupled with their companionship was helping to make the morning better from what it had started as.

    "Thanks for bringing us out here, Naga," said Sokka, nodding to the polar bear dog with a smile Glancing to Korra, he added, "It's nice to get to see this area with some snow… I'm glad you suggested we head out here."
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:02 am

    The past few days had been odd. No, odd was an understatement. The past few days had been mysterious. And none of it was making any sense! Tenzin and Lin were forgetting who Sokka, the Sokka, was! He'd practically helped raise them both! He was their Uncles! It'd only gotten weirder though, when she began to start forgetting him too. There were a few moments where she'd look at Sokka and wonder who he was and when he got there, and most importantly, why was he acting like he knew her? And after a few moments of confusion it'd come back to her. She felt bad the first time it happened, and she felt even worse when it happened a few more times. At least she hadn't completely forgotten him! But then, why were they all forgetting him in the first place?

    She wondered if maybe it had something to do with what Sokka had been talking about, with the moon. For some reason, Sokka thought the moon looked wrong. To her, Lin, and Tenzin, the moon looked normal. Sure, in their universe, it was round and here, heart-shaped, but as far as she could remember, it had been like that since the first day she came here. Some part of her however, told her that there was more to this than met the eye. Maybe Sokka was onto something. Maybe there was something really bad going on. All four of them were technically still novices in what types of enemies Portal Breach could get, so if this was something that could really be the work of something, she was still not completely sure.

    All of this confusion was getting a good backseat as she and Sokka ventured out to the grasslands. She had been looking forward to frolicking in the snow, and she could tell Sokka was too. As Natives of the Southern Water Tribe, the image of land covered by snow was an image they'd grown up with and known for so long. The homey feeling and time spent between friends would be a thankful reprieve from this sudden situation that was happening.

    Naga tilted her head around and gave Sokka's face a lick when he gave his thanks, tongue lopping out as she panted. She indeed enjoyed being out and about, and didn't mind carrying the duo at all. Two people were easier to carry than four after all. Korra had brought her arms up and folded them behind her back as they walked, smiling. "It is! Its a shame the Icelands are so far away, we could have done this earlier. Plans for another day I guess!" She shrugged dismissively, still grinning. "Not a problem! I figured it'd be great to have some 'us' time..." Especially because she was afraid that she might get to the point Lin and Tenzin were at...or worse. To forget one of her great friends and basically leave him alone. She didn't want to, she really didn't, but the fact that she had forgotten a few times...seemed to mean it would happen. Which was why it was all for the best that they enjoy time they had now. And if things got worse...she could only hope that somehow, Sokka would be able to find others, and help to fix it. She'd hate to forget about him forever. Sokka wasn't even an easy guy to forget!

    "What do you want to do first?"
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:15 am

    "Agh, ha-ha!" Sokka laughed and closed his right eye at Naga's sudden lick, but even though he had just had half of his face licked by her, he didn't mind… he was used to it by now, and he did kind of like that she was so inclined to do that to him. Granted, it had taken him a little bit to get used to being licked by a polar bear dog of all animals… after all, for as sweet as Naga was, polar bear dogs were still fierce predators. At least any lick from her was not as intense as one from Appa… and Korra's familiar's breath was a little better.

    More than anything though, Sokka appreciated the token of affection from Naga even more than he usually did… it meant she still remembered him. He knew that there was still a chance that her and Korra's memories might fade, and possibly fade even worse than the lapses that the Avatar had had the past couple of days. Right now though, just like Korra, Sokka was determined to make this a good day for the two of them.

    "We'll definitely make our way up there soon, though... that's a promise," said Sokka, nodding to Korra at her suggestion and returning her grin. They have been planning to visit the Icelands ever since he had arrived on the Breach, but they had not got to around to it yet… yet being the key word, of course. His grin softened slightly at her second statement though, right before he added, "Yeah… I agree. 'Us' time is always good."

    The Avatar's suggestion was already proving to be a great one, and as the two trudged through the snow alongside Naga, they were able to take in even more of their beautiful surroundings. Yeah… this would be good to hold them over until they could make their way further north…

    At Korra's question, Sokka had to stop and think a minute. Huh… now that was a tricky one. Even if they did not have too much extra gear on them, two members of the Southern Water Tribe were always bound to be able to find something fun to do out in the snow. Bringing one of his gloved hands up to his chin, Sokka hummed in contemplation before glancing back to Korra, saying, "I'm not sure. Although… is there any chance you'd like to go sledding?"

