Suddenly, there was a strange sound coming from nursery. Stefania und Tony instantly sprung up and rushed to the room, where little Calista was sleeping. Martha followed them. In the nursery they got a horrifying sight: Inside the crib, Calista was twisting. Her body began to bulge out and changed his shape. The ears got longer and more pointy but kept rosy color. The stubby hands and feet turned into black hooves. Finally the nose grew wider and took on the shape of a pig's snout. Calista had turned from a baby girl to a piglet.
At this sight, Stefania collapsed. Tony barely managed to catch his wife before she hit the ground. He placed his wife in an empty chair. With an shocked face he turned to Martha. "What just happened? Is there another genie around?"
Martha nodded. "I guess this must be genie magic. Let me check."
While Martha examined the room and the piglet for residues of magic, Stefania had recovered a bit. "Calista. What happened? Martha can you turn my baby back?"
"Good call." Tony replied. "Martha, I wish that you turn the piglet back into..."
"Hold it!" Martha silenced Tony. "There's something strange about the piglet. Let me examine her properly first."
"Alright, you're the genie, Martha." Stefania replied.
Martha continued her examination. There was strong genie magic around the piglet, alright. But why was it already fading so fast? Sure the magic should fade over time, but that would happen over span of months or years, and not at such a high rate. The only time magic would decay so fast was when a spell was broken... But that would mean... Martha carefully examined the how the magic was connected to the piglet. Then she saw it: The spell has already ended.
"What did you find out?" Tony asked.
"The spell on the piglet already ended. I guess it was timed." Martha explained.
Stefania shook her fist at Martha "How dare you calling my baby a piglet, Martha!"
"I think this piglet isn't really your daughter. It never was." Martha replied.
"But we saw our daughter turning into ... this." Tony replied. "What do you mean?"
"I think this was a piglet to begin with. Someone has transformed it into a copy of your daughter with a timer added to that spell. After a short while, the spell ended and the copy of your daughter reverted to its original pig form." Martha explained.
"But why...?" Tony asked but fell suddenly silent as he had an epiphany. "Crap, I nearly wished this piglet into our daughter and we wouldn't have realized it."
"I guess exactly that was the plan." Martha said.
"So it's all about revenge. But who could to that to us?" Tony wondered.
"Maybe this plot was planned as revenge against Martha as well?" Stefania proposed.
"Sounds reasonable." Martha said. "All that would have been left was for me to learn the truth about the changeling later, when the changeling had already taken the place of Calista."
"What despicable plan. Who could be so cruel...?" Stefania asked.
Martha, Tony and Stefania looked at each other for a moment, then they said in unison: "Svetlana!"
All the three remembered their last common encounter with the wicked maid: Svetlana had trapped Martha in vacuum. Also, Svetlana had wished Tony into a feather duster. Thanks to the help of Sami, Stefania was able to release Martha, so Martha could restore Tony back to normal. They had left Svetlana behind frozen in a block of ice, but it wasn't supposed to keep the maid locked forever. Now, it seemed, Svetlana had returned to get her revenge on all three of them.
Martha was the first to speak again "That makes sense. Svetlana has teamed up with another genie called Gregorios."
"Is he as powerful as Sami?" Stefania asked.
"No, he was once human like me. But I twisted his last wish and turned him into a genie. Maybe I shouldn't have..." Martha told her friends.
"Can you beat him?" Tony asked.
"I hope so. Our powers are now nearly equal."
"How about you ask Sami for help?" Stefania proposed.
"We should do that. And also, we need the help of my other friends, Amelia and David." Martha replied.
"Who are Amelia and David?" Stefania asked.
"They are co-workers at the hotel. Trust me, they hate Svetlana too. Each of them had their personal, bad experience with that evil maid." Martha explained.
"We'll come along too." Tony said.
Stefania agreed: "Definitely. I won't leave my child in the claws of this evil woman. I hope it's no problem that I already used up the three wishes you gave me, Martha?"
"Getting more wishes from me isn't a problem." Martha replied. "But Sami is more strict there. Stefania, he granted your wish when he freed me from the vacuum and I doubt that he will grant you any more wishes."
"Martha's right. Maybe you should stay here. Don't worry, we will bring our daughter back." Tony declared.
Stefania was outraged. "Do you expect me to stay at home, while you do the job of a 'man'? I'm not that kind of woman."
"I know. And that's what I love about you. But what if she transforms you into a mouse or something and crushes you. I don't want you to be harmed." Tony explained.
"And what about you? Don't you think I'm equally worried about you?" Stefania replied. "Let's do this together, ok?"
Tony was still reluctant. "And if Martha manages to save our daughter but both of us are killed in the process? Is that better? You can come along. All I ask of you is not to rush forward and confront Svetlana."
That argument made Stefania think. Finally, she made her desicion.
TO BE CONTINUED...
Part 5A (Geniedom): hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Fore…
Part 5B (Liberation): hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Fore…
Part 5C (Restoration): hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Fore…
Part 7A: Confront Svetlana with Stefania's Help: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Fore…
Part 7B: Don't take Stefania to the final confrontation: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Fore…
wrong names used 3 times?!
1. Svetlana was outraged. "Do you expect me to stay at home, while you do the job of a 'man'? I'm not that kind of woman." Svetlana is Stefania?
2. Part 7B: Don't take Svetlana to the final confrontation: Svetlana is Stefania?
3. Svetlana had trapped Martha in vacuum. Also, Stefania had wished Tony into a feather duster. Thanks to the help of Sami, Stefania is Svetlana?