attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
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Written for [livejournal.com profile] avatar_500 prompt #74, Isolation.

Summary: Somehow, Ba Sing Se isn't quite big enough for them to lose themselves in it.

Forest of Rooftops

Smellerbee propped her chin up on the edge of the roof.  On the street below, Fire Nation soldiers clustered together in small groups.  Right then, she would have given anything to be able to drop down in the middle of all of them with her knife, and when she was finished, disappear back into the treetops, no, the rooftops again, safe and free.

She felt Longshot more than she saw or heard him as he sat down on the roof behind her.  "I know," she muttered.  "But it's not like any of them ever look up."

The Fire Nation soldiers never looked up.  Nobody ever looked up, and Smellerbee knew in her bones that as long as they could be high up, they would be safe.  As long as they were high up, they might as well be in the trees, in the forest, home.

"I want to go home," she heard herself say, so, so softly.

And she looked up into Longshot's you-still-could-have-been-caught face.  His expression changed, and she felt her own face fall.

"I know," she whispered.  "I know we can't leave the city like this, but it's not like we're doing any good here."

Longshot shook his head.  She let him pull her back and put his arm around her shoulder.  She looked up at the sky.  The sunlight had never been this bright in the forest.  No matter how high they climbed, there had always been the leaves of bigger, taller trees to block it out.  I wish Jet were here, she almost said.

"We're not doing anything," she said again, and Longshot didn't speak.  And that night, she knew, when he had taken her home, she was going to fall in and out of sleep, dreaming of the forests and the treetops stretching out forever.

Date: 2013-04-22 09:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lalunatique.livejournal.com
I love Smellerbee stories. Their mutual support in this bleak situation is heartwarming. In my head this mingles with loopy777's Last Stand of the Freedom Fighters headcanon where their forest was burned to the ground.

Date: 2013-04-22 03:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] attackfish.livejournal.com
They're such kids, and they don't even realize how young they are. *pets them*

Date: 2013-06-05 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ferricent.livejournal.com
I love the way this balances two environments, and the ways Smellerbee and Longshot are within one--and in the other---at the same time. Plus, you're writing about Smellerbee and Longshot (characters I will always want to read about.) This is great stuff.

Date: 2013-06-05 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] attackfish.livejournal.com
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.

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