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UPDATE EditIn the meantime Yakone was becoming a major issue for the Police and the Avatar. It seems he has not only formed---but is in total control---of every major crime spree in Republic City---creating gangs and trouble all throughout Republic City, and also lableing him a master crime lord. It seems that no matter what Toph and the police do to stop Yakone, he always manages to weasel his way free and disappear like a jail bird.
A few weeks after this discovery in the Police Force, Aang and Katara's third child was born calmly on Air Temple Island. They named him Tenzin as a tribute to Aang's old friend, Monk Gyatso who was also known to have been related with the name. Unlike Kya and Bumi, Tenzin was born very pale skinned and calm---he barely cried and actually just giggled a lot whenever he looked someone in the eyes.
Turns out, Toph was pregnant after all... She didn't know it when she and Katara had their talk a few months before, but she felt an odd sensation of butterflies that had been driving her crazy for days and she didn't know what was happening. It all started one calm morning when Toph shot out of bed, gasping, and ready to attack an intruder. Ohev heard her haste and woke groggily, asking, "Toph? What's the matter?"
"I thought I felt something?" Toph frowned. Ohev sat up and listened but heard nothing except the calm chirps coming from the morning animals outside..."I think maybe you were just having a bad dream," he yawned, "Come back to sleep. You need to rest if you’re going to spend all day cleaning up after Yakone’s mess..."
Toph growled under her breath, and listened around, but the sensation she felt did not come again. Toph got back in bed and she fell back asleep before having to go to work a few hours later to do exactly the thing that Ohev had said.
"Jeez Toph!" her husband exclaimed, "You almost split me in two...what's wrong?"
"I'm sorry," she urged, "Maybe it's just you....maybe I'm so used to hearing you around me that sometimes----well, you can sneak up on me? I can’t explain it?"
Ohev walked up to her and sighed, placing a hand on her shoulder… "Toph, I think you are a little over-stressed. Maybe we should just go home and get some rest, relax our nerves a bit---and you'll feel better in the morning on our day off."
"Yeah..." she huffed, "M-maybe so?"
The next morning was the day that Katara had come bearing her news about her and Aang’s new baby. Toph was spending her day relaxing by upgrading her police cables, but after she heard the things that Katara said, she thought it over and thought maybe these odd feelings weren't what she originally believed? After Katara and the kids left, she turned to go inside, and called for Ohev; then, when he got there she explained herself the best she could...
"---What I'm trying to say..." Toph continued, "Is that I think I know what I've been feeling all those times I was on edge the past couple of days..."
Ohev gave off a relieved sigh, and took her hand, "Good, I was starting to get a little worried...not just for you, but for my life as well---but alright, alright, what is it then?"
"I think I might---" Toph choked on the words and her face turned red.
"Might---?" he wondered concerned; the smile on his face shifted instantly into a frown.
"I think...I might be...pregnant, Ohev?" she half-grinned, though her eyes looked toward him in sheer terror.
"Are you serious?" He practically shut-down, "Y-You're sure?"She touched the metal of her uniform and took it and the cables off to feel her waist beneath her shirt...she focused and instead of sensing the world around her, she sensed every part of her own body and could instantly make out what seemed to be a small, tiny person hiding away inside her own stomach. Toph opened her eyes and with a worried look, she shook her head, making Ohev's breath choke as well as her own.
After a moment, Ohev then got excited and kissed his wife gently, saying, "This is the best thing I've ever heard!"
Toph's worried frown shifted into a small grin as she felt the way Ohev eagerly paced around the floor… "It is?"
"Gosh..." he gasped, "I mean I know some of this is going to be hard to adjust, but a baby---I don't think I've been happier since the day you agreed to marry me?"
"I gave you a black eye that day..." Toph argued with a chuckle.
"It was worth it," he added, before kissing her again and the two gradually got more and more excited about this unexpected new gift that they discovered---that is---before they started arguing about how this would affect Toph's position as the Chief of Police.
Months passed and of course, being pregnant did not stop Toph from being the Chief of Police... She was still catching crooks and creating newer, faster ways for the Metalbenders to round up criminals. It was in this year that metal cables were strung around the city that the Police Force used to skate above streets for high speed carriage chases, and this was also the year that the drop-cables were issued in the Airships, which allowed the police to propel down from the war balloons that Ohev controlled. He didn't care much for the dangerous position Toph was in, but he believed she could handle herself, and they made a deal that if she was ever the slightest bit overwhelmed, she would take a break until after the baby was born. Each and each day Toph could feel her daughter growing and changing---she noticed the things that made her react and the sounds she liked...such as Ohev's voice and the sound of Metalbending Cables taking out a swarm of bad guys. Ohev wondered why Toph insisted the baby was going to be a girl, he thought maybe it could be a boy---but Toph insisted that she was having a girl, and they made a bet to see who was right come delivery day. Only time would tell for sure…
THE CHIEF Edit
Then, there was a very tragic day when a Police Airship was struck down from the sky. The main ship was sabotaged causing the engines to explode and the vessel crashed into the harbor off the coast of Yue Bay. Ohev and many other Metalbending Police Officers were still inside the ship when it crashed, and of the thousands killed upon impact, only four people survived---Toph's husband was not one of them.
