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on guard against wickedness at all times by neomeruru on guard against wickedness at all times by neomeruru
Younger Lin and Tenzin + Pema, during the dark times.

I find myself captivated by the fact that Pema is sixteen years younger than Tenzin -- I was under the impression that Tenzin and Lin were sort of a youthful indiscretion, teenage romance... but they must have been at least thirty-five when a young Pema entered the picture... that's not puppy love. That's Lin detonating tables because the man she'd come to rely on is dating a child.

But for a while, she didn't notice he was slipping away.

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Reina-Kitsune Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'm 12 years younger than my husband and although it didn't even cross my mind when we first met that we could be together, he turned out to be the one and only my heart was missing. I was growing among 11-13 years older sisters and cousins - encountering their friends of the same age and that's probably the reason why I always looked to older guys. I had a problem imagining that a guy around my age could have the level of responsibility and adult mind I required. So the target group for me was always 5-7 years older. But 12? Gosh, I'd never look that far :D And I was pretty shocked when I realized he was courting me but I couldn't wish for a better husband and soon a father to our newborn daughter :aww:

So, I could imagine the Pema x Tenzin situation quite similar to mine :) She could be the youngest of more sisters who were a lot older - and such company somehow forces you to grow faster mentally. That might catch Tenzin's eye and it could be him who started courting her :)
Solseithis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
16 years feel like nothing when I personally know someone who's in their 20's dating someone at least 40 years older than them... It's actually kind of creepy.
prechoco Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, I had no idea she was 16 years his junior. That really puts a bit of perspective into especially Lin's side of things. I really like how you laid out this piece of art - it really tells lot! Great job!!! :D
MadnessInMeadow Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
damn, 16 years younger?! that's kind of hard core.
this is amazing, i really love how you drew it. it really does look like Lin doesn't know a thing and is still trusting the man behind her.
but whoops, oh well...
yeah, this is so gorgeous. :heart:
Clueless-Fire Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
I feel bad for Lin~ Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1]  Bad Tenzin! Bad! :iconcryforeverplz:
KeirTanaka Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This gives new meaning 2 tha term "seeing _one behind _another's back" although tha clenched fist would suggest that she suspects this is going on also!

Kaylabug3228 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Lol, this is definitely what happened
pixel-ARCADE Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
MountainLygon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's my understanding that Lin didn't want children, and Tenzin REALLY didn't want to be the final airbender (not to mention cut off the avatar cycle in three generations).  So I imagine Pema saw her opening and took it, with a response barely more subtle than, "I'll have your air babies, Tenzin!!"
Omnipotrent Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I think it was that mixed with the fact that she's the stronger personality, and coming out with her feelings for Tenzin was really her first step out of being invisible to him, he may not have even know that Pema, who was a friend to him felt that way about him at all till she said dsomething
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