[Seryanna’s point of view]
I was reluctant about joining this party, but I was curious to see who the annoying bastard behind Alkelios was. I was expecting to see either a snotty brat who never saw a real woman in his entire life or a geeky, fat, creepy guy. What I got instead was someone younger by at least three or four years than me, who actually wasn’t half bad in terms of looks. However, I couldn’t greet him with a cheerful smile.
“Huh? You are that brat?” I asked him with a raised eyebrow.
“Oh, the mighty snob, Seryanna! A pleasure to meet you, m’lady knight.” he said with a mocking bow towards me.
My right eye twitched as I could barely contain how annoyed and enraged I was with him, but this was Christmas Eve, I had to let loot thieves be loot thieves.
Remember… You are here for your other friends, not the brat enemy. I told myself.
“See, I told you they would make a nice couple!” said Ayuseya.
“What?!” both me and the bastard glared at the ‘princess’.
“Huh? No?” she asked and looked at us a bit confused.
“Oh come on, Alkelios, we all know you have the hots for her!” said Illsyore as he patted the boy on the back.
“What? NO! Why should I?!” he glared back.
“Now! Now! No fighting! Time for something to drink and a bit of board-games! It’s Christmas Eve! Let’s relax, have fun, and enjoy this moment together!” said Alina after clapping her hands.
“Like you did that raid night with Illsyore?” Shanteya asked with a smirk.
“Hehe… That was nice.” the man said with a foolish smile on his face.
I raised an eyebrow and looked back at him. I knew what the two were talking about, all of us did. His reply to leaving the raid was the following:
“Need to go now. Going to get laid!” and then he logged off his character, leaving us without the main tank and staring at an angry boss.
The least he could have done was not aggro it first…
[Illsyore’s point of view]
“You have got to be kidding me! I needed just one more point to win! This isn’t fair! Alkelios is cheating!” I complained.
“Nope! My friend, I have the luck of gods!” he smirked back at me.
“And the hate of a redhead!” Nanya patted him on the back.
“Huh? I don’t have the hate of a redhead!” he replied.
“Wanna bet?” Seryanna told him with a raised eyebrow.
“Ugh… Forgot you exist…” he told her.
“These guys are getting laid tonight.” said Shanteya as she took the dices and tossed them on the board.
“In your dreams!” retorted Seryanna.
“Oh? Kinky!” Shanteya smirked, making the redhead growl in return.
“3 and 6, you move two steps and get a penalty for having light armor.” said Ayuseya with a smile.
“I hate you.” the secretary glared at her.
“Why? I’m not the one throwing the dices.” she poked her tongue back at her.
“If we ever reincarnate, I want to become an assassin that goes after your life.” she threatened.
“What? How mean! Then I’m a going to be a genuine princess who will have a powerful fiance to defend her!” she retorted.
“Make sure you don’t end up with the pizza boy!” giggled Nanya.
“You are certainly going to be a demoness.” said Ayuseya to her.
“And I’ll be a damn sexy one too!” she made a pose that made both of us men drool.
“I want to be a dragon.” said Seryanna.
“Then I’m going to be the knight to slay you.” grinned Alkelios.
“You mean lay, not slay, right?” giggled Nanya.
“Speaking of pizzas…” I looked over at Alina, and thanks to this, the redhead dragoness forgot that she was about to spew fires at the demoness.
“He said half an hour.” she shrugged.
“Still, Pizza for Christmas? We’re not Americans.” noted Alkelios.
“You shouldn’t believe all the net myths… According to those, all Romanians are vampires; those from USA are fat and eating pizza with bacon and cheese topping 24/7; the French are all pompous and speak weird; and the Chinese wear funny straw hats, going all ni hao kung fu style at everything.” said Nanya with a raised eyebrow as she took the dices and threw them on the board. “6 and 1. YES!”
“Actually… no. You get to stay one turn in the dungeons for seducing a prince.” said Ayuseya as she showed her the Punishment card.
“I counter with Mesmerize!” grinned the woman.
“She got you there.” Seryanna said while Ayuseya pouted.
“My turn!” announced Alkelios.
“Actually it’s mine.” Seryanna reached out for the dices.
“Actually it’s mine. I’m out of the dungeon, remember?” I told them as I grabbed the dices.
