After that night, everything seemed to change for the better for me. It felt as if a great dark cloud, that had held me it is grip for the past 2 years had finally been blown away and I was walking in the rays of the sun once again. The cold no longer bothered me as much; I enjoyed smelling the sweet seants of treats baking in the kitchen, hearing the sound of carols being sung on the street corners through out town, seeing the joy in the faces of kids as they came into the toy store to pick out thier gifts and watching as they were lovingly hugged by thier parents. Yes I can honestly say that for the first time in a long long time I had regained my Christmas spirit and the joy of the season, two things I never intended to lose ever again. But I will say this I never would of regained them if not for the kindness of my "Guardian angels." Shun, Lance, Ren, Aria, Drago, and especially Sora, with out thier advice, encouragement, and kindness I never would of regained my sight and found my way into Fabia's heart. It was about 3 days later that I took her out on our first official date as a couple we didn't go anywhere earth shatteringly romantic or out to a five star restaurant mind you, I just took her out to dinner and to see a movie, I could tell she had a good time though by the way she kept looking at me lovingly and clinging on to me. I capped the night off by taking her up on a flight in to the night on Drago, thankfully he was happy to take us.
The rest of the month was fairly quiet, and quite enjoyable, I had even become more tollerant of Kevin and Emi's rambunctious behavior, they were kids after all and Christmas was thier biggest time of the year. We were all like them in our past. Heck I was kind of guilty of getting involved with some of thier hijinx more then once. One thing I honestly didn't see coming though was Uncle Buzzard asking for Aunt Misaki to take him back and even more that she said yes! Still it was a heart warming sight to behold and I was glsad for Kevin and Emi to have thier family whole again. Right now though I was laying snoring away in my bed curled up underneath my blankets. The night before had been absolutely crazy with the party at Marucho's house and then flying back home to have the family party. I was enjoying the sweet peace and quiet of sleep. I could faintly hear the ticking of my alarm clock on the night stand as it counted down to zero, waiting for the bells to awaken me and Sora and signal to us that it was Christmas morning. Sora was sprawled out on her air mattress on the floor as she cuddled her stuffed wolf toy and moaned softly to herself. Drago and Gayle were also asleep on the night stand. I would of liked to keep dozing until the sun came up but sadly it wasn't to be. As the door to my bed room started to open ever so slightly and 2 small pajama clad figures made thier way inside. "3,2,1, WAKE UP DAN!! WAKE UP SORA IT'S CHRISTMAS!!!!" Called Kevin and Emi as they launched themselves down on top of me. "Ugh!!!" I grunted feeling both of them come flopping down with all thier weight on to my stomach and chest. All the air was forced out of my lungs and I shot awake both startled and slightly irratated. I growled as I turned on my night stand light and looked at the two of them smiling as they sat on me. "Oh man, Guys... It's like 5:00 in the morning." I groaned looking over at the clock. "So? Santa's already been and gone by now let's go see what he left for us down by the tree!!" Kevin said as he bounced a bit. "Yeah Dan don't you wanna see your gifts?" Asked Emi. "I'd much rather see the inside of my eye lids for another 2 hours." I groaned. "That or be curled up with Fabs on the couch under a blanket." Sora replyed in a sleepy but laughing tone. "Yeah or that one." I admitted. "Come on, come on, come on!!!" Kevin said pulling on my wrist and trying to sit me up. Emi was doing the same to Sora putting on her glasses for her. "Sleep now, presents later!" She grumbled placing a pillow over her head. I chuckled as I thought back, How many time had the two of us woken Mom and Dad up extra early like this, all reved up and energized to see what Santa had brought us the night before. Quite a few times I would probably say, and if they were anything like we were there was no chance of falling back to sleep for them so I very slowly started to raise up out of my bed and cracked my neck and wrap my robe around myself. "Come on Sora, Let's humor them." Kevin and Emi were bouncing about with delight as I woke up Drago and Gayle. "Hermph." Sora grunted I could tell she was desperately wanting to go back to sleep, "Well Ok, if you don't want your gifts fine, Aria and I will split them." I said Opening the door again as quiet as I could and shooing Kevin and Emi out. I could hear her groan and curse softly one last time before finally relenting and standing up to join us.
Before making our way down stairs to the living room and the tree we stopped to get Aria and Panzer so they wouldn't miss out on the fun, she was about as happy as we had been to be woken up from her slumber and even threatened to have give them to Panzer as new Chew toys if Kevin and Emi didn't leave her alone did that stop them though Heck no they kept right on bugging her until she gave in and joined our sleepy little band. "5:00 in the morning, it's 5:00 in the morning guys. Who in the heck is up this early?" she groaned, using me as a leaning post. "Kevin and Emi, and the three of us apparently." Sora answered "And of course you guys had to go and wake me up from a great dream too." she added making me chuckle. "What was it this time, The one where you and Lance are getting married in Hawaii or the one where you were chasing after the giant walking chocolate donut?" I asked. Aria gave me a sleepy glance and winked "That's for me to know and you not to find out." I nodded and let out a relaxed sigh before putting a hand on Sora's shoulder to stop her and pull her back to talk to her. "Hey guys, I wanted to say, thanks a lot, and that I'm really sorry for the way I acted in the past around Christmas time. I really do owe you. If not for your help I probably never would of been able to admit my true feelings to Fabia or to myself for that matter." I said "You guys aren't just family to me. You're real friends." Both of them grinned and I felt thier arms go around me in a double hug which I was more then willing to return. Over head Drago, Gayle, and Panzer floated also glad for us that all had turned out well. "Come on we better hurry up and catch those two other wise they'll be tearing into everything around the tree." I could see the light of colored lights shining from tree in the corner of the living room. Kevin and Emi were already going through the un wrapped toys that had been left out for them in case something like this happened. Good thing too other wise we would of probably been woken up even earlyer then this.
