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A girl, Frank Burnside and Haile Selassie

Wishes don’t usually come true. I’ve learned that by wishing for lots of things, only for those things not to happen. Most children wish for things.As that didn’t work for me, I decided to wish for not things. When I wish for not things and things don’t happen, that’s wishes coming true. I wish I wasn’t about to become a teenager. I like being twelve and Frank Burnside says that it’s in the teens when children lose things, like their ability to hold a conversation with a dog. My name is Ellie but Frank Burnside calls me Sparks. I’m only writing all of this down because Frank Burnside said that if I didn’t, I’d forget things when I was older.

I wish that things would go away, or not happen at all. For example, if someone I don’t like is talking to me and I wish for them to go away, eventually they do and a wish comes true. But how do you know if your wish has come true if you wish for something not to happen? How can you wish for nothing? If

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