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#100WCGU – Wk60 – Prompt: …suddenly it was in my hand… – genre: amusing – 106 words – “The Wish.”

02 Oct

“What a thoughtful birthday gift,” I smiled.

Cindy grinned, “You put the wishing stone in your left hand and make a wish.”

After she left, I decided I’d try, “I wish I had tonight’s Lotto numbers.”

My right hand grew heavy. Suddenly it was in my hand, tomorrow’s newspaper and the results.

“I wish I had this when I was a kid,” I said without thinking.

A dummy appeared in my right hand. The room grew large.

“Goo!”

My class re-entered the room, “Look at the cute baby!”

I realised I was a baby too young yet to speak, the stone too big for my hand.

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19 responses to “#100WCGU – Wk60 – Prompt: …suddenly it was in my hand… – genre: amusing – 106 words – “The Wish.”

  1. The Writers Village

    October 2, 2012 at 12:02

    great one… I’m still smiling as I write this. Randy

     
    • Ross Mannell

      October 6, 2012 at 08:47

      Thanks for the comment.

      I had always liked the idea where wishes don’t always go in the direction expected. 🙂

       
  2. Older Mum (@Older_Mum)

    October 2, 2012 at 17:19

    Be careful what you wish for! :o).

     
    • Ross Mannell

      October 6, 2012 at 08:51

      Thanks for the comment.

      Very true words. I remember in a recent film the advice given was there is a price to pay for magic. I’m sure wishes often work the same way.

       
  3. Bob Evenhouse

    October 3, 2012 at 02:52

    Too bad. He’ll be searching for that stone all his life!

     
    • Ross Mannell

      October 6, 2012 at 08:55

      Thanks for the comment.

      I was wondering if I were to continue the story Cindy might smile as she picked up the stone and say, “Now you know how I felt when you handed me this stone twelve years ago.” 🙂

       
      • Bob Evenhouse

        October 7, 2012 at 10:53

        Nice! Too bad flash fiction doesn’t allow that much elaboration. That would have been an excellent ending.

         
  4. newpillowbook

    October 3, 2012 at 22:53

    Oops! People never learn, do we?

     
    • Ross Mannell

      October 6, 2012 at 08:56

      Thanks for the comment.

      Many stories warn us of the dangers of granted wishes. Still, it would be tempting to try. 🙂

       
  5. Let's CUT the Crap!

    October 4, 2012 at 12:53

    Older Mum is after my own heart. Stole my words: Watch what you wish for. Well done. Not what I expected therefore more enjoyable.

     
    • Ross Mannell

      October 6, 2012 at 08:56

      Thanks for the comment.

      Watch what you wish for was certainly on my mind. 🙂

       
  6. Sandra

    October 4, 2012 at 19:29

    Great take on the prompt! 🙂

     
    • Ross Mannell

      October 6, 2012 at 08:59

      Thanks for the comment.

      I was trying for something a little different. Ends up the photo took longer to make than the story write.

       
  7. DancingInTheRain

    October 5, 2012 at 05:48

    Great take. Interesting and well-written too – but I’m not smiling. Such a shame….

     
    • Ross Mannell

      October 6, 2012 at 09:01

      Thanks for the comment.

      No problem re bringing on a smile. We can’t always satisfy readers. Still, the process is worth the effort. 🙂

       
  8. jeanelain

    October 6, 2012 at 07:07

    Terrific! I love a piece that makes me smile! http://jemcogdell.blogspot.com/2012/10/priceless.html

     
    • Ross Mannell

      October 6, 2012 at 09:04

      Thanks for the comment.

      The theme has often been used to warn us wishes coming true may not always turn out as expected. 🙂

       
  9. Delft

    October 7, 2012 at 02:06

    Oooh. Bad luck, eh? I guess this is a beta test version of the wishing stone, it definitely needs some safety features.

     
    • Ross Mannell

      October 8, 2012 at 22:02

      Thanks for the comment.

      The idea of a beta test version going wrong is a good one. It might work well with children. Thanks for the idea. 🙂

       

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