The Legend of Korra: A New kind of Fairytale

Chapter 11

After a long day at the power plant, Mako headed back home, where Bolin was singing happily to himself. The older brother arched an eyebrow.

"Bolin? You okay?"

"Better than okay! You won't believe what happened to me today!"

"You found a way to earn the money we need for the championship pot?" he asked hopefully.

"Better! I've got a date with Asami Sato!"

Mako shook his head in disbelief, "Say what now? Bo, this isn't the time to be slacking off!"

"I'm not, I'm doing her a favor. Korra's been pretty distant lastly and she needs the company."

"Wait, Korra?"

"Yeah. Asami said she's been avoiding her. You should have seen how upset she was."

Mako's wind wandered off to the blue eyes maiden. He began to ask if anything had happened with her parents. "Did her parents ground her or something?"

"She didn't say."

"Where are you going to meet her?"

"At Kwong's Cuisine."

"That's the fanciest place in the city!" Mako said in awe.

"I know! Well, I better get going. Wish me luck bro!" Bolin nudged Mako's arm and happily walked out of the apartment, clearly on cloud nine.

Mako sighed in defeat and placed his hands on his hips, facing Pabu on the couch. "Well Pabu, looks like it's just you and me." Pabu squeaked and jumped out of the sofa. "Fine, then just me." Mako sat on in his place, sighing from exhaustion. But his mind could not shake off the thought about Korra being distant. If it wasn't that she was grounded then what was it?

He turned around to look at the Air Temple where she lived. He wondered what she was hiding.


Korra was in her room, drawing on her sketchpad. She always had a talent for drawing. She created the most unusual things. She would often draw a twisted looking tree, with no leaves and strange creatures surrounding it. The tree also had an opening that was somewhat shaped like an eye, with a red beam glowing inside it. Korra also made drawings of animals, like one of the now extinct cat-dears, and a strange humanoid lemur-like creature. She had been doing these all day long, not even saying a word to anyone. The door knocked and Kya entered the room with a tray of food.

"Hey, kid. Brought you dinner."

"Thanks." Korra responded blankly, not taking her eyes off of her work. Kya placed the tray on her bed and sighed sadly.

"You know, you can't keep avoiding this."

"Watch me."

Kya knew her niece was stubborn, and she was most certainly not going to accept this easily. "Korra, I know you're confused right now but--"

"What's there to be confused about?" she said, once again, rather bluntly and not even looking at her aunt. "Katara already told me everything, so what's there to talk about?"

"Katara? Since when do you act all formal?"

For a moment, Korra looked up at the woman before her, "Is there a point to this conversation?"

"What is up with you? You're never like this."

"Well, maybe you guys don't know me as well as you thought. I clearly don't know myself either."

"Korra, it's not--"

"Thanks for the food. I'll eat it latter."

It was pretty obvious that Korra was not going to accept this so easily. Not that Kya could blame her. She sadly walked out the door, leaving her niece alone once more. Kya noticed her older brother outside, sharing her concerned expression.

"How she doin'?" Bumi asked.

"Not good. I've never seen her so upset."

"She just needs time. This was a pretty big bucket of information she just got."

"But how long do we have to wait? Shouldn't she start her training soon?"

"Kya, have a little faith Korra will make the right choice."

Korra, however, heard every word from her door. Her anger fumed and she wanted so badly to get out. Clearly, being cooped up in her room wasn't helping her, and her mind was filled with too many questions now. It was time for her to do something. She reached for the phone and dialed a number.

"Hello?"

"Hi, Mr. Sato. It's Korra."

"Oh, Korra! Haven't heard from you in a while."

"Is Asami there?"

"I'm sorry sweetie, she stepped out tonight."

Korra's shoulders dropped in disappointment, "Oh. Well, could you tell her I called?"

"Of course. You take care, my dear."

"I will. Bye." she hung up and looked out the window, spotting the arena across the bay. Then, a mischievous grin appeared on her face. "Well, time for me to have some fun too."

She was stopped when Twilight chirped in her face.

"I don't care!" Korra responded, "I can't stay cooped up in here anymore." Twilight chirped once more, "No way! I'm not telling them anything." this time, Fluttershy chirped, "I'll be fine, they're going to have to get use to me not being around." Korra took her shoulder bag and prepared to exit through her window…again. Applejack chirped, "Where am I going?...to live!"

Korra leaped out of the window, wearing a determined expressions, while the dragon birds looked on with worry. Korra has gone to the edge.


Mako was having a lazy evening, just reading some old books. Then, he heard th sound of something hitting the side of the window. He opened them and looked down bellow to see Korra, waving at him.

