TITLE: Star Wishes
GENRE: Middle Grade (Light Fantasy)
Holly Star's mother is dying. Holly has found a golden box, followed the instructions contained inside, and has been granted three wishes (by a wish grantor named Grace). Holly's greatest hope is for her mother to get well. However, the Official Rules for Wishes do not allow wishing for someone's illness to end. After considerable thought, Holly has come up with an idea — she wishes for her mother's illness to be transferred to her. Grace has arrived and told Holly her wish is unacceptable according to the Rules. Holly has argued that her wish is acceptable, but Grace says her arguments are not strong enough and asks if she wants to try one last time. Holly is giving her final argument at this point in hopes that Grace will grant her wish....
Holly collected her thoughts and looked into Grace’s eyes before speaking. “A family has to have a mother,” she began, “because a mother is what makes it a family. She makes bad things bearable. A mother is someone who always has a smile for you, even when she’s sad, and she’s the one who tells you everything is going to be all right, even when she isn’t certain that it will be.”
Holly could feel her throat closing up, and her voice became weaker as she continued. “Your mother bandages your knees and takes care of you when you’re sick, even when she’s sicker than you are.” Tears trickled down Holly’s cheeks as she finished. “She would give her own life to save yours because she loves you more than anyone else in the world. She loves you no matter what you do—and she never stops loving you, because a mother’s love is forever!” When she finished, Holly dropped her head into her hands and sobbed. "Please grant my wish, Grace."
Grace wiped a tear from the corner of her own eye as she looked down at the young girl sitting in front of her. She folded The Official Rules for Wishes paper back up and placed it on top of the golden box Holly was holding. Holly’s hands trembled as she wiped the tears from her cheeks and placed the paper back inside the golden box.
“I hope you realize what you’re wishing for, Holly” Grace said.