Author's note: inspired by "Waiting For Superman" by DAUGHTRY.
It was that time of year where everyone would dress up as someone else, some of them trying to run away from themselves for at least one day, while the others would change into someone else just to have a little bit of fun. Yes, you've guessed it; it was the time for Halloween.
Riley Matthews, an eighteen year old daughter to Cory and Topanga Matthews, older sister to Auggie "Doggie" Matthews, Honey to Maya Penelope Hart - Hunter, best friend to Farkle Minkus, Isadora Smackle and Isaiah "Zay" Babineaux, looked at her reflection in the mirror and let a sigh escape her pink lips. It was her last year of high school, last year of living underneath her parents' roof, last year before she will be seen as an independent woman.
But those thoughts weren't the ones clouding her young mind.
12 years ago...
"Do, do, do, doodalee do, do, do, do, doodalee do," a six year old Riley sang cheerfully while hugging her best friend Barry the Bear with one hand and clutching the hand of her nine year old uncle Josh with the another one.
"Riles?" Josh asked quietly.
"Yes Joshy?" the small brunette responded beaming at him with her toothless smile.
"Who are you dressed as?" the young boy asked curiously while the two of them followed Josh's brother and sister in law, Riley's parents down the street they were walking around trick or treating.
"Joshy! A good girl and her best friend bear, just like every year!" Riley exclaimed proudly.
"But you've always been a good girl! You are a good girl! It doesn't count as a costume!" Josh argued.
"Yes it does!" Riley stated as if it was a fact.
"No it doesn't," the older boy didn't give up. "Why won't you dress up as Belle?"
Riley tilted her head to the side and thought about his suggestion.
"As Princess Belle?" the little girl questioned quietly.
"I can't," she whispered.
"Why?" Josh asked furrowing his eyebrows.
She stopped in the middle of the sidewalk and motioned for Josh to bent down so she would be able to whisper some words into his ear.
"I don't have a Prince," she noted. "And I would need to leave Barry at home because Princesses don't carry their teddy bears with them."
"I could be your Prince," Josh suggested when they caught up with the adults.
Riley looked yo at him, examining his features carefully, and shook her head.
"Why not?" the boy asked feeling disappointed.
"Because Prince Adam has fair hair, and your hair is jet-black," the girl stated.
Josh stared at her not able to believe that the color of his hair was her reasoning, but he decided to shrug it off. As long as she was happy, he was too, even if she decided to stay the good girl even on Halloween.
"Besides, I don't even have a princess crown," the little girl said as she skipped happily. But, as if it was meant to happen, Riley stumbled and started falling.