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I dream of genie (Friday Fictioneers)

November 29, 2018


Every year at the same time, she brought a new one in. “Doesn’t work. I’ve rubbed it but nothing, no genie.”

I nod as I do every year and place the oil can on the shelf at the back of the store. They were always old, decrepit looking things that smelt funky, but she handled them with care, so I felt the need to do so as well. I’ve no idea where she gets them. No customer ever bought one.

This year, I peer through the dirty shop window and tap my rag against the counter.

She’s late.

I wonder…



This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

Word count: 100


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  1. What a magical story, Laurie, full of undying hope. A pleasure to read.

  2. loved the “I wonder”

  3. There’s always that hope that this time will be the one… Like me with a lottery ticket…

  4. I wonder what she wished for? Obviously not to return to the shop 😉

  5. Jelli permalink

    A wonderful story. What a collection to acquire, moreso by the person bringing it. Loved it!

  6. Sometimes wishes come true. Maybe hers was more than she could handle.

  7. Sounds like maybe she finally got her wish 🙂

  8. Abhijit Ray permalink

    Hoping against hope, that genie will appear some day. Life lives on hope.

  9. Just because she hasn’t found The One yet doesn’t mean it isn’t out there! I love the hope in this, and the I wonder at the end…

  10. it is always the same, i’ve searched all the charity shops looking for the same lamp, so frustrating.

  11. OMG…really?!? You and your leaving me hanging posts!!! Lol. This is wonderful. I wonder…did the genie answer her wish?!? That’s what I would believe. Well done as always Laurie!!

  12. Oh, I hope she found her genie! Great take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  13. If she’s found her genie then who knows where she is now?

  14. Dear Laurie,

    I hope she got what she wished for. Lovely story that leaves us wondering and imagining.



  15. ya never know.. could be….

  16. Looks like we are all wondering and hoping that she got her wish. Nicely told.

  17. Is she the genie and she just like to change her digs every year? Hmmm

  18. And now i wonder what she wished for… sounds like she went elsewhere… magic castles are probably never close to a thrift store.

  19. What fun. A wonderfully hopeful story for this time of year. “she handled them with care, so I felt the need to do so as well’ A great deal of respect shown in this line.

  20. Wonderful story, Laurie… I wonder… 🙂

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