"Her Decision" ~ Amira Elizabeth
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Drabble by SimplyAsami
Lin stared at the badge in her hands as her mother’s words echoed in her head.
"Congratulations kid. It’s yours."
It was everything she’d worked for, everything she’d dreamed of for as long as she could remember. Little Lin had always wanted to be exactly like her mother, an Earthbender, a Metalbender. It thrilled her to learn of her bending when she was little, exciting even more when she moved onto metal. She then declared she’d be a police officer, no, not just an officer, but Chief. Because Bei Fongs don’t do things halfway.
Getting up in age, Toph decided to hand over the reigns to her daughter. It wasn’t as though she couldn’t keep going, or didn’t want to, but she felt it was right. Lin had worked hard, worked her way up the right way without using the family name, and she earned it. Plus it meant Toph had more time to break the rules she worked so hard to make. That was something Lin cringed thinking of.
Being Chief would be a huge responsibility, she’d known that forever as he mother spent more time at the station than with her sometimes. It got to the point that when safe, she’d bring Lin with her to the station.
And now it was hers. The responsibility, the office, the badge, all of it.
But there was one problem: Tenzin.
She loved him dearly, she had for a long time. But there was one thing that had always been the divide between them: (depending on who you ask) her job/children.
To Lin it was simple. She didn’t want children. It wasn’t as thought the thought had never crossed her mind, it wasn’t as though some little part of her didn’t wonder what it would be like, if she would be good at it. But no, the city was her child, and she it’s mother now. She held in her hand the Chief’s badge, the symbol that it was her turn now to look after Republic City. So in a way, she already had a child. She wasn’t sure she could handle another.
Tenzin wanted children. No, he needed children. With Aang getting older by the day, and his health slowly failing, Tenzin was the second to last Airbender. His parents weren’t having anymore children, no matter how much Katara loved them. When his father passed, spirits forbid because Lin didn’t want to think of the day, he would be the last and it would be his duty to carry on the race. If she didn’t give him an Airbender, someone else would have to. And even if they had children, which she didn’t want, the Bei Fong genes were so strong there was a good chance the child would be an Earthbender. Always a chance that Kya or Bumi could produce an Airbending child or somewhere down the line they would, but who would be left? He needed to do it while he was alive, someone to teach them the ways. The acolytes were wonderful, but they weren’t an Airbender, it was his legacy, something she knew was important to him.
Agonizing over the situation, Lin stood, turning to go and meet him as scheduled. Only now, there would be a important decision she would have to make, and she couldn’t put it off for long. Spirits help me…For either way, it wouldn’t end well.