Forever and Always: A Fairytale

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I woke up the next morning to the sun peeking into my room through my window. I quickly shut them again because of the intense light and sat up in my bed. I yawned as I stretched my arms and legs and slowly crawled out of bed. I trudged over to my chest of drawers and picked out my outfit for the day before I grabbed my hairbrush and brushed the rat's nest that was my hair.

After several minutes of cringing from the pain of brushing my hair, I put on my outfit, which was a casual, sky-blue dress with black flats. I braided a small portion of my long, brunette hair down my back before walking into my bathroom and brushing my teeth. When I was done, I exited my room and proceeded down the wooden stairs and into the kitchen where Ismael and Lily were making breakfast.

"Good morning!" Lily sang as she filled my plate with food. I cringed. I hate mornings and greatly dislike it when people are overly happy in the morning. I'm a night person. I love staying up until ungodly hours of the morning, but no one will ever find me being excited about waking up in the morning.

Ismael chuckled as he made a plate of food and joined me at the dining table. I dug into my food, practically inhaling it. "Don't forget to chew," Lily reminded me with wide eyes.

"She'll be fine," Ismael said as he to a bite of his bacon. "Who's going to be taking over her shift at the bakery today?"

"You can," Lily said with an evil smirk.

"I don't think-"

"Okay," he replied as he finished his meal and walked upstairs to get ready.

I gave Lily a look that said "Really?". She just gave me a dismissive wave. "Shouldn't you be visiting publishing companies or something like that?" She asked.

My eyes widened. I completely lost track of time. I shot out of my chair, grabbed my keys, bag, and wallet, and darted out the door. I made my way down the main street before arriving at the local publishing company.

I made sure that I looked decent before entering the building and walking up to the secretary. "Hi, I'm here to see Mr. Eric Bira," I informed the woman. She pressed a button on the landline and informed him that I had arrived. "You may go into his office," she confirmed with a polite smile, "Down the hall, the last door on the right." I followed her instructions and arrived at a small office. I knocked on the door and waited for him to let me know when it was okay to enter,

"Come in," a male voice said from the other side. I opened the door and walk confidently into the room, closing the door behind me. "Please, take a seat, Miss Erris," he said, offering me a seat. I sit down in a chair across from him. "I understand that you would like to publish a book," he said with a polite smile, "May I see it?" I nodded and pulled out a copy of the manuscript. I handed it to him and he skimmed over it.

"Here's what I will do," he said, "I will have my team and I review it, and I will get back to you."

"That sounds like a good plan to me, "I told him. The two of us stood up and shook hands before I exited his office. I visited another company and then mailed the rest of the copies throughout the day. By the time I was done, it was almost time for Lily's shift to be over, so I stopped by the bakery to see Lily and Ismael throwing flour at each other and not cleaning up.

"Well, it's good to know that you two are having fun," I commented as I sat my things on the counter, "You're lucky that I wasn't an actual customer, Ara and Arun would have killed both of you if they knew you weren't doing your job." Lily just rolled her eyes while Ismael went back to cleaning up the kitchen. "I'll see both of you back at the house," I said, sternly before picking up my things and stalking out of the bakery.

When I got home, I pulled out some ingredients and began making dinner. As I cut up some potatoes, I begin to think about the way that Ismael's behavior changes when I walk into the same room that he's in. He smiles a lot more and does as he's told. Could he have feelings for me?

I shake away the thought and continue making dinner. By the time I'm done, Ismael and Lily get home. "Hey," Ismael greets as I set the table.

"Hi," I reply shyly. Why am I acting shy? I know him by now, kind of. I know him enough to not feel shy. I make a plate of food for everyone and sit down. "So, how was your day at the bakery?" I asked. The question was more directed towards Ismael rather than Lily, but she was the one who answered the question.

"It was good aside from genius here almost burning the bread," she said teasingly. I raised an eyebrow, playing along.

"That's not true!" Ismael protested. The three of us burst into laughter.

"How was your day?" Lily asked as she took a bite of her food.

"It was long but good," I said, "The companies here said that they will review the manuscript and get back to me."

"That's good news!" Lily said excitedly.

"Congratulations," Ismael said with a bright smile. The three of us finish our meals and get ready for bed. As I was walking to my room when Lily nearly tackled me and dragged me into her room.

"What the heck, Lily?" I asked her as she closed the door.

"So, I have a date on Friday," she said, bluntly. I wrinkled my nose in disgust, knowing what she was going to ask of me.

"No," I told her.

"Please? Ismael already said he'd do it, but he can't be there by himself," she begged.

"Fine," I said, "What time?"

"5:30, wear something nice," she said.

"But, I don't have anything nice to wear." I pointed out.

"Ismael will handle it," she reassured me before shoving me out of her room. causing me to bump into a hard chest. I looked up and saw Ismael looking down at me with a kind smile. I cleared my throat. "Sorry, Lily shoved me out of her room," I explained with red cheeks.

"It's okay," he said. We said good night to each other and went to bed. Lily definitely owes me for embarrassing me like that.

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