Missing A LightSwitch

"Anna what are you doing in there?" Nathan queried as he found his life long friend digging through a pile of coats in the upstairs closet of the house they were in.

"I'm trying to find my coat amongst all of this; I forgot something in the pocket." She picked up a coat that was very similar to hers; finding that it was someone else's she through it at the back of the pile.

"Wouldn't it be much easier if you turned on the light?" Nathan laughed at the sight of her on her knees in the darkened room.

"Wow I never would have though of putting the light on," she laughed. "Truthfully I couldn't find the switch."

Nathan came into the closet and felt around the walls for the switch. Without thinking, he closed the door fully to look at the wall behind the door for the light switch. The sound of the door closing echoes within the tiny closet, followed by the noise of Anna rummaging through the coat pile coming to a stop. She looked at the door and then at Nathan. She was barely able to see him as now the only light in the room was the small glow of light around the edges of the closed door.

"Did you just shut the door?" It was an obvious question but one which she needed to ask.

"Yes I wanted to check to see if the switch was behind the door. It's not though." His hand wrapped around the door handle and pulled, this was followed by the rattle of the door as it didn't open. Over and over again he pushed and pulled and giggled the handle. The door didn't budge. "Shit."

"Now what are we going to do Sherlock?" Anna sat down on the coats.

Nathan looked at her in the dark, only being able to her the outline of her as the light from the door edges flickered off her smooth cheeks. He turned towards the door and studied it for a moment.

"Somebody help!" He yelled at the top of his voice. "Anyone help! The door won't open!" His fists banged against the solid wood repeatedly. The only answer he received was the sound of music blaring from the party downstairs. "Shit!"

"Calm down Nathan, somebody will come up sooner or later. We probably won't be in here for more than ten minutes." Anna was sure someone would come up soon to either get their coats because they were cold or because they were leaving. Explaining how she and Nathan became trapped was something she wasn't looking forward to.

Nathan sat down on the pile of coats next her with a defeated sigh. His hands reached up to his tie and he attacked the horrid thing until it was off his neck and amongst the coats. Silence filled the room like an expanding balloon.

"So," Nathan glanced at Anna. "How was your Christmas?" He managed to ask.

"It was okay, my Mum and Dad came round for dinner and its always fun hearing them brag about how wonderful and successful my sister is and how she's happily married." Anna started fiddling with the hem of her skirt. "How was your Christmas?"

"Didn't really celebrate it much this year, being on my own there doesn't seem much point. Mum and Dad rang to say 'Merry Christmas' and that was the only time I really acknowledge it was even Christmas." Nathan was ashamed that he had let his Christmas spirit die so easily, he never wanted Christmas to become just another day for him, but through the years it had sank into that category. He could still remember when he was a young boy how he would help decorate the tree. He especially liked to be the on to put the tinsel on the tree, though it always ended up more on him than on the tree, it was still fun and full of Christmas spirit. This memory reminded Nathan of a particular Christmas in which they had been lucky enough to have heavy snow and so had had a white Christmas. His dog he had at the time, Leo, a big golden retriever, had run out the front door, and started rolling round in the snow, making his fur wet. When the pet came back into the house he left behind a trail of soggy paw prints. He remembered how his Mum dried Leo's fur with a hairdryer that morning.

"You should have told me you were on your own for Christmas. You could have come to mine and had Christmas dinner with my family." Anna took hold of his hand and gave it a comforting squeeze. Nathan glanced at their joined hands and then to Anna's eyes. Even though they were blanketed in darkness, he could still see her eyes. The eye contact spoke a thousand unspoken words. So many things that should have been said made the gaze far too intense for either of them and both broke the stare.

"So are you enjoying the party?" Nathan asked, feeling very awkward.

"It's okay I guess. I feel out of place because I hardly know anyone here."

"You know me." Nathan pretended to be offended.

"You know what I mean." Anna gave him a little shove. "I only know you and Sarah out of everyone here, and I'm not even good friends with Sarah really. We know each other from work and that's it."

"I saw you talking to a man earlier." Nathan regretted the statement as soon as the words had left his lips.

"I don't even remember what his name was. He just started talking to me out of sympathy I think." Anna laughed. "I probably looked like a charity case."

"You don't look like a charity case." Nathan swallowed a lump in his throat. "You look very beautiful tonight."

Anna looked over at Nathan in shock. Never in their friendship had he mentioned liking her looks, at least not said with a serious tone in his voice.

"Thanks." Anna couldn't hide the surprise in her voice.

Again they fell into an uncomfortable silence of emotion, the pressure building within the small confines of the closet. Neither Anna nor Nathan knew what to say to break the tension, anything either said would only add to the heaviness. The silence last and each went into their own thoughts.

