prompt #49 - “Who hurt you?”
TW; implicated su*cide attempt, mentions of self harm
“Chief, we have a 10-72 at 45th and Kyoshi Avenue, I repeat, a 10-72 at 45th and Kyoshi Avenue. Over,” Mako’s voice sounded slightly panicked through the crunchy radio static.
“I’m on my way. 952?” Lin responded calmly, turning on her siren. She turned a sharp corner, heading towards the edge of town.
“10-45B, 10-46, no other injuries. And Chief…” Mako trailed off for a moment, and Lin couldn’t help but feel suddenly sick with worry.
Lin slammed her car door, running to the small gathering of first responders on the street corner. She shoved past Mako and another officer, dropping to her knees beside Jinora.
“What the hell happened?!” She all but yelled, pulling Jinora’s head into her lap.
“Aunt Lin,” Jinora said quietly, a small smile forming. Her eyes were shut, her face slightly pale.
“Shh, rest, I’ll keep you safe,” Lin said to her niece, stroking her hair.
She looked up at the surrounding first responders, her anger starting to build.
“Where in Raava is the damn ambulance?” She barked. She hadn’t directed her anger at any specific officer, least of all Mako, but it was he who jumped into action immediately.
He walked a few steps away, radioing back and forth for a minute with the ambulance, before coming to report back.
“It’s at 42nd and Kyoshi, Chief. Should be here in just a moment,” He said professionally.
Lin gave him a nod and focused on Jinora again. Lin knew Jinora kept to herself, much the same way she did. Her siblings relied on her heavily for emotional support, and Lin had no doubt she had many friends, but this shocked her. Why would someone want to hurt such a beautiful spirit, someone so kind who only thought of others?
The ambulance arrived and Lin forced herself to pay attention to what was happening now. She could ask questions later, for now she had to be present. For Jinora.
Lin had stayed by Jinora’s side the entire drive to the hospital, and hadn’t left her bedside once they’d arrived. She was now on the edge of an uncomfortable, old, wooden chair, resting her arms and head on the side of Jinora’s bed. She had her niece’s hand clutched tightly in her own.
Several healers had been in and out, and Jinora was no longer physically hurt. She was still weak, and had slept for several hours now, but she was fine.
Lin whipped her head up when she heard movement above her. Jinora had finally woken up, and was propped in a sitting position looking down at Lin.
“Jinora,” Lin felt tears prick her eyes as she smiled at her niece.
“Aunt Lin, I…” Jinora choked on her words.
“Shh, it’s alright. I’m here, I’m not leaving anytime soon,” Lin squeezed her niece’s hand.
Jinora looked at her hand in Lin’s. Emotion suddenly overcame the young girl, sobs escaping her throat. Her shoulders shook with the force of her crying and her hand tightened around Lin’s as much as her weak body let it.
“That’s it, let it all out. You’re alright now. You’re safe,” Lin reassured her.
Seeing Jinora so afraid, so hurt, Lin felt her anger boil. She was furious at whoever had done this to her niece. She wanted them to feel the same pain Jinora was in, the same fear.
“Jinora, who hurt you?” Lin’s voice was gentle, but there was an edge behind it that hadn’t been there moments before.
Jinora’s sobs only got louder. Lin decided it was best to let her get her emotions out before questioning her. That was why she hadn’t told Tenzin, or anyone else for that matter, that she was in the hospital.
When Jinora had finally quieted, Lin reached out to wipe her niece’s face.
“Are you ready to talk?” She asked gently. Jinora nodded, so she asked her the same question she had previously.
“Who hurt you?” Her voice was more controlled this time, the anger hidden.
“It- It wasn’t- ” Jinora sagged, letting out a shaky breath before continuing.
“It wasn’t someone else. It was me. I did this,” She gazed back at Lin with a pleading look in her eyes.
Lin was taken aback. She herself had struggled with impulses to hurt herself, but never had it brought her this close to death. She thought for a moment, choosing her next words carefully. After opening and closing her mouth several times with no success, she figured Jinora would feel most comforted to know she wasn’t alone.
Lin bent off her armour, sending it to the corner of the room. She reached down and tugged her pant leg up, revealing the countless scars running down her leg. Jinora stared at them, taking in what Lin was sharing with her.
