THE NARRATIVE ARC

I Wished on Weeds While He Manipulated Me

Thank God wishes don’t always come true

Kendra Sparkles
The Narrative Arc
Published in
6 min readMay 8, 2024

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Dandelions in a field with seed heads
Photo by Uwe Conrad on Unsplash

“What did you wish for?” Nikki asked as I plucked at the dandelion seeds that clung to my bubblegum-flavored lipgloss. Fluffy clouds danced around us as we cut through the field behind the school on our walk home.

The field was more weeds than grass and I was superstitious — never missing a chance to scatter dandelion seeds for a free wish.

I shrugged off Nikki’s question. Even though we were best friends, there was no way I could tell her what I’d been wishing for my entire senior year of high school. She’d never understand.

“Is it that you and Patrick get married?” I forced a smile and nodded. Yes, let’s go with that.

Nikki didn’t know about Eric. Nor did my high school sweetheart or anyone else. For the entire year, I’d been emotionally cheating on Patrick with Eric Russell and my wish was always that Eric and I would end up together.

As Nikki rambled on about trivial high school drama, I grew dizzy sprinkling wishes across the sky.

Oh, what precious breath I wasted.

“You look beautiful in this picture. You really should be a model,” he said, gripping the plastic keychain on…

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