Author: sky_wanderer (Alantie)
Characters: Sora, Kairi, Riku
Summary: A real Christmas Tree is precious on Destiny Islands
"We’re lucky this year," Kairi declared, stepping back to admire the tree that Sora and Riku had just managed to set upright in the corner. "A real Christmas tree."
"Yup," Sora responded, looking pleased with himself as he brushed pine needles from his jacket. "I wasn’t going to try and decorate a palm tree again, and those fake trees just aren’t the same as a real one."
"Fake ones don’t get tree sap all over you though," Riku put in, staring down at his sap cover hands with a sigh, heading toward the kitchen to wash up.
Kairi laughed, heading over to the stack of cardboard boxes, opening the first one and pulling out the lights, starting to work at untangling them. "I don’t even want to know how much you paid for that," she told Sora as he plunked down beside her to help. "I know the Martins raise pine trees, but they sell them for so much it almost isn’t worth it. Comes from living on an island, I suppose."
"Don’t worry about it," the brunette told her cheerfully, his fingers deft and quick as he started unraveling the strings of lights. "This tree didn’t cost us a cent!"
Startled, Kairi looked up at him, her violet eyes puzzled. "Nothing?" she repeated, confused. "Did you find it somewhere? I hope you didn’t chop it down- you know the mayor put a ban against that!"
"Course not!" Sora said quickly, almost too quickly, and the redhead narrowed her eyes. He was hiding something.
Fortunately, Sora was spared an interrogation by Riku’s return. Being the tallest, it was his duty to wrap the lights around the branches so the two hurried to finish with them. While he began arranging them on the dark green needles, Kairi started ironing the tree skirt and Sora pulled the boxes of ornaments out. After Riku had finished with the lights, he picked up the strands of silver tinsel and paper chain links they had made together as children. Once he had finished, the three of them dived into the boxes, pulling out the colored glass balls, the candy canes, and all the ornaments they had collected over the years.
"Hey, look at this one."
Kairi glanced up and nearly laughed out loud at the sight of the glittery orange blob attached to a paper clip fashioned into a hook held in Riku’s hand. "Oh dear," she responded, trying her hardest not to laugh. "You made that, didn’t you Sora?"
The brunette turned away from the tree and caught sight of the blob. He groaned, slapping a palm to his head. "Why didn’t that blasted thing get crushed?"
"Aw, c’mon Sora," Kairi teased, taking the blob from Riku’s palm. "I think it’s cute. It has. . . character!" She moved to the tree and hung it with a flourish in the front, much to Sora’s dismay.
"It’s wretched," he grumbled. "I made it in third grade. Just let me crush it, please?"
Chuckling, Riku draped an arm around his friend’s shoulders. "No way," he said. "Its part of our history, you know that. It’s going to be around for a long, long, LONG time. Your kids will see that blob!"
"Great," the spiky haired boy said with a noticeable lack of enthusiasm. Kairi made a mental note to keep a close eye on the blob ornament to make sure Sora didn’t live up to his threat.
Soon the tree sparkled in the dusk, lights shining and ornaments glowing with borrowed radiance. There was only one thing left: the star. Kairi removed it carefully from its box, unwrapping the yards of Kleenex used to cushion and protect it through its long months of storage. Soon she had it unveiled in all its silver and gold glory, shining already.
"Alright, who’s turn is it to put the star up?"
The boys glanced at each other. "You did it last year," Riku told the shorter boy.
"Yeah, I did," Sora responded, nodding. "And I think you did it the year before, right?"
"Right." The silver haired boy turned to the slim fire haired girl. "That makes it your turn, Kai."
Flashing a brilliant smile, she nodded and stepped up on the stool, stretching to reach the top of the tree. Yet she was nowhere near close enough. Frowning, she gripped the tree tightly with one hand, rising up on her toes to gain a few more inches. Beneath her the stool wobbled and she felt her body swaying, loosing her balance.
In a flash though, a pair of warm hands were around her waist, steadying her. Startled, she hurriedly slipped the star into place and reached down blindly, slightly dizzy. A hand released her only to grasp her fingers, helping her down to the ground. Blinking, her violet eyes met with orbs of pure sky blue, slightly concerned.
She smiled faintly, managing a nod. "Yes. Thanks."
Sora rubbed the back of his head awkwardly, his eyes darting away sheepishly. "Sure thing."
Shakily Kairi sat down, aware of Riku’s knowing grin flashed in her direction. Glaring at him, her cheeks tinged red, she asked, "So, where did you two get the tree?"
Aqua green eyes flashed to sapphire and the boys stared at each other, clearly unsure of what to say. In a flash, Riku had grabbed the empty boxes and rushed off, clearly on his way to return them to the shed.
"Traitor," Sora muttered before turning to meet Kairi’s expectant gaze. "Kairi. . . we didn’t do anything illegal to get it."
"Then why won’t you tell me?"
He sighed, and gave in, his voice hesitant. "We didn’t get it anywhere on the islands," he said slowly.
For a moment she didn’t understand. Then realization gripped her and her eyes widened. "You didn’t! You know that Malificent is still out there looking for revenge! What if she had caught you?!"
The boy flinched, looking even more shamefaced than before. "Look, this is why we didn’t tell you Kairi! Besides, it isn’t anything me and Riku can’t handle together. It’s no big deal."
"You went to Halloween Town just to get a tree?!"
"Technically Christmas Town," he corrected her.
She threw her hands up in the air in disgust. "Honestly Sora! Why did you risk your life just to get a tree?"
Sora shrugged his shoulders. "I don’t know, I guess because you talked about having a real tree so much. I knew you really wanted one this year, with us all back together again." Giving her a tiny smile, he sighed. "I got it for you."
All her anger drained away, and she could only stare at him until he dropped his head and kicked at the ground, apparently bracing himself for her wrath. Shaking her head she stepped nearer to him, slipping her arms around his waist.
"You dope," she sighed, rubbing her cheek against his affectionately before letting go and turning to stare at the tree, wiping at her eyes.
Sora took this as a sign that he was forgiven.
- Current Mood: giggly
- Current Music:Lady of Shalott- Loreena McKennitt