Claire woke up feeling an amount of joy she hadn’t felt in a long time. Being self employed, she could always afford to take her favorite month of the year off to spend with Jamie Fraser, her best friend since kindergarten.
Claire owned a photo-studio, which was located in her apartment. When she rented this place, the three bedrooms were what caught her attention as it was perfect for her to have a guest room and a room for her job.
Once she got out of bed, which wasn’t hard at all that day, she chose comfortable black leggings and her white oversized sweater. It was her favorite winter outfit, and Jamie knew that as much as she did.
Jamie had moved back to Scotland when they were fourteen years old. It was the hardest time for the both of them, as they had been the best of friends on the entire planet. They used to spend every single day together and could talk about everything that had been going on in their lives. When Jamie moved away, they barely saw each other, nor did they have the time to talk every single day, which made it even more special when they spent December together.
Because they both loved Christmas so much, they had promised always to spend the whole month of December together. Jamie saved almost all his vacation days just so they could take the month off.
“I don’t want to take off during the year, I’ll make sure to have enough days left to spend Christmas with you, Sassenach.”
She smiled at the thought of those words. Claire was originally from England, which she was reminded of by Jamie every time he called her Sassenach, but after losing her parents at a very young age and being raised by her uncle, she built her life in America.
After getting ready, Claire made sure she would have enough time to grab breakfast at Starbucks. She couldn’t start her day without her Caramel Macchiato and a cinnamon roll. Only the thought of it made her mouth water. Soon, she would share this breakfast with Jamie for a whole month, and she truly felt happy.
After a two hour drive to the airport, a Caramel Macchiato and a cinnamon roll later, she got out of the car to walk to the screen that showed all arrivals. Claire looked up to find Edinburgh written beneath arrivals and walked to the door where her best friend would soon appear.
She started to feel nervous as he should have landed by now, and she tried to keep her sweaty hands as dry as possible. The last time she could hug him was one year ago, and she longed for his presence the moment he had left her at that exact same airport.
Suddenly, people started to exit the door and Claire couldn’t help but stand on her tiptoes to make sure she wouldn’t miss him, even though she knew she could never miss the red-haired giant. The door opened once more and there he was. A loud squeak escaped her chest and she ran towards him, jumping in the arms of her best friend. His arms wrapped around her waist, pressing her against him as she buried her face in his neck. She couldn’t help but lose a few tears, but it was alright, as it were only tears of joy.
After a few minutes in each other’s arms, Jamie lowered her to the ground, making them face each other. His blue gaze met her eyes and her whole body was filled with warmth.
“Finally. Let me look at ye, Sassenach!”
Claire could see that he’d also shed some tears of joy, and she wiped them away with her thumb. He held her hand and took a few steps back to look at her.
“As beautiful as always.”
“I’ve missed you so much, Jamie.” She looked up at him and hugged him once more, feeling at home in an instant.
“And I you, Sassenach. Now, let us go to yer place before we get run over by a hoard of people.”
Claire giggled a bit and walked happily to her car with him. After storing his luggage in the trunk she sat inside with him, only to look at him once again.
Jamie looked into her beautiful whisky eyes. He was truly happy to see her again after being away for the past year. He missed her every single day, and knowing he has a whole month with her made him feel complete.
As Claire drove, he couldn’t help but look at her with a huge smile.
“My luggage is filled with yer presents, Sassenach.”
His smile turned into a grin when he saw her face lighting up at the thought. He knew Claire would always hide her excitement for presents, saying that Christmas was about being together and not about how many presents were underneath the tree. But he could always spot that tiny spark in her face when he mentioned them.
“Jamie, I told you to not buy me anything.”
His grin only got wider when she said that.
“Sassenach, dinna take me for a fool, I ken you love presents. And, you deserve to be spoiled as much as possible.”
Jamie looked at her face, now blushing, and she gave him the cutest side smile he had ever seen. God, how he had missed her.
Arriving at her apartment, Claire was filled with happiness, and she waited in the living room while Jamie put his luggage into the guest room. The first day they would always sit on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and just talk about everything they had missed in each other’s lives. Of course they stayed in touch, but it was hard talking about details only by text and not being able to actually be there.
Once Jamie arrived next to her, she looked at him when he took his cup and smiled.
“You haven't changed a bit since last year. So tell me about everything that has been going on.”
So he did. He told her about his sister Jenny giving birth to another child, which Claire knew of course, but now she could watch his ocean blue eyes sparkle as he told her every single detail of it. She sipped patiently on her hot chocolate, hanging on every word Jamie said to her. And so it went for the next few hours, each filling the other in on the details of their lives. They took in each other’s presence and just enjoyed laughing together.
When they finished catching up, it was evening and they decided to order a pizza, watch a movie and put an end to the exhausting day as Jamie, of course, had to get used to the different time zone.
Once the movie had started, Claire snuggled closer to her best friend and ate her pizza. Like always, they had shared pieces as they both liked the other’s type of pizzas. During the movie, Claire didn’t realize, but she drifted off into a deep sleep, still leaning on Jamie’s shoulder. She felt peaceful, and his arms were the only place she could feel that way.