Cindy was in front of her bathroom mirror cleaning the smudged lipstick off of her face when she heard Fay come down the stairs.
“Did it work?” she asked.
“Like a charm.” Cindy replied with a smile. “They were totally faked out by the decoy. I’m just sorry that your dress didn’t survive the attack.”
“It was old anyway. Now lets get you ready for the Ball.” Fay enthused.
Cindy sat in her chair as Fay went to work. Fay had brought an arsenal with her. She had eye shadow in every color. Lipsticks and lip gloss. Hair spray, hair gel, and hair mousse. A flat iron and a hair curler. After hair and makeup was done Fay pulled out a new dress and a little jewelry box.
“Your mother gave me this necklace after we graduated high school.” Fay said with a tear in her eye. “I was saving this for a special occasion. I would love nothing more than you for to have it.”
“Thank you so much.” Cindy gushed. “And not just for the necklace. Thank you for being my rock. You have supported me through everything. After Father passed I thought that I had lost all of the people who loved me. But I am honored to call you my family.”
“Okay, enough of this mushy stuff. I don’t want you to smudge your mascara.” Fay exclaimed. “Now go and get your Prince Charming!”
Meanwhile, the Farewell Ball was in full swing. It was turning out to be the party of the century. All of Riverview is in attendance. Ryan’s teachers shared stories about what a great student Ryan was. His coaches toasted to what a great athlete Ryan is. Mr. and Mrs. Charming are beyond proud of their son. Everyone has been wishing Ryan good luck in Appaloosa Plains. But there is only one sim Ryan is anxious to see.
“Don’t worry my darling.” Ryan’s mother reassured her son. “I’m sure she will be here very soon. You know how fashionably late young girls like to be.”
Cindy was indeed running late. It had been harder to find a taxi than Far had anticipated.
Cindy could hear the music as she pulled up to the ballroom. There were three men starting to roll up the red carpet when she jumped out of the cab, almost losing a shoe. Cindy feared that she was too late.
“I have never seen such a part in all my life.” Cindy overheard one working talking to the others as they put away the barriers around the red carpet.
“Did you see all the food in there?” another worker added.
“Yeah, but the young Mr. Charming looks like he is at a funeral.” the third worker commented. “I hear he is waiting for some dame that may or may not show up.”
“That’s me!” Cindy exclaimed as she approached the workers. “I’m that dame.”
“Well, then,” the first worker said, “you better get in there then. And, don’t worry, we’ll make sure you make a grand entrance.”
Ryan was scanning around the room, searching for Cindy, when he saw two sims heading towards him. He recognized Missy, but it wasn’t until they got closer that he figured out who the stranger walking next to Missy was.
“Anastasis? Is that you?!” Ryan inquired.
“So Ryan, how do you like the new me?” she asked.
Ryan was so shocked that he needed to take a second look. Anastasis was wearing a short miniskirt, while the other women were wearing floor length formal gowns. She had bright pink lipstick and dark eye shadow. But more than all of that, she had lost about 150 pounds!!
“How do you like the new me?” she questioned Ryan again, but all he could do was stare. “I bet you are going to fall in love with me now.”
“Is that what you think?” Ryan was finally able to speak. “That I would fall in love with you if you changed how you look? My feelings for Cindy have nothing to do with how beautiful she is on the outside. I love her because she is beautiful on the inside.”
“I don’t understand.” Anastasis looked at Ryan as if was speaking Latin.
“I love Cindy because she is smart, funny, and kind. If you want to find a man to love you then you need to fix what is on the inside first. Because there was nothing wrong with the way you looked.”
“But that isn’t what mother says.” Anastasis protested.
Just then Cindy walked into the ballroom. And as the workers promised, she made a grand entrance. The band stopped playing in the middle of their song. Out of no where trumpets played announcing Cindy’s arrival. A spotlight hit her, making her dress shimmer. The crowded room parted like the Red Sea. Everyone looked at the front door as Cindy made her way in. Cindy felt all of the eyes watching her. She was so nervous, she didn’t know what to do. She went from being invisible to having all of Riverview stare at her. Luckily, Ryan was there to save her.
Overwhelmed with joy, Ryan ran to be by Cindy’s side. They embraced each other, neither one wanting the other to get away.
“I will never let you go again.” Cindy whispered into his ear.
“Cindy Rella, I have loved you from the moment I saw you.” Ryan said as he let go of the hug. Then he dropped to one knee. “Every moment that passes I fall deeper in love with you.”
Ryan fumbled with something in his jacket pocket. “And I promise that I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you as happy as you have made me. Cindy Rella, will you marry me?”
“Yes. Yes, I will marry you!”
And that ends my Cinderella Challenge! But that doesn’t mean that the story of Cindy Rella is over. I just want to say thank you for sticking with me, through the long gaps in between chapters and some really short chapters, and some really long chapters. And I already have an idea of how to continue Cindy’s story, and build my Fairytale Legacy.