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Everyday Lives 12: Mistletoe Madness

“JINGLE BELLS! JINGLE BELLS! JINGLE ALL THE WAY! OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH!”

Christmas time was upon the town of Magnolia once again, and the Fairy Tail guild wasn’t about to miss the chance to celebrate the way they do best.

Everyone was in the festive mood; Cana was drinking eggnog, spiked of course, Freed was using his magic to hang the decorations, and Warren was trying to find out who got who what this year using his telepathy.

But there was one person who was more than determined to make it all the more special.

“With this Juvia will get her Christmas kiss from her love!”

Juvia had found all the mistletoe that Mira had used as decorations and put it all together in one bundle and attached it to a long pole that looked like a candy cane.

“Juvia cannot fail! Now, to find my beloved!”

Walking around the guild hearing how happy everyone was just made her search harder so she can join in their happiness. She finally got a glimpse of dark hair on one of the benches.

“Darling!” she thrust the mistletoe right above his head…

“Whatdaya want rain woman?”

“Gajeel?!” …wrong man.

“And just what are you laughing at shrimp?” Gajeel turned to look at Levy across the table they were sharing.

“Your head. Look up!” she continued to giggle as he looked up and blushed. Juvia was not as amused.

“Ra-rain woman! You gotta be kiddin’ me!”

“Now you have to kiss!” Levy said, referring to Juvia and Gajeel.

“WHAT?!”

“Juvia’s lips are Gray’s and Gray’s alone!”

“Well you have to kiss someonee!” Levy looked around the guild for someone they could kiss, keeping her blush concealed by her novel.

Juvia huffed, she would never kiss someone other than her true love. Gajeel stared at the plant for a minute, then Juvia, then finally Levy. He leaned across the table, tossed her book aside, lifted her chin towards him and kissed her as softly as he could.

Juvia blinked, quite in shock at her old friend, then she smiled. It might not be her and her beloved, but someone got their Christmas kiss. Looking at the clock, she picked up the mistletoe and walked away.

“I still have time!” She went to the bar hoping he would be brooding there, only to trip over the Christmas rug. The mistletoe slipped from her hand and landed between Master Makarov… and Mirajane?!

“Oh my goodness,” Mira giggled. Juvia tried to fix the mistake quickly.

“Oh, Juvia is sorry!” when she tried to move the mistletoe, she was met with resistance.

“Hey now, whats the rush?” Makarov’s face was already flushed from the alcohol. Now he was grinning and blushing in Mira’s direction. A lecherous grin, too.

“Well come on, hunny, pucker up those sweet lips of yoursss!” Makarov was about to pull Mira in when he was lifted off the bar.

“I don’t think so old man,” Juvia jumped back at crackle of lightning.

“Oh, let an old man have fun, why don’t ya!”

Laxus took the mistletoe away from him and put it above Mira’s head, leaned down, and kissed her cheek. Mira put her hands up to her face to hide her blush of scarlet. Behind her hands she smiled sweetly at him.

Laxus handed Juvia back the mistletoe, “Thanks Juvia.”

“Sorry, Laxus! Juvia didn’t mean to-”

“Don’t worry about it, not your fault. Blame Mira and all the damn decorations.”

Mira huffed and crossed her arms. Laxus turned to her and winked.

“You can put me down now! And someone needs to kiss me too!” Makarov pouted as Laxus put him back on the bar.

“Sureeee Thangggg!” Cana came over and planted a wet kiss on his cheek.

Everyone around laughed as Makarov giggled like a little girl. Juvia looked around and still couldn’t find Gray nearby, “I’ll have to look harder!”

Normally it wouldn’t be a problem to find someone in the guild, but at Christmas every single member, and possibly others, were at guild celebrating. Making it impossible to find one person easily.

On the way to search for her love, Juvia initiated many other kisses with her mistletoe:

Romeo gave the blushing Wendy a kiss on the forehead, much to Carla’s dismay.

Macao kissed Kinana… and then he kissed Wakaba…

Happy finally kissed Carla.

Erza smartly moved away from Max when Juvia hit his head with the mistletoe, but managed not to save herself from being kissed by Reedus, who just kissed her cheek, fearing her wrath.

Pantherlily kissed Carla, much to Happy’s dismay and heartache.

Elfman and Evergreen pretended they didn’t see the mistletoe, until no one was looking that is.

Freed wasn’t as lucky as Cana smacked as many kissed on his face as she could.

Alzack and Bisca were happy to oblige.

Asuka decided to play matchmaker and pushed Natsu and Lucy closer together when Juvia passed by. Resulting in a very touching moment between the two.

Juvia applauded the two along with everyone else. But once the excitement died down, Juvia was still unable to see Gray. Feeling defeated once again, she walked outside and sat on a bench near the guild doors.

