The Legend of Korra: A New kind of Fairytale

Chapter 10

Lin personally escorted Korra back home. The two rode on the ferry that took them to the island. Throughout the whole time, Korra was as silent as a mouse, nothing but the sound of the waves was heard. Lin was silent as well, she was never that good at talking with kids. Particularly emotional teenagers. But, she had known Korra since she was little, maybe it wouldn't be so hard. The woman spoke up, "You really had everyone worried." she said calmly with a soft expression.

"Sorry." was all the teenager said. Her gaze directly on the ocean. Whenever she felt alone, the sea always calmed her right down. The more she gazed at the mesmerizing waves, she could suddenly hear that voice again.


She quickly shook her head and the voices stopped. Lin leaned against the side of the boat beside the young teen. "Look, I'm not very good at this but, if…if you ever want to talk…I'm here for you."

Korra smiled. She knew Lin wasn't exactly the most sentimental woman on the planet, but she knew she had a good heart. "Thanks, Lin."

It didn't take long for the ferry to finally reach the docks, where Korra's family was waiting for her. The Air Acolytes placed the catwalk down, allowing the two to walk down. Jinora, Ikki and Meelo were the first to hug their sister.


The teen hugged them in return, happy to be in the embrace of her siblings. Kya, Bumi and Katara hugged her next, followed by Pema. "We were so worried! Where have you been?"

"I was with some friends."

"But we called Asami and--"

"It wasn't Asami, some new friends I made."

Tenzin arched an eyebrow, "New friends? Is it that boy from last night?" he asked suspiciously, which only annoyed his daughter.

Pema gasped, "A boy?!"

"His name is Mako," she said sternly to Tenzin, "and nothing happened! Look, I'm perfectly fine."

Katara had to sternly nudge her youngest son on the elbow, and he rubbed the area where she had hit him. "Tenzin, don't you think she's had enough?" the elderly woman took her granddaughter and led her inside.

Pema turned to Lin, "Thank you so much for bringing her home."

"Of course."

"How did you find her?" Tenzin asked.

"My police found her at the park."

"Was she with anyone?"

"Tenzin!" his wife interrupted him sternly, "Honestly, our daughter is finally home and all you can think about is punishing her!"

"I'm not trying to punish her but she shouldn't have run off like that!"

Lin intervened, "If I may say something, I think Pema's right. Korra's really been through something, I'm not sure what but she won't talk about it. Maybe you should try and actually listen to what she has to say."

In her room, Korra finally changed out of her party outfit and into her normal cloths while Katara combed her long hair. She always loved doing this, her granddaughter's hair was so silky soft and she especially loved combing the part of it that was silver.

"You're awfully quiet." she said.

Korra sighed as the comb went through her hair, untangling it, while the dragon birds rested on the window sill, sharing her disappointment.

"If you don't want to talk, I won't force you."

Korra knew she had to tell someone sooner or latter. She had tried to forget what happened last night, hoping it was all a dream. But deep down inside, she knew this wasn't true. She sighed and made up her mind.

"Where did I come from?" Katara stopped combing her hair after she asked the question, which she asked again, "How did dad really find me?"

Katara gently placed the comb down and took a deep breath. The moment of truth has arrived. "I'm sure you're also curious as to how you firbended last night."

Korra gasped and jumped out of the bed, "How did you--"

"I knew this day would come. Just as she had predicted."

"She? Who's she? Gran Gran, what's going on? What don't I know?"

"Sit down dear, I can expl--"

"No! I want to know the truth!"

Katara didn't react. She was perfectly calm and collected. "Just, please try to understand."

"I can't until you tell me."

For a brief moment, the room was silent. Korra then finally sat down, patiently awaiting for answers. "Korra, I have told you many times you were special. But, even I didn't know then just how special you truly are."

Korra listened attentively as Katara narrated.

"It was a cold winter's night at the South Pole, only three months had passed since my husband died. But the moment your father walked into the room, holding this precious little creature from above, all of my sorrows disappeared in an instant. For years, I felt such an attachment to you. You reminded me so much of Aang. His kindness, his courage, his laughter, everything. One day, a few weeks before your birthday, I had this dream. I heard a voice, calling to me."

"A…a voice?" Korra asked, her breath caught in her throat.

"Then I saw her…this beautiful maiden with shimmering hair, white as now, eyes as blue as the sea, and a dress, long and flowing, moving like the ocean waves. I knew who she was in an instant. Yue."

"The moon spirit? From the stories you told me?"

"The very same. She told me the truth about you…about your parents."

The minute the words left her mouth, Korra felt dizzy. She rested her head into her hands. She was too stunned to speak, but Katara didn't stop. She needed to know the rest.

