Hi everyone. I decided to post this today because... Um, well it's Christmas Eve, so why not post a Christmas story? (That I actually wrote last year...oh well)
This is just kind of a random little story. It'll have four chapters. I'll post two today, and the last two... Well, sometime before monday, I hope.
This story takes place probably sometime after Piffle country? I just know it's after Piffle and before Tokyo.
Also, KuroFai fans may see some KuroFai in this story. For the non-KuroFai-fans, you should only be able to see just normal stuff. (I'm only saying this because I, a KuroFai fan, see a little KuroFai, but my best friend, a non-KuroFai fan, doesn't see it at all) So you can read this without any worries (?)
Either way, I hope you enjoy this.
Fai watched as the carolers left the house, heads hanging in disappointment. "Kuro-muu! You didn't have to be so mean to them!"
Kurogane grunted. "Their singing was beginning to drive me up the wall! Why do these people keep coming around, anyway? They're lucky I didn't take their heads off!"
"Does this mean Kuro-tan doesn't like singing?"
Kurogane folded his arms across his chest. "I don't like them singing," he growled in response.
"But, apparently, this is what some people do when Christmas comes around…," Fai said, a strange expression crossing his face. "I have no idea why, though…"
"In Nihon, people didn't sing like this, Christmastime or not!"
"Did you have Christmas in your country?"
Kurogane nodded curtly. "Yeah, we did. But it didn't involve singing or getting a tree or putting up decorations!"
"I still don't understand what that old, bearded man represents," Fai said absentmindedly.
"Who knows? We didn't have him in Nihon either."
"Well, Kuro-myu, what did Christmas involve in your country?"
"We just exchanged gifts… Spend time with the family… That was all." Kurogane didn't bother to add that he hadn't had a merry Christmas since his parents had died…
"Hm," was all Fai said, a smile spread across his face.
"We're back!" Sakura announced as she, Syaoran, and Mokona entered the room. "We got all the decorations for the tree!"
Fai clapped his hands together. "Magnificent!" He happily took a bag from Sakura and began taking out items. There was a string of lights, something called 'tinsel', and several ornaments. "Ohh," he said, taking out a particular box of ornaments. "I like these ones."
They were sparkling silver spheres of glass that reflected the light that shone upon them.
"You can put those ones up then," Sakura told him. She smiled brightly. "We've had something like Christmas in Clow, but we never did anything like decorating a tree! It sounds so fun!"
"If you say so," Kurogane mumbled under his breath. The idea of decorating a tree of all things seemed pretty ridiculous to him.
Syaoran began unpacking the lights. "Come on, Princess, let's go decorate that tree." And he led her into the next room.
"Mokona wants to help too! Mokona knows everything about decorating trees!" Mokona cried out, bouncing after them.
Fai laughed softly. "They look like they're having fun." He carefully unpacked his silver ornaments. He took one out and held it up to the light. He inspected it in amusement, his eyes taking in every detail.
"Don't drop it," Kurogane warned gruffly. "It'll break."
Fai glanced at him. "Kuro-puu, if I didn't know any better, I'd say there was something on your mind."
"I was just thinking that those ornaments of yours are like you."
Fai threw him an amused look. "Kuro-run, that's an odd thing to say. How am I like an ornament?" He spun the sphere, watching it reflect light as it twirled.
"First of all, it reflects everything that comes towards it," Kurogane stated bluntly.
Fai laughed at this, but didn't say anything else.
"Second, it looks fine enough, but the wrong move will shatter it into a million pieces. And once it's broken, it's broken."
Fai's smile wavered as his eyes grew hard. "Now how exactly am I supposed to interpret that?" He didn't wait for an answer. "So I suppose if you were an ornament, it would look all scary and mean, but—"
"You're angry now?" Kurogane asked.
"How can I be angry?" Fai came back. "I'm smiling, see?" And he smiled again for Kurogane to see. "I'm going to help the kids decorate the tree." And he began to walk off.
Kurogane frowned. "You're going to help with that?"
Fai's smile grew. "I've never done anything like that before, so why not? Christmas sounds like it could be fun."
"Well, I'd say we did a good job," Fai said with a smile twenty minutes later. "Now all we need to do is put the star on the top… Hmm, looks like Kuro-tan's kind of job."
"Oh! I'll go get him!" Sakura volunteered. "Kurogane-san!" she called out, going into the next room.
The tree was perfectly decorated in Fai's opinion… But he had never seen one decorated before, so he was a little biased.
"You've never had Christmas before, have you, Fai-san?" Syaoran asked.
Fai smiled. "No, I'm afraid not. We didn't have too many holidays in Seresu."
"My father and I celebrated Christmas once, while we were traveling," Syaoran said vaguely, with a smile. "He gave me a huge book on archeology."
"That sounds very nice," Fai replied. "Kuro-ri said he's had Christmas before, too. I suppose it's only a first for Sakura-chan and I. Well…Sakura-chan has had something like Christmas, but do you suppose that counts?"
Syaoran shrugged. "I don't know."
