*~*~*~*~*~Christmas in Story Brooke 7 years ago*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

"Ahem."

"Oh, Mr. Gold!"

"Merry Christmas."

"Merry Christmas, indeed."

"Something wrong, Mr. Gold?"

"Oh, um, well, I thought I'd…"

"Oh! Look a mistletoe."

"Yeah, mistletoe."

"Oh, you came over to warn me, you sweet man, thank you. Most men would have just taken advantage and kissed me."

"Yeah, those brutes."

"Well, thank you, Mr. Gold. You're really sweet."

"You're welcome."

smooch

"Very welcome."

"Merry Christmas, Mr. Gold."

"Merry Christmas."

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Christmas in Enchanted Forest*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

"What's Christmas, Rumple?"

"Christmas is a stupid holiday for humans that celebrate by whining, complaining and ripping open presents."

"What's a present?"

"A present is something you give someone you care about."

"So, only humans celebrate it?"

"Well, some wood creatures and faeries do."

"Do you?"

"No."

"Why not?"

"I just don't. It's stupid, I don't have anyone other than you to celebrate it with."

"So, let's celebrate it!"

"Yeah-let-wait, what?"

"Well, let's celebrate Christmas! It's not Christmas, yet. I heard a lady in town saying that earlier when we went, so let's have Christmas!"

"Why?"

"Because I want to give you a present."

"Well, I…that's ok, I guess."

"Good. Then can I give you a present now?"

"What-?"

"Here, Merry Christmas."

"But it's not-"

"Open it!"

"Fine."

"Do you like it? It's supposed to be made of real silver."

"It's a flask."

"A flask?"

"Yeah, I had it enscribed."

"Yeah? 'To My Rumple.'"

"Well, yes, I thought of putting your full name on there, but I thought you wouldn't like that."

"No, it's fine, really. I like it."

"Really?"

"Yes, really."

"Merry Christmas, then."

"Thank you. I'll get you something as well."

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Christmas Present Day in Story Brooke*~*~*~*~*~*~*

"Merry Christmas, Mr. Gold."

"Merry Christmas, Gella."

"You want anything specific for Christmas?"

"Not really."

"I have to get you something."

"Ok, but you won't want to get it for me."

"What is it?"

"Give Essie the weekend shifts."

"What?"

"You know on Christmas weekend, take off."

"That's all you want?"

"Yes. That's all I want."

"You're right, I don't want to get it for you."

"It's fine, really, I don-"

"But if it will make you happy I'll take off."

"Really?"

"Really. I'll take the whole week off if you'd like."

lots of smooches later.

"So, I'll take the week off."

"Can you start that today?"

"Yes I can."