Hello! You made it to another #FanFictionFriday! And now we’re officially in December. That means only 24 days until we see Mountie Jack and the wishing tree! (But we need to enjoy the time in between, right?) I seriously wonder if the reunion is going to be close to any of the scenarios ANY of the Hearties have envisioned. Which brings us to today’s Christmas story. This was my first attempt writing a Christmas scenario, so it’s quite short. But it really opened me up to new possibilities, like writing a blog, for example. So enjoy! May it help you kick off December.
A Holiday Surprise at the Schoolhouse
Jack breathes an audible sigh of relief as the roofs of Hope Valley come into view. “I made it!” There were days when he wondered if he would; the horrific scenes in which he constantly found his men still made him shudder. He pulls his coat more securely around him, as if to ward off the thoughts as well as the chill. Now isn’t the time to dwell on those dark thoughts. He’s about to see the one person that had been the light at the end of that tunnel of misery. Then, as if by magic, there she is! He’d made his way to the school without even realizing it. He stops, basking in the opportunity to just look at her unobserved. He smiles as he thinks of his young Mountie companion who graciously suggested he ride ahead for some much needed privacy. He shakes his head in wonder, thinking how confident and capable she looks. “Elizabeth,” he whispers.
Elizabeth puts the finishing touches on the garland above the school door. “There!” she says, quite satisfied, her hands placing themselves on her hips. “That should make things more festive.” She jumps down from her stool, and turns to pick up the garland for the banister. Just as her fingers graze the wood, movement in the distance catches her eye. A lone rider. Then her eyes do a double take! Are her eyes playing tricks on her? “Jack?” she whispers in disbelief. The rider starts galloping toward her. It IS him! “JACK!!!” she shouts in excitement. She drops the garland, stumbling over it slightly, jumps over the bottom stair, and takes off running.
They can’t get to each other fast enough. Jack brings Sergeant to an abrupt halt, choosing to run the rest of the way. They throw their arms around each other, the momentum taking them in a circle. He puts his hands to her face and in her hair, drinking in her presence. “Let me look at you!” He sighs and smiles as she places her hand over his on her cheek. “Oh my beautiful Elizabeth! I love you!”
She laughs through her tears, eagerly responding, “I love you!” He pulls her toward him to kiss her, not surprised, but perhaps taken aback with how the misery dissipates immediately at her touch.
Elizabeth gasps as their lips part, trying to convince her breath to keep up with her heartrate. How had she survived without him??? “I missed you!” she sobs, urging him to hug her again. “I missed you SO MUCH!”
Jack smiles ruefully, remembering how thinking of this moment had kept him alive so many times. For now, he settles for a heartfelt, “I missed YOU!” He stands back to gaze at her again. “And I am going to savor every moment I can spend with you.” They lean toward one another for one more kiss, not hard and desperate, but sweet and long; soaking up the experience of being with each other after so much time! Then they laugh in pure joy, wiping away their own, and one another’s, tears.