Manhattan, NY | 2:35 p.m
Marley Andrews pulled her Burberry coat closer to her thin figure as a gust of winter wind blew her blonde waves around her face. She stood outside a shop window on the streets of New York City, gazing into the store filled with sparkling dresses that would soon be worn to the most talked about New Year’s parties of the season.
Winter time had always been one of her favorite times of year, the parties, the shopping, the lights.
She pulled out her iPhone X to check the list of to do’s that she still had remaining to get done before the weekend. Her friends’ invitations to her father’s New Year’s party had been sent, arrangements for her New Year’s outfit had been made, everything was checked off her perfectly organized list except one thing.
Find a date.
Marley rolled her bambi eyes at the idea of having to choose which one of New York’s finest she would have to pick from for her father’s party.
She scrolled through her phone contacts before landing on a name and tapping it. She held the phone up to her ear as she listened to it ring before a groggy voice answered hello.
“Daniel. It’s Marley, I need a favor.”
“Hey M,” Daniel playfully answered but Marley could tell he had probably just woken up despite it being almost three in the afternoon.
“A little birdy told me you were back in Manhattan, why don’t you come over and I can give you a welcome home gift,” Daniel purred.
Marley rolled her eyes again.
“I’m serious D, I need something from you and you know you owe me after all the favors I’ve done for you,” she walked down the sidewalk as her designer heels clicked against the concrete and she got in the town car waiting for her.
“Oh you know how I love your favors,” Daniel replied.
“I need you to be my date to my father’s party in the city this weekend,”
“Your father,” Daniel scoffed, “Call me crazy but I’m pretty sure I’m the last person daddy Andrews would want to see you with, especially in front of all his A-list clients and colleagues,”
“That’s exactly the point,” Marley smirked at the idea of her father’s face when he saw his little princess cozied up with New York’s infamous party boy.
“Oh I see,” Daniel said and Marley could practically see his perfect lips twist into a devilish grin, “I suppose I could clear my calendar for this weekend, but only because I’m a sucker for scandal, especially when it involves you.”
“Perfect, pick me up at 8,” she said before hanging up the phone and smiling as she watched New York blur past her through the cab window.
“Zip me up will you, Dyl?”
Marley turned for her friend to zip up the back of her sequined party dress.
Dylan Matthews was finishing applying a crimson lipstick to her perfect pout. Next to her stood Grace Winston who was adjusting the Swarovski chandelier earrrings that hung from her ears and in the corner sat Alice Chamberlain in a forest green gown with her nose in a book.
Dylan began to zip up the back of Marley’s dazzling dress before turning to face Grace.
“So G, which one of your three dates are you planning to kiss at midnight?” Dylan asked, making Marley laugh and Alice giggle but still remaining to keep her eyes glued to her book.
Grace smirked, “Who said I can’t kiss them all?”
“Touché,” Dylan arched a flawless brow before turning her attention to her already perfectly applied mascara.
Once the girls were finished getting ready for the Andrew’s New Year’s Eve party, they made their way downstairs where a car was waiting for them along with their dates.
The city lights outside sparkled just as brightly as the girl’s dresses and diamond jewelry. Once in the car they filled dazzling glasses with bubbly champagne and sipped on it until they arrived at the party.
Camera flashes flickered as the girls and their dates made their entrance into the hotel where the party was held. Daniel, who looked nothing shy of perfection in an all black suit, helped Marley out of the car before entering the building hand in hand.
They smiled for the cameras one last time before entering the decorated lobby. On the top floor where the party was held stood an enormous evergreen tree in the center of the room, decked out in its finest attire, complete with ornaments, tinsel, and lights.
The large room overlooked the city and was filled with smiling guests wearing everything from Chanel to Versace. Over by the balcony stood Beau Andrews, conversing with important looking people.
Marley grabbed a glass of champagne off a tray one of the waiters carried before waving Daniel over from where he stood talking to James Winston and Christopher Black.
“C’mon D, I think it’s time to make an appearance for my father,” Marley said grabbing his hand.
“I don’t know, he looks kinda busy,” Daniel replied glancing over at Beau Andrews who seemed perfectly occupied chatting with a group of Manhattan A-listers.
“Who cares, that’s even better, an audience to watch as we parade over there and catch him off guard. Aren’t you dying to see the look on his face?” Marley said nearly begging at this point.
“Sorry M, I know I said I was in and all but it’s New Year’s Eve, I’d rather just enjoy the party, besides don’t you want to kiss me at midnight?” Daniel said with a wink as he downed the last of his drink.
“Ugh, I need some air,” Marley groaned, “And as for that kiss,” she said before walking away making Daniel raise an eyebrow.
“Don’t count on it.”
Marley sat alone on the rooptop of the hotel, overlooking the city. She could hear the five minute countdown to the new year begin as she took another drag of her cigarette. She couldn’t believe Daniel had bailed on her.
All she had wanted was to make her father feel how he had made her feel countless times. Losing control, helpless, humiliated even.
Like the time when he sent her away to boarding school, or the time she caught him cozying up with his assistant shortly after her mother’s passing, and especially the time when she came home for Christmas to the same woman showing off a giant diamond on her ring finger.
Footsteps behind her shook Marley from her thoughts as she looked up to see Johnny Mayer approaching her.
“Hey stranger,” he said with a half smile and his hands in his pockets, “Shouldn’t you be in there enjoying the party with the rest of them?”
Marley smiled softly, “I needed to clear my head.”
Johnny nodded, “You’ve gotta be freezing, M, here,” he said taking off his coat and wrapping it around her shoulders.
“Where’s your boyfriend?” He asked.
Marley rolled her eyes, “He practically bailed on me, but what else is new.”
Johnny sat down next to her, lighting up a cigarette of his own.
“Does it ever stop?” Marley said, breaking the silence,
“Feeling alone, I mean. I’m constantly finding myself surrounded by a room full of people, but inside I still feel like I’m alone. Like no one really cares if I’m there or not,” she said with a distant look her in eyes. “I’m just tired of feeling alone.”
She laughed feeling slightly embarrassed, “Sorry that probably sounded silly.”
Johnny shook his head and looked at her, “No I know what you mean. And I like to think it does, you just have to surround yourself with the right people.”
Marley leaned her head on Johnny’s shoulder, grateful for his company.
“And you may feel alone, but I’ll always be here to be alone with you,” he said.
The voices counting down from ten drifted through the air as the new year quickly approached.
Marley looked up into Johnny’s eyes.
“Maybe this year will be different,” she said losing herself in him.
“Here’s to hoping,” he said as he leaned in, pressing his lips to hers, kissing her as the clock turned to midnight and the new year began.
Happy New Year!
-I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and I hope you all enjoyed this surprise post!
-Over the winter break I had a bit of free time on my hands and decided to get a bit creative and type up this post. It’s been so long since I’ve written just for fun, now days my free time is usually spent working on research papers and essays so I’ve definitely missed blogging but enjoyed getting to work on a story for fun during my time off.
-Once again I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years! I’m not sure when I’ll post again, but I like to check back on WordPress from time to time whenever I have the chance.
-Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you all soon.
je t’aime, m.