Korra opened her book, already entranced by the stunning images. She always wondered what spirits looked like, even if the drawings may or may not be so accurate, they were still stunning. Twilight was one of the dragon birds who loved to read. She was the most clever of the seven. Sunset Shimmer enjoyed the books as well. The two were practically sisters from different bird misters. Their main differences was that Twilight as more laid-back and easygoing, Sunset was more fiery and adventurous, hence her name. They were opposites that balanced one another perfectly.
The two rested on Korra's shoulders as they also marveled at the images. Korra was then startled when a young man, around her age, approached her. Flashing his pearly white teeth while leaning against the building.
"Good morning, Korra."
"Morning, Prince Wu." she greeted politely as she walked pass him. However, once he took her book away, he now had her undivided attention. Korra narrowed her eyes in annoyance while Twilight and Sunset hissed at the man.
"Wu, can I have my book back?"
Wu was a rather skinny young man with tan skin, brown hair swiped up into a stylish form and his eyes were pure emerald green. He wore green expensive clothing, fit for royalty. He was descendent of Earth Kingdom royalty and studied at Republic City university as a freshman, though he was close to Korra's age, being eighteen-years-old. He always thought of himself as a ladies man and believed every girl would love to be in the arms of a prince. Not too long ago, he had set his sights on Korra. The moment he saw her he was smutted by her looks and feisty attitude. He was so sure he could get her to like him, and yet she turned him down every single time.
"What is this anyway?" he asked while flipping through the pages, arching an eyebrow at the strange images. Korra angrily snatched the book out of his hands and back into her shoulder bag.
"Something a friend gave me. Now, is there anything I can help you with or are you just being your naturally annoying self again?"
Wu chuckled at the woman, who was not amused, "Ha, ha, oh Korra, you're so, so funny. I like funny dames. Now that you mention it, there is something I've been meaning to ask you. If I recall, I invited you to dinner once, right?"
"Yeah, you did. I said no."
"Well, I'm asking again; would you like to--"
"No! Are we done here?"
"Good, I've got to get to work." as Korra walked away, her dragon birds all blew raspberries at Wu, who crossed him arms and pouted. But he was not done yet. Just when she thought she was in the clear, Wu popped up again, stoping her in her tracks.
"Well, if you ever change your mind--"
"I won't." she answered bluntly and without question.
"--You know where to find me."
"I'm leaving." she walked pass him.
"Drop by anytime."
"Don't count on it!"
This time she made a mad dash for it, away from the young man. Ever since he came to the City a couple months ago, he has been an annoying pain in the backside.
Pinkie Pie started to gag in front of Korra, "I know." said the girl, "I feel the same way."
The sound of gears, tools working at their best and the sound of a car horn was music to his ears. Hiroshi Sato was the proud owner of Future Industries, the largest business conglomerate in the United Nations. He was in the warehouse, where his workers were hard at work manufacturing the new assembly line of Satomobiles; the city's main mode of transportation.
Hiroshi was a man in his mid to late thirties, with dark hair, already turning gray, added with green eyes and spectacles, a beard and brown eyes. He had a slight belly and had a very warm and friendly demeanor. He felt the presence of another person enter the workshop, and his smile widened.
"Korra! You finally made it, my dear."
"Hello, Mr. Sato. Sorry for being late, I ran into a few friends. And one annoying prince."
The man laughed, his belly jiggling, "Yes, that Prince Wu is a real charmer, isn't he?"
"Asami's in the back working on the rest of the cars. Don't you two go lolly gagging."
Korra chuckled, "We'll try our best, sir." she made her way to the farther back side of the building, where the workers were repairing damaged cars. This was were Korra usually worked, fixing and repairing cars with her childhood best friend, Asami Sato. The daughter of Hiroshi.
The seven birds rested on a high top, observing the process, while Rainbow Dash hovered over the cars. She always loved seeing these machines, especially the ones that went really, really fast. Rainbow was known as the fastest of her friends. It was the main reason why Korra added 'dash' to her name.
Korra flinched when the hood of one of the cars popped open and smoke came out, followed by the sound of coughing. A young woman, a year older than Korra, appeared from underneath the car. Her hair was long, wavy and black as ebony which was styled in a low ponytail, which she always wore while working, and had blood red lips and lime green eyes. Her skin was pale with sharp facial features. She wore a mechanic's uniform and fanned the smoke away as she removed her goggles. Her cloths were stained with oil and on her face as well.
Korra coughed due to the smoke, "Asami?"
Her friend removed the goggles and placed her hands on her hips, "How in the heck did that happen?" she said before gesturing to her friend, "Mind passing me that wrench?"
Korra complied and handed her the wrench from the tool box and Asami started fixing the interior of the hood. "Everything okay?" Korra asked.
"Yeah, just a minor bump in the road. No biggie." once she was done she slammed the hood down.
