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Twisted Tale of Cinderella (Part 8)

“My Son, my precious son. How have you been?” former king, Robert’s father said looking at his son whom he met after days. 

“I am a good father. How was your tour?”

“You planned it perfectly. Just the way I wanted.”

“It’s great that you liked it. But for now I have to take your leave as the court will be starting soon.”

“Okay, meet me after the court I have to discuss something important.”

Robert nodding his head went from there to attend the court. 

In the evening, Robert remembered to meet his father who seemed to have something important to talk about.

“Your Highness, Your Majesty King Robert wants to have an audience,” one of the guards informed his father who seemed to be busy and confused to decide. 

“Send him in,” he said while gathering the papers in front of him.

“Good Evening….Father, you seemed to be busy. I’ll meet you some other time,” Robert said when he saw his father busy scribbling something.

“No, you sit. Talking to you is way more important.”

“Is everything alright.”

“Yes, actually I am thinking from days that you should remarry.”

“Father, I don’t want to talk about it now.”

“No, son it is actually the correct time. You are already trying to make an alliance with Kiribati and if you marry the princess Alexandra……”

“It’s enough, father. I don’t want to remarry.”

“But son, she is perfect…..”

“You said that for Cinderella too and then made sure that I don’t get close to her.”

“Son, she was never worthy.”

“She was Dad. And it’s time you also understand that. With her I was a human, who lived and loved but now I am not less than a dead man. I am living to have a glance of her and my child whom with your grace I won’t be meeting in this lifetime and you know what I don’t blame you because you just told me what to do but I was the one who did it. I did everything. So, please Father stop telling me to remarry.”

He left the room with tears in his eyes which were on the verge of falling. He thought he was broken till now but now understood he had shattered. Shattered in pieces, to be not joined again.

Everything in his room was broken and shattered with him sitting in the middle of the room. The chocolate box was in his hands. Chocolates reminded him of her. 

               …………………………

“Cinderella, Cinderella…”

“His Highness, Princess is in the kitchen,” one of the maids told him.

he walked to the kitchen to see Cinderella covered in chocolate head to toe laughing pointing at the kitten.

“Cinderella, what’s all this? You should not be working.”

“Ya, act….actually you liked…the chocolate…..before….so I thou….thought to….make it again,” she tried to say while laughing.

It was an amusing sight to see the princess covered in chocolate and the prince trying to take her to a room where she wouldn’t go because she would make the floor dirty. 

“Come….,” the prince said, taking her in his arms. He took her to the room and cleaned her while she was busy admiring him and thanking God for giving her the best husband anyone could get. 

“Now, you are not allowed in the kitchen,” he said, bringing her out of her world.

“But Robert I love cooking,” she said while making the cutest face trying to agree with him. “Please, pleaseeeee!”

“Okay fine. But if what happened today will be done again then I won’t listen to you.”

“You are the best,” she said as she kissed him.

“I know that,” he said, kissing her back.

               ………………………

He didn’t know how he became the one she started to hate, he couldn’t look in the mirror again. Everything between them was beautiful and unique but he destroyed it because it was what his father demanded. 

              ………………………..

“Father, you called.”

“Yes, I did.”

“What’s so urgent before the court?”

“Sit down son. Let’s talk.”

The king came with some documents and handed them over to the prince.

“Son, these are official documents for the collaboration with the other states.”

“Okay, father.”

“Actually there is something else I want to talk about.”

“Yes, father.”

“Son, you are the future king and my expectations are way too more than you think. And to fulfill those you have to act appropriately.”

“I don’t understand it.”

“Son, don’t get attached to the Princess. She is just a woman to give your heir not to love. A king can’t love someone or get attached. Think it yourself.”

                  …………………….

After this nothing was the same neither prince or Princess nor their relationship. It was ruined the second he decided to listen to his father because he had to become the king. The king who will rule not love because that’s what he has to do.

