December 25th, 2008

Aeris groans as her alarm clock blasts its high-pitched beeping sound. She sits up and rubs her eyes. Today is Christmas. Great. She gets out of bed and heads to down stairs to the kitchen, not bothering to change out of her pajamas. She notices that her parents aren't awake yet.

She looks at the clock hanging on the wall. "7:00 and they are still passed out?" she pours herself some coffee. "Guess hell finally froze over." She walks out of the kitchen and into the front room. She sits on the couch, crosses her legs, and takes a big gulp. She smiles and tries to enjoy the almost absolute silence. But seemingly out of nowhere, her bliss is ended by the sound of her father's heavy footsteps coming down the stairs.

"Hey sweetheart." She hears her mother's voice from just behind her father. "Merry Christmas!"

"If you say so." She says as her dad sits next to her.

He puts her arm around his daughter. "Don't be like that Aeris, it's been two years since Wayne left and you're still acting like this. Get over it." Aeris' eyes darken and she pulls her knees up to her chest so she can rest her head on them.

Ms. Scott grabs her husband's arm and pulls him into the other room. "Mike, you know how she gets. Don't talk about him around her."

Aeris' eyes darken even more as she listens to her parents. Acting like she can't hear them. It makes her sick. She looks over at the picture of her and Wayne hanging on the wall. She sheds a tear and heads for the door before her parents hear her crying.

Leo eagerly walks towards Aeris' house with her gift in his hand. Today is finally the day he will get his girl. He looks down at the box and smiles.

"She will love this shirt, I know it." He looks back up and stops dead in his tracks as he sees Aeris, still in here pajamas, walking towards him. He smiles bigger and runs towards her. "Hey Aeris!"

She looks up and walks into Leo, wrapping him in a hug and burying her face in his neck.

"Leo I can't take it anymore." She sobs.

"What do you mean?" Leo says, clearly confused.

Aeris grits her teeth and pushes him away. "God you're so fucking stupid sometimes Leo, you know that? I thought you pulled your head out of your ass but I guess I was wrong. It's been Two years Leo. Two years without Wayne." She screams at him. She turns and starts to walk away but collapses because of her crying.

Leo walks up to her and puts his jacket over her shoulders. "C'mon. Let's get you out of the cold."