You won't believe this. Mako loves me. He really loves me.

"I love you too." I said, my head still buzzing from the power of my past lives coursing through my veins. Mako kissed me, the touch cold but sweet, his tongue warming me right away as it just brushed my lips. I smiled when he pulled back, stroking my cheek like he had a habit of doing.

"Mako, I'm sorry." I whispered suddenly, my breath clouding between our close faces.

"You're sorry, why are you sorry?" He said in disbelief. "Korra, you have absolutely nothing to be sorry for…" His voice trailed off when he saw the tears start to form in my eyes.

"God, I'm such an idiot." I sobbed, not knowing why I was suddenly all weepy. Mako just put his arms around me again, pressing me to his strong chest.

"I was wishing you would love me, all this time I was wishing it." I continued. "And then when you finally said it, I blew you off, like you didn't even matter, like I didn't care about you."

"Korra, listen to me." He murmured. "I've loved you this whole time. And I knew that even if you'd moved on, even if you'd resigned yourself to having lost your bending, I would never stop loving you. Even if you didn't love me. But I was the one who was an idiot. I should have admitted my feelings sooner; to myself, to Asami, to Bolin, and especially to you. Leaving you hanging all this time and then just expecting you to come running, when you were in so much pain, it was stupid of me."

"Would you have waited?" I asked, still somewhat in disbelief that he was holding me like he was. "If I hadn't have unblocked my bending? If Aang hadn't-"

"Forever." He mumbled against my lips, catching me with a gentle kiss. "I would have waited a million lifetimes until you were ready to see that it doesn't matter what you are." He kissed my forehead. "And I will love you forever, for another million lifetimes, no matter what you become. You're mine. And that's the only thing that matters."

"Forever?" I asked him, my voice childlike.

"Forever." He took my hand, intertwining our fingers. "Forever and always."