third wish


A man awakes to find himself lying by the side of a desolate country road. As he regains his bearings, he discovers that he has no memory of who he is or how he came to be there. As he stumbles about unsure of himself, a genie appears beside him and says “What is your third wish, master?”

Confused, the man asks “Who are you and why can’t I remember anything?”

“I am your genie,” the genie replies. “You are here because your second wish was to forget who you are and to be taken far away from everything you once knew. Now, my master, what is your third wish?”

“My third wish,” answers the man, “Is to remember everything about who I am.”

The genie laughs.

“What’s so funny?”, asks the man.

The genie replies, “That was your first wish.”