After the Ball

The last strains of sunlight lingered in the corners, grasping every available point of refraction.  She slid her fingertips along the glass wondering if this was all there ever was. Or could be.

The slipper went on easily, of course. She forced a smile for the prince. She should have known the story’s ending when she felt the cool marble underfoot. She’d only wanted to dance.


This post was written in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge  weekend Trifextra prompt:

For this weekend’s challenge, we’d like you to read the 33 words below and then add 33 of your own words to move the story along.  Have a great weekend and good luck!

The last strains of sunlight lingered in the corners, grasping every available point of refraction.  She slid her fingertips along the glass wondering if this was all there ever was. Or could be.

I wanted to do something clever – mix my words in with the words given, change the order of things, that sort of thing. After all, the editors just said “add 33 words of your own.” They didn’t specify where. But this response just came to me, and I decided to go with the flow rather than wrestle with something “clever.”

12 responses to “After the Ball

  1. Ha haaa! I love it!

  2. excellent take on the prompt and like the twist where she only wanted to dance 🙂

  3. Oh! I find this very nice! Thank you

  4. Yes. Like the others, I love this. What’s with this prince guy anyway? He think he gets the girl just because he returns her shoe? Great take on the prompt.

  5. That was a neat twist. I hadn’t thought about Cinderella quite that way before. 🙂

  6. great job on this prompt!

  7. Ooh, love the twist on the fairy tale! I like the detail about the cool marble — it brings it down to earth and makes it feel very real.

  8. I like the idea that she only wanted to dance, not snag a prince 🙂

  9. This was so good 😀 Very creative and of course I loved the twist! 😀

  10. You showed how sometimes that glass slipper has a chip or two in it’s soul.

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