As the two friends drove off, Asami began asking her friend questions. "What were you doing out here? I thought you were mopping back home."
"I was, but I thought maybe I could use a night out."
"Hey, I called you first but your dad said you were out."
"So, you picked him." she said with a knowing grin.
"It's not what you think." Korra stated, already getting annoyed for she could practically sense Asami's grin from behind her. "It wasn't a date!"
"I didn't say anything."
"You were thinking it."
"I think I saw something. Turn right!" Korra complied and turned the bike to the right, and they spotted a furry creature climbing up a street sign. "That's Pabu!" said Asami. The little creature, recognizing Asami, climbed down and up to her shoulders and Korra began asking the mammal some questions.
"Pabu, did you see where they took Mako and Bolin?" The ferret squeaked in his own language and Korra listened attentively. It still amazed Asami how Korra was able to understand animals almost as well as a human. Once the mammal stopped 'speaking', Korra nodded her head. "Show us the way."
Pabu scurried over to Korra's shoulder and pointed onwards. She revved up the engine and drove off, catching Asami by surprise.
All through the night, the girls searched and searched, and searched, but they found no signs of the boys. No clues as to where the truck had gone. Nothing. Before long, they realized that the stars in the sky began to fade, a sure sign that daylight was on its way. Korra briefly stopped the bike beside a lamp post. Asami sighed in defeat, Pabu was exhausted as well.
"Korra, we searched all night. Still no sign of them."
"We gotta keep looking." Korra said urgently.
"Yeah, but where?"
It seemed that there was no hope now. Korra remembered something, "I think I have an idea!" She drove them to the park, Korra stopped the bike near the fountain and Pabu began drinking water. Korra and Asami sat around the polished marble structure, taking a breather from everything. "I remember once when I was running errands, I saw that Equalist protestor over there." she pointed to an area in the park where stood a wooden platform.
"And you think they'll know where the boys are?"
"It's our only lead right now." For a few seconds, the two were silent. Korra knew that it was only a matter of time before Asami began asking questions about why she had been distant. "So…" she began, "how was your date with Bolin?"
Asami smiled, "As much as I would love to talk about it, first…I wan't to know what's been going on with you." And there it was, Korra thought. The questions she could no longer ignore. "Ever since you came back, you've been so distant. You won't return my calls, your mom said you've been cooped up in your room, and now you snuck out--again--with a guy you've known for only three days without even telling anybody. That's not the Korra I know."
Korra didn't even look her in the eyes. "Honestly, I don't know who I am anymore."
Asami arched an eyebrow in curiosity. "What do you mean?"
"Believe me, I wanted to tell you the truth, but I was scared about how you would treat me. My family's already looking at me differently, heck I'm looking at myself differently…I guess I didn't want my best friend to either."
"Differently how? Korra, whatever it is you can tell me. I'm here for you."
Korra finally looked at her in the eye, "I know you are." she took in a deep breath and was now ready to reveal the truth. "My grandma told me something that, I wasn't really prepared for."
"It's…about where I came from. About my birth parents…and who I really am." Asami listened attentively as her friend revealed the truth. "My parents were from the southern water tribe, no surprise there, and one night they were ambushed by these people. My dad fought them off while my mother tried to protect me…she was killed and I was left alone. Then, Gran Gran started telling things that, at first, I didn't want to believe they were true. She said I was rescued by the Moon Spirit who gave me this white streak in my hair. Then…she told me the biggest revelation I could have ever imagined."
Korra bit her bottom lip. She couldn't believe what she was about to say…
"I'm….I'm the Avatar."
Asami's eyes were as wide as saucers. For a moment she let out a brief chuckle, thinking it was a joke, but the seriousness in Korra's eyes told her otherwise. "You're…you're serious?"
"I wish I wasn't! But it would explain the weird stuff that's been happening to me. The other day, while I was in the bathroom, I realized that the water from the sink stuck to my hands like a magnet. Then, at the pro-bending arena, when you thought Bolin hurled that earth disk, I think I did that. The minute I rose up my hand, it moved! Then, last night at the party, I got so angry with my dad that I literally send an arch of fire at him. And when I was running down the streets, I froze the wheels on a car. Then, I kept hearing this voice in my head. It was Yue calling out to me. I didn't want to accept this but…now it seems like I don't have a choice."
"But, I thought the Avatar cycle was broken. Nobody found the next Avatar after Aang died."
"That's because Yue kept my powers sealed away until I turned seventeen."
