Hey guys! You may have seen on my other fanfics that I had ANOTHER Linzin fanfic in the works. Well, here it is. And this is not a one-shot. :)
Tenzin paced the council chambers.
"Where is he? He's twenty minutes late!" Tenzin said, doubtful of the council page's choice in interns.
"He should be here any minute" the page said. "I don't know what's taking-"
A young man burst through the door. He wasn't more than twenty. His ebony hair was a disheveled mess, and his glasses were at an awkward angle on his nose.
"I am extremely sorry, Councilman. I didn't catch the train in time" he apologized.
"It is all right. Don't let it happen again" he warned.
"Allow me to introduce myself" Tenzin began. "I am Councilman Tenzin." He bowed.
"I am Elias Bei-" he stopped himself. "My name is Elias." He adjusted his glasses.
"It's a pleasure, Elias. How long have you attended the University of Republic City?"
What an interesting name. He thought. My son was-
He choked at the thought. No.
"Two years as of next week."
He nodded. "Excellent." He looked over to the page. "Please show Elias his office."
"Right away sir" the page said before waving to Elias. "Come this way."
"Wait" Tenzin said. "After you have settled yourself, please meet me in my office so we can discuss your terms of employment face-to-face."
"Of course, sir" Elias replied with a small bow. The page led him down a hall to his office.
"Here you are sir" the page said.
Elias looked on in awe. He had never seen an office so elegant, especially for an intern.
"I hope everything is to your liking."
"It's perfect" he said before setting his messenger bag down on the floor.
He sat in the chair behind his desk and quickly organized his supplies: pen, paper, and notepad. He shoved a book in a drawer and slammed it shut, walking briskly out to Tenzin's office.
He reached his door and knocked.
"Come in" Tenzin welcomed.
"Hello Councilman." Elias couldn't help but think that he had seen him before.
"Please, Tenzin will suffice."
"Well then" he said with a chuckle. "Hello Tenzin."
"Make yourself comfortable. We have some guidelines I wish to discuss with you before we begin anything."
"Of course" he said, taking a seat. He brushed the hair out of his eyes, revealing milky green irises.
Tenzin looked at him oddly.
My son had the same-
"Forgive me. I forgot to mention that I am partially blind, which is why my eyes are like this." He pointed to his eyes.
He nodded. "That's fine. Although it does make paperwork a bit of a challenge."
"Well, my grandmo-" he stopped. "I have learned to adapt." He took a look at his glasses before cleaning them on his black shirt. "I can do paperwork just fine, as long as I wear these and the lighting is good."
"Perfect. I won't expect you to catch on right away, but I will be moving at a rather fast pace throughout your time here."
He nodded. "That sounds fine. Is there anything I should do today?"
"No. This was just an informational meeting. We start on Monday."
"Okay. Awesome! Can't wait to work with you!" he said as they stood to bow.
"I am expecting lots from you, Elias. Don't disappoint me."
"Absolutely not, Tenzin. Thank you." He walked out of the office and down the hall until he reached the doors of city hall and walked out into the afternoon sun. He put his wrist inches from his face, squinting to read his watch.
"Spirits! I'm going to be late!" He ran down the sidewalk and towards the university.
Elias sat in class with his head resting in one hand. He daydreamed happily.
I got the internship!
He was shaken from his thoughts. "Wha-what?"
The class laughed.
"If you were paying attention, Elias, you would have heard me ask why Fire Lord Ozai agni-kaied his own son, former Fire Lord Zuko."
"I'm sorry, sir. Fire Lord Ozai was a tyrant, power-hungry, egotistical jerk who didn't appreciate his son's attempt to make him feel like a fool in front of important generals, thus deflating his oversized ego. To reinflate his delicate ego, he agni-kaied him to prove a point to all of the generals that he was not to be messed with."
The professor looked at him quizzically. "Correct... I guess." He looked back at the clock in the back of the room. "My, my. It seems I have kept you a few minutes late. You are free to go."
Silent cheers could be seen among the students as they sped off.
"Read chapters 20 through 22 by Monday and finish your essay!" he called put behind them.
Elias meandered his way out of the classroom, by no means in a rush. He walked down the halls of the university, admiring the conversations ensuing in front of him. He had always been a reflective person, rather than a talkative one. He liked to scan over the people, looking at their blurred figures. He felt a change and quickly dodged an oncoming person.
"Sorry" he apologized.
He continued to walk down the hall until he reached the door, where it had quickly become overcast outside. He pushed it open, walking down quietly towards Police Headquarters.
Once there, he took a right down the street and went off into a borough. It had begun to get dark, and his impaired eyesight was not doing him any favors. He walked to an apartment and dug through his pockets looking for a key. He pulled it out after several failed attempts and let himself inside.
"Hey Mom. I'm home" he called out as he locked the door behind him.
"Elias? Is that you?" his mother asked.
