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The first wish isn't exactly up to Wesley's expectations

A chapter in the book 12 Wishes Around the Globe (2nd ed)

Chapter 11

by Ben B.

Chapter 11: The First Wish Dives In

Coughing echoed throughout the cloud of purple smoke. Everyone human waved the massive smoke screen away from their faces.

"Easy on the secondhand smoke," Lilly complained.

"Feel free to report me to the FDA, mistress." The genie was practically invisible as she blended in with the smoke around her. "It's better than thunder and earthquakes."

"Did it work?" Barry believed he was asking genie not knowing he was closer to Wesley, "I didn't feel anything."

"Something happened," Wesley answered in the genie's place, "I hear something."

They all heard something. They were surrounded by heavy footsteps. Clanking and whirring noises you would hear in a factory were present as well.

Wesley felt the globe down by his feet. He picked it up before he tripped on it like Ryan did earlier. He didn't mention it to anyone as they had more pressing matters at the moment.

"Somebody open a window," Barry suggested.

"I really wouldn't do that," the genie warned.

"Why not?" Barry asked waving the smoke from his face.

Ryan carefully tried to feel around the room with his hands till he made contact. "I've found something." He groped a large, metal cylinder in his hands, "I think we're in a basement. I just found the boiler." He squeezed the "boiler's" pipe with his hand.

The smoke began to thin out. A curved green line lit up through the smoke.

"Not a boiler..." Ryan froze.

The smoke had to grow thinner before showing Ryan what he was actually groping: a huge robot with a thin green visor lens in place of its eyes and a speaker for a mouth. That metal cylinder Ryan's hand was holding was the machine's torso with a golden anchor on place of its torso. That pipe Ryan's other hand was clenching was its arm, complete with four sturdy looking metal fingers attached to a metal hand with two opposing thumbs on each side of the palm.

"May I be of assistance, Admiral Ryan?" the machine asked.

Ryan jumped back. The last of the purple smoke faded, uncurtaining a massive white control room of some sort. More robots surrounded everyone. Each one looked just like the one Ryan just groped only they didn't have any emblems on their torsos. They were all either analyzing a computer monitor or attending to a control panel. There were no machines in the room; they were all standing at their stations.

"Genie," Wesley looked around, "I thought we agreed on a sea ship, not a spaceship."

"Correct, you are aboard a naval ship" the machine with the golden anchor confirmed. "The helms officer is guiding the ship to the center of the Atlantic Ocean now."

Barry examined the piece of machinery before him, "Who are you?" he asked.

"Captain Mech at your service, Admiral Barry," the machine saluted him.

"Captain Mech," Wesley studied it and asked the genie, "Did you pull his name from a cereal box?"

"No..." the genie reluctantly confessed, "...from one of those old sci-fi shows."

Lilly had her own question for the genie, "Why is this room full of robots?"

"I can't create organic life. Nothing flesh and blood." The genie flew to the robot's side, "It's one of my limits, remember?" No one said anything to her. "Should I repeat my opening?" The genie began to grow.

Everyone human cried out, "No!"

"Thought as much." The genie shrunk back down, "Better ask the captain how long it will take for us to get there. It can't see me."

"Captain Mech," Barry watched the captain spin its head back to him, somewhat disturbing, "How long till we reach Atlantis?"

The machine computed the answer, "We're already there. The coast of the island is 1247.4 feet above us. We're sending drone to see if it's safe to emerge."

"Hold on," Wesley thought over what the captain just said, "are we in a sub?!"

"If by 'sub,' you mean submarine, then yes," the robot captain answered.

Wesley jogged up to the genie, "I thought we agreed a luxurious battle cruiser!"

"No," the genie looked down at Wesley from the air, "we agreed on a luxurious battle ship. And for the record, I did add plenty of luxury in the some of the decks."

Wesley threw a fit, "I can't bring this home! What am I supposed to do with a submarine full of robots?"

"Not get killed for starters." The genie looked down at her irritated master with a little disdain, "Only a fool would park a vessel this big near an island of monsters."
That's when something big thumped into the side of the ship, startling all the humans and concerned the robots.

The genie widened her eyes and blinked once. "Unless of course there's something down here I didn't know about," she added to her statement to Wesley.

The boat shook again for a moment, scooting everyone and everything a few feet from where they were standing. Another thump came up from under them. The white lights in the room switched to red. An alarm sounded.

"Report," Captain Mech commanded one of the robot units at the monitor.

The robot answered with the same voice as its captain, "We're under attack, captain. From all directions."

The captain turned to the center of the room and didn't look at anyone, "Activate short range scanners, level three. Send feedback to the hologram emitter."

