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Normally Toph sleeps like a rock, but the one sound that she will hear from anywhere in the world is her daughter's voice. Jerking awake, the blind Earthbender instantly locates Lin's heartbeat, and alarm washes through her as she feels it thundering like an avalanche. Leaping to her feet, Toph tears through the house, bursting into Lin's room and half-expecting an intruder. But the only vibrations she feels belong to her daughter as the seven-year-old lets out a sob and runs to her, throwing her arms around Toph and burying her face into her shirt front. Relieved and yet still very concerned, Toph holds Lin close, reading her emotions and discovering a gut-wrenching amount of fear. "Lin? Linny, what's the matter? Talk to me, kiddo. I'm right here." She strokes Lin's hair, her rough hands exceedingly gentle.
Lin whimpers something unintelligible, and Toph cracks a smirk. "I'm already blind, kiddo. Don't make me think that I'm deaf too." Her smirk widens as Lin le