    Whether his friend wanted to use her waterbending to make a better course for them or if the two just found a good, steep hill, Sokka figured that some sledding might be just the thing for the two of them to enjoy right now. After all, they'd both discussed some of their own sledding adventures from back home over the past few months… it was high time the two of them got to enjoy the activity together.
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:52 am

    Korra chuckled when Naga licked Sokka's face, the second she'd met Sokka, the polar bear dog had been very friendly with him. Although that lead her to wonder what would happen if Naga started to forget Sokka too. She hoped her friend wouldn't attack him, but if she forgot him too...she couldn't even stop it. She might even encourage her to hurt the creep who was 'following her around'. The thought made her frown slightly, although she turned back to her friend and smiled. They were trying to relax and have fun now! No thinking about that.

    "Great! And even if we don't get around to it soon, it won't be disappointing since, if the Icelands are anything like the Southern or Northern Water Tribes, it won't be melting anytime soon." Just in case something got in the way, and their 'soon' became a few months from now. "I promise too. No matter what happens, we're going to go there. Together. Isn't that right, Naga?" Naga's tail wagged, in what seemed to be agreement, bumping her head against the both of them. Korra smiled and stroked her fur, patting her a few times as well. "'Us' time is the best time! We should have our own clock dedicated to 'us' time, that's how great it is." She really enjoyed being around Sokka. Something about him reminded her of Bolin at times, although he was still definitely his own person. Just, that sense of humor was very similar. Having another person from the Southern Water Tribe was also great.

    Sokka was definitely giving their activities a fair bit of thought, and Korra stopped in her tracks to give him time to stand and think. Whatever he chose though, she was willing to bet it'd be great. "Sledding? Of course I'd like to go sledding! That's one of my favorite things to do out here in the snow!" She looked around, eyes eagerly searching for a large hill for them to sled down, although she soon turned back to Sokka, a little confused. "Hey, what are we going to sled on?"
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:22 am

    "From what I've heard and managed to read up on, they're very much like the two poles back home… considering that, I'd say we're good no matter when we make our way up there," noted Sokka. His slight smile from that shifted into a much broader one as Korra voiced her own promise for this. He could hardly have phrased that better himself… and the punctuated addition of 'together' just made her sentiment mean even more. The two might have become friends across two completely different points in time, but if anything, that only made their friendship mean even more than it already would have. Nothing, not even the current mess that was screwing up everyone's memory could take that from them. He and she were friends… and even if Sokka had to fight to restore some of those gaps in the memory of Korra as well as Tenzin and Lin, then he was prepared to do so. Friendship was strong… and he was willing to fight for it.

    At both Naga's positive tail wag and subsequent bumping of both of them with her soft head, Sokka just smiled even more, laughing softly. Moving to scratch the polar bear dog behind her ears as Korra patted her, the Water Tribe warrior whispered mostly to himself, "Thanks guys." At the very least, the Avatar had had to combat some of the memory effects that were happening, but not only was her ability to come back from them something that Sokka was grateful for, he was also appreciated of the effort she was putting into making today special for the two of them. There was more to friendship than just making memories of course…but when there was a chance that some of those might be forgotten, it was nice to give the two of them one more thing to hold onto around this.

    Outright grinning at Korra's assessment of the 'us' time the two of them shared, Sokka nodded and laughter slightly at the added declaration of them needing their own clock. "Agreed! I like the way you think." The same as Korra enjoyed being around him, Sokka enjoyed being around her just as much. It was true that some friendships transcended lifetimes, like the friendship he had with Aang and the newer one he and Korra had formed, but even so, he treasured the bond that he had with Korra regardless of her status as the Avatar. That reincarnated spirit helped, but there was a lot more to it than just that. Regardless… it was something he was glad to have and hoped that they could both hold onto even if her memories attempted to see otherwise.

    "All right!" exclaimed Sokka at Korra's ecstatic reply to his suggestion of sledding. He had a feeling she liked the activity just about as much as he did if not even more, so now all the duo really had to do was find the perfect hill. At her question though, Sokka simply grinned and moved to pull something out from his pack. "I thought you'd never ask! We're going to use… THIS!"

