Flickering into action, the first star to light up the night sky shone brightest for those below, who needed a boost. A wish on a star, the first star, was the best wish a human could make. A heavenly, surreal fortune, nothing could take away.
Linda had always been told, to make a wish, and all her dreams would come true. Sometimes it worked, but sometimes, all she did was say the words. Nothing would happen, nothing would change.
She lay on the wet grass, staring at the black coated sky. One star. All she needed was one star. The star, which followed her wherever she travelled to. Her father watching over her. Brighter than the rest, she was never on her own.
‘I wish, I may, I wish, I might, the first star I see tonight, I wish . . .’ she said, crossing her fingers. ‘I wish he will be safe tonight.’
Overseas, they always watched the stars together. Tonight, he would be in the desert. He was never alone, but until he flew home, he was never safe. This one wish, kept her worries at bay.
This time next week he would be home, they would do this together for the first time in a year. ‘Keep him safe . . .’ she whispered, blowing a kiss to the moon. More stars shone, and the cool air surrounded her arms.
‘I love you,’ she said, closing her eyes.