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December 28, 2012
This is the eighth chapter of the series,.
One week later.
The boat from the mainland docks on Air Temple Island as Korra and a recovered Tahno get off. As they reach the shore Tahno's whole family and the island's other inhabitants rush to meet them. "Feels good to be home, huh?" Korra asks as she lets him lean on her. "Like you wouldn't believe."
On the other side of the island, Tenzin and his children are down for meditation. "Hey you guys Suo's back!" the session is interrupted as three of the swamp benders motor across the water on there canoe at full speed splashing the group with water. "Swamp throw down!" Meelo shouts as he chases after the three.
"Yeah Tahno's back." Ikki says as she follows. Jinora simply looks over at her father and offers him a towel.
"Hey cousin." the three swamp benders come from the water and tackle Tahno. "Hey, take it easy you guys. He isn't fully recovered." Korra says to the three.
"It's no problem. They're just glad I'm alright."
"We all are. What do you say we have ourselves a big ol' meal with all the fixing's?" Roten says as everyone lets out a big howl. The family head toward the kitchen and make use of the entire area as the acolytes give any assistance needed. "What do you mean there's no meat? I guess we'll have to make due." Li says as she and the other women get cooking as everyone has a good time. Meanwhile, Tahno and Korra take a walk around the island.
"Thanks again for well, everything." Tahno says as they head up a small pathway. "I guess you know my little secret now huh?"
"I really don't know what to say Tahno. This is really sweet but..." she says as she holds the necklace.
"I know. You're with Mako are still into each other, I get it. I guess it was a little too much to ask..." he is cut off as she plants a kiss on his unsuspecting lips. She pulls back and puts the necklace on. "I'll explain to Mako and hope he understands. What I was going to say is I'd like you to meet my parents first." she says as the two smile at each other. They stop and turn as they her rustling behind them, the source being a very distraught Ikki with tears running down her face.
"Husband stealer!" she says as she runs off crying.
"Ikki wait." Korra says trying to catch her. "What's happened?"
Tahno rubs his head in embarrassment. "She was under the impression that I and her were engaged."
"What? Come on we have to find her and sort this out." Korra says as the two search for her.
On the other side of the island Ikki sits alone with her head resting on her knees as she sits curled up on the edge of one of the cliffs. She hears the sound of footsteps coming as she ducks down so as not to be noticed. "Come on, how about a nice night on the town , just you and me babe." Shaozu says to one of Tahno's cousins as the girl slaps him in the face before walking away. As he rubs his face he sees the air-bender girl sitting alone and walks over. "Hey, Ikki right? What's wrong?" he asks as he sits next to her.
The little girl looks up at him, her eyes red from crying. She then takes in a breadth. "I really, really, really liked Tahno and I thought he really, really, really liked me, but now he likes Korra and he doesn't like me and it's not fair because I liked him first and now I don't know what to do."
"Okay?" Shaozu says slightly confused. "Well from personal experience..." he says looking at the swamp tribe girl walking away. "I can tell you this, sometimes no matter how much you might like someone, no matter how perfect the two of you might seem, it just isn't meant to be. And I won't lie, it's going to hurt, sometimes for a long time. But eventually you'll find the right person. You're a pretty little girl and one day you'll grow up to be a beautiful woman and any guy will be lucky to have as a wife. Point is you've got your whole life ahead of you to find that right guy. So what do you say we go get some grub?" he says as she shakes her head and gives him a hug. He gets up and heads off as Ikki follows.
At supper everyone is gathered in a large circle as they eat and talk. Tahno is seated as he watches Korra in the distance as she explains to Mako, who he can tell by body language is not taking the news well. He watches as the fire bender walks off furiously and Korra makes her way back to sit down. "That was unpleasant." she says as she looks down at her meal and Tahno places his hand on hers. "So did you talk to Ikki?"
"Yeah, she didn't seem too upset about the whole thing."
Across the circle Ikki sits with some of the other children as they eat as Jinora joins her. "Ikki please tell me your over that water-bender now." she says to her younger sister.
"Oh yeah, I'm totally over him now." Ikki says as she looks directly at Shaozu who is joking with Ming a in the distance.
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