THREE WISHES • by Cat Rambo

The second thing I asked my fairy godmother for was a cookie, the kind my mother used to make. At first she didn’t understand me. “I told you, I can’t do that sort of thing,” she said. And then, “Oh, a cookie. I see.” She snapped her fingers and handed it to me.

“That’s ginger, not lemon,” I said. I felt nauseated, as though all the air had gone out of the room, as though I was floating, weightless. I accordion-pleated the hem of my skirt and said, my voice as loud as a horn, “Try again!”

“Okay, okay,” she said irritably. A peppermint appeared between her fingers. Not even one in a plastic wrapper, but a sticky, used one, covered with lint and cat hair.

“Yuck,” I said.

“It’s been a long time,” she said. “No one believes in fairy godmothers anymore. What’s your third wish?”

“I want my mother back,” I said.

“Told you — I can’t do that.”

“I know,” I said. “My third wish is for a fairy godmother who can.”

Cat Rambo’s latest collection, Near + Far, is now available from Hydra House.

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  • The ending was a surprise, a fresh new take on an old theme. I enjoyed it. 5 stars.

  • Roli Bhushan-Malhotra


  • Wonderful. Succinct, pointed and witty. What more could you want?

  • Michael Stang

    From this tiny window, the war was won. Great stuff.

  • Roberta SchulbergGoro

    Very proficient wishing and fun to read.

  • Von Rupert

    Loved the ending, Cat–it made me go back and read the beginning again. A tightly written gem. Excellent writing.

  • I found the last line unbelievably sad, especially when contrasted with the humour that precedes it.

  • All of the above, and especially #7. Such a soft twist to the gut, expertly delivered.

  • Mariev Finnegan

    I get this one!!! Cat,

  • Joanne

    Startling and sad. Perfect.

  • JenM

    Simply beautiful, Cat!

  • Love it!

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