"Everytime I see this, it surprises me!" a couple people say.
Others stare speechless. The two Kings and the Queens stand on the podium.
"Let the ball commence!" they announce.
I meet up with KaiZhen, and we dance the first dance, just like what escorts are supposed to do. He isn't a bad dancer… After that, I leave the dancefloor quickly, avoiding as many people as I can. I meet with Xing, at the refreshments.
"Xing! Why aren't you out there dancing?"
"Ah, I don't enjoy dancing, and I'm not really good at it," she explains.
I nod and take a glass of sparkling lemonade. I look at the dancefloor with the Kings and Queens dancing together, chattering with their friendship known. The maids and servants dance too. It is quite a joyous occasion for everyone in this palace. If any kingdom were to invade now, the people here would be absolutely livid. Maybe even destroy the other kingdom. I laugh at the image in my head.
Xing starts to talk, "Ah? You're not taking any alcohol? What a pity."
"Haha, I don't like it. I've also never tried."
Xing gulps down an entire glass.
"Ah! You'll get used to it once you drink it," she says with a dreary smile.
I laugh as I relish some truffles and macarons. I look over at the dancefloor, as I munch. XiaoLong and TianYu are dancing together for the tenth time or something. Wait why am I counting? It's none of my business. As long as he doesn't come here, I'm fine. I turn away and focus on other things.
But after a couple minutes, that moment comes to reality. XiaoLong comes up to us as Xing and I converse.
"May I have a dance with you, Princess YingYue?"
Cold sweat drips down my back as I fill with fear. One wrong move and we're all done for. Xing nods at me and smiles. I look over at my parents who do the same. All of the eyes in the ballroom are on us. I gulp down nervously. My shaky hand reaches out and takes his. He pulls me in as the orchestra starts a new piece. I dared not to meet his eyes. I look around the ballroom, light on my feet, dancing.
"You remind me much of a friend of mine," XiaoLong starts to talk.
"Oh? Do I look like her?" I try to answer as normal as possible.
"Not really," he responds, "She's really beautiful and sweet."
"However, she left me."
I try to look for an opening to switch partners.
"How do I remind you of her?" I ask as I try to stall time.
"Well… I just get the feeling…"
I am surprised to see XiaoLong blush and turn away. I catch myself staring and turn away quickly too.
"Well, I hope you find her," I lie.
I leave the dancefloor as the song ends and return to my room.
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