Chapter 18: Gift
After "A Season to Remember"
"I guess you like your new kung fu uniform!" laughed Tanya as Adam triple-punched his way around his living room in the green, silk outfit his girlfriend had given him as a holiday gift. Adam had been so excited about the present that he had insisted upon trying it on immediately.
"I like this idea of us exchanging holiday gifts," said Adam happily. "It's a good way to get us in the holiday mood even if neither of us celebrates Christmas."
"Especially since all our friends are home celebrating Christmas Eve tonight as it is," agreed Tanya over the crackle of the fire. "That doesn't mean we should miss out on all the gift-giving fun!"
"Alright, my turn to give my gift to you," said Adam, plopping down on the couch beside Tanya and pulling something out of a plastic bag.
"Aww, Adam," cooed Tanya, grinning widely in anticipation of receiving her gift. Her smile faded when Adam pulled out of the bag a bottle of water. A girl who always wore her emotions on her sleeve, Tanya made no efforts to hide her disappointment.
Her boyfriend laughed. "You might need extra water around since I booked you some time in a local recording studio," explained Adam. "I thought you might want to record some demo CDs to send out to record labels. With high school almost over for us, doing some demos could be a great way to get you back into the music business."
"Time in a real recording studio!" squealed Tanya with delight. "Ohmygosh, Sweetie! Thank you so much!"
"Happy Holidays, Tanya," grinned Adam, giving his girlfriend a kiss. "Was it the best gift you've gotten this year?"
"Almost," replied Tanya, snuggling into Adam's arms. "I can think of a few things I've wanted this past year that I've been lucky enough to have happen," she said, looking at Adam lovingly.
Adam had one other gift for Tanya, but the three little words he wanted to say to her kept getting stuck on his tongue like peanut butter. He had never uttered this phrase to a girl before. The thought that Tanya might not feel the same way yet – or at all – added to Adam's lack of confidence at this moment.
Still summoning his courage, Adam determinedly looked down into her girlfriend's warm, chocolate eyes. He opened his mouth to speak, but no words came out. His face frozen in this position, Tanya laughed as Adam's cheeks grew red hot.
Tanya smiled widely. "Adam, I love you," she said, reaching up to place a sweet kiss on her boyfriend's stunned face.
"I was just going to say the same thing to you," replied Adam, breathing out a sigh of relief. "I love you too, Tanya. So very much."
"Happy holidays, Sweetie," said Tanya, wrapping her arms around Adam's neck and kissing him deeply. Holding each other close, Adam and Tanya gazed at the fire that burned as brightly as their newly declared love for each other