He walked into the kitchen and saw Lin standing by the stove. She was still wearing her police chief uniform. It was clear she hadn't sat down all day. He kissed his mother's cheek. "Hey."
"How was class?" she asked.
"Fine. What are you making?" He looked into the pot.
"I just threw something together. It'll be ready in a moment."
He took a seat behind the bar, watching her cook.
"How was Ember Island?" she asked.
"Fine. We had a good time."
"Does it matter?"
"Yes. It does."
"Just some friends."
She rolled her eyes. "What did you do besides class?"
"I got a call for the internship."
"I thought I told you this. I applied for an internship last month. I got a call today saying that they wanted me to intern for them."
"For who? Be specific when you talk. You know I don't like it when you don't tell me what you have planned." she reprimanded.
Her breathing hitched. "Oh. That's great, honey" she said unconvincingly cheerful.
He'd be working awfully close with Ten-
"Aren't you excited for me? This could be my big break and all I get is a 'that's great honey'?"
"I'm excited. This will be a great opportunity for you."
He shook his head, seeing that would be all he would receive.
"Who will you be working with?"
"Primarily Councilman Tenzin."
"Did you say Councilman Tenzin?" she asked. She felt her palms begin to sweat and shake nervously.
She cringed as pangs of guilt and worry coursed through her.
"Do you know him?"
"You could say that."
"That's not vague at all."
"I work with him on occasion."
He frowned at his mother's lie, but made no mention of it.
"Have you met Tenzin?"
"Yes. We just introduced ourselves, is all."
"Did you listen to my advice?"
"Yes. Don't mention your last name. Make your own legacy."
Lin nodded in approval as she breathed a sigh of relief.
Hopefully he doesn't know.
As a child, Lin forbade him from using his last name or mention his family, in hopes that no one would find out who he was.
"Are you staying here tonight?"
"I don't have any other option. It's getting dark outside and I won't be able to see well."
"You could take off your shoes like I tell you. Maybe you'd see better."
"You're not the one who's partially blind."
"But I was raised by a woman who was! Take off your shoes and feel for the vibrations."
"Do I look like an earthbender to you?"
He huffed. "You know what I meant."
"Just because you can't earthbend doesn't mean anything."
"You really must want me to leave or something. I guess I'll get-"
"Elias, please. I do want you to stay."
"Then why did you ask?"
She sighed. "Always making things difficult, aren't you" she muttered as she set the bowls of vegetable stew down at the bar.
"Thank you" he said as he began to wolf down his food.
"Whoa there" Lin said. "When's the last time you ate something?"
"Breakfast" he said as soup dribbled on his chin.
She shook her head in disappointment.
"I was getting the internship, Mom. I had no time."
She huffed. "Why do you want this internship?"
"I want to work on the council."
"Why would you want to work with them?"
"Are you trying to dissuade me from doing this?"
"What is your issue with the council? They are doing their best to guide Republic City in the right direction. Why don't you want me to be part of that?"
Lin thought. There are people that shouldn't know about you that are on the council. I've done some terrible things to you and...
She sighed. "Sorry. I don't know. I'm just tired."
There's nothing more I can do. It's out of my hands.
They continued to eat their food quietly.
After a few minutes, Elias stood and picked up his plate, putting it in the soapy sink.
"Don't mention it."
He walked back up to her, kissing her cheek. "I've had a long day. See you in the morning."
"Good night, Elias."
After she had finished cleaning, Lin walked to her room and dressed herself for bed. She fell asleep, tossing and turning as her dreams took over.
"Lin!" Tenzin called out. "Why would you do this to us? You took him away from me, Lin! Think of what we could've had together! It's all your fault! You are a selfish, evil person and I hope our love meant nothing to you!" he spat as he turned to walk away.
"I was doing this to protect him!" she yelled back at him.
"From what, Lin?!"
The scene changed as Tenzin stormed out, and Elias replaced him.
"No, Tenzin! Let me finish!"
"Mom!" Elias yelled. "Why would you do this to me? I thought we told each other everything!"
"We do, Elias" she said as her voice quavered.
"No, you don't! You kept him from me when he is the best thing that's happened to me! You could have told him that you found me! Why didn't you tell him?"
Lin was in tears. "I kept him from you because I couldn't have him myself."
"Is that why you never let me use my last name?!"
"It's much more complicated than that. You wouldn't under-"
Elias glared at her. "You sicken me." And with that, he walked away.
"Come back Elias!"
He ignored her and kept on walking.
"Elias, please! I love you!"
"No you don't" he said. "I hate you."
Lin awoke from her dream with wet cheeks. She turned to her side and began to cry.
Why didn't I tell Tenzin? she thought.
So I know it doesn't really explain the situation very well in this chapter. I still haven't really decided how the Linzin will play out yet. But there will be at least some flashback Linzin. :P I'll post the next chapter sometime in the next few days. Unlike my first fanfic, I don't have any prewritten chapters ready, but I'll still try to give you your updates regularly :)
Until then, read and review!