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Twisted Tale of Cinderella (Part 2)

Link for Part 1: https://unfetteredexpressions.news.blog/2020/03/12/twisted-tale-of-cinderella/

“Good Morning, miss!”, the Royal Minister said as he forwarded the gift sent by the prince. It’s been a month since Prince Robert and Cinderella decided to know each other instead of getting married. From then on, Prince sends gifts occasionally while Cinderella every time sends the bouquet of his favourite flowers to show her gratitude. Both of them were happy in their small world where Prince was an ordinary boy who likes Cinderella very much, an ordinary boy who wants happiness in his life, a life which is full with allowances with other states and other political matters. For once, in his life, he wanted to live a life full of love.

Cinderella who was working in the garden welcomed the minister and went to wash her hands. “I am sorry to disturb you”, the minister said as he forwarded the gift. “It’s completely okay, sir. And not you but I should be sorry. Thank you for bringing this.” She said as she overwhelmingly took the gift and gave him the flower bouquet which was a little different from other times. 

Everything was different and beautiful for them. She never imagined a life like this where she could be happy the way she is now. Even angels envied their love and understanding. It was great between the two. Her stepmother and sisters were also not able to say or do something against her. They were thankful to Cinderella for letting them stay in the house but were still in search of a chance where they can again transfer the property on their name which will lead Cinderella to be again on road with no one by her side. But for now, they chose to remain quiet.

Finishing her work, Cinderella went to her room to open the gift. Her room now has everything given by him, whether it was a chocolate pudding or a necklace for their date night. Everything was precious to her. She even kept the wrappers nicely packed in one of the corners of her almirah. It sounded cliche but not for her. It was the first time she felt loved and she didn’t want to leave any memory behind. Unwrapping the gift she found a beautiful dress, similar to what she wore on banquet night. She found it amazing to know that he noticed all those details to prepare a new one. She was busy in admiring the dress when saw a paper folded in the box. 

“My Dear Cinderella,

I hope you liked the dress. It holds some beautiful memories of us together. I sent you this dress for a reason which I would like to reveal when I’ll meet you for dinner tonight to a special place. Be ready at 7. 

Your Robert”

“It’s already 3. I have to get ready fast.” She started preparing for the night’s dinner which was going to be special. She was eager to meet him and see his surprises. In this one month, he showed her the places he liked, she got to know every single detail about him. He was a nice human being who was specially made for her.

It was 6:45 and she was ready in her room in the dress gifted by him with a necklace which was worn by her mother on her wedding and the same pair of heels which she wore on banquet night, waiting for the prince’s chariot to arrive when she heard some sounds outside her window. She was scared but gathered her courage and went near to see who it was when her eyes only grew big with shock. 

“You? Why are you here at this time?”

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Twisted Tale of Cinderella

We all have read the story about Cinderella. How a fairy godmother helped her to go for a banquet dance but with a condition to return back till midnight. In the end, the prince comes and sees if the shoe fits or not and then Cinderella got married to the prince and they lived happily ever after. But what if Cinderella never agreed to marry the prince. How the story would have been? Let’s see it.

“Your Majesty, we finally found the girl,” the royal minister told the prince with a smile on his face. The face of the prince lit up which was sad from days, he finally found the one who was perfect for him. “Wonderful! Arrange the meeting in the evening”, he told the royal minister. “Sure, sir”, the royal minister went to arrange the meeting with Cinderella. The prince was excited to meet the girl who stole his heart within few hours. She had the sparkle, the spirit to live which was missing from his life. He wanted her to be the one who will guide him towards a beautiful life filled with joy and happiness.

