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NS: Please Stop Looking at Me by Blonde-Hurricane96

Vulnerability is a strange and beautiful thing. You drew yourself as a mermaid- a rare and mythical creature that is supposed to be the...

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words


Walter grinned up at Paige as she straddled him in his chair, his hands naturally resting on her hips before slowly inching upwards, pulling her closer as she whispered his name. Her hands gently cradled his head and turned it upwards to meet hers, her lips mere inches away from his. His lips began to search for hers, but instead they found his arm.

Walter sat up with a jolt and realized he had fallen asleep at his desk. He looked around and saw Toby giving him a smug grin.

“Well hello there, sleepy head,” Toby greeted.

“Where's Paige?” Walter asked as he looked around again, absentmindedly wiping his mouth to make sure he hadn't drooled.

“I'm good, thanks for asking,” Toby answered as if Walter had returned his customary greeting. “And Paige went to go get some stronger coffee and to pick up Ralph from school. So don't worry, she wasn't around to hear you practically moan her name in your sleep.”

“I don't talk in my sleep,” Walter argued.

“Yeah, but you didn't deny you were dreaming about her. Admit it, you like her. You may claim to have a low EQ, but you're still a hot blooded man, my friend,” Toby added, clasping his friend on the shoulder.

Walter shrugged out of Toby's gesture and shook his head. “You've got it all wrong, Toby, there is nothing there other than a working, professional relationship and friendship,” he insisted.

“Right, so you don't care that she has a date tonight?” Toby prodded.

“She what?” Walter repeated, suddenly becoming very serious.

Toby grinned victoriously and simply walked back to his desk as Paige came in with Ralph in tow and carrying a drink carrier with coffee.

“Hey Ralph, how was school?” Walter greeted when he saw them.

“It was okay,” Ralph replied as he put his backpack on the table and got his books out to do his homework.

“Eat first,” his mother urged as she set down a peanut butter and banana sandwich next to him.

Ralph obliged and took two bites before doing his homework. Paige shook her head a little as Walter approached and took the coffee she had brought him.

“Thank you for getting this for me,” he said graciously before taking a sip and looking at her thoughtfully.

“What?” Paige asked as she noticed the odd expression on his face.

“So Toby said you had a date tonight?” Walter inquired.

“No?” she responded as if the thought was absurd. “Well, I did get asked out, but he wasn't my type,” she then admitted with a bright grin as she drank her own coffee.

“Oh?” Walter prompted.

“One of Ralph's classmates,” she explained. “He asked me if we could go out for ice cream sometime. I thought it was adorable, but Ralph doesn't like him much.”

“Ralph is a good judge of character,” Walter remarked with a proud grin.

Paige returned the grin but then narrowed her eyes curiously. “Why would you be so interested if I had a date anyway?” she asked.

“Well…” Walter began before he paused and reminded himself to choose his words carefully. “To be honest, you seem to have a lot on your plate right now, especially with Ralph, and he needs to be your main priority.”

Paige suddenly gave him a look that he couldn't quite read, which made him nervous.

“True,” she agreed after a moment. “And finding a guy who would know how to be with Ralph would be a challenge,”

“One in a million,” Walter added in agreement.

“And Ralph is very picky about the people he likes,” Paige went on.

“Nothing wrong with that,” he agreed quickly.

“So really, that just leaves you,” Paige concluded with a smug grin when she watched Walter realize what she had said.

Neither of them said anything and simply stared at each other, waiting to see what the other person would say. A few silent seconds passed until they heard a faint click and both turned to see Ralph suddenly look down at his work and put his phone down.

Paige gave her son a speculative glance then admonished him to finish his homework and his sandwich before she walked away, leaving just Walter and Ralph in the kitchen area.

“Do you need any help with anything?” Walter offered as he took a seat next to Ralph.

Ralph picked up his phone and showed him the picture he had just taken. Walter looked at the picture and smiled. It was a selfie of Ralph, smiling, and in the background was Paige and himself, still looking at each other.

“Cyclone,” Ralph stated when he nodded at the picture.

“That's right, we're all a family here,” Walter acknowledged.
But Ralph gave a disapproving look. “Cyclone,” he repeated with emphasis.

