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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:03 pm

    Korra was glad to see that Sokka had been in the middle of turning the sled when she'd warned him of the tree. She knew he had eyes of his own and had probably seen it. Her warning him was mostly on influence, after all, the first thing you say when you're in a sled, careening towards a tree, is 'LOOK A TREE!'. She could feel the sled leaning and decided to help, gripping the sled and leaning as well. "Good job Sokka!" She said with a grin, watching as that tree became nothing but a part of the landscape passing them by. They really made a great team, didn't they?

    Behind them, Naga had ran into the same issue they had of having a tree in her path, but unlike the duo in the sled, she didn't have to strategize to avoid the tree. Instead, she merely skid to a stop, snow piling up around her large front paws. It drew her to a stop half a foot away from the tree. As soon as she'd come to a stop though, she got on all fours again and propelled herself a bit, pushing with her large front paws to regain her speed and follow the sled as it rolled towards the bottom of the hill.

    "Naga doesn't have a chance again two members of the Water Tribe!" Korra laughed, even as she took a glance behind herself again. They had gained a lead, since Naga skidded to a stop, although she was quickly regaining the lost distance. She was close enough that the two of them could hear her panting from the run. She was gaining, but they were in the winning stretch! "A little boost should give us the edge we need!" She laughed and lifted her arms, again snowbending the snow beneath them to accelerate their sled, and give them an even better lead.
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:40 pm

    Even though Sokka had seen the tree when he first realized that it was on their direct path, he definitely appreciated Korra's heads up regarding it. Having both people in a duo look out for anything was always great to have, and that counted in battle as well as in anything that pertained to daily life in general. She had followed her instincts on it, and as a firm believer of sticking to ones own instincts, this warrior certainly appreciated that

    The two worked in perfect tandem to steer the sled away from what could have otherwise been a less than pleasant collision, and as she called back to him with a grin, he returned it with one of his own. "You too, Korra! it's almost like we've got some silent connection or something… whatever it is, I like it!" The two had already seemed to develop that form of unspoken communication back when they had first met, and it had only gotten stronger over the past couple of months. Sokka did not know if it was just something of their own or if Aang's spirit had anything to do with it… no matter what though, it was definitely something special that the two friends shared.

    Sokka tossed a glance back towards Naga, soon catching sight that she stopped her bounding just in time to slide to a perfect stop in front of the tree. He grinned back at her as she picked up her pace again, right before pulling his gaze back to the front. Unable to keep himself from laughing along with Korra, he simply nodded and added, "Not at all! Let's show her what we're made of!"

    Just like that, Korra got set to snowbend and add the perfect boost to their momentum. Oh yeah, she was completely right... that bit of bending was going to help them edge out just where they they needed to be to maintain their lead on Naga. As the two continued to careen across the landscape though, Sokka narrowed his eye for a second to take a better look at the hills ahead. From the looks of things, even without any turns or jumps from snowbending, they very well might be in for a few more bumpy rides... and while he considered how best to contend with those as well as to maximize this next stretch of the sledding, Sokka's focused expression soon shifted back to a broad grin. Locking his feet onto the side of the sled even steadier than they already were, he was set to put his new plan into action.

    "Looks like we've got some more bumpy terrain ahead," called Sokka, pointing out in front of the duo with his left hand whilst continuing to hold onto the side of the sled with his right. "I've got just the idea though that will help free your arms up for more bending no matter what land we hit!" At that, Sokka moved to carefully wrap his left arm around Korra's midsection, soon hugging her a bit closer to himself as he got his arm situated just right. Only once she confirmed that this was good and she was still comfortable did he nod back to her, making sure to keep up a good grip on the sled with his right hand.

