I had just arrived leisurely at the office this Friday morning when one phone call upset the rest of my day. Totally panic stricken I look around the empty meeting room I have used for my private call. The Wizard must have sensed something disturbing was up, because he appeared with a loud “plop” out of thin air blinking at me with his big dark blue eyes.
“Good day. How are you?” I ask him politely but with haste. “Prince Charming, my gay ex-husband, has had a car accident and has a cervical fracture. I know it’s not my problem but still find this upsetting.”
“That’s bad,” the Wizard sighs with visible relief. “Or just punishment?”
“He has nobody,” I continue as my breath sounds shallow. “Just punishment? He has had so many car accidents.”
“He has his parents I think,” the Wizard retorts annoyed with my involvement.
“Last time was 12 years ago with me when I fell pregnant with Winston,” I recount the car accident with horror. Still seeing the images in slow motion pass before my eyes.
“Drink and drive don’t go together I think,” the Wizard is spelling out the rules for me.
“Yes his parents will have to take care of him,” I nod with my head in my hands. “It was this morning. He wasn’t drinking. It’s awful.”
“I see,” the Wizard rolls his eyes. “Can you help him?”
“I feel… bad for him,” I sigh deeply. “No I can’t fix his broken neck. He’s going to have an operation.”
“But you could cook and stuff,” the Wizard shows me there is still comfort food as healing.
“I am not mother Theresa and I am not taking him in,” I wail as I try to fight back the tears stinging my eyes.
“Why not?” the Wizard demands of me.
“But yes, I would want to take him in till he is better,” I admit. “He is horrid to me. But he is my children’s father.”
“I see,” the Wizard glances sideways this time.
“I should take him in temporarily until he is better,” I am thinking out loud to the benefit of nobody really. “What do you think?”
“Well do what you think is right for you,” the Wizard is wise enough to stay far away from delicate decisions like these.
“Can’t just ignore this,” I tell him. “I don’t know.”
“Ask Wim,” the Wizard encourages me to remember our conversation of yesterday. Or was it some kind of prediction?
“He is the father of my children,” I repeat again thinking of my little darling cherub faces.
“So what?” the Wizard snaps at me. He can see I am getting far too emotionally involved.
“Wim says it is not my problem,” I am breathing very fast and my head is spinning. “I don’t agree.”
“I understand,” the Wizard calms me down with his deep hypnotic voice. “Do what makes you happy. You have to face the consequences.”
“I will,” I decide as I get up to vacate the meeting room. “What a year. Thank god for the au-pair.”
“Yes I know that will work out nicely,” the Wizard winks at me as he watches me leave the meeting room. He fades out of sight slowly.
“You think so?” I turn to face him as his image dissolves into clear smoke. “Wim won’t be happy for taking Prince Charming in. Maybe Wim is right. Prince Charming is not my problem anymore. Where was he when I needed help? Or shouldn’t I think like that? Maybe another blessing in disguise. Prince Charming will be out revalidating 6-12 months. I get kids fulltime and can make them happy and robust again. Wonderful. Prince Charming will have to be his parents’ problem now.”
That day was stressful. Adrenaline filled my body as my muscles tensed up. My neck had started to hurt really bad as if I myself had been caught up in the car accident with Prince Charming. At home later on that evening, I crashed in the sofa suffering the first symptoms of a heavy strain of flu. The past couple of weeks of worry and anxiety had finally caught up with me. And there is only one thing for me to do. Rest.
The Wizard appeared briefly at my bedside that evening just to blow me a distant kiss. I looked at him with sore eyes and a heavy body aching with flu. I whisper at him from afar: “He’s fiiiiine. Prince Charming is okay. Poop. And hurray!”
The Wizard doesn’t reply but smiles at me gently as he floats around my room keeping an eye on me in my restless sleep. It is time to rest and to take care of me first.
* Disclaimer : Any resemblance between the fictional characters in this story and any persons, living or dead, is a miracle by chance more than by choice.