Old Things and New

Posted: March 5, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Meredith meandered through the miscellaneous items, past wicker chairs, dogeared books, coffee-stained maps, and gleaming clocks that told the wrong time. The market was a place where almost anything was sold, though much less was bought.

She stopped by the pumpkin-shaped pottery and stretched out her fingers, brushing across orange paint.

“My lady,” a voice whispered, soft and terrible, “take the pumpkin and I am yours, to do as you bid. Three gifts I offer you.”

“Three gifts.” Meredith smiled. “A genie. A genie in a pumpkin. Wouldn’t you be better off in one of those old lamps?”

“Old lamps,” the voice replied, “are for old genies. Spirits of fire and air, doers of magic. They were great in their day, when people believed in such things. Now they grow weaker every day.”

“And what are you?” Meredith asked.

“We are creatures of atoms and antimatter. Masters of the new magics people have made. Buy my vessel and I’ll show you.”

“Buy a genie and trust its wishes?” Meredith laughed and drew back her hand. “I’ve read too many books for that.”

And she went on her way, leaving the genie in its pumpkin.

Word Count: 194

This is for Sunday Photo Fiction. Thanks to Dawn Miller for the photo!

  1. ceayr says:

    Utterly delightful!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Lovely take, the genie left to wait for the next customer!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Vaidehi Soni says:

    Wonderful imagination… A pumpkin genie 😍

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Very magically innovative.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. A different kind of genius, what an imagination you have!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. The Voice says:

    A wise lady, I think. Nice story. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sandra says:

    Things move on. Not always for the best either. Good one.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. James says:

    Ha! Mine talks too, though it doesn’t dabble in antimatter, which can be a dangerous thing in a matter world.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Joy Pixley says:

    Made me laugh! I can see her point, why should she trust this supposed genie anyway? There are so many ways for that to go wrong, best to leave the risk to someone else. πŸ˜‰

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  10. Wow! This sounds like the beginning of a fantastic retelling πŸ˜‰ Meredith is wise beyond her years.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. goroyboy says:

    Spectacular!! Had me from ” brushing against the orange paint”

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Amusing, fanciful, different, delightful!

    Click to read my story!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Glad her greed didn’t get the better of her and cause her to make a grave mistake. Good story

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