Asami leaned her back against the fountain, her yes still wide as she tried to process this information. "Wow…just…wow."
"This is huge. I mean, I always knew you had something special but…wow!"
"And this is why I didn't want to tell you. I didn't know how you'd react and if you'd see me differently."
"Well, that is going to be a bit of a challenge, yes, but…Korra, I will never treat you any different than I always have. You may be the…the Avatar" the word was still new for her to use, "but, you will always be my best friend to me. You will always be Korra in my eyes, just as you will always be for your family. Wait, do they know?"
"Gran Gran told them everything. That's also kind of why I wanted to sneak out tonight. I thought I was loosing everything I ever knew about myself so I figured, if I was going to be this…this thing…I wanted to have one last night of freedom."
Asami shook her head in disbelief, "Korra, you have no idea how big this is! Okay, yeah it's scary, I can understand that, but do you realize what this means for you?"
"Yes! It means I won't just be just Korra anymore. To you and my family I'll always be, but to the rest of the world I will be known as Avatar Korra. I won't be that normal kid anymore and I…I don't know if I can handle all of that responsibility. What if I crack, what if I fail, what if something happens to the people I care about? What if you guys get hurt because of me?!"
"Why would that happen?"
"Because my birth parents did!" Korra's eyes began to tear up as she hid her face into her arms, hugging her legs close to her chest. "They died trying to protect me, because of what I am. I don't want the same to happen to anybody else."
Asami hugged her friend in a warm, reassuring embrace as the younger woman continued to sob. "It's okay, it's okay."
"Sami, I don't know what to do."
"I guess…this is probably something you need to figure out yourself."
Korra knew she was right. Nobody could tell her now which path to take. Embrace this or reject it. The answers were pretty clear now. But she was still afraid.
Asami rested her head on the fountain, sound asleep, while Korra, who had remained awake, was internally debating with herself on the situation. She was interrupted from her thoughts when she heard a familiar voice shout out through a megaphone.
"Equality now! Equality now! We want equality now!"
Korra jolted up and gently shook her friend, "Asami, wake up."
The raven-haired girl moaned in annoyance, "Five more minutes, dad."
Korra had to use another method. "There's a shoe sale at the mall."
"I'm up!" Asami looked up at her friend and narrowed her eyes, "Very funny." she said sarcastically.
"Quit your scowling and look!" Korra grabbed Asami's head and turned it towards where the protestor was standing, and shouting through his megaphone.
"Non-benders of Republic City, Amon calls you to take action! Take back your city!"
The two friends approached the man, Korra was glaring at him and the protestor caught sight of it. "You there! Are you ready to join in the revolution?"
"Yeah, no thanks." she said with a hand on her hip and got down to business, "Listen, our friends were kidnapped by some chi-blockers, where'd they take them?"
Then shouted through the megaphone, causing Korra's hair to whip in the wind. "If your friends were taken by the chi blockers, then you should consider yourself lucky, missy!"
In a fit of rage, Korra slapped the megaphone out of the man's hands, and the object smashed into pieces once it hit the floor. Asami simply shrugged at the scene, "Yeah, you really shouldn't have done that." she warned the protestor.
Korra stood her ground firmly, "You better tell me what I want to know or else!"
"Or else what, little girl?"
Asami gasped in horror and backed away a few feet while Korra scorned. "What did you call me?!"
"You really, really shouldn't have said that." Asami warned.
But the protestor was unintimidated, "I said; Little. Girl!"
Asami winced, "Oooh, now you're in for it."
"In for wha---AH!" the protestor was taken right from his stand as Korra held him up by the collar. It was now that he felt intimidated.
"Enough games, where are my friends?" she said demandingly.
"I have no idea what you're talking about!"
"Oh, I think you do. Now spill it!"
"Okay, okay! Honestly, I have no idea where they took your friends, honest!"
Asami picked up the flyers from the stand and showed it to Korra. "Hey, look at this."
Korra slightly lowered the protestor, but he was still a few inches from the ground, as Korra read the words out loud. "Witness the revelation, tonight, nine o'clock." she turned back to the protestor, lifting him up hight again. "What's this 'revelation', and where is it happening?"
"No one knows what the revelation is, or where it is, all I do know is that Amon will be there to speak more about his cause!"
"That all you know?"
"Yes, I swear!"
