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Korra: “Begin.” Scarlett was first to move, taking the offensive and forcing me into a retreat from the get-go. Just as (F/N) expected, her previous training under Amon had made her extremely quick. Her feet lighter then even Tenzin’s. “Ok, getting a bit forceful.” Her strikes were quick, but aggressive. As if she was trying to cause me harm. There was a look in her eyes, she was obviously pissed. “What’s wrong?”
Scarlett: “Nothing.” She responded flatly. Quickening her pace even more so. She was able to break through my defense, her staff coming to slap against my thigh.
Korra: “Hey!” She didn’t respond. If anything, the hit spurred her on. She zoomed around me, constantly trying to connect with any body part I left exposed. It was after she jabbed the end of her staff into my stomach when I’d finally had enough. “Hey!” In response, I kicked my leg out, forcing the wind around her to cycle. Spinning her into the air and her staff to fly off, embedding itself into a nearby snowbank. As she fell back to the ground, a wave of water surrounder her, freezing and catching her. Her arms and legs held tight by the ice as her head struggled to release itself.
Scarlett: “No Fair!”
Korra: “No fair?” I shot back. “You were smacking me around like a punching bag! What’s up with you today?”
Scarlett: “Nothing!” Her head thrashed more. Her face reddening with the effort. I reached over, trying to take her chin in my palm, but she pulled away, biting down on my thumb as she did.
Korra: “Hey!” I pulled away, checking over my thumb to make sure no skin had been broken. Scarlett just went back to thrashing. I sighed, thinking over my options, trying to come up with something (F/N) would do in the situation. Then I sat, closing my eyes and breathing deeply, opting to wait until she tried herself out. As mature as Scarlett was. She was still only nine, and as such , prone to temper tantrums. I could only assume this was her acting out. So I sat, calling every ounce of patience I had to wait out her tantrum. It wasn’t long before I heard her panting. When I opened my eyes, I was met with a frustrated Scarlett, her head limp, face flushed from the struggle.
Scarlett: “You’re mean when you want to be.” I shrugged, standing to face her again. “(F/N) would have never done that.”
Korra: “Maybe not with ice. But you and I both know (he/she) would have done something to restrain you.” She huffed in response. “Are you ready to talk then?” Again she sighed, something I took as her relenting. “What’s wrong?”
Korra: “I can see that.” I flatlined. “Why are you mad?” Again she sighed, then nudged her head towards the ground. In response, I released her. SHe shook herself to throw off any lingering ice. Then sat.
Scarlett: “You sent Tenzin away.”
Korra: “Ah.” She was still angry about last night. After the argument Tenzin and I had after the spirit attack, Tenzin had begun packing up. He, his family, including Kya and Bumi at Katara’s request, had all left on Oogi early this morning. Hardly a goodbye shared by anyone other then he and his mother. I sat beside her, mirroring her posture in taking my knees up to my chin. “I take it then, you’ve started accepting them as family?” She nodded.
Scarlett: “I felt bad for him.” She turned to me, a fogginess to those crystal blue eyes. “He wanted to just help.” If I was being honest. I had felt guilty about ditching Tenzin the way I had too.
Korra: “I know.” I admitted. “I am sorry I left things the way I did. I didn’t mean to break things off like that. I just felt I needed to take my own path, to make my own choice, rather then let him and my Dad make it for me.” I stroked her face, tucking a stray hair behind her ear. “I know Unalaq isn’t someone you feel comfortable around, I get it. But you saw what he did last night, how he beat that spirit. Peacefully.”
Scarlett: “And (F/N) can’t do the same thing?”
Korra: “(F/N), by (his/her) own admittance, doesn’t understand the spirits. This is something I need to learn. I am the Avatar, and that means I need to understand the spirit world. Tenzin wouldn’t show me, (F/N) can’t show me. I don’t know who else I could turn to.”
Scarlett: “Still didn’t have to yell.” I groaned, leaning back and falling into the snow bank behind me, rubbing the balls of my hands into my eyes as I did. “He only wanted to help. Maybe, he felt you weren’t ready.”
