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Taking responsibility - Part 6 by hippo2 Taking responsibility - Part 6 by hippo2
Martha didn't exactly know how long she was locked up inside her lamp. She estimated it would be about 14 days now, but she wasn't so sure, anymore. Just after she became a genie about three years ago, Martha was often locked inside her lamp for weeks or even months. Without the coming and going of the sun, she had really difficulty keeping track of time. Even clocks didn't work reliably inside a genie lamp, as she already found out.

Now, Martha was combing her hair while she was levitating above the floor. From a vanity, her reflection looked back at her.

"Are they ever going to let me out of this stupid lamp?" Martha asked loudly. "How dare they keep me inside here!"

"On the other hand, you really abused your power when you transformed the two kids into rabbits. That was really selfish. Their mother has all the right to be angry with you, Martha," her reflection replied. "Maybe you should have used your powers to help humans instead?"

"Like my greedy ex-boyfriend, Marco? Or when Gregorios used his wishes to get rid of his competition? Or, even better, when Franziska not only used her wishes to break into the museum, but also to kill that guard?" Martha replied. "Only to mention the worst examples of human masters."

"They are not really a good example. And they truly deserved to be punished. But what about those people you really helped with your wishes?" the reflection argued. "What about Mareike and Lisa-Marie? You really fixed that family. Or, take your friends Alex and Carrie. You really improved their lives."

"Ok, so my magic can improve other people's lives. But that's others' lives and not mine. I'm a genie now, a wish-granting slave." Martha said, bitterly.

"Maybe, if you'd really supported humans by granting their wishes, someone might have wished you into a human again?"

"Why should I want to be human again? I feel like a genie, I think like a genie - face it, I'm a genie, now!"

"Then, how about becoming a free genie?" the reflection asked. "Have you ever asked them to wish you into a free genie?"

"David? He would never wish me into a free genie. He wants to see me as a powerless, human woman. And Amelia? I'm not sure about that, anymore. I've granted her tons of wishes and how does she thank me? She keeps me locked here, inside."

"I don't know why they are keeping you inside..." Martha's reflection meekly admitted. "They might have their reasons."

"If they are keeping me inside on purpose, it only strengthens my point."

"And what would that be?"

"That David and Amelia are just two high-handed masters as all the others are." Martha concluded. "Even worse, if they keep me locked inside on purpose, they think they know what's best for me. That's not for them to decide."

"Right, that's your own decision. You decide how to use your powers. If you want to live among humans, you have to care for them, at least a little bit. Otherwise, you'll really just be a genie and nothing else."

"You want me to become human again? I'm afraid I'm already beyond that point. Even if I had the chance to undo my worst wishes, it's more likely that vengeful relative will lock me inside my lamp again, like Frau Kohlschneider, or do even worse." Martha made her statement. "Then, what would my victims get, if I turn them back? Marcel and Susanne were rabbits for only a few months and their minds were already affected. I won't think of what is left of Hermione's or Sylvia's mind. If I turn them back and they turn out only to be empty shells, nothing is gained. That's even more cruel than leaving them the way they are now."

"Don't you feel compassion, anymore?" her reflection asked.

"Of course, I feel bad for those two. They were the victims of stupid or evil wishes I was forced to grant. If I could restore them to what they were, I would do that. But, if their minds are gone now, I should leave them the way they are now. This failure will always be upon me. And that's the reason why I could never become human, again," Martha concluded, with a sad voice.

"If you say so..." her reflection replied, when suddenly, the walls began to glow red.

TO BE CONTINUED...

Part 1: [link]
Part 2: [link]
Part 3: [link]
Part 4: [link]
Part 5A (with codeword "Goddess"): [link]
Part 5B (with codeword "Mouse"): [link]

Part 7A: Martha's human side has won the argument: [link]
Part 7B: Martha's genie side has won the argument: [link]
Part 8A Check Sylvias State of mind first: [link]
Part 8B Go and ask David or Amelia for help: [link]

Proof-reading by :iconjorrun:
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asari13 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cute scene
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Thank you.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Quite some conflict! Seeing as this is going in two directions again, I'm curious to see both sides.
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magicshoppe Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Two weeks in solitary and she's already talking to herself. I still don't like these choices for the reader. Martha should be reconciling her human and genie natures into a singular nature rather my having to choose which one will be dominant. Where's that story?

There's a line where she compares David and MARTHA to bad masters. She probably meant Ameila. Speaking of whom, why hasn't she let Martha out?
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magicshoppe Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
If there is, then the choice of siding with her humanside's argument vs genieside's argument is not much of a choice since it would become nullified afterward.

But don't worry about me. I still plan to read all paths.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Amelia hasn't let Martha out of the lamp because David had sweettalked her into it. Ok, after what happened at the restaurant, Amelia might have changed her mind, but she didn't.

About your wish for an ending: Who says that an ending close to the one you described isn't possible?
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Nayzor Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
This reminds of the scene in the Muppet Movie when Kermit talks to himself. Very poignant
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SonicMasterHero Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Well Martha. All humans are different. I'd give ya that. The bad people are the ones who are punished. The good people are innocent. But when you realize that your human side has won the argument, you will soon realize that either you could spend etirnity as a genie...or you can have your human life back. Your choice, not mine. Either continue this life or break it.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Well, I gave the readers the choice about which path the story will be going for them. There are different possible endings. So, you'll have make that coice for yourself.
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SonicMasterHero Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I see.....
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Rod-Roger Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
The human side won, Martha sadly met the few humans that had impure intentions that clouded her mind of Amila, David, Carrie, Alex and her friends. People who are kind, generous and lovely, people that are hurt seeing her go down a path that is undisareable, a path where she is no longer Martha but a spiteful shell of her former self. It is not a matter of being human or being a genie, it is a matter of being who she is, Martha a kind woman who cares and protects the omes arpund her.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Interesting ideas. I'm sure there will be one or two endings you will like very much.

May I ask what paths you have choosen?
Did Babette stay in the sleeping universe or was she brought back?
Did Sami turn the earrings back into a human or not?
Will Martha's human side win or her genie side?
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Rod-Roger Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Saved, a friend never leaves a friend. Sami did, not the best disicion but works and Human side won, because Martha is young, a mere child with her powrs.

Sothanks again for liking my comment.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I've just checked the ending list. There's one more desicion comming. Depending on that desicion, you get one of two endings, that are possible for you.
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Rod-Roger Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Cool, so a warp up is coming.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Well, there will be a few more episodes in between.
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Rod-Roger Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Ah okay.
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Genie-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I love this one it has deep meaning here you see the humen side and her genie side at the sametime but you can still she her humen side is very present still
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
So, who will win the argument? Her human side or her genie side?
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Genie-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I see both sides do have a point and you know coming from me that means something, but her powers should be used for good so her humen side is right
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, this is probably the final time I comment on your stories. I like where this is going, and I think the time for revenge is almost here.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Revenge by whom? And agains who?
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Revenge by Martha, against Sami, the mother that trapped her and anyone who gets between her and them.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Well, then you know what you have to choose next weekend.

Why revenge against Sami?
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
And I won't be around next week.
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I meant David...
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Oh, I think I have the perfect ending for you.
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GenreChallenger Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's a shame I'll probably not see it.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I guess you will be back later?
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, talk about self reflection.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Either that or the old shoulder-angle vs. shoulder-devil thing.

Besides, I used this technique before: [link]
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
True, very true.
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