Ella watched wide-eyed as the newcomers spent the next weeks changing everything about the estate.
Walls were painted pink, grass was replaced with stone, and the lily gardens were removed and changed for rose ones.
As months passed, her father’s business began to decline. He turned solely to trade and was away for months at sea. While travelling, Ella was Cinderella, a name given to her by her terrible stepfamily. She cleaned, and cooked, and did everything for them. But when her father came home for short periods of time, Ella was Ella. She was ignored by her stepsisters but treated with false-kindness by her stepmother.
Ella never dared to tell her father about the wickedness of his new wife. She could not bear to have her poor father’s heart broken again.