(Name) and her stepsisters, Lucy and Sally, were left with Ivan, who was now unconscious. Their house had burned down, and (Name’s) stepmother had abandon them.
(Name) sat by Ivan’s side. She knew he would come around sooner or later. The way he was breathing was unsettling.
Sally and Lucy were still trying to comprehend what had happened.
“All of my dresses…are gone.” Sally whined.
“I don’t think that’s what we should be worrying about, Sally,” Lucy scolded,” Can you believe mother would just leave us like that?”
(Name) looked up, “ Mother? Where is she?”
“She left after the fire started…if it wasn’t for this guy here we would have been roasted. I guess she never cared about us at all. Now Sally and I finally realize how bad she really was. Now we know why you ran away, (Name). We know how bad she treated you…how bad we treated you…”
(Name) looked at Sally, who had a apologetic look on her face.
“It was stupid of us,(Name). I guess we were just trying to be like mother…now we realize how we DO NOT want to be like her. We are sorry.”
In all her life, (Name) never thought she’d hear them say that.
“I…I forgive you. Thank you.” (Name) said, giving both of them a hug.
“About mother…I don’t think she’ll be coming back.” Lucy said.
“I know, she won’t. We just have to move on without her. I’m sure we will ALL be better off without her-”
(Name) was interrupted by the sound of coughing. The three turned their attention to Ivan, who was now sitting up.
“Ivan!” (Name) rushed over to him.
“(Name)? You’re okay.” He said, softly. He pulled her into a tight hug, surprising her. “I was so scared…”
“I was ,too.” (Name) said,
“So, are these you’re sisters?” Ivan asked looking at Lucy and Sally.
“Uh, yes, Ivan, these are my step sisters actually.”
“Nice to meet you, oh, and thank you for saving us.” Sally said.
“Yeah, you’re really strong…” Lucy said. Sally punched her arm.
“It was no problem,” Ivan smiled, giving (Name) a questioning look. (Name) giggled, “I know, they’re a little weird…”
(Name) helped Ivan up to his feet, where he brushed himself off, and fixed his clothes.
“So, I think we should get back to town now,” he said walking past (Name). He walked out into the dirt road and squinted in the distance,”But I don’t know how we are going to do that…we have no horse or carriage to take us there…”
“To town?” Lucy questioned,” Why do we have to go there?”
“We really have no where else to go.” Sally rolled her eyes.
“ There is also a ball to attend.” Ivan said, “ I think we can also get you two join us.”
“What? A ball? No way, (Name) you never told us you were going to a ball!” Sally said, “How did you get in? You don’t look like royalty to me.” she said looking to Ivan.
“I’m a friend of the Prince.” Ivan said,” He says I can invite whoever I want to the ball.”
“Wow I thought only the really rich and important people get invited to the ball! And here we get invited! Is the Prince going to be there? Oh, I want him to be my date to the ball!” Lucy squealed.
Ivan cringed in surprise.
“No way, he’d rather be with me!” Sally argued. “(Name) don’t you think so?”
(Name) giggled and looked to Ivan, “ What do you think, Ivan? After all, you do know the Prince the most.”
Ivan tugged at his scarf nervously,” Well, I’m not really sure. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”
The sound of trotting hooves was heard in the distance. Ivan looked to see an old man with a grey horse. The carriage he had was wood and held a pile of hay.
“ What are you kids doing out here all alone? Not to mention you’re blocking the road there, son” He said looking at Ivan.
“Excuse me, sir.” (Name) piped up, “ Would you please give us a ride to town? I’m sure we can repay you somehow…”
The man stared at them suspiciously for a moment, “ Well, I guess I could. I was heading there anyway. No need to repay me, missy. I’d be glad to help. Now you all can just go in the back and get yourselves comfortable.”
(Name) mentally jumped joyfully. The four made their way into the carriage. It was really bumpy, and hay went everywhere.
“Ivan,” (Name) whispered to him while Sally and Lucy argued, “ Are you sure the Prince wouldn’t mind if we came? I really don’t think the royal family would allow all three of us in.”
Ivan rolled his eyes,’(Name), don’t worry about what the royal family thinks. I am part of the royal-I mean Prince Ivan is part of the royal family. I’m sure if he at least agrees to it, them it will be allowed by the rest.”
