Wednesday, August 3, 2011

ANSOL Teaser: Chapter 38

“Since we don’t have a traditional Christmas, we’re going to play a game,” Renee said cheerfully. “Each of you is going to get a number. That number is going to tell you when you can get your present. The presents are in the basket under the tree. I got some random things from some shops around Phoenix. If you like your present after you open it, you keep it. If you don’t want to risk opening a present you might not like, you can steal a present that already has been opened. The person you stole from gets to choose from the basket. Now, keep in mind, the presents are pretty random and not gender specific. Meaning, if you pick a blue present, it won’t be a man’s gift.”

“Renee, you didn’t need to do this,” Esme said. Edward sat down next to me and laced his fingers with mine. I kissed his cheek and cuddled next to him.

“Nonsense. It’s a Dwyer family tradition. However, it’s a lot more fun with a ton of people like this. After we finish the game, then Bella and Edward can do their rehearsal gifts for their bridesmaids and groomsmen.” Renee handed out cards with numbers on them and the game ensued. Marcus was first and he picked up a gift. When he opened it up, it was a women’s pedicure kit. He scowled but settled into his seat. Rose was next and she plucked the pedicure kit from Marcus. He smiled gratefully and grabbed another gift. The next present was Diamondbacks baseball hat.

The game lasted for an hour or so. The biggest present was a spa gift basket with a back scratcher. That gift was passed back and forth so many times. Edward was the last one to open a present and he snatched the gift basket from Alex with a maniacal laugh. Alex grumbled and picked up the final present from under the tree. “Fruit of the month? Give me back my spa basket, Cullen.”

“Nope,” Edward smirked as he hugged the basket to his chest. “Mine.”

“No, you’re probably going to give it to Bella,” Alex said.

“I’ve always wanted a,” Edward pulled out a jar, “Walnut shell mask to cleanse my pores. Makes the skin silky smooth.”

“Right, Cullen,” Demetri snorted.

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