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Genie’s Rules

By @Nanashi

Chapter 5

When Lucine woke up, she was in unfamiliar surroundings. At least whoever brought her here decided to change her from her dress from the dance. She was in a beautiful Orange-iridescent fabric hat looked like fire, and the bottom of it was fancy harem pants, connecting to a shirt that was similar. Taking her eyes off the amazing clothing, she looked at her surroundings, which were bland and simple. She was on a small couch, which she got off of, only to find that she was in a house with similar qualities, no pictures of family, no fancy pant colors, just a drab gray. It looked like it should be for sale, seeing as there weren’t even any boxes anywhere to show that whoever owned this place did have personal items, just hadn’t unpacked them yet. She went back to what she assumed was the living room, where she found Rhian sitting. He looked up at her from his spot on the couch that she was on minutes ago, and smiled.

“Good to see you up,” he said. Lucine moved to the couch, but didn’t sit down.

“Where are we?” she asked, still searching for signs of a family.

“My home.”

“And where’s your family? Why didn’t you bring me to the nurse? Why am I not home?” she asked worriedly.

“One question at a time. Okay?” he asked, staying in his relaxed position.

Lucine wanted to leave, or to get her questions answered, but she found herself unable to do the first, which scared her more. Her body was paralyzed from moving anywhere except towards the couch. She nodded, the asked, “Why am I here?”

“I brought you here.” Wasn’t the answer she wanted, but it technically was an answer.

“Why did you bring me here?”

“I wanted to.” Rhian was starting to get on her nerves, but she didn’t give up.

“Why did you want to bring me here?” she asked.

“Not answering. Next question.” She wanted to say no, demand an answer, but found herself unable to. She was quite literally unable to repeat the question. At this point, she was more than a little scared and worried, but had no choice except to ask something else.

“Where’s your family?” she asked.

“I don’t know,” was all Rhian gave to answer her.

“How do you not know?”

“Next question.”

“Why did you change my clothes?” It probably wasn’t a very important question, but she still wanted to know the answer, despite the dozens of obviously more important questions.

“That wasn’t me.”

Anger was also beginning to bubble inside Lucine, but it didn’t overpower her fear. Yet. “Then who did?”

“Next question.”

Lucine wanted to shout ay him no, he would answer her questions, but she couldn’t. She could only ask another question, so she asked the one that was bothering her the most. “Why can’t I disobey you?”

Rhian finally looked up from his phone, grinning. “I made you into a genie.”

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