Fantasy Fiction posted April 6, 2021 Chapters:  ...12 13 -14- 15 

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The second wish leaves an aftertaste

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

Chapter 14

by Ben B.

Chapter 14: Somewhat Normal Again

Ready to face her masters after her little error, the genie shrank down and joined them on the ground. All four of them were now wearing white spa robes from the ship. They were all still shivering from their recent experience.

"Everyone all right down here?" the genie asked looking around.

"For the most part." Barry tried to reach his neck which was no longer sprained, but his arms were too short. "Not exactly what I meant by 'juice up,' but it worked."

"Apologies, masters. I thought a variety in our arsenal would help." The genie watched Barry's arms and made sure they were growing back. "It was a last moment idea. I probably should have consulted you first."

"You don't s-s-s-say." Noticing his speech problem, Wesley pulled out his tongue which was much thinner than it should be. He felt his teeth and panicked when he realized the fangs were still there. Not to his knowhow, his eyes were still yellow too.

"Sorry Master Wesley, it was a complicated wish." The genie inspected Wesley's fangs, making sure that they were retracting. "Give it a couple minutes for a full reversal."
Lilly sneezed a fireball. It barely missed Wesley's head and went right through the genie's. The genie froze and blinked once.

"Make that a few," the genie recalculated.

"Why was I the bee?" Ryan reached for the back of his pants looking for something.

"I figured you guys could use the speed." The genie flew behind Ryan to see what he was tugging on and covered her mouth once she saw.

"Next time...grr...." Ryan pulled a larger stinger out from his behind, "...killer gorilla." Ryan pointed the stinger towards the genie's nose as he made his case.

"Has anyone seen the guy from the chest?" Barry's arms finished growing back out. "I kicked him into the fire."

"I would have eaten him." Wesley's eyes restored themselves. "Or at least stomp him flat."

"Eat him?" Ryan asked Wesley before Barry could, "That's insane. And awesome, but insane!"
"He was a dinosaur. Literally anyone else would have done that." Wesley protested not noticing that the genie barfing on the idea.

"Don't mention food." Barry held his stomach. "I hadn't eaten anything since yesterday.

"Oh my God." Lilly covered her mouth. "Did I eat anyone? I can't remember. I was going through total monster frenzy back there. I was barely even myself!"

"No, you didn't eat anyone," the genie promised, "and I swear I'm going to make up for all of this. I think it's safe to say you all deserve the other ten wishes now."

"Thanks, but that doesn't answer Barry's question." Ryan tossed the stinger to the side. "Where is that ugly bird? I want at him again!"

"There is a high probability the target was incinerated." Captain Mech flew down and met with the others. "No trace of the subject of interest."

"Oh, thank God." Barry breathed in relief as did everyone else in their own way.

"That means we're done monster hunting, right?" Wesley waited for nods as his tongue restored to normal. "Well that didn't take as long as I thought. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm ready for some calmer wishes now."

"Forget the wishes. I almost died enough times today." Ryan panted. "Right now, I just want to go back to the ship, raid the kitchen, and see if we can find any beds."

Everyone was on Ryan's page. Even Wesley. Nothing could have been better than a hot meal and warm better right there. They all marched, or rather limped their way back to the ship.
"Hey Ryan," Lilly lagged behind with Ryan away from the rest of the gang, "thanks for coming for me when that creep came up from behind. I didn't see him coming."

Ryan blushed, "Well, you know, a bee has got to do what a bee has got to do. You were pretty hot up there yourself." He grew redder realizing what he just said. "You know? Dragon wise?"
Too late, Lilly knew what Ryan meant and she kissed him on the cheek. Ryan halted as Lilly walked ahead leaving a flustered smile on his face. He held onto the cheek and didn't let go as he marched forward.

Night fell hours later. The crew was either asleep on the ship or attending repairs. That was the perfect opportunity for the Artificer to break its camouflage against the black tree. It starred down at the ship from a rubble hilltop knowing it was now severely outmatched. Frustrated, he had to slip out and leave while he still could. He flew as close to the water as he could without catching attention of any of those steel beasts. The Artificer had a lot of work ahead of him and he knew it.

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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