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┬┐What would have happened if Shang hadn't stayed with the Fa's to dinner?

Chapter 4.- Honor and Love.

Mulan arrived home that night. She had been gone for three days only.

"Mulan! Thanks the gods you're alright!" her mother said as she hugged the young woman.

"I'm perfectly fine mom." Mulan said smiling as she let Khan in the stables.

"Is everything ok?" Her father asked from the porch.

"Yup." Mulan nodded. "Everything's perfectly fine. My friends are safe and sane, and the Huns were turned to ashes, for good I expect."

"I never imagined the gods could grace a man with something as beautiful and invaluable as you, my dear daughter." Her father said seriously.

"Two years ago." Mulan said. "When I was seventeen and the matchmaker didn't approved I thought I was lost, that I had dishonored you, that I had no place in the world. That I wasn't the daughter you wished I was..." Tears ran down her cheeks.

"You did nothing of that Mulan." Her mother said.

"You are everything we could wish for a daughter, and more, much more." Her father said hugging her. "You're intelligent, and noble, and humble, with great abilities. You truly are one of a kind."

"And we are really honored and thankful that you're part of our family." Her mother added.

Mulan smiled as she continued crying, tears of happiness, as she hugged both of her parents.

Mushu and Crikee left, understanding this was a 'family moment'.

About an hour later they were having dinner. Suddenly Mulan had a strange feeling, she put down the tea pot and cups and silently moved to the door.

"What's wrong sweety?" her granny asked.

"I have a strange feeling." She said, she put a finger to her lips to signal them to keep quite.

She looked around the room and found just a short knife.

'This should do.' She thought.

She took it and slowly walked next to the door.

Just then the door opened slowly and a figure entered. It seemed like he was a man, and he was about to speak when Mulan leapt at him and quickly put the knife by his throat.

"Don't move." She ordered coldly.

"Hey, it's just me." The man said in a low voice.

"Shang?!" Mulan yelled pulling down the knife and stepping backwards.

Granny immediately lit the candles again. In the light, Mulan's face could be seen, expressions of surprise, shock and relax, all in one.

" that...again..." Mulan said, babbling.

"What?" Shang asked, pretending to look innocent.

"That?!" Mulan yelled. "Getting inside my house that way." She sighed, really annoyed. "You get on my nerves, you know!!"

"Well, the front porch was opened, and I called but no one answered..." Shang started.

"Still, it's not excuse, you almost fear-killed me!!" Mulan said, even angrier, if that is possible. "It thought it was some criminal, or something."

"You can cool down now you now, the Huns are dead, for good." Shang said.

"Yeah, you said the same two years ago and still we had that battle today." Mulan said as-a-matter-of-factly, and with sarcasm.

"Well yeah," Shang said trying to stay calm. "But everything went out fine at the end. Didn't it?"

"Fine?!" Mulan yelled. "We could have died, Yao, and Ling, and Chien-Po, and me, and you..."

"But you saved us." Shang replied with a smile.

It was as if the Fa's had vanished, there were just Mulan and Shang standing in that kitchen, chatting as if they were still at the camp, and as if battles were an everyday issue.

"I can't always be there to save you." Mulan replied, this time there was some kind of sadness in her voice.

"Oh but you can." Shang said.

Mulan looked at him, puzzled.

'This is it.' Shang thought. 'This is the time. Now I should go on with it. This is what I came here for. I can't spoil it like last time, there might not be a third chance.'

"Honorable Fa Zhou, Mrs. dear Mulan..." he made a pause, as he breathed deeply, he couldn't stop now. "I would be honored if Mulan accepted to be my wife, and you consented." He spoke looking first at Mulan, and then at her parents.

Mulan almost fainted right then and there. She couldn't believe what she was hearing. Shang was asking her to marry him! To her!! He really loved her!!!

Mulan turned to look at his father, waiting for a reaction from him.

"It looks like you really care for my daughter." Fa Zhou said seriously, his face was unreadable.

"Yes I do." Shang replied. "I'm deeply in love with her. I've always been."

Mulan was almost crying, she couldn't believe what she was listening. So she wasn't that fool after all, falling in love with him, he had fallen for her as well!

"If my daughter agrees I don't see why not." Fa Zhou finally said, a small smile appearing on his lips.

"Yes!!" Mulan yelled throwing herself to Shang's arms.

"I love you." He told her.

"I love you too." Mulan replied sweetly.

And right then and there they kissed for the first time, putting all their emotions on that first kiss.

It didn't matter if unmarried couples weren't supposed to touch each other, it didn't matter if it went against honor, and it didn't matter if Mulan's family was watching them. All that mattered was that they loved each other and were getting married.

The End.

Author's Notes: Well, this is it, I'm done with this story. I know it is pretty short but in fact it is just a kind of Prelude of what will soon come. I'm getting ready the sequel: "Treasons and Lies."

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