"You shouldn't be moving about." The chief said with a gentle scowl on her face.
Tylee rolled her eyes. "I'm nearly healed and I'm feeling fine. All I need to do is watch out and make sure I don't move around too much and not strain my body. I'll be fine, Aunt Lin." She was trying to leave the house and visit Air Temple Island, but after explaining to Bei Fong what happened to her, a.k.a lie, she was smothering her.
"Aunt Lin, I have been listening to you and stayed home and make sure my broken ribs were healed. You made me stay home nearly 3 weeks straight! I need fresh air!" No pun attended. "Please!"
"…Fine," Bei Fong caved in and groaned. "But I want you back by 5 o'clock, got it?"
"Aye Captain." She gave her a two finger salute and walked out of the house. Tylee greedily took in the outside air and felt herself relax. The tension between her shoulders was gone and she could finally stretch her legs. Tylee really loved her aunt, she really did, but the woman can be so much.
Tylee greeted the familiar Ferry driver and waited patiently as they crossed over to the familiar and serene Air Temple Island. After the Revelation, Tylee haven't heard much of Korra and the two brothers, but from what she gathered from Tenzin, Korra hasn't been herself lately. Every morning she looked exhausted like she haven't been getting enough sleep, she was distracting herself with her airbending training, and wasn't leaving the temple…as if afraid to leave the island.
"Tylee!" Jinora and Ikki greeted her with a huge grin.
"Hey guys! How are things?" Tylee patted each of them on the head.
Their smile dropped a few inches, clearly showing something was wrong. They answered her unasked question.
"Korra's been acting…differently." Ikki frowned.
"She seems less spirited than usual." Jinora fidgeted. "Did something happen to Korra?"
"Yeah…something like that," she whispered. "Where can I find her?"
"She's in her room."
Tylee didn't bother to knock on the door and barged into the young Avatar's room. Said Avatar jumped in surprise by her abrupt entrance, and she blinked when Tylee didn't say anything and hugged her; her face burying into her stomach since she was sitting on her bed and staring out the window. Korra's stiff body relaxed and hugged her back, her body shaking.
"So, I guess you heard, huh?" Korra asked after a long silence.
"Yeah," Tylee settled next to her best friend. "Mako came over and told me what happened and I got daily updates on you from Uncle Tenzin."
"I'm surprised you're here," Korra smirked. "I would think your dearest aunt wouldn't let you out of her sight."
Tylee rolled her eyes and snorted. "Oh, she tried, but I have a blood of an earthbender running through my veins, I'm too stubborn." She winked. Korra laughed making Tylee frown. That wasn't her usual free-spirited laugh. "Amon really is bothering you."
"No he's not," Korra denied a forced smile on her lips now. "Amon and his Equalists got nothing on me."
"Korra," Tylee whispered softly. "You're my best friend…I know when you're lying. I know how scared you are, every benders are scared of him. They should be scared of him, he's bad news."
Korra stiffly shook her head. "No, I'm not scared…I can't be scared. I'm the Avatar, Ty, I can't afford to be scared at a time like this. Even if I am scared, it wouldn't matter since that won't stop Amon from attacking all the benders. It is the Avatar's job to stop him and create balance in the world." Korra gripped the bed sheets, her hands trembled. "I'm the Avatar, I have to be strong."
Tylee wouldn't blame her. As the Avatar, Korra must face Amon and his Equalists, fight them off and bring peace to Republic City, and that was the duty of the Avatar. There wasn't a say, it was just fact, but that doesn't mean she isn't a 17 year old girl who has emotions. Korra was scared, possibly even terrified of Amon, and Tylee wouldn't blame her. She rested her hand on top of her hand.
"Korra, if you want to talk about we'll always be here to listen."
Korra nodded. "Thanks."
"So, what have you been up to?"
"Nothing much," Korra shrugged, looking away from Tylee's blue eyes. "Been training my airbending, practicing some moves for the tournament, and Tarrlok came over and ask me to join his task force.
"What?" Tylee hissed, her eyes narrowing dangerously.
Eyes blinked. "Really…? I would have thought you accepted his offer."
"No, I need to focus on my airbending training." Korra leaned back onto the bed and heaved a sigh. "But he doesn't take a 'no' for an answer." She grumbled.
"Let me guess, he's bribing you with presents and trying to get on your good side." Tylee smirked.