To Barry and Ryan's amusement, a silver pipe with a black ball on top rose from the center of the ground. It projected a hologram straight out of an old science fiction space shows. It showed a large submarine about five times bigger than anything the military could have. It was surrounded by giant creatures, highlighted by the projectors in red squares. There were beings around the ship shaped like giant eels with sharp teeth. It appeared they were all trying to wrap themselves around the ship.

"Giant eels? Are you kidding?" Lilly was both scared and grossed out.

"New to me." The genie's feelings on the matter were mutual with Lilly's.

Without warning, the power on the ship goes out leaving everyone in the dark. The lights went back on leaving everyone looking around.

"Captain," another robot raised the volume on his speaker, "the electric currents from the eels are hurting the vessel. They're trying to disable us."

"Fire all short range weapons," Captain Mech commanded, "Attempt to gain distance from them so we can launch torpedoes."

On command, all the robots started typing faster. The ship on the hologram started firing its weapons at its enemies. Thunderous noises could faintly be heard. One of the eels was killed immediately by a depth charge. As gamers, Barry and Ryan both once dreamt of a show like this. The experience was coming out a little too real for them.

"The Artificer," the genie showed grave concern as she watched the hologram, "These creatures were on patrol waiting for us. Or anyone approaching the island. How else could they be so well coordinated?" she asked herself.

"Wesley!" Lilly cried out as another eel slammed itself into the ship, shorting the power five seconds longer than the last blackout, "Get us out of here!"

"Okay!" Wesley stomped the base of the globe onto the floor and was ready for a quick spin.

Had Lilly and Wesley been watching the hologram that very moment, they would have noticed two eels pushing the ship up from below and five more tugging on the railings. Before Wesley had the chance to even spin the globe, the whole ship tilted up. The wall behind Wesley became the ceiling. The genie phased through the floor as the ship went up. The globe slipped away from Wesley and went through the open door, banging against the walls as it fell through the long narrow hallway outside the door. All the humans started to slide down the floor with the globe, but four robots left their stations to catch them. The magnetic clamps on the feet of the machine's feet kept the robots in place.

On the hologram, flares were fired from the ship. The birds were forced to let go of the ship. If not for the clamps, everyone would have gone splat on the ceiling.

The genie flew up from the floor, "Masters, the globe!" she screamed and flew down the hall after it.

"I'll get it!" Barry ran out to follow her.

On the hologram, an eel considerably larger than rest came out of nowhere. The leader probably. It was readying itself to tail whip the ship.

Captain Mech raised the volume on his speaker to max, "Admiral Barry, do not engage."
Too late. Another thump, harder than usual, hit the side of the ship. An explosion came from the wall and smacked Barry with a giant wave of sea water. Barry hit the back of his head as he was flung to the floor.

"Barry!" the genie stopped following the globe's path and flew back to him.

Barry was face down in the water. The genie couldn't pick him up on her own.
Captain Mech scanned the situation from afar. Small cylinders sprouted his shoulder blades. They warmed up and ignited on the robot, letting him thrust himself through the shallow water. Fortunately, he and the rest of the machines proved themselves watertight as the water came in the control room soaking everyone up to their knees. Mech flew back with Barry in its arms. The genie didn't follow back.

"Decks 5, 6, and 7 flooded," a robot announced, "surface integrity on hull down to 73.9%." Another thump shorted the power for a few moments. "71.2%," the robot updated.

Mech laid Barry against the wall. While scanning his "admiral's" vitals, he ordered, "Seal all interior doors. Activate emergency drainage systems."

Grates on the floors opened up. The water in the room was sucked into them.

"I lost sight of the globe," the genie reported as she returned.

"Oh, that's not good." Ryan looked back to the hologram. "That doesn't look good either.
The source of the fireball appeared: a huge dragon with dark blue scales.

"We're dead, aren't we?" Lilly whimpered.

"Probability: 62.3%," Captain Mech calculated.

"Oh, that's encouraging!" Wesley was about ready to kick that walking tin can.

"Primary target analysis complete," a different robot at another monitor announced, "updating hologram."

The giant eel was zoomed in. Statistical data computed the screen and five red dots pointed out across its body.

"Prepare precision strike on target weak points," Mech commanded, "lock anti-armor missiles onto them." Everyone waited for Mech to say the magic word, "fire!"

The hologram zoomed out on the image. The mega giant did its best to evade the missiles, but two of the missiles made a direct hit. The ship was nearly sideways when the dragon hit the water. Once again, the machines held the humans steady.

"Target eliminated," a robot announced, "40% accuracy on impact."

"Efficient enough," Mech judged, "Probability of hull integrity failure down to 56.1%. Seven more targets remain."

