Carver/Everyone - “Mistletoe”
for skyelinepigeon and all her hard work…it’s not perfect. i’m so sorry, dove, i wanted it to be just the right thing and i wish it was like the BEST Carver ever. he deserves better than me. IDEK. here. for you. it’s like a soggy handful of limp daisies, but they’re for you.
It’s not that he hates everything. Though, Carver can admit how every person in this room might see it differently from time to time. There aren’t words enough — the right kinds, the ones that fit his mouth and his face — for how he wants to say certain things … so he just grinds his teeth and lets his eyebrows crowd a little lower until they’ve all given up teasing him. But they never really do. It’s a relentless thing with them.
But, this is too much.
“Just stand still, little brother. We’re trying to figure this out.” And Garrett doesn’t hide the sinister quality of his mirth. Ever.
So, Carver stands in the doorway between the living room and the library. He only wanted to fetch the small bag of gifts he’d managed to stash away. A collection of things he had hoped might prove just how much he didn’t hate everything. Until Isabela screeched for him to STOP RIGHT THERE, he never even saw the thing hanging over the threshold. Then Merrill said it was “mistletoe,” which had Mother and Anders clapping with some irrational joy that Carver, as always, felt excluded from.
“What is it, though?” He asks again, and fights the urge to look up at the bundle of shrubbery for a third time. The group of them continue to smile and giggle, gathered around the fire, but it’s Carver’s cheeks that are flames now.
“It’s an invitation, pet.” Comes the cryptic purr from Isabela.
“It’s toxic.” Anders offers, and winks at him from over the rim of his cider mug.
“It’s a tradition.” Mother stands and comes to him. She takes his face between her hands. Her fingers smell like the fir boughs she’s been twisting and shaping into decorations all day. “Whoever finds themselves beneath the mistletoe gets a kiss.”
My eyebrows shot straight up off my face when Sebastian joined in and I still haven’t found them. So if you see them anywhere please let me know.
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