"Pretty much," Korra let out an irritated sigh. "The presents are getting more…eccentric."
"I'm sorry, Hun." Tylee rubbed Korra's back, trying to soothe her best friend. "But you should watch out for Tarrlok, he's bad news."
"Speaking from experience?"
"No, Tarrlok's known for his…manipulation. He'll do anything to make you crumble and join his task force. And he always gets what he wants." Tylee scowled.
"You don't like him that much, do you?"
"Gee, what gave it away, the hateful tone or the damn warning?"
"Shut up," Korra threw her pillow which the non-bender easily dodged.
Tylee took out her new black mask for Black Knight and put it on. Her hair was pulled back into a neat pony tail, her armored chest plate was in set and so were other armors. They were all metal, like what the police force wear, except with different designs and coloring. Posing as a man wasn't that difficult as the armor did all the hiding for her. No one, not even Amon, knows that Black Knight is a teenage girl and she was going to make sure no one found out about her secret as long as possible…or forever.
Tylee made sure her decoy was in bed and look like a sleeping figure if her aunt decided to check up on her during the night. And with the last minute check Tylee jumped out of the window and blended in with the shadows. Tylee was forced to take her leave for 3 weeks after her stunt last time; she needed time to heal. Tylee was nervous what Amon had planned while in her absence.
"Black Knight, so glad you could join us."
Tylee mentally shivered at the sound of his voice. Smooth, deadly, and had a sickening sweet affect to those who listen to his voice. It took her months just to get used to his voice and not shiver every time he talked. Tylee dropped to one knee and bowed to him.
"Amon, it has been a while."
"So it would seem, after your little stunt at the Revelation, you haven't come to any of the meeting."
"I needed time to heal, not to mention I didn't want my family to ask questions in what I do." Tylee answered. "I don't want anyone getting suspicious."
"I see…" Tylee nervously waited for Amon to do something. "Then no one knows about your activity?"
"Good, and keep it that way."
"Black Knight, since you're here, I want you to go with Lieutenant and train the new recruits we brought in. I want you to train them."
"Yes, you're still not fit to be out in the field yet. I don't want you jeopardizing the plan that has taken me years to complete."
"I understand, Amon."
(This is Black Knight's POV, so it will say Black Knight instead of Tylee)
Black Knight steadily watched the group working on their chi blocking.
"Lower stance and spread your legs wider, you need more balance." Black Knight instructed.
He did not feel good for teaching chi-blocking to them, giving them advantage and the reason for them to join the Equalists, but he had no choice in this a no say. Amon was the boss and he must obey his leader's order with no questions asked. He watched them do as they were told.
"Your stance must be firm, show no openings."
Black Knight walked around, examining each of his 'students' with cold and critical eyes. When suddenly through the window, water burst out and crashed into three of the recruits. Black Knight quickly jumped back and swore loudly under his breath. He motioned the rest to retreat as Tarrlok's task force came in with full force, and he was surprised to say the least when he saw the Avatar. His blue eyes narrowed and ran to the door.
"It's the task force!" He snapped. The other chi-blockers nodded in understanding and got into position. Black Knight left to warn Amon. The door burst open and looking over his shoulder, he saw the Avatar come in after them, but he couldn't see anything else as he turned the corner of the tunnel.
He ran up to the rooftop and perched himself in the shadows as he watched the Avatar and Councilman Tarrlok and the task force led the recruits and a few captured chi-blockers to the back of the truck. He gripped the edge of the building tightly.
Amon would not be happy with this.
And happy he was not.
Black Knight grunted in pain as he was slammed into the wall, clutching his stomach. The new technology Amon had finally gotten was a lot painful than he had hoped. He shakily got up, the wall supporting him, and he stared squarely into Amon's eyes. His breath was shaggy from the beating he was getting.
"You failed me again, Black Knight." His voice was full of strained rage and clear disappointment.
"My apologies, I was not expecting them to barge in like that, especially with the Avatar in tow." Black Knight strangled out an answer.
"Come now, Amon, don't be harsh on the young boy."
Black Knight's eyes narrowed dangerously and glared at the new comer with all the hate he could muster at the moment. "Tarrlok."
"Tarrlok," Amon's voice sounded dangerous as he advanced towards the Councilman. "Do you know what you have done?"
