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06 January 2006 @ 09:48 am
Fic, 92 Christmas  
Written for 100originalfics

Title: Meet the Neighbor
’Verse: Servants Journals
Characters: Joseph, and new character Hazel Hathaway
Prompt: 92 Christmas
Word Count: 497
Rating: G
Notes: Hazel hast to be at least 80 years old. She has a large rose garden in her back yard.

Joseph was in the bathroom trying to tie the bow tie that went with his tux. “Sheezzz,” he thought to himself, “over two hundred years old and I still can’t tie a god-damn bow tie.” He was about to give up when he heard a knock at the door. “What now?” There was no one ells to answer the door, Shine had left earlier to spend Christmas with Kat, and he was running late.

He gave the bow tie one more scowl and went to answer the door. The little old lady from the house across the street was the last person he expected to see. She was standing at his door with a winter coat on top of a pink flannel night gown, black rubber boots came almost up to her bare knobby knees. The porch light turned her hair into a white halo that framed her wrinkled face and jolly green eyes. She held a huge platter of homemade cookies and candies gaily wrapped in plastic wrap holiday decorations.

“O, good I caught you before you left. I was waiting to see your lights on to bring this over, but I missed Shine before he left.”

Joseph took the platter of cookies, he didn’t know the lady’s name, nor was he aware she knew Shine well enough to bring him cookies. “Umm, thank you. I’ll see he gets them when he gets home.” He thought that would be the end of the conversation, but the old lady didn’t seem in a hurry to leave.

“My, don’t you look so handsome all dressed up in wolfs clothing. Must be some fancy party you’re going to, yes?” He didn’t think that wasn’t any of her business, and he didn’t have time or interest in making polite chit-chat.

“Yes, I have to finish getting ready now.” He really wanted her to go now, but he didn’t want to seem rude in the neighborhood he lived in. ‘No eating the neighbors.’ He reminded himself.

“Need a little help with the tie?” She asked, “I haven’t met a man yet that could got one of those things on right by his self” She didn’t wait for him to answer but reached up and quickly and easy tied the bow just right. “There now,” She said giving his chest a little pat, “you go have a good time at your party. And please tell Shine and his friend I wished them a happy Christmas.” With that she turned and walked out into the darkness toward her home. As she was walking away he could hear her talking to herself, “… if I was just fifty years younger…such a handsome man…”

Joseph had to smile as he closed the door. He put the platter of cookies on the kitchen table. Picking up his jacket and hunting for his keys he thought about how there weren’t too many people who could befuddle him. He would have to ask Shine what her name was.

cindytsuki_no_bara on January 6th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
awww. she's kind of nosy but really cute. and i love "don't eat the neighbors."
Nessa/Kellinessa5 on January 6th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Ya, she's fun.