p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"The day before Jinora's wedding, she decided to visit her favorite sex worker. She'd only been back in Republic City for two weeks, but she'd already memorized the way to the brothel. The bells on the door jingled cheerfully as Jinora walked in./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Jinora!" Mom dropped the dishes she was cleaning into the sink and ran over to hug Jinora with soapy hands. "What are you doing here? I thought you would be getting ready for your wedding."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""I was-I am, but I have some questions," Jinora said. "About... sex."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Mom's muscles tensed visibly, her hands clasping together. "Sure, Jinora," she said. "What do you want to know?"/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Jinora took a deep breath. "Where are my legs supposed to go? How do I avoid getting pregnant? Exactly how much blood will there probably be, and will he mad at me if there's not enough?"/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Mom flushed, which surprised Jinora; she'd imagined working in a brothel for years would make sex a less embarrassing topic of conversation./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""If you don't want to talk about it, that's okay." Jinora turned to leave. "I think I've mostly figured it out. Sorry."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""No, wait." Mom caught Jinora by the fingers. "I'll try to answer your questions, but I'm not sure I have the answers to some of them."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"She sat down on the cushions around her little table, and Jinora joined her./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""You can avoid getting pregnant with a special tea," Mom said. "There are other methods, but I think he would notice any of them. Asami and I have more than enough to share. I'm not sure how much blood there will be for you, or if he'll hurt you, and where your legs go depends on what position he wants you in, and..." she trailed off. "You know, Jinora, you'll probably be happiest if you start meditating as soon as you lie down and let him do whatever he wants. You've always been good at meditating and getting lost in your mind. I'm sorry. I wish I had better advice."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""It's okay," Jinora said. "Thanks, Mom. I love you. I'll see you at the wedding."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"She kissed Mom's cheek and hurried out of the house before things could get any more awkward. She took the streetcar home. She was about to trudge up to the pathetic little library, where she'd spent most of her days since coming to the house, and then had an idea. She made her way to the kitchen instead./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"The servants were joking around, as usual, and they fell silent when Jinora walked in./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Good morning, little bride-to-be," said the head cook. "Is there anything we can do for you?"/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Jinora made sure the kitchen door was closed, braced herself, and said, "Where do the legs go when people are having sex?"/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"The servants burst into laughter, but even as they did, they pulled Jinora closer to the chopping board and began tying bits of carrots into tiny little models./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"0~0~0/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Jinora was woken by two older women she'd never met before. They fixed her hair and makeup without conversation. When Jinora arrived at her wedding, she couldn't find a single familiar face in the crowd. She converted the anxious, lonely feeling in her stomach to anger. By the time Tarrlok took her hand, she was ready to break his fingers./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""You said Ikki and Meelo would be here," Jinora said under her breath. "You said my mom would be here."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""I said that before you decided to have your little... episode at the tailor's," Tarrlok said. He was referring, of course to her walking out of her dress fitting a week earlier in order to keep from breaking down in front of the entire shop. "I'm sure you'll behave better in the future."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"The glare she gave him must have been utterly venomous, because he suddenly looked uneasily around the room of guests. It was at that moment that Jinora realized the power she now held. Tarrlok could beat her, hurt her family, and have her locked in jail for the rest of her life, but she knew what his greatest fear was. Better still, she had everything she needed to make it a reality: a room full of people who would be shocked to hear how much she despised him./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"She snatched her hands out of his and folded her arms, turning her back on him. To her delight, several people noticed, including the chief of police and the Fire Lord's oldest daughter. She could practically feel Tarrlok sweating next to her./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Don't even think about it," he said into her ear. "I can have your whole family killed in front of you."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Yes, but the damage would still be done, wouldn't it?" she whispered back. "Your whole precious image would be destroyed if all these people found out you had to blackmail me into marrying you. In fact, killing my family would just prove the accusation. I can't help what I say; I'm just a silly woman. I'm so upset that my family's not here that any second now I might start crying and accidentally tell everyone my reasons for marrying you. All these reporters and important peoeple make me nervous..."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"He ground his teeth so hard they creaked. "What do you want?/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""My mom. I want to be able to see her any time I want. And I want her here at my wedding."