Thanks, hon! <3
Lin’s metalbenders disagree fervently about Korra. Half of them find the Chief’s tendency to disappear for twenty minute intervals when Korra’s around incredibly irritating. The other half thinks it’s worth it for the relaxed look on Lin’s face and the way she starts going home at a reasonable hour.
Korra loves them all unreservedly for being Lin’s comrades in arms. And also because the half that likes her usually lets her tag along during the patrols on the steel cables strung high over the city.
(Lin, meanwhile, is just happy Korra has stopped getting arrested.)
When Korra finally mastered metalbending, the first thing she did was bend a dozen steel roses which she presented to Lin on their anniversary. Lin initially brushed off the gesture in her usual gruff way, which Korra tried not to take personally. But it did hurt that Lin just took the flowers and stuck them in a vase before leaving for work with only a simple ‘thank you.’
Korra tried not to let it bother her. Lin often did things like that only to make up for it later. She was accustomed to the older woman having trouble expressing her feelings, but she had thought that Lin would at least make an effort on their anniversary. Because there had been so many times where they almost did not make it. So many obstacles they had to overcome, that they still had to overcome.
So she was a little cool when Lin came home that evening, a little hurt. Until Lin took a deep breath, as if what she was about to do was terribly difficult for her. The action worried Korra, but Lin reached into her pocket, pulled out a ring, and knelt next to a shocked Korra.
“I know we can’t get married in the traditional sense,” she began, “but I want you to know that I want to spend the rest of my life with you and only you.” Korra could not answer for a few moments. She had been so sure that Lin was going to give her bad news. “Well?”
“I…yes.” She let the smile spread across her face and kissed Lin soundly. ”Yes!”
Lin presents a tough front towards everyone she knows. But with Korra, she is almost sweet. Lin loves going on romantic dates with her girlfriend, and celebrates every anniversary and special day with enthusiasm. Korra feels lucky to be the only recipient of Lin’s softer side.
Mako gets married. Korra, although she’s been with Lin six years now, can’t help but feel a bit melancholy throughout the wedding. The next day, she smiles and laughs, but something inside her aches.
Lin senses this, and seeing as Korra has made Tenzin and Pema’s anniversay an extra special day for Lin every year so she had no time to dwell on the past, she takes it upon herself to make Korra smile for real that day.
They spend all day doing Korra’s favorite things, she buys her dumplings and fire flakes, takes her to see a ridiculous play, even sets up a romantic picnic outside. Korra’s melancholy slowly melts away, and she realizes that any feelings she had for her friend were now gone. Replaced with a strong, new, and all consuming love for Lin.
Sometimes Lin wonders if Korra might want someone younger, someone who she could walk down the street with without getting strange looks. She knows Korra never wonders if Lin ever wanted something different. After all, the young avatar never did completely shrug off her cocky attitude (and Lin isn’t sure she’d want her to) but it makes the police chief worry that Korra might feel she’s too good for this relationship one day, go for something easier.
On a particularly stressful day, Lin voices this to Korra. To her surprise, she simply gives her a hug and buries her head in Lin’s shoulder, telling her just because another relationship might be easier, doesn’t mean it would be better. Lin stops worrying then, because of how Korra looks at her. As if she’s the only person the avatar could want in the whole world.
Korra has a tendency to drag Lin into the most awkward situations. Most recently, it was a date.
Her friend Bolin began dating a much older man, and Korra wanted to bring Lin on a double date with them, for moral support as she called it.
Lin could handle this. What she could not handle was the boy’s brother being part of this group date, or Asami Sato showing up with a boyfriend that same night.
As if the situation wasn’t strange enough, what with Mako glaring at his brother’s date and aggressively inquiring him, Korra sniggering, Asami attempting to keep the peace, Bolin making an effort to break the tension with bad jokes, and Lin trying to keep civil conversation with everyone, the date gets excruciatingly uncomfortable. The second Korra takes the firebender aside to ‘tell him to calm his tits’ as she put it, his pretty little date, bored of trying to capture his attention away from his younger brother, begins to make bedroom eyes at Lin instead. The night ends with the girl dropping her number in Lin’s purse.
Lin makes Korra promise that they will never go on a group date with those people again. Korra just laughs and wraps her arms around her, saying that it’s alright, Lin can’t help being so attractive. Lin puts on a stern face, but knows that the next time Korra requests this, if she does that pout again, she’ll end up saying yes anyway.