I lay across the rocks at the bottom of the cliff, broken and smashed, and although there was no pain, I was acutely aware that physically all was not good with me.
“Did you fall, or were you pushed?”
The Genie's face swam above me, looking perplexed, and not a little amused.
“Actually, neither, I jumped.”
I had so many broken bones I would be willing to bet that I couldn't count them on my fingers and toes, and most of those were in more than one piece now, so that in itself would up the numbers a bit.
“Why did you jump?
“Why? What a stupid question, to kill myself of course.”
“But you are immortal, you can't die, so don't you think it was a bit of a daft thing to do? You were the one that asked for immortality in the first place, so I don't really understand where you are coming from.”
“Yeah, well... if I'd known how boring immortality was gonna be I would have asked for riches or fame instead. So, if it's all the same to you, I'd like you to cancel the wish, and give me my life... err, or death back.”
“Sorry buddy, one wish per lamp-rubber, that's the rules.”
“I thought you guys were supposed to grant three wishes, where's my other two?”
“Well, yeah, we used to, but haven't you heard? There's a recession on just now, cutbacks have to be made.”
“Well, okay then, in that case how long will it take for my body to heal?”
“Oh, never. Well, the bones WILL repair themselves, but only in the shape they're in now, unless you get medical treatment anyway, splints and such, and since you chose such an isolated spot I think that's pretty unlikely. You just didn't think this through, did you?”
I took a good look at the shape I was in, all unfamiliar angles and new, multiple joints, all of it draped over the rock formation, following the contours as though it had been poured there.
“Yeah I guess it was pretty dumb, so, what happens now?”
“I suppose you've heard the phrase 'Decide in haste, repent at leisure'?”
“Yeah, sure, who hasn't?”
“Well my stupid friend, you're gonna have lots of leisure time to repent in, forever in fact. Now if you'll excuse me I have other lamp-rubbers to attend to. Ciao baby.
©2012 Stephen. J. Green.