Tarrlok backed away a bit, looking a bit nervous. He raised his hands up in his defense. "Now Amon, I have an image to keep up, and with the Avatar on my team I had to make things look as realistic as possible."
"But a little heads up would not have hurt." Black Knight hissed. "And how did you get the Avatar to join you? I thought she would refuse for a long time."
"Peer pressure is man's greatest weapon they can have. A simple invitation to a party and interview with the press and she was all mine." Black Knight wanted to punch the smug look off of Tarrlok's face. "Though, I must say she makes a good addition to the team." He said as an afterthought. "Look, I know I should have told you about this earlier, but we had to move out and they were nothing but recruits, you can get more." Tarrlok gestured to the other chi-blockers. "I mean, look at this! It's like a whole army!"
"You're right, I suppose. But still," with a nod toward the Lieutenant's direction, the second in command rammed his electric rods into the sides of Tarrlok. The Councilman screamed and withered in pain at the shock coursing through his body. He slumped to the ground as he was finished. "I don't want you to make decision without my consultants. You are not to make any orders without my appeal, I am the leader, and I decide what is to happen. Do I make myself clear, Councilman?" He mocked.
"Of course…Amon." He coughed.
Tylee, checking first if she was alone in the house first, threw her mask down onto her bed and pulled the hair tie out. Her black locks of hair fell down to her shoulder and took off the armor on her body and placed them all back to the box and put under her bed as usual. Flopping down onto her bed, Tylee dragged out a sigh and stared at the ceiling. She laid there, eagle spread, for a while before turning her gaze onto her nightstand.
On the nightstand was a picture of her whole family. Her grandmother Toph, Aunt Lin, her parents, and herself were all smiling and looking like they were having a great time. They were all in front of their vacation house in Ba Sing Se during a cool summer. It was a good year for the Bei Fong/Tai-kin family and the last time they spent together as whole over there. Toph died a year after that and Tylee and her parents were too busy going across lands for their book, with her aunt busy with the police work her grandmother didn't get to finish. Then the murder of her parents happened.
Tylee gripped the sheets tightly until her knuckles turn white. No, stop, she didn't want to think about that right now. All she wanted to do was rest after the long night she head. Thinking back to last night, she remembered about Korra and Tarrlok. The non-bender frowned and sat up on her bed. She needed to go talk to her.
"I heard you took Tarrlok's offer and joined his task force."
Korra flinched at the disapproval tone Tylee was sending.
"Uh…yeah, I did."
"Why did you join him? Why the change of mind?" Tylee crossed her arm and stared at her childhood friend.
The two were currently in the pro-bending training gym. Tylee barged without a hello and dragged the young Avatar away from the two boys to have a private word alone. Now, Korra was wishing the boys were here and away from Tylee's calculating gaze.
"Well…it was basically Tarrlok." Her shoulders drooped as she admitted.
"You could have refused." Tylee snapped.
"I couldn't! It's my job as the Avatar to keep the people safe…I don't want to look weak."
Tylee frowned and sighed at her stubborn best friend. She was definitely going to make Tarrlok's life a living hell. She had to curse her best friend's stupid pride as the Avatar and the Republic City for pressuring the poor girl.
"You're an idiot, you know that?"
"So, I heard that you weren't in practicing for pro-bending lately. Didn't Mako get the money for you guys to compete?" Tylee leaned against the wall. "How did he get the money anyway?"
Now Korra had on an irritated scowl. "Mako's new girlfriend, Asami Sato."
Tylee's eyes widen. "Sato? As in Sato the creator of the satomobile? How did Mako meet her?"
"She hit him with her moped."
"Ha!" Korra stared at her strangely. "What? Stare all you want, I'm secure." Tylee grinned.
"Anyway, apparently Asami felt bad for hitting him with her moped so she took him out to dinner and they got…close. She introduced him to her father and he was kind enough to lend the money for us." Korra briskly explained.
"…I'm so sorry, Korra." Said girl blinked in surprise.
"What are you apologizing for?"
"You like Mako don't you?"
"I don't…like him…okay maybe I do." Korra sighed and stared at the two brothers. "I guess I'm not girlfriend material for him."
Tylee put a hand on her shoulder and gave it a firm squeeze. "He doesn't know what he's missing out on."
"Did you say anything to Bolin?" Korra asked, changing the subject, but she didn't mind.
"You shouldn't wait," Korra whispered and nudged her forward. "Go."
