Disney Princess Challenge #05 - Ashes
SHIYO IN THE AREA! I was really looking forward to today's update and I hope you enjoy the wild ride! (hint, hint: lots of drama)
We're officially on the second stage of the Disney Princess Challenge. The rules for Cinderella's stage are the following:
• Must have 'Neat' and 'Foodie' traits as an adult
• Must clean the house everyday and cook every meal
• May not marry until mother dies (this does not have to be of old age, but may not be cheated)
• Have a maximum of 3 children
I didn't edit the gender of which parent should pass away because it was Princess Charming who married Mr. Tremaine. The plot makes more sense this way...
Let's cheer together for Grumpy, our Cinderello, the protagonist of this arc! YASSSS I'M SUPER EXCITED. LEEEEEET'S GO
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After Cinderello and Elena moved to his manor, Mr. Tremaine improvised a bedroom in the attic for the boy — and installed a personal bathroom there too! The only missing feature was a light source, because Mr. Tremaine preferred to ignore it on purpose.
Knitting was one of Cinderello’s favorite hobbies and helped to calm down during Hot-Headed mood swings. On times of uncertainty, it was good to do something that reminded him of a happy past!
Mr. Tremaine told Cinderello to do the dishes and clean the house. The boy's mother thought it was ok, because he used to do that when living with Snow White too.
Conclusion: nobody in that house assisted him. Additionally, Elena was too distracted with her career to notice Cinderello wasn’t doing well.
Princess Charming loved her job as an Interstellar Smuggler, and that was the main thing that occupied her mind. Time flew fast for her, and soon she aged up: happy with her new life, with her new family, and with Cinderello’s presence too.
She wasn't aware of the sadistic nature of Mr. Tremaine. Behind her back, the man talked harshly to Cinderello, and even used a voodoo doll to mistreat him in secret.
Cinderello wasn’t even allowed to sit on a proper chair outside the attic! The dining room only had four chairs: three for the OG Tremaines, and one for Princess Charming. And ONLY them were allowed to sit there. “If you want to do your homework or eat downstairs, do it on the ground, like the good puppy you are!”
Things would became dark, sooner than later. Cinderello had a weird dream where his mother was lured by Mr. Tremaine into eating a poisonous Pufferfish Nigiri. However, it was just a bad dream... Was it?
In a surprising turn of events, Princess Charming went missing the morning after. Cinderello was legally stuck with his stepfather and stepsiblings, miles away from what remained of his biological family. Where did his mother go? Where was Elena Tremaine?!
Mr. Tremaine knew the answer very damn well. He knew what he did.
It was part of his plan all along.
For starters, the only reason he wanted to marry her was because of her job as an Interstellar Smuggler. In his eyes, Princess Charming was an easy prey who'd make him twice as rich, and destroying her previous marriage was merely a child's play.
He didn't worry about Cinderello coming to live with them, because this only meant the Tremaines wouldn't have to hire maids and chefs anymore. A chance to become thrice as rich!
Now that Elena was gone, Mr. Tremaine had nothing to stop him from publicly express his sadistic tendencies towards Cinderello.
Grounding for no reason, giving time outs for nothing, verbally abusing him, throwing drinks on him often and mocking his outfit... Ah, yes. The Wicked Stepfather was having a lot of fun.
At least Drizell and Anastasius weren’t mean like their father! Deep down, Drizell just wanted his family to be happy and successful; and Anastasius dreamed of living a fairy tale romance...
Unfortunately, the two didn’t have the guts to interfere on Mr. Tremaine’s mean acts against Cinderello. In fact, they were actually encouraged to treat him bad as well! They didn’t want to do those things, of course, but were very happy to be treated well by their father.
In short, Cinderello would clean, cook and repair everything, every morning and every night; always enduring Mr. Tremaine's cruelty... Day after day, all the same... A vicious cycle, an endless loop.
Cinderello missed his biological family a lot; but wasn’t allowed to contact them -- or anyone at all. Not even at school, because Drizell and Anastasius were ordered to stop him from doing so!
Bashful even tried to visit his beloved brother and BFF Cinderello once, but Mr. Tremaine was outside and lied saying Cinderello wasn't home.
Roughly two weeks before Cinderello’s birthday, though, a rare event occurred: HE TALKED TO SOMEONE OUTSIDE! It all happened when he went to take out the trash and spotted Adven (Snow White's stepfather) going on a walk nearby. After recognizing the boy with whom he previously befriended at a cafe (see episode #03), Adven approached him to chat for a while.
