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November 2006 Winner
by Barbara Schnell
Dorothy had been in Kansas a week before
she started regretting her return. Not only was she bored (she actually
missed Miss Gulch, at least her complaining about Toto broke up
the monotony) but she missed the vivid colors of Oz. Everything
here was so drab!
And there was so much work to do! The tornado that whisked her
to Oz had left the farm in a shambles and Auntie Em and Uncle Henry
were getting too old to do much. Lunk, the farmhand, had suddenly
left to attend engineering college and that meant Dorothy had to
pick up the slack.
She tracked down the wandering magician and borrowed his crystal
“Glinda, can you hear me?” she chanted into the orb.
“Come in, Glinda.”
Glinda’s head wavered into view. “The reception is
terrible,” her tiny voice peeped. “You’ll have
to speak up.”
Dorothy yelled her predicament and they came up with a plan. Dorothy
sold the ruby slippers on eBay and hired a replacement farmhand.
Then she returned to the farm and waited impatiently in a cornfield.
Oh no, here came Uncle Henry waving a chore list!
“Hurry, Glinda,” she prayed.
A small whirlwind appeared out of the clear sky.
“I love you, Uncle Henry, but I can’t stay here! Give
your list to the new guy!” She jumped into the whirlwind and
was whisked back to Oz where she became an apprentice witch.
Moral: You can’t keep ‘em on the farm after they’ve
been to Oz.