In my version of Cinderella-the fairytale, Cinderella may not be a white blonde girl, who is only better than her step sisters because of her "beauty". The readers can imagine her to be a brown girl with black curly hair, long nose and prominent cheekbones. Or someone with a round face, wide smile and almond shaped eyes.
Yes, she had still lost her mother as a child. And has a step mother who considers her a no-good lowlife.
But she isn't always obedient and submissive.
She is a rebel, always taking stand for herself even to get squashed down each time.
In my version of Cinderella-the fairytale, Cinderella doesn't cry after being mistreated. Or maybe she does. But only a little. She instead uses all the rage, to fight. Using the wall of her room as her canvas and her hands as the instrument of her expression, she draws sparks and flames in the air. On the ground she paints a hero with a cape around her neck, shattering a volcano, extricating herself from it.
My version of Cinderella-the fairytale also has magic, where a fairy godmother pops into Cinderella's room, just like the King of Salem appears in front of Santiago when he was about to give up on his dreams. The fairy flicks her wand, not to create blue satin gown, glass slippers or white pearls, but a chance for Cinderella to let her become who she wants.
In my version of Cinderella-the fairytale also, there is a handsome man. Maybe a prince, maybe not. Nevertheless he is dazzled by Cinderella's beauty; the eyes that gleam with compassion yet capable of swallowing the world; the hands which are rough and tainted, the catalyst of her hope and relentlessness; and the laughter, loud, genuine and infectious.
In my version of Cinderella-the fairytale, Cinderella doesn't need a prince to save her from the clutches of the hardships of life. With the super power in her hands, she paints fighter everyday.
In my version of Cinderella-the fairytale, there is no happily ever after. Rather there is happiness everyday, coupled with grief, anger, joy and frustration. Because Cinderella knows, when this tale ends, another will begin followed by several others. And it always, gets better.