kaitlyn was not having a very good day. it had started with her and her fiancée getting into a fight about something stupid. usually their fights got physical, at least on cam's end but somehow it hadn't happened this time. something for which kaity was very glad. but after that she had quickly tacked up her favourite horse starlight, and went for a ride. usually she would work with the ranch hands and get the morning chores done but after the fight kaitlyn wasn't really feeling very social. she needed to be out on her own and had spent most of morning just riding around the ranch on her horse. sometimes kaity was very happy that her ranch had so many acres. she could ride around for hours and no one would find her until she went back to the main part of the ranch.
riding stardust had not helped they way she had hoped it would or the way it had in the past so kaity went back to the main part of the ranch to untack her horse and check on the work being done. she knew that ivy was going to come by at some point so she wanted to be reachable when she did come to the ranch. and if kaity was out riding that would not be possible. even though she had her phone with er it was off until she got within sight of the barns. she had really needed the quiet and the alone time. once her phone was on kaity checked the time and noticed that is was about quarter after 11 in the morning. well everyone will be busy working with the horses about now. she thought. because of that kaity knew no one would be in the barns. she still wasn't really ready to face anyone who worked for her.
she also noticed that she a had a bunch of messages. probablly all from cam she thought. she wasn't ready to look at them so she stuck her blackberry back in her pocket and rode starlight all the way back to the entrance to the barn. she looked around to see if anyone had noticed her before getting off. once in the barn she got starlight all secured so she could take off the tack. one by one she took it off and hung it back up on the correct pegs in the tack room. it was all organized by type of tack and then by the name of the horse. it was a system that had been used on the ryan ranch for longer than kaity had been alive, probably longer than her father had been alive as well. once starlight was no longer wearing any tack kaity started grooming him. she sometimes lost count of how many times she brushed starlight but she always wanted him to look good. so she stood there brushing starlight and trying to think of something other than the way her day had started for once. the whole time she'd been out riding starlight all she could think about was the fight. she didn't want to think about it anymore.
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You would think that watching the same people, with the same sets, with barely any famous guest stars would get boring. It doesn't. Well not when the writers are friggin' geniuses. Friends will forever be in Ivy's heart. The Friends marathon had started at six this morning and Ivy has barely left her cushy chair by her father's bedside once. They were airing all ten seasons over the next week. Although it's not like she doesn't own all ten seasons on DVD; but how long would it take her to get through all those episodes if it didn't feel like she was required to watch during every second of her day. If she was gone for just twenty minutes she would miss a whole episode! Thank the lord for TiVo.
It was about eleven when Ivy looked at the time. She'd said that she would stop by to see Kaity before she had to head down to the video store. Maybe she would be up to joining in on marathon day. The One with the Monkey was just ending and she would end up missing The One with Mrs. Bing if she left now. Oh well, she can just pop in the DVD when she gets home and pretend it's the marathon.
She called Esmeralda; her father's other caretaker for when Ivy can't be around and told her she needed to head down to the estate. She left a note for her sister before she left, telling her that there was money for takeout on her dresser and she would see her tomorrow morning.
Ivy jumped in her silver 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS and revved up the engine. She'd gotten her car as a gift from her father for her twentieth birthday. Her father was to blame for basically everything lush and luxurious Ivy owned. He spoiled his daughters like there was no tomorrow and as much as Ivy had tried to refuse his gifts it was unlikely she would ever be able to say no to that man. He was always much too sweet and caring for her mother. All the money in the world couldn't change him.
Ivy came from a rather wealthy family. All of it coming from her father's hard work. He was an anesthesiologist while her mother was very relentless and a gypsy at heart. As soon as she turned eighteen, she started traveling. Honestly Ivy didn't want to be either of those things. Actually she didn't really know what she wanted to be. She knew that she did want to get out of Bailey at some point and see the world outside of Montana. She would be smart about it though; unlike her mother who took off without a care in the world and then walked straight out of the lives of her two daughters when she started getting those fat alimony checks in the mail.
Ivy pulled up in front of the ranch within minutes. The estate was rather close to the ranch and Ivy remembered sneaking over here to visit Kaity when they were kids. She remembered struggling to climb through her window but always managing to do it herself, learning to ride a horse when she was fourteen, there were so many happy memories between the two here.
