Laini and Megg have suggested "Three Wishes" as this week's Sunday Scribblings prompt. The following story leaped into my head so fully formed, when I read their theme, that it has me a little taken aback... But this story angle wants to be told - so without further ado, I present to you:
THREE WISHES (EACH)
"I wish I had someone to talk to, " the young woman said, as she leaned her head into her hand. Propped on one elbow, she reclined on the new spring grass.
Just then a shadow loomed over her, blocking out the warm sun she'd been basking in - startled, she looked up. It was - a, well, a man. A rather attractive one.
"That's what I was going to ask you," the man said, looking down at her perplexedly.
She sat up and brushed some grass from her elbow.
"I was just wishing I had someone to talk to and here you show up
on my lawn!"
"Odd. So was I." She swept her hand around indicating the meadow and the forest beyond. "So this is all yours?"
He looked around and nodded. "Yes, but I'm happy to share it. Would you like to look around with me? I like to walk at this time of day."
When she nodded, he offered his hand to her and helped her up.
They followed the stream, picking their way through the ferns at the edge of the woods. Eventually they came to the lake where the stream ended its journey. Warm and thirsty, they waded in; splashing the cool water on their faces, and then on one another till they laughed so hard they fell down in the water.
The man's stomach growled loudly. "Now I wish I had something to eat!"
She jumped and shrieked, as something brushed past her in the water. "What is that?"
"I'm calling it dinner!" he exclaimed as he snatched the small trout out of the water swirling around his ankles.
"Ooo! You're going to eat that?" She shivered with disgust, as she turned and waded back onto the shore.
"Hey! Where're you going?" he called out to her, as she headed back towards the woods.
"To find something else!" she yelled back.
"What?" he said, still juggling the wriggling fish in his hands.
"I wish I knew!" she said, as she entered the woods.
The man was still at the edge of the woods, when she emerged from the trees a little while later. It had taken him a bit of a struggle to deal with dinner.
"Now what are you doing?" he asked as she stood surveying the foliage beneath the trees. What was that she had cupped in one hand, he wondered.
"I'm wishing I had something to wear," she said.
"I wish I knew what you're talking about," he sighed.
She handed him the fruit she'd been holding in one hand. "Here. Have a bite."
"What is it?" He turned it round in his hands, noting the small bite taken out of it's rosy flesh.
"Just try it - you'll know what it is once you taste it..."
She flashed him a smile as he raised the apple up to his mouth...then she went back to inventing clothing.
Of course later, they wished they had somewhere to live - and many other things, too; but then, they'd already used up their three wishes...
I hope I haven't offended anyone by toying a bit with the Creation Story but the prompt had me wondering about how long humankind has been making wishes - and then I thought, "Probably since the very beginning!" Then their 3 wishes each from the story, popped into my head...and of course, they weren't careful and got what they wished for (which I think has always been a scary proposition!).