"Oh crap, oh holy crap Sis, what have you gotten me into here? I can't ice skate you know that, Damn I'm gonna blow any chance I got with Fabia the second I slam face first into the ice." I said rubbing my head to ease a growing headache. " Oh come on Dan, that attitude of your is what is gonna cost you in the end not messing up skating." Sora warned me "I just don't get why you picked this of all things we could do why pick this?" I wondered, Thinking about it now this was a stupid question to ask pretty much anyone who wasn't decorating, out shopping, or on thier way to visit relatives was planning a trip to the park pretty soon, I hadn't seen it my self yet but from what I had heard the grounds keepers had gone all out this year trying to appeal to everyone from children to the elderly. Other then the ice skating rink there were suppose to be light displays and shows, a little mini petting zoo for the real little kids, a little area where kids could get thier pictures taken with Santa claus and that was all that I had heard so far for all I knew there could of been even more. "It does sound pretty cool I will admit that." I muttered as I cracked my neck, Looking up into the grey cloud covered sky I felt the falling snow flakes hitting me in the face each time they landed they sent a quick cold jolt into me. "You ok Dan? You kind of look like you have something on your mind." Aria asked me as she tapped me on the shoulder and snapping be back to reality. " Uhh, wha, nah, I'm fine Aria nothing to worry about." I said quickly brushing her question off. " Hey, Aria, I gotta ask You really like Lance don't you?" I asked making her jump I guess she wasn't expecting that sort of question from me. She recovered quickly though and hummed in thought of her answer. "I do like him a lot, he is like one of the best friends I've ever had, and one heck of a kisser at that." She said. I didn't really need to know the last part, "If I hadn't of met Lance I never would of gotten Panzer either and probably never would of gotten into Bakugan at all. I would of been missing out on a lot of fun." "I am also greatful to Lance for bringing me to you Aria. I don't think I could of asked for a better partner." Replyed her little Haos Bakugan. Aria smiled and placed a hand up towards her shoulder to touch and stroke him along his head. "But there is more to it then that. Lance is a lot like me, We have a lot of the same likes other then Brawling, likes a lot of the same music as me, loves the amusement park You know I could spend my whole life there. I enjoy just sitting spending time with him. So yeah Lance is important to me in a lot of ways. " I nodded taking in everything I had just been told. "Ok, I get what you are saying Aria. Say your relationship got a little more serious but something happened and you two broke up. Would you toss everything you had aside and forget him. Try to find someone else or would you still hold on to him?" I asked.
" Well,... I would have to say a bit of both, I would definately try to move on and find someone else to share my heart with. But no I wouldn't throw Lance aside all together no matter what the out come, he is, was, and always will be one of my friend. Nothing can take that away." She said "Doesn't the uncertainity worry you though. How do you know he isn't just stringing you along and toying with you?" " He isn't. I can tell when I look into his eyes and when he laughs that he would never do anything to hurt me on purpose. Dan, not everyone in life is a lier or out to decieve people. There still are good ones out there, You are one of them I know it to be true... So is Fabia." Before long we found ourselves at the gates to the city park which had been decorated up in strings of red and green blinking lights which spelled out "Merry Christmas." and "Noel." I could see groups of little kids rushing around all having fun as they played in the snow. Some of them were waiting in line for thier pictures with Santa, others were off petting the goats and sheep in the petting zoo. Out on the rink which was nessled in the center of the park People were having fun as they races about to and fro around on the ice. Either by themselves or with thier partners all the while enjoying the music that played over the speaker system. "Come on let's get some skates. I don't know about you to but I'm ready to tear it up." Sora said with a smile "Hurry up Dan!" Aria added rushing after her. I stood still for a while and just looked around at the seemingly never ending sea of holiday good cheer and peace around me. I am sure there were dozens of seperated couples here today, maybe some of them were still at least friends with each other like Aria said she would stay with Lance. Perhaps I was too quick to fully demonize Runo the way I did. What she did was still unforgiveable and now matter what she may of meant to me in the past I just didn't have it in me to ever take her back as my girlfriend. To still keep the friendship we has shared was that ok? "Drago, do you ever still miss Wyvern?" I asked "Every single day, but there is nothing I can do about the past. All I can do is keep her memory alive in my heart and know that she is watching over me now and always." said the little fire dragon. "You ever think you will find another like her?" Drago sighed and shook his head in an unsure fashion "Not exactly like her and really I don't think I would want her to be exactly like Wyvern. I believe she would want me to move on and find someone new." I would of said more but Sora was calling for me to get a move on and hit the ice so I desided to do that and try to at least not make a complete fool of myself.