Anna's mind went back to the moment that they had met. When she had first started at University she had gotten lost trying to find where her lecture was. She had not been looking where she was going and bumped in to a strong figure, dropping her books at the same time.

"I'm so sorry." She had mumbled with nervousness as she leant down to retrieve her books. As she reached for one of her books another hand grasped it and handed it to her. She looked up at the owner of the hand and came face to face with a very handsome student.

"I believe this is yours." He handed her the book.

"Thank you. I'm so sorry I bumped into you, I wasn't watching where I was going." She started to mumble as the handsome stranger continued to look at her with a grin.

"That's okay. My name's Nathan." He held out his hand.

"I'm Anna." They shook hands and that was the start of a lifelong friendship which grew stronger throughout the years, but never did it cross the line of friendship. Neither wanted to risk damaging the incredible bond they had.

Nathan's mind wondered back to the first time they had gone out together with a group of friends. They had walked to a bar to drink and play some games of pool. Nathan remembers the outfit she had worn that night, a knee high skirt with a slit going half way up her leg and a pink sparkly top which showed off her figure to perfection. They had sat around a large table and talked about everything, their University courses, their love lives, funny stories and even telling a few bad jokes. After many rounds Anna and Nathan decided to play a game of pool. Throughout the game they chatted about everything they could think of, they wanted to tell each other everything. As the number of drinks increased so did the amount of flirtation, that night they were in risky territory, and if either of them had been brave enough to make a final move, their relationship would have gone into a different direction that what it did.

The noise from the party suddenly went quiet, forcing Anna and Nathan out of their thoughts. The countdown for the New Year began.

"Ten! Nine! Eight! Seven! Six!" The other guests started shouting.

Anna and Nathan looked at each other in the darkened room, their hands still in a tight hold.

"Five! Four!"

Nathan shifted in his spot so he could sit closer to Anna and face her a little more.

"Three! Two!"

Anna held onto Nathans hand tighter as her heart began to race.

"One!"

Anna held her breath as the tension peaked.

"Happy New Year!" A final chorus erupted.

Nathan did the only thing which was on his mind; he leaned forward and kissed Anna for the first time.

"Happy New Year Anna." Nathan smiled as he pulled away from the kiss.

"Happy New Year Nathan." Anna's heart raced with excitement.

Nathan and Anna went into silence again but this time there was no pressure weighing on them, it was comfortable and free of tension.

"Oh before I forget!" Anna reached behind her and pulled out a present wrapped in shiny gold wrapping paper.

"What's that?" Nathan asked.

"You're Christmas present." She held it out to him. "I haven't had the opportunity to give it to you until now."

He took it from her and started to tear off the wrapping paper. He attacked it like a kid at Christmas, excided and desperate to know what was inside the shiny paper. He pulled out the contents and began to laugh.

"Where did you find this?" In his hands he held a golden retriever dog soft toy with a collar saying 'Leo' in big letters.

"I was walking past a toy shop and I saw it in the window and I remembered about the dog you told me about you had when you were younger. I thought you might like it." Anna smiled with nervousness.

"I love it. Thank you." He pulled her into a strong embrace. Nathan reached behind him in the darkened room and searched for the package he had managed to keep hidden from her.

"Merry belated Christmas." He held out a present wrapped in red Christmas wrapping paper.

Anna took the wrapped present from him with a grin plastered on her lips. Slowly she undid each end of the present and then slid the object out from the paper.

"Oh my God!" Anna exclaimed as she saw the present. "Where did you find this?" She couldn't take her eyes off the book in her hands.

"I saw it in a bookshop and knew you would like it." He could tell she was happy. "I remember when we first met you had told me the book you dropped had been your favourite."

In her hands she held a limited edition copy of The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. She opened the cover and found writing inside, reading it she discovered that not only was the book a limited addition copy but it was also signed to her by James Redfield himself.

"How did you get this?" Anna was amazed by the gift in her hands.

"I sent it to him with a letter full of begging for him to sign it. It only came back yesterday; otherwise I would have given it to you actually at Christmas."

"I love it! Thank you so much." Anna pulled him into an even stronger embrace and without any hesitation kissed him.

Neither of them noticed that as they kissed the door to the closet they had been in was open and that they were now being watched.

"What are you two doing in there?" Sarah's voice jerked them both out of their own world.

Anna and Nathan quickly pulled away from each other and hastily stood up.

"I was looking for something and we got locked in." Anna brushed herself down and stepped out of the closet.

"Why were you in the dark though?" Sarah smiled at her two friends.

"We couldn't find the light switch." Nathan explained as he took stepped out of the closet.

Sarah reached next to her and flicked a switch which was right next to the door on the outside of the closet, turning the light in the closet on.

THE END