“Looks like the only one not getting kissed tonight is Juvia.”

The night was beautiful, the snow was falling so softly, so romantic.

“Woah.”

Juvia jumped and looked around, searching for that voice.

“What is this thing?”

Juvia turned to her left and saw a, for once, fully dressed Gray staring at her Mistletoe stick.

“Oh! That’s um… Juvia was… All it is…”

Gray picked it up and twirled it a bit, “Look at that, even this is covered in snow.”

He showed her and indeed it was, the snow had covered the leaves so lightly, so romantic.

“What are you doing sitting out here all by yourself?” He sat down beside her, putting the stick in his lap.

“Juvia was getting some fresh air,” she looked at the snow covered ground.

“Oh, alright,” Gray had a rare smile on his face and put his arm behind her on the bench. Then all of a sudden, Juvia felt cool lips near her temple. Looking at him, she saw he was still smiling that beautiful smile.

“Merry Christmas, Juvia,” he placed the stick in her lap and headed toward the guild doors.

Juvia stayed on the bench, frozen with her face steaming from how much she was blushing.

When he got to the doors, Gray turned and looked back at her, his smile never wavering and a slight blush on his cheeks.

“That was kind of you,” Erza commented as she stood next to him. He stuck his nose in the air and walked inside.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Right,” Erza smirked and went to bring Juvia inside, before she froze herself to the bench.

It was the best Christmas Fairy Tail had ever had.

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The Way That You Do

Part twenty-seven of my deaf!Brittany verse. Previous parts can be found here.

Your Christmas and New Year pass in a soft sort of serenity. Santana, she’s not much better for Christmas Day, though she tries. She tries, in spite of your insistence that she relax. You get it. You do. This Christmas, she’s been waiting for it forever. And it sucks that she’s feverish and exhausted. But you try to make it the best it can be. You eat dinner on the coffee table in the living room. You still use use new tablecloth there, and light candles, while Maribel makes a fire. You snuggle with her. Kissing her extra, because you hate when she’s sad. You exchange the small gifts you’d agreed to keep it to- though she promises one more, when she’s feeling better. You give her mother gifts too. And you have a little eggnog to celebrate. Because she swears the brandy with counteract the effects of the milk on her cold. Something you won’t argue, because she cuddles into you after, feeling the buzz of it since she hasn’t eaten much. She writes I love you’s on your hands, and she falls asleep, just like that.

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Christmas Crinkle Cookies ❄
(Red Velvet) 

Ingredients

  • 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips (optional) 
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar 
  • 1 Teaspoon Corn Starch 

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 375º; line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat and set aside.
  2. Melt butter; set aside to cool. Place powdered sugar and cornstarch in a shallow dish. Mix with a fork to blend. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, eggs, and cake mix; mix by hand until dough forms. Fold in white chocolate chips (if desired… although I recommend it.)
  4. Form dough into one-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar 
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until set. Cool for one minute. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. 

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Just got caught under the mistletoe with my arch-nemesis and now everything is slow changing between us AU

Kate Beckett hated Christmas parties with every bitter piece of her soul. What was there to really like about a bunch of drunk idiots singing Jingle Bells off-key when they only knew the first chorus? And the crappy eggnog that was spiked with so much rum that it was probably flammable by now. She had to remember to keep away from the lit candles on the window ledge in Lanie’s living room as she walked around with a half-empty cup of the stuff. Although, it would serve the ME right if her apartment burned down. After all, she did trick Kate into coming there tonight.

Just a girls’ night in, she’d promised. Bullshit! Kate had shown up and there had already been half a dozen people standing around with their own red Solo cups filled with the flammable beverage. She’d been about to turn around but Lanie grabbed her and, with incredible strength, tugged her back into the apartment and shoved a cup into her hand too.

And, honestly, everything had been fine until he showed up. Richard Fucking Castle; once her favorite writer but now the dick whose daughter—who was sweet and intelligent and a complete joy to be around, she’ll admit—interned in the ME’s office. He was a playboy if she’d ever seen one and always had some scantily clad bimbo on his arm whenever he arrived at the morgue to “visit” with his little girl. But Kate knew he was just showing off to the boys his newest toy.

She rolled her eyes as the crowd gathered around him burst into chuckles at some lame story he was telling about stealing a police horse in Central Park. She’d seen that report and there was nothing funny about stripping nude in the middle of the day, when children could see you, and taking some poor rookie’s horse just to get your own laugh. What anybody saw in that jerk, she had no idea.

Kate took another sip of her drink and took a deep breath, closing her eyes. She promised Lanie that she would stay until midnight and she planned to stay not one second longer. Right now, it was about a quarter to and she had her eyes on that front door. She was inching herself towards it, ready to grab her coat from the coat rack and just jet the second she could manage it.

