Shiro Shinobi [Narrating a newsreel.] The Avatar has gone missing! Three years ago, Zaheer poisoned Korra, severely injuring her. While her friends moved on with their lives, Korra remained in the South Pole. Everyone thought she was still recuperating, but six months ago, Korra left home and hasn't been seen since. Even Chief Tonraq was shocked to learn that his daughter's whereabouts are unknown. What has become of the Avatar and when will she return?
As the title card fades into the scene, the view is centered on a mirror, shattered and broken. Through the fractures, a pair of blue eyes, set in a face which is scratched and bruised, are visible. The shot pulls back to reveal Korra looking at her reflection. After a moment, she drops her eyes, as if unable to look at herself. The shot changes to a side shot of Korra; she is standing in a public bathroom of sorts. She pulls a stream of water out of the sink faucet in front of her; it begins to glow and she holds the water to her bruised elbow. Suddenly, there is a flurry of knocks at the door, making Korra jump and look over her shoulder, on guard.
Man #1 Hurry up in there! [Shot switches to outside, where the man stands hunched over, waiting.] Come on, I got an emergency situation!
Korra [Opening the door and walking away as the man hurriedly enters, groaning.] Knock yourself out. [He slams the door behind her.]
Korra walks a little ways before stopping, listening to an odd sound. She sees the car bearing down on her just in time and jumps across the street, somersaulting and running to the other side as the car spins to a stop behind her. Suddenly fatigued, she staggers, holding her hand to her head, and stumbles to the wall of an alley, bracing herself against it. Then, as if realizing something, she slowly takes her hand from her head and stares down into the dark alleyway. A twisting shot shows another Korra standing in the alleyway, appearing as she did at the end of Book Three, dressed in the blue of the Water Tribe, the broken chain wrapped around her wrist, and her eyes glowing with the energy of the Avatar State. Her shoulders are hunched, her head raised and her arms limply hanging at her side, giving her a somewhat inhuman appearance.
Korra You again.
The hallucination says nothing, but stares at Korra for a few more seconds before attacking Korra with the chain, the metal flying in a stream toward her. Korra attempts to firebend it out of the way, but is unsuccessful, the chain wrapping itself around her leg and pulling it out from under her; Korra lets out a yell as she falls to the ground. The chain wraps again around her arm, raised to protect her face, and the apparition slowly begins to advance on Korra.
Korra [Pulling her free arm back and firebending at her attacker.] Leave me alone!
As the fireblast dissipates, it reveals that Korra's Avatar self has disappeared, vanished into thin air. Meanwhile, four townsfolk stand at the entrance to the alleyway, watching Korra seemingly battle nothing.
Man #2 What's wrong with her?
Woman [As Korra realizes what has happened, turning and getting to her feet.] Young lady, are you all right? Can I take you to a doctor?
Korra [Pulling her bag over her shoulder as she walks away from the group, not looking at them.] No, I-I don't need any help.
As Korra walks down the street, the full moon lighting up the sky behind her, the shot zooms into her forehead, and the scene enters a flashback. A large cargo ship is docked at Air Temple Island, where a group of people are gathered. Asami, Mako, and Bolin, with Pabu on his shoulders, walk up to Tenzin, Jinora, and Korra, who is still wheelchair-bound.
Bolin Now don't take this the wrong way, but, I can't wait for you to leave!
Mako How else is she supposed to take that but the wrong way?
Bolin I mean, because I've never had a pen pal before! I'm gonna write so many letters and, just to get the ball rolling, here. [He takes a letter from his pocket and hands it to Korra.] Spoiler alert: Pabu and I already miss you.
Korra [Smiling.] Thanks. That's sweet.
Asami [Leaning over and putting a hand on Korra's shoulders.] Are you sure you don't want some company in the Southern Water Tribe? I'm happy to come with you.
Korra [Turning away from Asami, the smile gone from her face.] No ... I appreciate it, but I'll only be gone a couple of weeks. A little time alone will be good for me.
Tenzin Now, I don't want you to worry about a thing while you're gone. Your recovery should be your number-one concern. Jinora, the airbenders, and I have everything under control.
Shot cuts from Korra's downcast face to the ship departing, the group on the dock waving goodbye to those on the deck of the ship.
Asami Bye, Korra!
Mako Get better soon!
Bolin Don't forget to write!
Korra sits in her chair, Kya, Tonraq and Senna next to her. She initially waves back, smiling, but the smile and her hand both drop quickly, and she looks away. Cut to the Southern Water Tribe some time later, the green aurora blazing in the night sky. Another cut to Korra, tossing and turning in a fitful sleep. As she moans and groans, the scene cuts to her nightmares: Zaheer floating over her limp body, the air being pulled from her lungs. A quick cut back to Korra, who, waking from the terror, bolts upright in bed, breathing heavily, as Naga, on the floor next to her bed, pokes her head up.