Ivy stepped out of the car and placed her orange wedge right flat in some mud. "You'd think I'd have learned my lesson by now." she said to herself with an exasperated sigh. She quickly rushed in the house, careful of where she stepped. "Kaity! You inside?" she called removing her wedges at the door not wanting to drag in any mud. There was no answer so Ivy headed to the back door. She stuck her head out and called "If you expect me to go back out there after the damage your land did to my shoe you've lost your mind!"
kaity kept brushing starlight and trying her hardest to redirect her thoughts. you need to focus on ranch stuff, kaitlyn. she told herself. hopefully immersing her self in work would help her not think about how the day had started. knowing no one was around to hear her made it hard for kaity not to cry; the fact that starlight's hair was so smooth and silky made her want to bury her face in it and do just that. the only thing stopping her from breaking down was the fact that anyone could walk into the barn at any moment. if they saw her crying they'd ask what was wrong and kaitlyn didn't want to have to explain anything or make up a story about anything; she just wasn't in the mood to do any of that. life was so much easier when she was alone; she didn't have to make excuses or lie to anyone.
she wanted to talk to starlight so badly but she couldn't do that for the same reason she couldn't cry in the barn; anyone could come by at anytime. and if they heard what she wanted to tell starlight they'd know the truth; the sad and very ugly truth. "you know something is up anyway don't you, starlight?" kaitlyn whispered to the horse. she didn't remember her horse never not knowing when something was bothering her so why would now be any different? even if kaity could talk to starlight she knew it wouldn't be much help; after all the horse couldn't do anything. you don't know how many times i've wished you could, starlight. kaity thought to her horse. there were lots of times kaity had wished that there was something starlight or one of the other horses could do, just so she would actually be okay.
just then kaity heard someone calling her from the house and it sounded like ivy. silly woman. why does she go to the house this time of day when there's hardly a chance i'd be there? kaity wondered. during daytime hours the only time kaitlyn spent in the house was for lunch, other than that she was always somewhere around the ranch working. "did you wear nice shoes again?" kaity called from the door of the barn. she didn't know why ivy wore shoes that would get ruined in stuff like mud. "cowboy boots are the way to to." kaity added. maybe they weren't fashionable but kaity felt like they were the best things on earth to wear around the ranch. "i'll be there in a minute. i just have to finish brushing starlight." kaitlyn said.
she went back to the barn and continued to brush the horse. "there you go, starlight. you're all nice and brushed." kaity said before exiting the barn. she walked the path up to the house. "exactly what kind of shoes were you wearing?" kaitlyn asked looking at ivy's feet and noticing that ivy was no longer wearing shoes. "i think the one whose lost her mind is the woman who wore shoes not meant to be worn on a ranch." kaity said with a smile.
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Ivy merely rolled her eyes at Kaity's comments and went to sit on the couch ready to restart the mother of all marathons. Cowboy boots? Ivy never had a fondness over them. They were of acquired tastes and were a look only certain people could pull off. Kaity was one of those people; Ivy was not. She tried them out in a department store after she saw Jessica Simpson in The Dukes of Hazzard. They may have looked better if she had been having a relaxing time taking one of the horses on a trail ride and smoking a tobacco pipe. However at that department store with all the fluorescent lighting they were a definite no no.
Without a word Ivy got up and walked back to the the closet by the front door. She pointed to the adorable little orange-ish wedges. The left one looked as if it had been doused in mud while the right was just a little splattered. "Just another pair ruined I guess." Ivy sighed reaching down to pick one of them up. "Look how cute they were though!" She whined. "They did not deserve to go this way. With a shake of her head she put the shoe back down."
She turned back to Kaity giving her the once over. Cowboy boots of course. "You look beautiful." Ivy leaned in to giver her cousin a hug. "But if you want to head back down to the barn I suggest you lend me a pair of shoes." She said with a wink.
Ivy was fond of horses. Once you learned how to ride they were very relaxing. It had been a couple years since she had actually ridden one but she visited quite often. When she was a teenager Ivy had wanted a horse of her own; a pony as she called it. Her father was all for it but her mother of course thought the animal was horrific. She argued that all they'd do was make the air smell, using those buggy rides that they took in Canada while they were vacationing as a prime example.
Ivy had tried to bond with her mother and strengthen their relationship but it just never happened. She had always thought that the relationship you developed with your mother was the most beautiful. She soon learned that was false. Instead of love all she felt was a growing resentment. She still stared out the window and cried as she watched her mother hand her suitcases to the taxi driver though. Her mother even looked her eldest daughter straight in the eye without a tear in sight before she drove away. Thankfully it was six in the morning so her sister wasn't there to see.
