I am so stupid. I forgot I had this drabble, and even the next, ready and waiting to go. I apologize most sincerely for leaving you all hanging for no apparent reason, and for how brief this chapter is. But here it is, and I'll be working on chapter five while you guys read up. I am determined to complete this series, especially since there are only seven updates left to make.

I'm the only one who's beta'd this, to my recollection, so please forgive any mistakes. Enjoy!


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Even at the age of eight, Akai knows that he has a special connection to the water. He has only just discovered his ability to bend the unpredictable element, but he understands that it is a gift, a blessing bestowed upon him by the spirits. And already he is exceptionally skilled.

Zuko struggled some when learning to bend fire, but Akai catches onto his lessons until the movements are as natural as breathing. There is no style, no technique yet too difficult for him to grasp within a handful of attempts. It drives Zuko to madness, but Korra is proud of Akai. Like herself, Akai shows natural talent. Waterbending comes as easily to him as it did to her.

Sometimes, he is so connected to the element that Korra can scarce pull him away from it. Whether they are on the beach or he is taking his evening bath, Akai will spend hours in the water. When he finally – reluctantly – emerges, his skin resembles a sea prune. Akai's love for his element warms Korra's heart and she has no doubt that when he is grow, or perhaps even sooner, he will be a true master.

After all, he is the son of the Avatar.

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"Do I have to come out of the bath?"

"Fine. Five more minutes."

"Ten?"

"Don't push it, kid."