Friday, February 11, 2005


Every time she looked into the bottle a feeling of déjà vu overcame her. Why was this so familiar? What did it mean? She'd glance over to her girlfriends sitting near her, search for some reaction, but they were silent, avoided her eyes. They always seemed to notice what was on her mind, passing uneasy looks between them. They could have said something. She was sure of it. But they didn't.

This time she confronted them: "You know something, don't you?"

"Uh, well, I don't know," one of her friends declared evasively.

"About me and this bottle. Tell me."

Nervous pause. A cough.

"Look, I'll get off this bus and never hang out with you again," she said, and meant it, though it wouldn't be easy, as she had known her friends as far back as she could remember. Everyone called them "The Inseparables."

Her friends' eyes darted about tentatively. Their silence was masked by the motor of the bus revving as it turned down a new street. This time they couldn't back down. An imploring glance, a nod, then one of her friends spoke.

"Well, we didn't know if we should say anything. It's just that you-" her friend couldn't finish.

"You're a genie," another blurted out. "We found you in the bottle. You gave us a wish, and we wished for you. We wished you to be our best friend for all time."

"Yeah," another friend went on, "you've been places, seen the world, we thought it'd be really cool to hang out with you."

They took turns explaining now:
"But then you lost your powers and your memory."
"We thought it'd be kind of traumatic, if we reminded you."
"So we avoided it."
"But you're still fun to hang out with."

The former genie smiled and peered dreamily into the bottle: "So that's where I come from..."

Story #158

Note from Indeterminacy: This story is for Cori.

9 comments:

The Mushroom said...

It's nice to have friends that love you even when you're not immortal anymore. It's nicer when they love you even when you're not immoral anymore too. And like a snail or turtle, she always carried her house with her...

Benjamin Solah said...

That was a very nice story, it has a meaning, I'm still kinda trying to work it out. But it's a nice one.

Indeterminacy said...

Thanks for those nice words, Benjamin. I always want these stories to mean many different things at once. This story will pretty much mean whatever you say it does. P.S. You have a cool blog.

Cori said...

Lovely x 50! Thanks x 100!!
(Huge Smile)

Nurse Mia said...

Interesting story. Do you identify yourself as the genie or as the friends who got lucky?

Indeterminacy said...

Who me? I identify with the bus driver. Always in the background. Nobody notices him, but he notices all the subtleties of things going on around him (some of it imagined, to be sure). Did you notice the bus driver? See what I mean.

panthergirl said...

I love this blog! It's such a great concept. Good work!

jcklsgk said...

Nice story. I always like a story that leaves me thinking.

weirsdo said...

How appropriate that it should be a Malibu rum bottle. Exotic, you know.