If you’d like, do 12 for the “101 ways to say I love you”
12 "I have an extra ticket... Would you like to go with me?"
Zuko snorts as he walks into the living room and a familiar sight meets his eyes. His roommate is on the very edge of the couch cushion, his expression serious and his tongue just barely peeking out of his tight-lipped frown. He looks so tense, and his eyes don’t even flicker over to Zuko when he walks in. He’s completely focused on the screen in front of him, the grip on his controller so strong that Zuko wonders how much longer it will survive.
“I think your problem is that you need to relax,” Zuko says, repeating something he said earlier that week as he watches Sokka's player on the screen. “Every time the weaker monsters get close to you, your movements are too tense and erratic and they damage your health by the time you get to the boss.”
"I'm trying, this level is just so stupid," Sokka sighs. He doesn’t look at Zuko, but his frown deepens. “I thought you were terrible at video games?"
They had found the PlayStation2 by chance while browsing the pawn shop downtown, amazed that for the price they got it at, it turned on without Sokka getting the chance to tear it apart like he had wanted to. They only have one controller for now and a handful of games, so Zuko is content to spend his free time watching the game and pretending to not be staring at the way Sokka sticks his tongue out when he's focused or the smile on his face when he beats a level.
“I’m terrible at playing them, yes," Zuko agrees. "I have lots of experience in watching, though, between you and Azula.”
Sokka laughs. “Fair enough.” He isn't very good at video games either, but he likes the challenge, and he seems to enjoy having an audience for his gaming commentary.
He’s silent after that and Zuko thinks, this is it, this is his chance. But then he glances at the screen and realizes Sokka is fighting some of the smaller creatures off, and he waits until an aggressive punch has his character stumbling off a cliff to speak up.
“Is this what you’re going to do for the rest of your Friday night then?” he asks, super casually, the pinnacle of cool and collected.
“Hm?” Sokka asks, looking away from the screen as his character loads back to the checkpoint. “Oh, I was just passing the time. Do you have any plans?”
“I was actually going to the movies, they’re showing Shrek to celebrate the 20th anniversary,” Zuko says.
Sokka’s jaw drops open. “Really? I love Shrek!”
I know you do. “Oh, well, I have an extra ticket, actually...would you want to come with me?”
Practicing that line in the mirror a dozen times paid off. He nails the delivery, and then Sokka’s eyes light up as if Zuko has offered to take him on a fancy and expensive date and not like he just spent $5 to buy an extra ticket solely for the purpose of inviting Sokka.
Sure, they've seen movies together before, but those are usually with their friends, and they don't always get the chance to go just the two of them. Shrek isn't the most romantic of movies, and Zuko isn't actually sure he has seen the entire thing all the way through, but maybe if it gets Sokka in a good enough mood, Zuko will have the courage to--
"I'll go get dressed," Sokka says excitedly, and Zuko blinks back to reality to see that he has already saved and turned off the game. "Do you want to get dinner first?"
Zuko lets out a shaky breath. "I'd love that."
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