Korra: “Maybe.” My hands fell to my sides, my eyes fixed on the clear, morning sky. “Maybe I’m not… but, Something’s been bothering me lately.” Scarletts head popped into view, a questioning look on her face. “I’ve felt… cold.” Her lids fell halfway, sarcasm oozing from her face.
Scarlett: “South Pole. It’s always cold.” I rolled my eyes, then sat up.
Korra: “Not like that smartass. I mean like…. Ok you know that bad feeling you get around Unalaq?” She nodded. “Kinda like that. It’s like a sliver of ice running down the inside of my spine. Like a shadow, always following close behind me, just out of sight, but I know its there. Blotting out the sun to me, blanketing me in darkness. I feel…. No, I sense something…. Evil.”
Scarlett: “Like something bad is going to happen?” I nodded. “Talked to (F/N) about this?”
Korra: “No… I didn’t start getting this feeling until after we came here. At first I thought it was just me readjusting to the cold but… after last night, it’s gotten stronger.”
Scarlett: “After the spirit?” I nodded.
Unalaq: “That is quite the astute observation Korra. Perhaps your training with the Dark One was not as much a waste as I originally thought.” I yelped, jumping straight to my feet as my hands instinctively moved to protect me, sending a wave of snow falling back towards the person that had startled me. When i turned to face them, I was met with my uncle, buried to the neckl in snow. Scarlett couldn't help but laugh.
Korra: “Uh… sorry uncle.”
Unalaq: “No apologies necessary. I clearly startled you.” He waved me off, then quickly waved off the snow, leaving him in his always pristine robes. “Though perhaps it is a testament to your lack of awareness that I was able to sneak up on you.” He smirked, then turned to Scarlett, who had taken it upon herself to stand between us. “And how are you this morning little bodyguard?” Scarlett only huffed, crossing her arms and holding her usual scowl whenever she was in his presence. Unalaq just took it in stride, keeping his smirk as he turned his attention back to me. “I had come because I was unsure whether or not you would be joining me as we had discussed last night Korra. You ARE still interested in what I have to teach, are you not?” I groaned, slapping myself across the forehead as I did.
Korra: “I am SO sorry Uncle, I didn’t realize I was late.”
Unalaq: “Again, not to worry, I see you were doing a bit of teaching of your own.” He waved his hand, causing the snow bank Scarletts staff was embedded in to shift and send the staff flying into his palm. He inspected it, spinning it and slashing it through the air a few times. “Quaint.” He commented. “Though I assume nowhere near as impressive as the actual weapon itself.” He twirled it again, then presented it to Scarlett with open palms. She took it, muttering a quick thank you as she did.
Korra: “Yeah, (F/N) had put me in charge of Scarlett’s saber practice while we were here, since (he/she) couldn’t make it.”
Unalaq: “I see, then you have decided that this…” He gestured to my own staff, lying in the snow beside me. “Is more important then conversing with the spirits?”
Korra: “No, NO! Of course not!” I blurted. “I know that what you have to teach is very important and I am ready for you to teach me how to fight spirits.” His smirk grew slightly as his eyes brightened.
Unalaq: “I am gladdened to hear you have your priorities in order Korra. Though, I won’t be teaching you how to fight the spirits. Rather, I am going to begin your spiritual training. Starting with a pilgrimage to one of the most remote places on the planet. The long neglected spiritual center of your tribe, The South Pole.”
Scarlett: “Wait. I thought we were in the south pole?” Unalaq chuckled, kneeling down to Scarletts level to ruffle her hair again.
Unalaq: “While we are in the southern tribe little one. The South Pole itself is the southernmost point of the world. The exact bottom of the planet. All surrounding area, is named by association alone.” He released her and stood, at which point she immediately went about fixing her hair.
Korra: “So, we’re going to train at the south pole?” He turned his attention back to me, his look growing more serious as he did.
Unalaq: “We will do more then just train, Korra. By neglecting the spirits, the people of the south have brought darkness upon themselves, and now it threatens to destroy your tribe. We must set things right, the southern water tribe depends on you.”
