[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8273279/1/Strings Strings]] by [[http://lantur.tumblr.com/fanfiction Lantur]] is a ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' ForWantOfANail AU, taking place after episode 9 where Tarrlok's plan for leaving Republic City succeeds and takes Korra as his hostage since Korra was never rescued by the Equalists. They leave Republic City and Tarrlok forces Korra to marry him to give a cover story to why they are together.

Settling in a backwater in the Earth Kingdom posing as Northern Water Tribe husband and wife, Taruq and Senna, Tarrlok tries to keep Korra from escaping the threat of bloodbending over her head. Korra is forced to relay on her wits and not her strength if they are survive each other. Korra hopes for her chance to escape but she and Tarrlok may be more in over their heads then they realize.

Found [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8273279/1/Strings here]] and [[http://lantur.tumblr.com/fanfiction here]]
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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: [[spoiler: Aang shows up in Korra's vision as his twelve-year old self to comfort her.]]
* AbductionIsLove: After Tarrlok [[LimaSyndrome grows to care for Korra]], he is hoping for this.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Tarrlok decided marriage would make a good cover story for them. He even brought the marriage certificates.
* TheBadGuyWins: The premise is that Tarrlok successfully kidnaps Korra
* BecomingTheMask: At first Korra and Tarrlok hated each other, Korra seeing Tarrlok as her prison guard and Tarrlok seeing her as his GetOutOfJailFreeCard. Slowly their facade of a happy marriage evolves into something. Not exactly happy, but genuine.
* BookDumb: Korra
* BrainsAndBrawn: In their new lives, Tarrlok is an elementary school teacher while Korra hunts wild game for the town butcher
* BreakTheCutie: Poor, poor Korra.
* CharacterDevelopment
* DomesticAbuse: Tarrlok's mother was killed by Yakone, what Korra's initial interactions with Tarrlok read as early in their "marriage".
* DomesticAbuser: Yakone to his wife. Tarrlok to Korra, but [[HeelRealization he stopped when he realized it make just like his father.]]
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: Tarrlok fears Korra taking that way out when he realized he pushed her too far and sent her to her DespairEventHorizon]]
* {{Elopement}}: What regular non Republic City citizens thought what happened to Tarrlok and Korra; they aren't far from the truth.
* FemininityFailure: Korra has no idea on how to put on makeup or make feminine hairstyles. Tarrlok had to do it for her.
* FishOutOfWater: Korra and Tarrlok have to adapt to living in a backwater Earth Kingdom town.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Tarrlok puts on Korra's makeup and styles her hair, she notes his experience at doing both. She put two and two together and theorizes that Tarrlok must have did it for his mother, if she was married to [[RetiredMonster Yakone.]] She is more right than she realizes.
* GirlfriendInCanada: Tarrlok's students are shocked that he was telling the truth that he has a pretty wife.
* GildedCage: Korra and Tarrlok's new home is nicely furnished and homey...It's just was initially Korra's prison.
* HappyMarriageCharade: Tarrlok forced Korra into this so no one would ask questions.
* HeelRealization: When Korra hides from him in despair, Tarrlok realizes he is no better than his father.
* {{Jerkass}}: Tarrlok [[spoiler: although he changes after he bloodbended Korra from escaping, making him realise he's NotSoDifferent from his father.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: Korra resents the Order of the White Lotus for not finding her, but realizes that she wasn't being fair to them. Although she has a point, the elite order failed to meet all their objectives throughout the series, including protecting the Avatar.
* JerkassRealization: Korra realizes when she makes friends, Emi and Roumei, that she has been a jerk to Asami. Korra realizes she has been looking down on Asami for [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses being more feminine that her]] and for [[GreenEyedMonster dating Mako.]] She later apologizes to Asami for it [[spoiler: when she and Tarrlok return to Republic City.]]
* LimaSyndrome: Tarrlok grew to genuinely care for Korra and hopes that she will grow to love him. [[spoiler: Helps that he already had feelings for her since they met]].
* AMatchMadeInStockholm: Korra and Tarrlok.
* MaritalRapeLicense: To Tarrlok's credit, he explicitly averts this. He doesn't have sex with Korra until their relationship significantly improves and Korra clearly gives him her definite consent, which he constantly checks for.
* MayDecemberRomance: Korra's 17 and Tarrlok is 38.
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Inverted, Tarrlok is over-qualified to be an elementary school teacher and trying to teach his students the advanced stuff goes over their heads. [[spoiler: This ends up working for him as his students improve due to his higher standards and determination to get them to learn. Many of the children now read better than their parents]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* NoTellMotel: Tarrlok takes Korra to one after they escape Republic City, where Tarrlok formulates their new cover identities.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Korra and Tarrlok's cover story is that Korra's OverprotectiveDad refused to let them get married and they ran away together.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Pema and the airbending children went into hiding with the Fire Lady and Zuko for their safety after they couldn't find Korra]].
* ReplacementGoldfish: Sitka is one to Korra for Naga.
* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: Korra feels she may have done this [[spoiler: after successfully learning bloodbending]].
* StartXToStopX: Korra attempts to learn bloodbending to fight against Tarrlok.
* SternTeacher: Tarrlok has really high standards for his students and is a strict teacher. His students end up loving him [[spoiler: and were saddened that he had to quit his job to take "care of his mother"]].
* StockholmSyndrome: Korra is developing this.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Lampshaded InUniverse by Korra as she notes that the Order of the White Lotus failed to do their job.
* TalkingInYourSleep
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Korra was perfectly fine with sleeping on the floor in their NoTellMotel, until she found the spider-roaches.
** Repeated when they move to the new town. [[spoiler: She gets over it]].
* ThoseTwoGirls: Emi and Roumei, important because they are Korra's first real female friends. They are natives of the town she's hiding in and don't know that Korra's the Avatar.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Tarrlok fears that he's becoming his father and later tries to change it.
* UndercoverAsLovers: Tarrlok has Korra and himself disguise themselves as a married couple, because any other explanation would make no sense.
* VillainousCrush: Tarrlok had one on Korra ever since he met her.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Tarrlok and Korra can't go back to Republic City or Tarrlok will be executed.