Malik said that he wasn’t a bender, and it was hard for me to believe that. He was just so grounded, he had a firmer grasp on things than Altair did. He still held steady even when he lost his arm, his brother, and his life almost. But he never lost his sword. Altair told me that he was the best swordsman the Earth Kingdom’s ever been blessed with and I didn’t doubt him.
Sometimes, when he thinks that no one’s watching, I see him unsheathe that sword of his and look at it as though it might bring everything back.
He knew things have turned out differently though. He takes care of us, he teaches Aveline how to use a sword properly, how it might add to her firebending. Leonardo turns to him for advice about the stars. He’s extremely mature, and I can’t believe he’s younger than me. God.
I swear, the guy knows everything like it was the back of his hand.