"You're crazy!" Mako yelled at Korra. Her eyes shut, wanting to close out everything that was happening.
"The least you could do is look at me when I talk to you!" Korra opened her eyes lazily, a new batch of tears springing from her eyes.
"Yelling, you mean. You're not talking to me. You're yelling at me like I'm some kind of animal! I don't know how much of this I can take anymore."
Mako glared at her, not even caring that Korra was crying. "Fine. Leave, Korra. I don't even care anymore. We're through."
She brushed past Mako in a daze and grabbed the door knob, the cold metal, and Mako's hard stare freezing her there.
"I thought you loved me, Mako." She whispered, "I guess I was wrong." She turned the knob, and walked through the door.
Korra walked out of the arena and wandered slowly towards the steps. She sat down hard, sobs wracking her body.
She sighed. This had not been the first time that Mako and she had fought. In fact, this time was one out of dozens. But this fight, this one had been the worst. He had broken up with her, she realized. The truth came down hard on her and her heart felt like it was being crushed. He had a way of making her feel worthless, even more so than anybody else had. But he always had a way to draw her back to him. No matter how much he yelled at her, no matter how much they disagreed, she always came back.
She put her head in her hands and closed her eyes, not knowing what to do. Korra loved Mako. More than anyone else in her entire life, but they had been growing apart. The fights had been increasing, and most of them were about things that didn't even matter. She loved him, but recently, he made it hard to do it. Even Bolin had started to notice.
One day, he had found her in the exact same place she was now, crying. She couldn't even tell him what was wrong. He had held her for hours, crying into his shoulder. She realized that that's what Mako should've been doing. Holding her, comforting her. But instead, it had been his brother, her best friend, hugging her to him. She had loved him holding her.
Korra snapped out of her daze to the clacking of metal on concrete. She looked up slowly, seeing Chief Beifong in front of her, looking at her sadly. She stared at her tear stained cheeks, and lowered herself down to the steps, sitting next to Korra.
She stared ahead for a while, and then started speaking slowly. "I know how it feels. I've been there before."
Korra stared at her, dumbfounded, "W-What do you mean?"
A small smile crept onto her face. "I think you know what I'm talking about. At least, I don't think you're crying because the city is in complete peace."
Korra sighed and looked down at her shoes. "That obvious, huh? Mako and I had another fight."
"The worst one we've ever had. He… He broke up with me." She dug her face back in her hands, tears starting to stream down her face again.
Lin reached over and put her arm around Korra's shoulders, rubbing her arm.
"I don't know what to do! I thought that with everything we've been through, we'd be together for the rest of our lives. He told me he loved me, Lin. He said he always had." Her voice broke on the last word, and her whole body shook with sobs.
"I know how you feel Korra." She said quietly, gazing off into the distance. "I was in the same situation years ago. Of course, you already know about me and Tenzin. We were in love. We'd spend all of our time together, even more than regular couples since our parents' spent so much time together. I loved him so much."
"If you loved him so much, what happened?"
"We grew apart. At least, that's what Tenzin told me." She laughed bitterly, "I loved Tenzin so much. But, we wanted different things. He wanted a family, a quiet life. I didn't want to change my life for a family. I wanted adventure. I wanted us to stay the same; I wanted us to be together, to maybe eventually get married later. I loved him, Korra, but he realized our differences sooner than I did. When he broke up with me, I was devastated. I knew that things had changed between us, but I didn't expect the break-up."
"How did you get over him?" Korra whispered.
"It took me years, Korra. You saw how I treated him when you got to Republic City. I missed him so much. It felt like a part of me was missing. But I realized something Korra, the only thing that would make things better, if it was only a little relief."
She looked up and stared at Lin and responded softly, "What?"
"You need to let him go Korra. Just let him go."
Korra parted her mouth slightly, not sure what to say.
"I know you love Mako, Korra. I understand that completely. But there are men out there, better men, who will love you. Bolin, for example. I can see how much he cares about you Korra. How much he loves you. I waited too late to let go, but you still have time Korra. You need to let go, and move on. Do you understand?"
She sighed, wiping away the remaining tears from her face. "I do. It's just hard."
Lin leaned closer to her and hugged her hard. Korra leaned into it, relishing the feeling of someone comforting her. She didn't realize how much she had missed things like this. Someone hugging her, just because.
Korra sighed, "But I think I know what to do."
"And what is that?"Lin asked, concealing her smile. She knew that Korra would choose the right thing.
"I'm going to let go."
Korra felt as if a huge weight had been lifted off her heart, like she could finally breathe comfortably without it hurting. This time, she had hope.