Under The Mistletoe


               The tree is nicely decorated in the corner. The room lights
               are dim. The tree lights twinkle on and off. Emily stands
               on a step stool to attach a small branch of mistletoe
               berries beneath the chandelier. David enters and puts his
               hands on her waist to steady her.

                              What are you, the mistletoe fairy?
                              Wherever you go you put up
                              mistletoe. Everybody just ignores
                              it, so what's the point?

               They are face to face as she stands on the stool. She puts
               her arms around his shoulders and leans in to him.

                              This is the point!!

               Her lips meet his in a long sensual kiss. He puts his arms
               around her and responds enthusiastically.

               Joanie enters the room, talking as she goes.

                              There you are. I wondered where
                              you two went. We're already to
                              play Monopol....

               Joanie stops as she sees what David and Emily are doing.


               She runs back out. She speaks unseen, from another room.

                              They're still working on the
                              decorations...I think. They can
                              join us later.

               David and Emily break apart abruptly.She steps back and
               nearly falls off the stool. He holds her waist and lifts
               her down. Both blush profusely.

                              I..um..we better go back in.

               He turns away, but Emily's hand on his arm prevents him from
               going any futher.

                              Wait a minute, I want to ask you
                              something. Why haven't you ever
                              asked me out? You know I wouldn't
                              have turned you down.

                              I haven't asked you out for the
                              same reason I never asked Joanie.
                              It would have been like dating my

               Furious, Emily suddenly slaps him across the face. Sobbing
               and blurting her words, she raises her voice, but not
               enough for the people in the other room to hear her.

                              Your ss...sis..ter!! You think of
                              me as a @#$%%^& sister!!! Dddid
                              that .. kkk...kiss feel like it
                              came from a. ss..sis..ster!!!???

               Weeping uncontrollably, she marches to the foyer which is
               just off the living room. She hastily dons her coat and
               boots and leaves.

                              Oh crap!

               mumbling to himself, he rubs his cheek where Emily's slap
               has left a dark red mark.

                              Stupid stupid stupid! She may
                              never forgive me. Oh crap!

               David goes to the door into the next room and sticks his
               head in to address his parents, Kyle and Joanie. He's
               careful to conceal his red cheek against the door jamb.

                              I'm tired. I don't really feel
                              like playing Monopoly.I'm going
                              up to bed. Oh yeah, if you're
                              looking for Emily, she went home.

               David turns and leaves by another door.


The End

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