"Where exactly are we going?" Korra asked. It was the night of her much anticipated date, and Mako was leading her through Republic City.
"I told you, it's a surprise," he said with a laugh. She pouted, looking for any clues as to where and what their date would be. But other than that, she was feeling nervous but very excited. After all, this was their first sort-of and hopefully not last date.
"OK," he said finally. They stopped in front of a large, bright building that had a gargantuan sign.
"Mover Theater," Korra read. "What's a mover?"
"You'll see," Mako said. "They're new here, and this is one of the first mover theaters in the whole world. Come on." She followed him inside, entering with several other people. They approached a man at a booth. "Two tickets, please," Mako said, paying the man. Korra looked around and saw a second man standing at a popcorn dispenser, selling it in large containers.
"Do you want to get some popcorn?" she asked Mako once he'd gotten the tickets.
"Sure. Wait here, I'll go get some."
"No, no, I got it," Korra pulled out a few yuans from her pocket.
"It's OK, I can pay for it –"
"Hey, Cool Guy," she smirked. "You bought the tickets, so I'll buy the popcorn."
"OK." He blushed. When she returned, the Avatar and her date walked through another set of doors and they were in a large theater room. It was packed, but they were able to find the perfect seat. There were many teenagers hanging out and families chatting before… what? What was everyone waiting for?
"Is this some kind of play?" Korra asked Mako. "A concert?"
"Well…" he thought for a bit. "Movers are moving pictures, but there is music and people speak, too. The most popular one in town is playing tonight. It's called The Search. It shows the story of Firelord Zuko when he went to go look for his mother after the war. Are you comfortable, Korra?" he asked.
"Yeah," she said with a grin. They sat back in their seats. The room went quiet and the lights dimmed as the mover began. "Here, have some," she whispered. Her eyes were glued to a giant white screen as she held out the popcorn to Mako. They reached for it at the same time and their fingers touched. At first they were embarrassed, but halfway through when the popcorn was all gone, they found themselves holding hands.
"Thanks for taking me to see The Search, Mako," Korra said. They had decided to go to the park afterwards. "I liked it a lot."
"Me too," he said. "We should go see another one some time." She smiled. Did that mean they would go on another date? The two strolled by a pond and she balanced herself on the edge of the bridge.
"So how were your travels?" Mako asked, walking beneath her. "I never got to hear about them."
"It was great," the Avatar answered. "I went to go visit my relatives in the North Pole – not my most favorite part of the trip – and I went to Ba Sing Se in the Earth Kingdom to see the Earth Queen. That city is the biggest place I've ever seen! After that, I stayed in the Fire Nation and met Zuko and his daughter. I wish you could've been there, Mako – as well as Bolin and Asami, of course," she added quickly.
"Of course," Mako repeated. He smiled and held his hand out to her. She took it and he helped her down.
"I could've gotten myself down, you know," she said.
"I know," he said, smiling wider. "I'm just being a gentleman." She looked up at him. He was still holding her hand.
"Mako, I need to tell you something –" she started.
"Wait," he said. "I need to tell you something. Six months ago, when you said you were leaving, I avoided you. You were the one who came to find me before you left. Then last night, you came to find me again to apologize."
"Only because I'd been avoiding you for an entire week," Korra explained.
"I know, but – but what I'm trying to say is, is that I just want to talk first this time." She nodded, letting him proceeded, though a little confused. She noticed the sun had disappeared and the only light source was the moon and lanterns above them.
"Listen," he began. "The whole week when I was trying to find you, hoping I'd run into you, I wasn't sure what to say once I found you. But now… I've figured it out. What you said to me at that soda shop made me realize how much you mean to me. Maybe I'd known it all along. Korra…" he placed a hand on her cheek. "I love you."
Korra just stared at him, completely speechless. Mako had just told her he loved her?
"Korra?" Mako looked a little worried at the lack of response. He shook her slightly. "Korra? Are you OK?"
"Mako," she said quietly. "I was going to tell you… I – I already have a boyfriend." He let go of her.
She burst out laughing.
"I'm joking, I'm joking!" She laughed harder, getting tears in her eyes. "You should have seen your face, it was priceless! Seriously, Mako, can't you take a—" She was cut off when Mako kissed her. She kissed him back.
After an incredibly short second, Mako stepped back and looked at her.
"So…" he said uncertainly.
"Yeah," she said, grinning. "I love you, too, Mako." He grinned back and they kissed again. Korra wrapped her arm around his neck, feeling his soft hair. Mako had one hand on her back and the other caressing her cheek, deepening the kiss.
"YES!" a guy's voice shouted triumphantly. Korra and Mako immediately jumped apart, now blushing fiercely.
"You ruined the moment!" another voice scolded, this one coming from a girl.
"Asami?" Korra called out. Her friend came out rather sheepishly from the bushes, followed by a familiar earthbender.
"Bolin, what were you doing in the bushes?" Mako asked, folding his arms.
"Well, to be quite honest," Bolin said. "We were watching you guys."
"Were you following us this entire time?" Korra asked.
"That's right!" Bolin sang. "By the way, The Search? Best mover yet."
"Well, it's about time," Asami smirked and placed a hand on her hip. "Are you two clear on your feelings now?"
"Yeah, it looks like it," Mako said as he took Korra's hand. She looked at him and smiled.
"Yep," she said happily.
A/N: Ahhh, finally finished! So not only did Mako and Korra go on their special date, but they finally admitted their feelings towards each other! :) And how could I leave out Bolin and Asami shenanigans?
So, not exactly at the end of the week like I promised, but I hope you'll forgive me :P Procrastination is my middle name. But I do hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing this story! Like I said before, this is my very first story of all time that I ever finished, so I feel happy. On Friday night at midnight I watched the last four episodes on Nick (and it's still there, so go and waaaatch) and after that I finished this chapter, but I had everything planned out before the finale :)
Writing has become a fun hobby of mine, and I hope I can write more in the future. And of course, if you have any writing critique for me, I'd love to hear it. I'm always looking for ways to become a better writer! Anyway, I really appreciate you taking your time to read this story. Not only was my goal of finishing a story for the first time a motivation for completing this, but also the fact that YOU read it. Yes, you. Because you read this, you make me want to become a better writer! Wow, this starting to sound a little cheesy... LOL
Thank you! :D