I never asked for this.
The stone floor was cool against her feet. The chilled glass was soothing between her fingers. Her once dry lips were wet and numb. Her face was warm and relaxed from the buzz her drinks had brought on. Her body ached all over from another rough day at work. Taking maternal leave from such a demanding job only to thrust herself back into the job had been more difficult than she'd anticipated. Getting into the thick of things again -- where Toph preferred to be -- should've been much easier than it felt if she was the 'World's Greatest Earthbender,' right? It shouldn't have been a problem. But it was.
And damn, did she just ache all over right now. Within the hour, she'd be back home, alone with a screaming banshee she barely knew how to deal with yet.
Another night, lacking in sleep, trying to pacify her unexpected baby.
Another morning, dead-tired, trying to pacify the Council.
Another afternoon, sore all over, trying to pacify the City.
No freedom, no fun, no time, no friends, no control.
The good old days seemed like a distant memory.
Long ago, Toph had run away from home to escape the prison her family had locked her up in, where she had been forced to create a fake identity for them to love. Here she was, two decades later, feeling trapped in a different kind of prison, wearing a different kind of mask that she'd made for herself -- this one came with a badge.
Depicting Chief Toph Beifong of the RCPD in a scene from 'Esteemed.' The story is about Toph's stressful life in adulthood, trying to balance the duties of police work while figuring out how to raise her daughter, Lin. A sample of this story can be read here: [link] The art gallery for this story can be found here: [link]
Now it's me talking again. I can honestly say that I am not generally a reader of fan-fiction, but seems to be in a league of his own. I've read the preview of this fic as well as an entire completed story that he did previously, and I am seriously impressed by the quality of his writing and characterizations. If you like fan-fiction, Avatar, or just appreciate good writing, check out his page!
Aaaaaaaand don't forget to leave a comment if you like my artwork or if you have some constructive advice. That's all folks!
Commission details: [link]
I came up with tiny extension for this story. Here it is, but don't feel like you have to add it on.
Toph gulped down the rest of her drink and set the glass down on the table . Reaching for her small purse, she prepared to go home to face the inevitable. She sifted through the small bag to pay the tab, feeling though the coins for the right amount. She always carried coins; their differing sizes and textures allowed her to tell how much she had, and it wasn't enough. "Damn" she muttered under her breath. How could this day get any worse? Maybe the bartender would understand if she explained her situation and.. Her thoughts were interrupted by footsteps approaching her from the bar. "Here." a mans voice says to her, followed by the sound of coins clanking on the table. He walked by by without stopping. Toph perked up, surprised and relived by the strangers generosity. "Hey, thanks!" she said. "Hey, would you like to join me for one more ..." She heard the entrance door slam shut. "Drink..." she said to the now empty bar. Sure, she thought. Go. Just go. Just throw some money at the problem and walk out the door without so much as a goodbye, just like he did. Just like he did...
I'm still finishing my current project, 'What I Learned at SRU.' For now, I'm conceptualizing ideas and scenes for this new story I will work on, and having artwork made. You see all of that in the gallery at the FB group:
or at the Facebook page for the project: [link]
you think the Gaang would've stuck around, huh?
don't you think someone in the Gaang would be in Republic City to help her out with Lin?
But adult life can be much more complicated than living as kids. You have responsibilities -- and kids of your own some times.
Her feeling locked up is meant to be more metaphorical, not literal. ^_^;
Like she is trapped in the expectations of being a responsible adult.
As punker--rocker already pointed out, I totally DO use the characters from Avatar.
Their personalities are very much intended to be derived from the original show's characters.
But it seems you're only interested in the bending and the fantasy, so yes -- if that is your primary draw to Avatar, then God, no, that is not a story for you, and I don't know how you were convinced you'd like it. xD
and yes it just isnt avatar without bending. i think it makes the characters so damn boring to just be normal.
However, I have a thought for you, here.
Without bending, the characters are "so damn boring" now, eh? Sokka. Asami. Suki. These guys are too damn boring for you, now? Or how about when someone loses their bending? They're suddenly a BORING character now, as well? No, they're not. They're still the same character, with or without superpowers. So I'm guessing you just don't like non-fantasy storytelling, then. It's not like I sucked away their bending and left them hollow -- I gave them real-life skills, like any of US would have. Like, say...writing?
But if you're the type who writes with a focus on the characters' BODIES rather than their personalities, then naturally, you'd find them boring once those bodies weren't doing magical kung-fu, and SRU is totally not the story for you. I, on the opposite end, find smut entirely boring and uninteresting. But I don't go to pages of smut-writers or their artwork and call them "gay as fuck," now, do I? So now we come full circle and I ask -- what's the point in even complaining about it? And doing so HERE? On an artwork of a canon-based Toph? It doesn't make any sense.
If you don't like something not for any critical, logical reason, but simply because it doesn't suit your tastes...then don't bother with it, and call it a day. ~shrug~ I'm totally open for actual critique of my writing. But all your remarks are doing are basically like complaining about oranges because they are orange-colored and round. So it's somewhat useless to both you AND me.
And one thing about AU stories... In some cases, it'd be a simple matter to change names and descriptions, and have the story be completely original.
The whole point of AU stories, I believe, are people wanting to see their favorite fictional characters in new situations they wouldn't be put into in canon.
But, in the case of SRU, you really can't 'make it original.' There are a lot of scenes/lines/situations taken from canon that have Avatar fans grinning at the familiarity. It's tied together very nicely.
And I wouldn't want SRU to be 'untangled,' anyway. 'Tis awesome as it. ^.^
And really, non-avatar fans are reading?
(Mwahaha! Convert! Convert! : P)
Odd fact: it was in writing SRU!Taang (which of course eventually ends in a break up) and drawing from my own real life marriage, I realized that my own marriage was going the same way Toph and Aang's relationship was! A lot of those two and their breakup is very personally derived from my real life, and I'd like to think it's that complex dynamic that lends some melancholy and authenticity to the characters as we see them grow through it.
Thanks! You've only confirmed that enough people have given it a read where I have a hater. xD
(works never get haters until there's actually some decent amount of people looking at them, after all)
But seriously, I don't think you get the point of the story, which is fine! You must only like Avatar for its magical/fantasy setting, instead of its brilliant characters and personalities (which is what SRU is all about, the CHARACTERS, whom I love). But hey -- SRU isn't for everyone. There's over 200 pieces of art for it, now, and lots of people have been supportive of the project -- and that's good enough for me. I'm sorry it didn't tickle your fancy, but it's more for college students and adults than it is for children or teens. ^_^;
Based on your icon (trollface) your sig ("I wrote lemons. come at me bro") I'm just going to assume that you are about as opposite as SRU's target audience, is anyway.
If you really think I'm "gay as fuck," though, I challenge you to read THIS, which I also wrote, based in the canonical world. [link]
and yes, i love the bending aspect of avatar. and im a college student AND a teenager...
about the signature, yea... i write lemons, which im going to assume you dont? every writer has a specialty, and mine happens to be smut; and yours is... drama/romance?
Also, I actually was being technical -- the story has lots of swearing, so TECHNICALLY, it's not intended for young teens. Though I certainly encourage MATURE teens to read it.
And no, I don't write nor do I read "lemons" because the literary purpose is beyond me. You say that something doesn't feel like Avatar if the bending is gone? Sex isn't a part of Avatar storytelling, either. I've seen and read just about all Avatar I write about CHARACTERS, not their BODIES. So really, we're BOTH stretching things into places the series didn't originally go into -- and isn't that the whole point of fanfiction?