To Eveline’s dismay, the day of the ball arrived. The day dawned and the girls were thrown into a whirlwind of activity. They had last minute arrangements to make, and the last adjustments on their ball gowns.
Finally all the last minute preparations were finished and it was time for them to get ready for the ball. Harper was waiting in Eveline’s room with the ball gown in her hand. Harper helped her into it.
Eveline looked great in her elegant, but simple green ball gown. The lace sleeves covered her hands, ending when they reached her fingers. Harper pulled her hair up into a braided bun with curled wisps of hair framing her face.
“You’re all set,” Harper said, placing her hands on Eveline’s shoulders.
“Thanks,” Eveline smiled, looking over her shoulder, “Can you give me a minute?”
“Of course,” Harper left the room.
Eveline looked into the mirror and took a deep breath. She closed her eyes and tried to clear her mind. There was a knock on the door.
“Come in,” Eveline called out.
The door opened and Elaine stepped into the room. She looked absolutely ravishing. She was in a floor length, blue dress that sparkled with every movement she made. Her hair was curled and allowed to bounce lightly on her shoulders.
“Hey,” Eveline said.
“Hi,” Elaine said, “We haven’t had a lot of time to talk for the last couple of days.”
“No we haven’t,” Eveline agreed.
“I just wanted to apologize for what happened a few days ago,” Elaine said, “I shouldn’t have snapped at you like that, you didn’t deserve it and I didn’t mean what I said about you not caring about us.”
“I know. It’s okay,” Eveline said, hugging Elaine to let her know she was forgiven.
“Thank you,” Elaine said, “Well, you look beautiful.”
“Thanks,” Eveline smiled embarrassedly, “So do you.”
“Don’t be so nervous,” Elaine said, noticing Eveline’s shaking, “We’ll get through this together.”
“Thanks,” Eveline took a deep, cleansing breath.
Elaine linked arms with Eveline and together they walked through the castle and into the ballroom. The sight was so picturesque. The girls were dressed in beautiful gowns. The partners were already dancing around the dance floor.
Eveline stuck to Elaine’s side as they made their way through the dance floor and to the other side where Helena and Lauralie were standing. It didn’t take long for all of Eveline’s sisters to be whisked off to the dance floor. Eveline stood half hidden behind a marble statue as she watched her sisters’ dance around the dance floor.
The ball had been going on for a while when Eveline started feeling sick. She could feel the room start closing in on her. Everywhere she turned there were people. They were surrounding her. The walls were closing in on her and the people started pushing against her. She couldn’t take it anymore, she needed air. She managed to weave her way through the throng of people and into the garden.
Outside the stars sparkled brightly, and the moon illuminated the entire garden in its full glory. She walked around the garden until she found an out of the way bench and sat down, taking deep breaths to steady herself.
“What are you doing out her all alone?” a voice came from above her head.
She jumped and looked up. Joshua was standing above her, where a tuxedo.
“Oh,” she breathed, “I just needed some air. What are you doing here?”
“Same as you. Too many stuffy people pressed into one room, a person has to escape from all of that.”
“I know the feeling,” Eveline breathed.
He took a seat next to her. They talked until they figured they needed to start getting back to the ball before somebody started missing them. Eveline hung back at the balcony doors.
“Would you like to dance?” Joshua asked, holding out his hand.
“Um,” Eveline hesitated, “I don’t think so.”
“Oh come on,” Joshua urged, “You’re here. You might as well dance.”
“Oh, well. I’m not very good at it.”
“Don’t worry about it,” Joshua said, grabbing her hand and leading her onto the dance floor.
Joshua held her in his arms and they began to dance.
“Don’t look at your feet,” Joshua whispered to her.
“I don’t want to step on your feet.”
Eveline looked up at him, and looked into his face. It wasn’t very long before Eveline was stepping on his feet, and tripping over her feet.
“I told you I wasn’t good at this,” Eveline apologized after stepping on his toes for what seemed like the hundredth time.
“Don’t worry about it,” he grimaced.
By the time they song ended they were finally dancing smoothly together.
“Well, that was an experience,” Joshua laughed.
“Yeah, I guess,” Eveline smiled, “I’m sorry for stepping on your toes.”
“Its fine,” Joshua said, leading her to the refreshment table.
In the early hours of the day Eveline finally was able to drag herself into her room. Harper was sleeping in one of the chairs in Eveline’s chambers when she walked in. Eveline went about quietly getting ready for bed. She was just about take her hair down when Harper jerked awake.
“Eveline,” Harper yawned, “When did you get in?”
“Just a few minutes ago.”
Harper stood up and started helping Eveline take her hair down and brush it out. As Harper did so, Eveline gave her all of the details about the ball. They were still talking by the time made its appearance on the horizon.