#1: Three Wishes for Three Women
Once found, lost artifacts of great power rarely stand still. They are lost, fought-over, and stolen. Bodies lay strewn in their wake. And few artifacts are greater than the genie’s lamp. Karen, an aspiring actress, gets the lamp the honest way and the bodies are piling up in an unusual place: the land of the genies as war breaks out between those in favour of the three wish rule and those opposed. While Karen is patient and willing to wait until the genie has his house in order, her model roommate, Melanie, has no such concerns. Neither does Grand Vizier Bey.
The Three Wish War has been a labour of love for Bill Pratt and it shows. The story asks the question of why do genies do what they do and why stop at three wishes? And how far are they willing to go to maintain the status quo? This time around, the genie is bound by the new rules, and he hates them. Worse, his attention is divided by a rebellion turned bloody back in his homeland. He can’t do his job with a paltry three wishes, but a bloodbath to win back the right to perform his job as he sees fit is not what he had in mind. His clients this time around are three roommates: the quiet one, Karen, wants to be an actress. The pretty one, Melanie, enjoys a life of easy leisure, but always wants more. And Natalie just wishes her two friends could get along. Literally.