My Kinda Life-The Christmas Special
Written by: ThomasZoey3000
"Darn boots, come on, come on!"
I was struggling hard to put my boots on, they do a good job keeping my feet warm, but sadly the foam on the inside makes it a little tight, and a little difficult to put on.
"Darn boots, come on!"
Before I had a chance to grab a hold of something, I slipped and fell back onto my back, "now that's going to leave a mark."
"Matthew! Are you okay?" Kaede ran over to me, looking worried.
"I'm okay," I answered, "it's just these darn boots, I've always had problems putting them on, but you don't need to worry, I had a soft landing, thanks to my winter coat."
Kaede sighed happily, "well I'm glad you didn't hurt yourself."
She then helped me get back to my feet, then once I had my boots on, I put on my coat, gloves and hat, then I grabbed my shovel and headed outside. I was going to shovel the sidewalk, while Sia and Nerine's fathers took care of the road.
If anybody is wondering what day this is, it's Decemeber 21st. It's mostly been quiet for the last few weeks, but now with the christmas holidays coming up, the excitment was building up again.
This Christmas however, Kaede's father was going to be away for a while, but he did promise to drop off something before he goes on his next trip, so it was just going to be Primula, Kaede and myself.
After an hour or so, I had finally cleared the sidewalk of snow, it was cold outside, but I was sweating from all the hard work.
"Nice work you did, Matthew," called a voice, I looked to see Nerine's father calling out to me.
"Thanks," I said, "at least I had to shovel the sidewalk, when I was back in Canada, I had to shovel the entire driveway, and trust me when I say, it was a big driveway."
"Well I believe you," he said.
"So what brings you out here on this cold day today?"
"Well Matthew, I'm out here hanging up the christmas lights, the old fashioned way...without magic."
"That must take a long time to do," I said as a joke.
"Yes it does," he said, "but I don't mind."
"Well, you would mind if you were in Canada. Cold enough to freeze your nostrels solid, your skin would turn blue in less than four minutes and worst off, the cursed snowplow trucks. Half the time, those drivers drive recklessly and can break your mailbox off it's post."
Nerine's father looked over to me surprised, "and all that happens to you."
"Well, once and a while, but it can happen and when it does, that's when you wish that you were somewhere nice and warm, but then again, you don't know cold unless you go to my old high school."
"Why would you say that?"
"Well, that old high school of mine has some strict rules about their uniforms, none of the students are allowed to go to class with boots, gloves, hats or even a jacket."
"Yeah," I said, leaning aganist the fence again, "more than a few times I was there, I actually got sick, no thanks to that darn school, boy was I ever glad to get away from that."
Nerine's father chuckled a little, like everyone else, he has heard my stories of what my old high school life was like at least two years ago.
"Are you excited about Christmas, Matthew?"
"I guess," I answered.
"You guess? Now why would you say that?"
"Well...do you remember what I said before about my parents always fighting? Well, during christmas was the worst time, they would always leave everything to the last minute, so come Christmas day, the entire living room would be a mess with no tree, no presents, nothing related to Christmas."
Nerine's father was silent for the longest period of time after I had said that.
"But I'm sure I'll get into the spirit of the season, once we start decorating and we get a tree."
After the chat session, I placed some salt down on the sidewalk, then walked inside.
"Kaede! Primula!" I called but, there was no one there, "I guess they're out getting grogeries."
I looked into the kitchen and noticed a note, it was from Kaede...
Rimu and I have gone out to get some grogeries, we should be back in an hour. In the meantime, I left you some hot chocolate in the thermus, I hope you'll like it. Be back soon.
"I'm sure that I will," I said walking over to the counter. I poured some of the hot chocolate into a coffee mug, then I went upstairs to talk with my friends on Sodor Island Forums.
Anime Boy was online at this time.
"Hello Matthew, I bet you're feeling excited for Christmas this year, considering that you'll be spending it with your girlfriend, Kaede."
"Yeah, I guess this is going to be a good christmas," I replied back and agreeing with him, "of course, everyday I spend with Kaede is always a good day."
Of course, Anime Boy and all my friends on the Sodor Island Forums, all knew about the past christmas moments, where my parents ruined everything.
"To be real honest, I think I already got the perfect gift this year and that would be...to be here with Kaede."
"I hope you get to tell her that, Matthew."
I had to agree with him on that one. After talking with Anime Boy, I read Metamorphical's 'Station Girl-Adventures of a Sodor Teenager-Christmas Special' stories for a short period of time, before I logged off and headed off downstairs to wait for Kaede and Primula.
They came in fifteen minutes later, I personally think that they went a little too far with all the food they had gotten. Poor Primula was carrying at least six bags and Kaede had five, I helped by carrying the bigger bags in, then I helped them put the food away.
There was alot of food, I guess Kaede was planning something special for christmas eve.
"Those bags must have been heavy," I said, "if you were going out to get all this food, why didn't you invite me along? We could have taken my truck."
"It's okay Matthew," said Kaede, "we could handle it." I walked in front of her and looked in her in the eyes, "I'm sorry," she said, "I didn't mean to make you worry."
