Indecent Proposal Dec 22, 2017 21:12:06 GMT -5
Post by Zuka on Dec 22, 2017 21:12:06 GMT -5
”Well, this has been a eventful trip home”
Zuka thought to herself as she walked through the busy marketplace in the Firenation capital. She needed to get out of the house and away from her family and their unrelenting questions and comments about her. Zuka supposed she deserved it for leaving like she had and being gone as long as she was but that didn't mean she wanted to hear it. It was bad enough already that she had let Zula talk her into coming back here for their cousins promotion ceremony.
Ikem was their Uncles eldest son and the eldest child out of all of the cousins and his promotion was a big deal for the heavily military influenced family. Ikem had a bright military career ahead of him and it wouldn’t be long before he climbed the ranks some more and that meant a lot to her Uncle and grandparents. Naturally, their mother wasn’t one to be outdone or left out and had insisted on taking care of the party preparations. Something that no one dared try to argue with, everyone knew Feena was more than capable with the party planning and Zuka was sure their uncle was happy to be rid of that burden...even if his sister took things to the extreme.
If this had been for anyone else then Zuka would have probably just sent a letter and gift of congratulations, but, since it was Ikem.. someone she had been close to in her youth she didn’t put up much of a fight when it came to Zulas attempt at guilt tripping her.
Though, part of her wish she had.
The girls had arrived a few days early to help their mother with the preparations and visit with the family. While the rest of family had scolded, prodded and interrogated Feena seemed distant. Zuka had been certain that their mother would be the worst of them all but the woman hardly seemed to care. In fact, it was their grandparents that were the worst. Maybe Feena didn't want the fight before the big party?
Feena still fussed about everything being perfect but she had been too busy with running things to really harp on Zuka about things which was nice. Feena almost seemed distracted about something but Zuka wasn’t going to question her good fortune, it was nice to actually enjoy something for once without having to worry about if she was acting proper enough or not.
Of course, it didn’t take long to realize why Feena was so distracted.
The party had been beautiful and extravagant..something that bothered Zuka a little. Even for Feena this was a bit over the top for what this was. Sure, Ikem deserved this and more but this seemed to go far beyond a simple military promotion/family gathering. Their had also been a lot of members from the Fire Nation royal council as well as the Prince and Firelord herself. Iroh wasn't that much of a surprise since he was a military man himself and had more or less grown up with their family but his mother? Firelord Izumi usually always politely declined invitations like this.
Zuka wondered what kind of strings Feena had to pull to get Izumi here.
Their mother was never one to miss a chance to show off and with all the predominant families and military powers in the Fire Nation gathered in one place Feena had the perfect opportunity to remind everyone of the Ou-Yongs influence.
Just how did she do that?
By announcing the engagement of her daughter to the Prince.
Zuka had been taking a drink when the announcement was made and she almost spit it out on a general she was standing by from the shock. Was Feena serious? Zuka immediately began canning the room for her sister and she saw Zula standing near Iroh and their mother. She looked at her sister from across the room but Zula refused to make eye contact with her. Had Zula known this whole time? Why didn’t she tell her before hand? Why keep it from her? If she had told her on the way here then Zuka could have had time to properly congratulate her sister. She was getting married! To the Prince no less and that was quite the big deal. Zuka wasn't even aware that Iroh and Zula were seeing each other, Zula never mentioned him much before. Why keep all this a secret?
Realization hit her like a bolt of lightning and whatever excitement she was feeling quickly disappeared. It wouldn’t be below Feena to arrange a betrothal and spring it on Zula the last minute. It also wasn't below her to use a reason such as her nephews big promotion to steal his thunder and break the news because the whos whos of the Firenation was here.
The more she thought about it the more the betrothal made sense and Zuka wanted to go pull Zula aside and question her about this but once the engagement was out everyone had flocked to the new couple. That wasn't good, Zuka wanted to talk to her sister about this in private so she could get some actual answers, not just what everyone around them would want to hear. Of course, that wasn’t going to happen any time soon. It wasn’t everyday that a royal engagement came around so naturally everyone was excited and Zuka was going to have to be patient.
Patience had never been a strong virtue in Zuka however and after waiting for about a hour she finally excused herself from the party and tried to wait for Zula to come back to her room later that night. But either her sister was still busy with everyone or she was avoiding her because by the time Zuka finally went to bed Zula had still not returned.
The next morning Zuka knew she had to get out for a bit to clear her head and try to work through this first.
After waking up she dressed in a pair of dark blue pants that stopped just below her knee and put a light open backed dress that tied around her neck. The dress was a lighter blue color that stopped at the knees with slits up the side to allow for easier movement and was nice and flowy to combat the Fire nation heat. When she was dressed Zuka slipped on a pair of flat shoes, pulled on the arm band she wore to cover the lightning scar on her arm and pulled her hair up into a lose bun on the top of her head. Since the dress was open in the back the arm band was useless considering the scar traveled up her arm and wrapped around to her back but,, Zuka wore the thing mostly out of habit, it had become part of her.
Once she was ready Zuka grabbed her bag and headed for the dining room to grab something small for breakfast and to her surprise she was alone. Usually her mother was up and eating around this time but she figured she must have a lot of planning to do and was quietly thankful that she didn’t have to take part in any of that. After eating a quick breakfast Zuka told one of the servants that she was going out to the market and would be back sometime later.
It was nice to be back out in something that reminded her of Republic City, it was so familiar and it let her forget about the night before. Zuka was enjoying the busy city sounds, the warmth of the sun and the warm sea breeze that would blow past every now and then. This was the Fire Nation she had missed the most, not the stuffy upperclass lifestyle but this. Their country was so rich in history and culture and while she got a small taste of it back in Republic City it was nice to be in the thick of it again.
Zuka wandered around the market for a few hours, visiting old haunts from her youth and finding new ones that had popped up during her time away and when the sun hit its mid day peak Zuka decided to grab something cold to drink and rest a bit.
Walking to Azulon park she found a drink stand and ordered a cold glass of leeche juice after paying for the drink she found a quiet, shady bench to sit on while she rested. Quietly Zuka sat there and sipped from the paper cup, watching some kids run around playing tag or the birds nearby fight over some discarded bread someone had left.
Eventually though that watching them had lost its interest and Zuka closed her eyes and hung her head back a little with a content sigh. This was nice, it wasn’t often that she could enjoy solitude like this and she was almost dare she say it relaxed.
Of course, she should have known that her solitude wouldn’t last because wasn’t long before she heard someone clear their throat next to her. Zuka didn’t open her eyes however to see who it was, in fact she hoped that if she pretended like she didn’t hear them they would just walk away.