"I thought of a terrific way to reduce crime," Bill said. "Itís so simple, Iím surprised nobody ever thought of it."
"Hey, Iím all ears," said Harry. "Whatís this simple solution of yours thatís eluded the greatest minds on the planet?"
"Well, our planet has five moons. Letís get rid of them."
"What the hell does that have to do with reducing crime?"
"Iíve discovered that crime increases tremendously when our moons are full. If we can get rid of them, crime should decrease dramatically."
"Hmm. You may have something there," Harry said. "So how do you propose we get rid of our moons?"
"Find genies who grant wishes."
Bill and Harry pooled their cash and bought a full page ad in a newspaper. The next day, a genie responded.
When they met the genie, the guys explained their noble goals.
"Mighty big order," the genie said. "Those moons are massive."
"Does it matter?" asked Harry
"Sure. If I remove them, the entire cosmos may collapse."
"If that happens, could we restore everything with another wish?" Bill asked.
"Then letís proceed."
Harry and Bill made their wish. The genie granted it. The moons disappeared. The cosmos collapsed.
Unfortunately, nobody survived to wish it back.
submitted at 4:28am
26 May 2009
Michael's stories have been published by 108 magazines and 30 anthologies.