"So what are you doing for Christmas this year, (name)?" Came the voice of a Danish man.
(Name) turned to look at the oldest of the five brothers, Matthias Køhler. "Nothing." She said and looked to the side.
The holidays were always a touchy subject for (name). You see, she lives on her own and her parents died fairly recently in an unfortunate drunk driving accident. She was also an only child, so she never had anyone to spend the holidays with. In all honest, (name) dreaded the coming of the Holiday Season because it only reminded her of how lonely she felt, seeing the happy couples and families walk down the street.
Matthias put his arm around (name)'s shoulders, effectively snapping her out of her thoughts. "Well then you should spend it with us!"
"Ja, I'm sure little brother would enjoy that." Said the Norwegian man Lukas Bondevik.
"Not to mention that having you over would be fun, too!" Said the cheerful Finnish man Tino Väinämöinen.
"Mm." Grunted Berwald Oxenstierna, a scary yet sweet Swedish male.
(Name) smiled a bit. "I'll think about it." she said.
She stole a glance at the only other person in the room and the only one who hadn’t said anything, Emil Steilsson, an Icelandic male with white hair and ice blue eyes. He was sitting on a bench by the bay window, looking out at the fallen snow.
He and (name) were classmates at (college). They met in one of the mandatory classes, one that (Name) neglected to take in her first year, Algebra. At first they were both quiet and kept to themselves. That is, until (name) fell behind. The teacher had asked Emil to tutor her and he agreed. The two found out that they were both studying in the (major) major and decided to get in the same classes for the following semester. Needless to say, they had become best friends, even though (name) had been at the school a year longer than Emil.
Almost a year later after they first met, Emil decided to introduce (name) to the rest of his "family." In his eyes, it was a disaster. But to (name) it was fun. Matthias was drunk which made for an interesting introduction that ended up with him flirting with her. Lukas had tried endlessly to get (name) to call him big brother and then somehow enlisted her to help him get Emil to say it even though she didn’t. Tino was very friendly, all though he kept asking if she and Emil were dating, which was no doubt why Lukas wanted her to call him big brother. Berwald ended up scaring (name) at first, but soon she realized that he was a nice guy, much to the help of Tino. By the end of the day, (name) could have sworn that Emil's face was permanently stained red when he walked her home. It was kind of cute.
Ever since the first introduction, (name) practically lived at their house. She would often go over after work and sometimes she would stay over if it was too late to drive back or too tired. She even had her own room, right next to Emil's, which (name) was happy about. Sometimes in the early hours of the night, (name) would go into his room and the two would talk about their dreams pertaining to (major). Emil liked those late night talks when they happened mostly because it was really the only time that he got to talk to her when they were with his family.
(Name) yawned and stretched, standing up. "I think I'm going to get a drink and go to bed. You don’t mind me staying over, do you?"
"Of course not!" Tino said with a warm smile.
"Only if you give me a kiss." Matthias said.
(Name) was about to hit him playfully but Lukas beat her to the physical torment. He grabbed the Danes tie and pulled, keeping that blank face on and sipping his coffee.
"Shut it Dane." He said. "Good night, (name)."
"Night guys." She said, receiving good nights in various languages as she walked into the kitchen.
Emil noticed her leave and got up without a word. He followed (name) into the kitchen, Mr. Puffin sitting on his shoulder. When he got into the room he leaned up against the fridge while (name) got a class of tap water.
"So are you going to stay with us for Christmas?" Emil asked.
(Name) shrugged and gave him a playful smile. "Maybe if my best friend asked me." She took a sip of her water.
"I think she means me, tough guy." Mr. Puffin whispered in Emil's ear before he flew onto (name)'s shoulder. "So will you stay for Christmas?"
Emil face palmed while (name) giggled a little bit and scratched Mr. Puffins Heard a little bit.
"You're not who I'm talking about." She said. "Who I'm talking about knows who he is."
With that, (name) put Mr. Puffin down on the counter, put the empty glass in the sink and headed out of the kitchen. Before she was gone, she turned to Emil and smiled at him.
"Night, Emil." She said and headed to her room.
Emil sighed when she left. He turned to the fridge and opened it, trying to find something to drink. After a few minutes he closed the door, not finding anything he wanted. Mr. Puffin hopped over to him.
"What's the matter?"
Emil shook his head. "Nothing."
Mr. Puffin rolled his eyes. "Just tell her and then ask her."
"No." He said. "You know what'll happen."
"I do, but it's not what you think, tough guy." Puffin said.
Emil sighed. "Whatever." He started walking up to his room.
Mr. Puffin flew after him and got into the room just before Emil closed it. He got ready for bed and the bird flew to his perch in his cage. Emil closed the cage before turning the out the lights and crawling under his covers.
