The Second Chance

Chapter 12: At the ball of her dreams

That night André was nervous, in fact, he never have been more nervous than tonight…He was walking around the room, because he couldn´t stay still…Distant voices echoed into his ears…The voices of his Oscar and grandma…His grandma was helping Oscar to get dressed, which wasn´t an easy task…

Nanny:“You´ve finally decided to wear a dress! I´m so happy! No, where is that corset? Oh, here it is!”

Oscar:“Ouch!” she screamed.

André:” Oscar wearing a dress?! Must be a nightmare! My Oscar…” he felt sorry for her. Her cries could be heard miles away…

Oscar:“Ah! D-don´t tie it so tightly, it hurts!” she yelled, while nanny was tighten the corset.

Nanny:“Stay still please!”

Oscar:“Stop that! This corset is like an armor!”

Nanny:“How should I tie the rope? French style? Turkish style?”

Oscar:“Anything is fine!”

Meanwhile André was thinking Oscar in a dress…

André:“With her long legs, she´ll look like a scarecrow covered with a piece of cloth!”

Then, the door opened and his grandma came in…

Nanny:“André, there you are! Look at the lady in a dress, you won´t believe your eyes.”

They walked to Oscar…When he saw her, he couldn´t believe his eyes…His eyes went wide open: He had never seen anyone so beautiful…

André:“Ah.” he sighed.

Oscar:“It´s very tight…I can barely walk…”

André:“B-but…You look very beautiful…” he managed to say.

Oscar:“Really? It´s not wrong if I do this just once in my life. Nanny, don´t tell my father.”

Nanny:“Yes, I understand.”

André: “The carriage is waiting for us, Oscar.”

Oscar:“Yes…” she smiled mildly.

She was anxious…Because tonight would be the night she would confess her feelings towards him…

He offered her his arm, which she took and off they went.

Soon they arrived to the mansion, where the ball was held…

Everybody was looking at Oscar at the ball and admired her beauty. Every man in the ballroom was looking at her, when she walked with André…As they stopped; the dance had already begun… Then one man came to her and asked her to dance.

Oscar:“I´m sorry, but I´ve already promised to dance with someone.”

When the man walked away, André looked around and then turned towards Oscar…

André:“Is that Fersen you are looking for? He doesn´t seem to here.”

Oscar:“Yes, it seems that way…” she smiled. Oscar couldn´t say that it wasn´t Fersen she was thinking of.

On a whim André asked her to dance with him, and she said yes. They had been dancing together many times before, but not like this…He held his hand on her thin waist, and for the first time he could feel her feminine figures; her whole body was so slender and fragile…As they danced together, he felt as he was dreaming…

André:“Oscar! You´re so beautiful, like Aphrodite! Looking at you is intoxicating.”

She didn´t reply, she only smiled…She was happy; she was in the arms of the man she loved, dancing with him…hearing those wonderful words from him…All that made her life worth living.

They danced couple of dances together, but then André felt that Oscar wasn´t feeling well; it was her corset wearing her down. So, he suggested that they would leave, and they did. As they stepped to the garden, Oscar walked to the fountain and took a deep breath…In the open air she could breathe more freely. André went after her, because he needed to know, why she was acting like this. Why was she wearing a dress, all of a sudden?

André:“Oscar, what happened that morning between you and Fersen?”

Oscar was surprised…She didn´t reply.

Then, André got hold of Oscar´s arms and pulled her near. Oscar could feel her heart beating fast…

André:“Oscar, did something happen?!”

Oscar smiled and nodded:“He proposed to me…”

André was shocked… he couldn´t say anything…His eyes became wet with tears…“Oscar…” he let go of her arms and stepped few steps back... He had lost…Everything would be over for him…

Oscar:“I said no.” she smiled.

André was stunned…She had turned HIM down?! He wanted to ask her the reason, but he was speechless…

Oscar:“Because I don´t love him…anymore.”

Those words were like golden for André. How long he had hoped for that Oscar would forget about Fersen…He smiled…A tear of happiness fell down his cheek…

André:“But, Oscar…I thought you were dressed like this because of Fersen…If it wasn´t for him, then why…” Then, a thought came into his mind…Could it be…“me? She asked me to come along…and she danced with me…” he felt sudden happiness…and his heart beat fast…

Oscar got scared; when it came to fighting and even giving her life for some reason, she wasn´t afraid…but, when it came to love, it was totally different. It was like an unexplored wilderness and that scared her.

Oscar tried to run away, but André grabbed her hand…

André:“Oscar!” he pulled her near…He had to try his luck…He couldn´t hide it anymore…He had to say it out loud:“I love you!”

Then he embraced her and kissed her. Once again she could feel the lips she had longed for…the lips she knew…She kissed him back…And their kisses were very passionate…

Then André confessed his feeling towards Oscar…

André:“Oscar…I wonder how long it´s been. Every time I see your blonde hair grazing the tip of your nose…Every time your eyes, framed by silky eyelashes the color of the night, look at Orion in the winter sky…Every time you let out a sweet sigh from those cold looking lips…” then he kissed her…After a while, he continued his confession…

André:“Something feverish always wells up inside of me. I cannot get my feelings to calm down. These past ten years, I´ve only seen you, I´ve only thought of you…I´ve never even laid my eyes on another woman. I love you! I would do anything for you!”

Oscar was crying…No one had ever said those sweet things to her…She was in his arms…holding him tight…

Oscar:“André…André…Even knowing that you loved me, I still kept on loving Fersen…I was blind…I should have realized sooner that you were the one….for me…all along…” then she looked into his eyes and asked…“Could you still love someone like me?”

André:“I love everything about you, for the rest of my life.”

Oscar:“André! I love you, too! With all my heart!”

They kissed each other passionately…

By that time, everyone had come to look at the scene between Oscar and André…There was no doubt anymore about those two…

A lady was so touched by André´s confession to Oscar…that she was crying…“Ah, I wish that my husband would be more like him!” she said to another lady. “They are so sweet together!” she replied “But, I wonder, what will happen, when her father is going to find out?!” Yet another lady joined in their conversation…“As if there isn´t enough troubles already. Did you hear that the Black Knight had broken into another mansion again and stolen all the diamonds?!”

“What?! Again!” a lady got worried.

The Black Knight had caused so much grieve amongst the nobles by robbing their jewels…Soon, he would face Oscar and André…

To be continued…

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