The scene changes. Korra, in her wheelchair, sits on a porch, silently watching the southern lights dancing across the sky. Senna walks up behind her and puts a hand on her shoulder.

Senna [Softly.] Can't sleep again? [Korra simply drops her head to her chest in response. Senna kneels beside her daughter.] Honey, your father and I have tried to give you as much space as you've needed, but we're worried. You're not sleeping, you're barely eating. We don't want to push you, but it's been three weeks. Will you please go see Katara?
Korra [Hesitating for a moment, her eyes closed.] All right ... I'll go.
Senna You're going to get through this. [Sighs.] I love you so much. [She hugs her daughter's head.]
Unseen by Senna, Korra closes her eyes and a tear rolls down her face. The scene switches to Korra in Katara's hut, undergoing a healing session, the glowing water moving rhythmically back and forth.
Katara The poison did a lot of internal damage.
Korra [Glancing over at Katara.] Can you fix it?
Katara I can help guide your healing process, but whether you get better or not is up to you. [Korra sits up in the water, not looking at Katara.] I know what it's like to go through a traumatic experience. And I promise you, if you dedicate yourself to getting better, you'll recover, stronger than ever.
Korra [Looking up.] That's what I want. More than anything!
Katara Then try something for me. Concentrate on your big toe. [Korra looks down at it as the view cuts to her submerged feet.] Visualize it moving. [Cut to Korra's face, determined.] Breathe.
Korra takes a deep breath, slowly exhaling and focusing. Cut back to her feet. After a few seconds, the big toe of her right foot twitches slightly and moves more noticeably. Korra's depression instantly changes to exhilaration.
Korra Did you see that? [Cut to Katara, still smiling softly.] It worked!
The scene switches once again, this time to Korra using a set of parallel bars, Katara standing next to her, the wheelchair sitting on the far side of the room next to a sleeping Naga.
Katara The mind can be a powerful ally, or your greatest enemy. Now, I want you to try taking a step.
Cut to Korra's struggling face, beaded with sweat from the exertion of holding herself up, looking down at her unresponsive feet. As she tries to move her left leg, her expression suddenly changes to terror as another vision overtakes her: the metallic poison forcing itself into her arms, searing furiously as she screams in pain. As the vision ends, Korra's hands relinquish their grip on the bars and she falls on her face, covering her head in shame.
Katara You're okay. [Kneeling and speaking softly.] Your body thinks it is still in danger, but you're safe here. [Naga walks up behind the two.] Use your mind to overcome the pain. Try again.
Korra [Covering her face with her hands.] I'm done for today.
The scene jumps ahead in time a short way, showing Korra propped up in bed, reading letters from her friends, and Naga curled up on the floor next to the wheelchair. The letters are read out loud by the people who wrote them.
Asami [Voice-over.] Dear Korra. I miss you. It's not the same in Republic City without you. How are you feeling? Things are going well here. I just got a big contract to help redesign the city's infrastructure, so I'll be keeping pretty busy for a while.
Mako [Voice-over.] Hey, Korra! Sooo, I'm not very good at writing letters. It's 2:15 in the afternoon. Weather is fair. Chance of snow showers later today. But enough joking around. I hope you're dong well. Me, I'm back on the beat. Beifong has me staking out the Red Monsoon hideout. You won't believe what's going down.
