Eira finished the story and remained silent for a moment. She scanned Melia’s confused, slightly shocked face.
Melia wanted to say something, but she just couldn’t think of anything that would be appropriate for the situation. The only thing on her mind was embarrassment – she felt really ashamed for judging her mom so harshly.
But Eira was having none of it.
Melia sighed. Her mama was probably right, as always.
“That’s the spirit,” Eira smiled encouragingly, “I know it feels awful – but it’s not wrong. There’s nothing wrong about ending a relationship with someone you don’t love anymore. So, don’t beat yourself up for doing so.”
And with that on her mind, Melia left for work.
When she came back, Camilla was sitting at the table, suspiciously quiet. Sitting somewhere queitly and alone was not Camilla’s usual behavior and Melia approached with caution.
‘Pfff, accidentally! Suuure,’ Melia thought to herself sarcastically but she said nothing. She was quite curious where it was heading.
Melia couldn’t believe that her sister would use this troublesome situation to lecture her about make-up. But apparently, she would.
Melia looked at her determined face and nodded helplessly. She had no other plans for that day. And going volutarily was better than getting a haircut in her sleep. So she obediently followed Camilla to her room.
A few moments later…
“Just kidding!” Camilla laughed teasingly, “You look amazing, Mel!”
Melia slowly breathed in and out and then, she slowly looked at the reflection of her new self in the mirror.
“…so they are taking you shopping. Because, seriously, that pathetic old sweater you wear… You have to get rid of that. Doormats are more stylish these days.”
And so, Melia found herself in a clothes shop and she was enjoying her stay more than she’d thought she would.
“I agree,” said a weirdly, remotely familiar voice and Melia quickly turned around to see the face of her almost forgotten friend.
Christopher (Castor’s friend who befriended Melia on the wedding, in case you’re wondering) was doing fine. He was still living with his mom, because she was getting older and needed a little assistence with everyday stuff. And he was also very eager to know what was going on in Melia’s life.
So she told him about her passion for gardening and her work in the culinary field and about her siblings, because taking care of her family was still her number one responsibility.
They had a nice chat together. Melia completely forgot that she was indeed on a shopping trip with her sisters. Until Devi stopped by to remind her, interrupting Melia’s little photo-sharing session with Chris.
Devi cleared her throat loadly.
Melia looked up and smiled at her dear sister with an apology in her eyes.
“Oh, I think you remember my sister Devi?” she said.
After the polite small talk, Devi told Melia that she hated to interrupt her reunion with Chris but their ladies’ party was not quite over yet and that they should have been moving on to their next stop by now.
The she added: “But we would be delighted if you’d join us for dinner one day or another, Chris!”
Melia tried not to look too excited about that idea: “Sure! We have lots to catch up on.”
And then he said his goodbyes and left, while the Rossini sisters shared a very peculiar look.
According to Camilla, the last thing required to complete Melia’s transformation was a visit at local Spa Center.
“You need to learn how to relax, Mel,” she claimed, “Get rid of the stress, y’know.”
But they all knew she only wanted to go there because she heard the yoga instructor was super ripped and she wanted to check him out.
But Melia couldn’t really complain. She decided to take Camilla’s advice and relax.
And it was really nice, surprisingly. She hasn’t felt so calm and at peace with herself since…never, actually. This whole tranformation has not only happened outside – she felt like something was changing on the inside, too. Camilla’s plan worked like magic.
When the day was over, Melia was refreshed and grateful. It was almost touching how the women she loved and cared about stood up to carry her through hard times. And thanks to them she felt ready to start anew.
But this time more in sync with her heart.