Sunday Photo Fiction: Be Careful What You Wish For … You Might Just Get It

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64 06 June 15th 2014

The man stood, leaning against the wall with people walking past him, taking no notice, not saying anything, not looking at him. He may as well have not existed.

He longed to throw some money into the wishing well, to make a wish, to try to change this life … if you could call it a life: wake up; beg for food; sleep.  He remembered how he came to be in this predicament. He found a wishing well and made a wish. He did not realise that wishes needed to be word perfect, as one wrong word changes the whole outcome of the wish. He asked for money not to mean anything. He meant for it be a way to end poverty and world hunger. Unfortunately, it meant that any money he had would be worthless after twenty seconds of handling it.

Seeing a coin on the floor and knew he could change everything now, but he had to within twenty seconds. He now knew what he wanted to wish for and ran, grabbed the coin and dropped it in the well. “I wish there was no world hunger.” He smiled, and then went cold. Everybody vanished. He was alone.

28 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: Be Careful What You Wish For … You Might Just Get It

  1. Love the ending, I can imagine everybody disappearing being the perfect scenario for a time but then everything would get lonely and he would probably go a bit mental, like that film The Quiet Earth, that was good.

    • It is unfortunately. When I was running a Dungeons and Dragons game a long time ago, if one of the players had a wish, I would ask them to write it down, and then it was not changeable. I would then go over it a bit at a time seeing how I could make it exactly what the words asked for. One time they had about 5000 refugees, and they asked for “Enough food to feed the refugees that is easily transportable”. SO all this food appeared around them – enough for one meal as they didn’t specify how long they wanted to be fed for, and the refugees all suddenly appeared in shopping carts. “Enough food for the refugees that is easily transportable” 🙂

    • Thanks Terry 🙂 I don’t have time at the moment to write a continuation, as it means reading back over the last couple of episodes, so I thought I would do a stand alone again.

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