Bolin [Voice-over.] My dearest Avatar Korra. Though several fortnights have passed since your departure to convalesce in the homeland of your tribesmen, I feel our friendship knows neither time ... nor distance.
Here, Korra sets down, on top of a crudely drawn picture of himself and Korra together, a second rough drawing of Pabu, Zhu Li, Varrick, and Kuvira . A third drawing rest in the background, depicting clouds, wind, stars, and a flower. Bolin's letter continues.
Bolin [Voice-over.] You will be most pleased to learn that I found gainful employment with Sir Varrick and the Lady Kuvira. I set off on the morrow with some trepidation, but I am eager to offer any aid I can in stabilizing the Earth Kingdom!
Saddened, she lets the letter fall softly to the floor, where it comes to rest with several more just like it. A far shot of the palace shows the light switching off, leaving the entire palace in darkness. The scene changes; it is later on, back in Katara's healing hut. Korra dejectedly stares down the parallel bars while Katara sips tea to her right, Naga plopped down at the end of the bars.
Katara [Lowering her cup.] Whenever you're ready.
Korra [Sighing.] What's the point? We've been at this for almost six months and I can still barely take a couple of steps without collapsing!
Katara I know you're frustrated, but-
Korra [Exploding at Katara.] Of course I'm frustrated! A crazy man poisoned me and now I can't dress myself, or cook for myself, o-or do anything for myself! And this whole time, my friends have been off helping the world while I'm stuck with you and you can't even heal me!
Katara says nothing; she only looks at Korra with a startled expression. Korra's flash of anger breaks, and she realizes what she has said, her face quickly turning away from Katara's as she buries her face in her hand.
Korra That came out wrong.
Katara [Setting down her teacup and standing, walking over to Korra.] It's [The briefest of hesitations.] all right, let your anger and frustration flow like water.
Korra [Not looking up as Katara stands in front of her.] I am trying to understand why this happened to me, but nothing makes any sense! I'm tired, Katara. I'm so tired.
Katara [Kneeling in front of Korra, looking into her eyes.] Korra, I know you feel alone right now. But you're not the first Avatar who's had to overcome great suffering. Can you imagine how much pain Aang felt when he learned that his entire culture was taken from him?
Korra [Her eyes falling to her lap.] That ... must have been so awful.
Katara But he never let it destroy his spirit. [Korra, hearing these words, looks up at Katara.] He chose to find meaning in his suffering and eventually ... found peace.
Korra And ... what am I going to find if ... I get through this?
Katara I don't know. But won't it be interesting to find out?
The next shot shows Korra's hands grasping the bars for support, Katara standing next to her and Naga sitting up at the bars' end.
Katara Close your eyes. Visualize yourself walking over to Naga. [Naga's head perks up.] Can you see it?
Korra [Struggling to stay upright, her eyes closed.] Yes.
Katara Now ... [Smiling.] take that first step.
Korra braces herself against the pain and slowly inches her right foot forward, placing it on the ground in front of her. She takes another step, followed by another, and yet another. As she takes her sixth step, she inadvertently takes her hand off one of the bars, and she stumbles. Fighting to stay on her feet, she forces herself back upright, taking the final few steps and stumbling over to Naga, triumphant. She smiles, relieved.

