Her feet carried her warily towards the holding cells in the sewers, now deserted after the first infiltration. Lin recalled how Tenzin had said that's where he had been held until the night he was suppose to be de-bended. It was also the night that he saw his wife for the last time. There was a prickle of shame that itched in the back of her mind: she couldn't save them. She was weak, something that her mother had always hated, pushed her not to be. But when it came down to it, it wasn't enough. She hated herself for losing Pema.
It wasn't that she cared for her, or even had a platonic relationship with Tenzin's wife. It was the fact she was gone. Possibly the most important woman in the world, the mother of -as was Katara- the Airbender's. it didn't matter that Jinora, and Ikki, and Meelo were safe. It mattered that Pema and the baby were gone, and as she stared at the steel wall blocking her entrance, felt the loss of her bending like a dull ache that would never go away, she was the failure she was so afraid to be. And nobody would say she wasn't, which is why she'd have to prove them wrong.
Tenzin watched with sad grey eyes as Korra performed the Airbending kata's, only managing to get out slight wisps of air. His children were no where in sight, and it hurt to admit that he felt better when not looking into their downcast expressions. Especially Jinora's, spirits she looked so much like her mother it was nearly unbearable to be near her. She even talked, and made that disapproving face towards her brother when doing something wrong.
It hadn't even been a month, yet Jinora was already taking her place as the woman of the household, the mother. Just like his mother had. He didn't want that for his daughter, but he didn't know what to do. Pema was gone, Katara was gone. There was no one left to act as the mother figure. Certainly not Korra. She was the older sister, the girl - no as times had showed him - the woman who could always be relied on to be fun. His children didn't need fun, but he needed a distraction, and helping Korra to master Airbending, her last and only element, would be that distraction.