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12 Days of HSV Christmas: Day 12 - SecretHade had told most of the regular holiday stories as the younger children slowly began to drop off into sleep. Now it was time for the more clan specific ones.
They were stories about how the Kobiru clan and the Byakko clans were connected. How and why things were the way they were. He told stories of the family traditions. He told those who remained awake stories about missions he'd been a part of over the years.
A few of the other siblings added bits and pieces of their own mission and academy days. Everyone was having a great time gathered around the giant fireplace.
"Oh hey!" Atsuo cried. It startled Hanako, who was curled up next to the boy, but not enough to wake her. "I have a story." He softened his voice.
"Alright then. Let's hear it." Hade encouraged.
"Well, you all know I'm originally from the Hidden Dragonscale Village, right?" Atsuo questioned.
The room was suddenly full of expressions that told the flower-shirted boy he was dumb if he thinks they would forget someth
12 Days of HSV Christmas: Day 11 - FireplaceIt didn't take long to get everyone settled in to the main living room of the Kobiru household. The majority of the siblings already had their bedclothes on so Haru and Aki went upstairs to get out of their wet clothes.
When they returned, blankets and pillows had been spread out around the room. Hikaru was at the fireplace beginning some hand seals to get the blaze going. Everyone had found a comfy spot to spend the night together.
Now all they needed was for Hade to come back inside.
"Alrighty, who's ready for some stories?" The eldest Kobiru announced as he entered the room. Water was still dripping from his clothes.
"Oh! Oh! Me Hade-nii! I'm…" Gin's words fell short when her footy pajamas slipped on the hardwood floor and she tumbled to the ground. Tears instantly sprang to the girl's eyes. Before the crying to hit full force, Haru scooped her up, flipped her upside down, and tickled her.
"Why don't you come help me get more hot chocolate for everyone while Hade-nii gets his jammie
12 Days of HSV Christmas: Day 10 - MistletoeA dark haired man was standing at the gate to their house waving his arm around like crazy. "Hade! Over here!" He continued to call out to the eldest sibling.
"Who is that?"' Hade glanced between the twins. "Do you know him? I think I may have seen him somewhere before…" he trailed off, thinking hard on why the man looked familiar.
"I have no idea who that lunatic is. Get him out of here." Aki scowled.
"Aki!" Haru nudged her. "Be nice."
She nudged him back harder. "If he's here to see him," she indicated their older brother who was still puzzling it out to himself, "it can only be trouble."
"HADE! Come here! I have a gift for you!" The man at the gate yelled louder.
At hearing there was a present involved, Hade immediately stopped pondering and jumped up. "Present?" His eyes lit up like a kid in a candy store. "For me?"
He flounced over to greet the semi-stranger leaving Haru and Aki on the steps.
"So, do you really not know that guy?" Aki whispered to her twin.
Haru stared over the da
12 Days of HSV Christmas: Day 9 - Hot ChocolateEvery one of the Kobiru siblings was absolutely soaked. Their snow war had turned out to be one of the best in recent memory and now they were all tired and ready to go back inside.
"Wow! That was awesome!" Atsuo exclaimed. "Do you guys do that all the time?" Because he was still relatively new to the family, he hadn't yet discovered everything there was to know about the traditions and heritages.
Tento was the one who answered him as the trudged back across the compound. "Only once a year. Never more, never less." She made it sound all mysterious. "And no outsiders are ever allowed in on it."
Atsuo stopped walking, thinking on her words. Did that mean he was officially part of the family?
As if answering his thoughts, Hanako, who he was carrying, tightened her arms around his neck.
"Haha! Yup, then we head inside for dry clothes, hot chocolate, and a story." Hikaru laughed. Water dripped down his hair into his face. He shook his head, throwing the wetness on his nearby sisters.
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