Asami’s inquiry threw him off guard. He knows that his relationship with Asami after the fallout of their relationship isn’t as great as he hoped it to be. Still, he didn’t expect the non-bender to make a general question be so specific. Rather than questioning his general reasons on why he left Asami for Korra, the young Sato specifies it to a question where he can’t really defend himself. The question itself irritated him. Did she really think that he only loved her because she was rich? That all of those affections and gestures of endearment were nothing more, but an act?
Mako wanted to laugh out loud. Though he acknowledges the fact that she’s angry at him, she still didn’t have to go to the point where she basically calls his act of devotion as lies. The fire bender thought that Asami knew him better. That she knows how hard it is for him to show how he cares for people because of this stoic front that he has mastered over the years. That she also knows that when he cares for someone, he really cares for that person because he knows how it feels like to lose a loved one.
As much as possible, Mako didn’t want to argue because he still felt responsible for the angered state that Asami is in. With a sigh, the adolescent endeavored to calm down his accumulating aggravation. “I didn’t love you because of material things, like money. I loved you because you’re this amazing girl who cared for me.”
Though he never really voiced how much he appreciated the non-bender, Mako made sure that he at least expressed it through his actions. “Granted that I was enchanted with your beauty during our first meeting, our relationship wouldn’t have lasted as long if I didn’t care for you. As for the money, not once did I ask for you to help me financially. You offered and I accepted for the sake of my brother.”
The fire bender’s statement sounded harsher than how he intended it to be, but he wanted to get it across that he didn’t love her because of her money. He loved her because she’s this down to earth girl who didn’t act like a spoiled rich girl. She treated him like they were in equal status despite him being in the lower class. Asami Sato – she was a queen before his eyes while he kneeled on the ground as her servant.
“What is being an Avatar? It’s nothing but a nickname given to people who can bend all the four elements. Love can’t be defined by a nickname. I love Korra, just Korra. I don’t care if people view her as the Avatar because to me, she’s just Korra. She’s just the obnoxious, loud, and hard headed Korra that we all know.” Was his explanation evident enough for her to understand? In some aspect his response might’ve been too direct, but when it comes to proving his love for Korra, he’ll explain it without faltering.
After explaining, Mako fell into a silence. Amber eyes gazed at the non-bender in hopes of letting her know the sincerity behind his confessions. That after this confrontation, maybe they’d go back to the way how things used to be. The fire bender wouldn’t mind being friends again.