Three Wishes

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“I’ll give you three wishes.” … “I don’t want them.” … “You wan… wait… what?”

“I don’t want them,” I repeated.

He stood there, still, with the most dumbfounded look. “I– I don’t understand,” he stammered, “everyone takes the wishes! Are you mad?”

I smiled, just a bit, because I’ve read way too many of these stories to fall for the antics of a wish-granter. Nothing in life came free or easy. Making wishes would undoubtedly mess with things in ways I wouldn’t be able to foresee and in the end I would probably be even more miserable. “Nah, I’m not mad. I’m just good, thanks.”

“Do you mean to tell me that there is absolutely nothing, not a single thing, you would wish for? Even knowing with 100% certainty that it would immediately come true and become a part of your reality?” He crossed his arms over his chest, leaning forward slightly and looking me dead in the eyes.

“No. Nothing,” I said again. This wasn’t the least bit fun and the temptation was strong. I felt as though his steady gaze was burning into my head and trying to decipher thoughts deep within my mind.

He glanced me up and down, with a smug sort of attitude probably not much unlike the one I had given him just moments earlier. “As you wish–” I cut him off right there.

“No, no I don’t wish. I just don’t want them. Don’t you have a magic lamp or something you can go back to?”

Just like that, he disappeared.

A business card of sorts remained in his place. It simply said, “I O U.”


M.A.Young is driven by her love of words, passionate pursuit of knowledge, and desire for a more inclusive and accepting world. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, she struggles daily with mental health issues including generalized and social anxiety, C-PTSD, depression, and self-worth.

She is the sole contributer to and founder of AnnotherVoice, a relatively unfocused blog originally created as a sounding board for the myriad of thoughts running through her mind. Her writing runs the gamut from fiction and poetry to current events and politics. She strongly encourages everyone to pay attention to the world around them and to vote!

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