A/N: So this is my first fanfic I'm posting online and I'm super nervous! I actually wrote this before Book 1 ended, so some things here won't match up with the show. For instance, everyone is still living at Air Temple Island, Korra defeated Amon and kept her bending, etc. Also, somehow Mako and Asami broke up, but Korra and Mako are NOT together in this fic. And so the Makorra begins! Enjoy!
Summary: Now that the war with Amon has ended, Avatar Korra wants nothing more than to go back home. But how will she leave behind her friends, and most importantly, how will she say goodbye to the boy she's now become estranged with?
"So, you're not going to change your mind?" Bolin asked.
Korra looked up from her packing. She smiled sadly and said, "No, I'm not. I'm going home." Her friend looked down glumly.
"Air Temple Island won't be the same," he said.
"Well, look on the bright side!" she said as cheerfully as she could. "Probending's back! You can start playing again!" The earthbender nodded and then look up.
"Have you talked to Mako yet?" he asked. Korra tried to sound clueless.
"What do you mean?"
"Come on, you know what I mean."
"No, I haven't," she said with a sigh, looking at her hands.
"You should," Bolin encouraged. "He'd want you to talk to him personally before you leave, I know it." The Avatar resumed putting her things in her bag.
"I don't know," she said. "He's been avoiding me."
"He's been avoiding you ever since you said you were leaving, and that was only two days ago." Bolin folded her arms. "Believe me, Korra, Mako wants to talk to you, he really does, but I wasn't able to convince him."
"And now you're trying to convince me," she guessed.
"Yeah, and I think you want to talk to him, too."
"What? No, I don't!" Korra protested. Bolin raised his eyebrows. She sighed again. "Alright... maybe I do. Things have been so different between the two of us since Amon was defeated. And now that Mako knows I'm leaving, things are way too different.
"So you'll talk to him?" Bolin asked eagerly.
"Yeah, I will. I'll talk to him after dinner."
"Good, and while you're at it, could you tell him to stop sulking in his room?"
Korra knocked on Mako's bedroom door. "Mako, can I come in?" Instead of opening the door, she heard his voice ask, "Why?"
"Because I need to talk to you, that's why."
"I'm not in the mood for talking right now, Korra. Come back tomorrow."
"There isn't going to be a tomorrow," she snapped. "I'm leaving in the morning." Silence followed her words.
"Open the door and we'll talk about it," she said.
He did, about a foot wide.
"OK," Mako said. "Say whatever you have to say." Korra blinked.
"Aren't you going to let me in?" she asked.
"If you can't talk out here, let's not talk at all." He shut the door in her face.
"Hey!" she yelled. "Open up this door, Mako. We are having this conversation, and you've gotta deal with it!" Still nothing. "Oh, fine! I'll talk out here, then!" He slid the door open, wider this time.
"What do you want?" he asked rudely, staring at her. Korra hadn't exactly rehearsed what she was going to tell the firebender, and now that he came out of his hiding place, she had no idea what to say. He leaned against the doorframe, impatiently waiting for her to speak. She cleared her throat.
"I, uh- now that I'm… I'm leaving… I just- I wanted to tell you- Oh, I'm not good at this kind of stuff." She rubbed the back of her neck. He sighed and proceeded to close the door once more, but this time Korra caught it.
"Cut that out!" she said angrily.
"Well, just spit it out, whatever you have to say!" he shot back.
"I'm working on it!" she folded her arms and pouted at him. "What I've been trying to say is-is that before I go, I want you to know that… that you're a good friend and…" she looked at her boots as she felt a blush coming on. "I'm going to miss you." She looked up at him. He was also staring at the floor trying to hide it, but his face was red, too.
He finally looked at her, his face sad. He opened his mouth as if to say something, but thought better of it. Korra felt her shoulders sag in disappointment.
"By the way, Bolin said you should come out of your room," she muttered. Then she walked away.
The next morning, the ship from the Southern Water Tribe arrived. Korra, Naga, and all of her friends, even Chief Bei Fong, stood at the docks. Mako had come, too, but he stood off to the side, keeping his eyes on the sea.
"Well," she said. "this is goodbye then- not forever, of course. I'll come back soon, I'm just not sure when. And you guys are always welcome to visit. I'll keep in touch." She hugged them individually, her mood growing sadder and sadder.
After saying goodbye to Bolin, Korra and Mako faced each other awkwardly. She couldn't lie, she did want to hug him, but she was afraid he'd push her away. So she stuck out her hand instead. Surprised, Mako shook it. Not saying anything to him, the Avatar quickly released his hand and walked with Naga to the ship. She glanced back at the firebender. Just like yesterday, he had this sad expression on his face and she caught his eye.
Korra quickly looked away and continued walking. Then she heard footsteps running towards her. Before she knew it, she was being turned around and a pair of strong arms wrapped around her.
"Woah!" she exclaimed. She looked up to see who this person was. It was Mako. He held her tightly, as if in fear of her disappearing. She put her arms around his neck, closed her eyes, and smiled.
"There's no way you're leaving without a hug from me," he said. "I'm going to miss you too, Korra."
"Good," she said. She looked over his shoulder and saw that Bolin was grinning like crazy.
"Will you come back?" Mako asked her.
"Of course I will," she said.
"You better, or I'll come to the South Pole and get you myself." Korra laughed. They let go of each other, and she stood on her toes to give him a kiss on the cheek. He blushed, making her laugh again.
"Don't forget about me, Mr. Hat-trick," she said, patting his cheek. Once more, she took Naga by the reins and walked with her polar bear-dog onto the ship, giving a last wave to her friends before finally going inside.
When the ship left, everyone went back to the Air Temple, but Mako stayed and watched until it was no longer in view. He smiled. True, he was going to miss Avatar Korra a little too much while she was away, but she'd be back. And when she returned, Mako would be waiting for her.
A/N: I hope you liked it! I'm thinking about going forward with this story, where after six months Korra comes back (from not only spending time with her family, but also travelling the world and becoming a fully realized Avatar) and now she and Mako want to express their feelings for each other, but are not sure how. We'll just have to see!
Also, I'm always looking for advice to become a better writer! And feedback is appreciated! :3