Shall We Date Oz+ Oz

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First of all, I don’t own any of this, nor did I create any of it. This is the script from the mobile Shall We Date?game, Oz+. As someone who has tried another mobile otome and didn’t love it (mostly due to the lag while loading text), I recommend this one. The doll maker is adorable and the art is very good. The story is packed full of warm fuzzy feelings, very loosely based on the original Wizard of Oz story, haha.

Second of all, I started writing it down because you don’t get many tickets each day and I would forget the story between segments. That being said, I didn’t think of it until I was already on 6.10. I purchased the premium background for 5.11, so I had that in my memories and copied it from there. If anyone has the missing parts and wants to comment with it or send it to me, I’ll update it. Also, I would like to note that this is no replacement for actually playing the game! After rereading what I’ve written, it’s just completely different with the proper sprites and backgrounds.

If you’re looking for a guide without all the extra text, try this one. :3

And lastly, there are obviously spoilers, so read at your own risk! I won’t post any pictures. I want you to experience those yourself. I hate to spoil CGs, but I came to the realization that because you have to spend real money to get the premium CGs, most people aren’t going to have every CG for every character. On that note, I decided to upload my CGs and I will link them as they appear in the story. CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Chapter 1: The One I Chose (13/13)

1.1

I was put on the spot and told to choose a partner, but…

(I can’t just…pick someone…)

The five hopefuls all looked at me, their eyes alight with anticipation.

Oz; “So, who’s it going to be? Can’t say I’m not looking forward to seeing who the lucky guy is.”

Oz broadcasted his confidence with the easy swagger of an older man.

Crowlie: Please, choose me!”

Heartmann: Pick me!”

Leonardo: “You’ve gotta pick me!”

The three leaned forward, eagerly trying to earn my attention, and Wesley looked down on them with a smug scoff.

Wesley: “Don’t get ahead of yourselves, kids. You weren’t even human to begin with.”

Leonardo: “Want to say that to my face?!”

Wesley: “You guys can’t even love like humans.”

Dorothy: “Hey, that’s going a little too far.”

Crowlie: “See? Dorothy gets it.”

Oz: “I think that was going too far, too.”

Heartmann: “As does the Great Oz!”

Oz: “Only problem is, the three stooges here are pretty stupid…”

1.2

Leonardo: “Wait, what?!”

Wesley: “Hah, three stooges is right. You really do get it, Oz.”

Heartmann: “You know, Wizard, you’re the last person I’d imagine getting picked.”

Oz: “True. You are kind of a diabolical villain.”

Dorothy: “Hey, Oz, you don’t need to take potshots at everyone.”

When I stepped into the conversation, Oz looked back at me with a sly grin.

(I think…no, I know Oz is just enjoying himself here.)

(I really can’t tell how serious of a person he is…)

Wesley: “Me? A diabolical villain?”

Crowlie: “Or have you gained a change of heart after being brought back to life?”

Wesley: “Even without that nonsense, I’m just dripping with charm.”

(Wait, what…?)

Everyone fell speechless and just stared at Wesley.

Oz: “You catch something bad? Feeling all together?”

Wesley: “Your half-witted japes aside, I’m telling you, even a villain can find love if he’s got enough charm!”

Leonardo: “Not happening, nope, no sir.”

Wesley: “Dorothy, you know the right choice! Me!”

Dorothy: “H-Huh?!”

1.3

Crowlie: “You can’t pick him! Pick me!”

Dorothy: “U-Um…”

Heartmann: “Dorothy, please, choose me!”

Dorothy: “Um, guys…”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, I’m super serious! I love you!”

Leonardo flung his arms around me.

Dorothy: “Ahhhhh!”

Wesley: “Outta my way, lion!”

Wesley kicked Leonardo over.

Wesley: “I’m real sweet to my ladies.”

Wesley said with a cunning grin.

Crowlie: “Begone, evildoer!”

Crowlie pushed Wesley away and held his hand out to me.

Heartmann: “Pick this hand over his!”

Heartmann then pushed Crowlie away and slipped his hand in front of me.

Continuing their melee, the four surrounded me.

Dorothy: “What should I…?”

1.4

(I don’t have any idea who to pick…)

Confusion overtook my heart and mind, and I felt as though I’d wandered into a maze with no exit.

Oz; “how about giving me a try?”

(Huh?)

In slight disbelief at the easygoing voice I’d just heard, I moved my eyes in its direction.

Oz smugly stood a step back from the other four.

Oz: “You’re not sure who to pick, right? In that case, how about giving me a spin?”

The words came to naturally from his mouth, like he wasn’t trying at all.

(Oz…)

Yet, I could feel the strong will in his eyes.

(His words, his attitude… they’re all so flippant, but…those eyes. They’re so…so determined.)

Unable to get over the strangeness, I couldn’t take my eyes off of Oz.

(This feels so…off. There’s something so…strange about him.)

(But for some reason, I feel so…drawn to him.)

Then I noticed. We are gazing into each other’s eyes.

Oz: “Something the matter, little miss?”

Oz said in a bit of a mocking tone and looked away.

Yet, I still couldn’t get over the strong will I saw in his eyes.

1.5

(I can’t feel the same passion form Oz that I feel from everyone else, but…)

(There’s something about those eyes…)

That strong will drew me to him.

(I can’t just stay on the fence like this…)

(…so I’ll just trust my feelings.)