“Then it’s Seryanna’s.” pointed out Alina.
The redhead poked her tongue out at Alkelios, who was fuming and mumbling something.
“2 and 5… aaand… I go back to the dungeon.” I said and lowered my head in defeat.
“Wow! That’s 4 times in a row, just how unlucky are you?” asked Nanya.
“I have a feeling the next time I’ll reincarnate I’ll be a dungeon… Then I can make everyone into my slaves! MUHAHAHA!” I said with a fake mad laughter.
“If you end up as a dungeon, I’ll end up as the demoness who will seduce you and then use you for her own benefits. Mufufu!” Nanya smirked and rubbed her chin.
“You are forgetting the little fact that he’s my future husband, right?” Alina asked with a raised eyebrow.
“In Dragon Hunt and other lives, that doesn’t count!” Nanya retorted with a finger pointing at the ceiling.
“What do you mean it doesn’t count?” asked my future wife.
“Well, in the game… we are sort of married. Illsyore is the husband of Nanya, the Demon Warlock. He’s also the husband of Shanteya, the Dark Elf Assassin. Polygamy is a thing because it gives us a buff. It’s quite nice too. Believe it or not, those two are married in the game as well.” said Ayuseya with a smile as she explained some of the rules of the game and then pointed at Alkelios and Seryanna.
“A buff? And how did those two get married?” Alina didn’t believe it.
“Oh, remember that yellow circle around my character’s head? That’s the buff. As for them, it happened when they were young, or in other words right before their first raid. They didn’t get a divorce because the marriage actually benefited both the raid and them.” I told her and shrugged, deeming it as something of no relevant importance.
“That thing? I thought it was decoration.” she furrowed her brow.
“Nah! It’s a cool buff that gives us the equivalent of 5% of the husband’s stats, while each wife gives 3.5% to him.” Ayuseya explained.
“That’s sexist.” Alina retorted.
“Not really, if you have only a wife, like mister grumpy over there.” said Nanya pointing at Alkelios. “Then the buff gives 5% on both sides, but Illsyore here has three wives.” she explained.
“I’m the tank, so I need the extra stats. But it reduces 0.5% for each wife in case of poligamy.” I shrugged.
“Three wives? OK, so Shanteya and Nanya are two, then Ayuseya is the third?” Alina asked.
“Yup!” she nodded.
“What about me?” Alina asked.
“You are my real life wife. Your stat buff doesn’t count when a big monster the size of a building decides to use my head as an anvil.” I told her as I took out a card and placed it down, blocking Nanya’s sneak attack on me.
Despite talking, we kept playing.
“Oh, really?” Alina then did something pleasant. She hugged me from behind and kissed my cheek. “Even if I can’t help you defeat a monster in game, I’m still your number one, right?” she asked with a giggle.
“Do you even need to ask? Of course!” I laughed and kissed her.
“See! That’s how you do it!” said Nanya as she nudged Seryanna, who in turn glared back at her.
A quarter of an hour later, the pizza boy arrived, and I went to pay. It was an old man around 40 years old. His name tag said: Dankyun. I found it odd, but I let it go. Maybe someone was playing a joke on the poor man, and he didn’t notice it.
“Pizza’s here!” I let them know after I closed the door.
It was only one, but we cut it in tiny pieces, so we had enough space left in our stomachs to fill it up with the traditional food cooked by Alina: sarmale, sausages, aspic, then cake and the ever present cozonac!
For drinks, we had a bit of red wine and a bit of palincă. We ate without restraint, and for the first time ever, my image of beautiful women not eating a lot and not playing games was crushed to little bits and pieces. This proved that there were exceptions to every rule out there, the only thing one had to do was search carefully. But then again, I wasn’t after these girls. They were my wives in the games, but my real wife was Alina.
Anyway, around midnight, we all popped a bottle of champagne and sung holiday songs with exceptionally tone deaf voices. Yup, I couldn’t sing even if my life depended on it! But to my luck, I wasn’t the only one… Alkelios sounded like a frog about to kick the bucket; Nanya sounded like nails scratching a blackboard; Ayuseya squealed like a mouse; Shanteya recorded us for posterity; and Alina was the only one who could actually hit one or two notes.
“Hahaha! Who had the bright idea to sing Jingle Bells in karaoke?” asked Seryanna with a laugh.
