Maya was in her old room, crying.
Phoenix was mad at her. He hated her. He never wanted to be with her. She was just Mia's annoying little sister who tagged along with him everywhere.
And so she cried.
Someone knocked at the door. "Mystic Maya? Are you in here?"
It was Pearl. "Go away," Maya said.
Pearl took this to mean "come on in, please." She opened the door and said, "Mister Nick said something was wrong. What's—?"
Pearl gasped. "You're crying! What happened?"
"It's none of your business," Maya said.
"It is too!" Pearl said. "Who hurt your feelings? I'll slap him for you!"
"It's...it's Nick," Maya sniffled. "He checked the laws, and we...we have to get married."
"You and Mister Nick are going to be married? Yay!" Pearl said, bouncing up and down.
"Yeah, yay," Maya muttered.
"But that's good news," Pearl said. "Why are you crying about it?"
"Nick said he doesn't want to get married. He doesn't like me."
"No! That's impossible!"
"He hates me, and he never wanted to go out with me in the first place, and he wishes I was dead."
"You don't say that to your special someone!" Pearl started clenching and unclenching her fists, preparing to give Phoenix the slapping session of a lifetime.
"Maybe we're not special someones," Maya said. "I'm just a girl who forced her way into his life, and all I've ever done is make things worse for him. I should probably do what Mom did and leave forever to make everyone else's life easier."
"Don't say that, Mystic Maya!" Pearl said, starting to cry almost as hard as Maya was crying. "I don't want you to go away forever!"
Neither Maya nor Pearl noticed Phoenix at the doorway. He didn't say anything—he just watched. Watched as Maya said a series of horrible things, each one feeling like a punch to the gut. Sort of what I did to her, he thought grimly.
Maya smiled at Pearl's support. "Oh, Pearly...I'm not really going to go away forever."
"But you said you would!"
"I didn't mean it," Maya said, giving Pearl a sideways hug. "I just said that because I was angry."
Phoenix took that as his cue to enter the room. "And I did the same thing," he said. "I'm sorry, Maya."
Pearl got up to smack Phoenix, but Maya beat her to it.
"You JERK!" Maya said, hitting Phoenix on the shoulder. "How could you SAY those horrible things? I thought you loved me!"
"I overreacted. I'm—"
"Should I summon that mean girl to beat him up?" Pearl asked.
"What mean girl?" Maya asked.
"The one with the red hair," Pearl said. "Dolly. Iris told me about her."
"NO!" Phoenix said.
"Yeah," Maya said, taking a few swings at Phoenix. "The only one here who gets to hurt Nick is me! Hiiiii-yah-wah-boom!!"
Maya tried to do an odd-handstand/jump kick/uppercut combo, but ended up falling over.
"You watch too many samurai movies," Phoenix noted.
"See?" Maya said. "You don't like to watch the same movies that I do! We have nothing in common! I'm better off without you!"
"Please don't say that!" Pearl begged. Then she turned to Phoenix and slapped him. "You were mean to Mystic Maya!"
"I didn't mean it!" Phoenix said. "Look, Maya, I'm sorry! I overreacted to the whole marriage situation and said a bunch of things I didn't really mean."
"You didn't mean it?"
"Of course not," Phoenix said. "I didn't mean anything I said. Except maybe the part about Godot having to cut down on coffee."
Maya smiled for a second, then frowned again. "I'm still mad at you," she said. Then she sat down on the ground, crossed her legs and turned around so her back was to Phoenix.
"Of course you are," Phoenix said, feeling relieved. Mad Maya was good, in his opinion. Well, better than Crying Maya, anyway. Phoenix didn't like to see Maya cry.
Pearl scratched her head. "So...do I still slap Mr. Nick or not?"
"Do whatever you want," Maya said.
Phoenix tried rubbing Maya's shoulder. "Come on, Maya, don't be upset."
"Don't touch my shoulder."
"I never said I hated you," Phoenix said. "I could never get that mad at you."
"I'm not talking to you!" Maya said to Phoenix.
Phoenix frowned at the back of Maya's head. And, while looking at the back of her head, he suddenly got an evil idea. It was time to do something he had always secretly wanted to do.
He reached for the ribbon that held Maya's top knot in place and yanked it off .
"Hey!" Maya said. She turned around and glared at him. "Not nice, Nick!"
Phoenix and Pearl laughed. Maya looked so funny with her hair down over her eyes.
"Grrr!" Maya said. She pushed on Phoenix's chest, but she leaned over too hard and fell into his lap. "You meanie!"
Phoenix helped Maya back up and brushed some of the hair out of her eyes. "Aw, come on, Maya. I think you look beautiful even if your hair is messed up."
"You're just saying that because I'm mad," Maya said.
"No, I'm not," Phoenix said. "You're always beautiful to me."
