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by Michelle Tocher

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Genie of the Lamp

I will obey everything Aladdin commands, but not this! What a sacrilege! How dare he order me to bring him a Roc’s egg! The Roc is a sacred bird, and my true master. What would Aladdin, a tailor’s son, know about the Roc or the buried secrets of Solomon?

After everything I have done for him, he commands me to bring the Roc’s egg here. For what? To hang as an ornament from the dome?

“You and your wife and your palace deserve to be burnt to ashes!” I shriek.

This terrible request could not have come from Aladdin’s wife. Someone gave her the idea. It must have come from an evil magician. Oh, yes, now I see who it was. He has disguised himself as a holy woman. She has gotten into the palace and has had the ear of the princess.

“Take care,” I say to Aladdin, for that evil magician means to kill you.”

As for me, I’m out of here!

The Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Blue Fairy Book