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A magic carnival - Part 1 by hippo2 A magic carnival - Part 1 by hippo2
Part 1

Anne-Laure dragged her trolley behind her into the lobby of the Grandhotel. It was several months since the young, blond woman with the distinctive, pointy nose had last stayed here. Behind the reception desk stood Martha in her genie attire. This would have definitely startled Anne-Laure if it wasn't for the fact that Anne-Laure had already run into several dozen people dressed up in strange costumes. It was the time of carnival, or “Fasnet” as it was called in these parts. Many people ran around in disguise during this time of the year. Obviously, the hotel owner allowed his personnel to do so too. When Anne-Laure stood in front of the desk, the receptionist greeted her: “Welcome to the Grandhotel, Miss! How may I help you?”

“I’ve booked a room!” Anne-Laure replied and showed Martha the printout of an email as well as her passport. Martha checked the details and confirmed the reservation. Then she called a hotel boy. “He’ll show you the way to your room. Is there anything else I can do for you?”

“No, thank you very much. That will be all for now.” Anne-Laure replied. “By the way, you got a very pretty costume there. What are you representing? A belly dancer?”

“I’m a genie that grants wishes.” Martha replied laughing. “And here’s my lamp.” She put her lamp on the desk. “Do you care to make a wish?”

“Hahaha, I’ll come back later. But I’d rather go to my room now.” Anne-Laure replied.

“Of course. See you later.” Martha said. Meanwhile, the hotel boy had arrived. He collected the key card and lead Anne-Laure away to her room.


About 30 Minutes later, the elevator doors opened and Anne-Laure stepped into the lobby. She was wearing a fairy costume, composed of a pink leotard, light pink tights, a white tutu and fake wings on her back. In her hair, Anne-Laure had placed an headband with antennas and in her hand she was holding a magic wand with a silver paper star on top. Anne-Laure headed straight to the front desk.

“Welcome back! Nice costume. You’re a fairy, right?” Martha greeted her.

“Yes.” Anne-Laure didn’t look very excited though. “I know it’s a bit childish. I just wish it would look better.”

“Do you want me to grant that wish?” Martha pushed her lamp over. “Just rub it and make your wish.”

“Okay, I’ll try, hehe!” Anne-Laure laughed. She took the lamp and rubbed it. “I wish that my costume would be much more realistic!”

“You wish is granted.” Martha blinked and Anne-Laure shrunk down to the size of about 8 inches. Her dress became much more delicate and her fake wings became real wings.

Anne-Laure tried out her wings and soon, she was hovering up and landed on the front desk. “What did you do to me?”

“I granted your wish. You now have the body of a fairy.” Martha explained.

“Ok. That’s fine. And I can obviously fly. That’s awesome. But how will I turn back?” Anne-Laure asked.

“You still got two wishes left.” Martha explained. “I grant all of my master’s three wishes and only three. There are some limitations: I can’t kill, I can’t bring dead people back from the dead. I’m not allowed to mess with the free will of a person. You can also not wish for more wishes or that I’m bound to you longer than the last wish is granted.”

“But if my wish meets these limitations, you have to grant it to the letter?” Anne-Laure asked.

“That’s right!” Martha confirmed.

“Alright, I think I know how to reverse my situation. But first, I’ll find out what it’s like to be a fairy.” Anne-Laure took her magic wand and waved it at a pencil on the front desk. Nothing happened. “Why is it not working?”

“Because you didn’t wish for it to be a magic wand. It’s just a stick with a silver paper star on top.” Martha explained.

Anne-Laure nodded. “Then here’s my second wish: I wish that I could do transformations with this wand just as I imagine them but without affecting me or anything else that I don’t want to be affected.”

Martha blinked again. “Your wish is granted.”

Anne-Laure waved the wand on the pencil again. This time, it turned into a rose. “Awesome. Here, this rose is for you. I’m sure it will last a few days.” She lifted the rose with all her strength – the flower was much larger then Anne-Laure herself – and passed it to Martha.

“I doubt it will last longer than tomorrow. You see, you can’t do permanent transformations with your wand. They will only last until the next sunrise.” Martha blinked and a glass full of water appeared. She placed the rose inside. “But thank you for the rose.”

“That’s fine for me. I didn’t intend to use my powers for my personal gain anyway.” Anne crossed her hands behind her back and gave Martha a broad smile. “Now for my final wish: I wish that I turn back into my human form whenever I slip out of the costume and that I will become a fairy again whenever I slip into it.”

“Nice wish, mistress!” Martha admitted and blinked. “When slip out of the body of your, you and the costume return to your human form and size. Then you can slip out of it. To turn into a fairy again, you simply have to slip into the complete costume . That’s all.”

“Thank you, eh, genie.” Anne-Laure said.

“My name is Martha.” Martha replied.

“Sorry, I didn’t know.” Anne-Laure apologized. “Is there anything else I have to know?”

“You can use your wand only as long as you are a fairy. And I advise you not to stay too long inside your costume. Transformed people tend to adapt to their new form if they stay too long in it.”

“Thank you for the warning, Martha. I’ll be careful.” Anne-Laure replied. “See you later.”

“Have fun, little fairy.” Martha waved Anne-Laure goodbye as the fairy took off and flew through the door of the hotel.

TO BE CONTINUED...

Part 2: [link]
Part 3: [link]
Part 4: [link]
Part 5: [link]
Part 6: [link]

Proofreading by :iconjorrun:

Anne-Laure is an OC by :icongaucelm:
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Genie-Girl Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
sooo cute be nice of those type of outfits were real hehe
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kaaslave Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Awesome and cute. :)
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DanStanding Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Ha, nice as always!

Won't go well for the woman who wishes her "Jack-in-the-Box" costume looks more real!
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Agent505 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Writer
So many possibilities here! Nice.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Do you care to tell me your ideas?
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Agent505 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Writer
My ideas all seem to involve the same stuff lately... but...
(composes a note)
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's an interesting start for the story. Plenty of potential to explore.
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice story so far.
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