The three of us were sitting on the couch going through the gifts that had also been left out for us by Mom and Dad, they must of figured that we were lible to pull the same stunt and wanted to avoid it. I was currently watching Kevin and Emi playing with thier toys while I held my new bat and glove in my hands I could hardly wait to try them out once the season started up in the spring. Sora was already starting one of the new books she had gotten while Aria was going over new game stratagies with Panzer as they went through the new cards she had gotten from some battle packs. "Heh, this is fun, It really has been too long since I've done something like this." I said softly to myself. "Way too long. It's good to have you back Dan." Sora said, looking at me out of the corner of her eye and smiling "All thanks to you, love ya little sis." I said patting my sister on the shoulder. "Love you too Big bro." "Hey, Dan look, here's one more present for you Over here by the door." Said Emi as she brought me over an envelope and a small bo wrapped in yellow and white paper. "Who're they from?" Drago asked "Don't know, there's no name or address." I said opening the envelope and taking out the letter inside, as I read it.
How have you been, I hope you and your family are doing well in your new home. It's been forever since I've heard from you or any of our other friends, But that doesn't really surprise me too much considering what I did to you. Things up here between me and Corey are going pretty good, we do still have our spats now and then no where near as bad as we had though. When we go at it I can't help but think back to when we were together and how we were, I've been thinking a lot about this lately and how I hurt you back then. It didn't bother me much at the time but as time passed I realized I made a terrible, irreverseable mistake.
For a while I wanted to try and get you back to beg you to forgive me, but I've come to realize that I love Corey too much and more to the point I don't deserve you back not after how I went behind your back like I did maybe I never did deserve you in the first place. It took a lot of courage to write this letter but I just wanted to tell you somehow that I am so, so sorry and I hope that you can maybe find it in your heart to accept my apology and my friendship back at least. Hopefully the gift in the box will make you think about it at least and I just know that you will take as good of care of her as I did, maybe even better.
I have to go, I've got a lot to do. Have a Merry Christmas with your new girlfriend, who ever she is and I hope you will at least think about my request. I am sorry for everything.
Your friend, Runo Misaki."
I was in shock as I stared down at the present in my hands, nearly forgetting it was there at all at first. But soon Curiosity got the better of me as I opened it up. Inside it was a little white and yellow ball which quickly opened up and unfolded into a small tiger like monster in my hand. "Greetings, Daniel it has been a while hasn't it?" She said. "Tigrerra? Is it really you? What in the name of Vestroia are you..." "Runo and I talked it over and desided that perhaps this was the best way to convince you of her sincerity, she misses your friendship greatly, as well as all of the brawlers. While she may not play anymore she does hold the memories of you all close." Drago then floated down and sat next to Tigrerra in my hand looking at her then at me. "What do you think Dan?" If there was one thing I had learned about Christmas was that it could cause a lot of pain. But at the same time it could also cause an even greater amount of happiness it was also a time for second chances. Perhaps I had held my grudge against Runo for too long and accepting her friendship again was my first true step to becoming a better, stronger man. I sighed as I held both my partners in my hand, lifting Tigrerra up a bit closer before smiling. "I'd be glad to. Welcome Home Tigrerra." Before long Mom , Dad, and the others woke up and we all got our gift exchange under way. We all got some pretty nice stuff this year. But the best was still to come, when we heard the knock at the door and rushed to see Shun, Lance and Fabia all there and waiting for us. The girls immidately threw thier arms around their respective boyfriends and revealed in thier loving embraces. I was doing the same as I held Fabia against me and rubbed her back. "I'm so glad you're here. This has gotta be the best present I could ask for." I whispered in her ear and kissed her on the mouth. "I'm glad I can be here with you, Dan. I love you so much." She said. "I love you too." I told her
Drago was now introducing Tigrerra to Aranaut and the rest of the Bakugan who were sitting on the table I was glad to see her already making friends with them. "So, that's Tigrerra ehh?" Fabia asked. "Yeah. Jealous I got 2 partners?" I asked. "Piff, You wish, I can brawl Circles around you no matter how many Bakugan you use." Fabia said grinning and poking me in the chest. "Ok little Missy, You and Me battle later and I'll just show you how good I am." I challenged. "Heh, How did I know you were going to say that?" she asked "Because You know me so well." Nearby Lance was standing with his arm wrapped around Aria, the necklace he had given her as a gift was now clasped around her neck, Sora and Shun were also looking on pleased that thier hopes had been answered, thier hands clasped together. His gift to her was a pair of snow boots she had been wanting. Me, I didn't need anything else, what could I want I had a great family, close friends, Loyal Bakugan I treasured, And a beautiful girlfriend I would hold dear forever, I had everything I ever wanted or would need. "Merry Christmas, Fabia." "Merry Christmas, Dan."
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New year to all!!!!