Thursday, September 30, 2010

willow's annual ball

it's willow's annual ball this evening so of course i am very excited.

knowing what to wear is really secondary to having someone to take.
i think last year i went solo and ended up in a bathtub (or so i am told) with an ouija board
and a small crowd of enthralled onlookers
who helped the little oracle tap out the words "time to go home".

this year i thought i'd aim higher so i got in touch through the usual channellers with someone i had a little to do with in my youth - the lady of shalott. happily she was in the mood for getting out and about and with the promise of a new gown to replace her somewhat damp and threadbare attire as well as a basket of hair care products and a primo hair straightener, she was entirely convinced that i was the man she would cut the rug with while hoovering back a few dozen canapes and chasing down a jug or two of veuve-clicquot
on september 30th.

here she is caught almost unawares as she rises from her cushion of ease to give me the first hug we've enjoyed in each others company in over thirty years!


"ah my girl", i warbled in her ear as we clasped each other about the upper back,
"you haven't aged a bit"
(although there was something of a musty odor about her that a little spritz of
chanel no. 5 would quickly put to bed).

oh by the way don't tell her - that's going to be my "going to the ball" gift (to both of us!)

now, as my well-armoured buddy lancelot once mused "she has a lovely face" and when you get her past her slightly melancholy and wary nature, she has an equally lovely personality.
while i'm thinking about it,
she does have a bit of a problem with mirrors so whatever you do make sure to stand between her and anything that she might catch her reflection in!

here's my date warming up her dainty but eye-catching dance moves in preparation for the big night!!!


it looks like it'll be a bare foot night - just like the one she and i last spent together up on bald mountain,
or was it blueberry hill.
not to worry.

i'll see you at the ball!

24 comments:

willow said...

Blueberry Hill...hehehee! What a fascinating and mysterious date, Steven! She does have the best hair ever. You might be interested to know that Mae West is in the library holding a seance, trying to conjure Rudolph Valentino for the evening.

I've penciled you in on my dance card, so I hope Lady of Shalott doesn't mind sharing. xx

(I'll add your blog to the linky widget, if that's okay with you.)

~Babs said...

So nice to meet you and The Lady.
She's looking wonderful, by the way, and the Chanel is working it's magic.
I'll keep a distance from her then, so she cannot catch her reflection in my diamond hair clip.

And let me introduce you to my date, Harry. Well, if I could find him, I would. Can't let him out of my sight for a moment!
Perhaps we could have a dance before the evening is over?

Yoli said...

So earthy!

The Weaver of Grass said...

See you there. Save a dance for me - early in the evening before I begin to get dodgy knees! Although, thinking about it, in cyber land I am probably only 25, slim and able to dance the night away!

Elisabeth said...

I can't go Steven. I have a broken leg, but i'll think of you all. Have fun.

Derrick said...

Lovely to bump into you again, Steven, but do try to steer your partner a little better on the dance floor! How wildly exotic she looks? Fortunately, my Whoopi also know how to turn heads! See you over cocktails when Lady S needs to give her toes a rest!

Helen said...

... divine running into you this evening, Steven. You look fit and dashing as ever. Save me a dance, will you?

FireLight said...

Let's make sure she doesn't have a spare moment to even think of that two timing Lancelot! I want her to have fun...and I know you will see to that!

steven said...

willow thanks for asking me in. a dance? well of course - that's not only our tradition but also a surefire way to build up an appetite!!! beautiful evening willow. steven

steven said...

babs - i've booked you in and may i suggest that we meet by the pool. the lady of shalott will almost certainly want to spend time there so as her accompaniment i'll likely be there also. see you then. steven

steven said...

yoli - earthy is as earthy does. spacy - now that's another place all together. dance? steven

steven said...

weaver - i've written you in on my dance card. i might like to spend some time talking about life as a young girl in wensleydale. hope you don't mind. steven

steven said...

elisabeth - i can drag you 'round or even just sit with you in the study and hoover back some canapes and champers. come on in. steven

steven said...

hi derrick - she's a little wobbly - too much veuve clicquot after too long lying around. let's catch up in the music gallery. steven

steven said...

helen, thank goodness you're here! i'd written your name on my dance card before i even got here!!! is that wrong?! steven

steven said...

firelight - lancelot is still a bud of mine but he did mess around enough to slip off the moral compass radar for "the lady". she's still shy around mirrors and armour so i'm wearing a slightly faded outfit donated to me by hafiz of shams. the fez is a little threadbare but keeps the champagne corks from causing any lasting damage to my noggin! steven

willow said...

Whew! Okay, I finally made it down to the cellar. Now what exactly were you scheming down here?

steven said...

hey willow! i wrote the answer over on your blog!!! steven

Titus said...

I am loving the action in the champagne cellar! Fancy a duet? Me and La Gaga are running the karaoke.

Millie said...

Sadly I was indisposed this year Steven. I would have loved to have engaged Ms. Shalott in some small talk, particularly why she favours the Primo hair straighteners over the GHD. I trust she made the perfect companion.
Millie ^_^

steven said...

titus i'd sing with you anywhere anytime. gaga! cripes what's she wearing? steven

steven said...

millie she was a little morose at times but cut the rug with real panache!! i didn't get to ask her about the straighteners - a sensitive subject to be sure with any lady out on the town - but i will tell you that the primo worked wonders!! steven

Tessa said...

It was, it was! Blueberry Hill, I mean. It just had to be. How handsome a couple you made, dear Steven...you so debonair and dashing, she so demure and wistful and beautiful. Wonderful to talk again after all this time…..

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

You make a lovely pair. Oh, I certainly identify with needing "a primo hair straightener" to get my once golden locks under control. It was a fun event & I'm ready for a strong cup of java!