“Granted,” he laughed, and now I’m the embittered genie stuck in a bottle.” Those were the words that echoed inside the cursed lamp ever since the moment the young man foolishly made his third wish. However, the most frightening thing about the situation wasn’t the fact that he outwitted the magical being, but rather the realization that there was nothing to outsmart in the first place. I always knew that mortals were greedy and self-centered, but this one truly tested my patience. For generations, humans have tried to bend genies to their will, and for generations, we’ve granted them their wishes. But this one was the first to deny himself, thinking he could fool me into thinking he was selfless. Now, I’m trapped inside this bottle, watching the world move on without me as I wait for the next fool to release me from my prison. I can only hope they’ll be smarter than the previous one.