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Not Once but Twice

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Prologue

Adriana Niklaus sat at her full length mirror brushing her waist length dark brown hair before beginning to braid it leaving some of her curls out. Once the braid was done, she pinned the curls over the braid topping it off with a silver comb. Her handmaiden Darya really should be doing this for her but she loved doing it herself and what her parents didn't know wouldn't hurt them. Once her hair was done to her satisfaction she stood, going to her wardrobe to search for a dress to wear for this ball she was being made to go at the Governor's mansion. Truthfully even though she liked getting dressed up, she didn't really like balls all that much.
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Nathan Fiore sighs, adjusting his black bowtie and straightening his brown suit jacket. He wasn’t really a big fan of balls but his father had insisted in throwing one for the new family that had just moved into town. The Nicklaus's who were apparently extremely well off and so his father was keen to make a good impression. He combed down his hair hoping it would stay at least a little straight. It wasn’t like he hated his curly hair but sometimes it got a bit irritating.
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“Adriana! Are you ready? Father says we’re leaving for the Fiore Estate soon.” Her younger brother James called from outside her door.

“Uh...yes. I’m almost ready.” She answers quickly grabbing one of her favourite dresses and slipping it on. “Darya! Could you help me with the buttons please?”

“Of Course.” Her voice comes from the side where Adriana knew she had been sitting in case she was was needed. She walks over and her nimble fingers begin quickly fastening the buttons on the dress. “There done. You look beautiful Miss Adriana.”

“Thank you Darya. Are you ready to go?”

“Yes I am.” She says smoothing the new purple silk dress Adriana had procured for her.

“Good.” Adriana says smiling at her heading out the door, Darya following behind. They made their way outside, getting in the carriage that would take them to the Fiore Estate.
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Nathan Fiore sighed a bit, his hair was as good as it was going to get and just as well since he could hear his brother Dorian’s light footsteps coming up to the door. He straightened his bowtie one last time and smoothed his jacket again before opening the door to Dorian’s surprised face, his hand raised to knock. “Hello little brother. Ready to greet our guests?”

“Father sent me to tell you that some guests are already here but that the Niklaus’s have not yet arrived.”

“Well, we shouldn’t keep our guests waiting now should we?” he asked smirking at his brother as he headed down the hallway and down the stairs into the ballroom. His smirk turned into a small grin as he heard Dorian’s exasperated sigh and his quick footsteps following.

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Adriana smiled slightly at the simple yet elegant beauty of the Fiore Estate as the carriage rolled to a stop. She stood and stepped out taking the hand of the footman to step down. She headed up the steps handing the doorman her wrap as she glanced around in awe at the splendor of the house.
“This way please, Miss Niklaus.” Their butler says gesturing for her to follow she does looking behind her to make sure Darya was coming. She was and Adriana nodded at her before hurrying after the butler.
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Their butler hurried over to his father and Nathan strained his ears trying to hear what was being said. “Sir, The Niklaus’s have arrived.”
“Good. Announce them.” His father’s deep and commanding voice responds.
“Yes Sir.” Their butler says and rushes out of the room only to return a moment later.
“May I present Miss Adriana Niklaus.” He says his loud voice echoing around the room. Jason’s blue eyes widen. She was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen.
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Adriana smiles slightly looking straight ahead. Being announced was never really her favourite thing but it came with her family. She walked down the stairs her eyes scanning the room before landing on a man with the bluest eyes she had ever seen that were accented beautifully by his dark raven hair and fair skin. .