The only person who could even come close in comparison to the love she held for her father and sister was Kaity. She was only a few months older than her cousin but she still looked at her like she was a baby sister. This was the reason why she had such a dislike for her fiancée. Ivy had seen the cuts and bruises and obviously had her suspicions but at this point refuses to believe that something like that would ever happen to her cousin. Kaity had always come up with some reasonable explanation for the injuries but Ivy failed to see how someone could hurt themselves that often.
"So, when is your man due home?" Ivy asked trying to be nonchalant, and hopefully succeeding. She didn't want to stress Kaity out about this anymore. She was positive that her cousin knew how she felt about her future husband but she couldn't help but think of him as a total sleaze. He just had that creepy guy look to him. Apparently Kaity was able to see past that but Ivy still had her eye on him. If he was really gonna be part of the family soon he better watch himself.
kaitlyn was the type of girl who often wished she live in the barn with the horses. their lives seemed a whole lot simpler and less dramatic than hers. there were other times she wished she could actually be a horse because of that. but she knew enough to know that just because it seemed like the easy life didn't mean it actually was. plus if she were a horse she wouldn't have ivy. ivy was like her sister. because kaity was an only child she had always thought of her cousin as a sister like person. sure ivy had her own sister but that didn't mean that kaity couldn't think of her like a sister.
kaity had just entered the house a few seconds before ivy got up to show her the shoes she'd worn. "poor shoes." kaity said looking at ivy's muddy orange wedges. kaitlyn was not a shoe person at all. she pretty much always wore the same ones, her trusty cowboy boots, and she knew she probably didn't have anywhere close to the number of shoes ivy had. "they look like they were cute shoes though." kaity remarked. maybe it was because she spent a lot of time on the ranch or because she wasn't really a shoe girl but kaitlyn wasn't sure she got what a the big deal about the mud was. sure one shoe was pretty much covered but it wasn't the end of the world. "would it help if you had a pair exactly like them to replace those ones?" kaity asked.
kaity hugged her cousin back very glad that that morning's fight had only been verbal and hadn't ended with her as the punching bag. that happened too often as it was but the truth was kaity was tired of her excuses and didn't think she would have been able to come up with any good excuses. she was just sick and tired of her life and how the perfect guy had turned out to be her worst nightmare. kaitlyn just smiled when ivy said she looked beautiful. she was wearing pretty much the same kind of clothes as usual and she was pretty sure that the make up she had on was mostly there to cover any bruises that had been inflicted on her the last time her fiancée lost his cool. kaity never knew what to say to that anyway, especially when she didn't particularly feel like it. "you look pretty good yourself. the shoes probably went great with your dress." kaity said taking a glance once more at ivy's muddy shoes.
"well feel free to raid my shoe collection, as small as it is." kaity said. she was pretty sure she owned only one pair of nice shoes and very likely hadn't worn them once. she wasn't even sure why she would have bought them in the first place. "i'm not really sure. he said something about working late tonight so it probably won't be anywhere near the normal time." kaitlyn replied. truthfully she wasn't sure if he really had to work late or if he'd just said that to cover up the fact that he very likely would go out drinking after work. kaity knew if that was the case then she was probably in for it later. but she knew just cause it hadn't happened that morning didn't mean she had been spared; it could still happen before the end of the day.
kaity knew that ivy didn't like the man and she knew she had a good reason too, but kaity hadn't told ivy anything that would validate her not liking him. it sucked though because ivy was the only family kaitlyn had, well ivy and her family. if they didn't like the man she was planning to marry even if he wasn't unknowingly abusive something wasn't right. on top of that kaity was smart enough to know she needed to get out but she just didn't have what that would take.
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Only for her family would Ivy miss out on the whole ten season Friends marathon. She still remembers coming home from school every Thursday and eating a microwaved meal in front of the television. Her little sister would always sit next to her and laugh whenever the audience laughed. Kind of like she though that she was required to. The weird 'are you retarded' look that Ivy received whenever she didn't laugh was priceless. Unfortunately when her sister began the seventh grade she all of a sudden became so serious. She didn't smile much; at least not while she was at home and she seriously never left her room unless she had to go to school.
Ivy was never like that. She loved to go and hang out with friends when she was younger. To this day she still despises laziness. She's never been one to stay in bed until noon or do colors, whites, and delicates in the same load. Ivy just never understood her sister's whole never getting out of bed thing but she never asked her about it. They don't have a necessarily strong relationship but next to Kaity and her father, she's one of the people Ivy loves most in the world.