"That's okay," I said wrapping my arms around her, "next time, why don't you invite me along?"
"Okay...Matthew, would you like to come with us to get our new Christmas tree?"
"Sure," I smiled.
"Kaede," called Primula, "what's wrong with last year's tree?"
"We threw it out last year, remember?" she asked, "it was always falling over, especially after christmas day."
"Well at least your tree fell over once, I can count at least three times when my tree fell over, and most of those times wasn't because of my cats."
Once again, Kaede giggled at my little joke. They still had some of their winter gear on, so all they had to do was to put their boots back on, while I got my winter clothes on.
"I better be careful this time," I thought to myself, "no way I'm going to fall flat on my back again."
Once I got the boots on, the rest of my winter gear was easy to put on. I went out first to start the truck, thankfully it warms up quickly, then Primula climbed in, and sat down in the back seat and Kaede sat up in the front.
Normally, during the christmas holidays, people would be listening to Christmas tunes, but not me, I only have three. One from 'Mariah Carey' and two from 'Rascal Flatts'. Still this didn't bother Kaede or Primula, as one of my mix CDs was playing the song 'For You' by 'The Calling'.
We decided to go by the Megamall, there was one store there that was selling beautiful christmas trees. It was a surprise to see all those christmas trees, but that was not all, this store was selling christmas decroations, and as once said on Thomas & Friends...the decorations 'could be seen as far as the eye could see.'
Kaede and Primula both looked at some christmas trees, while I stood close by. All of the sudden, I felt someone slap my back, and I fell to the ground again.
"Lisa!" I snapped.
Sure enough, it was Lisa, she was standing right behind me, wearing a big winter coat in red.
"What are you doing here, Lisa?" I asked, getting up, "I thought you were here on vacation."
"I am," she answered, "but my family has decided to come here, so that means I'll get to spend the holidays with my family, isn't that great?"
"Yeah, great," I sighed, looking down. Unlike Lisa, I knew my family would never come to Tokyo to spend the holidays with me or Kaede...my father might, but not the rest of the family.
"Sorry, Matthew, I forgot."
"It's alright," I said, then looking back to Kaede and Primula, they were looking at a beautiful green, lighted up christmas tree.
"So are you, Kaede and Primula shopping for a tree?"
"Yep, that's what we're doing," I answered, walking over to see the tree they had picked out.
"What do you think Matthew?" asked Kaede, I took a good look at it.
"I like it," I answered, "this is the perfect christmas tree for us."
"I think so too," she smiled, then she noticed Lisa, "are you here looking for a Christmas tree too, Lisa?"
"Nope," she answered, "I'm just doing some christmas shopping," then she told Kaede all she had told me, "then I noticed Matthew and I couldn't help myself, but to say hello."
"Yep, in your special way," I said sarcastically.
"Oh Matthew," she said slapping me on the back again, "you know I have other ways to say hello..."
"Yeah and compared to those, I prefer the slapping, but can you please tone it down a little bit?"
"I'll try, but like I always say..."
"I'm not making any promises," of course I said it too, that's the kinda saying I've heard Lisa say, ever since I first met her in elementary school.
"Well, I better get going, see you!" she called as she ran off, "oh and happy holidays!"
Kaede and Primula called back to her, while I stood there smiling, same old Lisa. After that, we bought the tree and took it back to the truck, then we set off back to the house, only to be driving into a blizzard.
"Are we going to make it home?" asked Primula.
"Of course we will," I said, pulling the truck over, then changing it over to four wheel drive, "now hang on, this is going to get bumpy."
I wasn't kidding, the streets hadn't been plowed yet, so it was a bumpy ride travelling along.
"This is the main reason why I bought this truck, those darn roads near my house were never plowed, so I needed a truck that could drive over those drifts with ease."
"I think we might be home in five minutes at this rate," said Primula.
Well, she was right, we got home in five minutes, the girls helped unload the tree, then we set off into the warmth of the house.
"And here I always thought that canadian winters were harsh," I said out loud, again Kaede giggled at my little joke.
We then took the tree into the living room, removed it from the box and placed it on the left side of the entertainment centre, Kaede gave me the honor's of pluging in the tree's lights. It was amazing with so many different colored lights (of course they are L.E.D. lights), then we started placing the decorations on the tree.
"If it's okay with you Kaede," I said, "I would like to add one of my ordements on the tree."
It was only a small glass ball, kinda see through in light blue glass, and with a little heart in there.
"I bought this last year," I said, "I've always wanted to hang this up on the tree, but I never got to, so is it okay?"
"Of course it's okay," smiled Kaede.
"Thank you," I said happily, and placed the glass ball on the tree in the middle section. Then I stood back and stood beside Kaede, smiling at the sight of the christmas tree.
By the next morning, the blizzard was still blowing, so it didn't look like we were going anywhere today.
"It's a good thing that you two went out for grogeries yesterday," I said to Kaede, "I don't think you two would want to go out in bad weather like this."
"We would probably get sick just walking to the store," said Primula.
"I hate being sick," groaned Kaede, I knew how she felt, I don't like getting sick myself, it means that I can't get out of bed and do what I want to do.