The scene finally moves back to the present, where Korra is still walking alone down a deserted street. A shadow passes behind her, and she turns around, not seeing anything. When she turns her head back forward, she is initially startled, but soon relieved, to find a small, white puppy in front of her, looking up at her, barking a few times and wagging its tail. She walks up to it, crouches, and pets it.

Korra Where'd you come from, little cutie?
Looking up for a moment, she sees her spirit standing at the top of the short set of stairs on the road ahead; the view twists again, and the colors grow darker. Surprisingly, the puppy whirls around and begins growling menacingly at the apparition.
Korra [Astonished; whispering.] You can see her, too?
Korra's Avatar self continues to stare at the figures in front of it, wordless and motionless, the puppy growling furiously. Korra stands up.
Korra If you can see her too, maybe I'm not going crazy.
The puppy starts barking, and the hallucination absorbs seamlessly into the mist beyond. The puppy relaxes, excitedly making its way toward the now-unoccupied steps.
Korra [More amazed.] How'd you do that?
The puppy mounts the steps and turns back toward Korra, barking a few times.
Korra You want me to follow you?
The puppy barks a few more times and disappears into the mist. Korra pauses for a moment, deciding.
Korra All right. Let's see what I find.
Cut to a far shot of the village and Korra and the puppy running through the streets before another flashback begins, opening in midair over the White Lotus Fortress at the South Pole as Oogi flies by, descending toward it. Oogi lands in the courtyard, and Tenzin dismounts to find an excited, healthier-looking Korra running toward him. She gives him a hug.
Korra It's so good to see you!
Tenzin How have you been, Korra? You look great!
Korra I feel great! Come on, I want to show you how much better I'm doing.
Korra excitedly takes Tenzin by his wrists and drags him away. Cut to a shot of the firebending trial mat, where Korra, dressed in battle gear, stands opposite three other firebenders; Tenzin and Katara stand on a viewing platform behind the dueling mat, observing. As the firebenders take their positions, Korra attacks, sending multiple blasts of fire toward her opponents with both her hands and feet, which they easily block.
Korra [As the flames die.] Attack! I can take it!
The firebenders pause momentarily, the bender in the center glancing over his shoulder at the man on his right, who shrugs. They promptly attack, their quick, furious blows smooth and easy as she approaches her opponents. Cutting through a blast of attacking fire with her hands in the same manner as she did in her firebending trial, she emerges on the other side and is immediately beset by another vision: Zaheer zooming down from the gray sky directly toward her. Debilitated, she falters as the firebenders, unaware, continue their attack; she blindly throws weak strands of fire toward nothing in particular before being finally blown off her feet, coming to rest face-down on the mat, exhausted. Tenzin, seeing her collapse, rushes out to stop the fight.
Tenzin All right! The sparring match is over!
As the firebenders relax themselves and walk away, Tenzin turns back to focus on Korra, who is getting to her knees and taking off her helmet, clearly upset. Tenzin helps her to her feet.
Korra [Angrily.] I thought I was ready.
Tenzin There is no shame in taking the time you need to make a full recovery. Being the Avatar can wait.
Korra [Looking at Tenzin.] But what about the Earth Kingdom? I hear it's still a mess out there.
Tenzin The situation has been stabilizing since Kuvira took charge.
Korra But that should be me out there fixing things, not her.
Tenzin I know you want to help. But trust me, everyone has this under control. I just think you need to ...
He trails off as Korra looks at him spitefully.
Korra [Angry.] If you say, "be patient", I swear I'm gonna water-smack you in the mouth!
Tenzin Nooo ... I was going to say, you need to ... [Searching for replacement advice.] not worry about the future. Be grateful for where you are now and the progress you've made.
Unsatisfied, Korra throws her helmet and, turning her back on Tenzin, walks away. The scene changes to Korra on a high cliff, practicing bending all the elements as her voice dictates the words of a letter.
Korra [Voice-over.] Dear Asami, I'm sorry I haven't written to you sooner, but every time I've tried, I never know what to say. [Cut to Katara and a healing session.] 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. [Cut to a shot of Korra meditating on the roof of the Water Tribe Avatar Temple.] 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. [Cut to Korra writing the letter in her room.] 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.
Finishing, Korra sets the pen down and stares off into space, thinking.

The scene changes to the dining room; Tonraq, Senna, and Korra sit together, but while Tonraq and Senna are eating, Korra disinterested plays with her food.

Senna Everything all right, sweetie?
Korra [Looking down for a moment before speaking to them.] There's something I need to tell you both.
Tonraq What is it?
Korra I want to go back to Republic City.
Senna Are you sure?
Korra I know I'm not a hundred percent yet, but I feel like I've hit a wall. I need to be where the action is, where my friends are.
Tonraq [Exchanging a look with Senna before responding.] I'll have the White Lotus prepare a boat and they can take you back to Republic City as soon as you're ready.
Cut to a view of blue sails opening in a breeze, and Korra standing on the deck of the small craft, waving goodbye.
Korra [Voice-over.] No, I want to go alone and have some time to clear my head. It'll be good for me.
View cuts to her parents waving back from the dock, Naga standing next to them. She howls as Korra departs.

The scene transitions to the open sea, where Korra's boat sails swiftly in the wind as Korra looks off into the distance. Out of nowhere, a school of flying dolphin-fish surface, gliding over the face of the water as Korra looks on, smiling. Another scene transition, this time to a tiny port village in a tropical archipelago, where Korra's boat is docked. Korra herself walks along the dock, away from her boat toward a man in a dockside shack, who is lazily fanning himself in the heat. Korra approaches him, and he looks up.

