It’s always good to have terms in a negotiation. Especially when you find the negotiator just a touch suspect…Like a genie. Or a contract killer and/or infiltrator. Maybe that friendly lost prince with an email address that needs your bank account number. You know. The ones that seem MOSTLY fine…
When I was little, I gave serious thoughts to the terms of wishes, in the event that if I ever got a genie and had three wishes to use, I’d be prepared to make the most of them. Especially since I always assumed any genie I would find would turn out to be one of those wily tricksters that twisted all my words. I spent hours daydreaming about the exact language I would use, and how to avoid sealing the deal on accident prior to making sure all my specific needs were met. My childhood negotiations would probably have impressed a lawyer with their convoluted language and bylaws.
What was I wishing for? World peace? And end to hunger? A pony?
HECK no, I wanted shape-shifting powers. Because then I could fly AND have claws and a tail.
I was a child with my priorities straight. Clearly.
But you see, there are many ways you could make shape-shifting horrible, if a mean genie had its way. Forgetting one’s original form, uncontrolled shifting, painful shifting, no knowledge of the instincts that would be natural to the form, getting stuck in a form, losing one’s intelligence when taking on the form of a less intelligent creature, not being able to shift partially, not being able to turn into a dragon (no dragon is DEFINITELY a deal-breaker)…Thanks to those hours spent looking at all the angles, I have it allllll worked out. No genie is gonna get the drop on ME when I get my hands on that lamp…
What hidden catches have you considered on your genie wish of a life-time? (Or, if I’ve forgotten one on shape-shifting, you’ve gotta let me know. I need to get these wish terms on LOCK DOWN!)