Chapter Two

"This night is sparkling, don't you let it go, I'm wonderstruck, blushing all the way home…I was Enchanted to meet you…" Taylor Swift, Enchanted.

After the dance, Daddy meet up with some of his friends. They was all nice, but not nearly as handsome as Mr. Shaw. Abby talkin' to the man she was lookin' at before the dance started, her hands on her skirts and she laughin' and twirlin' slightly. She flirtin'. She got him snagged like a fish on a hook, because he smilin' right back, a true smile, not like they do when they don't likes you. Mama with Daddy, holdin' his arm and curtsyin' to all the men. They all smile, take her hand, and kiss it. I left standin' alone, lookin' around at all the beautiful lookin' people. Beautiful women are talkin' to other beautiful women, and handsome men are talkin' to other handsome men. They all smilin' like they best friends.

"Are you here alone?" Someone I never heard before except once asks me from behind. I quickly pick up my skirts, turn, and curtsy. I so quickly to do this, I don't even know who it is. Except that I do.

"I am, Sir," I quickly answer. I don't want him thinkin' I all alone. "My Mama and Daddy are over there." I point to where they is talkin' to a man in a dashin' blue uniform. I can't help but stare into his eyes, and get lost in that beautiful green forest again. His eyes meet mine, and I quickly glance away.

"You mustn't need to address me as Sir. That's quite alright," Mr. Shaw say. "You may call me Robert." He take my hand, gently as ever—his hands are so soft and warm—and kisses it. I blink, unsure of what to say. That when Daddy come in.

"Oh, Colonel, you've met my beautiful daughter, I see," Daddy say. Colonel Shaw nod. "This is my wife, Rebecca. Our lovely Abigail is somewhere around here." He look to Mama. "Where is Abigail?"

Mama look to Shaw and smile. "Oh, she's probably off somewhere meeting new friends, darling. Let her be," Mama say. "Besides, we're talking to Robert right now."

"Oh, it's quite alright, ma'am." Robert say. He then look at me. "I'm sorry, I never did catch your name." He smile, and his face brightens up.

I quick as a whistle to respond. "My name is Maebilynn," I say. We stare at each other a second more, and I don't know what to say so I look at the floor. I blushin', I can tell.

Abby walk up, shockingly without the man she was talkin' to earlier. "Oh, she's not that important," she say. "My name is Abigail Yorktin," she hold out her hand. He respectively take it and kiss it. She doin' this on purpose.

I get jealous. I never felt jealous before. Now I know how it feel. I clear my throat softly. "Oh, come now, Maebilynn. No need to be disrespectful," Mama say. She look to Robert. "I'm so sorry. It seems as though only one of my daughters has respect." She try to pretend it never happened.

I get embarrassed now. "Oh, that's quite alright. I don't mind," Robert say, and smile at me. I smile back, just with the corners of my lips. I am so embarrassed, I feel like I gonna cry.

"Robert, my beautiful daughter has no man to call her own," Daddy say, and my heart pick up when I realize he talkin' 'bout me. "Abigail is a great cook, and even better at sewing." My heart sink back down to the bottom when I realize Daddy talkin' 'bout Abby.

Daddy don't even wanna talk about me with his friends, especially Robert. I feel sad, and tears prick my eyes. I look down to hide the pain as it pierces my heart. "Oh, and Maebilynn has a husband?" Robert ask.

I look back up, and meet his eyes. I about to say somethin', but Mama cut in. "She doesn't have one, but she is looking. She doesn't want a military man," she smile.

I cannot believe Mama say this. I never said this. "Oh, I see. And why is this?" This time, Robert ask me deliberately, and Mama and Daddy don't answer.

I do somethin' I never do. "I-I never…" I stutter. "It's not that I don't want one, but—" Mama cut me off.

"But she's just not ready, right, Sweetheart?" Mama give me that look that say Just say yes. I nod, even though I know I regret it later. Truth is, I wanna be with Robert.

"Oh," Robert say. Tears prick my eyes again, and I just wanna scream. I try to tell him with my eyes otherwise, but he ain't lookin'. "Well, if you'll excuse me, I must go attend to my other guests," he say, and bow. Mama, Abby, and I curtsy, and Daddy salute him. Robert salute back and walk away.

Daddy turn to glare at me. "You will not be toying with the Colonel," he say. "He doesn't need a woman who doesn't know of the world yet, let alone want one. Your sister knows much more of the world, and of men. Just leave him to Abigail." The look in Daddy's eye say he ain't kiddin'.

"But Daddy—" He stop me. "No. Just no, Maebilynn." I know I in trouble when Daddy say my full name. Usually he call me Mae.

I try not to cry in front of Daddy. You never do that. Ever. But I do anyway. I bundle up my skirts and quickly stumble outside. I get stared at from people all around, but I ignore em'. Tears stream down my face, and I wipe them away. My chest hurt so bad, it feel like someone went up and stabbed me. I clutch my chest, wipe away the tears that stream down my face and chin, grab my skirts to walk back inside, and turn, only to bump into someone.

"Maebilynn, are you alright?" It Robert. I flush and wipe my face quickly and nonchalantly. He see through it. "What happened? Are you hurt?" He look panicked.

I shake my head quickly and curtsy. "I'm fine, thank you. If you'll excuse me, I have to get back to my Daddy." As I walk past, he softly grab my elbow and stop me. I look back at him and realize he see right through me and my lies.

"Tell me," he whisper. "Was it true—what your parents said in there?" He look into my eyes. I can't lie to him. I get caught if I do.

I shake my head, but do not say anythin', afraid that if I do, I will break down. He smile slightly. "Oh, good," he say, and when I look at him, I see somethin' I did not see earlier. "Maebilynn, I would very much like it if you would court me at tomorrow night's ball."

I understand, but do not know what to say. I too shocked. "You want me to be your lady escort?" I lookin' at him in awe. He just ask me. Me, of all beautiful women at this ball. My only question is Why?

"Yes." He say simply, like it the most obvious thing he say all night. So I just say yes in response.

Okay, that was chapter two(: Just keep in mind that this is set back in the Civil War era so they don't have the best grammer. Oh, and the Taylor Swift song goes along with the chapter. I decided to make my story unique, I'm going to write a song with some lyrics for every chapter that goes along with that chapter(: Enchanted by Taylor Swift is the song. Look it up, it works! Haha, so anyway, please read and review(: Thanks! 3