Christmas Short Story Writing Competition!

Hey ACP!

Are you a secret literary genius, wanting to show off your writing? Want a chance to have your story read by the amazing resident British, max? Want a chance to have your story published in the Shamrock Bulletin, and earn a special role in the ACP?

We are now opening up for submissions for our Christmas Short Story Writing competition!

Rules:

1) It must be an original short story, meaning that you wrote it!
2) The topic is Christmas! Other than that, there’s no limitation – it can be fanfic about ACP people, or a general Christmas story!
3) Word count: We suggest keeping your story at about 450 to 800 words (Don’t worry if youre a bit under or over the limit though, this is just a recommendation!)
4) Be creative!
5) Submit it by typing your entry below in the comments section, or linking us to it (e.g. via Google docs, another blog, etc!)

Winners will receive:

1) Special role on Discord!
2) A sweet Trophy :O
3) Your story will be published on the Shamrock Bulletin, and you’ll get a chance to ping subscribers for it!
4) If we reach 800 clover coins, Max will read your story out!

Deadline: 30th December, 2020

Looking forward to seeing your submissions!

CSY

18 Responses

  1. oooo i need that role

  2. **Hey guys Merry Christmas to all of you !! LET THE STORY BEGIN **

    The months was December and day was 23rd, 2 days to Christmas! The scent of Festival can be felt in the air and kids were out looking for a nice big Christmas tree that they could place in the center of town to decorate it on the eve. There parents were cleaning and decorating the house. Chimney’s were cleaned Christmas lights were placed and people started bringing the Christmas trees in there house and decorated it. In cleaning and decorating of the house a day passes by and the festive feeling can be felt by everyone. On the Christmas Eve kids were hyped and singing jingle bells… , playing with snow, making Snowman , throwing snowballs on each other and having fun while there parents were decorating the big Christmas tree in the center of the town. Few hours later after decorating the main Christmas tree **CSY**anta the mayor of the town invited everyone to watch a special Christmas movie *Home Alone* which everyone loved and by the end of movie it was the DAY OF CHRISTMAS!! Everyone started singing Christmas carols…. By this, the day of Christmas came in the town and everyone Danced, sang songs, greeted everyone and enjoyed in the day time. In the evening they had a big feast where everyone enjoyed the food. In the night kids were excited about the presents that they will get next morning and were unable to sleep because of the excitement and dreamed what they could get or if they will be able to catch Santa the time he will come to there house.. In these thoughts they slowly became sleepy and slept in the chill night of the 25th. The next day as soon as kids woke up they dashed towards their gifts and started unwrapping them. The smile and joy they had after getting the gifts cannot be said in words. There parents were happy with them and with the Time, the Festive feeling slowly started going away…….. … .

    *Thanks for reading it out and merry Christmas to all!!*

  3. […] Christmas Short Story Writing Competition! December 24, 2020 […]

  4. Beep. Beep. Beep.

    7:00 AM.

    Tina sloppily rolled over, a lightly snoring man in her way. She sat up, blinked her eyes, and let out a small yawn. She quietly tapped the “off” button on the alarm clock, ever so grateful that her man, Max, was a notoriously heavy sleeper. She kissed his head, and switched out of her fleece pink onesie. She switched into a black toque, a buttoned up long-sleeved red flannel shirt, black jeggings, and suede Timberlands. She had work to do that day. With Max home from the war, she decided to let him sleep in. Tina brushed her teeth, checked her DMs, and put some hot chocolate in the microwave. After a few minutes, careful to avoid any more beeping, she took the beverage out of the microwave.

    Sitting cross legged, her free foot bouncing in the air, she waited for her hot chocolate to cool off to… just hot enough to not burn her tongue. After a few minutes, the cocoa was ready for consumption. Tina let out an unintentional “mmmmmm” as the cocoa embraced her from the inside, a heat only comparable to the flame that kept her and Max together through the years. After she finished her drink, she rinsed out her mug, and went to work on the monstrosity in the living room after waking Max up and sending him shopping for pies. Little did he know, most stores were closed this Christmas Eve. An excellent stalling plan for Tina.

    The aforementioned monstrosity, of course, being a black artificial tree stand. Nevertheless, Tina really did go to work with what she and Max had stored away in containers in the basement. Tina’s cat, his ever curious self, observed his human, probably wondering if she was building a giant toy for him. With the orange peels she placed around the stand, he got his answer quickly. And just like that, Tina put up the tree distraction-free. A reindeer blanket concealing the black stand, ornaments upon ornaments, candy canes upon candy canes, lights upon lights… and a shining gold star that watched over Tina and her growing family.

