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Ex Tenebris, Lux is a Cinderella fanfic by afterandalasia.

The story is a one-chapter continuation of the Disney film. It focuses on Cinderella's mental health after the film. Cinderella's recovery after years of familial abuse isn't quick or easy. Even after becoming a princess and settling down with her husband, she's still troubled by her past.


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  • Ambiguous Disorder: No medical conditons are noted due to the time-period, but Cinderella is mentally ill after years of abuse. She suffers from night terrors, anxiety, and other symptoms.
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  • Bittersweet Ending: Cinderella is still traumatized from her own horrific upbringing and it is implied that she'll always be not entirely stable, especially after having a traumatic miscarriage. However, she is surrounded by people who love her, her husband puts in a better effort in helping her with parenting, and the story ends with her giving birth to a girl that she happily names Liberty, to represent her own freedom from her past.
  • Continuation: The story starts off after the end of the first Cinderella film.
  • Dark Fic: Ex Tenebris, Lux explores Cinderella's recovery from her abusive childhood in depth. The abuse left a prolonged impact on her life.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Cinderella's husband offhandedly mention that child-rearing is a mother's job.
  • Kid Fic: Downplayed. Cinderella being a parent is important to the story, but it's not the driving concept.
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  • Mental Health Recovery Arc: The story courses the first several years of Cinderella and Prince Charming's marriage. it covers a portion of her trauma recovery.
  • Neat Freak: Played for Drama. Due to her abusive past as a servant for her step-family, Cinderella sometimes gets upset about cleanliness. She gets better as time goes on.
  • No Name Given: Cinderella's husband is unnamed.
  • Tragic Stillbirth: Cinderella loses her second pregnancy after weeks of being all-but bed bound. She eventually recovers, but the lost makes her focus on her son more.
  • Trauma Button: Due to her experiences being locked away, Cinderella hates locked doors. She also gets worked up about the smallest messes.
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