Mira, Ace, and Baron were behind the counter of the skate rental booth handing out skates to customers and collecting money I very slowly made my way up to the counter, Drago hopped down and floated about as he talked with Wilda and the others. "I didn't expect to see you here Dan." Mira said with a slight bit of amusement as she counted up the money they had collected so far, "Yeah, Sora kind of, persuaded me to come along. Even though I'm not much of an ice skater." I said. Ace grinned leaning back in his seat with his feet up on the counter and rocking back and forth. " Heard you and a certain blue haired neathian are practicly an Item already." he said "You're jumping the gun there Ace, Nothing has happened even close to that yet." I didn't even need to wonder who he had heard this from it was blindingly obvious. "Well if you do plan to make a move on her I'd say this is the place to do it." Mira hummed. Was everyone in on this whole plan of Sora's but me man she wasted no time in setting things up. I looked out across the rink and saw her already gliding across the ice with Shun following in toe, both of them were having a great time, Shun lifted her up a bit into his arms and pulled of a quick spin trick before landing and setting her back down then rocketing off leaving her in a small cloud of powder. Sora wasn't about to be left behind however as she chased after him and clung onto him. Not far from where they were enjoying themselves, Lance was skating along to the music with Aria, his hand holding hers as they went. They weren't doing all the fancy stuff like Shun and Sora were but they were enjoying the other's company none the less. I started to look around for the others to see what they were doing, Ryuji, Ren, and Julie were having a snow ball fight with some of the kids. Marucho was working with Jake up at the Santa picture booth, Jake had a big grin plastered from ear to ear on his face which just made the kids have the same, back up the gate I could see Billy, Chan, and Joe coming in, Once Julie saw him she would be all over him no doubt. All I could see around me was people enjoying themselves and having fun. Something I hadn't done during Christmas for a long long time now. " You guys got anything in a size 10?" I asked. Mira smiled at me as she reached under the counter and pulled out thier last pair. "If you're looking for her, she just came in on the other side. Go get her, Dragon boy." she said Ace nodded in agreement. Taking a deep breath I found a spot to lace up before very carfully taking hold of the rink's wall and making my way over to the other side.
"I think he's gonna be ok. This is Dan we're talking about here How many times have things not turned out great for him?" Ace asked. Mira nodded as she folded her arms over her chest. "Really Sora is the one to thank for this. If not for her Dan would probaly still be a solitary heep up in his room right now. That girl has a talent for finding the best matches for people. Heh she was the one who opened my eyes to you." Ace hummed standing up to pull another pair of skates out from under the counter and handing her a pair of them. "Oh and here I thought it was my devilishly handsome adonis like good looks that won you over." Ace said. "It was. She just was the one who woke me up to you and helped you to work that black magic of yours." Mira purred kissing Ace on his cheek. Ace would of said more but he was already being pulled out and onto the rink. "Baron! I swear if I come back and anything is broken, missing, vandelized, blown up, or on fire I am going to kick your dumbass all the way back to Vestal then back here to Earth and back to Vestal again!" Ace yelled. "Ok Ace I hear ya loud and clear nothing is gonna." KLACK A CLANG!!! went the cash register drawer as Baron stupidly hit the open switch and knocked it loose smacking himself in the head and scattering money everywhere. Ace groaned and held his head in agony, feeling a headache starting to come over him. "Why do I hang out with you, why do these things always happen to me?"
