Three Wishes – Sunday Photo Fiction

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.

Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.

© Dawn Miller

© Dawn Miller

Click here to hear me read this 100-second story:
Three Wishes

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.
I grin.
Heck, I’m not that old!

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23 Responses to Three Wishes – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland and commented:


  2. No one is ever too old for that last wish. I did laugh at that last line. And no one died. Well, not yet haha

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I know what I would wish for! A great little write – we can always rely on you to amuse us!

    Click to read my story!


  4. Dale says:

    You’re only as old as you feel… hopefully with the good health wish, he feels much younger 😉


  5. Joy Pixley says:

    I’m glad he wished for better health before trying that last wish, so he can fully take advantage of it . 😉

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  6. Always the right choice. 🙂


  7. James says:

    Wish three: One roll in the hay coming up. 😀


  8. Sandra says:

    I just hope he’s up to it. These genii can really do the business, I believe.


  9. The Voice says:

    If I ever become too old for THAT, please put me out of my misery. Nice story, as always, CE.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. My wish would be that football did not exist! Probably a good thing I have never found a genie 🙂


  11. Ah, did i catch the wicked glint in the eye in the last line. Excellent.


  12. Iain Kelly says:

    What about Scotland to just qualify for the World Cup? If not, then I’ll go with his third choice.


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