Author's Note: I decided to make this only four chapters instead of five because I'm really busy working on my two Days of our Lives stories. So I hope you enjoy the final chapter of this and have a great Christmas!
Kelso stared at Cassie in amazement, "I think you said it was already too late and that I was already dead."
"You were never dead, Kelso." Cassie replied, "I came here to try and get you to change your mind about not wanting to exist. If you were to decide that you didn't want to exist anymore now, it would be over. But God believes in second chances. So, what are you going to do?"
"Damn, do you even have to ask?" Kelso shook his head in amazement, "I want to go back. I want to stay on Earth."
Cassie's eyes were shining with tears but she tried to smile, "I'm glad you did the right thing. Don't ever give up on life, Kelso. As bad as things can get some times, if I had the chance to go back, I would. There were so many things I wanted to do and now I can't."
Kelso opened his mouth to speak but Cassie put a finger to her lips, "Good luck." there was a white flash of light and then Cassie was gone.
Kelso bolted upright in his bed, breathing hard. The sky was now a royal blue colour and he could see Christmas lights shining through his window.
"It was all a dream." he mumbled sleepily, getting out of bed and stretching, "But it couldn't have been." He remembered the Christmas party at Eric's house and jerked alive. He was fully dressed, so he hurried down the hall. His parents were still sitting in the living room but they were watching TV now. Their expressions turned to worried and apprehensive when they saw Kelso.
"Michael, are you okay?" his mother asked him tentatively. Kelso suddenly recalled screaming at them for lying about his father. He decided that he didn't have to be mad about it anymore. Because his dad was his father in every way that mattered.
"I'm fine." he assured her, "I'm sorry for getting so mad about that....... thing earlier. I'm not mad anymore. I think you both did the right thing. But I really have to go now, so I'll see you later tonight."
Before he went out the door, he stopped dead in his tracks, "I have to get the lights." he remembered Red asking about them that morning.
After grabbing the large box, he went out the door to his home, not noticing his mom and dad staring after him with proud smiles on their faces.
"Michael!" Kitty exclaimed when she opened the door to let him in, "Oh, look, you brought the Christmas lights."
"Hey, Mrs. Forman." Kelso dropped the box of lights on the floor, "It's good to see you." without warning, he pulled her into a hug. He was glad that she hadn't been murdered by Hyde.
"Well, it's good to see you so enthusiastic." Kitty patted him on the back, "Now, I think it's time for you to go downstairs with all your friends."
Kelso rushed down the stairs and broke into a smile when he saw all of his friends. Fez was cramming a sugar cookie into his mouth, Eric and Donna were sitting on the couch making out and Jackie and Hyde were talking to Laurie and her date, Travis or whatever his name was. He looked over at Fez and was glad his friend didn't seem upset about Laurie and Travis. Then again, he had probably gotten used to Laurie dating other guys by now.
No one had noticed his presence yet. He decide that first person he wanted to talk to was Hyde.
"Hyde, how's it going?" Hyde turned to Kelso with a vaguely irritated expression on his face.
"I'm fine." Hyde responded tightly and Kelso could see that he was a little angry at Kelso for what had happened earlier that morning.
"Can I talk to you in private for a few minutes?" Kelso asked, "Because it's, like, really important, dude."
"All right." Hyde conceded and the two of them went into the corner of the basement. Kelso cleared his throat, wondering how he was going to tell Hyde that he was his half-brother.
"First, I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for kissing Jackie this morning." Kelso began, "But it was completely innocent, I swear. And I want try to come between you and Jackie anymore because I'd never do that to my own brother."
Hyde blinked twice before replying, "What the hell did you just say?" he asked.
"This might freak you out a little, but we have the same dad. Bud is my dad too and that makes us half-brothers, right?" Kelso asked.
Hyde punched Kelso in the arm angrily, "Don't even joke about something like that, you moron."
"But I'm not joking," Kelso protested, "I heard my parents talking about it. It's the truth."
"You're really serious, aren't you?" Hyde stared hard at Kelso. Kelso nodded slowly, hoping Hyde would believe him. Finally, Hyde shook his head.
"Well that was...... unexpected." Hyde ran a hand through his hair, then lowered his voice conspiratorially, "Why don't we keep this between me and you? None of the rest of the gang has to know."
"That's fine with me." Kelso responded in a carefree tone, "And guess what? I met my guardian angel today!"
"There are no such things as angels." Hyde shot back, a blank look on his face.
"Actually, there are." Kelso smiled at the memory Cassie, "And my guardian angel, well, that is one very sexy angel."
"You're insane, Kelso." Hyde told him, trying not to smile at the dreamy expression on Kelso's face. Kelso seemed to notice something behind him and walked away from Hyde without word.
Hyde turned around to see what Kelso was doing. He looked like he was talking to someone, only there wasn't anyone there. Hyde sighed loudly before going back to Jackie.
"It's just my luck that I end up related to a lunatic." he muttered.
Donna smiled at Eric happily as he moved one finger along her cheek gently, "You look really beautiful, you know that?" he whispered in her ear.
She giggled a little bit and hugged him tightly, "Thanks. I guess letting Jackie plaster about fifty pounds of make-up on my face was worth it then."
"It really was." Eric agreed, taking another look at the strapless white dress she was wearing. It brought out the red highlights in her hair and grey eyeliner made her eyes seemed bigger than usual.
Eric looked past his girlfriend and started. Kelso was standing in the back, talking to a girl in a white dress. A pale yellow glow seemed to illuminate off her shoulders. She noticed Eric staring at her and gave him a little smile. Eric's mouth dropped open in surprise. Donna saw the look on Eric's face and turned around to see what he was looking at. He could tell that she didn't see the girl with Kelso.
"What's wrong?" Donna asked him, her eyes conveying the concern she was feeling.
Eric decided that she wouldn't believe him if he did tell her, "Nothing." he said quickly, then wrapped his arms around Donna's waist, "I love you."
Donna kissed him on the lips for a few seconds, "And I love you. Merry Christmas, Eric."