A girl with jet black hair was in front of the police head quartor in Replubic City. Her teal blue eyes stared at the statue of Toph Bei Fong a bright smile on her face. She was wearing a light blue long sleeved shirt, a dark green tunic was worn over it, a olive green pants with blue designs on them, and she wore brown boots over her pants. The teenage girl jogged up the stairs with a hum.
"Hi Aunt Lin!" The girl burst into the office with a grin.
The woman looked up from her folder. "Tylee, I thought you had work today."
Tylee grinned at her stoic aunt. "I did, but they gave me the day off. They said I'm too much of a work-a-holic like someone." Her grinned widen when she saw her aunt twitch.
Ignoring the jab, Bei Fong set the folder down. "Is there something you need, Tylee?"
"Yeah, I just came here to tell you that I'm going to be out with my friends out late a bit." Tylee leaned against the wall.
Bei Fong frowned at her niece. "Again?"
"I'm fine Aunt Lin," Tylee rolled her eyes. "I'm not doing anything crazy. You know I'm more responsible then that." The teenager sighed when the chief's frowned didn't lift. "Please? I haven't been able to hang out with my friends for a while now, and I need some teenage girl moments."
Bei Fong hung her head and sighed. "Fine, but no later then 11, understood?"
Tylee gave a two finger salute. "Aye ma'am!" And with a wave, the girl left.
Bei Fong sighed again. That girl had so much of her sister in her...it killed her to see her niece leave and she couldn't keep an eye out for her. Sure the police was out there, but with the Equalists slowly starting rise they were becoming a problem. Bei Fong was glad that her niece wasn't a bender, then she wouldn't be part of this fight unlike her parents. Bei Fong was glad Tylee had nothing to do with the Equalists.
The next morning, Tylee groaned when the sun hit her face without any mercy.
"Damn sun!" She pulled the cover of her face. Her late night activity was too much for her, but it was for a good cause and she wasn't going to quit any time. Forcing herself to get out of bed, Tylee got ready for the day. "Aunt Lin?" No response, not that she was expecting any. The woman was probably at work already.
Tylee walked down the street, not exactly paying attention to what was happening around her. She bumped into someone and quickly apologized to them, that's when she noticed the mass people that was gathered around the Town Hall. Was something big going on and she didn't hear anything about it thanks to her late night activities? Tylee frowned, she hate not knowing.
"Excuse me, what's going on?" She politely asked a reporter.
"You mean you didn't hear?"
No, she was just asking for fun, of course she didn't know, why would she be asking in the first place? But Tylee didn't let her irritation show.
"Yes, I must have bee too bust to know what was going on."
"The Avatar is here in Replubic City."
Tylee's face drained the color away. A mixed feeling was erupting inside of her. The first feeling was joy and happiness that the Avatar was, but she was feeling fear and anxiety because the Avatar was here in Republic City. This wasn't good. Pushing down her emotions, Tylee easily weaved her way through the crowd and into the front of the crowd. There she saw her Aunt Lin Bei Fong, her uncle figure Tenzin, and the Avatar.
"KORRA!" Tylee shouted, waving her arms.
Korra looked toward her direction. Confused at first on why a stranger would call her name so casually like they knew each other, then recognition hit the young Avatar's face.
"Tylee!" Korra grinned.
Excusing herself through the police guards, Tylee ran up to her childhood best friend. "Hey, it's been a while. You haven't changed a bit." Tylee grinned.
"Yeah, niether have you. How have you been?" Korra asked.
Before she could answer, Tenzin quickly cuts her off. "I don't mean to be rude, but how about we take the chit chat else where?"
"Of course, Uncle." Tylee grinned.
"Uncle?" Korra blinked in confusion.
"I'll explain it later."
They moved away from the crowd and reporters to a more quiet and isolated area of town.
"How do you know the Avatar, Tylee?" Bei Fong asked with a frown.
"Hm? You don't remember? When me, mom, and dad traveled to the Southern Water Tribe for their research. I met with Korra while she was in the compound."
Tylee's parents were novelists. They believed in getting real experience with their environment will help them explain it lot better. They would always say you need real experience to know what's what around. They didn't like leaving Tylee home alone with a stranger and didn't want to bother Chief Bei Fong with her work so they brought the young girl with them. There in the Southern Water Tribe did Tylee meet Korra during her Earth bending training. At first Korra was a bit awakward and shy around her when she first apporached the brunette, but they hit it right off. Tylee's mother, an Earth/metal bender showed her a few tricks to Korra, who was greatly pleased. Even her dad, a water bender, showed her tricks that Korra didn't know she could do.
Tylee's parents were excellent benders, but instead of doing anything bending related work, they prefer to write out stories for people to enjoy. But unlike her parents, Tylee was a non-bender. There were times during her stay in the South Pole that she was jealous of the Avatar, because she had something in common with her parents, unlike her. But Korra seemed to prefer to stay and hang out with her. It took her some time to realize this but Tylee found out why. Korra was trapped.
"You know the chief of police here?" Korra's question brought her out of her thoughts.
"Huh? Oh, yeah, Lin Bei Fong is my aunt. She's related to my mother." Tylee chuckled at Korra's shocked expression. "Tao Bei Fong was my mother's maiden name, but after marrying my dad, Akuo Tai-kin, you know, her maiden name changed."
