This is an end-of-season 1 AU in which Korra succeeds in saving the airbenders, but loses her bending, and is locked up alongside Tarrlok. The prompt kind of merged a little bit with Day 4’s Parents/Family. :) Rated T, word count 5.6k.
After Korra and the firebender leave, Tarrlok paces, too overwhelmed by nervous energy to sit down again. Besides, telling them everything - telling the truth about his past, for the first time in his entire life - has left a bad taste in his mouth and made his head and eyes ache, and part of him fears that if he sits down, he will curl up on the floor, and never want to stand again.