1.3 Let’s Get The Job Done
“Where do you two come from?” Cinder asked.
“We came from the boo…Ouch!” Jack pinched Luna on the back of her left bicep.
“Luna, are you insane? Don’t tell her that!” whispered Jack closed to her ear.
“Pardon me?” said Cinder.
“We came from another town, far from here. Emm . . . from Boofin town!” answered Jack.
“Boofin town? I’ve never heard of it. Maybe very far from here.” wondered Cinder.
“Yes . . . Very faaar.” added Luna with her eyebrow lifted up glaring at Jack.
“You two looks funny. What are you two wearing? We don’t have that kind of clothes here.” It was obvious that Luna and Jack were wearing modern days clothing. Both of them wearing T shirts, jeans and pair of converse shoes.
“It’s part of our culture. We call it, casual clothing.” explained Jack. Luna was giggling.
“Interesting.” Replied Cinder. “Anyways, we’re here. This is my home. I used to live in a bigger house when my father was still alive. He died of heart attacked.” Cinder went moody again.
“Why do you live here? Why not back at your father’s home?” asked Luna.
“After my father died, there was nothing left to spare. We need to pay for the house; my stepmother had her jewellery traded for gold coins, to feed us all. My stepmother was a once a good person. She changed a lot since my father died.”
“We’re sorry for your loss Cinder.” Said Luna.
“Where’s your real mother?” Jack’s turned to ask the question.
“She died when she gave birth to me. I’ve never get the chance to see her. But my father gave me something to hold dear that belongs to her.”
“I’m sorry.” Jack apologized.
“It’s okay. What past is past. Life must go on.” Cinder seemed cheery again. “We’ve got a lot to do now.”
“Looks like we do.” Said Jack. The cottage was a complete mess. Dishes were unwashed, clothes lying on the floor everywhere, wet clothes were not yet hung under the sun, food on the table were left uneaten. Drinks were spilled and little pests were everywhere.
“How can this happen?” Luna was shocked.
“My stepsisters always do this when they’re in hurry. They always unprepared the night before even though they know important day is coming the day after. Left all the work to me. I only have two hands if you get me.” Said cinder.
“Why don’t you call your friends to help you? You know what I mean right? Those talking animals?”
“What animals? You’re very funny Luna.” Then Jack pulled Luna’s hand to the back.
“Gosh Luna what did I tell you?”
“Told me what?”
“You see, there must be a reason why we’re here. The Cinderella in our world might not be the same as it is in here. Do you remember what the instruction in the book says? It says ‘Enter the world of the past to change its history’. Cinderella might be a real event happened in the past in our world. Not a fairy tale! So please be careful!” Luna only nodded and suddenly gets scared with the situation. They spent the day cleaning the cottage, divided the work until everything was settled. It was very tiring, they haven’t eaten anything yet and Jack stomach was already making funny sounds. That late afternoon Cinder had prepared some lovely muffins and cupcakes for them to enjoy. Soon after a carriage was heard stopping by the road in front of the cottage. Cinder took a peek from the window and it was her stepmother and stepsisters had arrived home from the royals.
“Quick! Two of you hide!”