Mia Valodia Wessels van Zijl has written a bewitching short story about a woman who was overgrown with tomatoes and able to grant wishes…
It was three in the morning and she was still awake. With a sigh of frustration she decided sleep would not happen and, sitting up, turned her bedside lamp on.
She reached the book she was reading and read the same sentence three times before putting it down again. The rubric’s cube from her drawer received the same outcome not soon after. There was a crossword puzzle from a decade ago, but the mere thought of 7 down, 9 across that she had been struggling with for months made her cringe enough to not even pick it up.
She sighed again, and again, and a third time.
As the third one reached its demise a gulling breeze knocked against her wind. A glowing light then appeared at the foot of her bed as though a million stars had come to commune in this one spot in mid-air.
Soon the stars gave way to a beautiful woman, overgrown with tomatoes, standing upon her bed brace, the size of a football.
The miniature apparition tapped her pointy shoe three times on the bed brace, three times in the air and three times behind her. Her voice, gentle, though high-pitched, sung out,
“At the knock of three
At the answer of nine
Ask of me
And I shall grant mine.”
After the initial shock wore off she asked, sceptical, “Can you grant me an activity?”
The creature tilted her head and sang again,
“An activity to inspire?
An activity for the slow
An activity of fire?
An activity for snow?”
“Ummmmm? An activity to inspire?” she said, uncertain.
The answer came, quick and certain,
“Then, with ink, blood, or water
And parchment of white
Make thyself an alter
On which tales to write.”
So, she got out of bed and wrote the entire night. Nothing valuable came out of it, but it did indeed give her a sense of achievement. And so, as the next night came along exhaustion won at last ans she managed to get a good night’s sleep, dreaming of tomatoes.
In her dream-like writings 18-year-old Mia Valodia Wessels van Zijl transports readers to a more poetic reality. As a child Mia had dreams of becoming a milkman. She now plans to become a professor of English.