The woods waited for her, everyday she passed the ancient sickly trunks, she felt the wind still with their bated breath. They left Emerald City very disappointed after getting to see the wizard of Oz, who they thought would resolve all their troubles. Dorothy wanted to be sent back home with her dog Toto, the Scarecrow lacked a brain, the Lion had no courage, and the Tin Man had no heart which the wizard seemed to already know all about. The beneficent Oz tells them that he has every intention of granting their requests, but only after they prove themselves worthy by bringing him the broomstick of the Witch of the West. Not a small task for anyone, especially since they were about to encounter spooks in the haunted forest.
Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man enter the dark forest, and they notice a sign that indicates the direction to the witch’s castle. The group wanders towards the sign, then towards the castle, when they suddenly notice owls and vultures hooting in a nearby tree. The Tin Man says he doesn’t believe in spooks, and then he suddenly goes flying into the air inexplicably and falls to the ground with a crash. The Lion is terrified as he mutters to himself, “I do believe in spooks!”. The Witch was able to watch them from her crystal ball. She turns to Nikko, the captain of her squadron of Winged Monkeys and issued him a command for an assault.
The witch said, “Take your army to the Haunted Forest and bring me that girl and her dog. Do what you want with the others, but I want her alive and unharmed. They’ll give you no trouble, I promise you that. I’ve sent a little insect on ahead to take the fight out of ‘em. Ha-ha-ha-ha. Take special care of those ruby slippers. I want those most of all. Now fly, fly!” That little insect she spoke of, was one of the witch’s secret weapons, a creepy, crawly jitterbug that stings and she kept this up her long, black sleeve to use in desperate situations. She wanted the ruby slippers, because they had the power to transport the wearer anywhere that they wished to go.
Written for Dylan’s First Line Friday.