    At that, Sokka pulled out a folded item made of some metal poles and very sturdy cloth, soon moving to unfold it to reveal a distinct sled. It was a little small since it could be folded and easily carried, but now that it was properly set up, it was easy to see that there was definitely enough room for the two of them on it. Holding it out to better show it to Korra, Sokka explained, "It's a folding sled! I found it at one of the shops in the city and thought it might be a good thing to have for some of our ventures out into the snow! It's durable but nice and light, so that way neither Naga nor I will have too much to carry. What do you think?"
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:28 pm

    Sokka confirmed that indeed, these Icelands were similar to the Water tribes, which made her grin. It was a shame there was only one Iceland here, but even though the territory would be more 'North' then 'South', she wouldn't mind it. The snow that had fallen here during the winter made her think of home, but it wasn't quite the same, as Sokka would surely know and understand. Maybe he even saw it that way too! It was nice to see new places, see how different the weather was there, but once a Water Tribe, always a Water Tribe. The snow and ice was their domain. And in both of their cases, it had been where they spent most of their lives. Even more, with their real homes now destroyed, the closest thing they could get to home would be surely appreciated.

    Naga's wagging tail picked up its pace as Sokka scratched behind an ear, Naga tilting her head into his hand, almost leaning into it. Her eyes closed as well, creating a very happy, pleased expression. Korra's smile refused to leave as she watched them from the corner of her eyes, and even though he had whispered it, she heard his thanks. She knew this time together meant as much to him as it did to her. The very idea that this could be their last day together, only for him to become forgotten by her the next day...and she wouldn't even know that she had a friend named Sokka, nor why he was so important! Whether to forget or be forgotten, the concept was worrisome.

    "Good luck, Sokka." She said back to him quietly. He'd need luck, if he'd have to be the one to fix whatever was happening. Maybe if he was lucky, others were in the same place as him! There was a strength in numbers after all. She frowned slightly as she thought about how he wouldn't have her help or assistance. She was the Avatar. Or...she was supposed to be. She was supposed to help keep balance in the world, her world, but to give up such a duty just because she had been put somewhere new? A duty she had been training for most of her life? Not on her watch! However, this was one fight, one imbalance, where Korra would simply have to stay out. Her memory had been slipping, so she wouldn't be any help to Sokka or the potential others at all.

    She smirked at Sokka's agreement and declaration that he liked the way she thought. "Not nearly as original as you though. No one can copy the Sokka Style!" She didn't want to sound cheesy, but Sokka really was a special guy. He had a sense of humor, was very nice, not to mention very smart and a great warrior. And most importantly, a great friend.

    Korra tilted her head briefly, waiting to see what he'd have. After all, he hadn't been dragging a sled! Was he intending they just grab the nearest stick and ride it down? However, when she was what he had in mind, her eyes widened. As he unfolded it and showed it to her, she grabbed one of the poles to hold it steady, checking out the design of the sled. She almost thought he'd made it himself before he mentioned finding it in a shop. "This is great! We should go back to that shop and get more things before we go to the Icelands!" She looked it over even more and yep, it seemed there'd be room for the both of them on it. What did she think? "I think we need to break this baby in! Team Water Tribe style!"
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:09 pm

    As the two young Water Tribe members stood atop the rolling hills of the currently snowy terrain, they really did appear to be right at home. This was their element after all, and regardless of the thick, fur coats they were currently wearing, it just seemed right to see them both out here. No amount of memory lapses could change that simple fact.

    At catching her grin, Sokka was glad that Korra liked his confirmation of the similarities that the Icelands bore to those back in their homeworld. Even better, it meant that once -- not if, ONCE -- this whole memory loss, heart shaped moon, and castle in the sky mess was resolved, then they could plan the first of what were hopefully very many expeditions up there. They were both determined to make it happen, and they had both promised to make it so… no matter what came to pass the next few days, this gave the Water Tribe warrior just one more reason to see this event through to the end. One way or another, he was going to set things right… and he was going to restore his presence in the memories of those that were dear to him.

    Sokka's own soft smile grew a bit as Naga began to wag her tail even more as he scratched her behind the ear, her expression soon shifting to an even more relaxed and contented one. It looked like this was definitely her spot… and hopefully it could come in handy just in case if worse came to worst and her own memory of him was altered the way that Korra's had been at times. He inwardly wondered if her keen senses would help keep her from posing a threat to him in the event that her memory did lapse, but whether it was her sense of smell or even the innate feelings that animals could pick up on, he hoped that he would not have to rely on those to keep himself in one piece out here. Sokka trusted Naga… and even if the strange forces sought to pry that trust away, he was still willing to hold onto it. She was Korra's familiar, but she had become a companion of his too… just like Appa and Momo. And no matter what, nothing could change that… not even whatever was at hand here.