"Well I'll take anything you got." It's not like she wasn't going to end up getting the next pair a little dirtied up anyways. The words that just crossed her mind reminded Ivy of her father. Mainly when he attempted to get her interested in T-ball when she was seven. That sport or any other sport for that matter, never managed to capture her interest. "How am I ever going to get you out of all this girly stuff if you refuse to get your hands dirty?" is what Mr. Deveaux once said in frustration. Thankfully he stopped trying to get her excited about the whole thing. Ivy could never get over her fear of the ball.
"Oh yeah." wasn't that the oldest trick in the book. However, Ivy would never tell Kaity what was really going on in her head so she brushed off the thoughts of her future brother-in-law. "Sooo... you know normally in a wedding," Ivy paused to unnecessarily clear her though. "There are these things called bridesmaids and maid of honors." Anyone could tell where this conversation was leading. Except maybe Ivy. She was never as smooth with her words like the rest of her family was.
All the other Deveaux's were great speakers and were fully capable of lying their way out of anything. Ivy on the other hand was somewhat awful at those types of things, except when it came to the people she felt comfortable around. She fit in with her family in the way she presented herself. She always tried to make herself look nice before she left the house and wore beautiful clothes. As long as she didn't open her mouth she fit right in.
"I've been wondering if you've thought about who's going to be playing those parts on your big day." Ivy kind of assumed she would be playing some part in the wedding party but neither her nor Kaity had mentioned it. Ivy used to dream about the day she would marry the man of her dreams. She used to gush to Kaity about her perfect man and the perfect color palette for a wedding when she was only eleven. Who would have thought she would turn into such a man deflector. She'd had a few boyfriends before but she never really got out of her awkward, quiet stage when she was with any of them. She dumped two after the first one ended up dumping her, because she knew that they would eventually give up on her too.
The only person Ivy ever talked about her personal life with was Kaity. Then again Ivy told Kaity basically everything. That started when she was just a kid. She was always so quiet and reserved in class so it would have been shocking to most people to see her open up the way she did with her cousin. Oh who was she kidding? Kaity has been her sister for years.
she knew that whatever shoes the leant ivy would get a little messed up because they were going to the barns. "i think there is a pair of old runners in the front closet." kaity said. she had a habit of throwing her old shoes in there when she no longer wore them so she probably had a few old pairs of shoes in there; she wasn't sure exactly how many but they were shoes that wouldn't be ruined by going to hang with the horses. she couldn't really think of another pair of shoes that worked. she just hoped they would fit ivy. she went and grabbed the shoes she was talking about and handed them over to ivy. "hopefully they fit." she said as she handed over the shoes to ivy.
kaity happened to figure out where ivy was going with that first comment about brides maids and maids of honour. she had chosen them a long time ago when she decided that ivy would be her maid of honour when she got married. that topic had been something she and her fiancée had fought over after getting engaged because he didn't want the attendants and all that but kaity had forced it because there was no way ivy wasn't standing up there with her. she just didn't want to say that to ivy. "of course there are. and you are my maid of honour if you want to be." kaity said. she didn't think ivy would say no but she might feel odd about considering she didn't exactly like the guy kaitlyn had chosen to marry.
they had finally compromised on a best man and a maid of honour. so there wasn't going to be any grooms men or bride's maids, just the two of them and whoever they picked to fill those rolls. the crazy guy didn't event want ushers or any of that. kaity had decided to walk alone down the isle because she had no one to give her away or anything. she didn't really like thinking about that very much though. she had long ago stopped thinking about the fact that her mom wouldn't see her get married and decided a year or so ago that that was probably a good thing considering who she was marrying. still kaitlyn didn't like to think about the lack of family she had to invite to her wedding. it made her very very sad. "we're just going to have a maid of honour and a best man." kaity said.
as fun as she thought it would be to have a maid of honour and a couple of bridesmaids kaitlyn really didn't know who she would ask to fill those spots. outside of ivy and a few people on the ranch kaity wasn't really close with a lot of people and there was no way she wanted someone she wasn't close to standing up there with her, she thought it would just be awkward or something. it was better to have just a maid of honour, especially since she already knew who she wanted to fill that position. she could never see anyone but ivy as her maid of honour; on top of that it just wouldn't feel right if it wasn't ivy. it was just supposed to be the person closest to her, and that was definitely ivy.
until the abuse started kaity had always told ivy everything. but in the last few years kaitlyn had been hiding a lot of major stuff from ivy and she felt really bad about that but she just didn't know hot to bring any of it up, and mainly she was too scared to; scared about what would happen if she did tell ivy anything and all that. as messed up as it was kaity thought it was better if no one knew. she desperately wanted to talk to ivy though; she just couldn't make herself get past the fear and do it. three years was a long time to keep the secret she had been keeping though, especially from the closest person to her. ivy was her cousin, sister and best friend.