I felt like I’d found the exit to my maze.

(I’ll believe in the determination I saw in Oz’s eyes!)

Dorothy: “Oz, I choose you.”

Oz: “!”

Oz looked surprised for a split second.

But when everyone’s eyes of shock and surprise gathered around him, he quickly put his usual smile back on.

Oz: “Hahaha! Too bad, my friends. Looks like I win this one.”

Crowlie: “OZ got picked?!”

Leonardo: “Wait, you gotta be kidding! Why not me?!”

Heartmann: “Why?!”

Wesley: “Tch. I can’t believe this!”

Solomon: “My. So she went with Oz.”

Norton: “It would appear so.”

1.6

Crowlie: “Dorothy, why choose Oz?!”

Heartmann: “Please, let us know!”

Leonardo: “I wanna know, too! Why’d it have to be Oz?!”

Crowlie and the other two quickly crowded around me.

Dorothy: “Well, I chose Oz because…”

(…he looks reliable) (Intimacy +7)

(Uh…how should I explain it?)

It was hard to articulate the smoldering determination I saw in his eyes. It didn’t match up with his usual bravado.

Oz: “Do you really need to ask? I mean, I’m the best man here.”

Dorothy: “Huh…?”

(Where does that confidence come from?)

Wesley: “Reason denied!”

Oz: “Not your place to say.”

Crowlie: “Would it be because Oz is from your world?”

(Oh, yeah… Oz is from my world, isn’t he?)

(But, well, it’s not like I think everyone else is weird or anything, and I don’t want to make THAT the reason I picked him…)

Dorothy: “That’s not my reason. It doesn’t really matter to me where he’s from.”

Leonardo: “Is it because he’s older than us?”

Wesley: “Tch, he’s just a geezer.”

Oz: “Says the other geezer.”

Wesley: “Hey, can it!”

Dorothy: “Well, him being older is part of it. It’s…mostly because he looks really reliable.”

(Yeah, let’s leave it at that. It’s a lot better than trying to explain something hard.)

Oz; “I see. You’ve got some good taste there, little miss.”

Norton: “Well, the Great Oz was the previous ruler of the Emerald City.”

Crowlie: “And I’m the current one!”

Crowlie jumped in on that statement.

(Oh, that’s right. Oz chose Crowlie to succeed him.)

Heartmann: “No need to get so emotional, Crowlie. We all know you’re doing a great job ruling the Emerald City.”

Heartmann: “But I think I know what Dorothy’s getting at.”

Leonardo: “What do you mean?”

Heartmann: “There’s not a person in this world that doesn’t know Oz as the previous ruler of the Emerald City.”

Crowlie: “And when you think about his great works, he looks the most reliable…I suppose.”

Leonardo: “He’s the one who gave us our brains, courage and heart, too.”

Crowlie and the others looked at each other and nodded.

(Phew…looks like everyone’s all right with it now.)

1.7

Wesley: “Tch…! This is no fun.”

Oz: “Hahaha! Yeah, for you.”

As Oz laughed and got carried away, he stood up in front of me.

Oz: “Dorothy, I’m grateful you chose me.”

He said with an uncharacteristically serious face.

For some strange reason, I could see a hint of relief in his eyes.

(He’s relieved that I chose him?)

(But…really?)

At first glance, he looked like he was relieved that he was chosen to be my partner.

But was that really the case?

(He’s reliable, I’ll give him that, but I just can’t tell what’s going on in his head…)

Yet, the strong will in his eyes left such an impression on me I couldn’t forget them.

(Maybe I should ask him…?)

Dorothy: “Say, Oz…”

Right when I said that Oz slid his arm around my shoulder and pulled me in.

(Huh?)

Oz: “That was a wise choice, picking me.”

He brought his face closer to mine and whispered into my ear.

1.8

It was so sudden, I lost my words.

Heat spread from my ear to the core of my body, and I could feel my face turning red.

Leonardo: “Hey! Hey, what’re you doing?!”

Crowlie: “Putting your hand around Dorothy all of a sudden like that!”

Heartmann: “How aggressive!”

Crowlie and the others all protested in unison.

Oz; “We’re going out now. Isn’t doing this my right?”

Crowlie: “That look is…really irksome.”

Oz: “Then how about I try something a bit more daring?”

Dorothy: “Huh?!”

Leonardo: “D-Daring?! What, like a kiss? You gonna kiss her?!”

Dorothy: “Wait, WHAT?!”

Heartmann: “I won’t allow it! I’m not having it!”

Oz: “And why do I need you lot’s permission?”

Wesley: “Because you two aren’t actually in love yet.”

Wesley said, interrupting the chaos.

Oz: “Oh? And just what do you mean by that?”

1.9

Wesley: “Well, for whatever reason, Dorothy needed a romantic partner for her Big Day, and she just happened to pick you for a starter, Oz.”

(That…does make sense.)

Wesley: “And you’ve gotta know that, right?”

Oz: “Heh…I wonder about that.”

(Do Oz and Wesley know something about this whole ‘pick a partner’ thing?)

Crowlie: “Wait, wait! Does that mean that we still have a chance?”

Heartmann: “Judging from what he said, it does indeed!”

Leonardo: “Lord Solomon, is that true?!”

Solomon: “Haha… Well, that all depends on Dorothy.”

Norton: “Lord Solomon, is it truly wise to say that?”

