Hey, everybody this is another fic of Genies and Jinxes, but this comes someplace in between the series and the third Aladdin movie. I decided to let it out early, since it is sorta like the series in that it is another adventure that they go through, though this one is slightly sad and a bit depressing. Just a warning. If you are wondering when exactly this takes place...well I'm not realy sure myself. Most of the episodes of Aladdin were jumbled and a few were jumping years, so I'm pulling a Disney here and just tossing it in.
Disclaimer: I ownly own the plot and my character, Alaric. Wish I owned Genie and Iago, but sadly I do not.
Chapter 1: Guess Who Came To Dinner
It was late afternoon and the people of Agrabah were putting their wares up for the night. If one were close enough to the palace they would hear two loud laughs bouncing off the walls. And if one were to look over the wall they would see two figures running about in the palace garden. One was a young boy of eleven and the other was a blue genie that was wearing a strange outfit…
"Alaric, catch!" Genie tossed the ball in my direction. I jumped up and grabbed it at the same time another Genie tackled me. Iago screeched as we almost smacked into him, sitting on chair, where he had been trying to catch the last rays of sunlight for a tan. We had been playing football for hours now and Iago was trying his hardest to ignore us. Al and Jaz had went a small trip together for some alone time, leaving us to have the whole day together, they'd probably be home soon.
"Watch it will ya!" Iago snarled and with wide grins Genie and I ran into him on purpose, hitting the ground with a thud. Iago scowled and tried to get out from under us. "Get off me!" I laughed and moved my arm so he could escape. He slipped out from under me with a growl and went skywards.
"You guys are a bunch of loons!" he screeched, flying back into the palace. After he left Genie snickered and then I held up the football in triumph.
"I got it! That means I win!"
"Aww." Genie pouted and then he gave me a sly look, causing me to arch an eyebrow. Before I could ask what he was looking at he shoved me, starting to tickle me. I tried to keep a grip on the ball but I was laughing too hard and finally let it drop to the ground. Genie stopped as soon as it bounced off the ground and grinned widely.
"I win!" he yelled loudly, giving me a smug smile, and grabbed the football. I stopped laughing and sat up with a fake frown.
"Hey! No cheating!" I said and Genie stuck his tongue out at me. I almost laughed even though I was supposed to be mad.
"Finders Keepers!" he shouted and I stuck my lip out and pouted. Genie frowned playfully. "Don't you try that on me, kiddo. It won't work." He turned his head in a snooty gesture and so I started to whine, knowing he'd give in eventually. Finally he turned his head to look at me. "Aww, not with the eyes! No…." he called out dramatically and then he gave in. "Oh alright." I laughed and he did too ruffling my hair and I hugged him.
"Yes?" I frowned a little at him wondering if I should ask him my question or not.
"Boys!" Someone called and we paused, looking towards the palace. "I believe it's time for dinner!" Up towards the garden steps leading into the palace we saw the Sultan smiling and waving at us.
"Coming!" We shouted at the same time. I let the unspoken question go, not really caring if I had asked it or not.
"We'll talk later." Genie said and ruffled my hair again and then he shoved me back onto the ground as he stood. I hit the ground and looked up at him as he grinned smugly.
"Beat you there!" he shouted as I sat there in shock. Then I quickly recovered.
"No fair!" I laughed and I jumped up to catch him. Abu ran out from where ever he had been and jumped onto my shoulder as I got to the steps chattering in my ear as Genie turned around to grin.
"What took ya so long?" he asked teasingly and I pretended to look offended. I stuck my nose in the air and stalked past him as Abu chattered at him snootily. I almost laughed then, but a smile went across my face anyways.
"Hey!" He shouted at us as we got down the hall past him. I laughed and stopped to look at him as he came up beside me, tossing an arm around me. He grinned back down at me. Abu snickered too and Genie shook his head at us.
"Hey!" Iago hollered from down the hall. "Hurry up! Some of us want to eat on time!" Genie snorted.
"As if he wouldn't eat before we got in there." Abu chattered 'oh, brother' as I grinned.
