So, this is my guess at what may happen in the next book of The Legend of Korra series. This is set six months after the events of the last episode and I understand that this chapter may be a bit slow, but keep reading as I post more stories. It'll definitely pick up in the following chapters. Thanks. :)
Oh no, she knew that she was in trouble now. Maybe she shouldn't have done it, maybe it wasn't completely right…but she had to. There was so much at stake, she just had to do it. But now she would have to face the consequences, and they definitely weren't pretty. No one should ever have to face the wrath of-
"Korra, you cheated! You can't do that, you can't cheat! Using the Avatar state against a little girl is so NOT fair! I'm telling my dad! He's going to ground you! I was beating you until you did that! I should have won!"
…Ikki. No one should ever have to face the wrath of Ikki. The young air bender's incessant chatter berated Korra for another five minutes until she could finally shut her up. "Look, Ikki, this whole Avatar state thing is new to me. I don't exactly know how to control it. And it's not cheating if I use a natural gift."
Ikki took a deep breath, which is saying something for an air bender, "You cannot use your powers against a little girl! The Avatar state isn't even a natural gift for you! For the longest time you couldn't even make contact with your spiritual side! You wouldn't even be able to use it if it weren't for Amon taking your bending away! Korra, you are an AWFUL Avatar."
Ikki's words had never really bothered Korra, they both had a short fuse and a hot temper. But this time was different, Ikki's words cut Korra like a knife. "Whatever, Ikki." Korra stomped off, no longer caring if she actually won the air scooter race or not.
Ikki's eyes grew to the size of saucers, "Oh, Korra, wait come back! I'm sorry, I didn't mean- I mean at least you can go into the Avatar state now! Korra, come back!"
She paid no attention to the little air bender yelling for her. Ikki had a way of losing her temper, but even she should be able to control herself to some extent. What she said had gone too far. Even though Korra did have her bending back, and she was now able to air bend and make contact with her spiritual side, the mere thought of everything she went through with Amon terrified her.
Sure, she was able to restore bending now, but the trauma of having her bending being repressed was still fresh on her mind. It had been six short months ago, and now she had no clue where Noatak and his brother Tarrlok were. He could be anywhere right now, trying to instill rebellion in the non-benders inside of Republic City, or worse, the four nations.
Korra pushed the thought from her mind, like she had done so often the past few months. If he was out there causing trouble she would have been one of the first to hear of it. Only the Avatar would be able to stop him, so of course she would be aware at the first sign of his return.
She made her way to her room on air temple island, desperately wanting to go find Naga and leave for the day. Maybe go find Mako or Bolin and catch up, forget her frustrations by hanging out with her closest friends, but she knew they had their own responsibilities outside of consoling her. She couldn't just go bothering them whenever she felt like it now.
Korra was so lost in her thoughts and anger at what Ikki had said that she barely noticed as a man entered her room. "Go away, Tenzin. I don't want to talk right now."
The middle-aged air bender tugged at his beard, "I am sorry that you don't want to talk right now, Korra. But I cannot stand by while you blatantly disrespect the Avatar state. I saw what happened when you were racing Ikki and the other children. You can't do that!"
"What are you talking about, Tenzin? I'm in complete control of the Avatar state, no one was in any kind of danger." She turned to face her air bending master. He had the look of greatly suppressed rage and annoyance on his face. He must have been really mad for even an inkling of it to show on his face, Tenzin was normally so good at covering his emotions.
"Korra, you've only been able to even enter the Avatar state for six months now. You haven't even had any formal training in it! You aren't in complete control, anything you've been able to do up until now has been sheer talent and luck! There is no denying that you are a very gifted Avatar, but you cannot keep going around using the Avatar state like a power boost! If you do that, you truly have no respect for your spiritual connection, and I would even dare say you have no respect for what it means to be the Avatar!" The anger was very clear on his face now. Korra had never seen Tenzin like this before. Of course she had made him mad on many occasions, but she had never seen him this visibly upset.
"Tenzin, calm down. I didn't do anything wrong. Look, if it's such a big deal that I used my natural ability to beat Ikki in some dumb race then I just won't race them anymore! I don't see what your problem is! I'm the Avatar, I should be able to use the Avatar state whenever the Avatar sees fit!" Water inside of a glass next to her bed began to ripple, the air in the room began to stir as well. Korra was furious, who was Tenzin to tell her when she could and couldn't use the Avatar state?
He breathed in deeply, upsetting Korra was no way to go about dealing with the situation. He needed to reason with her, not fight with her. "Why don't you try to talk to Aang about how to use the Avatar state. If he agrees with you, then go on ahead using it how you wish. I will personally apologize to you about telling you not to use it if he agrees with you. But please, listen to what he has to say."
The air in the room settled to its normal state as Korra's anger bottomed out. "Fine. I'll talk to Aang if that will make things so much better. But Ikki's not getting an apology from me."
Tenzin shook his head and threw his hands into the air, "Just talk to Aang." He left the room, slamming the door with a gust of air following him.
Korra's face slowly fell to a frown and her eyes became cloudy. She hadn't meant to be so mean to Tenzin, she was just so frustrated with someone who wasn't in her shoes trying to tell her what to do. Tenzin did normally have good judgment on issues like this though, and he had never steered her wrong, even though some of his ideas were a little too traditional and stuffy for her taste. She huffed in exasperation and sat in a position to meditate, "Alright, Aang. Let's see what you have to say about this."
Suddenly Aang appeared in front of Korra, he had a sad smile on his face. "I guess I don't really have to explain what's going on to you, huh?"
He nodded, "Korra, when I was traveling with my friends I had several experiences with the Avatar state that made me terrified of it."
Korra gasped, "Wait, you were afraid of the Avatar state? How? You're one of the greatest Avatars who have ever existed!"
Aang smiled, obviously amused by what Korra had said, "That is very far from true, but thank you, Korra. But yes, I was so scared of it. I had almost hurt so many people that I loved from the Avatar state, I didn't understand the power in it, I didn't know how to control it. It wasn't until after I had defeated Fire Lord Ozai that I began to control it. Korra, you don't understand the power that you possess in the Avatar state."
Korra felt the heat rise to her face, she wanted to listen to Aang, but she didn't want to be proved wrong. "Of course I know what kind of power I possess! I wouldn't be able to use it if I didn't understand it! You were born an air bender, Aang. You were taught pacifistic ways, you are afraid of power! I'm not."
"I am not afraid of power, Korra. I respect it. You don't, not because you don't want to, but because you don't understand it. I agree with my son, I don't think that you should use the Avatar state whenever you feel like it. It is a great power that not only brings together the four elements that you are able to bend at will, but it also links you completely with your spiritual side. You are a phenomenal Avatar in the physical sense, but spiritually you are still a child."
Korra clenched her fists but decided to drop her pride, yield her anger to Aang and listen to what he had to say, "So what do you want me to do? How do I truly understand the power I possess?"
Aang smiled, pride in the young Avatar showed brightly in his eyes. "Are you up for some traveling? There's a place very personal to me that I think would do you some good to visit. You'd also get to go home for a bit."
Excitement danced across her bright blue eyes, "You mean I get to go to the Southern Water Tribe? I get to go home?"
"For a time, yes. You need to find the ice burg that I was kept in for one hundred years. More will become clear when you reach it, but Korra," a dark shadow played across the previous Avatar's face, "You must be careful. There is a great danger."
What's the great danger? Keep reading! And please review, positive, negative, whatever you think of it, I'd love to know!