Asami looked at herself in the dressing table mirror and finished applying her eye shadow. She had a long day of meetings and inspections ahead of her, so she took extra time to perfect it. She sighed as she began to run over her schedule in her head. 'I have to meet with the head of that new distribution company before nine.' She frowned and she put her eye shadow away. 'I'm still not quite sure what to think of him. He spent that last gala sucking up to Korra. An Avatar fanboy might be easy to persuade to a lower share.'
Asami caught the reflection of Korra stirring in bed. She turned just as Korra lifted her head.
"'Sami? Spirits, what time is it?" She yawned.
"Around six. I have an early morning meeting." Asami said picking up her Water Tribe necklace and putting it on. Her fingers lingered over the carved pendant; Korra had spent hours making it before proposing. It was easily her most prized possession. "I'm seeing the head of the distribution company that put in a bid for our shipping."
"That guy who wouldn't stop kissing my ass at that last gala?" Korra mumbled.
"Yes. If I can use that, I'm going to." Asami said while standing and smoothing out her outfit.
Korra fell back onto the bed. "Don't you usually?"
"You make me sound awful."
"Nah, its just business," Korra mumbled rolling over. "I use Future Industries from time to time."
"Like how I provided equipment and funded the search for the new airbenders?"
"Exactly," Korra said, Asami could tell she was drifting off.
Asami smiled as The Avatar snuggled deeper into the pillows. "Do you want to do lunch later?"
"Yes." Korra uttered before slipping back to sleep.
The industrialist smiled and adjusted the sheets around her sleeping wife. She bent down and kissed Korra's forehead. "I'll see you later, love." She whispered to Korra before grabbing her shoes and slipping out of the room.
"Miss Sato, thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me."
Asami smiled graciously as she pushed open the door to her office. "Oh, Mister Zhang, it is no problem at all. I believe that Zhang Incorporated and Future Industries can be very profitable together."
"Please, call me Fei." He said taking an open seat. "I'm very excited about working with Future Industries."
"Well, that's wonderful to hear," Asami said with a grin as she seated herself and slid the paperwork across her desk. "Outlined here is your take from shipping revenue."
Fei looked at the paperwork and frowned. "Oh, this is too much."
"I'm sorry?" Asami arched a dark brow. "Too much? You realize this is the money I give you?"
"Yes, I know that but forty-seven percent is too high," Fei said with a worrisome look.
"I'm sorry, Fei. I'm confused."
Fei nodded. "I understand that Future Industries is the primary benefactor of The Avatar."
Asami furrowed her brows in confusion. "Well, I am married to her."
"Even before then you provided heavy resources to her," Fei said matter-of-factly. "I don't want to take too much money away from that. What is something cataclysmic happens and by some chance you run up short. I don't want to be responsible for that."
"Fei…Future Industries is a very profitable multinational corporation and I have a personal fortune of over two billion yuans." Asami said. "I'm just trying to conduct a fair business deal."
"I know that and I mean no disrespect. Please, just allow me this. Avatar Korra saved my life." Fei shifted in his seat. "There was a bandit raid in the Fire Nation about five years back. She freed some captives who were being held hostage. I was one of those hostages. Her saving my life gave me the opportunity to do all of this."
Asami raised her eyebrows in shock, she remembered the bandit raid, the hostages were being held under threat of death.
"I owe my life to The Avatar and if this is how I can help, so be it." He met Asami's eyes. "Let me do this, Miss Sato."
"How much would you deem acceptable?" Asami asked, leaning back in her chair.
Fei folded his hands. "Thirty-five."
"You're kidding? Thirty-five percent is practically robbery." Asami was incredulous, she had wanted to see if he'd drop his share by two or three percent but not twelve. "That's not fair to you."
"I've crunched the number, Miss Sato," Fei said calmly. "It's what I'll need to cover expenses with a little extra for a raise for my dock workers."
"Lift it to forty percent and then I'll make the deal," Asami said.
