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"I'm sorry Lady Mai but Fire Lord Zuko has guests."

Zuko cringed slightly as he heard her coming closer. It didn't take long for her to burst in and his guests to turn to face her in complete shock.

"Zuko", he heard her say sternly and he knew that he had done something wrong and probably unforgivable. He lowered his gaze somewhat guiltily as he felt her angry gaze on him.

"Fire Lord Zuko, perhaps we should come back later", the two Earth Kingdom men seated before him suggested and he nodded before they stood and left him with his enraged girlfriend and his trembling secretary. Zuko swallowed the lump in his throat as he gathered enough courage to speak.

"That will be all Yin", he told his secretary who bowed lowly and exited his study, leaving him alone with his very unhappy girlfriend and closing the door behind her. Zuko sighed softly before looking at Mai only to see that her annoyed gazed was still plastered on her face and didn't seem to be fading at all.

She watched as the door of the Fire Lord's study closed and they were left alone. She turned sharply to face Zuko, her face still hostile. The slightest of smirks formed on her features when she saw him turn away immediately and look at the floor uncomfortably. She observed his actions for a moment more before speaking.

"Zuko, what's the meaning of this", she asked and pulled out a piece of paper from her pocket. He visibly flinched at the sight of the piece of paper and looked back down. When she was sure that he wasn't about to give her an explanation, she did what she knew would win his attention; she started reading.

"Dear Mai, we've known each other since we were children and I want to ask to marry me. Will you marry me? Love Zuko", she finished and threw her hands up in the air to display her exasperation.

"I'm sorry", he whispered from where he stood and Mai glanced his way, her features quickly softening as she moved closer toward him.

"Zuko, you didn't do anything wrong, it's just that I… I never dreamt that you would ask me to marry you via a letter", she admitted and looked down at the floor.

"Mai", he began and daringly looked up at her. "I'm not a romantic guy but I can assure you that I meant every word that I wrote in that letter", he stated and she turned her gaze to him. "I love you", he said softly and she smiled.

"I love you too", she replied and a smile graced his own features.

"So does that mean you'll marry me?" he asked hopefully and she nodded. He grinned and engulfed her in a warm hug.

"But don't you ever write to me again", she warned as she pulled away slightly. He nodded vigorously in response and she smiled before leaning into his embrace again. And at that moment, his method of asking for her hand in marriage never seemed more perfect.