Korra Two lobster crabs, please.
Fishmonger [Sudden realization.] Why, you're the Avatar, ain'tcha?
Korra Yup, that's me.
The fishmonger jumps out of his chair suddenly, surprising Korra.
Fishmonger [Thrilled.] I can't believe it! Mind if I took a picture for my "Wall of Avatars"?
The camera zooms in on the sole picture in his collection, an image of an adult Aang doing his marble trick with two pieces of seafood, his face bearing a look of unadulterated enthusiasm reminiscent of his childhood.
Korra [Taken aback.] Well, uhm, I'm kind of in a hurry.
Fishmonger [Perched on his table.] I-it'll only take a second! [He retreats to dig out his camera, throwing odds and ends out behind him toward Korra.] Avatar Aang was a big fan of my seaweed wraps, you know, so, [A pot, a meat cleaver, and a flock of parrots come flying out of the shack in quick succession, as Korra jumps backward.] I named 'em "Aang Rolls"! [Setting the camera down in front of Korra.] Now they're my biggest seller! And they ain't even got fish in 'em! [Laughs as he puts his head into the camera.] Now, smile!
The view shifts to the interior of the camera, where an inverted image of an awkwardly smiling Korra is seen. The flash goes off, and the view returns to normal, Korra momentarily blinded by the light.
Fishmonger But if I coulda met any Avatar, I'd have to pick Kyoshi. Taking down a shark squid with one hand! Now that's a lady I'd like to get to know!
A sudden cry from behind Korra cuts the fishmonger short. They both look to see what's happened.
Vendor [Yelling after two people running away.] Thieves! Get back here!
Fishmonger [Yelling to the vendor.] Oh, don't worry, the Avatar's right here! [To Korra, excitedly.] Well, what are you waiting for? [Gestures toward the thieves.] Go get 'em!
Korra throws herself into the air over the small inlet, waterbending herself across and coming ashore just in front of the bandits, who stop in their tracks.
Korra Hand over the bags or else.
The first thief earthbends a fissure into the ground, extending it toward Korra and sending up a great cloud of dust, while the second thief bends a few simple boulders from the ground and hurls them at the Avatar. Korra avoids the fissures but rolls face-first right into the flying rocks; she falls to the ground, her head pounding from the impact, as the thieves run past her to freedom. Opening her eyes, she sees the vendor from across the way standing over her, assessing her, while the fishmonger rushes up to her, meat cleaver in hand, panting.
Vendor [To the fishmonger.] You sure she's the Avatar?
They both look down questioningly at Korra, who closes her eyes. The scene fades to a view of Republic City from the bay, the skyline blurred by the nighttime fog. As the shot pans to the left, Korra's craft comes into view, and the shot changes to one of Korra standing on the small deck. As she rounds Air Temple Island, the fog suddenly burns off, revealing a lone figure standing on a pinnacle of rock jutting from the water near the cliffside, eyes glowing. Korra gasps, as the shot cuts to a close-up of the face of Korra's Avatar self with the moon behind, thin eyebrows furrowed and mouth bent into an angry frown, her hair fluttering in the light breeze. Korra, seeing this for the first time, sweat beading on her face, closes her eyes and steers the boat into the opposite direction, not watching as Republic City disappears into the mist.

Another change of scene as Korra's boat is seen somewhere in the Earth Kingdom, Korra herself standing on a small dock next to it. Her dress has changed from her Water Tribe outfit to that of an Earth Kingdom commoner, save for her armband, which she removes and tosses into the water. She moves her hands to her head, taking her hair in her hands and grouping it into a bundle at the back of her head. Holding the bundle with her left hand, she takes up a knife laying on her right and puts it up against her hair. For a moment, she hesitates, reluctant to leave herself behind. In one stroke, she pulls the blade through her hair with a hint of regret on her face, sending tiny strands of hair fluttering through the air around her, her new haircut coming to rest just above her shoulders.

The scene changes yet again, jumping to a snowstorm at one of the poles, its Spirit Portal emitting its brilliant beam of light into the sky in the distance. Korra crosses into the frame, bundled up against the bitter cold and wind; she stops for a moment, observing the portal in the distance, before continuing onward toward it. The view switches to just inside the Spirit World as Korra steps through the portal and exits on the other side; the Tree of Time, surrounded by friendly spirits, dominates the landscape around it from its perch. Cut to Korra, who has sat down within the Tree's central void, meditating in silence, her heavy overcoat folded next to her. A tiny tan-yellow spirit, with leaves growing like ears from the top of its head, peers over the lip of the entrance. Realizing who is within, it smiles and calls to its many companions floating outside.

