Disclaimer: Beautiful movie, beautiful cast, beautiful characters. And I don't own any of them.

Author's Note: Thanks to all for the reviews, they're so much appreciated. I have written the next part of the story from my own imagination, so it doesn't follow on to the "Return To Oz" movie etc. In my world, I don't think Mombi and the Nome King exist. So therefore, the latter doesn't get the Ruby Slippers, ha ha ha. Here is the final part of my story, and I hope it doesn't disappoint anyone.

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Waiting For Goodbye

Part III

She'd gone.

She'd finally received her wish and returned to her beloved Kansas.

And they couldn't stand it.

They kept thinking they'd heard her voice and would all turn around to look for her. It hurt as they remembered she was no longer there.

The Scarecrow, now in charge of Oz, was popular with the crowd and they cheered madly whenever he appeared. He was assisted by the Lion and the Tin Man, who were also popular. And although Dorothy was gone, it was a small condolence to know they still had each other.

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The clock struck midnight in the Emerald City. The Tin Man and the Lion finished off their final duties, and yet the Scarecrow was nowhere to be found. They'd searched the inner of the Emerald City and were beginning to worry when the Tin Man happened to glance through one of the shining windows, that overlooked the yellow brick road.

"Lion! Out there!"

On the road, a little way up, they could vaguely make out the shape of the Scarecrow, who sat by the roadside.

The Lion pattering and the Tin Man clanking, they opened the huge doors – it seemed so loud at that hour – and went off down the road where all of them – all four of them – had walked so happily down a few days earlier. They joined the Scarecrow at the roadside, and sat in silence for a few minutes.

The Scarecrow stared up at the biggest, brightest star in the sky.

"Do you suppose that's where Dorothy is?" he said quietly, pointing to the star.

The Lion and the Tin Man looked at him questioningly.

"The Good Witch said she fell from a star." All three of them looked skywards. "Do you think she'll ever come back?"

The Tin Man looked at him.

"I hope so. I really do. But no matter what happens, I don't think she'll forget us in a hurry."

The silence resumed for a few more moments before the Scarecrow got to his feet.

"Come on, fellas." He said, seemingly happier than he'd been for days. "We've got a job to do here, and we can't do it without a good night's sleep, can we?"

"I guess not," Smiled the Tin Man. "C'mon, Lion."

And the trio walked back into the Emerald City.

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End Note: Not too dreadful I hope. Thank you to all reviewers. Let me know what you think...and I might post another story. ;-)