    The same as how Korra had caught his whispered thanks, Sokka just barely heard her quiet luck wishing for him. He managed to catch her eyes even from the other side of Naga, and a moment later, he nodded firmly to her. The Avatar might not have been able to help much in this particular event… but the fact that he had her support, whether she remembered it in the coming days or not, meant more than he could say to her.

    Once Korra smirked at his own statement and made her own, Sokka just laughed before saying, "Heh, thanks… it's kind of its own thing, and I do strive for originality. I have to admit though… it might not copy my very own Sokka Style, but Korra Style is definitely a great one in and of itself!" Whereas Sokka was definitely one of a kind, so was Korra… she was sharp, humorous, a skilled fighter regardless of bending, and sweeter than she probably realized. The two friends had plenty of similarities to play off of as well as complementing differences, but regardless of any of those ratios, the Water Tribe warrior was just glad that they had become such good, fast friends.

    Sokka was thrilled at Korra's reaction to the folding sled as the two of them held it in place, and his grin only grew at her idea about returning to the shop he had found it out. "You know it! I figured we can definitely make and bring some of our own stuff, but they've got some really neat things in there. Their snow gear section is enough to make any Water Tribe vendor proud!"

    As the duo set the sled down into place at the crest of the hill closest to them, Sokka gave Korra a thumbs up at her response about what she thought of it. "I couldn't agree more!" At that, he hopped onto the back of the sled, making sure to leave enough space for the Avatar. Once they were both situated, then part two of their grand outing could get underway.
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:50 pm

    Korra had no doubts that Sokka wouldn't fail in trying to fix this, fix what was happening. Sure, he couldn't bend, but he'd proven in the past what he was capable of. The only issue now though, was that he could be on his own with this. Again, there was a possibility of others being like Sokka, but what if he was the only one? What if Sokka would have to save their memories on his own? She fixed her gaze to the snow on the ground, attempting to stop thinking about it. That was why they were here, after all! They were here to have fun, to make at least one more memory to treasure, just...just in case.

    At Sokka's continued scratching of Naga's 'spot', the Polar bear dog turned again, but instead of licking Sokka's face, she nuzzled his cheek instead, her long fur brushing up against him affectionately. It never did take Naga long to warm up to people. You know, after she was initially tamed that is. In some ways, Sokka smelled and looked similar to Korra too. Not completely, there were many differences between them, but underlying somewhere was some familiar scent. Whilst her friend/master had been forgetting Sokka quite sporadically, Naga's memory had yet to falter. Something didn't smell right at all, either. On some level, some sense only attuned to an animal, Naga could tell that something was wrong right now, really wrong. She turned her attention back to walking along, head cocking to the side every so often at some new sound or smell off in the distance.

    Blue eyes met blue, and a nod was given. She nodded back, smiling a bit more. Yes, she trusted Sokka. Even if she would forget him, hopefully on a subconscious level, she could still root for him, knowing and believing things will get fixed. When they did, when, they would make good on that promise to go to the Icelands. They will explore it til they know it like the back of their hands! Maybe they could even make a place for them to camp out, out there. A place to themselves, out in familiar territory, when life with their older companions got a bit too stagnant.

    Korra chuckled back at Sokka, waving her hand at him. "Korra style is great, but its a limited style. Completely based on bending, and 'Avatar' things." At the word Avatar, she wiggled her fingers in the air in a 'mysterious' manner. "Sokka style though? Its got imagination, innovation, great weapons, everything! you can't get any better style then that, now can ya?" Her grin became lopsided and she gave Sokka a brief nudge with her elbow. As he continued about the possible snow gear they had, she grinned a bit. "Its settled then, we'll go to that store and buy some extra supplies for the trip!"

    The two of them set the sled down on the nearest hill, getting ready to sled for the first time together. Korra was all smiles as they got ready, and Naga sat down by a tree and watched them, head cocked to the side, not quite understanding what they were doing. Sokka hopped on, and Korra followed after, being careful not to hit him or make their seating arrangement awkward at all. She brought her knees up a bit and grinned, staring down at the hill below them. "Ready when you are, Sokka!"
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:08 am

    As Naga turned to him once more, this time deciding to nuzzle his cheek with her own soft head, Sokka could not help but grin and very subtly return her sweet gesture. Leave it to his animal buddy here to add to his own feeling better… he knew that no matter what, no matter how aware either of them were of just what support they were giving thin, the Water Tribe warrior knew that both of them always had his back. Altered memories and strange things in the sky be blasted away… the three of them had a bond that went far beyond any of that.

