The Inkwell Prompt #81 - Wish Upon a Bottle
I was sitting in the wooden chair busy illustrating something on a small piece of paper. I admit It was hard to see what I am drawing this night but the orange light that is coming from the candle lamp beside me helped me to see in the dark.
"Jared, what are you still doing? You should sleep by now since you have a class to attend tomorrow, right?" — I heard my mother say as she slowly moved toward where I am right now.
With that, I immediately put the broken pencil and crayons inside my worn-out bag, hide the paper with my illustration on It on my back and cover it with my shirt before she arrives. After making sure that everything is fine, I stand up from where I am sitting and prepare myself so she won't notice anything suspicious.
"What are you still doing at this hour?" — my mother softly asks me for the second time.
I looked up at her ready to give my reasonable explanation but the first thing that I see is the dark circles around her eyes indicating that she lacks sleep and was mostly tired of washing clothes. I think she noticed my sudden silence so she immediately smiled assuring me that she is okay.
"I am totally fine Jared, don't worry about your mom. I am strong as a cow." — she said jokingly while flexing her not so toned muscles trying to lift my mood.
She then carries me to put me on our bed and told me to sleep once again.
"I will just finish washing the clothes for today, okay? And after that, I will sleep beside you." — she exclaimed.
I closed my eyes and pretend to sleep. When I heard my mother's footsteps walking away. I opened my eyes, I slowly sit on our bed and get the piece of paper out on my back. The paper is slightly crumpled already but that's fine the drawing inside of it is the most important. I looked at the thing that I draw and smiled, it was a brand new uniform. A blue pants and a white polo. I closed my eyes trying to picture myself wearing that before rolling it out and putting it inside my wish bottle hoping for a miracle even if it is impossible to happen.
Truth be told, I am jealous of my classmates at school because they have a new set of uniforms every year. Unlike me who only have old pairs that I continuously wear every day which results in my classmates teasing me. We are not rich just like everybody else but seeing the sacrifices of my mother just to send me to school and provide for my needs are the reasons why I became contented and appreciate what my mother can offer.
After hiding the bottle under my bed, that is the time I decided to sleep.
One week had passed already. I am now walking back home from school wearing my school uniform and slippers. I strode and take my time walking until I saw our little house and my mom cooking.
"Hi, mom! I'm now back!" — I excitedly run to her to hug and kiss her on the cheeks.
"Oh, my baby boy missed her mom so much! Change your uniform into comfortable clothes in your room so we can now eat." — my mother said happily.
I walked to our room to change my clothes. I put down my bag on the floor and remove my uniform. After that, I opened our wooden closet to get a pair of clothes but the first thing that I notice is a brand new set of uniforms. A pair of navy blue ironed pants and a white polo hung inside my closet. I don't know what to say. Did my wish just come true? Realizing that I immediately searched for my wish bottle under our bed but to my surprise, the roll of paper that I put inside the bottle disappeared!
"Surprise baby! Do you love your new uniform? I bought it for you!" — my mother said while entering our room.
"You bought it for me, mom? But why?" — I asked as if I'm about to cry.
She leveled herself to me and wiped my tears from my eyes while slowly getting the roll of paper that contains my illustration in her pocket.
"I saw your drawing, Jared. And I saw you rolling it and putting it inside the bottle that night. I'm sorry that I am not able to give you whatever you want but always remember that your mom will do everything just to make you happy and alright." — she said while wiping the drops of tears in her eyes.
Mother's love is unmatchable. Mom's job is the hardest job in the work. They work 24/7 just to take care of their children. Salute all moms out there!
That is true, indeed. Being a mom is not an easy job and I know that we can say that by looking at our own moms. Their sacrifices, love, and care to their children/s is unmatchable, it can't be traded by any expensive materials.
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It's my first time reading a short fiction story from you @khairro. And I'm truly impressed on how you used the prompt roll in the story.
You have written such a beautiful piece, enticing, and I'm hooked at the very end. Though I expected the ending.
Overall, I would definitely love to read more of your stories. I loved this.
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This is not actually the first time I write a fictional story. I do published one or two? I'm not sure now lol. in my read.cash channel a long time ago. One of my story there is entitled "The Day She Said Goodnight".
I am honored that you enjoyed reading this story, I will try my very best to my upcoming articles or stories soon with all of your suggestions.
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Thank you for joining us in The Ink Well. Your story is sweet, delightful and charming. We hope to se many more tales from you.
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This isn't just a story, this is reality. Oftentimes, we feel left out for the things that we don't have that others have. And sometimes, we pity ourselves.
A mother's love cannot be measured by anything. They will do all they can just to provide for their family. And I am proud to say that I have a mom like what is in this story --- a hardworking and loving mother.
Ack where did the dad go ;;-;; poor mom though, I feel like she's sacrificing her life way too much but at least she knows that her love is reciprocated by her son. Hopefully the son in this story strives to be better.
Great story about the love of a mother. You do have some grammatical errors, you should check the pinned posts in the community to avoid that later on. It increases the enjoyment of the story.
Thanks for sharing 🤗
How wonderful that she was able to provide such a special surprise 🙌 I know he will use it well!
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