"Go! I'm not gonna stand here and watch my best friend not get the chance to say something to her crush." Korra rolled her eyes. "I'm already in that situation right now."
"I don't know…"
"Okay!" Tylee walked over to Bolin who was practicing with the earth-disk. "Um, Bolin?"
"Hey Tylee! Something I could do for you?" Bolin grinned at her.
"Can I talk to you…privately?" She eyed Mako who was busy practicing.
The two walked out of the gym and away from the area to a more secluded area. Tylee nervously smooth her shirt out and glanced at Bolin every once in a while as they walked. She didn't want to do this, but Korra was right. Korra never got the chance to say anything to Mako and he now has a girlfriend. At least Tylee didn't want that, at lease Tylee wanted to confess and get it over with it. She didn't want to have all that weight in her chest bothering her and regretting not telling Bolin how she felt for him.
"So, what did you want to talk about?"
"I love you." She blurted out without a second thought.
"…What…?" Bolin tried to register what she had just said.
"I love you Bolin," Tylee whispered, feeling the blood rushing toward her face. "I loved for a while now, actually, for a long time. I know this is really so sudden, but I don't want to die without ever telling you how I felt about you and have that regret so-"
"I'm sorry, Tylee," he whispered. "But…I don't-I'm sorry. I like…someone else. I don't feel that way about you."
Tylee stared blankly at him for a moment before she gave him a serene smile with a tilt of her head. She let out a light chuckle and nodded her head.
"I understand, Bolin. I just needed to get that out of my chest. You know, go for it before you regret you didn't, right?"
"Yeah," Bolin gave her a weak smile. "So…we're cool? Still friends?"
"Yep! No need to worry about it." Tylee's smile stretched wider, her eyes sparkled. "I'm glad I got it out of my chest." Tylee walked past him, looking over her shoulders. "I need to go now, Aunt Lin is expecting me home soon."
"Do you want me to walk you home?"
"Nah, I may be a girl, but I'm the niece of the Lin Bei Fong. Give me some credit." She grinned cheekily. Bolin laughed and waved goodbye. She waved back and turned to walk away from him. But unknown to the earthbender, Tylee's cheerful smile slowly, oh so slowly dropped away from her face, and tears fell from her eyes. Tylee quietly cried all the way home.
Something happened to her niece. Tylee tried to hide it, but the older woman known the girl since the day she was born, she knew something happened to her only family. Tylee came home with red puff eyes and trying to hide it with a smile, but didn't say anything. Bei Fong waited patiently until her niece was ready to talk to her. Even if she was bad with these kind of things, she won't turn her back on her family.
Yet, 3 weeks of in bed and forced smile was over doing it.
Bei Fong walked into her room without knocking. She saw Tylee lying on her side and in bed. Said girl looked at her, surprised to find her standing in her room.
"For 3 weeks straight you've been depressed and tired of you seeing like this. What's wrong?" Bei Fong folded her arms and stared down at the girl.
"Tylee, don't lie to me." She sternly said. "I want to know what happened to my niece." Bei Fong walked over to her and sat down on the edge of her bed. "Tylee, please."
"…I confessed to a boy I like," Tylee sighed and covered her eyes with her arm. "And he rejected me because he likes someone else."
Bei Fong frowned. This situation actually sounded like what happened to her and Tenzin years ago. She can relate to the girl and what she's feeling. Bei Fong sighed and leaned into her hand and glanced over at the photo on the nightstand.
"When I was about your age, I was with someone," Bei Fong started, ignoring the confused look from Tylee. "We were in love you can say, we were happy together and enjoyed each other's company. It was…perfect." Bei Fong let herself smile as she remembered those days. "But you could say we were growing apart, different goals on what we see for Republic City, but I really loved him and I didn't want to lose him. Then, he broke up with me." Bei Fong's smile dropped and turned into thin line. "Someone confessed to him and he felt the same way for her. He knew that things between us weren't working out anymore, so…"
"I'm surprised…you didn't throw the girl in jail?" Tylee gave her a weak smile
"Believe me, I tried," Bei Fong sighed but a smile was on her face. "But I'm pretty sure he wouldn't be happy with it so I didn't."
Tylee laughed and snuggled her head into the pillow. "So you got your man stolen too, huh?"
"Out of curiosity…who was it?"
"Who was what?"
"Who was the guy you went out with?"
The information slowly settled into her brain.