    Sokka knew that deep down the same could also be said of Tenzin and Lin, for even though their own memories had faded from a state that drew slight concern to something that merited genuine worry (or at least silent worry as he worked to sort this whole mess out), the bond he had with them would be a key in overcoming this whole mess. They might not have been consciously aware of his true connection with them, but it was still there… he was dead certain that it was… and no strange happenings nor heart shaped moon could ever fill the void that this event had left them with. There were holes in their memories, and even if they could not figure out just what they were yet… he sincerely hoped that they would question those gaps.

    If nothing else, between Korra's own mostly intact memory and his fierce determination, he knew he could draw on the strength to solve this. Once the two friends caught each other's gaze, nods, and smiles, the two seemed to silently agree that no matter what, they would come back from this. Yeah… they would most definitely resolve it.

    Whilst his own thoughts regarding their upcoming venture north to the Icelands came close to mirroring those of Korra, Sokka soon found himself unable to suppress his grin and laughter at her descriptions of their two respective styles. "Heh-heh, yeah, I suppose you can't get better than that," said Sokka, turning his smile to Korra as she playfully elbowed him. He paused for a moment thinking to himself that she really did know just how to lift his spirits. Although he would have rather not had to have been cheered up in the first place, Sokka was just glad that Korra had been able to do so this effectively. True, they had come out here to stop thinking about all of that bad stuff… and so far, they had done a pretty good job, but that made the warrior no less grateful for her efforts to keep that up… especially in spite of her own hardship around this. As she announced her own plan on acquiring more supplies from that sport shop, Sokka returned his friend's grin and stated, "You got it!"

    As Sokka took to the back of the sled, he waited for Korra to get set in her own spot. Since he weighed a little more than her, he had opted to go ahead and take the back of the sled, since that could add to both their speed as well as their turning power. The hill they were situated at the top of was fairly steep and straight, but hopefully they would be able to catch enough velocity to crest some of the hills that rolled past this one… with or without a waterbending boost.

    Korra hopped onto the sled with all the proficiency of any member of the Southern Water Tribe that had perfected the art of sledding, and in short order, the two were comfortable and ready. At her declaration that she was set, he gave her one last thumbs up before exclaiming, "All right then! Come on, Korra… FOR THE WATER TRIBE!!"

    At that, Sokka dug his gloved fingers into the ground and pushed forward. Two strong pushes were all it took to send the duo right down the hill, picking up good speed already as the cool wind started to hit their faces. Oh yeah, now THIS was what they had missed! It was just like home!

    … and right now… that meant it was perfect. He was out here with his close friend… they were out here enjoying the snow that resembled the landscape of their homeland. For right now, as the wind whipped through his warrior's wolf tail he and Korra started to go faster and faster down the hill, Sokka could forget about the strange heart shaped moon. He could forget about that mysterious floating castle in the sky… he could forget about the fact that he was being forgotten. Right now… he was making a new memory, and this was one that he was determined to hold onto for a very long time.
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:14 pm

    Much to Naga's delight, Sokka reciprocated her nuzzling! She could feel his face pressing against her's in turn. She let out a rumbling noise that didn't sound threatening...in fact, it sounded quite happy. After a few moments of shared nuzzling, Naga gave Sokka's face another lick before she pulled her face away, still trotting beside him, tail wagging. Indeed, Naga already had a close bond with Korra, having been raised and tamed by her, and she had become her loyal companion both in battle and out. Time spent here with Sokka had caused Naga to develop a bond with him as well, and for both Korra and Naga, it helped to dull the pain of losing others they had cared for. Hopefully they had done the same for Sokka.

    She crossed her arms with a smirk at Sokka's laughter, giving him a small, approving nod. Yes, Sokka, admit it! Accept the greatness of your style! She chuckled back at him, wrapping an arm around his shoulders. "Sokka style is a style unmatched! Although Korra style does come close, if I say so myself.~" Close, but no cigar~! This was a time for them both to be happy and enjoy each other's company, not think about what was going on, and Korra was set on keeping it that way. An uplifting trip, and nothing more. Lets just hope her memory would hold out throughout this little adventure...

