Disclaimer: I dont own Avatar: The Last Airbender; Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have me beat in that area. Those crazy geniuses.
It's Best If You Dont Know
July 14, 2008
From where Sokka was sitting, he could see Suki over with his sister with Kataras head in her lap while they talked, stroking her hair comfortingly. Of course, Sokka was confused by this gesture, but when it appeared that Katara was in pain, he felt that natural curiosity kick in and inched closer to hear what they were talking about.
had it? he heard Suki askwhat exactly, he didnt know.
For like six months or so? It was horrible, it happened after we started traveling with Aang. I had to wing it and hope for the best, Katara sighed, closing her eyes. Youve been such a big help, Suki.
Dont mention it, she replied soothingly, still stroking the younger girls long hair. When it happened to me the first time, I thought I was dying I was in so much pain
What? Sokka exclaimed, unsure why he gave up his cover in the first place, but deeply concerned at their conversation.
Both sets of eyes were focused on him, eyebrows raised. What?
What happened to you that made you feel like you were dying? Sokka exclaimed, looking back and forth between the two females. Suki looked down at Katara, then back up at Sokka, refusing to speak. Did someone hurt you? Katara, this happened to you, too? Who did it? Zuko?
Dont get me into this, the mentioned prince said as he walked into the campsite and sat down. There wasnt anything interesting going on, and when he heard yelling, he felt the need to see what was going on. What exactly is this, anyway?
No, Zuko didnt do anything, Suki rolled her eyes. Not this time, anyway, she added as an afterthought, ignoring Zukos noise of protest. Kataras not feeling well, so do you mind not asking her so many questions?
Is she pregna
Finish that sentence and I will kill you, Katara groaned, clutching her stomach. Ow.
You are, arent you? Sokka shouted, his eyes widening. Who did it? Zukono, Aang. Aang! Get over here!
Oh, Zuko said, realizing dawning. No, shes not. Its the opposite, actually.
Sokka, youre not helping, Suki sighed, shooting daggers at her boyfriend. Just shut up, please? For me?
Just tell me whats going on and Ill stop. He pouted, crossing his arms over his chest, glaring back at Suki as Aang came running into the campsite with Toph.
What? Whats wrong? Aang panted, looking around at everyone to see if they were okay. The second his gaze landed on Katara, he ran over to her. Katara, whats wrong?
Sokka, I hate you.
I love you, too, sis.
Katara? Aang asked, concerned for her. Are you all right?
I just have bad cramps, thats all. Its a girl thing we have to put up with, she tried to explain. Hopefully theyll go away soon. Sukis just helping me out since she deals with them, too.
Aang nodded, understanding. He grabbed her hand and squeezed it with a soft smile. If you need anything, let me know.
Hit Sokka for me?
No! Ow, Suki! he moaned as he rubbed the side of his head, wincing where Suki had smacked him.
You big baby, I didnt hit you that hard, Suki frowned.
Still, he complained. Ow.
Thank you, though, Aang, Katara smiled at him before he nodded and moved to sit next to her, opting for the ground so he could be closer.
No questions are being answered, Sokka complained again, inching out of Sukis range when she sent him another glare. Can we please just tell me whats going on? What made you feel like you were dying?
Cramps, Sokka. Youve gotten a cramp before, right? Suki responded.
Like a leg cramp from running? he asked, trying to reason with what she was saying.
Along those lines, I suppose, she shrugged. Just imagine someone reaching up into your stomach and trying to pull it out of your
Thats not it, though, Suki added, frowning. She resumed stroking Kataras hair comfortingly, and Katara shut her eyes. For about five days
I dont know if they should know, Zuko cut in, giving Suki a passive half-shrug. Well, Aang, really.
Why cant I know?
Its gross, to be honest, he replied. Sorry, he looked at the females, who nodded in agreement with him.
It is, really.
