The month was December, the day, Christmas Eve. On normal circumstances, the students weren't allowed to venture off the school grounds. In light of the holiday, however, this rule was temporarily removed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This let students follow the roads, specified by administration, which led to a small township. This township held a variety of store owners and merchants, all selling an assortment of items. Students were given the opportunity to purchase gifts for friends, or enjoy a day away from school.
"Veryan? Veryan, wait up!"
The shorter fairy had to jog to keep up with Veryan's long strides. He fluttered his wings to give him a boost of speed.
"O-oh, I am sorry," Veryan apologized, slowing his pace and allowing Rae to fall into step beside him again. His translucent wings twitched in embarrassment.
"It is okay," reassured Rae. He hugged his boyfriend's arm and took his hand, smiling.
Veryan smiled slightly. Seeing him so happy always brought a smile to his face. It was amazing how, even through the harshest of times, Rae was able to uphold his bright cheerfulness. Veryan entwined their fingers, looking down at their hands clasped together. Rae's hand was considerably smaller than his, though he admired the younger fairy's smallness. Rae's fingertips were a bright red from the cold, matching his cheeks.
"Rae, where is the scarf I made you?" Veryan questioned, concerned.
Rae looked down at the ground, nudging a clump of snow with his foot. "Er… It is under my pillow," he admitted sheepishly.
Veryan blinked. "Why is it there? I do not want you to become ill. It is winter."
Rae bit his lip, ashamed. "I-I sleep with it because it smells like you."
The small fairy shuffled his feet, his brilliant butterfly wings drooping slightly. He looked up at his companion, eyes shining with tears. "Are you upset with me?"
Veryan held his gaze for a moment, in a sort of fascination. When he didn't say anything for a moment, Rae's eyes filled with tears, almost to the point of crying. "No, no," he reassured quickly, "I am not upset with you."
The other fairy was obviously relieved. A bright smile spread across his lips. "R-really?"
"Yes, love." Veryan squeezed his hand gently. "Here, take my scarf."
He unfurled the dark blue scarf from his neck and shivered slightly from the sudden cold. Rae held still as he wrapped the scarf around him. He giggled slightly and held it close, burying his face in the soft fabric. "It is so warm and soft!" he exclaimed with elation, "and it smells even more like you!"
Veryan couldn't help but chuckle at his cuteness. He took his hand again and they both continued down the path.
The couple sat together at a table in a small pub. It was currently rather crowded, but it was still enjoyable. The pub offered a nice selection of drinks and food. They shared a simple bowl of vanilla ice-cream, with red and green sprinkles scattered over the top.
"Humans have such delicious creations!" exclaimed Rae as he spooned another bite into his mouth.
"Yes," agreed Veryan, "I must admit that this cream of ice is rather amazing." He smiled, Rae giggling.
The brunette ate another bit of ice-cream, his butterfly wings fluttering happily. His eyes drifted to a curious object hanging above them. "Veryan? What is this?" he asked, prodding at the item.
Veryan furrowed his brow and followed his gaze. "Hm? Oh, that is a…" he thought for a moment, trying to remember. "Oh, yes, it is mistletoe."
"Mistle…toe?" repeated Rae, confused at the foreign word.
"It is a human tradition during the winter," explained Veryan. "When two people are under one, they are supposed to kiss."
Rae blinked in understanding. "Oh, I see. Then… we should kiss!" he realized with a grin.
"O-oh, well, uhm," stuttered Veryan, glancing around at the crowded pub.
Rae leaned across the table, puckering his lips. "I do not mind that it is a human tradition," he giggled, "We can still follow it, can we not?"
"I… I suppose so," said Veryan hesitantly. "But should we kiss in such a busy place?" He looked at Rae.
"I do not mind that either!" he replied. "I see humans kissing out in public all the time!"
The older fairy tucked a stray lock of his long, dark purple hair behind his pointed ear and out of his face. "Well… alright," he decided with a small smile, leaning across the table also. Rae closed his eyes, waiting eagerly.
Veryan put a hand on his mate's face and leaned forward. Their lips met with a gentle tenderness, a feeling of euphoria suddenly filling Veryan. Rae's soft lips fit so perfectly with his, and they tasted of sweet strawberries. Veryan's free hand moved across the table, grasping Rae's small hand, entwining their fingers like before. The kiss was so common, so normal, but it was beautiful and amazing nonetheless. He felt Rae move forward, kissing with more passion, and he did the same.
After what seemed like an hour but in reality was a mere few seconds, the couple pulled away from each other, breathless and speechless. A silence stretched between them, the two bathing in the afterglow of the kiss, both wanting to feel the touch of the other's lips again.
Veryan opened his eyes to find his companion staring at him, his own eyes shining with happiness. He was smiling widely, clutching Veryan's hand tightly with excitement.
"We should put mistletoe in our dorm!"