Tyzula and “Enamor Me” for the ask meme 😊
Enamour Me = A fluffy drabble about characters trying to woo one another.
Sorry this took a while! It actually took me a while to come up with an idea for this one.
Azula glared at her reflection in the mirror. Why was this so utterly challenging? Azula was a hard worker and willing to tackle any problem, but this left her speechless, without answers. And she hated it.
She’d never asked anyone to the Firelight Festival before. As a child, she’d been obligated to go with her family. She had no idea how to go about this, especially not when said person that she wanted to ask was her best friend.
Azula had already nearly destroyed their friendship during the war. How could she ask Ty Lee to the Firelight Festival without ruining it again?
As if summoned by her thoughts, Ty Lee bounced into the room, only offering a quick knock on the door before entering. Usually, the quick entry without much warning would have annoyed Azula, but not when it was Ty Lee. Never with Ty Lee.
« Hey, Zula! » her best friend’s tone of voice matched her bubbly personality, as it always did. It made Azula feel like she was transported to a world where everything was suddenly okay. « I can’t wait for the Firelight Festival later today! The lights are gonna be so pretty and the food’s gonna be amazing, and there’s going to be dancing! I wait for this every year! »
« Really? » Azula’s voice was practically shaking as she struggled to contain her nerves. « I don’t remember you going when we were children. »
« That’s because I couldn’t see you. You were always with your family when we were kids. »
Azula sighed. « That I remember. »
Ty Lee swung around the chair that Azula was sitting in and cocked her head. « Ooh, I wonder who’s gonna go together. I saw so many adorable couples in town today! »
Azula felt her face grow hot. « I’m sure. » A pause. There was no way around this. « Are...you going with anyone? »
To her dismay, Ty Lee nodded enthusiastically. « Yeah! Mai and Zuko and I are going as a group. You should come with us! »
Azula sighed. She would pretty much rather die than go to the Firelight Festival with her brother, but if Ty Lee was going to be there... « I’d like that. »
Even if an offer to go as a group meant Ty Lee didn’t feel the same way about her (and honestly, she couldn’t blame her)...well, Azula wasn’t letting her friend go a second time.
At the festival.
Ty Lee sighed. She wasn’t used to being nervous around people that she liked. Maybe that was because she’d never really liked anyone before. Not like this.
An offer to go as a group? What sort of message did that send? What had she been thinking?
She’d wanted to ask the Fire Nation princess to go with her, but she’d gotten nervous. It had taken her by surprise, and she’d just spit out the first words that had come into her brain.
Still, she thought as she wandered through the streets with Azula, Zuko, and Mai, this wasn’t so bad. She loved spending time with her friends, and the festival was one of the loveliest things she’d ever seen.
The night went on, and Ty Lee felt her hopes falling. Azula seemed no closer to her than to Zuko or Mai, perfectly friendly (for Azula) but nothing more. Even as the fireworks began, she felt her usual smile dwindle a little. She’d been silly to think a princess would ever like her that way. She was a girl from the circus, after all, strange and un memorable all at once.
But tonight was not a night to think about her insecurities, and Ty Lee forced a smile as they watched the fireworks. All around them, the streets erupted into cheers and music. People began to dance.
She felt a nudge on her left shoulder. Turning, she saw Azula beckoning to her. The princess was uncharacteristically quiet, almost as though she was afraid to speak. Wordlessly, she led the acrobat over to a stand selling fire lilies.
Ty Lee squealed. « Oh Azula, look how pretty they are! » Azula offered her a smile in return, exchanging a gold piece and a strange glance with the merchant. Nodding, he handed a flower to Ty Lee.
Ty Lee grinned, disappointment temporarily forgotten. « Oh, Zula! This is gorgeous! » She hugged the flower close to her chest.
« Open the petals, » said Azula, a strange tremor in her voice. Wait...was she blushing?
Ty Lee carefully opened the petals of the red flower. Inside sat a note, written in a neat cursive Ty Lee recognized as belonging to Azula.
Will you dance with me?
Ty Lee gasped! « Oh, Zula! » She threw herself into a hug, and was happily surprised when Azula hugged her back. « I’ve been trying to ask you something like this all day, but I got so nervous and I just spit out random words! I’m sorry! »
Azula laughed, truly smiling for the first time all night. « Me too. But I got so nervous that I could barely speak. It was strange and I hated it. »
Ty Lee laughed. « Well, you found a way to ask without speaking! You were always so smart. »
Azula was definitely blushing now. « Well, now that all our silly little nerves are out of the way... » she turned to Ty Lee and held out her hand, « may I have this dance? »
« It would be my honor. »
Not sure if this is actually a drabble, but I had so much fun writing it that I don’t care. I love Tyzula.
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