PROSE: 'One Wish' by Mariasun Landa (Basque)

One Wish
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Although most people don’t know this, the adorables can be very absentminded. More so when they are overwhelmed by a moment of melancholy. It may last just a second, but seconds in the world of the adorables are hours in the lives of humans, whole weeks in the lives of doves, months to red fish and a whole bunch of years to ants.

This story begins when an adorable had one of those moments of melancholy. It was flying over the roof of a house when it felt overwhelmed by this moment of melancholy and fell on a roof terrace, like a leaf that falls from a tree. And there it stayed, tangled up in the clothes that were drying out on the line, looking like a spring roll made of cloth.

Aeiou, a little girl who was spreading out some more clothes in the sun just then, was astounded to see that and immediately went to help the adorable get up.

“Who are you?” she asked the strange being that looked more like a ghost than an adorable.
“I’m an adorable. I felt a bit melancholy suddenly and fell down because of that, but I am all right now.
Us adorables are always all right.”
“Oh, because you’re weightless!”
“We’re weightless because nothing has ever happened to us; we are timeless and all-mighty.”
Aeiou stared in wonder at the creature shaping into an incredibly beautiful and sparkly being before her eyes.
“You know, you are very lucky to have met me; to have the chance to help an adorable. Make a wish and I will grant it on the spot, that’s my reward.”
“One wish?”
“Well, yes… I only fell once so…” replied the adorable, wondering if the little girl was maybe a bit greedy and grabby.
“OK!”

And Aeiou closed her eyes, pressed her lips and started to think hard, as if she’d been confronted with a complex mathematical problem. Besides being a smart little girl, Aeiou was also a voracious reader and she remembered what she had learnt from many a tale: that it was dangerous to immediately ask for a wish and have it granted there and then. When this happened, the men and women in the tales were never satisfied, they felt wretched and unfortunate forevermore.

She took a little while: for Aeiou it was a few minutes, for the doves a couple of hours, for the red fish a week, for the ants, years.

“Right now, this is what I wish for, most of all: I wish you would fall again tomorrow, and ask me the same question."
It was the most unexpected wish an adorable had ever heard.

And what’s more, every single day for the many years that followed the adorable received the very same reply from Aeiou.

And the reason for this wasn’t that she didn’t have any wishes or wants, precisely. The opposite was true. Years came and went and Aeiou experienced as many happy and joyful times as she experienced hard and difficult ones while she grew into a mature woman. She had plenty of work, health, money and love problems. In one word, she had innumerable chances to make a wish and have it granted, until her hair was completely white. And in that entire, long long time, the momentarily melancholy adorable had to hear her make the same wish every day:

“I wish you would fall again tomorrow, and ask me the same question.”

Many years passed for Aeiou, centuries for the doves, millennia for the red fish, light-years for the ants.
Until the day arrived when the adorable asked her the usual question and she knew it was her last chance.

“I’ve no particular needs or wants. Your visits have helped me live, my wish was really to desire. I wished to wish.”
As they say, Aieou died with a smile.

And that smile was the most enigmatic smile any adorable had seen in its eternal life.







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