Forever and Always: A Fairytale

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9

I woke up to a gentle knock on my door, so it couldn't have been Lily. I crawled out of bed and shuffle over to the door. When I open it, I see Ismael standing there looking down at my small figure.

"Good evening," he greeted, smiling at me.

"What time is it?" I asked.

"About 5:30," he answered, "I made dinner, so you don't have to worry about that."

"Where's Lily?" I hadn't fully woken up, but I found it odd that the house was was still unusually quiet.

"She hasn't come home yet," he informed me. He gently grabbed my hand and started escorting me to the dining table. "We can figure out where she is after dinner, Sweetheart, but right now it's time to eat."

We sat across from each other and observed the delicious looking good he had prepared us. As I was about to dig in, Lily bursts into the house.

"I'm home!" She sang before noticing Ismael and I at the dining table. Her eyes go wide in shock before they're clouded with guilt.

"Oh my gosh, were you two having a moment? I'm so sorry," she apologized, "I'll let you two get back to it." She then turned and made her way to the stairs.

"Wait, Lily, it's not what you think!" But before I could explain, she was gone. Great, now she thinks that her two best friends are courting when we aren't, we're just having a normal dinner.

When we were done eating, I placed the dishes in the sink and began washing them until a caramel hand stopped me.

"You might want to clear things up with Lily, Sweetheart, I can take care of the dishes," he told me. I give him a small smile and let go of the plate that I was in the process of picking up.

I didn't realize that I was blushing until I walked past the bathroom mirror. I was beat red. I've never seen myself so flustered, not even when I was with my first boyfriend, Mortella. Sure I blushed a little bit, but not to this extent. Not to mention, my blushing with my ex was easy to conceal, I just had to distance myself from him. Which is interesting because we were best friends since middle school.

Our relationship was going well, we hardly ever fought and always tended to the other's needs. But then he turned eighteen and joined the military, and after that, our relationship fell apart. We were constantly arguing, so we decided it'd be best to end things between us, and I haven't seen him since the break up.

As soon as I was outside of Lily's room, I knocked on the door and waited for her to let me know it was okay for me to come into the room.

Once I was in her room, I sat on her bed next to her and gave her a small smile.

"I'm sorry for ruining the moment," she apologized again, guilt evident in her eyes.

"You didn't ruin anything, we were just eating dinner like usual," I reassured her.

"Oh, okay," she said. She looked up at me and furrowed her eyebrows. "Why is your face red as a tomato if the dinner was normal?" She questioned.

"I can't help it," I argued, " He keeps calling me Sweetheart." She rose an eyebrow and was about to say something before there was a knock at the door.

Ismael peeked his head in and asked if he could speak to Lily privately. I nodded and politely left the room.

Ismael entered Lily's room and told her what he was looking for in a girl and it was close to a description of Elianna, but Lily didn't say anything.anything.

"Are you positive that this is the kind of girl you're looking for?" Lily asked him, making sure that he wasn't just giving her that description just so that she would stop nagging him.

"Yes, I want a girl who is smart, compassionate, has her life together, but is also fun to talk to and fun to hangout with," he replied.

"And you figured this out within a span of 24 hours?" Lily asked suspiciously.

"Yes." Ismael's head was held high indicating that he was confident with his answers.

Lily sighed. "It's hard to find girls that fit that description around here, but I'll do my best."

"Thanks, Lily," Ismael replied with a toothy grin, "I really appreciate it."

"Thank me when you get the bill," Lily replied with a friendly smile. She stood up and opened her bedroom door. "Come on, Ellie is waiting for us downstairs."

The two of them left the room and made their way downstairs to the living room.

"About time, I thought I was going to be a hundred years old by the time you two were done talking," I said with a goofy grin.

Lily chuckled and said, "Sorry, someone needed relationship advice." She was looking at Ismael before bursting into laughter.

"Yeah? Like what?" I asked.

Lily leaned down and whispered, "Ismael wants me to find him a girlfriend that's impossible to find around here."

My face went cherry red and she noticed. She gave me a mischievous smile and said, "Unless.....you know someone who fits the description."

"That depends on what the description is," I choked. By this time, Ismael had informed us that he was going to the bakery, so it was just Lily and I.

"Smart, compassionate, has their life together, and is fun to hangout with and talk to," Lily said, "You know, you."

"That's impossible," I denied, "I-I don't even feel that way towards him, not to mention I haven't known him for very long."

"Oh please, quit denying it," Lily said.

"And I still haven't gotten over Vulmar!" I cried. The room filled with silence as tension grew.

"I'm sorry, Ellie, I completely forgot," Lily said apologetically.

"It's okay," I said, "I know that I fit the description, but let me get to know him better and we'll take it from there."

"Okay."

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