Korra: “A dangerous trip to the south pole? Count me in! What do you say Scarlett?”
Unalaq: “I’m afraid..” Before she even had the opportunity to think on it, Unalaq shut Scarlett down. “... that the child would not be able to join us.” Unalaq took a step forward, nearly pressing himself against me. “This is a VERY dangerous endeavor Korra, as such, it is only for those that may be able to weather the dangers ahead. You and I can certainly defend ourselves as needed. But the child is not a bender, she would be more hindrance then help. It is best if she stays here in the village. Perhaps your mother would be generous enough to look after her while we are on our pilgrimage.”
Korra: “Well… you see…” I rubbed at the back of my neck. My eyes switching between Unalaq and Scarlett. On the one hand, I truly did want to get started with my spiritual training. But, on the other… “I made a promise to (F/N). I told (him/her) I would watch Scarlett while we were here. I can't just break that.” While Scarlett appreciated what I had to say, having earned a small smile from her. Unalaq was less then enthusiastic about it. If not a bit annoyed.
Unalaq: “Korra.” He groaned, pinching the bridge of his nose as he did. “While I admire your desire to keep your promise to your… shall we say, ‘unorthodox Master’. I have to insist this be done my way.” He released his nose, folding his hands behind his back and standing up as straight as he could. “Even you agreed, this training is vital to you as an Avatar. If your attention is split between your studies and your duties as a babysitter, I am afraid it will hinder your ability to learn. Besides..” Again he kneeled down, coming eye to eye with the black haired nine year old. “It is my understanding that little… Scarlett? Is it?” Scarlett sighed, having come to realize at this point Unalaq may never really remember her name. “Has grown rather fond of your father and mother. Perhaps a day or two with them would be beneficial for all of them.”
Unalaq: “I INSIST. Korra.” Though his tone was its usual calm. It was firm, finite. I wasn’t winning this fight at all.
Korra: “Scarlett?” I turned down to her, finding she had the most annoyed look on her face. She just rolled her eyes, collected her staff and mine, then began to walk off. “Well hey, no wait a sec.” I jogged over to her, coming to kneel in front of her. “You know I don’t like this either, right?” She nodded, though she still had that same angry look on her face. “Believe me, I know this sucks. But I need this training. And Unalaq is right, I couldn’t keep you safe on my own last night. I… I don’t want to risk you out there.” She looked up into my eyes, the anger dissipating into understanding. SHe dropped the staffs, wrapping her arms around my neck in a quick hug.
Scarlett: “I know. It’s not your fault. It’s Unalaq’s.” I chuckled lightly as I wrapped my own arms around her middle.
Korra: “Yeah, mean Uncle Unalaq’s fault.” We released each other, and Scarlett collected the staffs before continuing down the stretch of snow. “Do you need me to walk you back to the huts?” She just waved me off.
Scarlett: “It’s not to far.”
Korra: “Alright. Be safe!” I couldn’t see it, but I felt her roll her eyes.
Unalaq: “You’ve made a wise decision Korra.” I felt Unalaq put his hand on my shoulder, tugging lightly at it to get me to follow after him. “Come, you’re young friend is waiting for you.” We walked a bit a ways away from the bank Scarlett and I had been training by, coming across where Unalaq had begun preparations for the trip. An Arctic Camel already there, loaded with everything we may need. Off to the side sat Naga, Mako currently loading her up with even more supplies.
Korra: “Don’t you think that’s a bit much?” I called. He turned to me, a small smile on his face.
Mako: “You can never be too careful on these trips. I just want to make sure you have everything you need to be safe.” I couldn't help but roll my eyes. Much as I loved him, Mako really could be a worry wart when he wanted to be.
Korra: “Thanks ‘Captain Expedition’.” I mocked, earning a small glare in return. “But I think we’ll be fine.”
Tonraq: “Korra!” I turned, finding my dad speeding towards us in a snowmobile, packed full of supplies of his own. I barely had a chance to even register he was here before Unalaq went stomping up to him. Clearly angry with his presence.
