I bold upright in my sleeping bag, biting down on my knuckles to keep from crying out and waking the others.
I frantically sweep my gaze over everyone. Sokka and Suki sleeping with their fingers intertwined by Appa. Toph inside her usual stone tent. Boulder, our newest addition, a seventeen year old earth bender who Toph took a liking to, sleeping dutifully outside of her tent.
And lastly my sights set on Aang, only feet from me, snoring softly.
A sigh of relief rushes from my lungs, and I pull my blankets of my legs.
"I'm getting really tired of these nightmares." I mutter to myself as I stand and begin to brush and re-braid my hair.
I walk to the river rear by and dip my fingers into the water, running it up my arm to my pulse point, cooling myself.
I relax into the sounds of the river flowing and empty out my water pouch, then refill it with clear and cold water.
"I love this. IT's so peaceful." I lay back on the river bed and let the tip of my braid dangle into the water.
Drifting off to sleep, I can't help but think the air smells a little funny, and I swear I've smelled that smoke on the wind before.
"Katara! Wake up!" I startle awake, Sokka shaking me roughly.
"What? What's wrong?" My voice is deep and husky as I attempt to rub the sleep out of my eyes.
"Look." He points down-river, and I see a huge black fire nation ship docked, with men racing towards us.
I snap into my warrior-mode and dash back to camp, determined to protect my friends.
Aang, Toph and Boulder are standing shoulder to shoulder protecting Suki behind them.
Five fire nation soldiers are circling the Gaang, and I yank the cork from my skins.
I whip two of the soldiers in their heads, giving Toph and Boulder enough time to send them both flying.
I choose my next victim, and freeze him to the ground by his ankles, and Sokka throws his boomerang into his head.
Boulder traps another with rocks and calls out to me, "Heal Suki, Katara. She was burned! Hurry."
My friends open ranks, and they all four dash at the upcoming soldiers.
I kneel next to Suki and quickly locate where her wound is.
I place my hands over the burn mark on her shoulder, concentrating on how the skin would knit back together, on how the burned flesh would iron out, becoming new and fresh.
Suki sighs in relief and stands uneasily. She leans against me just as Aang calls out to us, "Katara, look out!"
I shove Suki to Sokka and turn to see four soldiers behind me.
I reach for my pouch, but it's empty, and without my water, I'm helpless.
A man grabs me by my braid and drags me away.
As I kick and scream I have to watch at least twenty fire nations surround my friends.
The last thing I see is a knife go through Suki's side, and despair and guilt threatens to drown me.