...ally don't have one.""You must."
the genie replied, starting to look a little worried, "Everyone
has wishes. Things they yearn for. Things they want.""I'll think about
it." Minerva replied as she tucked the lamp under one arm and
headed out of the cavern, the genie vanishing in a puff of smoke as
she did so.Back on the surface,
Minerva smiled as she held the lamp up for Gia, and he snatched it at
once from her hands, laughing in delight."At last!" he
exclaimed, "The genie it mine!" then hopping at once onto
his horse, Gia rode off towards the city, leaving Minerva behind,
asking "Hey! Where's my money?!""Oh, darn."
Minerva said as she watched Gia go, "That guy had to go and
betray me. Now I'm stuck in the desert all alone with no money and
no way to get back to the city. Oh, won't someone help little ol'
several dozen magic carpets came zipping towards her position,
drawing a grateful smile from Minerva as the boarded the first, and
luckiest of the arrivals.Riding back to the
city, Gia continued to laugh over his victory, clutching the lamp
carefully under one arm as he removed his blindfold and tossed it
aside. Naturally, Gia could see just fine. The blindfold had been
to protect him from Minerva's beauty. But having left her in the
desert and acquired the lamp all within a few moments of each other,
Gia had eliminated both of the largest hurtles to his acquisitio...