Today I'm just gonna skip the introductions and go straight to the story.
Chapter 7: Follow The
Yellow Purple Brick Road!
(or, Finally! They Escape The Dreaded Singing of The Obvious!)
What the-? How the hell did this get here?
Edward couldn’t believe it. The Red Stone that had been on the ground by the train car was now nestled in his pocket.
“Where is the Stone?” the Wicked Witch rounded angrily on Winry the Good Witch. “What have you done with it?”
Winry gestured toward Ed, who was now holding the Stone in his hand. “There it is, and there it shall stay.” Then to Ed she added, “Keep that Stone close. It must be very powerful, or she wouldn’t want it so badly.”
“Stay out of this, Winry, or I’ll fix you as well,” said the Wicked Witch.
Winry laughed. “Rubbish! You have no power here! Begone, before somebody drops a train on you too!”
“Very well, I’ll bide my time. And as for you, pipsqueak…” she said to Ed, who was fiercely struggling against Al and shouting something about being called a pipsqueak so small an ant could step on him, “…It’s true I can’t attend to you here and now as I’d like…but just try to stay out of my way! I’ll get you my pretty, and your suit of armor, too!” There was a puff of smoke and she was gone.
“It’s all right, you can all get up now,” Winry said to the Munchkins who had fallen to the ground for cover. “Come on, get up.”
“So, this Red Stone,” Ed said, holding it up to the light. “Is it…the Philosopher’s stone?”
“Brother, do you really think we’ve finally found it?” Al sounded as though he were hoping against hope, yet slightly skeptical at the same time.
“It is not a true Philosopher’s Stone,” said Winry. “It is very close, but not quite. However, if you are searching for the Philosopher’s Stone, I believe the Great and Wonderful Alchemist of Oz has one.” At the mention of the alchemist, all the Munchkins around them bowed reverently.
Ed perked up. “And where might I find this ‘Great and Wonderful Alchemist’?”
Uh-oh. Brother’s got that look in his eye…Al couldn’t help but think this was not going to be good.
“The Alchemist of Oz lives in the
“Uh…no,” said Ed and Al together. Both were thinking, broomstick? Wha-?
“Well then, I guess you’ll just have to walk. The Munchkins will see you safely to the border of
“So, which way to
“It’s always best to start from the beginning…and all you do is follow the
“Purple Brick Road, huh?” said Ed as he started to follow it. “Say, are you people aware that purple and yellow clash?”
Al sighed. “Brother, don’t be mean.”
“Hey, I’m just sayin’,” shrugged Ed. “I mean, if you’re gonna have a big spiral like that, the colors should match, right?
“The road used to be red,” said one of the Munchkins. “But the Great Alchemist said it was time for a change, so we painted it.”
“Okay, but why purple?”
“The hardware store had a sale on purple paint,” grunted another Munchkin.
“Um…alright then. Come on, Al.” Ed continued along the former Red Brick Road.
As Al and Ed walked, the Munchkins started singing again. They kept saying to follow the Purple Brick Road, and that they were off to see the Alchemist, the Wonderful Alchemist of Oz!
As Ed and Al crossed the border out of Munchkin Land, they breathed a sigh of relief as the singing died off.
Heh. Did you all catch the Harry Potter reference in this chapter and the last?