In A Puff of Smoke


Slowly climbing the creaky stairs, the old woman made her way to the attic and lifted the lid on a small wooden chest.

Carefully retrieving a bundle wrapped in midnight blue silk, she unwrapped the brass lamp she had discovered as a child and rubbed it gently with her gnarled fingers. 

A genie appeared in a puff of smoke, smiled at her kindly and said, "Hello Belinda, are you at long last ready to make your third and final wish?"

"I am," Belinda replied, in a voice that reflected the weariness of her years. "I wish for both you and I to be set free."

The genie's eyes shined brightly as he folded his arms and nodded his head, and both of them vanished into thin air as the lamp tumbled to the attic floor.

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I'm joining the unsinkable Ivy Walker at "Uncharted"
where the cue this week is "PUFF"

18 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story and a wonderful wish. Well played.

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  2. Good one. I thought of going with the genie in the lamp thing, but couldn't get anywhere with it. Good job! Uplifting also.

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  3. That was great. It reminded me of a green genie bottle my aunt gave me in the 1970's that had a little door to open with answers like an 8 ball.

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    1. That sounds like a fun memory of a great gift!

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  4. This is a nice story. Kind of sad, but still nice. :) Have a blessed day.

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    1. I suppose it is in a way, she is old and tired, but wouldn't it be nice if we could just say "I'm ready now!"

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  5. She clearly released both of them....in different ways! Great story! :)

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    1. That's what I liked about this story, it wasn't about just Belinda's wish being granted, the genie got what was surely his wish as well!

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  6. Hope they both found happiness!

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    1. I'm pretty sure they did, Mimi, being set free is almost always wonderful!

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  7. This is a fantastic six sentence story. It deserves a prize; I wish I had written it.

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  8. Oh my!!!! Sigh!!!! How you built such relief into six short sentences!!!! awesome!!!! Im gonna go back and read it a third time!!!

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  9. yeah, I with everyone else... not just a good Six, a very excellent story (gotta learn to do that, what you've done so well in the story, the economy of inference)

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  10. Ohhh, that gave me goosebumps!! Hope they each found their bliss.

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