With Clara being pregnant the family wasted no time in setting up the wedding. The first order of business was, of course, getting a wedding dress! So Clara invited her wedding party, which included, Harley, Margot, Yuson, Seiko, Alessandra, and Holly, to Bella’s Boutique. It was bought by the Goth family a long time ago so Bella Goth could have something to do instead of staying home all day basking in luxuries. It started off as a simple thrift store but as it was passed through the generations of the family it evolved into a wedding boutique, catering to both the bride and the groom.
Clara cleared her throat and placed her hand on her chest,
“I just want to thank all of you for coming out today and helping me find the wedding dress of my dreams! I can’t wait for the entire wedding to be put together because I know with your help it is going to be beautiful!”
Margot smiled and hugged Clara from the side,
“So what exactly are we supposed to do here today?”
“Well I’ll be trying on dresses and you guys basically just say yay or nay!”
Once inside, they were greeted by a hostess that gave them tea and little macaroons to eat on while Clara was trying on dresses.
Beforehand, Clara had meandered over to where the men’s suits were before she tried on her own dresses. While she was looking at a particularly cute suit with a blue bowtie she felt someone come up behind her. As she turned around she saw it was Alessandra who was smiling somberly.
“Why are you smiling at me like that Ali?”
Alessandra bowed her head and fiddled with the hem of her dress,
“I just...I think you’re going to be a beautiful bride and I’m glad you invited me out today even though you don’t really know me.”
Clara smiled sadly and walked up to Alessandra to gently grab her hands,
“You’re family to Claudio and he loves you. Which mean your family to me and I love you too. You will always have a place with us, no matter what. Now how about you come and help me get my big belly into a dress, yea?”
The first dress Clara tried on had full coverage and was all lace with a satin bow that wrapped around her waist.
“This one is quite nice. Not really my style though.”
Margot turned away after fixing the bow on the back of the dress,
“Girls, what do you all think?”
Just as they were giving their mixed opinions Clara covered her mouth and heaved. She could feel the baby kicking up a storm and it almost made her throw up.
“Uh, guys. I don’t think the baby likes this one!”
Yuson came up and touched her stomach but quickly pulled away when she felt a sharp kick,
“Good Creator! That baby is really putting up a fuss!”
“Yea well I think it’s voicing its own opinion with this dress, and that opinion is “No way Mommy!”
The next dress she tried on was very simple. It was made out of satin and had lace trim on the sleeves with a swooped drop in the back.
But yet again when she asked the girls what they thought she felt a sharp kick from the baby and she had to grab her stomach from the pain.
And again it happened for the next dress which was simple too but had a bow in the front that was connected to a sheer veil that draped down from the middle to surround her.
The baby didn’t even have to say anything about the next one. Clara hated it as soon as she put it on.
“There is no way I’m wearing this. I am showing way too much skin, and I feel like everyone can see everything.”
Clara changed back into her clothes and shuffled over sadly to where everyone was sitting.
“Well guys. I guess this is a bust. I haven’t been able to find anything all day. Looks like we’ll have to just head somewhere else.”
Seiko patted Clara’s bulging belly and sighed,
“Your baby already has loud opinions and it’s not even born yet!”
Seiko, Yuson, and Clara all burst into laughter as a lady in a orange dress walked over to them,
“Excuse me, Ms. Bledstone? I overheard you weren’t able to find anything out here but I think we have something in the back which you might like. We just got it in today if you would like to try it on?”
Clara sighed and threw her hands up in the air,
“Sure, why not? This baby is picky about fashion so there probably isn’t a point anyways!”
The girls were chattering away outside with the salesperson who helped them but the first person to see Clara when she came out was Alessandra.
As soon as she saw her a slow smile crept across her face and she poked Seiko to get her attention,
“Guys. I think she found the one. Look at her.”
Clara was grinning from ear to ear, she had let her hair down and the salesperson was kind enough to let her borrow a pearl necklace so it could accent the gown.
“Guys...the baby didn’t kick at all, and I look so pretty in this dress...I think this is the one!”
An eruption of squeals came from the group as they all jumped up and ran over to hug Clara, rub her stomach and coo at the baby inside. Harley was the last one to hug her and she had tears in her eyes. She always wanted a daughter but knew it wasn’t in the cards anymore with how old she was now.
“You look beautiful sweetheart. I’ll be glad to have you as a daughter soon.”
Clara inhaled sharply and nodded her head with tears welling up in her eyes,
“Thank you Harley...it...it means a lot to me that you would say that.”