An hour or two later and the Icelandic male was still awake. He sat up in his bed and searched his night stand for his flashlight. He, then, crept out of his room, careful not to wake Mr. Puffin, before he turned the flashlight on. Then he walked down the hall to the door that lead into (name)'s room. He knocked on the door first before walking in, finding her sitting up playing (game) on her 3DS.
She looked at him as he walked over to her. "Well it's about time Emmy."
Emil rolled his eyes. "You know it's bad for your eyes to play video games in the dark."
"It's not unhealthy if it's for research." (Name) countered, smirking.
Emil sat on the bed next to (name). "You say that every time." He laughed a bit. "Just don’t come crying to me when you go blind."
(name) nudged him lightly. "Yeah, yeah." She said. "So what's on your mind?"
"Who said anything is on my mind?"
"You're in my room and not the other way around."
Emil sighed. "Nothing gets passed you, does it?"
"Nope!" (Name) said happily.
Sighing again, Emil spoke. "I couldn’t sleep."
He shrugged. "Dunno."
For a while, the two sat in silence, watching (name) play her game. After a while Emil spoke up.
"Hey, (Name)." he said.
"What?" She replied.
"Celebrate Christmas with me?" He said.
(Name) smiled at him. "Of course."
* * *
"You're not helping, Lukas!" Emil said as he walked around the mall with him a week after Black Friday.
"It's not me trying to find the perfect I love you gift for (name)." Lukas said blandly. "I just picked her up a clip." He said and pulled out a hair pin much like his own from a shopping bag.
Emil was about to say something when his phone rang. He was a number he didn’t recognize. He clicked the answer button.
"Hello?" He said.
"Is this Emil Steilsson?" Said the voice of a woman.
"Yes this is. Who is this?"
"This is Ash Evans from Overlook Hospital. You are the emergency contact of (name) (last name), correct?" The woman, Ash, said.
Emil felt his heart stop and he's stopped walking. "Did something happen to her? Is she all right?"
"I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Ms. (last name) was hit by a car, drunk driver. She has multiple broken bones and lacerations. She slipped into a coma." Ash explained.
The floor collapsed under Emil and he has to grab onto Lukas's arm for support. "What?"
The nurse began to explain it again and when she finished, she waited for a response.
"What room is she in?" Emil demanded.
"Room 235 on the second floor."
"I'll be right there." He hung up.
Lukas looked at his younger brother curiously. "What's going on?"
"(Name)'s in the hospital." Emil said.
Lukas didn’t need to hear more and the two brothers ran from the mall to the car. Once in, Emil nearly broke all speed limits to get to the hospital. When they got to (Name)'s room. Matthias, Tino, and Berwald were already there. Tino looked like he was crying and Berwald had his hand on Tino's shoulder. Matthias was sitting on a chair with his face in his hands, his elbows resting on his legs.
Emil finally allowed himself to look at (name). Her right arm was in a cast as well as her left leg. There was a bandage wrapped around her head and he could see some small cuts on her face and her left arm. Emil turned to the nurse.
"What happened?" He asked.
"Witnesses told us that she saw a little kid crossing the street and a driver was coming down the street fast, not bothering to stop even though it was a red light. (Name) here ran into the middle of the street and pushed the kid out of the way. Unfortunately for her, she was hit by the car and rolled from the windshield, over the top of the car and finally hit the ground." Ash explained. "She's a hero."
"What other injuries did she get?" Lukas asked.
"As you can see, she has multiple lacerations on her face and arms. She broke her right arm and left leg and she had three fractured ribs." She replied. "She was very lucky." Ash turned to the door. "I'll leave you all alone with her. Find me if you need anything."
With that, Ash left the room leaving Emil, Lukas, Matthias, Tino, and Berwald alone with the comatose (name).
* * *
The boys were kicked out of the room when visiting hours were over. Emil and the others went back home. For one Matthias didn’t drink. As soon as everyone got into the house, they went to their respected rooms.
Emil wasn’t sure about the others, but he himself couldn’t sleep that night. He was too worried about (name). First he was going to confess to her on Christmas and now she might not even be awake for it. Rolling over in bed, Emil groaned. He still had to get her a gift, too.
Tomorrow. Tomorrow he will get the gift and go to the hospital.
* * *
Emil walked to (name)'s hospital room. In the pocket of his brown jacket was the gift. He told himself that as soon as she woke up, he would give it to her. All he had to do now is wait.
He took the seat next to (name)'s bed and took her hand in his. After a while, Nurse Ash came into the room. She smiled slightly when she saw Emil sitting at (name)'s bedside.
"You know," Ash started, "sometimes people in coma's can hear the outside world."
Emil looked up at Ash. "What do you mean?"
Ash sighed. "Just talk to her. She might hear you and wake up."
