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Chapter I: Relief
Night had fallen in the South Pole. The full moon shone brightly as two figures made their way back to the White Lotus compound hand in hand, sneaking in kisses and laughing and just enjoying each other's company. Suddenly the taller of the two figures scooped the other one up and spun around, their laughter echoing through the tundra.
"Mako!" Korra laughed as he held her tight and kissed her.
"What? We should make up for lost time, don't you think?" He asked slyly.
"You're right," she said as she kissed him back. "But we need to get home soon. I have a very early morning tomorrow," she said sadly.
"I thought you hated waking up early!" He chuckled.
"I do, but... Bei Fong's bending needs to be restored. She didn't deserve to lose it in the first place. No one does," she said.
Mako sighed and nodded, although a little worried. She'd never done it before, and she was still new to harnessing the power of 'the Avatar State' as she called it. And now she was bent upon restoring those who'd lost their bending to Amon's cruelty. He knew it was the right thing to do, too, but a small part of him was worried about what might happen to her if she constantly kept going in and out of the Avatar State to do it.
"Are you sure about this, Korra?" he asked her.
"About what?" she asked him with her eyebrow quirked.
"Look, I... I admit I'm not an expert on all things Avatar," he sputtered, "but... you just got your bending back... I just... don't want you to strain yourself over this."
"Are you saying I shouldn't be doing this?" she asked him, slightly annoyed.
"No... No, that's... not what I meant. I just..."
"Just what, Mako?" she asked him.
"It just scares me, okay? When I saw you this morning, you were completely someone else! It was like someone or something else had taken control of your body! And if that's what you have to do every single time to restore someone's bending, then... then I have to wonder if one time you'll just leave and never come back." He admitted.
Korra didn't say anything at first, and that scared him even more.
"Korra, I... I know we only just started seeing each other and everything, but... I'm just worried." He said.
"I'm not going anywhere," she said slowly as she hugged him. "But this needs to be done."
"I'll probably believe you tomorrow after you're done," he said with a chuckle, at which she simply smiled.
"I guess you will, City Boy." She chuckled as she pecked his lips once and walked towards her room.
He simply watched her with a smile on his face. But behind that smile was a gnawing doubt. He knew it was irrational- crazy, even- but he simply couldn't help it. When it came to Korra, nothing was normal. His fists clenched at the thought of losing her after he'd finally come to terms with his own feelings.
"You still won't be able to stop her, you know," he heard an old, familiar voice say.
Mako turned on the spot and faced Korra's oldest friend and mentor.
"Master Katara! I was just... Well, I..."
"There's no need to explain. I know that look. I've seen it on myself so many times that I've lost count," she said with a hollow laugh.
That's when it hit him like an unexpected earth disc at the arena. She'd fallen for Aang just like he'd fallen for Korra. She knew. And she was the only person who'd understand.
"Master Katara... how did you know? How were you sure that he'd come back to you?" He asked her, eagerly.
"I never did," she admitted. "And there was always a part of me that was afraid. But, you just need to trust her. I learned this the hard way. The Avatar doesn't fall in love easily, but when it does happen, their devotion is unparallelled. That much I know."
Mako simply sighed. He didn't know whether he should be happy or worried about the fact that the most powerful person in the world had just chosen him. His worries still nagging him, he started to leave.
"She wouldn't leave you if she could help it, child. I've seen the way she lights up when she looks at you. And I also see how deeply you care for her. She wouldn't let go of that if she could help it," Katara finished.
"Thank you, Master Katara," Mako said sincerely, as he bowed to her.
"Get some rest, Mako. You need it. I'll see you tomorrow," Katara said and went inside her own quarters at the compound. Mako simply nodded and walked back to his own little room which he was sharing with his brother.
Bolin was already fast asleep, having spent a little time with the Airbender kids after dinner. He was a natural with them, which didn't surprise Mako because Bolin had always been a charmer. People had always taken to him easily. The ladies adored him. He'd always been the one to woo the crowd. It had always been him... and the fangirls loved it.
Korra had been the only exception.
"Korra," he whispered, his worries resurfacing. He simply couldn't lose her. Not like this... But Katara's words came back to him and reassured him, however slightly, that Korra wouldn't leave him unless she absolutely had to. And with that thought, he fell asleep.
Morning came with indecent haste. Mako groaned and swung his legs off the bed with a yawn. He'd always been an early riser. Today was no different. He showered and dressed. The plan was to gather for breakfast and leave for the Avatar Shrine just outside the compound together. He walked with his brother towards the chamber that accommodated the dining hall. Just as he was about to enter, he spotted her walking in with her parents. Gesturing for Bolin to go inside, he waited at the door until she took his hand and walked him to their seats with a smile. He refused to let go even after they'd settled in, and she understood. She simply returned the pressure so as to assure him that she'd come back to him.
They finished breakfast in silence and walked towards the Shrine the same way. Mako was still gripping her hand as if she'd disappear if he let go. Not that she made an attempt to free her hand... She was gripping his just as firmly, letting him know without words that he had no reason to worry.
She kissed him once before finally letting go of his hand. He watched as she made her way up the steps towards the concrete platform. It was a beautiful structure of solid concrete on ice, with the high dome made of pure gold, just like the Pro-bending Arena.
Lin walked over to where the Avatar stood. The two women smiled at each other hopefully before Lin knelt down and Korra exhaled slowly.
Mako watched as Korra placed one of her hands on the center of Lin's forehead and the other directly over her heart. Then she closed her eyes. When she opened them, Mako saw what he was worried about the most. There was a glow in Korra's eyes, signifying that she was now channeling the energy of all her past lives. She was in there somewhere, definitely, but it was somewhere deep within.
"Please let her come back to me," Mako breathed silently to the spirits. He wasn't one for praying, unfortunately having lost faith in it ten years ago, but at this very moment, he wanted nothing more than for her to finally look back at him with those cerulean eyes of hers, which always had a tiny shade of mischief to them.
Finally, the glow faded. Korra's hands retreated to her sides and Lin looked up hopefully. What happened after that, Mako didn't know, because his eyes were focused on Korra. She was back. He watched as Lin smiled at her and she bowed to her humbly. He watched as Tenzin walked up to her and say something that made her smile. But his heart soared when her eyes found his, and she walked over to him with a smile.
Relief flooded him as he held her close in his arms, just to confirm that she was really there... that she really hadn't left.
And just when he thought he couldn't feel any better, she kissed him and said, "I'm still the Avatar, and you're still an idiot. But you're my idiot."
He could only laugh.
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