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Title: Scarred Inside and Out
Chapter: Two of ?
Author: [personal profile] serpentine

Fandom: Avatar: The Legend of Korra
Character(s): Amon, Lieutenant
Pairing: Amon/Lieutenant
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 633

Summary: Amon survived what his brother did not and his former Lieutenant finds him years later, only to find a bitter man who wants nothing to do with him.
Author's Notes: This was originally posted on Tumblr at [ profile] serpent-child. Chapter one can be found here.
Disclaimer: The characters in this story are not my creations nor do I own them or the universe they come from.

It had been three days since Liu had located Noatak and on each of those days Liu returned to the small house that Noatak now called home, demanding to talk. On the third day of knocking and yelling without any reply, Liu decided enough was enough and took measures into his own hands. Or rather, his own feet.

Kicking the door hard, Liu silently thanked the spirits that he had kept up his training. The door splintered after several kicks and soon the door could no longer be properly called a door.

Liu didn’t even stop to look at Noatak, who was gaping at Liu, before he started on his tirade. “I would’ve given up my life for you and I almost did! Multiple times in fact! I STILL don’t know how I survived that motherfucking stupid polar bear dog, but I fucking did because you were the one person who inspired me to keep going! Even after your betrayal and disappearance, I still cared, spirits know why! I even came to find you and all you do is throw a fucking pity party and slam the door in my face, but damn it all, I still care!”

A pausing only for a second, Liu took a quick breath and continued, “And I am not moving from this spot until you acknowledge that I FUCKING EXIST because the one damn thing that I’ve always had going for me was that I was too damn stubborn to die!”

Noatak just stared at Liu from where he was sitting.

After several minutes of silence, Noatak calmly said, “Is that all you have to say?”

“If you think you can just dismiss me—”

Smiling slightly, Noatak said, “…I forgot how much you cared. How much anyone cared.” He paused briefly and closed his eyes, grimacing, “You know, there is a storm coming, it’d be nice if you could fix the door.”

This time was Liu’s turn to stare. “Um…sorry about the door…?” Then he shook his head and continued, “But THAT IS NOT THE POINT AMON.”

“Did I not tell you that was not my name anymore?”

I do not care.

“Well, if you are going to talk to me, then you better fix that door. I did not tell you to go away. I told to fix the damn door so I do not get rain in my house. I may be a waterbender, but like most people, I do not enjoy my house being flooded.” Noatak glared at Liu and through that glare, Liu could see that Amon was not completely gone. Not yet.

“I’m sorry, but I cannot magically summon a door for you. Besides, you should be living somewhere better than this,” said Liu, “There is still greatness in you and I refuse to let you throw that all away.”

“I cannot return to that life, Liu. I failed.” Noatak looked away and said under his breath, “I…don’t know what to do anymore.”

“Your greatness is not just limited to leading the Equalists. There are other things you can do. I know you. I know you’re not this…pathetic person you’re pretending to be. You’re Amon. You are a great person, whom I love.”

“Amon was just a mask that I hid behind.”

“You’re hiding behind your scars and self-pity. The mask gave you confidence. Without it…I don’t know who you are. Maybe you need the mask, because I can tell you’re just trying to use the scars as one and you don’t even realize it,” said Liu calmly as he grabbed a chair and sat down. “Before you would’ve never let something like this set you back.”

“I failed in protecting my brother,” said Noatak.

“Why do you care so much about him?”

“Because this isn’t the first time I failed.”
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