Let me just explain it to him so he can stop whining, Suki said, looking over at her impatient boyfriend who was frowning. When girls become of age, when their bodies are able to start reproducing, they get their period. A girls body prepares to get pregnant every single month, and if that doesnt happen, she bleeds for about five days... uh, everything that was prepared to be fertilized... out... she trailed off at the look of pure horror on Sokkas face.
That happens to all women? Sokkas eyes were still wide. Why did I not know this before?
Its on a need to know basis.
Katara, Aang was watching over her like she was about to break in two. Really, are you okay? Do you want water? Food? Anything?
Oh, Suki added. The only thing that really hurts is the cramps at the beginning of the period, if a girl gets them, but the bleeding doesnt hurt and its normal. Its just the bodys way of cleaning itself out.
It doesnt hurt all the time? Toph asked, speaking for the first time since she came in with Aang. This was all new information to her.
You dont have it? The question was out before the block could be put up.
Shes too young, Katara responded for Suki this time around. It happens around your thirteenth or fourteenth year, maybe before or maybe after. Depends on your body.
To answer your question, its a pain in theer, lady... parts, but... no, not all the time, Suki said, now bright red, realizing what she actually just told them. I cant believe I just gave a lesson on periods to a bunch of teenaged boys.
At least it was you and not me, Katara mumbled, closing her eyes again.
Oh, youre lucky that you have your period or I wouldnt be so kind to you today, Suki joked, flicking Kataras head lightly to make the younger girl chuckle.
Is it that horrible to have? Aang asked. It allows you to have children in the future, and thats a good thing.
Not all the time, Zuko said, leaning back against a log. Sometimes its better if the girl gets it.
Suki chuckled, eyeing Zuko with a smirk. Uh huh.
Sokka took this the wrong way, as he would normally do, and glared at her and Zuko respectively, darting his eyes from one to the other. What? What is it now?
If youre young and have sex, you get scared until the girl gets her period since you dont want children that early in life. So, when the girl gets her period, its a relief, to say the least.
With Mai? Sokka asked, drawing Sukis attention more so than before. Zuko nodded, clearing his throat, uncomfortable that the conversation was back on him and especially on this topic. Wow.
Youve never... Zuko cleared his throat, looking back and forth from Sokka to Suki. ... you know?
Sokka blushed, rubbing the back of his neck nervously, Well... Suki shook her head no, beating him to the punch, but didnt say a word. She mouthed soon to Zuko, however, a gesture Sokka missed entirely. Zuko nodded at Suki, a gesture that Sokka actually did see.
What? What was that? Sokka asked, eyeing Suki.
Ill tell you later, she responded. Looking down at Katara, she cleared her throat, All right, Water Tribe, I think its about time you let Aang take over for me. My legs are about to go numb from sitting still for so long.
Hearing this, Aang got up quickly, ready to take over for Suki in a heartbeat, which is what he did when she got up to stand by Sokka, stretching out her legs.
Wait, so if a girl bleeds, where... where does it go? It cant just disappear into thin air, right? Aang asked suddenly, just as Katara laid back against him.
Katara probably bends it out or something, Sokka replied as if it was nothing, waving a hand in the air as he spoke in dismissal. What do you he looked up at Suki, who was glaring again. He shrank back, knowing he said something wrong. Sorry, Im just curious.
Hit him, Katara said passively, more comfortable in Aangs arms now than she was before.
Sokka, could you follow me for a minute? Suki asked sweetly, borderline scarily, as she extended a hand out to him to take.
Oh, no, he declined, shaking his head, Im not falling for that one. Youre going to kick my ass if I follow you anywhere.
I was just going to answer your question
Sokka, Zuko said, shaking his head, trust me. Its best if you dont know. There are just some things guys shouldnt know about women, and this is definitely up there in the top five. Let it go while youre behindyou know, if you ever want to get laid in your life.
I agree with Zuko, Suki replied, nodding. Hes got a point there.
Which point do you agree with exactly? Sokka asked, trying not to blush at the latter-half of what Zuko said.
Any and all parts of what he said.
Ah. Ill just stop talking, then.