Like a Dream

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“So how are you doing, Amelia? Are you cool?” he asks, concerned.

She looks up at him, wondering if it’s that obvious that her mind is elsewhere. “Yes, I’m fine,” she replies without elaborating. “By the way, you guys did an awesome job with planning the party and the decorations. It was nice of you all. I know you’d rather be doing other things, but nevertheless I’m grateful.”

Navid stares down at her and twirls her around. “We want you to be happy, believe it or not. So you liked the gifts we got you,” he asks with a grin.

“Oh I loved them. Your gift was my favorite, but don’t tell the others. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Did you have it specially made or something?”

“When I saw the butterfly, it reminded me of you,” Navid confessed.

“How so?”

“Well, you’re like that butterfly. You’re fragile and beautiful, trapped in this crazy world of chaos. But you see, you have the powers to break out of your cocoon, and you will…like the butterfly. So I had your initials put on each wing and asked for blue diamonds for the eyes to honor you.”

Once again, Amelia’s speechless. She had no idea he felt that way about her. “Wow, you put a lot of thought into it,” she says, choking back tears. He twirls her around again as the song comes to an end.

 

Chapter Twelve

My heart is full, and relieved. Some of the weight has been lifted off her shoulders. All this time Navid genuinely cared about her. Who knew? He must have been putting up a front for his mother, pretending to despise her. In her dream she got a kindhearted vibe from Roland and now realizes that Navid is just like him. She’s happy to finally have someone on her side and swallows hard to stifle her emotions. Without saying another word, he winks at her and strolls over to his date for the evening. Amelia walks off the dance floor and takes a seat next the gift table, where all her presents are neatly stacked. She’s delighted that so many people took the time to get her a gift without fully knowing her. She opens them one by one, thanking each person in the process.

Before long, the guests start to trickle out until only a few are left. Amelia’s disappointed that the party is coming to an end and she has yet to see Aaron. To look at him once more would mean her birthday wish came true. Either way, she did have a good time and starts to feel stupid for thinking he would want to come to her party anyway. After all, they just met this afternoon, and he has a girlfriend named Sadie. Barf!

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About shinaj1

Shina James is the author of LIKE A DREAM and MONSTROUS TIES, which are both available on Amazon as well as multiple retailers. She is currently working on the final book in the LIKE A DREAM series, WAKING AMELIA and can't wait to share it with her readers. While residing in Texas, she loves spending time with her husband and two kids.
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