The two girls stare solemnly at the candles flickering on the cupcake. Puddles of slowly melting frosting form around their edges.
“Ready? Close your eyes and wish as hard as you can.” Hands resting in her lap, Elise solemnly obeys. “I’ve done it,” Elise announces. Her blue eyes shine. “Can I blow the candles out now, and see if it comes true?”
“Yeah, go ahead. Blow hard!”
Taking the deepest breath, Elise leans toward the candles. Her face turns pink. Her lips form a perfect “O” as she blows. The candles sputter and go out. Flecks of melting blue wax are sprayed on the counter.
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