Friday, August 10, 2007

A wish

Finally a story, written by me and not by someone else :)

A Wish

Very carefully, trying not to wake up the grandmother napping beside her bed Ann stood up, and came to the window. It was very late in night… she and grandma were reading an amazing magical story about not less amazing Cinderella.. and then they both fell asleep. Ann smiled when she remembered the discussion they had about who is the most wonderful hero of the story. The grandmother insisted it was Cinderella itself but Ann argued, how could it be possible - of course Cinderella was beautiful in her wonderful dress and new shoes but can it be compared to the magical fairy, the one who can make your wishes come true, the one who can light up your life by fulfilling the deepest and innermost desires of your heart.
Ann smiled. Her smile, the smile of innocent child, pure and beautiful, was like the smile of an angel, enlightening everything around, making believe that miracles happen.
Miracle… that was what Ann longed for, what she needed most of all. She looked out of the window. It was late October night, starlit night, dark sky was so close to Ann that the thought about taking one star from it and making a wish struck her mind .. Was it possible? Ann looked attentively if there was any star falling; she used to wish on stars though her wishes never came true. But today was a special night, the night to her seventh birthday, so may be she will be a bit luckier and her wish will be granted this time, but no, nothing like that. Stars stayed on their places smiling archly at her as if saying “No, dear Ann, we cant help you on this, that’s not our task, you have to wait patiently”.
How long does she have to wait? Since the death of her mother all she did was waiting. First, waiting for the mom to be back until she realized that mom didn’t leave her though she also didn’t stay with her the way she wanted her to be. Since that day when her mom had to go to the best world everything changed, her father had work in the other city and Ann had to stay with the grandmother. She loved cozy sweet evenings with her, it felt great to know that you are loved and taken care of, but even then somehow Ann missed something. You can say it was the presence of the mother but not, at least not in the way you thought about it. Her mother was always with her, showing her love and comfort for this little angel. In a way that not everybody can understand, but Ann always knew her mother didn’t leave her, she just took another place from where she can have a better chance to look after her daughter and to lead her a way that she was supposed to go.
No, it was her father that the girl was missing. Staying at the closed window on this beautiful October night the girl seemed so lonely and unprotected, that it was no wonder that someone out there decided to help her a little bit. It started snowing. Have you ever seen the first snow? That’s the most amazing thing nature has gifted us. Lonely beautiful snowflakes, so cold and so warm at the same time. Whirling or falling slow down, they just ask you to take them into your hand or even try on your tongue. Ann hesitated. Should she open the window and try to catch one of them. It was still cold outside and she was afraid the cold wind might wake up the grandmother. But the desire was so big that she couldn’t stop herself.
She opened the window, and caught the snowflake. Little angel was curious to talk to the snowflake. “Where are you from?” – she asked. “I am from a very very far place where everything is possible”, - replied Snowflake. Ann even didn’t wonder that the snowflake was talking to her.
“How are you doing?”
“I am good, but what about you, you seem to have some troubles, sweet child”
“No, really I am not, it is just…”
“I have a birthday tomorrow”
“I know”
“I am a magical snowflake, you should have guesses”
“Magicaaaaaaaal??” – wondered the girl. – “And you can make the wishes true?”
“Yes, I can, is there anything I can do for you?”
The girl smiled and started already to tell about her innermost wish. “Can you..”
But the Snowflake said: “No, that’s the only thing we can do, but you know that she is always with you, don’t you?”
“Yes, I do, but it is not the same..”. The girl smiled sadly.
“I know, sweet, I know. But there where she is now she can take better care of you, she can see every step of you, every second of your life, and she is always there to protect and to comfort you. Choose another wish, Ann”
Ann was so sad that she even didn’t notice that the Snowflake knew her by name.
“Then.. then.. I want my dad be back, it is my birthday and I miss him so much and he cant come, it is all about the weather, his plane cant take off and he wont manage it to my birthday. But you are magical, aren’t you? You can do this, can you?” – with the voice full of hope begged the little angel.
“I will see what I can do, sweet”, answered the Snowflake. “All you have to do is just to close your eyes very tight and wish from all your heart”
“Wish with all your heart….” repeated the small kid.
“Will you remember this?”
“Yes, I will”
“And now let me go, I have to go my way”
“And what is your way?”
“I will melt when I come to the ground and then will come back the next year, and who knows, may be we will get to talk next year to each other. And now you know what you should do”
Ann let the Snowflake fall down and melt…
Bumms... the book flied down and hit the ground. The grandmother opened her eyes, looked at the bed and noticed the girl wasn’t in. She wondered but didn’t have time to think about it as the door bell rang. She went to open the door.

Early morning…Ann felt that someonepick her up. Still sleeping she asked, “Dad, is that you?” And she even didn’t have to open her eyes to make sure. She knew that the Snowflake didn’t lie to her. It made her wish come true.

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