    "All right Korra, I've got you," said Sokka, his grin returning as he looked ahead once more. "The snow's all yours now!"
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:54 pm

    Her grin to him was likewise met with a grin, and a statement that she had to agree with. "Maybe its Avatar-stuff related! Or we're just that great together!" In a platonic way of course! Although she felt a connection with Sokka that she didn't feel with Mako, Asami, and Bolin, close as her friendships with them were. It was so unclear and odd, maybe it was because they were both from the Southern Water Tribe? Then again, that made no sense. And just because she'd been friends with Sokka in another life didn't mean they were automatically great friends like they are, although maybe it did draw her towards him. No...it seems they just naturally got along and complimented one another, although sharing a birthplace definitely didn't take away from their friendship.

    Korra chuckled, and felt her grin widening at what the young man behind her said. Show her what they're made of, indeed! Naga herself seemed to take what they said as fuel to try and beat them, picking up speed as Korra bent the snow as fast as she could, giving them an edge. However, about the same time as Sokka did, she saw that the terrain ahead was hilly, promising a bumpy ride for them. She narrowed her eyes, perturbed by this discovery. It'd be hard to maneuver the sled and snowbend at the same time...and she didn't want to give up their lead!

    "Yeah, I can see it!" She smirked a bit, so Sokka already had an idea for this huh? "Alright! Hit me with your best shot!" She wasn't expecting his arm to wrap around her, eyes widening, although thankfully with them both being bundled up, it was nowhere near as awkward as it could have been. "Good idea, Sokka! This is good!" With him holding her and keeping her close to the sled, it freed her arms up to bend easily! Her smile got a bit manic as they approached the bumpy terrain, and Korra bent the snow. She moved it and flattened it, making the bumps less bumpy and allowing them to keep their speed going.

    Behind them, Naga also came upon the bumpy terrain, although between Korra's bending to flatten the terrain and her own larger size, Naga was having an easier time. She was a polar bear dog after all! Bumpy land could not defeat her, and she began to pick up in speed, so close behind them that Sokka could hear her panting.
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:59 pm

    "Heh, maybe it's both! I'd bet more on the latter, though!" Whilst his friendship with Korra could never replace any of the bonds he held with Katara, Aang, Toph, Zuko, and especially Suki, Sokka too felt a special connection with her that he hadn't quite had with anyone in the gang. Regardless of their both being from the Southern Water Tribe, Katara's role as her teacher, or even the fact that they had already been best friends in her past life, the two of them just… had something unique, and something that both of them seemed to treasure.

    As Korra got set for the bumpy ride and called for Sokka to hit her with his best shot, he got set to be the one to focus on holding both of them steady on the sled. She seemed to have been caught just the slightest bit off guard as he wrapped his arm around her, but regardless of the thick parkas the two were wearing, at least he seemed to have been able to get a good hold on her without any real awkwardness for them. That was his intention of course, the same as when she'd first hopped on the sled in front of him, and it seemed that he'd succeeded.

    "Glad to hear it!" replied Sokka, hugging Korra a touch closer as she confirmed that this hold was good. "Sorry if I caught you by surprise, though!" When you had two young adults of respectable stature for occupying the same relatively small sled, there was undoubtedly going to be the chance for some slight awkwardness. At least with the duo's close friendship and personalities though, that was kept to more quick wide-eyed moments than anything else.

    The two soon neared the bumpy terrain, and with a swiftly executed arm motion that Sokka knew too well by now, Korra bent the snow to the perfect level of smoothness. This enabled them to keep up their momentum and speed, although Naga began to pick up her own pace as well. Uneven ground or not, the polar bear dog was having an easy time closing in on them. At catching the distinct sound of her heavy panting, Sokka glanced back to find Naga only a few meters behind them now, and with a grin to his lumbering buddy, he whipped his gaze back forward, scanning the horizon as he looked to see how the snow ahead might help them boost their edge once more.

