TITLE: WISH YOU WEREN'T
GENRE: MG FANTASY
It’s midnight and I’m laying flat on my back on a patch of grass in front of our hotel room, hoping that no one looks outside and wonders what these weirdos from California are doing.
Tonight is the peak of the Perseids meteor shower so my mom dragged me and my brother out of bed to see a shooting star. When I was younger I thought it was cool to get up at midnight and watch the stars. Tonight I’d rather be in bed. It’s past midnight here in Texas and I swear it’s still over a hundred. And don’t get me started with the mosquitoes.
“Did you see that one, Marten?”
Mom points up at the sky but all I see are a few regular stars winking back at me. That’s the thing with a shooting star. By the time someone asks if you saw it, it’s already gone.
I shake my head, even though I know she's not looking at me.
“I did! I saw it!” screams Al.
Mom chuckles. “Okay, let’s not wake anybody up. I’m glad you saw it, little man. Close your eyes and make a wish.”
“I wish we were going to Disneyland!”
Mom laughs. “Then you’re going to have to wish on another star, Aldrin. And next time, don’t tell anyone what you wished for.”
“Like that makes a difference,” I grumble. “Wishes don’t come true, Al.”
“Marten! Why would you say that?” I feel Mom’s eyes on me even though I can’t see her face.