And then he kissed her.
When he pulled back, he smiled at Maya. She was contorting her face in various ways. "Nick, you, I, I wanted, ohhh...you...YOU JERK!"
She pushed Phoenix away.
"I want to be mad at you, and you're making it hard!" Maya accused.
"Then don't be mad at me," Phoenix suggested.
"Hmmph," Maya said, getting up from the ground.
Pearl was still laughing.
"What's so funny?" Maya snapped at her.
"You look silly with long hair!" Pearl giggled.
"Oh, yeah? Let's see what YOU look like when someone undoes your hair!" Maya said.
"Eek!" Pearl said. She then ran out of the room with Maya in close pursuit.
Phoenix unconsciously rubbed his hair. It was a good thing his spikes weren't held up by ribbons.
So Maya was in a better mood when she and Phoenix took the train back to Los Angeles.
Phoenix was amazed—and slightly jealous—of Maya's ability to almost instantly forget bad things. Almost an hour after she had been rescued from Shelly de Killer, she had been laughing and joking as if nothing had happened. Somehow, she had managed to do the same thing with Phoenix's angry outburst.
Phoenix and Maya chatted for a while about Kurain, and how Pearl and Iris were doing. Pearl seemed to be doing better than Iris, but they agreed that Iris would get more comfortable in time.
The train hit a bump and everything came spilling out of Phoenix's pocket and into the seat—his wallet, his keys, and his magatama.
"Why do you have a magatama with you?" Maya asked.
"It's the one you gave me two years ago," Phoenix said. "When you were in prison after Dr. Grey died. I always carry it with me."
"That's sweet," Maya said. "A little obsessive, but sweet."
"You really think so?" Phoenix asked.
"Of course," Maya said. "I mean, you carry it everywhere? That's totally obsessive!"
Phoenix winced. "I meant, do you really think it's sweet?"
"I think you're a sweet person," Maya said, snuggling onto Phoenix's arm. "I'm glad we're going to be married."
"Me too, I guess," Phoenix said.
"Don't get me wrong," Phoenix said. "If I had to marry anyone, I'd pick you. But it's just...I'd rather be marrying you because you asked me to, not because I'm being forced to."
"Well...you could always still ask me," Maya pointed out.
Phoenix looked into Maya's face and saw her usual bright grin. He didn't like to admit it, but sometimes he loved it when Maya was in a playful mood like this.
"Okay," he said, getting out of his seat and getting down on one knee. "Maya Fey, will you marry me?"
"Of course!" Maya said.
Maya grabbed Phoenix and started kissing him. The two of them didn't stop until the train arrived back in LA.
Six Months Later...
Phoenix's suit felt scratchy. He didn't understand why he had to wear a black tuxedo instead of his normal suit.
"Stop fidgeting, Wright," Edgeworth muttered out of the corner of his mouth. "Everyone's staring at you."
"My suit itches," Phoenix complained.
"No, it doesn't. You're just having wedding jitters. Now calm down," Edgeworth commanded.
Phoenix had asked Edgeworth to be his best man at the wedding—it was a lot safer than asking Larry to do the job.
They were standing in the front of the courtroom. It was an odd place to have a wedding, Phoenix supposed, but the Kurain law said it had to take place here. It made sense, in a way. It was the place where they shared their first kiss.
The Judge was there, already in his seat. He banged his gavel for order.
"Very well," the Judge said. "I now call the marriage of Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey to order. Is the prosecution prepared?"
"This isn't a trial," Edgeworth said.
"Um...right," the Judge said. "Sorry, seeing you and Mr. Wright in court in the same time made me think...well..."
The Judge pounded his gavel again. "Present the first witness!" he said.
Pearl came down the aisle, throwing rose petals everywhere. As you would have guessed, she made the most adorable flower girl ever.
Then came all the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Detective Gumshoe came with Maggey Byrde. Miraculously, he had managed to get a tuxedo, even on his small salary. Phoenix knew it was mostly due to the fact that Maggey had gotten a job at a clothing store for a month or so—the employee's discount was a big help.
Edgeworth muttered something about how it was completely unfair that everyone else got a big entrance, but he and Phoenix just stood in front the whole time.
Then everybody stood up as Maya entered the courtroom. She was wearing a white wedding dress with a hole cut out of the veil for her top knot to stick through. It was one of the few times Phoenix had seen her in anything other than her spirit medium clothes. She really was a pretty girl—he didn't know why she never wore anything else. She'd look pretty in anything, even Gumshoe's old trenchcoat. Gosh, he was lucky to be marrying her.
"Wright," Edgeworth hissed. "Snap out of it."
Phoenix shook his head. He had been so busy staring at Maya that he had forgotten about the wedding.
"Right," Phoenix said. He reached into his pocket and took out the wedding rings. He gave one to Maya.