Heartmann: “We’ve still got a chance!”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, you can decide to pick me instead anytime!”

Leonardo: “Heck, you can pick me right now!”

(Y-You guys…)

Oz: “So, what’ll do you? Have a do over?”

(I don’t know why I have to pick a partner, but…)

(Even if he’s just a boyfriend in name only, I picked Oz. I want to give him a chance.) (Intimacy +7)

(I want to know about the strong will I saw in his eyes, too…)

Dorothy: “I won’t pick someone else.”

Oz: “Heh. Clever girl.”

Oz’s smile exuded a gentleness I hadn’t felt before.

Leonardo: “Why?”

Dorothy: “Because I want to.”

Leonardo: “Seriously…?”

Heartmann: “Well, it’s not like it’s all over yet. We still have a chance.”

Oz: “You guys don’t know when to quit, do you…”

Crowlie: “Well, I can’t lose to you, Oz!”

Wesley: “Sounds like things’ve gotten interesting. Stay on your guard, Oz.”

Oz: “You planning to swoop down at the first chance too, huh?”

Oz: “Challenge accepted, then. I’ll show you all that I’m her best choice!”

Oz said, full of confidence, before turning to me.

Oz: “I’m going to make you really love me. You’ll see.”

It was only for a moment, but I saw that strong will in Oz’s eyes again.

1.10

Solomon: “This is the partner you’ve chosen. Do overs will not be accepted.”

(Huh…?)

Solomon: “However, in the event that you have truly fallen in love with another, you may choose him instead.”

Leonardo: “Then we’ve still got a chance!”

Toto: “Woof…?”

Solomon floated up into the air let out a booming announcement.

Solomon: “Dorothy’s partner has been chosen — Oz!”

(But…should you really choose a boyfriend like this…?)

As if picking up on my worry, Oz treated me to a gentle smile.

Oz: “Don’t worry. I won’t let you regret this.”

His words, his demeanor…everything was full of confidence.

(He’s looking at me with such honest eyes, too…)

Solomon: “Now then, I’m thinking of holding an event to welcome Dorothy back to Oz tonight.”

Leonardo: “That sounds great!”

Heartmann: “What kind of event?”

Solomon: “Which would you prefer, a ball or a banquet?”

Crowlie: “It hasn’t been decided yet?”

Solomon: “I’ve been unable to bring myself to choose, I’m afraid…so I’d like Dorothy to decide.”

1.11

Dorothy: “A ball or a banquet…?”

Neither of which I could claim much, or any, experience with.

Oz: “Then how about putting one of my magic shows in the running, too?”

Wesley: “Like anyone’d want to see that!”

Oz: “Like everyone here.”

Wesley: “Come on, no one’s going to care.”

Solomon: “Then, let’s add that onto the list.”

Wesley: “Wait, seriously?!”

Solomon: “Dorothy, what would you like?”

Dorothy: “I’d like a banquet!” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “How come?”

Dorothy: “I didn’t have any dinner back in Kansas, so I’m pretty hungry.”

Leonardo: “I’m pretty hungry, too! I vote banquet!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Heartmann: “Haha, looks like Toto’s hungry, too.”

Crowlie: “I’m a little disappointed I won’t be able to show off my dancing, but if Dorothy wishes for a banquet, I’m for it as well.”

Oz: “How about my magic show?”

Dorothy: “We can see that later.”

Oz: “Heh…fine, fine. Let’s go with the banquet tonight, then.”

Wesley: “Tch. What a joke. Not that I won’t show up.”

1.12

Solomon: “So, a banquet it is.

(A banquet…looking forward to it!)

Norton: “I will have preparations made immediately.”

Solomon: “Dorothy, you should change into a dress.”

(Oh! I can’t go to the banquet in these clothes!)

And of course, I hadn’t simply brought a beautiful dress on hand, or anything like that.

(What should I do…?)

Oz: “What’s the matter?”

Dorothy: “Well…I hadn’t imagined there would be a banquet, so I didn’t bring a dress.”

Solomon: “You needn’t worry about that. We have a grand wardrobe in this palace.”

Dorothy: “A grand wardrobe?”

Solomon: “Of course. It’s as needlessly grand as the name suggests.”

Dorothy: “Then you have dresses in there, too?”

Solomon: “All made by the finest tailors, too. Pick whichever one you like.”

Dorothy: “Thank you so much!”

1.13

Leonardo: “That’s great, Dorothy!’

Crowlie: “We can go find a dress for you too, if you need us to.”

Heartmann: “Don’t forget we’re with you, too.”

Dorothy: “Thanks, everyone.”

Norton: “Well, allow me to escort you to the wardrobe.”

Wesley: “…”

I noticed Wesley was looking at something with a troubled expression.

And when I followed his eyes…

(He’s looking at Norton? …Wait, no, he’s glaring at him.)

Norton: “Dorothy, is something amiss?”

Dorothy: “Oh, no…”

Oz: “Go on ahead, little miss. We’ll be waiting here for you.”

Dorothy: “I’ll be back as soon as I change.”

Norton: “Then let us be off.”

Norton started taking me towards the wardrobe.

(I can’t believe I’m actually going to put on a dress and go to a banquet!)

(Oz — where dreams come true!)

(That’s why I love it here!)

When I started to leave the throne room with Norton, Toto trotted along with me.”

(Well, now I don’t have to worry about anything because Toto is with me.)

I turned back to see Oz looking right back at me.

