Okay, let's make sure everything's ready. Tonight, everything has to be perfect. In a few hours, it will be a new year, symbolizing a new beginning for me and Harm.
We've been through so much to get to this point that I want us to go into the next year with nothing but hope for what the year will bring for our relationship.
I want tonight to be so special that I've got everything planned right down to the last detail.
I check my appearance in the mirror above my dresser, smoothing my midnight blue velvet dress over my torso as I turn to one side and to the other, studying the effect.
The off-the-shoulder dress has long, form-fitting sleeves and the bodice accentuates my curves in a way I'm sure Harm will appreciate. The skirt is full, falling to my ankles.
My shoes are satin heels, dyed to match the deep blue of the dress. Around my neck I am wearing a pearl choker, the milky white color providing a nice contrast to my dark clothes.
Both the dress and the shoes represent a rare indulgence for me.
I don't get much of a chance to really dress up outside of the occasional military ball, but when searching through my closet and small selection of fancy dresses,
I didn't find anything suitable for the effect that I want to create tonight, so I dragged Harriet to the mall for a little shopping expedition a few days ago.
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