Standing there at attention, fiecely guarding his post, was the Guardian of the Gates.
He is short and round, with a fat face that seems remarkably good-natured. He wears green clothes, a high peaked green hat, and green spectacles. Even his skin is tinted green. Around his neck he wears a heavy gold chain with a number of great golden keys.
For many years while the Wizard of Oz ruled in Emerald City, his duty was to duty to ensure that everyone (including animals and creatures) who entered the city were fitted with green spectacles, ostensibly to protect their eyes from the brightness and glory of the city. The green glasses were locked in place with a key on a chain worn around the Guardian's neck.
Now, with the city having been conquered by General Jinjur and her Army of Revolt, the use the green spectacles was forgotten, but the Guardian continued to keep watch at the gates.
Now, he found himself face-to-face with a most odd and unusual character and certainly one he had never met before.
"Care for some Magic Mushroom cake?" asked the Mad Hatter. In his hand was a piece of multi-colored cake. It appeared that a bite was already missing from the baked goods.
The Guardian of the Gates was quite hungry and saw no reason not to enjoy a small snack after a long day of guarding the gates of Emerald City.
A few minutes later, everything went askew and Oz melted away into a melange of color, sound and madness.
The Guardian was now certain things were not quite right, but at the moment, all of Oz was not as it should be and the Yellow Brick Road was now more like a river of yellow stone. He looked about and saw no sign of the strange man who was there only a moment before.
Several days later, the Guardian of the Gates was found, clinging to his beloved green glasses, fast asleep among the bright red flowers of the Poppy Fields.
Once removed from the deadly fumes, the short, round man with the fat face eventually awoke and soon returned to his duties at the immense gates leading into Emerald City.
He was never quite the same again....
This is my contribution to a most unusal celebration of Oz entitled; Celebrate Oz: Altered Oz and is hosted by a blogsite named: Olde Baggs 'n Stuft Shirts.
The blogger, Oma Linda, has proven to be a most devoted fan of all things Oz. This year, she is taking a skewed perspective on all things Oz and has decided to celbrate her love of Oz in a most altered way.
This is my own altered view of Oz.
As you can see, I ain't quite right either! Such is the life of the Royal Liaison of Oz.
Per Ardua Ad Alta!
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz