This chapter starts a little crazy but stick with me! :)
I slowly stood, Charisa stood along with me, our eyes never leaving each other's. I ran my hand through her hair as she rest her head against my chest.
"This feels right," she quietly.
"Couldn't have said it better myself," I said kissing her forehead as we slowly swayed to the non-existent music…
My eyes shot open, I looked around for a moment, am I in bed? I looked at the clock next to me, 5:38. I must have accidently fallen asleep… but wait… that means… it was all a dream. I'd went through with the plan, telling Charisa how I felt, but she wasn't ready to say it back yet. I played the dream back in my head dozens of times before standing up and heading for the hallway to the kitchen.
I heard someone in the kitchen, "Murdock?" I hollered half asleep.
"In here muchacho!" he hollered back from the kitchen, "Just finishing up and then I'll be outta here!"
I walked into the kitchen, "Whoa," Murdock said looking at me, "You been sleeping? Damn Face, you better hurry up man. Charisa's going to be here at 6 so you can go on with the plan."
I sat down at the table, "Yeah," I said without really listening to what he'd said. I was still thinking about the dream. Is telling her the right choice? Is it too soon? Was the dream a sign?
"You okay Face?" I heard Murdock say.
"Yeah, yeah," I said without thinking again.
"Really? Cause you're acting mighty weird?"
"I'm fine Murdock. Just had a… weird dream."
Murdock laughed lightly, "I hear ya there, I've had some dreams over the years that would mess some people up pre—tty badly," He joked, "But then I tell Billy 'bout them and I'm fine," he said but then realized how out of it I was.
"Well I guess I'll go then, good luck with Charisa. I bet she'll really like it… Besides, it's Christmas Eve Face! Everyone is happy on Christmas Eve cause that's when all the good things happen…. See ya at 7," Murdock said heading for the door and grabbing his jacket.
I nodded my head as he left; I waited for the door to shut. I then closed my eyes, putting my head in my hands. What the hell am I doing?...
Face slowly stood, I stood along with him, our eyes never leaving each other's. Face ran his hand through my hair as I rest my head against his chest.
"This feels right," I said barely above a whisper.
"Couldn't have said it better myself," he said kissing my forehead as we slowly swayed to the non-existent music…
My eyes shot open, hearing a loud sound, my phone. I quickly searched for it finding it on the floor next to the couch I was on.
Face, I thought looking at the caller I.D., was that a dream? But it felt so real! I was confused out of my mind. I answered it. "Face?" I answered.
"Charisa," he said, "I, uh, wanted to let you know that we finished early over here."
"Oh," I said realizing that he must have been talking about getting the house ready, "You and Murdock, yeah. What time should I be over there?"
"Whenever you want. I'm going to get ready so if I don't answer, I'm in the shower. The extra key is under the doormat for you."
"Okay, thank you. Um, I guess I'll see you when I get there."
"Yeah, see ya then… Bye," he said.
"Bye," I said before hanging up.
I sat the phone down and slowly lay back down on the couch. I'd gone to Face's place, he'd told me he had made-up the "help" idea cause he wanted to speak to me alone. Then we talked and he said he loved me, and the ring! I looked at my left hand, empty as usual. I closed my eyes; it was a dream, it had to have been. I must of accidently fell asleep when I got home.
It had all felt so real… and then I remembered something, I didn't say it back. Face said he loved me and I didn't say it back. Which made me think, do I love Face? If he told me right now that he loved me, would I say it back and truly mean it? My head was clouded with confusion.
Maybe this dream was a sign, maybe the fact that we'd both be leaving soon was a good thing. I needed to get my priorities in order, we both did. I kept playing that same part over and over in my head: "Don't want to go too fast but I've never cared about anyone like this before and honestly I'm terrified…. All in all, I love you," he'd said in the dream. Would Face really say that? I mean it is Face we're talking about here. Yes I love him but do I really, really love him. I say I've forgotten his past but it still lurks in the back of my mind. It would be easy for Face to cheat, easy for him to leave me…
What am I thinking, it's Christmas Eve, I should be happy. Tonight I need to let go for a night. Not worry about what will happen tomorrow. I should cherish the time I do have with Face because all to soon it will be hard to get. It had been a dream, my imagination had been triggered by what Face had said or almost said this morning. It had found a piece of nothing and turned it into a big something. Face wouldn't say that… yet. Maybe someday but not now, we were taking it slow. I stood up heading for my bedroom to get ready. Stop moping Charisa! You've got a hot boyfriend that woman would die for, I smiled to myself, it would be okay tonight. I'm not going to let some crazy dream ruin my first Christmas with him!
