“I’m not gonna let you miss your one and only prom.” My mom stood her ground and wouldn’t budge when I told her I didn’t even have a date. “But, mommm.” “But nothing!”
We continued to stroll around the store, looking at dresses. Most of them were the generic formal dress and others were just weird. I secretly gave up hope on trying to find THE dress and put in minimal effort in searching the racks.
My mother pulled dress after dress, inspecting it before showing me. The only thing that could go wrong in her mind was if I liked a dress that she didn’t approve of. Even through my minimal efforts, I saw it. I saw THE dress. It had a backless rose gold glittery top with delicate chiffon draping from a high waisted middle.
I felt the fabric and showed my mother, my face expressing everything I felt about it. Her expression matched mine. With an excited squeal, she said, “Go on, try it on in the dressing room! Gooo!” I rushed to the lady who gave out the numbered cards. She gave me a one and directed me towards the female side.
I walked back out to my mother. “It fits!” “Oh my goodness! Yes!” At the cashier, it rung up to be $50. I cringed at the price display, yet my mother remained excited. In the car, we rushed home so I could do my makeup and hair. This was last minute shopping since the prom is tonight.
After about three hours of getting ready and perfecting my heavily hair-sprayed hair and my winged eyeliner, I put the dress on and I was ready. My mother yelled out poses as her phone flashed with each photo. All of my friends had dates, so I would be going alone. The thought I dreaded the most. But there’s no going back now.
My mom drove me to the school and I stepped out. All worries aside for a moment, I felt like a queen stepping out of the car. And I could tell some other girls thought so too, but were too intimidated to say so. I waved to my mother goodbye before turning to enter the building.
A few hours had went by, full of active dancing and loud chattering. I went over to the refreshments and poured myself some water. I looked across the hall. Goosebumps and chills. I saw a boy. THE boy. Love at first sight? Maybe. I felt the sudden need to get him to notice me. I… needed…him.
He suddenly looked back at me, right into my eyes. Goosebumps and chills. He started walking towards me and smiled. Goosebumps and chills.
“Hey, I couldn’t help but notice how pretty you look even from such a distance.” I couldn’t do anything but awkwardly laugh and blush too hard. As if on cue, a slow song started. “Would you like to dance with me?” I nodded and put my hand in his.
Our hands touched. Goosebumps and chills.