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Chapter 1: The Proposal
Today is the big day. Today, I'm making my move with Mai. I will propose to her and we will be married. I want to make sure that I do it perfectly though. Three days ago, I had created a beautiful ring by myself. I made it out of gold and made the jewel an oval ruby surrounded by yellow diamonds. As I got ready, I thought of Mai's overjoyed face when she sees the ring. I smiled to myself. We would finally be together, forever.
I arrived at her house, wearing my traditional Fire Lord robes and my hair in a topknot. When I arrived, I knocked on the door. Mai opened the door. She was wearing a lovely red sleeveless qipao that went down to her knees and her beautiful jet-black hair was left flowing down her shoulders. She smiled.
"Hello, Fire Lord Zuko," she greeted, embracing me. I kissed her head.
"Hello Mai," I said. I went inside with her and we sat on her couch. We talked about our families and our daily lives.
"Tom-Tom and Mom and Dad are at Tom-Tom's friend Gao's house. He still finds it gross that I'm dating you," Mai explained to me. I chuckled. Tom-Tom is just 7 years old and he finds anything related to romance disgusting.
"My reign over the country is going great. I have made sure the parts of the Earth Kingdom that have been damaged are being repaired, that all refugees have been given proper homes, the dead soldiers of all nations have been given proper burials and that all the surviving soldiers have been reunited with their families," I explained. Mai smiled at the kindness and generosity that I have been showing. I looked out of the window and saw that it was sunset. I decided to make my move now.
"Mai, I've been meaning to ask you this for a while," I said nervously. I got up from the couch and knelt down on one knee and presented the ring.
"Will you... m-m-marry me?" I asked, nervously. Mai was overjoyed.
"Zuko! Yes! Yes, I will marry you! Why did it take you this long to ask?" Mai asked.
"I was nervous and I didn't want to mess it up in any way," I explained.
"Zuko, you big dummy! You knew I'd say yes!" Mai teased playfully. I smiled. She moved in to kiss me.
"Wait. I want to see what the ring looks like. I made it myself," I said. I slid the ring on to Mai's ring finger.
"Oh, Zuko... it's beautiful," Mai gasped. I smiled, proud of what I had done.
I closed my eyes and kissed her. She kissed me back and threw her arms around me and I put one hand through Mai's hair and wrapped the other arm around her neck. I couldn't think of anything except the feel of her lips on mine. I escaped into oblivion as we kissed passionately. I forgot my surroundings. I could be kissing her forever except the sound of Mai's mother and my mother startled us out of the kiss.
"I didn't know you were this involved with your boyfriend, Mai," Lily had said.
"I didn't know either," Mom had commented. My eyes widened in surprise. I broke away from the kiss.
"Mom!" Mai and I both said, sounding a bit annoyed.
"Eeeeeeewwwwwww!!!!" Tom-Tom screamed. Mai sighed and smacked her forehead in exasperation.
"Sorry. You can just continue as if we weren't here," Keiji said.
"Well, it's easy to pretend the parents aren't around when their daughter is making out with her boyfriend. Tom-Tom makes it so obvious!" Mai sighed. That is true.
"Mai, is that an engagement ring? Your Majesty, did-did you?" Lily asked.
"No need for Your Majesty anymore. Just call me son in-law," I said.
"Mai, I'm so proud!" Lily exclaimed.
"What's going on?" Tom-Tom asked.
"Your sister's getting married!" Lily said proudly. Tom-Tom looked disgusted.
"Eeeeewww! Ew! Ick! Gross! Yuck! I have to clean my ears out with Peony Soap!" Tom-Tom screamed.
"Don't you dare touch my soap!" Mai shouted.
"This from someone whose favorite conversation topic is girls," Keiji said.
"I should get going now. Good night Mai," I said kissing her again.
As I walked out, I smiled to myself. I could not wait for our wedding.
I hope everyone like the incident with Tom-Tom :)
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