Light spirit Everyone, come here! It's the Avatar!
The spirits congregate on the lip, observing Korra for themselves. A second spirit, resembling a snail of sorts with legs, turns to the light spirit.
Skeptical spirit [Skeptically.] You sure? I don't sense any Raava energy around her. Besides, she's not dressed like the Avatar. And, doesn't the Avatar have ponytails?
Korra [Annoyed.] Do you mind? I'm trying to concentrate here. And yes, I am the Avatar. I'm just wearing different clothes and I cut my hair.
Light spirit [Excited.] See? I told you guys it was her! [Jumps into the tree and walks up to Korra as the rest of the group follows.] How come you've been away so long?
Korra I was hurt pretty bad a while ago and lost touch with my Avatar Spirit.
Skeptical spirit No wonder I couldn't feel Raava's energy.
Korra I came to the Tree of Time hoping to reconnect with Raava and turn on the Avatar State again. But it's not working. [She continues as the light spirit climbs onto her lap.] The last time I was here, I saw all sorts of visions. Now I don't see anything.
Light spirit Maybe we can help you get better.
Korra [Lifts the spirit off her lap.] I'm sorry, but for years, people have been saying they can help me get better. [Standing and walking away.] Nothing's worked. I need to figure this out on my own.
The scene changes to Korra's boat wending through a waste of water and icebergs as her voice, in the background, narrates a letter.
Korra [Voice-over.] Dear Mom and Dad, [Standing on the deck, she turns to her left and sees the hallucination of her glaring back at her from a nearby iceberg. She ignores it.] I arrived in Republic City a couple weeks ago and couldn't be happier. It's nice to be back at the temple and it's great to see my friends again. [Cut to Korra walking through a lavafield, where, again, the hallucination appears and she again ignores it.] Don't worry, I'm taking it easy, but hopefully I'll be back in action soon. I miss you both very much. Please, give Naga a big hug for me. Love, Korra. [Cut to Korra in the middle of a desert, her arm raised to shield against the sun; she suddenly spots Raava waiting at the crest of a dune.] Raava? [She scales the dune, climbing toward the spirit.] Raava!
She reaches the crest of the dune, only to find empty air where Raava was; she falls to her knees, realizing it was another hallucination.

Fade to just before the present, where Korra is walking through a town somewhere in the Earth Kingdom. Lifting her head, she sees her hallucination waiting at the end of her path, illuminated by a streetlight. The view again rolls as it zooms on the apparition, and as it does, it turns, walking away down a side alley.

Korra [Angry and tired of being haunted.] I am ending this.
She chases her likeness down the alley, where she sees it jump a fence and follows it, landing on a rooftop on the other side. Looking for where the ghost has gone, she spots it standing in the entrance of a building, the light from its interior pouring into the street; people are standing near the entrance, and Korra's apparition stands there as well. A single person passes the entrance, and as he passes the place where the apparition stands, it vanishes into thin air. Korra, seeing what she has to do, jumps from the roof, determination etched in her face.

Inside the building sits the arena, with two earthbenders sparring in the pit beneath as the crowd cheers; as she passes across the view of the ring, her ghost appears, standing in the pit itself, unseen by everybody except herself. She walks up to the ring announcer, who half-turns to look at her while collecting money from people placing bets in the audience.

Korra Excuse me. Who do I talk to about getting in the ring?
Cut to Korra in the ring, being beaten back by her opponent. Being thrown across the ground and crashing into the wall, she gets up, but she suddenly starts to see double, and the crowd above fades into blackness. Where seconds before, she had seen an earthbender, she now sees the hallucination of her standing opposite her, shoulders hunched in the same familiar inhuman pose. Rising defiantly to her feet, Korra yells at the apparition.
Korra Is that all you got?
Korra's Avatar self swings her arms, the chain flying like a whip across the ring as Korra dodges, the apparition moves faster than she can see, and it jumps, formless, through space before solidifying above Korra. Its attack, unseen by Korra until the last moment, catches her in the face. Her head hitting the dirt before her feet, she tumbles across the floor, slamming into the wall behind her. She struggles to rise for a moment, staring the vengeful vision in the face before she falls, unconscious, to the floor, and the vision melts back into reality.
Ring announcer We have a winner!
The other earthbender raises her arms in victory. A quick succession of shots flashes by: Korra healing herself in the bathroom, being yelled at to "hurry up in there"; nearly being run down; and the angrily barking puppy. The scene switches to Korra chasing the dog on the outskirts of the town. At the top of a hill, she pauses; the shot changes its perspective, showing a swamp in the direction in which the dog is running.
Korra [Mildly confused.] Why did you bring me to the swamp? [She slides down a small hill, still following the puppy, and as they pass a tree at the entrance to the swamp, the puppy, in a flash of light, transforms into the light spirit. Korra realizes.] Wait, I met you at the Tree of Time. [Stronger voice.] You should have told me who you were.
Light spirit [Simply, turning to face Korra.] If I did, would you have followed me?
Korra I get your point. But why did you bring me here? What am I gonna find in the swamp?
Light spirit Not a what, a who. [Rising into the air and flying off through the vines.]
Korra [Panicking.] No, wait! [She rushes forward, charging through the vines.] Come back!
Korra stumbled through to the other side, falling into a pool of water. Looking up, she is terrified to find herself face to face with her apparition. Korra rises to her feet.
Korra [Panicked.] You're just in my mind. You're not real.
Korra's projection does nothing for a short moment, before sending a powerful blast of fire at Korra; it hits her, sending her flying through the air, where she collides with a tree and collapses into the water below. Trying to rise again, she looks up to see her Avatar self stagger-stepping through the vines in front of her. Korra sends streams of water at the vision, but it evaporates on the spot, reforming itself out of the way and sending fire, water, and earth of its own back at Korra. Korra, dodging the water and fire, is hit head-on by the earth and flies backward again, tumbling into a hole.

