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Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!

Prologue to "Golden Cap and Silver Shoes," my work-in-progress retelling of Frank L. Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Prologue: Golden Cap and Silver Shoes

 

How does it come to this, one must wonder. This moment that is inevitable and inescapable, and yet so horribly, horribly wrong. A thousand crossroads, a thousand turning points, and yet, here we are. Could any single decision made differently have prevented this from happening, or was it simply illusion all along, the façade of free will?

 

Around us, the chaos that unavoidably heralds change clamors against stone and out over the land. Smoke fills the air, and the acrid scent of smoldering straw merges with that of bestial sweat, stale wash water and a metallic tang that tugs at the memories.  Yipping barks, gasps of horror and… cheers. They hurt more than anything else, I think.

 

The chiseled stone floor advances, from what seems like miles away, inching slowly into detail.  It has no need to hurry. It knows that what is coming cannot be stopped now, if it ever could.  Upon it, an ebon ocean of fabric sucks hungrily at the unavoidable, drawing me down.  Intent upon consumption, a dark sea not content with swallowing my corporeal form, but dedicated to devour the very essence of the past, of the future, of memory and truth.  The ungiving eternal stone, and the all consuming darkness. These, I know, will be the last things I see.



Date: 2009-04-23 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keridwen.livejournal.com
Very nice.

Very, very nice.

(And an awesome 'holiday'.)

Date: 2009-04-23 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamesorr81.livejournal.com
Mmm. That's why I like reading your work. For me, at least, it's easy to read. I understand the words, but my mind dances and churns with the visual/mental representation of what's going on. It sort-of pleasantly wraps what's going on to the seeing words that are being used.

In short, Thank you.

Date: 2009-04-23 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jagash.livejournal.com
Excellent and thanks for the link. It tracked it to the source letter which was most enlightening.

Date: 2009-04-25 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fader.livejournal.com
Glee!

Wowness, even. Also, thank you. :)

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