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By: Ryan Jerard Francisco
I was a teenager when the tamagochi craze hit the country. My bought me one although I was a bit old for the toy already. So I just thought of giving the tamagochi to my youngest sister instead. There’s a ten-year-gap between my brother and our youngest sister so we often make fun of her make her cry. We have a neighbor who owns a hardware store and they have a son who was the same age as my sister. Sometimes, they would drop their son to our house so he and my sister could play. The kid’s name is Archie. My sister even let Archie keep the tamagochi as a token of their friendship. They got along really well. One time, we were invited to come to Archie’s birthday party at a certain fast food chain. My dad and I covered the event with out video camera and everything turned out to be fun and enjoyable. Archie was so happy to see all his friends. Unfortunately, Archie soon got sick just a week after his birthday party and we were surprised by his sudden death. After his funeral, we decided to watch his birthday party that my dad and I had shot on video. While watching quietly, we were all terrified with that portion of the party when the mascot-emcee asked Archie his birthday wish. Archie took a few seconds before he could utter his wish. Then he said, “Lupa (earth)” We were all speechless upon hearing Archie’s wish. The emcee asked him again, “What kind of soil, Archie? Soil for planting, or a house and lot?”
“Lupa,” he said simply. My cousins and I looked at each other after that. Could Archie have predicted his death? Was that a premonition? Or was it just a bad wish that had come true? Since then, I resolved to be more careful in making wishes. Just like that cliche, be careful what you wish for. It just might come true.