Gifts

A/N: So, this is the third update today! Unfortunately, this might be the last update for a couple weeks.

Holly woke up in a dimly lit room. She couldn't remember where she was, until she heard a groan next to her.

"Holly?" Artemis asked, whispering so as not to wake the other occupants of the house. "Are you awake?"

"Yeah. I think we fell asleep talking," Holly answered, whispering as well.

"We did. Well, you did," Artemis said.

"What? You let me fall asleep?" Holly asked, her voice rising.

"Shh. You'll wake the twins up," Artemis answered. "I did. You looked very tired, and I might have enjoyed watching you sleep. I also have something to tell you. Or rather, show you."

"Okay, g—wait, did you say you enjoyed watching me sleep?" She slapped him. Hard. Artemis's head snapped to the left and his face got red where her hand had made contact with his skin.

"Ow. Now, may I show you what I got you? It's an early birthday present, and something I need to admit to you." Holly's jaw hit the floor. The last person she slapped—Chix—had fallen over. He had barely reacted to it.

"Okay, go ahead," Holly replied. Artemis walked over to the nightstand and grabbed a box and a piece of paper.

"Here you go," Artemis said, handing her the box. "I'll give you the papers after you open the box."

"Thanks, Artemis. Really. You didn't have too," Holly said, opening the box. Inside there was a golden acorn with a thin golden chain. "Oh. My. Frond, Artemis!" She ran over and tackled him, hugging him tightly.

"H-Holly. I can't breathe, Holly," Artemis forced out through the bone-crushing hug. He smiled when she let him go. "Apparently that rumor about girls and diamonds is wrong. It should be girls and gold." Holly gazed at the necklace, entranced.

"I love it, Artemis. This is the best birthday present ever. I'll wear it with my book."

"Now, there's one thing left to give you, and one thing to ask you. You'll definitely want to reconsider your previous statement when you get the next thing. I guarantee it," Artemis said, smiling. "Here is the first, or rather second, thing." He handed her the piece of paper. The elf read it over.

"Artemis…" The elf said, tears coming to her eyes. "An aboveground home for the people? How did you? I can't even begin to imagine how much money… three thousand acres and four Ritual sites? Why would you do it?"

"You approve?" Artemis asked with a glint in his eye. "Now, the last—" Holly kissed him, pushing the surprised human backwards onto the bed so she could sit on his lap. She tangled her fingers into his hair, needing more contact with him. Artemis wrapped his hands around her waist, pressing her against him.

"I guess I got my answer," he said when they broke off the kiss.

"What was the question?" Holly asked playfully.

"Are you sure you want to know? I don't want to ruin the mood," Artemis asked seriously. He continued at Holly's nod. "Well, do you love me?"

"I thought you'd never ask! Of course I love you, dummy! How could I not?" She asked, smirking.

"Well, there is that time I kidnapped you, and… t-the time I l-lied to your face," he stuttered.

"We're past that now. Two bad things? You've saved my life countless times! I trust you, Artemis. Nothing can change that, okay?" Holly promised.

"Okay. May I kiss you again?" Artemis asked.

"You don't have to ask, silly! You do it when it feels right," Holly laughed. Then she was cut off by a kiss from Artemis. "Thank you, Artemis. For everything."

"Not a problem," Artemis replied with another short kiss.