Chapter 26:

Chapter 26 [Christmas]

Tasteless


Lunarhaven, Christmas Day.Bookmark here

"I will be fine mom, don't worry about me. Just enjoy your cruise" I said while holding the smartphone near my ears.Bookmark here

"But Darling it Christmas day and we supposed to enjoy it together" Mom moaned.Bookmark here

"I know that but you been working hard sending me to university, I want you to just relax and enjoy yourself beside Stephanie and Li is here with me" I reassured Mom.Bookmark here

"Doesn't Stephanie and Li need to go back home and celebrate with their family?" Mom asks.Bookmark here

"Stephanie flight got canceled and Li doesn't celebrate Christmas" I replied.Bookmark here

"Buuuuuuttttttttt Darling, I miss you" Mom moaned.Bookmark here

"I know mom when you get back home. Let spent time together okay?" I said.Bookmark here

"okay fine. My daughter grows up so fast. I remember the day when you used to run in your underwear in the house, where that day goes?" Mom said.Bookmark here

"Mom!!" I exclaimed, while my cheeks begin to red.Bookmark here

"I got to go, mom," I said.Bookmark here

"Ok, Ok, take care of your health, don't just eat junk okay?" mom said.Bookmark here

"Can't promise you that, I love you," I said.Bookmark here

"love you too," mom said, I end the call and put down the phone on the counter.Bookmark here

I sighed loudly in the kitchen and walk toward the living room, I look around the small apartment room with three bedrooms. It fills with a lot of art decoration that Li and I made, some are beautiful while others are straight up ugly. Well, not all that we make turn out to be a gem, you know what they say practice makes perfect. Li is sitting on the sofa watching the TV while Stephanie is sitting at the counter next to me studying a book about Surgery. Stephanie turned her head toward me noticing mine sighed.Bookmark here

"What wrong?" Stephanie asks, taking off her glasses.Bookmark here

"Mom worry too much, I just worry that she doesn't enjoy her cruise," I said.Bookmark here

"She will, you know how many single older gentlemen are on that cruise, A lot I tell you. She will be swimming in them," Li chimed in and chuckle.Bookmark here

"Erhh, I don't want to think about that," I cringed.Bookmark here

"Too late!" Li said aloud.Bookmark here

"Don't worry Lina, she will enjoy herself. I assure you" Stephanie reassured me.Bookmark here

"Your right" I sighed.Bookmark here

I walk toward to the sofa and take a seat next to Li, Her slick long blunt pink hair move when she turns her head to me, her left eyebrow raised way from her big round eyes.Bookmark here

"So what our plan for Christmas night?" Li ask.Bookmark here

"Watch TV and eat pizza," I said.Bookmark here

"Studying" Stephanie chimed in.Bookmark here

"You guys are so boring!!!" Li Sighed.Bookmark here

"What do you want to do?" I ask.Bookmark here

"I'm glad you ask! we should get a Christmas tree and tons of food also something to drink preferably liquor. Let's celebrate Christmas!" Li said excitedly.Bookmark here

"Liquor?" Stephanie ask.Bookmark here

"Yes Liquor, why not, we 21 right?" Li said.Bookmark here

"Can't we just have a relax Christmas day?" I moaned.Bookmark here

"you know what? I'm In. Let's celebrate the shit out of Christmas!" Stephanie burst and slam her book closed.Bookmark here

"I thought you didn't celebrate Christmas?" I said to Li.Bookmark here

"My family didn't celebrate it but I willing to give it a try. I never had a Christmas celebration before this might be my first time," Li said.Bookmark here

"come on, this is my first time celebrating it. Let make it memorable!" Li plead toward me.Bookmark here

"Fine" I groaned.Bookmark here

"Girls Let suit up!" Li exclaim.Bookmark here

After a few minutes of putting on winter cloth, we each step out of our room. I look at Li cloth, she wearing an oversized green winter jacket underneath it an oversized beige sweater, black jegging, and black high top boot, she literally looks like K-pop artist and I'm jealous as fuck. I can see an arrogant grin on her face and I responded by rolling my eyes.Bookmark here

I look at Stephanie, she is wearing a gray vintage design sweater, blue jeans and blue sneakers with her black glasses, there this aura of sophisticated and intelligent emit from Stephanie. While I on the contrary look like a teenager with my pink hoodie, short black skirt, dark purple tights and black boots.Bookmark here

