A Boyfriend for Christmas

By the extremely giddy: Artemis

Part One

The entire mall was decorated with Christmas cheer. Colorful lights flashed cheerily from shop windows and white streamers made everything look snowy, all leading to a mound of white, where Santa sat on his throne. Children lined up with their parents as they waited for the opportunity to sit on the big man's lap and divulge all their selfish desires.

A 12-year-old Kagome gazed upon the beauty that was brought out by the holiday. A light smile played on her lips as she watched eager children drag grown adults into the long line. Nothing quite beat the mall at Christmas time.

"Oh! Kagome. There's Hojo!" Kagome turned her deep brown eyes upon her friend, Eri. The girl was looking at a light-haired boy with a wistful expression on her face.

Kagome rolled her eyes as Eri took off with a 'Be right back,' to talk to the boy she wanted. Her attention was soon diverted to a young girl that looked close to tears.

Beside the small brunette child stood a teenage boy with silver hair, a color Kagome had never seen on anyone's head before. She watched as he placed a hand on the girl's arm and said something. She looked back at the Santa and then back at him with a shake of the head.

'The poor girl, must be scared of him!' Kagome thought with a smile. She walked over to the two, gathering her courage; she'd never been one to talk to strangers of her own free will.

"Hey, you going to see Santa?" she smiled at the small girl, who blushed and looked towards the boy.

"She's kind of intimidated right now." He answered, looking at her with bright golden eyes. "Come on, Rin. If you don't see him now, you won't have the chance later." Kagome pursed her lips with thought.

"Why don't I go with you?" the little girl, Rin, looked up at her with innocent eyes and nodded shyly. Kagome reached out a hand to her and began walking up to the Santa Claus.

She stood a step or two away as the small child sat on Santa's lap with a timid smile. They talked in whispers for a moment before Rin got up and, with a big smile, went running back to the boy she was originally with.

"And what is it that you want, little lady?" Kagome turned back to the Santa, shaking her head.

"I'm too old to believe in Santa. And what I want can't be put under a simple Christmas tree." She went to walk away, but was stopped by a hand on her wrist.

"Go ahead and tell me, I'll see what I can do." The man smiled kindly at her and patted the seat next to him. Deciding to humor him, she sat and divulged one of her very few selfish desires.

"I want a boyfriend." She began with a small blush. Santa smiled with a twinkle in his eyes. "But not just any boyfriend. I want one who's kind, sweet, won't like, cheat, or break my heart." She looked away and spotted Rin walking away with the boy who was looking at her. He smiled and mouthed a 'thank you' before being dragged away. "I want the perfect guy for me." She muttered in an undertone.

"I'll see what I can do, I promise." Santa repeated to the girl. She smiled brightly, thanked him, and ran off to meet back with her friends.

The next morning, Kagome quietly made her way down the stairs of her home. She hadn't gotten up at five o'clock on Christmas day in a long time. Before her brother awoke, she wanted to see if it was real, if he was real. The next morning, Kagome quietly made her way down the stairs of her home. She hadn't gotten up at five o'clock on Christmas day in a long time. Before her brother awoke, she wanted to see if it was real, if was real.

A small green box peeked out beneath the decorated fir tree, looking oddly separated from everything else.

Her name was on it…

She lifted the lid with a pounding heart, and pulled out a small plastic bear with a brass plate attached to its chest.

'At the end of the tenth year

When the two hearts are ready,

A promise will be fulfilled

And result in a love that's steady.'

"Ten years?" she sat back on her heels with a defeated sigh. "By then, I'll be old and wrinkled." She took the figurine up to her room and set it on her dresser. Climbing into bed, she glanced at it one last time. "I hope you know what you're doing." With another sigh, she drifted back off into dream land.

She looked around outside the door towards the elevators. She sighed and closed it with a definite snap. Kagome walked further into the empty courtroom to a woman who sat on a bench with two children.

The judge, an older looking man with a set face, looked at her expectantly. She cleared her throat and stood beside one of the children.

"Your honor. We're here to request Ms. Omishi's children be taken from foster care and delivered back to her." The judge nodded his acknowledgement.

"And who is in charge of this case?" He asked, his voice gentle but reeking with authority. Ms. Omishi stood up.

"My lawyer, Sesshomaru Akahori." She responded quietly, her voice breaking from nerves.

"And where is Mr. Akahori now?"

Kagome took a deep breath. "He's not here yet, your honor. Perhaps we could wait a bit more?" He opened his mouth to say something, but she quickly cut him off. "Please. Ms. Omishi would like to have her children back in time for the holidays. She's done everything instructed by the courts. She is no longer living at the shelter, she has a steady job. She's worked hard to get her kids back."

The judge raised a hand for silence. "Alright. Courts close early for holidays, your lawyer has until noon to get here." All present looked at the clock.

'Eleven…that should give him enough time…'

She watched the minutes slowly tick by and when the clock struck twelve, the lawyer was still nowhere to be found. Ms. Omishi hugged her children close as the judge cleared his throat.

"I'm sorry, Ms. Higurashi, but I must reschedule this court hearing for the new year. Mr. Akahori isn't here and I can't stay, I have a family of my own." He gazed sympathetically towards the children. "I'll see you all after the new year."

Kagome frowned and turned back to Ms. Omishi and her children. "I am so sorry I have to do this." She led them to the hall, towards the elevators.

"I love you both." Ms. Omishi kneeled and gathered her kids in a bone-cracking hug, then allowed Kagome to lead them away.

"I'm really sorry about this. I'm sure he had a very good reason for missing something as important as this." She shot the older woman an apologetic look before taking each child by the hands and waiting for the elevator.

Christmas wasn't going to be a very happy one this year…as if it ever was.

Alrighty then. This is my super Christmas special I've been talking about in my other stories. I'm putting everything else on hiatus until I have this completely out and finished, it should be only two or three chapters more…and they'll be a lot longer. For the sake of getting flamed, yes…he will be a bit OOC in this…but it's absolutely necessary. I hate doing that a lot of the time, but I can't help it. He has to be a little nice…For those curious, this is loosely (well…not SO loosely) based on 'A Boyfriend for Christmas' the Hallmark movie. It's really cute…I suggest you watch it. After I finish this, I will be getting a back to work on Never Forgotten and Silent Love. So, for those who haven't read those…go ahead and review for them…I'm the shameless promoter, yes, I know.

Hope you guys enjoy this loads and loads. It's a lot of fluff and sweetness. I'm kind of expecting flames…but please, keep them tasteful. I really don't appreciate rudeness, and all suggestions are taken to mind, but I already know where this will be going, what will happen, and how it will end. There's not really much else to say…so…LOVES!

Nollaig Shona Duit! (Happy Christmas in Irish XP)