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Question (1) Yes, you may still pursue this in civil court. You are permitted to pursue the remaining balance under Code Sec. 42-55 (Remedies) of the North Carolina Code (http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/ByArticle/Chapter_42/Article_6.pdf).
Question (2) No, writing to the other party regarding your legal rights is not harassment. You can write and demand a return of the money. You can write and demand mediation in the matter. And you can write and threaten civil action if the balance of the deposit is not returned. There is no prohibition on seeking your legal rights in a way that does not disturb the peace.
For additional information, you can review Code Sec. 42-51 (see the same link as above) and you can cite these permissible uses of a security deposit to your landlord. Similarly, 42-50 is the statutory authority to cite regarding deposit in a trust account.
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