While beach-combing one day, I came across a rather battered, and tarnished oil lamp. While I cleaning away some sand and seaweed, there was a whoosh-sound as a D’jinn materialised from the lamp.
“Oh Master, you have freed me from the curse of the lamp. Now you will receive three . . . , ” the apparition began.
“Yada. Yada. Yada,” I interrupted. “I know the drill. . . .”
The D’jinn looked on quite confused as I continued, “. . . First, I want a complete list of terms and conditions, including explanations of all the small print. These will include an exhaustive explanation of all probable consequences and repercussions, as well as a cost benefit appraisal.”
“Um, ah, hmmm,” the D’jinn muttered dumbfounded.
“Secondly,” I proceeded, “I would like an expert team of lawyers: local, international, and mystic, and in sufficient numbers to thoroughly examine the document provided in accordance with the aforementioned wish number one, to analyse and summarise the document within a time period not to exceed five years on the current agreed calendar.”
“Ahh,” the D’jinn gasped as I continued.
“The third wish I will defer to a later date while the above mentioned stipulations are scrutinised.”
“I hate Union officials,” the D’jinn said under his breath. “Yes Master, as you wish,” he said returning to the lamp.