With that Asami held up her hand and lifted the phone to her ear. She dialed a familiar number and allowed the phone to ring.
"Do you have a second?"
"Sure, babe, what's up?" Korra asked.
"I'm in that meeting with Fei Zhang, the distributor."
"Oh him. Wait, right now?"
"Yes. You saved his life in that large bandit raid about fives years ago."
"He was one of those hostages?"
"Yes." Asami looked up at Fei, who was confused. "He's asked that his share be dropped by twelve percent because he knows I'm your primary benefactor."
"Ok…wait twelve percent? That's insane."
"He won't listen to me when I tell him that. He wants to make sure you have the resources you need."
"You need me to fix this?"
"I'm on my way. I'll take the glider, be there in about five minutes."
Asami hung up the phone and sighed. "The Avatar is on her way."
"The…The Avatar? Avatar Korra?" Fei spoke softly.
"She agrees with me that a twelve percent drop is too much. If you won't listen to me, maybe you'll listen to her." Asami said coolly. "She should be here in a few minutes."
"Miss Sato, please, this wasn't necessary."
Asami sighed, her patience was growing thin and she had never had to fight with someone to take her money. Well, besides Korra.
"Fei, I'm a businesswoman not a thief. I believe in fair practices and equal treatment. To be completely blunt with you: take my money." She said through grit teeth.
Fei opened his mouth to speak, but there was a tapping on the window in Asami's office. She turned and Korra waved. Asami moved to the window and open it; Korra hopped into the office and gave her a peck on the cheek.
Korra silently noted the frustration on Asami's face; she turned to Fei and smiled.
"Mister Zhang, it's good to see you again," Korra said with a smile.
Fei stood and shook her hands nervously. "Avatar Korra."
"Please, call me Korra." She said taking a seat on Asami's desk. "So, you were one of those hostages?"
"Yes, ma'am." He said sitting as well.
"I'm glad you were able to get out of there," Korra said. "It was a bad situation."
"Indeed it was," Fei said quietly. "That's why I wanted to repay you."
Korra chuckled. "Mister Zhang, you don't need to repay me." She motioned to Asami. "My wife takes very good care of me. She always has, she's my most trusted friend and ally."
Asami smiled to herself. She would never admit it out loud, but she loved Korra's praise.
"Asami's personal fortune is in locations where it would be safe, even if Future Industries were to go under." Korra crossed her legs. "Not to mention the White Lotus is still around. As the Avatar, I'm watched over."
"What about as Korra?" Fei asked.
"I have fantastic friends. Not to mention Asami." Korra smiled. "If you want to repay me, just live your life in a positive way that makes life better for those around you."
Fei raised his eyebrows in confusion.
"Be a fair executive to your company, don't cheat clients or workers, when they're sick make sure your workers know their job is safe, and be a good man to your family," Korra said softly. "I remember your wife is pregnant."
"Yes, she's due in a few weeks." Fei smiled proudly. "A little girl."
"Then be a good father to your daughter. Never turn from her and be there when she needs you. Be a good man and live a good life, and you will have repaid me." Korra stood and glanced back at Asami. "What did you offer him?"
"Forty-seven. He dropped it to thirty-five and I said if he brought it up to forty we had a deal." Asami said handing Korra the paperwork.
Korra glanced at the paperwork and looked over at Fei. "Would you take forty-two percent? You have a baby on the way, so use that extra money to set up something for her. A trust fund."
Fei nodded. "I can do that. That way if something were to go wrong with my company she'd be taken care of."
"Something like that, plus working with Future Industries entitles you to financial assistance," Korra said. "Anything goes wrong, they can help bail you out."
"It's on the fourth page of the contract," Asami said.
Fei smiled at both of them. "You two are amazing." He looked at Asami. "We have a deal Miss Sato."
"Excellent!" Asami rounded her desk.
Korra stepped back and let Asami close the deal. She got her extra few percent and Fei got to help Korra. She smiled with ease as Asami and Fei both signed the contract and shook hands. Asami always was all smiles after a deal where she got what she wanted.