    She was glad to hear Sokka's agreement on getting supplies at the shop, and she sent him a nod. "You can never be too prepared, especially out in the snow!" If only she could still firebend, she could easily just make a fire to keep them warm. Alas, she had only her waterbending to rely on for now, but she would make the most of it, starting with their sledding. Korra seated herself in the front seat, a wise decision on Sokka's part to take the back seat. After all, he probably weighed a bit more than her. Hopefully her long hair would not get in his face too much though, once they got rolling!

    She got herself situated, and looked ahead, to see what they had to look forward to in terms of sledding. This first hill was steep, but straight, no trees or bushes in sight for them to crash into, and beyond this one was more. Her grin widened as she thought on how to give them an edge to reach those other hills. She returned his thumbs up with a small laugh. "For the WATER TRIBE~!" With just two pushes from Sokka, they were sent soaring down the hill, Korra digging her feet into the sled to keep her seat, but otherwise lifting her arms to fully enjoy their speed. "WHOOOO!" She laughed loudly and happily. Luckily, Sokka was leaning his head back in a way so that neither of her ponytails were whipping into his face or eyes.

    She let out another whoop, enjoying the air blowing in her face like this. It'd been a while since she'd gone sledding! And who better to do it for the first time in a while, then her fellow Southern Water Tribe member, Sokka. Her face was all smiles, even as the sled started to slow down towards the bottom of the hill. Behind them, Naga was galloping through the snow, trying to catch up with them and gaining on them. Korra brought her arms down and moved her arms as if she were pushing down, sweeping her arms a bit. A silly looking motion at first, as if she were swimming in the air, Sokka would probably recognize that she was waterbending. To be specific, snowbending. She moved the snow, making it push and accelerate the snow beneath them so they were catching up on speed again, and sent zooming over another hill, whooping all the way. Naga panted as she picked up the speed to catch up. It seems they had a race going on now!
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:06 am

    Sokka grinned a little at Naga's delighted rumble, knowing full well that she only made this noise if she was truly content. He had got used to what many of her noises meant, and this was one that he pretty much always smiled at whenever he heard it. His right eye closing and his grin broadening a little as he laughed at her second licking of his face, he gave her two more good pats on the side as they all three continued their trek across the snow. Just as the bond that the polar bear dog and the Avatar had formed with Sokka had helped the pair contend with the pain of losing those dear to them from their time and home world, the two of them had done the exact same thing for the Water Tribe warrior. There were still days where he wished that Suki were here, where he wished that Katara, Aang, Toph, Zuko, or almost any one of his friends were here… but with his own little family that he had formed with his close friend Korra as well as his nephew and 'niece' from the future, Sokka was definitely able to handle adapting to life on the Breach even better. He might have lost a lot, but in a sense, he had gained back almost as much, and in another sense, maybe even more.

    And nothing, not even the strange events that were messing with everyone's memories or the sky, were going to take that from him.

    Still grinning as Korra slung her arm around his shoulders, Sokka just laughed slightly at her insisted that Sokka style had no match. At her remark about her own style, he gave a strong nod and noted, "Heh-heh… I would also say so myself." Indeed, this was definitely the time for the two of them to be in good spirits. Making this new memory could help distract them from the other memories that were being taken… and in addition to their bonding that this adventure was bringing them, it was certainly one heck of a good way to spend the final day of the year.

    "That you can't," agreed Sokka with the idea that one could never be too prepared. Growing up in the South Pole, one had to learn how to always be prepared. ALWAYS. The snowy environments were not necessarily as harsh as one might have imagined, at least not all the time, but that did not mean that one could afford to be careless. Both Korra and Sokka had great tolerances to the cold temperatures, but they still knew how to dress to stay warm as well as shielded from potential winds, they knew how to carry vital items for any given trip, and they knew what to do if they ever wound up in a risky situation. Regardless of the fact that only one of them was a bender, there were hardly any more duos that knew how to take care of themselves as the snow than these two.

    Sokka had thankfully got very used to making sure to position his head to avoid being whipped with just about any Water Tribe hairstyle… years of sledding with his younger sister Katara had taught him that. Thankfully, Korra's hair was a bit shorter than his sister's, but he still knew just the right spot to keep his head to the side whilst still getting the most out of any sledding venture. And with their dual exclamation, they were off! "YEEEAAAH!"