Ralph's meaning clicked in Walter's mind and he couldn't help but smile even more.

“I'm trying,” Walter admitted in a low whisper so no one else could hear.

Ralph beamed back and continued to work on his homework.

Meanwhile, Paige had tracked down Toby.

“Why did you tell Walter I had a date tonight?” she demanded, fixing him with an expectant look.

“I was just teasing him; besides, little Johnny's offer sounded pretty good,” Toby replied casually with a mischievous grin.

“He's a nine year old,” Paige retorted.

“So not quite your type, huh?” Toby baited jokingly. “Then what would you say is your type? Tall, dark, and handsome with a high IQ and deep brown eyes?”

“Did Walter ever care if any of you guys were in a relationship?” Paige inquired, changing the subject so she wouldn't have to answer his question.

“To a degree, yeah. Like if it was a bad relationship or interfered with work,” he clarified. “You know you're always welcome to have some chair time. Since Collin's intrusion, we've all had trouble finding our bearings again,” Toby pointed out, not noticing when Paige suddenly looked down and tensed up. “I swear my client confidentiality is watertight, and I would never use anything you tell me against you. We’re a cyclone - a family - remember?” he added as he sensed that Paige probably really needed it.

Paige took a deep breath and looked over in Walter's direction. “Okay, tomorrow,” she muttered before walking over to Happy to see if she needed anything.

Back at the table, Ralph had finished his homework and was showing Walter a video of Paige dancing and singing in the kitchen while she made dinner. Walter had to listen to it using Ralph's headphones, but he had the brightest, happiest smile he had worn in years, which was only mirrored by Ralph. After the video finished, he sent the video and the picture Ralph had taken earlier to his own phone. It was then that Walter noticed that Ralph had him on speed dial, second only to his mom.

“You call me whenever you want, okay?” Walter reminded Ralph when he handed his phone back.

Ralph smiled and nodded as he took the phone back.

“Telescope?” Walter suggested, and followed when Ralph immediately got up and went to said telescope.

“Now the key is putting these back in an order where the magnification can be as strong as possible...” Walter began as they arranged the lenses from the dismantled telescope.

Later that night, Paige was tucking Ralph into bed when Ralph showed his mom the picture he had taken. Paige looked at the picture and noticed Ralph smiling.

“Cyclone,” Ralph stated.

“Yeah, we found a bigger family, huh?” Paige responded.

“Cyclone,” he said again.

Paige smiled down at her son and leaned forward to kiss the crown of his head. “Yes we are. We are all a cyclone,” she whispered. “Now get some sleep so we can go in early again tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Walter had just crawled into bed, having convinced himself that he needed to sleep. But he couldn’t help but pull up the video of Paige singing and dancing in her kitchen one more time. He smiled as he remembered what Ralph had told him.

“Does your mom do this a lot?” Walter had asked.

“She does now,” Ralph replied.

“She didn't used to?” Walter inquired.

“Not since, he...” Ralph started to answer before he threw himself back into working on the telescope.

“Not since your dad left?” Walter guessed with a pained expression.

Ralph didn't answer. He didn't need to.

Walter looked back at the picture of himself and Paige. Hopefully, someday...
Seeing Red

Happy liked black, whether it was her black shirts, her black leather jackets, her black boots, her black welding helmet, or the motorcycle she'd been rebuilding. She found comfort in the color. That wasn't to say she didn't have other colors in her wardrobe. She had white tank-tops, usually to go under her wide range of plaid flannel shirts. She liked clothes that were comfortable, that could get dirty but were easily washed. She preferred simple, rugged things, but that were also well-made.

She didn't want to buy something only to have it break after a few uses. Like tools. There were few things she hated more than a tool breaking, because a tool was designed and built to work. So for one to fail, it understandably made her angry. It was one of the instances that made her see red.

She also saw red whenever anyone insulted her friends who had become her family. She saw red whenever anyone pushed her around, or worse, flirted with her. She was cute, she got that, but that shouldn't have anything to do with her work. She was a damn fine professional, and anyone who thought that her gender would hinder her performance had another thing coming.

