"Hey, Hiccup!" I call, running down the hall and trying not trip. Merida and Rapunzel are close behind me. "MacKinley says we can all sleep in the same common room since we're the only students staying. He says Gryffindor would be the best, as it's warmest. Great, huh?"
Hiccup grins. "That's great, Jack! Tonight will be fun! Should we get bedding ready?"
Rapunzel pipes in. "Professor Zumbro says that when we go up, everything will already have been prepared for us. If we want anything else, however, we have to take it ourselves."
I laugh maniacally (and sort of for no reason). My three best friends stare at me in amazement. "I am so excited! Oh, and the feast starts in about ten minutes." And it takes about ten minutes to get there. Merida and I keep having short races down the stairs, and then we'll argue over who won, but it's all good-natured.
When we reach the great hall the teachers are already eating, and the food appears as soon as we are seated, so we just dig in, laughing and joking. We finally go up to the Gryffindor common room and Hiccup and I go into the boys' dorm to dress while Rapunzel and Merida go to the girls'. We curl up in our sleeping bags and chat for a while. The girls actually fall asleep before us, and I think Hiccup falls asleep, too.
"Jack?" Okay, so Hiccup's not asleep.
"Thank you so much," Hiccup sighs.
Confused, I ask, "For what?"
"For being my friend."
Not sure exactly what to say, I just sit in silence. "Hiccup," I say slowly, "are you happy?"
"Life has never been better," is Hiccup's reply. "My village was never as nice to me as people are here."
"They should have been," I say, my indignation flaring up. "You're an amazing friend, Hiccup!" There is complete silence for a few minutes, but then:
"Thank you," I hear. "Thank you."
When we wake up the next morning, I have never seen anyone ever so excited. Except for Emma on her birthday the year she got her Look-Alike doll. Merida is admiring a new bow that is from her dad, Rapunzel is looking through a case of jars of paints, and Hiccup seems content just looking at the new notebooks I'm sure was sent from his mom. And me... well, I am enjoying very much the little doll that looks like Emma sewed for me. I think it's supposed to be me, as it has brown hair, pale skin, and is wearing green.
"That's neat, Jack," says Rapunzel, sitting near me. She's not being sarcastic at all, just very kind and sincere. "Did your younger sister make it for you?" Hiccup and Merida gather around, too.
"Yeah," I say, smiling. "Emma made it for me."
"Lucky to have a little sister that loves you that much," Merida says, wrinkling her nose as she pulls out a rotten-smelling box that is addressed, "To Weripa from Harris, Hubert, and Hamish". Merida opens the box and pulls out a piece of paper. "'Dear Merida,'" she reads, "we saved you all our haggis from the last tree monts.'"
"Ewww!" Rapunzel screeches. We all laugh, and thankfully, no one gets anymore gifts like that.
As we all lounge around, I think, This is the best Christmas I have ever had.