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Journey to Realization Chapter 9
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Legend of Korra


Journey to Realization


Chapter 9

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Chapter 9

The air surrounding the Avatar danced in graceful loops as her hands moved in swirling motions. She paused to take a breath and placed her hands on her knees. Korra's airbending training was going very well. Though, she didn't know what task was ahead.

"Excellent, you are improving." Tenzin praised. Korra smiled. He walked around towards the airbending gates.

Smiling Korra

"You know what to do." Tenzin said pointing to the gates. Korra followed.

"Right! Be the leaf..." She took a deep breath and wove her way through the spinning artifacts. It was early morning and a ray from the rising sun caught her eye. Blinded for merely 5 seconds, she stumbled to the ground.

"It's okay, you did it just right. Come, it's time for a meditating session." Ordered Tenzin. The two sat to meditate and a figure crept out from the distance.

"Sorry, am I interrupting?" Raina asked with a gleam in her eye. Her long braid was up in a bun and she had a blue coat on.

Tenzin looked at her, "No, you are not."

"Can I sit with you guys? I won't be loud. I just want to watch." Raina stuttered.

"Sure!" Korra spoke in place of Tenzin. She patted the cement beside her and Raina took a seat. Tenzin sighed.

"Today we meditate to get you ready for the next lesson." Korra shot up with excitement.

"Next lesson? What is it going to be? Will I learn to make a giant tornado?" Tenzin shook his head with disappointment.

"No, you will be learning how to enter and exit the Spirit World." Raina's eyes widened in amazement. Korra's excitement transferred to sadness. She had a feeling that this wasn't going to be easy.

Mako had his back against the hallway wall, legs crisscrossed, and one hand on his head. He was right next to Sahara's bedroom door thinking about an apology. How am I supposed to say sorry if this person probably wouldn't listen to me anymore? Mako thought. Right when he got the courage to stand and knock on her door, it opened. Sahara found Mako and frowned.

"What do you want with me?"

The fire bender inhaled and replied. "I just wanted to say sorry for yesterday. I know I was kind of rude, I was only trying to-" Mako was cut off.

"Yeah yeah yeah, I know! Trying to protect your girlfriend." Sahara rolled off. Mako wanted to deny it, but just at the very thought of Korra being his girlfriend, he blushed.

"Listen" Sahara began. "I don't have time to for your stupid apologies, I got to go." She turned her back and started walking away. Mako's blush disappeared. He was angry.

"Hey! You should at least be thanking me! You're just an angry freak!"

Sahara spun around. "You know what? I'm sick of you! We're going to fight this out! Like men." Mako took three steps back.

"I can't fight you, I'm a bender. It wouldn't be fair." Mako shouted.

Sahara smirked. "Oh really, it wouldn't be fair? Why don't you go outside with me and you'll see who's really outnumbered."

"You're on!" agreed Mako.

"How am I supposed learn that?" Korra asked with her head down. Tenzin stood up from his meditation position.

"You will practice and meditate." He motioned for her to follow him. Raina tagged along. "You see air is a symbol of freedom. The Air Nomads detached themselves from worldly illusions and reached spiritual enlightenment." Tenzin paused.

"So you want me to be a guru?" Korra questioned with her hands on her hips.

"No," Tenzin answered. "If you meditate and let go of the things that attach you to the world, you can enter the Avatar State whenever you want."

"Let go?" Korra said thinking about her parents and Mako.

"Yes, Korra it won't be easy. However, I know you can do it." Tenzin smiled. "Now I leave you to practice." With that he walked back toward the Air Temple House. After a while of meditating, Korra gasped.

"I can't do it, I don't get it!" Raina placed a hand on Korra's shoulder.

"Well, you have to be free. Air is sort of like water. If you stay cool and guide it you feel somewhat...... free." Raina's fingers sliced through the air and water formed.

"Whoa!" Korra said surprised. "You can pull water out of thin air!" Raina smiled.

"Yup. I can teach it to you sometime." Korra nodded her head. Though she was the Avatar, Raina was a better water bender than Korra. Korra could tell that Raina understood how water works and interacts with the other elements.