Days pass by but the wreckage was nearly unsalvageable. The surviving officers were all in the hospital, no change in their health. The one officer that remained fit enough to talk, well, he couldn’t tell the police much of anything helpful in tracking down the responsible for the crash. After a week, the officers that were missing in action had to be labeled as deceased by that point in time. One week and a hundred families, thousands of friends’ lives all changed forever. Suddenly, Toph found herself at a loss---there literally was absolutely no hope that Ohev would come back. She didn’t want to believe it at first, but now---there was just nothing.
A rainy evening, the police held a ceremony for the great loss as they usually did for fallen officers. Toph was not herself for this ceremony, and though she dressed as the respected Chief of Police, she was toneless---her voice even stopped as soon as she had to call off her own husband's name on the list of deceased or otherwise Missing In Action. After the long funeral ceremony, one of the survivors came up to give a speech---he was the only one out of the other three who remained standing, as they all underwent operations in the hospital labeled in critical conditions. He had told his story many times, but this one---talking to the families---it was harder for him to speak than ever before."The tragic experience was one I never thought I would live through..." the young officer said solemnly to the large crowd. He had a cast on his right arm, and his left leg; also a very large gauze patch covering most of his face---he would never be able to see out of his right eye again, but he was alive and he expressed his gratefulness for that. Then he continued on by saying, "By the time the Avatar showed up...the ship was already submerged in the bay...fire pouring out every nook that still allowed air. I can still hear the screaming as my fellow officers and I tried to fight our way through the blazing current to the top of the ship. Hundreds of my closest friends and allies were simply gone...dozens still fighting to survive, and when it was just the four of us and Captain Ohev, he bravely sacrificed himself so the rest of us wouldn't all drown in the boiling waters. Soon after, we escaped and Avatar Aang came to our rescue...but it was too late to do anything for the other officers."
Hours pass during this memorial service. Katara and Sokka comforted Toph as best they could, but she didn't pay them any attention, she wasn't even crying...she merely sat there with a blank look on her face as person after person came up to express their sincerest apologies. In the meantime, Aang was out in Republic City searching for clues the responsible. The one-eyed officer told Aang about how the ship was simply going about its daily course when it felt as though they struck a mountain...the entire vessel rumbled and soon it filled to the brim in smoke. He realized that something in the engine room either was struck or exploded and it completely obvious to him and everyone else on board that this was an act of sabotage. Aang was going to try and find the responsible, but his search was coming up dry. After more and more people came to console Toph, she scoffed and stepped out of the building to escape all of the sorrow inside. Rain came and started splashing across her face, making her close her eyes in despair; though, instead of tears, came only anger, and with a swift growl, Toph shot out one metal coil, taking off into the night to catch her husband's murderer herself. Katara noticed and she tried to run after her, nearly everyone tried to stop her, but no one was a match for their Chief and Toph escaped into the night. She hunted for clues tirelessly as the calm, rainy night quickly turned into a raging storm; it made tracking the scent around the fallen airship all the harder, but this delay did not stop Toph in the slightest.
The Police Academy was in chaos, until the Avatar landed, in which case, they all immediately started bombarding him and asking him a mobbed series of questions. Katara and Sokka were sitting nearby, trying to come up with a plan, when they saw Aang and hastily made their way over to him.
"BACK OFF, GIVE HIM SOME SPACE!" Sokka bellowed at the vicious crowd, shoving people out of his way left and right.
"Aang! Toph ran away to hunt down the people who did this! She shot down everyone here who tried to stop her and dissapeared about a half hour ago."
"We sent out a search party, but they haven't returned with any news," Sokka added.
"Aang, she's nine months pregnant and very emotionally distraught, you have to find her!" Katara pleaded.
"I will..." he stated strongly, "You two, go and check her home---I'll try and track her using my method of connection. The rest of you, please remain calm....we are trying to learn more about what happened earlier to your friends and family...those responsible will be found and apprehended!" then Aang turned back to Sokka and Katara, whispering hastily, "We need to hurry before this whole city goes vigilante like their Chief---Hurry, go!"
