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Some children are utterly charming, a joy to be around and many children are mostly tolerable, but Balfour Balon was neither of those. He was a brat, plain and simple, and you didn’t have to squint your eyes to see the colossal bully he was sure to become, it was right there in front of you. So perhaps it wasn’t as unfortunate as one might think that Balfour happened upon a slightly evil djinn when prying the cork out of what he thought was a bottle of treacle he found in his father’s study. After making a grand entrance in an enormous puff of lavender smoke, the djinn busied himself rummaging around office looking for items of value to pilfer. “Hey!” yelled Balfour, unnecessarily, “you’re supposed to give me everything I ask for, aren’t you?” The djinn yawned expansively and scratched his ear with a letter opener. “I suppose so. What do you want?” Balfour decided to start small. Out of the window, he could see his father returning from the doctor with Balfour’s detested baby sister, who was happily clutching a balloon in her dimpled little fist. He could pop hers and then taunt her with the one in his possession! “A balloon!” Balfour demanded. “Absolutely not,” drawled the djinn, now laconically cleaning his fingernails: “That is a stupid wish.” Well, as you might imagine, Balfour’s face became so red and swollen it looked as though it might pop and he had a seismic tantrum, which culminated in an earsplitting “YOU HAVE TO GIVE ME A BALLOON RIGHT NOW!!!” And so the djinn did, as you can see.
Nowadays, Balfour tends to keep to himself in the town cemetery, his only companion a stuttering raven named Neville who says only “N-n-n-n-n…never mind.”

This 5″ × 7″ × 3/8" original collage has been constructed of hand cut vintage images on canvas board and is accented with Thai lace paper, photo corners and string. It is finished with art paper on the back, signed and fitted with hanging hardware. Great for a giggle for Halloween or any time of the year!

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2009. Copyright to this material is in no way transferrable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!

When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at Originals available – check for availability.
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  • IWML
    IWMLover 4 years ago

    (and ‘nevermind’ is HILARIOUS…)

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieover 4 years ago

    Poor N-n-n-neville.
    Thanks, IWML :-).

  • mickpro
    mickproover 4 years ago

    good one, glad i’m not him.

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature, Robyn!

    – WinonaCookie

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyover 4 years ago

    truly Great piece!

  • Thank you!

    – WinonaCookie

  • zoequixote
    zoequixoteover 4 years ago

    HA! i love it, classic ‘careful what you wish for.’ glad that djinn had a sense of humor :D
    nevermind :DDDDDDDD hahahahahaha!

  • You’d think word would get around to leave djinns alone – it never turns out well!

    – WinonaCookie

  • A. L.
    A. L.almost 4 years ago

    creapy but i like it

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