"I need new cloth," I said.Bookmark here

"I told you!' Li said.Bookmark here

"Lina, you can borrow mine" Stephanie offered.Bookmark here

"It okays," I said.Bookmark here

"so where are we heading first?" I ask.Bookmark here

"Food! A WHOLE CHICKEN!" Li exclaim.Bookmark here

"What?" I and Stephanie puzzled.Bookmark here

"isn't what you meant was a whole turkey?" I questioned.Bookmark here

"Turkey, Chicken it the same thing right?" Li said while shrugging her shoulder.Bookmark here

"It not the same thing but that's not the question here. The question here is where do we get it?" Stephanie said,Bookmark here

"There a grocery store three blocks from here and guess what they sell near it?" I said.Bookmark here

"A Christmas tree!" Li guessed.Bookmark here

"Correct!" I said then high five Li hands with my own.Bookmark here

"What we waiting for? Let's go!" Li said then jog toward the door.Bookmark here

We left the apartment and descend the stair to the street, we open the door and the gush of cold wind hit us. Li and Stephanie shiver for a second before they finally adjusted to the cold while for me, I don't really feel any cold it like every other day for me. It probably because I'm powered, now I think about it.Bookmark here

"Damn, Lina, Don't you feel the cold? It like freezing out here" Li said.Bookmark here

"Meh,"  I shrug.Bookmark here

"It like you don't know Lina since when does she ever felt cold or hot," Stephanie said, Li nods her head in agreement.Bookmark here

We begin to walk toward the grocery store, I turn my head to Stephanie and my eyebrow raised slightly, I can sense Li doing the same thing.Bookmark here

"What?" Stephanie asked and smile.Bookmark here

"So?" Li asked.Bookmark here

"How it goes with you and Brandon? I thought he brought you camping last month, so tell us the juicy story" I asked.Bookmark here

"Do I have too?" Stephanies hesitated.Bookmark here

"Yeah!" Li said.Bookmark here

"There is no juicy story, it just he brought me there and we spent time together, it was sweet and calming being there away from my studies, he rented a cabin near the lake and of course we did something more than sleeping next to each other" Stephanie said, her cheek blushing.Bookmark here

"Then? there must be more" I asked.Bookmark here

"Fine, he also rented a small rowboat and we take a ride on it to the center of the lake— where he proposed to me" Stephanie confessed, I and Li squealed in excitement.Bookmark here

"But your guys still 21?" I ask.Bookmark here

"Who cares? It so romantic. Oh, I wish I had someone like that" Li said.Bookmark here

"So what your answer?" I asked.Bookmark here

"I said—No," Stephanie said.Bookmark here

"What?" Li confused.Bookmark here

"Well she is 21 that still young in my book," I said.Bookmark here

"Yeah that is one the reason and also I have my studies to be a doctor. I don't want to get married yet." Stephanie explained.Bookmark here

"So what happens after you said no?" Li asked.Bookmark here

"I tell Brandon why I declined and he is a little bit disappointed but I promise if he willing to wait for me then sure after I finally achieve my dream to be a doctor. We would get married" Stephanie said.Bookmark here

We finally arrived at the store without realizing it, we were talking so much that we forget the timed that we took to walk over here. We enter the store and it quite crowded with people and there a lot of empty shelves in the store, I look around for the food aisle and found it at the back of the store near the refrigerated area.Bookmark here

"I'll go grab the alcohol while you gals go grab the food," Li said and jog toward the liquor aisle.Bookmark here

I and Stephanie walk toward the food aisle after Li left as we walk, I try to open up a conversation with Stephanie.Bookmark here

"Brandon really changed a lot after Highschool," I said.Bookmark here

"Yeah, after high school he really tries to make up for what he has done and also try to give back to the people, he been volunteering for human right activist and raise fundraiser for the needs. I wonder sometimes if I'm right for him or I deserved his heart" Stephanie said, her eyes wander far.Bookmark here

"You changed too, you know that right?" I said.Bookmark here

"Look at you studying to be a doctor so you can help people instead of searching for petty attention and praise," I said.Bookmark here

"you remember that pro—"I said but interrupted by a someone bumping into me.Bookmark here

"Sorry" the worker apologized then quickly walk away.Bookmark here

"So, what were you about to say?" Stephanie asked.Bookmark here

"Nothing, It just — I accept your apology," I said after walking forward and turn my body toward Stephanie and smile.Bookmark here

"Thank you," Stephanie said and smile back, She walks close to me and hugs me, I retund her hug and release her.Bookmark here

"We here! let find that turkey" I said, Stephanie and I motivate our self by raising our fist in the air.Bookmark here

And the search for the turkey begins.Bookmark here

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