"Well it's like I said, it's a good thing that you two went out yesterday," I said smiling.
Kaede looked over to me and she started smiling again. At that moment, we heard the phone ring, Kaede got it, it was her father on the other end.
"I'm sorry Kaede, but I won't be dropping by today," he was saying, "but the good news is that I can spend Christmas day with you."
"Are you serious?" she asked happily.
"I am," he said.
"That's good," she said, she then told Primula and me of the good news.
"Well, I better get back to work, I'll see on Christmas day, my dear sweet little girl."
"Okay," she said happily, "see you soon."
I was happy for Kaede, now she could spend the holidays with her father, and us as well.
A little while later, I was on my computer working on a special Thomas/Mew Mew Power Christmas story called 'Thomas & Zoey's Christmas Adventure', while listening to some songs. One of them was 'Believe' by 'Brooks & Dunn'.
Hearing that song, remained me about my father and how I treated him so badly, and misjudging him for all those years.
"I wonder what he is doing now?" I thought to myself.
I just sat there, thinking back to all the days I had spent with him, before we started our little war with each other, to be honest...it was the first time in years that I ever thought that he was a good father to me.
"Someday...I will...forgive you and start calling you father," I had, of course, said it to myself, then I went back to writing up the rest of the story.
The longer it took for me to write up the story, the more I kept on thinking of how lucky I am to be here.
"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Kaede," I said to myself, looking over to a picture of Kaede and myself that I had on the desk, "thank you so much Kaede."
I then heard a knock on the door, Kaede was coming in with some hot chocolate and a blue mug.
"Would you like some marshmellows?" she asked me.
"Sure," I smiled, Kaede then placed two marshmellows into the mug, then she turned to walk out, "Kaede!"
She stopped and turned around to look at me, "I know I have said this before, but I just want to say thank you for inviting me here."
"Your welcome," she smiled, then she walked out, and headed back downstairs.
"I don't even like thinking of what my life, would be like, if you didn't come into my life."
That was something I never wanted to think about, not now and not ever.
In a few short hours, the bizzard had passed, and I was outside again, shovelling the sidewalk clear. It was four in the afternoon, which meant that around this time, the sun was already going down.
And if anyone is wondering, yes I did get Kaede something for christmas. It was a small heart shaped necklace, and a small story of us as kids again.
"I sure hope she'll like them," I thought as I continued on working.
By the time I was done, the sun had already gone down. Rin and Asa were visiting us, as Kaede had invited them to a special dinner tonight. They were also impressed by the christmas tree in the living room.
"It is a nice tree," said Rin.
"Thank you," smiled Kaede.
It was then that Asa noticed the special ordement in the centre of the tree.
"Where did that one come from?" she asked, "I didn't see that one, the last time you had the tree up."
"That one came from me," I said, coming into the room, "I've had that ordement for over a year, I never did get the chance to place it on the tree last year. So I asked Kaede if I could put it up on this tree..."
"And I said yes," she said, "isn't it beautiful."
"It sure is," agreed Asa, "a little blue ball with a little heart on the inside."
After looking at the tree for a bit, Asa and Kaede went back into the kitchen to help Primula cook up tonight's meal.
"You must be real excited for the christmas holidays, huh Matthew?"
"I guess," I said, Rin looked over to me kinda surprised, so I told him everything about the past christmas's.
"Does Kaede know about this?"
"No, not yet," I said, "I'm going to be telling her that soon though. Still it's okay, cause this year is going to great...especially since this is my first year here with Kaede. I'm grateful for all she has done...she means the world to me..."
I was lost for words at the moment, but Rin knew what I meant.
"Just don't forget that you have done so much for Kaede as well," I knew Rin was right, when Kaede was sad about her days as a kid, to what happened last year, I was always there to help her.
"Yeah I know," I said.
Then we set off for the kitchen, where we helped set everything up for the dinner tonight.
After a few hours, and after eating a great meal, Asa and Rin left for their places, after they helped us to clean up the dishes.
Kaede and Primula were getting changed, while I was talking with my friends on Sodor Island Forums. They were all talking about what they had planned for the holidays, then they asked me of what I was going to do.
"Tomorrow," I replied to them all, "I'm doing a special episode of 'Tech Corner', then I will hang up the lights around the house."
"You just be careful Matthew," replied Metamorphical, "you don't want to have an accident during at this time of the year and make Kaede worry."
"I'll be careful," I replied back.
"I do have to ask," came Warrior's message, "are you planning on going out on christmas eve to see that huge christmas tree, as you have done before?"
"I guess," I replied back, "I just don't know right now."
After the chat session, I read some more 'Single Story and Episode Ideas' that had been added on just most recently, then I logged off the forums and shut down the computer.
Then I went over to the door, and waited for Kaede.
In a minute, she came out, then we hugged again as we always do every night.
"Well I better get off to bed," said Kaede, "I'll see you in the morning, Matthew."
"And I'll see you in the morning," I said winking at her, she giggled and walked off back to her room.
After that, I quickly got changed into my pajamas and crawled into bed, but around this time, I had alot on my mind, especially about Christmas time.
Still, after a while, I grew so tired that I closed my eyes and went off to sleep.