Yesterday's prompt was to re-write an alternative version of the Cinderella story. This is an excerpt, although I have still to write the beginning and ending, but hopefully it gives a flavour of the setting and likely outcome.
Cinders stepped out of the
pink Mercedes, Buttons in a pink chauffeur suit holding the door open. The fairy godmother’s choice of outfit was
not really to Cinders’ liking. A
sensible trouser suit in a neutral or pastel colour would have been preferable,
but she wore the flowing white evening gown with the white high heels to humour
her. She’d obviously been in too many
fairy tales! Cinders’ elder sisters, Esmeralda
and Tabitha had already arrived and were enthusiastically devouring the canapés
and imbibing the free drinks on offer.
Prince Charming was stood at the top of the steps welcoming his
guests. He wore a bright blue tuxedo,
white shirt with a large yellow bow tie.
‘What a jerk,’ thought
His false smile, deceptive
eyes and brilliant white teeth made her want to puke. He shook her hand and tried to kiss her on
the cheek; she turned her head away from his garlic smelling breath. His hand was cold and sticky.
‘A typical man,’ she
A waiter in shiny black
trousers and a crisp white shirt offered her a glass of sparkling pink
champagne from the silver tray he was carrying.
Cinders had never tasted alcohol, the bubbles went straight up her nose,
causing her to almost sneeze and giggle at the same time. Such a strange sensation; she tried it again.
It tasted so good, giving her a warm feeling inside; she sought out another
waiter for a second glass.On the stage, a long haired trio
of denim clad musicians were plugging in guitars, tuning up and generally
messing about. The drummer constantly
thumping his bass drum and tinkling his cymbals. Cinders circulated sipping her second drink slower,
the inner warm glow releasing her inhibitions. She’d heard that Prince Charming’s younger
sister Princess Delightful was making her first appearance at the ball now that
she had turned eighteen. By the stage
she saw her, a slender youthful body, beautiful raven hair falling in ringlets
over her naked shoulders. A figure
hugging sky blue dress with sparkling sequins on the bodice. Standing there politely holding her glass,
very nervous and shy.Feeling flushed with
champagne, the alcohol coursing through her veins Cinders meandered across the
ballroom towards the young princess.
‘Excuse me, are you Princess
‘Yes, I am. What is your name?
‘My name is Cinderella, but
you can call me Cinders, everyone else does.’
‘Have you been to the ball
‘No, this is my first time
too. It’s exciting, isn’t it?’
‘Can we find somewhere to
sit down and talk? It’s so lonely here
in the palace.’
‘I’d love to, that would be
cool. I have to leave by midnight though.’
‘That’s OK Cinders, Mama
says I have to be in bed by twelve too.’