The orange glow of the street lamps shone on the narrow road and lit up the quiet row of houses

In one large window stood a table surrounded by a family sharing there past child hood moments. The young couple Erika Coal and Demetri Coal had just moved in to their new house and for a celebration dinner had gone to Erika’s Aunts house. Aunt Lyla had just been telling Erika about their holiday that they were going on. Aunt Lyla wanted to give her niece a present. She brought out a box decorated with blue and silver flowers.

She opened the box and brought out an object the object was a pen with gold and white symbolic Arabic writing around it, it looked like a lost treasure to Erika. Erika asked what it was the Aunt explained what the pen was. The aunt sat down suspiciously and said, “this pen holds a great power” Erika looked at her aunt weirdly and said, ” what do you mean great power, it’s only a pen? ” The aunt answered with a grin on her face “the pen is magical, you can make wishes with the pen. That’s how we got that holiday we’re going on, we wished for it. ” Erika and Demetri bedazzled glared at each other.

Erika asked her aunt inquiring, “How do you make it work? ” “You mean that you can actually wish with it? ” the aunt replied reinsuring Erika “Yes of course it works, do you want to give it a try? ” Erika looked at Demetri and he had an uncertain look on his face he answered the Aunt “I’m not too sure about the pen, something could go wrong”. The aunt not satisfied with the reply decided to tell the couple about the pen. She described from what she knew, the pen to be a few thousand years old. The Aunt Also told the couple about whom the pen originally belonged to.

The owner was a great ruler called Emperor Aftab he had the pen made for his future wife to be Ayshia, her beauty blossomed the Emperor’s heart. He gave her the pen so that when he went away to war she could wish for whatever she wanted to keep her self-happy, but the wishes would only work if she stayed faithful to Aftab. Years past and there was no sign of the Aftab’s return, Ayshia had gotten dreadfully lonely but was told by everyone to move on, she was getting old she needed to get married time was running out. The Empire had even been taken over by one of Aftab’s brother.

Ayshia had decided that if Aftab returned she would return to him. Ayshia got married to a very rich shipper. The only thing she had left of Aftab she kept well. She had forgotten about what the King had said to her on the conditions and she wished for a child for her husband. The wished was granted but as warned it went wrong and she died having the child. The aunt said, “It is said that if you only use one wish it will be granted and nothing will go wrong”. The couple staggered and impressed by the past of the pen took it. Erika promised to only use one wish and went home. The continuous ringing of the phone woke up Demetri.

He rose slowly to pick up the phone, he answered in a trance “hello? ” a woman’s voice on the other side deafeningly said “is Erika there? ” Demetri now completely awaken responded “what is the time? ” the woman answered in a hurry and frustratingly “it’s four am. It’s Lyla, now is Erika there I want to say goodbye before we leave for the airport? ” Demetri answered whispering trying to keep Erika asleep “she is asleep I don’t want to wake her, give me a massage I’ll pass it on to her if you want” Lyla unpleased answered “it’s ok, just tell her that I said bye” The phone cut off.

Demetri ruffled his hair at looked at the phone and put it down and went to bed silently. The morning hours passed and the clock struck one at noon Erika shouted loudly “Demetri come down lunch is ready”. He came down wet just after having a shower and sat down eating the plate of food that was placed for him. Erika looked at Demetri like she wanted to suggest something. Demetri took no notice of the glare that was being reflected at him. Erika than said curiously “I was thinking about the pen” Demetri halted and looked at her, she continued “well, I think that we should use it.

Demetri conspicuously took a moment to answer “what wish with it, well what would you like to wish for? ” Erika’s face lit up gladly “Well I was thinking, I know we’ve just moved I here but well it will take ages to pay the mortgage off, and well if we sold it and moved in to bigger house it would be better” staggered at the request he responded “you’re implying that you should wish for a bigger house, it’s a bit risky” Erika agreed and said “well it worked for my Aunt so we should give it a try, it would be nice”.

They decided on wishing for a bigger house but were a sceptical about the past of the pen. The couple took a moment, and took the a piece of plan white paper and placed it on the dinning table, Demetri took the pen out of the box and handed it to Erika. She then wrote the words “I wish for a bigger house”. Surprisingly to Demetri nothing happened no phone call or someone at the door nothing but silence. As the weather changed rapidly and the English rain moved in, Erika and Demetri had lost all hope of their wish coming true.

The atmosphere had turned into the usual Sunday sit-in. The clock struck three and the channel four horse racing was not proving entertaining for the couple. There was a mysteries knock at the door Erika and Demetri looked at each other. Erika stood up to answer the door as her hand powered towards the door she felt something wrong inside her she knew something was not right. She opened the door and there stood a stranger in his trench coat covered with rain.

He was holding a brief case. The stranger stood still with silence reluctant to enter. Erika asked in despair “can I help you? ” The stranger stood there and answered “are you Miss Coal” Erika answered in fear of what could be wrong “Yes that is me, why do you ask? ” the man replied “I am your Ms Lyla Siaba’s solicitor and I have some news to deliver, I think you should sit down” Erika’s heart dropped and there was a call from Demetri “who at the door love? Erika ignored Demetri because of her eagerness to find out what had happened.

The solicitor then entered and followed Erika to the sitting room Demetri felt the tense atmosphere in room and looked oddly and asked, “What’s the matter what’s going on? ” The solicitor said “there has been some terrible news of your Aunt and Uncle” he embraced himself while the two looked at him in shock and continued “On Saturday at exactly one thirty pm there plane crash I the Caribbean sea. Demetri could sea the tears gathering in Erika’s eyes. The solicitor carried on “I’m very sorry for the loss there were no survivors found”. Erika could not hold her self back with her tears she could not believe what he was saying. The stranger opened his briefcase up and pulled out a case file and opened them, “as you are her next of kin she has left a will and she has left you a big manor house based in Kensington London” the couple stunned looked at each other.

Demetri stood up and looked up at the box he said distressingly “I don’t think so, it’s not possible. ” The couple had realised why they got the house because of their actions because of what they had wished for, the resentment for the pen was immense. The solicitor left some papers and went leaving his condolences. The couple could not understand why and what had happened but swore never to use the pen and never to give it to anyone, as it will only bring harm to them.

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