On the bay, Toph found the remainder of the Airship wreckage scattered across the sandy shore. The ship itself was still smoking and cracking into the ocean while a Waterbending Fire-Fighting Team (the River Rescue Unit) tried to assist the rain in killing the great fire that after five days was still burning strong thanks to the Airship oil that spilled into the ocean. Toph sensed around for clues---not even the loose sand stood in her way of seeing.
Suddenly, she kicked a small piece of metal that was pointy and cold to the touch. She picked it up and felt the odd design, realizing that this was Ohev's symbol of the War Balloons....the same symbol painted on every ship and every uniform in the Metalbending Academy---The symbol of the United Republic. Toph clutched the small badge and let out a single tear before she continued her search for clues. It was then, she found a piece of evidence, a scorch mark on one of the charred hunks of wreckage. Unlike the fire caused by the ships explosion, this burn mark came from a different source, a familiar source---it was a rare explosive device used by a very common, primary gang in Toph's hit list---The Phoenix Riders. They were the meanest, nastiest bunch of Firebending thugs Republic City had to offer. The Police had been tracking their crimes in order to apprehend them at the source...but they must have discovered they were being tracked by the cops and planned out this sabotage. Toph shot the hunk of metal across the beach and snarled along the thunder that erupted above. Those Phoenix Riders did this...and even at the risk of blowing her own round-up plan, Toph knew just where to find at least half of them, and that was good enough for her.
Meanwhile, Aang soared into the crash zone and noticed that Toph had been there; he tried to meditate on those invisible strings connecting him to his friend, and soon Aang picked up on Toph's trail and hurried faster to find her. However, the lightning picked up and Aang was forced to continue his search on foot---all the while he was hoping that the metal-infused-mother-to-be wasn't getting electrocuted by this harsh storm.
Toph beat her way through the Firebenders' hideout. They were surprised to see the lone Chief pounding through their sanctuary---and after they regained their senses, they fired everything they had at her. Toph dodged the gangs' every attack and sent them flying by the dozens with her Earthbending; and, when she finally chased the leader of the pack out into the alley, she cornered him against a brick wall, immobilized him, and readied her cables for impact. No one said a word because there was nothing to be said. The crime lord knew Toph could tell if he lied and he had no lies to give. He was a guilty accomplice to sabotage and murder...and Toph was going out of the law's way to ensure he got the punishment he deserved. Toph trapped the man in an Earthbending wedge then pulled back her arm, her cable whipped across the skies as thunder erupted from above. She was about to unleash her full fury when something caught the edge of her whip. It was a hand, followed by a large blast of lighting----Aang had gotten to Toph just in time and redirected the Earth's lighting into the bricks above her prisoner's head."Toph stop!" he shouted.
"Give me one good reason!" Toph screamed back, "He broke into the Academy, he killed thousands of people, he took my husband away from me! Why should I stop Aang!? YOU WOULD DO THE SAME!?"
"No. Toph, you need to redirect your anger---if you take this man out, not only will you lose all of your hard-earned respect and the title as chief, but you could lose your child too! Look at you, you're a walking lighting rod! Please, let the man live to see trial---let him get the punishment of justice, not revenge! Toph, stop this bloodlust or you're no better than they are!"
"Aang----I----I don't think I can!" she yelled at him, half in sorrow and half in fury. Aang jumped down to stand behind her and released his grip on the coil as it wrapped back at Toph's hip. He set a hand on her shoulder and said calmly, "You're stronger than this Toph...don't choose revenge."
The Chief bowed her head and released her grip on the fugitive. He collapsed to the ground and lay there as the ice cold rain soaked his entire beaten body. Toph fell to her knees in tears (all of those tears she had been holding back before) and they froze to her cheeks as the thunder called louder. Aang picked Toph off the ground and carried her back to her home on foot just as the police arrived to apprehend the murderer (luckily they had gotten a noise complaint). By the time Aang had Toph tucked away, warmly into bed, the man and all of his followers were locked away in prison to await trial---the missing remainder of the Phoenix Gang disappeared from the streets all together and never resurfaced again.
Katara and Sokka were comforting Toph once again before she told them all to simply just leave her alone to rest. They left the room, but stayed at the house just in case she needed them later----and it turns out, she did. In light of everything, and after all of that harsh hunting she had done, Toph ended up having her child on the night of her husband's funeral. Toph had lost part of her heart---she knew that the gap could never be mended, but this daughter---her beautiful little girl, brought a large piece of it back.
"How does she look?" Toph asked tiredly.
"She's beautiful Toph," Katara smiled, "A beautiful baby girl with a thick mess of black hair all over her head."
"And her eyes?" Toph worried in the slightest.