“You have Anger Dissidence Syndrome,” Toby stated when he came over to her workshop that morning.

“So what if I do?” Happy challenged as she gripped her hammer a little tighter.  

“Here, this may help,” Toby offered as he set a red book on her work table before he walked away.

Happy glared at his back and then continued to work on her project.

But an hour later, when she had 'cooled off', she wiped her hands and looked curiously at the book. She picked it up and looked around, when she sensed she was alone, she started to read.

A few hours later, Walter walked in with a burrito and something to drink, but he stopped in his tracks when he saw her sitting at her work table, obviously deeply engrossed in a book. He watched her for a moment before tentatively walking forward and gently setting the food down next to her. He managed to take a peek at what she was reading, and then he retreated to go do a quick search on the bits of text he had been able to see.

Once he found it, he leaned back in his chair and peered at those around him. Sylvester was still working on an algorithm and probably hadn't moved all day except to drink some water every now and then. He looked over at Toby who conveniently and 'casually' avoided his gaze. Bingo.

Walter smirked and strode over to Toby, looking at him expectantly. It wasn't until Walter cleared his throat that Toby finally looked up.

“What?” Toby asked.

“I saw something interesting when I walked into Happy's workshop,” Walter baited, trying to suppress his grin when Toby's pupils dilated just a tiny bit. “Happy appeared pretty captivated by a book she was reading. It had a red cover, and it’s about anger and finding personal peace. It's not something Paige or Sylvester would get for her, because Paige isn't that comfortable with Happy yet to make that kind of suggestion, and Sylvester is... well, Sylvester. So that just leaves you.”

“Look, I've said time and time again that Happy has hostility and anger issues, and while I personally don't have a problem with them because they have helped to insure her survival, she and the team would be better off if Happy could put a handle on it now and then. Bad things happen when she sees red. You know it, I know it, and most importantly, she knows it,” Toby explained.

Walter nodded, able to see Toby's reasoning. “Okay, just give me a heads up next time you play therapist,” Walter warned as he walked away.

But before he could make it back to his desk, Paige came in late from lunch wearing a completely different outfit than she had been earlier.

“What happened to you?” Walter asked as he took in her new attire.

“Ugh, I spilled a chocolate milkshake on myself in the car, so I just went home and changed. Sorry I'm getting back late,” she answered apologetically.

“No need to apologize; accidents happen,” Walter tried to reply, but it was difficult since his mouth had suddenly gone dry.

Paige smiled sweetly back before going over to the kitchen area to make a fresh pot of coffee. Walter's gaze followed her every step. He didn't know if it was the tight, red skinny jeans, the matching red lipstick, the flowy blouse, or just the whole ensemble, but somehow his eyes weren’t able to tear themselves away on their own accord. A beeping from his phone was what finally snapped him out of his reverie.

It was a text from Toby, who was only 10 feet away and at this point almost in tears from trying to hold in his laughter.

The text read - “Looks like Happy isn't the only one 'seeing red'.”

Walter gave him an unimpressed look so as to disguise his embarrassment at being caught. But Toby saw through it and grinned victoriously before putting on Scorpions “Here I am” and letting it blare through the room.
Seeing Red
Many thanks to Alaburn for betaing this for me, you're a rock star and thank you for reading. :)
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Walter hated many places, the hospital being near the top of the list. He hated the smell, he hated the lights, he hated the 'soothing' colors on the walls. But most of all, he hated the reason why he was there.

Paige had been driving back to base after dropping Ralph off at school when she was hit by a drunk driver. Quinn had told him that the car Paige had gotten had great crash test ratings, that Paige was probably ok but he found himself sitting in the waiting room, looking at the clock, running trigonometry algorithms off the clock on the wall to keep him from pacing or better yet, yelling at the nurses to let him back into the ER. His hands were beginning to shake despite him keeping them in clenched fists, if he bounces his leg any harder it'll bounce off. He could feel the adrenalin in his blood stream like acid eating away at him, he could feel the anxiety build in his chest like cancer. He could feel the dread settle into the pit of his stomach like lead.

