I'm back! That's right, this is Anime-Queen-2011 back at cha with another tale about Love in a Season! This is Wintertime Love and IS the sequel to Summertime Love! YAY!
Now, let me explain a few things first. One, no, you guys did not convince me to write a sequel. I lied when I said that I wasn't a planning a sequel. I wanted you guys to be really surprised when I posted it and I didn't want demands to get it posted soon. So that's why I lied.
But, also, Wintertime Love isn't going to be my only tale about Love in a Season, aside from Summertime Love. Oh, no, I'm making a series! That's right! The Seasons of Love series! Ha zah! There's more information about the Seasons of Love series on my site underneath its own tab.
Right now, enjoy your new tale! It's part one of a very merry Christmas present, Hanukah present, Kwanza present, and Winter Solstice present! ENJOY!
Disclaimer: Its freaking Christmas! Leave me alone you asses! Take your freaking lawyers away! I renounce any claim on Yu-Gi-Oh! GX you freaks and 4kids think I have!
Claimer: MINE! Oh, wait, maybe I should elaborate. Alrighty then, everything not in the actual Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime is…MINE!
"Geez, its freezing!" Chazz complained as he pulled his jacket tighter around his body, trying to keep some of his body heat. I laughed at him and reached up to flip my collar. Alexis walked over to me, pulling her arms tighter across her body so the collar of her winter jacket covered her neck. She took my hand and smiled up at me; I smiled down at her.
"Let's get into the airport before I freeze my nuts off!" Chazz complained again. Blair walked over to him, the red hood to her jacket pulled up over her head to keep the falling snow off of her hair.
"You have nuts, Chazz? Damn, could a fooled me!" Blair said. Chazz glared at her. I laughed and began to head into Ochi City International Airport.
"Come on, my dad and uncles should be here by now," I said. Everyone followed after me.
Okay, here's a rundown of what's going on. Yes, the gang and I, along with some new friends, are back in Ochi City. Why? Because it's Christmas Break at Duel Academy and my friends wanted to hang out with my family again rather than go to their own homes. Mom and Dad didn't mind in the least. In fact, they even paid for the hotel for my friends and graciously agreed to let Alexis and a new friend of mine stay at our house.
There are quite a few differences to being in Ochi City this time than there was last time. For instance, no Dr. Crowler! My dad worked that out; he was willing to take charge of all of us in order to keep Dr. Crowler away. I don't think Dad liked him too much after how he acted last summer when Aunt May was in the hospital. The next difference is in who actually came this time. Mindy and Jasmine skipped out this time. Apparently, all the guys in Ochi City are paired off. They decided to go to Mindy's hometown and scoop out the guy market there. Zane also didn't join us this year, much to Sam's disappointment. He had some pro duels that he couldn't reschedule.
Yes, for those of you who are wondering, they are still together. I've caught Zane texting Sam at midnight more than once. Well, whatever, Zane's a good guy and, if he hurts Sam, I can always borrow Uncle Mike's guns and make him regret that decision. Not that I'm hoping to have to do that…just saying.
What else is different this year? Oh! Yeah, my new friends! Well, first there's Jim Cook and his pet crocodile, Shirley. Jim's a really cool guy and I do like his Australian accent. Shirley is really sweet and I do like her a lot. Though I'm pretty sure my mom won't like Shirley hanging out around Mia, Zoey, and Tommy.
After Jim there's Axel Brodie. Axel is…different. He keeps a lot to himself but he accepted my invitation to meet my family more quickly than I thought he would. Axel is a lot like Hassleberry, all military and things like that. Can't say they really get along but they do have that in common.
Last, but certainly not least, there's my new best friend Jesse Andersen. He's really cool! People think we're twins, which we practically are. We act a lot alike and even look a lot alike. Very weird, but whatever. Jesse is the other friend who's staying at my house, in the spare room.
Now we're getting our bags and trying to hunt down my family so we can get to our hotel and relax. This plane ride was longer than the first one. Because of the snow storm, we were delayed and then we were slowed down because of it. Gah, I just want to get home and relax.