    By the time Tina finished, it was 4:30 PM and already dark. Snowflakes danced through the air, the fireplace crackled and popped, and the cat slept next to her on the couch. Suddenly, the front door slowly opened. Max sniffled and discarded his earmuffs, scarf, and gloves on a nearby corner table. The cat ran up to Max and rubbed his soft head against his legs, not caring about Max’s rosy cheeks or his bright red nose. He pulled two pies out of his tote bag: apple and pumpkin. They rested peacefully on the same corner table. As the fog on his glasses lifted, Max’s eyes widened at the beautiful display in the living room, from the lights and the decor, and to Tina’s beautiful knee-length dress, with matching black flats, translucent dark pantyhose, and a faux white fur just like Santa—CSY, rather—would wear with his suit. The two lovebirds hugged each other tightly and kissed in front of the fireplace.

    After three long years in the war, he was home. He was free. He was finally happy. After all the years he prayed for a Christmas miracle, he finally had his own: her name was Tina.

  5. ACP did a lot this holiday season despite the rough year we all had; themed events, a surprise gift for the staff, a Secret Santa gift exchange, Clovers for Change, and a Christmas ball with other armies that called CPAH home. And today, to end off the week, we were having a Christmas party in the main lounge of Shamrock Hall, ACP’s building on the CPAH campus.

    When I reached the front door of Shamrock Hall, I hastily fumbled through my pockets for my ACP member ID and swiped it on the card reader. As soon as I heard the door unlock with a click, I put my ID back in my pocket and went inside.

    The door led right into the lounge, where I needed to be. It was an area with clover-colored walls and gold carpet that was filled with matching sofas, tables, chairs, recliners, desks, beanbags, ottomans, and lamps. Christmas decorations, from the giant tree in the middle of the room to wreaths to colorful lights, were all over the place. The floor’s most prominent feature was the troops and staff members occupying the seats, mingling with each other and chattering excitedly about the plans for this week.

    “G’morning, ACP! Merry Christmas!” I called to my friends as I crossed the room and came to a stop in front of the groups of ACP members.

    “Merry Christmas, Shadow!” Max smiled. “I made you something!”

    He handed me a postcard that depicted a green penguin in a Santa hat wearing a rainbow T-shirt and waving a Pride flag. I read the text on the postcard aloud.

    “Merry Christmas, Shadow! Thank you for everything in 2020! Here’s to an even better 2021! With love, Max.”

    I looked back up at Max, beaming. “Thank you so much, Max! I love it!”

    Max returned the smile and formed a heart with his fingers.

    “Merry Christmas, Shadow! I love you so much!” RaiRai giggled as she bounded up to me. “I have something for you, too!”

    She handed me her own postcard, which had a snowy forest in the background and a picture of Poe Dameron, my fictional character crush and favorite Star Wars character, wearing a Santa hat in the foreground. This postcard also had text on it, which I read aloud, just as I did with Max’s.

    “Merry Christmas, Shadow! Love, RaiRai.”

    I looked back up at RaiRai, who had the biggest grin on her face. “Aww, thank you so much! I love this!” I squealed.

    “You’re welcome!” RaiRai said. “By the way, I may or may not have illegally used Photoshop for this.”

    This made me roar with laughter. “I’m not worried about that! I still love it!”

    RaiRai and Max laughed, too, and a few minutes later, Mondo came over to join us.

    “Hey guys, Merry Christmas!” he greeted us.

    “Hiya, Mondo! Merry Christmas!” I returned the greeting.

    “We’re starting carols in a few minutes. Wanna join in?” Mondo invited us.

    “Of course!” Max, RaiRai, and I replied in sync.

    “Well, come with me over to the big tree!” Mondo chuckled.

    We headed towards the center of the room, where all the troops and staff who were mingling were now circling up and holding hands. Faith and Bibi noticed that we were approaching and moved apart so we could join the circle. After Bibi and I exchanged a brief greeting, I took her hand, RaiRai took my other hand, Max took RaiRai’s free hand, and Mondo took Max’s free hand.

    “Alright ACP, we’re starting carols!” Zelly announced. “What do you want to start with?”

    Lots of suggestions were shouted out, ranging from secular songs like “Jingle Bells” to religious hymns such as “Joy to the World.”

    “I heard ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen!’ Let’s start with that one!” Zelly declared.

    A series of cheers followed the announcement, and then Zelly started the song. “God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay…”

    The rest of us followed suit. “Remember, Christ, our Savior, was born on Christmas Day…”

    As the song continued, I felt nothing but warmth and love. This year may have been harsh, but the joy of being together with my green family made the struggle all worthwhile.

