Since Korra was now allowed to practice with the boys, she spent most of her time learning fire and earth with them. At home, she learned water and air from her family. Her uncle even decided to freshen up her self defense skills as well. Today, Mako was instructing Korra on even more advanced moves of firebending.
"Growing up on the streets, I had to learn anything I could about firebending. I managed to one time grab hold of a book which taught me ancient firebending moves. Over time, I learned how to adapt them to my modern style." he took a stance and Korra followed. They were both wearing sleeveless white shirts, exposing their tones muscles and black sweet pants. They were both barefoot.
"So far you managed to activate fire through aggression, but that's not the only way to activate your bending. Fire comes from thrive. It's all about your breathing."
But while he was instructing her, the dragon birds from above were listening as they sat on the window. Rainbow Dash groaned, face palming herself with her blew wing with rainbow colored feathers.
"Will you listen to him? He's making firebending sound like a total snore fest!"
While for most people, the dragon birds could not speak. And they couldn't. Only Korra could understand their chirping almost at the same level as normal human speak.
"I mean, dude, lighten up!"
Rarity rolled her eyes, "I believe it is you who should lighten up, darling." she said in a mid-atlantic accent.
Twilight Sparkle nodded in agreement. "She's right, Rainbow Dash. He's only teaching her the fundamental aspects of firebending."
"Which takes a tone of focus and concentration." said Sunset Shimmer, agreeing with her friend.
Pinkie Pie began jumping in place while flapping her wings excitedly, "Oh, I wonder what move she'll learn today! I'm so excited I can hardly stand still!"
"What else is new?" said Applejack, speaking in a southern accent. She looked down upon Korra's progress. "Look at her down there. I've never been more proud."
"Oh, I hope he doesn't try anything too rough." said Fluttershy in a soft sounding tone.
Rainbow scoffed, "Ha! Please, anything he can throw at her, Korra can handle it."
Rarity arched an eyebrow, "Oh, Rainbow Dash, of course you would say that. Not that I don't agree. Not only does Korra have talent, but also style!"
Twilight and Sunset flew out from the window and landed on the dangling lamps on the ceiling as they watched Korra unleash her firebending under Mako's watchful eye.
"That girl can do no wrong." said Sunset.
Twilight agreed, "Her moves are so hot, she makes steam look cool."
Bless my soul
Korra's on a roll
Sunset: Person of the week in every week opinion poll
Pinkie: What a pro
Kor could stop a show
Rainbow: Point her at a bender and you're talking SRO
Korra attempted another fire attack but tripped and fell. Mako shook his head and told her to try again.
She was a no one.
Together: A zero, zero
Rainbow: Now she's a hot shot
Together: She's a hero
Rarity: Here is a girl with her act down pat
Together: From zero to hero
In no time flat
Zero to hero
Twilight: Just like that!
As the days went by, Korra was improving rapidly. She impressed Bolin with her earthbending by shooting earth disks at him, for which he could barely dodge. Bumi re-taught her self defense moves, and she managed to overpower her uncle.
Ever since the news of her being a Fire Ferret went out, people began asking her for autographs whenever she went into town. It wasn't as crazy as she expected, and she was thankful, but it was nice to make people happy with her being on the team. Wu even attempted to win her affections once again, by sending her gift baskets filled with pro-bending merchandise, a fire ferret plushy and even some letters complimenting on her game. Korra, being Korra, ignored his advances and gave the basket to someone else. Korra was especially surprised when her picture was on the newspaper, along with her teammates.
When she smiled the crowd went wild with
Oohs and aahs
Applejack: Then they had her face around every place
Rarity: Don't you mean every block?
Together: From water to fire and earth
Our Kor has shown her worth
Her story's just beginning
Pinkie: It's being told by the song we're singing!
Together: Say Amen
There she goes again
Sunset: Sweet and undefeated
And an awesome 10 for 10
Together: Show the boys
She can hold her own
Rarity: And a certain Mako is quite the smitten kitten. *wink*
Together: Korra, she comes
She sees, she conquers
Honey, the crowds were
She showed the moxie, brains and spunk
From zero to hero
Rainbow: Slam and dunk
Together: Zero to hero
Sunset: And who'da thunk!
Twilight: Who puts the glad in gladiator?
Rarity: Whose daring deeds are great theater?
Applejack: Aint she bold?
(No one braver)
Fluttershy: Is she sweet?
(To every stranger)
Rainbow: That's my girl!
Together: Ko--orra, Ko--orra
Bless my soul
Korra's on a roll
Fluttershy: And the nicest one
Together: Not conceited
She was a nothin'
(A zero, zero)
Now she's a hot shot
(She's a hero)
She hit the heights at breakneck speed
From zero to hero
Korra's a hero
Now she's a heroooooooooooooooo
Twilight: Yes, indeed!
