"Merry Christmas, Ulquiorra-kun!" Orihime smiled, holding out a present for the pale-skinned male. "I wasn't sure what to get you, so I just made something myself!" It was wrapped in white wrapping paper with a minty green bow. It was a simple gift, really. A Christmas ornament styled after one of her beloved hair pins. She'd even made it into a little picture frame, having cut pictures of the two of them together. "I hope you like it!"
Ulquiorra had never understood Christmas at all. It’s definition clearly stated that it was supposed to be a holiday in which Christ was born. He couldn’t understand why people would be giving other people presents on such a day. The white box with a beautiful mint green bow in front of him seemed to further dig into his confused state. A present for him especially was shocking after all but it was from the woman so he couldn’t say that he was entirely shocked by it.
Something about this little gesture made his insides scramble. Never in his life had he received a gift like this before. And the fact that it was given by the woman seemed to intensify this peculiar feeling even more. It was pleasantly foreign but it bothered him so much.
Ulquiorra unwrapped the paper and opened the present, slightly intrigued by the unknown content inside. He held it up and examined the picture of both of them causing his heart to warm up at the genuine exchange. It was a shame that he didn’t have anything to give her in return. If he had known beforehand that she would be giving him a gift, he would have searched for a gift for her as well. But it seemed that it was too late to go Christmas shopping now. Yet, he still wanted to give her something in return; something as equally genuine as what she had given him.
Ulquiorra placed the gift back in the box gingerly and closed it. He then wrapped his arm around the woman’s waist and hugged her tightly. Ulquiorra was never one to engage in such actions but due to his current situation, it seemed that it was necessary enough to let it be an exception.
“Thank you. Merry Christmas, Onna,” he said.