Annalise took in the beautiful scenery around her as she and Thomas Kujima continue down the Rhodonite Highway, towards Amethyst Vineyard.
‘’Thomas, please don’t ruin this for me. Let’s agree here and now not to discuss your father or your work.’’ Thomas gently caressed Annalise’s arm. ‘’I won’t talk about my work or my father. But you must agree not to bring up your mother and her expectations of you once we arrive.’’ Thomas said in a firm but gentle voice. Annalise’s face reddens with embarrassment. She knew she had a bad habit of complaining about her perfect, insufferable mother to anyone who would listen.
Annalise looked down at her bright multi-colored orange and green jade bracelet; she watched as the golden hematite cast its brilliance against the rays of the sun above as she fiddled with the solid 14 karat gold sphere-shaped clasp.
‘’Thomas! Be nice, don’t tease me!’’ Annalise said in a flirtatious tone that suggested she was slightly embarrassed. Did you book me one of those anti-anting grape seed facials, along with a wine bath?’’ Annalise said this with some enthusiasm as she looked forward to the much-needed relaxation. ‘’It’s all taken care of Annalise,’’ Thomas noted this with great care in his voice as he enjoyed seeing Annalise so happy over their long weekend together.
Upon arrival, Annalise gracefully rose from the car, not waiting for the doorman to help her out of the vehicle. As she entered through the double door and towards the counter, she was intercepted by a staff member.
‘’Ah, Ms. Noelle, welcome to Amethyst Vineyards! I hope you and Mr. Kujima will enjoy your weekend with us. Am Andrew, your personal assistant for the weekend,’’ he said in a cheerful, professional voice.
‘’ I know you must be tired from the long drive up here, but this was delivered for you a few hours before your arrival.‘’Andrew signaled for one of the staff members to step forward.
The staff member held out a 925 sterling silver dome, the lid was slowly removed to protect the contents held within.
A single cream linen envelope with an embossed insignia, one Annalise was familiar with. Annalise had seen this envelope only a few times in her life, each time addressed to her mother. This time the elegant cursive written with beautiful gold flourish was addressed to her. ‘’To Annalise Darcy Noelle’’
Forgetting anyone was around, she snatched the envelope from the platter and gazed at it. She tore it open as if she were a child opening a Christmas gift for the very first time. Annalise’s eyes stayed laser-focused; as she read through the letter. Upon finishing, she stood frozen.
‘’Annalise, are you alright? Did something happen?’’ Thomas said with concern growing in his voice as he removed his sunglasses.
Annalise turned to him with an unfamiliar expression, one that Thomas could not read. Tears began to flow down her cheeks as she took a deep breath in. ‘’Yes,’’ Annalise said barely above a whisper, ‘’It’s my turn now; mother is not the only one...’’ Her voice trailed off as she stared hard at the letter and finally look up at Thomas with tears in her eyes. Annalise broke the silence, ‘’I have been invited, no, selected to attend The Gemstone Masquerade Ball!’’
What an absolute honor and privilege it is to receive an invite to the Annual Masquerade Ball. Only the very best are selected to attend this event in hopes of winning the prized adornment of the year and the title of Most Accomplished. The Gemstone Masquerade Ball is an old tradition created by the founding mother, to honor a single person for their diligence and commitment to hard work throughout the year. But will Annalise win the title? We shall see. To select the Malaysian jade bracelet for your collection, shop her Enchantress collection. May you always remembered that diligence and endurance can and will pay off!