If you missed Part One of this story, here is the link. Thanksgiving in the Emerald City
The next morning the Emerald City woke up to a wonderland of snow. The snow had stopped falling though, so no blizzard this time.
Glenda had a package to take to the post office so she bundled up for the short walk there. She loved walking through the freshly fallen snow, it sparkled like a thousand little diamonds.
There was a long line at the post office, people were already starting to mail Christmas packages. Finally she was able to mail her package, and the bell jangled as she walked out the door into the cool air.
She was surprised to see Frank and George walking on the sidewalk.
“Good Morning! You guys are out and about early this morning.”
“We thought we would get some exercise in to start the day.” said George.
“Walking is always good, Perhaps I can walk with you and learn a little bit more about what brings you to our magical city.”
George raised his head a little, ‘Ahh, a little curious, are we?” he said with a smile, as they started to walk down the street.
“Perhaps. Are you by chance subbing for the 2 English Professors that are sick?”
Frank and George laughed. “English Professors? Oh No! We ain’t that! We have enough trouble with “then and than” and “their and there”, Nope, couldn’t teach English. Plus we get confused with big words like “agoraphobia”.”
Glenda smiled, for that was one word that she had learned the meaning of fairly recently.
“Maybe you can help us with our mission.” said Frank.
“You see, we are detectives, and we were asked by your kind wizard if we would come to try and find 3 golden arrows. They apparently have the ability to grant anyone a wonderful wish who is struck with the arrow, but they can also put a spell on someone if the Wicked Witch would happen to find them.”
Glenda gasped. “You mean the wicked witch is looking for them too. She is here!”
“That is what we have been told. She hopes to find the arrows and disappear.”
“Well good luck! I think I may return home where its safer, but do keep me posted please and be careful”
Frank and George promised they would let her know what they find out later that day. She gave them her address, and they said they would stop by that evening to let her know if they had been successful,
Glenda turned left to go back home and they turned right to head out into the wooded area where they hoped to find the golden arrows.
They had been searching for awhile, and their hands were starting to get numb. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack. They had no clues as to where the 3 arrows could be. Suddenly they both looked at each other.
“Did you hear that?”
“Yes! What do you think it was?”
“I don’t know, go look.”
“Why me! You go look.”
They were going to flip a coin, but then realized they didn’t have any, so they both crept forward slowly following the sound. It was a very faint clicking sound.
They breathed a sigh of relief as they saw that it was just someone taking pictures.
“Excuse me sir, what are you taking a picture of?” Frank asked the gentleman who was clicking away.
“There are some beautiful gold colors showing from that tree over there, see it?”
Frank and George looked closer and they noticed the shine coming from the branches. It was like something was lying on the branches.
George said, “I bet they are the arrows!” while running towards the tree. Just as he went to grab the arrows, he bumped into some branches, causing a huge clump of snow to fall on top of him.
He stood there snow covered, as Frank tried not to laugh too hard. The camera guy was smirking as well, as he kept clicking his camera.
Then they heard some cackling behind them and they jumped as the wicked witch came out from behind the trees.
“Thank you so much for finding my golden arrows!” and she grabbed them from the branches. Her smile was big with a glint in her eye. “Perhaps I should try them out, to make sure they work, ” she cackled.
Before they had a chance to run, she had struck all 3 with the arrows.
Glenda heard the doorbell ring and wondered if it was Frank and George. When she opened the door, she was startled to see 3 monkeys on her porch! Then she gasped when they started talking.
Once she got over the shock, she couldn’t help but laugh, she tried to stop, but every time she would look at them, she would lose it again. They sat there rolling their eyes at her, not much else they could do.
She finally got herself together and took them to see the wizard. He was upset that they didn’t get the arrows, but he assured them that he had an antidote for the spell. He was 99% sure that it would work. Well maybe 90%.
The wizard asked them if they minded swinging from the trees and eating bananas. They groaned, as the wizard and Glenda chuckled.
Glenda told them that they had a talking scarecrow, lion and tin man, but no talking monkeys. That would be a new thing for the city she said, with merriment dancing in her eyes.”Though monkeys are known to be mischievous, so perhaps we should watch out.”
The wizard gave them the antidote, but told them it may take 24 hours for it to work, so they all went back to her house.
She patted Frank and George on the back and grinned at the camera man. “Would you like me to take a picture of you 3? You all could hang by your tail from my Oak tree. Just be careful not to fall in the hole by the tree.”
She was still laughing as she opened her door to let them in her house. Oh what a surprising Thanksgiving this had turned out to be.