On the Way to Meet Her

This all happened a few days ago.

Oz: “Say, this is…a letter from the Land of Oz!”

A message had showed up from the Land of Oz, a place I’d had all too many memories of.

It was an invitation to Dorothy’s seventeenth birthday party.

Oz: “I’ve got no reason to refuse, and it’s pretty lucky that I’d get a chance to see Dorothy again.”

Oz: “And besides…”

Oz: “…All right, I think I’ll pay Oz a visit!”

Oz: “First, I’ve got to pack everything I Need onto the balloon…!”

Oz: “Let’s see. Change of clothes, pajamas… Oh, gotta bring my favorite pillow. Can’t sleep unless I have it.”

Oz: “Oh, can’t forget my magic stuff, either!”

Oz: “I’m a magician, y’know. If I don’t do magic tricks, I’m just not me!”

Accustomed as I was to traveling, I packed absolutely everything.

Oz: “Wait a minute. Should I…bring a gift or a souvenir for the people in Oz?”

Oz: “Oh, I know. I’ve got some really strong detergent around here. Bet that’ll really surprise everyone!”

Oz: “Heh…and if I give them a high quality sponge with it, too, that’ll really get ’em coming. I think…ten sets should do it.”

Oz: “Oh, that’s right, I’ll bring a frying pan that doesn’t stain for Dorothy. It really comes in handy.”

Then, when packing whatever I could think of into the balloon, it dawned on me.

Oz: “I’ve…got way too much stuff. There’s no room for me in here…”

I took out all of my luggage and rethought what I needed.

Remember. I was used to traveling, so I wouldn’t miss anything.

Oz: “Yeah, I need this pillow…”

Chapter 2: Night of the Banquet (11/11)

2.1

I started heading towards the palace’s wardrobe with Norton leading the way.

(This castle certainly is large…)

The hallways went on and on, and were all built in the most confusing of ways.

(Feels like I’d get lost here alone…)

Norton: “Is something the matter?”

Norton asked me, seeming to take notice of how I was looking here and there.

Dorothy: “I was thinking about how much like a maze this palace seems.

Norton: “One gets accustomed to it.”

Dorothy: “Oh, you know, come to think of it…”

The memory of something struck me.

Dorothy: “When I came to the Land of Oz last time, Norton…you were the first person I met.”

Norton: “That I was.”

Norton responded with a nostalgic nod and smiled at me.

Norton: “You were but a little girl back then.”

Dorothy: “Haha…I sure was young.”

Norton: “And now, you’ve become a beautiful lady.”

Dorothy: “Aww, thank you.”

2.2

Norton: “You must have been quite surprised to see Crowlie and the others.”

Dorothy: “Yeah, I had no idea who they were at first.”

Norton: “Haha, I can imagine.”

Dorothy: “Oh, I heard they turned into humans through Solomon’s magic. Is that right?”

Norton: “Lord Solomon is a great and powerful wizard. Merely giving them human form is quite the simple deed to him.”

Norton spoke with such a pride you’d think he were talking about himself.

Dorothy: “Solomon sure is something, huh?”

Norton: “I would, however, advise caution around him.”

Dorothy: “Huh? Why?”

Norton: “Why do you think?”

Dorothy: “Would he happen to like tricks? Mischief?” (Intimacy +7)

Norton: “Ahh, very observant of you.”

Dorothy: “Well, even with that event where I had to choose a romantic partner… I couldn’t tell how much of it was a joke.”

Dorothy: “And don’t people who do things like that like mischief, too?”

Norton: “Haha… that they do.”

Dorothy: “I knew it…”

Norton: “Though a great wizard, Lord Solomon’s fondness for humor gives us no end to trouble.”

(I can really see that…)

And yet, I couldn’t bring myself to hold it against him, either.

2.3

Norton: “Of course, that sense of humor may be an allowance of his greatness…”

(Norton really likes Solomon, doesn’t he? No, this is…respect.)

Dorothy: “All right, I’ll be careful.”

Then, I asked Norton about the other thing that had been on my mind.

Dorothy: “Say, Norton, was Solomon behind Wesley’s revival, too?”

Norton: “That…was my doing, under Lord Solomon’s orders.”

Dorothy: “That was you, Norton?! Wow!”

He was the Wizard of the North, after all.

Norton: “I’m afraid the likes of my magic cannot hold a candle to Lord Solomon’s.”

Dorothy: “Oh, you don’t need to be so hard on yourself. I think you’re quite the wizard, too.”

At that, Norton turned and stared at me for a few moments.

Norton: “Might I be allowed to ask you a question, as well?”

Dorothy: “What is it?”

Norton: “Dorothy, what do you think about this world? About the Lord of Oz?”

His eyes looked like they were suspecting something.

Dorothy: “I…think it’s like a dreamland.”

Norton: “A dreamland…”

I spoke my mind to Norton, and he seemed to fall deep into thought.

2.4

Dorothy: “Is something the matter with that…?”

Norton: “Ah, forgive me…nothing at all.”

(Strange. Something seems a little…odd about him.)

Norton stopped all of a sudden, so I scrambled to follow suit.

Norton: “We have reached the wardrobe.”

Norton said with his eyes on the large door, as if the previous exchange had not taken place.

Dorothy: “So, this is the wardrobe!”

I opened the wardrobe to find that it was far larger than I had imagined.

