"I shouldn't be here," he spoke.
She knew he meant it, but he didn't move. He just stood there, gazing at her beauty.
"Than why are you here," she asked softly. "Shouldn't you be at home?"
"It's just," he started, shivering from the cold air from outside.
"Come in," she commanded, pulling him into her home. "It's too cold for you to be standing outside."
"Thanks Lin," he smiled, then started to explain himself again. "Anyway, Pema and I had got into an argument"
"I'm not your marriage counselor," Lin spoke, crossing her arms.
"I know, Lin," he told her with a smile. "It's just we've seem to be fighting more and more often...and its over silly things. I just needed time away from her."
"I seem to recall that's what happened to us," she said, offering him a chair. He gladly took it and they both sat down.
"That's what scares me, Lin," he announced, frowning. "What if we break up? What will happen to the children?"
"They'll cope," Lin shrugged. "But I really don't think I'm the one you should be telling this to. Call your mother or one of your siblings."
"Please Lin," he begged. "I need you."
"Geez, I thought I'd never hear those words coming out of your mouth again," Lin said, trying to take in that her ex boyfriend came to her, in the middle of the night, to talk about his marriage problems.
"Lin, my marriage is falling apart," he explained. "We hardly talk anymore. She complains that she never sees me. She's turning my children against me."
"No she's not, Tenzin," she reassured. "You're over reacting."
"No I'm not," he announced. "They know that we're falling apart. They know that my marriage with their mother is done for."
"Do you know," Lin asked.
"Of course I do," Tenzin answered. "To tell you the truth, I don't think I ever loved her."
"Stop Tenzin," she replied, looking down.
"Not the way I loved you," he said, moving closer to Lin.
"You're vulnerable," she explained, trying to pull him away. "I'm not gonna get into this shit again!"
"Lin, I am pouring my heart and soul to you and you're pushing me away," Tenzin soke, confused. "Why?"
"Don't you get it," Lin replied. "We've done this before. Except I was the unhappy one stuck at a dead-end... Now I'm the mistress who people mock because they think I stole another woman's man."
"I am not Pema's man," he explained. "And I understand..."
"Don't think you have the right to come over here and take advantage of me just because you and your little wifey had a fight!"
"Lin, it's not like that," Tenzin yelled. "For the past ten years, I've been living a lie! And for what? A few airbending kids and a young beautiful wife..."
"It's what you wanted," Lin said softly.
"Yes, but from the wrong person," he replied. "I always pictured us getting married and having kids."
"I know," she announced. "But I just didn't want to become a house mom, tending to my children's every need."
"Really? You thought you'd be a housewife," he asked, smiling. "I always thought you'd be that working mom type. At work by day, mom by night."
"It's not that I never thought about children when we were together," Lin confessed. "I just chose my career instead."
Tenzin noticed her change in attitude, "I..uh..I hope this isn't to forward, but I want you to know, I always loved you. You were my best friend. My lover. My secret keeper. My shoulder when I was upset. You were my everything, Lin."
"Stop, Tenzin," she frowned.
"As for Pema, she's my children's mother...and I love her deeply for that, but we don't have a past," he explained. "She's not you."
"I said stop, Tenzin," Lin yelled, getting up from her chair. "You've over stayed your welcome."
He began to get up and headed for the door, "I'm sorry, Lin. I just felt you needed to know my true feelings."
Tenzin headed for the door. He was about to leave when Lin stopped him.
"..Tenzin wait," she said softly. He turned around to face her. Lin didn't say anything for a while, she was trying to figure out what to say. Then she looked at him straight in the eyes, "...Hold me?"
I felt like the ending was weird, because Lin doesn't seem like the 'wanting to be hold' type. Anyway, I'll let your minds make up what happens after this. I was bored in the middle of the night and figured I should do some writing. This is what came in my head. It's obviously not based off the show, because Pema and Tenzin seem happy (I secretly hate that) So please Review, I'm always happy to read your thoughts. (o_o)