Just before he looses his nerve a nurse comes and calls him back. He walks briskly back to the room to see Paige sitting up in bed, patiently waiting to see him.
“Are you hurt?” Walter demands as he stands at the foot of the bed, his hands in his pockets.
“I'm gonna be fine,” Paige slowly assures him already sensing Walter's discomfort and anxiety.
“What happened?” Walter asks, trying to keep his voice even.
“I was going through an intersection, a guy ran the red light and hit the back corner and spun me, I'm a little banged up from the impact but I'm fine, I didn't break anything, I'm not bleeding, I'm just going to be sore for a few days.” Paige explained.
Walter nodded, some of his anxiety beginning  to melt with Paige's gentle yet encouraging smile, despite being in pain. Paige gestures for Walter to come closer so she can hold his hand.
“I'm going to be just fine.” Paige repeats, squeezing his hand. “They're going to release me any minute.”
Walter takes a deep breath and squeezes her hand back.
The next day Walter watches Paige closely and notices that she's taken more than her 'recommended' dosage of pain killer and continues to massage her left shoulder. He can tell by the way she stands that her back is out of alignment, pinching a nerve. He starts looking up chiropractors and medical massage therapists and a few moments later he gives Paige a piece of paper with names, addresses and times written down for her appointments.
“What's this?” Paige asks as she looks it over.
“Your appointments with a chiropractor and a medical massage therapist. You've been favoring that shoulder and at the angle you've held and massaged your neck at most of the morning would be evidence that several of your cervical vertebrae and thoracic vertebrae are out of place, pinching your lateral cord, medial cord and probably several thoracic intercostal nerves as well, causing you pain and discomfort which would be why you've taken one and a half dosages of your hydrocodone 67 and a half minutes earlier than recommended.” Walter explains.
Paige narrows her eyes slightly at Walter and while normally she would be put off by someone watching her that closely, she knows Walter means well.
“Ok,” Paige agrees with small nod as she notes that she would have to leave right then to make these appointments on time and goes to get her purse and drive her rental to these addresses.
“You're not driving,” Walter argues and pulls her keys from her hand.
“Excuse me? I'm perfectly capable of driving, I'm an adult, I can take myself to my own appointments.” Paige counters as she tries to grab the keys back but Walter holds them just out of her reach.
“Your body's saturation of the hydrocodone hasn't peaked yet and they put those warnings to not operate heavy machinery while taking this drug for a reason, just let me drive, you can't get in another accident.” Walter points out as he heads out.
Paige tries and fails to withhold an aggravated groan as she follows him and rides in the passenger seat as Walter dutifully drives her to the appointments he set up for her and three hours later they come back to base and Paige feels better than she's willing to admit and that what Walter did for her was exactly what she needed.
And when they are alone for a minute, she stands up on her tip toes and kisses his cheek with a simple, whispered 'thanks'.
Walter blushes and ducks his head and mumbles a 'you're welcome.'
Accident
Ok, so I have become COMPLETELY OBSESSED with the new show Scorpion and it has led me TO FLUFFY FLUFFINESS. 
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HER


This wasn't right, he shouldn't feel this way, especially about her, about Pema, right now.

Lin was a force to be reckoned with. She was fierce and fiery and unyielding. She never compromised and was exacting. He wouldn't have her any other way. Because by the Spirits, he felt like she completed him. That they would be together forever, they would have a family, and, hopefully, at least one of their children would be an airbender. The pressure placed on him being only one of two airbenders on the planet was getting to be a heavy burden. One, however, that he seemed to bear alone. The more he tried to bring it up to Lin, the more they seemed to fight and bicker.

He used his airbending to circulate the warmth of their breaths around her body, letting some areas get cool while others remained comfortably warm. Just hot enough that a thin shimmer of sweat would form on her skin. He began kissing a trail from her neck, to her shoulder, to her chest, pausing to lavish attention on those heaving breasts of hers. One hand controlled the air current and the other had delved into her depths, making her writhe beneath him. He smirked at his effect on her as his mouth ventured lower, kissing her abdomen and occasionally scratching the beginnings of his beard on her lower belly. He looked up at her face when she began to squeal and continued to watch her expressions as the noise changed into a huff of mock irritation. The pleasured smile across her features prompted his own.

