Worthy (Toph x Zuko one-shot)More Like This
A/N: While not actually FOR my project, Esteemed, this flash fiction is based on some of the ideas I have in mind for it. This one-shot (and the fan art accompanying it) is a late Christmas present to my good friend, DeviantArt user eevee445.
Toph sniffed the warm vapors, taking in the grassy scent. She clutched her tired fingers around the cup, savoring the heat the seeped through her calloused skin.
"Thanks," she breathed out, her eyelids having slid closed.
"You're welcome," Zuko replied, pouring his own cup. He paused, caught off guard by this brief moment of serenity in Toph's face. Her eyes closed, a peacefully neutral expression about her...Her hair was a complete mess, of course, and her outfit was...somewhat lacking in pizazz, but in that short-lived moment, Zuko found himself acknowledging that despite Toph's best efforts, she was growing into a fine young woman. The dirt, the untamed hair, and the foul, snarky looks held that fact back, and in turn, drove aw
Proud ParentThey threw me down roughly on my knees, my energy drained and my body aching from the electricity that had coursed through my body not too long ago. The rain came thundering down on me, soaking me wet until my hair stuck to my face. I felt so defeated, so weak, so pathetic...My pride was crushed by being defeated and forced to kneel before this monster. And yet, I found the strength to look up at my enemy through the pouring rain.More Like This
"Tell me where the Avatar is and I'll let you keep your bending."
I glared at him, not daring to look away in fear for that wasn't the way I was raised. I wasn't raised to cower against fear or by those who have a greater power than me. I was raised to be a Beifong.
"I won't tell you anything, you monster!"
He walked around behind me and I closed my eyes slowly, relishing for what may be my last moments as a bender. And with the last few moments I had, everything fell silent to my ears as he placed his hands on me and my eyes shot wide open when
MotherToph never saw herself as a mother. She never saw herself a kind, caring, or gentle. She was Toph. She was strong, rough, reckless, and daring. The complete opposite of a mother. She never understood the feeling of being a mother, no matter how many times Katara tried to explain it to her. And she never understood the meaning of "bundle of joy." How can babies be a "bundle of joy" when all they did was cry, poop, and pee all over themselves? How was it possible to give birth to a child and then become eternally happy after all that pain?More Like This
But with the little baby in her arms, she finally understood what it meant to be a mother, to feel the happiness, to understand the meaning of "bundle of joy." She would have a little Toph running around the house. She would get to teach her daughter how to earthbend, and eventually metalbend.
And as she kissed the little baby's head with a smile, she made a promise.
"I'll always love you, accept you, be proud of you, and be you
Finding Out - Legend of Korra fanficFinding OutMore Like This
"Toph, who is Lin's father?" Sokka asked casually, grinning at the baby girl in Toph's arms and letting the baby grip his finger. She smiled a toothless grin at him and giggled.
Toph felt her cheeks heat up. She looked towards the ground letting her loose hair cover her face. "Well, um, he's he doesn't know. He left before I could tell him. He had to leave," she murmured. Well, if anything, it was the truth. At least she wasn't lying to him. She sighed and lifted her face back to his.
"Well, he's an idiot. He's missing out on so much. I'll bet she's going to be just like you, in her looks and temperament. Except for her eyes. They look very familiar," he said with a grin, smiling at the little girl. He studied the mix of gold and light green.
"I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not," she laughed, grinning.
Miracle Heartbeat"Toph?"More Like This
Toph heard Katara's voice but ignored it; she was too damn tired to say anything, so she just lay there with her eyes shut and hoped Sugar Queen would shut her yipper. No such luck. "Toph, can you hear me?"
"Shut up, Tearbender, I'm tryin' to sleep," Toph mumbled, weakly slapping her hand on the ground. Nothing happened, which frustrated but didn't surprise her; giving birth was a lot of freaking work and she was pooped out. Katara chuckled.
"Don't you want to hold your new daughter?"
"It's a girl??" Excitement drove through her veins, and Toph quickly sat up only to almost fall over until someone stuck a pillow behind her. "Whoa! Thanks."
"Looks just like you," came Suki's affectionate voice to her right. "She has your strength, too. Right after Katara pulled her out, your daughter grabbed her finger and almost yanked it off."
Toph grinned. "Gimme!" she demanded, holding out her arms.
"Careful, don't jostle her." Katara gently laid a warm bundle in Toph's arms. The earthbender
Sharing isn't always caring...but it is nice.For what seemed like ages Tenzin had maintained his anxious pace outside the door of one of the numerous bedrooms on Airtemple Island, a hand in his beard as he tried to shut out the cries of pain sounding from the opposite side of the door.More Like This
Pema had been in labor for hours, and like Katara had reassured her son when she arrived earlier that night, it was only natural for the first child to take a while to get through. Tenzin couldn't eat, drink, or sit since the first time he heard his small wife cry out in pain. His feet ached and whined as he made yet another lap up and down the hall, but he didn't stop; this was nothing compared to the pain Pema was in, so he would bare through it. His head ached from the dust in the hall, his sinuses clogged and his tired eyes longed for a breath of fresh air. No, Tenzin remained in the hall and tugged on his beard every time Pema cried out.
In a break of his calculated pattern, Tenzin lifted his hands to his face and slowly pulled them down over