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When You Wish

January 29, 2022

Charli Mills is back! YAY, YIPEE, YAHOO! Over at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s story challenge.

When You Wish

Wishes aren’t free. I’m not saying wishes don’t come true, only that we need to be prepared for the cost.

The night you left I sat on the green corduroy chair with the worn armrests. My head sunk into the familiar hollow made from years reading and watching television. I watched the dust motes twirling in the light from the 7-Eleven shining through the window. I thought of you and me.

I wished and bargained. The wish I made was for you to return.

No, wishes aren’t free. I learned that after my wish came true and you did.


13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2022 11:26 am

    Oh, yes–be careful what you wish for.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. January 29, 2022 12:02 pm

    Ooh! A microflash with a twist. Nice!
    18 Carrot (Ranch) gold!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. January 29, 2022 1:50 pm

    Yep, be careful what you wish for. It’s always good to try the being alone part for a while. Or maybe that’s why the narrator knows the wish was a mistake.


  4. January 29, 2022 6:10 pm

    So… did s/he come back only in spirit?


  5. January 30, 2022 3:29 pm

    The details you use to set the scene make me feel that neither of them could escape an unfulfilling life. And, thanks for the yeehaw welcome back! Thank you for your submission to the Collection at Carrot Ranch. It will publish Wednesday, February 2.


  6. February 3, 2022 9:55 am

    your descriptive writing set the scene for me, then you whipped a doozy at the end. I thought there would be happy ever afters at least.


  7. February 4, 2022 2:55 pm

    Ah, that cursed life. Always trying to screw us over…

    Liked by 1 person

  8. February 7, 2022 4:40 am

    Sometimes we are better to just let what will be, be. Good one, Michael.

    Liked by 1 person


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