yeah, not much to say here except i'm thinking of making this the beginning of a Kyalin one shot series. anyway, read, review and enjoy

It was a peaceful day at the Beifong country home. A secluded mansion on the outskirts of Republic City where two beautiful lovers slept peacefully, until the doorbell rang. "Ugh, go away."

Kya let out a sigh. "It's probably Pema and the kids."

Lin sat upright in bed, glaring at Kya. "Why are they here?"

"I invited them."

"Kya, you know that you have to ask me for permission before inviting people here."

"I just thought that this place is so big it should be shared."

"It's big so that people don't run into each other. I thought our vacation was just meant to be the two of us."

"It will be, but it's going to be hot today so I thought we could go swimming with them. And Pema has been exhausted lately trying to handle Rohan."

Lin stood up from her bed and began to get dressed. "Why do you have to be so nice?"

"One of us has to. Go let them in, I'm going to make breakfast."

Lin let out a growl as she descended the stairs. She flung open the door to find Meelo with his finger poised to press the doorbell. "Ring it again and you can stay outside."

The four year old slunk back behind his mother's legs. "Sorry."

"Hello Lin, we didn't wake you, did we? Kya told us to come over around twelve. So, here we are."

"It's fine. She took Asami's advice to ask forgiveness instead of permission." Lin stood out of the doorway, allowing for the family to enter her holiday home.

"Wow, this place is huge."

"Yes, My grandfather believed in having the largest house in each state."

Lin led them into the kitchen where Kya was currently making breakfast. "Hey kids, you ready to go swimming?"

Ikki jumped up in joy. "Yes! We even ate an hour before coming! And we have our sunscreen on and we're wearing our bather's under our clothes so we're ready to go."

"Me too Ikki." She turned around to face Lin. "The bacon is ready and the eggs will be done in a minute."

"You're not going to finish what you started?"

Kya leaned in, placing a soft kiss on Lin's lips. "I'll finish what I started, tonight."

Lin swallowed the lump stuck in her throat. "Kay." Lin watched as Kya left the kitchen with the children, her hips swaying seductively. A splatter from the pan brought her back to reality. "Would you like some tea Pema?"

"That would be nice." She took a seat at the kitchen table, printed with the Beifong family crest, and began bouncing Rohan on her knee slightly. "So, you and Kya appear to be having fun."

Lin carried her plate and Pema's tea over to the table and sat down with a smirk. "Having endless hours of sex helps."

Pema nearly choked on her tea at the mention of Lin's sex life. "Sorry, I forgot how blunt you can be."

Lin began to scoff down her bacon. "Mm, I forgot how uncomfortable you get around… well, me."

"Wha- I'm not uncomfortable." Lin cocked an eyebrow at her. "Okay, maybe just a little."

"I don't blame you in all honesty. So are you swimming today?"

Pema took a sip of her tea before speaking. "No, I haven't gone swimming since before Jinora was born. After having four kids, this body isn't exactly what it used to be. I have decided to treat myself to a spa day."

"Enjoy yourself. I suggest a massage."

"Thanks Lin." Pema held Rohan out to her.

"What do you want me to do with him?"

"Take him off my hands. I guess in this case, literally." Lin sighed and took the six month old into her arms. "Don't worry, he had a light breakfast so he won't throw up on you."

Lin deadpanned at the woman. "Fantastic."

Lin walked into the pool area sporting a simple green bikini top and green shorts that had the Beifong crest embroidered into the side. She let out a sigh as her feet touched the earth that surrounded the pool. "Hey, you're wearing the bathers I bought for you."

Lin smiled down at her girlfriend who was currently holding back the splashes of water from the children with waterbending. "Yes I am. Can you take Rohan from me while I open the roof?"

"Sure." Kya pushed at the water, propelling her nieces and nephew to the other end of the pool, twenty meters away. She treaded water, taking her nephew from Lin's hands. Lin took a stance, reaching upwards with both arms, she moved them in opposite directions, causing the roof to split in two and open up, revealing the hot summers sun. "Make sure you put on sunscreen. I'm sure you wouldn't want to burn that white skin of yours."

Lin let out a humph as she dove into the water, coming to surface next to Kya and kiss her on the lips. "Already have." Lin looked at the shallow end to find Ikki and Jinora ganging up on their brother. "I believe it is my duty as an officer to save the weak from the strong."

Lin swam to the other end of the pool, just in time to grab Jinora before she dunked Meelo. "My turn." She picked her up, causing the young girl to scream, and threw her a fair distance away from them.

Meelo let out a shout of joy. "Yay! Reinforcements!"

Ikki threw her hands up in the air. "I surrender!"

Lin threw her the trademark Beifong smirk. "Damn straight you do."

They continued to splash each other for an hour. "Hey Lin?"

"Yes Kya?"

"I'm going to put Rohan down for a nap."

"We only just started swimming."

"I know, but he is already falling asleep. I don't think he cares much for the water. I'll be right back."

"Okay, just make sure you dry off. I don't need you slipping on the tiles."

