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Sweet as Candy: A Novel in Verse

By @Madison


Luckily for Izzy

She won’t have to worry

Because she won’t know.

Come next week

My gargantuan problem

Will be obliterated

Nothing left but specks of dust.

I keep this in mind all evening

As we eat my birthday dinner.

As Izzy and Alex sing a slightly tipsy rendition of “Happy Birthday”

After a shared bottle of cheap champagne.

As I open my gifts

First a silver charm bracelet from Alex

Then a gift certificate from Izzy

To buy more charms.

Finally, Izzy lights the candles and brings out the cake

Leaving me to blow out ten flickering flames.

Alex smiles as I do so.

“What did you wish for, kiddo?” he asks.

I smile and shake my head.

“I can’t tell you.”

Izzy laughs.

“Yeah, Al. Don’t you know it won’t come true if she tells you?”

“Oh,” Alex drawls.

“Of course.”

I grin as Izzy turns the light back on.

I wished for it all to be over soon.

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