    Laughing a little himself as the two picked up speed, Sokka tried to think back to the last time he'd gone sledding. It had been more than two years for him at this point, what with the events that transpired after he and Katara first met Aang straight from the iceberg. Right now though, that time difference mattered about as much as the strange events they were trying to distract themselves from. Speaking of distance, it looked as though Naga was about to close the one with the two of them! Now this was even better!

    His own smiles nearly mirrored those of Korra, and very soon, his expression broke into an even broader grin. Oh yes, he knew the gesture that his friend was making… it was a move that he had seen Katara perform many, many times… not necessarily whilst sledding, but he knew the form nonetheless. This was a trademark waterbending motion… and one that he knew worked equally well for snowbending. As the snow shifted at Korra's motions, Sokka couldn't help but exclaim, "Ha ha, YEAH! Now this is the best kind of sledding!"

    Bending might have been strange to Sokka at first, but over the past couple of years, he had got more and more used to it and its practical applications, both in battle and for fun. Avatar or not, he knew it was part of who Korra was… and if she could utilize it here, then not only might that add to their day out, he knew it could potentially help her recover some of her own abilities. And as the two sped over the next hill, he really did feel as though they were right back at home… and it was definitely a good feeling.
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:46 am

    Indeed, the little 'family' they had going on was one Korra cherished. After all, before Portal Breach, how else could she have ever spent time with Sokka like this, especially with him being around her age? As well, she imagined how odd it must be for Lin and Tenzin, who had known him when they were growing up. Odd, but still probably cherished, as it seems Sokka had not changed too much over the years. She still hoped though, for Sokka's sake, that more people from his time would come here. She had Lin and Tenzin. He needed a few of his other friends too. The thought of a younger Katara came to mind, and it made her chuckle a bit. To see her Waterbending teacher around her own age...she'd probably still be just as good at waterbending too.

    Sokka's agreements with her statements earned him an affectionate elbow to the ribs and a chuckle. "Now you're talking, Sokka~!" Neither of them had much to say though, because it was time to hop on that sled and get to sledding! No chit-chat here to distract them, they were ready and willing to ride the snow! She could hear Sokka's excited yelling behind her and it made her want to scream and whoop and yell too, so she did! "YEAH, WHOOO!" If her arms weren't busy snowbending, she'd be holding them over her head and waving them in the air.

    Sokka's yell that this was the best kind of sledding made her laugh loudly, elated. "Glad you think so! But you haven't seen anything yet!" With Naga still hot on their heels, they needed an advantage, a boost. She moved her arms in the same fluid motion, although she gestured upwards as she did, and ahead of them on the hill a ramp made of snow began to form. "Hang on tight, Sokka! This is going to get BUMPY!" She grasped the sled as well, and soon they were flying in the air, propelled by the ramp. Korra laughed in jubilation, she hadn't gone sledding in far too long! And it definitely hadn't been this exciting! Their sled landed back on yet another hill, a bit of a jolting, bumpy thump, but the sled kept going so all was well! They'd gained a nice advantage over Naga too, although she seemed determined to catch up.
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:04 pm


    As the two friends continued to careen down the snowy hill, Sokka was all too thrilled that Korra had thought to use her snowbending to their advantage out here. Deep down, part of him hoped she would, but it meant even more that she had come up with this particular style for it. The duo whooped and hollered as they blitzed on by… yeah, they might have been on the older side of being young, but at the very least, they could still let out these exclamations to add to the whole thing. There was no age limit on fun after all!

    With each mark they passed down the hill and across to the next, Sokka's worries about that moon, that castle, and most importantly the fading memories began to get pushed further from his mind. He had been determined to focus on having fun here, just like Korra, and that was exactly what they were going to do… and this sled ride was already proving to be even more fun than even the duo from the Southern Water Tribe could have imagined. It took them back home, back to what they knew, and just like the burst of snow that Korra called into a ramp, the nostalgia bomb was undoubtedly proving to be a very good thing for both of them… just as good as the adrenaline rush that Sokka was getting from what he saw up ahead of them now.

    "Hanging on!" called Sokka at Korra's exclamation. Oh yeah, here they went… and there! Airborne! Time seemed to freeze for a second as they flew towards the next hill… just… yeah… this right here… this moment in time. This was what he was going to hold onto… this and all of the good time that had led up to it on their trek out here. These were the memories more than worth making… airborne on a sled, surrounded by familiar snow… the wind in his face, Naga at his back… his good friend Korra by his side. Two members of the Southern Water Tribe united across time, set to make the most of the situation they had each landed in a couple of months ago… and definitely succeeding.