"I heard that Blue-boy!" We snickered louder and went into the dining hall. Genie and I sat on one side of the Sultan and Abu and Iago sat across from us.
"It's about time!" Iago snapped when we sat down. "I'm starving." I looked at the empty vine of grapes on Iago's plate and grinned.
"Oh, really? Then where did those grapes go?" He scowled at me and I threw a leftover grape at him.
"Cut that out! So I ate some, sue me!"
"We wouldn't get much money if we did that." Genie muttered and Iago narrowed his eyes.
"Hardy-har, that was so funny." We laughed at him and eventually he smiled just a little.
A little later, the Sultan was telling us about his visit to Getzistan. The sultan there, Pasta al Dente, was thrilled that he had come to visit. As he was telling us about the Getzistan's newest casino, which Iago was glad of, Rasoul appeared in the doorway.
"Your highness?" he asked and we all looked at him. He was standing there with a strange expression.
"Yes, Rasoul?" The burly guard got a very uncomfortable look about him and Genie and I exchanged glances.
"There-there is a woman here who says he needs to speak with you." The Sultan frowned slightly and Genie and I looked at each other again. Could this be a trick? Who would be here at this time?
"Who is she?" I asked before the Sultan could, purely out of curiosity, and Rasoul made a very strange face and winced when I spoke. Now I was really worried, usually Rasoul ignored me and Al. Something wasn't right.
"Rasoul?" The Sultan prompted. "What did she say she wanted?" He looked at me before looking at the Sultan again and the one glance scared me. What has Rasoul acting like this?
"She said…." He seemed reluctant to finish and I suddenly got a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. Iago and Abu were in shock too.
"Yes?" The Sultan prompted and the guard swallowed.
"He said that-that she was the boy's…." he looked at me then. "…mother." My fork dropped onto the plate and everyone went quiet. Some of the servants stopped cleaning in shock. Iago's jaw dropped as did Abu's. I didn't dare look at Genie.
"Wha-what?" I asked quietly and Rasoul shifted uncomfortably. "What are you talking about?"
"She is out in the hall, she wishes to have an audience with you." Rasoul said stiffly, ignoring me on purpose.
"Oh, well, um, send her in then, I suppose." The Sultan stuttered bewildered. Genie put a hand on my shoulder to keep me from running as Rasoul nodded and went out the door. I didn't realize until Genie patted me that I had been shaking.
"Genie, I don't want her here." I said and he looked down at me sympathetically, his dark eyes boring into mine. "I don't want to see her." I almost pleaded as if that would make her go away. Why was this happening? Was it really her? What does she want?
"Let's just see what she wants." He said softly, but I could tell he wasn't too thrilled either. I avoided looking at Iago. It hadn't been that long ago that I told him my whole story. He'd been shocked of course but he, I think, understood me a little better and I knew without looking that he was just as nervous as I was.
A few seconds later the door opened again and…she entered. She was just as I remembered her. Her long wavy golden hair swept passed her shoulders and down to the middle of her back. Her blue eyes, that matched mine, were focused solely on me. She came fully into the room her long cerulean dress sweeping the floor and Genie gave my shoulder a squeeze as I let in a shaky breath. My mother.
"Your highness." She said smoothly bowing politely, looking almost regal. She always did hold herself like that. I had forgotten. "I am sorry to disturb your meal." Something like fear churned my stomach and I wanted badly to wake up from this nightmare.
"Oh, not at all my dear. Come in and have a seat!" Sultan said, looking briefly at me and Genie, she stood back upright and came to sit at the table across from me. Iago and Abu had long ago moved off to sit further down the table. I blinked several times and she looked me up and down before nodding once and turning to the Sultan. Genie shifted in his seat and when I looked at him, his eyes were locked on my mother, more angry than curious. He caught my gaze and stared at me trying to decipher what I was feeling, which was dread. He gave me a reassuring, tight lipped smile before glancing back up at my mother who sat in her perfect manner, her golden head bobbling.
"I know that this must be quite a shock to all of you." she said finally, trying to make eye contact with me and I nodded numbly. You could say that again.