Unalaq: “Tonraq what do you want!?” Frankly I was thinking the same thing. I wasn't completely over the argument we had had the previous night, and his being here wasn't making things easier.
Tonraq: “Scarlett told me you were taking Korra to the south Pole. I’m coming.”
Unalaq: “Absolutely not!” He roared back. “You’re a distraction to Korra and a hindrance to what needs to be done!”
Tonraq: ‘My daughter is NOT going without me! She needs someone to watch after her!” And here we go again. I wasn't getting into THAT argument again though.
Korra: “Dad. Why do you ALWAYS think you know what’s best for me?”
Unalaq: “Because he’s misguided. The sad truth is it’s men like your father who have put the spirit world out of balance. He’s ignore my warnings in the past and hasn’t learned since!”
Korra: ‘What happened in the past?”
Tonraq: “It doesn’t matter.”
Unalaq: “Ha!” That was a first, I don’t think I’d ever heard my uncle genuinely laugh before. “If only that were true. Tell her the TRUTH Tonraq!” Dad turned to his brother, anger heavy in his eyes.
Tonraq: “It DOESN’T matter!”
Unalaq: “You want to know why it DOES matter Korra? Why you have never come to visit us? Why your father had never visited his birth home!?”
Tonraq: “That’s ENOUGH Unalaq!”
Korra: “NO!” Everyone fell silent, all eyes staring at me. “I want to know. What happened?’
Tonraq: “It doesn’t matter Korra.”
Korra: “Yes it does!” I yelled back. “What happened!?”
Tonraq: “I was BANISHED!” He roared. His eyes wide in frustration. “I was banished, because I nearly destroyed the entire tribe.” He sighed, then continued. “Twenty five years ago, I was a general in the northern Tribe. Sworn to protect the people. One day, the tribe was under siege by bandits, attacking and killing innocents and pillaging whatever the could. I drove them out, driving them deep into the frozen tundra. I should have simply let them go, but… I didn’t. Instead, I let my pride and anger get the better of me, and chased after them with my troops.”
Unalaq: “You were a fool then, just as you are now.” Dad shot his brother an angry lok, but said nothing in response. Instead continuing with the story.
Tonraq: ‘We tracked the bandits deep into an ancient forest, You see, many believed the forest to be the home of ancient spirits. And the bandits retreated inside because they believed we wouldn't attack on such hallowed ground.”
Korra: “But you did anyway… didn’t you.” His eyes fell away from mine in shame.
Tonraq: “We captured them all, but destroyed the forest in the process. I didn’t realize the consequences of what I had done until that night, when enraged spirits attacked the tribe. They caused far more damage then the bandits ever could have. We tried to fight them off. But just like last night, we had nothing that could hurt them.. And.”
Unalaq: “And just like last night, I was the only one that could stop them. Performing the same technique I had in order to bring them to peace.” Unalaq cut in, finishing the story for my dad instead. “I was able to guide the spirits back to their forest. And your father was banished to the south for being the cause of the destruction of the Northern city.” All was once again silent, broken only by the occasional rush of wind or grunt from the camel.
Korra: “I… I can’t believe you kept this from me.” I was shaking, seething. My knuckles hurt from the pressure I was putting on them to ball up my fists.
Tonraq: “I was protecting you from the shame I brought on the family.”
Korra: “Why do you keep hiding things from me and then telling me its for my own protection? I’m tired of you protecting me!” I turned from him hopping on Naga’s back before helping Mako up. “I’m ready if you are Uncle.”
Unalaq: “As you wish.” Unalaq was quick to hop up on his camel, eager to get on with the trip.
Tonraq: ‘Korra wait…”
Korra: “No. I’m doing this dad.”
