Breaking the Genie Law
After solving the problem with the stone statue, Amelia and Martha had returned to Switzerland. Now, a shopping spree was just what they needed. As both women walked through the city center, Amelia asked: "Say Martha, do we have to take care of another victim of yours? Or was the stone statue the last one?"
Martha thought hard. "I can't think of any other victim I could save. I feel much more relieved now."
"Good to hear that." Amelia said. "Do you know how you will use our own wish?"
Martha didn't answer, as she was distracted by a young couple that consisted of a blonde woman and her boyfriend who carrying her purchases. Martha even turned her head to look after the woman as they walked past.
"Earth to Martha!" Amelia said. "Did you hear what I said?"
"Sorry, no. I was distracted by that woman." Martha replied.
"I didn't know you are into women?" Amelia teased Martha.
"That's not what I mean." Martha replied a bit grumpy. "I know that woman. She's a genie too. Her name is Katrin."
Now, Amelia stopped and looked after the other genie too. "Her boyfriend seems to be very eager to serve her. I sometimes wish David would be that nice to me." Quickly, Amelia covered her mouth. "You won't grant that wish, will you?"
"Certainly not! That would mean to mess with David's free will and I won't do that. Besides, it’s against genie law." Martha said. She focused on Katrin's boyfriend. Suddenly, Martha sounded very sincere. "In fact, I think his mind is being controlled."
"What are you saying?"
"I think Katrin used her power to enslave her boyfriend." Martha explained.
"That... that is horrible." Amelia said. "This Katrin seems to be an evil genie."
"Yeah, it seems that her new genie powers have corrupted her over the last two years."
"Martha, what do you mean? Over the last two years?"
"Shhhh...." Martha sight. "Katrin was a normal girl until I turned her into a genie." she admitted.
"Did you twist her wish when you turned her into a genie?"
Martha scratched her head. "Kind of... She wished to win a competition for the best genie cosplay, so I made her a real genie. Of course, she won the competition."
"Can you break her mind enchantment on her friend?" Amelia asked.
"Why should I do that?"
"Because you are responsible for him being enslaved, kind of." Amelia said. Martha gave her friend a stare. "If you hadn't twisted Katrin's wish and turned her into a genie, she could have never enslaved that boy. I'd say you should save him." Amelia concluded.
"Alright, alright!" Martha said. "I'll see what I can do. But it won't be easy with Katrin around."
"I'll help you with that. What do you need, Martha?"
"I'd need to talk to him without Katrin interfering, for a start. If I can analyse the spell on him, I might break it." Martha explained.
"Ok, I'll distract Katrin so you can examine her friend. Let's follow them." Both women followed Katrin and her boyfriend from a safe distance.
Martha and Amelia finally caught up with the couple in a department store. Katrin was selecting various clothes. Her boyfriend simply agreed with Katrin's choices, even if the dresses didn't suit her at all. Martha snickered inwardly at the thought, that she could simply let Katrin fool herself by listening to the advices of a mere puppet. Then, Martha remembered that it was her task to help this poor man.
After a while, Katrin went to the changing cubicles. Amelia seized the chance. "Martha, I'll go to the cubicles too and stall Katrin. So you have time to deal with her boyfriend." Amelia grabbed a piece of clothing and followed Katrin before Martha could object.
Martha was not happy. Amelia's action was a bit rushed, but Martha couldn't waste that opportunity. She went over and spoke to Katrin's boyfriend. "Hello. My name is Martha. What's yours?"
"My name is Michael, but my girlfriend Katrin forbade me to talk to other women." Michael replied trying to look away from her.
'What a clever genie!' Martha thought. Then she had an idea. If Katrin hadn't worded the order properly, maybe she could find a typical loophole. "I'm no woman, I'm a genie. Did Katrin forbade you to talk to genies as well?"
Mike thought for a moment. His face distorted. Then he answered: "No, she didn't say anything about genies. I guess it's ok to talk to you."
"Excellent." Martha said and offered her hand for Michael to shake. When Michael took her hand, Martha had the body contact she needed to analyse the mind. Katrin had put the mind spell on him by herself. It wasn't a botched wish stated by Michael, this was clearly breaking the great genie law. It was a well-executed spell, but Martha was confident that she could break it. All that was necessary were her unrestricted powers, and that meant someone had to wish for it. The easiest solution would be to wait until Amelia returns. But then, maybe she could trick Michael into wishing himself free.
"Say, Michael, is Katrin treating you well?" Martha asked.
"Of course, she is the best mistress I could ask for." Michael replied.
Martha thought for a moment. This was bad. It seemed Katrin had made Michael into her personal slave body and mind. "Is there nothing you are unhappy with? The way she treats you, maybe?"
Michael shook his head. "No! I'm perfectly happy. That is... There's only one thing: She wants me to do things for her, a part of me rejects violently. But I want to be her best slave."
First, Martha felt desperate. How could she ever break that spell? Suddenly she had an idea. "Maybe I can help you with our problem. Don't you wish you would be freed from all your bounds?"
"Like the bounds that prevent me from fulfilling all of Katrin's wishes?" Michael asked. Martha nodded. "Sure, I'd like that." Michael agreed.
"Then wish for it. Wish that you are freed from all bonds!" Martha proposed.
Michael smiled. "Ok, I wish that I'm freed from all my bonds."
Martha blinked. "Wish granted."
Suddenly Michael's expression changed from a stupid smile to very angry look. "That evil genie!" he shouted. When Michael saw Martha backing away, he quickly added. "I'm sorry, Miss. I don't mean you. In fact, I have to thank you for freeing me."
"Most welcome. I'm simply glad that you are freed from Katrin's spell." Martha smiled.
"What are you doing to my boyfriend?!" They suddenly heard Katrin's angry voice behind them.
"I'm freeing him from your illegal spell." Martha replied.
"Illegal? What are you talking about?" Katrin asked incredulous
"You know exactly that you broke the great genie law." Martha replied. "You must have learned that when I turned you into a genie."
Katrin twirled her hair. "Yeah, there was something. And what are you gonna do about it? There's no genie court of justice."
"I'll punish you myself. That's the last I can do, since I gave you the powers"
"Not so fast!" Katrin presented her open hand and blinked. With a poof, a shrunken Amelia was standing in her palm.
Martha's mouth popped open. "How did you...?"
"Did you really think I won't see through your silly charade?" Katrin laughed. "When Amelia tried to stall me, I stole a glance on you and Michael. So I decided to get insurance. If you want get your precious friend back, you have to hand over Michael. He's mine!"
Martha felt angry. She would never sent Michael back into slavery. But she couldn't leave Amelia under Katrin's powers. She had only one choice: "I hereby challenge you to a genie duel."
Katrin nodded. "Alright. But not here. We'll do it tomorrow morning at the Dolder Sportspark. And the winner will get both, Amelia and Michael."
The stakes were high, maybe a bit too high. But Amelia had no other choice. She gave Katrin an evil stare. "Alright, I accept your conditions."
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Oh! This should be interesting!
Poor Amelia they did kinda need a better plan for dealing with a genie than stalling her.
Great story! I wonder what will happen next!
I can tell you that another chapter without choice follows before the desicion for this part comes.
Yeah, "I'll distract the genie". That plan can't go wrong. Amelia of all people should be weary of confronting a genie.