Korra roughly threw him to the sidelines, the protestor grunted in pain. Korra squatted down to his level and spoke in an authoritative tone, "Don't call me little girl. Ever!" with that, she stood up and walked away towards the bike and Asami followed, looking down at the protestor.
"I warned you." she said before following her friend, with the flyer in her hand. She then took several more and left the scene.
At their regular place to eat, the girls had the flyers spread across the table. They were trying so hard to find clues as to where this revelation was going to be. "Why didn't the Equalists put a location on these?" Asami asked curiously.
"Probably because they don't want just anyone waltzing in on their big 'revelation', whatever that is."
Asami 'humm'd as she studied the flyers closer, "I bet the information is somewhere on these."
Korra then noticed something interesting, "Look at the backs. There's a different image on each one."
Asami looked at the images, "So, it's some kind of puzzle."
"Yeah…of a map!" they placed the papers together, forming a large map of the city, and spotted a red dot. "That must be where's it's happening."
"I think I remember that place." said Asami, "It's the old factory where my dad use to work when he was a teenager. It's abandoned now."
"Which would be the perfect place for a secret Equalists rally." Korra said with a grin, "Now let's get the boys back!"
"Excuse me, ladies."
The two girls were startled when the same waiter from before appeared in front of them. "I couldn't help but overhear that you two are going to an…" he looked around to make sure nobody was listening and whispered, "Equalist rally tonight?"
It was very strange how this guy was listening on their conversation. Korra had a sinking feeling this guy was bad news. "Why do you ask?"
"I'm just trying to warn you is all. I, personally, have nothing against those Equalists, but a couple of lovely, sweet, innocent young girls such as yourselves should be careful when out at night."
"Well, we won't be alone." Korra said confidently.
Asami arched an eyebrow, "We won't?" from underneath the table, Korra kicked her friend's leg, "I mean; no, we won't!" the heiress corrected herself, still wincing from the impact.
"Really?" the man asked, intrigued.
"No. We'll be meeting our boyfriends there." Korra stated.
"We will?" Asami asked, only to have Korra, again, kick her leg, "I mean, yeah we will!" Asami tried so hard to hide the pain she was feeling right now.
"Well, I suppose there's no need to worry then. Forgive me if I was intrusive, I had a niece once, around your age, and I just don't want you nice girls to share the same fate she did."
"What happened to her?" Asami asked.
"It's…hard to talk about. I just hope you will be careful."
"We will be, don't worry." Korra assured him and the man left. The two friends began to feel sorry for him and what happened to his niece.
However, the waiter snuck out the back and walked into his walkie-talkie once more. "Good news for Amon…she'll be there."
That night, Korra and Asami, wearing long trench coats and hats with their hair tucked inside, hid behind a building watching as more people walked into the place. While Korra was perfectly calm, Asami was having second thoughts.
"I don't know about this. I've never gone into a building where I didn't have to pay."
"You'll be fine." Korra assured her, "Just play it cool."
"You've done this before?"
"No, but I've snuck out of the house twice already. This'll be a piece of cake."
Asami took in one last deep breath and followed Korra. Once they reached the door, a tall and very muscular man stood before them, guarding the door. He crossed his arms as he eyed them. "This is a private event."
Asami then, spontaneously let out a small, yet adorable, sounding hiccup. She quickly covered her mouth and Korra face palmed herself. "Please excuse my friend, she gets hiccups when she's excited."
The guard simply arched an eyebrow, "No one gets in without an invitation."
Asami stiffed and narrowed her eyes at Korra, right before releasing another hiccup. But Korra was perfectly calm as she took out the flyer, "You mean this?"
The guard took the flyer and then smiled at the two, allowing them to enter. "Right in here, ladies."
"Thank you." Korra said sweetly and dragged her friend by the arm into the building. "You are really bad at this." she said in a stern whisper.
"I was raised in a mansion don't judge me!"
The girls walked deeper into the building, which was actually very nicely cleaned up just for the occasion. The two stopped at a railing of the balcony, and spotted the biggest gathering of non-benders they had ever seen. It was so unbelievable.
"I knew a lot of people hatted benders, but I've never seen so many in one room." said Asami, amazed and deeply saddened by the view before her. The crowd as standing in front of a large stage with Equalist posters, depicting a masked man, no doubt their leader.
"Keep your eyes open for the boys." Korra said and the two made their way down towards the crowd.
The lights from above lit up, aiming at the stage. Korra and Asami's eyes turned towards where the lights were on as a voice was heard through the speaker.