(It looks like my house in Kansas could fit in here a bunch of times over…)

An impossible number of outfits hung in rows in the wardrobe, all neatly organized.

Dorothy: “It looks like all the clothes in Oz are in here!”

Norton: “Haha…not all, I assure you. Only most.”

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Toto ran around, positively pleased.

Dorothy: “Settle down, Toto!”

Norton: “Choose whichever dress you’d like. Oh, and pray not forget shoes and accessories.”

2.5

Beautiful accessories and shoes shone under the room’s many lights.

Dorothy: “Thank you!”

Then, a maid appeared.

Maid: “Welcome to the wardrobe, Lady Dorothy. Allow me to assist you in selecting and wearing a dress.”

Dorothy: “Oh, thank you.”

Maid: “I am truly honored to have the opportunity to assist you, Lady Dorothy.”

Norton: “Well, I have to prepare for the banquet.”

With that, Norton left the room.

(Well, time to pick out a dress…)

With that, I got down to choosing a dress, but there were just so many, I couldn’t bring myself to choose one.

(Hmm…they all look so good, I can’t really pick one…)

Toto: “?”

Toto looked from the dress to me.

Dorothy: “Toto, help me out, all right?”

Toto: “Woof!”

2.6

Maid: “Lady Dorothy, it looks wonderful on you!”

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

I looked in the mirror to see myself in the dress I’d chosen, looking completely different.

(I look great!)

Dorothy: “Look at me, Toto! I’ve never worn a dress this beautiful before!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto barked in reply, wagging his tail.

(I wonder if everyone will like it? If Oz will like it?)

Wearing the beautiful dress filled me with anticipation.

Maid: “Allow me to take you to where the banquet is being held.”

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

The maid had helped me change into my dress and do my makeup, but quite a bit of time had passed.

(Oz and the others must be tired of waiting.. I’ve got to get going!)

I look Toto with me and headed for the dining room.

I stepped into the dining room to find myself overwhelmed by its sheer size and luxurious atmosphere.

A far larger crowd than I had expected, too, was seated at their tables.

(Wow! There’re so many people!)

Toto: “Woof!”

Everyone’s eyes turned to me, freezing me for a moment.

(Wait, what should I do…?!)

Burly Guest: “Say, it’s Dorothy! And how beautiful she is!”

Elegant Guest: “Dorothy has truly returned!”

The crowd took notice of me and responded excitedly.

(Where’s my seat…?)

I froze up, unable to move, when a man shuffled over to me.

Oz: “I’d been waiting, little miss.”

(Oz!)

I let out a sigh of relief the moment I saw Oz’s face.

Dorothy: “Who are all these people?”

Oz: “Those invited to celebrate your return.”

Oz: “You’re pretty famous. Defeated the Wicked Wizard of the West, after all.”

Dorothy: “Really?!”

Oz: “Really. But, I’ve got to say…”

Oz looked me up head to toe.

Oz: “You look truly beautiful! You’ve got a better sense of fashion than I’d expected.”

Dorothy: “Well, it’s a really expensive dress…”

Oz: “No matter how expensive the dress, it doesn’t matter a thing if it doesn’t look good on you.”

Oz: “And it looks great o you, let me tell you.”

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

Then, Oz turned to the crowd and began to bellow.

Oz: “Guests, one and all, gaze upon the return of our beautiful hero!”

People cheered and applauded at those words, the sound of their joy echoing throughout the hall.

(W-Wait, Oz…?!)

Oz: “Now, let me escort you to your seat.”

Oz offered up his arm in a gentlemanly manner, and I gently put my hand on it.

(Oz is such an adult…he’s so used to dealing with crowds and being a gentleman.)

As I walked through the room on Oz’s arm, the crowds all turned their heads to me.

(I’ve got so many eyes on me…)

Oz softly whispered into my ear.

Oz: “Puff out your chest. Act like you belong here. That’s what everyone wants to see.”

Just like he asked, I straightened out my back.

Burly Guest: “Such grace! Such poise!”

Elegant Guest: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen one so beautiful!”

Oz took me to the seat next to Solomon, the host’s.

Solomon: “You chose a beautiful dress. It looks wonderful on you.”

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

Norton: “Please, be seated.”

Norton, quietly standing next to Solomon, pulled out my chair.

I sat down, and Oz sat down beside me.

Dorothy: “Is it really all right for me to sit somewhere so…special?”

Oz: “You’re the guest of honor, little miss. Of course you’d get a special seat.”

(But it makes me so nervous…)

Toto: “…”

Even Toto sitting at my feet looked nervous.

I scanned the area to find Crowlie and the others at seats a bit away from mine.

Crowlie: “I don’t know how I feel about Oz sitting next to Dorothy.”

Leonardo: “I mean, we’re pretty famous for being her companions ourselves!”

Heartmann: “I don’t like having to sit next to the Wizard of the West, either.”

Wesley: “Hmph! You think I want to sit next to you clowns, either?”

Hearing their grumbling nearly had me burst out laughing.

Oz: “I got picked as her partner. Of course, I’d get to sit next to her.”

As Oz shot back smugly at the group, they looked at him with protesting eyes.

Crowlie: “Can’t we do something about that ridiculous confidence…?”

Leonardo: “I wish she’d picked me instead…”

Heartmann: “Don’t say that. Dorothy’s made her choice, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”

Oz: “No complaints. Dorothy’s hanging off my arm, not yours.”

