'Subtle, Ty Lee...' Mai's eyes followed the departing pink-clad back. 'Real subtle...'
She turned her attention back to the surfer.
"I don't hate the world." She told him. "Just certain parts of it." She smiled slightly. "But if it's appealing I'm sure I can find more parts to hate."
Her first impulse was to flinch away from that oh-so-casually draping arm, but she stood her ground. Zuko...LOOSERBOY...had moved on without so much as a backward glance, why shouldn't she? Not that she was planning to settle down and have kids with the first guy who came along. But where was the harm in having a little fun...no matter how much people tended to believe the concept was alien to her?
And there was nothing wrong with Ruon-Jian. Sure he was kind of flighty, easily distracted and she wondered if there was much in the way of meaningful though going on under that hair flip, but he was pleasant company...a bit like Ty Lee actually. What was it they said about opposites?
"I don't see any reason to fight." She said with a smile.
Glancing over her shoulder, she tried to take quick stock of the body language of the two others....
...it actually looked promising!
Grinning she stepped out of sight behind a row of surf boards stuck in the sand, then sat in the shade. Leaning back on her palm, she took out one of her kyoshi fans and waved it gently back and forth by her chin.
Another peek through a small space between boards made her raise a brow. Maybe it would take more than five minutes! Maybe Mai would give her a signal to beat it altogether...
Ruon-Jian was actually sort of attracted to Mai's detached view of the world. The fact that that she brought up that if it was appealing to him, she could find bits to hate was something that really resonated with him well. Maybe he liked a bit of the challenge or the 'dark and brooding' sensibility that he got from her.
Then again, maybe it was that he was lonely. For all the ridiculousness, Ruon-Jian was still a human. An incredibly fake and inflated human, but he was still a human. No, there wasn't much meaningful thought going on underneath his perpetually flipping hair, but he was, as she thought, pleasant company and if he was given half a chance he could actually try.
Granted, he might totally fail with that, but if he did it wasn't actually out of anything malicious. He was just...Ruon-Jian.
For a moment, it looked like he discovered Ty Lee hiding behind the row. Actually though, he had taken the moment to admire the wax and curvature of one of the surfboards. He hadn't noticed her at all, and his attention was soon returned to Mai.
"So, we...uh, we're supposed to go hiking or something, right? You thought it was gonna be all tough or something!"