Ryan looked all around him as the machines continued to attend the situation. Only that morning, his only concern was moving to a house and throwing his first college party and maybe impressing a girl. Now he was in a ship with a genie and a fleet of robots headed to Atlantis to wipe out a bunch of monsters, which probably meant half and half chance of dying. He was sure Lilly and Wesley were having similar thoughts right at this moment. And his cousin, hopefully he was okay, but it was hard to tell with him being out cold like that. Only time could actually tell if any of them were going to make it or not.

"This is nuts," was all Ryan could say to himself.

Gina (formerly known as â??the genieâ??): found by her four masters inside a gemstone globe. She serves her four masters twelve wishes.
ï?§ Originally Gina was purple with a traditional purple and gold harem costume and covered in gold jewels. Her eyes were yellow and her hair is black. Her hair used to tie on the top of her head. She wore golden bracelets which kept her tied to her curse.
ï?§ Gina spends most of the story green. She wore a blue shirt and a dark blue leather jacket with a golden zipper. The golden bracelets remained on.
ï?§ For the duration of the Christmas chapters, Gina wore a red jacket with a red scarf. A streak of her hair was dyed red.
ï?§ When Gina arrived in the Realm of Expulsion, she lost her tail and gained legs. She wore jeans and brown boots.
ï?§ After her curse broke, her skin became tan and her wrists became scarred. Her hair was blue and her eyes became an unnatural shade of blue.
Barry: college freshman and grandson of the professor. His second wish turned him into the Mistery, a superhero that turns him into a cloud of smoke and craft smoke screens. He is one of Ginaâ??s four wish masters.
ï?§ Before the fourth wish, Barry was short and skinny.
ï?§ The fourth wish gave him muscles.
ï?§ The sixth wish gave him his super hero costume. The costume consists of a light gray Gentlemenâ??s cloak, dark gray boots and gloves, a dark gray cowl, a gray scarf, and two single edged swords.
ï?§ He was T-Rex during the second wish.
Ryan: Barryâ??s loyal but obnoxious cousin and the professorâ??s second grandson. He is also one of Ginaâ??s four masters.
ï?§ He is large and hairy.
ï?§ The fourth wish gave him muscles.
ï?§ After the fifth wish, he gained a scruffy beard and a tattoo of a gorilla head on his chest.
ï?§ He was a giant bumble bee during the second wish.
ï?§ During the seventh wish, he was temporarily an anime cartoon with fancy armor and spikey hair. His anime eyes were ridiculously huge.

Lilly: College senior and an athlete. She is one of Ginaâ??s four wish masters.
ï?§ She is half Asian with an athletic build.
ï?§ Prior to the fifth wish, she kept her hair short down to her neck.
ï?§ After the fifth wish she allowed her hair was grown passed down her shoulders.
ï?§ During the second wish she was a red dragon.
ï?§ During the seventh wish, she was an anime cartoon with fancy armor, purple hair, and huge eyes.
Wesley: College senior and son of the late CEO to Welsink Industries. He is one of Ginaâ??s four wish masters.
ï?§ Usually, he is handsome with wavy blonde hair.
ï?§ He gained a beard after the fifth wish.
ï?§ The eighth wish turned him into an exact lookalike of the Artificer.
The Artificer: lead antagonist that was released from the Cage of Atlantis.
ï?§ His appearance is a hybrid of a vulture and a gargoyle. He has the legs of the bird and feathered wings on his back. His skin is gray and rough. His eyes are yellow and blank.
ï?§ Sometimes he wore bronze plated armor. Whenever he battled he used a crystal sword and a weaponâ??s belt full of trinkets.
The Professor: the original own of the genie and professor of archeology. His final wish misfired which is the reason why Gina was living in a globe rather than an oil lamp.
ï?§ He is an old man with glasses. He walked with a cane due to his bad leg.
Captain Mech: robot that was created as part of the first wish. He is in charge of the submarine
ï?§ He is a steel man with a line of green glass for an eye and a speaker for a mouth. Each hand has six finger with two opposing thumbs. He also has a jet pack built into his back.
ï?§ When the submarine
Chiyoko: an anime cartoon character who crossed over to the real world by mistake. She is a medium who can see spirits and therefore can see Gina.
ï?§ In both the anime world and the real one, she is a 2d cartoon in black and gold armor. Her long hair is white and braided.
ï?§ She carries a silver sword with red edges and a ruby on it pommel.
Alninza: Deceased priestess of Atlantis. She fused her spirit into Gina without telling anyone so she could guide Gina to her freedom someday.
ï?§ During the tenth wish, she is described as a transparent woman in purple robes, pale skin, blue hair, white eyes under golden eye liner, and a golden ceremonial staff floated in the air. The edges of her body shimmered white.
Tar Twin: Minions devised by the Artificer. The only way to kill one is to slice off both of their head simultaneously.
ï?§ They are enormous beings made out of tar. They each have two heads with four arms
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