Korra jumped up in victory. After two long months, she was practically a master at the four elements…all but one that is. Mako and Bolin were very impressed with her skills and her determination. Their championship match was that night, and they were as pumped as ever.
Mako placed his hands on his hips, smiling at the Avatar. "I gotta say Korra, you've really impressed me. I've never seen anyone adapt so quickly before."
"Thanks. I couldn't have done it without you guys."
"Hey, what are friends for?" Bolin said proudly.
"Okay, team huddle time!" Mako said. He and his teammates all gathered together in a circle and the firebender gave them the best motivational speech he could master. "Okay, we've come this far and the big day is finally here. I know we've had our ups and downs but up until now, the Fire Ferrets have never been this good. So, are we ready to win this thing?"
"We're ready!" Korra and Bolin said in equal enthusiasm.
"Not quite!" Everyone turned around to see Asami, with a clothing rank with the team's uniforms, freshly clean and ready for the match. "You're gonna need these. Thank me latter."
Bolin smiled once he saw her. "Hey, Asami!"
"Good morning, sweetie."
Mako and Korra both exchanged the same expression. Were they just calling each other 'sweetie'? Bolin smiled admiring their freshly clean uniforms. "These look great!"
"You look great, champ."
The two smiled and laughed as they gave each other eskimo kisses. Both Korra and Mako rolled their eyes at the lovey dovey scene.
"Get a room." Mako was then hit on the shoulder by Korra.
"Don't give them any ideas."
In these past few months, Bolin and Asami had grown much closer and were already calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend. They had officially started dating a few days ago and they were already in the honeymoon phase. As happy as Mako and Korra were for them, seeing them openly express their affection often made them feel very uncomfortable…especially when they were standing next to each other.
Asami giggled, "I thought you were fine with us being a couple." she said to Korra.
"Yeah but I didn't want a front row seat."
Just then, the radio in the scratched with the sound of static and they all heard a familiar voice, "Good morning, citizens of Republic City. This is Amon"
Pabu jumped away from the object and leaped onto Bolin's shoulder. They all listened as the rebel leader continued.
"I hope you all enjoyed the previous pro bending match…because it will be the last. It's time for this city to stop worshiping bending athletes as if they were heroes. I am calling on President Raiko to shut down the bending arena, and cancel the finals. Or else…there will be severe consequences." the radio turned off and Amon's voice disappeared.
"That guy's got some nerve." Bolin said angrily.
"You think the president will give in?" Mako asked Korra
"I'm not waiting to find out. We need to get to city hall"
Korra didn't waste a second to push the large golden doors open and entered with her friends close behind. Raiko was currently in a meeting not only with his staff, but also with Tenzin, the Chief of Police and a certain earth kingdom prince as well.
"Korra, what are you doing here?" Tenzin said as he rose from his chair.
"Dad, I know I shouldn't---wait, what's he doing here?"
"Oh, hey Korra." Wu greeted in his usual cocky, flirtatious grin once he spotted the blue eyed maiden. "Didn't expect to see you here, I would have had a gift basket at the ready."
Korra narrowed her eyes in annoyance, "No thanks. I came to talk with my father and Raiko. Why are you here?" she muttered under her breath, "Aside from getting on my nerves."
"Well, since that Amon guy so suddenly interrupted my music hour, and as a royal member of the Earth Kingdom dynasty, and a citizen of the city, I figured I should do my part and see to it this lunatic is behind bars."
Raiko stood up from his chair and spoke to the young woman, "Korra, you know my family and I have always liked you and we know you only have the best intensions at heart, but risking the lives of countless people is something I can't allow. I'm sorry, but we have to shut the arena down."
"Aunt Lin, what about you? There's no way you're backing down from Amon, right?"
"Of course not!" said the police woman, "I would have expected this kind of cut and run response from Tenzin," she said as she gave a brief look at the air nomad, who looked indifferently at her. "But the rest of you? Come on show a little more backbone. It's time that the benders of this city displayed some strength and unity against these Equalists."
Wu pounded his fist into the air, "I like this lady's confidence!"
Lin turned to the Raiko, "Mr. President, you are the voice of the people. You were elected because you responded to the needs of benders and non-benders alike. If you back down now what will the people think?"
Raiko pondered on this for a moment but, despite caring about the people, at times Raiko was as stubborn man. And once he made up his mind, it was done and done. "I'm sorry, but I can't take that chance. We're closing the arena."
"No!" Mako exclaimed.
"You can't!" Bolin said in response.
"I don't understand," said Korra, "I thought you of all people would take a stand against Amon"
Asami stepped forward, "She's right. Giving in to a mad man's demands isn't the best way to stop him."
