Be the Peaf wk. 3
Prompt: tending to injuries
“Guys, come on. I want to get this over with before it starts to rain,” Korra called over her shoulder. She and the brothers were in the park, walking along the river.
“Korra, how do you know he’ll be here?” Bolin asked.
“Because, his teammates said this is where he liked to hang out these days,” she said, turning around, arms crossed. “And I don’t see the point in lying, especially since they know why we’re looking for him.”
Mako sighed and said, “We’ve been looking for an hour, Korra. Maybe he’s already come and gone today.”
She shook her head and started to walk again. “No, I’m sure he’ll show up. Just a little longer…”
The trio continued their search for another thirty minutes, and by that time, the rain had started to fall. Bolin and Mako had already given up on finding him, so now they stood under a tree to escape the rain. Korra has just about given up as well when she saw him.
The young man was slowly walking along the riverbank, uncaring of the rain that soaked his clothes.
Korra ran over and stood in front of him. He stopped mid-step and stared down at the girl in his path.
“Oh..hey, Uh-vatar,” he finally said, voice blank and monotone.
Said “Uh-vatar” pouted and placed a hand on her hip. With the other, she pointed at his face. “Tahno. I’m here to give you something,” she announced.
Tahno blinked and pushed her hand away. “Yeah? Like what?” he asked. “Whatever it is, hurry. Your teammates are getting antsy.”
Korra looked over her shoulder to see the brothers talking to each other. “They can wait,” she said, turning back to Tahno.
“Look, Korra, I don’t need anything. I’m f-“
“Be quiet,” she interrupted.
The man gave her a look but didn’t say anything else.
Korra nodded and then motioned to the ground. “Kneel.”
“You heard me. Kneel,” she repeated more forcefully.
Tahno looked at her for a few seconds in silence, and then slowly got down to one knee.
“Thank you,” Korra said before raising her arms. She touched her hands to Tahno and he jerked away. “Tahno. Don’t move.”
He hesitated, but obeyed nonetheless, and Korra’s hands were back in place a moment later. The touch of her thumbs on his forehead and chest made him uneasy, but as Korra closed her eyes and let out a breath, calmness washed over him.
Then she opened her eyes. A bright blue-white light shined from them and the spots her thumbs were touching. It was almost blinding, but it ended quickly and Korra dropped her arms, taking a step back. She didn’t say anything, just waited.
Tahno was confused as to what she just did, but as the seconds went by and the rain continued to fall, he felt something. Something that hadn’t been there in such a long time. Standing, he looked at his hands, then to the river. He turned to face the water, took a deep breath, and started to go through the moves he hasn’t practiced since that day. At first there was nothing, but he pushed on, until suddenly the water started to follow. It was shaky at first, but it quickly smoothed and flowed until it was perfectly in sync.
Korra smiled when Tahno looked back to her, tears forming in his eyes. She wasn’t prepared for what he did next.
He pulled her into a hug and kissed her on the lips, which made her go rigid with shock. It only lasted for a second, but it was enough to make Korra speechless.
“Korra…thank you,” Tahno said softly. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
He had her in a tight hug again, tears trickling from his eyes.
“You’ve given me my life back.”