"Korra? What are you doing here?"

"Is Bolin with you?"

"No he…" he wondered if he should tell her about his brother's date with her best friend. Maybe it was best he didn't. "He went out."

"Got any plans tonight?" she asked rather bluntly.

"Not really, why?"

"Good, meet me down here."

"What?"

"Come on, Fire Ferret, I don't have all night!"

Mako had no idea what came over her but whatever it was, he was now determined to find out. Korra waited outside of the arena when Mako stepped out. Pabu accompanied him, the little mammal rested on his shoulder. "What's going on?" He asked, wanting to get to the bottom of things. "Why did you want to meet me?"

"There'st this great club downtown. Fun music, lost of dancing."

"Yeah, and?"

"And, we're going!"

"Wait, what?"

"You can thank me latter." Korra took him by the wrist and dragged him along, much to his surprise.

Mako managed to break free of her hold, "Wait, I didn't agree to this."

"Mako, all I want is to have one night of fun. That's all I'm asking."

But he could tell that something was definitely off about Korra at the moment. "Are you okay? You don't seem like yourself."

Korra didn't want any lectures. She just wanted a night to forget about everything. She didn't know what else to do. The smart thing would be to accept all of this, but she didn't want to leave behind everything she's hoped for. So, if she really was destined to take on this mantel, then she was going to make the most of tonight.

"Look, things are…crazy right now and, I just need to take my mind off of them."

"You sure running away from your problems is such a good idea?" Mako asked sympathetically.

But Korra had others was to persuade him. "Okay, fine." she said casually with a smile, "I suppose you'd rather spend your night all alone. Must be pretty boring and sad for a big time pro-bending star like yourself. Or maybe you're just afraid of having a little fun."

This was enough to get his full attention. "Excuse me?"

"You heard me. You never did strike me as the 'go with the flow' kind of guy."

"Korra, I know what you're trying to do and it's not going to work."

"Oh come on! Please." Korra had to use her second weapon; the three b's. Big. Baby. Blues.

Her big blue eyes could melt any heart, not even Lin could resist them when Korra was young. Her eyes shimmered with hope as Mako gazed into them. She really wanted this. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad, and maybe whatever it was that was bothering he he could help her figure it out.

"Okay, okay! I'll go!"

"Yes!" Korra leaped for joy and dragged him by grabbing his wrist. Mako had a feeling he was going to regret this decision.


Bolin never felt more out of place in his life. The restaurant was so large and extravagant, and he was just…ordinary. He looked down at his cloths and then back at the building. Asami said all he needed to do was show up, so he should trust her.

Right?…

Once inside, he was greeted by a skinny man in a typical waiter's uniform. He was snooty looking with spectacles and long mustache. "Welcome to Kwong's Cuisine Master Bolin." he bowed so low his nose practically touched the floor.

Bolin arched an eyebrow, "Uh…master?"

The waiter led Bolin to a room, where he got him to change from his typical clothing and began putting on some very expensive clothing. He also styled his hair, shinned his shoes, even gave him some breath spray. Once he was done, Bolin whistled at his new look.

"Swanky."

"This way, please."

The waiter led Bolin to his table, where Asami was already waiting for him. She smiled his way, the bright golden lights of the restaurant made her skin look radiant as ever. She wore a stunning long red dress with golden earrings, bracelets and a beret in her long shimmering raven hair. He gulped nervously, already feeling hot around the collar. He too his seat beside her in the elegantly styled rounded table.

"Wow, this place is really…really something." Bolin tried his best to sound classy and casual as he could.

"Hey, relax." Asami assured him, "Just be yourself."

"It's not easy. I mean, this is waaaaaaay out of my league."

Another waiter walked up to the two and placed their meal on the table, "Tonight, for your dinning pleasure Miss Sato, I present a seared wild Kyoshi elephant koi, paired with a ginger-infused pea tendril and hibiscus root salad."

"Stunning. Thank you."

The waiter bowed before leaving. "Wow," Bolin said in awe, "Even the way they say the food is fancy."

Asami giggled, "Wait until you taste it."

Bolin took a bite of the food and smiled in satisfaction, "Mmmm. I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical when he said "pea tendrils", but this is delicious."

"I know, right. I don't think I've ever had a bad meal in my life."

"Oh, I had plenty when Mako and I were living in the streets. I mean, you'd be surprised how bad food from a dumpster can be."

Asami looked at him with sympathy, "I'm so sorry, I didn't know."

"No, no, it's okay, that's all in the past. Things are great now. Well, as great as they can be." he said somewhat doubtfully.

