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February 14, 2014
Red Wedding (One-shot)
She was clothed in a white silk dress; he wore a crisp black tunic, with pants and boots to match.
"And do you, Ty Lee, take Yun Zhen to be your husband, united to him in sacred marriage?"
Ty Lee glanced at Yun, whose face was stretched by the massive smile. It was infectious, that smile, and she reciprocated in kind.
The sage nodded slowly. "Then, by the power vested in me, I pronounce you man and wife."
The roar of applause didn't matter to either of them in that moment. The new couple couldn't contain their joy and responded by holding in each other in a close, nearly crushing embrace. To seal the covenant they had made, their lips pressed together softly.
Yun brought his hand up to caress Ty Lee's cheek as she wrapped her arms around his neck. They had kissed plenty of times before, but it was, in that moment, a symbol of something far greater.
Love was theirs, and it was beautiful.
The Royal Palace courtyard was set with tables, chairs, and a whole lot of red cloth for the reception, courtesy of the Fire Lord and Lady. Torches lit the area as night fell over the Fire Nation capitol. The cake bore an odd sigil, a stylized red flame inside of a green circle, on top, and one of the palace cooks approached with a knife to cut the cake.
"Oh, wait," Yun said quickly as he placed a hand on the man's shoulder. "We can take care of that."
"Are you sure?"
The Earthbender pulled a bright blue crystal blade from his pocket, and Ty Lee raised an eyebrow.
"Did you make that just for this?"
He smiled. "Took me a little while to get it right, but I wanted us to do something special."
"Wow..." Ty Lee marveled. "You never cease to amaze me, Yun Zhen."
Yun chuckled. "Let's hope I never do." He held his hand out. "Shall we?"
With two hands on the crystal knife, they began to cut the cake.
"Congratulations, Yun!" Sokka clapped him on the back. "You two finally got hitched. Suki was beginning to worry." He winked as the head of the Kyoshi Warriors rolled her eyes.
"So he says. I knew it was coming," she replied, but her frustrated facade melted away under the pressure. "Seriously, congrats."
Yun hadn't stopped smiling since the ceremony, and he wasn't about to stop now. "Thanks, both of you." He furrowed his brow and glanced around. "Have you seen Ty Lee anywhere? She disappeared right after the cake was served."
Suki and Sokka both shrugged, but a light voice soon caught their attention.
"I'm right here, Yun!" Ty Lee stood behind him, arms folded in mock exasperation, but a smile peeked through. "Seriously, we haven't been married for what, half an hour?"
The earthbender smirked. "We haven't been married at all."
Her smile faltered, and both Sokka and Suki's jaws dropped. "What are you talking about, Yun?"
"My question, Lu Ya, is this," he glanced around. "Did you borrow your sister's dress just to try and fool me, or did you have one made exactly like it. Either way, it was a good effort."
Ty Lee, the real one, flipped down from one of the tall pillars holding the large tent covering up; she had been hidden from view by both the covering and the darkness.
"Told ya, Lu Ya! I knew he'd know it wasn't me!"
The elder of the two sisters immediately dropped the light-hearted demeanor she'd been trying to convey. "Alright, how'd you do it, Yun?"
He struggled to keep from bursting into a fit of uncontrollable laughter. "Well, that was quick. Had enough of playing Ty Lee?"
"Eh...she's too cheery for me; no offense, Sis."
Ty Lee grinned. "None taken."
"Personally, I like her that way," Yun said before Ty Lee pulled him close for another kiss.
"I like me that way, too. My aura's so much brighter," the acrobat replied as they pulled away.
Lu Ya raised her hands in defeat. "Alright, alright, that's enough! Sheesh, I'm glad you didn't fall for it, otherwise I would've had to endure that display of affection."
Yun glanced down at Ty Lee's dress and began to laugh. "Well, that answers that question. You actually had them make you an identical dress just for this?"
"It was Mai's idea," Ty Lee said.
His eyes widened. "No...that's not—I can't believe she'd even involve herself in this! It's way too...fun!"
"Wouldn't let her catch you saying that," Lu Ya replied. "Anyway, am I gonna get an answer? How'd you do it?"
Yun nodded. "Fair enough. It was a variety of things. First, you weren't able to get subtle physical mannerisms down, but that would've still been too little to raise my suspicions. Second, you, being you, can't adequately portray my wife's sweet and adorable demeanor."
Ty Lee giggled. "Aw, thanks, Yun!"
"Oh my gosh...I think I'm gonna gag..." Lu Ya said.
"Third, and most important, is this: don't try and lie to a master Earthbender. I could feel your heartbeat clear as anything; it gave you away immediately."
The elder sister nodded. "Fair enough. You pass our little test; if you'd failed and tried to kiss me or be sickeningly romantic in any way, I would've slapped you."
Yun smirked. "You're assuming that I would've fallen for it."
"Whatever. Just go be disgustingly affectionate somewhere else." She softened the remark with a small smile. "Oh, and by the way, congratulations Little Sis."
"Thanks, Lu Ya!"
When the older woman went to mingle, Yun glanced down at his bride. "I feel like it's going to be interesting seeing your family around town. Your other sisters aren't going to try and pull that stuff, are they?"
Ty Lee grinned. "Maybe..."
"So much to look forward to, then."
She sighed and sank into his arms. "Yes, there is."
- This is just a little Valentine's Day one-shot I decided to write on a whim. It seems I have trouble leaving my characters alone.
- Don't ask why I picked Lu Ya for the name of one of Ty Lee's sisters. I have no idea why I did. As far as I know, it has no significance.
- Mai has a prankish side. Who knew?
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