A/N – lols, this is just a bit of Christmas fluff to get everyone in the spirit of the festive season. The idea for this occurred to me at work and I found it so amusing that I couldn't get it out of my head. Of course, this is set after Bella's transformation (come on people, it's not even a matter of when? anymore!). I was originally intending on posting this one chapter every day until Christmas Eve, but work doesn't wait. I'll try hard to have this done by Monday, though! Enjoy the fluffiness – don't forget to review!!
Disclaimer - I do not own any of these characters. I am simply exerting my creative tendencies in this fantastic world that Stephenie Meyer has created. This applies for this entire fic, 'cause I'm mucho too lazy to keep writing it every chapter!!
29 December 2007 - It has been very graciously pointed out to me that I have made a few errors in regard to when the Twelve Days of Christmas actually occur in the calendar. So, I have made the appropriate changes. This means that the story has been altered a little - I hope it still works!!
The First Day of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas
my Edward gave to me
The twenty-fifth of December dawned cloudy and cold. Not that I noticed the cold anymore – not in the sense that it hindered my ability to function normally, anyway. It was Christmas Day. I snuggled a little closer to Edward in our bed and closed my eyes, revelling in the sound of the gentle carols from his stereo and his smooth voice that washed over me. Although I didn't need to sleep anymore, Edward and I still often spent our nights curled up together in his large, gold bed. It was as good a way to pass time as any, and it was nice just to be alone together for a little while.
Edward kissed my hair and chuckled. I looked up at his amused expression and he touched his lips to mine briefly.
"I said, Alice needs me to go into town with her today," he repeated.
My eyebrow rose sceptically. "Today? What on earth could she possibly need to do on Christmas Day?"
Edward's expression gave me the impression that he was trying very hard not to say something. He pursed his lips and paused a moment before answering. I saw he was also repressing a smile. "I think she needed to visit someone..."
I shook my head and tightened my hold on him, knowing that he wouldn't easily get away unless I let him. Edward finally allowed himself to laugh when I pouted at him.
"You're going to leave me?" I simpered, trying a different tactic. "What will I do while you're gone?"
Edward's hands brushed against my cheeks and I marvelled at the texture of his skin against my own, no longer icy cold but smoother than silk. Everytime he touched me, it was like the first time and I forgot all else. I felt myself melting into him, my eyes closed lazily and I waited for his lips to meet mine to complete the perfect moment. He rolled off the bed, and was standing at my feet before I could recover.
"That's not fair, Edward." I pouted at him from the bed.
He shrugged, his smile unrepentant. I leaped at him, trying to catch him in a tight hug, but he sidestepped me at the last second and I ended up sprawled on the floor. Unfortunately, not all of my klutziness had disappeared with my humanity.
"Fine then," I huffed, sitting cross-legged on the floor and folding my arms tightly across my chest. "Go mingle with those humans. I hope they smell so good that Alice has to hog tie you so that you'll come back."
Edward's eyes were reproachful as he shook his head at me and crouched down beside me. Like a petulant child, I refused to look at him. He sighed stood up again.
"I guess I'll just have to leave without a goodbye kiss," he said regretfully, walking to the door. "I'll see you when I get back, Bella."
The door closed quietly and I watched the handle, listening carefully for his quiet footsteps. All was silent. My forehead creased and I struggled with the sentimental part myself, trying desperately not to give in to the urge to go after him and say goodbye properly. I lost.
With a sigh, I jumped up and wrenched the door open. He must have been walking very slowly – he was only at the top of the stairs. I flew to him and wrapped him in my arms.
"I'll miss you," I muttered into his shoulder.
"You won't even notice I'm gone," he assured. "Esme is going to decorate the house today – she always waits until the first day of Christmas to decorate. I am sure she would love your help."
"The first day of Christmas?" I asked, more to keep him with me longer than out of any real curiosity.
I felt him shrug. "It's an old tradition," he explained. "Anyway, because of it we usually wait until Christmas Day to put up decorations. It's not like it takes us very long, and gifts aren't really supposed to be opened until Boxing Day. Carlisle likes to stick to the old rules - he tends to be a little nostalgic like that sometimes. You will help her won't you?"
I pressed my lips to his neck and hummed indecisively.
"And, I have a surprise for you when I come home, too," he told me.
I looked up at him in surprise and his eyes sparkled mischievously. He knew how much I hated surprises – how could he do this to me? Then again, it was Christmas. I should have been expecting something. Quickly, he kissed me on the lips and slipped my arms from around his neck.
"Alice is about to bounce up here and drag me away if I don't hurry up," he said, turning away. "I'll see you soon – I promise!"
I stood at the top of the stairs and watched Edward fly down to meet Alice. As they walked out the door, Alice turned back and waved goodbye. I stuck out my tongue and I could hear her tinkling laugh over the purr of Edward's Volvo outside.
It only took me two minutes of standing dejectedly on the stairs before I decided that I would get very bored if I just stayed there until Edward came back. So, I went looking for Esme.
Eventually, I found her in the attic, sifting through boxes. Already, there was tinsel and fairy lights littering the floor around her, and she smiled at me when she realised I was there.
"Oh, Bella, there you are dear. Edward said that he and Alice were going to head into town for a little while," she said, giving me a knowing look.