I was standing in my closet when the doorbell rang; I took my shirt off the hanger sliding it on as I looked at the clock, 6:00. After way too much thought, I'd decided to let the dream go. But I did take it as a wake-up call; it was too soon. Charisa and I are still young, I guess. And we have time; I need to wait until we both know we can do this. I can wait. Our first Christmas together was going to be special no matter what, three words and a promise ring wouldn't make it any better. Though maybe I'd save the ring for later…
I went around the corner to the front door. I began to button up my shirt but changed my mind…
I stood at the door for a moment before ringing it. Taking a deep breath, remember, it's your first Christmas. Have fun and hopefully there will be a lot more together.
I rang the doorbell and waited. I couldn't figure out what to wear, my favorite jeans, red shirt, and black vest or the new red dress I'd bought months ago on clearance and never worn before. I then realized that I'd worn the dress in my dream, and Face had loved it. So of course, I wore the dress.
I opened the door and there she was, just like in the dream, "Just when I think you can't get anymore beautiful," I smiled.
She laughed, "You like?"
"Like? You better get in here before someone steals you from me," I joked pulling her inside and closing the door.
"You still came over early?" I asked as we stood by the closed door for a moment.
"Well," she said holding me hand and beginning to lead me into the living room, "With you leaving for San Diego soon and me leaving for base, we won't have a lot of free time anymore. I mean we still will, but nothing like days like today and yesterday. When we can just relax," she smiled, "Plus, it's our first Christmas Eve together so I wanted to remember it."
I smiled stopping us, why was I worried, "Couldn't have said it better myself. I guess Murdock was right," I laughed.
"What do you mean?" she laughed.
"Before he left earlier, I was feeling kind of… weird. I had a bad dream and couldn't get it out of my head. And then when Murdock left he said how everyone is happy on Christmas Eve because that's when all the good things happen."
Charisa thought for a moment, "Leave it to Murdock to go all insightful on us."
"I guess sometimes we just have to pay attention to the simpler things," I laughed.
"Exactly," she simply said before kissing my cheek and beginning to go into the kitchen.
"Whoa there darlin'," I said taking her hand and bringing her back quickly so she was close to me. I took her other hand in mine.
"What?" she laughed.
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but rules are rules," I said smirking and then pointing up to the mistletoe above us.
She looked up and laughed, "Of course! What would happen if Templeton "Face" Peck didn't have mistletoe?" she teased.
"One: The world would end, and two: please promise to NEVER call me Templeton again," I said trying to be as serious as possible.
"Oh what you don't like your name? Come on Templeton. Temp, Tempy," she laughed.
"Will you please shut up and kiss me?" I said sarcastically.
She waited a moment and then practically lunged at me. It took me a moment to even realize we were kissing. All I could think was, I lo—ve Christmas!
* * 7 o'clock: Guest Arrive * *
The doorbell rang, "I've got it!" Charisa said leaving the living room where she'd been fixing the tree and straightening up the presents.
Face was in the kitchen getting the last of the food out.
Charisa opened the door to see non-other than Murdock of course.
"Merry Christmas Eve Charisa!" Murdock exclaimed with his arms wide open before she could even register it was him at the door.
"Merry Christmas Eve to you too Murdock!" She smiled hugging him. Only Murdock would say that on Christmas EVE, ha-ha, and that's why we love him. Once again, who needs kids when you have Murdock.
"Thank you for helping with everything, it looks great," she said as they went into the kitchen to see Face.
"Ah no prob! It was fun, getting ol' Facey into the Christmas spirit," he joked walking over to Face.
"Couldn't have pulled it off without ya," Face said.
The doorbell rang again, "And so it begins!" Murdock said excitedly.
Charisa and Face both looked at Murdock.
"What?" Murdock asked.
"You wanna go answer it?" Face asked trying not to laugh.
"If you insist," Murdock said darting for the door.
To be continued...
Sorry if that was confusing, I got a wild idea earlier and decided to run with it. Hope you liked it! Thanks for reading and don't forget to review. Next chapter: Party continues as Hannibal, B.A., and some more friends arrive. It's going to be pretty good :)