“I do not want to go to the ball with William.” Lily stammered
“William is a fine man. You would be so lucky to marry a man of Williams stature.” Her mother replied.
“Mary will arrive soon to help you with deciding what gown you shall wear.” Her mother said leaving the room.
Lily nodded her head and stared into the mirror at herself. With her porcelain skin, vibrant blue eyes and long wavy dark brown hair, many of the young men in town had asked her father to court her, but alas William was the one he chose. She dreamed each night her true love would come and take her away, but she knew dreams were dreams and reality was William. Her blue eyes welled with tears. Her father had told her it was God’s will and she would come to love William over time, it had been months and she felt nothing for him.
Mary entered the room toting an assortment of dresses.
“Oh Miss Lily, why such a long face. Tonight is the ball!” Mary exclaimed as she laid the dresses on Lily’s bed and began to twirl about the room.
Lily giggled at the sight.
“Come Miss Lily and dance with me.” Mary said as she extended her hand out.
Lily rose and took Mary’s hand. They twirled and laughed until tiring.
“I suppose we must get to work and find the dress I shall wear this evening.” Lily said as she looked at the array of ball gowns.
“If I may say so, I believe the yellow dress would look wonderful on you.” Mary said with a smile.
Lily glanced at the yellow gown. It was a magnificent dress. A creamy yellow with white lace on the corset.
“I shall try it on first then.” Lily replied grabbing the dress.
Lily stood in front of the mirror, while Mary tighten the corset.
“Mary, its such a beautiful dress.” Lily said with a smile.
“Ah yes it is, but so much more beautiful with you wearing it Miss Lily.”
Lily twirled and the dress followed.
“Do you want to try on the others, Miss Lily?” Mary asked
“No. No Mary. This is the one. I will take this one.”
“Good choice. I will inform your mother a decision is reached.”
“Thank you Mary.” Lily replied as Mary gathered the other dresses and exited the room.
Lily twirled around a few more times in front of the mirror before Mary emerged in the doorway once again.
“Your mother asked me to inform you William shall arrive shortly to take you on to the ball.” Mary said as she shut the large white door.
Lily remained silent and took the seat in front of the vanity. Mary pulled up Lily’s hair into a loose bun with curls coming out the front to frame her face.
“Miss Lily, you can not be sad when you have the King of Kings on your side. He will send your love to you when it is time” Mary smiled.
William and Lily arrived at the castle. He helped her from the carriage and escorted her in. The ballroom was impressive with ceilings which seemed to reach the sky and large crystal chandeliers.
Descending the large red carpeted stairway she felt like a princess, if only she had her prince.
“I have some business to attend before we can begin our evening. I ask that you not cause a scene. Remember your place, please.”
“Yes William, I understand.” Lily nodded
“Sir, is everything well with you? Are you feeling ill?” James asked
“I’m sorry James, my mind seems to have gotten distracted.” Edward replied.
Edward glanced back at the lady he noticed standing alone. He was taken with her beauty. He had to approach her.
“If I may have pleasure of introducing myself. I am Edward.” He kissed her hand and bowed.
“Would you care to grace me with your presence on the dance floor?” Edward asked extending his arm toward the dance floor.
“I suppose it would be ok sir.” She replied
As they danced Lily felt as if the world melted away. It was just him and her. His dark brown eyes stared into hers and captivated her.
“James who is this young lady in the yellow dress Prince Edward dances with? I have never seen him so full of vigor.”
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