An Unfortunate Wish – Friday Fictioneers

Photo by: G.L. MacMillan

An Unfortunate Wish

Sergeant Greenbaum pointed. “Maybe she saw something.”

Lieutenant Cutler turned away from the chaos in the city park’s parking lot. “Might as well.”

Harrington, Ohio’s only voodoo priestess stood in front of her shelves of potions for sale. She pulled the cigar from her mouth and pointed accusingly at the policemen. “Don’t you boys go blaming THAT on me!”

“It’s okay, ma’am,” began Cutler.

“SHE made the wish!”

“Okay. I…”

“She wanted to be tall!”

“Yes, and…”

“She wanted long legs!”

“Ma’am, please…”

“And a long, elegant neck!”

“Ma’am,” groaned Cutler. “We just want to know how a Giraffe got into the park!”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers. Each week, we’re writing flash fiction based upon a photo prompt. This is my story. What’s yours? Share it with us. Look here to see what other folks wrote:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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50 Responses to An Unfortunate Wish – Friday Fictioneers

  1. i b arora says:

    that’s quite interesting, she got what she wished for, elegant neck and long legs.

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  2. Hahaha! And I just bet she knows how a giraffe got in the park. Hilarious!

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  3. Melanie says:

    They weren’t listening very well, were they. Ha!

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  4. I’m chuckling over your bumbling cops.

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  5. That Harrington’s a great character. You could use her more with profit. And the two bumbling cops. Fun piece.

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  6. storydivamg says:

    You have a way with the humorous surprise ending. You must be practicing for all those bedtime stories you’ll be telling when the new bundle of joy gets a little older.

    Nice work.

    All my best,

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    • EagleAye says:

      I believe you are a mind reader. πŸ˜‰ You are indeed correct. I am planning a whole slew of bedtime stories for young Hannah. My wife already expects me to be the chief storyteller in the house, and I agree with her. Stories to spark a growing imagination will be one of my most important jobs. Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed this one. πŸ™‚

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  7. Francesca Smith says:

    Definitely be careful what you wish for. I think she should have been more specific.
    Very amusing story!

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  8. Shannon says:

    Dude! One of my favorite brain games is trying to make the perfect wish- you should try it if you haven’t, it’s a blast. The Monkey’s Paw scared me so bad as a kid that I became determined when my time came, my wish wouldn’t bite me in the arse. 38 years later, still waiting on my djinn 😏

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    • EagleAye says:

      I know this game! It truly is a tough one. I’ve been doing the same and it really is difficult to make a foolproof wish. My leprechaun hasn’t showed up either. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much, Shannon! πŸ™‚


  9. SarCou says:

    Love this story πŸ˜€ if wishes were horses, or giraffes as the case may be!

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  10. Lyn says:

    Say something? There’s nothing left to say. Everyone else has expressed my feelings. I can only nod in agreement and wish I’d been quicker He’s done it again πŸ˜€

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  11. Smiling. Magic is so literal!

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  12. ceayr says:

    Entertaining as ever, EA.

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  13. Dale says:

    Ha ha! The importance of being very clear on what we want!!! That ole “be careful of what you wish for…”

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  14. Too funny, she’s telling them what they want to know, and yet they don’t hear it. Love it! The poor purchaser of the potion obviously didn’t listen either.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. Seems to be a rash of people not listening. The worst being the woman who drank the potion. The policemen? Well, they’re paid not to believe in things like voodoo potions, and they do their job very well. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much! πŸ™‚


  15. micklively says:

    You’re having a giraffe, as the cockneys say. πŸ˜‰

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  16. Dear Eric,

    Long legs, long neck…what else would she be turned into? Clever and entertaining.



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  17. MythRider says:

    Gotta watch out for that magic. It has a mind of it’s own.

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  18. Awesome! Love your take on the challenge!!

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  19. Susan Langer says:

    Cute story. Had me LOL. I enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

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  20. gahlearner says:

    Hehehe, too funny. I wonder how she enjoys her new look?

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  21. Margaret says:

    I wonder if there’s a satisfaction guarantee – doubt it. Very clever. I love the characters.

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  22. Indira says:

    Very amusing.

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