  6. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZSVCPuFYYeN75CResvTezyWCVFFHdZXxaHrK5gkzJo0/edit

    Am I over the word limit? Yes. Am I very over the word limit? Yes. Am I going to trim it down any more? No.

  7. White Christmas✨
    I’m pretty sure people are familiar with Anime. So, here’s one for the weebs and those who love Naruto x Hinata.
    Word Count: 1,578 (Over the word limit but who cares really)

    It’s basically impossible for Naruto to come home on days like these, considering he’s known as the hero of the Hidden Leaf. So Hinata had to cherish these moments every time he came waltzing in through the front door of her shared house.
    “I’m home.” the sound of her significant other’s voice filled the living room which made butterflies appear in the Hyuga’s stomach. Hanabi had picked a cozy red and white long-sleeved sweater she thought her sister would look adorable in, though, Hinata was anxious to wear it in front of him. Despite that, she did.
    “Welcome home, Naruto-kun,” she turned her head slightly so he was in her line of sight, giving him a warm smile. He returned it and made his way towards her, going through the boxes of Christmas decorations that were scattered on the ground of the living room. She sheepishly scratched her nape before removing some hair in front of her face. “I was planning to surprise you when you get back, but I guess you came home a little earlier than I expected.”
    “It’s alright,” he pushed back a strand of hair behind your ear. “At least-” his phone vibrated.
    He picked it up, the screen illuminating the caller ID. He later used his thumb, sliding across to answer the call.
    “Sakura,” Hinata heard Naruto’s voice talk into the phone and she shot a glare at him. Sakura?
    Turns out he had one small task he had to take care of before tomorrow’s Christmas morning. Hinata’s heart sank. The plan she had the perfect evening with your lover was ruined. When the call ended she had her head hung low.
    “Looks like I have some last-minute assignments I have to take care of,” he chuckled, when he noticed she wasn’t looking at him, he swept his other hand under to find the Hyuga’s chin and lifted it so she was forced to look deep into his eyes. “Hey, don’t worry, it won’t take long, no sweat.” he leaned down to press a soft kiss against her forehead, reassuring her that it was just a small matter to be solved.
    Hinata wrapped her arms around herself tightly as she made her way through the busy Konoha streets. She had to admit, it was way colder than she thought. Despite that, she kept her head down as she made her way home, not wanting anyone to see her tear-stained face.
    “Hinata!” a voice called and the dark-haired girl stopped suddenly.
    “Hey,” she smiled slightly yet it seemed so delicate while listening to carols nearby.
    “You okay? You look like you just worked for a whole twenty-four hours.”
    “Thanks, Ino,” she mumbled, burying into her crimson scarf as she tried to brush away the tears that continued to fall from her lavender eyes.
    “All right, what did he do?” she breathed out, slightly annoyed, Hinata guessed.
    “What?” she was surprised, how did she know?
    “I knew it had to be Naruto, you don’t cry over much else. Plus, Sai and Shikamaru have been working non-stop too at the Hokage building with Sakura.” Ino later pulled the female into a comforting yet reassuring hug and she hugged her back.
    “He came home, but then before we could do anything for the holiday, he got a call from Sakura. He had to go for a small assignment, no big deal.”
    “Are you joking, Hinata?” Ino pulled back from the hug, holding her arms and raising an eyebrow.
    “No,” she sniffled, wiping her eyes again.
    “That doesn’t mean anything you know. He’s such a jerk, wait until I talk to him. It is Christmas, he better gets home soon.” Ino rambled and the female Hyuga immediately felt guilty.
    “Don’t bother, Ino. I’m just gonna go home. See you later.” she pulled out of her grasp and continued back towards her house, keeping her head down so people couldn’t see the woman’s tear-stained face.
    -×-
    Shikamaru groaned as she heard harsh knocking on the door of the storage room, recognizing the voice that was screeching her teammate’s name though still unsure.
    “What?” Shikamaru yelled out, thinking it was another shinobi. He had bags under his eyes, giving off the expression of tiredness, his dark hair was all messy too. The look on his face changed when he realized it was Ino. “Ino? What do you want with Naruto? Also, if Lady Shizune sees you’ve damaged the wood from your knocking she’ll kill me,” he muttered whilst opening the door.