"Please welcome, your hero, your savior…Amon!"
The stage opened up, fog emitted upwards, as a platform rose up making the crowd cheer with delight. On the stage stood a man with several more behind him. They all wore the same full body suites that the people Asami and Korra saw last night wore, except for one, who had two sticks on his back, and his face, from his nose to his mouth, could be seen.
In front of them, stood their leader. A tall, athletic man who oozed with charisma and confidence, regardless of the mask he wore over his face. This was Amon, and the moment she saw him, Korra felt a shiver go up her spine.
As he walked towards the microphone stand, the people cheered even louder, waving their fists in enthusiasm. The moment the man opened his mouth, the room fell into silence.
"My quest for equality began many years ago. When I was a boy, my family and I lived in a small farm. We weren't rich, and none of us were benders. This made us very easy targets for the firebender who extorted my father. One day, my father confronted him. But when he did, that firebender took my family from me. Then…he took my face. I've been forced to hide behind a mask ever since."
The crowd gasped in shock at the tale. Even Korra and Asami felt sympathy for this man. But still, all of this hatred towards all benders he was igniting for all of these people was just as wrong.
"The only thing bending has ever brought to the world is suffering. It has been the cause of every way in every era! But that, is about to change."
The girls didn't like the sound of that. Not one bit. What was Amon's plan, exactly? They were about to get their answer.
"Bring them out here!"
At his command, his followers began dragging several men towards the stage. They were all gagged and tied up. The Equalists lined them up and at the very end, the girls spotted the two bending brothers.
"There they are!" Korra was ready to dash towards the stage and get the boys, but Asami stopped her by pulling her back.
"No, wait! We can't fight them all, we have to be smart about this."
Amon spoke to the crowd once more, I know what you have been wondering; What is the revelation? Well, you are about get your answer." he moved towards the tied up men, who were all members of a bending gang, wanted for various crimes throughout the city.
I know you powers of retention
Are as wet as a warthog's backside
But thick as you are
My words are a matter of pride
Amon pulled on Mako's hair, causing the boy to wince in pain.
It's clear from your vacant expressions
The lights are not all on upstairs
But we're talking kings and successions
Even you can't be caught unawares.
He released Mako, but the young firebender wanted so badly to punch him in the face.
So prepare for the chance of lifetime
Be prepared for some sensational news
A shinning new era is tiptoeing nearer
"And where do they feature?" asked a man in the audience.
Just listen to teacher
I know it sounds sordid but you'll be rewarded
When at last we are given our dues!
And in justice, deliciously squared
"Be prepared for what?" Asami asked her friend.
"I don't know." said Korra, "But it can't be good."
"For centuries," Amon began, "the spirits have served as protectors of our world. And they have spoken to me. They say that the Avatar has failed the world. That is why the spirits have chosen me to usher in a new era of balance. They have granted me a power, one that will make equality a reality. The power to take a person's bending away…forever."
The crowd gasped and cheered at the idea, while Korra was petrified with fear. "It's impossible! There's no way."
"This guy's insane!" said Asami, agreeing with her friend.
"But, there is one obstacle in our way. And that is President Raiko." the crowd booed when Amon mentioned his name, "He may be one of us, but he is far from understand what we are fighting for. He has long chosen the side of benders, and their tyrannical ways. But, with my power, we will make him see differently. Stick with me, and you will never suffer again!"
Korra and Asami simply stood there in shock as the rest of the crowd cheered with delight.
Crowd: It's great that we'll soon be connected
With a king who'll be all-time adored
Amon: Of course, quid pro quo, you're expected
To take certain duties on board
The future is littered with prizes
And though I'm the main addressee
The point that I must emphasize is
They won't get a sniff without me!
So be prepared for the coup of the century
Be prepared for the murkiest scam
Meticulous planning tenacity spanning
Decades of denial is simply why I'll
Be king undisputed respected, saluted
And see for the wonder I am
Yes, my tee an ambitions are bared
Crowd: Yes out teeth and ambitions are bared
Amon: Be prepared!
More cheers were heard, they loved the idea of no more benders around. But Korra knew in her heart this was wrong. How were they being any better than the benders who bullied them. If anything, what she saw was the birth of a new league of bullies. Ones fueled by revenge and anger. She had seen all kinds of people, she was friends with benders and non-benders, she's seen both sides of the coin. This was just wrong.