"Seriously, slacker, where's your family. I just want to get out of here!" Chazz complained with his hand over his eyes as he looked around the crowded airport. I shrugged and picked my bags off of the machine as they came around. Jesse stood next to me. He shrugged his shoulder bag and fixed his black headband so it covered his ears more. The black stood out against his teal hair. Jesse grabbed his bag and looked at me.
"So, what exactly are we going to do when your dad and uncles pick us up?" Jesse asked, his southern accent mixing in with the commotion for the airport. I shrugged and turned around, trying to find my family.
"I have no idea to be honest, Jesse," I said. Jesse chuckled and rolled his eyes. Alexis, who was standing next to me, holding my hand and her bags in the other, gasped and raised our interlocked hands up so she could point.
"There they are!" Alexis yelled. Everyone, who was looking around the airport for them, turned to where Alexis was pointing. Sure enough, there was my dad, Chris, Uncle Mike, Uncle Jake, and one of my best friends, Morgan. However, they didn't see us, as they were looking all around the airport but not in our direction. I smiled and unclasped my hand from Alexis'. She looked at me confused. I smiled at her.
"I'll go get them," I said. Alexis nodded and I quickly disappeared through the crowd, making sure to go the long way around so no one saw me. I came up behind my dad, being very sneaky. When I was completely behind him, I cupped my hands around my mouth, took a deep breath, and screamed, "HEY DAD!" Dad screamed and whirled around, his arm extended like he was going to punch me in the face. I knew he was going to do that though, so I ducked and was laughing as he stared at me in shock and was gasping.
"Jaden!" Dad gasped. His eyes were wide. "Are you trying to give me a heart attack?" Dad demanded. I smiled at him.
"Maybe," I answered. Dad glared at me before pulling me into a hug. By now, the rest of the gang had come over to join us. Uncle Mike gave me a hug as Dad went over to hug Alexis, who came to stand by my side again. Once all of the hugs were out of the way, Morgan insisted on hugging Alexis before me, making a very big show about it.
"So, Jaden, who are you're new friends?" Uncle Jake asked as he stowed his hands in the pocket of his jacket. I smiled and pointed to Jim.
"That there is Jim Cook and his pet crocodile Shirley," I introduced. Jim tipped his hat to my parental units. Shirley lolled her head to the side so she could see them too. Dad smiled at Jim.
"It's a pleasure to meet you, Jim. I hope your pet there doesn't have a taste for little kids," Dad teased. Jim chuckled and shook his head.
"No worries, mate, Shirley is sweet as sugar around little kids," Jim assured. Dad chuckled and nodded.
"Good, be sure to tell that to Sam before she get's any ideas," Dad said. Jim cocked his head to the side and looked at Dad confused as I started laughing. Soon, Alexis started laughing and then everyone was, except those who didn't understand the joke. Well, them and Uncle Mike. He didn't think it was a very funny joke.
"Oh my God, Chris! You're right! Sam would so use Shirley to kill my sons!" Mike screamed, panicked. That only made us all laugh harder and those who didn't understand it, understood it then.
"Well, enough of this, let's get moving," Uncle Jake said as he whipped a tear from his eye. Uncle Mike jabbed his elbow in his ribs. Jake just smiled at him. Morgan held up her hands like she was stopping traffic.
"Hold up!" Morgan yelled, causing everyone to freeze instantly. That's power right there! I wonder where she learned it…oh yeah. She learned it from…
"What is it, Morgan?" Syrus asked. Morgan folded the back of her gloved hands against her hips.
"We're forgetting someone!" Morgan said. Dad sighed.
"Oh right, Mark," Dad said. Then he turned his head away from Morgan and whispered, "Damn, I thought we could escape without him." I stifled my laugh as Morgan narrowed her eyes at Dad.
"What was that, Chris?" Morgan asked. Dad whipped his head around and smiled at Morgan.
"Nothing, dear!" Dad yelled. Morgan narrowed her eyes more when Mark walked up. For once, he was actually dressed for the weather. During winter, Mark has frequent colds because, as he says, it's sunny in California! Morgan must have finally knocked it into his head that he can't run around in summer clothes in winter. He took Morgan's hand. He saw me and I figured he'd freak out like he normally does but no, not this time. He has a normal response!
"Hey, Jay," Mark said, smiling. I blinked.