(Name) sighed. She was a little assured now, but still nervous. Oh, why did the bad feelings always settle in at the last minute? She had never been to a formal event like this before. She didn’t know what to do, how to act, what to say. What would they all think of her?
“Here we are.” The man said to them. The four climbed out of the carriage, brushing the hay off.
Ivan sneaked back to the man as (Name) Sally and Lucy made there way to the front gates.
“Thank you for the ride, sir. Here this is the reward for your good deed.” Ivan put a large amount of money into the man’s hands. His eyes nearly popped out of his head as he looked at the money in his hands.
“Son…y-you wouldn’t happen to be part of the royal family would you? There’s no way you could get this unless you were from the Palace…”
Ivan just smiled and put a finger up to his lips. He left the man and caught up to (Name).
“So where to now?” (Name) asked Ivan.
“Well, the Ball is tonight. The Price has given me a good amount of money to spend…”
The girls’ eyes lit up.
“…And I say you three can use this to buy yourselves dresses.”
Sally and Lucy squealed. (Name) jumped with joy.
“Oh, really Ivan? This is great! Maybe I can go and get that dress I had my eye on at the dress shop…but what about you?”
Ivan shifted ,”Oh, you don’t have to worry about me. I have plenty of fancy clothes.”
The shop was a little crowded. All the girls of the town also thought it would be a good idea to pick out their dress at the last minute for the ball as well. (Name) tried to find her special dress as Sally and Lucy continued to argue for who would be the Prince’s date. Ivan patiently waited outside the store.
“Ivan sure gave us a lot of money,” (Name) said, mostly to herself. “I never thought I would even be able to spend this much money on a dress for myself.”
After a long time of deciding, (Name) decided to get the special dress that was similar to the one in her dream. It was a perfect fit when she tried it on in the fitting room, and the shop owner even said that dress had never looked so perfect on anyone before.
Sally and Lucy ended up buying these dresses: http://www.world-trades.com/photo/461/4751/quincenera-dresses--ball-gowns-423.jpg
When the three came out of the store, Ivan was fast asleep. (Name) giggled and softly shook him.
“Ivan, wake up. We’re done shopping.”
He yawned and stretched, “Really? Oh, look at the time!” he stood up,”It’s almost time. We should all get ready now. (Name) I’ll meet you at the Town Square in a few hours, okay? I‘ll let the guards know that I- uh I mean Prince Ivan invited you.”
(Name) nodded. She blushed as he gave her a quick kiss and ran off.
“Oh, it’s going to be wonderful…” she sighed to herself and caught up with Sally and Lucy.
Ivan was nearly out of breath as he made it to the gates of the Palace. He felt butterflies in his stomach. Tonight, he was going to reveal himself to (Name). She would find out that he was really the Prince.
Inside the Palace, Ivan came in straight through the front doors, startling the servants.
“Your highness! You’re here!” One of them exclaimed.
“Yes, I am. Now please ask me no questions. I need to get ready for tonight’s ball. I have found our future princess. “
“Of course, your highness, I’ll let the others know right away.”
(Name’s) eyes sparkled as she gazed at herself in the mirror. She looked like a real princess. Just to think not long ago, she was still at her house doing chores and dreaming of this. Tonight, she would be with Ivan at the ball. She wondered if she was going to get lucky enough to meet the Prince in person. The thought of it made her heart skip a beat. She wondered who the Prince would choose to dance with that night. Even if it wasn’t her, wish she knew it wouldn’t be anyway, she would be completely happy with Ivan. He was really nice, and (Name) knew that they were very good friends. ..maybe even more.
“(Name), come on! Aren’t you ready yet? We’re going to be late !” she heard Lucy’s voice say.
“Coming!” (Name) yelled back as she finished fixing her hair. As she stepped out of the dressing room, Sally and Lucy stared at her in awe.
“Wow,(Name) that dress is…really pretty on you.” Sally said.
“Thank you.” (Name) said. “ I like your dress, too. And yours too, Lucy.”
The two smiled at her. “Well, let’s go then. The Prince might choose someone else if we don’t hurry!”
