Amon took a speedboat for his escape. There was no where else he could go. He could begin anew, but he didn't want to keep on living with the memories of what he lost. Whatever happened that day, no one knows for sure, but one thing was certain, Amon had put himself out of his own misery…forever. Now, his soul forever buried inside the tormented abyss he had created for himself long ago. A place he could have avoided, if he had reached out for the hand that was offered to him.
Korra felt awful for the man, wishing he had come to see the light before he perished. But, there wasn't much she could do about it now. Remaining in the past wasn't going to help, all she could do now was move on and hope for the future.
It has been three weeks and things were returning to normal. Raiko got back to his presidency and worked hard to clean up the city of the Equalists aftermath. Korra, using her new energybending powers, returned the bending abilities to those who have lost them. Including Lin's.
Hiroshi got back to work at Future Industries, and decided to put his former weapons to good use. The mecha tanks were used as great forklifts and the planes served as great transportation. Asami got back to work as well, along with her new co-worker: Bolin! He still had a lot to learn about cars, luckily he had a great teacher.
Remembering his raw talent in his detective kills, Lin offered Mako a place in the police department. The young man agreed. As for Tenzin, he and his family returned to the Island, now restored to its original glory. Kya and Bumi remained, as did Katara, who still had much to teach her granddaughter.
Raiko used the money to fix the pro-bending arena. A ceremony was held and Korra cut the ribbon for it. No longer did she wear her hair in a high ponytail, but now she wore it loose, with only the front ties present, decorated with a luna symbol. She went back to wearing her own style of clothing, this time she was allowed to wear them at the Island. Tenzin realized his daughter was old enough to make her own decisions. Their relationship has never been better.
A celebration was held at Air Temple Island, in honor of Korra for defeating Amon and after she helped clean up the crazy mess. Everyone was having such a wonderful time. The trees were decorated with golden lanterns, elegant decorates of every nation adorned the buildings and the tables. Korra smiled at all of the joy surrounding her. Her best friend surprised her with a bear hug.
"So, how does it feel, miss Avatar?" she linked her arm around Korra's.
"You don't have to call me that, you know."
"Yeah, but it's fun."
"What about you, Miss Vice President of Future Industries?"
Asami laughed with joy, "Awesome! And, Bolin's not too bad a mechanic."
"It's all so crazy." said the Avatar, her white locks dancing in the breeze, "A few months ago I was just a normal girl with no bending powers. And now I'm the Avatar."
"Life is pretty crazy, isn't it?"
"You have no idea." The two friends saw a tall woman with pale skin, green eyes and long raven hair styled into a bun. Korra smiled upon seeing her. "Hey, Kuvira."
"Good to see you again, Korra. I wanted to say thank you for everything you have done for the city. The United Forces are forever in your debt."
Korra bowed in respect to the woman, who then flinched when she heard the sound of a very annoying prince.
"Kuvira, there you are!"
"Gotta go!" The green eyed woman ran as fast as she could from the advances of Prince Wu.
"Come on, one dance won't kill you!" he said as he went after her, making Korra and Asami giggle. The two received bare hug from Bolin.
"Team Avatar hug!"
"Team what?" Korra asked.
"That's our new name! The New Team Avatar! Come on, you gotta admit it's pretty good." the girls were a tad hesitant at first but Bolin was persistent, "You know you like it, admit it, come on."
"Okay!" Korra gave up with a smile, "Team Avatar it is then."
"Woo-hoo!" he jumped up happily and grabbed Asami, dragging her to the dance floor. Korra allowed it, she liked seeing Asami smile. Bolin did a great job at that. She looked all around her, everyone she knew and loved was right there, happy and proud for what she did.
After a while, Korra left the party scene and leaned against the pole of the gate to the island. She felt another presence appear, only to realize it was her father. The man smiled at her, his eyes so filled with love and adoration. Korra smiled in return.
"Got tired of the party already?"
"A little. I guess I just wanted a moment to think about everything." she looked out into the horizon, the sun partly covered by some clouds. "Dad…there's something I've been meaning to tell you." she turned to face him, she could already tell he was expecting to hear something he would probably say yes or no to.
"When Amon capture me, he told me his past. His real past. And, he told me something that I never would have expected." she bit her bottom lip and turned her gaze to the ground for a moment before looking back up, "He told he knew my parents."
Tenzin was silent once she told him this. He knew this was a topic that would be brought up one day. He couldn't keep it back anymore.