"Well, yes." The Sultan said, giving me a look that all I could do was blink in response too. "We had no idea that you were coming."
"Neither did I." I muttered lowly, poking at the table with a slight frown and Genie patted me reassuringly. When I looked back up she was eyeing me with remorse and I frowned deeper. I wasn't giving in that easy! She left me! I want her to go away!
"So, where were you all these years?"Genie asked suddenly getting a very protective tone. "You decide to come back to do more damage?" She only smiled apologetically, not taking her eyes on me and I clutched at Genie's arm, trying to calm him down.
"No, of course not." She said as if someone had slapped her. "I can see that we are going to disagree on quite a lot."
"Yeah, I suppose we are." Genie snapped at her and I poked his arm trying to calm him down. He was extremely furious I could tell.
"Now, Genie," the Sultan reprimanded softly, but I could tell he wasn't too comfortable either. "Let the boy's mother speak. I'm sure she came for an important reason." Genie only frowned more and tucked an arm around me. Mother looked at the arm that went around my shoulders and something like anger flickered across her face, but it was gone as soon as it had appeared. So I wasn't really sure what I had seen.
"My name is Alana, your highness." She said and the Sultan gave her a warm smile.
"Miss Alana, please take my sincerest apologies. We are all very protective of young Alaric." She smiled again before inclining her head.
"I can see that but please, allow me to explain why I'm here." She started and Genie only nodded once. "I-I just wanted to see you. I know I have no right to interfere in your life now, but I had to see you." She reached across the table and took my hand. "Love, what I did-I can understand if you never want to see me again. But all I'm here for is to see you. To visit just a while and you don't have to leave here or go anywhere. I just want the opportunity to get to know you again. I…am ashamed of what I did to you." She addressed me directly seemingly ignoring those around her. "No words could tell you how sorry I am that I abandoned you. But you must hear me out."
"How did you find me?" I asked quietly and she sighed. Then she cleared her throat before sitting up as straight as she could, then spoke in a clear tone.
"I was in Burkistania a few weeks ago and there I saw a picture in our old home…I instantly knew it was you that had drawn it. So, I asked around and found that you had been there recently, with some friends." She smiled warmly at Genie and then at me. I looked up at Genie, whose face was unreadable.
"So, you're just here to visit?" I said and she nodded.
"That's all. I want to put the past behind us in the short time I'm here. Will you at least let me get to know you again?" I fiddled with the table top then, thinking about what she was telling me.
"Alaric?" The Sultan asked, he wanted to know the answer. But luckily I didn't have to answer right then, for I heard familiar voices.
"Hey, Alaric we're home!" I jumped as Aladdin and Jasmine came into the room holding hands, Carpet floating behind them looking a little tired. The couple came in smiling; obviously they had a good time on their trip together. Al and Jasmine looked around the room at us and as they saw all our expressions, the smiles went off their faces slowly.
"Rick?" Al asked in concern but I could find my voice to speak. "What's going on? What's wrong?"
"Father?" Jasmine asked, but the Sultan could only shake his head, still too stunned to speak.
"Who are you?" Al asked my mother coming to stand behind me. He put his hands on my shoulders and I felt a little better knowing he was there.
"Al, this is Alaric's mother…" Genie spoke, indicating her to tell her name and my mother smiled at Aladdin.
"Alana." She said smoothly taking the hint. She was always good at that. "It's a pleasure to meet you, Aladdin. I have heard many things about you." She then looked at Jaz. "Princess Jasmine, I have heard rumors of your beauty, they were right." Jasmine smiled a tight lipped smile and my mother realized that everyone was waiting to hear what she wanted. She never seemed to be nervous and yet her eyes flickered to everyone in the room, obviously feeling all the emotions that were aimed at her.
"Why are you here?" Aladdin asked coolly, not liking this at all.
"I was just asking, my son, if he would allow me to visit with him, if you all don't mind. I want to be able to tell him I am truly sorry for what I did. I just want the time to get to know my son." They all looked at me then waiting for an answer and I instantly looked at the table top. Genie put a hand on my shoulder and I looked up at him.