"You were born to a lovely water tribe couple who loved you more than life itself."

"What happened?" Korra finally said, "If they loved me why was I left alone?"

"It wasn't their choice. One night, your home was attacked. Your father fought with all of his might, but even he strong enough to defeat them. Your mother ran, holding you tightly. But eventually, she was caught, and she fell to the ground, hitting her head against a stone." she didn't bother explaining the rest for she knew Korra had connected the dots already, "Nobody found your father, but it was clear he didn't make it either. One of the intruders had you, but Yue intervened. She saved you and led Tenzin to you."

Korra had had enough, she stood up, shaking her head in disbelief, "This had got to be a joke. You seriously expect me to believe that I was visited by some spirit?"

"I can prove it."


"Look in the mirror." Korra was confused but she complied, starring at her reflection in her bedside vanity mirror. "The evidence is on you."

It only took her a second to realize what she meant. The silver streak she always had, ever since she was a baby. All this time, she thought it was from genetic mutation or something, but…could it really be the sign of a spirit?

"You were kissed by the moon spirit, to protect you."

"Protect me? From what?"

"From the dangers of the world. From the people who tried to take you."

"Why did they want to take me? What do I have that's so special?"

"They wanted to take you because of your connection to Aang."

Korra shook her head, "Connection? What connection, I'm not really related to him!"

"That's not entirely true." Korra was now even more confused. "Your grandfather was the Avatar who died exactly seventeen years ago today. He passed on the same day you were born."

The dragon birds all watched with anticipation and Korra's eyes grew wide, her heart was beating faster than a roadrunner. This couldn't mean what she thought it meant.

"Yesterday, you noticed strange things happening to you, right? Things like maybe water getting stuck on your hands, that earth disk moving at your command at the pro-bending ring, and last night when you unleashed fire at the park. And the voices ringing in your head."

"How could you possibly know all of that?! I didn't tell you any of it!"

"But Yue showed me what you would go through. I wanted to wait for the right moment to explain it all to you. Korra, my sweet, darling Korra….you….are the Avatar."

The world suddenly stopped, everything Korra ever knew was crumbling down around her. Her grandmother just revealed to her the biggest and most unbelievable truth the world had ever known. This couldn't be true, she had read all about the Avatar and the responsibilities it carried. She didn't know if she could handle any of that.

"That…that's impossible! The Avatar cycle was broken, nobody could find the new Avatar after Aang died!"

"No, they didn't. That's because she was hidden in plain sight."

"But why?! Why is this happening now, I've been a non-bender my whole life!"

"Yue's kiss kept your true elemental powers in dormant, so you would be safe. Now that you're seventeen, your powers are awakening. Which means, the time has come for the Avatar to return and take on your rightful place in keeping peace and balance in the world."

No, just no. This was all way too much for Korra. This couldn't be the truth. "Are you crazy? You expect me to protect the whole world? I can't even keep balance within my own family!"

Katara stood up and tried to ease her granddaughter's anxiety, "Korra, I know this is a lot to take in, but you you need to know the truth about who you are."

"I know who I am! I'm Korra, I'm a normal teenager who just wants to find her own path not some mythical savior! I don't want to accept this and I don't want to be the Avatar!"

In a flash, Korra ran out of her room in tears, ignoring the calls of her grandmother across the halls. She ran pass her parents and the Air Acolytes, letting her tears fall from her eyes as she did. She didn't stop until she reached the gazebo near the cliffside, where she broke down crying. She was so confused, she knew her grandmother would never make up something like this and she knew it wasn't some crazy old person's delusions. Katara was far too smart and healthy to imagine this. A part of her was saying this was true, but another part wanted to dismiss it.

She never asked to be the Avatar and she didn't want to have this destiny. She didn't want to have these powers or this tittle. She didn't even know who she was anymore.

She didn't even come inside that night, her family sat in the dinning room, sadly hoping Korra would enter the room, but no sign of her. It was poring outside and Korra was hiding underneath the statue of a lion turtle, letting the rain soak her to the bone. Her head was buried in her arms, which she rested on her knee. She looked down at the puddle beneath her, staring at her reflection. She didn't even know who she was anymore. She tried to see the person she always knew she was, but now, all she could hear at the back of her mind was the word 'Avatar', repeating in her head, over and over and over again.

She felt like her entire identity has been sucked right up from under her.

From where she stood, she could see the outlines of her family in the window of the dinning hall. She couldn't hear what they were saying, but she could see her grandmother speaking with everyone, and they all reacted in a way that looked shocked and amazed. She could only assume Katara was revealing what she had said to her earlier, about her true identity.