“You. Are. Sexy.” Tenzin murmured against her skin as his fingers curled to find that one spot that made her toes curl in turn.

“So are you,” she replied huskily, trying to control her breathing as her hands fisted the living daylights out of the sheets. Her head pushed back into the pillow as Tenzin sent bolts of pleasure through her.

“Just imagine, you glowing, our baby growing in this magnificent...” Tenzin began as he started to trail his tongue from her navel down to the edge of her womanhood.

But before he could even get to the good part, Lin's mood suddenly changed. At first she felt defeated, but then she just felt angry. She metalbent the cables from her cop uniform that had been carelessly and hastily taken off and thrown to the floor, and used them to secure Tenzin's wrists to the bed frame at the foot of the bed. .

“Oh, I didn't realize we were playing good cop, bad cop,” Tenzin murmured as he rearranged his legs and opened them wide for easier access to her.

“Can it,” Lin spat as she threw the pillow at his groin, causing him to jump and yelp unceremoniously.

“What the...” Tenzin muttered, completely oblivious as to why her mood would suddenly sour.

“How many times are we going to have this conversation? I don't want kids. I have no desire to be a mother. I am THIS CLOSE to becoming Police Chief. I have a city to protect and I can't do that with a baby on each hip,” she snarled.

“But your mother did,” he argued back.

“I AM NOT MY MOTHER! I have no motherly instincts. You’ve seen me with children; they always cry. I can't stand crying. I am not cut out to wipe up drool and change diapers. And if you are so stuck on having children, perhaps you should do it with someone else, because I'm not interested,” Lin stated resolutely as she took the sheet and covered herself to make sure Tenzin would keep eye contact.

“But you'll see, it's not that bad. It’s very rewarding, and it’s what you were meant to be,” Tenzin tried to soothe.

“WHAT I WAS MEANT TO BE?! ARE YOU MY FORTUNE TELLER NOW?! How could you say that to me?! It's like you don't even know me!” she bellowed, becoming more enraged by the second.  

“That's not true. I know you better than you know yourself. I love you,” Tenzin replied as calmly as he could.

“CLEARLY YOU DON'T, OTHERWISE YOU WOULDN'T KEEP BRINGING THIS UP! THIS IS THE LAST TIME WE WILL EVER TALK ABOUT THIS!” Lin roared as she got up and hastily put her clothes back on, ignoring her mused hair. She didn’t bother unbending Tenzin from his bonded position until she was almost out of the room, forcing herself to shut out all of his pleas.

That was two weeks ago, almost three. They hadn't spoken since then, and for all he knew they were broken up. Again. And with Pema's admittance of her feelings for him only the day before, to say he was feeling “confused” was a gross understatement.
He liked Pema, he really did. She was sweet and kind and beautiful, but he didn't know if he would feel that same fire he felt with Lin. Pema did have a quality; something he had great difficulty in really describing that drew him to her. He always enjoyed her company and had really started to miss her when she wasn't around. And last night he couldn't get her face or her voice out of his head. Even now he had a hard time getting her out of his mind. Perhaps the term “like” wasn't the correct term, because it was starting to feel like more than that.

Perhaps Lin and himself weren't meant to be? And if he stepped back and honestly looked at his current situation, wouldn't he realize that his relationship with Lin was toxic? That really, Pema would be the most ideal in every aspect that really mattered to him?

But could he love her, not the same way he loved Lin, but perhaps something comparable? Just as much? Just as deep? Just as all consuming?

He didn't know yet, but a large part of him wanted to find out.
Her
So great thanks to Alaburn for betaing, you're a rock star. And special thanks to dupreerose for doing everything in her power to persuade me to come to ship Linzin, even though I'm  a Pemzin shipper to the end. But I do recognize young Linzen as a canon ship so...yeah...and then this happened. Thank you so much for reading. 
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Coney Island

This wasn't the first family vacation Jinora had spent with her nose in a book. Even at the beach, just off the board walk, with the waves crashing onto the shore, the drone of everyone else around her, and the occasional chorus of screams from the amusement park rides, she had learned to ignore all of it and focus on the latest book she had downloaded onto her tablet. It was a tragic love story full of cliché and heartache; things she hadn't quite had a chance to experience in her own life yet, but she loved it all the same.

