Our heroes stared at the floating head, caught somewhere between fear and confusion. They had finally reached the Wizard of Oz, yet nobody dared to move a muscle.
"What do you want?" The Wizard asked on a threatening tone.
"Umm…" Bridgette tried to answer. "Oh, great Wizard! We've somehow ended up here, in your land. It's a really beautiful land but we want to return home. You're the only one who can help us!"
"Also, we would require a brain, a heart and courage. But these are optional." Noah added.
"Is this the mall?" Lindsay asked confused.
"Silence!" The wizard thundered, causing our heroes to shiver. "Before I offer you my help, I need something in return from you."
"Lip gloss?" Lindsay asked.
"Organs?" Eva asked.
"Financial advice?" Cody asked.
"NO!" The wizard shouted. "Why would I want any of that? If you weaklings want my help, you must kill the Wicked Witch of the West!"
There was silence. The giant floating head looked at them confused and blinked a few times.
"What? No reaction?"
"That's no surprise at all." Cody said, as he rubbed the back of his head. "It's just like in the story."
"Oh, for crying out loud!" Noah snapped and headed towards a large emerald green curtain that was placed near one of the room's wall. He then pulled it, revealing a teen with a green mohawk standing behind a large control panel.
Everyone gasped and Bridgette exclaimed: "Duncan?"
Duncan grinned sheepishly, while the others couldn't believe their eyes.
"You're the wizard?" Eva asked completely shocked.
"Derek, what were you doing behind that curtain?" Lindsay asked.
But before Duncan could even mumble an excuse, the hall's door was opened with a huge noise and Courtney came barging in.
"You incompetent!" she yelled. "I leave you alone for two minutes and you ruin everything!"
"It's not my fault!" Duncan shouted back. "This was your plan. And guess what? It didn't work, so it's your fault!"
"What plan?" Bridgette asked. "You mean, you knew we would come here?"
"Of course I knew!" Courtney replied. "I've read the story before!"
"So you wanted us to kill the Wicked Witch of the West?" Eva questioned.
"But why?" Cody chimed in.
"Do you have a mall nearby?" Lindsay added.
"It was a decision taken for political reasons." Courtney replied, crossing her arms.
"Oh, God, that's how a normal children's story gets ruined." Noah said, as he face palmed himself.
"Whatever, I'm not going to stick around here since my plan is ruined." Courtney stated. "Duncan, I'll be at the library." She added before leaving the hall.
"So, you can't get us home?" Cody asked incredibly disappointed.
"Sorry, geek, there's nothing I can do." Duncan shrugged.
Our heroes were overwhelmed by sadness when they heard that they couldn't be sent back home. However, their problems didn't stop there. Suddenly, a cloud of green smoke appeared in the hall and the Wicked Witch of the West stepped out of it.
"Is that Heather?" Cody asked unsure.
"Forgot to remove your algae mask?" Eva snickered.
"Shut up!" Heather growled and then turned towards Bridgette. "I'm here for the ruby slippers. Give them to me or I will-"
"Oh, these?" Bridgette interrupted her while pointing towards her feet. "Please, take them! They're incredibly uncomfortable and my feet hurt so badly!" She said, as she took off her shoes and handed them to Heather, who looked a little confused.
"That was…surprisingly easy." Heather commented. "I guess, I'll…be going now." She said as she disappeared in another cloud of green smoke.
"So much for selling them on the internet…" Noah muttered.
"Now what?" Lindsay asked.
"I know a great steakhouse nearby." Duncan replied. "Why don't we go and eat there?"
The others exchanged a few glances.
"Sure." Bridgette replied.
"Why not?" Cody added.
"Fine by me." Eva shrugged.
"It doesn't sound like a bad idea." Noah added.
"Do they have sushi?" Lindsay asked.
"So the six teens headed towards the steakhouse and lived happily ever after. The end."
Chris McLean shut his book and smiled proudly.
"So how was it?" he asked.
Chef Hatchet was lying in his bed in a pair of fluffy pajamas, under a baby blue blanket, glaring at the TV Show host.
"It was stupid." Chef huffed. "You skipped passages and why on Earth did you have to replace the characters with those annoying kids from Total Drama Island?"
"It's called improvisation!" Chris said, crossing his arms. "You're just jealous that I'm original."
Chef rolled his eyes and Chris opened another book.
"Now how about I tell you the story of Cinderella and the three little pigs?" Chris asked with a grin.
"Oh, no!" Chef exclaimed as he pulled the blanket over his head.
Well, I finally managed to finish this story. I know it might not be the wonderful ending everyone wished for, but I wanted to end it the same way I began it: rather randomly. However, I hope that I've truly surprised you with the identity of the Wizard.
Thank you all for reading this story! I hope you liked it. Reviews are welcomed!
Until next time, dear readers!