The dance is beautiful, isn't it Holly?
When you came in, they had those lights in little bags, making a path up to the door of the school entrance near the gym. In the main hallway next to the gym you see the big banners in blue, white and silver, with large sparkly snowflakes pinned to it saying "A Mid-Winter Night's Dream."
Apparently someone has a fondness for Shakespeare.
There is a photographer set up there. A blue black drop with some fake white trees on either side, surrounded by a bunch of fluffy something... polyester or whatever, to simulate snow. Couples are waiting in line to get their picture taken for the dance.
The four gym double doors are open to your right and you can see the gym has been transformed. Blue cloth billows everywhere on the walls. Sparkly snowflakes hang in chains from the ceiling along with strings of lights. The colors are overwhelmingly blue. More white cottony stuff sits on the ground around the edges and the tables. White cut outs of bare trees stretching their limbs to the sky have been tacked to the blue cloth around the room, trying for the effect of a forest at night.
Nyx, you notice too, that many of the girls seem to be wearing little sets of fairy wings. Apparently ones who were in on the theme. It's something Myrii smirks at when she sees it.
Yes, Myrii came with you. Peggy drove you, dropped you off, as Teddy came with Brad, who picked her up from the apartment. Thankfully you left quickly after Teddy did though. Nyx, this is the first time, perhaps, that you got to see the cycle of Myrii relaxing when Teddy showed up at home (though perhaps you got more tense) but getting tense and pained again when she left and seeming distracted on the drive. Myrii is wearing a plain white summer dress that Holly dug up from somewhere. Peggy thinks it's a dress like Holly's.
(Holly's dress, Nyx, in case you missed it.)
Anyway, after a very chilly walk up the sidewalk you've just entered the door. Nyx you have Holly on your arm and Myrii is just behind Holly, looking about.
As you're looking around, Holly, your eye catches on a girl turning toward you from where she's standing and seemingly people watching. It's Winter. She's wearing a dress you considered. The sparkly one?
She sees you and starts to smile, turning towards you and taking a step Then she sees Nyx and her movement stops, and her expression falls.
Myrii isn't paying attention. She's drifting towards the gym doors, nose slightly up as if sniffing the air. Then she's moving more purposefully.
you arrived just before this I guess. I don't know if you noticed Winter waiting or not, or if you can bring yourself to care at this point. Did you notice mom was dressed to go out when you got home? Then you had to rush to get ready I guess. Nyx was there but mostly stayed out of your way. Myrii helped some, if you let her, almost embarrassingly happy that you were near her again.
Brad came up to the door, exchanged pleasantries with your mother and everyone else, and was genuinely enthusiastic about the way you look. He even managed to say it with that easy charm of his. "Oh wow...what a babe!" With a big smile.
You may or may not have noticed Myrii tense up again at that. Both that you were leaving and... possessive?
He gave you the nice corsage which is on your wrist right now.
You got to the dance. He's been telling corny jokes the whole way as you guys talked about something, what was it? Anyway, you've just finished getting the picture (mom insisted), when Brad says.
"Hey... there's Eric! C'mon" He takes your hand and starts walking into the gym. Indeed it is Eric talking to some other couples. And Ash is standing right next to him. She's smiling, but it looks completely strained, not her usual genuine smile.