Periodically I’ll also post drabbles from the world of the stories, such as this, to build the world and add to the character list. These will function as a side series that occurs (mostly) concurrently with the main series, and focus on a different set of characters from the longer stories. So, without further ado…



We stared at the bottle on the table, as if we were waiting for the lead seal to disappear on its own.

“Should we open it?”

I let out a deep sigh. “I don’t know. On the one hand, the poor genie’s been in there like three-thousand years. On the other hand, what happens if they flip and destroy humanity for revenge?”

“But wouldn’t they have to obey us as long as we have the bottle?”

“Based on the stories, some would and some wouldn’t. Anyway what would we do with that much power?”

“I don’t know, maybe do something about that world peace thing?”

“That’s what we hope we’d do, but the thing is power corrupts, and lots of power really corrupts.”

He nodded. “So should we open it?”

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  1. Perfectly written piece. It has magic, and uses in a very creative way Lord Acton’s proverbial saying “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The open ending is used masterfully. I enjoyed reading it!


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