Prompt given to me by poisonousstrawberries (forever ago it seems) and I got a lot of writing done today (and I’m still going!) but I thought I’d spoil you guys a bit more and let you read some more.
Notes: This takes place after the last snippet. Also, this is all unedited I literally just wrote this part not even 2 minutes ago.
Mako saw her again the next day during his break between classes. He was sitting on a bench, glaring at the foreign text in his mythology textbook, trying his best to memorize all he could to prepare for the quiz. After his fiasco with Bolin last night, he deemed himself too exhausted to do much else and conked out on the couch. In the morning he woke with a sore neck, a bitter memory of his altercation with his little brother who did nothing but innocently ask a question, and the realization that he had an important quiz he didn’t study for at all that afternoon.
Mako groaned and ran his hand through his hair in frustration, gripping the spiked locks, ready to yank them from his scalp. How in the hell did he survive the first year of college with a sane head?
“Hey, City Boy!”
He looked up to see her jogging towards him from across the vast field set in the middle of campus, “the mall” people called it. She waved and sped up when he half-heartedly waved back, still worrying in the back of his mind that he only had eleven minutes to cram all of this into his head before heading off to class. It may have only been one quiz, but he was sure with how badly he was doing in the class it would heavily affect him in the long run.
Korra plopped down beside him, playfully nudging him with her elbow. “Whatcha got there?” With no regards to his personal space, she leaned over and put her chin on his shoulder, peering down at the textbook. “Oh mythology.” She stuck her tongue and scrunched up her nose. “Been there, done that. Not going there again.”
He dryly chuckled. “You didn’t get it either?”
Korra shook her head and reached into her backpack. “Nah I understood it just fine. But my teachers down in the South Pole made it the most boring experience ever!” She pulled out a bag of candy, a closer look told Mako that they were fire gummies. She popped one in her mouth and off-handedly offered him the bag, shaking it when he just sat there. “Well take one, dummy.”
Mako shook his head. “I don’t have time to be eating snacks. I have a quiz to study for.”
She groaned and he looked over to see her staring at him with a disgusted face. “Oh god you’re a nerd, aren’t you? You hot guys are good at hiding that kind of crap!”
Mako stumbled over her “hot guy” comment – but noticed the way his heart skipped and the tips of his ears heated up – and managed a scowl, snapping the book shut. It was useless anyway, he was going to fail and end up dropping out of the class anyway. “If I were really a nerd I’d be passing the class!”
“It’s really not a hard subject.”
Somewhere in the back of his mind Mako noted that if these were her feelings towards mythology she would’ve made an excellent tutor but the blinding anger took over and he felt a vein bulge in his forehead. It was upsetting that some girl who had just moved here months ago and barged into his life unexpectedly and without invitation could just come trampling even further into his personal life and going as far as to ridicule him on his stupidity. Okay, so maybe she wasn’t doing all of that intentionally but with all of this stress that had been piling on his plate and after what had happened last night he found that he was easily ticked off at just about anything at the moment.
“Well if you’re so smart why are you attending college in the first place? Why don’t you just demand your diploma now and go off and be some successful billionaire or something?”
Korra blinked at his outburst and ate another fire gummy, hardly changing her expression. It took him a moment to calm down enough that she was unfazed by his explosion as she sat and chewed leisurely on her snack, even daring to dump a few more in her mouth and chewing them all while looking at him with this look that made him shrink within himself and feel shamed like a child who threw a temper tantrum and still didn’t get what they wanted.
“Well now that that’s out of the way,” she began, tucking the rest of the fire gummies back in her bag. “It’s obvious you’re stressed-“
“Pfft. You don’t know the half of it,” he interrupted.
“But,” she continued, giving him a pointed look that made him shut his mouth. Dammit how was she so good at these non-verbal warnings that actually got him to obey her? That wouldn’t be good for him in the future. “I’ve got the solution.”
He was almost afraid to ask, remembering her many stories from last night but… “And that would be?”
His stomach dropped.