    "Naga's gaining on us again... here's our chance to really take it, Korra!" This was already one awesome sled ride, and right now, it was set to only build on that.
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:24 pm

    "Hehe, yeah, I'd bet on it too!" After all, it made their friendship that much more special if it was because they just genuinely got along really well. Whether she was the Avatar or not, something told her she and Sokka would still have gotten to be really good friends. Neither of them could replace their other friends, just as Lin and Tenzin could never replace her own family, but they had each other, and she was grateful for it. Even if Lin and Tenzin were forgetting Sokka. She was sure they'd be ready for him with open arms when he saved the day and came back, as would she. Scratch that, she'd be ready for him with a plate of meat and a noogie to the scalp.

    Caught off guard at first, Korra soon brushed it off and focused, realizing that there was no 'intimate' undercurrent from Sokka at all, just an attempt to grab her, and with their positions, this was the best way for him to do so. He'd still managed to notice her reaction though, and she let out a chuckle. "Its fine! I just wasn't expecting it!" Even with his warning of an idea, she wasn't quite expecting him to wrap his arms around her, although again, the thickness of their respective parkas helped to stave off any real awkward moments. Sometimes Korra forgot that they were 'different genders'. Not to imply that she herself was overly masculine, nor Sokka overly feminine, just that the two interacted in such a way that gender didn't have a factor on them, or their relationship. Sokka wasn't 'That guy' or her 'guy-friend', he was just her friend, a really good friend. Gender wasn't that important, when it came to friendships.

    Panting hard behind them, Naga caught Sokka's eyes, and although her lolling tongue might get in the way, her mouth seemed to upturn into a smile back at him, in that way only dogs could do. Her ears flopped behind her and even as she seemed to gallop on the snow, her tail was wagging as well. Had she not been tamed, this might be a much less 'merry' chase, with her chasing down two young teenagers for dinner, but as it was, it was a friendly chase. There was no intention of eating the two in front of her, although a proper licking was definitely in order!

    Korra heard Sokka's warning and spared a glance behind them at the polar bear-dog. "You got it, Sokka!" No way would two Water Tribe Warriors be beaten in a sledding race by a polar bear dog! With Sokka still holding her to give her better arm use, Korra extended her arms in front of herself, waving them fluidly for a few moments, ushering the snow to move closer. However, as soon as they started, her movements became more solid, fingers tensing and curling inward as she began to compact the snow together tightly, to form a steady ramp on the trail in front of them. Her hands clenched into fists and the top layer of snow began to ice over, becoming slicker for them, and definitely allowing for them to zoom even faster, and gain a large lead over Naga! "Ah-ha! How's my Korra Style?!" She laughed triumphantly at the speed they were going! They were definitely going to win now!
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:41 am

    Sokka grinned as Korra voiced her agreement on them just being great together. Great minds definitely thought alike, after all!

    His grin broadened a bit at her chuckle, and he nodded slightly as she assured him that his wrapping his arm around her was all right. The warrior knew that this action was just a little different than any of the numerous times that either of them would hook their arms around each others' shoulders, or even any of their shared hugs, but it was still just as platonic as every single one of those had been. Outside of general displays of friendship and the like, any and all intimacy was exclusively reserved for Suki… and that remained true, even if she never wound up here. Sokka was young, as was the Kyoshi Warrior… but even so, he had still found his true soulmate in her. He would wait for her… no matter how long it took.

    Regardless of the relationship they had attained, Sokka owed a great deal to Suki, including his own changed perception of gender roles. Until a couple of years ago, yeah, he had been more into the idea that men were better than women at certain things… not all things of course, as evidenced by the many times Katara helped him patch up his clothes, but he had still followed some of the patriarchal ideals of the Southern Water Tribe. His and Korra's native tribe was nowhere near as rigid on such as what the Northern Water Tribe had become prior to Team Avatar's time spent there -- in fact they were strict enough up north that even Sokka had been shocked -- but the patriarchal society had still existed at the South Pole, and it had still shaped his own mind growing up. Meeting Suki and the other Kyoshi Warriors triggered a change for Sokka though… starting with that fateful encounter, and then having it be built upon with just what all his girlfriend, his sister, Toph, and many other strong females had shown themselves capable of over the course of that year… yeah, even with as masculine as he was, his own perception had changed quite dramatically.

