“When you wish on a shooting star, it will come true,” he used to tell me, tucking me into bed. 

I never believed this. My books and teachers said they were nothing more than meteors passing in the sky. 

“But how can rocks make wishes come true?” I would inquire. 

“They are what connects all living creatures to the cosmos. A constant reminder that anything is possible, in the vast universe above.” His answer was always the same. “Now, sleep, and dream many dreams, and wish many wishes under the shooting stars tonight.” 

Yet tonight, I find myself looking up at the starry sky, searching endlessly for a sign, any sign. My eyes follow after a light streaking across the sky, millions of miles from me. And for once in my life, I find myself wishing upon a star. This is the sign I was looking for. No. The sign I need right now. As I stand under the stars, his words flood back to me, and I finally realize what he believed so long ago. 

They are the dreams and hopes of humanity. The bridge between reality and imagination. An orchestra of all the wishes that have ever been wished. And a hope for all the dreams that will ever be dreamt. 

“Star light, star bright, please hear my wish tonight. I wish he were here, standing beside me.”

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    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    1 year ago

    A powerful story of logic and hopes/wishes clashing. Adore the depth of explanations. This sentence really resonated with me, “An orchestra of all the wishes that have ever been wished.” Well done!
    Welcome to Voice.Club Alexis!

    Sandra James
    Sandra James(@sandra-james)
    1 year ago

    A beautiful story, Alexis. Comfort and realisation amid sadness for the protagonist and something I’m sure many of us identify with. Well done!

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    1 year ago

    What a brilliant first story, Alexis. I love to imagine those bright shooting stars above, which I love doing at night. Well done. 

    Welcome to voice club.

    Bella Minyo
    Bella Minyo(@bella-minyo)
    1 year ago

    I found your story to be very compelling since it shows two sides to the everyday magic that people once believed unexplainable but now can be explained. I also liked the contradiction to the magic that people still believe in and see in the small things in our world. Overall a delightful short story to read, Alexis!

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