We know what happened after the ball; but what happened after "happily ever after?" Cinderella and the Prince were from different worlds. Her idea of a good day was sitting in the ashes of the fire to stay warm. How did that prepare her to be Charming's companion?
A lifetime of stories has shaped our expectations. We want our personal narrative to contain heroes, villains, conflict, and resolution. But the Happy Ending doesn't always come, or comes at an inconvenient time. Even when it arrives on cue, it is likely to be the Happy Middle. There is always "after."