(W-Wait, Oz…?!)

Oz put his arm around my shoulder and brought his face closer.

[Spoiler Warning!] Chapter 2 CG

Oz: “I’m beautiful, she’s beautiful…don’t you think we make a perfect couple?”

Oz: “The previous ruler of the Emerald City and the hero who defeated the Wizard of the West have both returned…”

Oz: “…AND become a couple! This is fate, nothing less!”

Oz: “Dorothy…”

Oz gazed at me.

Oz: “…You’re going to be with me from now on. You don’t need to worry about a thing.”

(Oz…?)

For a brief moment, I saw that strong will in Oz’s eyes again.

Leonardo: “Oh boy, here come one of the Great Oz’s speeches!”

Heartmann: “Give us a break already…”

Crowlie: “Sheesh…”

Wesley: “Tch…”

Solomon: “Great Oz, could you leave the speech at that?”

Solomon’s chide brought Oz right back to his senses.

Oz: “Ah, forgive me… Dorothy is simply so beautiful I lost myself to a fit of passion.”

(Oz, you’re going to make me blush…!)

I looked at him with a stunned face, but Oz just winked at me with a smile.

Oz: “This is a service to our honored guest, too.”

(I can’t tell how serious he’s being…)

2.7

Heartmann: “Dorothy sure looks wonderful in her dress, doesn’t she?”

Leonardo: “Yeah, she’s really beautiful!”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, now that you’ve come back to Oz, would you tell us how you feel right now?”

Solomon: “That’s a good idea. I’d like to hear, too.”

(How I feel…?)

Dorothy: “I’m glad to see everyone again!” (Intimacy +7)

Hearing that, everyone cheered loudly.

Oz: “Now, that’s a good answer.”

Dorothy: “And that’s not just lip service, that’s really how I feel.”

Dorothy: “Seeing the friends I traveled with again… Seeing the people I met in this world again… Seeing this world itself again.”

Dorothy: “All the things I’ve always wanted.”

Oz: “Heh…I see, I see.”

Crowlie: “Thanks, Dorothy! We’re really happy to be able to see you again, too!”

Leonardo: “We’re friends, after all!”

Heartmann: “Yeah!”

Solomon: “Allow me to express gratitude on behalf of the people of this world. Dorothy, thank you for coming back.”

2.8

Crowlie: “I like Dorothy even more now!”

Leonardo: “I want to be her boyfriend!”

Heartmann: “I don’t think I can give her up, either!”

Oz: “Just give it up, guys. I’m the boyfriend here.”

Wesley: “Hah! I like a challenge. I’m gonna steal her away and make you cry!”

Wesley said with a confident grin.

Oz: “Heh…think you can?”

Oz said back with no small confidence of his own.

Wesley: “We can just get this out of the way now with a duel.”

Oz: “Sure, I’ll take you on. Not going to lose, though.”

Neither of them would back down even a little.

I could even see sparks flying between their glares.

Leonardo: “Wait, a duel? Isn’t that, like, a bad idea?!”

Crowlie: “It seems neither of them are willing to back down.”

Heartmann: “…Wait, maybe they CAN’T back down?”

Leonardo: “Well, they are both adults.”

Dorothy: “Adults? Come on, only kids fight like this.”

Crowlie: “This is not a fight. It’s a duel.”

2.9

Heartmann: “A man’s duel over the woman they love.”

Dorothy: “Seriously? Come on you two, quit it!”

Oz: “You worried about me?”

Dorothy: “It’s not that…”

Dorothy: “…You’ll ruin the banquet!” (Intimacy +7)

Dorothy: “And I was really looking forward to this, too.”

Oz: “True, true…you’re right. It’d be a bit too violent for an opening act to the festivities, really.”

Oz: “Wesley, I’ll let you off with a truce today.”

Wesley: “Hmph. You’re the one who’s escaped with your life.”

Crowlie: “Wow! She stopped their duel so easily…!”

Leonardo: “Now that’s Dorothy for you!”

(Huh…?)

Heartmann: “Dorothy, you really are something!”

Dorothy: “Uh….but I haven’t…”

(Well, I’ll just leave it at that. The banquet won’t get ruined this way.)

2.10

Wesley: “Looks like you lost out, three stooges.”

Leonardo: “Huh?”

Wesley: “If one of us had died in the duel, you would’ve had a chance, wouldn’t you?”

Oz: “You guys sure are a bunch of boy scouts, huh?”

Crowlie: “And we’re quite fine being boy scouts.”

Leonardo: “Yeah. I don’t like hurting people, not at all.”

Heartmann: “And besides, Dorothy doesn’t want that to happen.”

Dorothy: “Yeah, I really don’t.”

Crowlie: “See, we know Dorothy a bit better than you do.”

Oz: “Heh…yeah, I bet.”

Oz let out a self-deprecating smile.

Oz: “Just remember this.”

Crowlie: “Remember what?”

Oz; “Dorothy’s boyfriend is ME!”

Oz smirked and puffed out his chest.

Crowlie: “You don’t need to repeat it so often!”

Dorothy: “All right, that’s enough! I’m really hungry, everyone!”

Dorothy: “Hahaha! Then let us begin!”

2.11

Love Choice: Quadlings’ Dress (Emerald Green) 100 coins or 1000 spinels

Leonardo: “I’ve been waiting for this!”

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Floating into the air, Solomon looked over everyone.

