C r e a t e db y L e s l e yV a m o s J a s o nS t e v e n s Wi l l i a m Wi l s o n

“ It was a del i ci ous L i e. . . ”

“ El egant. S i mp l i s ti c. Qui te audaci o us. But i n the end. . . ”

“ A Li e. . . ”

“ I am curi ous . Do you bl ame yours el f or the meddl es ome chi ld f or al l that has trans p i red?”

“ I woul d argue that you were but an unwi tti ng p awn i n her mal i ci ous s cheme. Her cri mes are enti rel y her own. ”

“ And now s he mus t pay. ”

“ Pay f or what s he has done to our l and. ”

“ PAY. . . ”

“ …f or what s he has s tol en f rom us . ”

“ Al as , I cannot undo the damage s he has f orced up on our bel ov ed Oz. I can onl y of f er what we both s o ri chly des erv e. ”

“ Retri buti o n. ”

“ Sho w m e the w ay and I w i ll beco m e the very em bo di m ento f veng eance. ”

S how me t he way and I wi l l mak e Dor ot hy beg f or t he me r c y of de at h. ”

so . tell m e, w i zards. . . ”

“ … where i s the l and cal l ed Kansas?”

“ To ni g ht” “ PRAIRIE CO UNTY, KANSAS”

“ W O O -W EEE, di s p atch! S he’ ss haki n’ l i ke a v i rgi n on p rom ni ght down Route 1 9… ”

“ Toni ght” “ P RAIRIE COUNTY, KANS AS ”

“ … Better cal l Ben and l et’ em know what’ s goi n’ on. ”

“ Uh-huh. Cop y that. ”
“ Dan around? Coul d s ure us e s ome backup out here. ”

“ Tel l hot wheel s , Dan’ s i nv ol v ed i n s ome hi ghl y detai l ed i nv es ti gati v e work. ”

“ S am coul d s ure us e s ome backup out there. ”

“ Da n’ s on ac a l l , S a m. ”

“ Al ri ght. O K. S how you how i t’ s done i n my county, l i ttl e gi rl . ”

“ Y ou l i t t l e …”

“ …S o no fa… ! ! ! ! ! ”

“ * * s i gh * *S AM . . . ! ”

“ … YO U O KAY? ! ”

“ S HE AIN’ T RES PECT IN’T HE BADGE, BEN! I’ M T HE L AW AN’S HE AIN’ T RES PECT IN’T HE L AW! ”

“ Y e a h …”
“ T HAT L IT T L E GIRL ’ S O UT T A CO NT RO L ! ! ” “ . . . Y e a h ”

“ A l r i gh t , D. Y ou mi nd t e l l i n’me …”

“ GAL E FARM ”

“ …j u s t wh a ti nt h e hel l y ou we r et h i nk i n’ ? ! ”

“ It ol dy ou .I wa sj u s tt r y i n’ou t t h e ne w c l u t c h .Not my f a u l ti fH u c k l e b e r r yH ou nd dr op st h ep e da le v e r y t i me I b l ow b y . ”

“ Y ou c ou l d’ v es t op p e d. ”
“ A nd gi v eb r a i nl e s s t h es at i s fact i o n? U h u h .No way . ”

“ Is we a ri t ’ sl i k e t a l k i n’t o a wa l l .Y ou h a v e a ny i de ah ow t h i sl ook s ? Now I got t a go i nf r ont of t h e ma y or a nd e x p l a i n wh y I got a wa t e r l ogge d de p u t ya nd ac r u i s e ra tt h eb ot t om of Gr i s s om p ond. ”

“ I don’ t wa nt a n a p ol ogy . ”

“ Wh a t do y ou wa nt me t o s a y ? S or r y ? OK . S o rry . ”

“ L ook .B e f or ey ou r momma p a s s e d,I p r omi s e d I ’ dl ook a f t e ry ou .I k ne w r a i s i n’a t e e n wa s n’ t gonna b e e a s y ,a nd L or dk nows i ta i n’ t , b u ty ou got t a me e t me h a l f wa y ,D.

” ! . . h A “

“ Y ou OK ? ” “ Y ou … don’ t …h e a r t h a t ?U gh… ”
“ H e a r wh a t ? A l r i gh t ,i fy ou ’ r e j u s tt r y i n’ …”

“ No… i t ’ sl i k e … s ome b ody ’ s …”

“ Ahhh…! ! ”

“ D… ! ”
“ D… ! ”

“ …u gh …”

“ … ugh… ”

“ S he… i s co m i ng … m us t warn… ”

“ Mi s t er? ! Yo u O K? ”
“ … Do ro t hy …”

“ Ne a ra sI c a nt e l l ,t h e r e ’ s not at h i ng wr ong wi t hh e r ,B e n. ”

“ H m. ”

“ Y ou s u r e a b ou tt h a t ? ”

“ We l l ,s h ei sa l i t t l e h a r dh e a de d,b u th e r MR Ic a me b a c kc l e a na s a wh i s t l e .P r ob a b l y j u s t a wi c k e d mi gr a i ne . T h a t ’ sa l l . ”

“ C ome on. Y ou don’ t t h i nk …”

“ T h a nk s ,doc .I ’ m s u r e y ou h a v e ot h e rp a t i e nt s , act ual pat i ent s , t o t e nd t o. ”

“ We ’ l ls e e ou r own wa y ou t . ”

PRAIRIE CO UNT Y HIGH
“ A ne nt i r e mont h ? ? ”

“ Y e p . ”

“ …T h e nt h a t me a ns y ou c a n’ t …”

“ Y e p . ”

“ Y ou k now h ow mu c ht h os e t i c k e t s …? ”

“ Y e p . ”

Wow.S or r y , Wool y .D i d n’ ts e e y at h e r e . ”

“ Is we a r . I f we we r e n’ ti n s c h ool ,B r e t t , I ’ d …”

“ Y ou ’ d what , f a ta s s ? ? ? ”

“ T hi s . ”

“ D a mmi t . ”

“ gr r r r r r r …. ” “ Y e a h ,t e l l me a b ou t i t . ”

“ Oh ,s u r e . L e a v e wh e ni t s t a r t sge t t i n’ …”

“ …t ou gh . ”

“ H U F F H U F F H U F F ”

“ H e ’ sgonna h a v ea na ne u r y s m. Y ou k now t h a t ,r i gh t ? ”

“ U nb e l i e v a b l e .T wo we e k ss u s p e ns i on. ”

“ B r e t th a di t c omi n’ .J u s t wi s h I wa st h e one t h a td i di t . ”
“ D on’ ts we a t i t ,Wool y .I ’ m s u r ey ou ’ l lge t a not h e r …”

“ …S ome t h i ng. . . ” “ …i nt h e r e …”

“ . . . a a a a h h h …! ”

“ …u gh h …S e e ms … t o b e … goi ng a wa y . . . a h h h …”

“ OK ,t h a tc a n’ t b e good . ”
“ S h u t u p . ”

“ Y e a h , t h a t ’ s …t h a t ’ s not good . ”

“ D …? ”
“ … Wh a t ’ s goi n’ on? ? ”

“ No i d e a . ”

“ B u tt h e y ’ r e wond e r f u l . ”