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Topic: Sibling(s) (05/01/08)
TITLE: Happily Ever After
By Caitlynn Lowe
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Aurora, the elder, dreamed of someday becoming a princess. She would often gather her storybooks together and read them aloud until she memorized each and every line. Then she would act out her favorite scenes -- usually those in which the princess was swept off her feet by the dashing prince -- with perfect skill. Jill, who had very little interest in fairy tales, but very great interest in her sister, shadowed Aurora as she went about her performances. In that manner, Jill learned the magical tales with a precision nearly equal to her sister’s.
But as time passed, Aurora and Jill grew, as all little girls do. They both started to become beautiful, bright young women, well on the road to success. Sadly, however, as the demands of daily life took hold in each sister’s life, the storybooks were now left on their bookshelves to gather dust, and the beloved fairy tales they contained were locked away in memories.
The magic was almost lost for good. But, oddly enough, it was saved upon Aurora’s journey to one of the least magical places in the world -- college. For it was there that Aurora met Charles.
Now, Charles was an ordinary fellow. He was neither prince, nor knight, nor elf. Their meeting was nothing of storybook-proportions, either -- they met as any other two people would, at a casual event for students. But, somewhere along the way, something happened.
Jill noticed it the moment she saw Aurora and Charles together. While there was nothing overtly romantic in their actions, they clearly cared for each other. And though the storybooks had long since been shelved, Jill could remember their contents, and she knew the signs: Aurora was getting swept off her feet, as all the princesses before her had been. The fairy dust had not been completely washed out of her hair and had followed her into the lonely realm of reality.
Several more years passed before Jill found herself toasting the couple at their wedding. And as she watched Prince Charming...er...Charles, take her sister’s hand and smile, she could think of no better words to toast them with than those which echoed from the past she shared with Aurora:
“May they live happily ever after.”
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