Flash Fiction Friday – Make A Wish

January 24, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the wish I made.” Whose wish is it and how does it fit into the story? What kind of wish? Go where the prompt leads!


Make A Wish – by Hugh W. Roberts

“Clean up this mess, and put out the rubbish! I haven’t got all day.”

Looking at the single candle on the 80th birthday cake she’d made herself, Miriam made her wish before blowing out the candle. She watched her demanding daughter cut a slice of the cake and devour it. She wondered if arsenic had a taste.

When turning to look at herself in the antique mirror, Miriam’s wish revealed itself – a beautiful, slim, young woman ready to live life again. But this time without the burdensome daughter that craved her inheritance and cake more than her mother.

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Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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46 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Make A Wish

  1. Great story, Hugh. Friends of mine have asked whether I’d go through the whole having kids thing all over again, and in my heart of hearts I don’t know. Yet, while they may not make life easier, they do make it more meaningful and I have grown a lot through them while also feeling like I’ve lost myself entirely. This all reminds me of that great Barbra Streisand song: “The Way We Were”.

      1. They are indeed, Hugh. I’ve spent much of the last two years researching soldiers letters from WWI and I strayed across some writings post WWI where people were looking to children as a new future. Hope. Terrible to see events in the Ukraine showing these lessons still haven’t been learnt at least by some.

  2. If that daughter couldn’t even be bothered to make a cake for her mother’s eightieth, well she got her well deserved slice. The best twist in this maybe is that it was a nasty daughter not the more usually portrayed nasty mother. (I was going to say evil, but I suppose killing the nasty daughter wasn’t exactly nice either.)

    1. I had plans to entitle this tale ‘The Other Cinderella.’ One who is not only older than the usual Cinderellas portrayed but also isn’t frightened to murder those she doesn’t want in her life.

    1. Well, she only had her youth when looking in that antique mirror, Ellen. However, it could well have been a mirror with special powers by taking her back in time. Or did she have special powers to travel back in time?

  3. Miriam has reclaimed her power. But what powers? Magical or murderous mayhem? Maybe a bit of both. I love reading your twists, Hugh. Thank you for your submission to the Collection at Carrot Ranch. It will publish Wednesday, February 2.

    1. Yes, I’m glad there is a new format and that the prompt is now posted on a Monday, Terri. It now gives me plenty of time to write the flash, sleep on it, edit and publish on the following Friday. Much better for me.

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