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Fine." Tarrlok gestured to a servant and whispered in his ear./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""And I want more books," Jinora continued when he turned his attention back to her. "I've already read everything you have."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""As many books as you want," Tarrlok said. "Now smile and uncross your arms."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Jinora inhaled deeply and then exhaled all her anger. She smiled and offered him her hand. He was probably going to make her pay for this later, but she was pretty sure it would be worth it. There was no way she would be able to survive without books and at least one family member./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"She was the perfect bride the rest of the wedding, especially once Mom showed up. In fact, she played her role so well that Tarrlok seemed to be in a much better mood by the time the festivities wound down several hours later. The kiss Mom placed on Jinora's forehead helped her to stay compliant as her new husband picked her up and carried her up out to his Satomobile. The short ride across town was a quiet one./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""This is your official room," Tarrlok said, pulling open one of the two doors on the upstairs hallway. "That one is for your sister."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Jinora was still too busy waiting for him to slap her or otherwise teach her a lesson. He seemed more interested getting her clothes off than smacking sense into her. She went along with it, helping him remove the layers and layers weighing her down. When she was practically naked, he stepped back and looked her over like she was a vase at the market. He must have liked what he saw, because he stepped forward and pulled her into a kiss. There was entirely too much tongue and teeth in the kiss, in Jinora's opinion, but she didn't possess a wealth of kissing experience to know for certain. He held her head in place and more or less did all the kissing, which suited Jinora just fine. Her lips felt too clumsy against his./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Eventually, he began removing his own clothing. Jinora shut her eyes at first, refusing to look, but her curiosity eventually got the better of her. She pulled away and glanced down, chewing on the inside of her lip to keep from chattering away like Ikki./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Do you like what you see?" Tarrlok asked. He had an annoying grin on his face that reminded Jinora of the arrogant pro-bending boys in the newspaper pictures./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Jinora didn't have anything to compare him to, so she stayed quiet. "May I touch it?" she asked instead. She felt light-headed at the idea, but she wanted to know what to expect./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Of course." He kissed the back of her hand and then placed it on his stomach. "Explore as much as you want."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Her hand trailed down his stomach. The little hairs tickled her palm. He allowed her to squeeze and prod him gently, holding still except for the occasional shiver./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""How does it feel?" he asked. "Can you imagine how good it will feel inside you?"/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Jinora's light-headedness turned to queasiness. She hadn't decided yet whether she wanted to take Mom's advice and meditate, or whether she wanted to stay aware of everything and see what it was like. He sat down on the bed and pulled her onto his lap, kissing her shoulder and the back of her neck. She could feel his erection rubbing against her hip./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Are you sure you wouldn't rather just play Pai Sho?" she teased, willing her hands and feet to stop sweating. "I haven't lost a game in over ten years."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"He laughed at her, which was better than slapping her or bloodbending her, she supposed./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Seriously, though." She climbed off his lap onto the bed. "Why me? Why my sister?"/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"He joined her on the bed, still towering over her even on his knees. "Because it's good for my image," he said. He leaned over her, planting his arms on either side of hers. "If I can't have Korra as my wife, I'll have the two most valuable women after her. My two strongest Pai Sho tiles, if you will."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Well, that makes me feel good about myself," Jinora said. "I'd hoped maybe you'd fallen in love with my wit or my beauty or something. I doubt most girls would find it very romantic to be called a game tile on their wedding night."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Luckily for me, you're not most girls." He forced his lips into hers, smashing them against her teeth. When he finally pulled back, he said, "You care very little for romance, don't you, Jinora?"/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"She said nothing. She was still seething from the way he'd kissed her and used her name without permission./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""I'm learning I might as well be upfront with you," Tarrlok said. "You'll figure things out with or without my input. But Jinora?" He slid his thigh between her knees and brought his mouth close to her ear. "Don't ask me questions if you're not sure you'll like the answer."