Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The Latest Oz Short Story

I have been very busy lately, and thus haven't had much chance to write about the latest ending new ending from King Rinkitink, as published in the 2016 edition of Oziana. But I will remedy that right now by talking about "King Rinkitink Restor'd" by John W. Kennedy and Elaine M. Kennedy. Inga decides to bribe the Nome King with a kind of jewel that he doesn't have, pearls. He shows the white pearl, but Roquat thinks it's an egg! Of course he fears eggs so much that he decides to break his promise to Gos and Cor and gives Inga a chance to find the prisoners. In another complicated game, Inga, Rinkitink, and Bilbil are allowed to each pick onee door each, out of a hundred, behind one of which is King Kittikut and Queen Garee. The humans fail, but Bilbil's sense of smell finds the royal couple. After leaving the Nome Kingdom, Bilbil gets hungry and eats How to Be Good, which then changes him back to Prince Bobo! Upon reaching the Nonestic Ocean, they decide to go to Regos and Coregos and stop the terror of King Gos and Queen Cor forever, but the Great Mermaid (a character that does not appear in The Sea Fairies) knows all that's been happening through communication via the pearls. Gos and Cor are now permanent guests of the mermaids and will no longer bother anyone on the surface. Unlike most of these other entries, the Kennedys then tell where Baum's original picks up again. I think there are some good ideas here, but were I judging this contest I would have liked to see them expanded, as this is a little short. Still, it was a worthy effort.

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