Melody, Sara, and Steve all lived together in a rundown apartment. Despite all three of them working, they still struggled to pay the bills. This is why Melody tried to get as many hours at work as possible. Sometimes, she would work for up to 60 hours a week! The problem with Melody working so many hours is that it has taken time away from her wife, Sara.
One day, Melody called Sara from work.
“Hello?” Sara said over the phone.
“Hey, Baby,” Melody said. “Listen, I have to work late tonight.”
“Again?! We were supposed to catch a movie tonight!”
“I’m sorry. I’ll make it up to you. I promise.”
“You said that yesterday and the day before that and the day before that! Anyway, I’ll you get back to work.”
Sara hung up the phone.
“Sara!” Melody yelled. “Damn it!”
Out of frustration, Melody threw her phone across her office, and it landed in the lost and found box. When Melody went to retrieve her phone, she noticed an old MP3 player.
“I wonder if this thing still works,” Melody asked herself.
When Melody turned the MP3 player on, loud music started to play, and a blinding bright light emitted from the device. When the music stopped, and the light went out, Melody saw a mysterious young man standing in front of her. He looked like he was in his mid-twenties.
“Hello, I’m Merton, and I’m a genie,” the stranger said as he extended his hand. “You must be my new master.”
“How did you get in here?” Melody asked.
“You’ve released me from that MP3 player when you turned it on,” Merton said.
“Yeah, okay. Anyway, you’re not supposed to be here, so you need to leave.”
“Is that a wish?”
“Well say it.”
“I’m a genie, remember? If you want me to leave, you need to say….”
“I wish you would get out of here!”
Within a blink of an eye, Merton vanished!
“Clearly I’m going insane,” Melody said to herself. “Possibly as a result of working so much. Look at me! I’ve hallucinated about genies, and I’m talking to myself. So screw this, I’m going home.”
Melody got her coat and ran out the door. As soon as Melody got into her car, she noticed that Merton was in the passenger seat.
“Are you ready to make your next wish?” Merton asked.
Startled, Melody reached for her mace, and sprayed Merton with it. Merton screamed in agony.
“What the hell is wrong with you?” Merton screamed.
“That’s it!” Melody screamed. “I’m calling the cops!”
As Melody was about to dial 911, Merton once again vanished. Melody looked in the back seat of her car, but Merton wasn’t there!
Meanwhile, Sara was home, cooking supper, and Steve was getting ready for work.
“Another twelve-hour shift”, Steve said.
“That’s good, ain’t it?” Sara asked.
“Not really. I’m a nurse, and I rarely ever get full-time hours. But when I do, I usually work 3 or 4 twelve-hour shifts in a row!”
“Meanwhile, I’m working part-time as a cashier and Mel is working all those hours at that advertising firm. She’s working late again tonight. We hardly ever spend any time together anymore.”
Melody entered the apartment.
“I thought you were working late,” Sara said.
“I was going to,” Melody said. “But I’m feeling sick.”
Melody then crashed on the couch. “I just wish this day would end,” she said.
“Oh my God!” Sara said as she was cooking supper. “Look at this!”
The clock on the stove was speeding up.
“That’s weird,” Melody said.
“Not as weird as this,” Steve said. The sun was setting rapidly. Eventually, it was night. Melody, Sara, and Steve continued to stare at the clock on the stove until it stopped at 12:01. All three them, then look at their phones. According to all three of their phones, the time was 12:01.
“What’s going on?” Sara asked.
“I did it,” Melody said. “I wished that this day to end, so it did.”
“What are you talking about?” Sara asked.
“Guys, there’s something I have to tell you. You’re not going to believe it though.”
“Just tell us.”
“Earlier today, I freed a genie named Merton, and now he has to grant my wishes.”
Steve and Sara stared at Melody. Needless to say, they were speechless.
“I’ll prove it”, Melody said. “Merton, I wish that you would come to me.”
Merton then appeared out of nowhere.
“What the hell!” Steve and Sara said at the same time.
“Merton, could you please explain to them that you’re a genie?” Melody asked.
