concentrated, she could just hear the crackling fire across the room.Present
time! Tiana proclaimed.Not
quite, Toms deep voice rumbled. Wait till were all ready.
Besides, we still havent had our hot cocoa.Della,
balancing a tray of steaming mugs, planted a kiss on top of his head,
before handing out the chocolatey goodness. Mikko gratefully took
hers and sipped it, allowing the warm, sweet richness to swirl in her
mouth before swallowing it down.Abrubtly
a knock sounded at the door. Della arched an eyebrow at Tom, who
would you get that please?Tiana
skipped to the door, chocolate mustache and all, and opened it. She
shrieked, Dib! You came! She clung to his leg, laughing.Dib
allowed himself a small smile. Hey, just came with some presents
for everyone. Swallowing a laugh, he added, I asked my friend
to carry them for me.Behind
him staggered a stack of presents on legs that grumbled, Stupid
sneaky awful conniving dirt-stink. Dib allowed the figure to
stagger in, and it heaved the presents at the base of the tree.Mikko
looked at him oddly. Shed never seen someone with red eyes
before... well, she had, but not a human. The boy--man--she couldnt
tell how old he was--motioned to the door, which Dib quickly shut.
Dib then contin...