(WRITER) Eiman Ebraheem Mohamed Ahmed Al Hammadi
(ILLUSTRATOR) Aysha Saif Ahmed Saif Al Hamrani
‚ÄúLife is all about choices, choose wisely or live the rest of your life in regret.‚ÄĚ Our story began with Hamda‚Äôs path to happiness.
Hamda lived with her mother Maryam in a small house. Maryam did her best to not let Hamda feel less than others because they were very poor. Nevertheless, Hamda always complained about their lives and refused to help her mother.
One day, while she was on her way back from school, she met a fox named Abu Al Les. At first, Hamda was afraid of him, but when he called her by name, she was surprised. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm a magician,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúYou want to be rich, am I right?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYes, you are right, I want to be rich. Can you make this happen? She asked.
‚ÄúOf course but everything has a price,‚ÄĚ he warned.
‚ÄĚI don‚Äôt care; just make me rich,‚ÄĚ she said.
‚ÄúOk my dear, your wish is done.‚ÄĚ
Suddenly, Hamda became a rich wife and lived in the finest palace with the best jewelry, clothes and food. She was finally happy. But after a few months she was bored. Her husband was always away on business and she didn‚Äôt have anyone to talk to. Then, she remembered the love and kindness of her mother and began searching for her.
Hamda went to the old house where she once lived, but there was no sign of her mother.
She asked one of the neighbors who said, ‚ÄúWhen Hareb came to propose, he had one condition, that you would never contact or visit your mother again.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWhat did I do?‚ÄĚ she said with doubt. ‚ÄúYou agreed,‚ÄĚ said the neighbor with disdain. Hamda was shocked. ‚ÄúWhere is my mother now?‚ÄĚ
The neighbor shook her head sadly as she said, ‚ÄúYour mother died two days ago.‚ÄĚ
She remembered her mother‚Äôs words, ‚ÄúTry to live the life you have, and you will realize how rich you are.‚ÄĚ
Suddenly, the fox appeared with a malicious smile. ‚ÄúHello, what can I do for you my dear?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis is not the life I want. Bring my old life back!‚ÄĚ she demanded.
The fox laughed and said:‚ÄĚ I told you, every wish has a price.‚ÄĚ
Hamda shouted at the fox but it was too late because he disappeared.