"Korra?" Fei asked.
The Avatar looked up and smiled. "Yes?"
"My wife and I were wondering if, maybe, you wouldn't mind if we named our daughter after you." He said.
Korra and Asami were speechless.
"You don't need to do that."
"It was her idea." Fei said.
"Well, alright." Korra smiled with a blush. "It is flattering."
Fei smiled brightly and shook both their hands. "Miss Sato, I very much look forward to business with you. Avatar Korra, thank you for giving me this life."
He bowed to both of them and left the office with his paperwork. Asami looked at Korra when the door shut.
"He's naming his daughter after you?"
"That's surreal." Korra said turning to Asami.
"It really is." Asami placed a hand on her abdomen and smiled. "I hope you don't prefer her to our daughter."
Korra swatted Asami's shoulder and the businesswoman chuckled. "That's ridiculous. Our baby is everything to me."
"Good." Asami said, pecking Korra on the temple.
Korra looked around Asami's office. "So, we could have an early lunch." She winked at Asami salaciously. "Or we could take a quick break."
Asami raised and eyebrow and pushed Korra towards her desk.
"I like the way you think, Avatar Korra."
"I appreciate your enthusiasm, but I'm pretty sure you ripped this skirt." Asami grumbled as she adjusted her clothing.
"You didn't seem to be complaining."
Asami frowned. "Don't be a smart-ass."
Korra chuckled. "We haven't had sex in your office for quite some time."
"I wasn't kidding when I said I wanted to get it in when I could." The industrialist shrugged. "Before long, I have a feeling it's going to be a little difficult."
"I think you're just overthinking it," Korra said adjusting her armbands. "I'll still be attracted to you, if that's what you're worried about."
"I know." Asami sighed. "I'm just being vain, I guess."
Korra frowned. "Everyone has their moments, Asami."
"We've talked about you Avatar-ing me."
"Yes, love," Korra said with a chuckle. "So, want to get some lunch?"
"Sure, I could use some air after that meeting."
Asami and Korra walked out of the Future Industries main entrance and down the street towards a noodle stand. It was where they went for lunch when Asami had something on her mind. The noise of the city seemed to help drown out whatever problems she had.
The Avatar glanced up at Asami and slipped her hand in the engineer's.
"Want to talk about it?" She asked simply.
Asami shook her head. "Not really."
"When you're ready, I'm here," Korra said. "Not as Avatar Korra, but as Korra Sato."
Asami stopped and stared at Korra in bewilderment. "What…what did you say?"
"I said I'd be here as Korra Sato," The Avatar said with a smirk.
The industrialist simply stared. "You've never claimed my last name before."
"I figured it would be worth a try," Korra said with a shrug. "If our daughter is going to be a Sato, I figured maybe I should be too."
Asami's eyes widened and filled with tears. Even just this simple notion from Korra made her heart jump in her chest. Even after years of marriage, Korra had never shown a real interest in claiming Asami's name, no matter how much Asami wished she would.
She had a notion that Korra may have known her true feelings, but she seemed genuine about this. Korra looked over at Asami with an arched brow.
"Are you alright?"
Asami responded by pulling Korra into a tight embrace. Korra smiled and slid her arms around Asami's waist and smiled.
"I can't tell you how much this means to me." Asami murmured.
Korra pulled back and smiled before leaning up to kiss Asami's cheek.
"Let's get something to eat," The Avatar said.
Asami linked her fingers with Korra's and the two women walked towards the noodle stand.
"You know, Avatar Korra Sato. I like the sound of that." Korra said with a smirk.
Korra hand Asami her tea when she heard the phone ring. Asami set her paperwork aside and Korra held up her hand.
"I'll get it."
She made her way to the phone and answered. "Sato Residence."
"Korra? It's Mako."
Asami turned her attention to Korra.
"Yeah, I just got back in town and Bolin said I had to call the two of you. Something big, according to him."