"Well, at least you get to play in the championship tournament." she said encouragingly.

But Bolin looked distraught. "Yeah, well…maybe next year."

"What do you mean? You made it in?"

"Yeah well, it's just not in the cards right now."

Asami reached for his hand, griping it, "Tell me. What's the problem?"

Bolin sighed sadly, "We don't have the cash for the championship pot. So, unless some money magically falls from the sky, it looks like we're out of the run."

"That's not fiar."

"Tell me about it. Mako's been working extra at the power plant and I hoped Pabu's circus act would help but…I guess we're just out of luck now."

Asami hatted seeing this sweet guy so sad. Then, she got a great idea. "Hey, maybe I can have a word with my dad!"

"Your dad? Hiroshi Sato?"

"Duh! He's always had a soft spot for people in need, I bet he'd be more than happy to help you guys out. He can sponsor for your team."

"Wow, you'd do that?"

"Of course. Like Korra always says; It's my money, I can do what I want with it. And what I want is to help you."

"Asami…you are one of a kind."

The heiress felt her cheeks flush and her heart skip a beat. Bolin really liked spending time with Asami and he definitely wanted to get to know her better.


Meanwhile, Korra had brought Mako to the club she had said earlier. Only, it wasn't what he originally imagined…which was a big relief.

It wasn't a crazy club with crazy people doing questionable things. It was a very upbeat but also casual and even family oriented place. People were even there with their kids, and some teenagers spending time with their friends. The drinks they served were safe as well. He and Korra sat on a simple little table near the window when the waiter handed them their drinks and chips with dip. Despite the much more mellow appearance, the music was still very upbeat for one to dance to.

"I have to admit, I'm surprised you picked this place."

"Why is that?" Korra asked.

"Well, I thought you meant some place wild and crazy but this is…"

"Different?"

"Yeah."

"Hey, I may want to have some fun but even I have standards." Korra said before taking a sip of her drink.

"So, just out of curiosity, why did you really want to come here?" he asked.

"Why do you keep asking questions?"

"It's just…when you came to the arena, you seemed…different."

"Different how?"

"I don't know, like you weren't yourself."

Korra crossed her arms and leaned back on her her chair, "Oh, and who is 'myself', exactly?"

"Well, for one, it's clear you're a person who knows what she wants, and it just seems like you're trying to avoid something, which doesn't really seem like something you would do."

"You've only known me for a few days and you already think you know me better than I do?"

He realized that she was still trying to avoid talking about whatever it was she was trying to hide from. He decided to play along, "Okay, you have a good point there. Well, if you wanted to have fun, why did you choose me?"

"Asami was out, on a date with your brother I assume."

Mako's eyes winded and he nearly spit out his drink. "What?! How did you--"

"You didn't think I'd put two and two together? Plus, she's been eying him since day one. I knew it was only a matter of time."

"Wow…" Mako said in awe, "I guess there's one last thing I need to worry about."

Korra chuckled, "Relax, she won't hurt him. Asami's the most trustworthy person I know."

"Then, why did you shut her out?"

Korra's gaze fell to the table and began stirring the straw in her drink. Mako realized he REALLY needed to work on his communication skills more. He had a bad habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Bolin was right, he did need to fix his social skills.

"It's not just Asami." Korra admitted, "It's my whole family."

"You're still mad at your father for what he did?"

"It's…it's more complicated than that. Let's just say, they told me something about…about my birth parents and where I came from. And now, I'm not even sure who I am anymore. Being around the people I grew up with only makes it harder because, I've been a certain somebody to them for so long and now, I feel like a stranger to them."

Mako was also smart enough to put two and two together. "And that's why you choose me. Because, like you, I'm a stranger too."

"Well, not that much of a stranger now but, yeah." she hung her head in shame, "You must think I'm a real jerk right now, hu?"

Mako chuckled, "Takes one to know one."

Korra chuckled as well, then she smiled when the music changed. "I love this song!" she quickly got up and took his hand, but Mako was reluctant. "Come on, dance with me."

"I don't know."

"You danced before, remember? At my party?"

"Yeah but, that was just one time."

"Quit being such a sour puss!" she finally managed to drag him out of his chair and led him to the dance floor. The moment he saw Korra laugh and dance with such joy, he knew this was the Korra was coming to know.


After dinner, Bolin took Asami by the hand. "Where are we going?" she asked.

"I want to show you something." Bolin took Asami to a place she had only been to a few times.

Harmony Tower.

