This is the second of a series of posts I’m planning on the wonderful short stories of Riham Adly
Riham Adly known as Rose among friends is a published author and a creative writing instructor from Gizah, Egypt. Several of her short stories were published in international online literary journals and websites.
Riham is also first reader/ marketing coordinator in "Vestal Review" literary magazine.
Riham moderates "Roses's Cairo Book Club" in the American University in Cairo Tahrir Campus each month for those few yet growing avid bibliophiles.
Riham has also started her own writing group on FB "Rose's Fiction Writing Club" to motivate her students to keep on writing and sharing their work with emerging and aspiring writers from around the world. . Data from Author
This is the second story by Riham Adly upon which I have posted. Previously I talked about her wonderful MAKAN award winning story about conflicts of loyalty “The Darker Side of the Moon”.
Today I will be posting on another of her stories, “I Wish”, very different from “The Darker Side of the Moon”. “I Wish” begins when the narrator, a young woman, wishes upon a seeing star. As she does so the world around her seems to dissolve into a new reality, she wonders why the end of her world has to be in darkness. Suddenly a light spreads. She then casually wishes, not meaning it to come true, that she had some water. A cup of cool water appears in her hand. Intrigued, she tests her powers by wishing for and then getting a big juicy hamburger. Her mind wanders and soon she is on a beach, an unreal from her old world scene filled with all sorts of luscious gastronomic delights. Now she is convinced she has been given special powers. Her wishes expand, including even a man to satisfy all her sexual fantasies.
Now the story takes a fascinating turn. She says all these things are not real and wishes for the return of her old reality.
I will not talk about the very creative close of the story only to say their are numerous ways to understand the close. You will not, I for sure didn’t, see the ending coming.
Her prose is beautiful, drawing you deeply into the story.
You may read this story and other works of Dr. Adly at the link above. I will be featuring several more of her works soon.