Do we always know what to wish for?

He always told me I was one of the blessed few who had the power of wishful thinking. A few blissful years after our marriage, I found out how strong.

There was a fire in our house. A simple oversight that built into an all-consuming rage of nature. My husband and I were trapped on two different floors. I was rescued first, the fire hadn’t spread to the lower floors yet. My husband was rescued from a charred floor above, just breathing, black and unrecognizable.

I had screamed. People were worrying about me for inhaling smoke when my husband was writhing in pain. I had fought away every doctor, every nurse attending to me to see him. I need to go to him. I need to be with himThere was nothing but darkness without him. 

The burns looked bad, but there was hope? His face was charred but his stomach wasn’t harmed. He might make it, they said.

He has to! He WILL!! 

I kept screaming. And then I had prayed.

I wished that he wouldn’t die.

And miraculously my wish came true. My power held true. He had been right. 

He will live, they said.

I had laid back in my bed next to his and smiled at my unconscious husband as I groped for his hand and held fast.

Wishes do come true. 

I closed my eyes to sleep. I was at peace.

He did live.

Only, we didn’t. Me, and our unborn child. 

Alone in a wheelchair, he curses me even today.

If you could wish again, would you still wish for the same?

About Guria

An Artist in Science: A Misfit 'cause I choose to be one. "Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform" And a Maverick, because, I'm... umm... brilliant?
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17 Responses to Wish

  1. Bikramjit says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh hmmmm i did not expect this end to it. But yeah i would still wish for the well being of my loved ones.. after all what would be live without them.. Yeah i would have the sme wishes dont know about future but as for today i would have the same…


  2. soin says:

    the only good ending for such a situation is for all three to die. if not its going to be equally bad for the left.free


  3. Neha says:

    I wish you had written this for BAT! you would have won 🙂


  4. Shilpa Garg says:

    OMG!! That struck like a bolt of lightening!!
    Agree with Neha! 🙂


  5. Jaspreet says:

    This was really hard hitting!..one should be very specific and careful while wishing!!


  6. Deeps!! says:

    o my god! that was beautiful! in every tragic sense of it!!! i agree with Neha.. BAT would be all urs …!


  7. Maddie says:

    Wow! good one.


  8. Harini says:

    I knew that you would deliver a punch that i cant forget in the end and i got it. You should have written this before… for BAT i mean.


  9. concise, crisp, simple, and intriguing … but definitely touching and impacting

    I second Neha, you could have written it for BAT12.

    I prefer writing from the other perspective.


  10. Aditya says:

    Awesome. That was hard hitting and to the point.

    But I guess, she would have suffered more if he had died. Either way, she will suffer, because there was a tragic, irreversible accident which charred her (their) lives.


  11. That was a shocking twist!!! I had wondered why everybody was worried more about her breathing in smoke…


  12. beautiful story girl!! What a twist in the tale!
    Wish you had written this for BAT.. I am pretty sure you would have won!


  13. Dhiman says:

    I agree with all above you should have entered this in BAT … fatafati hoyeche…


  14. Surbhi Jain says:

    Ahh.. painful end!
    Seeing her love, I am sure she'll still wish the same if she could go back into time!


  15. Awesome.. Loved the way u narrated it ..

    A very different take on wish.. After honour killingsare we moving on to mercy killings.. ???


  16. Insignia says:

    Very beautiful. Surviving alone is more painful.


  17. BK Chowla, says:

    One would enjoy reading such clear and focused post.You write so well


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