She was just beginning to feel herself transcend and completely immerse into the story, her mind's eye seeing the rolling hills; scarred, bloodied, and still burning as the heroine was galloping on her horse. Her burnt and beaten armor gave off shimmers in the sunlight, and tears streamed down her cheeks as she raced to find her star-crossed lover on the battlefield before he would inevitably die in her arms.

“How can you read that with a straight face?” came a voice that completely jolted her out of her imagined fantasy and back into the present.

A tall, tanned, and toned boy stood over her with a lopsided grin and a curious look in his eyes. Jinora's usually quick-witted and brilliant mind decided to go blank for a moment, and she simply craned her head up and looked at him over her sunglasses, blinking in a gaping stare.

“I mean, wouldn't they have fought side by side on a battlefield rather than across it?” he continued, fishing for an answer.

Finally snapping out of her stupor, Jinora replied sharply, “First of all, it's considered rude to read over someone's shoulder. And secondly, you would have to read the whole story to understand. She was an archer, he was infantry, and they have different positions on the battlefield.” As she spoke, her peripheral vision alerted her that he was wet and shirtless, and she found it difficult to keep her eyes on his face instead of letting them travel downward.

“Makes sense I guess.” He shrugged as he picked up his towel that had been laying out next to her.

He used the towel to dry off his high fade/pompadour hair before toweling the rest of himself off. Jinora tried her best not to stare, she really did. His dark green board shorts were a nice contrast to his darker skin tone. She wondered if her sunglasses were dark enough that he couldn't see her obvious appraisal of his body, but the smug grin he shot at her told her otherwise.

'Dammit,' Jinora thought to herself while she felt her cheeks heat up. She quickly lowered her gaze back to the tablet to cover her blushing face.

“So what's your name?” he asked suddenly.

“Jinora,” she answered tentatively, slowly raising her eyes back up to him. “What’s yours?”

“I’m Kai,” he said, flashing her a bright smile as he threw the towel over his shoulder. “Do you play volleyball?”

Jinora set down her tablet and looked over to where he gestured to what she assumed were his friends playing around a net constructed in the sand. She hesitated. It had been a while since she had played anything with anyone except her siblings, but the pull of the charming boy in front of her and the tingling excitement he made her feel was a temptation she couldn’t resist. And suddenly the usually very calculated and careful Jinora felt the irresistible urge to do something spontaneous.

“Sure,” Jinora answered as she slipped her tablet into her bag and pulled out her cell phone, getting up and sliding it into the back pocket of her high-waisted shorts. Her yellow, polka-dot blouse fluttered in the sea breeze as she stepped to his side.

“Awesome,” Kai beamed before pulling on a loose tank top and gesturing for her to follow him.

They weaved through the other people laying out in the sun to get to the sand volleyball courts. Jinora was hesitant to actually step onto the court, but one heartening smile from Kai gave her all the courage she needed. They set up teams, with Kai making sure Jinora was placed next to him, and it wasn’t long before they were deeply immersed in a fast-paced game.

Jinora was neither tall nor short and a bit on the petite side, and she surprised them all with the amount of agility she possessed. The look on Kai’s face certainly told her that he never would have imagined she could jump that high. While there wasn’t much power behind her serves, she was startlingly quick on her feet and had the other team panting to keep up with her. When she was in the front row she managed to block several attempts to score from the other team, and even set up many instances for Kai to deliver a powerful spike. The dynamic they created together made them an unstoppable force, and the other team simply couldn’t coordinate a counterattack and ended up losing the game.

“You’re amazing,” Kai announced, beaming at her while they both caught their breath.

Jinora smiled coyly, blushing from the praise. “You’re pretty great too,” she said, somehow unable to look away from him.

Kai’s smile deepened and he rubbed the back of his head as they both broke off into nervous laughter.

A few more games were played after that, with more and more players added to the other side each time in an attempt to gang up on Kai and Jinora. Jinora watched a few times as money was passed between Kai and his friends during breaks to make it “more interesting”, and she couldn’t help but feel a little uncomfortable. Her father was strictly adamant against gambling of any kind, but she shrugged it off; it seemed harmless.

