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    Darker Than the Secret Tunnel

    Post by Sokka on Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:15 pm

    Date: February 28, 2013
    Time: 11:53 pm

    The night had been a rather nice one so far… cold as had been the standard for the past couple of months, but definitely very nice. As the two did on just about any other night, Korra and Sokka were still hanging out and visiting with each other in the warrior's room, both of them already changed into their sleepwear for the night but neither of them quite ready to get to bed just yet. This was a duo that preferred to stay up a bit and sleep in to varying degrees, after all. They could always get up earlier if and/or when they had to, but considering the way that mornings tended to be evil, they did greatly appreciate the chances to sleep in whenever they could afford them… which was thankfully relatively frequent.

    For the past month, ever since Sokka had returned from his unfortunate stay in the Pool of Souls (and his involuntarily longer than intended one at that), he and Korra had taken to spending time together in the evenings even more than they already had before the events at the start of the new year. The two always seemed to be able to find something to enjoy and do, whether it was simply sitting around and talking about any number of things, checking out any of the myriad of things to watch on the moving picture box called the television, or just about anything they could think of. They had a strong tendency to just hang out and do whatever they felt like, and some evenings, that even shifted into lighter training for them… well, training that could easily be done in either of their rooms, of course.

    They had both regained some of their true strength by now, so that had certainly galvanized them in those endeavors… and it was always encouraging to see whatever they were able to work on and accomplish with each other. Regardless of the fact that one of them was a bender and the other wasn't, the pair of friends were certainly capable of just about anything when they worked together. No matter what happened, the Southern Water Tribe duo always had each other's backs, and they could truly stand against just about anything thrown their way.

    … and that most certainly included blackouts, even the most sudden ones.

    "What the… who turned out the lights?!" Sokka exclaimed a moment after the two of them confirmed that the lights weren't just flickering out for a second. His eyes were still adjusting to the dark, but even so, the Water Tribe warrior quickly hopped up from the couch, making sure he had his bearings before moving towards the direction of his supply chest.

    Sokka had yet to experience a true power outage here on the Breach, but with as used as he had mostly got to the world and some of its advanced technology, plus a couple of flickers here and there, he was not too surprised by the sudden lack of artificial light. Still, he was already searching for his torch and source to light it with… an amazing little device he had found that carried fuel as well as its own ignition source in one. Feeling around the chest's contents even as his eyes began to get used to the dark, Sokka asked, "Has something like this ever happened here before, Korra?"
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    Re: Darker Than the Secret Tunnel

    Post by Korra on Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:22 am

    Ever since Sokka had come back from the dead, a...Pool of Souls apparently, Korra had tried to hang out with him when she could, talk to him about what he'd missed and how things were. She avoided asking about the mysterious Pool, content to ignore it and focus on the good, on the fact that her friend was alive and here now. The time between the day she'd found out about his death and the day he'd come back had made her anxious. Why was he still gone? Would he really come back? Or was the Pool some sort of trick? Maybe the Sokka that came back wouldn't be him.

    It took a reunion of hugs and a birthday celebration to convince her that this was Sokka. Best of all, death hadn't seemed to change him. He still had the trademark Sokka style. It did make her briefly ponder, what would happen if she died? In their world, she'd be reborn, in her case into a child in the Earth Kingdom. There was no Earth Kingdom here. Would she reincarnate at all, or come back as herself? And what did that mean for the Avatar state as a whole?

    But this wasn't 'think about death' time, it was 'enjoy the time she had here and now with her friend' time! She'd done some training with him, in their rooms, but it seemed to be enough because she felt stronger now. Sokka expressed similar news. What the others had said was true! She still found herself unable to bend anything but water, and she couldn't even heal with her water yet, but she still felt some strength. Maybe soon, she could regain her ability to heal with waterbending, at least. She could prevent him and others from dying. Yes, when something went wrong again (whatever it was that had happened before. Castles?), she'd stick by his side! They would face it together, no matter what!

    "What the… who turned out the lights?!"

    ...Wow, didn't think trouble would show up so fast. She blinked a few times, worried at first that she had gone inexplicably blind, until she heard Sokka's yell. Unless they had a shared blindness, it seemed the power had gone out...strange. "It wasn't me!" She could hear him shuffling and moving around, and she backed herself against the wall, trying to get out of his way. He must have been looking for a torch. If only she could firebend!

