After comforting the Merovingian, Persephone walked back over beside Cain and Abel. Persephone, Cain, Abel, Vlad, and the Twins stood in silence as the Merovingian walked around them. He cleared his throat several times before speaking.

"I suppose you're all waiting for me to give the 'ok' for all of us to celebrate Christmas?"

No answer came to the Mero's question. He sighed and placed his hands behind him.

"As much as I hate to, you can all go ahead and celebrate it."

A rousing cheer went up from everyone, except for the Mero and Vlad.

"Let's all go to the restaurant and have a huge Christmas party!" said Perse, excitedly. At the mentioning of the party, everyone walked toward the door leading to that part of the chateau. The Mero stopped Two.

"Thanks."

"For what?"

"For bringing me to my senses." The Mero said. Two smiled and walked out of the Great Hall. Persephone walked up to the Mero and smiled before pointing up.

"Is that mistletoe up there?" the Mero asked.

"Uh huh." Perse giggled then grabbed the Mero and gave him a huge kiss.

"Placing that mistletoe up there was a good idea!" One laughed.

"Yeah it was wasn't it?" Two smirked. "Mero and Perse smooching under the mistletoe."

The Merovingian's eyes widened and he quickly pushed Perse away and looked into the next room, where the Twins were laughing and snickering.

"Get out of here!" the Mero roared. The Twins took off running toward the kitchen, still laughing as they went. The Mero sighed and turned back to Perse.

"Sometimes I catch myself thinking why I saved those two."

"I'm glad you did." Perse smiled. "The chateau needs a little humor."

"A guy can't even kiss his wife in private around here."

"Shall we try it again?" Perse smiled.

When the Mero and Perse finally made it to the restaurant, they found the Twins seated at their usual table, calmly waiting.

"You two have fun?" Two grinned.

"None of your business." The Mero grumbled, seating himself at the table.

The rest of the day went better than the Twins had planned on. Surprisingly the Merovingian got into the spirit of the season, even though he pretended like he didn't enjoy it. After a Christmas banquet at the restaurant, Perse helped the Twins carry in the gifts that Two had placed under the tree the night before. The Twins passed them out to everyone, even the Mero and Vlad. After opening the gifts, the rest of the afternoon was filled with warm activities such as listening to traditional Christmas music, talking, and watching a Christmas movie.

At the closing of the day, the Twins walked upstairs to their rooms.

"Quite a day." One breathed.

"Yeah. I don't think we've had this much excitement since the Mero kidnapped the Keymaker." Two chuckled. "I was surprised at how well the Mero accepted it all."

"Kinda scary isn't it?"

"Yeah." Two sighed. "Scary when you think how fast the Mero agreed to us celebrating Christmas and how he actually got into it himself."

"I've never seen the Mero like that." One opened the door to his room.

"Do you really think he enjoyed it? Or do you think he was just faking it to please us?"

One shrugged.

"You never can tell about the Mero."

"Well, G'night, One." Two walked on down the hall before stopping in front of his bedroom door. "And Merry Christmas."

"Merry Christmas to you too, brother." One smiled.

The End

Story written: 2003

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