Writing an androgynous character sounds like a daunting challenge I might want to rise to.
I suppose in the most basic sense, I'm pushing this to be a romance because I'm afraid it would be harder to write a unique buddy comedy than a unique romance. But I said the inspiration was leaning that way, and to back that up, I should share some of what I have in mind.
When a human is placed in mastery of a genie, they have a finite number of wishes (commands that don't require magic, like "act this way", or "go there" are free actions) When a master runs out of wishes, there are three things that could happen:
In most cases, the genie goes back into their vessel and the two part ways. There are probably mechanisms in place to prevent a master from simply handing the vessel over to a friend or relative.
In uncommon cases, the master uses a wish, not necessarily their last, to free the genie. This has only happened a few times in the history of human-genie relations. The genie is then at liberty to do whatever they want, and generally heads off to enjoy their new life.
While it's never been done, it is possible for a genie to voluntarily bind themselves to a master after the last of the allotted wishes. This is a supreme commitment to the master, and has never been done because of reasons I'm not completely satisfied with, other than that the genie's immortality is forfeit and they will die with their master. Maybe they can't go more than a mile away from their master unless so ordered, maybe it's too much of a risk their master has a darker side they didn't notice, maybe their magical abilities are reduced. Anyway, it's a thing pretty much every genie ever would prefer years of imprisonment and Russian roulette masters to.
In the climax of the story, the master is mortally wounded, and has one wish left. Due to the nature of one of the previous wishes, the master and the genie have emotionally bonded much more than ever before, and while the genie knows the master intends to free them, they're begging the master to use the wish to be healed, offering to be bound together forever as long as the master will just let the genie save them.
The master wishes for the genie's freedom anyway, and is instantly healed, because the genie wanted them to be. It never really occurred to the genie that they could still stay together after being freed.
So does the binding thing make it sound less platonic?
edited 10th Feb '13 6:22:36 PM by TParadox