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The folds of my pink taffeta dress clung to my skin and I ran my fingers over the soft material. Anxiety and excitement knotted up in my stomach, my emotions all jumbled up inside of me. I'd been waiting for this day since I was a kid, my mami telling me all about it. And now, all my childhood fantasies - my dreams of this day - were coming true. I sucked in a breath as I spun in front of the mirror, the dress swishing around my ankles. A knock resounded on my bedroom door then and I bit my lip in nervous anticipation as I told the person to enter.

Joel stepped into the room, dressed in a tuxedo, his dark hair swept back. His brown eyes widened considerably as he took in my dress and his mouth hung agape slightly.

"Wow," he breathed out and I laughed, shaking my head as I placed my hands on my hips briefly.

"Is that all you have to say?" I teased him and he blushed scarlet before walking over to me.

With gentle fingers, he picked up my hands and held them in his.

"You look beautiful, Kayla," he told me honestly and this time, I blushed.

His hand went up to my face, cupping my cheek and gently caressed the skin there with his fingers.

"¿Estás listo?" he asked and I let out a shaky breath, nodding.

Being careful not to rip my dress, he led me down the stairs and out the door to the waiting limo. Helping me inside, he climbed in after me and I smiled as he intertwined our fingers.

"¿Estás emocionado por hoy?" he questioned.

"Excited, nervous, happy, hungry-" I started to say when he cut me off.

"¿Hambriento?" he arched an eyebrow in confusion and I shrugged.

"Well, for cake obviously!" I told him and he laughed, shaking his head.

Reaching up I brushed back a stray curl from his forehead and he grabbed my hand, pressing a light kiss to my palm. His lips were warm as they glided across my skin, making me shiver as he gazed into my dark brown eyes. Gosh, I loved this boy. A few minutes later, we arrived at the Quinceañera and I sucked in a breath as I walked up on the stage, making my way over to the microphone. I gazed out across the crowd and my eyes connected to Joel's. He smiled encouragingly to me and I nodded before beginning to speak.

"Hola a todos y bienvenidos a mi Quinceañera!" I said loudly into the mic.

The crowd cheered, boosting my confidence and I smiled widely. Suddenly, the tiara on my dark brown hair didn't feel so heavy and the heels I was wearing, not too tight. Suddenly, everything became clearer.

"First of all, I would like to say that I am so excited. I have been waiting for this day ever since I was a child and it's always meant a lot to me. I can't believe the day has finally come and I couldn't be happier that I get to spend it with you all," I said honestly, biting my lip.

"But before we begin the night's festivities, I want to say a huge thank you to my boyfriend, Joel, whose band will be playing here tonight. You've always been by my side through everything and I can't thank you enough for it. I love you so much, I hope you know that," I finished, smiling through the tears brimming in my eyes, "And now, without further adieu, I would like to introduce CNCO!"

Joel grinned up at me before I stepped off the stage. As he passed me by, he pecked me on the cheek.

"Yo también te amo, Kayla," he whispered in my ear, hot breath fanning my skin.

I rolled my eyes playfully at him as he joined his bandmates. Quisera began to play and I smiled widely.

"Hoy enfrento mi verdad, eres dueño de tu cuerpo, y yo sigo siendo el mismo que va en busca de tu amor," Christopher sang out, his dark hair falling in his face, "Antes no podía ver, ya que me quite las vendas veo que mueres por él,"

"Y si te vas, quien me dará , todo lo que siempre soñé," Joel picked up where Christopher left off, his dark brown eye connecting to mine with every word, "Quien le dirá al corazón, que jamás nunca te tendré,"

As the chorus began, a spotlight hovered over me and I felt a crimson blush rise to my cheeks as everyone watched me proudly. Joel's eyes met mine once more and he shot me a wink to which I laughed. And I knew in that moment just how much I loved Joel Pimentel.

"Quisiera tenerte en cada primavera, poder amarte a mi manera, desvelarme la noche entera, cuidar tus sueños así quisiera..."