The story behind the story…………….
Over the years I have seen two memorable performances of Aladdin the pantomime, once at the Stratford East Theatre as part of a ‘works do’ and the second time with family and friends where we were highly entertained by the London Bubble Company’s version in Deptford, South East London.
So today I am writing this story and wondering what might happen if a genie did actually appear from an electrical appliance?
To be fair, most of the stories we come across as children involving genies don’t really explore what they are like as individuals, so I thought it would be interesting to have a slightly ‘dodgy’ one, with a bit of ‘attitude’.
Influenced, also by the fact that over the years, we have somehow managed to work our way through countless kettles. They only seem to last for a few months in our house can’t quite work out why. So without further ado, I give you:
The ‘Genie’ in my kettle……………
“Your wish is my command” intoned the apparition that somehow appeared from my Russell Hobbs kettle as I wiped it down.
I very nearly dropped it, as the ‘apparition’ continued to emerge from my kettle. There did seem to be an awful lot of mist and colour swirling around in my kitchen, but after 30 seconds or so he settled for hovering a foot or so away from me, with a benign yet expectant look on his face.
“Sorry” I spluttered, “what are you exactly and how did you get into my house?”
At my seeming impertinence he closed his eyes and with the barest of sighs replied, “I am the genie of the kettle and your wish is my command”
“This kettle?” at this I really do think he ‘rolled’ his eyes and with a deep sigh said, “Yes, the kettle you have in your hands.”
Well this was a turn up, it’s not every day a ‘genie’ turns up in your kitchen after you have bought what must be your 30th kettle. We do seem to go through them at an alarming rate and to date not one had produced its own genie. Still I wanted to be clear about a few things before I committed myself.
“I do know the story of Aladdin, who has three wishes from a lamp. Do I have three wishes, with this kettle?”
At this, ‘my genie’ looked at me with a slightly puzzled expression and said, “I have no knowledge of this ‘Aladdin’, but you do have three wishes. So use them wisely”
“If you wish, I can make a few suggestions”, he offered, politely.
What happened next would have to be argued over in a court of law, it is my belief that the words remained in my head, but……
Without thinking, I murmured, really to myself, “I wish I knew what to ask for”
Then without me being fully aware, a couple of sackfuls of cash appeared in my kitchen.
“Hang on, I didn’t ask for that” I exclaimed, with some justifiable annoyance. This really was the limit, no good appearing in my kitchen, making all sorts of promises about wishes and then just dumping cash on my floor.
“Oh but you did my dear, first you wished to know, and I have simply provided you with a concrete idea”
As I looked at him, now starting to grin like the ‘Cheshire’ cat from Alice in Wonderland, a hint of disquiet started to grow within me. This seemed far too convenient, bags of cash appearing as if from nowhere. Then I remembered a small item of news that had caught my eye in the local newspaper, about a ‘robbery’ and the cash that had been taken and before he could say or do anything else, I said.
“Take the sacks and go”
My third and final wish, but it felt like the right thing to do. It worked with a small ‘puff’, he was gone along with his sacks.
Can’t help feeling that I had, had a narrow escape, now all I need to do is go and buy a new kettle…….