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Commission: Esteemed--On the Rocks by punker--rocker Commission: Esteemed--On the Rocks by punker--rocker
I'll let :icondestiny-smasher:, who commissioned this, do the explaining. First, here's an excerpt from his upcoming fic "Esteemed," and the scene this illustration depicts:
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. :D I can honestly say that I am not generally a reader of fan-fiction, but :icondestiny-smasher: 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! :D

:bulletblue: Commission details: [link]
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Melomiku Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Spoiler alert! She has two daughters. He he he sorry...
Wakko666 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
she is such a babe
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
She is. If you haven't, you should take a look at the rest of the gallery for this project, there's plenty more wonderful artwork of an older Toph for this story concept.
ws235 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013

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...

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Wakko666 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
That's how I feel sometimes, have no idea what to do with my life and what the next step should be
punker--rocker Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Join the club, because I think I'm the president. :)
Wakko666 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
right on
Chickirox Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
what is Esteemed??
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You can read a preview for the story here: [link]
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]
punker--rocker Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a fan-fic by :icondestiny-smasher: about Toph's life as an adult. I don't think he's posted any chapters yet but he has a preview written and his other Avatar writing is excellent, so I'd definitely recommend checking it out. :)
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