"While I am still committed to bringing that lunatic to justice, I will not put innocent lives at stake, just so you and your friends can play a game."
Mako stepped forward, "Pro-bending might only be a game to you, but think of what it means to the city. Right now the arena is the one place where benders and non-benders gather together in peace, to watch benders---"
"Beat each other up! In peace!" Bolin pointed out, "It's an inspiration to everyone!"
But Raiko was not amused, "I appreciate your naive idealism but you're ignoring the reality of the situation."
"The reality is if you close the arena you let Amon win" Korra stated.
"Yes, exactly what she said, yes!", Bolin agreed as he pointed at the Avatar.
"We must prevent the conflict between benders and none benders from escalating into all out war." Tenzin said.
"I have another suggestion." Lin added, "If you keep the arena open, my metalbenders and I will provide extra security during the championship match. There's no better force to deal with the chi-blockers. Our armor is impervious to their attacks."
"Are you saying that you will, personally take responsibility for the safety of the spectators and the arena?" Raiko asked.
"I guarantee it." she says with much confidence.
Wu raised his hand, "If I may say something. This match really does mean a lot to the city, and like the scarf guy says, it is a way to bring benders and non-benders together. It serves as a beacon of hope for people. I've been a fan of the game for many years and I have never seen a more positive and influential place in my life. I'm on the Chief's side."
It appeared that Tenzin was by far the only one who agreed with Raiko. But seeing the ambition and courage in the eyes of the four teenagers and the Chief of police, maybe he had underestimated the unity of benders and non-benders alike.
"It is hard to argue with Chief Beifong's track record. If they you confident your elite team of officers can protect the arena, then you have my support. The arena stays open. Good luck in the finals""
The group of friends all jumped and cheered with glee at the news!
"And good luck to you, chief Baifong."
The woman bowed in respect, but Tenzin was still worried. Wu stood up from his chair and approached the happy teenagers, but once he arrived Korra looked at him with scorn. "Congrats you guys, I wish you all the luck in the world." he then wiggled an eyebrow at Korra, "And, maybe after the match I can take the winner out for a night on the town. What'ya say, Korra?"
The woman only growled in annoyance when Mako instinctively stepped forward, "She's not interested." he said sternly with venom in his voice. Wu held up his hands in defeat and stepped back a few feet.
"Whoa, whoa, easy there stretch, I was just asking the lady a question. You know Korra, if you already had a boyfriend you could have just told me instead of leading me on like that." Wu flinched when Korra pointed a finger at him.
"He's not my boyfriend!" realizing what she had just said, Korra's face immediately turned red from embarrassment. All eyes were on her and, if she didn't know any better, she could have sworn Mako's expression seemed a bit hurt. Korra calmed her demeanor before walking out of the room. What once was a victory, was not an embarrassing moment.
Once outside, Korra was leaning against the wall of the hallway when Lin approached her. "I don't want to talk about it." she said bluntly.
"I'm not asking you to." Lin said with compassion. Unlike with other teenagers, Lin was always soft and understanding with Korra. They shared a very close bond. "Look kid, I know I'm not the most sentimental person, and I'm especially not the best example of keeping a relationship. But, if you ever want to talk, I--"
Korra turned around to face the woman, "Instead of being worried about me, shouldn't you be getting your police force ready for the match tonight?"
"I'm not only trying to protect the people of city, I'm also trying to protect you, especially."
"You don't have to babysit me."
"I know, but I can't take any chances."
Korra was already done with the conversation. "Life was so much easier when I wasn't the Avatar." she said before walking away, leaving Lin to sigh to herself.
"I never wanted kids and yet I still got em."
Meanwhile, a certain masked man was supervising all of their equipment when his right hand man approached him. "We just got word. The President defied your threat. They're keeping the arena open."
He smiled underneath his mask. "Perfect. Everything is going according to plan."
Mako sat on the chair in front of the cafe, sipping his drink, his mind still drifting back and forth to that moment when Korra so bluntly told Wu he wasn't Korra's boyfriend. He didn't know why it bothered him so much. His day only got worse when he received an unlikely visitor.
"Well, look who it is! The scarf guy!"
"The name's Mako." he responded rather bitterly.
"Oh, sorry. Mako, nice to meet ya. Prince Wu, but you already knew that. Hey, mind if I take a seat?"
"Actually I--" before he could reply, the prince already took his seat next to the firebender, much to his annoyance.
"So listen, about what happened with Korra."
"I don't want to talk about it."
"No, no, don't worry, I'm not here to beat you up for stealing my girl."
Mako rolled his eyes. That was rich.
"But, I am here to tell warn ya."