When she was little, her father would take her there to look down at the city from above. It was always so captivating, but ever since her mother passed and her father got busy with work, Asami hardly visited. he tower was made of metal, stretched upwards elegantly, with beams reaching closer to each other that culminated a small curricular structure on the top, which held an open-air observation deck. The young man led the young heiress to the very top of the tower, which radiated with gold due to its lights. Asami sighed as she gazed not only at the city, but the silvery blue moon above their heads.

"This is so beautiful. I could stay up here forever."

"My parents use to take me and Mako up here. My mom would say the exact same thing."

Asami found it so fascinating that Bolin was so comfortable speaking about his parents like this. "What happened to them?" she asked.

"They were killed by a firebender when I was young. Mako shielded me from seeing what happened."

Asami gasped in horror, "I'm so sorry. I lost my mother when I was very young too. But, I'm pretty sure your parents would be incredibly proud of you, Bolin."

Bolin the cracked up a smile. "Look at us, talking about our folks, sharing stories, supporting each other." then, to his surprise, Asami rested her head on his shoulder.

"It's nice."

Bolin did the boldest thing he had ever done…he wrapped his arm around Asami, and she snuggled closer to him, resting her hand on his chest. Never had Bolin felt such a warm and wonderful feeling in all of his life. This truly was a magical night

Bolin: Living in my own world

Didn't understand

That anything can happen

When you take a chance

Asami: I never believed in

What I couldn't see

I never opened my eyes

To all the possibilities

Oh

Togeher; I know, that something has changed

Never felt this way

And right here tonight

This could be the start of something new

It feels so right to be here with you

Oh

And now, looking in your eyes

I feel in my heart

The start of something new

As the two enjoyed their evening, Korra managed to get Mako to dance and have fun. To his astonishment, he was actually enjoying himself.

Bolin: Now who had ever thought that

We'd both be here tonight

Asami: And the world looks so much brighter

Bolin: Brighter, brighter

Asami; With you by my side

Bolin: By my side

Together: I know, that something has changed

Never felt this way

And right here tonight

This could be the start of something new

It feels so right to be here with you

Oh

And now, looking in your eyes.

I feel in my heart

The start of something new

Bolin: I never knew that it could happen till it happened to me

Oh, yeah

Asami: I didn't know it before but now it's easy to see

Together: That it's the start of something new

It feels so right to be here with you

Oh

And now, looking in your eyes.

I feel in my heart

That it's the start of something new

It feels so right

Asami: To be here with you

Together: And now looking in your eyes

I feel in my heart

Bolin: The start of something new

Asami: Start of something new

Together: The start of something new

This truly was the start of something new for Asami and Bolin. But, little did anyone know, it was kind of the same for Korra and Mako as well. Even if they themselves weren't aware of it. Asami and Bolin took a moonlit stroll, simply enjoying each other's company. Neither of them wanted the night to end. Suddenly, the two heard a sound from nearby. They could sense a presence surrounding them. They were not alone.

Bolin instinctively shielded Asami, "Who's there?" he demanded to know.


Meanwhile, not to far away, Korra and Mako were laughing as they walked down the street. "You know, this was actually a lot of fun." Mako confessed.

"I knew you'd love it. Thanks for accompanying me."

"No problem. Not like I had much of a choice." he said jokingly, "I mean, you've got the strength of a full grown polar bear-dog."

"I'll take that as a compliment, City Boy." they strolled along for a few more moments until Korra broke the silence, "Can I ask you something?" he nodded his head in yes, "You mentioned to me you lost your parents…how did it happen?"

Mako turned to look her in the eye once they both stopped, "They were mugged. By a firebender. He cut them down right in front of me. I was eight."

Korra's heart sank for the poor boy. "I'm so sorry." she said. It was pretty much all she could say. There was really nothing else a person could say that would take away the pain of losing ones parents. To comfort him, he gripped his hand tightly, taking him by surprise. "You're not alone you know."

Suddenly, the two were startled when they heard the sound of a woman screaming. Instinctively, the two ran towards the scene, turning around a street corner and finding a person laying on the ground, apparently bruised. Korra rushed towards the figure, recognizing who it was.

"Asami!"

Her best friend, wearing her favorite red dress and was knocked out cold. Korra noticed the darts on her back. But they were not alone. Mako witnessed his brother, also having been knocked out and wounded. He quickly helped his brother to his feet but he looked so week and defeated. His body had several darts around it.

"I can't bend." he said, nearly out of breath before dozing off.

