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Taking responsibility - Part 1 by hippo2 Taking responsibility - Part 1 by hippo2
M. Sprüngli put his panama hat on. He reached for his luggage. "You're sure you can handle everything here while I'm away?" he asked his nephew.

"Yes, uncle. It's between seasons, so there won't be too much stress at the hotel. And you trained me well." David replied.

"In case something happens, you got my phone number?"

"Yes, I got it. Now you must go, uncle. Or you will miss your pleasure cruise," David urged his uncle.

"I guess..." M. Sprüngli shrugged his shoulders. "I'll see you in four weeks."

Suddenly the phone on M. Sprüngli's desk rung. David took the receiver. "M. Sprüngli's Taxi is here," he heard Martha's voice.

"Alright, we're on our way down." David replied. Then he accompanied his uncle to the lobby.


A few hours later, on the same day, Martha and Amelia met in a cafe in town. Both women greeted each other by exchanging kisses on their cheeks. When they had settled down, Martha was the first to speak: "Say, Amelia, how are you doing at night school?"

"I have to admit that it's quite tough. It seems Gregorios didn't transform me into a brainiac, when he made me human. I got my first tests back. I'm content with results, but it could be better. But I'm sure I will graduate in about two years." Amelia said.

"Good to hear that." Martha replied. "Well, I guess he thought a maid didn't have to be very smart. But see it this way: You are much smarter than any other mouse. And you are doing good as a human."

Amelia blushed. "You think so? Many human things are still strange to me. It's obvious that I lack nearly 20 years of experience."

"Do you still think of yourself as a mouse?"

Amelia though for a moment. "No, I see myself as a human. The mouse I once was doesn't exist anymore. It's only some distant memories, now. Also, in my case, you genies made things better with your transformations. You got a pretty good quota in that."

"What do you mean?" Martha asked.

"I know of three cases you genies transformed a person permanently: Gregorios transformed a banker into Svetlana's dog..." Amelia began to count.

"Wait a second!" Martha interrupted her. "Her dog was a transformed human? How did that happen?"

"First, he patted my behind while I was cleaning the floor, then he invited me and Svetlana to spend the evening in his suite. Svetlana explained to me what he had in mind. She wished from Gregorios to turn the banker into a dog." Amelia asked.

Martha shuddered at the thought of the scene Amelia had just described. "I'd say he got what he deserved."

Amelia nodded."Then I saw you transform the two racists into black people..."

"Don't forget, they attacked you. They are lucky I was so soft on them. Besides, you explicitly wished for that." Martha defended herself.

"Exactly! They got what they deserved." Amelia admitted. "But there's still another couple you transformed. Remember that young couple, whom you transformed into rabbits? Nobody wished for that. You decided for yourself to transformed them."

All of a sudden, Martha felt quite uneasy. "Maybe I was a bit harsh on them... But that's in the past now... Maybe they even like being bunnies, now?"

"Frankly, I doubt that. When I was turned back into a mouse, it was pure horror for me." Amelia replied. I think they should be humans, not rabbits."

"I sense David's teachings in you. Since when have you become so compassionate towards humans?" Martha asked her.

"It's not only David's influence. I don't share his strict skepticism about genie powers. But honestly, I feel more connected to other humans, now. And trust me, I know what they must feel being transformed." Amelia said with a berating tone.

"I doubt that. Most likely, their minds have turned into rabbits already. They won't even understand what you are saying to them," Martha said.

"Even worse." Amelia replied. "Let's make a deal: The park where we left the rabbits behind is not far away. We go there now and search for the rabbits. If they still have their human mind, you will turn them back."

Martha nodded. "Alright, let's go."


On the way to the park, Amelia and Martha passed a couple of posters on the wall. The posters showed pictures of Susanne and Marcel, the couple Martha had turned into rabbits. The text explained that their parents were still looking for the missing couple, even though they had been transformed a couple of months ago. There was also a telephone number for those who knew anything about the missing couple.
When Martha saw that poster, she felt like she was punched in her stomach. It was so easy to see the transformed couple as nothing but rabbits. But now, she realized that by transforming them, she had also caused their relatives to suffer. Deep inside, Martha was torn apart: One part of her now hoped that the rabbits still had their human minds. Then, she could turn them back and redeem what she had done to them. But also, there was another part of her that hoped their human minds would have already gone. Then, it would be easy and the two would live out their lives as rabbits.

Suddenly, Martha realized that Amelia had stopped to write down the telephone number. "I got it. We can go now," the young, dark-skinned woman said.
Amelia and Martha headed off to the park.

TO BE CONTINUED...

Part 2: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 3: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 4: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 5A (with codeword "Goddess"): hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 5B (with codeword "Mouse"): hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 6: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 7A: Martha's human side has won the argument: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 7B: Martha's genie side has won the argument: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 8A Check Sylvias State of mind first: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 8B Go and ask David or Amelia for help: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…

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manymasksmanyfaces Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
this is good, it is not often that stories address these sorts of ramifications at least passingly.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
I'll show the fate of even more of Martha's victims in the next stories. And it will be an emotional rollercoaster for your genie.
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manymasksmanyfaces Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
for my genie? for arin?
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Sorry, typo. I mean Martha.
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manymasksmanyfaces Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah okay, had a feeling it was a typo XD
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work. :)
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, the lessons that we learn through guilt.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
It's rather the battle between Martha's human and Martha's genie side. Kind of "Battle of the Forces".
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can see which one is currently winning.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Yeah, but will her human side be stronger in the end?
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's where my bet is.
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The past returns to bite you on the butt huh Martha?
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Yup. Martha has to take responsibility for what she did. Hence the title.
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yep.
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Genie-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
wow really nice story hun :D
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Thank you very much.

Here are the stories Amelia and Martha are refering to:

The banker harrassing Amelia [link]
The two racists being changed into black people [link]
The young couple being transformed into rabbits [link]

Or you start reading the complete series. [link] The saga starts with "The Magic Lamp". Each Story is in a subfolder to the left.
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