Christmas Cases

A Christmas calendar of cases for Kaity Linnar- an exuberant, cheerful supernaturalist.

For Advent Calendar comp- an advent calendar based on the supernatural- and romance.

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10. December 16th, 2016 (Part one, Kaity)

    12/16/16

 

    “So?!” Kaity asked eagerly. “Do you like it?” 

    He didn’t like it. She could tell. He was trying as hard as he could to nod, but it was kind of obvious that he wasn’t too pleased.

    “It’s a little… big?” he suggested, tugging absently at the sleeves of the suit. “I mean, it’s a really nice outfit, but…” 

    “I know it’s big, but everything is big on you, Marvin…” Kaity sighed. Why was it so impossible to find anything that fit Marvin? 

    “No, no, it’s alright,” he said hurriedly. “Thank you.”

    Kaity smiled. “Alright, hold on and I’ll be back in a minute. Gotta change into my dress.” She took the bags with her, and went into the little side room of the attic. Offhandedly, she wondered why Marvin wasn’t being sarcastic and snappy. Was something wrong? 

    She slid the dress on, wishing she had a mirror to admire herself in. It was one of the nicest dresses she’d ever bought herself, after all. After all, it wasn’t every day she got to dress up and go to parties… especially since- She quickly cut off her thinking. Positive, Kaity. Smile. Show Marvin the dress. 

    She stepped out of the room, and walked over to Marvin, who was struggling to put a tie on.

    “No no, Marvin, you’re doing it wrong,” she grinned, and did it for him. He just stared at her, mouth open. “What? Never seen a girl in a dress before?” 

    “I’ve never seen… you in a dress before.”

    “Obviously.” Kaity had to admit to herself- she was enjoying his discomfort. “Is that a problem?”

    “No, I mean it’s just…”

    “That bad, huh?”

    “That’s not what I said. It doesn’t look bad at all. I mean… you’re beautiful!” 

    Kaity found herself blushing. “Aww… thanks Marvin.”

    “No… really.” His face was turning red, and it was adorable. “I mean, you look pretty all the time, but especially right now…”

    “Marvin, are you flirting?” Kaity teased. 

    “Is it bad to complement you?”

    “There’s nothing wrong with it- but you’re not being cynical. I might get worried.”

    “Ha ha hilarious. Let’s go.”

 

    The school was lit up with bright lights. Outside the door a large tree had been erected, and adorned with many colored balls, which were illuminated by strings of colored lights. 

    “Not bad…” Kaity commented.

    “It’s impressive,” Marvin agreed. “It makes me miss home.”

    Kaity glanced down at him, but he was smiling. Well, at least he was in a good mood, right?

    “Let’s go. We’ve got a job to complete.”

    They reached the door, and were waved inside without another word. Kaity offered Marvin her hand, and he stared at her in disbelief.

    “What’s wrong this time?” Kaity asked. “I know you’ve seen my hand before. Has it suddenly become beautiful too?”

    “No, I mean, I just-“ he flushed.

    “You’re my unofficial date. So take the hand, idiot. We’re supposed to be blending in.”

    “Oh! Okay.” He took her hand, face turning red. Kaity laughed to herself. It was probably a little mean of her, but hey, this was Marvin. He didn’t mind her teasing him.

    The instant they walked into the gym, Marvin winced, covering his face. “Ow… my eyes…” 

    The gym was even brighter now. Someone had brought in several trees and lined the area with them, covering them with lights. Tables sparkled with tinsel, laden down with plates of cookies. A band had been set up in the front of the room, and were already playing. Couples danced, and people laughed. 

    It was the perfect night to destroy a ghost.

    “So are we going to… dance?” Marvin suggested. “I mean, if we’re supposed to be blending in…”

    “Good idea!” Kaity agreed. “Let’s.” They took to the dance floor. Kaity decided to lead- Marvin wasn’t the best dancer, and beside, he was shorter than her. 

    “So here’s the plan,” she said quietly as they danced, “The ghost’s trigger time is 11:00 sharp. At 10:30, I’m going to go over there and speak to the ghost. He won’t be strong enough to drain my energy yet. At 11:45, I want you stationed near that area to keep innocents away from the area. I don’t want anyone getting hurt.”

    “When should I start channeling strength to you?” Marvin asked. He actually wasn’t bad at dancing… and honestly, the suit looked good on him. He’d tried to comb out his hair too- it looked good. 

    Kaity shook her head distractedly. “What?”

    “When do I start channeling strength to you.”

    “Whenever you think is right. I probably won’t be able to alert you, so I’ll need your help.”

    “Got it.” 

    “And one more thing.” Kaity guided him towards the snack tables, where they stopped dancing. She reached into a hidden pocket in the side of her dress, and pulled out two ear chips. “This’ll help us keep in touch.” She handed one to him, and placed the other in her ear.

    “Isn’t this a little… fancy for us?”

    “I thought they’d go with the outfits,” Kaity winked. 

    Their conversation was interrupted as a boy approached them from across the room, walking with an overconfident kind of swagger. He stopped next to them, totally ignoring Marvin and focusing on Kaity.

    “What do you want?” Kaity asked, keeping her voice casual. She always seemed to draw attention to herself in places like this… it kind of got annoying. 

    “Well, since you’re new here, I thought you might like somebody to show you around,” he said casually. “Introduce you to the right people. Show you the dances.”

    “We won’t be here long,” Kaity replied, trying to sound bored. She was used to being flirted with- but that didn’t make it any less annoying.

    “Doesn’t matter! Why pass up a chance to hang with the best?”

    Kaity went to speak, but it was Marvin that ended up speaking. He stepped up next to her, crossing his scrawny arms and giving the boy a glare that could freeze hell. 

    “I’m sorry, but she’s here with me,” he said coldly. 

    The boy hesitated, before letting out a short laugh. “You think she’d go for a runt like you?”

    “Which one of us is here with her?” Marvin countered. His glare hardened. “We were talking before you barged in here. She doesn’t need morons like you trying to flirt with her. Now leave us alone.”

    It looked like the boy was going to try and say more, but Marvin’s could stare down the worst demons of the 13 realms without flinching. The boy gave up and retreated, giving Marvin an evil look.

    Kaity stared at him in disbelief. “I could have handled that.”

    “He was stubborn. I thought I’d give you a hand.”

    She smiled at that. It was… really sweet of him. “Thank you, Marvin.”

    “Any time. So. Want to keep dancing?”

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