    Two years ago, he would have seen Korra's being female as part of what defined her. Having grown and matured far past that mindset though, he now instead saw her gender as just a simple trait of hers, not too different from the fact that her eyes were blue. Sokka never exactly forgot that they two of them were not the same gender, but he never really cared about it… it really had no effect on the two of them, the way they interacted, or their close relationship.

    Sokka caught Naga's trademark 'smile', and he couldn't help but think that if he had not met Korra and her animal guide yet, he normally would have been a lot less thrilled at having a polar bear dog chasing him. This was completely playful though, and he could tell that she was having just as much fun as they were. Speaking of fun… it seemed that the Avatar was about to make even more of her own brand of it. Sokka held Korra steady as she began to execute a slightly more complicated snowbending move, and as she decisively clenched her fists, he couldn't help but laugh some at catching sight of the icy ramp she had made.

    "It's perfect!" Sokka exclaimed in reply as the two started to pick up even more speed. This was it… the final stretch. The land beyond this hill was far more flat, so they were likely going to hit their arbitrary finish line soon… at least for this first ride of theirs. As they hit their fastest speed yet, Sokka called out, "I LOVE KORRA STYLE!!"
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:27 pm

    Like Sokka, Korra's interactions with her friend were entirely platonic. He had Suki, she had Mako, and that was the end of that. Just because their respective others weren't in the same universe as them didn't erase their feelings, and just because Sokka happened to be in her age range, and was admittedly very nice looking, didn't mean she would fall in love with him and ignore what she had with Mako. That was just too odd an idea, especially since she had known him as a friend in another life. She actually let out a small laugh at what Aang would think about his reincarnation dating his brother-in-law. And how about Tenzin or Lin, for that matter?!

    No, her heart belonged to Mako. She had been drawn in by his skill with Probending, the way he was so calm and collected in and out of the ring, except for the most dire of times. Even though his dismissive nature put her off when they first got introduced, it did little to make her dislike him. She admired his strength, how he raised Bolin when they were both just kids, the sorts of things he had to go through that she couldn't fully understand. It would be disrespectful to their respective lovers to forget all about them and move on from them like that. She was sure Tenzin probably understood it more than she or Sokka could, since he was married with children. He and Lin used to have something when they were younger, but times had changed. Just because Pema was not here, Tenzin did not automatically get back together with Lin. And even then, she could tell sometimes that there was a bit of shakiness to their relationship.

    Naga huffed and panted as she almost caught up with the two Water Tribe teens, only for Korra's snow-bending to give them a lead over her. She growled, not out of hostility though, more out of exasperation for the constant use of waterbending to get a lead over her. Her large front paws pounded on the snow, kicking up trails of it behind her as she pushed herself to get closer. She was beginning to get tired out though, and it was showing from the bigger lead that they were getting over her.

    Korra laughed triumphantly at Sokka's yell that 'Korra Style' was perfect. Her hair blew in the wind as the sights around them began to blur. Not blurred, however, was the final stretch before them, a flatter terrain that would cause them to eventually roll to a stop. She brought her fists up and held them above her head, whooping loudly. "SO DO I!" Their first sled-ride was coming to an end, Naga trailing behind them sluggishly.
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:19 pm

    Sokka's ecstatic grin only grew at Korra's victorious laugh. Closing his eyes for a brief moment and taking a deep breath, the Water Tribe warrior let it out in another laugh of his own. As they sped forward, he could not help but think to himself that this final stretch was the culmination of what this first sled ride together was all about… an exhilarating ride across a familiar terrain, a good time with his best friend, and making a new memory with her to enjoy now and whenever he looked back on it in the future.

    He would take care of whatever was happening… no matter how much it affected him, no matter what it tried to do to him before he could resolve it… Sokka was not about to give up.

