Disclaimer: Just borrowing them for Christmas
Note: This is my Fractures Universe, however, no mention made of that plot
I preciate you helping me out with this. Vin said. His breath came out as frost. I really didnt know if I was even gonna get a tree this year.
Of course you gotta have a tree. Chris said. He reached into the bed of his truck and hefted the small but sturdy tree. You shoulda asked me last weekend, not four days before Christmas. Youll hardly have time to enjoy it.
Just havent been feeling well. And to Chris sharp look, Vin added: Its nothing. Nothing outta the ordinary anyway. Christmas is usually hard on me. This year isnt any better, or any worse really.
Okay Chris finally allowed. Want me to carry this up for you? It was nearly four months since Vind been attacked, but Chris still looked out for him.
No, thanks. I can do it. I know you got to get to that shindig tonight for Mary. Maybe youll come by tomorrow and tell me if its straight?
Sure Chris handed the tree over and held the door open for Vin to go into his apartment building. Id be willing to skip the party and help you decorate this
And I want Mary to skin me alive because ? Vin asked. I dont think so, tomorrowll be soon enough
Okay you got my cell phone number right? I gave you the number of the hall where the party is going to be?
Yes Mom. Vin sounded bothered, but he grinned at Larabee. I almost think you want me to get sick or have an accident just so you can get out of wearing that monkey suit again Chris assumed an innocent who me? look and Vin nodded. Yeah, thats what I thought thanks Chris. He added seriously.
You bet Chris waited until he heard Vins apartment door open and close again before heading back to his truck parked at the curb. As he climbed behind the wheel, he found an envelope sitting on the dashboard.
Inside he found a card that looked like itd been printed out on a home computer. The picture was of a forest, and the inscription written in Vins spidery hand - read:
I asked God for a flower, and He gave me a garden.
I asked Him for an apple, He gave me an orchard
I asked Him for a friend and He gave me you
If Vin had been standing right next to him, there was nothing Chris wouldve been able to say to him. But now, alone, he whispered You too Pard
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