"Warn me about what?"
"I've been trying to get Korra to notice me for years but she never budged. Maybe I wasn't trying enough or maybe I wasn't being too obvious."
Mako narrowed his eyes, "Hard to believe she never noticed you." he said sarcastically.
"I know, right! But then, I came to the conclusion, Korra's is one of those types of dames."
Mako's eyes widened at the way the prince spoke about his friend. "What do you mean those types?" he asked in disgust.
"The kind that are hard to crack. You see, girls like Korra form a wall around them so no guy can penetrate. I've tried but she's relentless. So, I'm just letting you know that if things don't work out, it's not you, it's her."
Mako slammed his fists onto the table as he stood up, "How can you sit there and talk about Korra like that?! You don't know anything about her!!" he threw his drink away and left the scene, as several bystanders watched in surprise. Wu blinked and continued sipping his drink.
That night, the arena was packed full of people anxiously waiting for the first round of the tournament. It was the biggest night in the Fire Ferret's lives and they were determined to win! Outside of the arena there were police airships and boats scattered all around the bay, ready for any sneaky attack Amon had in mind for tonight.
"All clear, Chief" said one of Lin's officers. Lin stood at the entrance with her arms crossed as Tenzin approached from behind.
"How is the security sweep going?" he asked.
"Fine." she replied rather quickly and bluntly.
"They've checked underneath the stands?"
"Yes." The Chief answered in the same manner as before.
"And you have enough officers to cover all points of entry" Tenzin asked.
Lin finally turned to face him, "I have the skies, the bay, and every nook and cranny of this place covered. Quit being such a worry wort."
Tenzin actually chuckled, "You haven't called me that since we were kids."
Lin smiled in amusement. "She's going to be fine. You'll see. Have a little more faith."
"The anticipation is palpable as we are just moments away from the championship match" said the announcer.
The teens were in the lockers getting ready, while Bolin was giving a pep talk, "Now I know there's a big crowd but don't be nervous, you're gonna do great. I believe in you." He was actually talking to Pabu, who was wearing a white shirt with the Future Industries logo on it.
Korra was adjusting her arm bands until she noticed a pair of amber eyes looking at her. Her gaze caught his and he quickly turned away, trying to seem as he was not looking at her at all. The dragon birds, who rested on the top of the lockers, chirped sadly at the sight.
"Introducing the challengers, the Future Industries Fire Ferrets!"
The team's fans screamed from the bleachers as they stood on the platform that took them towards the ring. The spotlight was on them and they took every second to soak in the moment, smiling and waving to their fans. From their VIP seats, Asami and Hiroshi applauded for them. Asami blew at kiss at her boyfriend who returned the gesture. Mako rolled his eyes at the scene, the last thing he wanted was more lovey dovey stuff from those two. Asami gave Korra a thumbs up and she returned the gesture. The heiress had complete faith in her friend. However, her father wasn't all too relaxed.
Once they reached the ring, Bolin whispered to the ferret on his shoulder, "You're on, Pabu" the mammal began doing tricks by moving on his front paws. He did a backflip through an earth disk and landed on one paw.
"Yes, nailed it! He's so talented" Bolin said proudly. But only a few people applauded. "Everybody's a critic."
The lights dimmed a bit as the spotlight was no longer on the Ferrets but on their opponents on the other side of the ring as their name was announced. "And their opponents, the three timed defending champions, the White Falls Wolfbats!"
The opposing bending team certainly liked to make an entrance. The four of them wore long capes and bat-masks on their faces, howling like wolves while fireworks went off all around the arena. Fan-girls howled along while the Fire Ferret fans booed.
Bolin scoffed at their flashy entrance as he petted Pabu's head, "Pfft, they got nothing on us, buddy. Anybody can howl." he let out a very weak impersonation of a howl, "Hm, whatever."
Once they took off their masks and capes, the Wolf Bats smiled smugly at the Fire Ferrets. Their leader was a pale skinned man, almost as pale as snow itself, with icy blue eyes and greasy black hair that laid over his head. He was indeed handsome, but also kind of odd in behavior. His eyes shifted to Korra, immediately taken with her looks.
"Well, well, well, I've been looking forward to meeting you, waterbender." he said in a smug tone. "You know, after we win this, if you want to see how a real champ pro-bends, I can give you some private lessons."
Not only was Korra fuming angry, but Mako was too. Why was the world suddenly taunting him right now. But Korra didn't need him to come to her rescue. "Not interested, pretty boy. I'm gonna knock that stupid hair off your stupid head!"
The waterbender, named Tahno, smiled arrogantly. "We'll see, sunshine."
