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29 December 2008 @ 04:18 pm
Antithetical Statements [Mai x Ty Lee]  
Title: Antithetical Statements
Pairing: Mai x Ty Lee
Fandom: Avatar the Last Airbender
Genre: General, Friendship, Romance
Rating: PG
Word Count: 465

I really should stop writing so much, have become too obsessed with this pairing.


Antithetical Statements

One time in class, their teacher told them to write letters, and the correct way of doing so.

Ty Lee sniggered and glanced to her left, at Mai. (Mai stared back stony and unnerved.) Careful and attentive, Ty Lee began scribbling like mad across her paper—

the teacher nodded approval (Mai shuddered inside, wondering what the hell that girl was doing).

1. Mai wore black today.
(Mai always wore black.)

2. Mai’s mom placed a white clip in my hair.
(Her mother always did: Mai hated white.)

3. Mai shared her lunch with me during break.
(Only because she forgot hers at home.)

4. Mai likes Zuko.
(But Zuko didn’t like her.)

5. Mai is my best friend in the world.
(Mai thought so too—sometimes.)

But sometimes was enough. And Mai really was fantastic, even if she never showed it. Because Ty Lee knew her so well, so much better than herself. And Ty Lee always pictured Mai with her characteristic melancholic thin lips.

She started writing a letter to Mai.

Dear Mai,
She paused and bit at the end of the pen.
I don’t know why I’m writing this, maybe I’ve been inspired
By a woman with mountain-high hair and vulture eyes.
But I just felt like writing, you know?
No, Mai didn’t know.
I had a dream about you last night. It was really weird.
And this was the part when Ty Lee felt afraid.
I think I saw you naked or something. Yeah, it was that weird.
Ty Lee blushed.
But it’s all good because it was just a dream.
The blush grew bigger, splotchy.
Just thought you might want to know.
Just thought she’d alleviate her conscience.
So we’re okay now, right?
More than all right.

Ty Lee finished her flourishes and the florid signature at the end. Sealed it up (with a kiss) and sent it flying over to Mai’s desk.

Praying that the teacher won’t catch it in midair. She didn’t. And Ty Lee exhaled in relief.

Towards the end of class, Mai dropped her pen, didn’t bother copying the rest of the lecture, and opened up Ty Lee’s message. It was folded like a crane, and where the bird’s wings were mauled and dirtied, Mai thought she saw a lip-print.

She opened the letter and began to read. And smiled amused, which was strange because Mai hardly ever smiled.

To: Ty Lee
      Mai began her own version of the tale.
1. It’s not that weird, so don’t be so scared.
     Some things could barely be put into thought.
2. I’m not mad at you either.
     And now, for the finishing touch—
You could be a little nicer to Zuko. That would be nice.
     Because his father and sister were monsters enough.
But you’re always first.