“Caetano, you must wear the clothes your father set out for you,” his nanny insisted. She had been taking care of the boy ever since his mother died a few months ago.
“Don’t wanna,” he mumbled into the pillow that his face was resting on. They all wanted him to dress in nice clothes and put on a nice smile for his father’s wedding, but he simply refused to get off the floor.
“Cae, please. I know you don’t want to do this, but if you do, I’ll get you a treat.”
His ears perked up just a little. Nana’s treats usually came in the form of toys or sweets.
“What kind of treat?”
“Anything you want.”
“Can I have earrings just like Mommy’s?” he asked, looking up at her. With his cute brown eyes, it was hard to say no.
“I can do you one better than a replica. How about I see if I can find you your mother’s actual earrings?”
He nodded and stood up, finally ready to get dressed.
Unfortunately, they didn’t find the earrings anywhere in the house and Caetano had to settle for a sugary snack.
When the bride walked through the doors, everyone commented on how ‘beautiful’ she looked in her dress. No one had called Cae beautiful when he walked in. No one paid him any attention at all, except for Nana. She said he looked adorable. She meant it as a compliment, but it still made him feel small, like he was unimportant. Caetano didn’t even bother to look at Tremaine. At least, not until someone made a remark about how her blue earrings glistened in the light.