"WHAT?" She shrieked. Tylee bolted up and sat on her bed. "You and Uncle Tenzin dated? And I just now know about this? Wait…then Aunt Pema…whoa." She clutched her head.
"Yes, and don't you dare say anything about this to anyone, especially the Avatar." Bei Fong glared down at her niece.
"…Then, the reason why you hate Korra, is because of Uncle Tenzin…and you're venting your anger out on her. That's not mature."
"I don't need to be scolded by a 17 year old," Bei Fong rolled her eyes and scoffed. "I'm going to work now." She stood up and headed for the door.
She stopped at the door.
Bei Fong smiled.
"It's what families do."
No, this wasn't happening. This was. Not. Happening!
Tylee ran through the street, dodging all the obstacles in her way as she made her way towards the dock. She found the task force, Tarrlok, and Tenzin already there. She gave Tarrlok a withering glare before turning her gaze at toward Tenzin.
"Uncle Tenzin, please tell me I heard the radio wrong!"
"I'm sorry, but Korra was intent on doing this." Tenzin looked ashamed.
"No! Do you know what Amon could do to her?" She shrieked, cold ice of fear and fire of panic coursed through her body. The thought of Korra challenging Amon to a duel had to be the stupidest stunt the Avatar had pulled off since she was here. There was no way Amon would be there alone. He was a predator, and like a predator, he would toy and play with his food until he was through with his meal. He would plant fear into Korra's heart and mind, he would use that against her. It was an advantage he would not miss. "Korra's not ready."
"I know, but we have to trust her and hope for the best." Tenzin sighed, clearly looking useless.
Out of the corner of her eyes, she saw Tarrlok had on a smirk, not looking an ounce worried about the young girl. Oh how she wanted to drown him so badly, but that would blow her cover as the Black Knight. She can't let that happen, she's worked too hard to get to where she is now.
"You think she's going to be okay?"
"I hope so."
Everyone waited patiently for any signs of Korra returning or an all out battle on the island. Tarrlok and his men left in the middle of waiting saying his sure the young Avatar would be fine since there is nothing that seems to be happening. Both remaining people glared at his retreating back but didn't say anything as they nervously waited for any signs of the young girl. Tenzin stood there and shifted around time to time in his spot while Tylee paced around none stop.
Then, a bright light caught their eyes as it shot up to the air. It was a flare, not a fire, but a flare. The red light caught their eyes and that's when they jumped to action. Tylee quickly grabbed a boat and untied it from the raft. Tenzin used his airbending to bend across the water and get to the island. As they arrived Tylee saw a few Equalists getting away from the area but choose to ignore it, right now she had more important things to do. They two ran and searched for the young girl, worried out of their mind. They finally found her in one of the hallways with no light. Tenzin grabbed a lantern and ran after Tylee who went in first.
"Korra!" Tylee skidded across the floor and crouched down next to her.
"Korra, what happened? Was Amon here?" The airbending master helped her up.
"Yeah…" Korra answered weakly. "He ambushed me."
Of course Amon wouldn't come alone.
"Did he…did he take your bending away?" Tenzin asked, fear creeping in his voice.
Tylee paled at the possibility of that, but hoped that Amon would not do something like that. Amon enjoyed himself too much watching people squirm and squeal. She watched fire come out of her palm and a sigh of relief escaped her.
"No, I'm okay." Korra mumbled.
"Thank goodness." Tenzin sighed.
Tears welled up in her eyes, surprising the non-bender, and it seems to surprise the airbender when the young girl threw herself into Tenzin and started to cry.
"I was so terrified! I felt so helpless." Korra sobbed out, clinging to Tenzin.
"It's alright," he reassured his pupil. "The nightmare is over."
"You…you were right. I've been scared this whole time." Korra pulled back away from the embrace and tried to wipe the tears away, but they would not stop. "I never felt like this before and…I don't know what to do!"
"Admitting your fears is your first and most difficult step in overcoming them."
Tylee watched in the sideline feeling so helpless. She watched her best friend cry her eyes out, admitting her fears. And Tylee was actually helping the man that her dear friend was afraid of. But she will not stop, not until she reaches her goal. Even if it means killing herself along with her plan, she was cool with it. For now, all she had to do was keep the people she loved and cared in the dark; they don't need to know anything about what she does at night and where she goes. After all, all is fair in love and war.
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