Cinderello complained about his problems and asked for advice. The two talked briefly, as the actually good (?) Evil King didn't want to put Cinderello in trouble.
Returning home, there was a gourmet incident and Cinderello aLMOST SET THE MANOR ON FIRE! Thankfully, Drizell was there to avoid a tragedy.
Wait, did I say “roughly two weeks”? YES, I SAID! I enabled auto-aging for a bit, despite hating it!
More time passed, and there was only a week left for Cinderello’s 18th birthday. The Wicked Stepfather knew it, and wanted to make sure it would be the worst week of Cinderello’s entire life.
D-6... The boy was ordered to make a grand breakfast before going to school. Not bad, right?
Wrong. Cinderello would only be allowed to attend school after washing an unholy amount of dishes, and lots of cups that suddenly needed to be cleaned. Subsequently, he'd also have to prepare a grand dinner and clean the kitchen’s floor.
D-4... Did you really think the Wicked Stepfather was OK with Drizell saving Cinderello from catching fire? Nope. He wanted his son to prove that Cinderello meant nothing to him, forcing Drizell to steal Cinderello’s private journal.
Later that night, Mr. Tremaine and the boys sat by the fireplace to mock Cinderello’s entries together. Anastasius and Drizell really wanted to complain about that horrible action, but weren’t able to because their actions were cancelled by me.
Cinderello was hella angry when he found out his privacy got invaded like that, and shouted out loud against the trio. The Wicked Stepfather could only laugh in return.
D-2... This time, Tremaine wanted to humiliate Cinderello in a whole new level. For a day, the doors to the attic and to all bathrooms in the house were locked. Only he and his two sons had copies of the keys.
Eventually, Cinderello got to the point he really had to... um, pee...
But HOW?! Doing his best to hold it, Cinderello went through a desperate search for a toilet -- but wasn’t able to find one in time.
The bladder failure came, and Cinderello felt extremely humiliated.
Welp, if he knew how many times his father Snow White did that, perhaps he’d feel better... Wait, how many times did it happen with Snow White again? *checks the log* 44? I thought it was more... Eh, anyway...
A little embarrassed with their father’s cringy plan, Drizell and Anastasius discreetly apologized for Cinderello’s BLADDER FAILURE and gave the key to the attic to Cinderello.
The boy rushed there, went to the balcony and started crying.
Then he went to take a bath... And fell asleep.
D-0. The great day. Cinderello’s 18th birthday! To celebrate (alone), the boy started baking a cake for himself. Sadly, he got interrupted as Mr. Tremaine ordered him to clean the first floor’s bathroom.
But when he tried to get out and add candles to the cake... News flash: he got locked inside!
As a final act of psychological torture (for now), the Wicked Stepfather locked Cinderello in the toilet until the next day. And to complete this act of nastiness, he also threw away the cake!
Not only Cinderello felt hungry and distraught for going through such a horrible prank, he also felt like his birthday was entirely forgotten. yes, auto-aging’s job here is done, now time to disable it again
Daybreak, he was freed (now with the Foodie trait!). Cinderello ran outside and started crying. He has gone through so much horrible things lately! When would he be allowed to reunite with his family? With his real father?!
But then, someone appeared out of nowhere and asked why he was crying. Startled, Cinderello asked the stranger to identify herself. She claimed to be Adven's daughter and Snow White's sister... In short, Cinderello’s aunt. Leslie, the Fairy Godmother.
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No cheats were used.
I do not condone any of Mr. Tremaine's actions IRL. Please keep in mind the story is in Cinderella's stage, and The Sims 4 is just a game.
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• On Snow White's household Doc, Sneezy, Sleepy and Dopey were unaffected by Princess Charming's... um, strange disappearance. In other hand, Bashful, Happy and — of course — Snow White were very sad.
• Drizell was the first to befriend Sleepy at school, but she became closer to Anastasius. I intend to explore more of their friendship later. Just an example of full autonomy working wonders to enhance the drama!
• Marcus Tremaine received a flirty text message from the deceased Princess Charming once. Yes. Seriously.
• Leslie’s design was loosely intended to be a mix of the original Fairy Godmother and the live-action’s Fairy Godmother. I tried...