collab with my favorite baby @priscilla
I wake up in empty bed and can't help but feel hole in the middle of my chest. It's been 5 days since Christian left and all my spirit and good will seemed to disappear with him. I wanted to scream and I felt so alone all the time. Vanne was busy as hell with preparations for lunching her new collection and I couldn't bother her with my problems. As soon I think about Vanne I hear her voice through sleepy haze.
"She's still asleep?!" I hear her talking loudly.
"Yes, she's in her bed, ma'am." Sergei says and I figure I'm not dreaming at all.
I rub my eyes and sit up in my bed and seconds after Vanne storms into my bedroom.
"Ina, you are still in bed?"
She is carrying a cup of coffee in her hands and she puts in on the night table and jumps in bed next to me, hugging me.
"Where's Christian?" She asks jollily and I bury my head in the pillow. "Honey, what happened, where is he?" She repeats her question as she leans over me and places her hand on my back.
"He's gone." I say weakly as I try to hold my tears in.
"Why? Did you guys have a fight?" She asks softly and I shake my head, parting from goose feather pillow to reach on the night table for Christian's note and hand it to her.
I look at her carefully as her eyes slide over the letter. After few moments, she looks up at me with compassion and reaches to grip me into the tight hug again.
"Honey, I'm so sorry. I had no idea. When did this happen?" She asks as she pats my hair, still holding me.
"5 days ago."
"Why didn't you call me?" She holds me up on the arm's length examining my face.
"I didn't want to bother you, Vanne. You are busy and there's nothing to do anyway." I say as I pick up the cup and take a sip of coffee.
"I could cheer you up! And it's nonsense, I would rather be with you then anything else!" She says. She's offended. "You know what are we going to do?" She asks now, looking like she came up with a master plan.
"What?" I raise my eyebrow expecting the genius plan.
"We are going to New York! There is MET gala tonight and we are having some fun! We'll spend few days there, shop, chat, party, have brunches and loads of drinks. Only you and I!"
"I still don’t think it’s a good idea! I probabbly have puffy eyes and all that disgusting things ugly people have." I said looking into the jet's mirror, Vanne looked at me and handed me a flute of bubbly.
"It’s going to be marvelous, besides since neither of us have dresses, I called Anna, and told her we needed a selection, and god knows she still owes me for giving her the exclusive for my line." She grinned and my spirits went up a bit. Being with Vanne was like a medicine.
"Now you are looking more like yourself!" She grinned at me and I smiled slightly but then it washed away.
"Vanne, it’s going to be so tacky to show up without anyone, they do reserve those places with a plus one." I almost gasped.
"You have nothing to worry about" She said and I plopped next to her in the big velvet couch.
"What have you done?" I ask a little amused.
"Well Charles is in New York, and he obviously is going to be my date, so I called Damian, and asked if he knew someone, good enough for you, and he said, he is going to be your date, because who better than him, his words not mine." she smiled.
"Damian is good, he is fun, but the sexual tension is going to be off the hook with you two. I’m just warning you, it sure as hell is going to amuse me." I grinned. "But the MET is so full of art, Christian loved art…" I said sulking.
"Well tough tomatoes, if you excuse my French, but you also love art, and you are not going to sulk next time you get your hands on a Dali or a newly discovered Basquiat. So, I’m sorry Ina, but for all the times this talk has been directed at me, you have to start thinking straight." She warned me.
"Ugh. I love you so much, you know that!" I say and she smirks and nods. I feel better right away and produce little make-up bag. I feel more alive as I put on some lipstick, mascara and eyeliner.
"There, that's my girl!" Vanne says as she sips her champagne.
"I told you that Aleksey is staying in Paris for some time, yes?" I ask as I pick up my flute.
"You mentioned it when you called to tell me he bought Matisse for 40 million Euros." She says and I shrug like it's every day event. "And I also got the mms you sent me of the dinner party when you two showed the painting. Again, sorry I couldn't make it, baby."
