"you made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter."
- taylor swift -

I held my breath, clutching my stomach as if someone had just hit me. Someone sort of had. In my eyes, anyway. Ashlee would wave her perfectly manicured fingers, scoffing at me for considering love at first sight to be a tragedy.

Was that love at first sight? I felt like I needed some air, but he had gone out there to get a paper. I would run into him. But he was coming back inside. Why didn't I put my foot down? Now I would go to work without breakfast, because I would be far too distraught and nervous to eat. It was a pity, too. This was my favorite diner.

Oh, dear Ashlee. If only she were here. I clicked my heels together under the table, impatiently waiting for the young man to return though I dreaded it. Daddy said there was no such thing as love at first sight. He said it was only mumbo-jumbo that would get you into trouble later. That's what happened with Mom.

I didn't want that to happen to me.

Then the door clanged as the young man returned, a paper stuffed under his arm and a cavalier smile on his face. "I hope you didn't mind my inquiries to sit with you, Miss ...?" He looked at me questioningly with those clear, green eyes that would be permanently implanted in my mind.

"Um ... everyone just calls me Dani," I choked out, hugging myself tighter. There they were again. Those butterflies in my stomach. I wanted to quench them, but then I didn't. "I don't mind you sitting," I found myself saying, and I didn't quite regret it.

"Good." He sat down across from me. "Dani," he mused, laying the newspaper on the table and thoughtfully clasping his hands together. "Is it short for Danielle?"

"Yup," I replied, looking toward the kitchen. I rather wished they had forgotten my order. Three pancakes and bacon on the side. How fattening. I would have to eat it in front of him, too. He, of course, would insist that I eat, denying any impoliteness it would cause.

"Nice name," he said. "It's like the girl from ... what's that movie called? The Cinderella one."

"Ever After." I smiled, feeling the butterflies rise to my throat.

"Yes," he mused, gazing at me deeply. "You look like her, too."

I snorted before I realized it. Then I blinked in embarrassment and stammered, "I look nothing like her, sir."

"Well, if it's not her face then it's her beauty." He winked and snapped open the newspaper.

That was forward. I stood, feeling rather uncomfortable and enjoying it. "I must leave," I said, finding it hard to breathe again. "I must go."

"Oh, must Cinderella leave so soon?" he exclaimed, resting his arm on the back of the chair. "Why, it's not yet twelve o' clock." He winked.

"I forgot, I ... I need to meet a friend."

"A friend?" His eyebrows rose. "Ah, I see. Prince Charming."

"Oh, no, no!" I cried. "I don't have one of ... those."

His charming grin spread again. "Really? I'm surprised."

I paused, halfway out the door. I wanted to stay, but I knew I couldn't. I needed to breathe. Maybe I would return. Maybe. Just in case, I spoke. "I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name."

His green eyes sparkled at my interest. "It's Dave, Cinderella."


  1. Em, this is so good!! I love it!! =)

  2. Haha! I love Ever After. And your story is very good so far. You will be adding more soon, won't you?

    1. Thank you! I love Ever After, too. ^.^ And as for adding more to it ... we'll see. ;)

  3. Very good. It made me smile. :) And yes, please add to it!

    1. Aw, I'm glad. ^.^ Y'all are beginning to convince me that I need to add to this!

  4. Two things

    1. I love this story. It made me smile. I sure hope you build upon it and continue sharing on the blog!

    2. YOUR NEW BLOG LAYOUT IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. Literally, one of my favorite blog designs ever. Did you do it yourself? Are you using wordpress?

    1. 1. Aw, I'm so happy!!

      2. Thank you so much! I love it too! I bought it off of Designer Blogs, and I am not using Wordpress. I use Blogspot. :)

  5. Love it Emily, you have to keep going with this.

    1. Thank you! I'm rather surprised at how much everyone loves this!!

  6. <3. It is so beautiful! Also, I believe that I have fallen in love with your blog. ;) And your pinterest! We have a lot in common. ;D


    1. Aww! Thank you so much, Plum! That's so encouraging. I'm off to check out your blog and Pinterest! <3

    2. You MADE my day, by following me on Pinners, jus' sayin'!! ;) I am in the writing of a blog post too. ; ) I am definitely not a writer, but hey, it's my blog. ;D

  7. Vivid words! I can't wait to read your book!