Author's Note: This is just a short, random Christmas one shot I wrote while avoiding studying. I feel that it is rather cliché.

Under the Mistletoe

"There is no way!" I exclaim as he pulls my closer to the torture object.

"Come on, Emma," Alec says as he tugs harder on my arm. "You need to learn to live a little."
"Alexander, I'm here and that's good enough," I snap.

Alec shakes his head. "I don't think so, Emma. You are not getting out this one that easily."
I sigh and shake my head. This is how it always is with Alec. He is the first boyfriend I've ever had and I am still trying to get used to the idea of being in a relationship. I am the girl who doesn't fall in love and, yet, here I am at a Christmas Eve party with a guy.

"Emma," Alec says as he dodges a girl. "It won't be that bad, I promise."
I dig my heels in. There is no way I am doing this in front of everyone. I am not making a fool of myself for some guy, even if he is Prince Charming.

Alec gives me a look. "You are acting like a child."

I eye him. "You are causing me to do it."

Alec sighs. "Why?"

I look at him. "Why what?"

"Why are you doing this?" Alec gives me a look. His eyes are filled with hurt. I felt bad; I really didn't want to hurt him.

"Don't," I say.

"Don't what?" Alec asks.

"Give me the puppy dog face."
"Is it working?" His voice sounds hopeful.


"Darn." Alec gives me an evil look. "Well, that just means I'll have to go to Plan B."

I look at him. "What's Plan B?"

"This." Alec picks me up and throws me over his shoulder. "Coming through!"
I hit him on the back with my fists. I'm pretty sure he doesn't feel anything. "Alexander, put me down!" I scream at him.

"Nope," Alec says as a couple makes a path for him.

"Alexander!" I hiss. I hit him harder.

"You are doing this rather you want to or not."

People are staring at me now. Great, I making a fool out of myself for a guy. I am playing into his evil plan. Why did I have to be so stupid?

A few minutes later, Alec puts me down on the ground. "There that wasn't so bad."

"We haven't even done it yet," I point out. I stare at the ground. I still don't want to do this.

"I know," Alec says. His smile is getting bigger. "Just wait until we do."

"I can hardly contain myself," I mutter.

"I can tell," Alec says.

I stare up at the object in question. It's laughing at me. It's green leaves curl into a mocking smile, while the little red berries are the eyes of the world staring down at me. This little green plant is nothing but evil. Why did it even exist in the first place?

Alec put his hand on my cheek and turns me too look at him. "Pucker up."

I shook my head and turn away from him. "I am not doing this in front of everyone! How many times to I have to tell you this!"
Alec frowns. "Don't be like this, Emma," he says softly. "It won't be that bad, I promise you."

Out of the corner of my eye, I see my roommate, Stacy, giving a look of encouragement. Of course, she wants me to do this. She thinks Alec is some sort of god or something. I really didn't understand any of it.

Alec is back to the puppy dog eyes. "I promise I brushed my teeth this morning if that's what you are worried about."
I give him a look. "You're not going to let this go, are you?"

"Nope," Alec says with a shake of his head.

I sigh. What did I have to lose besides my dignity? I look back up at that stupid green plant. He is so not worth it.
"Emma, please," Alec begs. "It has always been a dream of mine to kiss a pretty girl under the mistletoes."

"Aw, that's so sweet." I pinch his cheek. "Too bad I'm not going to fall for it."
Alec frowns. "Why not? That line always works in the movies."

"Nothing in the movies happens in real life."

"Oh, yeah," Alec challenges with a nod his head.

"Yeah-" I feel something hit my back and I fly forward into him.

My lips met his and he steadies me. He wraps his arm around my waist and lips as he deepens the kiss. I ran my hands through his dark hair. What have I gotten myself into? I can't pull away from him. He is all there is on this Christmas Eve.

Alec breaks the kiss and smirks at me. "Told you I would get you to kiss me under the mistletoe."

"I feel set up," I mutter.

"Oh, come now, I'm not that bad of a kisser."

I didn't want to point out that he is an excellent kisser. "That was cheating."

Alec put on an innocent face. "How so?"

"I saw you talking to Stacy earlier. When you nodded, she came over and bumped into me," I reply.

Alec just shrugs. "You can't prove that."

"I know it's true."

Alec wraps me in his embrace. "Now, would I do something like that."

I breathe in all of this wonderful smells. "Yes, you would, Alexander, and don't deny it."
Alec breaths down my neck. I shiver at the chillness. "I am only doing what I think is best."

"Even if it means kissing your unwilling girlfriend?" I ask softly.

"Even that," he whispers. "Merry Christmas, Emma."

"Merry Christmas, Alec," I mutter. "Now, can be get out from underneath this thing?"

"It's not a thing, Emma. It's a living plant."

I step out from underneath the mistletoe. "I don't care what it is. These things should be outlawed."

"But you had fun," Alec says as he follows me.

I look back at him. "Let's not push it."
Alec just smirks. "Whatever you say."

Happy holidays and thanks for reading!