The bell rang. The match began, but once it did the opponents quickly moved toward the Fire Ferrets and Tahno attempted to uppercut on Korra with his waterbending but she quickly dodged it with a backflip, only to be hit by another water blast.
"Tahno tries to clean Korra's clock with some dirty water boxing" the announcer explained.
Mako was then forced back to zone one when the Wolf bats' earthbender kicked him with more than just a few earth disks. The firebender of the opposing team flipped while Bolin kicked some earth disks at him, one of which bounced off the side ropes and hit the opposing firebender, knocking him against the fence. Asami cheered from the sidelines at Bolin's lucky move.
Tahno, out of furry, waterbended a stream of water at Bolin forcing him into zone three. This act was suppose to guarantee a fowl for Tahno and his team, but to the ponies's and Fire Ferrets' shock…they didn't!
"What's the big deal, ref?! That was a housing foul!" Mako shouted angrily at the referee who signaled to Mako that it was not a fowl, making the firebender scowl in anger. There was definitely something wrong but the refs seemed to be ignoring the whole thing.
Even Tenzin was shocked by this, "Oh come on, refs! There was some funny business in that last play!" the air nomad shouted angrily. Lin smiled in amusement at this different side of Tenzin.
"Wouldn't have guessed you knew the rules of pro-bending."
Tenzin cleared his throat before saying, "I've been brushing up. That Wolfbat blatantly bend a disk outside of his zone."
"The Ferret brothers are backed up to zone three and the Wolfbats smell blood." said Shiro.
The Wolf Bats continued to play their dirty tricks: Tahno froze the water when Bolin jumped back, causing him to slip and get hit by a fire blast and fall out of the ring. The crowd booed in response.
"Looks like Tahno snuck in an illegal icing move but once again there's no call."
Next, Tahno and his earthbender both attacked Korra and Mako but they rolled out of the way from incoming earth disks and Mako attempted to fire blast back.
"I don't know what match the refs are watching but it's obviously not this one." The two opponents attacked Korra, who got pushed back into zone three. "Oh…a splash-and-crash sends Korra to zone three as well."
Out of anger, Mako stood in front of Korra to protect her from the incoming threat from the three opposing benders, but in the process they were both pushed out of the ring….and right when the bell ran.
Asami rose from her seat, "No!" the dragon birds chirped in horror.
"It's a knock out! The Wolf Bats win the championship for the fourth year in a--hold on a second folks!" Asami and the birds were both shocked, yet happy, to see Korra hanging onto the side of the ring while holding on to Mako's shirt. "Scratch that! The Ferrets are still alive, but just barely"
With all of her strength, Korra swung her teammate back onto the field while she let herself fall into the water. Mako took Tahno down with a fire blast just as the buzzer sounded to end round one.
"What an unbelievable move! These Ferret aren't just bending the elements, they're bending my mind! The underdogs survive to see round two."
The Ferrets huddled together to talk before the next round. "What's wrong with these refs?" Korra asked.
"They've been payed off, it's the only explanation" Mako said. "Someone wants us to lose"
"If the Wolf Bats are gonna fight dirty, then so should we" Korra stated.
"No, we can't! The refs have it out for us if we're gonna win this thing it has to be fair and square." said Mako.
Korra sighed in disappointment, "That's no fun but…alright"
The second round began. Mako firebended at the opposing earthbender, only for it to be blocked by an earth disk. Korra waterbended at the opposing firebender, who blocked her attack with firebending. Bolin send a disk at Tahno, who blocked it with waterbending before waterbending at Korra. Twice! She quickly dodged and blocked the incoming attack, before she realized her foot was stuck. She looked down and saw that her foot was frozen in place. Tahno smiled wickedly at his dirty work before kicking Korra in the back with his water. Meanwhile, the opposing firebender shoot fire blasts that could practically chop Mako's head off, luckily he managed to dodge them. The round ended in a tie and the only way to determine a win was with a coin toss. The Ferrets won this one.
"The Fire Ferrets win the coin toss, which element do you choose?" the reef asked.
Korra stepped forward, determined to bring Tahno to his knees, "I'm taking this one. Let's go, you and me pretty boy!"
Tahno smiled arrogantly, "Thought you'd never ask"
The two wtaterbenders faced each other in the center of the ring, ready to strike. As Korra readied herself, Tahno kept on taunting her, "Come on little girl. Give me your best shot."
In no less than two seconds, and without preparing himself, Korra stroked Tahno right in the chin with a powerful water strike!
The impact was so strong Tahno's helmet literally came flying right off and the man collapsed. The dragon birds all dropped their jaws and their eyes widened at the scene. Rarity closed Pinkie's mouth with her wing while their equally bulged eyes remained on the ring. Korra smiled confidently, "Hmp. Chump."
"Round two goes to the Fire Ferret!"
