Sleeping under the tree- Chapter 5
Disclaimer- I don't own them at all, but I really wish that I did.
A/N- Hello to all of my readers! Because the Christmas season is over for another year, this will be the last chapter! BUT, the ideas are already attacking me for a sequel, which will be coming out at the start of the next season, maybe even earlier! -grins- Thank you to all those who continued to read this! This is dedicated to you.
Madison groaned in frustration as she looked at the job that was before her and Nick. They had decided to wrap presents together, except for each other's. Her present to Nick was already wrapped and nestled under the tree that Nick and her friends had decorated. His present to her lay under the tree, along with presents from their friends that hadn't procrastinated and had wrapped everything beforehand. Before her laid presents in shopping bags along with tape, scissors, and wrapping paper.
Nick came up quietly behind Madison, sat behind her and startled her by putting his arms around her waist. "Why did we wait so long to do this?"
"Because we decided that other things were more important," Madison replied.
"Oh, yeah? Like what?" Nick asked as he moved his lips to her neck and began kissing the soft flesh.
She would have come up with a coherent response if she could have, but his lips were doing wonderful things to her neck that she couldn't have stopped even if she wanted to. When it became too much to take, Madison turned around and pulled his lips onto hers for a fiery kiss that left them both wanting more.
Nick ran his tongue along her bottom lip, asking for entrance. She happily obliged and opened her mouth to let his tongue begin a battle for dominance with hers. During their make-out session, they had laid down on the floor, with Nick on top of Madison. Somehow, she had reversed their positions and was now straddling him, one leg on either side of his hips. She broke away from his lips to return the torture that he had given her by kissing and biting softly at his neck. He groaned, letting her know without words that he wanted her to continue what she was doing. He didn't have to tell her though; she could feel how badly he wanted her.
When she broke away from his neck, he nearly whined out loud. "Are you trying to kill me?
"Is it working?" she asked with an impish grin on her face. Her eyes looked down at him, and he saw mischief written in them. She pushed herself off of his warm chest and sat gently on his hips. When she rolled her hips forward, he let out a low groan.
"I'll take that as a yes," she told him huskily. She leaned down and gave him a quick peck on the lips. "Come on, we have to wrap these presents. We can finish this up later."
Nick looked in her eyes and saw that she wasn't kidding around. He fully intended to take her up on her word just as she had said. She moved off of his hips and crawled over to where the unwrapped presents laid, waiting to be given away the next day on Christmas.
"Can we just use magic and get this over with?" Nick groaned. Madison could tell from the tone of his voice that he wanted to get back to what they had been doing.
"I told you already, we're going to do this by hand. It's more meaningful that way," she replied. He responded with a huff and pulled a present to Vida from himself and some wrapping paper towards himself. For several minutes, the only sounds that could be heard were the sounds of wrapping paper being cut and tape being applied. In no time at all, Madison was done, while Nick was trying to figure out how to wrap what he had gotten for Xander, which was a new skateboard.
Madison sat and watched Nick moan in frustration from trying to wrap Xander's gift. When she decided that she couldn't take it anymore, she reached over, measured the amount that she would need and cut it. Within a few minutes, she had it wrapped. "There ya go," she told him with satisfaction.
Nick scoffed. "I don't get how you can do that."
"Just have a present wrapped in only a few minutes. That's not right."
"It comes with being a female," she grinned.
He smiled back at her. "Will you help me so we can be finished?"
She nodded, seeing his blatant desire in his eyes. She helped him and gave him pointers, and in no time, they had finished wrapping the rest of the presents. They put the presents under the tree and stood back to admire their work.
"It looks beautiful, all of it. Thank you, Nick," Madison whispered.
"You're beautiful. And you're welcome. I was too happy to do it," Nick responded. He wrapped his arms around her, both of them just reveling in being with each other. Nick remembered something, and began kissing Madison's neck slowly. She moaned when he sucked on the spot beneath her ear.
"We need to go to sleep sometime, Nick. It's already almost midnight, and you know that both Vida and Chip are like little kids still on Christmas morning," she told him breathlessly.
"I know, but there's no reason why we can't sleep here," he gestured to the Christmas tree.
"Here? Under the tree? You've lost your mind haven't you?" she looked at him incredulously.
