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Genie relations - Part 6 by hippo2 Genie relations - Part 6 by hippo2
The evening of the following day, Martha was having dinner with Luca again. Earlier that day, she had taken the appearance of Frida and accompanied him to the business meeting. Luca did his best to bring the negotiations to a good end. In the end, his partners agreed to a settlement, but it was not as good as Luca had expected. Now, they were sitting at a restaurant.

"Thank you very much for your help, Martha!" Luca said. "Without your genie powers, I would have lost everything today. But why did you try to hide from me that you are a genie?"

Martha lowered her head. "I wasn't sure how you would react. Maybe you would hate me for what I became?"

"Well... You're still my sister." Luca's voice turned strangely stern. "But I'm horrified how easily you wanted to turn Frida into an animal. Is that normal for a genie?"

"As a genie, I'm forced to grant the wishes of my masters. They often wish for terrible things. I'm not responsible for their wishes." Martha said.

Luca shook his head. "This doesn't count here. It was YOU who proposed to transform Frida into an animal. Why did you do that?"

"Well..." Martha though about the question. "I guess I kind of enjoy transforming people." she admitted.

"I don't understand you. You got these amazing powers and you use it to destroy other people's lives. How many peoples' lives have you already destroyed?"

Martha remembered the many transformations, especially those she did as a free genie. "There had been some, yes. But what's wrong with twisting an evil wish so I get back on an evil master?" Martha tried to justify herself.

"I have no problem with punishing evil masters. You could use your powers to punish them in a way that they could learn from. As Babette did with Frida. But if you use your powers to destroy other peoples life just for fun, you're not better than your evil masters. And I don't want to have such an evil creature for a sister."

These words really hurt Martha. She knew, that her brother was right. Sometimes, she simply transformed her masters for her own amusement, just like Sami did. No wonder Sami had turned away from humanity. But, if she would use her powers to help those humans who deserved her help, and to punish - no, to teach - evil masters a lesson, she might stay part of the human world. "I think I can do that!" she said. Luca nodded and both took a deep breath. "Luca, can I ask a favor from you?"

"What do you want?"

"Tomorrow, at around 9 o'clock, I'll become an enslaved genie again. Can you wish me into a free genie once I'm a bound to my lamp again?"

"I won't do that." Luca replied. "You have to earn your freedom first. I promise you this: I'll return in a few months. Then you will have to show me that you learned to use your powers responsibly. If I'm convinced, I'll wish you into a free genie."

First, Martha felt angry at her brother. A huge part of her wanted to use her powers to transform him. Martha was already preparing her powers to unleash on him, when suddenly, a much smaller part got the upper hand : If she would transform her brother now, she would only prove him right. Transforming him would not just destroy what was left of their relationship, it would also sever the most important tie to the human world she still had: her family. Eventually, Martha suppressed her anger. She realized that she had to learn to use her powers responsibly. She meekly lowered her head and nodded.


The next morning, Martha brought Luca to the airport. After a rather silent goodbye, Luca was on his way back to Brazil. Martha returned to the hotel. Soon, she would switch her place with Babette again. A few minutes before the switch, she summoned Babette. "Hello Babette, are you ready to switch back."

"Oh yeah! I can't wait to become human again!"

"Didn't you like being a genie?"

"Frankly, no!" said Babette. "The power of a genie is intoxicating, yes. But I can't live as a slave. I felt so bad when I was forced to switch the bodies of your brother and his secretary. At least you undid the swap. But what if I can't undo an evil wish?"

"I know what you mean. I had to grant such wishes too. Gregorios is probably the worst example. He was originally a man who applied for the position of receptionist here at the hotel. He used his wishes to destroy the lives of the two other applicants. At least I got back at him and turned him into a genie."

"How can you live with that guilt?" Babette asked.

"Guilty that I created this evil genie Gregorios?" Martha joked. Babette stared back at her. "Sorry, I know what you mean." Martha added. "I don't feel guilty at all. Being a genie for so long, I decided that once a human being is transformed, it's no longer human to me."

Babette shuddered. "I could never think like that. I guess I'm not made to be a genie. If you can live as a genie, I hope you will be happy that way."

Then, both felt the magic wash over them. It was done. Babette was human and Martha was the genie of the lamp again.

THE END.

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Martha will return in "Martha, the family maker." fav.me/d5lc0y7
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lesson received, but is it truly learned?
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
The next story will tell. I'm currently working on the comic page.
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cool. Looking forward to it.
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magicshoppe Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I liked it. I'm glad her brother said what she needed to hear before she totally embraced the Sami-style geniedom. Martha is not on the right track. The real trick, in this series, would be a credible transformation of Sami back into a guardian of humanity.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Glad you like it. It's nice to see how the fans discuss which way Martha shall take.

You mean Sami going all Darth Vader style? Interesting idea. Maybe Martha can bring him closer to humanity?
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DanStanding Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
And the path has been set...
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
For Martha? Yes, but a lot of things can happen on that way.
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very somber chapter.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Why do you think so?
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Just struck me as being somber.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Yeah, it is really gloomy in some parts. Especially Martha's thoughts of being a genie. Maybe becoming human will become an option for her again?
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe.
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