Anita's Secret 2
The wedding is near!
While Anita and Mrs. Breckenridge walked to the fitting rooms, Jocelyn and Mildred sat down onto the couch and they looked to each other. "So, whose dress would she pick?" Jocelyn asked. There were so many things she actually wanted to ask Mildred about, but she didn't know where to start.
Mildred smiled. "I think she'll pick her own dress." she said and she looked to the tea pot and the clean tea cups. "Do you want some tea?"
Jocelyn nodded and Mildred poured in some tea. "So how did Anita meet you?"
Mildred gave Jocelyn a cup. "I met Anita once she came to the group for pregnant students. I worked there voluntary as a mother and U.Z.Z. agent to tell the young couples about the life of a secret agent and their home life. Anita came to me and she told me about what happened to her. She said that, besides her best friend, she didn't really have a mother who could be with her at doctor appointments. And I was happy enough to go with her." Mildred took a sip from her tea. "Besides that, Victor took her home once they were partners."
"So Victor could have known about Hannah for years?"
Mildred nodded. "But Anita didn't want me to tell Victor about Hannah. She wanted to do that herself, once she was ready for it."
Jocelyn smiled. "I bet Victor is really great to her and Hannah." Of course, Anita didn't want to stop to talk about Victor and how sweet he always was. But Jocelyn was curious if his own mother was thinking in the same way.
"He is really sweet to them. The moment he told Anita that he loves her, he decided to stay at Anita's home, so Hannah could have a full-time father."
Jocelyn wanted to ask something more when Anita walked towards the two women. "What do you think?" she said. She was wearing a strapless, long and ivory dress. On the sides of the dress were silver flowers embroidered. The satin fabric fitted tightly on Anita's body, because of the mermaid silhouette.
Jocelyn stood up. "Wow, that's really beautiful." she said as she looked to her daughter. She wiped a tear away as she hugged Anita. "I can't believe that I can see you getting married."
Anita smiled a little bit and she looked to Mildred. "What do you think?"
Mildred gave Anita a smile back. "I think it's a beautiful dress, but I don't think you will be able to walk comfortably in that dress."
Jocelyn let Anita go and she looked to the dress more critically. "You're right, Mildred. It isn't really handy to walk in this dress."
"Well, I'm glad we all agree with that." Anita turned around to the fitting rooms, while Krista walked back to her mother.
"I love the dress, Anita. But you don't walk so easily with it!" Krista called after Anita, and she started to laugh. "It would be something if she would trip over the dress when she would be walking down the aisle."
"Krista, please." said Jocelyn as her daughter gave her the dress. "Be nice to your sister."
"I am nice to her." said Krista with a big smile. "I'm going to see what Hannah is up to." and she walked away again.
Jocelyn shook her head and she looked to Mildred. "It's as if Anita hadn't been gone for seven years."
Anita mostly talked about her and Hannah, but never about Victor's family. "How are things between Victor and his sibling?"
Mildred gave Jocelyn a little smile. "How much did Anita tell you about Victor's family?"
"Let me tell you something about my family." said Mildred and she looked to Jocelyn. "Some long years ago, I worked for U.Z.Z., just like Victor and Anita. I met my husband, Lionel Volt, there. A few years after Victor was born, Lionel was send to a different dimension."
"Wow, you raised Victor on your own?" Jocelyn was impressed by the story. She'd seen Mildred just a couple of times, but never really wanted to ask where her husband was. She was afraid that she would touch a tender spot. "I'm sorry to hear..."
"Well, there is still a possibility that he will come home. Maybe even before the wedding." Mildred looked towards the fitting rooms. "I really hope that he will come back home soon."
Jocelyn smiled. "I know that he will come home." she said, trying to comfort Mildred a little bit.
"So, here is the second dress." said Mrs. Breckenridge and Mildred and Jocelyn looked up.
"What do you think of this one?" said Anita as she walked towards the women. She was wearing a white, silk and long wedding dress. The sleeves are off the shoulders and little silver flowers over the body of the dress.
"Oh Anita, you look beautiful!" said Jocelyn and again, she stood up to hug her daughter.