"Yes, yes, well I'll find the way for you to repay me for missing my big moment." I wink at her and she slightly shakes her head.
"So Aleksey...?" Vanne furrows her eyebrows.
"Yeah, so he says he's staying for me." I continue my story and she smiles sweetly.
"Honey, that's great! Perfect timing also." She says and then she looks at me carefully, probably worried that she could hurt me with her last sentence and remind me of Christian's disappearance.
"It's ok." I smile reassuringly. "You don't have to walk on the eggshells around me baby. I'm fine now that you are here." I say and take her hand in mine. "So, are you excited? You are finally seeing Charles after how long?"
"Too long, it’s going to be something new completely, he is going to be there, and I’m going to know if he slept with someone else, Ii know it, because I know him." she said and sighed.
"What do you mean?" I asked, picking on a strawberry. "Like you got a 007 on him?" I joked, winking at her.
Vanne rolled her eyes and smiled. "Of course not, but it was my job to be all Holly Golightly on the 20 under 25 richest guys of America, since I was probably going to end up with one." she smiled. "I know how he is, and I’ve grown much closer to him than you'd think babe." she smiled.
"When did everything got so complicated, Vanne?" I said, closing my eyes slightly, she took both flutes away and snuggled next to me on the huge couch.
"I swear I’m not going to this thing, Vanne. it’s impossible to be ready in hours, it just can’t be done!!!" I said, looking at her and she bursted out laughing.
"I’m so sorry Ina, but you and I could walk into the MET naked as the day we were born or in a potato sack and people would still think it was the highlight of the night and they would have so worn that as well." she said and looked at me in my fifth dress.
I unzipped the red Valentino and smirked at the mirror, "You are right as usual, but that only means, we have to be the best dresses, for sure, not only because we certainly will be, but there must be no doubt in my mind."
I smirked and winked at her through the rear mirror. She rolled her eyes at my antics but smiled.
"Where to then?" she asked smiling.
"Would you follow me?" I smiled back.
"Silly Ina, of course I would"
"Ok, we are going to my secret weapon hair dresser and make-up artist team I have here on retainer in NY, then we are getting into those dresses we got from Anna..." I started but Vanne raised her finger, interrupting me
"...And we'll be wearing two of my top pieces, pre-exclusive appearance of stars of my collection!" She said and we both smirked excitedly.
We got everything done and we have only an hour before the party.
"Maybe tonight won't be that bad." I say as I check both of us looking flawless in my rear mirror and turn left in my Lamborghini to drive into the underground garage of Vanne's Upper East Side luxurious bachelorette apartment. We ride the elevator to the penthouse and finally we are in. We both twirl around like 12-year-olds with huge smiles on our faces.
"Oh, the parties we had here!" I breathe out loudly as I throw myself on the huge leather couch.
"Crazy times!" I heard Vanne's voice but I can't see her. Suddenly, she turns the music on, it's Girl Panic by Duran Duran, one of our favorite songs and reappears with two flutes of pink champagne in her hands.
She sits back next to me and hands me one flute, "For tonight!" She says, clicking her glass with my.
"For us!" I add, feeling truly happy next to her.
After the drink, we put our gowns on and take few playful pictures. We look amazing even though we had so little time.
"Guys will be here soon!" Vanne yells out, going though her suitcase. "And here they are!" she said pulling the two platinum boxes out. I make a squeaky excited sound and rush to her side.
"Now, I present to you Regina and Silvanne specials!" She says as she slowly opens the boxes revealing the most amazing diamond necklaces.
"Vanne, this is incredible!" I'm almost speechless. I'm around the diamonds and exquisite jewelry since I was a baby but the pieces that she designed still left me breathless. Every single time.
"Last touches!" She says as she puts the necklace on me and hands me the other to put on her. As we stare at the mirror one more time, Vanne's phone buzzes and guys inform us that they are here.