    “Well, she’ll have to get in line. Now, where’s that jerkwad Naruto?” she glanced around the room to find that blond man.
    “Yeah? Why are you looking for me?” a male donned in a black uniform jacket with an orange zipper and buttons on the waist and sleeves, which can be folded up at times. He had a red armband with an Uzumaki crest on his left arm. The male came out of the storage room next door, “Why do you ask for me?”
    “I can’t believe you’ve made Hinata so upset.” Ino began,
    “See? I told you. Kakashi-sensei gave you a day off to spend time with Hinata, but, ever since I told you about me and Sakura helping Shizune with tomorrow. You completely neglected her.” the young Nara scolded his friend.
    “What?”
    Ino ran a hand over her face in frustration. “And here I thought-“
    “I’m sorry, Ino, I have to go. I’m meeting Sakura at the front gates in an hour for our mission.”
    “Something bothering you?” Sakura’s voice rang loud in his ears as he turned to face the pink-haired kunoichi.
    Naruto slowed down so she could join him as they made their way through the Hidden Leaf. It was only supposed to be a short one, Kakashi seemed to send them on a lot of missions together when Sakura was available in the village.
    “…” Naruto facepalmed, this was becoming duller every minute.
    “What’s the problem?” Sakura asked with a smirk on her face.
    “Nothing, let’s just go.” Naruto crossed his hands behind his head whilst Sakura tried to catch up with him.
    “Are you going to tell me what the problem is?” Sakura repeated.
    “There’s…No problem,” he muttered in response, his voice barely audible at the end of his statement.
    “Sure there isn’t,” Sakura replied with a smirk, she knew the male Uzumaki all too well. “You think I can’t read you, Naruto.”
    “….” Naruto didn’t answer, guilt suddenly devouring him hard.
    “So there is a problem. Is it Hinata?” Naruto halted silently for a moment, wondering whether to even bother explaining what had happened to Sakura when she was somewhat involved. Chewing the inside of his mouth slightly he decided that it couldn’t be much worse and he divulged everything to his mission partner, running a hand through his hair in frustration.
    Naruto is supposedly one of Konoha’s most boisterous and exuberant individuals. Though for tonight, he’s probably feeling as if he’s the most frustrated man in the village, add confused too. Maybe he should’ve just rejected the mission to spend some time with Hinata.
    “Kakashi-sensei and Shikamaru did tell you to take it only if you wanted to, but, let me guess. You forced yourself to take it, right?” Sakura sighed. “Just because you’re the hero of the Hidden Leaf doesn’t mean you have to accept every mission sensei gives you, well, unless it’s urgent. But he did say that this one’s optional for you.”
    Naruto let out a sigh as he ran a hand down his face in frustration. “Alright then, tell Kakashi-sensei I’ll be heading home.”
    “What?”
    “I have something to take care of.” he smiled his charismatic smile before turning away back to his house.
    Hinata heard a knock on her door. Making her way toward it, she opened the door to see her significant other standing on the other side. Hinata’s expression turned to thinking.
    “Naruto-kun? Wh- I thought you were out with Sakura. Why are you here?” she asked, now confused.
    “I just- I’m sorry,” he began. “Kakashi-sensei told me that the mission was optional, but I had to go the extra mile and do the mission anyway. Later, Sakura told me that I didn’t have to come if I don’t want to.”
    Her eyes widened at his confession, soon after she smiled. Outside, he’s the hero of the Hidden Leaf, but here with Hinata, he’s just him, Naruto, a ninja from Konoha.
    “Other than that… I got you a little something,” the female Hyuga just noticed until now that he had one hand hidden behind his back. He pulled it out to reveal a bouquet of Pansies wrapped in a beautiful lavender crepe paper with newspaper on the inside for the second layer. To be honest, they were harder to get due to the harsh climate, especially at this time of year, he knew a bunch of them like these would melt her heart.
    “Naruto- you didn’t have to-”
    “Well, I wanted to, here.” he handed her the flowers but before she could even reach for them, it began snowing. The Pansies soon got showered by the white snow. Good thing their colors were still visible, she giggled a little at Naruto’s expression as he soon rushed Hinata inside to shield the bouquet.
    “I’m sorry, we should’ve head inside before-”
    “No, no, it’s fine. I like them like this anyway.” she shook the bouquet slightly so the snow would fall off them.

