I normally would not tell anyone this story, but you, you I trust with my deepest darkest secrets, so I can finally tell the truth about what I ordered. That’s not even the part that’s embarrassing, at least, not the most embarrassing.
What’s astonishing is what happened after I obtained my desired object.
I guess I’ll just dive head first into this confession. I heard through the Wicca pipeline (i.e., mostly through telepathic connections) that the old 5 & 10 on Main Street had a new owner, and that the new owner was the grandniece of the doddery Mr. Dodgery, who hadn’t restocked his shelves in 12 years.
Well, grandniece Shelley blew in with a Ph.D. in mysticism and the occult (YES, there is such a degree, from Oxford no less) and whisked away the old and brought in spanking new items like never-been-used vintage record players and albums by classic ‘60s musicians; ultramodern coffee pots that brew a cappuccino in less than seven seconds – you know, cutting edge stuff; as well as penny candy for the youngsters; and brilliant books by Indie authors for the intelligent set.
None of this interested me. But behind the counter, that was a different matter completely. After Shelley showed me the prototype of something I’ve desired since I was 6 years old, I ordered the hidden specialty – a crystal ball.
“I understand,” I nodded, not really understanding. After all of these years, and at the numbing age of …. well, a numbing age …. I needed this particular crystal ball N O W. On the other hand, the price was rather extraordinary, so I worked extra hours at the science lab. You know I have a Ph.D. in microbiology, but you probably didn’t hear that I got promoted to head lab researcher. We’re actually working on the planetary/star dust we’ve gathered from asteroids … well, that’s another story. Science is no mystery to me, but my love life is unfathomable.
Eight long months later, my crystal ball arrived. Such high hopes I had for this one, which doesn’t tell the past nor the future, but instead…
Can you guess? Should I tell you? Wait, this is a better idea. The first reader who guesses the right answer (or closest answer) will win a copy of my friend Pamela’s newest book – FLASHES OF LIFE. (Softback/or e-book – winner’s choice if he/she lives in the U.S., otherwise e-book).
Looking forward to your answers. What will my new crystal ball show me?