Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, Awesome whatever you celebrate!
Another year was coming to a close and her hand felt no heavier for it. She had left every hint she could think of this year-not just her usual routine on stage. Bridal magazines on every surface, a ring catalogue left beside the sewing machine, watching wedding dress shows at all hours. None of it had helped.
She’d tried to start a conversation about it with the Hatter, tried to ask where their relationship was heading. He had bolted from the room and avoided her for a week. She had to enlist Thackery’s help to get him calmed down.
It was disappointing, coming to the realization that she may never get the ring she craved.
Though she wanted to cry, she kept her disappointment hidden. Regardless of how she felt about her lack of engagement, she was very much in love Tarrant. Pressuring him had done nothing but threaten to drive him away. She couldn’t bear the thought of that.
She looked up from the vanity, watching the tall man sit on their shared bed and glance to the spot at his right. She rose to join him.
“It’s Christmas Eve.” He mused, tucking her against him.
“ We should sleep. No doubt you’ll want to be up early for presents.” Alice said.
“Do we really have to wait until tomorrow?”
“Tarrant,” she said, “We’re not going down to open them at this hour. You have to wait until morning.”
“For all of them?”
“Not even just one?” He pressed. She started to shake her head, but he shoved a box at her. It was wrapped in an array of colors that was so Tarrant she couldn’t help but smile.
“It can wait-“
“No!” He shouted, then lowered his voice. “I’d rather you open it now. I’d like to be the only one who sees you open it.”
She raised a brow but gently worked the paper, until she reached the little black box beneath. Her breath caught in her throat and she tore it open, marveling at how the dim light reflected off cut diamond.
“I’m sorry I made you wait but this is the time of year you’re meant to get the things you want the most, right? I wanted to do it properly and, Alice will you say something?”
She slipped the ring onto her finger, feeling the weight of it lighten her heart.