“Oh, Cinderella, we don’t have to clean today, it’s the big ball at the castle! Don’t you want to go?” Ruzella motioned her sister up the stairs to the bedroom. Ruzella and her sister Mergatroid loved their little sister so much they just wanted to see her happy. Cinderella’s mother was counting on this night to seal a marriage proposal from the Prince to Cinderella.
Mergatroid pulled out a beautiful sparkling gown for Cinderella. “We’ve been working on this dress for you ever since we received the Prince’s invitation. You’ll look lovely in this color, since it matches your eyes. We even had the cobbler fashion some glass slippers for you!” Ruzella added that she would fix Cinderella’s hair in the latest style.
Cinderella looked the dress up and down disapprovingly, touched the fabric and didn’t even smile. “I didn’t plan on going to the ball. I’m not interested in that Prince, I don’t care who he is!” Her sisters’ disappointment showed, but they just kept talking.
“We heard he’s looking for a young woman to marry, aren’t you at all curious about him?”
“It’s all planned. Mother insisted you go, without us.” The sisters really wanted to go but Mother said it was out of the question. They spread out the gown and accessories and hoped everything would go as planned by their mother.
A coach was waiting, and Cinderella rode to the castle. She was instantly asked to dance by the Prince. He fell head over heels for her immediately. It was only eleven pm but Cinderella was bored and left early. As she went down the steps, she lost her shoe, stopped, picked it up and headed home.
The Prince suddenly realized she wasn’t coming back and ran out the door. There was no sign of the beautiful girl he danced with. He had forgotten to ask her name.
Cinderella was swarmed by her family when she returned home. “How was it? Was he handsome? Did you dance? Tell us!”
“It was okay. He was a good dancer, but I wasn’t impressed. The whole thing was boring.” Her two sisters fainted from anticipation of a report of the night’s activities. The girls’ mother just flopped in a chair.