“Are you ready” Chloe called from the ensuite. Pushing the back of the earring into place. Luna was standing in the stillness of the living room. She kissed her fingertips then placed them to the urn on the mantle.
“Yes” Luna called back, picking up her clutch, and walked towards the anteroom.
“You look beautiful” Chloe said as she followed Luna “Ready?”
Luna nodded as they exited their penthouse and pressed for the elevator. The car service was waiting, the doorman opening the doors, escorting the ladies to the car. There was a slight hum as they knifed into traffic.
“The speech ready” Chloe asked. Luna nodded and smirked, “Can’t wait” as they both laughed.
Silence rested with them for the remainder of the journey. They pulled up to the theatre forty minutes later and walked through the crowd. Finding their names at tables delicately prepared, chatter ensued, small voices becoming a cacophony of noise. Food was served and removed, wine gently flowed through the room, relaxing the participants. Hunter, CEO of Homeless Youth Charity and the host of the Esther Ball, stood to the podium while flashing lights dimmed and rose to seek the silence of the crowd. Once the audience had calmed, Hunter began.
“Welcome to the annual Esther Ball, in support of Homeless Youth Charity. We welcome tonight Luna de la Sky as our guest speaker. Her story is a fascinating one. Over six years ago, at 14, Luna and her friend escaped an alternative enclosed community that had no access to outsiders. Her friend, Kai-Tashka Semira was active in HYC programs and many of us remember him fondly, yet had little knowledge of his past. Kai, along with his partner, Myrk Gerome, were murdered one year ago tonight, after leaving this very ball’s after party, and the day after Luna’s wedding to her partner, Chloe Karmin Imani. Please welcome Luna de la Sky.”