The night had been long, exhausting and quiet for the author as she worked non-stop through the night. Colorful lights and decorations were strung throughout every room, even up the stairs and in the rooms where everyone was currently sleeping. Having to decorate the upstairs while everyone was asleep was difficult but she managed to get it done without waking everyone. Although she did have one close call when Nick woke up to use the bathroom. Luckily he didn't see anything.
After the final last present was wrapped the author let out a sigh as she sat down in her chair, the lit fireplace keeping her warm. "Finally I can relax..." she said, her eyes closing as she fell asleep.
However as soon as she fell asleep the sun began to rise as morning came around, and Amy happened to wake up as soon as the light from the sun hit her face through the window. Amy opened her eyes and slowly sat up, letting out a tiresome yawn before leaving the room to head downstairs. Surprisingly she failed to notice the decorations and colorful lights that were placed everywhere. That soon changed when she entered the main room.
Her eyes widened as she stood and stared at the tree sitting in the corner of the room, fully decorated along with the room itself and noticed the many wrapped presents sitting under the tree. She followed the lights and decorations, realizing they also went upstairs and wondered to herself how she hadn't noticed that.
"What the fuck..." Amy muttered, walking over to the chair the author was currently sleeping in. She saw a card held in the author's hand and carefully grabbed the card and pulled it away, opening it and reading what was written inside. "To cast and staff, this card is the only thing I'm using for the Valentine's holiday. I'm not good with love and romance. So this card is for everyone. There's also a box of chocolates if you guys want those too. Anyways, I might not show that I care about you all, but the truth is without all of you I wouldn't have a story to write and I wouldn't have anything to give the people to read. Sure not a lot of people are interested in this kind of story, but at least there are a few that do care and take the time to read it. Thank you all for being able to help me make this happen. PS: Everyone gets one present. They have your name on it."
It was signed by the author and Amy couldn't help but smile as she set the card on the table sitting next to the chair. When Amy turned around she was startled to see several others awake and also stunned to see the decorated room. "Nice to see I'm not the only one awake.." she said with a bit of disdain. Amy wanted to see what presents the author got for everyone and find the chocolate before anyone else could.
"What's with the tree and decorations?" Nick asked, being one of the people that had woken up early. "Did the author finally lose her mind?"
"The author lost her mind?" Joker asked as he made his way to the tree. "I knew my insanity was rubbing off on her." he chuckled, looking at the presents in curiosity.
Amy rolled her eyes. "Oh shut up, Joker. She hasn't lost her mind...I think." she grabbed the card from the table and held it out to Nick. "Read this."
Nick grabbed the card and read what was written inside, looking up at Amy once he was finished reading. "Nice I guess. Should we wake her up?"
"No. Just let her sleep. Besides I want to see what my present is!" Amy said, rushing over to the tree in search of her present.
Nick couldn't hold back the smile that appeared on his face as he set the card down and quickly made his way over to the tree. "Don't touch my present! I hope she got me something good!"
The more commotion they made the more everyone else woke up to come downstairs and see what everyone else was doing. The author, who looked to be asleep, was actually awake and listening to all the talking in the room. She wanted to open her eyes and just tell them to open their presents but she had to be patient. Thankfully someone finally opened a present.
"Hey...there's nothing in here!" Amy shouted. "What the fu-" she was cut off when a bright flash of light exploded from the empty box she held and disappeared.
The author had to restrain herself from smiling when Nick began to freak out immediately. "Amy! Amy! Where'd she go!" he shouted, looking inside the empty box.
Figuring no one would understand at this point, the author opened her eyes and sat up, watching Nick with a smile. "Amy is fine. She's in a place where she's got what she always wanted."
Nick was unsure whether to believe the author or not, but then again why would she purposely lie to them. "Uh...not sure if I understood that. Could you repeat it again?" he asked.
The author sighed and glared at Nick. "She went to a place where there's one thing that makes her happy and at peace. That's my present to all of you." she explained. "Of course it only lasts until midnight. So when everyone returns, prepare to get ready for the next chapter!"
There was nothing but silence.
"You guys might want to move your asses because I'm only doing this once for you all!" she yelled.
Everyone immediately began grabbing their present and opened them, flashes of light illuminating the room. Once everyone was gone, the author closed her eyes again and smiled, actually falling asleep this time. She finally got the present she wanted.