SCENE 5

Stage is black. There is a dark form seen in the center of the stage. Spotlight comes up stage left. Toto steps into the light with a smile on his face.

TOTO
Oh man, now this is a welcome sight. I never thought I'd be happy to return to this farm. After that ordeal in Oz, it's so nice to be in a place I recognize, a place that is so familiar. The barn, oh that wonderful barn. I can't wait to lose myself in the patch of shade on that soft circle of grass. Oh man, will it be good to relax. But I can't sleep too long. I need to be awake when the sun crashes to the ground and the sweet, cool sounds of a blues guitar gush from the radio.

Light comes up on the rest of the stage. The dark form in the middle is Pig who is stretching.

PIG
Perfect. The mud today is just perfect. It isn't too wet and it isn't too cold. I just love when the mud is like this. It makes the rest of the day bearable. It makes it easy to appreciate the beauty of this farm.

Pig does a double take when he spots Toto. Toto approaches as Pig squints to see him.

PIG
Well, I'll be. It's great to see you, Toto. Everyone thought you were dead.

TOTO
You look so relaxed Pig. I barely recognized you. (pauses) Wait, did you just say you were glad to see me?

PIG
(clears throat)
No, no. Of course not. Everyone else was worried, but not me. I didn't care at all. It was a pleasure not having to listen to all your yapping.

TOTO
Sorry, Pig, you can't fool me any more. I know you have feelings beneath that gruff exterior. I've discovered that no one can live in this world without displaying some heart along the way.

PIG
That is not true. Just leave me alone.

TOTO
Fine, I'll let you be for now, but I'll be watching you. I'll prove to you yet that you have a soft side.

PIG
Not going to happen. No way. Never.

Chicken comes running in from stage right.

CHICKEN
Wolf, wolf, get away. Oh Pig, I'll save you this day. I'm sure I'll find a way.

TOTO
Whoa, Chicken. Settle down. It's me, Toto.

CHICKEN
Oh, Toto, I'm so glad it's you. Now you can scare the wolf, true, true. Two wolves in one week would have turned me blue.

TOTO
Two wolves? That means you faced a wolf while I was gone. But you're still here. Did you scare him away?

CHICKEN
Without you around we were all so scared. The wolf came out of no where, caught us unprepared. To save us all, I flew out of the shadows and caught the wolf unaware. He ran away like a wimp, a chicken scaring a wolf is a sight so rare.

TOTO
That is incredible. I'm so proud of you. It takes a lot of courage to face your fears and send them scurrying away into the night.

The Field Mouse shuffles in from stage left.

CHICKEN
(calmly)
Thank you.

FIELD MOUSE
Hey, is that Toto I hear?

TOTO
Mouse. It's great to see you again. Sounds like you had a wild week while I was gone.

FIELD MOUSE
Did I?

TOTO
Well, maybe not you in particular, but the whole crew. Chicken scared off a wolf. And Pig had a chance to get in touch with his feelings without me around to bother him.

PIG
Did not.

FIELD MOUSE
Cool. I must have missed it all. I spent the week with my relatives who live in the house. They were very confused when half of the house vanished suddenly. I explained that it was that... that... What was that thing called?

TOTO
The tornado?

FIELD MOUSE
Yeah, the tornado. I told them the tornado picked up part of the house. I mean, those high winds can tear through almost anything.

TOTO
Wow. I can't believe you know so much about wind.

FIELD MOUSE
Of course I do. If you don't pay attention to the wind out in the open field, you could find yourself tumbling every which way. It's not a pretty sight.

TOTO
I've known you for years and I never realized you had a brain.

FIELD MOUSE
We all have a brain, even if we forget to use it now and again.

PIG
So where were you all this time, Toto?

CHICKEN
Yes, where did you go? Did it have anything to do with the tornado?

FIELD MOUSE
Were you in the house when that big wind hit?

TOTO
Well, let me tell you. Dorothy and I had a wonderful adventure in a place called Oz. It was so confusing when the tornado picked up part of the house.

Toto's dialogue fades out as the lights dim. The lights come up moments later and everyone has settled into a more relaxed position.

TOTO
And when Dorothy clicked her heels we found ourselves back on the farm.

PIG
That's nonsense.

TOTO
It's all true, every last word.

CHICKEN
It all sounds so scary. If I went I'd be very wary. But I wouldn't be so merry.

FIELD MOUSE
The castle sounded cool. All those rooms. Man, that would be awesome.

TOTO
Maybe you can join me if I ever go back.

FIELD MOUSE
Cool.

PIG
It wasn't real. None of it was real. And there is no way you'll go back.

TOTO
Not right away of course.

PIG
What else do you have to do?

TOTO
Enjoy this farm for one. It was a great experience, but I'm glad to be home. I really missed this farm. I just want to enjoy this familiar environment for a while. But make no mistake about it, the wanderlust will return and I'll drag Dorothy with me to St. Louis or New Orleans to show her the wonders of this world. But once we've done that I'm hoping we have a chance to return to Oz for another mind opening adventure.

THE END