"It actually is something pretty big," Korra said winking at Asami. "Why don't you go ahead and come over. This really isn't something that should be told over the phone."
"Pregnant?" Mako exclaimed as his mouth fell open. "How?"
"Ancient Spirit World rituals," Asami said taking a sip of her tea. "I'm not really sure if I understand it completely."
"Hey, it worked. I'm not racking my brain trying to understand it." Korra said with a shrug.
Mako just shook his head in bewilderment.
"I just…wow…" Mako said running a hand through his hair. "I'm so happy for you guys, but it's just a lot to wrap my brain around."
Asami stood and sat down next to him. She rested a hand on his shoulder. "I understand, believe me. I don't think I'll really believe I'm pregnant till I start showing."
Mako shook his head. "I am so happy for both of you. I know you'll make great parents. You two deserve it so much."
Korra sat on Mako's other side. "Your time will come, Mako. You'll meet a woman who will make your world fall together."
"No, I'm not making this about me," Mako said. "You two are starting this amazing new chapter in your lives and I want to be there for you."
Asami smiled. "We know you're there for us, and we want to be there for you."
"Asami's right," Korra said while bumping Mako's shoulder. "We know you're on our side, but we're on yours too."
Mako smiled somberly. "Even after everything I've done, you two still stand beside me. I really don't deserve it."
"I'd like to think we're all past that," Asami said with a dismissive wave of her hand. "I won."
Mako laughed and Korra raised an eyebrow.
"You won?" She asked.
"I got you, didn't I?" Asami said with a wink.
Korra groaned and Mako chuckled again. He shifted and cleared his throat.
"Well, at the training session, I…um…did meet someone." He said.
"Spill it!" Korra said with a shove.
"Her name is Aya." He said with a slight blush. "She's unlike anyone I've ever met."
"What's she like?" Asami asked with a nudge.
Mako grinned brightly. "She is a firebending officer from Capital City in the Fire Nation, but she's transferring to Republic City on an officer exchange. She's smart, sexy, sassy, powerful, funny, and just amazing."
Asami and Korra looked at each other and smiled. Korra pinched Mako's cheek and Asami ruffled his hair.
"When do we get to meet her?" The industrialist asked with a wink.
Mako smiled. "Well, we have a dinner date for she gets here. So, maybe after a few more dates."
"Oh," Korra grinned. "We could have a super formal dinner here at the mansion. Asami and I are supposed to be respectable."
"I have told her about you guys, though."
"Trying to impress her with the fact that two of your closest friends are the CEO of Future Industries and The Avatar?" Korra asked.
Mako grinned bashfully. "Maybe." He stood. "I should get going though. Thanks for telling me in person."
"Hey, our kid is going to need to know their Uncle Mako," Korra said smiling brightly.
The firebender nodded and smiled tenderly. Korra and Asami stood and Mako pulled them both in close. "I am so happy for both of you. The two of you mean a lot to me and your happiness is all that matters. I love you both."
"We love you, too," Asami said as the women pulled away. Korra smiled and nodded as she slid her arm around Asami's waist.
"In no time at all I have a feeling Asami and I will be throwing you a big wedding," Korra said with a wink.
Mako blushed and shifted, which caused the women to chuckle.
"On that note, I'll show myself out." He said rolling his eyes. "Goodnight, you two."
The woman waved as Mako showed himself out. Asami sighed and turned to Korra.
"I'm glad things are starting to look up for him," Asami said.
"Me too, I was worried it was going to take him a while to let go."
Korra hung her head. "Yeah."
"Well, it did, but he seems happy." Asami pecked Korra's cheek. "I look forward to meeting this Aya woman."
"Me too," Korra said. "You and I are married with a baby on the way and Bolin and Opal are getting married in a few months."
"He finally stopped being so broody," Asami said with an eye roll. "I told them things would get better if he did."
Korra grinned and kissed Asami tenderly. "Let's just agree to be happy for him."
The engineer nodded and returned to her seat on the couch. She sipped her tea and then looked thoughtful.