  8. White Christmas
    I’m pretty sure people are familiar with Anime. So, here’s one for the weebs and those who love Naruto x Hinata.
    Word Count: 1,619
    It’s basically impossible for Naruto to come home on days like these, considering he’s known as the hero of the Hidden Leaf. So Hinata had to cherish these moments every time he came waltzing in through the front door of her shared house.
    “I’m home.” the sound of her significant other’s voice filled the living room which made butterflies appear in the Hyuga’s stomach. Hanabi had picked a cozy red and white long-sleeved sweater she thought her sister would look adorable in, though, Hinata was anxious to wear it in front of him. Despite that, she did.
    “Welcome home, Naruto-kun,” she turned her head slightly so he was in her line of sight, giving him a warm smile. He returned it and made his way towards her, going through the boxes of Christmas decorations that were scattered on the ground of the living room. She sheepishly scratched her nape before removing some hair in front of her face. “I was planning to surprise you when you get back, but I guess you came home a little earlier than I expected.”
    “It’s alright,” he pushed back a strand of hair behind your ear. “At least-” his phone vibrated.
    He picked it up, the screen illuminating the caller ID. He later used his thumb, sliding across to answer the call.
    “Sakura,” Hinata heard Naruto’s voice say into the phone and she shot a glare at him. Sakura?
    Turns out he had one small task he had to take care of before tomorrow’s Christmas morning. Hinata’s heart sank. The plan she had the perfect evening with your lover was ruined. When the call ended she had her head hung low.
    “Looks like I have some last-minute assignments I have to take care of,” he chuckled, when he noticed she wasn’t looking at him, he swept his other hand under to find the Hyuga’s chin and lifted it so she was forced to look deep into his eyes. “Hey, don’t worry, it won’t take long, no sweat.” he leaned down to press a soft kiss against her forehead, reassuring her that it was just a small matter to be solved.
    -×-
    Hinata wrapped her arms around herself tightly as she made her way through the busy Konoha streets. She had to admit, it was way colder than she thought. Despite that, she kept her head down as she made her way home, not wanting anyone to see her tear-stained face.
    “Hinata!” a voice called and the dark-haired girl stopped suddenly.
    “Hey,” she smiled slightly yet it seemed so delicate while listening to carols nearby.
    “You okay? You look like you just worked for a whole twenty-four hours.”
    “Thanks, Ino,” she mumbled, burying into her crimson scarf as she tried to brush away the tears that continued to fall from her lavender eyes.
    “All right, what did he do?” she breathed out, slightly annoyed, Hinata guessed.
    “What?” she was surprised, how did she know?
    “I knew it had to be Naruto, you don’t cry over much else. Plus, Sai and Shikamaru have been working non-stop too at the Hokage building with Sakura.” Ino later pulled the female into a comforting yet reassuring hug and she hugged her back.
    “He came home, but then before we could do anything for the holiday, he got a call from Sakura. He had to go for a small assignment, no big deal.”
    “Are you joking, Hinata?” Ino pulled back from the hug, holding her arms and raising an eyebrow.
    “No,” she sniffled, wiping her eyes again.
    “That doesn’t mean anything you know. He’s such a jerk, wait until I talk to him. It is Christmas, he better gets home soon.” Ino rambled and the female Hyuga immediately felt guilty.
    “Don’t bother, Ino. I’m just gonna go home. See you later.” she pulled out of her grasp and continued back towards her house, keeping her head down so people couldn’t see the woman’s tear-stained face.
    -×-
    Shikamaru groaned as she heard harsh knocking on the door of the storage room, recognizing the voice that was screeching her teammate’s name though still unsure.
    “What?” Shikamaru yelled out, thinking it was another shinobi. He had bags under his eyes, giving off the expression of tiredness, his dark hair was all messy too. The look on his face changed when he realized it was Ino. “Ino? What do you want with Naruto? Also, if Lady Shizune sees you’ve damaged the wood from your knocking she’ll kill me,” he muttered whilst opening the door.
    “Well, she’ll have to get in line. Now, where’s that jerkwad Naruto?” she glanced around the room to find that blond man.
    “Yeah? Why are you looking for me?” a male donned in a black uniform jacket with an orange zipper and buttons on the waist and sleeves, which can be folded up at times. He had a red armband with an Uzumaki crest on his left arm. The male came out of the storage room next door, “Why do you ask for me?”
    “I can’t believe you’ve made Hinata so upset.” Ino began,
    “See? I told you. Kakashi-sensei gave you a day off to spend time with Hinata, but, ever since I told you about me and Sakura helping Shizune with tomorrow. You completely neglected her.” the young Nara scolded his friend.
    “What?”
    Ino ran a hand over her face in frustration. “And here I thought-“
    “I’m sorry, Ino, I have to go. I’m meeting Sakura at the front gates in an hour for our mission.”
    -×-
    “Something bothering you?” Sakura’s voice rang loud in his ears as he turned to face the pink-haired kunoichi.
    Naruto slowed down so she could join him as they made their way through the Hidden Leaf. It was only supposed to be a short one, Kakashi seemed to send them on a lot of missions together when Sakura was available in the village.
    “…” Naruto facepalmed, this was becoming duller every minute.
    “What’s the problem?” Sakura asked with a smirk on her face.
    “Nothing, let’s just go.” Naruto crossed his hands behind his head whilst Sakura tried to catch up with him.
    “Are you going to tell me what the problem is?” Sakura repeated.
    “There’s…No problem,” he muttered in response, his voice barely audible at the end of his statement.
    “Sure there isn’t,” Sakura replied with a smirk, she knew the male Uzumaki all too well. “You think I can’t read you, Naruto.”
    “….” Naruto didn’t answer, guilt suddenly devouring him hard.
    “So there is a problem. Is it Hinata?” Naruto halted silently for a moment, wondering whether to even bother explaining what had happened to Sakura when she was somewhat involved. Chewing the inside of his mouth slightly he decided that it couldn’t be much worse and he divulged everything to his mission partner, running a hand through his hair in frustration.
    Naruto is supposedly one of Konoha’s most boisterous and exuberant individuals. Though for tonight, he’s probably feeling as if he’s the most frustrated man in the village, add confused too. Maybe he should’ve just rejected the mission to spend some time with Hinata.
    “Kakashi-sensei and Shikamaru did tell you to take it only if you wanted to, but, let me guess. You forced yourself to take it, right?” Sakura sighed. “Just because you’re the hero of the Hidden Leaf doesn’t mean you have to accept every mission sensei gives you, well, unless it’s urgent. But he did say that this one’s optional for you.”
    Naruto let out a sigh as he ran a hand down his face in frustration. “Alright then, tell Kakashi-sensei I’ll be heading home.”
    “What?”
    “I have something to take care of.” he smiled his charismatic smile before turning away back to his house.
    -×-
    Hinata heard a knock on her door. Making her way toward it, she opened the door to see her significant other standing on the other side. Hinata’s expression turned to thinking.
    “Naruto-kun? Wh- I thought you were out with Sakura. Why are you here?” she asked, now confused.
    “I just- I’m sorry,” he began. “Kakashi-sensei told me that the mission was optional, but I had to go the extra mile and do the mission anyway. Later, Sakura told me that I didn’t have to come if I don’t want to.”
    Her eyes widened at his confession, soon after she smiled. Outside, he’s the hero of the Hidden Leaf, but here with Hinata, he’s just him, Naruto, a ninja from Konoha.
    “Other than that… I got you a little something,” the female Hyuga just noticed until now that he had one hand hidden behind his back. He pulled it out to reveal a bouquet of Pansies wrapped in a beautiful lavender crepe paper with newspaper on the inside for the second layer. To be honest, they were harder to get due to the harsh climate, especially at this time of year, he knew a bunch of them like these would melt her heart.
    “Naruto- you didn’t have to-”
    “Well, I wanted to, here.” he handed her the flowers but before she could even reach for them, it began snowing. The Pansies soon got showered by the white snow. Good thing their colors were still visible, she giggled a little at Naruto’s expression as he soon rushed Hinata inside to shield the bouquet.
    “I’m sorry, we should’ve head inside before-”
    “No, no, it’s fine. I like them like this anyway.” she shook the bouquet slightly so the snow would fall off them.

