The spiky haired ninja tore his eyes away from the Bounty’s scanner and peered with curious eyes at his teammate. “Uh, sure, what’s up?”
The freckled ninja gazed around the bridge where Lloyd, Cole, Zane, and Nya were doing their own busy work. “Can we talk in private?” Jay responded in a hushed voice.
Kai raised an eyebrow, but followed Jay out of the Bounty and down to a lower floor. “Jay, what is going on?” He asked once they were far out of ear shot.
He nervously clasped his hands together. “Well, as you know, Nya and I have been dating for quite a while now-” Jay began, but Kai instantly felt a chill shoot down his spine.
“Jay,” Kai interrupted with a warning tone.
“Kai, please,” Jay held up a hand. Kai stopped talking but he could feel his element stir uncontrollably.
Jay brushed his brown curls out of his face, but the blue ninja bravely continued. “Nya is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me, and I have enjoyed every second I have spent with her. I found it only appropriate that I ask you for-”
“Permission?” Kai raised an eyebrow.
Jay paused, then clenched his teeth. Peering up at the taller ninja, he said, “Permission, yes…but more of your blessing.”
Even though he was the Ninja of Fire, a heat flash hit Kai. He stuttered backwards a few steps in shock. “You want….the blessing from me?”
Jay quickly nodded, but then cocked his head. “Why are you so shocked?” He asked Kai.
“Well, you are asking the wrong person.” Kai explained. “My father should be the one to-”
Jay sighed and the curl in the center of his forehead bounced a little. “Well, I thought about it, but he’s not the right person to ask.”
Now Kai’s other eyebrow shot up in curiosity. “And why is that?”
The blue ninja gazed deeply into the eyes of the red ninja. “She wasn’t raised by her father.”
This was one of the very few times in his life that Kai was speechless.
Jay took this opportunity to continue speaking. “You know her the most, even over your own parents. If there is anyone who should bless our marriage, it’s you.”
Kai stared at Jay for a long few seconds before running his fingers through his hair. “Marriage, Jay…” he chuckled. “You are asking me to grant you a blessing to marry my own sister.”
Rocking on his heels, Jay nodded with a smile though tight lips. Then, he paused. “Kai? Are you…tearing up?”
The teen tried to hide his wet cheeks under his spiked bangs. “No, no…it’s just-”
Jay quickly spoke. “If you don’t approve, I understand-”
“That’s just it,” Kai chuckled through tears. “It’s not that I don’t approve, Jay- I just didn’t imagine you asking me.”
“Then I guess that I should go find-” Jay muttered as he turned away, but Kai quickly but gingerly grabbed his arm.
“Jay, I approve.”
The brown haired ninja stopped short, then turned to his teammate. “Kai?”
Kai, still holding onto Jay’s arm, smiled widely from ear to ear. “Jay, it is my honor and pleasure to give you my blessing to marry my sister.”
Now it was Jay’s turn to gawk. He stared wide eyed at Kai.
“Jay,” Kai choked back some emotion as he clasped Jay’s shoulder. “I couldn’t ask for a better brother-in-law.”
With an excited shout mixed with laugher, Jay lunged on Kai with a huge hug. “You are the best, Kai!”
The two future brothers embraced in a celebratory hug before Kai pulled away with a smile. “Now, I guess you must be choosing some groomsmen, including the best man-” Kai grinned, but Jay quickly interrupted excitedly.
“Oh yes!” Jay clapped his hands together. “I didn’t have to think hard to decide that the ninja, Ronin, and Dareth will be the groomsmen,” he answered.
“And the best man?” Kai smiled as he stood as tall as he could.
“Oh, that’s an easy one,” Jay crossed his arms.
Kai chuckled and then shrugged. “Well of course I-” he began, but was interrupted.
“Cole will be ecstatic to hear he will be the best man.” Jay grinned.
Kai’s grin faltered. “Uh…Cole….will be…the best man?” He spoke in a dead tone.
Jay raised an eyebrow. “Well, of course. Who else would it be?”