"We should probably go public now that friends and family know." She said looking up at Korra.
The Avatar nodded. "Yeah…you're probably right." She cringed. "It's going to be a press nightmare."
"Probably no worse than the wedding," Asami said while taking a sip of her tea. "We'll be alright."
Korra frowned and sat down next to Asami. She nestled into her wife's shoulder and sighed. Asami set her teacup down and reached behind her to turn the radio on. She took Korra into her arms and kissed her forehead.
"I love you," Asami whispered softly.
Korra grinned. "I love you, too."
In the weeks following the formal announcement, Korra and Asami were on the front page of every newspaper almost constantly.
They had always been a popular target for the newspapers' gossip columns and Asami was no stranger to the business section, but they rarely made the headlines. The last time was their wedding when heads of states and dignitaries from all over the world flooded to Republic City.
Asami was followed to her office, almost daily, and flooded with questions. She would smile gracefully and give satisfying answers without divulging into their personal life too much. Korra was always amazed at how effortlessly Asami seemed to handle the press.
Korra was followed to state meetings and to Air Temple Island. The air acolytes had their hands full trying to keep reporters away.
The two women did their best to keep the reporters away from the Sato Estate, but there was, usually, one that slipped through. Spirits knows that Chief Bei Fong was getting sick of responding to the estate.
In the months that passed they settled into a new routine. Asami had cut back her workload little by little and Korra had taken it upon herself to go over every inch of the Sato Estate and 'baby proof' it.
By the time Bolin and Opal's wedding came around, Asami was just beginning to show.
Asami stood and examined her profile in the mirror. She ran her hands over her bare stomach and smiled a bit.
"Hey there, beautiful."
Asami looked up and smiled. Korra was leaning in the bathroom doorway with a bright grin. "Hey there."
Korra moved towards the crimson dress Asami had hung up. "This is gorgeous."
Asami sighed. "Yeah, I had to have it let out a little." She patted her stomach. "I'm starting to show."
"I know and it's exciting," Korra said sitting down on the bed.
"Yes and no."
"Yes for the baby and no for your figure?"
Asami chuckled. "You know me too well."
Korra smiled and reached out for Asami. "Well, I still think you're beautiful." Asami grinned and moved to Korra, who grasped her hips and kissed her abdomen tenderly.
Asami ran her fingers through Korra loose hair and bent down to kiss the top of her head.
"Come on, let's get dressed."
"Announcing Lady Asami Sato and Avatar Korra Sato."
The women entered, arm in arm, and smiled at the other guests. The usher greeted them and led them to their seats.
"Wow, we're important enough to have front row seats," Korra whispered while nudging her wife.
Asami chuckled and swatted at Korra. "Oh, hush."
Bolin rushed over to them and scooped them up in a hug.
"I'm so glad you're both here!" He exclaimed.
"Like we wouldn't be here?" Asami asked with an arched brow.
Bolin blushed and shrugged. "I'm still allowed to be excited you guys are here."
Korra hugged the younger man. "We wouldn't miss it. We love you and Opal." Asami nodded with a smile.
The three turned when they heard Mako clear his throat. Korra and Asami looked to the woman on his arm. Silken black hair, bright golden eyes, and a graceful smile greeted them.
"Korra, Asami, this is Aya." He said with an exuberant smile. "Aya, this is Avatar Korra and Asami Sato."
Aya smiled and stepped forward. "It is a true honor to meet both of you. Mako speaks very highly of both of you."
"He's told us a lot about you," Asami said offering her hand.
Aya accepted it gracefully, after which she turned and bowed to Korra. "Avatar Korra."
"Please, just Korra." She said. "If you plan on joining our little family, you don't need formalities…Princess…"
Aya raised an eyebrow in surprise. "You've done your homework."
Korra smiled and shrugged. "Can't take credit. Asami is the one who looked you up."
"You two dug through her background?" Mako said with an exasperated expression.
