Shang watched as the Fau family ate their rice and drank their tea. This
was the first time in years that they spoke at the table. While the family
gossiped and sang Mulan and Shang gave each other knowing looks. Shang
moved his hand slowly over hers and massaged her palm. Mulan blushed and
peered up towards Shang. Was he always this beautiful, or was it just her
Shang spilled a few grains of rice on his lap. Mulan giggled at his
clumsiness, but then watched as began dropping more rice grains. *What's he
doing?* she wondered.
Slowly he spelled out a message…it read: Meet me outside after dinner.
After dinner Shang and Mulan walked outside to the courtyard and Shang
grabbed Mulan's hand. He pulled her close and rubbed her face and
shoulders. He moved his hands slowly, yet respectfully down her chest and
to the bottom of her bellybutton. She giggled from the ticklish feeling she
got. He took her hand and kissed it gently. Shang kneeled and looked Mulan
in the eyes,
"Will you marry me?" he asked……