Saturday, July 29, 2023

The Latest Oz Short Story

Continuing with the new endings for King Rinkitink from the 2016 edition of Oziana, Dennis Anfuso gives us "A New Ending for Rinkitink in Oz", and it certainly is! Bilbil decides that he, too, needs a pearl, so the white pearl is placed in one of the gold ballss on its horns. The horn conducts the white pearl's words to Bilbil, so the goat is able to relay information to Inga and Rinkitink in real time! This proves to be very helpful when Roquat comes up with his next test: The three of them must fight two nome warriors to the death. But this doesn't make much sense, as Inga's strength and Rinkitink's invulnerbility pretty much means those nomes will lose. Even without the white pearl, Inga is puzzled by this, but it is Bilbil and the white pearl that ultimately save the day and see through Roquat's ruse. I won't spoil it here, but it is a very clever twist. It's short, but satisfying, and I suspect this one would have made it far into the judging before ultimately not winning.

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