A/N: Here’s my last gift for you all. Inspired by the crappy weather here in the States today, I wrote this quickly. Hope you like it! Wishing you a safe and happy holiday.
Mother Nature, what a fickle creature she is. Here I am stuck in an Atlanta airport because she’s decided to wreak havoc on the eastern coast of the States today. It’s Christmas Eve, this was to be my first Christmas with Ava. I had planned on making this Christmas extra special for her. She dreaded the holidays and all the hoopla that comes with them. She just recently made huge strides in changing her view on that for my benefit which only makes me love her more. But it looks like our celebration will have to wait.
I was home until three days ago, when I received a call from Luke late at night. It’s never good news when your cell phone rings past midnight.
“Tom, I know it’s late but I needed to call you right away. I hope you still have that prepacked suitcase ready. You need to fly to Los Angeles tomorrow morning. You’re needed for some last minute voice overs for I Saw the Light.”
“You’re fucking kidding right? It’s Christmas! I did all the extra voice overs when I was in Shreveport a month ago. I can’t go Luke. Call whom ever you need to but I can’t, no, I won’t go!”
I lost that battle and now I’m stuck here in this massive airport trying to fly back home to London. I made it from Los Angeles to Atlanta but it looks like all flights coming and going are cancelled for the next day due a massive storm tearing up the coast. I’m not the only one stuck here. Staring out the windows, I see several planes sitting on the tarmacs and runways waiting patiently for the air traffic tower controllers to say the magic words “you’ve been cleared for take off.” I feel awful for the people who have gotten that close to flying home. They boarded their planes and are now stuck on a tight airless capsule waiting, some not so patiently I’m sure. So if I had to be stranded maybe I should just be thankful I’m in the airport terminal and not on a parked airplane.
Looking at my watch, I figured Ava should be just about finishing her work day and getting ready to head home. We were suppose to head to my mum’s house and then Maria and Joseph’s this evening for dinner but with my unexpected trip, Ava has decided she’d rather stay home. I would have preferred she be with my family or at Maria and Joseph’s tonight but, she was adamant about staying in “our apartment.” I still had to chuckle at that phrase. She moved in few weeks ago at my insistence. What a battle that was to convince her to move in with me. The woman was going to be the death of me with her stubborn streak.
Oh shit, I still need to call her and update her on this new delay.
“Ava, my love, looks like Mother Nature doesn’t want me home today. All flights are cancelled until late tomorrow. And to make things worse all the local hotels are booked so I have to sleep here in terminal 19.”
“Oh Tom. I’m so sorry. Well there’s not much you can do about that. Sit back and try to relax.”
“As if. You should see this place. Kids running around, frustrated parents, couples arguing, seasoned travelers sleeping on benches. Lucky for us the wifi is still connected and working. Oh shit, I hope I didn’t just jinx that. These people might go nuts.”
“Oh sweetie; I miss you so much. I was looking forward to visiting your family and Maria and Joseph with you tonight but I don’t feel right going without you. When you arrive back home safely we can go.”
“I love you Ava. I miss you too but you’re right, when I get home we’ll visit everyone. Ehehehe, we’ll have two Christmas this year!”
Oh fuck, I forgot Ava’s gifts! While I had several gifts already bought and wrapped, I was planning on using the last few days to finish shopping for her. Oh my god, what was I going to do? Looking around the terminal, I had to laugh at my choices of stores. The airport terminal gift shops and kiosks, ugh! Well Hiddleston, you have no choice now do you?
“Mr.Thomas Smith. Paging Mr.Thomas Smith. You are needed at gate 21 immediately.”
Oh shit, that’s me! I quickly finished paying for my purchases. “Happy Holidays sir. Safe travels.”
“Thank you! Same to you.”
Making it to gate 21 with my luggage and purchases, I checked in with the ticket counter agent.
“Hi there, I’m Mr.Smith. I was just paged to this gate.”
“I’m sorry sir, your ID says you’re Thomas Hiddleston.”
“Fuck, I’m sorry. I am Thomas Hiddleston but when I book flights, I book them under a fake name for privacy purposes. I’m an actor.”
“I’m sorry sir, I do see that that information is noted here in my system. My apologies. I have you checked in and ready to fly to London. We will be boarding in a few minutes. Please take a seat.”
“How? I mean thank you but how? I thought all flights were cancelled flying in and out of this airport?”
“They are sir however you’re flying to England. This storm is heading straight up the east coast to New England. Your flight has been cleared to take off and will be boarding soon.”
“Thank you, thank you so much. You have no idea how much I need to get home.”
“You’re welcome sir. Safe travels and Happy Holidays, Loki.” She said with a wink.
Settling in my seat and buckling my seat belt, I thought if we have no real turbulence I can be home before Ava wakes up.
Finally getting comfortable, I settled in to try and get some sleep.
“Flight crew please prepare for landing.”
Oh shit! We’re getting ready to land. I must have fallen asleep. Checking my watch, it saw that it was almost 6am. If I could clear customs and didn’t run into traffic, I could be home by 8am.
I hadn’t spoken or messaged Ava before boarding my flight because I didn’t want to get her hopes up in case I couldn’t get home.
Settling into the taxi, I was thrilled that I had sailed through customs and my luggage came off the plane quickly. Just another 30 minutes and I’ll be home.
Quietly entering the foyer of the apartment, I found it quiet and still dark. I placed my wrapped gifts under the tree and tiptoed up the stairs. I slowly opened the door to our bedroom where Ava was still peacefully sleeping. She looked so angelic there nestled in our enormous bed. I quickly removed my travel clothes and climbed into bed behind her.
Placing a gentle kiss on Ava’s ear, I whispered, “Merry Christmas, my love.”
Slowly waking up, she moved back into my embrace and hummed a hello.
Suddenly realizing I was actually in bed with her, “Oh my god Tom, what are you doing here? How did you get home?”
“Ehehehe. I live here. A plane and then a taxi.”
“Oh Tom, what a fabulous surprise, you made it home just in time for Christmas.”
“I told you, I never miss Christmas at home.”
Several hours later, we sat near the fireplace in sweatpants and opened our presents.
Ava laughed when she opened her airport gift shop presents, “I will cherish this “I love NY” keychain and “It’s a dry heat here in Arizona” refrigerator magnet always. Tom you didn’t need to buy me anything. I already have what I wanted most … YOU ! I love you.”
“I love you more. Not even mother nature can keep us apart. She tried though.”
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