The dragon birds quickly regained their composure and they all cheered loudly, even FLuttershy. Asami cheered for them as well, leaping from her chair, much to her father's shock. "She did it! She did it!"
Korra jumped off the platform and high fived Mako, "Nice one!" he said.
"That's the stuff, you are my herrrroooooooo!" Bolin cried out happily.
"We might actually win this thing" the firebender said hopefully.
His teammates helped Tahno to his feet, but once he got up he angrily shook them off in a fit of rage a he fixed his hair, "Let's send them to a watery grave!"
"I can't believe your sweet-tempered father was reincarnated into that girl." said Lin, mighty impressed by Korra's spirit. "She's tough as nails."
"Reminds me of someone else I knew at that age." Tenzin said, making Lin smile.
"Yeah. I taught her well."
The third round began, the teams were more or less evenly matched, but then Tahno did another trick: he got his earthbender to skater an earth disk into pieces and Tahno send three blasts of water containing the pieces of rock directly at the Fire Ferrets, knocking them all out of the ring.
"Oh! This is going too far! That water had rocks in it!"
Even Tenzin was furious at this, "Oh, come on those were illegal head shots! Open your eyes, ref!"
"Well folks it's a controversial call but the Wolf Bats launch a nasty knockout to win the match." said Shiro with uncertainty, "For the fourth year in a row, they'll be crown tournament campions"
Tahno removed his helmet, smiling proudly. "I barely broke a sweat. Anybody else wanna scrap with the champs!"
But while the Wolf Bats celebrated their hollow victory, some men in the audience were covering up their faces with black bandanas that had red circles imprinted on them. Some even reached into their popcorn cartons and pulled out some kind of machinery. From her view on her seat, Asami spotted the suspicious happenings. The dragon birds noticed this too and quickly flew towards her. The heiress spotted them land on the railing of the balcony.
"Girls, you see that?" she pointed to down bellow and the birds chirped in reply. This could not be good.
Tenzin was still angry about what the Wolf Bats did to his daughter and her team. However, his anger was put on hold when he spotted a hooded man about to attack Lin with what appeared to be some kind of high tech glove of some sort.
Before she could react, Lin was electrocuted from behind by the electric glove. Tenzin shoot an air blast at the hooded man but was then electrocuted by another behind him. and fell to the ground. Metalbender police officers were being electrocuted by the same people with the hoods and bandanas, all using the electric gloves. Asami watched in horror as the men fell one by one. Hiroshi noticed the commotion and quickly dragged his daughter to safety.
"Come on Asami!"
"Wait, dad no! My friends!"
"We have to leave now!"
"I won't leave them! Dad!" the heiress tried to fight her father's grip when the dragon birds came to her air. They began flapping around his head.
"Hey, get away from me! Stop it!"
Rainbow chirped at Asami, telling her to help the others. At least, that's what she assumed she said. Asami quickly dashed out of the VIP place and ran to help her friends. Once she was out, the dragon birds flew away from Hiroshi along with Asami.
Korra gasped for hair and removed her helmet. Mako and Bolin emerged as well, also removing their helmets. They were horrified when the metalbenders everywhere were being electrocuted and falling down. She spotted the people with hoods and electric gloves. She recognized that blue static anywhere.
"The Equalists! They're here!"
To make matters worse, the Lieutenant appeared before them and stuck his electric sticks into the water, sending blue lightning through the three teenagers bodies. They fell unconscious and floated in the water.
People began screaming in fear as Shiro Shinobi continued to speak through his microphone, "Folks, there is some sort of electrical disturbance in the stands. Matalbender cops are dropping like bumbleflies. There appear to be masked members of the audience wielding strange devices on their hands." The door to his booth opened, and in walked one of the masked equalists, "One of them is in the booth with me right now, folks! He is leveling one of those glove devises at me now and I believe he is about to electrocute me. I am currently wetting my pants."
Asami ducked behind the wall as one of the hooded people walked pass. She grabbed her by the shoulder, punched her in the jawline and took her hood and glove, blending in with the Equalists.
Tahno and the wolfbats looked all around in confusion and even fear. Suddenly, the platform of the ring began to rise up and the Wolf Bats trembled in fear.
It was Amon!
More of the masked people jumped onto the pro-bending ring and Tahno and his teammates were now face to face with the Equalist leader himself. Amon. Despite his intimidating appearance, Tahno got into a fighting stance, not showing any fear over the man's silly mask. "All right, you want a piece of the Wolfbat? Here it comes!"
