|C for Cinderella|
She looked at her feet encased in dainty slippers made of glass. She was used to running around in threadbare socks. But the transformation was just incredible. Cinderella couldn’t take her eyes off her feet as she stepped out of her grand coach. A footman gave her his arm and escorted her into the palace’s ballroom. She walked in, confident, quite thrilled to be the cynosure of all eyes. Her red ball gown caught everyone’s eye in the light of the chandeliers; her slippers tap-tapping as she walked on the marble floor.
Prince Charming came forward to greet the beautiful woman who had arrived late for the dance. He had never noticed her before. He couldn’t take his eyes off her as he lifted a glass of champagne from a passing waiter and went to greet her. Taking the glass in his left hand, he lifted her small white hand to his lips in greeting, his eyes holding hers steadily. Cinderella’s left hand went to her fluttering heart, drawing his attention to her bare shoulders. Without a word, Charming pulled her into his arms as they began to dance. Champagne glass in hand, Cinderella danced with the Prince, completely unaware of the jealous glances from the other women – young and old.
As he plied her with more champagne, Cinderella got rather tipsy and forgot all about her promise to get back home by midnight. When the clock began striking twelve, she came to her senses and started running towards the entrance or tried to. Her feet refused to co-operate while her glass slippers kept sliding off her feet. In a hurry, she bent down to remove them off her feet, to help her run better. The slipper on her right foot flew out of her hand and landed afar on a cushioned chair while the left slipper stayed with her. Did Cinderella wait to find out what happened? Of course not!
She rushed out of the door and reached the garden, only to be snarled at by a couple of footmen. Where did this ragged urchin spring from? The King would have their hides if he found out. Without making a noise, they lifted Cinderella bodily and dumped her outside the ornate gates. It took her all of four hours to walk back home.
Mind and body bruised, Cinderella wept over her loss. Why did she have to go to the palace that night? It only made her crave for the life of a princess that could never be hers. She recalled the pretty picture they had made – Prince Charming in his princely attire and herself in the red ball gown, holding a glass of champagne, dancing to live music. Sigh! She looked down at the glass slipper that she had carried back with her.
Alas, it had turned back into a ragged sock!
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You have given the Cinderella tale a new twist Sundari. A dark fairy tale in the making ..? Was a great read :)ReplyDelete
I forgot to mention that I am adding your blog in my list of to read blogs. Your stories are very interesting. Thanks :)ReplyDelete
Cinderella's story is fascinating and no matter how many times you hear it, it throws a different light. I wonder why Prince Charming never noticed Cinderella before, was it because she just a urchin with coal on her face and hands? I love your take on the fairy tale :)ReplyDelete
Ah the glass shoe turned into a rugged sock? That was an interesting twist that I wasn't expecting! I am still in Cinderella's world after reading this story. Beautiful narration :) And thanks for the mention. *Happy Happy*ReplyDelete
You have given a very different take to the fairy tale :) Your version was really good!ReplyDelete
One can never get tired of reading Cinderella's story and you gave a new turn to it. Liked the slipper turning into a ragged sock! :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, twice over, Ina :DReplyDelete
Thank you so much Prasanna! I am glad you liked my version :DReplyDelete
Thank you Swathi. Glad you enjoyed reading my version :)ReplyDelete
And you are welcome!
Thank you Aathira! Glad you liked this one :DReplyDelete
Glad you liked this one Shilpa :)ReplyDelete
Cinderella is one of my all-time favorite stories, Sundari! I enjoyed your post! Sigh - I wish she didn't have to walk home!ReplyDelete
Ha! What a great post Sundari - I really enjoyed reading your version of Cinderella!ReplyDelete
Look forward to reading more of your stories during A-Z Challenge.
Thank you Vidya! Believe me when I say, 'so do I' :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Teacher-Mother Charlene. I am so glad you enjoyed reading my story :)ReplyDelete
Beautifully narrated, Sundari. Loved how you gave us a peek into her thoughts. Nicely done.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for the shout out. Means a lot. :)
*Shantala @ ShanayaTales*
One of the most famous fairy tales ever. I loved your take on it :-)ReplyDelete
A wonderful take! :DReplyDelete
Interesting twists and turns in this popular and familiar tale!ReplyDelete
It's grand that Cinderella's tipsiness causes her to lose track of time. I always wondered about that.ReplyDelete
lol. what an ending :DReplyDelete
A ragged sock! I love that ending!!!ReplyDelete
Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
Thank you Shanaya, so glad you liked my version of the tale :)ReplyDelete
And you are welcome! I love your A-Z articles. How could I not share?
I agree Amrit Sinha! Thank you. I am glad you liked my take on it :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Ruchi :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Simran. Glad you liked it :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Corina! Glad you found it interesting :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for stopping by Drusilla and leaving a comment. I have always wondered why only the glass slipper never reverted ;)ReplyDelete
Thank you Vinay Leo R. Glad you found it funny :)ReplyDelete
Thank you S L Hennessy! I am so glad you enjoyed the ending I gave this fairy tale :)ReplyDelete
Another Cinderella tale! Did you checked mine?ReplyDelete
Evalina, This and that...
Yeah I did Evalina. Thanks for stopping by :)Delete
Awesome twist, very entertaining to read!ReplyDelete
Thank you Devika. Glad you liked it :)Delete
A Cinderella story with a twist! You do mange to add new dimensions to the personae of beloved characters, don't you? This adds on to our understanding of the same!ReplyDelete
What a compliment! Thank you Deepti Menon :DReplyDelete
I liked the ending. More logical than what exists in the story. Till date I have not been able to figure out, why only the glass slippers remained while the rest of the stuff "converted" by the fairy God mother returned to iheir original shape and form. :)ReplyDelete
Exactly what I have always thought. And that's how the story was born. Thank you Prathima :)Delete
A drunk Cinderella?!! That 's a new one. :) Sorry I missed mentioning that point in my earlier comment.ReplyDelete
LOL! Thank you againDelete