>I saw it as not the beginnings of
>romance, but the beginnings of Korra realizing that, to anyone outside
>her own head, it could look a hell of a lot like romance. Before, it
>seemed she didn't fully see Corwin as he is now, so the idea was
>obviously laughable, but now she's turned a mental corner, can see him
>as a man grown, and bingo we have awkwardness.
Yes! That is much closer to the case, and better than I managed to word it. Kate's remark back in Goodbye and Hello ("if you had been on a date, it would've looked exactly the same") is kind of rattling around in her subconscious now, and the appearance worries her. And it doesn't need to, which is mainly what's preoccupying Anthy.
That said, however...
>She doesn't want him in that way, and she doesn't want anyone to think
>that she does, but she doesn't want to go all cold and professional
>(that just isn't Korra.) It's just she's damned unsure how to walk the
>right line, or even see the right line, to split the difference.
... at the same time, she'd be lying if she tried to claim flat-out that she doesn't find his adult self attractive. Like she told Utena, he's like somebody made the greatest hits album of her original crew (no, I'm not going to spell it with a K), and that's not hard work to have around/look at/give a noogie to/get a piggyback from/take a nap on a warm spring afternoon with/and so forth.
But, see, the other thing I was trying (and mostly failing) to get across earlier is that there's a long way between feeling an attraction and declaring that the captain has turned off the Fasten Belts sign. At this point Korra's not convinced that even the near end of that continuum is acceptable (even though it's not really in her control), but a few people seem to think that A) she wants to cut straight to the far end and B) Utena and Anthy are prepared to encourage her to get right the heck on with it. Neither of those things is the case, and I was a bit... taken aback... by the apparent assumption that they were.
(Also, no one really seems to have solicited Corwin's opinion of the matter yet, although he did give a fair summary back in Try Again.)
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