"We just wanted to know who she was, Mako," Asami said. "She doesn't seem offended."
"Not at all," Aya said with a smile. "It's an honor that the two most powerful women in Republic City took the time to look into little old me. Besides, my chances of taking the throne are very slim, much to my grandmother's contempt, but that's a story for a different day."
"You guys can grill Aya later," Bolin said anxiously. "The wedding is starting soon."
As they made their way to the reception hall, neither one missed the murmurings about Asami. Korra beamed and Asami just rolled her eyes at The Avatar's pride.
She was happy that Korra was excited, but as soon as someone mentioned to Asami the fact she was showing, her wife felt the need to drag her around to damn near everyone to point it out.
Opal shot Asami a sympathetic smile from across the hall. When the airbender finally made her way to the two women Korra was practically giddy.
"Thank you both so much for coming." She said accepting a hug from both of them.
"Anything for you, Opal," Korra said.
Opal blushed softly and turned her attention to Asami. "I don't think I need to state the obvious."
"I'm only about three months in," Asami said with a knowing smile. "We're excited, though."
"I was so happy when Bolin told me," Opal said. "We should have tea sometime, I've been so busy with the wedding plans, I feel like I've missed so much."
"How are you and Bolin doing?" Korra asked.
"We're great. Today was a dream come true. Mom really spared no expense." Opal said. "He and I are even saving up for a better place."
Asami and Korra looked at each other and smiled.
Opal looked bashfully at Asami. "Bolin and I are thinking about kids, too."
Korra waved Bolin over, when he joined them Opal turned and kissed him lovingly. The dark-haired man grinned as bright as the sun.
"So, Opal says we're not the only ones planning on kids," Asami said with a raised eyebrow as she patted her stomach.
Bolin blushed and looked at Opal. "You told them?"
"Whoops." Opal grinned sheepishly. "I'm just so excited about the prospect."
"I am, too," Bolin said. "Seeing you guys prepare just…really makes me want to be a father."
"You'll be a great father," Korra said punching him playfully.
"Anyway, we want to have a better place first," Bolin said while scratching the back of his neck.
Asami grinned and reached into her clutch purse. She retrieved an envelope and handed it over to them with a smirk. "Why wait?"
Korra beamed as Opal took and opened the envelope slowly.
"It's from both of us," Asami said slipping and arm around Korra. "Korra picked it out."
Opal pulled out the paperwork and her eyes widened as she read it. She clasped a hand over her mouth and looked up at the women across from her.
"What?" Bolin asked anxiously.
The airbender moved her hand and looked at her husband in disbelief. "They bought us a penthouse."
Bolin snatched the paperwork and read it, his head snapped up at them. "I don't believe this."
"You guys deserve to start your life together," Asami said. "And we saw that we could help."
"We love you guys," Korra added.
Opal wiped her tears away and Bolin embraced both women, tears in his own eyes.
"Thank you so much." He whispered tearfully. Opal joined in the embrace and nodded in agreement.
"I can't even imagine how to thank you two." She said.
Asami chuckled. "No need."
"Hey, if you two need anything, you come to us." Korra said in her 'Avatar' voice.
Asami nodded in agreement and kissed them both on the cheek.
"Mom! Aunt Lin!" Opal called out. "Look at this!" She and Bolin hurried over to Su and Lin.
Korra turned to Asami. "I think that went over pretty well."
"Who knows, maybe our little Shila will marry their kid," Korra said with an amused expression.
Asami chuckled and kissed Korra's temple. "I guess we'll just have to wait and see."
"Sir, in just a few weeks we should be able to strike."
"Good." The firebender said grimly. "The Avatar and her corporate whore will pay for what happened to my brother."
The messenger shifted nervously. "Shang, sir, I don't know if you've heard, but The Avatar's wife is pregnant."
"Even better." Shang grinned maliciously. "That makes her a better target. Make sure she's captured."
Ok. This cold is kicking my ass, so it's not as long as I had hoped. Anyway, gasp villain!