"Now, for a demonstration." said Amon as an Equalist lead to the stage an older looking man with grey hair and flashy red cloths. His hands were tied behind his back. "Please welcome, Lightning Bolt Zolt. Leader of the Triple Threat Triad, and one of the most notorious criminals in Republic City."
The whole crowd booed at the man, but Lightning Bolt Zolt could care less about what they thought of him, "Ah, boo yourself!" he shouted back in annoyance.
"Zolt has amassed a fortune by extorting and abusing nonbenders. But his reign of terror is about to come to an end. Now, in the interest of fairness," Amon turned to his right hand man, The Lieutenant, who began untying Zolt's hands. The Lieutenant wore pretty mush the same equalist clothing, only his mask covered up the upper part of his face, leaving only his mouth and mustache bare.
"I will give Zolt the chance to fight to keep his bending." Amon moved a few feet away from Zolt as the equalist guard pushed him in the opposite direction of Amon, leaving some space between the two fighters. The criminal smiled arrogantly.
"You're gonna regret doing that, pal.
The man immediately unleashed a fire blast at the masked man, who nimbly dodged the attack. He gradually came closer while easily dodging the numerous fire blasts Zolt threw at him. The firebender surged forwards while generation lightning. The two girls watched in horror at Amon's moves. He didn't appear scared at his opponent at all. And though impressive, it terrified them. Especially Korra.
Zolt fired another bolt at Amon who easily ducked underneath it, before grabbing hold of Zolt's wrist. He twisted it around away from him. Lightning crashed into the stage before hitting the ceiling as Amon turned his hand further away. Zolt was forced to his knees and Amon grabbed the back of his neck, lightning still shooting from his fingers, as Amon placed his thumb in the center and Zolt's forehead and his irises shrunk in fear and screamed. Korra had never seen anything so awful, it almost looked as if Amon was torturing the man from the inside out by simply touching him. The lighting emitting from Zolt's fingers changed into a large flame before disappearing completely. Amon removed his thumb from Zolt's forehead and released his neck. The criminal collapsed on the floor, weak and exhausted. He looked up at Amon and attempted to firebend at him, but as he tried to…nothing happened. The whole crowd gasped as Zolt looked up weakly at the Equalist leader.
"Wha…What did you do to me?"
"Your firebending is gone. Forever. The era of bending is over. A new era of equality has begun!"
"This is bad." Asami said as the crowd continued to cheer, "We've got to think of--" she quickly realized that Korra was no longer beside her. "Korra? Korra!" her anxieties grew as she spotted her friend…making her way to the stage.
Asami tried to reach her but Korra was too quick. The Equalists took another man from the line of benders, as Bolin and Mako watched in fear. Korra made it to the stage and flipped over it, landing in front of Amon. In the process, Korra's hat fell off, revealing her long brown locks and silver streak. Bolin and Mako couldn't believe their eyes and neither could Asami. Just what was she thinking?
Even when nobody else could tell, Amon's eyes widened in shock at the sight of the maiden. She was even more stunning in person. His in tell was right before, she did come.
Everyone was silent as to why this woman was on the stage. The Equalists prepared to fight her, but Amon stopped them by raising his hand. "What is it that you wish, young lady?"
"With your permission, Amon, there is something I would wish to do to these benders. Something I've been wanting to do all evening."
Underneath his mask, Amon smirked. The fire and anger in this woman's eyes was something he really admired. The crowd began muttering with one another as to what this girl meant. She must have had a very deep personal vendetta with these men.
"I will not deny a sister's wish for revenge against those who did her wrong. Take your pick." he gestured to the men, who all whimpered in fear at the sight of her face. She approached them all, her strong appearance overshadowing them. However, to their surprise, once she was closer, her expression shifted from anger…to sympathy. This confused the men, but Mako was already kind of familiar with this look.
Korra squatted down to Zolt, who looked so defeated without his bending. "I'm sorry." she said kindly. Not only shocking him, but the rest of the audience as well. "You may be a criminal but even you don't deserve this." she said, one again in such a kind voice.
Amon and the Equalists was appalled by this act. "What are you doing?" Amon asked, "If you are not going to do anything to them, then you can leave the stage."
"And I will. Just as soon as I do what I must." Korra took out from her pocket a swiss army knife, which she often took with her just in case. At the sight of it, the audience became excited to see what she would do to this man. The apology was most likely a way to lure him into a false sense of security to toy with his emotions.
Imagine everyone's surprise when Korra used the knife….to cut the ropes binding Zolt once more. Nobody could believe it, and Amon felt so stupid for having allowed this girl to make a mockery out of their revelation.
