At another time, a boy's mind wonders. Walking aimlessly in the night, he tries to remember a place that seems so familiar: the sound of waves crashing and then withdrawing from the sea, the warm sands beneath his feet, and the gentle summer breeze. It's the beach, of course, but that wasn't the source of his nostalgia. He slowly surveyed his surroundings before he looked up to the night sky. There were more stars away from the city lights.
A light streak suddenly appeared and just as quickly as it came it disappeared back into the night. He stood there in awe until he heard a voice and turned around.
"It's a shooting star, silly, don’t get too excited" the girl titled her head and smiled; her golden locks swayed. She was sitting on the sand right behind the boy. The girl, or rather the young woman, was no more than 10 years older than the boy. She wore cotton baby blue dress with a blue ribbon tied across stomach and she wore no sandals. Her hair was long and curly and there was a braid on the top of head with little white flowers laced through it and there was a golden star that held the braid together. She looked radiant.
The boy walked towards her and sat down next to her. He knew who she was, but didn’t know for sure. She looked so different.
"What did you wish for?" she said.
"I said, 'What did you wish for?'" she looked at him, still smiling. "Come on, shooting stars come and go. You had to wish for something. Whatever you wished for was something special to you right?"
"Oh, um..." He couldn't remember what the wish was.
She stood up and started to twirl; her dress rising only slightly. "Like… A life time's supply of candy," She stopped and handed him a piece of candy. Chocolate salt water taffy. The boy placed the square piece of candy in his hand, looking at it. "That shows that you like something sweet in your life," she grinned.
She twirled again. "Or maybe a lot of money," she stopped again and handed him a gold cold. It was large. "That shows that you wanted to help your family live a more happy life."
He stared up at her and she stared back with a small smile. She was right; he once wished for money so his family wouldn’t worry about the medical bills…
"But you know what," the cheerfulness in her voice dropped, "Wishing upon a shooting star is a childish thing to do because no matter how much you want it to come true, it won't in the end." Her eyes started to glistened.
"BUT~," the happiness came back in her voice, "That's such a negative way to think about it! Magic still exists in other means. We can still try to make our own wishes come true. There are things that cannot be helped in life, but at least you didn't give up. At least you made an effort. Even if the only thing you could do is hope, then that’s fine with me."
She leaned forward to the boy and kissed him on the forehead, "Thanks for thinking about me at that time. I’m sorry I can’t be with you now."
And the boy, who was no longer a boy, woke up and remembered his sister and his wish for her.
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The original story was supposed to be longer, but I realized it's a bit lengthy so I'm just going to leave it like this. Plus people won't actually read this. lol
I'm not the greatest writer, but I tried. // The story is loosely based on a real story about a wish for a woman who had cancer.
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