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It had been two years since my agonizing therapy had begun.
"Walk left foot down good Korra," Katara's sweet voice would repeat over and over.
"Now take a step forward let's go come on," she would encourage. The pain in my legs was so sharp whenever I would take a step. I had mustered all my strength just to hold onto the railing for balance. Come to think if it, the word balance, I didn't even understand the meaning of that word anymore. I had the support of my parents and Naga all surrounding me, and it felt so good to have such loving friends and family by my side, but I can't help but still feel like I let the world down. I feel so out of synch with myself that it hurts to think about what I used to be capable of.
"Korra, you have some letters from your friends," Mother's silk voice echoed.
"Please bring them up to my room mom," I replied, my voice shaky. I miss my friends and all, but it's hard to look at their letters without feeling like I shamed them too. I really am a pathetic half baked Avatar.
"Here Korra, Bolin, Mako and Asami sent these," Mom said softly as she placed the enveloped letters on my desk. My throat throbbed as I reached out to retrieve the letters, my hands still quite weak from the Red Lotus incident.
"OWWWW" I screeched as a spasm crawled up my arm.
"Korra, relax, want me to read them for you?" Mom asked in her concerned voice.
"No Mom, just leave me alone." I replied bluntly.
"I know you are struggling Korra and this is a hard time for you, but you can do this, you are the Avatar and more," Mom reassured me.
"I don't feel like the Avatar, I feel more like a fallen dragon hawk," I said curtly.
"Don't talk like that Korra, you are going to soar like an eagle raven again soon, you just need to heal your broken wing," Mom replied softly before finally leaving the room. After a few minutes of deep thought, I decided to try again and open my letters. Reaching my hand slowly forward trying to ignore a painful spasm, I reached for the first letter from Mako. Thinking about him was aggravating, He'd broken my heart after he'd just bluntly ended our short lived relationship over a petty argument. I tossed his letter to my bed,

"OWWWWW DAMMIT!" Another painful spasm.

I reached out for Bolin's letter and thought about him. Bolin had always found ways to look at the bright side of things and would take me out to dinner at his favorite water tribe cuisine restaurant to cheer me up. He'd even had Pabu bring me a cupcake or two several times. Thinking about Bolin made me feel a little warmer inside. With a slow and steady hand, I opened his letter. The contents were a rather poor drawing of team avatar and a sweet note asking how I had been doing. I chuckled a little at the thought of Bolin and Pabu still doing their routine under Zuko's statue. Placing the letter down, Lord Zuko crossed my mind. I'd met him once when I was five, he was tall and a bit intimidating, but still warm. After meeting Lord Zuko, that's when I was moved to that damned compound.

I pulled out a sheet of paper to attempt to write to Bolin, but I couldn't bring myself to write to him. My head began throbbing as I began to feel rather hopeless. Half baked Avatar, Tarrlok was right about me. I couldn't defeat Amon without Mako's help, and I'd almost completely lost my bending to him. Vaatu severed my connections to my past lives making me unable to communicate with the one man who could help me find my way. Zaheer and his cronies broke me moth physically and mentally, and now I can barley move without so much as hurting myself. I'm just a pathetic waist, I'm not even a half baked avatar, I'm lower than that, I'm not even the avatar.

Just as my mind raced, the wind gently blew the last letter into my lap, the one from Asami. Suddenly, my mind went back to the day I'd first arrived to meet Bolin and Mako at the Sato mansion. Asami was so welcoming even though I was so cold to her. I remember thinking she'd be just another prissy rich girl with shallow values and a pretty face. I remember when I'd met her, I couldn't have been more wrong, Asami was quirky, brilliant, resourceful, analytical, giving, kind, incredible, beautiful. It was Asami that took me for a thrilling ride on the race track. It was Asami who was always kind to me even when Mako and I were having relationship issues. It was Asami who was wiling to share her money with my team and pull the Fire Ferrets out of our ditch. It was Asami who risked her life to get me away from Zaheer, It was Asami who sacrificed her relationship with her father to join me, It was Asami who would push my wheelchair and do my hair. Asami would tell me how beautiful she thought I was, how fearless I was. She was the one who stood by me before I left to recover at home. Asami has never given up on me, and I've never felt awkward or uncomfortable around her.

Surging forward, I opened her letter to read it.

Dear Korra,

How are you? It's not the same without you here in the city. I miss our rides on the racetrack and going out to lunch at Wan's Cuisine. Mako is currently working on the beat, and Bolin is still on the Fire Ferrets. I'm really worried about you Korra, I know that you are going through one of the most difficult moments in your journey, but I know that you can get through this bump in the road. You are amazing Korra, you always know how to make an entrance and your confidence inspires me to be more confident in myself. I believe in you Korra, you are an amazing avatar and a wonderful friend. Please write back soon,

-Asami Sato

Her words are so assuring, so kind, I for once don't know what to say or do. She really does believe in me, she thinks I'm beautiful and confident. How am I  confident or beautiful? I feel my cheeks getting warm as the thought of getting better and seeing Asami again dances through my mind. Asami is the one who is beautiful, but her compliments are so sincere and thoughtful., now is not the time Korra, not the time for relationship drama. Shifting over to my bed, I slowly get up and fall onto the covers, letting them wrap around me nice and warm. The smell of home feels nice. I'd sure love to take Asami on Naga for a night ride, she'd love the southern lights as the spirits dance across the heavens. When I recover, that's something she and I have to check off or lists.

I ponder on my bed how respond to Asami's letter. She has sent me so many along with the others and I just don't know what to say. I want to let Asami know how I feel about her being such a good friend, but whenever I think of her, I feel tingly inside, like the kind of feeling I felt when I first met Mako. It's strange, but it's a good feeling. Asami has done so much for me already, she's been my friend even when I've been difficult.

Without thinking, I get up slowly and pick up a sheet of paper and a pencil. With my mind continuing to race faster and faster, the words finally pour out like a waterfall.

Dear Asami, I'm sorry I haven't written to you sooner, but every time I've tried, I never know what to say. The past two years have been the hardest of my life. Even though I can get around fine now, I still can't go into the Avatar State. I keep having visions of Zaheer and what happened that day. Katara thinks a lot of this is in my head, so I've been meditating a lot, but sometimes I worry I'll never fully recover.  Please don't tell Mako and Bolin I wrote to you and not them. I don't want to hurt their feelings, but it's easier to tell you about this stuff. I don't think they'd understand.
A one shot exploring Korra's growing feelings for Asami between book 3 and book 4. Love Huggle! :happybounce: 
chaosontour Featured By Owner Edited Sep 25, 2016
You're giving even more detail than this scene had before. A very mature but mushy way of things.
I can totally imagine Korra to go all blushy and "out-of-words" in this particular situation. Its great!

Edit: Would have choosen another pic as "preview-image" though.
FireNationPhoenix Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks hon, I tried to bring out the emotional side of Korra because it's really fun to work with. The preview image was a collab I did with a friend, and yeah, it is a little weird to have the wedding piece as my preview image but it was the only one I had XD
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