The Last Party

One by one, each of Lilly's friends move away to fulfill their dreams and aspirations. Lilly feels they are all doing this as a sign of betrayal. Little does Lilly know that the truth is far from betrayal.

But once a mistake is made, it cannot be taken back.

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6. Rose

Lilly scratched another mark into the wall. “Four months without speaking to my only friend... Four months of dreaming that horrible dream every night... Almost two years without throwing a party. Why does life hate me?” “Nobody seems to care about me anymore... maybe I should talk to Rose about all of this, she’d know what to do. She can give me advice!”

Lilly bolted from inside the bedroom and down the stairs, before abruptly colliding with a person coming in from the shopfront. “Oh my! I’m so so sorry abou- Rose! It’s you! I haven’t seen you in months!”

Rose struggled to get off the floor. She looked back at her hair to see it covered in dirt. “Oh no! I just spent an hour working on styling my hair darling!” She shook her head sadly for a moment, then looked at Lilly. “But that’s not important, my dear. It has been a while since we last spoke, yes. And I have important news to tell you!”

Lilly started bouncing in circles around her friend. “Oh, you need a party and I’m the only proper party person in all of the world that can give you the BEST party you’ve ever had?!”

“As nice as that’d be, that isn’t the reason... Oh, I should have told you earlier, Lilly. I’m so sorry, you’re probably going to hate me for this. I hope you can forgive me...”

Lilly's expression suddenly blank, glared at Rose. “Don’t tell me...”

“I’m afraid so, dear. Hoity Toity has hired me in the city as his premiere fashion artist. I must say, it really was only a matter of time, but I did receive the news roughly two weeks ago. I just didn’t know how you’d take it, darling.” Rose raised her hand in an attempt to caress Lilly’s cheek, but was met with a smack as Lilly turned away.

“Get out,” Lilly snapped.

“What was that, Lilly?”

“I said. Get. Out. You’re no better than the others, leaving poor Lilly all alone! Maybe you should’ve just thrown that ‘Get Lost’ party in the first place, that way I wouldn’t have to get attached to this false friendship!” Lilly said, struggling to hold back tears.

“What party? We never would’ve thrown a ‘Get Lost’ party, Lilly. What has gotten in-” Her sentence was interrupted as a pair of hands knocked her to the floor.

“Why won’t you listen to me, Rose? I told you to get out!” Lilly stated flatly.

“I’m not going to leave until you’re sure of what you’re doing, Lilly. I’m not going to leave without a word like Amber did!” Rose yelled, jumping back to her feet “If that takes you beating me down to see, then just feel free to!”

Lilly stared dumbfounded at her, then turned her attention to her hands. “Oh, Rose! I’m so sorry, I just don’t want to see you leave too! You’re the last friend I have, everybody else is gone!” A waterfall of tears streamed down her face as she spoke.

Rose cautiously approached Lilly. “Are you going to be alright, Lilly? I really do have to go, I sold the boutique, and I’d hate for you to do anything... Now, how do I say this properly... Ah, yes! I’d hate for you to do anything... stupid, while I’m gone.”

“I really don’t know, Rose I guess I’ll try to be alright, for your sake!”

Rose pulled Lilly into a hug. “That’s my Lilly... Now, if you wouldn’t mind, I’m a little bit famished at the moment. Do you have any cupcakes I could have before going?”

Lilly broke free from the hug and ran into the kitchen, and re-appeared almost instantly with a package of six cupcakes. “Chocolate cupcakes with white vanilla icing and diamond shaped candies on top, made just for you!”

Rose stared at Lilly. “Sometimes, it’s a wonder where you get your energy from, dear. But these cupcakes sound absolutely divine. How much are they?”

“On the house, for my most bestest friend!” Lilly replied, handing the package over.

“It truly is a wonder why any of our friends left, Lilly. You are one of the greatest friends I have ever had. But alas, I must head out now! Hoity Toity sent me a personal chariot to ride in, he doesn’t want me to so much as even get my hands dirty!” Rose stated, then she looked briefly back at her hair. It didn’t look too bad, and she could brush the dust out on the way to the city. She picked up the cupcakes, and with a flick of her forelock, made for the door. “Now, I will see you later, Lilly. Until next time, darling!”

Lilly watched her friend leave, without even a promise of writing a letter. Maybe she forgot? I think she’ll write letters at least... Then again, Chloe had to stop even though I know she’d have lots of spare time, despite what Sasha said about them always being busy, and I guess ignoring Amber maybe was a bad idea... Millie is gone for who knows how long, and Jade, well. I’m not going to bother with her. But Rose really should’ve talked to me before she sold the boutique, I mean... why would she talk to me after selling it? Maybe... no. That can’t be it. Maybe she is trying to get away from me. That’s why she was already packed and ready to leave upon coming here! She was trying to get away from me! That liar! Lilly thought, as everything finally clicked together for her. She rushed upstairs. With a look around her room, she walked over to the picture of her now ex-friends with four holes already in it. She aimed her hand at Rose’s head, and struck the wall with all her strength.

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