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The Legend of Korra: A New kind of Fairytale

By Jessica Arrieta

Adventure / Fantasy

Chapter 1

Earth…

Fire…

Air…

Water…

Once Upon a time

In a far, far away land of ice and snow.

A young man laid on his death bed. 

He knew his time was at hand, and that the world would need his successor to take up the mantel and keep balance in the world.

His wife, a caring woman, kneeled beside him. Her eyes filled with tears as he gripped her hand. He told her he loved her, right before informing her with a very simple instruction:

"Find her."

With that, he took his last breath, and his spirit passed away.

But it was not completely gone

It was reborn, into a new life

And like the changing of the seasons

The cycle of the Avatar

Began anew… 


The men were hard at work, loading large nets of fish onto their boats. The sun was setting and the skies were painted with dim pink and orange as the blue of the night began to take hold. The men tightened their fur lined blue coats and worked together to get their meals home to their families. The men of the tribe were strong and powerful. Their strength rivaled that of a polar-bear dog, and their abilities to manipulate water at their command made them all the more powerful. They were a simple folk but worked just as well like a well oiled machine. The winter wonderland was their beloved home, and there was no other place they would rather be.

Bold of cold and winter air 

And mountain rain combining

This icy force both foul and fair 

Has a frozen heart worth mining

So cut through the heart, cold and clear

Strike for love and strike for fear

See the beauty, sharp and sheer

Split the ice apart!

And break the frozen heart

"Come on men!" their leader called out, "Load em up!" the men loaded the fishing nets and began rowing on their canoes in the frozen tundra waters. Some rowed while others used their water manipulation to move themselves. The day was done, time to head back home.

Hyup Ho! Watch your step! Let it go!

Hyup! Ho! Watch your step! Let it go!

Beautiful!

Powerful!

Dangerous!

Cold!

Ice has a magic, can't be controlled

Stronger than one! Stronger than ten!

Stronger than a hundred men!

Hyup!

Bold of cold and winter air 

And mountain rain combining

This icy force both foul and fair 

Has a frozen heart worth mining

So cut through the heart, cold and clear

Strike for love and strike for fear

See the beauty, sharp and sheer

Split the ice apart!

Beware break the frozen heart…

The leader of the fishermen hoisted his catch onto his back as he rode his snowmobile home. There it was, a simple small igloo home with the lights on while smoke was coming out from the hole on the roof. His wife must be getting dinner ready. She always knew when he would arrive. Their connection knew no bounds or limits. He opened the door, feeling his entire world brighten up just by entering. His wife was a vision of beauty. Her pure blue eyes sparkled with such passion and love and her smile could warm any heart. She was his treasure. His everything.

"Tonraq, you're home." she said before kissing his cheek.

"Hello, Senna. How was your day?"

"Oh, fine. If you count changing dippers." she giggled.

"Where is she?"

"Asleep. She just had her dinner. That girl has an appetite as big as yours."

Tonraq chuckled, his strong voice echoing throughout the walls of their home. "I'm gonna go and say goodnight."

"Don't try and wake her up."

"I won't."

Tonraq quietly made his way into the nursery, where alone stood a crib carrying the most beautiful baby ever. She had her mother's eyes and her father's strength. Right now, she was asleep, but whenever she was awake she was a bubbly as a bunny on a bedspread. However, the child sensed her father arrive but instead of crying, she smiled and giggled. Tonraq smiled in return and took the child into his arms. "Hello to you too, sweetheart." he tickled his daughter's chin and sang her her lullaby. It was a song his mother would often sing to him as a child.

The waves roll low

And the waves roll high

And so it goes

Under a bright blue endless sky

Waves try to measure

The days that we treasure

Wave hello, and wave goodbye….

In no more than a few seconds, the baby was sound asleep again and Tonraq gently placed her down. "Sweet dreams, my little princess." 

All was perfect for Tonraq and his family. Each day was filled with joy and laughter. But, as the saying goes. All things….must come to an end.

He didn't know what to think when the windows suddenly broke. The next thing he saw were four people, cloaked in black from the head down, suddenly enter his house. Senna screamed and Tonraq shielded her with his body. The four figures ransacked the place, knocking down the table, smashing the plates and destroying anything in their path. Two of the figures were woman, one taller than the rest while one had no arms, but could manipulate the waters to create tentacle-like appendages, giving her an octopus appearance. The second was a man with long black hair and the third was a man with gray hair tied into a ponytail. Their faces were covered by their masks, but their eyes were visible. Tonraq saw no compassion or humanity in those eyes. He only saw darkness and emptiness and foolishness.

"Where is the child?" the leader asked the family. Tonraq spotted the spilled water on the floor and narrowed his eyes at the intruder. "Answer me!" he demanded.