Fai smiled at him again. "Well, I like Christmas so far… The carolers that come to the house are very nice, too. I like their singing. But Kuro-tun always sends them away before I can hear the whole song."
Syaoran was silent for a long time, obviously thinking something over. "Well, Fai-san, I hope your first Christmas is a good one."
"That's all I want," Fai responded cheerfully.
"Thank you very much, Kurogane-san!" Sakura said with a smile as she and Kurogane walked back into the room.
Fai smiled in amusement. Not even the big gruff ninja could say no to a sweet girl like Sakura.
Kurogane took the big, golden star from Sakura's hands and placed it carefully on top of the Christmas tree. "There, that good enough?"
"It's perfect," Sakura said with a warm smile.
Kurogane merely grunted.
Sakura skipped off, returning later with a handful of gifts. She placed each carefully under the tree.
Fai watched as she did so, his eyes softening when he saw one present for each of them, including one for him.
Syaoran suddenly got very flustered and nearly jumped to his feet. "Ah, I have to go out for a little while!"
Sakura glanced at him. "Do you want me to go with you?"
Syaoran shook his head vigorously. "Um, no, no, you should get some rest, we had a long day."
"Okay," Sakura agreed, before walking off to her room with Mokona on her shoulder.
"I shouldn't be long," Syaoran told the older men. And with a smile, he was off.
Once Syaoran had left, Fai tossed a smile in Kurogane's direction. "I should start thinking of presents, too. How about you, Kuro-run?"
Kurogane didn't even respond.
"What are you gonna get me, Kuro-taaaaan?"
"You must be joking if you think I'm going to get you a present," Kurogane retorted.
"Well, at least make sure you get something for the kids, To-san!"
"I told you, don't call me that!" What would he get for the kids anyway? They probably would be disappointed if he didn't get them anything… But he was not getting anything for that damn mage.
Fai seemed to know exactly what he was thinking. "I'm sure the kids will like anything you get for them."
"A lot of help that is," Kurogane grumbled.
"You didn't expect me to do all the work, did you?" Fai asked with a slight smile.
Kurogane hmph-ed in amusement. Like the mage did any of the work. But when he thought about getting presents for those kids, he just saw it as one big pain. "I hate Christmas," he finally said. "The silly decorations, the dumb traditions, and those damn Christmas carolers!"
Fai pouted at him. "Did you hate Christmas in your country too?"
"It was way better there. A lot less annoying."
Fai looked like he had a major realization. "Oh! Did your Tomoyo-chan make your Christmas merry?"
Kurogane glared at him forcefully. "No! She always made me get her a gift! What the hell do you get a princess who has the world on a plate?!"
"What did you end up getting her?"
"Nothing," Kurogane growled. He was used to it by now, her coming to talk to him on Christmas Day, asking about her present. She'd always give him the same frown and had always said:
"Now, now, Kurogane. If you don't give gifts, you don't receive gifts. Wouldn't it be nice to receive a gift? What would happen if someone got you a gift and you didn't get one for them in return? How do you suppose they would feel? Or, how do you think you would feel?"
He had always given the same response. "I don't care about getting any damn gifts! I don't need any! And if someone got me a gift, I wouldn't care!
Then she'd smile at him. "Ohohoho, Kurogane, one day you will regret not getting someone a gift. Then you'll finally understand."
"Is that some kind of threat?!" He would ask her. "Because if it is, let me tell you right now, you're never getting a gift from me!"
"Well, that was kind of mean," Fai remarked. "If you don't get her a gift, she'll think you don't love her anymore!"
"GAK! I DON'T LOVE HER!" Kurogane shouted.
"Shhh," Fai was quick to shush him. "Sakura-chan is sleeping." He shook his head in mock disgust. "Really, Kuronpi, you should have some more consideration for other people." He grinned mischievously. "And was it just me, or was your response just a little too quick?"
"If you don't shut your mouth, I swear I'll…," Kurogane began angrily, but Fai just laughed at him. This, as imagined, only made Kurogane angrier. "Don't you have anything better to do other than talk to me?" he asked.
"Hm, if I didn't know any better, I'd say that you don't like me, Kuro-pan."
"If I didn't know any better, I'd say that it's your own damn fault that I don't like you. If you really wanted me to like you, you wouldn't piss me off so much!"
Fai's smiled wavered for a brief moment, but he fixed it with a pout and said, "Kuro-mii! I'm just being myself!"
Kurogane snorted but didn't even dignify that with a response.
Fai bit the inside of his cheek. "Hyuu…," he finally said after a long moment. "I'm going to go out as well… Get those kids some presents…" He grabbed his coat and headed toward the door. Before leaving though, he glanced over his shoulder. "Kuro-chan, if I were you, I'd get them presents too. I don't want to see them sad on Christmas just because their to-san didn't get them any presents. I would prefer a merry Christmas. I know you aren't concerned about any of my preferences, but can you at least think of them?" He didn't even wait for Kurogane's response, and left the house.
Um yeah, so I'll get going on posting the next chapter~~