MERRY

CHRISTMAS

NOTE: I do not own any of these characters. They belong to the WB and only the WB. But I do own Leslie and anyone you don't recognize.

Summary: It's a merry Christmas all around.







CHAPTER 29



That next morning was Christmas. Leslie had slept great. She wasn't worried about her mom or her dad. Rob no longer bothered her (obviously). Leslie had been able to get a good night's rest. So on that Christmas morning she awoke in good spirits. She changed into her blue Christmas sweater with Santa Claus and snowmen on it and a pair of jeans. She was brushing her hair when she heard a knock at the door.

"Come in," said Leslie cheerfully.

Connor walked in. "Hi."

"Hi, Connor. Merry Christmas," said Leslie.

"Merry Christmas. How you doing?"

"I'm great. Come on. Let's go down with others."

Downstairs the adults were talking in the lobby. Gunn and Fred were making out under the stairway's mistletoe.

"Hey," said Cordelia. "Save some of that for us."

Fred and Gunn moved aside and allowed Cordy and Angel to engage in a mistletoe kiss. Lorne once again pretended to be grossed out. That's when Leslie and Connor walked down.

"Hi," said Connor. Cordy and Angel broke apart with a smile. "Good morning."

"Merry Christmas," said Leslie brightly.

"Merry Christmas," everyone said simultaneously.

"It'll be merrier once we take a crack at these gifts," said Gunn.

"Let's do it," said Fred.

"I'm in," said Angel.

"Ditto that," added Lorne.

As the adults gathered around the tree and started handing around the gifts Leslie turned to Connor.

"Thank you," she said.

"For what?" Connor asked perplexed.

"For being you. Connor, I know I have been the worst friend lately. But you haven't. You were a friend when I needed one, you gave me a real home, and you're just Connor. You're the best friend I could ever have."

"Thanks, Leslie," Connor said. "But I don't want to be your friend."

"You don't?"

"No. I want to be more than that. Leslie, I've never felt this way about anyone. I like you. No, forget that. I love you," said Connor.

Leslie became wide eyed. "I love you, too," she said.

"Let's seal it," said Connor.

They joined together in a kiss. Angel, Cordy, Fred, Gunn, and Lorne all turned and looked at the two of them.

"Finally," Lorne sighed.

"It's about time," said Gunn.

"Oh, yeah," said Angel. "But you can stop at any time!"

Connor and Leslie broke apart with grins on their faces. They walked over and joined the others in gift unwrapping. Leslie found one particular present with her name on it. When she opened it she found a half of gold heart on a chain. She looked over at Connor. He took out from under his sweater a chain with the other half of the heart on it.

"I love you," Connor mouthed.

"I love you, too," Leslie mouthed back grinning.

Angel looked up at Connor. "You seem happy," he said.

"I am. Merry Christmas, Dad."

"Merry Christmas, son."





A/N: Well, this is it. Sorry, but no sequel this time. *SOBS!* I guess this is a happy ending (is Jess out there?!). All I can add to it is Merry Christmas, everyone. Happy Hanukah. Happy Kwanzaa. And a very happy new year to you all. And may God bless us all. :D