Cinderella’s Close Call

          She had only her memories of that astonishing time, as she perched on what was once the magical carriage which had transported her that night long ago to that fateful ball.   She sipped her raspberry leaf tea and reflected on the state of events that had led her back to her roots and ultimately to her peace.

          Yes, she had met her Prince Charming and yes, they had tried to make a go of it, but she soon realized that she preferred an unfettered life.   She had left the palace in spite of loving the Prince. Her overbearing and tyrannical mother-in-law would have kept her enslaved and downtrodden as she had once been before.   No, thank you!

          She lived alone and was free of the manipulation and control of her step-sisters and selfish stepmother.   She enjoyed tending the pumpkin patch and had no one to answer to.

          Now her days were spent as she chose, leisurely and lovingly tending her pumpkins, sipping tea and having all her needs met through her own hands.   The glass slippers, hung from a low tree branch–are a reminder of what she almost lost…again.

Entry for Bluebell Books:  Short Story Slam # 17:  http://bluebellbooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/short-story-slam-week-17.html

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  1. How beautifully honest and a reminder of how we, as a society often skew what is important for the sake of being like another, Gayle. Excellent!

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    • Well, it somehow seemed that she was pretty content there all by her lonesome! Thanks for your support, Leslie.

      Happy Holidays! xo

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  2. wise move,

    no happily after, but independent life, wow.

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  3. love the twist,

    of course, she is free and happy that way.
    Cheers.

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  4. If only that were the story little girls heard growing up…

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  5. I could feel the independence…very nice dimension to the life of Cinderella..Thanks a lot for share friend..

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  6. Quite a different take on ‘happily ever after’…one that I totally relate to and agree with.

    ‘The glass slippers, hung from a low tree branch–are a reminder of what she almost lost…again.’

    Oh, those deceptively enticing ‘glass slippers’! This is a wonder-ful little piece!

    Is the image something you created? I love it! Cinderella-Alice in wonderful independent land!

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    • Yes, I like the idea of being “happily ever after” with yourself…then you’ll be so much more pleasant to be around. 🙂

      The picture is a prompt given through Bluebell Books…see the link. You might want to give it a try sometime.

      Another of my favorite prompt sources is offered through my friend, Victoria–she gives great ideas to spark creativity. Check her out sometime if you haven’t already. http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com

      Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts.

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  7. Loved this!

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