Tonraq: “You have every right to be mad at me. But I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I made.” I just ignored him, snapping Nagas reigns to get her going. She did, and Unalaq and his camel started walking close behind as we started heading into the tundra. Unfortunately dad wasn’t giving up Hoping onto his snowmobile and following after us. “I should have never gone into the forest. And you shouldn’t be going to the south pole now.” He just kept pressing the issue, and I was already at my boiling point. I just ignored him further, not wanting to let this escalate any more. “Spirits and the mortal world should remain separate.” That was it.
Korra: “Dad.” I stopped Naga, tugging on her reigns to turn her round. “It’s my job to be the bridge between the spirits and the physical world. And I FINALLY have a chance to live up to my potential.”
Korra: “No. I’m done listening to you. It’s amazing how little you back me up when it comes to my job as Avatar, when it comes to my training. You’re my DAD.” I snapped Nagas reigns again. “I wish (F/N) were here. It’s amazing how (he/she) always has my back yet understands so little about any of this. Someone I’ve known maybe five MONTHS, yet believes in me infinitely more then you do.” That stunned my Dad silent. And as Mako, Unalaq and I continued on our way, I never heard the sound of his snowmobile chase after us.
Unalaq: “It sounds like this (F/N) is very wise Korra. Perhaps I misjudged this Dark One. I would have very much liked to meet (him/her).” Unalaq pulled up close to us. A look of understanding painted across his face.
Korra: “Yeah… me too. I think the two of you would have really hit it off.”
Unalaq: “Well, I certainly hope I have the opportunity in the future.” He smiled warmly at me. “Come. We have quite the journey ahead of us.”
Korra: “Yeah…. What exactly is it we’re doing once we get to the pole anyway?”
Unalaq: “You’ll be opening an ancient spirit portal.” That took me a second. I turned back to Mako, if only to confirm he had heard what I heard.
Korra: “I’m sorry… I’m doing what now?”
Unalaq: “At the south pole, there is a portal that connects our world to the spirit world. But it has long been closed.”
Korra: “And… that’s why the evil spirits are attacking?”
Unalaq: “There are no ‘Evil Spirits’ Korra. There is Light, and Dark in them all. But when they’re unbalanced, the darkness takes over. If you can open the portal in time, balance will be restored.”
Mako: “Wait, what do you mean in time?”
Unalaq: “There is a reason the Glacier spirit festival ends on the winter solstice young Mako. It’s when the spirit world and the physical world are closest together. Only then, can the Avatar open the portal.
Korra: “But… the Winter solstice ends tonight.”
Unalaq: ‘Exactly, and we can’t afford to wait another year.” That was a lot of pressure. Now not only did I have to open a portal. Something I’ve never done before, but now I was on a time limit.
Korra: “Well, no one ever said being the Avatar was easy. Let’s get to it.” Unalaq smiled.
Unalaq: “That’s the kind of determination I was hoping to see in you Korra.” We went onward, nothing but ice and snow ahead and behind us as we traveled deeper into the tundra. We walked in relative silence, only broken ever so often with a few odd questions here and there. Usually either about Unalaq’s ‘spirit bending’ as I’ve come to call it, or my training with (F/N) and Scarlett. Though I was willing to talk about it, I never discussed anything past the saber training. I don't know why, but something kept me from talking about the force training whe had gone through, or the ring. Something just felt off about Unalaq whenever he asked if there was anything more to my training under the Dark One. So I never revealed more then needed.
As the sun began to fall and night crept over us. The cold grew worse, the wind picked up, and Dark Spirits began to form around us.
Mako: “We need to be careful.” Mako nudged me in the back, then pointed out to our side where some fog had formed. Through which I could see the yellow glow of the spirits eyes. “They’ve been tailing us for a while.
Unalaq: “Then we must be close. Look there.” Unalaq pointed ahead of us, where a single, large swirling cloud seemed to be constantly thundering.
Mako: “What is that?”
Unalaq: “That would be the Everstorm.”
Korra: “The Everstorm?”
Unalaq: “It's a massive blizzard that has battered the South pole for decades. I believe it to be caused by the closed portal. The majority of the spirits surrounding it rampage within. When you open the portal Korra, it should dissipate.”
