“Ugh I’m so thirsty. I feel like a grape out in this sun, just drying up until there’s nothing but a shriveled raisin of a woman.”
Candice had been wandering for days after her car had broken down on a deserted road through the high dunes of the Eastern Desert. “Hey what’s this? It looks like some kind of antique lamp or something, like in one of those old movie about genies. I wonder...”
Suddenly, a great burst of smoke emerged, forming into a large man with golden bracelets on each wrist. “Who has awoken I, the great genie of the lamp, servant to kings and controller of the cosmos?”
“Wow, I didn’t think that would actually work,” Candice said, stunned.
“I shall grant you a wish, in exchange for freeing me. But be warned, all wishes come at a cost.” The genie almost seemed to take pleasure in saying that last part.
“I wish I wasn’t so thirsty, please, I just need something to drink.” Candice said the first thing that popped into her head, hoping to fill her desperate need.
“As you wish, so shall it be,” the genie said powerfully as an oasis suddenly appeared all around them. She quickly ran to drink from the pool of water, drinking handfuls at a time.
“Thank you so much!” She said between gulps, hardly worrying about manners free her first water in days, “Although I suppose my wish would have been better used getting myself out of the desert. Perhaps my severe thirst played tricks on my mind...”
“Any thing is possible. But sadly only one wish is permitted. Luckily, you will be much better suited for the rest of your trek now.” With this, a small flint formed in the genie’s eye as he let out a smirk.
“What do you mean?” She asked, but soon found her question to answer itself. Suddenly she felt a severe cramp, starting in her stomach, but moving to her entire body. “The water? Was it poisoned? What did you do?! I freed you!”
“No, I was just thinking ahead as to serve you the best possible way. You were thirsting, but now shall not thirst ever again. Bring a girl to water and she may drink but once. But help her to carry it with her, and she shall be better for it.” The genie seemed to be measuring his words carefully.
“What are you saying?” Candice asked, “Stop talking like that and just give me a straight answer, I command you.”
“Fine, I’ll give you a freebie,” said the genie with a hint of annoyance. “I’m giving you the gift of desert travel. As you wished, you can now drink from the oasis, and as a bonus for freeing me, I give you the ability to travel the desert without the thought of thirst crossing your mind. You can now trek for days without the need for a new water source. All it requires is a small, almost unnoticeable change.”
“Ugh, it doesn’t feel unnoticeable. What is this change?” She cried as the discomfort turned to pain.
“You will live the rest of your days as a desert traveler. A nomad on the sands.” The genie replied.
Suddenly, the pain in her stomach shifted to her back, as she felt like something was bending her in half and pulling something out of her. She cried out in agony, but as soon as the pressure and pain began, they vanished, and all she heard was the sound of her shirt ripping from behind.
“Sorry, I didn’t expect you to be so bothered by my gift. It shouldn’t be painful any longer. But I’m glad to see the hump fits you well.” The genie said, nonchalantly.
“Hump?!” She worriedly asked. She looked behind her to see that her back now did indeed have a hump pushing out from it. Not only did she now have a hump, she noticed other changes, which had been eclipsed earlier by the severe pain. Her skin, tanned from the desert sun, had begun to darken further, turning a dark brown, rather than bronze. She ran her hand along her arm, only to find that it was covered in a layer of fuzz.
But that wasn’t the only thing different. As she felt it, she noticed that her hand was losing it feeling. Within moments she was staring in horror as it deformed before her eyes. Her thumb seemed to sink down into her palm, while her four remaining ones somehow fused together like clay. Her now two-fingered hand began to stretch away from her body, as she noticed her arms lengthening.
Suddenly, she noticed that her legs must have grown as well, as she felt about a foot taller. Whether the sudden change in height, shifting bones and joints in her legs, or the fact that her shoes no longer seemed to fit, something caused her to lose her balance. She fell down to her hands, not that they could be called that any longer, and as soon as they hit the sand, she heard a loud pop and crack. Worried, she quickly tried to get back up, but found it to be impossible.
Now stuck on all fours, she could see that her clothes had ripped and fallen to the ground. Luckily, the hairs across her body seemed to cover up her nudity, not that modesty was her biggest concern at the moment. However, in her current state, she could also see the her breasts had shifted down her body, now appearing to be between her legs, rather than at the top of her now much larger torso. She could feel weight increasing on her back, as if someone was loading a heavy backpack on top of her. She could only assume this was her hump, now growing more to fit her increased size. She didn’t need to assume for long, though, as her neck began to lengthen, allowing her to look behind herself and see not only a large brown hump, but also a tail gently swinging above a much larger butt.
“Genie, how could you do this to me?” She asked, finding it harder to talk, as though her tongue were too large for her mouth.
“I only did as you asked,” he said, “You will no longer thirst in the desert heat. Now you can store water for weeks if need be in your hump. The water at this oasis should give you more than enough to last until your next find.”
“But, I didn’t wount tiffs,” She struggled to say as her voice deepened. Her tongue had grown to a cartoonish size for her mouth. This was changing, however, as her face pushed out into a muzzle, eyes shifting to the sides as her hair receded, leaving new, camel-like ears atop her empty head. There was now nothing to distinguish her from any other camel of the desert, and as her eyes lost their green color, she bent down, dank her full of water from the pool, and began her trek to find more of her kind. All that remained were her clothes, ripped and piled where she once stood, at the edge of the water.