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"It is hard for me to describe what I noticed first. Was it the forest of candles blazing magnificently overhead, or was it the crowds and crowds of people? Was it the magnificent garlands of autumnal greenery draped on the walls, or the red and yellow shimmery silk hangings over which they lay, hanging from ceiling to floor? Or perhaps it was not a sight that caught me first – perhaps it was the scent of roses perfuming the air, delicious, yet not overpowering – or aromas that I found even more welcoming – those of delicious freshly cooked meats, wafting through the air.....?"
Hello, my name is Ella. After my mother's death, I grew up with my father. However, he then married a woman who was simply awful, and she brought along with her her two dreadful daughters.
The palace threw a ball to celebrate the prince's birthday. When I heard that all ladies were invited, I knew I could not miss this opportunity to observe life inside the palace!
On getting there, I met a footman who seemed quite bold and somewhat lazy for a royal footman! However, I was to discover that there was more to him than I could ever have imagined...

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