Ripping out the book’s pages didn’t seem to make the images in Gwendolyn’s mind disappear. She wanted to scream but that seemed crazy, so she burst into tears. Nothing was going her way, and it seemed like nothing ever would again. She placed the book on her bedside table and got up to head straight out the door. But something stopped her. There was an, “Ahem!” followed by, “Oh, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bella Fairy, and I’ve come to help you with your problems.”
Gwendolyn turned slowly around and couldn’t believe her eyes. A magical being was making an appearance in her bedroom. Not just any magical being but a fairy godmother of sorts. She wasn’t very tall but she was absolutley beautiful. She had soft, curly brown hair, pale skin and a bright smile. She was simply adorable in a pretty pink dress that swept down to her ankles. Bella held a magic wand with a large pink star at the tip.
“How do you do?” asked Gwendolyn shyly. The fairy godmother said, “How do you do,” with a beam that brought warmth to the otherwise chilly room. She gracefully bowed like a lady should, and Gwendolyn returned the favor with similar delicacy. “I’ve come to grant you some wishes, so please be patient.” Bella moved her wand in a circle, and Gwendolyn seemed to visibly calm down. She walked back to her bed and sat down in her lavender floral pajamas she’d received as a gift last Christmas.
“Well, what would you like your first wish to be?” Bella Fairy was becoming agitated by the girl’s reluctance to speak in her presence. She was, after all, only a fairy godmother and not some infamous dragon or unicorn from childrens’ stories. Gwendolyn hesitated a bit before speaking. “I want the book I’m reading to have a happy ending. I’ve never been truly happy in my life, so I’ve always used books to escape. The problem is, this is the first book I’ve read that ends in sorrow. I’ve had a tough life and deserve to read better books. Please make this one turn out as perfect as I want it to be.
Bella waved her wand above Gwendolyn’s head in three small circles. The book began to lift into the air and turn slowly. Tiny stars began to appear in its midst, then it quickly fell to the floor. Gwendolyn ran to pick it up and flipped to the last page. As she browsed the ending, she was truly astonished. There was a happy ending, and it fit perfectly with how she thought it should end. This improved Gwendolyn’s mood so much she jumped off the bed and did a joyful twirl. She giggled and sat back on top of the bed.
Then the fairy godmother spun her wand around in front of Gwendolyn several times. Gwendolyn’s pajamas turned from ordinary attire into a splendid dress made of rainbow colors and bows. She curtsied in a low bow and smiled sweetly. “Thank you so much Bella. Now I’m a real princess and I feel just magnificent in this dress. Just one more thing. Can you help my dog Brandyline too?”
With a simple lift and spin of her wand, Bella turned the mutt into a pedigree. Whereas before no one knew what kind of dog Brandyline was (Gwendolyn rescued Brandyline from drowning in the worst downpour in the nearby forest on her way back from her explorations in the woods.), now it was completely obvious. “Oh, Brandyline, you’re a pedigree cocker spaniel and your brown coat is just darling!” exclaimed Gwendolyn. The girl lifted her dog in the air and twirled with wonder. “How could we ever thank you for everything you’ve done, Bella?”
“Nothing brings me more pleasure in this world than transforming the lives of others for the better, my dear. Your genuine happiness will never fade from my mind. May your days be filled with laughter, comfort and goodness.”
POOF! Bella Fairy disappeared. Gwendolyn and her pooch looked around in astonishment. “Now that was real magic,” Gwendolyn said excitedly. Brandyline just barked and wagged her tail happily.