“Thank you,” Jinora whispered, tears coming back to her eyes. “I needed- I- thank you.”
Lin moved herself to sitting on the bed next to Jinora, taking her niece in her arms. She held the young girl tightly for a long time. The sky started to darken, and Lin shifted away from Jinora.
“I know it’s hard, but I think we need to talk to your parents about this. I can come with you if you’d like, for support…” Lin didn’t want to make her niece talk to her parents, but she was worried. She’d never spoken to anyone other than Kya about her own habits, and had found it impossible to stop herself before having that support system in place.
To her surprise, Jinora nodded.
“I do need to talk to them, I was just… scared. But I think I can now,” She grabbed Lin’s hand again.
“It would help a lot if you were there though,” Jinora smiled somewhat sadly at her aunt.
“Then I’ll stay as long as you need me to,” Lin smiled back.
“Thank you,” Jinora breathed.
“It’s me who should be thanking you, kid. Sharing stuff like that is terrifying. You’re one of the bravest people I know, Jinora… I’m so proud of you,” Jinora pulled Lin to her, wrapping her in a tight hug.
A nurse came in, giving Jinora a final check over before giving her the all clear to go home. Lin left with her, grateful Mako had driven her car to the hospital from where she’d left it. She drove them to the dock, reassuring Jinora the entire ferry ride to Air Temple Island.
requested by @cherrychonk
Kya has had lots of one night stands or friends with benefits due to her travels. The only thing she didn’t have was a girlfriend. It was the constant need of being in movement that would lead Kya away from any city she’s been in for longer than a month. So when Kya moved in to Republic City permanently and started seeing Lin (in less of a platonic way), the slow buildup, taking their time, it was all new to her. And when Lin asked Kya to be her girlfriend, she started feeling an unexplainable anxiety.
“Look, Lin, don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with you!”
“So what’s wrong?” Lin asked. “I’ve never seen you get pale this fast before.”
Kya started to stutter.
“Hey, calm down. We’re adult women now and whatever you say, I’ll accept and respect.”
“Okay.” Kya took a deep breath “I think that… what I feel is… a fear of commitment”
Lin lifted her eyebrow “Care to elaborate?”
“See, I have had a lot of women and yes, it is a brag” Lin chuckled “But none of them played any major part in my life. Of course I liked them, but…” Kya blushed “I like you way more. And I care about you, like, a lot. But when you asked me to be your girlfriend… it scared me. It’s not like I plan on ending what we have here, because I don’t, I think it’s great! But… maybe knowing that I couldn’t just go into a bar and seduce the prettiest girl I lay my eye on is stopping me from settling down.”
“I see. So… What are we going to do about it?”
“What if we don’t put a label on it? We don’t change anything and if I’m ready, I tell you. Can you do that for me?”
Ok well this is angsty wow i didn’t mean it to be so angsty i’m so sorry
“I just don’t get it!” Kya exclaimed “You give me clear signals that you like me and then you push me away! What is the deal with you, Beifong?!”
“Kya…” Lin started explaining surprisingly calmly “I need you to understand-”
“That you can’t date me?! You’ve been using this excuse for months now and it isn’t even a valid excuse! You never told me why you can’t! You just keep on saying the same thing whenever I ask you out!”
“Kya, please, calm down”
“I have been calm for far too long, Beifong. I need answers! You can’t treat me like that! I have feelings, you know? And you keep hurting them all over again!”
“I didn’t mean-”
“Of course you didn’t mean to! And maybe you’ll say that you care about me, huh?”
“I do, I really do…”
“Well then show it! Admit you have feelings for me, agree to go out with me, and, for Raava’s sake, stop pushing me away!”
“I HAVE TO!” Lin finally broke “Kya, don’t you see? If I let you close, you will be in danger! I am the Chief of Police and every villain wants me dead! If I let them know I care about you, you will be in the crosshairs! They could use you as a bait to get to me! And I would NEVER forgive myself if something happened to you and I don’t even want to think about what would happen if you died, because I wouldn’t want to live in a world without you!”
Lin started sobbing uncontrollably. Kya was shocked. She got closer and hugged Lin, without saying a word. When Lin calmed her breath she managed to say “That’s why I can’t love anything.”