“I did! See! I have bright ideas from time to time!” said the boy, although he was bit tipsy because he was holding his hand around Seryanna’s neck, and the woman didn’t mind it.
“Pfft! You were the worst of them all!” she commented.
“I have my good points! I sing like frog, but dance like a prince!” he made a bow.
“Yup, a spider prince with eight left legs.” said Nanya with a smirk.
“What about you?” he grinned back at her.
“I vote for that!” I said raising my glass up.
“For what?” Alina asked confused.
“I sing like a frog and dance like a prince part.” I replied.
“Indeed, you do dance like an eight legged spider… How strange.” she joked, and I slowly turned my head to give her a stare.
“I vote for ponies.” said Ayuseya with a smile before hiccuping cutely.
“I don’t think it was that bad.” Alina giggled.
“Don’t encourage us. We’re good gamers, not pop-singers. But once I get this up on the net, people will have a blast!” Shanteya showed us an evil smirk.
“Don’t you dare!” shouted Ayuseya as she got up suddenly.
“Make me!” the woman glared at her.
The ‘princess’ didn’t take ‘no’ for an answer and jumped on her.
“Hey! Get off!” shouted the secretary.
“Fufu! I have my own bag of tricks to seduce a man!” said Ayuseya and then gave a tongue-twister kiss to Shanteya.
“I changed my mind, I think I’ll vote for ponies too…” I said with a nod as I looked at the sexy scene.
I received an elbow to the ribs from my fiance, who went over to pull the two girls apart.
“Alright break it up, nobody is uploading anything while I’m around!” she warned them.
“That was awesome.” Alkelios said with a smirk, earning a glare from Seryanna.
Why is she mad at him anyway? I wondered.
“This woman is crazy!” complained Shanteya while coughing.
“And a fine good kisser too!” Ayuseya laughed.
“She’s drunk…” I smiled and took another sip from my glass like a real gentleman.
“I’m also a bit tipsy, but not that much to kiss anyone.” commented Alkelios.
“You just don’t know how to.” smirked Seryanna.
“As if you do, miss virgin!” he glared at her.
“Why you little…”
Me and Nanya were expecting the redhead to jump at his neck, but instead, she grabbed his cheeks and gave him a kiss so deep and passionate that made me gasp as well. It was a wonder what a few drops of alcohol could do to these things called inhibitions…
“Puha!” Alkelios blinked surprised, and he was totally out of it for a while.
Seryanna smirked victorious and poured herself another glass of champagne.
“WOW!” said Nanya surprised.
“I hope you aren’t going to kiss anyone.” I told her.
“If I try to, your fiance will skin me alive.” she took a sip from her glass and looked over at Ayuseya, who was laughing at Shanteya’s annoyed expression.
“True.” I confirmed and then turned my eyes to Alkelios.
“I think I’m going to marry this woman.” he said with a goofy smile.
When she heard that, the redhead nearly chocked on her drink. At least she didn’t spit in my face, since I was standing right in front of her. But she did look back at him with a bit of a surprised and maybe a half-horrified expression on her face.
“Seryanna, I think I know why I’m always trying to fight with you! It’s because I love you! Please marry me!” proposed Alkelios who suddenly embraced her.
“Kya! Nooo! Get this drunk fool off of me!” the woman squirmed in his arms.
“You reap what you sow, lady!” Nanya lifted a glass up in her honor, and I laughed.
“NO!” Seryanna let out a cry of despair.
After the waters calmed down for a bit, and we managed to get a crowbar to peel Alkelios off of Seryanna, we switched from wine to juice and decided to speak of old tales from the guilds or our own tales.
I had no idea if between Alkelios and Seryanna something was going to spark, but for the time being, she appeared to accept the fact that this was just a drunk faze. Something told me though that those two were meant for each other.
In the end, it turned out to be a beautiful night, a good Christmas Eve party where we all had fun despite that being the very first time we all met each other face to face. Alina seemed pleased with her cooking as well and sort of acted as the big boss around the house, keeping all of us goofy kids in place.
“Once more, I’d like to say that I’m very glad I got too meet you all! A cheer to that and a Merry Christmas to us all!” I said raising a glass up high.
“Merry Christmas!” all of them cheered at the same time, although, instead of alcohol, we had orange juice…
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