is a Legend Of Korra For Want of a Nail
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.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Aang shows up in Korra's vision as his twelve-year old self to comfort her.
- Abduction Is Love: After Tarrlok grows to care for Korra, he is hoping for this.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Tarrlok decided marriage would make a good cover story for them. He even brought the marriage certificates.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The premise is that Tarrlok successfully kidnaps Korra
- Becoming the Mask: At first Korra and Tarrlok hated each other, Korra seeing Tarrlok as her prison guard and Tarrlok seeing her as his "Get Out of Jail Free" Card. Slowly their facade of a happy marriage evolves into something. Not exactly happy, but genuine.
- Book Dumb: Korra
- Brains and Brawn: In their new lives, Tarrlok is an elementary school teacher while Korra hunts wild game for the town butcher
- Break the Cutie: Poor, poor Korra.
- Character Development
- Domestic Abuse: Tarrlok's mother was killed by Yakone, what Korra's initial interactions with Tarrlok read as early in their "marriage".
- Domestic Abuser: Yakone to his wife. Tarrlok to Korra, but he stopped when he realized it make just like his father.
- Driven to Suicide: Tarrlok fears Korra taking that way out when he realized he pushed her too far and sent her to her Despair Event Horizon
- Elopement: What regular non Republic City citizens thought what happened to Tarrlok and Korra; they aren't far from the truth.
- Femininity Failure: Korra has no idea on how to put on makeup or make feminine hairstyles. Tarrlok had to do it for her.
- Fish out of Water: 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 Yakone. She is more right than she realizes.
- Girlfriend in Canada: Tarrlok's students are shocked that he was telling the truth that he has a pretty wife.
- Gilded Cage: Korra and Tarrlok's new home is nicely furnished and homey...It's just was initially Korra's prison.
- Happy Marriage Charade: Tarrlok forced Korra into this so no one would ask questions.
- Heel Realization: When Korra hides from him in despair, Tarrlok realizes he is no better than his father.
- Jerkass: Tarrlok although he changes after he bloodbended Korra from escaping, making him realise he's Not So Different from his father.
- Jerkass Has a Point: 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.
- Jerkass Realization: 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 more feminine that her and for dating Mako. She later apologizes to Asami for it when she and Tarrlok return to Republic City.
- Lima Syndrome: Tarrlok grew to genuinely care for Korra and hopes that she will grow to love him. Helps that he already feelings for her since they met
- A Match Made In Stockholm: Korra and Tarrlok.
- Marital Rape License: 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.
- May-December Romance: Korra's 17 and Tarrlok is 38.
- Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Inverted, Tarrlok is over-qualified to be an elementary school teacher and trying to teach his students the advanced stuff goes over their heads. 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
- My God, What Have I Done?
- No Tell Motel: Tarrlok takes Korra to one after they escape Republic City, where Tarrlok formulates their new cover identities.
- Parental Marriage Veto: Korra and Tarrlok's cover story is that Korra's Overprotective Dad refused to let them get married and they ran away together.
- Put on a Bus: Pema and the airbending children went into hiding with the Fire Lady and Zuko for their safety after they couldn't find Korra
- Replacement Goldfish: Sitka is one to Korra for Naga.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Korra feels she may have done this after successfully learning bloodbending.
- Start X to Stop X: Korra attempts to learn bloodbending to fight against Tarrlok.
- Stern Teacher: Tarrlok has really high standards for his students and is a strict teacher. His students end up loving him and were saddened that he had to quit his job to take "care of his mother"
- Stockholm Syndrome: Korra is developing this.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Lampshaded In-Universe by Korra as she notes that the Order of the White Lotus failed to do their job.
- Talking In Your Sleep
- There Is Only One Bed: Korra was perfectly fine with sleeping on the floor in their No Tell Motel, until she found the spider-roaches.
- Those Two Girls: 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.
- Turn Out Like His Father: Tarrlok fears that he's becoming his father and later tries to change it.
- Undercover As Lovers: Tarrlok has Korra and himself disguise themselves as a married couple, because any other explanation would make no sense.
- Villainous Crush: Tarrlok had one on Korra ever since he met her.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Tarrlok and Korra can't go back to Republic City or Tarrlok will be executed.