Meelo goes to aunt Kya and Lin for help on his homework. The couple stresses all upon those math exercises and do them all wrong unconsciously. Meelo starts saying NO, NO, NO as he explains how to do them to his aunts and ends up doing his homework all by himself.
When Meelo leaves Kya tells Lin: Welp I guess is true.
Lin: looks at her confused* What is?
Kya: Gays can’t do math. *as she sighs and shrugged
Lin: chuckles and says in a jokey way* Stop trying to justify our dumbness Kya!
I’f Kya and Lin went to Costco the waterbender would go nuts buying everything and taking all the free samples while Lin would slowly push the 3 carts they already have with metal bending.
DON’T LISTEN TO THE RECORDING BEFORE READING.
It’s a part of the story.
Ok, Lin, chill - she thought to herself - you can’t let this situation stress you that much.
She’s been lost in her thoughts for Spirits know how long. Kya is back in town, again, but this time Lin will not chicken out. She will, finally, confess her feelings to the waterbender. Flameo, busting triads is way easier than having feelings - she thought. An officer entered her office, waking her up from her stupor.
The rest of the day went by quickly and Lin soon found herself on her way to the Air Temple Island for a small gathering she was invited to. She knew Kya will be there and this knowledge did not ease her stress, quite the contrary, actually.
At entering the house, she took a look around and her gaze stopped at the most beautiful woman in the room. Dressed in a simple yet elegant blue sweater, Kya was talking to her older brother. And Lin couldn’t get her eyes off her.
“Um, Lin?” Tenzin asked, holding the door open for his guest. Lin snapped back to reality, coughed and entered the room.
By the end of the party, Lin found herself talking to her childhood best friend, current crush, about everything and nothing at the same time.
“Listen” Lin started slowly “Do you wanna go to my place? I know you can spend the night here, but I thought maybe you would like to come for a drink or two? I have a great whisky”
“Yeah, sure, why not! The night is young!”
Lin is one of those people that don’t brag about their wealth, but when it comes to their house, they spare no expense. Her apartment is huge, there’s even a piano in the corner of the living room.
Kya sat down at the couch as Lin was preparing the drinks.
“That’s a really nice place you got here, Beifong”
“Thanks” Lin answered as she gave Kya her drink. She joined her on the couch and they submerged into conversation.
“No no no, there’s NO way you can sing!” Kya said laughing
“Oh but I can! I was actually thinking about making a career out of it, but, you know… I’m not a people pleaser and that’s what performing basically is all about. Also, you know my mother. She wouldn’t be supportive at all. So I never told her, I just became a cop. It was easier.”
That explains the piano - Kya thought
“Well, turns out you have more secrets than I thought”
“Yeah, well, there’s one more…” Lin said reluctantly
“Oh?” Kya raised her eyebrow “And what is it?”
“Well this might be a little bit cringy but… let me sing it to you” Lin tittered
Kya was very confused, but not in a bad way. She never considered the possibility of Lin being so open. Sure, she was way more comfortable with Kya or Tenzin than with anyone else. But to willingly tell a secret? And to willingly SING a secret? That’s so unlike Lin.
She sat behind the piano, looked at Kya and started playing.
~now listen to the recording~
Kya was speechless. She was shocked to find out that Lin wasn’t just bragging about her musical prowess, but she was also surprised about the meaning of the song. Could it be possible that it was… about Kya?
“You’re quiet.” Lin noticed “Is everything all right?”
“Is it… about me?”
“Yes” Lin said quietly.
“For how long have you felt that way?”
“Probably longer than I know, but I realized it a couple of years ago.”
“Lin that was… No one has never done anything so romantic for me” Lin blushed “and I want you to know that… the feeling is mutual.”
Lin exhaled with relief, got up from the piano, ran to Kya and hugged her tightly. After a while she took a step back and cupped Kya’s face. Kya closed the distance between their lips.
Just a little brake from air temple island chaos
Just got into tw any accounts recommendations?
We all know Lin is a Virgo but which zodiac sign would Kya be?
Kya needs to hydrate her hands a lot since she’s always waterbending so Lin would give her little hand massages every afternoon after work.