*DISCLAIMER: I do not own or profit from anything connected with "InuYasha" or "Yu Yu Hakusho." As a matter of fact, the people with the rights to them have most of my money from my investments in the manga, anime, and merchandise. I just like to write about the characters when I'm not playing with my Hiei and Kagome toys. ^_~

Just a short piece to get me in the holiday spirit by participating in TheDeadliestSin's December '09 Challenge. The challenge consists of 5 seasonal prompts. I won't promise I'll write for all of them, but hopefully, I'll get a couple of them done. ^_^ This one is for "ribbon."

Gift-Wrapped

"Hey, Hiei! It's about time you got here. I was beginning to think you weren't going to come," Yusuke greeted the fire apparition loudly.

"If I had known that was an option, I wouldn't be here."

Yusuke laughed and clapped him on the back. "Now, now. Don't be like that. This is fun! This year is almost over and we deserve to cut loose and celebrate. Look: we've got lots of good food and beer, and the girls are all decked out in their fancy dresses. We've even got some mistletoe hung up," he said with a wink.

"I did not come here to watch you make advances on all the females present."

He sure didn't come here to watch that oaf, Kuwabara, slobbering on Yukina, either. This whole night was going to be miserable.

"Aha! Present! I knew it! You're dying of curiosity about your present. Botan's idea to have a gift exchange was a good one, wasn't it? Well, you'll just have to wait until midnight. I will tell you you're going to love yours because I got your name. And I knew exactly what to get you. It's something you've been needing for a long time." Yusuke grinned and clapped him on the back again.

Hiei could just imagine what Yusuke might think he needed. Probably cigarettes. Or some hair gel. Or beer. Hell, he just might before this night was over. At least he had sense enough to make Kurama get the gift for the name they gave him. He wasn't fool enough to think he knew what anyone else would want. The only reason he had showed up at all was because she had been the one to tell him about the party. She had seemed so excited about it and he just hadn't been able to tell her no. Where was she, anyway?

As he looked around, Yusuke pointed to a tree decorated with gold paper fans and origami swans. "All the gifts are by the tree."

There she was. She was sitting on the floor while Keiko wove a white silk ribbon through her glossy, dark hair. Her cheeks were pink and her eyes sparkled with happiness. She was almost too pretty to be real. She looked like a beautiful china doll in that fancy red dress with the white lace at the bodice and the shimmery white stockings covering her legs.

"Hey, Keiko! C'mere!"

Hiei hoped the detective didn't expect him to actually be sociable with everyone. He was just here to enjoy the scenery--that scenery, in particular. Ignoring the approaching woman, he kept his eyes glued on the dark-haired beauty across the room.

"Hello, Hiei. I'm glad you could make it," Keiko said with a smile.

"He's about to die of curiosity about his present," Yusuke told her. "Which package is it?" He nudged the apparition with his elbow. "Keiko wrapped it, but I picked it out myself--I know better than anyone what you'd like. "

It was all Hiei could do not to roll his eyes at such a statement.

"His gift is the one in the red wrap with the white ribbon."

That got his attention. He blinked, then turned to look at the couple standing in front of him with big smiles on their faces. "By the tree?"

They nodded. "No using the Jagan to peek under the wrap, either!" Yusuke teased him.

"I didn't give you enough credit, Yusuke. But don't expect me to wait until midnight."

He strode purposefully over to Kagome and held his hand out to her. She smiled and took his hand to let him help her get up from the floor, but her thanks was cut off when he tossed her over his shoulder and turned to leave with her.

"Hiei! What do you think you're doing?" Yusuke demanded as he watched the fire youkai open the nearest window and prepare to leap into the night.

"I'm taking my gift home to unwrap it in private. Nice party."

And with that, they were gone.

Yusuke stood there with his mouth open while everyone gathered around the window. "Well, damn. He wanted Kagome? Maybe I didn't know what he'd like, after all. I should have got him some condoms instead of a pair of sneakers."

"Hmph. Looks like it wouldn't have mattered anyway since he didn't wait until we opened presents," Shizuru pointed out. "I guess Kagome won't be needing the vibrator I got for her, either."