Princesses, and princes for that matter, are required to spend several months living alone together in a group. This is done to teach them how to become good rulers one day. Cinderella doesn't understand why this tradition exists but, when her husband mentions that he did the same in the past, she decides to go without a fuss. The chateau is a nice, spacious home and the other princesses are nice... Soon, Cinderella notices that the girls have started pairing up with one another and it's clear that they aren't just friends anymore.
Not to be confused with the 1979 book Kindred.
Kindred provides examples of:
- Adaptational Jerkass: Jasmine's nice and bumbling father once had all of his harem killed on a whim, just because one of them was cheating on him to conceive a false male heir.
- Adaptation Name Change:
- Cinderella's name is a moniker, with "Ella" being her real name.
- Pocahontas is Only Known by Their Nickname, which is accurate to history but not Disney canon.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Her abusive upbringing has left a mark on Cinderella. She is obsessed with cleaning even minor messes and sometimes hallucinates messes that aren't there.
- Ambiguously Bi: Most of the cast. It's unclear if they're all queer or whether Situational Sexuality explains their behavior.
- Ambiguous Time Period: The girls are all from different eras, making it impossible to pin the story as being placed in one. It's 1930s at earliest due to Tiana being amongst the cast.
- Dark Fic: The story is less kid-friendly than the sources, with, amongst other things, the issues of infidelity and the lingering effects of childhood abuse being present.
- Expy Coexistence: Elsa mentions the story of The Snow Queen when the girls are discussing tales.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Gender Inverted. Jasmine doesn't know who her biological mother is because her father has a harem. Officially, Jasmine is the daughter of his consort, Fatima, however Jasmine doubts they're actually related.
- Mythology Gag:
- Cinderella's name is "Ella", as in the live-action remake.
- Belle's prince is named "Adam", which comes from a Disney trivia game but is dubiously canon; the name is also used in the movie's remake.
- Named by the Adaptation: The Beast is named "Adam".
- Noodle Incident: Tiana banned Anna from the kitchen after the unspecified "kitchen incident" that was so horrific no one will mention it.
- The Quiet One: It's implied that Elsa is introverted.
- Rags to Royalty: Deconstructed with Belle. Adam's advisers frown upon him marrying her because she isn't noble.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Subverted. Cinderella tries to initially tell herself that all the girls are just being intimate in girlish ways, until she sees Jasmine coming out of Mulan's room in a way that can't be anything but sexual.
- Situational Sexuality: Kindred revolves around this. Most of the Disney princesses are either Happily Married or otherwise in a committed relationship, but on their several month long trips together they often develop romantic, and sometimes sexual, bonds with each other. It's implied that the princes also act the same on their retreats.
- Slash Fic: Kindred ships the Disney princesses with one another, though not all the chapters feature romance and most is subtext at most.
- Stepford Smiler: Growing up, Snow White always pretended to be happy, even when she wasn't. However, she'd cry in her sleep because she wasn't conscious and able to stop herself from crying.
- Your Cheating Heart: All the princesses are Happily Married yet they cheat on their husbands with one another. It's a common but unspoken element of these sorts of royal retreats.