    Yeah… take that, universe.

    As the two landed back on the snow with a sudden thump, they found themselves propelled forward, their momentum only growing. They had the lead on Naga, and the rest of these rolling hills before them. Now THIS was a sled ride!
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:34 pm

    Korra had a philosophy she went by when it came to her bending powers: if she had them, why shouldn't she use them?! Besides, doing a little snowbending counted as training and practice, didn't it? Of course it does! Glad you think so. Indeed, there was no age limit on having fun! Korra and Sokka could be Tenzin and Lin's age and could still enjoy doing things like this. Heck, Tenzin and Lin themselves would probably enjoy sledding like this! Or at least they would after they warmed up to it anyway.

    Their worries were melting like the snow on these hills, all thoughts about forgetting Sokka and the weird moon were behind her. Nothing was wrong and it was just her, Sokka, and Naga, out in the snow. If she squinted a bit, it even looked like the South Pole instead of just the grasslands covered in snow. She laughed at Sokka's returned yell and braced herself, as the sled flew through the air. She kept her back straight so she wouldn't bump into Sokka, who was behind her still. As they hung in the air, she closed her eyes, and for a moment, it was like she was airbending again, and had airbended herself up into the air. For now, she was weightless. For now, there were no more worries or fears. But, as was inevitable, gravity began to pull the sled down and the moment had ended. It was one that, like Sokka, she was going to keep in her memories. For as long as she could anyways...

    The sled landed and Korra let out a joyful laugh, arms grabbing the sled again as she let their momentum propel them forward down this next hill. They were on one of the lower hills now, getting towards the bottom, and as Korra glanced back, Naga was once again very close to them, panting wildly as she ran, eliciting another giggle from Korra as she turned back towards the front of the sled. What she saw ahead however, made her gasp. Up ahead, where they were heading, and at quite a fast speed, was a lone tree on the hill.

    "Tree ahead! Turn the sled, Sokka!" She warned, in case he had not seen it. She lifted her hands off the side of the sled for a moment to snowbend them to a slower speed, but the faster momentum made having her hands free tricky. She had her hands off the sled's side for but a moment, but she could already feel the force of their downward descent pushing on her body and she grasped the sled again, tighter this time. It seems this time, they'd have to rely on good old fashioned nonbending to turn out of the way! She glanced back at Sokka, and as he began to lean to one side, so would she.
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:26 am

    Sledding, bending/balance practice, and bonding all in one… now THIS was the way to spend the day!

    That single, seemingly frozen moment in time as the two took to the air was soon planted in both the minds and hearts of the young duo… a new memory. It was a special one for both of them, each for their own particular reasons, but it was powerful nonetheless.

    As the two hit the ground and continued their swift journey down the next hill, Sokka could not help but let out a laugh himself. As Korra glanced back to track the progress of the ever-gaining Naga, Sokka kept his sights on the path in front of them, soon spotting an obstacle that they were going to have to avoid. The Samba Heartlands did not have too many trees in patches, but there were some scattered here and there… and there was one right in front of them. Instantly kicking into his strategist mind set, Sokka adjusted his hold on the sled and got prepared to make this next move. Whether Korra was able to help bend them out of the way or not, he was set to handle this.

    "Already on it!" called Sokka back to Korra, still gripping the sled tight and starting to lean to the left. Using his own heavier weight to their advantage here, the sled began to drift in their desired direction, just enough to help turn it without them overcompensating and thus potentially wiping out. It was a skill he'd honed growing up in the South Pole without any bending of his own, and as Korra glanced back at him, he couldn't help but grin and nod to her. As he leaned further to the left, she followed along almost simultaneously, helping to steer the sled just as they'd needed to. This was yet another one of the duo's moments where it looked as though they had read each other's minds, and in this case, they had timed it perfect to veer their course safely away from the tree. Congratulations Korra, you had mastered another aspect of Sokka Style!


    With a few moments to spare, they turned to the left, leaving the tree in their wake as they sped down this side of the hill. Nodding strongly in lieu of a fist pump (he did still need to hold onto the sled after all!), Sokka exclaimed, "Yeah! Let's see Naga catch us now!"

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