Episode 51: A Magical Night

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Yesterday was March 20th

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Yesterday was March 20th. It was time for the ball. Cole and I were going together again. There was something new this year, too. There was going to be a carnival before the ball in the afternoon.

In preparation of this, we slept at Cole's house. I wasn't sure if Alastair would want to go after everything he'd been through in the last year. I didn't want him to agonize over the decision. Especially if it meant he'd end up like he did after his brother took him to buy shoes.

Oh, well. It really wasn't that important. I wanted to have some fun with Cole. We didn't really let ourselves do that much.

Anyway, the carnival opened at noon, so we got there at 11:30. I really wanted to make the most of the three hours we had.

"What do you wanna do first, Cy?" Cole held my hand, looked into my eyes, and smiled.

"You can pick. I just wanna get on a Ferris wheel before we leave."

Cole leaned into my hair and whispered, "If you're sure..."

I loved Ferris wheels. They were a great way to get a good view of the town. From way up there, everyone was an ant. Sometimes, it was a relief to see the world like that.

He whisked me away. "Let's go then."

He brought me to a purple contraption that almost looked like a Ferris wheel. I never went on this ride, though.

"Cole." I stopped dead in my tracks. "I swear to gracious Minicha, I am not getting on that contraption."

He furrowed his eyebrows. "Isn't this what you wanted? A Ferris wheel?"

My cheeks burned. "That torture device is not a Ferris wheel! I am not a bat!"

Cole's cheeks turned red. "Sorry..." He looked around. "You wanna fly?"

"Sounds good," I said.

The kid helped me and Cole get secured into the ride after we got on.

The wind in my hair was incredible. It was like my flowing hair was my tail feathers. I was almost weightless. Without powers like the ones people like Alastair had, this was the closest I'd ever get to physically flying. VR was quite the sight, but it wasn't the same.

I was bouncing after we got off. "That was a great idea for a first ride!"

Cole's breath kissed my ear. "I'm glad. What next?"

"I want to go into that spinning room if we can find it."

He raised an eyebrow. "Spinning room?"

"Yeah." I closed my eyes. "You go into the room and pick a spot on the wall. They pin you to the wall with like gravity or something."

"Oh... that thing." Cole led me through the crowd. "I think I saw it while we were in line."

Yep. Cole led me straight to it.

It was fun, but I think I liked the flying ride better. It was fun to feel the wind in my hair.

After this, we played a few other games like the water pistol game before getting on the Ferris wheel. At that point, I was set. We could leave if the place was closing.

We got to the top of the ride and it was like the ant people on the ground didn't exist. I couldn't hear anything but the wind and the sound of our own breathing. It was nice.

"Isn't this nice?" Cole asked.

I nodded. "Up here, the rest of the world doesn't matter. We didn't have to worry about anyone or anything. I haven't felt like this in so long."

The city was amazing from up there. Just imagine what everything'd look like if we went after dark. With all the lights, everything'd probably look even prettier.

We went home to relax and get ready for the ball after that. I wanted to take a nice bath and make us a little something before we went.

And that was exactly what I did. I didn't really take baths anymore, but they could be nice. It was warm and I felt clean. With the soap and shampoo I used, what did I need perfume for?

I made us soup since it was light and easy to eat. I wasn't even sure I'd eat anything else.

We left around 5:30 since the doors would open at six.

I wore a pink top with a black, ruffled skirt. I didn't care about being extra fancy. Cole didn't care what I looked like. This wasn't our first date. We cared more about enjoying ourselves than dressing to impress.

"Is that chocolate fountain the liquid gold everyone claims it is?"

"Why don't you find out?" I grabbed his wrist and smirked. "Come on!"

Even if Cole backed out, I was getting chocolate. No trip to the ball was complete without it. I preferred it to the marshmallows unlike Ame.

Speak of the she-devil... She was here, too...

Cole and I looked at her sideways.

"What? I always come to this even if I change up the town!"

Sure, she did... Cole and I ignored her, got pretzels, and made our sticks of chocolate.

"You waited all year for this, didn't you?" Cole smiled and looked at me sideways.

I nudged him in the side. "Shut up..."

I rippled into my pretzel. The divine chocolate melted in my mouth. It was like gracious Minicha herself made the chocolate. I'd do anything to learn her secret.

"I can see why you wanted this so badly."

"Right? No ball is complete without chocolate."

Cole smiled and got off the wall. "I'll be right back. I'm gonna go get a soda."

Huh... Something was off. At the time, I didn't know what it was. Something was wrong with Cole...

Cole came back with a can of lemon-lime soda. "Wanna get out there in a minute?"

"Sure..."

I didn't wanna say so, but I really was worried about him after that.

Still, I managed to forget about it the rest of the night once we got on the dance floor.

Cole was as amazing a dancer as last year. Once we got into the beat, nothing else mattered. It was just the two of us out there.

It was a magical night I wouldn't trade for the world...

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Thoughts on Cy and Cole's dynamics here? Theories? Predictions?

~Shino out!

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