Night had finally set in. The air was cool, and the sky was clear with the moon shining brightly. The people were all in a cheerful mood, dancing along to the music that played. \Colorful lights were all around the trees and buildings, making it look like a wonderland.
“Ivan! I’m so happy for you!” Katyusha, Ivan’s sister exclaimed. “You finally found someone! Is she pretty? Is she nice? What does she look like?”
“You’ll see.” was all Ivan said as he finished touching up. He had changed into his royal uniform, specially made for this night. He tried to put any negative thoughts out of his head. What if she were to be too overwhelmed by this? Would she be mad at him for not telling her sooner?
“Your highness, it’s time for your appearance.” One of the servants said. Ivan swallowed, and made his way out into the crowd.
“I don’t see him anywhere.” Lucy said, standing on her tiptoes. Sally was also looking.
(Name) was upset. She had arrived here thirty minutes ago, excepting to see Ivan. He hadn’t shown up yet. Maybe he wasn’t going to show up at all.
She sighed and sat herself on a nearby bench alone. She watched as all the others were dancing or talking with their dates. She wanted to do nothing but leave now. Ivan totally stood her up.
(Name) wiped a tear away from her eye. All this for nothing. She stood up and pushed her way through the crowd. Someone bumped into her, knocking her down to the ground. People around her cleared away. (Name) quickly got up, only to be face to face with who looked like to be the Prince himself.
People were now talking in hushed tones. (Name) felt her legs become weak. There she was, right in front of Prince Ivan himself. What scared her the most is that he looked exactly like the other Ivan she knew.
“Hello (Name)” he said softly.
She felt her throat tighten. How did he know her name?
“Y-you know my name…?” She asked.
“Of course I do.” he laughed,” It’s me, (Name).”
She took a step back,” What? Ivan? It’s it really you?”
Ivan took a step forward, taking one of her hands,” Yes, (Name). I was a Prince the whole time.”
It was real. But how? Life as she knew it made no sense anymore. It was wonderful. Her doubts were all wrong. All that mattered now was this moment.
“May I have this dance?” He asked.
(Name) could only nod as she gazed into his violet eyes.
[Song played: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnZrWWUFl8I
A beautiful melody began to play. It was the same one she heard in her dream. Ivan tucked one arm gently around her waist., and twirled her around. Her dress spun smoothly as the two sung and swayed. Ivan held her close. She began to feel herself flow with the music.
The two continued to dance gracefully like angels on ice. The people around watched in amazement. Sally and Lucy stared with their jaws dropped.
As the song came to an end, Ivan slowly leaned in as kissed (Name) on the lips. (Name) wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him back. She felt him pull her close as well.
The two finally pulled apart for breath. (Name) felt dizzy and giddy with love. Ivan smiled and gave her another kiss on the cheek.
“(Name)? I know this is a little sudden…but, will you be my princess?”
(Name) smiled,” Yes, yes Ivan. I would love that.”
Ivan twirled her around once more, and took her hand. He led her to Katyusha, who had tears in her eyes.
“Oh, that was so beautiful! Ivan, I’m glad you found your princess! She’s so pretty too!”
(Name) laughed as she was pulled into a tight hug. “Ivan, this is…?”
“Katyusha, my older sister.” Ivan said. “Katyusha, this is (Name).”
“Very, very nice to meet you. Now come, you two. We must announce your engagement.” She dragged them back to the center of the ball.
Sally and Lucy ran up to (Name).
“(Name)! You are going to be a princes!” Lucy cried.
“And that Ivan guy was the Prince all this time!” Sally exclaimed. They both laughed and hugged (Name).
“Attention, attention, please. We now have our new princess, (Name). She and Prince Ivan will be married this spring at the Palace. Thank you all for attending this ball, we look forward to seeing you at the royal wedding and I hope you enjoy the rest of your night.“
Katyusha had a crown with (color) gems on it, and placed it on (Name’s) head.
The people around all began to bow. (Name) watched as even Sally and Lucy did a little curtsy.
Ivan nuzzled her softly on her cheek.
“I love you (Name)” Ivan said sweetly.
“I love you, too.” (Name) blushed.
To be continued??????