Stephanie Colpron is our host for the MLMM Tale Weaver challenge.
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This week, Stephanie says:
Today I’d like to invite you to write a tale about a wish gone wrong, or not like you expected (but in a challenging sort of way). Did you get what you wanted but lost what you had? Did you get what you wanted but not what you needed?
If you decided to write from a fictional set up, how wrong could the wish go? Could it be a way for your character to realize what they do need? How does it impact their lives? The lives of others?
I remember Edgar Allan Poe’s The Monkey’s Paw, where a couple were given three wishes.
In short, they wanted extra money, which they got when their son was killed in a tragic accident in the factory where he worked.
The second wish that followed was to have their son back.
The clanking of chains and wails as someone knocked at their door left the third wish….. for it to go away.
I do indeed recall the saying Be Careful What You Wish For, and I have always thought of The Monkey’s Paw and that for everything we want, there is a price, somewhere.
As an aside, Poe died on October 7th 1849. Now isn’t that a co-incidence?
So for today, I am tweaking something I wrote for another challenge in 2017 about a wish gone wrong which I still think is funny. Enjoy.
Aunt Judy was a funny old stick, and many said, out of her earshot of course, that she was in fact a reincarnated witch.
Simon was the favoured nephew and as such got first pick of going through her belongings in her old ramshackle house.
He remembered happy days of knights and dragons with Aunt Judy playing the damsel in distress that he had to save from the dark dungeon of her cellar.
The suit of arms had always intrigued him as it seemed an odd thing to keep but today he found an old parchment attached to the underside of the shield.
Simon decided to test for magic and followed the instructions to the letter.
In a puff of dust, an elderly and very tired fairy fluttered her tatty wings at him as she adjusted her spectacles.
‘OK. You woke me up. As specified on the form, I can grant you one wish.’
Closing his eyes, Simon thought about his heart’s desire and spoke his wish aloud.
Sadly the Wish Fairy was also a little deaf and disappeared the moment she had completed her task.
The clicking at his feet was annoying, and a furious Simon shouted to empty space