It was the night before Halloween and Timmy, a 12-year-old boy, was waiting for his friends Ed and Chris to arrive at the clubhouse, which was an old shed located in Timmy’s backyard and a sanctuary where Timmy and his friends played Dungeons & Dragons board games and video games.
Earlier that evening, Ed and Chris decided to sneak into the principal’s office to hack into the school’s main computer system so that they can change their grades. Their principle, Mrs. Backer, was on vacation and the boys thought it would be a perfect time to sneak in.
Timmy, a straight-A student, decided not to join his friends and chose to work on his Halloween costume instead. He was trying desperately to modify his mom’s spa slippers into big, fury feet because he wanted to be a hobbit for Halloween and in order to win the costume contest at school, he had to get the feet just right; but his modifications were not going well since the slippers were old and he didn’t have the right materials.
All of sudden, Ed and Chris hurriedly entered the club house. “Dude, we have great news,” Ed exclaimed.
Timmy looked at both boys who were grinning from ear to ear. “What’s going on?”
“We found a magic lantern,” replied Chris.
Timmy rolled his eyes since this clearly sounded like a joke – he turned back to his costume modifications. “Yeah okay guys. Good one,” replied Timmy.
“No really. It glowed green as soon as I saw it, I swear. Check this out,” said Ed as he and Chris sat on the couch next to Timmy. Ed reached into his backpack and pulled out a beautiful, gold lantern. For a brief second, it shimmered green and this got Timmy’s attention.
“Wow,” Timmy said. “Where did you find it?”
“We found it in the principal’s office, it was in an old file cabinet,” said Ed as he placed the lantern on the floor in front of them. All three boys were mesmerized by the lantern’s beauty.
“Do you think it will work?” asked Chris.
“There’s only one way to find out,” answered Ed as he picked up the lantern.
“Wait guys, shouldn’t we think about this? What if something bad happens?”
“Nothing bad is going to happen. Just think Timmy, you can always wish for cool hobbit feet for your costume. “
“That would be cool, but I don’t know guys. My guess, it’s not going to work.”
“Like I said, there’s only one way to find out. If this works, we each get a wish okay?”
They all agreed and Ed rubbed the lantern three times and set it on the ground. All of a sudden, the light dimmed in the room and the magic lantern began to glow bright green – a loud pop or energy threw the boys on the ground and all the lights went out. Green, illuminated smoke appeared on the ground from where the magic lantern was placed. A deep, echoed voice was heard.
“I am the great Genie of the East! Who summoned me?”
From the middle of the green smoke, a giant figure rose to the air. It was a glowing fluorescent green spirit that had a human form. Its upper torso was huge and muscular. Its face had a chiseled jaw and its hair was set in a pony tail. The Genie’s eyes glowed bright red and it had a malevolent grin as it looked directly at the boys who were all huddled together against the back of the shed. The lights in the room turned back on but were dimmed with a green hue. Ed was the first to speak. “Are you going to hurt us?”
“It depends on who summoned me,” the great Genie replied.
“All three of us did,” answered Ed. “Yeah, so you can go back now,” said Chris.
“No, I cannot my young masters. You do not understand. Only three wishes will send me back to my sleep. “
“So we have to wish for something before you can leave us alone?” asked Timmy.
“Indeed, young master.”
The boys looked to each other. “You go first Ed,” said Chris. “I don’t know what to wish for?” “I know, wish for the new video game console,” said Chris. Ed stood up and slowly walked towards the Genie.
“I wish for the new Xbox One, Star Was edition game console that includes a year’s worth of free gaming online.”
The Genie clapped its hands and an Xbox One package appeared. Ed and Chris quickly ran to it and started opening the box.
“No way, “said Ed as he took out the game console. Chris turned to Genie and said, “I wish for all of the new Dungeons & Dragons board games and miniatures!”
The Genie snapped his fingers and in the right corner of the shed appeared all of the new board games and miniatures.
“Yes,” exclaimed Ed and Chris as they ran to their new toys. Timmy came up with his wish and whispered to himself.
“I wish I had hobbit feet.” The Genie’s eyes glowed exceptionally bright as he clapped his hands.
“Three wishes have been made!” A loud pop sent the boys to the ground again and the room looked just like it did right before the lamp was rubbed.
“Wow, it really worked,” said Ed. What did you wish for Timmy?” asked Chris.
Timmy looked at his feet – they were huge, wide, and had hair on the top of them.
“No way, you wished for hobbit feet?” asked Ed. “You’re totally going to win the costume contest tomorrow.” With that said, the boys called it a night. Ed and Chris went home while Timmy explained (lied) to his parents that it was Ed and Chris who applied the prosthetic make-up to his feet – a kit they purchased online as a gift for Timmy, since his birthday was a week after Halloween. Timmy’s parents were amazed at the job.
The next morning, it was Halloween. Timmy met Ed and Chris on the walk to school, who were dressed as Stormtroopers while Timmy was a hobbit. When they arrived at school, everyone complimented Timmy on his realistic-looking, hobbit feet.
