garden bird watch

What would the boys give their lovers as a present? -Anonymous

Ciel would take his lover to many expensive places, not really knowing the meaning of toning it down. At first, he’d take them to a tailor to get their sizes for a dashing outfit he (Sebastian) had already decided on beforehand. He would then take them to a fancy French restaurant, ordering large meals with many delicacies.

Afterwards, he leads them to a shop and has them buy whatever catches their eye. Next, he brings them back home, so they have a small tea break. When their little break is over, Ciel gives them their final gift, the outfit that they had sized that day. In order to make sure the present doesn’t go to waste, Ciel insists they put it on and they do a dance, even if Ciel messes up more than a few times.

Alois definitely gives them an insane amount of gifts. He starts the day by trying to make them breakfast in bed, but deciding his cooking wasn’t good enough, instead asking Claude to do that part and presenting them with the food himself. He would go out of his way to throw a huge ball for them during the earlier hours of the day, sticking by their side and dancing almost the whole time, only leaving occasionally and returning with flowers and snacks.

For the later hours, he would take them out to the town for some fresh air and alone time. However, he would drag this out for a long time, taking them to several gardens and engaging in bird watching. When the sun sets, they watch that, staying longer to gawk at the twinkling stars on the black canvas of the sky.

Claude would have to locate the lovers and take them back to the mansion by horse carriage where they would continue to procrastinate going to sleep, instead cuddling and complimenting each other and just talking about the stupidest and sweetest of things until sleep danced into the room and led them to dreamland.

Day Two

Summary: After finding out that his parents have canceled their normal Christmas plans, Dan finds himself with nowhere to go on Christmas. In comes Phil who insists on bringing him up North to visit his parents. Featuring Dan/Phil’s Mum Bonding

Words: 1.9k

Genre: Angst with some extra loving fluff.

Warnings: There’s some pretty heavy stuff in here, mostly revolving around the fact that parents aren’t always great.

Author’s Notes: I get prompted to write about hot chocolate and this is what I make. Amazing.

Anyway, this fic is honestly a little bit of a vent fic I guess. I do want to say right now that the holidays aren’t always easy for everyone. There are some people who don’t have very good relationships with their parents and they dread having to see them and I want you to know That’s Okay. Your parents are people just like you and they screw stuff up, but if they’re not good for you then it’s okay for you to cut them out. And if you don’t want to cut them out, it’s also okay for you to not like spending time with them and look forward to the time that you don’t have to. You don’t have to like your parents and that’s important to remember. 

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a happy and safe holiday and that that continues on into the New Year.

It honestly hadn’t been Dan’s idea to go up North to visit with the Lesters for Christmas. In fact, up until the day previous, he’d been planning on going to Wokingham to complete his obligatory family visit he did every year, but his mum had texted him and said that Adrien was spending Christmas with his girlfriend and that she and dad were taking a holiday with another couple they were friends with so Christmas would just have to be postponed. The casual dismissal had kind of stung, but the far more gut wrenching thing was the feeling of absolute relief. He loved his family, he really did, but even six years after moving out every day he didn’t have to spend with his parents was a good day in his books, and no matter how many times Phil told him that was an okay way to feel it still made him feel lower than dirt. He almost wanted to ask Phil to stay home with him so he wouldn’t have to do Christmas alone, but he knew he’d never be able to do it.

Phil, of course, was all packed and ready to go and super excited about going to visit his parents and brother and live in a house with a truly sickening amount of love and support, and Dan wouldn’t ever take that away from him. Besides, he and Phil had already celebrated their own Christmas together last Friday so really the only thing he’d be doing was making Phil miss a great celebration to be miserable with him so he didn’t have to do it by himself. He would just wait until Phil left as he always left a couple days before actual Christmas, then take a short train ride to a nearby town to do some shopping, take a selfie to post online and just pretend he was going home to a perfectly happy family for Christmas like everyone else, then come back to his real home and drown his sorrows in Christmas movies, cookie dough ice cream, and wine.

Or that would have been his plan, but Phil was an emotion bloodhound and noticed as soon as he walked in the flat that Dan was feeling down and when he didn’t get a proper answer from Dan he went on Dan’s phone and uncovered his canceled Christmas plans, which obviously wouldn’t stand. Which was how, despite his many loud protests, Dan found himself on a train headed for the Isle of Man and then taxied to Phil’s parents’ house. Upon arriving, Mrs. Lester threw her arms around him, completely ignoring her laughing son, and scolded him for not coming with Phil to Florida to which he blushed brightly and muttered something about there being too much work for him at home. The welcome had been warm and loving as always and everyone was sure to keep Dan included and he had never felt more alienated.

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