"How dare you?!"
Korra stood her ground before Amon, shielding the now defenseless Zolt. "You truly are unbelievable Amon! While I understand the kind of abuse non-benders get, the way you try to even the odds is just as horrible. You speak of justice, yet you are cruel to anyone who can't fight back! You are no different than the benders you hate!"
"Silence!" Amon demanded.
"You speak of equality, yet you try to achieve it through violence and suffering!"
"They are criminals!"
"They are people! Criminals yes, but people still!"
That was all Amon could take. This girl needed to be taught a lesson. "Get her!" the Equalists aimed at Korra, who quickly, at the speed of a cheetah, cut the ropes of the men with ease. Once free, the benders, minus Zolt, leaped into action. Attacking the Equalists. Korar helped Mako and Bolin stand up.
"You guys okay?"
"We're fine." said Mako
Bolin hugged Korra tightly, "My hero!"
More Equalists came onto the stage, releasing their bolas and electric sticks form their backs. Asami also leaped onto the stage, her hat coming off as well, exposing her long luxurious hair, and kicked the incoming Equalists in the gut. She managed to twist ones arm and trip them, sending them falling from the stage. Another aimed at her and she managed to grab hold of the stick and electrocute back.
Bolin could not believe what he was seeing, "Wow!" not only was Asami gorgeous, but she was strong and powerful as well.
Korra also took action, kicking the Equalists that came her way. The audience started to run out of the room as the fighting increased. "Let's get out of here!" Korra exclaimed and the others followed her. Amon blocked her path and Korra, instinctively, unleashed a punch at him.
"Out of my way!"
To everyone's shock, Amon was blasted right out of the stage due to a powerful fire blast!
The Equalists were shocked to see this, but not as much as Amon…or Korra's friends, who all stared wide eyed.
"You can firebend?!" Mako exclaimed in awe.
"Did you know she could do that?!" Bolin asked Asami.
"Not until recently, no."
But Korra didn't have time to answer questions. She gestured to her friends to follow her as they made their way out of the stage and into the back. The friends emerged from the balcony exit, outside of the factory, and run over to a ladder. The Lieutenant appeared before them just as they were descending and used his electric sticks to send shock waves to the ladder, causing the group to let go as they screamed in pain and shock and fell down, landing with grunts.
The Lieutenant jumped down, his stick charged, but the teens jumped out of the way in time. Mako unleashed a fire at the Lieutenant, who ran out of the way and aimed to electrocute the boy. Korra came running, leaped up into the air and kicked the masked man in the face, away from the firebender. The Lieutenant rolled down on the ground.
Bolin aimed chances of earth at the man, who flipped to avoid the attacks. Seeing the Lieutenant charge at him, Bolin rose up and earth wall but the man managed to leap over it and electrocute Bolin, pinning him against the stone wall he created.
Asami grabbed the equalist by the collar and spun him around, throwing him against the wall of the building. She rushed to Bolin's side and the Lieutenant got up once more, aiming his sticks at them.
Mako came flying over the wall, sending fire blasts at the man with Korra keeping her stance to fight him.
"You can help too ya know!" he said to her.
"Well, you see, I'm kinda new to this bending stuff!"
The two ducked there heads as the Lieutenant swung his electric sticks at them, and Korra managed to trip him. He quickly got back up and Korra avoided his attacks, blocking them with her arms, avoiding the electric shocks. Mako managed to blast him away for a moment with his fire.
"What do you mean you're new to it?!"
"Can we talk about this latter?" she ducked another attack, "When we're not trying to avoid death!"
"Fair enough!" Mako unleashed another attack but this this, he manages to electrocute Mako with his sticks, pinning him against the side of the building. Once he was out cold, it was now Korra and Asami against him. They worked together to miss his aims, swiftly jumping over him or behind him, trying to take his sticks away. However, he eventually managed to strike Asami, leaving Korra alone to face him. She was just about to attack with a sucker punch when all of a sudden, she felt her arm be twisted to her back. She winced in pain as the strong, powerful arms of Amon had her in his grasp. Korra was defenseless, she didn't know how to firebend again and her friends were now all out cold. Amon spoke to the girl in a low toned voice that would send shivers down one's spine…but not in a good way.