    Her eyes began to get used to the dark as well, and she could make out a shadow crouched over something. Definitely Sokka. "No, not as long as I've been here! I figured the electricity was self sustained, automatic, or something." In Republic City, the power plants had been generated with lightning produced by firebenders. The only firebender she knew here was Zuko, so they produced their electricity differently. "Need any help, Sokka?"
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    Re: Darker Than the Secret Tunnel

    Post by Sokka on Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:04 am

    Even as he hopped up and got his footing in the sudden darkness, Sokka could not help but to smile a bit at Korra's response to his voiced question. After all, had she been the one to ask it instead, the Water Tribe warrior would have responded in a similar fashion. Despite the fact that it was pitch black in his room now, Sokka did gesture to her (mostly out of instinct of course) as he stated, "Heh. All right, hang on a second… I've got just the thing that'll help us."

    At that, he made his way forward without any major incident… he did bump into the edge of a chair on his path, but at least he was managing not to trip on anything. Sokka had pretty decent vision in the dark, but it was not instant night vision, and his eyes were still adjusting to the sheer lack of light that he and Korra had been met with. A couple of steps later though, he found his target, and he soon leaned over to open it in order to find the item in question.

    As he was digging through his supply chest in an attempt to find one of the torches he knew he stashed there, Sokka inwardly wondered if he should try to acquire one of those battery powered torches that he had seen a few times already. It certainly couldn't hurt to have one in his supply chest, but even if he wound up getting one, it would certainly not replace his standard torches. After all, if something was powered by a battery, then that was a power source that could fail, sometimes when one needed it most… regardless of spare power sources and the like, it was always a good idea to have something to use as a backup. That much was proven true in this sudden blackout… even with the reliable electricity that powered the entirety of the city, in the event of anything happening to it, having personal light sources was just being smart. If nothing else, it could certainly add to his slowly growing collection of useful supplies! A combination of tried and true as well as new technology? Count this strategist in!

    Nodding slightly as Korra responded to his question regarding anything like this having happened before, Sokka noted, "It most likely is, but even so, it's still a power source. No matter how good it is, it can always be interrupted." That much was true here, back in his time, and even in Republic City. He might not have ever got to see the city himself, but the warrior had heard a great deal about it from his friend here, as well as Lin and Tenzin. The very idea of firebenders producing the electricity to help power an entire city had been very strange to Sokka at first, especially since his greatest experience with lightning being generated came from his encounters with Azula. However, as a part of his slow process to realize that not all firebenders were bad, and in making sure to keep in mind that the Fire Nation had continued to improve in the sixty nine years in between his and Korra's times, he had eventually warmed up to the idea. His love for science and technology wound up conquering his lingering concerns, and the longer he spent in Portal City, the more he found himself appreciating electricity. That did not mean it was not strange at times, but he was certainly adapting better to it than one might have thought he would. Like the nation that he hailed from, Sokka was flexible and able to adapt to whatever he needed to, and that stood for power sources, the new world that they had landed in, and just about everything else.

    "Ah-HA! Got it!" exclaimed Sokka as he held up the torch victoriously. Moving to pick up the lighter as well, he quickly lit the torch for the two of them before turning back to Korra at her offer of assistance. "I've got this, but now that we can at least see where we're going, would you mind checking out the window to see if this is affecting more than just the inn?"
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    Re: Darker Than the Secret Tunnel

    Post by Korra on Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:36 am

    "Alright!" She was fine to wait while he got 'just the thing'. Not like she was going anywhere in the meantime. She placed her arms on her knees and tapped her fingers nonchalantly, holding in a snicker as she heard Sokka bump into something. It'd be rude to laugh but...hehe, poor Sokka walked into something. Truly, his Water Tribe instincts kept him from falling and tripping though, because that was the only scuffle from him that she could hear.

    She tilted her head a bit and shrugged grudgingly, agreeing. "Yeah, you're right. Its just so futuristic here, its weird...it seems sorta...infallible, you know?" Like Republic City when she first saw it, before she realized how flawed it really was. "Hopefully its not out too long." She grinned widely at his explanation and watched him light a torch, nothing like old school! "Great job Sokka!" She nodded and stood up. "Sure! Just hold it nice and high so I can see where I'm going."

