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I wish… (Friday Fictioneers)

May 24, 2018

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


“What is that?”

“What? The bowl? I thought it was nice. I got it at the market.”

“Ssshhhh…sure love, nice.”

“You hate it.”


“I’ll move it—”

“No, no, leave it. It’ll be-uh-nice to look at over dinner.”


What Sara doesn’t know is that the bowl… it brings with it more than just a pretty exterior. A curse sits upon it.


I should know… I’ve been here a long time. Now I wait, and hope Sara doesn’t rub the side.


They never use their wishes wisely. A taste of freedom before I’m forced back into my pretty prison cell.




This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

Word count: 100


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  1. The three wishes as a curse! Nice! By the way, I didn’t understand why the djinn hoped she wouldn’t rub the side

    • I think beacuse she gets freedom but it wont last… she has got to the point where it is emotionally devastating to be free only to be sent back into the bottle… or bowl as the case may be as soon as the wishes are gone.

  2. A modern-day Aladdin – great take on the prompt.

  3. Dear Laurie,

    I have the same question as Neil. I would think the genie would want her to rub the side of the bowl. At any rate, a magical story. Nope, they never make their wishes wisely, do they?



    • I think it just hurts her now to be released knowing she will be forced back. A neverending cycle. She’s sick of it. Thanks for reading, Rochelle 😊

  4. Never use their wishes wisely. Isn’t that the truth. Nice job, Laurie.

  5. That was awesome! Loved the turn on the genie in a lamp story! ❤

  6. An evil genie in a crystal bowl, nice twist!

    • Thanks Iain! The bowl looks magical to me. The genie may not be evil just very tired. People dont ever change.

  7. Great story. I wonder if the original curse was on those who would own and use the bowl, or the genie imprisoned in it?
    Your story could be an allegory; those with the power to change the world for the better are diverted into trivial occupations by those who covet material items…
    Well written, Laurie!

    • Fantastic! Yes Penny I think it could be. The genie is tired of hoping, humans always let her down.

  8. A genie in a bowl? That’s a novel idea, and I agree with Penny—it would seem the curse is more connected with the owner of the bowl than the bowl itself.

  9. It’s so much easier on the outside to know what to wish for. I wonder if we would always choose so unwisely…

  10. Nice twist to the chirag story. Great imagination.

  11. Sarah Ann permalink

    Cleverly done with setting the scene and then hearing from the genie trapped within. It is amazing what people wish for and the genie must know. 🙂

  12. Nice take on the prompt! 🙂

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