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A magic carnival - Part 2 by hippo2 A magic carnival - Part 2 by hippo2
Finally, Martha’s shift ended. She headed for Sami’s lamp and rubbed it. Soon, Sami was standing next to her in the lobby. He took a look around and realized all the people were in disguise. “Hello Martha. What’s going on?”

“Hey, Sami. It’s called Carnival and people disguise themselves and dress up. That’s also why I’m wearing my genie outfit.” Martha explained.

“I see. And what’s going on outside?” Sami asked.

“Basically, it’s a big party. People are celebrating on the streets, and later, they meet in large halls and make fun of politicians and such.” Martha explained.

“Sounds a lot like the “Feast of Fools”. Sami said.

Martha was astonished. “Feast of Fools? I never heard of that.”

“It was an annual feast for the period you call the Middle Ages. The normal citizens dressed up as fools and mocked the clergy and the nobility. For one day, the entire society was upside down. It was always a lot of fun. But I haven’t seen one for more than 400 years.” Sami said with gleaming eyes.

Martha wondered. Maybe Sami didn’t have only bad experiences with humans. She definitely had to ask him about his experiences from that time. But for now, she saw an opportunity. “Say Sami, wanna go outside and have some fun? I guess a blue genie won’t stick out today.”

“I’d love to. As long as you come along.” Sami was smiling.

Martha felt her heart racing. “Excellent. But I’d like to go to my lamp first. I got a surprise for you. Can you please wait for a few minutes?”

“Sure. I’ll wait inside my lamp. Just summon me when you are ready.” Sami smiled and returned to his lamp. Also Martha turned to smoke and slid into her home.


Inside her lamp, Martha summoned a mirror and looked at herself. Obviously she would go in her genie attire, but she had planned something special for Sami. Martha blinked and changed her skin colour. Her first try was a pink skin and purple hair. Martha didn’t like that combination and blinked again. Now, her skin was yellow and her hair was orange. Basically, she liked the combination, but she thought that it was still too close to her human colours. Martha tried again. Her skin took a light teal tone while her hair turned fiery red. Martha was content. She hoped Sami would like it too. Suddenly, her lamp glowed and Martha was sucked out of her lamp.


David was quite surprised when he encountered a coloured Martha. “What happened to you?” he asked.

“It’s Carnival, you know?” Martha grinned at him.

“I see.” The young man replied. “So, it’s your disguise for the festivities.” Martha nodded. “Do you want to go there with me?” he asked straightforward.

Martha looked at the floor for a moment. Then she answered. “I’m sorry David, but I already got someone to go with.”

“It’s Sami, isn’t it?” David replied seemingly envious.

“If you must know, yes! I asked him just a few minutes ago. And if you would have been earlier, I would have gone with you. I’m sorry.” Martha tried to explain. She knew her words were hurting David, but it could not be helped.

“It’s ok, Martha. I’ll see if I can find someone else then.” David replied. “Maybe we’ll run into each other later. See you, Martha.” He turned away and left Martha behind.


Martha stood there for a moment. She had the feeling that she had hurt David. Still, she could do nothing about it now. The best she could do now was to summon Sami and go to the carnival with him. Martha rubbed Sami’s lamp and the blue genie appeared. Sami was stunned when he saw a green Martha. “Do you like what you see?” Martha asked.

Sami needed a moment to answer. “For a genie, you look gorgeous. You could nearly be mistaken for a born genie.”

“Thank you, Sami!” Martha blushed a bit. Then she was puzzled by his words. “Nearly be mistaken as a 'born genie'? What do you mean?”

“Born genies usually have very colourful skin. A few have the same skin colours as humans, but that’s really seldom. For transformed humans, it’s the other way round. Most humans keep their skin colour; only very few change. But there’s one difference that you will always find: born genies never have a belly button, while transformed humans always keep theirs.” While Sami explained, he circled his finger around Martha’s belly button.

Martha giggled. “So is this a problem?”

“Not at all. There are some genies, which have strong reservations against humans, but most genies accept humans once they become genies. It’s more a question how strongly the former humans accept their new existence. You can imagine that genies who always whine about becoming human again don’t have many friends.”

“Yeah... like I was just after my transformation.” Martha blushed as she admitted it.

“I guess that’s just normal during the first few weeks. How long ago did your transformation occur? A year and a half?” Sami took Martha’s hands, now.

“More than two years, actually. And I accepted being a genie even before I met you for the first time.” Martha admitted.

Sami nodded. “When I’m with you, I feel the presence of a fellow genie soul. I have to admit that your affection toward humans startled me a lot at the beginning, and still I feel a bit strange when thinking about going amongst humans. But I am beginning to enjoy it, especially when I’m with you.”

Martha blushed even more. “Shall we go and have some fun, then?”

“I’d love to.” Sami put his arm around Martha’s waist. Both genies left the hotel and dived into Carnival.

TO BE CONTINUED...

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

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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's nice that Martha got to keep her belly button!
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
She's a converted genie. How could you tell else?
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Technomaru Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Yeah I had no idea about how the bellybutton thing works with Genies, transformed or not. *writes notes*

So will Martha hide hers? Also is she a innie or a outie, I can't tell.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
She appears to have either an outie, or a shallow round innie.
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kaaslave Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
This is gonna be fun! ;)
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very interesting conversation, the love triangle is becoming more intense, and Sami is actually showing some kindness?

Can't wait for the next part.
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nice, that bellybutton thing is very interesting.
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