The next morning, Korra spent her time with Pema and cleaning the house while her friends went into city. Korra didn't even acknowledge Mako at breakfast. Mako left with a guilty look on his face. Not only has he been lying to his girlfriend about his feelings for Korra and the kiss, he's been causing Korra pain and now has pushed her away. He just didn't know what to do. He fell for both girls. Each is special in their own way. Either one he chose he wouldn't be happy because there would be someone getting hurt, and Mako didn't want that.
Korra still has that stone look on her face. Pema has worried about her for quite some time. She notices her facial expression is because her crush and his girlfriend are now living with her, and intends to hide or push away her emotions. As Pema is washing a dish and Korra is stacking them away in the cupboard, Pema makes an attempt at a pep talk.
"[sigh] ya know, you keep the face up and it'll stay that way."Pema said nonchalantly not even looking at her. Korra doesn't respond and Pema is especially worried now. She drops her dish and rag and walks over to Korra.
"Korra blocking Mako from your mind won't make you feel any better than you do when you see him with her. Trust me I know what I'm talking about."Pema says while putting a reassuring hand on her shoulder. Korra shrugs it off.
"Thanks for trying to cheer me up but this isn't like what happened with Tenzin. He was with a girl that was like me! He even said so himself that I'm like Bei Fong! And he left her for you! And who do you think Mako will choose if our problem is like what yours was?! He'll go for Asami, they'll get married and live in a big mansion surrounded by their children and grandchildren while I'm a bitter middle aged woman back at the Southern Water Tribe and I'm just a distant memory, or fling to Mako!"Korra shouted panting. She had so much aggression her palms were on fire. Pema's heart broke seeing this girl she looked at as a daughter suffer.
Korra soon realized what she said and dropped her head in shame. Her hands were free of fire. Korra sighs.
"I'm sorry Pema. I'm just, so tired of this. I have more important things to think about than my uh lack of love life." Pema hugs the broken young avatar and holds her tight.
"Korra, you may be the avatar but you're still a girl as well. You have normal feelings any girl would have. You're not above it. It's not shameful to be thinking about this. And as for your future theory, that's never going to happen. Just because Tenzin chose what he did doesn't mean Mako will. Tenzin is a monk, Mako is a young fighter. They have different tastes. You can't base your life over someone elses."Pema said comforting her.
"You're not talking about just your love life now are you?"Korra asks lifting her head up and breaking the embrace.
Pema laughs lightly and shakes her head. "You also can't try to live your life trying to follow what Tenzin's father did. You lived in different times, at different ages, with different personalities. It's impossible for you to do so. He was a 12 year old airbender. He was able to connect with the spirit world because he was surrounded by monks and grew up in a temple. He already achieved such a connection. You are a fiery southern water tribe teenager. In situations where Avatar Aang would play a prank, you would take a chance to fight instead of play. You are more physical than spiritual. You will have a harder time reaching the avatar state and airbending but, that doesn't mean its impossible. You are a fighter like he was and you can achieve anything."Pema ended her pep talk and Korra felta little lighter.
Everyone expects her be more successful than Aang. She knows that she can never surpass Aang, but she can be just as great as Aang. And thanks to Pema she feels a little more confident.
Korra cracks a small smile."Thanks Pema. I gotta go. Tenzin's waiting."She says and walks away.
"Oh and Korra."Pema shouts out before Korra leaves. Korra stops and turns.
"Don't worry about Mako. I've started to learn a thing or two about men and I don't think you should count yourself out yet. You can get him"Pema says and chuckles with a wink and walks away.
Korra smiles and slightly blushes. In only a short while, Pema was able to bring Korra back on her feet. "No wonder Tenzin loves you"Korra says when she is out of sight and runs over to her airbending master.
[i will bring up Mako in the city with Bolin and Asami, maybe if I get an idea. But the actual plot is a serious one. I just wanna get this off my chest.]