Jack loved exploring the old attic in his house. It was filled with boxes of mysterious things from long ago. One rainy afternoon, Jack was rummaging through a box of old toys when something shiny caught his eye. He pulled out a dusty brass lamp covered in ornate carvings.
“What a funny looking lamp. I wonder if it even works,” said Jack. On a whim, he took his sleeve and rubbed the side of the lamp to clean it off. Suddenly, there was a loud WHOOSH sound and a huge cloud of blue smoke erupted from the spout. Jack coughed and waved the smoke away. When it cleared, a strange blue man with a pointed hat and goatee was floating in front of him!
“Well hello there, master! I am the all-powerful Genie of the Lamp!” boomed the genie. Jack stared open-mouthed. “A real genie?!” he gasped. The genie chuckled. “That’s right, kid. And since you freed me from that dusty old lamp, I am now at your command. As the master of the lamp, you get three wishes – so choose wisely!”
Jack thought for a moment. This was all so unbelievable but also exciting! “Okay genie, for my first wish…I wish for a million dollars!” The genie clapped his hands and in a puff of smoke, a giant sack of money appeared at Jack’s feet. “One million dollars, as you wished master!”
Jack couldn’t believe it was real. He opened the sack and let the money pour through his hands, feeling like the richest boy alive. “Thank you genie! For my second wish, I wish to go to Disney World and meet all the characters!” The genie snapped his fingers and suddenly Jack found himself standing in front of Cinderella’s castle at the most magical place on earth.
Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald and Goofy all came running over. “Gosh, it’s great to meet you Jack!” said Goofy, shaking his hand enthusiastically. Jack had the best day of his life, riding rides, eating treats and taking pictures with all his favorite characters. But it went by too fast and soon it was time to go home.
Back in the attic, the genie was waiting. “So master, what will your third and final wish be?” Jack thought long and hard. With all the money in the world, he had everything a boy could want. But then Jack had an idea – one that would make him the happiest of all.
“Genie, for my third wish, I wish for you to be free!” The genie’s eyes went wide. “You would do that for me, kid? Give up your last wish just to set me free?” Jack nodded. “You’ve granted my wishes and been so nice. I think everyone deserves to be free.”
The genie smiled the biggest smile and hugged Jack tight, which was quite a feat for a big blue genie. “Thank you, Jack! You have a good heart. I am forever in your debt.” With a wave of his hands, the magic lamp disappeared. “Farewell master! I hope our paths cross again someday.” And with that, the genie vanished in a puff of smoke, finally free after centuries trapped in that lamp.
Jack knew he had done the right thing. And though he no longer had a genie, the million dollars and memories of Disney World would last him a lifetime. He went back downstairs with a smile, looking forward to sharing his magical story with his family, who probably wouldn’t believe a word of it! But Jack would always remember the amazing adventure of the magic lamp.