Magic - Only If You Want It [A Fantasy - written 2ndOct2018]

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He pulled out of his pocked a brass key and unlocked the door. “Come in, friend. There is food.”

We went directly to the kitchen. I saw meat hanging in an enclosed space and it seemed on the verge of being over-ripe. He cut a large thick steak and told me to sit in the livingroom while he cooks my meal.

As I was ending my meal, the front door opened and people entered. They demanded of my companion whether the owner had invited us. He replied he had found me suffering from hunger, so he brought me into the house. He asked them to come with him into the kitchen. I heard exclamations of annoyance and returning to me they shook my hand, congratulating and thanking me. To say I was puzzled would be putting it mildly.

My new-found friend realised and explained, “It is a crime to steal, but it is even a bigger crime to waste food. The food has almost gone bad, so they are cooking the rest of it, to eat it before it has to be thrown away - even by those who are not hungry and do not wish to eat.”

Though what he said made a kind of sense, I thought to myself, this cannot be my world, people do not think this way, it is not normal.

The owner arrived and after he was told, he thanked me and asked me to stay until I know what it is I want and create it. Having no idea of where I am and where I would sleep if I refused, I thanked him and warily made myself at home.

An old man entered from the door on my right, the door I’d used for entering the house from outside, but for the moment the door was ajar, I saw a large room on the other side with luxurious furnishings. The owner must have noticed my shock, for he explained, “I decided I want to own a private club, so I placed it there and the door leading outside is now on your left.”

“May I?” I asked. He nodded, so I opened and took a good look. He was right, I could see it is a club, with members sitting around tables filled with coffee and pastries and sandwiches, filling the room with a quiet buzz. As for luxurious! It reminded me of the Ritz in London.

“Feel free to use the club whenever you wish.”

“But…it wasn’t there when I arrived! I entered your home through that door…”

“The man who brought you, he had a key? Do you know why he had a key? It is because he wished to have a key. He used magic, just I did.”

“But, how can there be people in there already, eating and drinking?”

“Hmm, well, obviously there are a lot of people who wished such a club existed, so they instantly arrived once it did exist, since they are already on the List of Members. As for the food and the staff, I guess my wish for the club assumed they exist, so the wish arranged for them to be employed from before.”

“Are you a magician? Are there many magicians?”

“There is no magic where you come from? Here, everybody is free to wish and make magic. It is the law of our universe. Where are you from?”

We discussed the possibilities and he came to the conclusion that I have been transferred from another reality. A copy, he said, of theirs, but incomplete - a badly made copy which he thinks is bound to fall apart and fade away.

“If you are correct, does it mean that as my reality fades away, so will I?”

“Oh no, how can that happen. Do we not all unconsciously wish to exist? Since your wish becomes true through magic, it means you will continue to exist.”

“But what if I cannot do magic?”

He laughed. “Have you not already used magic? What of the man who brought you to my home? Were you not wishing there would be someone to help you, when he appeared? Do not worry, he still exists, but until today, he was not known to us, but now he has his place in our society, he has his own home - he wishes for it and will continue to exist. As you will.”

When I dreamt the above, the dream was long and there was much more to my story, but I do not know whether I shall write more about it. Perhaps it is better that that part of me continues to exist only in my imagination - in this universe.

Thank you for reading

Αλέξανδρος Ζήνον Ευσταθίου
(Alexander Zenon Eustace)

2ndt October, 2018

  • posted on Steemit: 2nd October, 2018

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Thank you very much, your words are much appreciated.

molıs to dıabasa!!! apla yperoxo!!!! poli wraia logia!! makari na se psifizoyn panta!!!
otı theloyme apla to sımpan sınomotı kaı gıete!! e???


Gia arketo kairo tora, aisthanome oti thelo na sou grapso gia to pos aisthanome kai gia to poso ektimo tin filia sou kai to oti ypostirizeis to grapsimo mou.

Otan proto-eirtha sto Steemit, aplos eithela na valo tois istories tis Cherine, tou Robert kai tin oikogeneia tous sto blockchain, gia na yparhei/yparhoun otan eho pethani.

