Short Stories

Three Wishes

Three Wishes is a spooky little story about an old man who encounters an old hag that grants him 3 wishes.

Three Wishes

An elderly man was sitting alone on a dark path. He wasn’t sure of which direction to go, and he’d forgotten both where he was traveling to. He also couldn’t remember who he was.

He sat down for a moment to rest his weary legs, and suddenly looked up to see an elderly woman before him. Her skin was wrinkled and grey and her nose was crooked. Warts covered her hairy chin.

She grinned toothlessly and said with a cackle, “Now your third wish. What will it be?”

“Third wish?” The man was baffled. “How can it be three wishes if I haven’t had a first and second wish?”

“You’ve had two wishes already,” the old hag said, “but your second wish was for me to return everything to the way it was before you had made your first wish. That’s why you remember nothing; because everything is the way it was before you made any wishes.” She cackled at the poor man. “So it is that you have one wish left.”

“All right,” he said hesitantly, “I don’t believe this, but there’s no harm in trying. I wish to know who I am.”

“Funny,” said the old woman as she granted his wish and disappeared forever. “That was your first wish…”


  • @Dinofire thanks for explaining. But don’t call us idiots. Call yourself an idiot. Also just because you get it doesn’t mean we do so don’t call us idiots. I don’t call anyone on SFK anything bad so you shouldn’t. What you call someone else is what you really are. So please stop.

  • @Dinofire, First of all, thx for explaining and as i too didn’t get it before but now i got it…but you don’t have the rite 2 call us “Idiots”. What if someone calls you “B*tch”? Won’t you be hurt? So please, respect others….I know evryone is not so SMART like u!

  • I think the man is a ghost or something who doesn’t remember anything ,that’s why he wanted to forget who he is after knowing the truth.

  • This is most probably the coolest horror story. I never thought horror stories could be cool but seems like i was wrong

  • Why doesn’t anyone get it? If his second wish was for everything to be the way it was before, that means something terrible happens when he knows who he is. Now he knows who he is and no one can save him.

  • Read it again, it’s July 2nd. Feel the same. :/ If you read what I posted on “Man in the Mirror”, you’ll get it. I’m bizarre.
    Maybe I AM psychic…

  • for some reason, i felt weird while reading this – nauseous (i didn’t see the pic if that helped) like this had happened to me (but it didn’t!), and scared. i felt like this was going to happen to me (again, if the deja vu was correct)…is this part of psychic ability???

  • ok, here is a EVEN SIMPLER explanation for you idiots:
    Lets say the guy’s name is Bob and his wife which he loved very much divorced him. Then he got amnesia and lost all his memory.
    1.The witch comes along and give him 3 wishes
    2. Bob asks to regain his memory because he got amnesia
    3. The witch grants the wish
    4. Bob remembers that his loving wife divorced him, and he gets really sad
    5. Bob wishes to forget it happened because it was so sad
    6. The witch grants it and he forgets again
    7. Bob asks for his memory again because he forgot he asked for the first 2 wishes.
    THERE. Simple enough?

  • not really scary, but interesting and with a neat twist. I think I would rather have that then then a poorly written horror story.

  • Sushi, you’d need an IQ of 4 to not figure it out. Whoever he was had gone through something terrible. He lost him memory. Wished to remember. Hated it. Wished to forget. Then wished to know again because he had no idea that was a bad thing.

  • i get it… it means that before he wished his first wish, he had no idea who he was. the witch person offered him 3 wishes, and the man said to remember who he was. the witch granted it and he remembered who he was, probably like some crazy murderer or some other unhonorable position. he didn’t want to accept who he was, so he wished to forget who he was. then, he once again forgot who he was, and asked for his memories back again.

    tl;dr basiclly, he forgot who he was before his first wish, and wished for his memory, and regained his memory, but he coudn’t accept who he was, so he asked to forget who he was, and so he forgot everything and asked for he memory again.

  • Ok the thing that confuses me is that why didn’t he know who he was in the first place?? Why was his question that he wanted to know who he was, why didn’t he know?? If anyonw knows please tell me!!!

  • It’s about someone who has forgotten themselves but when they know who they are they don’t like it. It’s about irony. It’s not supposed to be particularly scary. Stories would get boring if you were all about ghosts. You don’t need to be a genius to understand this, its not complicated at all. In fact, someone with an IQ of 10 could probably understand this. So if you don’t understand it then you probably aren’t as smart as you think

  • I agree with “Morpho menelaus”, it’s very creative.

    @Sakura Not ALL stories on here are scary if you haven’t noticed.

    @SUSHI TACOS No, I don’t think you have to have an IQ of 589. I’m actually pretty stupid and I think I understood it. He wanted to know who he was, which, as the old hag stated, was his first wish. Then, his second wish was for everything to be the way it was – he wished to forget that he knew who he was. Then, when he had forgotten everything, he wished to know who he was, but forgot that was his first wish, obviously. So, he had wanted to forget who he was, so it must have been something terrible. As pinkKaygana said, he could have been the son of satan or an assassin. I don’t know if he is, but it was terrible enough to make him want to forget it. That’s how I understood it, at least…


  • @the-crazy-bush-lady
    that’s the point of the story. he could be the devil’s son, or an assasin, or the brother of a demon or something, which is why he didnt want to know it. ur not supposed to know it either. but the point of the story is that the woman told him who he was even though he didnt want to know, then she disappeared forever so he cant wish anymore wishes…

  • The point of the story is that the man wakes up forgetting who he was,the lady tells him his second wish was to go back to the beginning before he made his first wish,so he decides to use it to find out who he is,but she tells him that that was his first wish.So that means whatever happened to him he wanted to forget it,but forgot he wished that and wished for his memories back.

  • this is what i think. the man was a wanted man. however, while on the run, something happened to him and he lost his memory instantly but survived. the old lady appeared and gave him three wishes. first, he wished tht he knew who he was. when he found out, he was horrified. so he asked the old lady for everything to be as it was before he made his first wish. so his memory was erased. then again, he wished to know who he was as he had forgotten tht he had wished tht already…

  • aw man that stunk I mean I like to know why he didn’t want to know who he was

  • I get how this is creepy, but it’s not scary. Cause like, his first wish was to know who he really is, but then he realizes that the truth is more than he can handle. So his second wish is to not know, which leaves him with amnesia or something. Then his third wish is to know who he is, only now… *duhduhduh* he can’t erase the truth! Yeah, kinda psychological scary.

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