Jlanda woke up early one that one day. She hurried up and got dressed as quickly as she could. She also made sure to put on her engagement ring from Joshua. It was Christmas morning, and she couldn’t wait for him to arrive. It was then that the both of them would reveal their engagement to her relatives first and foremost.
Her family was not all up yet, so she began with a little breakfast. It was about a half hour later when her family began to wake up and come into the living room to begin their Christmas celebration.
“Merry Christmas!” she said happily to her parents and her grandmother.
“Merry Christmas, honey!” said her mom. “Wow, you look very happy today.”
“Yeah, I am!” she replied.
“How long until Josh arrives, dear?”
“He’s supposed to be here around six o’clock,” she replied as she noticed the time. “Well, it’s 6:30 now. He’s probably just running a little late.”
“When is Joshua ever late?” asked her dad.
“He’s not… usually,” replied Jlanda.
Meanwhile, Joshua was caught up doing some early business on his computer. He was speaking to Dr. Daniels at the time.
“Are you sure that I shouldn’t just take the nearest flight back, Dr. Daniels?” asked Joshua. “I mean, Lucas has practically gone missing overnight! This is serious business!”
“Yeah,” replied Dr. Daniels. “If it gets worse, you’ll be ordered back. I just needed you to send the e-mail alerts all over the palace for me. I got a lot of work to do. That’s all. And don’t worry! Enjoy Christmas with your girlfriend today!”
“Christmas?” replied Joshua. He realized that it was now 6:30 in the morning. “I’m already late!”
Joshua started working faster.
“How much do you got sent so far?” asked Dr. Daniels.
“It’s almost through,” replied Joshua.
He caught a sigh of relief as the last e-mail was sent out.
“Don’t stress out there, bud,” said Dr. Daniels. “Now go and enjoy yourself, okay?”
“If I can,” replied Joshua as he signed out of his computer and got off of his phone.
He soon hurried over to Jlanda’s parent’s home. He urgently knocked on the door and was greeted by her father.
“Did you make up for some sleep, son?” asked her father.
“No,” he replied. “I more of lost it.”
He came in as Jlanda’s father shut the door behind him. He took off his coat and put it on the rack.
“Follow me,” replied her father.
He soon was in the living room. The presents under the tree appeared unopened. Jlanda ran up and gave him a quick hug.
“You finally made it!” she said happily. “We waited for you!”
“Well, you might have to again,” Joshua replied in a more serious tone as they were now standing face to face with each other. “Lucas has gone missing since early this morning. If the situation becomes more serious, I will have to leave early to find him.”
“Oh no!” replied Jlanda sadly. “How did he go missing?”
“I don’t know,” replied Joshua. “I was, however, told to enjoy my Christmas with you and your family, Jlanda.”
“We’ll make sure of that,” replied Jlanda happily. “And we’ll start by opening presents.”
“Oh, great!” replied Joshua in frustration. “I was in such a hurry that I forgot your present, Jlanda! I can’t believe this is happening!”
“You don’t need to give me a present, Josh,” she replied. “Seeing you here is present enough for me.”
“Well, let’s quit this talk and get onto the real presents,” said her grandma.
It was then that they enjoyed a time of present opening together. Around the end of it, Joshua and Jlanda began their planned announcement.
“I… I do have one thing I didn’t forget to give Jlanda,” said Joshua. “I asked her to marry me, and she said yes.”
Her parents felt overjoyed, although some concern came over her grandmother.
“It takes years of hard work, young man,” said her grandmother. “And, Jlanda, if you marry him, you be careful. Just as you were warned about the dangers of going into government work, you also need to watch out for having him as a husband. His life is more risky than yours, and we do not want to lose you.”
“Jlanda,” began Joshua. “I respect whatever your family wants. My life is more of a risk than you would need. I never know when any fight against the Dark Thieves will be my last.”
“You can’t always be a loner, Joshua,” replied Jlanda. “You asked me to be by your side for the rest of my life. I said yes. I knew the risks involved. If I break your heart for my safety, I’d be breaking my own, too. Let me be your helper for as long as we both are alive.”
It was at that moment that Joshua’s cell phone rang.
“I’ll have to get this one,” said Joshua as he picked up his phone. “Yes?… Seriously?…Yes, I’ll catch that next flight… I’ll be there as soon as I can. Bye.”
“What happened?” asked Jlanda.
Joshua was putting on his coat at this time.
“They found Lucas,” replied Joshua. “Unfortunately, he is yet to be rescued from the lair of the Dark Thieves. I’m the best one to lead the search through the lair, and I will have to hurry. For the sake of his life, I can’t be late.”
“Go,” replied Jlanda. “I will see you the next time we meet.”
“I will miss you, Jlanda,” replied Joshua. “Now I must be off. Goodbye!”
He soon hurried out the door. Jlanda gave a sad sigh and came back to gather with her family.
“It’s his job,” said Jlanda sadly. “He’ll make through this one… somehow.”
“Yes, he will,” replied her mother.
“Now can we please go onto the next activity?” asked her grandmother. “I don’t have all day. I got to get my morning nap in before too long.”
“Yeah,” smiled Jlanda.