Author’s Note: I rarely write fictional pieces. Actually, this is the first one in recent memory. I wrote this back a couple months ago for a simple assignment at school. I didn’t think much of it when I wrote it then, but it’s one of my favorite fictional pieces now.
“Are you ready yet?” said a familiar deep voice. “We are going to be late.” Drew’s patience was once again running low with his wife.
“Almost ready!” Katie yelled. She was upstairs in the bathroom working to place her final two fly away hairs. “You know I have to be the best looking belle at the ball honey!” she yelled back down the stairs.
“I’m sure you look amazing love, now you need to hurry up. We’re going to be late!” yelled Drew. He anxiously looked down at his watch – he hates being late.
What’s all the cause for alarm? Drew and Katie are expected at their first public meeting as a married couple. They just got back off a brilliant honeymoon in Buenos Ares, Argentina.
Drew and Katie both come from very wealthy families. Katie’s father is a regionally known sports medicine doctor and Drew’s father is the governor of Mississippi.
Social events rule politics and tonight is no exception. Ronnie Musgrove, Drew’s father, wants to pad his image as the “people’s governor” before the next election. His time is running out as governor of Mississippi, and his opponents are coming on strong.
Tonight is a great opportunity for Governor Musgrove, the annual Democratic Gala. The Democratic Gala is a large party held each election year that joins the candidates, their family, and some of their biggest supporters. Governor Musgrove needs his only son and his lovely new wife at the ball to make a big impression.
“Honey, will you come up here?” yelled Katie, frantically.
Drew hurried up the stairs, runs into the master bathroom, and finds his bride almost in tears. “What’s the matter?” he asks.
Katie looks up with her deep blue eyes and says, “I didn’t know being a public figure was so hard.”
“I know sweetheart, but you are the only belle for the job.” Drew softly said. “I need you by my side tonight. We will walk together, hand in hand. None of those other people matter, except for me and you.”
Drew knows Katie looks beautiful; he is just trying to comfort her so they can get out of the house. They are already late. Maurice, their driver, is already waiting outside with the car.
Katie Musgrove is a perfectionist. It comes from her days as a Southern Belle. Well, once a belle, always a belle. She is always the belle of the ball, literally. She was Miss Neshoba County for three consecutive years. Not to mention being selected as Homecoming Queen her freshman year at Ole Miss. Everyone expects greatness from her, or so it seems.
“I know how much this means to you and your Dad.” Katie explains, “I just don’t want to mess it up, you know. I think we make the perfect couple, but I’m not meant for you if I can’t pull this off. I have to look my best, that’s what everyone expects.”
Drew reaches over, pulls Katie’s hair out of her face and gives her a kiss. “You are perfect in my eyes.” He expresses.
“That’s why I love you, Drew.” Katie says with a half smile, “you always brighten my day. No matter what I am going through you are always there for me, no matter what.”
“No matter what.” Drew says. He reaches over for the can of hairspray that Katie has been struggling with for the past hour and a half. “Let me fix this.” He says jokingly. He gives three sprays right on to Katie’s curly beautiful blonde hair. “There, you look gorgeous, now put your shoes on and let’s go!” He exclaims.
Katie runs over to her closet, finds her favorite high heals and slips them on. Hand in hand they run down the stairs. Katie Musgrove looked just fine without the final touch from her man, but she didn’t think so. The best part? Drew knew that.
Drew is the cure to Katie’s perfectionism. He makes her feel wanted and loved. That’s all she has ever wanted.