[Editor’s note: this is a work-in-progress. It began with a writing prompt and a single sentence. From then, it snowballed and the below is the “beginning avalanche”.]Continue reading
[Editor’s note: work in progress, not sure where – if anywhere – it’s going.]
"A ‘genie’ genie?" I asked. Air-quotes accompanied my question and confused look.
"Quite right. Three wishes, no more, no less. And no malarkey!"
"Only if that’s a two-way street, genie. How about this, I won’t ask for infinite wishes – or infinite lamps! – and you don’t twist my wishes around."
The genie was visible concerned: his hands were rubbing each other, like he was nervously washing up but forgot the soap.
I looked down at the old barnacle-covered vessel that I’d just moments ago pulled from the ocean. The hook was embedded deep in some crevasse, the line looped around a few times and caught on itself. I raised the lamp, rocked it from side to side. Water dribbled out of a dozen random spots.