The three travelers walked through the bitter coldness. It was beyond freezing, it was downright too cold to even be out, but they had nowhere to stay. Their feet were getting moist from the snow, and their feet started to freeze even more. They weren't really dressed for this weather. They hadn't expected to be out so long, far away from towns.
Shira stopped, and said "We can't go on much longer in this cold. We have no transportation, because Fang's alfalk broke down, my horse, that I had, died, and Jyäntti came to us on foot, we're done for!"
Fang held a hand forward in a stop like motion, "Calm down...we can survive, we've been in worse than this!"
"What getting beat up? I'd take abuse over this dreadful coldness."
"Don't say that!"
"Why? I would!"
"You have no idea what that's like!"
"You two calm down, we need to use our energy for a shelter."
"Well, you go look for shelter..."
Jyäntti walked off hunting for things to make a shelter. He headed near some woods when he heard a voice behind him.
He spun around, drawing his sword, and said "Who are you!?"
"I am Nikklas, or my friends like to call me Sinister. I notice that you seem to be hunting for a shelter, is this true?"
"Yes, my friends and I are indeed looking for a place to stay."
"Well you've come to the right place! My Bordello is a nice warm and friendly enviroment, do come and stay with us."
"I'll go get the rest of the group then."
"I'll be waiting for your return."
Soon the group of three came to Sinister's location. "Well there you three are! Do come and follow me."
They followed him until they reached a lovely place.
He opened the door, and said "Welcome to the Bordello."
They entered into a cozy room full of people chatting to each other. The room was decorated for some occasion.
"What's with the decorations?"
"It's almost Christmas, you dummy!"
"We've been out of touch with people so long that we forgot."
"Oh it's all good, allow me to introduce you to our friendly Canadian, Tiny, that's what we call him, get over here!"
The guy they called Tiny came over, "Oh hello there, eh! We love new people, eh!"
"Well it's a pleasure to meet you, Tiny."
"Oh the pleasure's all mine, eh!"
"So what's Christmas like here?"
"Oh everyone does all the Christmas things, eh! We put up a tree, and sing songs, eh! We tell stories, and eat lots of sweets, eh! Everyone gets presents too, eh!"
"Sounds pretty cool."
"Oh it is, eh! Well I have to go do some things, see you around, eh!"
They waved, and watched him go.
Jyäntti said "He seems pretty friendly."
"Don't let kindness deceive you."
"I don't think he's deceiving."
"You never know, we should watch our backs!"
"Fang, you're just too...paranoid."
"I am not. I just know how to watch my back!"
Soon, the Bordello had put a Christmas tree up, and The Three got to help decorate it. Shira and Jyäntti seemed to enjoy it, but Fang was always a little out of it. She seemed kind of grumpy about everything. They helped to make cookies, and everything.
Eventually it was close to Christmas, and everyone was allowed to ask for one item for Christmas, and they all had what they wanted in their mind, everyone, but Fang. All the people of the Bordello had stated what they wanted, and when the people came to Fang, she just waved them away.
They eventually held a meeting, that just as they suspected, Fang declined coming.
"We need to figure out something to get for Fang, we need to make her feel like she fits in."
"What does she seem to like?"
"Not a lot."
That's when Jyäntti came up with an idea, and told them exactly what to get her.
Christmas Eve rolled around, and everyone was excited by the presents beneath the tree. There was mistletoe everywhere. Cookies, candies, and lots of goodies everywhere.
Sinister clapped his hands to get everyone's attention.
"Hello everyone! You know what time it is! Time for Christmas songs, and stories!"
Almost everyone cheered.
"So shall we get started?"
"Alright, let's start with a song for the season!"
Someone started singing something quietly, but it wasn't a Christmas song. Everyone turned towards the voice.
"The words are dying in the night. No winter lasts forever. The seasons change, and sunlight will shine on my life again. So let the past now burn down in flames."
"Fang, that's not a c..."
"Shh...she's participating, Jyäntti..."
"But she can't sing."
Finally Fang stopped, and looked around. "What?"
Sinister said "Thank you, Fang!"
After that, someone started with some of the more religious Christmas carols. Fang got up and went outside into the cold. Jyäntti followed her outside, "What's up with you, Fang?"
She glared at him, "Nothing!"
"You always opt out of everything! You don't participate in any of the Christmas stuff, and if you do, you don't do it right!"
"I'm not a Christmas person!"
"Tell me the true reason!"
"I just did! Go away!"
"Someday you'll get over it...Fang."
Jyäntti headed back into the Bordello, and Fang stayed outside for awhile.
Everyone soon needed a break from all the singing, and decided to settle down a little for some stories. Sinister said "Who would love to go first? How about one of the newcomers? Jyäntti?"
Jyäntti got up, and went to the front of the group, "Shira, come." Shira followed him. They both sat down, and Jyäntti began their story, since Fang wasn't there. He tried to make it funny, and it was.
Fang came in through the back silently, and sat down. No one noticed her entrance. She listened to Jyäntti tell their story. She heard people laugh at all the right moments, and everything. Jyäntti looked at the crowd while talking, and saw Fang in the back. He motioned for her to come up. She quietly headed up.
"Here's Fang! Let's hear what she has to contribute to the story!"
She sat there, and looked at everyone nervously, then started to talk. Everyone laughed when they were supposed to, and suddenly she wasn't so nervous anymore. She actually started to feel comfortable, and for the first time at the Bordello, they saw Fang smile.
That night, after everyone was full of food, and eggnog, they slept easier, as did Fang. The morning came, and everyone got up, and went to see what they got for Christmas. Fang smiled, watching everyone open their gifts. She didn't expect anything, since she didn't ask.
Sinister came up to her, and said "We have a gift for you, follow me!" She followed him, confused. He lead her outside, and to a separate building. He opened the door, and what she saw surprised her.
And that's where the story ends.
It was a new alfalk, but it was decorated in ways Fang loved. The alfalk was white with a red F with blood dripping off of it, and there was blood splatters everywhere. Fang walked forward and touched her new ride. She actually started to cry. "Fang, why are you crying?"
"It's tears of happiness."
She heard a door open, and Jyäntti came running out. "Fang, look at my new sword!"
"That's pretty swell!"
Shira came out, "I didn't get anything."
"OH Shira, your present is over here!" and Sinister led him off.
Shira came back smiling, "I got a new horse!"
"That's awesome, Shira!"
"Pretty cool, but not as amazing as my sword!"
"My alfalk is cooler!"
"And as usual our bickering is preserved!"
They all laughed.
That night they enjoyed more cookies, and snacks, along with a lovely meal of ham, rolls and all the other necessities. Everyone was eventually full, and happy. Fang said "We've enjoyed our stay here...but we should go now...we thank you for the gifts."
"Oh do you have to go?"
"Yes...we have a mission to complete."
"Well we'll be sad to see you go."
"We'll miss you as well, but we must be off."
They went to leave, when suddenly everyone was in front of them. They figured they were going to shake hands, or give them hugs, and let them go, but fate had different plans. Sinister grinned evilly.
"You thought we would let you leave so easily!"
"Well you're not going anywhere, you're apart of the family, and you're never to leave again!"