▸ Unexpected @bolins-big-brother
A smile involuntarily brightened his face as Mako watched Kara’s face light up, she was currently gazing at the stage in awe, having already devoured the rest of the building with keen eyes. ”Well, Kara, I can always get you tickets. I live up those stairs.” He hastily twisted around to point at the stairs up which they had just come. He fell silent, taking in the splendour of the arena himself for the first time in a while. The probender remembered the first time he and Bolin had set foot through these doors, and the amazing feeling that had come with it, the feeling of knowing that everything was going to be alright, that he wouldn’t have to worry about looking after his brother anymore. With a sigh and a smirk, he leant against the railings, crossing his arms. ”I live here, I work here. This place means more to me than I can say.”
Mako suddenly became aware that he was telling a complete stranger something so close to his heart, and, embarrassed, tried to cancel it out with clumsy, awkward phrases. ”I mean, it’s pretty cool and stuff. You should see it when it’s full, that’s when it’s worth being here.” The firebender searched the still, clear water below for an escape from himself. He couldn’t understand why he was acting this way - sure, Kara was incredibly beautiful, but that had never been a stumbling block for him before. Maybe it was because he just didn’t get her. Shaking his head and chuckling as the firebender silently agreed with himself, Mako’s escape route was pointed out to him by the reflections on the water. Spinning around, he began to walk towards the exit. ”Come on, I’ll show you where we- the contestants train.”
Korra raised an eyebrow, the firebender’s reaction amusing her. “I think an empty arena is better than a full one. Sure it’s exhilarating to hear the roar of a crowd but you don’t get to fully appreciate a building’s beauty when there are bodies hiding it,” she said. Her arctic eyes glimmered in admiration as they darted around, taking in all the little details. The hushed sound of water from the pool soothed her. She briefly closed her eyes, absorbing the rays of sun that shimmered through the glass roof. “It’s lovely in here,” she added, turning to smile at Mako as she followed him out.