"Maybe it'll do you some good. You'll finally get the answers you want." He said quietly and I looked at Al. He was watching my expression and searching my face for something that I wasn't sure of. He gave a small reassuring smile then and so I finally nodded.
"Okay." I said aloud and my mother smiled warmly.
"Thank you. May I come by tomorrow morning?" She asked the Sultan and he gave a wide grin.
"Of course. You may visit at anytime as long as Alaric wishes to see you." he gave me a pointed look, confirming that I'd have to make the final decision. I nodded, unable to say anything. He then gave mother a nod himself and she rose from the table.
"I must go now, I'm a little tired and I'm sure that you all are. Goodnight, love." She said to me and I again found that I couldn't talk so I just nodded.
"I'll walk you to the door." Al said and she smiled at him.
"Thank you." she walked out of the room then and I felt something in me burst. It was odd seeing her again and all the mixed feelings I was getting my stomach flop and I suddenly felt me sick.
"Short man, are you alright?" Genie asked quietly and I wasn't sure. I looked at him and he smiled a little putting a hand on my shoulder. "It's going to be okay, kiddo."
"I-I'm going to bed." I got and left quickly unable to wrap my head around what had just happened.
Aladdin walked down the hall beside Alaric's mother. It was odd to see the woman who had caused Alaric to live the life he had just walk down beside him. Everything that Alaric had told about her was right and yet wrong too, for he saw none of whatever Alaric had seen all those years ago when she had left him.
"There's something that I don't understand." He said after a few minutes. She looked at him then. "How could you do it? How could you part with your only child? For just some guy?"
"Husam, was a very charismatic man. When I first met him, I was younger and wanted more than anything to be free and he promised to give it. I was young, oh so young, Aladdin. I wasn't ready to be a mother. I know it seems wrong and harsh and it was. But had my husband lived, I would have bared it, I could have done it. But living alone rising a child…I just couldn't handle it. Try to understand. I am…not as well off as I had dreamed but I have learned to take my mistakes and try to right them. That is all I wish to do." Aladdin could see the serenity in her eyes that matched Alaric's perfectly and he gave a nod.
"I suppose I can see it your way. But just please, whatever it is you're here to do, please don't hurt my brother more than you already have. I have cared for him for three and half years and I'm not willing to put him through anything like he already has been." Alana gave a small nod.
"I understand, Aladdin." She said, by then they had reached the doors to the palace. "Goodnight." She said and he gave her a small smile.
"Goodnight." She left then, leaving Aladdin to ponder all she had said. To him, she seemed nice enough and yet…there seemed to be something off about her. Shaking his head, he went back up the hall and entered the dining hall, only to find that his brother was gone.
"Where's Rick?" He asked and Jasmine smiled grimly.
"He went to bed. I can only imagine what he's thinking right now. After all, he hasn't seen her in years and probably never even thought of her until now. He must be in shock." Aladdin sighed and ran a hand through his hair.
"You know, I've always figured that she'd show back up eventually. Just not so soon." Aladdin sat next to Jasmine and intertwined their hands. He and she both hoped that things would settle down soon enough, but both knew that Alaric had a long way to go before he could be alright from this and hopefully put it behind him for good.
Genie all the while had remained quiet and Iago noticed. It wasn't the first time that Genie had reacted that way to anyone speaking to Alaric and the parrot was sure that Genie wasn't at all happy to see the lady. Though, he would never say it aloud to Genie, Iago actually thought that he seemed to be a father to Alaric already. Now though, it seemed that Genie was going to have to compete for Alaric's attention.
The kid himself didn't look very happy, but how long would it be before he started to like having her around? Was he going to lose his best friend, the only one in the palace that would stick up for him no matter what? And although she swore that she was here to visit only, Iago got a bad feeling in the pit of stomach that it wouldn't be long before she asked to keep him. Iago didn't know it at the time, but Genie was feeling exactly as the parrot was thinking and he too was wondering the same. Was he going to lose his short man?
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