The blurred gray streak of Korra' Avatar self reforms in midair above Korra, its flaming foot creating an arc of flame as it attempts to crush Korra, who somersaults out of the way as the apparition lands with crushing force. Korra doesn't even have time to get back on her feet before the vision furiously blasts her with water, sending her airborne yet again; Korra lands face-first in the mud but gets back to her feet, running as fast as she can away from her hallucination, which, deforming and reforming rapidly, appears behind her, shooting a jet of flame after her. Korra ducks as it shoots over her head and, jumping and twisting in midair, earthbends back at her doppelganger before immediately jumping with airbending into the tree sprawling above her.

As the Korra's Avatar self reforms under the tree, glaring up at the escaping Korra, it unwinds the chain from its wrist, once more wielding it as a whip, cracking it on the ground with enough force to shake the earth before flinging it up into the tree, where it wraps itself around a fleeing Korra's ankle as she reaches a higher branch. The force of the chain begins to pull her down, and she desperately grabs onto the vines winding around the branches to keep herself from falling. As she looks down at the ground far below, the ground below the feet of Korra's Avatar self, to her horror, melts, turning into the mercury with which Zaheer poisoned her. Korra tries to get her foot around a vine, still holding on for dear life, to try to save herself, but Korra's Avatar self begins to sink into the mercury, pulling still harder against Korra. As the doppelganger sinks up to its still-furious face in the pool of mercury, the vine in Korra's left hand snaps under the weight, and, seconds later, the one in her right hand lets go.

Screaming, Korra falls headlong into the puddle of poison below her. As soon as she hits the surface, the mercury fastens onto her body like glue and she begins to sink into the puddle. As web-like tendrils leap from the surface, she reaches into the air, grasping for something that is not there.

Korra Help!
Immediately after she screams, the silver poison wrap around her arm, pulling her down into darkness. Sometime later, Korra awakens in a dimly lit room. A blue-ish light filters through a substance covering the top of a deep hole opening just above her, which extends all the way to ground level, a considerable distance above her. She sits up, her hand on her head, and hears the noise of a moving liquid, followed by an elderly female voice.
Toph [Standing over her cooking pot, her back to Korra, who cannot see who she is.] Feeling better?
Korra Where am I? Wha-what happened?
Toph I was hoping you could tell me. I found you passed out in the mud.
Korra How'd you know I was out there?
Toph I'm pretty tapped into the goings-on around here. What brings you to the swamp, anyway?
Korra A spirit led me here and told me I was supposed to find someone. Is that you?
Toph Beats me. But if your Avatar senses called you here, you should probably listen to them.
Korra [Catching the word "Avatar."] Wait, you recognize me?
She stands up and walks toward the mystery person.
Toph [Voice-over.] In a manner of speaking. We were good friends in your previous life.
Korra firebends a small flame with her hand, casting light on the mysterious person, who turns to face Korra, revealing an elderly woman with long silver hair hanging down over clouded eyes.
Korra [Astonished; whispering] I can't believe it ... Toph?
Toph [Chuckling.] Nice to see you again, Twinkle Toes.
Cut to credits.






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