    As Korra threw her fists up into the air and exclaimed that she also loved her own trademark style, Sokka had to resist the urge to do the same with his own fists. After all, he had to keep a good hold on his friend as well as the sled. Her enthusiasm was still felt though, and he was more than happy to enjoy the rest of this ride where he was. The two steadily began to slow their pace, and before too long, they had come to a complete stop, having edged out Naga in the exciting race. Snow bunched up around the edges of the sled and only once they were stable did Sokka let out his own triumphant laugh, right before leaning forward and offering his fist to Korra for a fist bump. "Now THAT'S what I call sledding!" Tossing a grin over his shoulder to the newly caught up polar bear dog, Sokka called over to her, "Great race, Naga!"

    Still smiling broadly from the fun they had all three had from that, Sokka let go of his friend and scooted backwards on the sled, right before hopping to his feet. Even though he knew she could get up just fine on her own, he held out his left hand to Korra, set to offer her a bit of assistance in getting back up if she wanted it. "You were great back there… and I can definitely see where you've got Katara's style perfected. That's some of the best snow bending I've ever seen!"
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Wed May 01, 2013 1:21 am

    The sled seemed to crawl upon the snow before it came to a stop, Korra still chuckling with exhilaration from their sled ride. It had been the funnest thing she had done since she'd come to Portal Breach, and gosh did it feel good! To just forget about everything and enjoy the moment with her friends as they raced together, like they were small kids again, with no worries. She noticed Sokka's fist and grinned, forming a fist and sending it to bump against his. "Water Tribe!~" She exclaimed as she pulled her fist away, all smiles.

    Behind them Naga sluggishly picked up her pace as she reached the flat stretch of land, tongue lolling out. Korra noted how tired she was, and decided that she should probably bend this snow into some water for her when she got a chance! But for now she focused on Sokka as he got up. "Thanks! You were pretty great yourself, it might have just been a sled ride but you showed your warrior skills!" She beamed at his compliments. "I had a pretty great waterbending teacher." She reached up to grab his hand that was offered. "There's no one better than Kat-!" What happened to make her stop was almost a blur. Naga, still walking to the two, had almost made it to them when one of her paws found a slick patch of ice, and Naga, big animal that she was, started sliding towards the sled. The sled Korra was still on. As she saw the polar bear dog come towards her from behind, from the corner of her eye, she only had a moment to gasp before the large white body slammed into the sled, sending it and its occupant flying towards, thankfully, a 'soft' pile of snow.

    One moment, Korra had been reaching for Sokka's hand and the next, the hand ripped away as she flew into the snowbank. "Ugh..." That was a good sign! Naga shook her head and picked herself up before letting out a whimper and galloping to Korra's side. What would Sokka do?
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Thu May 02, 2013 8:04 pm

    Sokka readily fist bumped Korra once she met his gesture, grinning back at her as he echoed, "Water Tribe!" Once he got to his feet, that grin only grew at his friend's words. He certainly appreciated what she noted about his own skills, and he could not have agreed more with her assessment of his sister. Sokka did not have to be a bender to appreciate the time and practice that went into the art, and he had seen firsthand how Katara had grown from someone that could barely hold a ball of water in a steady shape to an outright master that could cause massive waves, stop the very rain from falling, or move inside of otherwise frozen ice. Avatar or not, Korra was definitely a skilled waterbender, and Sokka was determined to do his best to help her regain her skill in that style as well as the other three styles.

    A split second before Korra could take his offered hand, a large, white blur suddenly filled Sokka's vision. "Hah?!" It was only once he blinked and followed where the blur had gone did what just happened fully register with him. Naga had apparently hit a slick patch of ice from where it had frozen that way over the snow, and subsequently slid right into Korra, sending the Avatar right into an adjacent pile of snow. Sokka let out a breath he didn't know he was holding as he realized that he had very literally been mere inches away from having been hit by the polar bear dog as well, but potential run-ins aside, he was very relived to hear his friend's pained groan from the nearby snow. At least she'd landed there instead of just on the blanketed plains!