Emil looked between (name)'s comatose form and Ash. "But if she wakes up, won't she be in pain?"
Ash shrugged. "The way I see it is that if she doesn’t wake up, you can't tell her how you feel."
"It's pretty obvious." Ash said. "Just kiss your sleeping beauty awake."
Before Emil could say anything more, Ash walked out of the room. Emil looked at (name). Ash said to talk to her.
So he did.
* * *
Two weeks passed since (name) slipped into her coma. Emil visited in the hospital and would talk to her like Nurse Ash said. Emil was starting to lose hope. Two weeks gone and four days till Christmas. He was also losing things to talk about too.
He would talk to her about school, which he missed most of. He tried to get (name) to wake up for her dreams, but it didn’t work. It was the Friday before Christmas and all Emil wanted was his (name) to wake up.
"Please." Emil murmured. "Please wake up. I can't tell you, show you, how I feel until you're awake."
(Name) laid there still asleep. She looked so peaceful. Just like Sleeping Beauty. Wait. Sleeping Beauty. Ash told him to kiss his Sleeping Beauty awake. She might not have meant literally, but it was the only he hasn’t tried yet.
Emil stood up and brushed back some of her (h/l) (h/c) hair behind her ear. He trailed his fingers from her ear down to her cheek and to her shoulder. Then he started to lean in.
"Please. Wake up." Emil whispered. "For me."
He pressed his lips to hers lightly, tears spilling over his eyes. When he pulled back, (name) was still asleep. He slumped back in his chair and buried his face in his hands. It didn’t work. Emil allowed himself to cry freely. All hope was gone. (Name) wasn’t going to wake up.
After what felt like hours to Emil, which was only minutes in the real world, there was a tap on his shoulder.
"Emil." Said a soft, hoarse voice.
"I'm not in the mood, Tino. Leave me alone." Emil said, voice thick with tears.
"I'm not Tino." The voice said. "Emmy. Please look at me."
Emil's eyes widened in his hands. He slowly lifted his head and his ice blue eyes came into contact with (e/c) ones.
"(Name)…" he murmured.
He bolted up from his chair and without thinking he engulfed (name) in a tight hug, one that ended when she complained of pain.
"Ow. Emil. Ribs. They hurt." (name) gasped out.
Emil pulled back. "Oh. I'm sorry." Then Emil remembered what he was going to do. "(Name). I have something to te—"
"(NAME)!!" Came the voice of a loud and obnoxious Danish man
Aw come on!! Emil shouted in his mind.
Matthias ran over and hugged (name).
" Matt-…hias." She gasped out. "Ribs. Arm. Pain. Stop."
"Oh. Sorry." He said and let go.
"Our sleeping beauty woke up. Finally!" Tino exclaimed and embraced (name) lightly, careful not to hurt her, who returned the hug awkwardly with one arm.
"I guess so." She said.
Berwald put a hand on (name)'s hear lightly, showing his happiness that she was awake.
Lukas stood next to Emil. "You tell her yet?"
Emil shook his head. "I was about to but then you showed up."
"Maybe it's for the best." Lukas said. "Confessing on Christmas might be more… romantic in his eyes." He shrugged and then walked up to stand next to the other three males.
Emil was about to say something, but the second he opened his mouth, Nurse Ash walked into the room.
"I see you're finally awake." Ash smiled warmly.
(Name) nodded. "When can I leave?"
"We would like to keep you here for a few more days." Ash explained. "Just to make sure that you're all right. You'll be able to leave on Christmas Eve and spend the holidays with your family." Ash said, referring to the five men in the room.
(Name) nodded. "All right. Thank you."
* * *
Christmas Eve finally rolled around and Lukas picked (name) up at the hospital.
"Where's Emmy?" (Name) asked.
"He's at home getting ready." Lukas said.
"Ready for what?" (Name) said.
"Tomorrow. He's going something important tomorrow." Lukas said.
* * *
That night while (name) was lying in bed, trying to sleep, Emil knocked and walked into her room. Without a word, he took his place on the bed. After a while, he finally spoke.
"Can you do me a favor, (Name)?" He asked.
"What is it?"
"Tomorrow night can you meet me on the balcony?"
(Name) nodded. "Of course."
Silence fell around the two. After a while, (Name) spoke again.
"Emmy… Can I… sleep on you tonight?"
Emil blinked. He thanked God that it was dark in the room because he began to blush. "Um… sure."
"Thank you." (name) said as she began to shift around so her head was resting on Emil's chest over her heart.
She closed her eyes. As Emil's heart beat lulled her to sleep, she felt him shift slightly and wrap his arms around her.
* * *
(Name) and the rest of her "family" sat around the tree, getting ready to open presents. Everyone was dressed nice except for (name) because she didn’t have an outfit that would work with her leg cast and arm brace.
