During one of his travels, Ella’s father met a woman.

By the time he arrived home on the day of Ella’s 16th birthday, he was married once more.

The woman arrived in an extravagant horse-drawn carriage with her two daughters. The three ladies stepped out head-to-toe in silk, lace, gems, and fur.

Cinderella story: carriage

Ella smiled and greeted her new stepfamily but, disregarding her kindness, they huffed and hollered at the coachman.

“Goodness me” began the stepmother, “it’s like he purposefully drove over all those potholes.”

“And the rocks! My poor dress! Ruined at the seams!” screeched the eldest stepsister.

“I have bruises ALL over! And my haaair” whined the youngest.

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