"I don't see what could be so urgent," I muttered, picking up several strings of beads that were tangled into a giant clump. "For goodness sake, it's Christmas." Esme's eye twinkled and she smiled at me mysteriously, as if she knew something that I didn't. I caught the look with surprise.
"You know what they're doing?" I asked, suspicious. "Is this about that surprise that Edward was talking about before?"
Esme laughed softly and patted my shoulder, that twinkling smile still lighting her heart shaped face.
"I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise dear," she said gently. "Now why don't we head down and start hanging these decorations?"
The rest of the morning was pleasant. Esme's sweet nature made her easy to work with, and she didn't feel the need to fill quiet gaps of time with idle chatter, which left me free to mull over my own thoughts. Edward's absence always gave me plenty to think about.
Even though I'd now been a vampire for over four months, and Edward had been back in my life for nearly a year, it was still difficult for me to be away from him for any given length of time. I knew it was ridiculous and pathetic, but there was still a, now miniscule, part of me that wondered if he was going to come back. However, as the only time I couldn't go with him somewhere was if it was near humans, we weren't often apart anymore so it wasn't something that I had to think about very often.
I was just finishing winding the final touches of tinsel around the wooden posts of the banister when I heard two cars pull up in the driveway. My brow creased in confusion – I recognised the quiet growl that was Edward's silver Volvo, but the gentle hum of the second was unfamiliar. Who on earth could they have brought home with them? I was sure that it didn't belong to Tanya or any one from her clan in Denali, the closest town to us. It could be one of their other vampire contacts, though why any of them would need a car was beyond me, and I nervously hoped that they hadn't absentmindedly brought home a human friend…
Just as I had decided to move outside and find out who this mystery car driver was, Edward appeared at the door and ran up the stairs to meet me. His face was lit by the most angelic smile, and I couldn't help but smile in return – even as the suspicious thoughts returned.
"Did you miss me?" he asked, wrapping me in his arms and kissing me briefly.
I nodded, pushing back a few locks of his bronze hair that had fallen into his beautiful topaz eyes. I couldn't wait until my eyes would turn that colour – already I fancied that the brilliant blood red of my newborn eyes had faded to a duller crimson, standing out less dramatically in my now flawless face.
"I hope you and Alice saw everyone you needed to, because I'm not letting you leave again any time soon," I said firmly.
His answering smile turned mischievous and he chuckled, a little nervously I thought. I eyed him suspiciously and he avoided my gaze.
"Edward… who did you bring here?" I asked shrewdly. "If this is some stunt to get back at me for beating you in that race last week…"
Edward suppressed another laugh and shook his head, pulling a long piece of heavy black material. Before I had time to object, he spun me around and tied it across my eyes so that I was suddenly blind. I didn't struggle – he wanted to have his fun, and I wanted to get it over and done with. It was easier to just submit.
"I told you I had a surprise for you," he said, taking my hand tenderly and leading me down the stairs. "That's what Alice and I were doing – getting your surprise."
I felt the air around me suddenly drop in temperature and I knew we had stepped outside. Edward was humming a Christmas song – the Twelve Days of Christmas, I realised suddenly. He had to be kidding me. I absently hoped it wasn't a partrige - I imagined that their blood would be a little tasteless.
We stopped in the ankle-deep snow of the front yard. I could feel empty space all around me, sensing only Edward's body close by me.
"Before I let you look, you have to promise not to be annoyed in any way," he admonished. "It is Christmas, and this is my present to you." I heard Alice giggle, somewhere to my left and I growled quietly at her.
"Don't be such a worry-wart, Edward," she tittered, excitement dripping from her every word – I could almost see her bouncing on the spot in anticipation. "Just show her already!"
I didn't say anything, waiting in silent patience. If it was bad, it was already done and there was nothing I could do about it. I had already learned that scolding and threatening would not stop Edward from lavishly doting on me whenever he could. Besides, my silence was probably making him more anxious than if I were sprouting ultimatums. I felt his hands slowly untying the knot of the blindfold and the instant the heavy black cloth fell away from my face, my eyes snapped open.
For a moment, I simply stared at the object before me. In the corner of my eye, I could see Edward's anxious expression as he waited for my reaction and Alice was trying hard not to laugh. A slow smile crept onto my face and eventually turned to a quiet snigger as I continued to stare at my surprise, drinking in the sight of it.
Before me sat a brand new, shiny and very classy looking, midnight blue 2008 Audi TT Coupe. Yes, I even knew what year and model the car was – Edward had shown me a picture of it in Rosalie's latest issue of Car and Driver. It had been silver in the picture, and I had commented that it would look even nicer if it was blue. It did look even better – it was perfect. I loved it.
I turned to Edward, the smile still lingering on my face. He looked confused, and the expression was so rarely on his face that it was almost comical. I laughed again and raised an eyebrow.
"A car?" I asked mockingly. He nodded, evidently still unsure of how to take my reaction. "An unreleased car?"
He opened his mouth to defend himself, but I stopped him from talking with a swift kiss. Edward seemed to realise that I wasn't going to get angry at him and he smiled down at me when we broke away, sweet relief radiating from him. I giggled.
"Well, are you going to give me the keys or not?"
a brand new, dark blue Audi.