"You think you're so clever, don't you?" he said, while Korra grunted in trying to break free. "Think you've got the upper hand with your pretty speeches. Well, lucky for you, I am a very patient man. I could finish you right here and now, and trust me, I could." while Amon had the feisty teenager girl in his grasp, he took a short moment to notice the smell of her hair. The sweet, intoxicating aroma of the ocean, with a hint of watermelon. Korra didn't like this one bit.
"What are you doing?"
"I was just imagining a rope. Around that beautiful neck."
That was it! Korra used her legs to kick Amon in the chin and break free of his grasp. Her eyes burned with anger as she maintained her defensive stance, ready to attack him by any means necessary. "I know what you were imagining!" she said in anger.
"Clever…for a bender." Amon said in a cocky tone, "For typical of your kind to twist the truth, and cloud the innocent's minds with unholy thoughts. Sad really, I thought we could use someone like you on our revolution."
"I'll die first!"
"Choose your words carefully."
"If you wanted to hurt me you would have done it already. What's stoping you?"
Amon studied her for a moment. Such fire, such courage, all wonderful qualities he could have used. Sadly, she was one of them. Or, perhaps, she could be of use to him. Once she had been ridden of her curse first. But, that would take some time. After all, he didn't come this far relying on brute force alone. He needed to be smart about this.
"I could finish you, but I assure you, I have a plan. And I am saving you for last."
Korra slowly grew concerned. Just what exactly did he mean but that?
"For now, you and your comrades will live."
"This isn't over! I will tell the city exactly the kind of monster you really are!"
To her surprise, Amon chuckled, "I'm looking forward to it." he gestured to his Lieutenant and the two left the scene.
Once they were gone, her friends began to wake up. Asami and Bolin groaned and helped one another up. Korra held Mako's arm, assisting him as well. He rubbed his head, still feeling dazed from the impact.
"What happened? Where's Amon?"
"He's gone." Korra responded.
"How?" Asami asked.
Korra didn't know what to say. Should she tell them what he said?
"He…said he was letting us go."
"Why would he do that?" Bolin asked.
"I don't know. All that matters now is that we tell everyone what he's up to. The city needs to know the truth."
Once the danger was over, the four teens took a moment to breath as they walked down the streets. Bolin was jumping in excitement the whole time.
"That was amazing!! I mean, Asami you were all, punch and kick and Korra was all leaping over the place with the punching and the kicking and the fire blasting!"
"Well, what about you?" said Asami, "With that incredible earth bending of yours."
"We make a pretty good team!"
"Yeah…we really do."
Mako then intervined. "Okay, what exactly happened back there?! First, Korra jumped onto the stage, lets the Triads go, then she firebends at Amon, just--what--how--what exactly is going on?! All this time I thought you were a non-bender!"
"So did I!" Korra responded, "Look, you wouldn't believe me if I told you."
"Try me!" Mako said while crossing his arms.
But, just as Korra was about to open her mouth police sirens were heard. Three police cars stopped right in front of them, the four teens shielded theirs eyes from the headlights and several figures emerged from the cars. One of them, Korra immediately recognized.
"The Chief if your aunt?!" Bolin and Mako exclaimed in shock.
"It's more of an affectionate term."
Bolin looked at his brother, "Did you know that?"
"No, of course not!"
But Lin was not the only person Korra recognized. Two grown men stepped out of the police cars, and the two female friends stood there in shock.
Both Hiroshi and Tenzin approached the teenage girls and hugged them both tightly, relieved to find them safe.
The girls shared the same worried expressions once their fathers stopped hugging them. "We were so worried!" Tenzin said to Korra, "How could you sneak out like that? Again!"
"Dad, I can explain--"
Hiroshi then waved a finger at his daughter, causing her to flinch, "Asami, this behavior of your is unacceptable!"
"But I didn't do anything!"
"You snuck into an Equalist rally! I told you to stay away from anything involving those rapscallions!"
"And you Korra!" Tenzin exclaimed, wagging his finger at her as well, "Do you have any idea how terrified your mother was?! She didn't sleep a wink!"
"I'm really sorry, but the thing is--"
The two fathers then turned their attention to the two boys beside their daughters. "Are you boys the reason for all of this?!" Tenzin asked, his anger fuming at the two.
Both brothers held up their hands in defeat. "No, we didn't do anything!" Mako said, trying to justify their innocence.
"Don't lie to us boy!"
Korra stood in between Tenzin and Mako, "Dad, he's not lying! He and his brother were captured by the Equalists and we snuck in to save them."
