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Creative Muses. 005; Three Wishes.

There are, in fact, guidelines in place for Watchers faced with this situation. These can be summarised as, “Avoid this situation at almost all costs but, if unable to take avoiding action, do not wish for any form of vengeance, do not wish for the return of anyone known or suspected to be deceased, and do not assume that the demon, genii or other supernatural being who is making the offer is less intelligent than you are yourself.

The creature may well have thousands, or at least hundreds of years of experience in being a wishing-demon. It is unlikely that the invoker will be able to circumnavigate that.”

From my own experience and observations I would add, “Do not summon a terpsichorean demon on the promise of a happy ending (unless you are prepared to take part in an on-going and potentially embarrassing musical extravaganza.) Do not wish that you could contact someone who is using modern methods to deal with the supernatural unless you are prepared for the side effects. (These may include one’s Slayer effectively joining the army at the behest of a most unpleasant psychology lecturer - or having to tell Harkness that one really does not swing that way rather too often in the course of a mission.)

While it may be true that there are winning strategies in the three wishes scenario it may also be best to add that, if one wishes to take legal advice before entering into the contract, one should take care in selecting the lawyers to be consulted. One should also try to ensure that the genii, demon or other wish-offering entity is not represented by Wolfram & Hart.

Muse; Rupert Giles
Fandom; BTVS
Words; 280


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Jul. 11th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Wolfram and Hart? Badness. But I think there must be some way for you to get at least one wish out of the whole deal without it going wonky.

Jul. 11th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
No! Wrong! No indeed, Buffy, that mode of thinking is the classic way of ending up married to a mermaid or, or becoming a statue or something of the sort.
Jul. 11th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)

Okay, you have to be joking here. There's no such things as---

Wait, seriously? Seriously?
Jul. 11th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Seriously. There are several instances in the historical diaries. One watcher apparently wished for everyone to admire him and look up to him.

Insofar as the Council could ascertain he ended up as part of a statue of The Winged Victory. Unfortunately it seems that he may have become the rearing horse.

As for the man who wanted to become the most superior male in the area ...
Jul. 11th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
I want to meet a mermaid. That sounds totally cool! Only, you know, without the statue part of it.

And, ugh, don't tell me the rest...
Jul. 11th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Mermaids do vary, of course. When I took over the Magic Box the wheelchairs in the stockroom were supposed to be for transporting merfolk. Nobody ever tried to purchase one for that purpose but I suppose some merfolk may be quite well-disposed.

However, it is inadvisable to actually wish for a husband who can swim like a fish.
Jul. 12th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
After the whole deal with the swim team turning into fish, I'm staying away from wishing something like that, anyway.
Jul. 12th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
it's quite possible that the Coach wished for something of the sort, of course. We were unable to find records of the stuff having analogous effects elsewhere.

Even wishing for long life can be a mistake, unless one also specifies invulnerability... oh, and freedom from depression and from several other disorders.
Aug. 25th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
When is a musical extravaganza not horribly embarassing?

And not all supernatural events end up bad. Believe it or not, I've dealt with my fair share. I traded my sweaty socks to the Egyptian Pantheon (they wanted the weave patterns for new clothes) in exchange for bringing the world the concept of whipped cream retroactively.
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