Tahno launched a water blast at Amon, but was shocked to see that the man evaded it and darted forward. The Wolfbats began bending at the Equalists while Amon continued to dodge Tahno's attacks. His firebending teammate tried to hit Amon with his fire, but like with Tahno's attacks, he dodged them too and moved behind him, grabbing his arm and swinging him around, tossing him and moved forward towards the arrogant waterbender. Tahno tried to save his teammate with waterbending, but his hands were suddenly restrained with a bola. His earthbender teammate's hands were also tied up as he stepped backwards before his legs were bounded with a second bola. The waterbender had fear in his eyes as he begged for mercy, "Wait, please don't do this! I'll give you the championship pot, I'll give you everything just please don't take my bending!"
The man was shaking as Amon placed his thumb on Tahno's forehead. He felt as if something was being ripped off from inside of him. His eyes bulged open and sweat dripped from his nose, brows and neck.
His bending was gone.
The wolf bats were then tossed into the pool as Asami watched in horror. Banners of the Equalists fell around the ring, and around the entire arena. Down bellow, Korra and her team were being dragged out of the water. The young woman felt her mind become foggy until images suddenly appeared in her mind. Images of her late grandfather Aang, Lin's mother and a man she did not recognize. The vision came and went and she was now tired to the poll underneath the ring. The Lieutenant squatted down and lifted her chin up.
"Amon has plans for you, child."
She would have punched him in the face, but she was far too weak. Above the ring, Amon spoke to the audience through a microphone, "I believe I have your attention, benders of Republic City. So once again the Wolf Bats are your pro-bending champions. It seems fitting that you celebrate three bullies who cheated their way to victory. Because everyday you threaten and abuse your fellow none bending citizens, just like the Wolf Bats did to their opponents tonight. Those men were supposedly the best in the bending world. And all it took me was a few seconds to cleanse them of their impurity."
Asami slowly creeped pass the other Equalists and made her way to where her friends were.
"Let this be a warning to all of you benders out there: if any of you stand in my way, you will meet the same fate. Now, to my followers: for years the Equalists have been forced to hide in the shadows…but now, we have the numbers and the strength to create a new Republic City."
Underneath the ring, the three teens were now fully waking up, but they were still tied up. "How are we going to get out of here?" Mako asked, more so to Korra. The blue eyed girl smiled when she saw her dragon birds fly beside them.
"Girls! Thank goodness. Can you get us out of here?" The dragon birds all saluted with their wings and began pecking on the ropes. However, Korra noticed there was one missing. "Wait, where's Pinkie Pie?"
To answer her question, a familiar squeak was heard. Pinkie Pie was ridding on Pabu's back, who was swimming towards them. Bolin smiled with glee at the sight of his beloved pet. The little fire ferret jumped up onto his master's lap, "Pabu! Listen up, buddy" Bolin began communicating with Pabu by making chattery noises with his teeth.
Korra, Mako and Twilight looked at him weird, "Stop fooling around!" his brother said annoyed.
"I'm not, I'm trying to save us" he nodded at Pabu who began chewing on the ropes. Bolin smiled proudly, "See? Pabu's not just a one trick poodle pony." the others smiled as well while the dragon birds and Pabu managed to break the ropes even faster by working together. Once they were free, Korra looked up from under the ring as she listened to Amon's words.
"For centuries benders have possessed and unnatural advantage over ordinary people. But thankfully, modern technology has provided us with the ways to even out the odds." the followers wielded their electric gloves in front of the audience. "Now, anyone can posses the abilities of a chi-blocker in their hands. My followers and I will not rest until the entire city achieves equality. And once that goal is achieved we will equalize the rest of the world. The time has come my followers, the revolution has begun!"
The Equalist followers cheered but Korra knew she had to do something. Then, she noticed a chill bellow her feet. She gasped and looked down, seeing parts of the water nearest to her suddenly freeze solid. She looked up, seeing an airship hover above the arena. She bravely stepped her foot in the water, which froze at her touch. She then leaped onto the water, which froze, creating snowflake-like patten. Using her waterbending, Korra leaped up onto the ring, surprising the Equalists and Amon himself.
"I wouldn't count us out just yet!" she said bravely and took a stance before him. The Equalists prepared to take her, but Amon stopped them.
"Lower your weapons…this one is mine."
The glass dome above suddenly shattered and ropes with platforms on the end were lowered down through the large hole. People scattered away in fear but Asami remained. She spotted Tenzin and Lin unconscious and tried to shake them awake. More ropes lowered, just as the equalist were about to climb on board and one attempted to take the ponies. Amon was the only one who remained. He now stood face to face with the young Avatar.
"You sure you wish to fight me child?"
"Why? Scared of getting your butt kicked?" Korra said mockingly.