She knew she couldn't be mad at Katara, the last thing she wanted was to hurt her and it was clear in her voice that was the last thing her ran ran wanted to do. Nobody knew Katara like Korra did, so she knew she was telling her all of this for a reason.

But, to give up everything she's ever dreamed off? Her hopes, her goals, her friends, maybe even the chances of her finding somebody to love and starting a family if she ever decided on it in the future, and if she did it would also have to be sacrificed. She knew Aang, as hard as he tried, wasn't always the best father. He meant well, but his destiny kept him from being a regular father, and it was not only hard for him, but for Katara and their children. Everything she ever wanted would have to be sacrificed for the greater good. The last thing Korra wasted was to be selfish, and she was far from it, but she was afraid of change. Afraid of changing everything she ever knew about her life.

What was she suppose to do?

The day a door is closed

The echoes fill your soul

They won't say which way to go

Just trust your heart

To find what you're hear for

Open another door

But I'm sure anymore

It's just so hard

Korra stood up from the statue and walked around the temple, letting the rain waters soak her body without a care. She needed the soothing embrace of the rain. And she needed to express how she was feeling.

Voices in my head

Tell me they know best

Got me on the edge

They're pushing, pushing, they're pushing

I know they've got a plan

Put the choice in my hands

This time it's only me

I'm driving, fighting inside

A world that's upside down

It's spinning faster

What do I do now?

Who am I?

I don't know, where to go

What's the right way?

I want my own thing

So bad I'm gonna scream!

I can't choose, so confused

What's it all mean?

I want my own dream.

So bad I'm gonna scream!

Korra was unleashing everything she felt. Frustration, confusion, despair, everything as she kicked the dirt beneath her feat and the rain continued to pour.

I'm kicking down the walks

I gotta make 'em fall

Just break through 'em all

I'm punching, crashing, I'm gonna

Fight to find myself

Me, and no one else

Which way? I can't tell

I'm searching, searching, can't find a

Road that I should take

I should, turn right or left it…

It's like nothing works

Who am I?

I don't know, where to go

What's the right way?

I want my own thing

So bad I'm gonna scream!

I can't choose, so confused

What's it all mean?

I want my old dream

So bad I'm gonna scream!

Oh, the clock's running down

Hear the words getting loud

I'm consumed by the sound

Should I go?

Should I stay?

Will it ever be enough?

Oh, will I ever be enough!

I don't know, where to go

What's the right way?

I want my own thing

So bad I'm gonna scream!

I can't choose, so confused

What's it all mean?

I want my old dream

So bad I'm gonna scream!

Korra let out the loudest and most powerful scream she had ever released in her life. She got down on her knees as the rain slowly cleared up. She panted, placing her hands on the wet grass. She released all of her emotions, everything she was feeling. She felt liberated to let it all out. But the question still remained.

Should she consider what her grandmother told her? Should she embrace this?

The following morning, Mako and Bolin were training in the gym. Their next match was going to be in only a couple of months, and now, they were one bender short. Mako tossed the ball across the room, and Bolin stumbled once he caught it.

"I can't believe Hasook quit on us like that! That idiot!" the firebender was fuming mad, they were so close to getting to the championship and now they had not waterbender.

"Hey, chill out bro. I'm sure we can find a replacement before the tournament."

"How? It'll take us weeks just to find a good enough waterbender."

"Hey, maybe we can ask Korra is she knows anybody." Bolin suggested with a smile, "Haven't heard from her in a while."

It has been only two days since they last saw their friend, and so far there was not a word from her. Mako, though he would never admit it out loud, was actually getting worried. He hoped things were going alright with her and her family.

"Hey, you okay?" Bolin asked, noticing how his brother was so silent.

"Hu? Oh, yeah, yeah I'm fine."

But Bolin could tell something was not right with his older brother. "No, I'm serious bro. I mean, you're restless, you're barely eating anything, you keep zoning out every few minutes and….oh my gosh! It's Korra isn't it?!"

Mako's eyes widened in shock, "What?! No, of course not!"

"It is, I can see it in your eyes, you like her!"

"I do not!" Mako exclaimed defensively, but he could still feel the blush creeping up on his cheeks.

"Oh, denial is the clincher! You sooooo like her!"

"I do not, she's just a friend, that's all."

"A friend? Since when do you make friends?"

"Well…since now, I guess."

Bolin smiled in triumph, "I can't believe it! Mako's got a crush, Mako's got a crush!"

