Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Wish in One Hand

Here's a little snippet to give you a glimpse into the world of Josephine Eugenia Mayweather - resident genie and antiques dealer...

The sign outside my little slice of corrugated steel heaven says Mayweather Antiquities. Which is as close to the truth as I can come. Few things are more antique than your average genie. Besides, when I started this racket, I wanted some kind of legitimate enterprise to show mortals. If they had any inkling what my business really did, we’d be screwed blue and tattooed. Villagers coming after us with torches and pitchforks or picketing outside begging for a few freebie wishes don’t appeal to me.
I have nightmares about the other possibility—being captured and studied.
Of course, the fact we actually do sell antiques helps us hide. After living a few centuries, genies accumulate a lot of crap. When they want to unload, we’re the place. Without antiques from ancient people, I can’t imagine how we’d fund everything we do.
We’re the first step between the slavery of a Master and running loose around the world. As such, we provide a place to acclimate to freedom. Plus, we give them vocational training, if they choose to become human again. Education isn’t cheap—no matter who you are, and it’s not like we can wish up the tuition. The Feds would be all over us, thinking we were counterfeiters. And wishing up gold disrupts the world market. Rather than deal with the hassle we sell old things.
Turns out everyone’s got to make a living somehow—even those with phenomenal power.

I really sincerely hope to be able to offer this to you for sale one day.  I can only hope that by the time that happens, you'll all still be teased enough to buy it.  ;o)


jblynn said...

I do love this story! :-)

B.E. Sanderson said...

Thanks, JB!

Silver James said...

If they had any inkling what my business really did, we’d be screwed blue and tattooed. One of my favorite lines ever! Like JB, I love this story too. We WILL find it a home!!!!

B.E. Sanderson said...

Thanks, Silver! If we can't find it a home, I'll build it one. ;o)

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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