Then, suddenly, Korra saw four more figures appear in front of them wearing full body suites and green googled over their eyes with masks that covered their whole faces. Korra was just about ready to fight until she was suddenly hit with something from behind. She removed the object, finding it was some kind of dart. Then, more darts were shot at her, and even Mako. One by one, the darts slowly started to weaken them. Korra realized her vision was getting hazy, feeling woozier by the minute. She leaned against a wall, witnessing Mako, Asami and Bolin on the ground before all went black. All she saw was the green glowing orbs.

…………

"Korra….Korra….wake up, child."

Korra opened her eyes, but she was no longer on the streets, but in what appeared to be a blanket of white shimmering snow. There was no sky, or land, just snow and a pale blue blank space around her.

A light shimmered and a figure emerged from the light. Korra immediately recognized it.

"Yue?"

"Hello Korra. It's been so long."

"What's going on? Where am I? Why are you--"

"At ease, child. I know you're confused, and angry and scared. But running away from your problems isn't going to solve anything."

"What am I suppose to do?! I didn't ask for any of this! I was so close to finally having my own life and now it's gone! I never wanted this destiny, I never wanted any of this! Why did you choose me?!"

"I didn't choose you. Fate did."

"Well you can tell fate to back off!"

"Korra, there are so many things in this world we just don't understand. But everything happens for a reason, just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there. I know you didn't ask to be the Avatar, but it is a reality you must accept."

"But why? Why couldn't somebody else do it?"

"Korra, do you not realize that you have been preparing for this your whole life? Think about it. Ever since you were a child, you were gifted with such love and compassion. You were always strong, unyielding and fearless. People thrive so hard to achieve something, try so hard to be the best they can be. But you Korra, you have more kindness and courage in your little finger, than most people posses in their whole body. You were always gifted with a strong and beautiful spirit. It is that spirit that makes a great Avatar."

Korra tried to absorb all the spirit had said. Maybe, maybe she had been a bit too hard on all of this.

"You were just looking at this the wrong way." said Yue, "Instead of the end of your goals, think of it as a new adventure."

"But…how will I know if I really will be a good Avatar?"

"Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy…"

………….

"Yue!"

Korra opened her eyes, her vision was coming back. She was still in the same place she was before, she had no idea how many hours had passed. She saw her friend on the ground and stood up to wake her.

"Asami! Asami, wake up!"

The heiress opened her bright green eyes and looked up at her friend. Then, she gasped once she realized what had happened. "Bolin! They took him!"

Korra too gasped once she realized who else they had taken. "And Mako too!"

"Wait, you were with Mako?"

"Don't change the subject!"

The two girls stood up and inspected their bodies for any injuries. So far, all was clear. "What happened?" Korra asked.

"Bolin and I were just walking when these freaks ambushed up and shot us with tranquilizer darts. They moved so fast I couldn't fight back. Who were they?"

"Equalists." Korra responded with a serious face.

"The guys who work for that anti-bending guy with the mask?"

"Yeah, Amon. We already know how he feels about benders. And if he took the boys, it can't be good."

"What do we do now?"

Korra turned around to face her, determined to save there friends. "We have to find them."

"How? They could be anywhere."

"We won't be able to on foot. Where's your car?"

"Back home getting repairs, I took a cap tonight."

"What about your moped?"

"Still recovering from the last thrill ride."

"Seriously?"

"I was having a bad day!"

Korar face palmed herself as she tried to figure out a way to save the boys.

"Maybe we should go to the police." Asami suggested.

"Are you nuts?! If Lin finds out I snuck off again, my parents will never let me leave the house again!"

"Well, then what else do you suggest, cause I've got nothing!"

Korra pondered for a moment, when she remembered something and she smiled.

(~)

She knocked on the door and a forty-year-old, strong, bulk and intimidating-looking man with greasy hair emerged. Korra smiled at him, "Hey, Chin. Can I borrow your bike?"

(~)

With Asami sitting on the back, Korra revved up the engine, "Thanks again."

"It's the least I can do after you cured Fluffy's injured paw." said Chin as he stroked his pet rabbit in his arms. For a strong looking man, he was really a softy at heart.

"I'll bring it back as soon as possible." Korra saluted and rode off, whit Asami holding on tightly. Even though she loved the speed, sometimes Korra was even speedier than she was. Chin waved goodbye to the girls as they rode off.

"So, what exactly is the plan?" Asami asked, speaking loudly due to the sound of the motor and the speed they were going.

"Try and find the truck, get the boys out and punch those Equalists in the face!"

"Good plan. So, can you explain why you were out with Mako and not tell me anything?"

"Why didn't you tell me about Bolin?"

"Tuche."

(Proverbs 31:9)
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