Karsten, her parents, and her bank account had argued against her attendance at the soirée. It was ill-advised and perhaps even juvenile, but Vita had not been able to stop herself from responding positively to the RSVP she had been sent.
Her gown was black, it clung to her hips and torso. A generous slit from the hem teased her leg. Her shoulders were only half covered, but her cleavage remained discreet. The dress was luxurious and in good taste as was the Bellgraces' annual fundraiser. This year's cause was a Diricawl sanctuary.
In accordance with the theme, the decor featured hints of greys and blues. The organizers had managed to use feathers as decorations without veering from good tastes. The entrance hall was rather empty when Vita arrived which had been intended. It is in the ballroom that she wanted to be noticed and not earlier. She signed the guest book and followed the few other last-minute guests towards the ballroom. She walked inside with her head held high and her eyes even higher. While she wanted to be noticed, she did not intend on acknowledging anyone.