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Ivy slipped on the sneakers and stood up straight. They were a little tight on her toes but it was nothing she wasn't used to. "Oh, they fit fine." Ivy had been wearing high heels since she was thirteen and eighty percent of the shoes she owned pinched her feet but Ivy wore them anyway. She once wore a pair of Louis Vuitton pumps that were three sizes too small when she was fourteen. They were the only pair that really went with her dress and her father was throwing a big celebratory dinner for his brother's job promotion. After years of her father buying her shoes of all sizes and Ivy not willing to burst his ecstatic little bubble, it seemed as if she had lost all feeling from the ankle down.
Ivy gave a little laugh, "I should have vouched for jeans today." she said looking down at herself. "I'm sure they would have gone much better with these." Ivy never bothered with working out besides a little Pilates here and there. So she only wore flats for the first hour of her day. Wearing heels at six in the morning wasn't suitable for anyone who wasn't a superstar and was required to look their best. "You'd think it would be physically impossible for me to wear anything without a heel." She even wore her heels down to the video store.
Her customers must have thought she was pretty pretentious with her long platinum hair and four inch stilettos. Then again that's probably how most people see her at first look. Ivy mostly keeps to herself and isn't great with new people, which is the reason why she has so few friends. She loved the ones she had though and wouldn't trade them for some fellow high class citizens for the world.
Ivy smiled. "Well, I kind of assumed I would be but I thought I'd run it by you before I announced anything." No matter what she though of the groom she would always be there for Kaity and respect her decisions. As much as she wanted to travel and get out and explore life Ivy knew she could never just leave Kaity behind. Not to mention the rest of her family. She had too many responsibilities here and they overpowered what she really wanted. Maybe some day they can take off for a few months and go see England or Cape Town, just get away from it all for a while. Who knows if Kaity could leave her horses for that long though.
"Well, simple weddings are always nice." Ivy had always wanted a simple and elegant wedding. She had wanted everything around her to be white. The curtains, the floor, flowers, tablecloths, everything except the guests' attire. Her dress wouldn't be anything extravagant. It would be a slim white gown with a subtle train and a beautiful veil that would fall down her back. She wanted it to be directly at sunset so the golden sunshine would be glowing against everyone's skin, and she wanted to stand on a high alter so that she and her husband would represent the people on top of the wedding cake. Ivy doesn't think about that kind of thing much anymore but she would be lying if she said she wasn't a little excited to see Kaity walk down the aisle.
Her father was bound to wake up from his coma soon enough. The doctors said there was a good chance that he may but they didn't exactly guarantee anything. He was going to wake up though and he would be there to walk her down the aisle when Ivy finally found someone that she would be willing to marry. It wasn't likely her mother was going to be there though, Ivy was fine with that. If anyone was going to secretly send her and invitation it would be Esmeralda. That caretaker had been a good friend of Ivy's when her father was brought out of the hospital five months ago. She had brought Ivy some word searches and a fruit basket the first week she was by her father's bedside and she really was a joy to be around. She would definitely be a future wedding guest.
"meaning they are a tiny bit too small right?" kaity asked. she knew that ivy's heels were usually a little too tight so she was used to it but had forgotten. she didn't understand how ivy could be comfortable wearing shoes that didn't fit right; but maybe that was because kaitlyn knew she would never be able to do it. not that she had ever worn heels before. she wasn't even going to wear heels with her wedding dress. the fact that she was wearing a dress at all was big. kaitlyn was not one for dresses at all.
"while that's probably true, i doubt that the horses will care whether or not your shoes go with your dress." kaity said. actually she was pretty sure that the horses wouldn't care about ivy's shoes not going with her dress. out of the two of them ivy was definitely the girly one. kaity was happy in her jeans and living life on the ranch, spending her time with the horses. "you do wear heels a lot." kaity remarked. she couldn't remember ever having seen ivy in anything but heels. kaity on the other hand had never worn heels.