"Whoa, Ahh!! Oh no, ok here we go." I stammered gripping on to the rink wall for dear life as I slowly made my way towards where I now saw Fabia sitting putting on her own skates. As I did I looked at her clad in a fluffy white winter coat and pale yellow and blue gloves, a black snow cap was tucked neatly over her head to keep her ears warm. Looking at her now I saw that she really was a very beautiful young lady, perhaps I was just to blind in the past to see this but now I was. I couldn't help but find myself now hopeful that I would find some answers here tonight, sincerily hoping for them to be pleasent ones. "Yo Fabs!!" I called out to her, my legs still flailing about some. "Yeash Dan, Skate much?" she laughed looking at me. "On ice no, wheels yes." I said pushing myself up and finally managing to stand up straight. "Well I guess I can't blame you I've only been a few times myself and even then I was a little girl." She made her way out onto the ice and immidately started to have problems, even more so then me. "Whoa careful!" I called thrusting my arms out to grab her before she could fall and hurt herself on the cold surface. "Whew, thanks. That would of hurt." she said "No problem, but what do you say we just keep to the rim for now. That way I can grab ahold of you faster if you start to fall again." I said Fabia nodded, "Sounds good to me." We then started off as a new song started to play. Once we got the feel for the motions it became a lot easyer. We started to branch out from the wall and further out into the middle of the rink. "This is pretty easy once you get the footing down." I said with a smile on my face as I put on a bit more speed, darting across the way and down again. "It's fun too, as long as you don't have to dodge in and out of huge crowds of people too." Fabia said as she wobbled about, Unlike me she wasn't doing very good at all so I was sticking close to her keeping a watchful gaze over her. "And you were on me about my skating." I chuckled as I watched her nearly flop down on to the ground again but I caught her just in time. "Hey give me a break I was like 6 years old last time I went skating, last time I ever went was with my Dad." I stopped and thought back to when Fabia explained about her parents. She and Serina had lost both of them to a plague which had been sweeping across Neathia resulting in hundreds of deaths, sadly the number included thier king and queen. This was one of the reasons Serina had to take the throne at such a young age. "Uhh sorry, I kind of forgot about that." I said Fabia shook her head and smiled up at me very cutely. "No harm done. It's not like you set out to bring it up." Fabia once showed me a picture of her and her parents, king Vizeron and queen Nikaria, Both of them seemed like they loved thier daughters very much. Her father always called them his two crown jewels, the earrings she wore all the time were gifts he had gotten her for her 6th birthday, the last year she would have with her parents. "Outta the way slow pokes, bullet train coming through!!!" yelled a voice which was soon followed by a speeding asshole as he rocketed down the way and right through the two of us. "Gyahhhhh, Dan Help!!" Fabia called as she started to fall forward. "I gotcha!!" Skating around behind her I grabbed ahold of her to keep her up but ended up falling back onto the ice and pulling her down on top of me.
"Oh Shit! I'm sorry Dan You ok?!" She asked looking at me down on the ground. "Uhh Yeah, Yeah I'm fine." I said staring, mezmerized as I looked into her green eyes, they were just so enchanting, before where you would see intensity and fierceness in battle you only saw kindness and a slight hint of shyness to them. I could see her starting to turn red in the cheeks and couldn't help but laugh a bit it was nice to see her like this. "Umm Thanks, for catching me." She said. "No problem, But I think we better get up, we;re kind of in the way here." I Chuckled. Fabia Then shot up and brushed off her coat before holding her hand out to pull me up. We desided to get off the rink and do something else, something a little less high impact. The two of us found a small slightly dry bench to sit on and just collect ourselves. "Here you go, little hot chocolate to warm yourself up." I said handing her one. "Thanks." she said sipping her drink and smiling. "love this stuff." "You are a chocoholic." I said grinning as before taking a sip of my own. "How can you not be, Stuff is good." She said. I chuckled before taking a seat next to her on the bench. "Your butt ok, after that fall you took I am surprised you can sit down." Fabia asked, laughing a bit at the end. "I've been through worse, like when you judo flipped me the first time we met." Fabia turned and looked at me shocked. "That only happened twice and I barely even threw you that hard!" "Piff Not that hard,You left a bruise the size of Texas, I thought my ass was broken for a while." She just grinned and laughed again. "Drama queen." We sat there for a while just listening to the music playing around us and watching the lights starting to come on. The darkness of the night was slowly starting to over take the sky as the snow began to slow but the chill remained. "So, You having fun? If you want we can head on back over to the rink and give it another go." I said. Fabia shook her head and looked up at the lights blinking over head us. "Nah I think I've had enough skating for now. I'm like just sitting here, with you." She said. I felt my heart starting to beat like crazy now she was liked being alone with me, really? It was starting to feel hot now even as cold as it was I was starting to sweat a bit Not sure what to do or say, I surprised myself big time by what I said next. "I like spending time with you like this." Once it was out there I nearly smacked a hand over my mouth sure that I had made the wrong move. Fabia just looked at me not sure of what she just heard. "I, I, ... I mean You're a really cool person a lot of fun to be around, You're really special." She stayed silent now blushing deeper red then she was before and looking intensely my way. "Gyah!! Wait I don't mean it like that I mean you're not ordinary, you're different. I mean I see you differently from my other friends. D'oh! You are my friend but I just..." "Just, what Dan?" She finally asked me her voice full of curiousity. I don't know how what happened next happened but it did and I still don't believe it to this day, even though I know for a fact that it truely happened. I took hold of Fabia's hand and held it in my own, pulling her a bit closer to me and wrapping my right arm around her and started to lean myself in closer to her. I could see both our breaths coming in ragged fast bursts in the cold winter air the heat that had been growing inside me was a raging inferno now my heart beat was deafining to every other sound but my own voice as I told her, "I think I'm falling in love with you." I whispered before finally seizing her lips in a kiss.