The royal minister reaches Cinderella’s house where her stepmother and stepsisters were planning to ruin her life. But what they were not aware of was the signed property letter by Cinderella’s father which she had found in one of the boxes when she was hiding in the storeroom from king’s men, yesterday as instructed by her stepmother. When her mother and sisters saw the royal minister they went to welcome him home but he paid no heed and asked to meet Cinderella. Cinderella greeted the royal minister as he said,” It is a pleasure to meet you Miss. Prince would like to meet you in the evening for dinner together. A carriage will be sent to you,” before Cinderella could say something the minister and his men went. “You are not going to meet the prince,” her step mother’s fierce voice came from behind with her sisters agreeing their mother but now she knew what belonged to her. She showed her stepmother and sisters the letter signed by her father who gave his whole property to Cinderella. “I think mother, now it should not be a problem for me to meet the prince.” her stepmother and sisters didn’t dare to speak, taking their silence as yes she went to get ready for the evening. She searched for dresses to wear but didn’t find the one suitable. “What should I wear? There is nothing which can match the prince’s standards.” She sat thinking on her bed when the fairy godmother came and saw her sitting sad, “What happened my child?” Cinderella noticed her and said, “Godmother, I don’t have a single dress to wear for today’s dinner.” Godmother who had been seeing her for days asked, “I can solve that problem but I have one question to ask?” Cinderella nodded to continue. Godmother said, “Think from your heart before you answer me.” She paused for a second and then questioned, “Do you really want a dress to represent who you are?” Cinderella who was confused about presenting herself till now understood what she was doing. Godmother disappeared knowing now Cinderella knew herself and the decision now she will take will be the right one. Cinderella got ready in one of her regular dresses and waited for the evening. When she went outside her mother and sisters were confused seeing her dressed simply but didn’t dare to say something.

The royal minister dropped her at the palace gate and told her the way to go. She followed the instructions and reached the garden which was decorated beautifully with lights. The different flowers with lights decorating them was a beautiful sight. The fountain in the middle of the garden was completing the view. The dinner table was set up near one of the trees which has dishes waiting to be savoured. While Cinderella was busy admiring the beauty of the garden , the prince came and stood by her side confused with what she was wearing. Feeling someone standing near her she straightened herself and curtsied the prince. “Welcome, your highness,” she said as the prince tried to recognise her from the banquet dance. “Welcome Miss. Let’s go for dinner,” he asked as he started to go in the direction of the dinner table. “I really liked that you came here for today’s dinner. I have been meaning to ask you something very important,” he said as he offered the dishes in front of them to Cinderella. “Your highness, it will be my pleasure. And I also wanted to tell you something,” she said as she served the food to prince. “Miss Cinderella, from the time I have seen you at the ball I knew you were the one for me and now I would like to marry you,” he said showing the diamond ring he especially prepared for the future princess. She knew this would happen but this soon was not expected by her. She closed her eyes remembering the recent incidents in her life which changed her life completely but what bothered her more was the question prince asked. Was she ready to marry him? Was she ready to be a princess? Was she ready to be a queen one day? Was she ready for any of what happened in her life? “Miss, are you okay?” Prince asked concerned as she didn’t open her eyes for a few minutes. “Prince,…….. the night of the ball was one of the memorable nights of my life and it should be my pleasure to be a princess……… but I think I am not ready to marry you,” Cinderella replied as she sat near the prince. The prince who was never told no in his life didn’t know what happened to her to behave like this. He gathered all his courage to ask Cinderella once again,” And why do you think so?” Cinderella who was puzzled with this question from morning finally got the answer as she replied, “Your highness we barely know each other. If to say truly I don’t even know your name and every other little thing about you. That night I was very much excited to meet you. As after many years I got the chance to come out of my house without any restrictions. It was great but just now when I got my freedom back I don’t think I am ready to be part of someone else’s life. I know you or every other person who will hear about me not accepting your offer will consider me as fool but please try and understand I want to live my life and I am not rejecting your offer but just want some time to be myself and see this world with my own eyes with not being a maid, a daughter, a princess, just me as Cinderella.” Prince who had never imagined this to happen was shattered but then understood how she wanted to live her life which he also agreed to do with her. After few minutes of silence which felt like hours, prince voice startled her. “It’s Robert Noah McCleary”, he said confusing Cinderella. “What?” She asked about what he said earlier. “It’s my name, Robert Noah McCleary. And it is my pleasure to meet you and I hope someday I’ll qualify to be a part of your life.”

That’s how a new chapter in their life started with more adventures and exciting journeys.