Omos, horis na to paradehome, eithela na do oti merikoi to diavazoun - kai sizitane mazi mou otan diafonoun i otan tous aresi kati pou egine stin istoria pou diavasan. Akoma pio krifi epithimian eitan oti tha yparhoun kai merikoi Ellines pou tous aresoun oi istories tis fantasias, kai tha diavazoun ta mithistorimata mou.

Vrika enan - kai...eitan/einai kai Ellinas! Esena.

Alloi erhonte kai fevgoun, alla esi eisai statheros kai kathe fora pou kaneis ερωτήσεις, aisthanome oti arhizei na zontanevi i oikogeneia tou Robert mesa sou. Perimeno na do, me to hrono, ean tha ftaseis sto simeio na eheis protimiseis, to na aisthanese to ena i to allo koritsi - isos akoma kai ton Robert? Pios kserei. Paradeigmatos hari, ego agapo kai ton Alki (alla ton vasisa stin prosopikotita tou patera mou, kai etsi, gia afto?)

Mia apo tois kopelles pou agapo poli einai i Aganthi, i opoia, otan tin proto gnorizoume, einai paidi-mpoutana (apo aftes pou poulane louloudia stois tavernes kai club), alla me ola ta aschima pou egnorise apo tin zoi, potes den sklirine i kardia tis.

Sto vivlio 14 pou kapou-kapou prospatho na grapso. eho kori kai agapo olla ta koritsia (epano apo 50), alla, protes stin kardia mou paramenoun oi Cherine, Samantha kai Aganthi.

Ean eisai periergos giati arhisa afto to mythistorima, edosa eksigisi ston allo filo mou sto Steemit. Mporeis na to diavaseis edo:

Niko, elpizo na meinoume filoi gia polloi kairo, synehiseis i den synehiseis na diavazeis tin Little Cherine,


Euxarisrw... ki egw to niothw oti se exw filo... tha sinexeuzo na to diavazw... o monos logos einai an de exw xrono... alla kai pali tha frontizo na brisko... :))))
Tha to diavasw me ton prwti eukeria!!!!

Wow...that was breathtaking. I wish i live in that universe so all i wish for would come true. How wonderful that life would be. Sadly, that is not reality and i have to live with this.

I love the way you twisted this all into a great story. I enjoyed every minute spent reading it. Congrats on the curie vote too!


Thank you for your wonderful comment. I was in that world during a dream of mine - so I suppose you could say it is a dream-world :)

What a great and creative short story :D. I really like that this story has an uplifting ending, it's pleasant to read something like this and imagine the possibilities :).
Congratulations on your curie vote ^_^.


Knowing that someone read my story and liked it enough to make a comment is a 'you made my day' moment. When that person is also talented, it becomes all that more special.

With summer arriving, I will be finding it difficult to sleep (I prefer winter where I can snugly dive under the blankets), so I hope I am inspired to write a few more stories.

I usually find my characters and their story within a dream, which helps make it more 'real' for me when I write. How do you find yours; do you make a deliberate search or do they just 'come' to you?

PS: I have a real-life story, an eerie business meeting from a few years ago, that left me stunned. Maybe I should write it as a post here. It is more amazing than my fantasy stories are, exactly because it really happened to me. We'll see....

Thanks again for taking the time to contact me with your positive thoughts and words.


When I create stories or characters, it can happen from all kind of inspiration. Sometimes it's the character first who shows up and then they tell me their stories, or other time I have an inspiration about a story and I need to fill it with characters. But I'm mostly someone who draws, so for me the most likely happening is I let my hands drive and while I'm drawing, my brain invents a story along to accompany the character. Of course I also draw old characters that I have, and I have hundreds of them hahaha.
I would like to speak more to you, maybe on Discord or email? ^_^


I don't do Discord, so let me think about it

That sounds very nice to be reality, there are many things I could wish me and not like gold or wealth but for example, to have some of my family members in my near, to be able to see them, or to wish some more people who could help me with restoring my house. Just simple stuff, I am not too demanding.

Anyway, that was really entertaining story and as we all know there are many things that we do not know, there is a possibility of parallel reality and may be another me is completely opposite to myself. I love the story because it gives a birth to many other thoughts and wishes. Wonderfully written :)


Thank you for your lovely comment. I also love your artwork - some of it brings out the atavistic yearnings of, 'I wish I could have that for my own'.