Lin stared as Kya exited the pool with her bending, water dripping down her body as she made her way to a spare room. A gasp from behind startled Lin, causing her to take up a defensive stance. "What's wrong?!"

"Your back!"

Lin dropped her hands, not quite sure what the problem was. "They're just scars. Nothing to worry about."

Lin was desperate for the topic to end, though. she was dealing with inquisitive Jinora so the chances of that happening were slim. "How did you get them?"


"I gathered that. But how, specifically."

"Catching a criminal."

"What are you two talking about?"

Jinora looked to the steps. to find Kya entering the water and coming to stand near them. "I'm asking Lin about her scars."

Kya's face fell. "Jinora, it's not polite to pressure someone into telling you something personal."

"I know, but I'm naturally curious."

"It's not a story for young minds. Why don't you play with your siblings."

Jinora let out a sigh at being defeated. "Fine."

Kya waited for Jinora to swim away so she could turn her attention to Lin. "Are you okay?"

"Yeah, just dandy."

Kya brought Lin into an embrace, trailing her hands over the scars that littered the police officer's back, coming to rest on her well toned and lightly scarred stomach. "Lin, you shouldn't look at these scars like they are a burden. You earned these scars through sacrifice. And that is what matters. If they can't understand that, then they can get stuffed."

Lin gave her a quick kiss. "Thank you. You always know what to say."

"Aunt Kya, hero lady! We wanna play shoulder wars."

"Okay Meelo. You're going down Linny."

"I thought I told you not to call me that."

Kya swam over to the kids, ducking under the water and coming to rise with Meelo on her shoulders. Lin did the same to Ikki, a playful glint in her eyes. Lin waited patiently for Kya to engage, she leaned forward, allowing for Ikki to grapple with her brother. "Come on sister, is this all you got?"

"Lin, move closer." She did as she was told, coming within a few centimetres of Kya's body.

Lin's face fell when she saw the smirk on Kya's face. The next thing she knew, she and Ikki had fallen backwards into the water, causing it to go up her nose. "Damn it! Argh spirits! You know I hate water up my nose."

"You should have had a better horse stance."

Lin growled as she grabbed Kya, picking her up, she flipped her over her shoulder into the water head first. "Take that."

Kya emerged from the water, sputtering. "Damn it. I forgot how strong you are."

"Aunt Kya, I'm hungry."

Kya looked up at the clock to find it was already five in the afternoon. "Let's go find something to eat. You coming Lin?"

"I'll be there in a sec. I'm just going to close the roof. I think we've done enough swimming for one day."

Lin hauled herself out of the pool as Kya and the kids walked off to the kitchen, raising her arms, she brought them together, effectively closing the roof. She walked into the kitchen to find the kids eating sandwiches and Kya missing. "Where's Kya?"

Jinora swallowed the contents in her mouth to answer her. "She went to check up on Rohan."

"Huh, okay. I'll be right back. Don't torch the place." Lin trekked up the elegant stairs to find Kya rocking Rohan lightly in their bedroom. "He's still asleep? It's been three hours."

"I think it's the heat. Poor little guy." Kya put him back into his crib and turned to face Lin. "By the way, Pema called and we are looking after the kids for tonight. What's with that look?"

"I just realised how sexy you look in a bikini."

"Lin, no."

"Kya, yes." Lin pulled Kya into her strong arms. "We have a few minutes." Lin's tongue dove into her mouth, curling around Kya's tongue and tugging on her bottom lip with her teeth as she pulled back.

"Kissing only. There's a baby in the room."

Lin smirked as she picked up Kya and threw her onto their bed.

"Why do you care Jinora?"

"Because no body should have that many scars. The metalbending police force's uniform protects them from knife attacks. So, how did she get them?"

"Don't know, don't care." Ikki rolled over onto her side away from her sister.

"Well I do and I'm going to find out." Jinora sat up in the bed.

"Wait, where are you going?!"

"I'm going to find out how she got them."

"You think she keeps records in her home?"

"The police Chief has to keep important cases in a secure location in case the ones at the police station are destroyed. Her apartment is too small so they should be here."

Ikki followed her sister into the hall. Silently tiptoeing around the large house. "Where do you think they are?"

"Not sure. Maybe an office?"

Jinora began to slowly push open doors, trying to find the location of the files. She pushed open a door to reveal Lin and Kya asleep in each other's arms. Rohan's light breathing was the only thing to be heard in the stillness of the night.

She closed the door and slowly stepped away from the room, careful not to make a sound. She opened the door across from Lin and Kya's bedroom to find a study containing filing cabinets. Ikki and Jinora entered the office and turned on the desk lamp, illuminating the room in a light glow. Jinora began to rummage through the draws.

"Do you even know what you are looking for?"

"Yes, I do. It has to be before she joined the police force. Found it." Jinora held up a folder in triumph. She took a seat in the office chair as Ikki found a seat on the desk.

"What does it say?"

"Cadet Lin Beifong. Age eighteen. Probationary solo trial."

"What does that mean?"

