Fictober, Prompt 30 – “Don’t ruin this.”
Original fiction, fantasy/fairy tale. Part three of three of my weird take on Cinderella. Part One (Day 28) and Part Two (Day 29).
Mother and Lorena were immediately obsessed with the notion that one of us might catch the Prince’s eye, especially when the ball was being held for the purpose of finding him a wife.
I feigned as much enthusiasm as I could.
Ellie and I did not speak about it.
She wanted to come, and the phrasing of the invitation would certainly allow for it. I might have been able to put in a word with Mother (there had been some whispers, during our usual social rounds, wondering what had happened to the household’s third daughter), but I did not.
I told myself it was because we had already agreed that I shouldn’t champion Ellie’s cause to Mother, just in case.
My motives were not so straightforward as that, but Ellie did not actually ask.
We did not kiss anymore, but still sat next to each other on the few nights I could manage to sneak down to the kitchen.
I told myself it was enough.
“Stepmother,” Ellie’s voice came hesitantly from behind us just as the carriage was pulling around. “Could- Could I come to the ball as well?”Continue reading