Aaaand since it's midnight, time for day twelve! Though I haven't had time to respond to all of my reviews I want you all to know that I love each and every one of them, and would totally frame them on my wall if I thought I had the room for it. Thank you all so much, you've made this story totally worth it!
Aelita didn't think Christmas day could have turned out any better if she had planned each little moment herself. It had just been that perfect.
Everyone had woken up that morning excited, all of them doing last minute checks on their gifts and finding the various snack foods each had hidden around their room. Once Yumi was finished celebrating with her family everyone gathered their things and converged on Odd and Ulrich's room. Bag of chips were ripped open and cookies were tossed about, while all of the gifts were tossed into a heap in the middle of the floor. One at a time someone would pull a gift from the pile and tear into it.
Yumi squealed happily when she opened Odd's gift, pulling out the bracelet and gushing over it before quickly clasping it onto her wrist. Odd immediately fell in love with the new sketchbook Aelita had purchased for him, and laughed when he opened his gift from Ulrich to find the brunet had gotten him a dog toy. Aelita couldn't thank Jeremy enough for the leather bound journal he'd got her, and the second she'd opened the pink scarf from Yumi it was wrapped snuggly about her neck. And though he thought he should have been disappointed, Jeremy couldn't help but burst out laughing as he opened his third and then fourth new red sweater.
"You're a tough one to shop for Einstein," Odd told him as he opened his gift from the blonde-a new virtual pet, accompanied by a note that this one not be named after a school staff member.
"At least we got him something he'll use," Ulrich said as he unwrapped Odd's gift-a teddy bear with a red eye of Xana drawn in paint on its belly. Ulrich raised an eyebrow.
"What do you think?" Odd asked.
"It's adorable," Ulrich deadpanned while the others laughed around him. "Yumi," he said, setting down the new gift, "you're next."
"Okay," Yumi said, grinning as she took her turn pouncing on the gift pile. After a quick rummage through the dwindling packages she pulled one out-a little gold wrapped box. "To Yumi, from Ulrich," she read off the tag. Flashing the brunet a quick grin, Yumi tore the paper from her gift. She was left with a small black jewelry box in her hand. Opening it, she found a necklace nestled inside, hanging from which was charm made of silver and shaped like mistletoe set with glittering green and white stones.
"Oh Ulrich," Yumi said, staring down at her gift as she sat down on his bed beside him. "It's beautiful."
"I'm glad you like it," Ulrich said, unable to keep a grin from his face. Yumi grinned back.
"I love it," she said. She then leaned over giving the brunet a peck on the cheek. Ulrich blushed bright red as his friends laughed at his burning cheeks.
"Okay Odd," Ulrich said, leaning closer to Yumi. "You're turn."
"Nuh uh," Odd said as he reached down into the pile. "I have all my gifts. It's Aelita's turn!"
"Oh?" the pink haired girl said as Odd presented her with a gift wrapped in a silver bag. Smiling, Aelita took the gifts and gently removed it from the bag. Her eyebrows rose almost to her hairline as she pulled the tissue paper away from the gift.
For now sitting in her hands was a teddy bear, a toy drum in its paws. And on the drum was a note-
"Day twelve- Merry Christmas Aelita!"
Aelita stared at the gift for a few moments before looking up at Odd, the blonde standing in front of her with a grin on his face.
"So, that was you leaving all of those gifts!"
Odd's grin grew. "Did you like them?"
"I," Aelita started, then paused with a laugh. "They're amazing Odd."
"So, you don't mind that I snuck into your room to hide your gifts?" Odd asked curiously. Aelita laughed again.
"I guess I can let it slip this time," Aelita said with a smile. She then leaned forward and gave Odd a hug. "Thank you. The gifts were wonderful." Odd returned the hug, and then pulled back with a smile. The blonde would have been content to just sit and stare into Aelita's eyes at that point, however some giggling distracted him. Looking up, he found Ulrich standing on his bed, holding Yumi's new necklace over top Aelita and himself. Yumi and Jeremy laughed while Aelita looked up in confusion.
"Why is he…?" she started to ask, looking at Odd in confusion. Odd chuckled.
"It's mistletoe," he explained. "It's a tradition that when two people are under mistletoe, they're supposed to kiss."
"…really?" Aelita asked, her tone suspicious. Odd nodded.
"You don't have to," he added quickly. "It's just a silly tradi-"
Odd was promptly cut off by Aelita as she planted a quick kiss on his lips.
"Merry Christmas Odd," she said, blushing lightly. Odd simply stared for a few moments, dumbstruck, before the laughter and cheers from his friends brought him back to reality. He smiled, pulling Aelita back into a hug.
"Merry Christmas Princess."
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!