The water at the edge of Republic City was calm and quiet. I could see Air Temple Island across the stretch of waves but that was just an excuse; that way if someone caught me staring they would think I was admiring past Avatar Aang's statue or the Island itself. No one would know that I was really studying the water movements.
I can't help but laugh softly as I recognize the impossibly annoying voice calling my name. Of course, it would be her who has to come and ruin my day.
"Hey Tahno, how are you?" she asks, coming to a stop beside me.
"If you're that worried about me Uh-Vatar then just come right out and say it. I don't understand why everyone feels the need to spare my feelings." The words come out defensive, vicious, and hostile.
"I just want to make sure you're okay, is that such a crime?" she asks heatedly. I turn my head to hide a smile at her reaction. I should have known that she wouldn't leave without a fight.
"Not a crime," I say, my gaze skimming the unmoving water's surface. "I'm just a lost cause."
"You're not a lost cause," she whispers, taking my hand in hers. I tense up at the sudden contact. What game is she playing? "You just lost your way," she finishes quietly.
I look down at her, then at our intertwined hands, and back to her face. From the second I first saw her I knew that I was going to fall in love with those blues eyes that were the color of the ocean
She was so beautiful and open. I almost actually believed that she wanted to help me, but why would she after all I've done to her? I cheated in the tournament, spoiled her night at that bar with her friend, and humiliated her every chance I've gotten. Why would she help me? If the situation was reversed I know that I would walk away without a second glance. Then again, I guess that's why she's the Avatar and I'm not; because she cares and I don't.
"Show me the way," I whisper, leaning closer.
She grins, her eyes lighting up, and inches in until her lips almost brush mine and I can feel her breath on my cheek. "Gladly." Then she takes our joined hands and flips me into the water.
"What the hell Uh-Vatar?!" I shout. I was panicking. Ever since Amon had taken my bending I had avoided water at all cost, admiring it from afar. It even got so bad that I had stopped showering and now I was floating in the stuff! "Get me out! Get me out!"
I keep repeating the same three words over and over again. The water is surrounding me, splashing up everywhere my flailing arms kick it up. All I can think about is the night Amon took my bending. I keep seeing, not only the water around me, but the water at the bending arena that I was thrown into once Amon had finished. I can hear his words as he spoke to the crowd that night as well as the sound of Korra shouting to me now. I can feel Amon's thumb digging into the middle of my forehead, feel my precious bending being pulled away just as I had that night; what I can't feel is the water's call anymore. "Get me out! Get me out!"
"You're out, Tahno," Korra screams over my own shouts to be herd. I calm down, noticing that I'm back on the sidewalk next to the water, safe on the ground in Republic City. My chest is heaving as I try to catch my breath and I can tell that people are staring at me from across the street. My heart is pounding as I glance back at the water only a few feet away. "It's okay Tahno, you're out."
"I miss it Korra," I say, meeting her ocean blue eyes that are the same color as the water I was one able to control but now feared. That's when I realized I was crying. I guess the only water I could control now was my tears. I was reduced to a pathetic tear bender. I turned away from her so she couldn't see me crying and once again found myself staring at the calm and quiet water at the edge of Republic City. I could say that I was just admiring Avatar Aang's statue or looking at Air Temple Island itself. No one would know that I was really studying the water's movements; no one except Korra.
"I miss it."