He could've been famous, her Jimmy, if he'd of sold them. But no, they were Jimmy's stories and no more was to be said about it. He always told her to let it go whenever she mentioned it, but now that was harder then ever because the secret that they'd shared since his seventh birthday, would rest with her once he was gone and she feared she could not keep it.
"Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you…"
Jimmy looked around at the many faces singing to him and waited for the right moment to make his wish and blow out the candles. As soon as they finished he sucked in as much air as could, closed his eyes and let out an almighty huff! Cheers followed and Jimmy opened his eyes to see thin pillars of smoke coming from the candles.
"What did you wish for Jim?" came Jeanie's sweet voice from beyond blonde pigtails squaring her little pale face.
"You know I can't tell you that, it won't some true!" he wined and put his finger into the chocolate icing then licked it clean.
She was right, he had told her, he tells her everything. They were best friends after all and he did want to tell her. He looked at her and smiled "Hmm… Ok!" he said simply, and licked his finger clean.
Jimmy nodded sourly, his finger still buried in crevice of his mouth. His mother was always very strict, and nothing changed as he grew. Jimmy assumed she'd been that way because his father had been away from home at war, but when his father returned she didn't stop. That's the reason he couldn't tell anyone when his wish came true - when his toys came to life!
His toy soldiers where the first toy's to move. He couldn't believe his own eye's when he woke in the middle of the night, watching the little green figures charge the rocking horse in the corner of his room. It was just the soldiers, until the rocking horse ruffled its leather main and snorted at the attack. Then his plastic aeroplane span in circles around the room and his playing cards shuffled themselves into some numeric order!
He climbed the tree beside her house, something he'd mastered during the summer holidays, and settled on the branch rested alongside her window. He pressed his face against the glass to see her sleeping in her bed.
"Jeanie!" he whispered roughly and tapped against the windowpane. It took a few more taps before Jeanie came to, buthe gavewas a sigh of relief when she finally pulled the window open and allowed him to sneak inside without being caught.
"It's just a toy Jim!" Jeanie sighed and moved away.
Jimmy picked the toy up and bought it closer to his face and searched it. "You have to believe me Jeanie, no one else will!" he stood and handed the toy to her, "you keep this one, wait and see, I will prove it to you tonight!"
A few nights later Jimmy sneaked back into her house, as agreed. This time he'd bought a few more toys, a jack in the box, a puppet, a car which is father had crafted out of woodand the toy soldier, and sure enough when the clock struck midnight they all came to life! The car whizzed around the room clipping Jeanie's foot making her run and hide under her covers. Jimmy, meanwhile stood in the centre of her room and watched as one by one all his toys began to move.
Jeanie looked down at her dieing husband, kissed his lips again and searched his face for a glimmer of life as they parted. "My dear Jimmy, what do I do with your toy's now?" she cooed with a hand on each cheek. Jimmy didn't open his eye's.
With tired fingers she pierced the lid and then lifted it up and watched it swing open. Jeanie's eyes widened at the sight - the box was empty? With a finger rested on her chin, she stood staring at it curiously. What had he done with them?
Jeanie smiled and with a chuckle closed the box and locked it. She continued to smile all the way up the stairs, struggling to catch her breath when she reached the top. Once in their bedroom she began sifting through the shoe boxes collected over the years that now lay at the bottom of the wardrobe. Eventually she found it, the one she was looking for!
It had been so many years since she'd touched it, and dared not open it in case Jimmy ever found out, but that didn't matter now, she thought to her self and so lifted the lid of the box and looked inside with a glowing grin.