"...That's how your mother knew metal bending." Korra mumbled. "So then...what about Tenzin?"
"I lived here my whole life Korra, and my mother along with my aunt hung out with Tenzin whenever my grandmother visited the Air Temple. Tenzin's like my second family." Tylee explained to her best friend.
"Oh my Spirits." Korra's eyes were now wide in shock. The three people frowned and stopped when she stopped.
"What? What's wrong?" Tylee frowned, concerned for her friend.
"...I just realized your related to the Toph Bei Fong." Korra replied.
"...Slow as usual."
Tylee laughed. "Hey, Aunt Lin, can I hang out with Korra in the city? Please?"
"Don't you have work?" Bei Fong asked.
Tylee sighed and frowned. "They gave me another break. Seriously, I'm not that much of a work-a-holic!" She scowled. "...So, can I?"
"...Fine, but I don't want the Avatar damaging my city with her bending, got it?" Bei Fong glared at the brunette.
"Of course! No harm will come to your city." Korra grinned, but that didn't lift Bei Fong's intense glare.
Before the chief could say anything else, Tylee grabbed Korra's wrist and ran off. "I'll bring her back by night!"
The two teenagers were walking down the street, chatting with each other. Strangely, no body really recognized her even after the press conference at the Town Hall. News traveled fast yet slow here...how the hell did that work?
"Sorry I stopped sending messages to you." Tylee sheepishly grinned.
Korra shook her head. "It's okay, we're still here aren't we? As friends." She grinned making Tylee grin.
"You haven't changed a bit."
"Yeah, but it really has been such a long time, Ty." Korra sighed stretching out her arms. "By the way, how are your parents?"
Tylee froze in her spot. That's right, Korra didn't know about what happened to her parents. She never told her about what happened, not wanting to bother her with her Avatar training. Now that she's here...
"They're dead, Korra."
Now, it was Korra's turn to freeze in her spot. A look of shock placing her face. As far as Korra knew, Mr. and Mrs. Tai-kin were excellent benders that seemed invincible. Sure, they didn't seem like much at first, but when Korra saw them bend, they were incrideble. Now hearing that their dead was...it felt surreal.
"I-I'm so sorry, Tylee. I didn't-"
"Yeah, I know. I didn't mean to keep it from you but...I guess I just didn't want to tell you about it." Tylee sighed, staring blankly out to the sea.
"Why didn't you ever tell me?"
"Korra, you were in the middle of your training. I can't just write to you out of the blue and say my parents is dead. I didn't want to distract you from your bendings. And besides, I've been busy around that time after my parents' death."
"...How did they die?" Korra softly whispered, unlike her normal energetic self.
"Murdered...by the Equalists."
"You mean the guys who's screaming about no more bending and such?" Korra's face held disbelief. "They don't look like they can do any harm to anyone."
"That's because they're more likely new recruits. They only spread the words out to the people and let them know what's going on, the real problems are the Chi-blockers."
"You know a lot about this."
Tylee shrugged. "When your aunt is the chief of police and particulary runs the place, you find about a lot of things." She smirked. "Now, enough of doom and gloom, Kor, we haven't seen each other in 5 years. Let's go and have some fun, what do you want to do?"
"I don't know. You've been living here your whole life, why don't you show me around a bit?" Korra grinned.
"So be it. And there's something that's been bugging me." Tylee faced her best friend.
"Why does my aunt hate you so much? I never seen her glare at anyone like that." An amused smile etched her way.
"Oh...that..." Korra gave a sheepish grin.
After explaining everything to the niece of the chief of police, the ebony haired girl burst out laughing. She threw her head back and cackled, clutching her stomach.
"It's not that funny." Korra grumbled.
"I-I'm s-s-sorry, but-Bwahaha! Oh Spirits, that's so. Korra, I have new found respect for you!" Tylee chuckled.
The tense and suffocating atmosphere disappeared as the teenage girls were on their merry way. Tylee felt free and light for once. It was nice, how long has it been since she had actual fun after her parents' death? Having her best friend here was really nice after all.
Night soon came to Republic City. People settled down after the news of the Avatar arriving here in the city. But in the dark corners of the city, dangerous people lurked. Away from the people, they were gathered around the dock. The water crashed to the walls, the only noise in the darkness as the two people were staring out to the Air Temple.
"So, you must have heard, Black Knight?"
Black Knight, a figure clad in all black with black armor plates that covered the vulnerable spots from attacks. The figure's face was covered in black mask and the long hair pulled back into a ponytail. Black Knight was on one knee and bowing in front of the man he was talking to. The leader of the Equalists, Amon.
"Yes, the Avatar is here." Black Knight answered, his voice deep and gruff.
"...Looks like we need to accelerate our plans."
"It would seem so." Black Knight said.
"I want you Black Knight to keep an eye on her. See what's she's doing while she's staying here." Amon smoothly said.
"Understood...but don't touch her."
"What?" Amon frowned behind his mask.
"The one who is going to kill the Avatar, it's going to be me." Black Knight said, staring square into Amon's eyes. "Nobody touches her, but me."
So, what did you guys think? My very first Avatar fic! KYAAAAH! XD
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