23rd December, 2012.
"Tarry, let me sleeeeep!" Twi complained. But no, the stubborn sister kept pushing her until she fell out of the bed. The two were going Christmas shopping for the boys. And they had to go early enough that they didn't see them leave, but late enough that they would probably be out of the bus when they got back. They were staying inside the overly cramped bus for Christmas, and the tree was almost breaking the roof. They actually ended up bending it so it would fit the star on top. But they were all happy. All together as a family.
In a silenced hurry, Twi got dressed and pulled her shoes on, and then faced another problem. Her wallet was firmly in Axel's grasp. She had no IDEA why he decided to snatch up her wallet, but he did. So she spent five minutes trying to pry it out of his grasp without waking him until Tarry had enough, and almost woke him by tearing it from his hand.
The shops were already active and bristling with life when they reached their first stop. Target. Twi couldn't imagine how much they could get done here, but she didn't argue. She had learned last Christmas to NEVER question the way Tarry finds her gifts. It was all good fun though.
"Benatar. Would. LOVE THIS!" Twi heard her shout. She turned over from where she was staring at a shirts rack, and saw her hold up a navy blue hoodie with the picture of a British flag on it. She nodded my head, and Tarry dropped it into the basket she was holding that had wrapping stuff in it.
Twi searched for a long time before she found something she knew Axel would like. By the time she'd found a single item, Tarry had found something for each of the guys, had paid for them, and was now looking for something for Twi. But she'd also gotten Twi something a few days ago, so Twi wondered how much stuff she was gonna get.
What she found for Axel was a jacket similar to his favourite shirt. It was grey and had a skull on the left side, but written on the back was 'So Metal'.
She got Puff a game called SingStar, since he was always out for new songs. She got Benatar a book titled 'The Lovely Bones', since she knew how much he liked reading. She got DeeJay a PS3 game, since he hoarded the damn box that he'd won in a contest a while ago like it was gold. She figured he'd appreciate it.
She already knew what she was getting Tarry, but Twi didn't want her to see where she'd got it. She had some money hidden inside her wallet and was going to pay off something she'd had reserved for months at the jewellers. She would get the chance to go to the jewellers when Tarry got the stuff for the Christmas dinner. Puff had suggested Burger Barn again, but everyone had disagreed since last time it had turned into a burger fight that had taken four hours to clean up.
They met up at a restaurant after Tarry had done the shopping. Twi made sure to stuff the small box from the jewellers at the bottom of her bag, and they went over the rest of the plans.
While they ate, they wrapped some of the gifts, unsure of how long they would have to get it done when they got home. Tarry practically dove under the table when she was wrapping her gift to Twi, causing lots of staring in their direction. It was a medium-class place, and Twi had to remind her of it four times. Each time she replied that she wasn't done.
It wasn't easy lugging everything home on foot, but they made it there, and shoved everything under the tree before the guys woke up and Puff demanded breakfast, which he never got.
Christmas morning, 2012.
Oh, nobody could wait! Everyone wondered what presents they would receive from everyone. Nobody couldn't wait to eat either.
It was so cold outside though. It was snowing lightly, and a breeze was blowing calmly. It was pretty, but still cold.
Christmas 'good mornings' were said as they ate a breakfast of assorted waffles. Everyone was impatient to open the gifts, but they decided to wait until later that night.
They played lots of board games like Monopoly, they played a few card games, they photo-shopped everyone on my laptop, and sung some jingles for a while.
When they finished the jingles, they all did our share in cooking dinner. Well, most of them. Puff was finishing his gifts and DeeJay was napping.
When they woke DeeJay, they noticed that Puff had taken the time to draw on him…a lot. It took a lot to hold back the giggles, but he noticed after a while and almost strangled Puff.
"All this before dinner?" Benatar commented, smiling as they all seated ourselves to eat.
They toasted with strawberry wine, a rarity, as they ate, and spoke of the good times they'd had this year. But dinner was gone quickly, and it soon became present time.
"I go first!" Puff instantly shouted. They all shrugged and let him. There wasn't any way they could talk him out of it anyways.
He pulled Twi's gift out first. When he revealed it, he had an expression that was a line between insulted and laughing.
"What the hell?" he asked. "You implying I need singing lessons, Twi?" he asked with a raised eyebrow. Twi shook her head, laughing lightly, but Axel held a hand out flat, and moved it up and down like an elevator, pretty much begging her to nod.
"Puff, it's for the songs. You already have talent." she said with her most charming smile.
"N'aaaw!" Puff replied, obviously flattered.
From DeeJay, he got a book titled 'How To Be An Asshole v02' Puff just made it into a joke.