After several raucous matches, everyone was ready to call it a day, and Kai and Jinora split off from his friends. “Come on, let's hit the boardwalk,” he suggested with a crooked grin. “We gotta spend our winnings.”

Jinora looked over to where her family was on the beach, still on the shore, and she sent a short text to both of her parents to let them know where she was going so they wouldn’t worry.

“So do we want hot dogs, pizza, tacos...?” Kai listed off as he gestured to the different store fronts.

Jinora looked at her options, trying to decide which one would have better vegetarian options. “Um, I think I'll just stick to french fries.”

“Is your stomach not feeling well?” Kai inquired.

“My stomach's fine. I'm just a vegetarian,” she explained with a shrug.

After getting their food, they walked further along the boardwalk and were eventually drawn to the bumper cars. Jinora took out her wallet to pay for herself but Kai stopped her, insisting he would pay for it. Then she picked a car and slid into it, letting out a bracing sigh as she strapped herself in.

“Something wrong?” Kai asked from the car next to her.

“Nothing,” she waved him off. “I just remembered how rough bumper cars can be.”

Kai looked a little worried. “We could go do something else if you want…”

“No, I’ll be fine. Besides, your friends look like they’re really looking forward to the chance to get revenge,” she said, nodding over to where some of the boys from earlier were getting into their own cars. “Just promise you won't hit me,” she added half-jokingly.

Kai followed her gaze to where the three imposing looking guys were leering at them with challenge in their eyes, albeit good naturedly. “Tell you what, you run offense, I'll run defense,” he proposed, turning back to face her.

The idea of working as a team with him again had Jinora’s heart leaping in her chest, and the brightest smile spread across her lips. As she smiled, Kai seemed to become transfixed by her face, his eyes softening suddenly. Their eyes didn’t break away from each other until the loud buzzer sounded, jolting them into action.

“Let’s kick their asses,” he told her with a wink before they took off.

Kai kept his word and did his best to protect her from the other cars, taking several hard hits himself. But then Jinora always got back whoever had gone after him. A few minutes later, just as the time was about to end, one dude came out of nowhere, gunning it for Kai. But he was too focused on fending off the other cars to notice that he was about to be hit and pinned to the wall. Jinora made a snap decision and circled around to T the offender’s car, getting the brunt of the forceful impact but saving Kai, which he had turned his head just in time to see the self-sacrificing move.

“Thanks for that,” Kai said gratefully as the cars stopped and they got out.

“You’ve been doing the same for me the whole time; I figured I would return the favor at least once,” Jinora remarked as she nudged his shoulder with hers, their fingers slightly brushing together.

It was so much fun. Being with Kai was so much fun. He was funny and charming, and he had an ease about him that made her feel comfortable around him. She could hardly believe that a quiet day of reading at the beach had turned into this. She was walking on air. Then she looked up as they made their way through the cars, and what she saw yanked her quickly back to earth. Her mom and her little brother were standing outside of the gate, waiting for her. Pema had an unreadable expression on her face, and Jinora didn't know if she was in trouble or not.

“Hi, Mom,” Jinora greeted as she meekly walked up to her mother. Kai regrouped with his friends only a few feet away.

“Make some new friends?” Pema inquired.

“Yeah,” Jinora answered as she turned slightly to point them out. She listed off their names for her mom, being careful not to let her voice give anything way when she said Kai’s name.

Then she waited to hear the speech she knew was bound to happen, which if her dad was there, would already be half way through giving. The one that usually went “you know better than to hang out with strangers” and “they could be dangerous”, but instead her mother simply asked a few questions.

“So are you having fun?” Pema asked, handing Jinora her quilted tote bag and light hoodie.

“Yeah, I'm having the most fun I've had all vacation,” Jinora admitted as she took her bag and slung it over her shoulder

“Do you feel comfortable and safe around all of them?” Pema further prodded.

“I wouldn't still be hanging around them if I didn't.”