"He said he was once a part of this secret group called the Red Lotus and how they wanted to kidnap me as a kid, how my mother died, and my father…was never found. It got me thinking, now that the world will know who I am, won't that mean those people could come back?"
Tenzin placed a hand on her shoulder, "We don't know what will happen in the future. I pray nothing does but, no matter what, I will always protect you. You may not be my little girl anymore…but you will always be my daughter."
There was no stoping the tears from coming. He may not be her biological father, but he sure loved her as much as any would. She hugged him tightly, her tears fling on his orange robes as he held her close.
"I love you, daddy."
They held each other close for a few more moments when Katara appeared. "Tenzin, Wu is looking for you. Something about wanting to borrow a glider to fly on."
Tenzin's eyes widened and he hurried off to check. "That's not good!"
Korra giggled. It was only her and her grandmother now. "So, not exactly what you had planned was it?"
Korra gently shook her head, "No. But, I don't think I ever really had a plan to begin with. It's funny, you spent most of your life dreaming about what you will do in the future but, then something else happens and it completely changes everything."
"Do you think that's a bad thing?"
"In this case…no. Now that I'm the Avatar, no doubt I'll be needed in other nations so, yeah I will get to travel just like I wanted. Only now, I finally have a real purpose, which is exactly what I was trying to find to begin with."
Katara smiled at her granddaughter, "Fate always has a plan for everything."
"Yeah…He really does."
The elderly woman then smiled a somewhat mischievous smile, "And sometimes, Fate could use a little help." he winked and started walking away, leaving Korra confused…until she saw what her grandmother had done.
Mako was standing right in front of her, wearing his police uniform, which made him look all the more handsome. She could see her grandmother winking as she disappeared and Korra's heart began to race. She didn't know what to do now. She was lost.
Mako approached her, smiling his kind smile, which really wasn't helping her right now as her heart began to speed up. "She said you wanted to talk with me."
Korra sucked in her lips and turned to face the scenery, having Mako stand right next to her. "Did she?"
"Yeah. Is everything okay?"
"Yeah. Fine. Everything's fine." But that wasn't true. There was a real tension between them and they knew they couldn't put it off any longer.
"So…" Korra began, rather awkwardly. "Officer of the Republic City Police department. Not bad, city boy." she then felt a poke at her arm, seeing it was Rainbow Dash. She narrowed her eyes at the dragon bird before speaking again, "It's, a real honor."
Rainbow groaned in annoyance.
Mako also tried to say something to ease the tension, "Well, what about you? You've done everything you set out to do. And more." he took felt a poke, this one from Sunset Shimmer. He too narrowed his eyes at her, "You're a real hero to everyone."
Sunset face palmed herself with her wing.
"Yeah, it's…great." Korra fiddled with her new white hair.
"I…see you're keeping the new hair."
"Yeah, I can't really get rid of it now."
After a brief moment of silence, Mako finally cut to the chase, "Korra, we need to talk. About…what happened at Gommu's hideout."
She knew what he was talking about. Their kiss.
"What about it?"
Mako was already getting impatient, "You know what I'm talking about. This is just as hard for me too you know."
Korra closed her eyes shot for a moment, "Why?"
"Why did you say that?"
"When Amon had you and my family, you said three words to me."
Mako's face flushed, "Oh…"
"Did you really mean them?"
He looked at his feet shyly before looking back at her. He moved a few feet closer, making her heart skip. "What do you think? The question is, how do you feel about me?"
Korra was completely speechless. Her heart wanted to say so much but it was like her mouth would obey her at all. She had never felt this way before, she didn't know what to do.
He thought maybe she didn't feel the same way he did and she was only caught up in the moment. Non the less, he was done hiding how he felt. He had spent all his life keeping his walls up, but now he had to bring them down. He took her by the hands, surprising her even more. Her hands felt tingly, her face was hot and her heart was beating so fast and so loudly she thought he would hear it. Little did she know, his heart was beating just as fast and just as loudly.
"I just want you to know, I think you're the most amazing person I have ever known, and I never thought a girl like you would ever take notice of a guy like me. Let alone become my friend."
Korra somehow knew where he was coming from. "Mako, you don't understand."
"No, see that's the thing, I think I do understand. You're the Avatar, you have a responsibility now and I'm…I'm just a common street-rat who got lucky."
"It's okay. You don't have to say anything. I'll get over it, really." though he really didn't believe so, "But, whenever you need a friend, I'll always be there for you. No matter what."
