Mikoto looked at her, tears in her eyes; she hated it when Mai got mad. "But Mai!" She cried. "I hate wearing those! They feel weird!"
"Okay." Mikoto said, defeated. She put them on. "Can I eat Mai's food now?"
"Yes." Mai laughed. They walked to the table where they ate, and began to eat.
Mikoto stopped eating and looked at Mai. "What's wrong Mai?" She asked. She followed her gaze, and saw the empty stand. "Oh, the tree."
"Yeah." Mai said. "I had one every year until now; it's just not gonna be the same."
Mai resumed eating, though Mikoto still looked at the stand; she didn't understand why a tree was needed for Christmas, but Mai wanted one, and that was enough for Mikoto to want one too. "What do Christmas trees look like?" Mikoto asked. "Are they special?"
"They are special." Mai looked at Mikoto. "They're beautiful. You get Christmas lights and rope them around the tree. You hang candy canes on the branches. Then put up ornaments, things that are special to you. And finally, you put a star on the very top. It's beautiful." She trailed off. Mai then remembered the most important part. "Then, when you're done, you put all of your presents underneath the tree."
"Because they're considered a fire hazard." Mai said. "Christmas is tomorrow, and we have no tree. How depressing."
Mikoto looked at the saddened Mai, and suddenly lost her appetite. She put her food back on the table and got up. "Mikoto." She looked Mai. "You didn't finish your breakfast. You didn't even eat half of it! Are you feeling okay?" Mai stood up and felt Mikoto's forehead. "You don't have a fever."
"I'm okay Mai." Mikoto told her. "I just .. ate too fast." She walked to her dresser and pulled out her winter clothing; a heavy red Fuka Academy coat, a pair of blue sweats, and a heavy hat.
"Wait." Mai said. "I thought you already bought my present."
"Uh.." Mikoto thought for a moment. "I meant I'm going to get your present from .. Nao. I left it with her. So you wouldn't peek."
"Oh. Well, alright. Just be back soon; I want you to watch my Christmas movies with me; you'll love them. 'Frosty the Snowman', 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer'. My favorite is 'The Year Without a Santa Claus'."
"I will." Mikoto remembered Mai telling her about Santa, saying they were supposed to leave cookies and milk for him on Christmas Eve. She didn't want anything from Santa; she only asked for Mai to cook for her.
Mikoto opened the door and left, leaving Mai alone. Mai cleaned up the dishes left over from breakfast, putting them in the sink and washing them. After drying the dishes and putting them away, Mai went to the fridge and opened it. She bent down and took out a large turkey; she was planning on sending Mikoto out later so she could cook the turkey as surprise, but now was good too.
"What?" Mai asked. "Why? Where're we going?"
"Waiting?" Mai said. "What-"
"Oh. Yeah, it did; thanks for helping me pick it out."
"No problem." Natsuki looked back at Mai. "I knew that one would fit you best."
"Same thing you got Mikoto." Natsuki replied. "Except it's blue."
"You'll see." Natsuki laughed. The two walked closer to the light, and Mai's eyes widened one she saw what it was. It was a Christmas tree, adorned with lights, candy canes, and several ornaments. Mai felt tears beginning to form.
Mai looked at her. "We'll do it together." Mai told her, putting the star in Mikoto's hands so they were both holding it. "On three."
"Okay!" Mikoto said. "One."
"Three!" They said in unison, placing the star on top. "MERRY CHRISTMAS!"
Just a quick note; the characters aren't canonically paired in either the manga or the anime. I just think this is how the series should've paired the two.