Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
This week’s guest photo is by the talented Dawn Miller, whose Lingering Visions consistently deliver writing of the very highest quality.
Great to see you here, Dawn.
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Click here to hear me read this 100-second story:
And, just like in all the best stories, a genie appears.
I look at the object in my hands.
I hadn’t even realised it was a lamp.
The genie is not quite what you’d expect either.
She is a lovely lady, clad in what might best be described as a belly-dancer’s outfit.
She smiles enchantingly.
Three wishes, Master, she suggests, handing me a list of exclusions.
Okay, she can’t do world peace, end to famine, or Scotland to win the World Cup.
Just personal stuff.
I am a simple man, with simple tastes, and I already live a happy life.
Okay, I say, and give her some health parameters.
Of course, she beams, good choice.
Then I propose a modest improvement to my financial situation.
Is that all, she asks in surprise, no pots of gold, baskets of diamonds, vast palaces?
No thanks, I say, I’m good with that.
Her smile is even more radiant.
Wonderful, she says, and your third wish?
I ponder awhile.
She waits patiently, dances languorously, gracefully to some unheard music.
I watch her.
A thought occurs.
Heck, I’m not that old!