    "Korra!" Sokka called as he jogged over to her, soon arriving by his friend alongside Naga. He immediately began to dig up some of the snow that had piled around her, simultaneously pushing it over to the side so that her face was uncovered and he could more easily free her. Wanting to make sure she was fine before attempting to move her at all, he leaned over to try and catch her gaze, right before asking, "Hey, are you all right there?"
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Thu May 09, 2013 4:56 am

    Naga had made her way to Korra's side, digging at the snow and grabbing the side of Korra's parka gently in her mouth to pull her away from the snow. Korra groaned again, eyes shut tightly. It was dark, really dark...her head hurt a little bit too, as did the rest of her body. What had....what had happened? Sledding...that's right, she had been sledding here in the grasslands by herself, when Naga slipped and plowed into her. "Naga..." She was beginning to rouse and pull herself out of the snow when another body came near her and began to help her with the snow. His call had been muffled, although undeniably male. Tenzin, maybe Aang in another weird vision?

    A brown skinned, blue eyed face met her's suddenly as the snow around her face was cleared away. She stared, from the bright blue eyes, to his Southern Water Tribe wolf tail before she jerked up and pushed herself back with her feet, away from him. "Who are you? Did you follow me out here?!" He'd called her name, right? But she had no idea who this guy was! Although if he was from her world, with her being the Avatar, maybe he'd heard of her then. Still, she didn't like how coincidental it was that he just so happened to be out here, happened to be from her world, and know her name.

    Naga planted her butt onto the snow and tilted her head to the side, watching the two of them with some concern. That wasn't right...Korra began to push herself away from Sokka even more. Naga whined, ears pulling back with some amount of displeasure. What had gotten into her? Did she hit herself on the head? Naga sat up and walked over to Korra's side, licking her scalp.

    "Not right now, Naga..." She stroked the polar bear-dog's muzzle before affixing the water tribe male with a stern, distrusting look. "I want some answers."
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Fri May 17, 2013 11:14 pm

    Between Naga's gentle tugging and the digging that both she and Sokka had done, Korra was freed from the snowbank in no time. The Avatar still seemed to be a little shaken from the rough landing, but at least she was coming back from it… at catching a groan that was definitely a good sign, Sokka gave Naga a grateful nod before looking back to his still semi-conscious friend.

    Once Korra's eyes opened and focused on him, he made sure to keep still so as to be a focal point for her as she came around. However, instead of steady recognition or even a witty remark, his friend suddenly bolted upright and pushed herself back with her feet. What in the… why was she moving away from him?

    Far more than her actions though, Korra's next two questions caused Sokka's eyes to widen and his heart to sink… she did not know who he was. She had forgotten him.

    The two of them had not even been out on the grasslands for an hour, but she had already lost her memories of him…

    Sokka had started to reach out for Korra the instant she had pushed away from him, but his arm stopped mid-action before it slowly dropped back to his side, his hands clenching into slight fists and his own mind racing as he tried to take in this new situation. It wasn't right… why was he being forgotten by everyone? It had been bad enough that Tenzin and Lin had been off-on forgetting him the past couple of days, but his friend's memories had mostly stayed intact… or any lapses that she'd had were temporary enough that she was able to pull herself back before she asked him anything outright. Now though, not only had she forgotten who he was, he was in one of the worst possible positions for her memories to have vanished… out in the snow-covered grasslands, surrounded by her strongest element… just the two of them and Naga…

    But Naga… thankfully, the polar bear dog's memory seemed to be just fine. A confused look and concerned whine later, and she was right by Korra's side, licking her head. That distraction only lasted a second though before Sokka found himself the target of a look the Avatar had only reserved for those she didn't trust… and as he caught the look from her blue eyes, he knew that he was going to have to choose his next words very carefully.

