Hallum was slipping back into his old ways. Giving Natalie the silent treatment, mostly. He seemed to forget about everything, but his video games. Actually, he found it a stress release, yet a lot like an old friend. All he needed to do was maneuver his controller with his thumbs and life was pretty much a blur after work.
Of course, all that changed when his grandmother came over and saw how Natalie was working around him. Baking. Getting things ready for a traditional Christmas. She'd brought in a tree with his sister's help. They'd decorated it together.
The silence grew. He just couldn't have any of that. But she was doing things with his family, at work. He needed some time to himself.
"What are you doing?" His Gram wrestled him for the game controller. "I thought you were in love, boy?"
"Yeah, um.." He festered a scowl looking at her as if she better give his precious controler back.
"Then show it, lad!" She eyeballed him. Told him she'd keep this for him. It would be safe keeping in her freezer. "You'll looser her, you know. Quick as the snap of the finger. You have to do something."
"Like what?" He slouched more into the couch as if he had no intention of following any of her instructions.
"Anything to keep the lass company, you nitwit." She bonked him on the head.
He guessed he was glad she did. He finally mustered up the courage to see what it was all about. He was sure his sis put Gram up to it. He might never know. He didn't question it. Instead, He and Natalie went to see the Christmas lights in the village. It even snowed, and they went out on a sleigh ride a few days later.
Oh, the idea of keeping each other company wasn't hard, actually. She didn't mind him around. There was a time he was certain he might be stuck to her like glue. But they were finding their way this Christmas to find the joy in the spirit of it.
He had his Gram to thank, for the reality check.