“Tyler Christmas Trees,” Chris read the sign as Zach pulled up in front of the tree lot.
It was a tree farm, really, and outside of Manhattan, of course, because there was hardly room for a farm there. Sure they had lots here and there dotting the streets of New York City, but Zach had wanted to go to the farm.
“I went here a few years back, first year I moved to New York,” Zach explained as he pulled into a parking space. “They have Santa and peppermint mocha in the barn over there.”
Chris smiled. He sounded kind of excited at the prospect. Zach had a sort of infectious excitement. He got out of the car and followed the other man through the gates of the farm.
“Is this the kind of place where you chop down your own tree?”
“Yeah you can do that kind of thing, if you’re into playing Paul Bunyan.”
Chris laughed. “You’re not I guess.”
Zach gave him a look. “I like real trees and all, but I like convenience.”
Chris walked into the barn after him. It was decorated with garlands and glitter and Santa and reindeer. Mrs. Claus too. Children sat on the lap of Santa, ushered there by elves.
“Cute. Did you have real trees growing up?”
“When Dad was alive, yeah, but once he passed Ma got artificial. It was easier for her with two boys to raise by herself. But since I went out on my own, I’ve been getting real. When I get a tree at all. Sometimes I didn’t bother because I was too busy.”
Zach walked up to the counter where a pretty elf stood manning the peppermint mochas. “Two please.” He took out his wallet and paid, handing one to Chris.
The “elf” was staring openly at Chris, giggling as she did.
Zach rolled his eyes as he put his hand on Chris’ arm and led him away. “Bet she’s seen Wonder Woman.”
“Let’s go check out the trees.”
They walked out of the barn and out to the pre-cut trees.
“Flocked or not flocked?”
“Not flocked. I get enough snow without having it in my apartment.”
Zach glanced at him. “What about you? Did you guys do Christmas trees?”
“Yeah, we did. Neither of my parents were particularly religious, though I guess they were as kids. But we kind of paid attention to holidays from a secular point of view.. So, yeah, we had a tree. And they were usually real ones.”
Zach smiled. “Well, thanks for being here to help me pick out my tree. It’s great to have you here in New York right now.”
They went up and down aisle after aisle until finally Zach stopped by a six and a half foot leafy tree.
“This is the one,” he announced. “Let me get someone to help us.”
They ended up scheduling it to be delivered to Zach’s apartment rather than them dealing with it themselves.
After it had been set up, Zach stood back and surveyed the tree. “What do you think, Pine?”
He put a deliberate stress on Chris’ last name that had him rolling his eyes. “Yeah, it looks great.”
Zach moved close to him and put his hand on Chris’ arm. “Ready to help me decorate?”
“Sure am.” He covered Zach’s hand with his. Then with his other hand he held up some mistletoe. He leaned over and kissed Zach softly. “Merry Christmas, babe.”
“Speaking of…” Zach murmured against his lips. “Is there anyway…?”
“I can stay in New York for Christmas?”
Zach sighed. “Sorry. I know I shouldn’t ask. Your family…never mind.”
“Zach, I didn’t say no.”
Zach’s gaze rose. “But?”
“But nothing.” Chris grinned. “I can stay.”
“Are you sure?”
Chris’ smile gentled and he kissed Zach again, longer, softer. “I’m sure.” He turned toward the tree. “Got your banjo?”
“Just get it.”
Zach walked away and returned with his banjo, a question in his eyes.
“Do you know ‘O Christmas Tree?”
Zach laughed. “Oddly enough, yeah.” He began to strum it.
“O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, How Lovely Are Thy Branches.”
December 23, 2019 at 4:39 am
Oh man! The adorableness of this! I like that Zach was the one to ask too. This pair is just too cute for words.
December 23, 2019 at 7:47 am
Thank you ❤
December 23, 2019 at 7:16 am
Aww! Super cute!
I wish there were pics of the two of them tree shopping 🙂
December 23, 2019 at 7:47 am
Right! That would be sweet!
December 23, 2019 at 8:05 am
That’s absolutely perfect!
Sources say that’s EXACTLY what……could have happened just this weekend!
We used to get pics of Chris at holidays. And when he went anywhere. But they sure are scarce now. Maybe next year after WW84 comes out and production on 4, 5, and 6 starts. (That brings us to the guys’ 50th birthdays almost!)
My first thought was, why didn’t Z say she saw WW AND ST, but then I realized that if she’d recognized Chris from ST, she would have recognized Z too and been giggling and blushing at them both.
All in all, thank you so much. Your Pinto makes me soooo happy, as does the fact you write them to have the good taste to appreciate peppermint mocha just like their biggest fan, and as Jim said, and yet, the more the merrier. O lucky Christmas Tree to witness what that one’s gonna experience over the next days, maybe even below its branches!
December 23, 2019 at 9:18 am
Yeah I figured giggly young girls would be more familiar with him from WW than Trek.
Well ya know the TOS guys got up there when they were doing their movies. We should definitely get a 4 let’s hope it does well enough to warrant that planned 5. (I saw Tarantino is now backtracking on his).
December 23, 2019 at 10:17 am
Yay!!! I wondered about that. I figured Tarantino was ALWAYS nothing more than a fall back position. Nobody wanted it that I know of.
And now that SW isn’t doing well, JJ is losing influence by the second, Tarantino being HIS idea and his friend.
I have nothing but love for him going far, far away.
December 23, 2019 at 10:34 am
Well I hadn’t heard that SW wasn’t doing well. I mean it’s still expected to make a gazillion dollars which is all Disney clearly cares about. And they even have a baby yoda thing going on now. JJ might be losing his influence though, i don’t know. Tarantino claims he wants to retire after his 10th film and that Star Trek would be too big of a film for him to want to do at this point in his life, so we shall see. I was willing to see it. But he’s fairly wishy washy anyway
December 23, 2019 at 10:18 am
And don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect to be around for our guys to reach their 50’s. But I definitely want it for them and for all of you who WILL be there.
December 23, 2019 at 10:35 am
Well unless I live as long as the old lady (93) I might not make it either! 😀
We shall see
December 23, 2019 at 11:36 am
‘Star Wars’ Leads Box Office With Disappointing $175.5 Million (hahahaha)
Final installment of Skywalker trilogy opens down 20% from ‘Last Jedi’ debut
George Lucas “felt betrayed” by Disney’s plans for ‘Star Wars’ sequel trilogy
Disney CEO Bob Iger has recalled early meetings that were held with the ‘Star Wars’ creator about the movies
December 23, 2019 at 12:13 pm
HA HA it still pulled in a total of $375 million world wide for it’s opening weekend. Something tells me Disney isn’t crying too hard.
December 23, 2019 at 12:36 pm
$175 but yeah. Except if it coase $375 to make! haha
December 23, 2019 at 12:40 pm
No, $175 is the US. $375 is the worldwide in its FIRST weekend. And it’s the holidays, movies are not the world’s priority. And for some of us SW movies are never our priority 😀
December 23, 2019 at 12:37 pm
December 23, 2019 at 12:47 pm
Cute! I’d pass out if I was that giggling girl! Can’t imagine meeting either of them!
They make such a cute couple. Love seeing them doing something so domestic together. I agree with Zach, I’d prefer convenience over having to cut my own tree. Ivan, now I have Zach singing O Christmas Tree stuck in my head. Lol! 🎄💚❤️🖖🎅🎅
December 23, 2019 at 1:08 pm
ha ha ha
December 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm
Oh I love this!!! Too cute!!!
December 24, 2019 at 8:58 am