The Light Fiasco

"Can you believe it? It's only ten days until Christmas!" Mush cheerfully said to Blink as they unloaded a few boxes out of the back of Mush's yellow jeep. "It's our first Christmas living together, and I really want it to be the best."

"That's why we are actually decorating the outside of the apartment. You got the lights, right Mush?" Blink called out.

Mush nodded, and dropped a cardboard box on their small lawn right by Blink's feet.

"My parents had, like, six extra strands of icicle lights, so they gave them to me."

Blink rubbed his hands together. "Well, let's get going. It's freezing out here!"

"Okay," Mush said, and opened one of the boxes. He proceeded to dump it out of the ground.

"No, don't do... Never mind," Blink called out, trying to stop Mush from emptying the contents of the box, but he was too late. There on the frozen grass was all the icicle lights, tangled in one gigantic heap. "Oh Mush, this is gonna take forever to untangle now..."

Mush looked at the pile. "Whoops!"

Blink shot him a look, threw his hands up, and groaned. "Fine! I'll do it then."

He began the time-consuming and annoying task of trying to figure out which strand is which. After five minutes of searching, Blink finally found the end of one strand.

"I am victorious!" he bellowed out, pumping his fist in the air.

Mush simply stood there smirking, and rolled his eyes at him. Blink shot him a look, and went back to work. Ever so often, Blink would mutter curses under his breath about Mush being idiotic, which caused Mush to snicker a bit. That in turn with the comments he interjected caused Blink's concentration to break, and wore his patience thinner and thinner.

"You know what, Blink?" Mush interrupted for the fifth time.

Blink stopped, and took a deep breath. "What do you want now?" he said through clenched teeth.

"You're taking an awfully long time, and you still don't have one strand untangled yet." Mush said to him, matter-of-factly.

Blink stared at him, narrowing his eye. "Do you want to do this?" Silence. "I thought so," he concluded, turning his attention back to the lights. Mush, seeing that Blink's patience was almost close to zero now, tried with all his might to stifle his laughter. It didn't work that well, and he snorted a few times.

A few minutes later, Blink finally had some good news. "I beat it! A strand is free!" Blink shouted joyfully.

Mush muttered 'finally' under his breath, but loud enough for Blink to hear, and he glared at Mush in return.

"Shut up, Mush. Come help me string them up."

Mush followed him up to the house. His job now was to hold the ladder so Blink wouldn't fall. He had to continue to bite his lip, for Blink had only untangled one small strand that would only last them a few feet of the roof.

Blink got to work stringing to icicle lights up, for once actually knowing (for the most part) what he was going. It only took him ten minutes to get them hung. He jumped down off the ladder, grabbed the end of the plug, and plugged them into the outlet. And proceeded to groan.

"Now why da hell are they blinking?" Blink said, the agitation in his voice extremely evident.

Mush snorted. "Oh my god, Blink, you made them blink! Get it? Your name's Blink, and now the lights are blinking? Isn't that a good one?"

Blink turned to him, a death glare on his face, arms crossed, tapping his foot, getting more annoyed by the second. "Fine. If you think you're so smart, why don't you finish stringing the lights?"

Mush shrugged. "Sure," he said, and set to work. He walked up to the one strand already up, and clicked a button on the plug, switching them off the 'blinking' mode.

Then he quickly walked over to the tangled pile of the remaining lights, and picked up a strand. Within minutes, he had untangled all five remaining strands. He flashed Blink a grin as he skipped off to hang them, who just stood there staring at him. Fifteen minutes later, all the lights were perfectly hung and lit, looking as if they were professionally done.

Mush hopped off the ladder and faced Blink. "There. That wasn't so hard now, was it Blink?"

"I am going to KILL you, you know that?"

"It's not my fault you're incompetent at hanging Christmas lights," Mush responded with a smirk.

Blink stared at him for a few seconds, before breaking down into fits of laughter, which got Mush going as well. Once they finished laughing, Blink looked over at their work.

"Wow, that looks great Mush."

"Yep. I'm the best Christmas-light-hanger there ever was."

Blink shook his head. "Let's go inside and get some hot chocolate, and sit by the fire."

"I'd like that." Mush leaned in a bit, catching Blink's lips in a kiss. In between kisses, Mush added, "But first," kiss "we have to," kiss "put up the tree," kiss "and hang those lights."

Blink stopped kissing Mush. "Please tell me those aren't a tangled mess."

Mush smiled sheepishly. "Maybe a bit..."

Blink groaned. "I am not going anywhere near tangled Christmas lights again... You do it."

"You know you love me for being great at hanging lights."

Blink shook his head and laughed. "Merry Christmas, Mush," Blink said and kissed his boyfriend one last time, before linking hands and heading inside.

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