"I think it is when cadets are put out in the field to carry out the objectives of actual officers. It's something all officers go through before joining the force. Anyway, it says that a man by the name of Kaiko ambushed her in an alley with the intent to kill. They believe it was an attempt to get to Chief Beifong."

Ikki scooted closer to the documents to look at it herself. "What happened to him?"

"It says she killed him. Look, there's a file photo." Jinora flipped the page where a blood covered body laid on the pavement. "Oh spirits!"

Lin cracked an eye open. Ever since she was a little girl living with her mother, she would wake up in the middle of the night and wonder around the house as a way of making sure that everyone she cared about was safe. And tonight was no different. She looked over the body that had it's back pressed against her chest and smiled. She pulled away gently and stood up. She walked over to Rohan's crib and peered inside. She gently ran a calming hand through his hair. She turned around to find light peeking through the crack in the bottom of her door.

Adrenalin began to flow through her veins, preparing herself for whatever was making itself comfortable in her home. She opened her door slowly and closed it behind her once she stepped into the hall. She let out a growl when she heard Jinora's voice. "Oh spirits!"

"What do you two think you are doing?!" Lin made a grab for the folder, but not before Jinora grabbed the photo.

"You killed a man!"

"Jinora, give me that photo, now."

"Why should I?! You murdered a man. And it wasn't even a fast death! You stabbed him. You strangled him with cables and you beat him. Who does that?!"

Lin's eyes narrowed at the young girl. "That is none of your concern. You were not there and you do not understand the situation. Give me that photo, before I have to arrest you for going through classified documents."

Jinora and Lin starred at each other as Ikki watched on, burying her head into her legs. "What is going on in here?" Kya looked between them, eyes landing on the folder in Lin's hand. She looked to the photo Jinora was holding. "Ikki, go back to bed."

"Thank you." Ikki jumped off the desk and ran off.

"You too Lin."


"I'm serious."

"Fine." She held out the folder for Kya to take. "I want everything back the way it was."

"You have my word." She waited for Lin to return to their bedroom before turning her full attention to Jinora. "Give me the photo Jinora."

Jinora reluctantly handed the photo to her. "She killed someone. Dad always told us that you should never kill someone. It doesn't matter what the circumstances are. Every human life is important and we should treat it as such."

Kya let out a sigh. "He learned that from my father. Aang told us that little piece of information every time he was faced with a difficult situation. I once asked him 'what if that person is about to kill another.' And he told me there was always another way. I believed that to be true until my last night working at the hospital."

"What happened?"

"Well, I was working as the emergency healer when two paramedics brought her in. We began to heal her in the middle of the room. Her heart was slowing down, her body was giving up and blood was dripping onto the floor. I had never seen anything like it. We tried to stop the bleeding for what seemed like hours when her heart gave out. I tried tirelessly to re-start it. They had to drag me away from the scene. She was legally dead for five minutes."

"How did you revive her?"

"I didn't. An officer did. Officers were stationed outside to keep the press away. One of them noticed what had happened and entered. He was able to bend electricity. It was amazing. It revolutionised the way we revive people. He sent a jolt of electricity through her heart and effectively brought her back from the spirit world." Kya opened the folder, pulled out two photos and handed it to Jinora. "This is a photo of her injuries. We are required to take photos of victim's injuries and put them in the folders of criminals."

The first one was of Lin's bare back. Showing sixteen deep scars that had yet to fully heal. The other one was other Lin's stomach and chest. Three scars in total. Two on her stomach and one going diagonal between her breasts to finish at her ribs. "But how? She is the second greatest earthbender in the world."

"It was done by a bloodbender novice. He was able to affect her enough to do a great deal of damage. As you can see. She was lucky that he didn't have full control otherwise, she would be dead."

"I didn't- I."

"You jumped to a conclusion and that was wrong. You didn't have all the facts. I suggest you go and apologise."

Jinora gave her a nod. She pushed the door open to Lin's bedroom. "Lin, can I come in?"

Lin looked up from her position at the edge of her bed. "That depends, are you going to call me a murderer again?"

Jinora looked away, ashamed of her previous words. "No. I want to apologise for what I said earlier. I didn't have all the facts and it was wrong of me to accuse you of being a murderer."

"Thank you Jinora for apologising. I think you should go to bed now."

"Oh, okay. Umm, goodnight."

Lin flopped back on the bed once she had left, the bed dipped soon after, when Kya joined her. "You okay?"

"I don't know."

"What are you thinking about?"

"I'm thinking about all that shit my mother took for me from the press. She covered it up without me knowing. I wanted to go public but she wouldn't let me. She told me to shut up and follow orders like the 'good officer' I am. Felt like a slap to the face."

Kya rolled over to rest her head on Lin's shoulder and wrap an arm around her waist. "You are a good officer. You don't try to sweep things under the rug and you try your damn hardest to help where you can. Now why don't you help me, by being the big spoon and joining me in a good nights sleep."

Lin smiled at her. They both rolled over onto their sides. Lin wrapped her arm around Kya and buried her face in her back. "I love you."

"I love you too."