"Hey…Mark," I said. Mark continued to smile at me before he looked at my dad. Who are you and what have you done with my friend Mark!?
"So, Chris, when's Jaden getting here?" Mark asked. I fell on the ground, banging my head on the floor. Alexis pulled me back up quickly. Everyone was staring at Mark with flabbergasted expressions.
Good ol' Mark!
"You've got to be kidding me!" Chazz yelled. Mark looked at him confused.
"What?" Mark asked. Chazz looked ready to beat Mark over the head with a dictionary…in Portuguese. Morgan just held up her hands and looked at Mark.
"Sweetie, who did you just say hello to?" Morgan asked. Mark looked down at her.
"Jaden," Mark answered. Morgan nodded.
"That's correct. That means who's here?" Morgan asked. There was a long pause. Finally, Mark's eyebrows pulled together.
"I'm confused," Mark answered. Chazz leaned forward, ready to pounce, when Morgan just shot him a glare and looked back up at Mark.
"Mark, baby, you told Jaden hello and then you asked Chris when Jaden was going to get here. Who is here that you said hello to?" Morgan asked. Mark looked at her in confusion.
"Morgan, why are you speaking in riddles?" Mark asked in a serious tone. Morgan let out a frustrated growl and smacked herself on the forehead.
"I give up!" Morgan screamed. I laughed and patted Morgan's shoulders.
"Its okay, Morgan, Mark will figure it out eventually," I said. Mark looked between Morgan and me before comprehension flickered across his face.
"Jaden! When did you get here?" Mark asked. I smacked myself on the forehead and then ran my hand down my face. I dropped my hand and looked up at Mark, smiling.
"Just now, Mark. Can we go now?" I asked, turning to my dad. He nodded and lead everyone through the airport to the parking lot. Dad and my uncles drove two twelve person vans to come and get us. We split up and shoved our luggage in the trunks. I sat shotgun with my dad while Uncle Jake rode shotgun with Uncle Mike. Apparently, Uncle Jake got to drive on the way there. As we were driving down the midtown, which was having a rather fast traffic day, Dad spoke up finally.
"I should warn you, Jaden, your mother wants to have a big party for your eighteenth birthday," Dad said. I frowned and looked away from Alexis, who I was talking to in the backseat.
"Why?" I whined. Dad chuckled at me.
"She just wants to. It's your big eighteenth birthday and she's upset that it happened while you were at Duel Academy," Dad explained. I continued to frown at him.
"My seventeenth birthday happened at Duel Academy, too. We didn't have a big party when I came back for that one," I complained. Dad rolled his eyes.
"Maybe you can talk her out of it, but you know your mother. I couldn't even talk her out of throwing a big party for my birthday," Dad said with a cringe. An evil smile slowly spread across my lips as I sat up straighter in my seat.
"Oh, that's right. You're fortieth birthday, right?" I asked. Dad cringed again and glared at me briefly before turning his attention back to the road.
"Shut it," Dad ordered in a grumble. I smiled wider. Oh, I wasn't going to shut it, I was having way too much fun!
"Wow, number forty. You're getting old, Dad. Right, Alexis?" I asked as I turned to look at her. She quickly shook her head.
"Oh, no, I'm staying out of this one," Alexis said. I frowned and looked at Jesse, who just shook his head without saying a word. I shrugged and looked back at my dad. He was glaring at the windshield.
"You're mean, Jaden," Dad muttered as we turned into our driveway. I laughed and unbuckled as Dad turned off the car. Dad shook his head and handed me the keys to the van. I took them and looked at him. "Both vans are for you guys. You're in charge of the gas and cleaning the cars before we take them back to the airport rental car place. Mike has the other key," Dad said. I nodded and pocketed the keys. Dad jumped out of the van and so did the rest of us. As soon as my boots crushed the snow, I was tackled by three little people.
"Big brother!" Mia and Zoey screamed, hugging my legs tighter. I laughed bent down to pull them off of my legs. I also made sure to pick up Tommy, who was covered in snow. They all hugged me tightly. When I pulled them back slightly so I could breath (Mia's fuzzy hood to her jacket was filling my mouth and nose), they noticed Alexis and all three of them reached for her. She laughed and took Tommy, making sure to kiss Mia and Zoey on the nose so they weren't hurt.