"well i was goin g to ask you, just haven't really had the chance til now." kaitlyn said. she had been planning for days to ask ivy to be her maid of honour but she just hadn't had the chance. when they were together before now it hadn't been the right time or they were just talking on the phone or online and kaity didn't want to ask that way; she wanted to ask ivy in person. "yah they are." kaity said. the truth was she'd had to fight like hell just to get a simple wedding. cam had been determined to just elope or something. kaity didn't want that; she wanted what family she had to be part of her wedding. cam didn't get that and she didn't think he ever would.
"now that that is official we need to figure out when we are going to go shopping for dresses." kaity said. despite her extreme un girlieness kaitlyn was really excited to go looking for her dress. the fact that she got to do it with ivy just made her look forward to it more. they had decided that the reception would be at the dude ranch but the ceremony would be at the little church in town so her dress didn't have to be one that was meant for an outside wedding.
kaity had never thought that wedding planning would be such a pain. it seemed like almost every idea she had cam shot down because he didn't want the whole she-bang at all and was only doing it because kaity had fought hard for the wedding and reception. it seemed like the only part of all of it was at all interested in was the marrying her part. he was so determined to not have a wedding at all kaity was left making all the decisions herself. so despite the fact that she knew he would likely not be happy with any of it kaity was literally planning everything. she wasn't even sure if cam had picked his best man yet.
kaity didn't want to brin g up anything to do with the wedding at all so she hadn't even asked him. talking about it just seemed to be a bad bad idea. having ivy as her maid of honour would probably help the whole planning process a lot. at least she'd have someone to talk to about it. kaitlyn had heard of the grooms to be not being interested in the planning but cam was a completely different story. he wasn't just not interested in the planning he wanted there to not have to be any planning. kaity had often wondered why he'd proposed in the first place if that was the case. usually an engagement was followed by wedding planning and then the actual wedding. like ivy kaity had her dream wedding planned out in her head, she was almost not going to get it though. cam had already said no to the horse sleigh and had very grudgingly agreed to the winter wedding date.
despite his agreeing to have a small wedding kaitlyn knew he wished that they weren't doing it. he still wanted to just go away on weekend and come back married. not matter what kaity held onto her guts when it came to making sure they actually had a wedding. kaity may not be a girly girl but there was no way she was missing the chance to share her wedding day with her family (what family she had) and friends. if cam didn't like that then that was his problem not hers.
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She let a small smile creep over her face. "Oh, you just think you know me so well." Despite her tone, the truth was Kaity probably knew her better then anyone. Hell, if that wasn't true. Ivy never was this open with anyone but Kaity. Except her father of course. She never seemed to completely lose that shyness she has around other people. it fades some but it's always there. Luckily most people find it charming when she blushes or doesn't know what to say but to Ivy it could be quite irritating.
Ever since her school days Ivy had been thought of as quiet and mousy. She focused on her studies as best she could but was never super successful in anything. She had friends but most of them she just saw in certain classes. She had been asked out by boys but had always turned them down because she was afraid she wouldn't know what to say when it actually came to being alone with them. not to mention she was worried about how her father would react when she told him she was going out on a date. Ivy never even kissed a boy until she was nineteen and ever since then there has only been a few blips on her lovers radar.
"Truth." The horses obviously wouldn't care what she was wearing and quite honestly Ivy wouldn't really, either. It was only her and Kaity after all. Ivy always liked to look her best because like seriously what girl doesn't like to feel pretty? She wasn't completely ridiculous about it though. For instance she didn't feel the need to paint on a whole new face just to make a late night run to the grocery store. It's not like she was going to meet someone in the laundry detergent aisle. And just because she 's a girl doesn't mean she can appreciate or understand why some women take forty minutes to get ready to go have dinner at the diner.
A bright smile over took Ivy's face at the mention of the wedding dresses. "Definitely!" Ivy started leading the way down to the barn. If we're going to get them off the rack though we're obviously going to have to head out of town to get some decent ones." Bailey wasn't exactly known for it's haute couture. "I'm free basically anytime as long as we leave in the afternoon." Esmeralda could only come to the estate during midday because she worked as a babysitter in the mornings. "We should look online for some good wedding dress shops nearby."
She was getting pretty amped up about the whole event at this point. As far as Ivy knew the wedding was going to be at the small, local church. Then there's the reception which will need some china, a few wedding gifts and of course the cake. Helping Kaity scope out the perfect gown was going to be amazing. Ivy would make sure she was breathtaking as she walked down that petal covered aisle since every girl should feel more beautiful then she's ever felt on her wedding day.
