Something About You – Part 7 by ShellyLynn

Republisher’s Note: Michelle takes her Prince Charming to the ball.

Author’s Note: Things are about to get more complicated.¬†;)¬†Thanks for reading.

Something About You – Part 7 by ShellyLynn

Danny helps Michelle into the car before reluctantly climbing in to join her. He takes in his surroundings, noticing the lavishness surrounding him. “This is nice,” he says flatly.

“Yeah, I guess,” Michelle says, not really paying attention to the car.

They sit in silence for a few minutes as the car departs, neither of them knowing quite what to say.


“Michelle” They say in unison, breaking the tension for a moment.

“You go first,” Michelle says graciously.

“Okay,” Danny pauses shyly, “I just wanted to tell you how beautiful you look tonight. I mean you always look beautiful,” he tries to clarify, “but you look especially amazing tonight.”

Michelle turns away, embarrassed by the sudden flush of her cheeks at the compliment. “You look pretty good yourself,” she says. “You can barely see that bruise on your eye.”

“Yeah,” he laughs, “That ice really did the trick.”

She laughs too, the mood suddenly more comfortable as they finish the ride in silence. The chauffeur comes around and opens the door, with Danny climbing out first. He reaches in and helps Michelle out as well, extending his bent arm for her to take.

“What’s this?” she asks teasingly.

“Well,” he says, using a fake accent, “I am your escort for the evening.”

She laughs at his humor, threading her arm through his as they make their way inside. The ballroom is full of people, an orchestra is playing on one side of the room and some people are dancing in front of them, others are merely using the opportunity for conversation.

They haven’t taken more than three steps into the room when a trio of females begins to approach. “Oh no,” Michelle sighs, “Just let me do the talking,” she whispers to Danny, who is oblivious to what is going on.

“Hello Michelle,” the tallest of the three girls says with mock sweetness. “We haven’t seen you in a while.”

“I’ve been busy,” Michelle responds, her voice mimicking the girls.

“Not too busy to find yourself a date I see,” she continues unabated. “Aren’t you going to introduce us?”

“Danny,” Michelle sighs, “Meet Alexis, Rachel, and Linda,” she says, pointing to the three women in front of them. “This is Danny Santos,” she finishes, holding her body a little closer to Danny’s.

“It’s nice to meet you,” Danny says distantly, finally understanding why Michelle was acting the way she was.

“You too,” they all giggle.

How obvious could they be? “It was nice seeing you again,” Michelle says politely, a fake smile firmly planted on her face. “But we need to get moving. We have a lot of people to talk to.”

“Bye,” the girls coo, giggling as they watch Danny and Michelle retreat.

“I hate people like that,” Michelle says huffily as they make their way across the room. Danny says nothing in response, merely smiles at her reaction. If he didn’t know better, he could have sworn she was jealous. She had nothing to worry about however; his thoughts hadn’t left her since they’d met.

“Would you like to dance?” he asks politely as they walk past the dance floor.

“I’d love to actually,” she says with a smile. He takes her hand in his and leads them to the center of the floor, placing the other hand on her waist as they begin to move to the music.

Neither of them speaks a word as they continue to get closer and closer, content to be in each other’s arms. Its the third song before Danny begins to notice a crowd of onlookers. “Why is everyone staring at us?”

“Hmm?” Michelle says, lifting her head from his chest. “Oh my,” she says embarrassed. “I think that’s enough dancing.”

Danny is taken aback by her sudden change in mood, but silently follows her off the dance floor. “What’s the matter”? Danny asks once they are no longer in the spotlight.

“Nothing, I got carried away, that’s all,” she stutters, “it’s no big deal.”

“Look Michelle,” Danny begins, wanting to know what happened.

“Just forget it, okay?” she snaps. At the hurt look on his face she clarifies, “Sorry, it’s just not important.”

Danny decides to change the subject, “So, where’s your dad? I’d love to meet him.”

“Oh, Yeah, of course, my Dad,” she says, scanning the room. “Let’s go,” she smiles weakly, pointing toward the corner of the room her father is standing in.

He follows her across the room, darting in between and around dozens of patrons before arriving before the older, regal looking gentleman. “Papa,” Michelle says with a smile, “I’d like you to meet the man I was telling you about. This is Danny Santos, he’s a junior at the university.”

“Well,” Mr. Bauer says, extending his hand. “I’ve heard a lot about you in the past couple of days. I hear you’re Pre-law.”

Danny shakes his hand and answers his question, not noticing the blush on his date’s cheeks. “If you could excuse me,” she says thankfully, “I’m going to go to the powder room.”

“Of course,” the men say in chorus, launching into a conversation of business and politics.

Inside the bathroom, Michelle had other things on her mind. “Get a hold of yourself,” she admonishes. “You’re acting like some silly schoolgirl. Danny is a friend, nothing else.”

Then why didn’t it feel that way on the dance floor? Why did it feel like you were the only people on earth?

“You just want to help him out. You’re doing this for Mikey too,” she reminds herself.

But Mikey isn’t the one you can’t stop thinking about, the one who makes your heart beat faster just at the sound of his name.

“So I care about the guy. Is there something wrong with that? Can’t I be his friend?”

Are you sure that’s all it is? Maybe there is more to what’s going on than you’re willing to admit.

“Ugh,” she says, pulling her compact from her small purse and dabbing at her cheeks. “I’m fine. Danny Santos means nothing to me.”

Sure, and if you keep saying that, you might even be able to make yourself believe it.

She exits the bathroom and, not watching where she’s walking, runs right into her long time friend Bill Lewis. “Bill, Hi,” she says slowly. “I thought you were out of town.”

“I couldn’t miss one of your father’s parties,” he says with a smile, pulling her into a hug and kissing her cheek. “Besides, too much time away from home isn’t good for you.”

“Of course,” she says, scanning the room for Danny. “You have been gone for almost three months.”

“Yeah, it’s been too long, but I’m finally back.” Noticing her distracted state, he speaks up. “If you’re looking for your friend,” he says, gaining her attention. “I believe he’s over there enjoying himself.”

Michelle turns, ducking her head to get a glimpse of Danny, surrounded by a group of overly zealous socialites. “Oh no you don’t”, she says as she begins to cross the room, “Stay away from him.”


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