Solomon: “Dorothy, the very girl who guided this world to peace, is about to turn 17 years of age.”

Solomon: “Let us all celebrate this most momentous of birthdays!”

Solomon: “There are still a few days remaining until her birthday. Tonight, however, let us celebrate her return to Oz!”

Solomon: “Everyone, enjoy yourselves to the fullest!”

Solomon’s words gave way to a wave of cheers and applause.

Oz: “Enjoy ourselves, huh…”

Dorothy: “Hm? Did you say something?”

Oz: “Ah, nothing. Just talking to myself.”

And with that, the banquet had finally begun.

Oz’s Favorite Food

Dorothy: “Hey, Oz, can you tell me what your favorite food is?”

Oz: “Oh? All curious about your new boyfriend?”

Crowlie: “That’s not the only reason. Knowing a person’s taste in food can be quite handy when you’re trying to puzzle them out.”

Heartmann: “Yeah, that’s right. You can imagine how they were brought up and what kind of life they lead.”

Leonardo: “What, really?”

Dorothy: “Haha… Well, it’s not like I’m suspicious of him, or anything.”

Oz: “But, hey, fine, I’ll tell you. My favorite food is steak.”

Leonardo: “Meat? I love meat, too! I think we’ll get along well, Great Oz!”

Oz; “Hmph, don’t lump me with you, lion. I’m not after just any steak.”

Leonardo: “What kind of steak do you mean, then?”

Oz; “Omaha steak!”

Leonardo: “Omaha…?!”

Oz: “Hey…listen and be amazed, kids. Omaha’s top quality beef.”

Leonardo: “Wait, what? There are brands for meat?”

Crowlie: “High quality beef, you say?!”

Heartmann: “I’ve never heard of it before…how does it taste?”

Oz: “Gahaha! Think of it as meat that’ll never grace your lips.”

Leonardo: “Oh man, I want a slice! Great Oz, please, let me have some just once!”

Toto: “Woof, woof, woof!”

Oz: “Hey, get away from me! Don’t cling to me!”

Leonardo: “Gimme some Omaha steak!”

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Chapter 3: After the Banquet (15/15)

3.1

When the banquet ended, I was given a room to spend the night in.

Dorothy: “I’m so full!

I laid down in bed and tried to sleep, but had no luck. I couldn’t get the banquet out of my head.

(I’ve never eaten at such a grand place!)

I found myself leaping out of bed.

My mind was satisfied and my stomach was filled — I felt like I was in a dream.

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “You’re full too, huh Toto?”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto vigorously wagged his tail.

Dorothy: “A huge crowd of people gathered in such a grand castle, and we had such a wonderful banquet…”

Dorothy: “Oh, if only all of my birthdays could be like this!”

When I remembered that grand scene, however, I felt lonely all of a sudden.

Oz and the others had been given other rooms, so they weren’t here.

Toto: *Whine*

Dorothy: “Can’t help but feel extra lonely in this room since its so quiet, huh?”

I was in a room far more luxurious than my house back to Kansas, but the quietness of it all made me feel a little cold.

Dorothy: “I wonder if Oz and the others are already asleep…?”

3.2

Everyone’s faces popped into my head.

Dorothy: “Haha…I can’t believe those three are human now.”

They looked so different from how they used to, I couldn’t help giggling a little.

(But, I have to wonder… Why did I have to pick a boyfriend for my 17th birthday?)

Oz floated into my mind, his strong-willed hues leaving a powerful impression.

Dorothy: “Hey, Toto…was it really right for me to pick Oz?”

Toto: “…”

Toto let out an uninterested yawn.

Dorothy: “Hey, Toto!”

Then, all of a sudden, he trotted over to the door and looked back at me.

Dorothy: “You want to go for a walk? Well, it’s late. We can’t just walk around the castle like that.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Yet Toto parked his desire to go out anyway.

Dorothy: “Fine, fine. But only for a little, okay?”

I stepped out of the room with Toto and decided to take a look around the castle a little bit.

3.3

Toto: “Woof..”

Dorothy: “Toto, wait up! Slow down a little!”

Toto trotted through the quiet halls, forcing me to chase after him.

(What if we get lost?)

The castle was large, with complicated hallways approaching maze levels of convolution.

(I wonder if we’ll get yelled at if we get caught…?)

I couldn’t see a hint of anyone in the seemingly endless hallway.

(The castle’s kind of…scary at night…)

The thought of that just made me feel even more scared.

???: “What’re you doing?”

(…!)

I heard a voice behind me. The suddenness of it almost made my heart stop.

The moment I was about to scream, someone covered my mouth with their hand.

(…?!)

???: “Whoa, no screaming now.”

A familiar voice whispered into my ear.

The hand over my mouth slowly pulled away, and I timidly turned around.

Oz: “Good evening, little miss.”

3.4

Standing behind me was Oz.

Dorothy: “Oz…?!”

Realizing it was only Oz, a wave of relief passed over my body.

Oz; “Are you all right?”

Oz peered into my face with a worried expression.

Dorothy: “I thought my hear was about to stop…”

Oz: “Was it really that surprising?”

Dorothy: “Well, I was just thinking that the castle’s a little scary this late at night…”

Oz: “Sorry about that. Didn’t mean to scare you.”

Oz: “But that aside, what were you doing out here so late?”

Dorothy: “Taking Toto for a walk.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Oz: “Ah, I see. Makes sense.”