"No, I haven't. Christmas is your favorite holiday, so why not spend it under the tree? We can put down a mattress and some blankets. What do you think?"
Madison smiled, touched that he was suggesting all of this. "I think it sounds great. Do you mind getting it all ready while I get ready for bed?"
"Nah, go on. I'll be right here when you get back." She gave him a quick kiss and scampered off to get ready, leaving him alone with his thoughts.
Several minutes later, she came back dressed for bed, wearing a pair of matching pajamas that were blue and red. Nick had brought out a mattress and plenty of blankets and sheets for them to use. All he wore was a pair of sweats. He had already put sheets and blankets on the mattress and was lying down, waiting for her.
"Hey. You tired?" she asked as she curled up next to him.
He shrugged. "A little, you?"
She tried to stifle a yawn, but it was useless. "Just a little. I can't believe that Christmas is finally here."
"Yeah." He wrapped his arms around her, her head resting on his chest. "Let's get some sleep, it's late."
"Merry Christmas, Nick," Madison murmured. "I love you."
"Merry Christmas, Maddy. I love you, too," he told her as they both fell into a deep slumber.
"Hey, you two! Wake up! It's Christmas Day!" Vida told them excitedly.
Nick and Madison sat up, both rubbing sleep out of their eyes. A quick glance at her watch told Madison that it was only 8:30 in the morning. "Sis, it's 8:30. In the morning."
"Yeah, so? Chip would have woken you guys up earlier if I had let him. Besides, he's already started waking everyone else up," Vida shrugged.
Nick shook his head, rising slowly to his feet. He held out a hand to Madison for her to take. He pulled her to her feet and said, "Let's both go get dressed. We might as well, now that we're up."
Madison nodded. "Yeah, you're right. Let's go." They both parted to their rooms to get dressed and showered for the day.
After a few hours, breakfast had been consumed by everyone and presents had been swapped. Nick and Madison had previously agreed that they would give their presents to each other at a separate time, which was now. Madison handed Nick his gift, which was rather large.
"What on earth did you get me that's this big?" Nick asked, looking the present over.
"Just open it and see," she replied. He shrugged and began ripping at the paper. Within seconds, he had unwrapped his gift and opened the box. Inside the box lay a black leather jacket with a large red phoenix on the back of it.
"Where did you get this, Maddy? This must have cost you a fortune," he told her as he held the jacket in his hands and examined it.
"That's a secret, I can't tell you. Can I open mine now?" she asked excitedly. He nodded his head yes and she eagerly ripped the wrapping off of hers. The present was rather small, so she assumed that it was jewelry. She opened the box and gasped. Nestled against white tissue lay a necklace that had two pendants on it, a blue, mermaid shaped one and a red phoenix. "It's beautiful."
"Not as much as you are. Look on the back of the pendants." She held the pendants close to her eyes and inspected them. Sure enough, in tiny print words had been etched. "I hope to share many more Christmases with you. I love you, Nick," Madison read. Her eyes began to water from the sentimentality of the gift.
"Hey, what's wrong? Please don't cry, Madison. It's Christmas," Nick asked as he wiped her tears away.
"I'm not sad, I'm happy. The gift just made me cry. I love you, too," she told him, giving him a kiss on the lips. She leaned against his chest and watched their friends. Vida and Chip were laughing together, Xander and Clare were sitting with each other, Daggeron was looking at the sword that he'd gotten, Jenji was playing with the catnip that he'd received, and Udonna and Lianbow were standing under the mistletoe. Madison nudged Nick and nodded her head in his parents direction. He saw what she saw and laughed.
"Should we make them kiss?" he laughed.
"Why not? We had it done to us and we did it to everyone else. It's only fair," she replied with a bit of an evil grin on her face. "Udonna, Lianbow! Look where you're standing!"
The pair looked up and saw that they were standing under the mistletoe. Everyone's attention was focused on the couple.
"It's tradition, you know. You gotta kiss," Vida teased with a grin.
"Now, now, they don't have to unless they want to," Xander retorted with a smile. He wrapped his arms around Clare's waist and smiled.
Before anyone else could make another remark, Lianbow's lips met Udonna's for a sweet kiss. Nick grinned with happiness. This had been the best Christmas that he had ever had, and he hoped to have many more to come with Madison by his side, along with his friends and family.