"You look beautiful," he whispered to her.
"Duh!" Maya responded.
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness the union of Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey in holy matrimony..." the Judge began, reading off of a piece of paper.
The wedding ceremony was short, as far as weddings go. Phoenix had at first agreed to hold a traditional Kurain wedding, but when he found out that it involved doing handstands down the aisle and smashing two urns together, he changed his mind. There had been a huge fight with Maya about that, and in the end, they decided to have a traditional Kurain wedding with most of the odder ceremonies removed.
The two of them exchanged vows, or what passed for wedding vows in Kurain. Naturally, there was no "until death do us part" line—for spirit mediums, death was not that big of a hurdle when it came to having a married relationship.
After the two of them exchanged rings and promised to love and honor each other, the ceremony came to an end. "And now the big finale!" The Judge said. "I now pronounce you...NOT GUILTY!"
He banged down his gavel and confetti poured from the ceiling.
"Bro! Wrong ceremony, eh?" the Judge's brother called from the audience.
"Augh! Sorry, force of habit. I mean, I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride, wait, Bryde?" The Judge squinted at his sheet of paper. "Isn't Bryde one of the bridesmaids? Maggey Bryde?"
"That's Byrde, Your Honor," Edgeworth said. "Mr. Wright is going to kiss his new wife, not Miss Byrde."
"Ah, that makes more sense," The Judge said, nodding. "In any case, you may proceed with the kissing."
And that's just what they did. The two of them pressed their lips together and stayed that way for a full minute.
Phoenix came up gasping for air. "I know it's probably too late to ask," he said. "But are you sure it's a Kurain tradition for the new couple to kiss for so long? I almost suffocated!"
"I might have made that tradition up," Maya admitted. "But who cares? We're married, Nick!"
"Way to go, Pal! You did it!" Gumshoe said, clamping a hearty hand down on Phoenix's shoulder.
"Congratulations, you two!" Mia said. "I'm sorry I missed the wedding!"
Pearl had been herself during the wedding, but she channeled Mia for part of the after-party. Not that Mia had to worry about missing anything—the whole wedding had been filmed on a professional camera that Will Powers and Penny Nichols had managed to borrow.
Across the room, Larry did a double-take. He could have sworn that Phoenix was talking to Mia, but she was dead! Larry looked down at his wine glass. Maybe he'd had too much to drink...
"I was worried that Nick might chicken out there for a moment!" Maya joked. "But he did it!"
"Look who's talking," Phoenix said. "Didn't you run out of the office two months ago, screaming, 'I can't take it anymore!'?"
"I was talking about the Pink Princess, not the wedding," Maya said. "Have you seen what they did to her character?"
"Um, no, not really," Phoenix admitted.
"You have to now!" Maya said. "Husbands have to watch their wives' favorite TV shows. It's a Kurain tradition."
"Mia, is that really a Kurain tradition?" Phoenix asked.
"As the Head of Kurain, Maya can make up any traditions she wants," Mia said.
"Aw, man..." Phoenix said.
Elsewhere, Lana Skye was talking with her sister Ema. Ema was loudly complaining about the outcome of the bouquet toss, while throwing angry looks at Edgeworth.
Franziska von Karma caught the bouquet. She seemed indifferent about it—"Of course I caught it. A von Karma is perfect," she had said—but when she found out that Edgeworth caught the wedding garter, she blushed furiously.
It was a good thing she had left her whip at home, because when Phoenix and Maya had forced "the happy new couple" to dance, Franziska gave him a look that could curl milk. Fortunately, it had turned out that Edgeworth was an extremely graceful dancer, and the two prosecutors waltzed with each other for over twenty minutes.
Phoenix and Maya decided to call an end to the evening's activities after Larry tried asking Iris out on a date, only to turn around and immediately ask Lana Skye out on a date as well. It was for Larry's own good—Pearl looked like she was going to slap Larry silly for doing that to her sister.
Getting everyone out was a bit of a hassle—the two Judges, in particular, refused to leave until they finished their argument over which one of them had the more luxurious beard—but with the help of Edgeworth, Phoenix managed to clear out the crowd.
After a final goodbye, Edgeworth left the building, leaving Phoenix and Maya alone.
Phoenix looked around. The hall they had rented for the night was a real mess. He doubted they could clean up all the trash by the end of the night, especially seeing how tired (yet happy) Maya looked in her wedding dress.
"So..." Phoenix began.
"So." Maya agreed.
"Let's go home?"
"Sure. Can we pick up burgers on the way?"
"As many as you want."
"Great!" Maya said. "Only, you have to pay for them."
"Objection!" Phoenix cried.
Maya and Phoenix laughed together as they left the building.
And thus ends the story of how Maya Fey officially became Maya Wright.