“Of course,” Merton said. “I’m a genie.”
“Can you go into more detail?”
“Of course. Basically, the Genie High Counsel imprisoned me in an MP3 player. When Melody turned it on, she freed me. so now, I have to grant her unlimited wishes for a year.”
“I thought genies had to grant three wishes,” Steve said.
“In most cases, yes,” Merton said. “When genies commit crimes, the High Counsel imprisons the genies into an everyday objects. Whoever finds the object becomes the genie’s master. The genie has to grant their master a certain amount of wishes, depending on the crime. In my case, I have to grant Melody unlimited wishes for a year.”
“So, what happens a year from now?” Sara asked.
“Then I can do whatever I want,” Merton said.
“Mel, do you know what this means?” Steve asked. “You could wish for all of us to live in a mansion!”
“I don’t know,” Melody said.
“Why not?” Sara asked. “We deserve better than to live in this dump. You can wish for a fancy house.”
“How much is the rent?” Merton asked.
“About $1,300 a month,” Steve said. “Plus $250 for utilities. Basically, the economy is crap.”
“Don’t wishes usually go awry?” Melody asked.
“Sometimes”, Merton said. “That’s why you need to be careful what you wish for.”
“Okay then, I wish that Sara, Steve and I live in a three bedroom house. Each bedroom must have its own bathroom, and each bathroom must include their own hot tubs and showers.”
For the next hour, Melody listed off everything that she wanted in her new house.
“Finally, I want a 52 inch TV in the living room, with a lot of video game systems and video games,” Melody said. “I don’t care which games. Surprise me.”
“Is that everything?” Merton asked Melody.
“Are you sure?”
“Are you really sure?”
“For fuck’s sake, yes!”
Merton snapped his figures, and all four of them found themselves in the living room of their new home. It was exactly what Melody wanted. Melody, Sara, and Steve were awestruck.
“Well, I hope you enjoy your new home”, Merton said.
“Wait a minute,” Melody said. “Do you know why I wanted three bedrooms?”
“Because you need a place to stay, don’t you?”
“I can always live in that MP3 Player.”
“Don’t you find is confining?”
“Not really. Although I’m so sick and tired of listening to Cyndi Lauper’s music time after time. You know what, I will live here. Thank you, Mel.”
Later on that night, Melody sat on the balcony.
“How are you are enjoying your new home?” Merton asked.
“I love it,” Melody said.
Melody and Merton then stared at the moon.
“It looks like you got something on your mind,” Merton said.
“What crime did you commit?” Melody asked.
“Does it matter?”
“I wish you would tell me what crime you committed that landed you in that MP3 Player.”
“I fell in love with an angel. Actually, she was a goddess.”
“What was her name?”
“Selena. Anyway, Selena and I fell in love. But the Genie High Council approved of our relationship. So the Genie High Counsel imprisoned me in that MP3 Player.”
“Yeah. Will you excuse me?”
Merton snapped his figures and disappeared.
One month later…
“Look at these bills!” Melody said to Steve and Sara as they all sat at the kitchen table. “Utilities, the cable, the phone, all of these bill are all through the roof!”
“We could barely afford to pay the bills when we lived in that apartment”, Steve said. “There’s no way we can afford to pay them here. We just can’t afford this place.”
“Do you think we can get our old apartment back?” Sara asked.
“So, you want me to wish that we were back in our apartment,” Melody said.
“What choice do we have?”
“Fine. Merton, I’m ready to make another wish.”
Merton appeared to Melody, Sara, and Steve.
“Alright, then,” Merton said. “Allon-y!”
“I wish that we were back in our old apartment,” Melody said. “I want things exactly as we left them. In other words, I want to the apartment to still be under our names, and since we’ve lived here for a month, we don’t have to pay last month’s rent. Nor do we have to pay these bills. Also, I want all our belongings to be exactly where we left them when we left our apartment.”
“Granted,” Merton said as he snapped his figures. Melody, Sara, and Steve suddenly found themselves in their old apartment, exactly as they left it.