"Thanks for helping me out, I'm going to try again." Korra thanked.

"No problem!" Raina giggled.

"Ready to fight me, pretty boy?" Sahara asked motioning for Mako to fire. They were on the opposite side of the temple and they assumed their fighting stances.

"Go!" Mako howled. He fire bended towards Sahara's legs to weaken her balance. She jumped into the air and dodged the attack. Mako looked in front of him. Where did she go? Mako thought.

"I'm right here!" Sahara baited from behind him. Mako hurled fire balls at her. She jumped onto her hands and cart wheeled her way around the shots. Unbelievable! How did she do that? Mako thought. Sahara came up dangerously close to the fire bender and fought him with her bare hands and legs. She pushed down his right arm with the back of her hand and then grabbed it. Sahara had a wicked grip. His arm did not get free. Mako blasted fire out of his left hand, but Sahara nimbly grabbed his shoulders and flipped over him. She pulled his hands back as he struggled to freedom. Sahara knocked him belly flat to the ground and took his waist belt off. She lifted his right leg and tied it together with his hands. Mako was gasping for air.

"What did you say again? Oh ya! It wouldn't be fair for me. I guess you under estimated." Sahara laughed. This time it was softened like she was being nice. "Come on, get up. I'm sorry about everything to. I hope we're cool." She giggled as she untied Mako.

"Yeah whatever, it will give me time to get back at you later." Mako smiled. The two were cool. When Sahara finished untying him, he stood up and brushed himself off. "Want a rematch? You know for fun!" Mako offered. Sahara laughed again.

"It'll be my pleasure."

It was almost time for lunch, the sun was high in the sky.

"I think we should get back to the house." Raina told Korra. Korra agreed and they walked toward the house. They passed by Sahara and Mako who were laughing their heads off with insults in their battles.

"Look at them! Friends all ready." Raina smiled.

"Yeah..."Korra remarked. Raina ran up to her sister and gave her a hug. Korra followed and asked what was going on. Mako explained about their fight and how turned into a little game. Sahara was not as angered as much now.

"Do you hear that?" Sahara asked. They listened. A creeping sound came from the bushes. Korra and Mako tiptoed over to it.

"Good day Avatar." It said. The sound came from a man. Though Korra didn't know who he was.

"I've come to follow the orders of my leader," he said. With that, the man blasted fire at Mako, scooped up Korra and began to flee. The Korra tried to pry herself away. Korra air bent and earth bent, but it was no use. Korra screamed. She noticed a dragon tatooo his arm. The Dragon Men! she thought.

"Mako!" Korra cried before she vanished.

Raina ran up to where the man and Korra had disappeared.

"Where did they go?"

Sneak Peeks For Chapter 10

In chapter 10 and 11, the story will be about where Korra is taken and what becomes of it. It's mostly going to be explaining the concept of the Dragon Men and their motives. Here are some spoilers!

-Korra will be traveling to places not seen in book 1 -You will find out more about what happened to Amon and Tarrlok -Korra will try to seek help from Aang

Here is a short clip:

"Where are you taking me?!" Korra yelled. Fire shot out from her mouth.

"Somewhere no one would even think of looking for you." The strange mad said. He pulled her towards a Sato Mobile and threw her inside.

"Let me go!" She tried scrambling free. The man shut the vehicle door.

"Let me go!"

Short Clip 2:

The cage they put her in was made of metal and suspended off the ground so she couldn't bend. Ugh! I don't know how to metal bend? Let me think.... Korra scanned the perimeter. Nothing. This is helpless. Wait! The air! I can try to pull water out of it! Korra tried, but, not having the knowledge of the technique, she did not succeed. How do I get out of this death cage. She thought. It was freezing cold in the room that she was kept hostage. Korra could think of nothing else to do. Wait! I'll ask Aang for help! She sat still and meditated. When everything went quiet, she heard the voices of the guards.

"Now, remember what the boss said. Be careful with her, she's very powerful!" one of them instructed.

"Yes, later we'll get her when her defenses are down. That's when the boss will end her...." Korra's eyes widened in fear. Where is the gaang when I need them?

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