I stared at myself in the mirror. I had never worn anything like this before. It was beautiful. I span slowly, looking over my shoulder to see the effect. It was as though putting on the dress had made me forget everything bad that had happened. I was filled with a bubbling happy feeling inside me.
There was a knock on my door.
"Kayla? Are you ready?" I ran to the door and opened it. Tom stood in the doorway with Anna and another boy."Wow. You clean up nice." He grinned as he checked me out. I blushed and thanked him.
"Anna, you look amazing."
"Thank you." She blushed. "This is James." She pointed at the guy next to her.
"Hi James, nice to meet you."
"You too." He grinned. "Shall we go?"
"Yup." Tom agreed and offered me his arm.
"Why thank you." I laughed and linked arms with him. We headed through the castle to the servants hall, which was closed off while the inside was being prepared. Lots of other humans were wandering around, waiting, dressed in their finest.
"So, who prepares all this, if we're getting dressed up?" I asked, curious.
"The aliens do."
"Yeah. I told you, they're not all bad."
"Guess not." I wondered whether the Prince would be helping. I fervently hoped he wouldn't, because a strange feeling rose up inside of my when I thought of what his reaction to seeing me in this dress would be. But of course, he would be indifferent.
Why would he care?
"So we just wait here until they let us in?"
"Pretty much. It's worth it though. There's music and food and it's just a good time generally."
"Cool..." I stared at the doors, willing them to open. I needed a good time.
We chatted for a while, finding out about where we had all come from. We were all from England, but from different parts. It was interesting talking about places we had seen, although I began to get more nervous about what awaited me on the other side of the doors.
Finally, an alien appeared and announced it was time, and the doors swung open. We made our way gradually to the front and through in to the hall.
It was beautiful. The normally bare walls had been covered in wall hangings and cloths of different colours. It looked incredibly exotic and warm. Before I could take in much more, I felt Anna take my arm.
"Hey. The boys have gone to get us drinks. Let's grab a seat."