Forever and Always: A Fairytale

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4

I open my eyes and realize what day it is. A couple of days ago, Lily asked me if I would be Ismael’s “date” as he kept an eye on her to make sure this guy she was having dinner with didn’t try anything. I groaned as I crawled out of bed. However, I misjudged how far I was from the edge of the mattress and ended up falling out of bed. I heard a knock on the door and Ismael’s voice from the other side.

“You okay, Ellie?” He asked concerned. I gave him a grunt in return and proceeded to get ready for the day. As I walked into the kitchen, Lily tackle hugged me with worry on her face.

“Are you okay?” She asked worriedly as she gave me a head to toe assessment. “Ismael said he heard a thud come from your room this morning.”

“My knees feel like they’re bruised, but other than that I’m fine,” I reassured her. The three of us ate breakfast before Lily and I made our way to the bakery, while Ismael decided to start working at the local bank as a clerk. Apparently, he applied there before arriving here but wasn’t supposed to start his shift until today.

That afternoon, while pulling a loaf of bread out of the oven, I heard the bakery door open. “I’ll be with you in a minute!” I called from the kitchen. I sat the hot tray down on the stove and sat the oven mittens down on the counter beside it. I scurried to the front of the bakery where an unexpected, but familiar face stood waiting for me.

I immediately recognized his amber eyes and a smile grew on her face. “Long time no see,” he said cheerfully even though I saw him this morning.

“What brings you to my bakery, Ismael?” I asked.

"You mean OUR bakery," Lily corrected me from the back of the kitchen. I rolled my eyes at her and gave Ismael a pleasant smile.

Ismael chuckled. “I’d like to have a couple of pastries, please,” he said with a charming smile. I gave him a smile and began preparing his order.

"So, how's work?" I asked him, trying to start a conversation to fill in the silence.

"Boring and tedious," he replied in a miserable tone.

"I'm sorry to hear that," I said, sympathetically as I placed some pastries into a bag.

"How's business been?" He asked.

"Slow," I said handing him the bag, "I'll see you back at the house."

"You mean, WE will see him back at the house," Lily corrected me again as she came into the front room.

"Yeah," I said as I darted to the kitchen.

"She's adorable, isn't she?" I could hear Lily tease, causing Ismael to chuckle before leaving the bakery. The rest of the day was quiet until Lily and I got home and she started freaking out.

"What the heck am I supposed to wear?!" She screeched as she dug through her closet. I, on the other hand, was standing there holding the perfect dress for her that Ismael had brought from home. It was a long, emerald green dress with a sweetheart neckline and cape-like sleeves. It contrasted well with Lily's light skin and long, dark hair.

I handed it to her and her eyes lit up. "It's beautiful!" She exclaimed as she took it. Ismael handed her a pair of brown flats since we both knew she hated wearing heels. "Go get ready," I ordered before going to my room.

As I entered the room, I saw a white box with a ribbon on it sitting on my bed. I opened it and took out the beautiful dress, obviously not something I could afford. It was the red version of Lily's dress. I groaned and slipped it on. There were black flats that came with it, so I slipped those on too.

When I was dressed, I braided my bangs in a crown-like pattern that then lead down the center of my back with the rest of my hair down. I exited the room and climbed into the carriage where Lily and Ismael were waiting for me. Lily had her hair down and curled and Ismael wore a simple suit. I gave them a grumpy expression as they greeted me and complimented my dress as we made our way to the restaurant where Lily's supposed date was waiting for us.

A/N:

Sorry for the short chapter. I will be posting pictures of what the dresses are supposed to look like and the hairstyles on my wall.

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