She crossed her arms and pulled her mink faux fur coat tighter around her shoulders at the invading chill which swirled about her body and pinched at her skin, as she thrust open the fire escape door to the roof. The plumes of winter air bought with it small flurries of white, as the bowing winter sky finally relinquished it's long overdue haul of snowflakes.
The rings on her fingers sparkled and dazzled against the ice-cold railings, reflecting the string of incandescent fairy lights above her head and mimicking the rows of amber-lit windows on the streets below. The city had never looked more beautiful.
A burst of laughter drifted from the door she'd just came through and thoroughly oblivious couple stumbled up the steps, heavy-breathed and giggling, disappearing into the shadows. She gave a wistful smile and returned to the skyscape.
"Beautiful, huh." a familiar voice appeared by her side, a bejeweled hand offering her a glass of champagne. She smiled at her best friend taking the glass, and the girl with bright white hair tied in a top knot beside her beamed. They paused for a moment before the girl glanced upward at the great clock-tower behind them. "Come on, we're going to miss it!" She exclaimed, grabbing her by the hand, champagne sloshing everywhere.
In breathless laughter they descended back to the steel steps, and the warmth and vigour of the party washed over them. The party had already paused, gathered in tense anticipation around the big screen, and with each step they descended, a number rang out from the crowd.
"FIVE." It was as though the cool night air had invigorated her realisation of just how beautiful the party was. The apartment was strung with fairy lights in every corner, and dotted around were candles burning softly in the top of wine bottles.
"FOUR." She caught eyes with her sister across the room. She had made it after all. And even more surprising... she'd not come alone. Her sister shot her an 'I know right?!' look as she pointed surreptitiously to her tall, bearded plus one.
"THREE." The year was almost completely gone, a year of such monumental ups and downs that saying goodbye to it wasn't entirely unwelcome. The dawn would bring with it a new year, a fresh start, and she was ready.
"TWO." She finally reached the nucleus of her crowd in a dazzling array of coloured sequins, feathers and faux fur, her best friends illuminated the night. Upon seeing her they exclaimed a chorus of cheers that were instantly eclipsed by the roaring crowd's final yell.
"ONE!" In a explosion of sound and joy streamers erupted into the air and confetti sprinkled from the ceiling, as everyone threw their arms around one another. She joined her closest friends in a tight embrace as music boomed into life, and looking round at each of their beautiful, smiling faces at that moment, she'd never been filled with such a profound sense that from then on out, everything was just going to be good.
Aquamarine Sequin Dress & Black Fluffy Jacket - H&M
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