Title: Day Two, Parents
A/N: Thank you all for the feedback! These shots happen all post-series and before ALOK. I don't know if Lin is Sokka's daughter or not, nor am I saying she is. Only the creators can do so. I'm just content on taking my portrayal of them. Regardless of her parental lineage, Lin is indeed a badass character. She will be appearing in this and the next chapter as their daughter.
Disclaimer: Avatar: The Last Airbender belongs to Mike and Bryan, Nickelodeon and Viacom.
Day Two: Parents
"You're what?" Sokka asked, completely flabbergasted.
The warrior's wide blue eyes only served to fuel her anger. Toph sighed impatiently at her (not so) long time boyfriend. The black-haired girl glared at Sokka with her unseeing eyes. Sometimes she wondered why in the heck she loved the fool.
"Pregnant, Sokka. I'm pregnant!" Receiving no reaction from him, Toph rambled on. "You know, knocked up? With the bread in he oven?" Still no reaction, she could feel with her feat.
Oh, for the earth badgers' sake.
"Are you deaf, Snoozles?"
She mentally slapped herself for using that particular nickname - the one reserved only for their little affectionate moments. Now there was no way he'd take her seriously.
This was too messed up. She shouldn't be telling him this because this simply shouldn't have happened. They- well, she was always careful, always worried to never let their lives change. There was no way she could ever become a good mother. Toph was proud and an expert in tough love, something that just wouldn't work with a baby or a small child. Her role as a teacher for young people hadn't exactly been the highest point of her career either. Aside the Avatar, Toph only felt she could actually teach and command other adults, who were usually her officers as well. She could just imagine how she would start the child's training if he or she even were an earthbender to begin with as soon as they were began walking
or before, even. This was meant to be a disaster.
But that wasn't her worst fear either. The thought of having a child who suffered from the same limitation she did deeply scared her. And if there was anything that could scare the greatest earthbender in the world, Toph and her allies knew it was serious. Of course, she didn't feel in anyway debilitated or something less than others. She never did. Earthbending had assured she had the means to become independent and fight by herself, for herself.
The black-haired woman still remembered vividly her worst nightmares, in which they either lost the war, she lost Sokka or she was completely and utterly 'blind', as her feet didn't work with her anymore. After those dreams she would always wake up unusually panicky as she held her lover that word still irked her, even after being with him for years on end whispering her deepest fears in the silence of the night. Toph couldn't possibly imagine a life without bending, not after everything she'd discovered and how she'd proved herself to the world. And she couldn't imagine giving the sort of life she'd always feared to her child to Sokka's child. The baby deserved the best, and Toph wasn't sure if she even was the best anymore.
"Toph." The deep voice she knew so well brought her back from her thoughts.
She didn't raise her head nor did she make any movement to acknowledge him as usual; Sokka already knew she was intently listening, waiting for his reaction.
"Toph, there's no need to be afraid." He said quietly, gently holding her petite pale hands. He noticed she visibly relaxed with the contact, but her shoulders were still too tense.
"Who said I was afraid?" The dark-haired woman replied defensively, with her face still downcast.
Sokka chuckled at her response. It was so like Toph to never admit her fears. He admired that aspect of hers; she was a better warrior than he'd ever be.
"No one did, sorry." The water tribe warrior replied easily. He already knew she never liked to be wrong and with time, he learned to be the one to take the fall most of the times. "After all, how could the greatest earthbender in the world ever be afraid of anything?"
At that Toph leaped at Sokka and held him tightly. He could hear her shaky breath, but both knew she wouldn't cry. They stood in the same position for a few moments before Toph said lowly, almost imperceptibly.
"What if the greatest earthbender in the world doesn't turn out to be the best mom?" Even though her tone was sarcastic, it was filled with worry and anxiety.
Sokka sighed and patted her back comfortingly. They didn't have many hugging moments as they were usually simply punching each other or jumping on one another, with no 'oogies' as they liked to call it. These heartfelt moments were rare and they usually left him standing awkwardly with no reaction and Sokka hated it. He knew he shouldn't have frozen in the way he did. He wasn't panicking, nor was he worried at all. He had just been too surprised for words; initially thinking it was all just an elaborate joke. But Toph wasn't the type to joke about subjects like that. Despite her worries, he was almost jumping with joy. He wasn't showing it yet simply out of fear for her reaction.
"I'd say that no one could be the best in everything they do." He answered easily. Smiling warmly, he continued as he hugged her tightly. "But being you, it's definitely a possibility."
Despite herself, Toph smiled. However, her mind was still filled with worries and insecurities so unlike her usual self. Would she ever feel truly ready for this? She did want to have the child, especially because it was theirs. But she was still so unsure, so afraid.
"But what if the baby is-"
"They'll still be perfect." Sokka answered in a heartbeat.
He didn't have to see those mysterious and beautiful white orbs tear up to know she was crying. The wet spot in his shirt was enough proof.
Both leaned away slightly as Sokka held her face in his tanned strong hands. He noticed with a smile the contrast of their skins and their personality. If the baby had even half of everything Toph was, he knew he or she would be just perfect.
"Nothing bad will happen, okay? It won't be a disaster." He said smiling at her with a decided expression.
Toph didn't need to see to know how much love was emerging from Sokka's eyes right now. She could feel it all around her, with the earth vibrations or the electric touch of his skin against hers. If the baby had even half of everything Sokka was, she knew he or she would be just perfect. For a moment, she let herself relax completely in her love's arms.
"That's a promise, Snoozles." She mocked him with her usual light tone and he laughed heartily in return.
Perhaps it wouldn't be a disaster after all.
In the end, it hadn't been a disaster at all; those were her thoughts as Toph embraced the small bundle in her arms with the biggest joy in the world. After hours of infernal hell, the sound of a wail and the feeling of a warm body with a steady heartbeat were worth it. The baby held her (now) husband's hand with quite a grip, as Sokka commented with a chuckle how "she was just like her mother" which earned him a light bump from the very tired earthbender.
Toph was still unsure and afraid. Even though Lin her daughter's name, Toph repeated fondly had beautiful green eyes according to Sokka, nothing could tell how her life would turn out. But now, as the dark-haired woman held the newborn baby closely and sang a couple of lullabies from both the Earth Kingdom and the Water Tribe, Toph knew that wouldn't be important anymore. It didn't matter if Lin was or not a bender. And even if the greatest earthbender in the world didn't become the greatest mother in the world as well, she had the best husband and father in the world right by her side.
Toph wasn't alone nor would she ever be. She never thought she could love another being with such powerfulness before, but feeling the strong heartbeat and comforting warmness of her and Sokka's baby, Toph felt the best she ever did her whole life, never mind the innumerable hours of labor. Whether her baby would become a tough love young lady or a meathead warrior, Lin would always be perfect to her.