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Seven - Reunion
Title: Seven - Reunion Rating: K Notes: Mako and Asami reflect on Korra’s return in the most BroMasami way possible…which involves confessions, fluffy towels, and lemon shochu.   Something silly and cute for wanbender!  I love your list.  :D  And also because I [also] thought the restaurant scene was a bit…idk…and I wanted MOREEEEE makorra.  Oh well. Woohoo, material! ———- Mako steps out of his borrowed suite, his hair still damp from the shower.  He’s wearing the spare clothes of someone from his family–he’s not sure who–but they’re comfortable and they fit.  It’s actually nice to be rid of the stiff collar of his uniform, for once.   He’s about to head downstairs when he sees Asami staring out the window.  She’s standing in the hallway, wrapped in a long, plush robe as she works her ebony locks with a fluffy towel. When she hears his footsteps, she beckons him closer.   Mako sighs as he walks over; it’s been…a long day, to say the least.  He feels weary; all of him, both body and soul, but it’s his soul that’s bearing the majority of the burden.   When he reaches her side and looks down to see what–who–Asami is watching, his breath gets caught in his throat and his heart throbs uncomfortably within his chest.    It’s Korra, of course.  She’s wearing her own clothes because the benefit of being a water-bender as well as an air-bender is to be perennially clean and dry, whenever she wishes.  She’s standing outside, on a balcony a floor down, hopefully staring into the horizon, basking in the last rays of sunlight for the day.   “So?  Does it feel weird that she’s back?” asks Asami, rubbing the towel through the ends of her hair. 

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also am i the only one who feels like mako was over korra for the entirety of book 4…like even at the end of book 3 probably. and certainly after those 3 years.

basically like he said in ‘remembrances’…he didn’t want a relationship, he wanted to 'figure out who he was without a woman in his life’…that’s why he was single all those years. not because he couldn’t let go of korra.

…i mean i think this is the most logical read on the whole thing in retrospect, although i understand it’s probably not something m/akorra shippers want to hear… not like i mind if people want to read mako as still having romantic feelings for korra, but imo he was clearly over her at the end of book 3 in that way and just wanted to continue being the best of friends/being there for her as a friend. and personally i love that read, i find it really mature and endearing that mako still cares just as much as he ever has about korra, just not in a romantic way anymore.

also imo korra hasn’t had any romantic feelings for mako since the end of book 2…at the start of book 3 basically we see her trying to encourage mako to chill/get over his awkwardness so they can just be friends, because she clearly still wants that. and by the end of book 3 he manages to let go of any remaining awkwardness, which was the point of the final hug they share (although even i’ll admit the swell of music there was a bit misleading - oh well. sometimes you just have to deal with a little bit of hetbaiting in your life, you know?)

Another Lifetime

So emptycoats put up this prompt, and I just HAD to write it: 

This is also partially inspired by pulpofiction’s post about why Mako would let Korra go, because UGH IT’S SO TRUE: http://pulpofiction.tumblr.com/post/94975777514/mako-loves-korra-this-is-why-he-will-let-her-go

Anyway here, I know it’s sappy and it probably sucks but I DON’T CAAAARE


            The airship had landed a few miles from the Northern Air Temple, just far enough away so Zaheer wouldn’t find them. Their plan was to strike at dawn, and they had all agreed on one thing: Korra could fight, but could not give herself up. Her plan was shot down the moment she suggested it, and a different plan was formulated in its place. But Korra knew it wouldn’t be enough to save the airbenders.

            And so, just a few hours before the sun rose, Korra snuck out of the airship, being careful to tread lightly so nobody would hear her footsteps echo across the metal floor. She was nearly at the door when she heard another set of footsteps behind her, and she stopped instantly, resisting the urge to swear.

            “Need some fresh air?”

            It was Mako. She sighed, not sure if she should be angry, anxious, or upset. She decided to deny all three and play innocent.

            “I couldn’t sleep.” Well, it was true. It was impossible for her to sleep when she knew that all the airbenders she cared about were being threatened by a madman.

            The two of them stood together in silence, and Korra felt like screaming as she eyed the door. If Mako knew what she was up to, there was no way he was going to—

            “I’m not here to stop you.”

            Korra blinked and looked at him in surprise. “…What?”

            Mako let out a deep breath and sat against the nearest windowsill. “I’m not here to stop you,” he repeated. “If you think you need to go, then go.”

            Korra relaxed a bit and glanced back at the door, but she didn’t leave. “Why are you letting me go?”

            Mako’s gaze hardened into something unreadable. “Because you’re right,” he said quietly. “Zaheer will wipe out the airbenders as soon as he sees us coming. If you think this is what you need to do, then do it. I can’t let you sit by because…that’s not the girl I fell in love with.”

            Korra’s eyes widened, and she felt her heart clench painfully. Oh boy, she really didn’t have time for this.

            “Mako…” she began, “I…”

            He crossed over to her and hugged her tightly. “I didn’t lie when I said I’d always love you,” he murmured. His breath tickled the back of her neck, and she swallowed thickly and shut her eyes, trying to fight back tears. No, no, this wasn’t the time for this…

            “Mako…” she breathed, “Please…I don’t need a reason to stay.”

            Mako let her go, but he took her hands in his and squeezed tightly. She didn’t open her eyes, afraid that if she did he might see the tears in her eyes.

            “Are you scared?”

            She was terrified. She knew what these criminals were capable of, and yet she still had no idea what they wanted with her. But she shook her head and pushed those thoughts away. “I don’t have time to be scared right now.”

            Mako nodded slightly, his thumbs beginning to trace circles on her hands.

            “I know I’ve said this before, but you’re the most loyal, brave, and selfless person I know. I don’t know anyone else who would sacrifice themselves like this.”

            Except maybe you, she thought, but she stayed silent. This wasn’t the time. Instead she opened her eyes and looked up at him, her eyes shining.

            “I need to go,” she whispered, her voice on the verge of breaking.

            “Yeah,” he said. He took a step back and started to let go of her hands, but a small part of her panicked, keenly aware of the fact that she may never see him again. She grabbed his hands again and pulled him down so she could kiss his cheek, hoping that he would understand that even though this wasn’t the time to talk about it, she felt the same way. She let go of his hands and backed away until she was at the door, and then the two of them were staring at each other from across the room. The distance was more painful than her fear.

            “I’ll…I’ll come find you when they’re safe,” Mako managed.

            She nodded. “Yeah.”

            And so she left, realizing for the first time since the South Pole that maybe the two of them worked after all. If only she had seen it sooner…if only she had more time.

            She ran across the mountainsides with nothing but the moonlight to guide her, using her airbending to get away from the airship as quickly as possible. The tears ran freely down her cheeks now, but she shut it out and refused to acknowledge it. She had bigger things to worry about now.

            Maybe they could still make it work. Maybe in another lifetime.