    "Korra, I…" Sokka started, right before taking a deep breath. Letting it out in a resigned sigh, he soon continued, stating, "I know you don't remember me right now… but I can promise you that I'm a friend. I didn't follow you… we came out here together. My name is Sokka. I'm from the past in our world… I was Sifu Katara's older brother and a good friend of Avatar Aang. The same as you though, I was brought here to this world… and lately, something really strange has been affecting people's memories here. That's why you don't remember me. I… I know you don't have any reason to believe me… but its all true."
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:17 am

    She raised a brow at the stranger's reactions, from his widened eyes to his tightened fists. Why was he acting like that? She was the one being stalked by him! What did he have to be upset about, besides being caught? She crossed her arms and fixed him with a stern look, waiting for what was likely a well rehearsed explanation based on 'coincidence' and 'happenstance'.

    The explanation she got, however, was not expected. A friend she just happened to forget? Someone from the past? Brother of Sifu Katara and friend of Aang? "That's not funny." She barked, mouth pulling down in a sneer. "Sifu Katara was an only child! Her mother died before she could have any other kids. And, being Avatar Aang's reincarnation, I'm sure I'd remember you, if I really knew you." Weird Avatar stuff and all that! Some hair dangled in front of her eyes, she crossed them briefly and blew it out of her face before she pondered the rest of this guy--Sokka was it?--'s explanation.

    "So let me get this straight. There's something here, conveniently erasing my apparent memories of you, and only you, and I should trust you based solely on that?" She tilted her head, as if considering before frowning. "How about no.." She suddenly stomped into the snow, jerking her hands up. Sokka would feel the snow below him suddenly move and cling to his legs, still remaining soft and snowy. With Korra moving her arms roughly, Sokka's body was covered up to his waist. "You've got 10 seconds to explain to me what's REALLY going on here, or else its about to get really col-" The snow building up around Sokka suddenly fell to the ground with a splash, one of Korra's arms now in Naga's mouth, breaking her concentration on snow bending. "Naga!"

    Her answer was a muffled whine from her devoted companion. Korra stared at her in shock before she flailed about, trying to remove her arm from Naga's gentle, but strong toothy grip. "Naga! You haven't acted like this since you were a pup! What's wrong with you?!" Exasperated, she finally relaxed and panted heavily. As soon as she did, Naga released her. Before Korra could grab her though, Naga left Korra's side and went to Sokka, standing between him and Korra, giving Korra a few more, almost begging whines. She stared, alternating before the Southern Water Tribe stranger and her Polar Bear Dog before, for the first time during this altercation, her body language relaxed. She kept her arms crossed though, and brought a hand up to rub the area between her eyebrows, at the top of her nose.

    "What is going on. What you said can't be true, it doesn't make any sense! It just doesn't!"
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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Sokka on Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:38 pm

    Sokka kept his stance steady even as Korra barked at him, although her next statement caused him to both widen his eyes slightly and drop his jaw in disbelief. Katara… an only child? He knew that whatever had been messing with everyones memories had completely removed him and certain others from their recollection, but to be so completely… erased even from his own past? That was… no…

    Tenzin no longer remembering him had been one thing… but to have it spelled out so plainly, that according to memory, Katara didn't even HAVE an older brother? That hit Sokka harder than a rockalanche.

    Not even his mention of being Aang's friend seemed to strike a chord with Korra… but on that path, maybe he just hadn't hit the right phrasing to trigger any past memories. Maybe. It was a longshot, but right now, that was all Sokka had… especially as his friend began to speak again. Despite the pain in his heart and the lingering stunned look in his yes, he kept his expression as neutral as he could. Sokka knew that it sounded crazy… it did not make any logical sense for Korra and just about everyone else to forget only certain others. He was all too aware that it was hardly anything to go by, especially when her own memories were acting up so severely… but she had wanted answers, and he had given them to her.

    However, there was not a single way that Sokka could think of that he could phrase things to make her trust him. More than that, he knew that he would have been just as if not more skeptical if their positions had been reversed here…

    And considering that his most likely chance of getting her to remember him might have also been affected by this weird memory loss…

    Before Sokka could think any further on that, he immediately jolted slightly at Korra's sharp no, right before he found his legs caught in tightly packed snow. A gasp of his own and an arm movement from his friend later, and he was now covered up to his waist in snow. Even though it was still snow and thankfully not ice, Sokka willed himself not to struggle here. If he tried to fight and break free, then that would give Korra even less of a reason to believe him… come on, Korra, please! You had to remember him!

