Twas a long, long time ago, much longer than it seems, in a place perhapse outside of your dreams. This story, in which you will be told, starts off in the real world, not the holiday's of old. Now you're probably wondering what this story's all about, well just keep reading and you will soon find out.
I dedicate this story to my best friend Larissa, she followed this story since it was just an idea and she's the one who kept pushing me to write it down on paper. I also dedicate this story to my dearest Nathan. You and Larissa never stoped believing in me, without either of you I couldn't have gotten where I am now. Thank you both.
Ch.1 The Beginning
As the autumn sun shined across the English countryside, the residents of Dashwood Village began their daily routine as they did every day; however, today was different...today was October 31st. Instead of working, the villagers were getting ready for their annual Halloween party, this year was the VenDels' year to host.
Mr. VenDel was a tall, robust, gray-haired man of 57 years with light brown eyes and a thick moustache and sideburns. He was a man of honor and tradition, if something seemed taboo to him, he would look down upon it as if it were the plague. Mrs. VenDel was a petite woman of 52 years with peppered black hair, fair skin, and green eyes. She was very respected and very superstitious. She didn't care at all for Halloween because of her fears and paranoia that associated with the holiday. Their daughter Rose was a tall, thin woman of 20 years with dark brown hair, ivory skin, and green eyes like her mother. She was a very beautiful but funny (odd) girl. Unlike the other women in her village, Rose did not enjoy Sunday services, afternoon tea parties, picnics in the park, or any other social gatherings. Instead, she spent most of her time reading or taking long walks through the cemetery. Unlike her mother, Rose absolutely adored Halloween and everything that associated with it. She felt that it was the only time she could be herself without anyone being prejudice towards her.
As the morning dragged on, Rose busied herself by decorating the house for the party while her father walked around the parlour listening to his wife prattle on about her superstitions.
"Oh Richard, you know how I hate this day, so why do insist on hosting this party and mocking my nerves"?
"Elizabeth my darling, I'm not trying to mock your nerves *smiling* they've been my companions for the past 23 years. And besides this year is our year to host the party and who knows when we'll get another opportunity like this".
"I understand, but why Halloween? Why couldn't we have gotten chosen to host the Christmas party instead"?
"Well my darling sooner or later we would have had to host this party, it's best that we do it now and get it over with...so no more complaining, alright".
"Very well...I'll try to calm my nerves...and I'll try to enjoy myself later tonight".
"I know you will, now come on, there's a few more preparations that need to be made before the party starts".
And with that Mr. and Mrs. VenDel headed out of the room and supervised all the remaining preparations. Rose, on the other hand, was finishing up carving a jack-o-lantern when the cook approached her, "Miss Rose may I ask a favor of you"?
"Of course Helen, what is it"?
"Well I need you to run into town and pick up a few items...I'd go myself but I'm needed in the kitchen at the moment, would you do this for me"?
"Of course I will".
"Oh, thank you so much".
"You're most certainly welcome, you know I'm always willing to help".
"I know you are, and I really appreciate it...now before you leave here's a list of the items I need you to pick up and here's a basket to carry them in, now remember the party starts in a few hours so don't stay out too long".
"Don't worry, I'll be back long before then", and with that Rose headed into town to run her errands. As she walked, the cool autumn breeze danced through her hair, while the sunlight kissed her cheek and brought a smile to her lips. When she entered the town square, Rose was greeted by her best friend Elinor Thomson, "Oh Rosie, it's so good to see you again".
"It's great to see you too, I missed you since you left for London".
"I know, I'm so sorry that I left earlier than expected, but you know how Edward likes to travel".
"Yes I do...Oh that reminds me, will you two be able to attend the Halloween party"?
"Of course we will, we've been looking forward to it for weeks and I know you have too".
"Well of course I have, I...oh no, I almost forgot I need to pick up a few things before tonight"!
"Well the I better not keep you, we'll catch up later at the party".
"Alright, I'll see you tonight".
"Same here". Rose and Elinor then gave eachother a hug and went their separate ways.
About an hour later, Rose finished her errands and was heading home when she was approached by Henry Orman, a tall, broad-shouldered young man of 27 years with dark blond hair and grey eyes.
"Well if it isn't Rose VenDel...suprised to see me I assume".
*fake smile* "Oh Henry, if I woke up with my head sewn to the carpet I wouldn't be any more suprised than I am right now".
"Ah Rose, your sarcasm can only disguise your true feelings for me".
"Oh, aren't you confident".
"Why thank you...now what's say we take a stroll through town together...just you and me".
"I'm afraid that I'll have to refuse your offer...and besides I have more important things to do right now".
"Oh come now, what could be more important than spending time with me"?
"Well for one thing, tonight is the Halloween party and I for one think that is much more important than spending time with you...now if you'll excuse me, I must be going".
"Very well, I shall see you tonight...my lovely Rose". He then departed off and went his separate way.
Once Henry was out of sight, Rose walked away and said to herself, "Why can't he just leave me alone and find someone else to pester...the last thing I want to do is put up with his ignorance, but unfortunately I'll have to for tonight. *sigh* Well at least Elinor and Edward will be there...yes, just keep thinking positively and everything will be alright...I mean it is Halloween after all, and that's something to smile about. Okay Rose, just remember to think positive and don't let Henry ruin your good time...besides you'll only have to put up with him tonight, then you can get on with your life...Okay, I'll try".