Christmas Morning"Mum! Dad! Wake up! It's Christmas!"
The extra weight on the bed left as quick as it arrived, but it never failed to do the trick. After all, Christmas wasn't Christmas unless they were up at the crack of dawn. Not something Spyro particularly enjoyed.
"Looks like it's Christmas again, dear," said Rachel.
"It's also five in the morning," Spyro grunted from under the covers.
"Oh come on, this only happens once a year."
"But he's eighteen; he should have grown out of this by now."
Rachel just shook her head with a smile as she climbed out of bed; he said this last year. And the year before that. And the year before that. And no doubt would continue to do so for the years to come.
"I mean, he's a grumpy little b—"
"--blighter the rest of the f—"
"—freaking year. Why couldn't be today as well?"
"Because it's Christmas," said Rachel, lifting up the covers to peek at her grouchy husband. "Would you rather he was grumpy on today of all days?"
"Yes. If it means getting a couple
DaughtersTai Da was reading. That in itself was a peculiarity. Despite being the daughter of Jennu, she didn't much enjoy reading and found books on a whole to be quite tedious. Much to Malsvir's horror. But this was actually quite interesting.
It was a book on the history of martial arts, something she was very much into. Technically, it was Jennu's book, and he had said she could borrow it whenever she wanted, but it still felt she was stealing it, reading without permission and what have you. Not because she had any problems with stealing, more because she wouldn't hear the end of it if she was caught with a book. The taunting would go on for years, she would never live it down.
Tai leapt at least a foot from her seat in fright. With a speed similar to her father, she stuffed the book between the cushions of the sofa. "What book?"
"You can't hide anything from me," Hirameki purred, perching herself on the arm of the sofa.
Hirameki was very much her father's daughter. She
[MLP] A Monster in Their MidstPonyville was used to being terrorised by various monsters: parasprites, Cerberus, Discord. But this was something else. There were real lives at stake here, and Twilight Sparkle felt this wasn't something that could be fixed with the Elements of Harmony. Even so, she had still sent a letter to the Princess requesting assistance, but strangely, hadn't yet received a reply. She could only hope the same wasn't happening to her in Canterlot. But then, she guessed raging dragons didn't really come in groups.
Ponies fled through the streets as buildings were decimated within seconds. Twilight's magic was doing little to counter the monster, possibly because she wasn't powerful enough. But then, she had never really faced a dragon head-on before, she didn't really know any magic that would have any effect. She knew a pony that would, though.
"Spyro!" she called, making her way through the throngs of ponies trying to get to safety.
The silver pegasus looked up, having landed nearby, "Tw
The Laws of Christmas"Jennu come on, it's bed time."
"But I wanna stay up!" Jennu was sat in front of the fireplace, armed with a plate of cookies and a glass of milk. He had been sat there since the end of dinner and hadn't moved. It had been the longest he had sat still of his own accord without a book.
Nariko had joined him for all of fifteen minutes, but she had been too excited to stay still for long enough. It was only after telling her that the sooner she went to bed the sooner Santa would visit that they had managed to get her to settle down for the night. Jennu was insisting on staying up, probably because he wanted to make sure the jolly man delivered everything that he had written on his Christmas list (which had been much longer than Spyro had been expecting).
"Well, tough, I will not have you up all night," Spyro said firmly, crossing the room in two strides and lifting his son from the floor; he wasn't having any nonsense tonight.
"But I have to!" Jennu insisted, "I have to make sure I get ev
"It's your turn."
"I know, I know. I'll get up in a minute."
"That's what you said last time, right before you fell asleep again."
"You had better hurry up, before--"
"--Nariko joins in."
"Oh great. Can't you help? I can't comfort both of them at once."
"Oh, no, you're on your own this time Dragon Lord," Rachel planted a kiss on his nose, but it didn't do much to improve his mood. "I'm sure you'll manage."
Spyro grumbled as he sat up. It wasn't that he didn't love his kids, he just found it a little difficult to cope with the late night disturbances. He was a man that needed his sleep and a set of three-month old twins didn't help.
Although, everything had gone quiet now.
"Huh, looks like they settled down by themselves," said Spyro, looking to settle down himself.
"Go and check on them. Please. Babies don't go quiet for no reason."
Spyro held back the disgruntled noise in his throat. As ti
Welcome to the HangoverJennu had never felt more uncomfortable in his life.
It wasn't the headache that threatened to shatter his skull. It wasn't the feeling in his stomach that simulated being torn out and eaten by a bear, turned inside out and put back with the skill of a blind carpenter. It wasn't the feeling of loosing what felt like three weeks' worth of sleep in one night.
It was the icy (and yet somehow heated aswell) glare coming from the man stood on the other side of the table.
"I'm sorry, ok? How many times do I have to apologise before you believe me?"
No answer. Just the narrowing of dark eyes.
Jennu sighed. Then promptly wished he hadn't done so loudly as the noise rattled through his head. "It was an accident, I didn't realise I got the drinks mixed up until you'd drank it. I don't even know why you kept drinking it."
"Because I trusted you that's why." It was more like a hiss than a voice. Like talking to a snake. Or in this case, a very angry cat.
"Oh come on!" Ugh. Too loud. "Even I don't