The Elements of Legends (ic)
The trip back to Republic City was rather tense, filled with a lot of silence and hefty sighs. Asami Sato wasn't sure where she would prefer to be. Her home was no longer a home, instead it was a complex design of bricks and wood panels She had no home to return to. Her father had been arrested along with most of the others who conspired against the city itself. While Chief Bei Fong couldn't bend anymore, she agreed to help head a task force which would round up any loose ends, those who still openly supported the rebellious Equalists. Many of the citizens of Republic City were rallying together to rebuild homes, buildings and other landmarks that had been damaged in the terrors of war. As she looked from the harbor to where Air Temple Island was situated, she found herself rather crestfallen. How could the dark haired woman not blame herself for the destruction of such a place? She felt as though her company would be forever ruined thanks to her father's sudden betrayal. It was unfair and discouraging, to say the very least.
Looking to the Avatar, who Asami was still a bit on the fence about due to recent events surrounding Mako, she knew she still owed the broken girl a proper thank you for saving the day. Of course, had Asami been there, she may have assumed it was just sheer dumb luck and not hardened skill. But all Asami and Bolin knew, was that in the midst of battle, Korra lost her bending, save for air and even the trip home couldn't restore it. Walking over, she extended a hand to Korra. "Thank you for saving the city, Avatar Korra." Asami said rather formally. Once that was over and done with, she stepped back. "Listen, I know with the arena being destroyed, you don't have a place to stay..." She looked to Bolin and Mako, though her expression hardened slightly at the fire bender. "If you'd like to stay with me, I wouldn't mind the company." She finalized her offer while Tenzin and his family were getting on the boat to go back to their own tattered island. Bolin looked from Mako and then to Asami, getting a mixed reaction. He knew their relationship was rocky. So time apart or together would be tense.
Before Asami got a response from Bolin, Pema walked over and said that Bolin was welcomed to stay with them and that it may give Korra some solace of her own. "Sure..." Asami nodded and looked to Bolin. "And thank you for saving me." She smiled to the earth bender. "You take care." She walked over and hugged him briefly before she moved toward Mako. "I guess we better go and assess the damage done elsewhere." She addressed Mako. The girl was still uneasy about being around Mako, her supposed boyfriend, as his actions lately hadn't really reassured her that he could be counted on. Sure, he was a good friend to Korra but after Asami found out he kissed Korra, it changed her entire outlook on the events. Mako was drifting back to his old flame, while just confused her. In her mind, it appeared as though the fire bender was keeping things from her. They were so close and connected at first but now there was this large gap forming and she was struggling to even find him amongst the fog.
"Luckily my car is where I parked it before we left..." She walked over to it and opened the door and slid in. She was a bit nervous, to be honest. Having alone time with Mako, while necessary, would be delicate to navigate. And tricky of course. Asami hadn't a clue what to talk about. Before she even started the engine, she turned to Mako. If she didn't speak up, she'd be up all night worrying. "You're alright staying with me aren't you?" She asked him. "I mean, if you'd rather stay with Korra and your brother, I'd understand." She looked to him.
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In Bolin's mind, the trip was a nice one. Sure, it was pretty cold, but he enjoyed his time away from the city, as he never left it to begin with. Bolin was a curious fellow who didn't mind wandering around the frozen ground. And when Korra did storm off, Tenzin signaled that he best go so he and Mako hung back while Korra's mentor went to console her. Upon their return, it seemed Korra was still unable to bend anything but the occasional burst of air. It was a difficult time for Korra and Bolin did his best to make her laugh, or at least smile. At the same time, he found it hard to shatter the thick shell she had hidden herself in. Personally, the earth bender didn't see the shame or distress in not being able to bend all four elements. He loved Korra's company as a person, not the Avatar. In his mind, being the Avatar just caused her more trouble and stress, things which no one needed, not when they were so amazingly nice and awesome. Still, Bolin had to tread lightly around Korra and he hated it.
As they settled on the dock in Republic City, he couldn't help but let out a grunt of pleasure and stretch his arms high above his head. "Man, it's good to be back!" He said happily. It seemed he was the only one in the group to be wearing a sunny disposition. He slouched slightly as the family behind him seemed ready to get back to the island. He looked over and heard Asami offer her place to him and Mako. He grinned at that, not at all minding the offer. Before he could indulge himself, Pema gave him a different offer. She then leaned in close and said it might be best to give Mako and Asami some space, as well as help cheer Korra up. "Uh thanks for the offer Asami but I think it could be fun staying with Korra and company for a bit." He said quickly. Bolin was a bit surprised to get a hug from Asami. He looked to his brother and gave a knowing nod, sure that they'd be able to meet up once they settled in to their new but temporary homes. He gave a wave to the pair and followed Tenzin and Korra to the boat waiting for them.
The ride back to Air Temple Island was just as dull as the one back to the city itself. Even so, Bolin occupied his time by playing tag with the kids who somehow still had an abundance of energy. "No fair!" He laughed as Meelo air bent to get out of the way. "I can't earth bend here." That was a lie though, he could but it would less fun and more of a strain to bend the earth under the water. The boat soon docked and they got off. Tenzin mentioned something about training in the morning but left him and Korra alone. The afternoon was halfway over, the rest of the day could be spent lounging around. Bolin wasn't too picky about what they did. He was just glad to be in Korra's company. Things could have turned out a lot worse, it wasn't hard for him to look on the bright side of things. "Things have been real crazy huh Korra?" He smiled smoothly, pressing his fingertips together. "But hey, now with Amon gone, I can show you around the city properly. Huh? Maybe grab some water tribe grub again?"
"Well maybe...maybe when the city doesn't look like a tornado hit it..." He began to reconsider. Then he supposed the topic was touchy for Korra. "But we can always go into the city tomorrow, roll up our sleeves and give everyone a helping hand cleaning up and rebuilding. What do you say?" He smiled to her. The broad shouldered male couldn't help but flex a muscle in excitement, as it seemed he rarely lived in a world void of optimism.