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From the Round Table.
Christmas:

“I wanted to ask what everyone’s plans are for the upcoming Christmas break. It is almost that time of year again,” she said, smiling at the group. Despite their objections, they were growing closer. “So, I figured we could spend some time talking about that.”

Nisha shifted around in her seat on the tabletop, everyone having found their comfort zone there in the room. “I am headed home. Though, I am not too sure how great it will be.”

Alex gave her a nudge. “Why not?”

She sighed. “My folks are... well. Christmas is Christmas, right? It is family and sweaters and packages of underwear or whatever. My family does that. The whole thing. And it was fun. For the longest time it was fun. It still is, sometimes.” She pulled the ends of the long cornrows she wore over her shoulder, toying with the ends and hiding her eyes beneath long eyelashes. “My parents do not really want the rest of my family coming to Christmas anymore. I have tons and tons of aunts and uncles and cousins. We can barely fit into the house if everyone comes. We spill out into the backyard, all wrapped up and bundled up, but still together. But since my cousin...” she trailed off. “Anyway, for the past 2 years, it has just been me and my parents. And it has got to be the most awkward Christmas dinner ever. Seriously.”

“At least you have a family to go to,” Alex joined morosely.

Nisha looked at him strangely for a moment, trying to understand. “You do not have anyone?”

Alex shook his head. “No one worth the trouble, anyway. My Baba is dead, my mother is dead. My father is dead, just too stubborn to lie down.” He laughed derisively and looked up. “And everyone I had wanted to see is too far away.”

He heard a jangle of bracelets and felt her hand reassuringly warm on his forearm. “You can come with me... if you like.” He looked up at Nisha, a sweet graciousness swelling inside him. “God knows I could use a friend,” she laughed and gave him a gentle shake before letting go.

“Thanks, Nisha. Really.”

Nix smiled. “Good for you, Alex. I am headed to my family’s Christmas as well. Though, I am not sure if it is the most bright idea I have had for a while. I have not really been having that great of a time with them lately.” He pulled his chair closer, like a person shifting in the spotlight. “All the holidays make me feel like some kind of outcast. Or at least a burden. Last year I did not even bother with the holidays. Just stayed on campus and slept. Spent some time with Liam before he went back for the holidays.” He shrugged and sighed. “I am supposed to be going back this year and it is going to be… an experience. Even with the kids.” He smiled then. “At least, they are the bright point.”

Sin nodded. “Kids always are.”

“Unless it is your girlfriend,” Alex added.

Sin nodded in agreement. “Unless it is your girlfriend, or significant other,” he said with a nod in deference to Nisha’s presence. She nodded back. “I am going to Pacie’s again for this Christmas. They throw the most brilliant parties. All of her father’s associates come in, and they have a big formal. It was so beautiful.” He smiled in remembrance. “There was this crazy snowstorm a few days before the hols, so we got to have a little dance out on the patio while the party was raging inside. The world just seems so quiet in the snow, does it not?” He sighed. “She was gorgeous. I cannot wait to go back.”

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