Many years ago there was once a wizard who had a very valuable treasure, for it made any dream come true. It was a magic lamp, which had passed from generation to generation until finally it was coming into the hands of the latest descendent, Daniel.

Daniel was about to turn twelve, and he received the magic lamp as a birthday present from his parents. The instructions were very simple, as his father explained: “Daniel, the magic lamp will make any wish come true, but it will only grant wishes that are truly good for you. And all you need to do is rub the magic lamp several times.”

That day, Daniel did not dare to pick up the magic lamp. He was a little nervous about it, for he still didn’t know what to ask or what was truly good for him. In the end, he decided to go to sleep… But in the middle of the night Daniel suddenly woke up with a start, jumped out of bed and picked up the magic lamp that he had left on his bedside table.

Short stories - the magic lamp

He had thought of something and was very intrigued to know if the magic lamp would grant it… But what could this exciting wish be? You will soon find out!

Daniel shut his eyes tightly and rubbed the magic lamp three times, then put it on the floor. After a few minutes, his wish still hadn’t been granted so he had decided to wait a little longer. He sat in front of the magic lamp, getting more and more impatient.

In the end he couldn’t stand it any longer, for he had been waiting more than an hour. Little by little, his eyes began to close, but then a ray of yellow light suddenly began to shine from the magic lamp. The light grew stronger and stronger, forcing Daniel to shield his face from the radiance.

But in an instant the light vanished and Daniel’s wish was there before him; he couldn’t believe it. “It worked!” shouted Daniel happily. There in front of Daniel was a state-of-the-art computer, for he wanted to be a computer scientist when he grew up and he had always wanted his parents to buy him one. Unfortunately, they hadn’t been able to because computers were very expensive and his parents didn’t have much money.

So Daniel was very happy to see that the magic lamp had granted his wish; at last he had a computer and now he could start learning new things for when he went to university.