“Good. Well we're heading back to the hotel. Be back before 11, you know how your father worries, and keep your phone on and at full volume just to be safe. Call if you need anything,” she said before giving her daughter a hug and some more money.

Jinora could hardly believe it. She knew her parents trusted her and she would never do anything to betray that trust, but this was still a big leap. She walked back to the group and told them she could still hang out, and everyone was pleased. Especially Kai, who slung an arm around her shoulders and lead the way to the amusement park rides. Because of their height difference, it was extremely comfortable for him to rest his arm around her shoulder, and Jinora was happy to have the closeness. Not to mention some of his body heat as the temperature began to drop, but it still wasn't quite cold enough to put her hoodie on yet.

They played some carnival type games and went on a few rides, and as the night progressed and they paid for tickets, Jinora wondered if her eyes were playing tricks on her. She could have sworn Kai’s wallet was brown earlier, but then he began using a black one, and the stitching was different. Why was he carrying around multiple wallets? But then she forgot about it as she once again became swept up in the euphoric feeling of being with Kai. They didn’t leave each other’s side once as they went to the different attractions.

On the Ferris wheel, Jinora finally broke down and put her hoodie on as it started to get windy, then she went right back to practically snuggling into Kai's side. He gave her that crooked grin he had whenever he looked at her, and it made Jinora's heart beat faster and kept her cheeks almost constantly blushed. As their compartment rose higher and all the lights and colors stretched out below them, Jinora smiled brightly at Kai, sharing the fun of the moment with him. He chuckled a little, biting his lip as he turned his eyes to the view.

“What?” she asked, feeling a little self-conscious. Did she have something in her teeth?

“I don’t know what it is about you,” he mused out loud. A few more seconds passed before he continued. “You smile like that and… it’s like my heart skips.”

Now it was his turn to blush, and Jinora chuckled as well. “I feel the same way,” she whispered, reaching across his lap to clasp his other and hand with her own.

At a quarter to 11, Kai drove Jinora back to the hotel she was staying at, thanks to a 'borrowed' motorcycle. She held on tight and even rested her head on his shoulder as she soaked up the remaining moments with her new 'friend'. She was beginning to have a new understanding and appreciation for all those love stories, even as tragic and cliché as they were.

The closer they got, the tighter she seemed to hold on, not wanting whatever this was to end just yet. Kai pulled up under the overhang and put his feet down to stabilize the bike, but otherwise didn't move as they both sat in silence for a moment. Neither one not wanted to say goodbye.

“Hey, I have an idea,” Kai murmured over his shoulder, finally breaking the stillness of the moment.

“Yeah?” she responded quietly.

“When are you leaving?” he asked.

“Tomorrow,” Jinora answered regretfully.

“Oh,” he muttered, whatever he had been planning to say dying on his tongue.

“Let's just not say goodbye,” Jinora pleaded as she moved her head forward to see his face better.

“Deal,” Kai agreed, looking back at her.

“Thank you, Kai,” Jinora breathed as she kissed him on the cheek before getting off the motorcycle. “For the best night of my life… so far,” she added with a wistful smile.

He said nothing, but watched as she turned and disappeared through the doors.
Coney Island
This is a modern AU (no bending) Kainora drabble that came to me while listening to Beyonce's XO which was filmed in Coney Island and it just...happened. Thanks to Alaburn for betaining and being an all out rock star. And of course thank you for reading. :)
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Wow it's been six months since I've had a journal, yikes. 
So I just uploaded the LAST CHAPTER (officially) of We Love The Water, considering Alaburn and I started that story  A YEAR AGO. It's been a long time coming. I'm sad to see it end, it's been a blast but I'm proud of it at the same time. 
So, what's on the horizen for me? 
Well, after I get my health sorted, (cause my MS and Crohn's are back) I do have a few stories I want to work on. I have a Pacific Rim drabble I want to work on, an Inception fic I started a year and a half ago that I really want to finish because I think it's a really interesting twist on it. Um..there's a tahnorra week coming up that I'm seriously considering doing. And I have two more drabbles to add to the wltw verse, Korra picking out her wedding dress and the actual wedding. So I have a few things on my plate. 
So...that's about all that's going on. lol. 

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