Love Never Dies
"It's perfect," I breathed to the reflection in the mirror. My eyes sparkled as I inspected the dress that I would undoubtedly choose. White satin flowed down my body, hugging me in all the right place, accentuating my hardly-visible curves. The delicate fabric was decorated with tiny diamonds along my chest, and it was sleeveless. It pulled in at the waist and, from there down, it puffed out slightly. I looked the part of a princess. The train was long, and I was surprised to see how wonderfully fitted and gorgeous the dress looked on me. "It's like it was made for you," Charlotte agreed softly. I twisted my torso around to get a good look. I shook my head and put my face in my hands. "What's wrong?" Charlotte asked as she gently placed a cool hand on my bare shoulder. "It's nothing," I whispered. "You don't like the dress?" her brow furrowed like she couldn't believe it. "No, no," I sighed. "I love the dress. I'm just...overwhelmed. I can't believe this is happening in three months. It's hard to get my head around it, you know?" Charlotte nodded. "I know. You're so young to be getting married." I smoothed my hands over the dress. "That's not it; I'm in love with Alex. There really was no use waiting. He's the only one for me. It's just so much stress. I feel like if I'm not good at being a princess, then I'll disappoint him." Charlotte smiled at me. "Don't even worry about it. Being a princess is easy, I've done it all my life. It will take some getting used to, because you're used to being a small town girl from the middle of no where. Seriously, Kate, you're going to be one of the best queens Sanatoria has ever had." I grinned back at her, "You really think so?" She shrugged. "Yeah, I really do. Not to mention the fact that you and Alex are absolutely perfect for each other. It's like two pieces of a puzzle. You have what he needs, and vice versa. I mean, you're still both crazily annoying, but..." I smacked her arm playfully and cried, "Hey!" She shook her head as she laughed. "The dress is flawless. Really incredible." I opened my mouth to speak, but my phone rang from somewhere deep in my purse. Selena's ringtone floated around in the small mirrored room. I dug around in my purse, still not finding the phone. Finally, I pulled it out from the very bottom. "Hello?" I answered. "KATE!" she screamed. "What?!" I answered, worried now. "You're famous!" she cried. "You're on the news and everything! All the papers!" Even though I knew it was coming, a little part of me was still very excited to hear that news. Selena continued. "You and Alex are all anyone talks about at school. You're popular! I'm popular, and it's all because of you, Kate! And you want to know the best part?" I was speechless; I tugged anxiously at the dress. "YOU AND ALEX ARE ON THE COVER OF PEOPLE!" My eyes widened in disbelief. "People Magazine? No way!" Selena babbled on. I looked at Charlotte, jaw dropped incredulously. Her face broke out into a smile and she nodded. "I saw it this morning," she whispered. I tried to focus on what Selena was saying, but I found it remarkably difficult. "I'm so excited for the wedding," she gushed. "Me, too," I mumbled, "I can't wait to see you. It's going to be really fun." Even though I was really excited to be Alex's wife, I was anxious about the wedding. First of all, it was in a week, and I didn't know if I was ready to take on all the responsibility of being a queen. I mean, first the wedding, and five days after that, the inauguration to become king and queen was a lot to process in only a few days. I absently wondered just how much stress someone could handle before they reached the breaking point...
Selena kept rambling. "Selena," I said abruptly, "I need to go. Charlotte and I are making some wedding plans." I didn't tell her I was picking out a dress, because I would have to describe it in length. I would just send her a picture later, I thought. "Oh, okay," she said brightly. "Talk to you soon." I hung up and tossed the phone into the bag. I wandered into the changing room and stripped off the dress. I looked at the dress again. I pictured myself walking down the aisle, getting closer and closer to my Alex. I could imagine that feeling, the feeling I always got when I saw his face. The butterflies in my stomach, the heat flowing into my cheeks. It was the best feeling in the world. I picked up the dress and carried it out to where Charlotte was standing. She used her credit card to pay for the dress. She wouldn't show me the price tag.
We both got into her Audi Coupe, and I placed the dress very carefully in the back seat. I buckled my seat belt and she pulled on her oversized sun glasses. "You know," she said, gathering her silky dark hair into a ponytail at the nape of her neck, "I honestly can't wait for the wedding. I can't wait to have my new sister." She let her hair drop and pulled the little silver car out of its parking space. "Me, either. I've never had a sister. Just idiot brothers." She laughed. "I have enough of those, too. Seriously, Nate is the most sarcastic kid I've ever known." I agreed, and I told her, "I'm so nervous. I know it will be perfect, because you'll make sure, but for some reason, I am absolutely freaking out." She sighed, "Don't worry about it. It'll will be fine, you have my word." I looked at her. "Thanks, Charlotte. For everything. I don't think I would have been able to do it without you." She smiled brightly at me. "That's what sisters are for, right?"