  9. Hey umm Merry Christmas!!! Okay let the story begin 😀

    White Christmas
    I’m pretty sure people are familiar with Anime. So, here’s one for the weebs and those who loves Naruto x Hinata.
    Word Count: 1,5k
    It’s basically impossible for Naruto to come home on days like these, considering he’s known as the hero of the Hidden Leaf. So Hinata had to cherish these moments every time he came waltzing in through the front door of her shared house.
    “I’m home.” the sound of her significant other’s voice filled the living room which made butterflies appear in the Hyuga’s stomach. Hanabi had picked a cozy red and white long-sleeved sweater she thought her sister would look adorable in, though, Hinata was anxious to wear it in front of him. Despite that, she did.
    “Welcome home, Naruto-kun,” she turned her head slightly so he was in her line of sight, giving him a warm smile. He returned it and made his way towards her, going through the boxes of Christmas decorations that were scattered on the ground of the living room. She sheepishly scratched her nape before removing some hair in front of her face. “I was planning to surprise you when you get back, but I guess you came home a little earlier than I expected.”
    “It’s alright,” he pushed back a strand of hair behind your ear. “At least-” his phone vibrated.
    He picked it up, the screen illuminating the caller ID. He later used his thumb, sliding across to answer the call.
    “Sakura,” Hinata heard Naruto’s voice say into the phone and she shot a glare at him. Sakura?
    Turns out he had one small task he had to take care of before tomorrow’s Christmas morning. Hinata’s heart sank. The plan she had the perfect evening with your lover was ruined. When the call ended she had her head hung low.
    “Looks like I have some last-minute assignments I have to take care of,” he chuckled, when he noticed she wasn’t looking at him, he swept his other hand under to find the Hyuga’s chin and lifted it so she was forced to look deep into his eyes. “Hey, don’t worry, it won’t take long, no sweat.” he leaned down to press a soft kiss against her forehead, reassuring her that it was just a small matter to be solved.
    Hinata wrapped her arms around herself tightly as she made her way through the busy Konoha streets. She had to admit, it was way colder than she thought. Despite that, she kept her head down as she made her way home, not wanting anyone to see her tear-stained face.
    “Hinata!” a voice called and the dark-haired girl stopped suddenly.
    “Hey,” she smiled slightly yet it seemed so delicate while listening to carols nearby.
    “You okay? You look like you just worked for a whole twenty-four hours.”
    “Thanks, Ino,” she mumbled, burying into her crimson scarf as she tried to brush away the tears that continued to fall from her lavender eyes.
    “All right, what did he do?” she breathed out, slightly annoyed, Hinata guessed.
    “What?” she was surprised, how did she know?
    “I knew it had to be Naruto, you don’t cry over much else. Plus, Sai and Shikamaru have been working non-stop too at the Hokage building with Sakura.” Ino later pulled the female into a comforting yet reassuring hug and she hugged her back.
    “He came home, but then before we could do anything for the holiday, he got a call from Sakura. He had to go for a small assignment, no big deal.”
    “Are you joking, Hinata?” Ino pulled back from the hug, holding her arms and raising an eyebrow.
    “No,” she sniffled, wiping her eyes again.
    “That doesn’t mean anything you know. He’s such a jerk, wait until I talk to him. It is Christmas, he better gets home soon.” Ino rambled and the female Hyuga immediately felt guilty.
    “Don’t bother, Ino. I’m just gonna go home. See you later.” she pulled out of her grasp and continued back towards her house, keeping her head down so people couldn’t see the woman’s tear-stained face.
    Shikamaru groaned as she heard harsh knocking on the door of the storage room, recognizing the voice that was screeching her teammate’s name though still unsure.
    “What?” Shikamaru yelled out, thinking it was another shinobi. He had bags under his eyes, giving off the expression of tiredness, his dark hair was all messy too. The look on his face changed when he realized it was Ino. “Ino? What do you want with Naruto? Also, if Lady Shizune sees you’ve damaged the wood from your knocking she’ll kill me,” he muttered whilst opening the door.
    “Well, she’ll have to get in line. Now, where’s that jerkwad Naruto?” she glanced around the room to find that blond man.