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Their first joining was discordant, their bodies completely out of harmony with each other. Jinora's first instinct was to airbend at the wall so she could blow herself out from under him. Her body tensed, but she didn't do it. She glared into his face, remembering how he'd looked her right in the eyes before draining the blood from Dad and Chief Beifong. Her hands clenched into fists. He hadn't been malicious, he just hadn't cared if Jinora and Ikki had watched their father's gruesome death. All he'd ever cared about was getting his revenge, taking over the city. And now he was going to deflower Jinora, and as soon soon as Ikki came of age, he would do the same to her. Jinora ground her teeth together. As painful as this was, she would rather die than give him the satisfaction of seeing her cry. She gave him one last hateful look and then closed her eyes./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"As Jinora meditated on the rhythm of Tarrlok's panting, her body went as limp and floppy as wet cloth. Her consciousness rushed from the room, returning to Air Temple Island as she remembered it. She sat cross-legged in the meditation pavilion, listening to the birds chirp. She had been eight when they'd meditated alone this day./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Airbending is the element of freedom," her father said. He was sitting in front of her in an identical pose. "Airbenders can get themselves out of any situation by escaping, not fighting."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""But what if I literally can't escape?" she asked. "What if I'm chained up and locked in a cell?"/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""There are more ways to escape than physically running away, Jinora," Dad said. "You have your books, and you have the worlds inside them even when it's too dark to read. And you have your memories. The secret to airbending is knowing that your spirit is always free to go where it pleases, no matter what happens to your physical body."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"She tried to hug him, but she was frozen in place. "I love you, Dad. I miss you so much..."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""You're crying."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Jinora opened her eyes and realized she was back in the bridal bed- and that her face was wet and her nose was clogged. She sniffed hard to drain the mucus from her nose and wiped her face. "Yeah, so what?"/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Tarrlok sighed. "Hold still. I'll try to finish as fast as I can."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Jinora rolled her still-damp eyes. "No, don't rush on emmy/em account, dear husband. It seems like you need the practice as much as I do."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"She wrapped her legs around his hips and pulled him closer, hoping she was doing it right. He froze for a moment, hopefully caught off guard by her sudden awesomeness, and then moved faster. Jinora dug her nails into his shoulders and scraped them down his arms, leaving white stripes that oozed drops of blood. She sighed. "People did warn me your age might make it hard for you to consummate our marriage. They said it happens to a lot of men as old as you are."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Tarrlok clasped his hands around her wrists, forcing them into the pillow above her head. He bit her shoulder so hard Jinora thought for one panicked second that he'd suddenly become a cannibal. She grunted and kneed him in the stomach, but that only seemed to encourage him. They wrestled violently for a few seconds, and then Tarrlok collapsed on top of her. His sweat immediately soaked her skin./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""You're infuriating," he said. "I should probably slap some good behavior into you."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"She rolled her eyes again and turned her head away. He grabbed her chin and yanked her face back to center position. Still holding her in place, he nudged her mouth open and slid his slimy, dead-animal-flavored tongue over hers. Jinora tried not to gag. After what felt like hours, he finally rolled off of her and inspected the bed underneath her./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Hm," he said. "I expected at least some blood."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Fear rushed through Jinora, but she tried not to let it show. "Well, I don't know why there wasn't any," she said, her tone irritable. "I've never had sex with anyone else. I've never even kissed anyone on the lips."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"He laughed. "I believe you. You were appropriately terrible at both."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Jinora wasn't certain whether that remark stung or made her proud. "Thanks," she finally said. "It was mutual."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"He smirked. "We should play Pai Sho," he said. "Tomorrow, perhaps."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""What?" Jinora was sure she'd heard him wrong./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""You need an outlet for your sharp mind," He tucked a pillow under his neck. "You're like I was at that age- too clever for your own good. I'd like to try my hand at a game of Pai Sho against you. Besides, it will keep you out of trouble until your new books get here."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;""Yeah, let's play," Jinora said, dropping her head against the pillow. "Tomorrow."/p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"The second she heard him snore, she snuck into her bathroom and started a bath. With the running water drowning out the noise, she cried harder than she ever had in her life. She missed school more than she'd realized she would, she missed Ikki so badly it physically hurt, and this... this whole marriage thing, to Tarrlok, it was pretty permanent. She sank down in the hot water, indulging in a few moments of self-pity./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"He was going to get on top of her like that every night for the rest of her life. And he was going to expect her to have conversations with him and eat with him and behave for him. Every. Single. Day. The biggest library in the world couldn't make up for that. She was going to be trapped in this house like a prisoner until the day she died./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Or until the day emhe/em died./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"Her legs splashed into the water as the idea hit her. Yes, there was definitely a way to salvage her life, and it meant making the world a better place for pretty much everyone. She didn't know if she was brave enough to go through with it, but it gave her hope./p
p style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15.8004007339478px;"She didn't know when or how, but sooner or later she was going to murder Tarrlok./p