DEATH WISH

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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.

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