Once upon a time there was a widow
Who fell in love with a widower.
The widower had a daughter
The same age as her two girls herself
Who was far prettier, brighter, and arrogant to boot.
To the woman’s dismay
Her new husband died.
And she was left as a widow again
She was left the house, the money,
And the widowers daughter, now bitter and sour.
The widower’s daughter was mean to the girls
And blamed them for her father’s death.
The widow tried to give her what she demanded
But it was never enough.
She knew she was the prettiest and wanted all the kingdom had to offer.
The widow, coming from a poor life herself,
Only wanted the best for her daughters.
But the widower’s daughter overshadowed them all.
Out of spite, out of anger, and entitlement
She wanted to make sure that they had nothing.
When the king announced his son was looking for a bride,
She knew it was the only chance
Of her daughters having the best life possible.
But the widower’s daughter had her eyes set.
She would marry the prince and leave the widow and her daughters with nothing.
It was a difficult choice.
Not one she was proud of.
But the widow decided to disguise the widower’s daughter as a servant.
Desperate people will do desperate things.
And she wanted her daughters to have a chance.
She forbade the widow’s daughter to go to the ball.
And bought the prettiest gowns for her girls.
But the widow’s daughter was clever.
She made a gown and used her beauty to get a ride
And she found her own way to the ball.
When the widow’s eyes spotted her
Her heart sank to the ground.
Immediately the prince saw her
And was swooned by her looks and charm.
He didn’t even look at the widow’s daughters.
As expected he married the widower’s daughter
And in glee she moved away.
Leaving nothing for the widow and her daughters
But rags and a shack
For she took away their only home too.
So the widow had nothing again
And she looked at her daughters and wept.
She only wanted a better life for them
But the widower’s daughter ruined it all
As she took away all that was left.