Of course, you know this story. A young girl is indentured by her family, meets a fairy godmother, goes to a ball, meets a prince, and is married. It is an old story. What you don’t know about this story is that the young girl stepped on the toes of the prince all night as they danced. He smiled every time, and corrected her step, and for the first time in a long time, the girl was not frightened. When she laughed with him, the prince’s smile spread into something wide and silly, his eyes bright. And when he found her again, he dropped the glass slipper and held out his hand, ignoring the cinders on her skirts, and when she took it, he smiled that same bright smile, and she smiled back.


If you could have one wish, what would it be?