"Don't be cocky, child." Amon lunged forward at Korra, who easily dodged his advantage. He tried to chi block her but Korra shielded his attacks with her arms. She grabbed hold of his wrist and twisted him, causing him intense pain. She used the chance to kick him in the gut and throw him across the ring. Amon stumbled as he stood up. This girl was stronger than she appeared.
"Impressive. You posses incredible strength…just like your father."
Korra gasped in shock. Did he just say her father?
Amon took the chance to attack once again but Korra then used her waterbending at him. Amon avoided her advantages and got close enough to grab her arm and hold her for a short period of time. His arm was around her neck and she struggled to break free of his grip.
"You knew my father?!"
"That's not all I know…Avatar."
Korra could not believe her ears. He knew her secret as well! He managed to jab her shoulder and Korra feet numb. Her arm was in pain once Amon released her. She should have known he said those things to get her distracted. She Korra was not done yet. Since he knew the truth, there was no point in keeping it hidden anymore. It was time to let it go!
She released a sucker punch at Amon, sending a blast of fire at him. Amon tumbled and nearly fell from the ring due to the blast. But he was not the only one who witnessed it. Once Tenzin and Lin were awake again and Mako and Bolin safely out of the water, everybody else in the stadium witnessed it as well. They witnessed a waterbender firebend!
He began to slowly approach her and she bended water at him. "Stay away from me!" she demanded but he numbly avoided her attacks until he was closer to her. In fear, she tripped and fell to the floor. Amon towered over her.
"Wherever you go, my Equalists will find you. They will haunt your nightmares, your every waking moment. Once I have you, the whole world will know of my power. But you have a choice. Give up now or lose your bending to me." Korra responded by blasting him away with fire. The man grunted as the woman stood up, her eyes burning with furry. A cord with a platform landed and he jumped on it. "Until next time, Avatar."
She wasn't going to let him get away. She jumped up and grabbed hold of the platform, but Amon stepped on her foot causing her to fall as he was being lifted up higher and higher. Korra braced herself for the impact until an extension cord came down and wrapped itself around her waist. Lin has rescued her by swinging down on her own cables. She hoisted Korra up higher and she launched a firebending attack at one of the other equalist on the cord before grabbing hold of it as he fell. She spotted Amon already entering the airship. She looked at him fiercely and shot a fire blast at him, but the masked man remained outside of her grasp by entering the inside of the airship. Korra looked down and witnessed the destruction of several burning police vehicles scattered across the bay.
Right at the moment, Lin swung herself upwards with her cables and landed on top of the dome. More equalists came at Korra but Lin grabbed them with her extension cord and launched them down into the ground. She then tried to pull herself up towards the airship by locking her cables to the side, but was then knocked over by an electrified attack from the Lieutenant, who had two more equalists at his side. More equaliists caused Korra to fall from the cord and land on the glass dome. She came to her aunt's rescue by blasting the attacks with her fire. She leaped up into the air, blasting the Equalists away from her aunt. Korra and Amon's right hand man were one on one. Two more of the Equalists assisted the Lieutenant. Seeing the fight, Lin unleashed her cables, wrapped them around the two equalists and threw them off the platform into the ocean. Lin attempted to hoist herself up to the airship with her cables once again.
Korra looked at the Lieutenant with furry in her eyes and attacked him fiercely by unleashing some powerful fire kicks at him. Before the Lieutenant could finish Korra off, she knocked him down with her fire kick, the impact pushed him a few feet away. But then they both looked down…the strain of the fight proved to be too much for the glass dome and it began to cave away underneath them. Korra fell down as the glass shattered. The Avatar screamed as she plummeted to the ground.
In a selfless act, Lin let go of the air ship and used her cords to save Korra who quickly grabbed onto the cable while Lin's other cable held on to an equalist flag as she swung them both to safety. They landed on the stadium's bleachers, completely in tact. Korra and Lin hugged, relieved to find the other safe and sound.
"You okay, kid?" Lin asked.
"I'm fine. Thanks to you."
They looked up at the damaged building as the airship left the arena. The entire roof was in shambles, and so was Lin's pride. "Looks like we lost this one."
"Korra!" the young woman turned around when her best friend rushed to hug her. Followed by Mako, who hugged her probably even tighter. "I'm so glad you're okay!" said the heiress.
"You had me worried." said Mako
Bolin joined the hug as well, relieved to see his friend alive and well. "You're alive!"
Tenzin walked up and hugged his daughter tightly. "Are you alright? Are you hurt?"
"No, I'm fine dad. Thanks to Lin."
Tenzin nodded his head in gratitude. But while he was thankful, Lin was still feeling ashamed for not having fulfilled her responsibility of keeping the arena safe. "I can't believe Amon did this. I played right into his hand"
"He played us all." Tenzin said as he looked up at the damaged arena's roof above them, "Republic City…is at war."