Matthias was dressed in black slacks with a red button up shirt and a white tie. Tino also had black slacks on as well as a light blue shirt and a while tie. Berwald was wearing the same color blue, but with a yellow tie instead. Lukas was in a red shirt with a blue and white striped tie while Emil was in a blue shirt with a red and white striped tie.
Each of them had opened their presents and now it was (name)'s turn.
"Let me go first!" Tino said.
The others nodded. "All right. I'll go next then." Lukas said.
Tino picked up his box and handed it to (name). She tore into the wrapping paper. Inside the box was a beautiful (f/c) spaghetti strap dress. It looked like it went down to her knees. On skirt there were rhinestones, making it sparkle.
"Try it on!" Tino said. "I want to see if it fits."
(name) nodded and crutched into the bathroom. There she carefully shimmied out of her clothes and into the dress. When she was in it, she admired herself in the mirror. Tino had great taste. She slipped on the heeled shoe onto the foot that wasn’t covered in a cast and she walked back out of the bathroom.
"Oh! You look beautiful!" Tino said.
Lukas nodded as well as Berwald.
"I'd totally tap that." Matthias said as his form of a compliment, which he was promptly rewarded with getting himself choked with his tie by Lukas.
Emil was staring at (Name). She really did look beautiful. He gave her a smile, which she returned.
After Lukas finished choking Matthias, he walked over to (name) with a small box. "Open it."
(Name) did so. Inside Lukas's box was a cross hair pin like his own. (Name) smiled and handed it back to him.
"Put it on for me?" She asked.
"Of course." Lukas nodded and pushed back the hair on the left side of her ear and punned the clip to her head.
(Name) touched it lightly and smiled at Lukas. "Thank you."
"My turn." Berwald said.
He handed her gift. I turned out to be a porcelain doll of (name) in her Christmas fit, minus her casts and braces. It had her hair, even Lukas's hair pin. On her right wrist was a bracelet and around her name was a beautiful image of a necklace. (Name) smiled at Berwald.
"Thank you so much. I love it."
Berwald grunted in thanks.
"My turn! My turn!" Matthias said. "This is from me and the family of the child you saved."
(Name) nodded and opened the gift. It was a silver Pandora bracelet with three charms. One was a Nordic Cross. The other was a child and the shirt was a car. (name) smiled and Matthias helped her put it on.
"The child charm is from that family." He explained. "It's her way of saying thank you for saving their son."
(Name) smiled at Matthias. "Thank you."
Matthias smiled. "It was my pleasure."
(Name) giggled and then turned to Emil. He gave her a small smile.
"Tonight on the balcony." Was all he said.
* * *
The day blew by. Matthias got drunk on eggnog and Lukas's hand was practically glued to the man's tie. Tino and Berwald, mostly Tino, cooked dinner and afterwards, Emil told (name) to wait for him on the balcony while he helped clean up dinner.
Which brings us to where we are now. (Name) leaned up against the railing of the balcony, letting the wind blow threw her hair. She smiled a bit. It was pretty chilly out, but she was glad that she was there and not still in a coma.
"You look beautiful." Emil said, walking up to her.
(Name) turned to look at Emil. She self-consciously tugged on the dress skirt. "Thanks." She said.
Emil smiled at her. "You're welcome." He said. "But it's still missing something."
"This." Emil said and pulled out a box, opening it to reveal a beautiful diamond necklace.
(Name) gasped. "It's beautiful." She said. "But you didn’t have to spend that much money on a gift for me."
"But I did." Emil said. "Because nothing is too expensive for you."
"Emil…" (Name) said softly.
Emil took the necklace form the box and clasped it around (name)'s neck. Then he rested his hand on her cheek. He took a deep breath before he spoke.
"(Name)… There's something that I have to tell you." He started. "When you were in that coma, I felt like I was in it with you. It was the worst two weeks of my life."
(Name) reached up and put her hand on Emil's cheek. She opened her mouth to say something, but Emil stopped her.
"Let me speak." He asked. "Before I lose my nerve."
"Look, (name)." Emil took another deep breath. "I love you. I love you more than anything and I don’t know what I would do without you." He looked into her eyes, searching for something. "So… will you be my girlfriend?"
(Name)'s face broke apart in a wide smile and she threw, gently, her arms around his neck. "Of course, Emil!" she said happily. "I was beginning to wonder if I had to make the first move."
Emil chuckled and hugged her back. "No need to." He said and pulled back.
He looked into (name)'s eyes and he began to lean in. (Name) did so as well.
"I love you." Emil said.
"I love you, too." (Name) replied before their lips connected in a kiss filled with love, passion, and need.
When they broke apart, they smiled at each other.
"Merry Christmas, (name)."
"Merry Christmas, Emmy."