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After the Fairytale is a Cinderella fanfic by Emmie0928. It deconstructs Happily Ever After by depicting events after Ella's marriage to Prince Edmund. Bored with the repetitiveness and constraints of her royal life, Ella takes a job in a bookshop run by the aloof and reserved Henry Toulson, who arouses strong passions in Ella from the moment they meet again after almost ten years apart.

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After the Fairytale contains examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: With all the OCs having thoroughly English names like Edmund, Anna, Sarah and James, the names of Ella's stepsisters (Anastasia and Drizella) start to stand out.
  • Dances and Balls: It is at a ball to celebrate her birthday that Ella discovers that Edmund is cheating on her. Ouch.
  • Distant Finale: The epilogue takes place several years after the rest of the story, judging by the age of Ella's daughter.
  • The Ghost: Henry's fiancee, Mary, is talked of but never seen.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Averted when Henry's fiancee Mary becomes pregnant; Henry knows full well it isn't his baby because he insisted on pre-marital celibacy.
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  • Prince Charmless:
    • Prince Edmund is revealed as this pretty early on, but eventually develops into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • An even more egregious example would be Prince Alexander, who is not only physically repulsive but is also a racist, wife-beating douchebag who tries to molest Ella.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • Averted with Ella, whose boredom with her royal life is the reason she gets a job in a bookshop.
    • Edmund seems to be an example of this trope, as he takes the kingdom into war.
  • Talk to the Fist: A chance encounter between Anna, James and Peter, Anna's Jerkass Ex, ends with James decking Peter to the ground.

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