The Wisher

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Religion and Spirituality  |  House: Booksie Classic

Sorta Bruce Almight-ish.

When Steve was born, into a world full of magic, he cried so loudly at the light and cold, the electronics in the medical equipment fried, the hospital windows exploded outward, and his first Wish spell made him warm and secure forever. Thus, the most confident, happiest Magi ever was self-made.

When Steve wanted his bottle, dammit, that bottle would appear. It was a Wish spell, wasn't it?

Quite frankly, Steve never had to learn any other spell. That Wish one was the best one.

Fire magic? Wish for it.

Teleportation abilities? Steve wished for that, too.

Did Steve want a beer from the fridge? Steve just Wish'ed his beer when he wanted it. Good beer too, I hear. Naturally.

When Steve hit puberty, panties became sentient, and gathered to worship outside of Steve's house. This was Steve's awkward teenaged years.

Later, in college, Steve had Wish'ed himself so handsome and attractive, and he was so secure and warm, he didn't need magic to get as much tail as he ever wanted. Thus, Steve forgot about Wish, for a time. Honestly, getting A's in all his classes, and forging the Valedictorian speech out of thin air was the easiest Wish he ever made, relatively.

When Steve turned nineteen, after slacking off in University, Steve Wish'ed everyone could use Wish, and all of it went all to hell: Everyone became stinking rich. Which meant that everyone was a triillionaire, a bouncy ball cost two-hundred million dollars, a car cost twenty-one billion, and the sheer amount of printed paper the world's treasuries produced ended the rain forests, and accelerated global warming to the point that Steve had to unWish Wish-For-All, and set everything back the way it was.

Disturbed, but still hopeful, Steve cast a Wish to end global hunger. Food for everyone! Of course, everyone became obese, and diabetes became a worldwide epidemic. So many people died from heart attacks and other weight-based problems, and sloth became such a real thing, that the work forces dwindled to the point no one could deliver a pizza, much less walk ten feet to get their own food from the store, or the fridge. Thus, Steve sighed and brought everything back the way it was with another Wish.

Ah! Steve realized. I'll wish for knowing! So my next Wish will be the best.

And as soon as Steve knew, he also knew how every Wish had consequence, and that he could never commit enough Wish spells to fix everything. Each Wish would include another Wish. And that Wish would need another Wish, and so on and so forth, until Steve just Wish'ed away all the knowing he hadn't Wish'ed for, and cried.

At this point, at age twenty-two, Steve realized he was God.

So, Steve wished the actual God into existence, and took Him to task for the how broken the world was, that no amount of power could every fix it. It was just too large and complex, with too many damned people.

"See?" God answered Steve, chortling just a little, mildly. "And you wonder why I stopped answering every prayer and practicing daily miracles. Sucks, doesn't it, Steve?"

"Sometimes it's best, Steve," God advised, "if you just do nothing at all."

Submitted: August 01, 2015

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Whiskey Charlie

You outdid yourself this time, Jack. It's hard to top some of your creative whoppers, but this one pretty much takes the cake. Now, if there were only a wish that would make swimsuit models drool for dirty old men (who don't have tons of money).

Sun, August 2nd, 2015 12:05am


I'm sure if they knew you had such a profound soul that comes through in your writing, Whiskey, the 'swimsuit' in 'swimsuit models' would be dropped like panties on your floor, simply leaving 'models'.

Sat, August 1st, 2015 5:07pm

H. Adams

Have you ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? Yeah, it has to do with time travel, but this is right up the same alley as that. Changing something in the past can result in dire consequences for the future, with relationships broken and memories lost. Sometimes wishing for the impossible might seem like a miracle but later ends up destroying you more than what would've happened if you hadn't made the wish. One of my favorites from you, Jack.

Sun, August 2nd, 2015 12:29am


Thank you very much, Hanorbi. And welcome back?

Sat, August 1st, 2015 5:35pm


Very good, and profound. This is one of your best, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, though it was a very thought provoking. Wonderful job.

Mon, August 3rd, 2015 1:43am

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