As Madeleine ambles towards the kitchen, her mind still hazy with sleep and swirling with memories of her nightmare, she fails to hear the low hum of conversation resonating from the bottom of the stairs.
“Well, well. Sleeping beauty finally decides to grace us with her presence,” Kit remarks, a thin smile creasing the corners of his mouth.
Startled, Maddie blinks in confusion for a moment, but her eyes immediately light up at the sight of her friend Lillian bounding over to greet her. “Hi, Lily!” she beams. “What are you-”
“Don’t tell me you forgot!” Lillian exclaims as she wraps Madeleine in a tight hug. “We were going to get our hair and nails done today, remember?”
“Oh of course!” Maddie laughs, savoring the warm, familiar comfort of her friend’s embrace. “Just let me go change and grab some breakfast, and we can-”
“Madeleine,” Christopher’s silky voice rumbles from across the room. “May I have a word?”
“Not now, babe!” she rolls her eyes impatiently. “Lillian and I-”
“No, right now, dear,” he snaps, and without waiting for Maddie to respond Kit grabs her hand and drags her down the hall, slamming the door closed behind them.
(1925) Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, business partner, and most sincere admirer, married longtime girlfriend Edna Francis. It was a family affair: Elias and Flora Disney and Herbert Disney came to the wedding, which was held at Uncle Robert Disney’s home. Walt was his brother’s best man, and Walt’s girlfriend, Lillian Bounds, an “ink-and-paint girl” that Walt had begun dating, served as Edna’s maid of honor. After Walt married Lilly only three months later, the four were nearly always together. In 1927, the Disney brothers purchased adjoining lots and built identical houses.