i hope you all enjoy this. i had to write this because the idea wouldn't leave my head. please r&r.
The first thing Toph said when her feet hit the floor was, "oh shit." She jumped off the bed and ran to her eldest daughter's bedroom, proceeding to knock furiously on its door. "Lin! Open up!" It was a rule in the Beifong household, that you do not let yourself into someone's room unless they are dead or dying which, thankfully, was yet to happen.
"Ugh mum? What are you doing? Is Lin in trouble?"
Toph was in no mood for Su's wanting to see if Lin was in trouble today. "Go to school Su."
"But it's only-"
"School, now!" Su mumbled under her breath before leaving the large Beifong home, dragging her bag behind her. "Lin, honey," she only talked this way when one of her daughter's was in desperate need of her help, "can I please come in so we can talk about this?" She felt two taps on the ground inside the room. Something that Lin did when she was a child to say it was okay to enter her room. Toph took a seat next to her daughter's crying form on the floor leaning against the bed, her knees drawn to her chest.
"I am such an idiot." Said Lin though her tears, her voice coming out in hiccups.
Toph brought her into an embrace, letting Lin cry into her chest. "Am I an idiot?" She felt Lin shake her head, no. "That's right. I am not an idiot. Listen to me badgermole, these things happen. It happened to me… twice. And it's just a coincidence that it happened to you. It does not mean you did something wrong, because you didn't. If you are afraid you disappointed me, you didn't."
Lin let out a shaky sigh of relief from hearing her mother's reassuring words. "I'm not ready to be a mother."
"And you think I was?"
"A lot more ready than I am. I'm only eighteen for crying out loud! I just became a cop six weeks ago! I am not ready!"
"I am going to tell you something that sweetness told me when I found out I was pregnant with you. Even though you believe you are not ready, you are. Every week will be a challenge as your body changes but in the end, it is worth it."
Lin laid her head back down on her mother's chest as she thought this through. "Did you believe it was worth it?"
Toph smiled at the memories of when she was pregnant with her daughters. "It was absolutely worth it. I remember when I first felt your heart beat, I completely freaked out. But when you were born I couldn't get to sleep without feeling it. I recall getting up in the middle of the night, just to walk into your bedroom and take you back to my bed where you would sleep on my chest. I had never slept so well in my life. You were so small and fragile but your heart was so strong and full of life. It screamed earthbender. It screamed Beifong.
"When you started kicking it scared the shit out of me. I didn't expect it at first, however, over time, I learnt to love it. I could literally feel you growing and getting stronger everyday. And let me tell you that you will enjoy feeling it for yourself… you also get bigger boobs."
Lin couldn't help but smile at the 'boobs' remark. "Though you make really good points, I remember you screaming that you wanted Su out of you when you were pregnant with her."
"She was a pain in the backside. Kid didn't know when to stop moving. You were very quite and rarely fussed. You always made this little sound akin to a whimper a minute before you cried. Thank the spirits. I would have died if you cried constantly."
The two Beifong women sat in silence for five minutes, enjoying each other's company. "You do know you sent Su to school two hours early right? It was only seven o'clock."
Toph shrugged. "Meh. It's about time she showed up to school early for once." She decided to ask about the elephantkoi in the room. "So whose the father?"
"You're a detective. Figure it out yourself."
Toph decided to take up the challenge. "If I get it on the first guess, you have to name it Toph if it is a girl."
"Pfft. You wish."
"So babies start having a heart beat by the sixth week and you went out to celebrate becoming a cop with all the other cops six weeks ago. It's obviously not a female so there goes a quarter of the beat cops. So that leaves only thirty one possibilities." Lin began screaming internally. Annoyed that her mother had narrowed it down so quickly. "Ten are married, seventeen have girlfriends and I doubt you are one to make them cheat. And the other four are wimps." Toph smiled when she remembered a little detail. "And a certain United Forces ship was in town on that week. Damn, Twinkle Toes and Sugar Queen are going to flip when I tell them."
"You are to tell them nothing of this."
"Let me finish. I don't want Bumi to be in the kid's life. I don't want him to be the kind of father who is only around one week out of every two years. It is not fair on me, nor will it be fair on my child."
"But he has a right to know."
"Did you tell my father, or Su's for that matter that we exist?" Toph didn't say a word. "That's what I thought. I'll tell both Aang and Katara in a month. Other than that, you can't tell anyone."
Toph crossed her arms and pouted. "You are never any fun. So, do you love him?"
Lin sighed at the question. "to be honest, I don't think I do. I care for him, but not enough to spend the rest of my life with him. We had one drunken night fuelled by se-"
Toph smirked when Lin stopped speaking. The kid was still shy about this topic. "You want to finish what you were saying?"
"I don't want to talk to you about my love life. Especially the topic of sex."
"Pfft. Badgermole you better get used to it. You have to give, 'the talk' in twelve years."
Lin groaned. "You can tell the kid all about the birds and the bees. I'll supervise."
"Not happening. By the way you're stuck on paperwork duties for the next five months until you have to go on mandatory maternity leave."