After They're Married
Tahno sat behind the wheel of his large sailboat as they cruised on the open water towards a special spot he and Korra had found years ago. It was a sandbar that seemed to appear out of nowhere and made the water feel safer for their grand-kids to jump off the deck and into the relatively shallow water. Granted, it was still fifteen feet deep, but at least it was better than fifty feet, and the water was clear enough here that they would be able to spot the "sea monsters", as Tahno and Korra's youngest granddaughter, Lani, would say. Speaking of, the precocious six year old had climbed into his lap so she could "help" him steer the boat. While Lani was undoubtedly her own unique person, with her curly black hair, Tahno couldn't help but be reminded of how his little sister Sura had looked at that age, and a wistful smile sprung onto his face as the ghosts of fond, old memories weaved through his thoughts.
Once they arrived at the spot, he watched as all his grandchildren jumped into the water with glee, led by his wife, who was as spirited now as she'd always been. Splash fights ensued, along with a contest to see who could make the biggest splash, and which won by his oldest grandson, Levi. Tahno marveled at how much Levi, who, at only fifteen, highly resembled not only his father, Hudson, but Tahno himself. Aside from being very athletic, he was also vastly intelligent and protective of his own little sister, Lani, proving that very fact as he made sure her arm-floaties were fastened securely on her arms as she swam around with him. Tahno smiled affectionately at them before his second youngest granddaughter, Abby, insisted that she hang onto his back while he leisurely swam through the calm water, dragging her after him.
"I love you, Papa," Abbey whispered into his ear before kissing his cheek and giving him as tight a hug as her little arms would allow.
"I love you too, munchkin," Tahno cooed as he smiled at her over his shoulder. "Are you looking forward to having a little brother?" he inquired after a moment.
"Yep! I'm going to be as good as a big sister to Nashua as Alana is to me," Abbey proudly proclaimed, causing Tahno to chuckle softly.
"Well I'm glad to hear it, sweetheart, and I'm sure you'll do just fine. It's going to be what? Two more months?"
"Mommy said it's six and a half more weeks, then the 'fun' starts," Abby answered before Korra cackled with laughter as she overheard her granddaughter's comment.
"Oh yeah, it's a ton of 'fun' with a newborn, that's for sure. Every two hours," Korra added with a chuckle. "You remember that, don't you, dear?" Korra asked Tahno with a wink and a mischievous grin.
"I'm happy that particular 'fun' is over for us. But then again..." Tahno trailed off as he swam over to his wife with an equally mischievous grin on his face.
"Tahno, don't you dare," Korra warned as she swam backwards, trying to put space between herself and him, but Tahno was still just as quick in the water as he was in his youth.
He reached out and tickled Korra under the water as she squealed and splashed him in retaliation. Abbey let go of her Papa and watched excitedly as he chased her Nana. Korra swam around her grandchildren, occasionally using them as human shields to keep Tahno from tickling her further while the children laughed hysterically at the situation. Even though they were all well accustomed to their grandparents having these fun little battles, it still never failed to entertain them.
As the sun began to set and after the kids had tuckered themselves out, Tahno steered the vessel back to the docks with Korra snuggled up next to him as their grandchildren lay sprawled out over the deck of the boat, watching the stars come out.
"This was really fun. We should do this more often," Korra muttered quietly.
Tahno gave a hum of agreement before pulling her in closer, kissing her temple and just barely graying hair. "They're growing up so fast. It seems like just yesterday that Hudson came into the world, and the day before that when we were getting married," he pointed out.
"Yeah, but look how far we've come, how far they've come," Korra added as she nodded towards the four figures laying down on the floor of the boat.
"It's been a crazy ride, and I wouldn't have done it with anyone but you, Pretty Girl," Tahno said gently with a slight smile.
"Same here. You know, I was asked once if I thought there would be any other 'fish in the sea' for me, and I told them, 'No, because Tahno is my sea," Korra recalled with a grin.
"And you're my ocean," Tahno replied as he hugged her closer.
"You always have to one-up me, don't you?" she teased lightly as Tahno shrugged and smirked.
"Would you really have it any other way?" he questioned while maneuvering the boat up to the dock.
"Nope," Korra answered as she jumped up onto the wooden platform and helped her husband tie to the boat to the dock and unload the grandkids.
"Me neither," Tahno agreed as he carried Abbey back to the car in his arms.
They traded brief, but significant glances of understanding and deep, sustaining love as Korra carried Lani. The older children collected the towels and other swim gear before following them, and then they all climbed into the large SUV and drove home, Tahno holding Korra's hand the whole way.
Author's notes- thank you to the magnificently wonderful Alaburn for betaing. And thank YOU for reading :) It's been a fun ride.