    “Yeah? Why are you looking for me?” a male donned in a black uniform jacket with an orange zipper and buttons on the waist and sleeves, which can be folded up at times. He had a red armband with an Uzumaki crest on his left arm. The male came out of the storage room next door, “Why do you ask for me?”
    “I can’t believe you’ve made Hinata so upset.” Ino began,
    “See? I told you. Kakashi-sensei gave you a day off to spend time with Hinata, but, ever since I told you about me and Sakura helping Shizune with tomorrow. You completely neglected her.” the young Nara scolded his friend.
    “What?”
    Ino ran a hand over her face in frustration. “And here I thought-“
    “I’m sorry, Ino, I have to go. I’m meeting Sakura at the front gates in an hour for our mission.”
    “Something bothering you?” Sakura’s voice rang loud in his ears as he turned to face the pink-haired kunoichi.
    Naruto slowed down so she could join him as they made their way through the Hidden Leaf. It was only supposed to be a short one, Kakashi seemed to send them on a lot of missions together when Sakura was available in the village.
    “…” Naruto facepalmed, this was becoming duller every minute.
    “What’s the problem?” Sakura asked with a smirk on her face.
    “Nothing, let’s just go.” Naruto crossed his hands behind his head whilst Sakura tried to catch up with him.
    “Are you going to tell me what the problem is?” Sakura repeated.
    “There’s…No problem,” he muttered in response, his voice barely audible at the end of his statement.
    “Sure there isn’t,” Sakura replied with a smirk, she knew the male Uzumaki all too well. “You think I can’t read you, Naruto.”
    “….” Naruto didn’t answer, guilt suddenly devouring him hard.
    “So there is a problem. Is it Hinata?” Naruto halted silently for a moment, wondering whether to even bother explaining what had happened to Sakura when she was somewhat involved. Chewing the inside of his mouth slightly he decided that it couldn’t be much worse and he divulged everything to his mission partner, running a hand through his hair in frustration.
    Naruto is supposedly one of Konoha’s most boisterous and exuberant individuals. Though for tonight, he’s probably feeling as if he’s the most frustrated man in the village, add confused too. Maybe he should’ve just rejected the mission to spend some time with Hinata.
    “Kakashi-sensei and Shikamaru did tell you to take it only if you wanted to, but, let me guess. You forced yourself to take it, right?” Sakura sighed. “Just because you’re the hero of the Hidden Leaf doesn’t mean you have to accept every mission sensei gives you, well, unless it’s urgent. But he did say that this one’s optional for you.”
    Naruto let out a sigh as he ran a hand down his face in frustration. “Alright then, tell Kakashi-sensei I’ll be heading home.”
    “What?”
    “I have something to take care of.” he smiled his charismatic smile before turning away back to his house.
    Hinata heard a knock on her door. Making her way toward it, she opened the door to see her significant other standing on the other side. Hinata’s expression turned to thinking.
    “Naruto-kun? Wh- I thought you were out with Sakura. Why are you here?” she asked, now confused.
    “I just- I’m sorry,” he began. “Kakashi-sensei told me that the mission was optional, but I had to go the extra mile and do the mission anyway. Later, Sakura told me that I didn’t have to come if I don’t want to.”
    Her eyes widened at his confession, soon after she smiled. Outside, he’s the hero of the Hidden Leaf, but here with Hinata, he’s just him, Naruto, a ninja from Konoha.
    “Other than that… I got you a little something,” the female Hyuga just noticed until now that he had one hand hidden behind his back. He pulled it out to reveal a bouquet of Pansies wrapped in a beautiful lavender crepe paper with newspaper on the inside for the second layer. To be honest, they were harder to get due to the harsh climate, especially at this time of year, he knew a bunch of them like these would melt her heart.
    “Naruto- you didn’t have to-”
    “Well, I wanted to, here.” he handed her the flowers but before she could even reach for them, it began snowing. The Pansies soon got showered by the white snow. Good thing their colors were still visible, she giggled a little at Naruto’s expression as he soon rushed Hinata inside to shield the bouquet.
    “I’m sorry, we should’ve head inside before-”
    “No, no, it’s fine. I like them like this anyway.” she shook the bouquet slightly so the snow would fall off them.

