Sunday, February 05, 2006

Flash Fiction Friday 24

Night falls over the Land of Oz. There are ten thousand stories in the Emerald City, this is one...
Putting the Scarecrow in charge of Oz was the biggest mistake the Wizard of Oz made. Maybe the Tin Man would have made a better leader because of his new heart...but maybe not. No one will ever know as the Tin Man finally figured out that a heart shaped watch on a fob was nowhere near a real heart. The Scarecrow tried to rationalize it for him by telling him a heart beat has a regular rhythum like a watch but, alas, the Tin Man never bought it. Using his axe, he chopped the Scarecrow into bits and used the pile of straw to Barbeque the cowardly Lion who'd quickly lost his courage when a 'little person' knocked him out after the Lion threatened to take away the 'little person's' lollipop.
Dorothy never learned of these sad events because the Wizard of Oz was not only a flim-flam man, he was also a dirty old man. Before he dropped Dorothy off at Aunty Em's, he had his way with her but was surprised because he wasn't the first; Dorothy had already fooled around with the hired hands in Aunty Em's barn.
The Emerald City had left its mark on Dorothy and she soon grew bored and moved to the only comparable glitz city in the nation, Las Vegas. She became jaded very quickly and led the life of a call girl until she married Cletis Forothy. She was then teased and taunted about her name--Dorothy Forothy-- divorced Cletis and became a Stormchaser for the rest of her life, hoping to chase the right tornado, be lifted up and carried back to Oz. Most people thought she was pressing her luck and they were proved right as she was chasing one particularly evil tornado, took her eyes off the road and ran her car into a river where she drowned.

Author's note: No one who's autitioned for American Idol by singing "Somewhere Over the
Rainbow" has ever made the cut and went to Hollywood, however they say it's always been popular at drag shows.


Blogger Debby said...

An entirely different take from mine or any of the others - kudos for the originality shown. I truly enjoyed the way you disposed of the title characters - definitely can see Dorothy's life turning out that way!!!!

8:21 AM  
Blogger sweet trini said...

now i wanna know about stormchasing as a career...
walk good.

9:33 AM  
Blogger JJ said...

Beauty! Especially the coda.

11:27 AM  
Blogger mojoala said...

Porchwise, that was just plumb horrible!

6:11 AM  
Blogger C. H. Green said...

Glad to see you finally posted again. Missed you. I'm up to Chapter 7 on my novel. Thanks for the inspiration!

8:05 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I just got to read this and dug it.

Reality's a bitch, aint it? ;)

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