A/N: After receiving multiple comments over the years insinuating that the way I write these two characters is 'gay,' I finally decided that since I had never actually written a story with them in an actual romance, I'd try my hand at it. Perhaps unexpectedly, the setting turned out to be a fairly depressing backdrop. Please feel free to leave feedback on the execution, specifically in regards to 'telling' versus 'showing,' as I am trying to strike some kind of balance between alluding to backstory that can be dug into more later, while also explaining enough to give the situation context.
Mud, Sweat, and Tears
Chapter 1 - Quiet
It was a tranquil night. Katara didn't like it.
The quiet nights were the truly unsettling ones. Katara could never fully relax in the deathly quiet. The silence bred memories: bad memories and good memories.
"We kissed at the invasion. And I thought we were gonna be together. But we're not."
"Aang...I don't know.