Lin was surprised to hear this, "You infiltrated an Equalist rally just to get these knuckle heads out?"
Bolin rose a hand, "Um, we're right here…ma'am." he quickly added once he received a glare from the female cop.
Hiroshi pinched the bridge of his nose, "Even if you did do it for a good reason, not telling anybody about this was just as dangerous. You should have come to the police!"
Asami hung her head, "Dad, I'm really sorry for not telling you, I only--"
"Let's go home. We'll discuss your punishment then." Hiroshi took his daughter by the wrist and led her to the police car.
Asami and Bolin shared one final glance before the heiress was forced inside the car and Bolin reached out his hand, even though she was far from his reach. Tenzin then grabbed Korra's wrist as well.
"You too Korra. You are going to be in so much trouble."
Korra turned her head once more towards the two brother, especially Mako, who watched her sadly as she too was forced to enter the car. The two brothers flinched when Lin wagged her finger at them.
"Because of what you boys went through, I'll let you off the hook this time. But if I ever catch you causing any trouble, especially any that involves those girls, you'll have to deal with me. Is that clear?"
Bolin gulped, "Crystal."
Lin huffed and returned to her car. The brothers watched in sadness as their new friends were being driven away into the night. Mako sighed sadly while Bolin tried to ease things up.
"Okay...that went well."
Korra and Asami both sad on the back seat of the police car, while their fathers sat in the front with the driver. They were all silent the whole trip. Korra and Asami would share brief glances, silently sharing the same though that they knew they were going to get the boot once they reached home. Sadly, for one of them, that was sooner than she hoped.
The car stopped at the Sato Estate and Hiroshi opened the door, gesturing his daughter to step out. "Come Asami, say goodnight."
The two girls shared a goodbye hug. "Good luck." Asami whispered to her friend.
"You too." Korra whispered back. Once the hug ended Asami stepped out and closed the door. She waved goodbye as she watched her friend and her father reach the entrance of their extravagant home.
After the car ride, Tenzin and Korra took the ferry towards the island. Lin placed a hand on Korra's shoulder, smiling in reassurance. She always did have a soft spot for the child. Once the ferry was set out to sea, Tenzin finally took the moment to speak with his daughter, who looked incredibly guilty.
"Korra, what did you think you were doing? You could have been hurt, and worse, you put Asami in danger!"
"I know, and you have every right to be mad."
"Why did you run off again? Why did you make us go through that terror?"
"I didn't want you to be scared, but I was just so confused! It's not easy finding out, after seventeen years, that you're the reincarnation of a great hero." she leaned against the side of the boat, looking up at Aang's statue. In a way, she was looking at herself. She was Aang's reincarnation, his new form. Katara was right, she was a part of Aang, and he was a part of her.
Tenzin realized he might have been a tad too harsh. This new information was a very large pill to swallow. He shouldn't have expected Korra to take it so quickly. He stood beside her, also looking at the statue.
"Korra, when your grandmother told me you were the Avatar, I was confused too. I always knew you were special, but I never expected anything like this. Like you, I was angry."
Korra looked up at him surprised, "You were?"
"Yes. I've always seen you as my precious little girl, and seeing you grow up was always a terrifying thought. That's why I invited Iroh and Baatar to your birthday. I knew you wanted to travel and I wanted you to live your dreams, but I also wanted to make sure you had a secure future as well. I realize now I shouldn't have intervened. I'm sorry. You really are growing up, faster than I wish to admit, and it's something I need to accept. Especially now. The world is going to need you and…you won't need me anymore."
Korra shook her head as tears rolled down, "Dad, no. I'm always going to need you." she lunged forward and hugged her father, who held her close. "Especially now."
"Korra, I don't want you to feel pressure. Despite what anyone else says, take all the time you need to process this."
"Actually…I already have."
Korra ended the hug, wiped away a tear, and looked at her father with confidence but also with a lot of determination and wisdom. "What I saw tonight, it was unlike anything I have ever seen. I was terrified, but at the same time, I'm glad I witnessed it. I finally know what I need to do. For seventeen years, the world managed to live without an Avatar…but it can't now. Not anymore. What Amon is planning is bigger than we ever imagined, and the Avatar needs to stop it….I need to stop it."
Tenzin was completely speechless. He had never seen Korra more sure of anything in his life.
"I will take on the responsibilities, no matter how hard. I am ready to be the Avatar."
Now it was Tenzin's turn to cry as he held his daughter close, smiling with great pride.
"That's my girl."