Korra: “This just keeps getting better and better.” Still, we pressed on. Fighting against the rushing winds of the storm as we grew closer. Eventually, the swirling cloud came above us, blotting out our view of the night sky.
Mako: “Look out!” As we made our way closer to the center of the storm, we were suddenly attacked by a group of Dark spirits. They appeared out of the swirling winds, attacking us from all angles. Mako and I were suddenly put on the defensive as we were thrown off Nagas back. Forced to dodge the attacks from the aggressive beasts. Mako struggled to hit any one of them with his bending. But the majority were to quick for him to land a hit. And the few that did simply took the attacks in stride. Parts of their bodies dispiating before reforming and continuing their own offensives. I myself tried to replicate Unalaq’s Spirit Bending technique, summoning thin tendrils of water to swirl around one of the spirits, it even seemed to be working for a brief moment, before the spirit lashed out and tackled me to the ground. It’s maw opened wide, ready to eat me whole.
It likely would have to, had Unalaq not been there. Just as the spirit was about to bite down, golden tendrils of water began swirling around all the spirits surrounding us, enveloping them in the golden light and purifying them. Almost as quickly as they had come, they vanished, dissipating into the mist.
Mako: “Are you ok?” Mako jogged over, stretching out his hand in offer to help me off my back. I took it, letting him lift me up out of the snow.
Korra: “I think so. What about you?” He shrugged, smirking al the while.
Unalaq: “we must keep moving.” Unalaq had already re-mounted his Camel, heading deeper into the storm.
Korra: “No rest for the Avatar.”
Mako: “I though that saying went ‘no rest for the wicked’?”
Korra: “Is there a difference?” I chuckled. He responded in kind, then mounted Naga with me as we followed after Unalaq. Thankfully the last leg of the journey was a short one, ended as Unalaq yanked on the reigns of his camel, calling it to a stop.
Unalaq: “We’ve arrived.” We found ourselves at the bottom of a cliff face, A wall of ice behind us, and before us, massive blocks of ice encasing a forest of dead trees.
Korra: “A forest?”
Unalaq: “Much like the one your father destroyed in the north. This one has been ruined as well.” He turned to me, disembarking from his camel as Mako and I jumped off Nagas back. “In the center, lies the portal.”
Korra: “So what do I do?”
Unalaq: “You must find your way to the heart of the forest, and open the portal. And you must do it, alone.”
Mako: “Wait, wait. There’s no way she’s doing this ALONE. We barely made it away from those spirits back there. Who knows what’s hiding in that forest.”
Unalaq: “The Avatar must go alone young Mako.”
Korra: “But, I don’t have any connection with the spirits. In fact it seems like they hate me.”
Unalaq: “You have to believe in yourself Korra.” He rested a hand on my shoulder, squeezing lightly in an effort to comfort me. “Like I believe in you. Like the Dark One believes in you.” I looked up into his eyes, reassurance growing in my mind. “Remember, all the past Avatar live on inside of you, let them help you find the light in the dark.” He was right, I could do this. I turned back to Mako.