As they stepped outside Ivy could see the small hill that led down to the barn. That thing was her arch enemy when she was a kid. Being as dainty as she was, Ivy hated getting all muddy and she took quite a few tumbles down that there hill. "There's the beast just as I remember it." She took hold of Kaity's arm. Even though she was wearing sneakers that thing was still muddy and slippery so it was bound to give Ivy some problems. At first sight Ivy looked pretty proper and poised but she remembered some extremely embarrassing moments back in grade school. Although it's not like everyone hasn't had some regrettable moments from their childhood.
kaity knew despite ivy's tone with that comment that she did know her well. kaitlyn was pretty sure that the two of them knew lots of things about each other that no one else knew, they just knew each other that well. growing up they told each other everything. to this day they still did; well almost everything but really kaity wouldn't be surprised if ivy had an idea of what her fiancée was really like when it was just the two of them. ivy knew her so well that she could probably tell something wasn't exactly right even though kaity hadn't said a word. "maybe that's because i do." she said with a smile.
"besides you still look good in sneakers anyway." kaity remarked. she hadn't yet seen ivy in anything she didn't look good in. but then maybe that was because ivy wouldn't wear something she didn't look good in. kaitlyn was pretty sure ivy knew what looked good and what didn't and there was no way she could see her wearing something that didn't look good. neither would she for that matter, but she didn't have an extensive wardrobe to begin with. all of kaity's clothes were comfy and made for ranch work. she was pretty sure the only fancy outfit she owned so far was her prom dress and even that was pretty simple for a prom dress. her next fancy outfit would be her wedding dress.
"things are pretty slow here in the afternoons so i can leave for a bit one afternoon. sooner is probably better than later." kaitlyn said. she thought if they went sooner the place they bought the dresses from would have time to order the dresses if they had to and to make any alterations that were needed. "yah. although i heard that helena has some good wedding dress shops. we can always look online for more later though." kaity said. she had sort of already looked online to see what kind of dress she would like and had also sort of searched for some wedding dress shops in towns nearby. kaity already knew there was no way bailey would have what she needed. "so maybe one day soon we can meet at your place as soon as esmeralda gets there and head out from there?" kaity said as they continued walking to the barns.
as they were talking about going dress shopping kaity thought more about what kind of dress she wanted. she wanted something simple but not so simple that it could be be used for just about anything. kaitlyn was pretty sure that she would go for a semi-formal wedding dress. there was also the matter of the colors; which hadn't been picked yet. "i have no idea what colors we're going to go for so maybe looking at dressed will give some ideas. if nothing else you could always pick what color dress you want and then we can think of a color that goes with it to be the color for the guys ties or vests or something." kaity said as the two of them got closer to the hill that had been the a pain to both of them growing up.
"yep, it's still the same." as a kid kaity have never been sure why the house was built up the hill from the barns and after her mom had died she had thought the hill was helping her dad keep her away from the horses. she had hated the hill even more then but she still snuck down it when her dad wasn't around to catch her because directly at the bottom of this hill was the barns and the traning ring and all that other horsey training stuff.
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Ivy had honestly never been one for adventure. She would have loved to be someone who could go skydiving without a care in the world but whenever she tried she would always have that "what if the chord breaks?" thought run through her mind. Her paranoia gets a hold of her quite often actually. Her mother almost talked her into paragliding once but Ivy was convinced that she would get caught in a tree or lose control and bash into the cliff. Something was bound to ruin it. She wanted to try and get out of her comfort zone and live her life to fullest. She wasn't getting any younger and there were many amazing things that she had the opportunity to do but held back because she was afraid. Ivy had been fortunate enough to go on many family vacations as a child and has seen many beautiful places. The cities being her favorite.
She remembered her first time in California. She expected everyone to be celebrities and spend there days at the beach and wondering the boardwalk and be just the most glamorous people. It wasn't too far from the truth. Not everyone was a celebrity but everyone seemed happy, at least that was the front they put on. Ivy had the time of her life exploring the city and shopping. She remembered begging her father for money to give to a homeless man on the street. The only reason he was hesitant was because her mother had said "you know he's just gonna head on over to the liquor store!" What a bitch. In Ivy's personal opinion; these people have to sleep on the ground. If a drink is what it takes for them to get through that dark period then more power to them.
She couldn't imagine having to sleep on the streets. Having to beg for someone to just hand over a dollar and scrounge through people's garbage. Ivy tried not to take for granted to life she had been given and hated complaining because she had not had a hard life, not at all. She had been very blessed in life and of course has had a few struggles but they could have been much much worse. Ivy had been given wealth, family, power and even looks. There was no reason that she couldn't head out into the world with her sister and father once he wakes up. Besides Kaity. Ivy couldn't imagine her life without Kaity.
