A CINDERELLA STORY
Life wasn’t fair; it just wasn’t fair at all. Cindy’s parents had divorced two years ago and now her mother had fallen ill and was going into the hospital for some tests. Cindy was moving in with her father for a few months until the doctors could find out what was wrong with her mother. Cindy loved her father very much, but his new wife was just unbearable. And her two stepsisters were even worse. Cindy came often to visit her father. When her father left for work, her stepmother would make Cindy do all the housework while she and her daughters went out and shopped for new clothes. But that wasn’t even the worst part of it. Cindy was a senior and would be living with her dad when her class had its senior prom and she was sure her stepmother would never let her go. As Cindy unpacked her clothes, her father came up to welcome her. She brought up the subject of the prom and her father said he would have to discuss it with her stepmother. Cindy hoped her stepmother would be in a good mood. When Cindy went downstairs for dinner, her stepmother told her that they just didn’t have the money to buy a fancy dress for the prom so it would be impossible for her to go. Cindy was devastated and ran up to her room and cried herself to sleep. Cindy was tempted to call her mother, but decided she could not worry her mother with her problems. The next morning, Cindy woke up and went downstairs for breakfast. The house was empty, but Cindy found a long list of chores her stepmother had left for her to do while she was out shopping. Cindy started with dusting the furniture and then she vacuumed all the floors. She washed several loads of clothes and went outside to hang them on the clothesline. As she was hanging out the clothes, Cindy was overcome with grief about her situation and she burst into tears. She sobbed and sobbed. Cindy didn’t know it, but the rich lady, Mrs. Ferry, who lived next door, was in her back yard...
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