That was it, she couldn't hold it back anymore. She wanted him to know how she felt. How she really felt. She grabbed both sides of his face and collided her lips with his. Mako was shocked at first, but he immediately became swept away that he kissed her with equal passion, and enjoyment. Once they parted, he looked at her with a skeptical look.
"Okay, now I'm really confused. Happy, but confused."
Korra gave a light giggle, placing her hand over his heart and smiled at him, gazing into his eyes with so much adoration. "I do care about you. A lot. More than I can ever explain." her gaze then fell, "But, I don't know if we should be doing this right now, and it's not because of what you think, I just…."
Mako wrapped his arms around her waist, holding her close. "I can't change how I feel about you." he said.
"But I'll be here. No matter what."
"I don't know what's going to happen to any us from here on out."
"Isn't that what life is about? The unexpected?"
Korra could not believe he was using her own words against him. She couldn't help but laugh. Heck, she started to laugh historically. It didn't take long for him to laugh too. Before long, they were wrapped in each others arms once more, just laughing together. Once they stopped, Korra told him how she felt.
"I love you, too."
Mako smiled like he never smiled before and kissed her on the lips once more. As they did, Bolin and Asami watched from afar, both looking very confused by all of this.
"So, what? Are they together or not?" Bolin asked
"I don't know."
"It's simple really." the two teens turned around to see Meelo standing before them with one hand behind his back and the other holding a lollipop he was sucking on. "You see, they have reached that fine line between being friends and being in a relationship. They are both aware they have very strong feelings that go beyond simple friendship, but because of their current positions in life, they want to explore these emotions much further before they actually do get into a serious relationship, and once they do it will be something so powerful no force on earth can ever tear it apart."
Bolin and Asami's jaws literally dropped. They had no idea how smart this kid really was.
"Yeah, I know."
Believe it or not, the kid was spot on. Korra and Mako knew they loved each other, but these feelings they had were only just the beginning, they knew that. They didn't really know how they were going to be from here on out, but one thing was certain, their relationship was going to grow each and every single day. And they couldn't wait to see where it was heading.
The dragon birds watched from afar as the two simply stood there, wrapped in one anthers embrace. Rarity swooned, "That's so romantic!"
Twilight Sparkle smiled proudly at her friend, "Just you wait, girls. This is only the beginning."
After the party was over, Korra rested at the cliffside, gazing at her grandfather's statue. Her journey has only just begun.
All those days, watching from a window
All those years, outside looking in
All that time, never even knowing just
How blind I've been
Now I'm here, linking in the starlight
Now I'm here, suddenly I see
Standing here, it's all so clear
I'm where I'm meant to be
And now I see the Light
And it's like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the Light
And it's like the sky is new
And it's warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
She got up on her two feet and raced down the hilltops, embracing her new future and the stars shinned just as brightly as her spirit.
Where dark woods hide secrets
And mountains are fierce and bold
Deep waters hold reflections of
Of times lost long ago
I will hear their every story
Take hold of my own dream
Be as strong as the seas are stormy
And proud as an eagle's scream
I will ride, I will fly
Chase the wind and touch the sky
I will fly
Chase the wind and touch the sky
The sky! And I will find my way
I can go to distance
I will stay on track
No I won't accept defeat
It's an uphill slope
But I won't lose hope
Till I go the distance
And my journey is complete!
She made her way towards the kip ponds, gazing at her reflection once more.
Somehow I can not hide
Who I am
Though I've tried
Now will my reflection show
Who I am inside
Inside, the wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
I couldn't keep it in
Heaven knows I tried
And now I know!
Korra continued her journey through the island, this time unleashing her bending powers all around her with such great joy, having mastered the four elements just like the past Avatars did.
My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And not through crystalizes like an icy blast
I'm never going back
The past is in the past!!!
Let it go, let it go!
And I'll raise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go!
That perfect girl is gone
Here I stand in the light of day!
In the light of day!
I will fly!
I will fly!
And touch the sky!
As the sun rose up, giving the earth its warmth and beauty, Korra spread her arms open, ready to take on the world with all the strength, hope and courage she could master. Her dragon bird friends shared the same feeling as they flew out, also embracing the welcoming sun.
Somewhere in the frozen tundra of the south, a cloaked figure rested near a glowing beam, which was suddenly awoken after years of slumber. He could not believe his gray colored eyes.
"I don't believe it…the Avatar has returned."
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