5 headcanons about Lin and Zuko's relationship, please?
1. Toph had no idea what to do with a baby, and there was no way she was going to go to Katara about it. (There was also no way she was going to go to her parents about it, but that went without saying. Going to Katara was unthinkable, but not quite unimaginable, not like going to her parents.) So she showed up six months pregnant on Iroh’s doorstep. Iroh quietly passed her onto Zuko.
2. So Zuko was a part of Lin’s life since before she was born, but for most of her childhood, she was in Republic City with her mom, while he was ruling the Fire Nation. She mostly saw him when he visited Republic City for whatever reason, or when her mother sent her to the Fire Nation during school breaks to get her out of her hair. He always had a present for her, and he took her and Izumi swimming and sailing, and she thought he was just wonderful.
3. The first time she called him Uncle, he almost broke down crying.
4. There were a lot of times, especially as she got older, that she didn’t want to say something to her mother, or ask her a certain question, so she would ask Zuko. When she was little, she used to save them up for when she saw him, but as she got a little older, she started writing him letters instead. Zuko would give her advice and answer her questions, and talk with her about the world and what he had seen, and he was always honest with her, and never seemed annoyed that she would ask something. She learned a lot about honor from him, which might not have been the best, but oh well.
5. Zuko took all of the kids up on Druk at least once. Lin tried to pretend she wasn’t impressed. She was.
Toph gave her children immense freedom but very little structure. Lin craved structure desperately, and felt anxious and afraid without it. One place in her life that had structure was her Aunt Katara and Uncle Aang’s place. Their Son Tenzin was in many ways similar to her, a person who craved control and order, and this is part of the basis of their appeal to each other as young lovers. They are both a little tightly wound.
What I think is hilarious:
In a black comedy way, I can’t see her first meeting with Lao and Poppy being anything but an epic disaster. As far as they’re concerned, she’s just like her mother, and that’s terrible. Lin is mortally offended. Su is obviously much more like their mom and they like her.
What is soul-crushing:
While Lin used to harbor some resentment that their mother bailed Suyin out of trouble, her long tenure on the police force has given her a lot of first hand knowledge of just how badly Suyin’s life could have gone, if she had gone to prison, if she had gotten in deep with the triads. She now resents the way Suyin doesn’t seem to realize just how completely she was saved and how lucky she was. It makes her furious every time she sees a dead person in an alley who got in with the triads and couldn’t get out, because Suyin doesn’t seem to get that could have been her.
What doesn’t work but I don’t care:
Lin was very close with Iroh before he left for the Spirit World. She reminded him of his nephew when he was younger. Because of this, Lin has an encyclopedic knowledge of tea.