"Is it really that big of a deal to you?">"It's *not* to you?">She sounded almost offended, and you hesitated to answer.>Pinkie Pie cut you off before you could, though, and you breathed a sigh of relief.>"I mean, isn't gift giving the ultimate expression of love? You have to really, really know someone before you can just give them something! Or else it'll just sit in a closet forever, and that *totally* doesn't count as gift-giving! I mean, you still use that French Press I gave you on your birthday, don't you?"
"Every day," You answered honestly, your French Press was the reason you survived highschool without magic.>"So if I can't give Maud a great present, then how am I a good sister? I know everything you'd ever want, and Limey, and Marby, and Mother and Father, and Twilight, and everyone else, but Maud is so...">You would say "An utterly incomplete person", but that was rude, and Maud wasn't really that bad.
"Stoic?" You answer, hesitantly.>"No, Maud's as expressive as anyone else! Er...">You almost laugh at the thought of Maud being expressive, at laughing at stupid jokes or even smiling.>"She's... Spartan?"
"Spartan?">"Yeah! Like, she doesn't really need *stuff*, like she'd be fine living in a one-bedroom apartment while she worked on her doctorate.">Which is exactly what she was doing, you remembered.
"Maybe you could give her something heartfelt?">Pinkie tugged at her pink hair and muttered something under her breath, before she addressed you.>"Everything I give is heartfelt! I only *do* heartfelt!">And didn't you know?>Pinkie only spoke genuinely and only felt with her heart, it was your favorite thing about her.
"So how do you give someone that doesn't want anything something for Christmas?">Pinkie scoffed, and tugged at her hair, and suddenly you were reminded why yearly traditions didn't always need other people.>She turned to regard you, her face caught in between utterly made of stone and a cute pout.