"About time you guys got home!" Sam said as she trudged over to us. Following Sam was a girl with long orange hair wearing a beanie hat. She had orange eyes and looked to be about sixteen. Sam stopped right next to the car, the girl standing on her right.
"Why are you outside, Sam?" I asked. Sam scowled at me.
"Aunt Lauren kicked us out of the house," Sam complained. By now, everyone was convening around us. I noticed all of my little cousins around us, too. Brad was the only one who wasn't there. Even my aunts were outside. May was cradling Emma in her arms.
"Why would Lauren kick you all out?" Dad asked. Aunt Shelbi shrugged.
"I honestly don't know. She was looking out the window after a phone call and after a little bit, she was suddenly kicking us all out the back door. She said we couldn't go back inside until you guys got home," Shelbi explain, blowing her bangs out of her eyes.
"Yeah, and I have to get in there! My phone's in there!" Sam whined with a stomp of her foot.
"Or what's left of it," the girl said. She had a slight British accent. Sam frowned and glared at her.
"Shut up, Joni! It's in one piece!" Sam said. Joni shrugged.
"For now," Joni said. Sam looked ready to shove a snowball in Joni's face when Morgan spoke up. She and Mark stalked us to my house, Mark trailing behind us in his car.
"Well, let's get inside then," Morgan said. We all nodded and began to go inside, Dad carrying my bags, me carrying Alexis', and Jesse carrying his own. We walked in the door and were greeted with the smell of fresh baked cookies. That's a good sign; Mom's in a good mood! Dad dropped my bags in the corner of the kitchen and walked up, kissing my mom on the cheek. I dropped Alexis' bags next to mine and Jesse dropped his. Sam ran past everyone and into the living room, grabbing her phone off of the coffee table.
"You're back sooner than I thought," Mom said, kissing Dad lightly on the lips before turning around and opening her arms out toward me. I gave her a quick hug and indicated with my arm toward Jim, Axel, and Jesse.
"Mom, meet Jim Cook, Axel Brodie, and Jesse Andersen," I said. Mom smiled at them and shook their hands.
"It's a pleasure to meet you all," Mom said. They nodded.
"Likewise, ma'am," Jim said, tipping his hat. Mom smiled again. She appeared to be in too good of a mood to care much about Shirley.
"Any particular reason why you kicked our family out of the house?" Dad asked as he leaned his hip against the counter. Mom looked at him and was about to answer when Sam spoke up. She froze between the living room and the kitchen. She was staring at something confused.
"Aunt Lauren, who's in the living room?" Sam asked. Everyone turned to see what Sam was talking about. Sure enough, there was someone sitting in the living room. They were sitting in my dad's chair, which was spun around so it was purposely facing the kitchen. The person was wearing black slippers and tight fit, flaring jeans. Their legs were crossed. Whoever they were, they were reading the obituaries from the newspaper, keeping the paper up so it covered their face.
"Whoever she is, she has a great taste in clothes! I want those pants!" Sam whined. Joni laughed at her. I took a step around the two of them and narrowed my eyes at the person. For some reason, I felt like I knew who it was. I just couldn't figure it out!
"Yeah, Mom, who is it?" I asked. The person sighed.
"Geez, Jaden, you forgot me already? It's only been five years…six. You lose track after the first three," the person said as they dropped the paper, revealing their face. It was girl about seventeen. She had long, slightly curly very light brown hair and deep, rich brown eyes. At first, I still didn't recognize the girl. That is, until I saw her smirk. I stared at her for a moment before gasping and saying,
Dun dun duuuuuuuuuun!
Teehee, hope you guys liked the first chapter of Wintertime Love. If you're confused about Claire's looks, going "Wait a minute, didn't she have red hair?" she did…at a time. But I changed her picture a long time ago. I even changed it in Summertime Love when we first meet Claire (chapter 19). So if you read it as soon as I posted it, then yes, you read the Claire had red hair. Not anymore though!
There's a picture of Claire on my site underneath the Seasons of Love tab! : )
Anyway, please review and enjoy your next two chapters!