Korra: “Wait here with Unalaq, I’ll be ok.” And walked forward headed for the only obvious entrance to the frozen forest. The moment I walked in, the wind died. The howling replaced with immediate, unnerving silence. The snow beneath my feet was quickly replaced with ice, silencing the crunching beneath my boots. Everywhere I looked, every turn I made, nothing but frozen roots and gnarled branches filled my view. It was maddening, like some kind of twisted maze broken only by the occasional fork in the path. The only thing I had to follow was a low, eerie light that seemed to emanate from the center of the forest. What i could only assume was the portal. I followed it as best I could given that the path would occasionally turn me away from the light. But my eyes never left it, ensuring I wouldn't lose my way as I walked in the silence. As the light grew brighter, hopefully meaning I was growing closer, the silence began to fade as a low hiss reached my ears. I looked around, but saw nothing that would create a sound. Nothing again, but frozen, dead trees. So I kept walking, taking lighter steps now to ensure I wouldn't miss the noise should it come again. Sure enough, it did. Just as I came to another fork in the path, the hiss echoed behind me. I turned, and was met with the sight of two more dark spirits. Snake like rather then the usual colossus we’d ben dealing with. They slithered in the air, headed straight for me, burning yellow eyes glowing in the dark. I turned to run, rapidly picking one of the paths and bolting down it rather then try and fight what I knew I couldn't. As I ran, the light grew brighter, and the hissing grew louder, more of these snake like spirits had joined the chase, some snapping their jawas at my heels while other attempted to wrap themselves around my limbs. There was an opening in the path, a hole in the ice before me I was able to jump through, closing it behind me as I did. It created a wall, one the spirits were thankfully unable to penetrate. The vanished as soon as they slammed against it. “Finally…” I turned back around, and discovered I had arrived. “The Spirit portal.” Covered over by a thick sheet of ice, the Portal was directly below me, its light illuminating the cavern at the heart of the forest. “Amazing.” I marveled at the site. To think that just below my feet, sat one of the two only entrances to the spirit realm. “Alright. Time to open up.” I reached my fist over my head, taking a deep breath, then slammed my fist down into the ice, a rush of wind enveloping me. Nothing. Not even a scratch in the ice. “...ok.. Let’s try this.” I took a step back, then summoned my fire bending, igniting the floor beneath me to melt the ice away. Again, nothing. “Ok, what the hell is this? Why isn’t it opening?” I tired forcing the ice way with my water bending.. Still, nothing. “This is going nowhere. What exactly amy I supposed…” The hissing had returned. The cavern walls were enveloped in black, a mass wave of dark spirits surrounding the cavern, all gliding over the walls to the top. They’d found a weak point. The ceiling began to crack and shatter, spirits pouring in like ooze as they tried to reach me. I desperately tried to open the portal, to no avail. “Come on! Come on open!” No matter how hard I tried, no matter how hard I struck it. It wouldn't open. Punch after punch was met with stubborn failure, until one punch was caught. The spirits had reached me, wrapping around my body and limbs like vines as they lifted me up and way from the portal. I struggled, fought and flailed as they wrapped around me, surrounding me in black. Nearly suffocating me in the process. All I had left was one hand free, my fingers mere inches from the ice. The black was surrounding me, i started to get light headed, my breath leaving me.
Korra: “(F/N)?” I heard (him/her), but couldn't see. (He/She) Sounded so distant, like (he/she) wasn't even here.
You: “Remember, you have to be at one with yourself, if you are to open yourself to the possibilities.”
Korra: “Open yourself… One with…. The Avatars.. The other Avatars are me!” I got it! I took one last deep breath, mustering what little air I could given how tightly the spirits were holding me, and calmed my mind. Emptying it of everything else except me, and the portal . And for the first time, as I slipped into the Avatar state. I felt truly at peace. My fingers touched against the ice and the reaction was almost instant. A blinding light that developed not only the small cavern, but the entirety of the forest around. The spirits were chased off, blinded by the light. The ice beneath me cracked, and as a beam of pure blue light burst into the night sky, a powerful wave of energy burst from the portal, knocking me back and against the wall. It did little more then send me into a daze, but when I regained myself. I felt… stronger, more powerful, as if my connection with the spirit realm had somehow grown even stronger then before. “Amazing.” I looked around, and just as Unalaq had predicted, opening the portal had healed the forest. The ice had melted away, and the trees had miraculously regrown their foliage. “I did it.” I breathed a sigh of relief, looking into the night sky, noticing that the beam of light had turned into a fantastic display. “The southern lights.” Again, just as Unalaq said. “The spirits dancing in the sky.”
Mako: “Korra!!” I turned, finding Mako rushing toward me now that the forest had a clear path in and out. I rushed towards him, meeting him and Unalaq in the middle. Embracing him in a tight hug. “You never cease to amaze me.” I chuckled lightly, appreciating the compliment.
