Sami continued his story: “Over the next two years, that situation grew worse. The king used his veto so extensively, that soon, the people of Paris accused him of conspiring against the revolution. In spring 1792, France declared war against several European princes, who supported King Louis XVI. But the war did not go well. Enemy armies invaded France and devastated the landscape. Then, in September 1792, the mob stormed the prisons and killed countless imprisoned supporters of the king. Now, the Marquise had enough. We returned to her castle. From there, we learned that the King was finally removed from power and the republic was declared. In December 1792, the king was trialed and one month later, he was beheaded on the guillotine. From now on, revolts against the republic broke out in the country side. The result was a terrible bloodshed. In Summer 1793 the so called Reign of Terror began. The Jacobins, supported by the Sansculottes sections of Paris, removed their political opponents, the Girondists from power. After the murder of Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat, the imprisoned leaders of the Girondists were beheaded on the Guillotine. From now on, Sansculottes and Jacobins send more and more of their opponents to the scaffold.
One day, the Marquise summoned me. She was standing on the balcony and watched group of Sansculottes accompanied by the National Guard approaching the house. On top of them was Julien. It was obvious, that the young man was up for revenge. As they broke the gate of the estate, the mob started to call: “Down with her head. Death to the bloodsucker!”
The Marquise turned her back. There was no trace of fear on her face. She returned to the salon and called for Madelaine. I had a very bad feeling about this. When Madelaine arrived, the Marquise stated her wish: “Sami, I wish that you change mine and Madelaine’s history in such a way, that Madelaine was always and will be forever the Marquise to everybody and I will be just a normal citizen.”
“Your wish is granted!” I gnarled and let the magic flow. Immediately, Madelaine’s and the Marquise’s clothes changed. Soon, Madelaine was wearing a very expensive dress, while the former Marquise was dressed in a red, but rather cheap dress. Also the environment changed, as painting of the Marquise now showed Madelaine.
Meanwhile the mob had stormed into the castle. With two strong hits, they broke into the salon before Madelaine or the former Marquise could do something.
“That’s the exploiting Marquise!” Julien pointed at Madelaine. “Seize her!”
“What about this guy and the harlot?” asked one of the soldiers, while his comrades seized Madelaine.
“Who do you call a harlot?” the former marquise yelled.
“The man is called Sami. He was the favorite servant of the Marquise. And thus, he abused his position against his brother-citizens. “ Julien accused me. “But I don’t know this woman at all. You’re probably right with your assumption. She’s just a harlot.”
“Than this man shall be arrested too. Let the woman go, she’s a free citizen. And gather all other servants. I have to make a declaration.” the officer of the soldiers commanded. When all remaining servants had gathered in the salon, the officer explained, that the reign of the Marquise was over and they should take from the household what the marquise still owns them. Then they should leave the house, since it was now seized by the state. Then, they took me and Madelaine away from the house. Unfortunately, they kept us separated, so Madelaine couldn’t state a wish, and, as you now, I’m couldn’t use my magic on my own to free her. Having quasi-phenomenal cosmic power, but not being able to use it – if it wouldn’t be so sad, it would be ironic.” Sami said with a sour voice.
Martha shook her head. “That’s really sad. I’m glad that I was never in a situation that was beyond my power, neither as a human nor as a genie. I think I understand now why you avoid contact with humans at all costs. I don’t dare to ask, but how did this story end, Sami?”
“I’ll tell you.” Sami replied.
TO BE CONTINUED...
Part 1: [link]
Part 2: [link]
Part 3: [link]
Part 4: [link]
Part 5: [link]
Part 7: [link]
Part 8: [link]