I Hate Shopping

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Standing in the heart of Johnny's, you would see a strange creature dashing back and forth. Only the dark of her hair zooming passed in a haze would capture your eyes as she went from aisle to aisle. Her tiny figure, touching and gazing and a range of dresses as she found enjoyment in her event.

"Elli, you have got to see this dress!" She beamed a smile at me as she gestured towards a velvet gown.

I trudged my way towards her as she encircled the gown. I stood before it and realised it was the dress I had seen before, back when I was here with Xavier. I felt a sudden jolt of coldness as I shuddered to even think of that man, my fingers unconsciously hovering over my lips.

"What are you thinking about, right now?" Amanda leaned in, her cheek touching my own as I could smell the sweet scent of her fruity perfume.

"Nothing," I shrugged, "I just remember seeing this dress before."

"You did, when?" Amanda grabbed my arm and shook it gently. I chuckled slightly to myself as to how cute she acted at times.

"How old are you, Amanda?"

"Me? I'm 21." She blinked and then started gazing at the dresses once again, her hands flowing through each material.

"21? Then we're the same age," I stated in surprise.

"We are? Awesome hey wait, why do you sound like you're so shocked?" She replied sourly, though she had a glint of amusement in her eyes.

"I came here when your dragon of a brother-sorry- ordered me to have his suit ready for some event when I accidentally, not on purpose ripped his suit." I ducked my head slightly, feeling somewhat of shame even though I knew there was no need.

"Darius a dragon? Oh my God, that is the most hilarious thing I have heard." Amanda caught a few heads turning as she guffawed her way through a stretcher of clothes. Laughing her head of as her cheeks began to swell in joy. The round cheeks were red with from her laughter as she wiped a few tears.

"I'm sorry, I didn't really mean to call him that-"

"No way, he deserves it sometimes!" She yelled, causing me to apologise a few customers. "I mean there was one time when it was my birthday. Instead of surprising me with a present, he ended up throwing a pie full of cream on my face." She scowled and circled a finger around her face to show how disgusted she was.

I chuckled slightly to myself, though I couldn't imagine the frightening, tall man to even have such kind of humour. Then again I didn't know him as personally as his own sister.

"It must have been funny though," I replied.

She sighed and lifted her head, as though she remembered something quite dear. "Yeah, actually it was and I kinda wish we could go back to those days."

I chewed down on my lip, "but you seem to show a lot of affection to one another."

"Yeah, but we don't really get to see each other as much as we used to, things have been a bit hard for us." She waved her hands around, her face now solemn with an unnerving emotion.

"I'm sure you're glad to see him now though, especially since you'll be going to the gala with him." I reassured, patting her on the back.

She turned around and smiled slightly, as she nodded her head.

"It is, I am happy but quite afraid for what might happen." She flashed her eyes and clenched a fist over her chest.

I wasn't sure what she meant but did not want to press on the matter, clearly she didn't feel comfortable talking about it all. Then again I was still confused about what it was, perhaps something to do with their family or maybe even having to be around many people at such a huge event.

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