Mako wanted so badly to sleep his brother in the face. There was no way he had a crush on Korra. Okay, she was very nice, and pretty and did make him feel kind of happy when she was around, and she understood what it was like not to have biological parents. But, she was still so stubborn and idealistic, but also sweet and innocent and loved animals, not to mention smart and fit. But, why would he waste his time with a girlfriend when he had so much more to do. Even though he was still skeptical on having feelings for her, he was certain of one thing though….he did care about her as a person who also cared about him in some way.

"There are my hard working street urchins!"

The brothers turned around to see a tall man in a fancy suite and top hat walk into the gym. Mako greeted him, "Butaka, what's up?"

Butaka was the owner of the arena and the boy's boss. He reached into his pocket and took out a huge watt of cash. "I came to give you your winnings from the last match."

Mako smiled broadly once the money was placed on his hand. Nothing felt better than getting what he earned. But just as he was about to place them in his pocky, Butaka stopped him.

"Ah, ah, ah, not so fast. First, you owe me for the gym equipment rentals from last month." he took a large portion of the money from Mako's hand, much to his dismay, "Rent on your apartment, and the personal lone for groceries."

Pretty soon, Mako's hand was completely empty. There was no money left. He then shot an annoyed glare at his brother.

"What? I'm a growing boy!"

"Oh, and one more small last detail." said Butaka, "The Fire Ferrets need to have thirty thousand yuans for the championship pot."

"Thirty thousand yuans?!" Bolin's eyes bulged open in shock.

"Sorry boys. You got till the end of the week to come up with the doe or else you're out of the tournament." Butaka exited the gym, leaving the brothers distraught.

Mako angrily kicked the ground, "Great. Now how are we gonna come up with the money?"

Bolin the got a great idea, "Oh, I know! I've been training Pabu to do circus tricks, now people would pay big money for that."

Mako rolled his eyes, "Come on Bolin, we need serious ideas."

"I was being serious." the earthbender said sadly.

"Don't sweat it. I'll find a way to come up with the money." Mako said as he took his gym bag and swung it over his shoulder. "I always do."

The rest of the day, Bolin tried to come up with ways to help his brother. He figured he could work extra hours at the pharmacy….or….

"Come one, come all to see Pabu, the amazing Fire Ferret!"

Wearing a fake mustache and red vest, and his pet wearing a green shirt with a fez, Bolin decided to give his circus act a try. He at least wanted to see if it would work. Pabu performed several tricks, and only one passing bystander handed him a yuan.

"Thank you, thank you folks, you are too kind. You can place your money right here on this…that's fine, fine." he sighed as he looked at what he made so far. "One yuan down. Only forty-nine thousand, four hundred and ninety nine to go." maybe this was a dumb idea after all.

However, his luck seemed to be changing when another person handed him a lot of cash and placed it into the can, much to his delight.

"Wow! Thanks….Asami?"

The beautiful heiress smiled at the earthbender. "Hey, Bolin."

"Hey, hi! Wow, I didn't expect to see you here."

"Nor did I expect to find you here doing a cute little circus act." she said sweetly.

Bolin blushed bashfully, "Oh, yeah, it's kinda silly isn't it?"

"No, it's cute." she said honestly with a dazzling smile.

"So, how ya been?" he asked, "Haven't seen you around lately."

"I've been kinda busy."

"How's Korra doing?"

Asami's gaze fell to her feet, "Um, she's…okay."

"You don't sound like she's okay?"

"Honestly, I have no idea what's going on. I tried calling her but her folks keep telling me she doesn't want to talk. I went to visit her yesterday but she said she 'needed time to think' and didn't explain what. She's completely shut me out and I have no idea why."

Bolin felt sympathy for the woman, "Sorry to hear that." his face them beamed as he got an idea, "Hey, a pretty girl like you shouldn't be mopping around. Why don't we hang out, Mako's busy, Korra's busy, just two folks hanging out. Together. The two of us. Together."

Asami had to admit, it did sound like a nice idea. And she was feeling a bit lonely without Korra around. Maybe some time with a new friend wouldn't be so bad after all.

"Okay, how about tonight. Eight o'clock, Kwong's Cuisine." she said confidently before walking off, but Bolin stopped her.

"Wait! Kwong's? Um, I don't have any cloths for a place that classy."

"I'll take care of that, all you need to do is show up. So…it's a date then?"

Bolin's eyes widened and his heart speeded up. "Date?" he asked, Asami nodded. "Uh, yeah I guess so. I'll see you tonight then."

Asami smiled before walking off, her long raven hair bellowing in the wind. Bolin sighed dreamingly as she left. Maybe this circus act wasn't such a bad idea after all.

It did score him a date with a beautiful girl with a great personality.

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