Later that day, Timmy won the costume contest and had the best day of his young life since his costume was the talk of the school, and by the end of day, Timmy had so many fans that many schoolmates even joined him during trick or treating that night. Ed and Chris were just as excited as their friend because they too were getting a lot of attention, and a lot of candy, since Timmy’s feet looked so real and many houses seemed to be giving more candy for realistic costumes. All three boys went home with huge pillow cases full of candy. Since Halloween was on a Friday night, Timmy was allowed to spend the night at Ed and Chris’ house. The spent the rest of the night eating candy until they fell asleep.
Late next morning, Timmy woke up to use the restroom when he accidentally tripped over Ed, who was sleeping on the floor. Timmy’s feet were in pain and he reached for them when he noticed that they still looked like hobbit feet. He reached for Ed instead.
“What happened?” Ed asked as he slowly woke up rubbing his eyes.
“Look,” Timmy said as he pointed to his hobbit feet. “I don’t know what happened. I think I screwed up the wish.”
“But Halloween is over. I thought your feet would turn back to normal,” said Chris, who was now also awake.
“That’s what I thought too,” said Timmy. “And I think there’s something wrong because my feet hurt a lot.”
“Where?” asked Ed.
“Here,” pointed Timmy, who was now touching the bottom of his heel and arch area. “It really hurts.”
All of sudden, they heard Ed and Chris’ mom knock on the door.
“Boys, it’s time to wake up. Timmy, you have a visitor here to see you. Mrs. Backer from school has great news to share.”
“No way, I thought she was supposed to be on vacation. What is she doing here? It’s the weekend,” whispered Chris. “Quick Timmy, hide your feet.” Ed grabbed a blanket and threw it over Timmy’s feet. Chris opened the door and his mom and Mrs. Backer entered.
“Good morning boys. Hey Timmy, your mom told me you spent the night here so that’s why I’m here. The school forgot to give you these free movie passes as part of the winnings of Halloween costume contest. Sorry to disturb your Saturday morning, but they’re old passes that expire this weekend,” said Mrs. Backer.
“Thank you Mrs. Backer,” Timmy replied as he suspiciously looked at her.
“Mrs. Backer, will you join us for breakfast? I just started cooking right before you arrived.” “I would love to join you,” Mrs. Backer replied. “Great,” said Ed and Chris’ mom who then excused herself and went to the kitchen.
Mrs. Backer quickly shut the door and locked it. “Okay Timmy, show me your feet.”
“What? How do you know about my feet? I thought you were on vacation?”
“I was until I read on the school’s blog that you won the Halloween costume contest due to your realistic-looking hobbit feet. I just flew in this morning. You’re going to need my help Timmy. Boys, I know about the magic lantern. I don’t want to know how you got it; I just want to know what you wished for.”
“Ed and Chris wished for games,” said Timmy. “And I wished for hobbit feet, but they won’t turn back now, and they hurt really badly. How can you help me?”
“First off, give me the lantern,” said Mrs. Backer as she started to take off her shoes. Ed handed her the lantern and she quickly stuffed it into her big purse. Her bare feet were now exposed and they looked just like Timmy’s.
“See Timmy, I made the same mistake. I wished for hobbit feet 20 years ago when I wanted to win a costume contest at Comic Con. I don’t know where my brothers found the lantern, but they did, and we made our wishes. Like you, I didn’t specify that I wanted my feet to turn back to normal the day after the contest. And I’ve been stuck with them ever since. I tried rubbing the lantern for more wishes, but for some reason, it doesn’t work. I think the lantern has to be found in order for it to work.”
“So what am I supposed to do?” asked Timmy.
“Well Timmy, lucky for you there are shoes that are made to accommodate big, wide feet. What you’ll need to do is shave off the hair that’s on top of your feet, clip your nails, and try to make your feet look as normal as you can – make sure they look human and not hobbit. You’re feeling pain because hobbit feet were not meant to walk on man-made flat surfaces, they’re meant to walk on natural surfaces found in the environment. We’ll need to get you wide, orthopedic shoes. I recommend athletic shoes from Brooks, and since your hobbit feet have high arches, we might have to put arch supports in your shoes as well.”
“What am I going to tell my parents?”
“Well, you’re a growing boy who will be a teenager soon. They’ll just assume that you have big feet. Don’t worry, I can always have a note sent from our school nurse stating that she recommends you wear extra wide sized shoes. You’re going to be fine Timmy.”
Timmy and his friends were relieved by what Mrs. Backer said. After breakfast, Mrs. Backer took the boys to the mall and joined them at the movies. She even took Timmy shopping and bought him his first pair of Brooks and arch supports.
Later that evening, after she dropped off the boys, Mrs. Backer took the magic lantern and hid it back into her old file cabinet – she thought to herself, “One of these days I’m going to be here when someone finds it, and then, I’ll finally get rid of these stupid hobbit feet once and for all!”