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Taking responsibility - Part 7A by hippo2 Taking responsibility - Part 7A by hippo2
The two weeks were up and it was Amelia's last day as a receptionist. Now, it was time to release Martha from her prison. Amelia summoned Sami and quickly explained him what had happened to Martha. Of course, Sami agreed to break the seal on Martha's lamp and release his fellow genie. A quick blink later, green smoke poured out of Martha's lamp and formed into the body of the green-skinned genie girl.

"Free! I'm free again!" Martha yelled. Then she saw Amelia standing next to Sami. "Why did you wait so long to release me?" she asked angrily.

Amelia shied away. Then she plucked up her courage and stood up against the furious genie. "Listen, Martha: you brought that upon yourself. When you transformed those two kids into rabbits, it was your own free will. And I warned you that you will have to live with the consequences. Do you remember?"

"Of course..." Martha gnashed her teeth. "But two weeks..."

"Be glad that it was only two weeks," suddenly David said, from the entrance of the lobby. Apparently, he had come over from the reception desk and heard the first part of Amelia's and Martha's conversation. "Without us, you could have been locked away for a million years."

Martha glanced at David with anger. Slowly, her face softened a bit. "I guess..."

"Martha, the woman who locked you away thought you are an evil genie." David continued. "And from what Amelia told me, you really did a terrible thing to her children. Have you ever thought about what this woman was going through? Or any other relative of a person you transformed?"

"Wait a second: I was forced to transformed the others because an evil human made a wish. And some of these people deserved what I had done to them. Remember the cat-burglar? She made me transform a watchman into mouse and then she killed him." Martha defended herself.

"So evildoers must be punished, right?" David asked her.

Martha nodded.

"Martha, I don't blame you for what you did, when you were forced to grant a wish. I trust you when you say that you twisted a wish to punish an evil master. But what you did to these two kids was an deliberately evil act. You were an evildoer. And you deserved to be punished."

Martha gasped. David was right. When she became a free genie for a day, she got carried away by her unlimited powers. "I think I deserved to be locked away, then," she admitted.

David walked over to Martha. "See it this way: I suspended your sentence on parole. I know that you have better qualities. You had once been a very warm-hearted human woman. " He placed his hand on Martha's heart. "And I know this woman is still there, inside. Please don't let her go away."

A tear formed in Martha's eye. She embraced David. "Thank you, David. I feel so terrible now. You have no idea what I did to my masters. Some even got killed after I transformed them. But there are still some that can be salvaged, I hope. David, if I tell you which ones of the transformed humans I want to rescue, will you help me save them?"

"I think I already gave you that promise." David embraced Martha. "All you have to do is tell me which wish you want to have undone."

"I can help you with that, too." Amelia said.

"Martha, take your time and think carefully about whom you want to rescue. If the cat burglar killed a guard in cold blood, I don't think she should be turned back. But only you can tell."

Martha nodded. "I will, David, I will." Then she returned to her lamp.


Martha spend the next hour thinking about which victim of her wishes deserved to be saved. Martha decided to start with all those who had been transformed as a result of a wish by a third person or just by bad luck. One person she definitely wanted to save was Hermione. Hermione had been trapped inside a painting because of her own, ill-worded wish. But, Martha had absolutely no idea where that painting was now.
The next person that came to Martha's mind was Amy Costner. Originally, she was a teacher, but a wish turned her into a teenager again. But Martha knew that Amy had already adapted to her new life and that she was quite happy with it. So, Martha decided to let her live her new life.
Briefly, a woman named Alexis crossed Martha's mind. Alexis had turned out to be a gold digger, who used her wishes to bring David under her control. When Alexis threatened to use her last wish to get rid of Amelia, Martha had twisted her last wish to turn Alexis into a cookie - a cookie that had been eaten, by now. Martha's stomach churned at this thought. Genies couldn't kill. It seemed that it didn't count as killing if a person was transformed into a cookie and then eaten. But, at the moment, it felt only as a legal dodge to Martha. In fact, the idea came uncomfortably close to killing a person. Disgusted by herself, Martha quickly pushed that thought away.
Martha though about another person she could save. There were the two victims of Gregory. Bernard had been turned into a lobster and was sure already eaten, too. Again, Martha felt bad, since his fate reminded her of Alexis. At least it was a specific wish by Gregory, so Martha didn't feel as guilty about it. Which left only Sylvia. Like Bernard, Gregory had wished for Sylvia to be transformed. Only Sylvia was turned into a palm. And this palm now was only a few meters away in the lobby.
Martha decided to start her penitential pilgrimage with Sylvia and left her lamp.


Codeword: Humanity

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 6: [link]

Part 8A Check Sylvias State of mind first: [link]
Part 8B Go and ask David or Amelia for help: [link]

Proofreading by :iconjorrun:
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DanStanding Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Really been enjoying this! Excited to see how things with Sylvia go!
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
There are several posibilities.
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DanStanding Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Which is why your stories have been so fun to read!
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Looks like she has a lot to make up for!
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Yeah, maybe I'll do a sequel series where Martha tries to save her victims.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Should be quite the series!
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I have some ideas for sequel stories, continueing some of the endings. But if I do them, I won't do it on a weekly basis again.
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow.
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Rod-Roger Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
SWEET! THis was a nice Part bro! Hm, this is a pickle though bro. I want to reverse the poor girl's wish but I think she needs help too since the earring Martha wore turned into a blank slate. Um, uh.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
It's a tough desicion you have to make here. And it has a big impact on the final ending you get.
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Rod-Roger Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Ack! Ummm I pick B....
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hippo2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
You can still wait until next weekend and see which path you like more.
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Rod-Roger Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Thanks.
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