    After he did so, she began to gently creep her way across the room, avoiding the furniture as she went. With a few moves she remembered from airbending training, she'd made her way to the window, and just as she leaned down to peek out the window...the lights came back on. "Oooof course." She turned back to face Sokka, smirking a bit. "Just our luck, huh?" She peeked out the window and saw lights on in the other buildings, although she had noticed that just a moment ago, they weren't there. "I think that might have been a city-wide thing..." She walked back over to where she and Sokka had been before the eventful power outage, eyes narrowed a bit. "Do you think this is just a one time thing? Or something else?" Sokka had more experience in this type of stuff than her. Especially since he'd been in a battle here.
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    Re: Darker Than the Secret Tunnel

    Post by Sokka on Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:49 am

    "Oh believe me, I know," replied Sokka at Korra's musing about the futuristic nature of this world. "Even if something gets really advanced though, nothing's truly invincible. Nodding in agreement with her regarding the length of the lights being out, he added, "Yeah, hopefully. At least we're prepared for any length of time, though."

    Soon catching Korra's broad grin now that he had lit the torch, Sokka stood up fully and nodded at her exclamation. "Why thank you, I do try." He stepped forward to better position the torch for the two of them, holding it a bit higher at his friend's request. "You got it."

    Moving to follow after Korra, Sokka made sure to be especially careful with the torch whilst they navigated the furniture and other objects in his room. The Southern Water Tribe duo made their way across his room towards the window without any trouble, but just as the Avatar was set to lean down and glance out the window, wouldn't you know it, the lights came back on. Smirking a bit in amusement himself as his friend turned to him, Sokka soon extinguished the torch, nodding to Korra as he said, "Yeah, just our luck. At least our good luck tends to pay off in things that matter more."

    Sokka glanced out the upper part of the window as Korra looked to its opposite side, noting the same thing that his friend caught… the lights just outside had not been lit a few moments ago, so that led him to believe that this was not an isolated outage. For some reason, it didn't even feel like it was just kept to one district of the city, and the view they had their just served to prove that. Nodding firmly at Korra's assessment, Sokka moved to place the torch and lighter back inside of his supply chest, right before he walked back over to his friend's side. Folding his arms as he met the Avatar's gaze, the Water Tribe warrior cocked his head slightly to the side as he responded to her question. "As far as the blackout itself goes, I think that it was probably a one time thing… the lights came back on way too quickly for it to not be. Even so though… I can't explain it, but something just feels… off."

    Everything appeared to be fine now that the power had been restored, but although he could not see anything amiss, Sokka's instincts were still telling him that something else might very well be stirring here.
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    Re: Darker Than the Secret Tunnel

    Post by Korra on Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:58 am

    Eh, that was true. In fact, sometimes it seemed that the more futuristic something got, the more chances there were for something to go wrong! The more complicated things got, the more likely it was for something to get in the way and cause something to go wrong. "Yeah, and its not like it would take much longer for the sun to come out either." That was all they would really have to wait for, was for the sun to come out and brighten everything up again. Although again, she thought about how easy it could be if she could just firebend.

    A smirk tugged at her lips at his response, shaking her head slightly in amusement. "You manage to succeed at it too." He stepped closer and held the torch up so that they both could see and she nodded to him. "Thanks!" Path now lit by the torch, she easily made her way to the window to look outside, Sokka following behind her with the torch. The lights came back on though, and Sokka put out the torch. "Good point!" After all, they could have been powerless all night, so the power coming back on was fine. Just inconvenient in coming on.

    Almost unconsciously, Korra crossed her arms in response to Sokka, head tilted to the side as she considered his words. The light issue had been solved quickly...quickly enough for it to have been just a one time thing. But this situation altogether smelled very fishy. "Yeah, it feels a little...eh..." She seemed to struggle to express herself for a moment. "Almost like a warning or something...we should probably watch the news. Maybe they'll have an exclamation behind it, and maybe we're just over thinking this!" She sat down, crossing her legs in her previous spot and rested her hands on her knees. "Where were we?" She was content to put the issue aside, at least for now!

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