"Mom, your tape is on repeat." said Anita, when Jocelyn repeated the almost same line about her being beautiful. "What do you think of the dress?"
"It's beautiful too."
Anita heard some doubt in her mothers voice and decided to ask Mildred about it. "What do you think?"
"It looks nicer on paper than you wearing it." said Mildred. "I guess your dress will be perfect for you."
Anita smiled and she walked back to the fitting rooms for her last dress. "Thanks for the honest opinion!" she called back.
Mildred just shook her head. "It's a great thing that she agrees on fitting the dresses in stead of buying them like that."
Jocelyn chuckled. "I had the same thing when I married her father. I found this beautiful dress in the store, but when I tried it on, it looked ridicules on me." she sat down onto the couch once again, just when Krista and Hannah walked towards them.
"Look Granny, I found a beautiful dress!" said Hannah and she showed them a small dress.
"Why don't you try it on? Then we can see if it fits you." said Mildred and Krista looked to her niece.
"I'll help you, Hannah." she said and they walked away to the fitting rooms.
Jocelyn smiled and she looked to Mildred. "I can't wait to see Anita's dress. My little girl is finally going to get married."
Mildred gave Jocelyn a smile back. "I know the feeling, Jocelyn. My little boy is getting married to the girl he had loved so long."
Jocelyn chuckled and she sighed. "It won't take long before that happens. Just five more months." suddenly, she remembered something. "What about Anita's dress?"
Mildred gave her an incomprehensible look. "What about the dress?" she had no idea what Jocelyn was talking about.
"Shouldn't we pay for it?"
"Both the half of the price-tag, you mean?" said Mildred and Jocelyn nodded. "Well, I don't see why not, but Anita has to agree too."
Jocelyn smiled. "And otherwise we'll pay for Hannah's dress instead." just when she said that, Hannah and Krista walked towards them. "Oh Hannah, you look beautiful!"
Hannah smiled. She was wearing a white, tulle dress with no sleeves. The skirt had little, dark-red spots on it and there was a dark-red waistband with a big ribbon on the back. "Do you like it, Granny?" she said to Mildred when Mildred didn't say anything.
Mildred swallowed and she stood up. "You look like a princess, honey." she whispered as she walked towards Hannah. She had never seen her granddaughter so beautiful before. "I love the dress, Hannah." she said as she started to hug Hannah.
"Where's Mommy?" Hannah asked and she looked to her grandmothers.
"You look really pretty, Hannah." sounded behind her and Hannah turned around. There was Anita, in the dress she originally picked. It was a white, long sleeveless dress. The bustline was ruffeled with in the middle a large flower, which had the shape of an Amaryllis, and ruched fabric until the waistline. The skirt had ruffled layers. "So, what do you think of it?"
Both Mildred and Jocelyn stood up. "Anita, this is really your dress." said Mildred and she looked Anita. "It looks beautiful."
Anita smiled. "Thank you, Mildred." she said and she gave Mildred a hug.
"You look like a princess." said Hannah as she looked to her mother. "A really pretty princess."
Anita chuckled and she knelt down to Hannah's level. "And you look like a pretty princess too." she whispered and she gave Hannah a hug. "I think you should wear this dress on the wedding." Anita stood up again and she looked to her mother, who hadn't say anything at all. " Mom, what do you think?" When Anita showed her first two dresses, her mother was the first one to react, but now Jocelyn hadn't say a word.
"Anita," Jocelyn whispered, not able to say anything, "I don't have any words for this. You should be wearing this on your wedding day."
Anita gave her mother a hug and looked into her eyes. "I'm glad you love it." she whispered and she wiped her mother's tears away. She turned towards Mrs. Breckenridge and smiled. "I'll take this dress."
"And we'll pay for it." said Jocelyn and when Anita wanted to protest, Jocelyn didn't let her. "The rest of your day will be expensive enough. Let us mothers pay the dress."
Anita shook her head. "Sure, why not?" she said and she walked away, together with Hannah and Mrs. Breckenridge.
Mildred smiled. "That is one thing..."
"And now the rest of the list before the wedding can actually start." Jocelyn laughed as she finished Mildred's sentence.