"You always say that." Korra said with a giggle.
"Well, no use crying over spilled milk." she wiped her hands with a rack and then looked at Korra's outfit, "Well what are you waiting for? Get to work, lazy bones!"
Korra only rolled her eyes and grabbed her mechanic's uniform from the rank, "You're not the boss of me."
"No, but my dad is." Asami got down under the car again just when Korra zipped up her jacket and put on her gloves. Asami was Korra's best friend since childhood. Growing up, the two did almost everything together and shared all of their secrets and thoughts.
"So, anything new happen today?" Asami asked.
Rainbow Dash handed Korra her wrench and she got ready to work on a second car near Asami's, "I got a new book."
"That's nice! Yeah, I don't know what this person was doing but I think there's something starring at me down here."
Korra dismissed her friend's words and started removing the wheels on the car, her mind somewhere else. "Asami? Can I ask you something?"
"Yeah, sure!" she said, her voice coming from under the car, "What's up?"
"Do you…do you think I'm…I don't know, weird?"
"Okay, whatever this thing is it's licking me!"
"Come on, Korra that's ridiculous! There's nothing weird about you. If anything, you're the most normal person I know."
"Well, I don't always feel that way. I mean, how many people do you know can talk to animals the way I do?" she asked, while she removed the old wheel and Rarity, Applejack and Fluttershy rolled over the new one for her to place.
"Well, in my defense, I don't know that many people. Is this is a bug or a mammal?"
"It's just, I'm turning seventeen tomorrow and, I can't shake this feeling that…I can't explain it."
"Is it that time of the month again?"
"Did your dad find out where you work?"
"No, and if he ever did he'll freak out."
Asami finally got out from underneath the car and sat up, "Well, this puppy's all fixed. Although, I did find this laying under there." the heiress held out a certain pink dragon bird and Korra giggled, taking her in her arms.
"Seriously Korra, why can't you tell Tenzin the truth?"
"Because, I've already dropped the bomb on him with not wanting to be an acolyte the rest of my life, he'd loose it if he found out I was working at a car factory to get money so I can leave the city to travel around the world. He wants me to do something 'meaningful' with my life. Which is just his subtle way of saying, he wants me to marry some nice guy and have a quiet, simple life on the island or in a cottage somewhere up the hills."
"Awww, a hilltop cottage is so cute!" she flinched when Korra narrowed her eyes, "You were saying?"
"I don't want a simple life. I want to earn my own keep, explore, experience new things, then I can think about settling down." she got back to work in replacing the tires while Asami leaned against her car to spark another topic in the conversation.
"Well, speaking of 'settling down', is there any specific type of guy you have in mind?" she asked with a smirk.
Korra rolled her eyes. She knew Asami was a total romantic. Out of the two, she was the most feminine. "Not this again."
"Oh, come on! It's a simple question. The city's filled with cute, smart and nice guys."
"Not from what I've seen."
"Okay, so far we've only found a few bad seeds but, there's bound to be a guy for you somewhere. What about that Wu kid? He's not such a bad guy. And he is kinda cute. In a, dorky, weird, kind of way." however, she knew she wasn't fooling anybody.
"Yeah, he's cute alright." Korra said, "And rude, and conceded, and annoying and he makes me want to punch him in the face!" she slammed the wrench onto the wheel, causing it to sink and fit better into its respected spot. "Besides, who needs a boyfriend anyway?"
"So, you don't want to fall in love?"
"I'm not saying that. I don't mind finding somebody someday, it's just not in the cards right now."
Asami shrugged, "I don't know, Korra. Sometimes cards can change."
"Not my cards." she already removed two wheels, now she only had tow left.
Safe behind those windows and those buildings of stone
Gazing at the people across the bay
All my life I watched them as I wait, day by day
Hungry for the histories they show me
All my life I've memorized those places
Knowing them as they will never know me
All my life I wonder how it feels to pass a day
Not above them….
But part of them
Korra finished placing the wheels and gazed at the sunlight, peaking through the openings around the garage, showing her with its radiance. She dreamed of seeing the world, exploring it, experiencing new things.
And out there
Living in the sun
Give me one day out there
All I ask is one
To hold forever
Where they all live unaware
What I'd give
What I'd dare
Just to live
One day out
Asami smiled for he understood her friend's desire. Korra leaped from the railing where the cars were placed and began walking around the garage, assisting the mechanics with their minor issues, and they thanks her for her time to help.
Out there among the travelers, and story tellers galore
Only in the books of old I knew them
Everyday, people shout and go about their lives
Headless of the gift it is to be them
If I was in their skin
Strolling by the sand
Taste the morning out there!
Like ordinary girls
Who freely walk about there
Just one day, and then I swear I'll be content
With my share
Old and bent
I won't care
I'll have spent
Asami placed a hand on Korra's shoulder. "And you will. But for now, we've got more work to do."