"Hey thanks, Fat-Boy! I needed the second book! The first one is getting repetitive." he said. It caused many smiles.
From Benatar, he got a hand-stitched blanket with his face on it, which actually made Puff appreciate Benatar for twenty minutes.
From Axel he got a bag of condoms, which made everyone laugh, except Puff.
"This is not funny." he said blankly. Axel gave him a light push on the arm.
"One day you might ACTUALLY get to use one of them!" he said. The joke went on for about five minutes before Puff started to open Tarry's gift. She'd gotten him a shirt with an adorable anime panda on it. He actually loved it.
DeeJay called next, and he opened Puff's gift first, probably telling himself it would be the worst. It was a bottle of diet pills that got Puff slapped on the back of the head.
He opened Axel's next. Of all the strange things, Axel had gotten him a desk fan. But by the look on the faces of the guys, it was a joke.
Tarry had gotten him a collectors set of statues in the group of sea creatures. Puff earned another smack upside the head by saying that the blue whale looked just like him.
He seemed pretty happy with Twi's gift, and it earned a few complaints from Puff, but what more was expected? DeeJay was probably planning on punching him though.
Benatar had gotten him a box of music disks, that was much loved.
Benatar was forced to go next because of Tarry, but he didn't really mind when he went. When he opened Twi's gift, he practically hugged her, producing Tarry's 'jelly' look.
Puff had just done some drawings for him that were surprisingly pretty good. And he seemed to enjoy it.
DeeJay got him a guitar solo book for him to practise over the next year.
"What the blimey?" he was holding Axel's gift, laughing. Everyone peeked over to see what it was.
Axel had moulded some clay in the shape of Santa, but had coloured it so it was a British Santa. It was actually adorable, and quite funny.
Tarry started to get her nervous look when he reached for hers. When he opened the box it was in and unfolded the hoodie, he made a high-pitched noise that sounded like a baby animal seeing it's mother when it comes home.
"I love it!" he shouted. Tarry, relieved smiled happily and let out a deep breath.
Tarry decided she would go next, and she was like a fan girl with each present. Puff had given her a cook-book, suggesting that she should cook more, which got him a third slap to the head. Axel got her a music box that played an instrumental of Jupiter. DeeJay had gotten her a blue phone.
Benatar had gotten her a giant box filled with all sorts of things. Makeup, jewellery, candies, candles, and much more. He said he also had something else for her that he would show her later.
When she grabbed Twi's gift, and opened it, her jaw dropped a little. It was a necklace of gold with an actual diamond encrusted into it. She cooed over it for five minutes, thanking Twi over and over.
Axel called dibs on next, declaring that Twi was special enough to go last, causing some 'awwws' to be heard.
From Puff, he got a bobble-head doll of himself that had a button that played the line 'I'm sexy and I know it!' when pushed. DeeJay had given him a drumming book like Benatar's guitar book. Benatar had given him a pair of sunglasses that had the words 'Metal' in the corners. Tarry had gotten him some new drumsticks, saying his old ones were kinda rusty.
Twi's jacket made him jump for joy for a while until Puff tripped him up, and received another smack to the head.
"Quit it guys, I'm gonna get brain damage!" he complained. Twi laughed, and reached for her present from Benatar. It was a DVD of Inbetweeners, since her old copy was getting scratches from over-usage.
Puff had given her a pale purple knee-length dress for special occasions. DeeJay had given her an MP3 player with two gigabytes of memory on it and two pairs of earphones for it.
Axel had a tiny box for her. It, too, was from the jewellers. It was a locket with a picture of them together inside it. The locket was silver with a ruby heart on the outside.
Tarry had gotten her an art tablet and a box of chocolates with a small teddy bear holding a heart.
As the gifts finished and everyone went to bed, Twi stepped outside to catch some of the cool air. The snow was gently falling still, but she didn't really mind.
Hearing a clearing throat behind her, she turned to look at Axel, who had followed her out.
"Thanks for the hoodie. Did you like your locket?" he asked hopefully, standing beside her. She smiled.
"I loved it." she replied, holding it out from where it was linked around her neck. Axel shifted a bit, and moved his hand over her eyes. She heard him moving around a bit, and when he removed his hand, he was smiling gently.
Her eyes raised above her. There was a tiny mistletoe above them.
From her seat in the music room, Tarry smiled at the sight outside.
"You alright?" Benatar asked, walking in beside her. She nodded, and pointed outside. Benatar nodded, smiling. "So, er…you like your box?" he asked. Tarry giggled lightly.
"It's an interesting, but amazing gift. Thanks." she said. She noticed one of his hands moving her hair away from her face. He leaned forwards and planted a soft kiss on her lips. When he pulled back, he pulled her into a hug.