When Ellacinder was 2 she lost her mother. Her father looked everywhere: closets; the attic; the basement; under the sofa; behind the curtains. Then he bundled Ellacinder up, put her in her stroller, and strolled the neighbourhood, then the Verdant Woods. No luck. Ellacinder’s mother had vanished.
Seven years passed, and her father decided to remarry. He asked the lady next door who gladly said “Yes” as she had her eye on Ellacinder’s father for quite some time. So, at age 9 Ellacinder acquired a stepmother and two older stepsisters.
She had also acquired, as is the norm in such stories, a magical guardian, a fairy godmother. She threw a few spells around and such, just to make sure Ellacinder knew she was there to help.
Then she lost her father. She looked everywhere: closets; cupboards; under the desk; behind the sideboard; in the laundry room. She strolled through the neighbourhood and checked out the Verdant Woods. No sight or sign of her father.
As you can imagine, Ellacinder was quite sad. Her stepmother and stepsisters, also sad, tried to cheer her up. “Let’s go to the mall,” they said. “We can try on gowns and shoes.” “We can eat in the food court and see a movie.” But Ellacinder had promised to spend time with her fairy godmother, so she passed on the mall.
Her fairy godmother was the member of a biker gang, the fairy goddamned. They terrified the neighbourhood, and rode their hogs off-road through the Verdant Woods. Their wheelies tore up the wildflower meadows. Fairy Godmother was one mean, hard, wicked chick.
So Ellacinder, now aged 18, had a choice: be nice like her stepmother who worried about her, and tried to be a mother and father to her; kind like her step-sisters who lent her their clothes, did her hair, and covered for her when she snuck out to see her fairy godmother. Or, follow in the biker path of her fairy godmother, become a wild child, hook up with some guy named Prince and ride out of the story.
What do you think happened? (Had trouble getting videos to embed, and to behave. Have to click through — first is Steppenwolf “Born to be Wild,” and second is a trailer from the Disney 2015 live action Cinderella.)
Concocted for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver 54: Fractured Fairy Tales
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