A/N: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Again, working off of six hours of sleep and it's already three in the morning, so sorry in advance for mistakes. I know I won't have time when I get up later to do anything but get ready to leave, so I'm posting this now. I got the inspiration for this oneshot after playing a game with my cousins yesterday. Something similar happened. xD Anyway, I really hope everyone enjoyed all these oneshots. Thank you to all who reviewed; you guys rock! Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I do not own Harvest Moon or any of its plots or characters. This fanfiction is merely for recreational purposes.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
December 25, 2008
Jack x Ann
"Whose turn is it?" Jack asked, looking around the table. He, Gray, Mary, and I were playing some sort of new game that my dad had bought to keep in the rooms at the inn. It seemed to be some sort of guessing game that had us split into pairs – Jack and Gray against Mary and me; boyfriends versus girlfriends.
"Yours, I think," I said and rewound the timer before setting it back on the table.
"How do I put the cards in this thing?" Gray asked as he fumbled around with the slippery cards and the holder for them.
I sighed and looked at Mary, who was sitting quietly next to Gray. "Mary, can you help him put it in?" I asked, gesturing towards the card he was scrutinizing.
Suddenly, Gray started snickering and shook his head at me.
"What?" I went over my previous words in my head, and it dawned on me. "Gray, you asshole, get your mind out of the gutter!" I punched him in the arm, but he just kept laughing.
"Stupid Ann," he said in between laughs.
"Goddess, you're such a pervert." I rolled my eyes at him. "I said that with the most innocent of intentions. You just had to go and make it gross." Despite this, I found myself laughing, too, and we were all laughing our heads off after a few seconds. Well, except for Mary. Her laugh was more of a polite giggle, if that makes sense.
We were finally able to stop laughing and resumed playing. Though I giggled from time to time and that would send us all into laughing fits again.
At one point or another, the four of us ended up talking about the winter season and the coming Christmas.
"You know, I've always wanted to see a reindeer," I admitted out of the blue. "I always hear stories and stuff about them, but I've never seen one before."
Gray and Jack shared a look that seemed to say, "Seriously? That's kind of lame."
"Hey, come on," I said, glaring at the two guys. "It's been a childhood dream of mine. What wrong with that?"
Gray and Jack both smirked. "Nothing. It's just kind of strange," Gray said, and Jack nodded in agreement.
"I think it's cute," Mary piped up and smiled while trying to nudge Gray in the side with her elbow. I knew there was a reason she was my best friend.
"Whatever," Gray snorted, and we returned to our guessing game. Mary and I won, naturally, so Jack and Gray had to buy us dinner. Of course, the two were kind of old-fashioned and probably would have insisted on paying anyway. Oh well.
The next day, as I walked out of the inn on my way to the Goddess Pond, I saw Jack running up the street.
"Ann!" He reached me in a matter of seconds and stood with his hands on his knees as he tried to catch his breath. "I have something I want to show you." With that, he grabbed my hand and dragged me off towards his farm on the south side of town.
Once on his farm, we walked to the stable and he covered my eyes with his hands. "No peeking," Jack whispered in my ear and guided me inside.
"Jack, what are you doing?" I tried to pry his hands off of my face, but I swear he had robotic arms or something. They just couldn't be moved.
"Take a look," he lifted his hands off of my face and what I saw was a very strange sight indeed. Standing in front of me was Jack's brown stallion, Ace, with a pair of fake reindeer antlers tied to his head. The poor thing looked absolutely miserable and annoyed.
"What did you do to him?" I asked, aghast.
"He's a reindeer!" Jack explained, using air quotes for the word "reindeer". "You know, when you were talking about how you'd always wanted to see one yesterday? Well, since I highly doubt there are any reindeer in Mineral Town, this is the closest I could get to finding one."
I turned around and looked up at Jack. "You… went to all the trouble of tying on reindeer antlers for me?"
"Well, yeah. I mean, you are my girlfriend." Jack scratched the back of his neck in embarrassment, and I threw my arms around him in a bear hug.
"Thank you!" I leaned up and kissed his cheek, causing him to blush. "That's the nicest thing anyone has done for me!"
"…You're welcome," Jack grinned and returned the hug.
"You might want to take the antlers off of Ace, though. He looks like he wants to kill you."