The rules are simple. Think hard, reflect on what your heart truly desires, then throw a coin into the fountain. This is how it has been for centuries. However, you must be certain. Above all else, you are only allowed one wish to be granted. Just one.
For you see, the fairies that stand guard do not tolerate selfishness. Doubt is also a sin to them. They say that if you become too greedy or have even an ounce of uncertainty in your heart, you will pay a price.
And the price is quite steep.
Once long ago, a young girl who couldn’t have been more than seventeen or eighteen approached the fountain determined to have the heart of the man she thought she loved. She only had one coin and as she began to wish, hesitated on throwing the coin.
What if he isn’t my Prince Charming after all, she thought.
The fairies grew quite angry. That girl would marry the boy she thought she loved and endure thirteen years of abuse and heartbreak before earning her freedom.
Another time, there was a man who couldn’t decide if he would rather have wealth or power. He threw the coin in and wished for both.
The fairies granted neither. That man is now homeless and begs for money on the street corner every day.
When you approach the fountain, the wish fairies will gaze upon you with their mischievous expressions.