Before she could take another tiny step, she felt something jostle her from behind and turned to find Rick Castle standing right there, his back to her. He turned, his mouth open as if to apologize when he realized who it was. He didn’t much enjoy her company either, what with all the quips about him being close to a prostitute in her book. He resented being the butt of her jokes, but she didn’t really give a damn. He shut his mouth and sent her a glare before attempting to make his way around her.

Before he could, however, Lanie’s voice rang out. “OOH! I SEE TWO LITTLE LOVEBIRDS BENEATH THE MISTLETOE!” she sang out. Kate and Rick paused; her voice was pointed in their direction. They looked up and both cursed.

“Fuck.”

“Shit.”

“Y’ALL KNOW THE RULES!” Lanie bellowed. “YA GOTTA KISS FOR TWELVE SECONDS. YA KNOW, FOR THE TWELVE NIGHTS O’CHRISTMAS! NOW DO IT!”

All eyes were on them now and Kate could feel her face start to heat up. She was so going to kill Lanie the next time she saw her. She would end up on her own slab in the fucking morgue if Kate had anything to do about it. Rick looked like had the same mindset and that was a little comforting. They could work together on this one, at least.

He turned to look down at her, standing about a head taller since she took off her shoes. “Are you okay with this?” he asked, which surprised Kate. She’d thought he wouldn’t even ask; he seemed like the kind of guy that just acted first and asked questions later. The revelation that she was wrong was stunning.

But she got over it quickly. “Just get it over with,” she sighed, “so I can go home.”

“Okay,” Rick said, leaning down until they were at eye level. “If it helps, think of somebody else.”

Kate nodded, but, as her lips touched his, she couldn’t erase him from her mind. His was the only face that flashed behind her eyes as she melted into the kiss, her arms raising to wrap around his neck by their own volition. After a few seconds, she felt his large hands cup her waist and pull her further against her. There was a dull roar in her ears and she realized, belatedly, that it was the rest of the party—Lanie included—cheering for them. She paid them no mind as Rick’s tongue invaded her mouth and she moaned around it, her own dancing along with his.

When they finally pulled back—only because air was a necessity—both were panting hard to catch their breath, their faces still a hair’s length apart.

“Whoa,” Rick breathed and Kate couldn’t fight back the laugh that broke free from her mouth.

“I hope your date doesn’t mind,” she said, breathlessly. Surely he’d brought some blonde or redhead as arm candy.

“Alexis probably doesn’t care too much,” he panted back. “She went home about an hour ago.” Kate breathed a sigh of relief at that, and it seemed to surprise both of them. Castle grinned. “I’ve been waiting to do that for months,” he confessed.

“Seriously?” Kate asked. He nodded.

“But my publicist wanted me to keep up the ‘playboy’ persona; no time for a serious relationship and…well, I don’t think you and I could ever really be casual, you know?”

“We couldn’t,” she confirmed. “We still can’t.” She pulled back, but Castle’s arms were still banded around her waist.

“I’m done with the playboy thing,” he told her. “I can’t do that anymore. I need something…better than all that. Someone better. You.”

“Me? Seriously?” Kate asked disbelievingly. “After all the jokes I’ve made?”

“You were just jealous,” Rick said, with a cocky grin. “It’s understandable.”

“Jealous?” Kate snorted. “In your dr—mph!”

Castle had silenced her with his mouth on hers and she couldn’t help but melt into his embrace, her arms wrapping themselves around his waist, pulling him closer.

Peppermint Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • Yields 1 Quart
  • 2 ½ Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 ½ Cups Whole Milk
  • 8 Large Egg Yolks
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt 
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • ¾ Cup Candy Canes, crushed, plus extra for sprinkling

Instructions:
In a medium saucepan, warm the milk, sugar, and salt. Stir until the sugar and salt is completely dissolved. Set aside.

Pour the cream into a metal bowl. Set the metal bowl into a larger bowl, filled with ice, and set a medium-mesh sieve on top.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Pour the warmed milk slowly into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Place the egg/milk mixture back into the saucepan.

Turn the stove up to medium heat and stir the mixture constantly, making sure to scrape the bottom. Cook until the mixture thickens into a custard and coats the spatula, about 5-7 minutes.

Pour the custard through the sieve and stir it into the cream. Allow the cream to set in the cold metal bowl until it is no longer warm to the touch. Chill mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, about an hour.

Once chilled, stir in the peppermint extract. Feel free to use more or less depending on how strong you would like the peppermint flavoring (but be sure to taste it along the way!).

Freeze in your ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

When the ice cream has finished churning, it will be relatively soft. Carefully fold in the crushed candy canes and store the ice cream in an airtight plastic container in the freezer. Allow to freeze for at least two hours before eating.

Serve frozen, with a sprinkling of candy cane bits.

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