The Vine: January 24, 2014
I'm trying to find a short story I read as a kid, maybe 30 years ago.
It was about a genie in a bottle that was more of a demon…the way it worked was, you bought the bottle from someone and then the genie/demon would grant your wishes without limit — but if the bottle was still in your possession when you died, off to hell you would go. So you'd just get rid of it when you were done, right? Wrinkle number one: you can't just throw it away, it'll come back to you. You have to sell it to get rid of it. Well, fine, who wouldn't buy it? Wrinkle number two: you must sell it for less than you paid for it. In the story, the main character gets it, uses it, sells it; then, later, he NEEDS it back and tracks down the bottle's current owner, only to find that the price has fallen all the way to one cent! What. To. Do?
Googling "demon in a bottle" just brings up a bunch of references to Iron Man. Help me, Nation!
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