Underneath the mistletoe. (Pt.5)

Hey y’all! This is part five of “Underneath the mistletoe”. This is the final chapter and the last Christmas story I’m writing this year. It has been a blast. Thanks everyone who’ve read my stories. Since this is the last chapter, be sure that you’ve read 1-4 before reading this one. Love you all! Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁

Fiona woke up yawning and stretching in bed. She went to her grandmother’s room to wake her up, and they both rushed downstairs like little kids who couldn’t wait to open their Christmas presents. Ms. Cat didn’t really rush though, but she did go as fast as her hip allowed her to. “Come on grandma,” Fiona said sitting on her knees, by the tree. “I’m coming,” Ms. Cat said. When Ms. Cat came downstairs, Fiona gave her, her first present. It was in a small Rectangular box. Ms. Cat opened it, and it was a diamond necklace. “Oh my, my, my,” Ms. Cat said. “Fe, this is beautiful, but it must have costed you a fortune,” she said taking the 14K white gold diamond necklace out of the box. “It did,” Fiona said jokingly. “No, on the real grandma. I’m fortunate to have you. This necklace is just a very small token to show you how much I love and appreciate you. Here,” Fiona said taking the necklace from her grandmother. “Let me put it on for you.” Fiona put the necklace on her grandmother and looked at her and said, “Beautiful.” She handed her grandmother the table mirror. “Wow,” her grandmother said looking into the mirror. “Thank you Fe,” she said with a hug. “You’re welcome grandma, but there’s more,” Fiona said handing Ms. Cat another gift. “Wait,” Ms. Cat said. “Let’s take turns. Here,” Mrs. Cat said, handing Fiona a gift. They continued to exchange gifts for thirty minutes, and then Ms. Cat went to check on her ham that had been slow cooking overnight. “Ding,” the timer on the oven said. “Yes, just in time. The ham is done, along with the desserts and pies. The only thing I have to cook are a couple of side dishes, because at the last minute, your vegan aunt decided she was going to bring a ton of vegetable dishes, and my sister in law is supposed to bring the Mac and cheese and green bean casserole,” she yelled to Fiona who was cleaning up the wrapping paper in the living room. “Dang grandma, and you bought all that food,” Fiona said. “No worries. That’s what my deep freezer is for. It will get cooked, believe that,” Ms. Cat said. At nine am Harold came over bearing gifts to both Ms. Cat and Fiona. By noon Ms. Cat and Fiona was dressed and ready for their family to come over. Ms. Cat went back downstairs with Harold while Fiona was putting the finishing touch of her makeup on. She put on some red lipstick, and gently rubbed her lips, while looking in the mirror. Then she adjusted her dress. There was a knock on the door. Harold opened the door as Fiona was coming downstairs. It was Deandre. Deandre paused at the door holding a gift in his hand. “Wow. Fefe, you look amazing,” he said. “Thanks,” Fiona said nonchalantly as she continued to stroll pass him. Without making a sound, her grandmother mouthed to her, “Talk to him.” “What?” Fiona said back, not understanding what her grandmother was saying. Then her grandmother mumbled impatiently, “Talk to him.” Fiona rolled her eyes and motioned with one hand for Deandre to come on. They went around the corner between the living room and the kitchen entrance. “Fiona. Yesterday was not what it seemed,” Deandre said. “Oh, yeah. Because it looked like you and Carol was at the mall together, hugging and kissing and having a good old time,” she said. “Listen, I didn’t come here to argue. So, are you going to let me speak? he said. “Sure, go ahead,” Fiona said. “Thank you,” he said before proceeding to explain. “I got your message yesterday, but not until after I got back home. I didn’t think it was a good idea to come over right after what had happened at the mall because I knew how you were feeling. So, I waited until you calmed down. Yesterday, pops and I went to run some errands and then we stopped by mall. I wasn’t there with Carol. The hug and kiss was out of no where. I didn’t even know she was at the mall until she walked up to me. There’s nothing going on with us, and just in case she was confused, I made it clear on yesterday. She was my past, but I want you to be my future. I’ve loved you since we were twelve, but I don’t just love you anymore. I am in love with you. I can’t see a future without you. Whatever we need to do to make us work, I’m willing to put in overtime, because you are the woman that I’m one hundred percent sure that I want to spend the rest of my life with,” Deandre said before pulling a small box out of his back pocket and getting down on one knee. He opened the box and inside was a three carat radiant cut diamond ring in platinum. “Fiona Denise Watson, if I’ve never been sure about anything, I’m certain of one thing. Our love is a sure thing. I love you and I want you to be my wife for as long as God gives us life. Will you marry me?” Ms. Cat and Harold came out from eavesdropping. “Ahh,” Ms. Cat screamed. “Shush,” Harold said. “You gotta wait to see what she says” he said. Fiona and Deandre smiled at each other. “Yes,” Fiona said with a nod. “Yes, Deandre Marquees Robinson. I will marry you,” Fiona said. “Yay,” her grandmother shouted as her and Harold clapped. Deandre rose from the floor and he and Fiona kissed, and kissed, and kissed some more. “Well would you look at that,” Harold said. “Underneath the mistletoe,” he said. Fiona and Deandre looked up and there hang a mistletoe. “Who put this here?” Fiona asked pointing up at the mistletoe. “Harold hung it there not too long ago. While you were upstairs getting dressed, we were,” Ms. Cat said before Fiona cut her off. “Never mind grandma, we don’t need to know.” “What, we were just kissing,” Ms. Cat said. They all laughed. Then there were three knocks on the door before her brother his wife, their kids and grandkids came in. “Merry Christmas everyone,” her brother said. “Merry Christmas,” they all said. Then her sister and her brother in law and their kids and grandkids came in. “Merry Christmas,” her sister said. “Merry Christmas,” everyone said again. Everyone greeted each other. “Oh, I forgot to tell you guys,” I got the job. I started the other day. I’m sorry I waited to tell you all, but I wanted it to be a surprise.” Everyone cheered. “Congratulations,” everyone said. Ms. Cat was so happy she cried. “I thought that I was going to have to pack up and come to New York,” Deandre said, holding Fiona close with his hands around her waist. She looked up into his eyes, and shook her head no. You don’t have to, because I refuse to make the same mistake twice. I’m not going anywhere this time. This time, I’m here to stay,” she said. They kissed again, while the rest of the family traded gifts. The End. ❤️

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