Indeterminacy 232 (The Wish)

“It’s your fault!” shouted Marge.
“No, it’s your fault!” Mitch shouted back.
“No, it’s your damn fault!” Marge shouted again.

Marge and Mitch had just been visited by a real live genie. He shot out of the vacuum cleaner hose like a balloon while Marge was vacuuming. It seems he was selling vacuum cleaners, and giving away free complimentary wishes with each model he sold.

“This is wonderful!” Marge called out to Mitch. “Come here and do a happy dance with me.”

The genie watched, a wide smile on his face as the two hopped and skipped, arm in arm, around in circles. He looked very friendly. He was no taller than a leprechaun and just as green.

“Shall we get down to business?” he interjected kindly.

“Well, let’s see. First off, we’ll take your entire line of vacuum cleaners,” Marge started, eyes focussed in the distance, on all the wonders soon to be hers, “and then I’d like a husband who’s always amorous, a—”

“You fool!” Mitch broke in “Don’t wish yet! It’s a trick! You’ve got to think it over carefully before you wish. Haven’t you read all those stories about wishing?!? I’ll probably go blind or something!”

But the genie had already lifted his hand for that magical wave that would finalize the wish. Thinking quickly, but perhaps not all too brightly, Mitch lunged forward and slam-kicked the genie against the wall. It broke the genie’s concentration all right, but it also broke the genie, who splattered into an interesting wall design, what with the green blood and all. Not even the new industrial strength vacuum cleaners could remove the stain. That’s when Marge and Mitch started arguing.

Indeterminacy 232 (The Wish)


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This story was originally posted at, a site featuring “one minute short stories” inspired by found photos.

Here is the found photo which served as the catalyst for the story:

Disclaimer: This photo is not my work, and is therefore also not for sale.

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