"Of course! I've heard the same. I can't imagine you'd want something too extravagant anyway." There was really no need to leave Montana unfortunately. A road trip with Kaity would be nice anyway. Normally they only had these kind of visits down at the ranch so to have a day away from Bailey would be great. Esmeralda has been doing her best to get Ivy away from her father's bedside every once in a while anyway. Apparently the amount of time she spent inside just wasn't healthy. "You're not giving a good impression to your sister" was how Esmeralda had gotten Ivy to make her first visit down to the ranch since her father had gotten sick. So she would be all for sticking around the estate for the afternoon while Ivy and Kaity went to Helena.
Tsk. Tsk. "Well I don't want to be the one to choose your wedding colors. They should have some real meaning." The reason Ivy had chosen white for her wedding besides how beautiful it would look was simple. Snow.
When she was about seven her father took the family way up in the mountains to find snow since Bailey failed to get any. They hiked higher and higher until her sister noticed a paw print. They hadn't heard anything about any wild animals so they decided to keep going. Then they came across this huge pool of blood that was especially bright as it lay on the snow. They kept finding them until her father said they would eventually come across whatever it was if they kept following the trail. When it was feeding none the less. It wasn't until they stopped to take a picture that her father saw something in the distance and screams for them to run as he pulls out his Swiss army knife. Only a minute later does the fact that it was actually a mountain biker become more apparent. They almost died of laughter as they collapsed in the snow. That's the only genuinely happy memory Ivy has of her mother.
Ivy let out a long breath of relief as she made the last step down the hill. There's a déjà vu she never wants to have.
kaity loved every inch of her ranch, she always had. even though she hadn't always been able to see every inch of the ranch, especially after her mom died. she still loved the whole ranch though and her favourite part was the barn. it was old and you could tell just by looking at it but kaitlyn had always thought that it had charm because of that. she loved walking down the hill towards the barn, even if it had been a royal pain when ivy and her were kids. kaity had been okay with it because it meant they were going to the barn. anywhere that had horses was good with kaity, even if she had to walk down a mountain to get there. unlike ivy kaity had no real interest in going anywhere outside of montana.
"then you'd be right." kaity said. she didn't want anything extravagant just because she liked simple but she also knew that there was no way she could afford an extravagant dress. she did want something with a little extravagance to it though, after all it was her wedding and she wanted things to be nice. the truth was she wanted everything to be nice. from her the planning to the decorations to what the wedding party was wearing, including her and cam. although since he wanted nothing to do with the planning she figured to get that done was have ivy to help her out. "other than that i don't really know what i want for a dress. maybe looking at dresses with give me an idea." she added. although kaitlyn didn't know if it really would help since looking at dresses online hadn't been much help.
"yah well what if the colors look bad on you?" kaity asked with a smile. part of the problem was that cam refused to talk about any wedding planning. the other part of the problem was kaitlyn couldn't think of any colors that were special to her and cam. other than her dress being white kaity had no idea what the colors would be. there wasn't really a theme so it's not like she could make the colors go with the theme or anything. she was starting to think maybe she'd just use colors that went with the season the wedding was going to be in, late summer/early fall. although at this point kaity was pretty sure there weren't any dresses out in those kind of colors. "you at least get to pick the style of dress because i'm not going to make you wear a style that doesn't look good on you." kaitlyn added. she just wasn't that mean.
some of this planning would really go better if cam cared at least a little bit. kaity thought to herself as she looked back to the hill. in the last few years kaitlyn could remember having used that hill as an excuse for some of her less major injuries inflicted by cam. something like slipping in some mud and fell down the hill. she didn't use excuses like that too much though because she didn't want people in town thinking she was that much of a klutz but she had to walk down that hill everyday to get to the barn to take care of the horses, thus it was somewhat convenient to use as an excuse. she wasn't that bad at walking down a hill though so it couldn't be her go to excuse for cuts, scrapes, ect.
at times she probably seemed crazy though, with her millions of excuses for that stuff that weren't always the same. she figured people would definitely know something more was up if she used the same excuse all the time. she glanced away from the hill and back to ivy soon after. thinking about all that was never a good idea. kaity knew that even as her mind always went there, or somewhere even worse. "so what do you want to do while you're here at the ranch?" kaity asked ivy trying to switch her thoughts to something more happy. and spending time with ivy always seemed to be a happy thing.
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