Thursday, May 20, 2010

Breaking the Glass Slipper, Life after Happily Ever After

{ photo credit korafotomorgana }

"She put it on and it fit perfectly. From that moment on, everything was a dream com true. Cinderella went off to the palace with the happy Grand Duke. The prince was overjoyed to see her, and so was the King. Cinderella and the Prince were soon married. In her happiness, Cinderella didn't forget about her animal friends. They all moved into the castle with her. Everyone in the kingdom was delighted with the Prince's new bride. And Cinderella and the Prince lived happily ever after." Walt Disney's  Cinderella, A Little Golden Book

Cinderella and the Prince fell out of their carriage laughing and giggling all the way. They had just returned from a tour of Europe, their honeymoon, and were excited to get started with daily life. Cinderella was most looking forward to being able to relax. not having to answer to a bell and bellows from her step sisters. She imagined a life of leisure where she could sew and garden, go to balls, and just relish in the love of her Prince. 

It was just as she imagined, for about a month. Then everything changed. The Prince and his father were having a disagreement, she could hear it in the courtyard, it was loud. That night in bed Cinderella asked Prince about it. 

"Prince what was all the yelling about this afternoon with your father? Is everything okay?"

"No! No! Everything is not okay!" The Prince yelled in reply. "My father things I need to get a real job, or at least some real 'life' experience before I can take over the kingdom."

"But you do have life experience, your a great solider, we traveled over Europe, you found me..." she says batting her eyes up at him. Her flirtations went unnoticed as he continued to seethe.

"It's not enough for him! It's never enough for him!"

"What does he want you to do?"

"He wants me to go to the farthest reaches of our kingdom, live in our little summer cottage and whip into shape the local Duke and his soldiers."

"Well, that's not so bad, I mean we could make that work. I have lots of experience in housecleaning and cooking, we could live with out staff. It won't be forever. It will be an adventure and we can get through it because we love each other." Cinderella looks up at him with her eyes full of love, seeing that she has softened him. 

"You're right, you're right, I guess I'm being juvenile. It's just this castle has been my home my whole life...." he sighs, and kisses her "of course your right, with you by my side I can do anything."

The next morning they pack up and head off to their new adventure the summer cottage. 

They are a little surprised when they get there. Opening the creaking door they are startled as a bird flies out. 

"Achooooo! Oh it's a little dusty here! Aaaachhooooo! No worries, I will have this place spruced up in no time!" Cinderella says with a smile.

The Prince forces a smile and stifles a sneeze "I'm sure you will. I have to run into town and meet with the Duke, I will bring back food. Love you Ella." He gives her a kiss on her head and heads off. 

Cinderella looks around, a little overwhelmed but positive she can makes this work. "I am a princess now, it's my duty to support my Prince!" So Cinderella and her animal friends start singing and get to work. 

.... 5 years later .....

Cinderella collapses into a chair. She is exhausted in a way she has never known before. She is pregnant, again, their third. While she is overjoyed at the prospect of another sweet child she is overwhelmed and exhausted. Her oldest is four and he wants to be just like his daddy. He runs around all day sword fighting anything he can find. Right now he is battling a robin in the yard with his trusty friends Jaq and Gus Gus by his side. Her second is a little princess Linda. She is lovely and full of life but stubborn as anything. She doesn't like to eat or sleep and is always getting into mischief.

"Mommy! Mommy!" Linda is crying from her room, where she is supposed to be taking a nap.

"Go Back to sleep Linda! It's Quiet time!" Cinderella sighs. She looks around the toy and mess covered little cottage. The dishes need to be done, laundry put away, the floors washed. Cinderella is exhausted from both from the pregnancy and the amount to do in the house. Just as she is about to get up, Prince Jr comes riding through the house on the back of a very muddy Bruno. 

"Ger out! Get out! Get out!" and she chases them outside and than collapses into a puddle of tears on the floor. 

So tired and exhausted she wonders, why? Why did I want that damn glass slipper to fit! This is not so much different than living with Anastasia and Drusilla. Someone always needs something, something always needs to be cleaned. What was I thinking, she sobs! As she's sobbing with the overwhelming exhaustion of motherhood and toddlers Prince walks in the door.

"Ella! Ella! I'm home my love where are you? What's for dinner?"

"Dinner? Dinner!" She yells through her sobs "I'm pregnant, tired, the house is a mess, your daughter doesn't sleep, and you want to know what dinner is? Make it yourself!" she throws her apron at him and marches up to their room and collapses into bed. Leaving the Prince in a disaster of a mess with Bruno and Jr running circles around him and Linda crying from upstairs. He catches a glimpse of the glass slipper on the shelf, the one that started this all and he wonders where did that sweet girl go? She's upstairs crying herself to sleep thinking the same thing.

This is part of MamaKat's wwriter's workshop. It was prompt number 5, but I didn't remember the whole prompt when I was in the car and this idea came to me, so it's a bit of a tweak. Which I can do because while it may be MamaKat's workshop, it's my blog. You can join in th fun here. 
Mama's Losin' It


Jenners said...

See ... this is why they just cut out at the end of the Disney movies because who wants to see the "real" ending ... that would probably look suspiciously like this one!

Totally enjoyed this!

Visiting from Mama Kats...

ThePeachy1 said...

Excellent and so true post. Hang in there. Unfortunately we don't always get the happily ever after, but after everything it's up to us to be happy.

Unknown said...

Aww, poor Cinderella... Well, that's why they always cut off the story at the high point! We wouldn't want our kids to know what reality is really like, right? Great writing! Totally true and most likely what really happened after the "happily ever after"

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed this!! Most definitely how it really ends! Ha!

Jennifer said...

I love this. Cinderella is my favorite story, and you know this is what happens. Of course they never tell you that. We have to find all of that out on our own.

Unknown said...

That was AWESOME! Apparently there is a little Cinderella in all of us.

Unknown said...

Second attempt to comment...that was awesome! Apparently there is a little Cinderella in all of us.

Stef said...

I love stories that are real. That was real. I mean so real I am gonna look around my house to see if there are hiddne cameras. Totally enjoyed it!

Charlene said...

Visiting from Mama Kat's.

Wow, seems a bit erie that life as a princess is no different than life as a common person. I think I would have had to thow that dang slipper across the room!

Hyacynth said...

Oh, friend, I know what you mean. I wonder the same time when I'm bellowing "no!" across the house 20 times per day. I think, what happened to that person? Where did she go?
Great post.

Heather of the EO said...

I am Cinderella.

Except that pregnant with the 3rd part. I'm working on that part of the epic story :)

Loved this, friend. SO well-written!

KatBouska said...

I like what you did with that prompt! Kind of makes you wonder how other stories REALLY end. :)