I heard the organ play as Heather walked down the aisle. She wore a shimmering white dress, catching sunlight as it dragged to the floor. She wore a white veil with fresh flowers in her high bun. She looked stunning. But she didn't look at me.
She looked to Mat, a bright smile on her face.
She walks up and places her hands into Mat's. I stood next to her, plastering a fake smile on my face.
Roses and daisies. She smelled like roses and daisies
Eighteen years ago, we were in Kindergarten. Heather was the new girl, shy and self-consciousness.
"Everyone," our teacher said, "This is Heather. Heather, go sit in the back next to Ellie."
Heather came to the back and sat next to me.
"Roses and daisies," I said calmly.
"Huh?" asked Heather, tilting her head sideways to the point she flipped her hair.
"You smell like roses and daisies."
We were in the park, in the field filled with all kinds of flowers. We ran and ran after each other, smiling and laughing. Heather fell to the ground, and I tripped on her. We laid on top of each other, smelling the flowers.
"You got something in your hair," said Heather.
"Hey, you too!" I said. We both reached over and pulled the flowers out of each other's hair. I picked up a rose. She picked up a daisy.
We were sitting on the beach, staring out into the night sky together. We had snuck out at five am.
"The sky looks so beautiful!" Heather said.
"It's not the only thing," I said, looking to Heather. She met my gaze. We both leaned in.
"Guys!" We both pulled away, "I got the ice cream!" said Mat. He handed an ice cream to me, and looked to Heather.
"They only had two left, so Heather and I can share," Mat said, holding the ice cream out to Heather. She took it. They stared at each other exactly how Heather and I were. He leaned in, and this time, their lips met. Simultaneously, the sun rose in the sky.
I freeze, forcing the tears to hold in. I dropped my ice cream, along with Heather's charm bracelet she gave me. One of the charms was a jar, filled with..
12th Grade, Graduation
We were at the same park we visited in 5th grade. Only this time, we were with Mat. He and Heather were kissing under the willow tree, not looking at me. I teared up, and ran away. Heather had noticed and ran after me.
"What happened?" she had asked me. I could have told her the truth. I should have. But instead, I said something else.
"Oh, I'm not feeling well.." I said.
"Aw, okay! Go get some rest!" Heather held out something in her hands toward me. I grabbed it, and looked down.
A rose petal.
Right next to a daisy.
"You may kiss the bride." said the officiant. I teared up, my hands cold and sweaty, my heart pounding against my chest; My brain only knew one thing.
So I did. I didn't look back to meet Heather's confused gaze. I dropped something on the way out. I turned around, Heather looking at me. We both stared at what fell.
And a daisy.
I walked down the aisle, drying up my tears. I don't know why I had said yes when he asked me to be his girlfriend. Or when he proposed. The word slipped out of my mouth before I could think.
I had hidden a daisy in my hair, along with a rose. Only one person would know what that meant.
I had liked Ellie ever since that one day in kindergarten. She had said I smelled like roses and daisies.
I pulled my hair back. "Thank you! I snuck on my mom's rose perfume! We have a bunch of daisies at home so I made a flower crown out of them!"
"Whoa! It's so pretty!" Ellie exclaimed cheerfully, "Can you make one for me?"
"Of course! I will make it out of roses and spray it with daisy perform! We will be twinning!"
"Yay!" I looked into Ellie's eyes.
We were at the beach. We were sixteen, so it was no surprise we had snuck out to watch the sunset.
"The sky look so beautiful!" I exclaimed.
"It's not the only thing," I look to Ellie. Did she mean me? I was so confused. What was even more confusing was that Ellie leaned in. And so did I.
Mat came in, holding out two ice creams. "Guys! I got the ice cream!" He handed a cone to Ellie. "They only had two left, so Heather and I can share." I knew for a fact they weren't out of ice cream, but I didn't bother to correct him. He leaned in and kissed me, the same thing that was going to happen between Ellie and I.
I liked Mat, but it didn't feel like lasting love. It felt like something quick, something short. But I guess to him, it felt like something that he could live with for a whole lifetime, which is why he proposed six years later.
As Ellie ran through the aisle, I knew what I wanted. I liked Mark, but what I felt with him was nothing compared to what I felt like around Ellie.
"Ellie, wait!" exclaimed Heather, as we looked at each other. She grabbed my hands.
"Heather.." I said, "I have to go. Don't look back."
"No, Ellie, you don't understand!" she said, but I pulled my hands away as everyone came out of the church. I went into my car, and turned on the engine.
"I'm sorry, Heather."
"No!" Heather yelled. But I made my choice.
I drove away from the parking lot. I didn't know where I would go. I could only think of one thing.
With a hint of daisies.