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20 September 2012 @ 09:22 pm
Week #70 -- Ugly  
Title: Beholder
Rating: G
Pairings/Characters: Lin and Toph Beifong
Warnings: None
Word Count: 250

Lin took the present from her mother, holding it in both hands. She knew her mother didn't see things the way other people did, but… "You brought me back a rock?"

It wasn't even unusual as rocks went. It felt a bit sandy and hard and was brownish gray and Lin thought she could place it in any earthbender's practice field and lose it there.

"You don't like rocks?" her mother asked, grinning. "Then maybe we can skip earthbending practice-"

Her mother was clearly having her on. "I didn't say that." Lin was about to put it into her bag when she noticed how light it was. Pumice felt light like this, but this didn't feel like pumice. It didn't look like pumice either: Lin couldn't see any holes. On the outside. "What's inside of it?"

Her mother laughed. "Break it in half and see."

Lin set it on the ground and struck, then picked up one half of the stone she'd cleaved. "It's full of crystals. You really found it? Not made it?" It was hard to imagine such an ugly rock would be actually pretty inside. The crystals were white with purple tips, which her mother couldn't have done. Well, probably couldn't have.

"The earth made it," her mother answered. "Pretty sweet, huh? Next summer, we can take a trip out to the country. If you get good at finding more of these then, it might be time to start your metalbending training."
 
 
 
Shalley: find someone that listens and does nothihonestly_sangi on September 22nd, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
Aw, I really like this; what a wonderful portrayal of the Toph/Lin dynamic. Thank you for sharing it with us. :)
Becca Stareyes: loyalbeccastareyes on September 22nd, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
You're wleocme