  10. December 1st, the day where we would get into the holiday spirit, excited to buy presents for our family, like everyone else it was the start of a beautiful month as they say. The Grinch didn’t appear if it was your prediction, this is reality not some cartoon somehow. Even is someone can dress up as The Grinch likely it’s probably for some kids’ bday party :).

    Anyway it was 6am, tea woke up just to attend a last minute war virtually through club penguin, exhausted she woke up, ate breakfast and got ready to turn her laptop on not even caring about her appeariance cause it’s not online school which forces us to turn our cameras on with the reason that “it’s for documentation” (documentation my a s s). She turned on her phone to go to discord cause she thought she was late to the invasion. Quickly turning her laptop on, she wanted to text cubby for no reason because after knowing that he was from Indonesia, she had the audacity to text a 2ic for no reason like she texts kailey since 2 months ago . Anywho, the invasion was a success and we (and by we i mean acp) got Cozy. In about 6 hours, acp (including milk tea wink wink) is gonna invade hockey and tea is hoping we win again but who knows what turn of events could happen like how tea guessed where CSY was from and he accused tea of being a stalker :).

    Now getting into a bit of a backstory of how tea never heard of club penguin through her childhood and just knew what i was because a bunch of people from RR was in a room with her playing among us. Mr “all that spark but no action” had some guts to give his instagram even tho he never does and now look where we are. I asked many questions to him about everything cause back then tea didn’t even have discord you know being a 13 year old who never thinks to have it even tho she has heard it :). She agreed right away after the game of among us was done which until this day tea is confused on why she agreed so easily to this day.

    A lot of things have happened in both RR and ACP like how maxine retired, friendships just not being the same anymore, tea dming a leader almost every other day and texting cubby and kailey about some not so important things. 2 months seems the same when everyday she does is going to online school and just starring at a dead object speaking. Witnessing 3 losses from the AOA was brutal but you’re never gonna always win and the AOA is over and HF did won afterall. Also since ACP decided to have a war 2 or 3 days before flash dies, tea as usual dm’d mr cubby cause why not and he said that ACP wanna end the year with a bang 🙂

    Tea just never could’ve thought that a game of among us could change a perspective of what she would see, and now even if she’s only a troop she loves her friends so much <333. During christmas time, even if she doesn’t celebrate it, she wrote a note for most of her online friends considering the fact that she’s lazy :). As christmas this year was definitely different with covid going on and all the other crazy stuff 2020 has given. Anywho, this was a christmas to remember definitely even if she didn’t receive any gifts like every other year. To end it off, I’m sorry if I’m annoying. Yeah that’s all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!!!

    this is prob not even a story lmao more like a rant but idk :))

  11. “I feel that I’m disappearing, as if I’m slipping away.”

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1spTOET8c1wPKHrwx89A2t-tBvdimi_f3-ClImh7-dTM/edit?usp=sharing

    Thank you for reading this!

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