    Luckily for Sokka, even before the Avatar could finish her ultimatum to him, Naga came to the rescue, gently catching her partner's arm in her mouth. The snow that had packed around him fell back to the ground just as quickly as it had been bent, and he soon found his gaze back on his two friends, soon breathing a silent thank you to the polar bear dog. Sokka did not know why Naga's memories were unaffected, but as it stood, he was more grateful for that now than ever… and hopefully her own trust of him would help Korra regain that if not her memories as well.

    Reaching up to slowly stroke Naga's neck from where she had taken a place beside him, Sokka nodded to her before they both looked back to Korra. His expression softened slightly as her form relaxed, and his eyes took on a sympathetic look at his friend's voiced confusion. This whole thing made about as much sense to him as it did her, if not less… but hopefully… this welcome break would help both of them out.

    "I don't know what's going on… but believe me, I wish I did," noted Sokka. "I realize that none of that makes sense to you right now, but I can promise that it's all true. Aang, if you can hear me… please… you've got to help her remember. …. I don't want to fade away."

    The odds were against him… but this Water Tribe warrior had faced plenty of stacked chances before. And for his sake as well of that of his close friend, this was a bet he was willing to make.


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    Re: Memory Dodging

    Post by Korra on Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:22 am

    Korra analyzed the young man before her, considering everything he had said. He did have some resemblance to Katara...but how could that be? Sifu Katara had never told her about a brother, who had been a friend of her past incarnation. Why would she keep something like that a secret from her? She trusted her, as a friend and as a student. Heck, she was almost part of her family! Why would she keep her brother from her?

    The obvious answer here was that this guy, this 'Sokka' was lying. Maybe he was with Amon, maybe he was really from the Northern Water Tribe. Maybe he was even a son! The possibilities soared through her mind, although despite her suspicions, she began to wonder if maybe he was...telling the truth. The more she looked at him, the more his face seemed to reflect regret and sadness rather than fear and anger. If he was lying, why was he so insistent? If he was lying for some ulterior motive, why was he continuing even when he saw how she would hurt him if she needed to? And there was some feeling...some feeling that she knew him. He was so...familiar. And then there was Naga, who was usually a good judge of character. Unless maybe this Sokka guy had covered himself in honey...

    The polar bear dog herself was leaning into Sokka's rubbing, giving his cheek several affectionate licks. She had not been affected by whatever was going on, and she fully remembered the young man that was before her. She didn't understand what was going on, but she did understand that something was happening to Korra to make her act this way towards her friend. Maybe with her help, she could make her see that Sokka was still her friend.She accepted Sokka's nod with a solemn look in her black eyes and turned back to Korra, tilting her head to the side in an inquisitive manner. What was wrong with you, Korra?

    Korra listened to what Sokka had to say, face betraying her uncertainty. He sounded so sincere, and the fact that he called upon Aang to try and help him somehow. "I'm...I'm...sorry. You just...I don't understand..." She shook her head and sighed, rubbing her temples. "Maybe..." She flopped down upon the snow, suddenly taking a meditative pose. She took a few deep breathes to steady herself, taking a last sharp breath as numerous memories seemed to pound in her skull. Sledding with him, meeting him out in the city, taking him to see Lin, meeting up with Tenzin again with Sokka. There was more too though, memories that certainly weren't her's. Just like with Yakone, these memories were Aang's. From meeting Sokka in the Southern Water Tribe to their venture in the Northern Water Tribe. Sokka being saved from a mother Saber-tooth moose lion, all of the things that Sokka and Aang had been through together coursed through her mind. When her eyes snapped open, it was with recognition as she stared up at her friend.

    "S-Sokka...I'm so sorry." How could she forget him too?

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