It’s always Christmas in Hogsmeade. ∞
It’s always Christmas in Hogsmeade. ∞
Tuesday afternoon found Sephiroth and Genesis out shopping. Even though they tried to disguise themselves, two tall SOLDIERs as distinctive as them was hard to disguise completely. Many workers at their local haunts were used to seeing the Silver General and Crimson Commander together but for many of the other customers, passerby’s, it was a bit of a shock. The dispute/competition between the two was legendary and many people always thought that these two couldn’t stand one another. Only their SOLDIERs knew that it was not as serious as media made it sound and that they were more than able to get along with one another. It was unspoken knowledge among the ranks that they were dating one another, as well as three others. Genesis found some mild amusement from the public’s reactions still, however Sephiroth did his best to ignore the stares. He had received them the majority of his life and had never liked them, being an introvert tossed into an extrovert role had its major downsides. He didn’t mind the military side of things, he enjoyed leading and serving his SOLDIERs and was never bothered addressing them in any capacity, but toss him to the media and it was a different matter altogether. Outwardly, Sephiroth had learned how to school his responses but he still loathed them. He felt like a show pony, as Zack called it.
Sephiroth was not about to let a few uncomfortable looks ruin his rare opportunities to go out with his boyfriends and enjoy their company. Besides, he and Genesis had to complete their Christmas shopping today. Today was December 3rd, Sephiroth was scheduled to leave for on the 7th for a two week mission, he would return late on the 21 and receive holiday time from the 24th until the 27th. But from the fourth until leave he had to make the plans, which meant he wouldn’t have free time to finish his shopping for his boyfriends. He had long ago finished Genesis’s shopping, which is why he had agreed to join his fiery redhead on his excursion. He also knew that Genesis was catching whatever time he could with Sephiroth and Sephiroth was more than happy to have it.
Sephiroth had finished Angeal’s and Cloud’s shopping, he also bought a joint present for both Cloud and Zack. It was a game console with several games they always talked about playing. Now he just needed to finished Zack’s shopping. Genesis was done except for Angeal. He had bought Angeal presents throughout the year but he was scouring each botanical shop for a rare type of cactus.
The real present for Sephiroth was watching his meticulous beloved go into these shops and make sure he didn’t come out with any insects or dirt on his jacket. Sephiroth just chuckled and rolled his eyes. It was 2 in the afternoon and both SOLDIERs felt the need for a caffeine break. They decided to go to one of Sephiroth’s favourite cafes. It was a small shop, a nook in the wall type of place, but they made the best drinks and it was quiet usually.
“I must admit that I would have overlooked this place if you had not shown it to me.” Genesis and Sephiroth took a seat at a table with their drink orders in hand.
“I tend to find quiet small cafes more appealing. The large coffee chains have too many people.” Sephiroth placed an unfolded napkin on his lap, Genesis followed suit, and he sipped at his double strong coffee while Genesis tested his latte.
Genesis chuckled softly. “Well, it’s indeed quiet in here.” Genesis watched as Sephiroth proceeded to dump the contents of three sugar packets into his coffee. “Darling, you get such a strong coffee but add so much sugar.”
Sephiroth smirked as he stirred his coffee. “I’m after the caffeine. Despite appearances, I am still a bit fatigued from yesterday’s excursion.”
Genesis crinkled his brow in concern. Sephiroth’s day had been a long one out in the Wastes. “Then we should really just return home. You-“
He held up a hand. “No, Genesis. Really, I will be fine after this. I intend to finish my Christmas shopping today. Zackary’s shopping won’t take very long and there are only three other botanical shops around here. I figured that after our adventure here we could bring home some food and enjoy supper at my place.”
Genesis smiled in a flirty way over the rim of his coffee. If he was not going to see his silver haired boyfriend for the next long while then he intended to make everything about today count. “Oh Seph, that sounds like a wonderful idea.”
Sephiroth’s piercing eyes and subtle wolfish smile almost made Genesis press him into forgetting about the rest of their shopping plans. But he had developed discipline throughout his entire career and he felt the need to use it here. The waiting would make the prize so much more rewarding.
After their caffeine fix was satiated the two elite SOLDIERs found themselves outside a secondhand bookshop.
“I found this vendor selling a comic book collection that is apparently very rare now. Zackary has been searching for it for the past two years and I managed to find it.” The smug self satisfied look on the General’s face made Genesis scoff as they entered the shop. “I had him put them behind the desk.”
“It’s the complete collection?”
“It is. I’m sure he will be happy with this.”
Genesis’s attention was quickly grabbed and he wandered away from Sephiroth to another stack. Sephiroth just smiled and continued to the counter where he purchased the rather large collection of comics. Sephiroth and Genesis spent some time wandering the stacks as Genesis perused the books. He ended up buying several books himself to add to his large collection.
Their journey to the various flower shops turned up nothing for Genesis. This cactus was going to be difficult for him to get, he had been trying almost all year. With a heavy sigh he called it quits with shopping for the day and he and Sephiroth went to get some Wutain take out from Genesis’s favourite Wutai restaurant.
Sephiroth was happy knowing that at least his holiday shopping was over and done with as he returned home. Genesis took the food to the kitchen while Sephiroth went to hide the presents. He had learned from a nosy black spiky haired man to become inventive with his hiding spots, which is where his false wall came into being. Inside his closet, behind his work shirts and pants, he slid the panel to the side, hoping his second snoopy boyfriend didn’t hear it. Behind the panel lay all the presents he had been gathering for the past few months for his boyfriends. He placed the new packages inside before sliding the panel back into place and making sure his meticulous closet was back in order.
“Ready to eat?” Genesis practically purred as Sephiroth entered the dining room. He had already placed their plates and dishes out on the table and was just placing down two glasses of red wine.
Sephiroth gave Genesis an appraising look before he wrapped his red haired lover up in his arms.
“Perhaps dessert before supper?” Sephiroth whispered against Genesis’s lips.
Genesis groaned softly. He was hungry but this was his silver hair beauty! “Yes. Dessert, supper and then perhaps more dessert again.”
“We could always have supper in bed afterwards.” Sephiroth’s low tone made Genesis shiver. “Let’s go.”
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