Thinking fast, Tonraq moved his wrist which, in return, manipulated the waters around him. The water became a whip for him to fight off against the intruders. He heard his child crying from her room. "Senna, get Korra out of here!" he ordered.

Obeying her husband's orders, Senna rushed to fetch their child. The armless woman leaped ahead to stop her but Senna grabbed her frying pan from the floor and hit the opponent in the head, knocking her down. She bursted into the room and took the crying baby into her arms. "It's okay! Mommy's here." Senna heard the sound of an explosion and the entire house's roof was blow up into smithereens. Tonraq was tossed out into the snow by the two men. They were extremely powerful but Tonraq was determined to protect his family. 

Senna ran away from the scene, she didn't want to leave her husband behind, but he would want her to keep going. So she did, no matter how much it broke her heart. Seeing her pray escaping, the tall woman ran after her, sending blasts from her forehead directly at Senna. She didn't have time to question how she did this, she needed to get away and fast. Tonraq used his powers to control the snow beneath him in order to fight the men, hurling shards of ice that could cut through skin in mere seconds, but they managed to dodge his attacks with ease by summersaulting and back flipping out of the way. Their leader was as fast and agile like the wind it was almost terrifying. One of the benders levitated the earth from bellow the snow, summoning a large bolder, and hurled it at Tonraq. He was tossed into the air and landed hard on the snow. He tried to get up but the punches and bruises he had received weighted him down. 

Senna ran as fast as she could, the taller woman was far behind her. One of the explosions managed to knock Senna off of her feet and landed onto her back in the snow, while he kept Korra safe from the impact. The taller woman walked towards her and Senna quickly got up and ran. She had made her way to a large compound that was located in the farthest corner of the village and immediately started banging onto the large doors. "Sanctuary! Please, give us sanctuary!" Senna cried out in plea, right before the woman blasted the walls and the alarms sounded off. But this did not stop her. She ran after Senna once more but the woman was already growing more and more exhausted and was slowing down. The woman managed to finally catch up and grab hold of the child, yanking her away from her mother. She pushed the stubborn Senna down with her foot sending her down where her head collided with a stone. She laid there, not showing any signs of movement.

Once the gates opened, the woman made a mad dash for it, holding the crying baby into her arms. She ran as fast as her legs could carry her, up to the snowy mountains. She had nearly lost sight of them until….

"Stop!"

A voice from above sounded out. The woman looked around, worried if they had found her, but what she saw next surprised her to no end. There stood the most beautiful woman she had ever seen. Her skin was tan but her hair was as white as now. She wore a long violet dress that danced as it she were underwater. Her eyes were pale blue and her lips rosy pink. The woman didn't know what to do. She felt terrified at this creature. 

"Put the child down."

The woman felt she had no other choice and complied. She gently placed the baby down and ran for her dear life. Once she was gone, the mysterious white haired maiden approached the child, who was still crying. 

"Be still, my child. You are safe now."

The child slowly stopped crying as the maiden held her in her arms. She felt so relaxed in her embrace, so at home. The maiden smiled lovingly at the child and gently placed a kiss on her forehead. Suddenly, the left side of the child's hair started to sparkle and change color, turning into a shimmering silver, clashing with her dark brown locks. The maiden placed the child back onto the snow before she vanished into thin air.

"I think I hear something!" 

A search party walked up the mountains at the sound of something. The men wore robes, all colored blue and white, but one man stood out. His clothing was red and yellow and his skin was pale white. His eyes were gray and his beard was dark brown. An arrow mark rested on his balk head and on his hands. He carried the lantern until he found what they were searching for.

"Well, I'll be…."

Laying on the snow, was a small child, crying out for help. The man placed the lantern down and took the child into his arms. He gently tugged on the blanket that kept her warm and took a good look at her bright blue eyes. Immediately, the man felt a strong powerful tug in his heart. The baby smiled at the sight of him, which made him smile as well. The child was a treasure, the very idea that someone would leave a child like this alone in the wilderness was heartbreaking. He then took notice of her hair, which was mostly dark brown but had a single silvery strand across it. It was a bit peculiar but it only enhanced the child's beauty. The rest of the men could not believe their eyes. "Who leaves a baby out in the cold?" one asked.

The man with the arrow stood up, still holding the child in his arms. She took his index finger into her tiny little hands. "Don't worry. You're safe now." he then noticed the small pendent around her neck. It was an oddly styled jewelry, styled into somewhat of a heart shape with blue patters and a four inch star in the center with a white dot. On the back it read the name of the infant, a name that suited her well.

"Let's get you home…Korra."

(~)

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