"Big, emerald-colored eyes just like his," Katara teared up," and, she wants to see you, Mom." She handed over the baby; Sokka and Aang admired from afar, both crying like little girls, and Katara coaxed them out of the hall, whispering, "We'll be right in the other room if you need us---we'll give you two a minute to be alone..." She walked away, and in an instant, it was just the two Beifong girls alone in the quiet.
Toph couldn't see her child physically, but the love was instant and in a single moment, Toph had become the mother that she was always afraid to be---only, now she felt ready. She promised the beautiful daughter in her arms that she would always love her, always accept her no matter what.
For once, Toph was prepared to be a mother, and she was also ready to accept that she and this baby were on their own without Ohev to help raise her. As Toph touched the cooing infant's face, a single tear escaped from the tough Chief Beifong's eye, and Toph told her daughter, "I won't promise you I'll be the most compassionate mother in the world, but I will promise you with all of my heart, that no matter what you become…no matter what happens to us in the future---I will always be the proudest mother just knowing that I had a great daughter like you. You are my whole world now...Lin Beifong."
O CAPTAIN! Edit
About three months later came the twentieth reunion of winning the Hundred Year War---but this was not a happy occasion... Zuko was devastated to hear of Ohev's tragic, heroic death, but also enlightened to see Toph's wonderful, new daughter. All of the young children enjoyed seeing each other again and joined Honora outside for some play-time, while the parents continued on with their annual talk. This year there was one goal on Team Avatar's mind and it was stopping these gangs before they hurt any more families in Republic City---this task Toph swore to above all else. Of course that conversation stopped all too soon, leading the team to sit in awkward silence for what seemed like the longest time.
With a loud clearing of his throat, Zuko stood from his seat, a glass of Leechi Juice held high in a formal form of honor... "To Ohev," he stated, "The bravest Captain of the skies...and the bravest soldier we'll ever meet."
Katara rose too and joined her glass with Zuko's, her other arm held tighter onto baby Tenzin as she thought about the tragedy. She looked to the glass, praising... "He was a good, generous, kind-hearted man...I owe him my life for helping save me and Bumi from Koh."
"He was dedicated to protecting the people," Suki sniffed sadly, "He was a true warrior right down to the end!"
"Ohev was a courageous officer..." Sokka toasted, another arm going tightly around his wife for comfort, "Republic City couldn't have asked for a better General."
"He was a once in a lifetime friend," Aang added sincerely, "And he will always be connected to us in our hearts."
"He was a loving husband," Mai frowned as she took Zuko's hand, "A proud father...no one will ever be able to replace him."
All eyes fell to Toph. She stood slowly with a giggling baby Lin held softly in her arm. She picked up a glass and raised it to the center with the others, swallowing hard before toasting the memory of her late husband...Then Toph strongly pledged,"That man was and will forever be...my hero..."
"Hear, hear..." They all stated solemnly, before clinking together their glasses. After that, the entire group dedicated all of their future conversations to epic stories and joyful memories about Ohev. He never really came to the reunions (in order to watch over Republic City,) but he will always be remembered as a heroic, selfless member of Team Avatar...and he would be desperately missed for many years to come.
Fanon Trivia Edit
- This is the first year where it is officially stated that Yakone is a wanted criminal.
- The "Butterflies" chapter is made up of mostly flashbacks from the previous year. The actual after-effects of this section do not actually take place until three months later.
- This is the first time we see the outside of the Police headquarters or Toph's metal cables in use. This is also the first we see of Ohev in a casual uniform.
- Fact: Ohev has always had a gap between his two front teeth... (Spoiler Alert: Toph has admitted that this was a cute little trait of his.)
- The Police airship tragedy will go down on record as one of the worst acts of violence in Republic City History!
- The injured officer will eventually be linked personally to Saikhan from LOK.
- This is the third funeral shown in the Fanon, and also the largest one illustrated thus far.
- To track down her husband's killers, Toph is using her Seismic sense. This was first seen in use when Toph was battling Koh in Year Twelve.
- Spoiler Alert: The symbol of the United Republic of Nations has more meaning to Toph than meets the eye.
- Note: Lightning Storms and Metalbending do NOT mix.
- This is the first we see any character Redirecting Lightning.
- Toph's having Lin that night could be due to the severe amounts of stress and fighting done by the mother-to-be earlier that evening.
- "O Captain'" was a reference to the poem written concerning the death of President Lincoln.
- This year marks the twentieth reunion to ending the Hundred Year War.
- Most things referenced to Ohev's bravery and heroics are things related to similar talk about Lin Beifong later in her life as a heroic icon in LOK.
- Fanon Funfact: Before the Fan Fiction was posted here on the wiki, Lin's father was originally going to be The Duke----Until I noticed that he was so young, and then I discovered Ohev's story...
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