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Charlie stood in the dark by his bedroom window gazing up at the night sky. Usually the sky was filled with millions of stars, but tonight there were big black clouds hiding all but one little star from his view.
He couldn't see the star very clearly, so he went downstairs and out into the back garden for a better look. Charlie loved gazing up at the stars and hoped that his parents would buy him a telescope for his next birthday so that he could study the stars in more detail.
He had often asked his Mum and Dad if he could have a little brother or sister to play with as he was quite often lonely, but the answer was always the same, "You were a surprise blessing Pet, but I don't think we will be having any more." Charlie had two other brothers, but they were a lot older than he was and they were away at university most of the time.
Gazing up at the dark night sky he started to sing 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" to himself and had just reached 'Like a Diamond in the Sky' when the little star suddenly grew brighter and twinkled even more.
Charlie smiled to himself as he remembered 'When you Wish upon a Star,' another song his Grandma had sung to him.
"If only you could wish upon a star and have your wish come true," he thought to himself.
He knew exactly what he would wish for.
A PUPPY, then he would have someone to play with and keep him company.
"Do you make wishes come true?" Charlie called up to the star.
He laughed at himself because if anyone saw him talking to a star in the sky, then they would think he was quite mad.
Suddenly the little star disappeared behind a black cloud and Charlie felt quite alone again.
Behind the black clouds the little star called out to the star nearest to him. "Hey, someone just asked if I could make their wish come true, what do I do? No one has ever asked me before."
Several stars heard the question and it was bombarded with different answers from each one.
"Only young children can have a wish come true."
"Rubbish. As long as you believe in the magic of wishes, anyone can have one come true."
"I don't grant wishes to anyone," one grumpy star moaned.
A wise old fading star said that he had granted hundreds of wishes in his lifetime, but only to people who truly loved gazing at the night sky and appreciated the beauty of it all.
The little star knew that the boy below was always gazing up at the sky and usually sang his 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" song at them.
Surely he deserved to have a wish come true?
Charlie was just about to go inside when the little star came into view again.
"Oh, you're back," he exclaimed to the star.
The star glowed brighter and then dimmed, brighter then dimmed again.
Charlie had never seen a star do this before and he laughed to himself.
It was almost as though the star was trying to catch his attention.
Charlie suddenly thought to himself. "I make a wish when I blow out the candles on my birthday cake so why not wish upon a star?"
He closed his eyes and concentrated really hard.
After Charlie made his wish, the star glowed very brightly for a few seconds then was covered by the clouds again.
Charlie went to bed and fell asleep with a smile on his face.
In the middle of the night the black clouds that had threatened rain all day delivered their promise. There was thunder and lightning and a fierce wind blew the lashing rain against the window. Charlie woke up and went over to shut his window as it was turning very cold.
He was just about to close his curtains when a flash of lightning lit up the back of the house. Standing in the middle of their lawn was a small dog, soaking wet and shivering.
Charlie ran to his parents' room to wake them up.
"Mum, Dad, there's a puppy in the garden and the storm is scaring him. Come on, we have to help him!"
With that, he flew down the stairs and unlocked the back door.
The puppy saw the light spilling out from the back door and limped towards it.
"Oh, he's hurt," cried Charlie.
He scooped the puppy up in his arms and took him inside.
They found a tiny thorn in the puppy's paw and gently took it out.
The puppy whimpered slightly but at least he had stopped shaking. They dried him with a big fluffy towel and fed him with small pieces of meat.
Charlie's Mum warmed some milk and the puppy drank it so quickly it dribbled down his chin. He gradually went from cold, wet and scared, to warm and content.
The puppy looked up at the three concerned faces and just knew he had found his new home.
Best of all though, was the boy who looked at him with such love in his eyes.
Charlie's parents said that they would have to ask around to see if anyone had lost a puppy, but Charlie knew they wouldn't find anyone as this was his puppy sent to him from his special star.
"I know just what to call him," grinned Charlie. "TWINKLE."
The puppy was scooped up again, but this time not to be put out in the cold, wet, blustery night, rather to be cuddled all night long in a soft bed by his new master.
Charlie drifted off to sleep cuddling the dog and humming 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' to his new best friend.
As the puppy's eyes slowly closed, he caught a glimpse through the window of a little star glowing brightly in the night sky.
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