Disclaimer: Characters, etc. belong to Mike and Bryan. I write this purely for entertainment purposes.
Summary: For Zutara Week 2011. Prompt: Secret. AU.
Song Inspiration: Stupid, Sarah McLachlan
She stood with her hands in the dirty water, scrubbing food bits off dishes and scouring grease off pans. She could hear the roar of laughter from the dining room, her husband's languid voice carrying to her ears as he regaled the room of delegates with tales of luxury and regality. She rolled her eyes with flourish and removed her hands from the murky water, rinsing the dishes and placing them in the strainer. She drained the water, cleaned the sink, and replenished the moisture in her hands with a small bit of seaweed lotion she kept in her apron pocket. Plastering on a smile, she returned to the dining room and sat beside the man she'd wed only a year ago. He reached for her hand, placing a plaintive kiss on top of it and squ