Unalaq: “Well done Avatar Korra. You have taken the first step in bringing balance back to the south. And soon, the whole world. I am proud of you.” He smiled, and I smiled back. Returning to Mako to peck him quickly on the cheek. “Come, it is time to return home.” He turned, returning to his camel as Mako and I get back on Naga, hand in hand.
Scarlett: “Uuuggghhhhh.” I groaned, swatting away the hand that had been brushing at my face. Whoever it was, they could wait until I woke up on my own terms. I heard giggling, then again was disturbed by a hand brushing at my face.
Korra: “Come on Scarlett, time to get up.”
Scarlett: “Five more minutes.” I mumbled.
Korra: “Come on, I have something I want to show you.” again I groaned, but obliged, shooting up in bed with what I could only hope was a death glare. When I noticed it was Korra waking me up though, I softened up, only mildly though.
Scarlett: “What?” I grumbled.
Korra: ‘Oh I’m sorry, did I disturb your sleep?” She mocked. I could only exhale in annoyance.
Scarlett: “You did what great chief stick up his butt tell you to do?”
Korra: “That’s gonna be a thing isn't it?”
SCarlett: “Is he ever going to remember my name?’
Korra: “......Fair point.”
Korra: ‘Oh right.” She stood from her place on the edge of my bed. Closing the cloth door to the hut before coming back. “I think, I figured out how to open the ring.”
Scarlett: ‘Open the… what?” She sat back down, slipping (F/N)’s ring off her finger and presenting it in front of herself.
Korra: “(F/N)’s ring is a device that’s supposed to help me with my force training, but instead of teaching me how to open it (he/she) left me to figure it out on my own. I think I got it.” From her pocket she pulled a crimson crystal, presenting it to me to hold. I took it, the she turned her attention back to the ring. “Here goes nothing.” She took a deep breath closing her eyes in the process. When she opened them again, her eyes flashed white, meaning she’d briefly entered the Avatar State. After which she waved her hand over the ring, then released it. I had expected it to fall to the ground, but it didn't. Instead it stayed floating in the air, the sound of something whirring and clicking coming from inside it. The band of the ring grew larger as the sound grew louder. “Here give me the crystal.” I hurriedly did, and she quickly slipped it into the band, it then closed around it as the prongs holding the black gem in place popped open.
Holocron: “USER IDENTIFICATION PLEASE.”
Scarlett: “Did that thing just TALK?”
Korra: “It did.” Korra had the biggest smile on her face. Then, she cleared her throat. “User ID, Avatar Korra.”
Holocron: “... USER RECOGNIZED. WELCOME AVATAR KORRA.” A low blue light burst from the top of the ring, a small person with horns on its head appearing in the light.
Korra: “It worked!” Korra was practically bounding on the bed. “I did it! I opened the Holocron!”
Scarlett: “Who is that?” I pointed to the person in the light.
Korra: “That, is Ashara, (F/N)’s daughter.”
Ashara: “Welcome Avatar Korra. Congratulations on opening the Holocron on your own for the first time.”
It was late. How late I couldn't say. Perhaps in retrospect it was early instead. I had ended up staying up meditating at the bow of the boat far longer then I had originally intended. I hadn’t meant to of course but, something forced me to stay. The feeling that something was about to happen. All the while, I focused on summoning up that vision that constantly eluded me. Of Korra and Scarlett wrapped in each others embrace falling to their possible ends. Though even after hours of uninterrupted focus I still could not bring it forward.
___: ‘If it frustrates you so much why do you keep trying to force it?’
You: 'I have to. It means something and I have to know what.’
___: “It may not even be a vision. It could have just as easily been a nightmare.’
You: ‘Maybe. But i’d rather be sure rather the….’ That’s when it hit. That wave of power. The sheer force of it knocked me to my back. A tidal wave of raw energy slamming into my chest.
___: ‘What the hell was that!?’
You: “I don’t know, but… do you feel that?” This wave, whatever it had been, it had brought power. An influx of strength. My connection to the force here had strengthened. Like a faucet had been opened that much further.
___: ‘What… but, but how?’
You: “I don’t know… but…. There has been an awakening.”