Dorothy: “And what were you doing out here, Oz?”

Oz: “I’m on a walk myself. It’s been a while since I’ve been in this world.”

Dorothy: “How long have you been back for?”

Oz: “Just a few days. Got an invitation, see.”

Dorothy: “Did you come here on your how air balloon?”

3.5

Since he left Oz on it, after all.

Oz: “Yeah, I did.”

He answered with a bit of a laugh.

Dorothy: “What’s so funny?”

Oz: “Nah, just thinking…maybe we ran into each other here because you picked me.”

Oz: “All right, I’ll take your walk with you.”

(Huh…?)

(It’s a little scary to walk out by myself…)

(And I’ll feel a lot better if Oz is with me.)

Dorothy: “All right, let’s walk together, then.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “Good idea. You never know what’ll happen in this castle at night.”

Dorothy: “Huh? Really?”

Oz: “Haha! Kidding, kidding. This castle is the safest place around.”

Oz: “We’re protected by guards here, and I’d expect Solomon’s got a barrier or two around the castle.”

Oz: “But more than anything, I’m here. Nothing’s safer than that.”

Dorothy: “Aren’t you confident? Well, if you’re that confident, I’ll hold you to it.”

Oz: “then let’s get going.”

3.6

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto got moving, looking positively pleased. I walked alongside Oz.

Dorothy: “Hey, Oz, what were you doing back in our world?”

Oz: “Going from town to town, doing the whole traveling magician shtick.”

Dorothy: “Traveling?”

When I brought that up, Oz fixed his eyes on me.

Oz: “I needed to travel.”

Dorothy: “How come?”

Oz: “Well…”

Oz left the sentence hanging and looked away.

Oz: “It’s a long story. I’ll tell you some other time.”

Dorothy: “Can’t you tell me now?”

Oz: “That’s enough about me. So, Dorothy, what were you doing?”

Dorothy: “I lived in Kansas with my aunt and uncle.”

Oz: “How was that working out?”

Dorothy: “Well, work on the farm was really hard, but everyone in the town’s really nice. I was pretty happy there, I guess.”

Oz: “I see…”

Hearing that, Oz graced me with a rare smile.

3.7

(Oh, I know…I think I’ll ask him about that.)

I wanted to know about that strong will I saw in his eyes when I was choosing a romantic partner.

It was so different from the flippant attitude he usually took that I couldn’t quite get over it.

Dorothy: “Say, Oz…”

Toto: “Woof!”

All of a sudden, Toto ran off.

Dorothy: “Hey! Toto!”

Toto’s scurrying figure became smaller and smaller in the hall ahead.

Dorothy: “I’ve got to go after him!”

Oz: “That dog’s quite the adventurer…”

Oz and I hurried after Toto.

We ended up in a great hall, so beautifully made I couldn’t help but gasp.

Dorothy: “Wow…!”

Oz: “Word is this is the Great Hall of Quadlings Palace, the place to see in this castle. Probably the fanciest hall in all of Oz.”

Both walls were made of large mirrors, and beautiful pictures decorated the ceiling.

Oz: “A worthy place for the great Wizard of the South, Solomon, huh?”

Dorothy: “Oh, wait a minute, where’s Toto.”

Distracted by the beauty of the hall, I’d just remembered. I was here looking for Toto.”

Yet, no matter where I looked, I couldn’t find him.

3.8

Oz: “Looks like he’s not here.”

Dorothy: “Where he go, I wonder?”

Oz: “I know he went this way. If he’s passing through here, he went to the throne room, the garden, or the dance hall.”

Oz: “If he wants to go anywhere else, he’ll have to pass through this hall.”

Dorothy: “So you mean he’s in the throne room, the garden or the dance hall?”

Oz: “That’s pretty much it. So, where are we going to look?”

(Toto probably just wanted to move around since he’s full, but…would he really go outside by himself?)

Dorothy: “Maybe he’s in the dance hall?” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “Why?”

Dorothy: “Well, he’s full, so I think he wants to run around in a wide open space, you know?”

Oz: “Makes sense to me. You know him the best, after all.”

Dorothy: “Well, he is a silly little dog, though. I never really know what he’ll do next.”

Oz: “Hey, no worries. If he’s not in the dance hall, we’ll just look somewhere else.”

Dorothy: “So, where’s the dance hall?”

Oz: “A bit deeper in this hall. There’s this corridor the servants go through that we can use.”

Dorothy: “All right, let’s go.”

We headed for the dance hall.

3.9

Dorothy: “So, this is the dance hall!”

I gasped at the sheer size of the room, far larger than I had imagined.

The light it gave off was dim now, but if the chandelier on the roof took on its full, luminous splendor, I just knew the room would look grand.

Dorothy: “Toto, are you here?”

Toto: “Woof!”

When I called out to him, Toto came running to me with a bark.

Dorothy: “No more running out on me, okay? We were looking all over for you!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Oz: “Well, looks like he’s safe and sound.”

There was exasperation on his voice, but Oz wore a smile.

Dorothy: “Thanks for looking for him with me, Oz.”

Oz: “Don’t worry about it. This was just part of the walk.”

(Oz is a lot of things, but at the end of the day…he’s really nice.)

Oz: “If we went with having a ball, we would’ve been dancing in here.”

(Oh, he’s right…)

I looked around the dance hall again. Really looked around it.

Dorothy: “It’s such a beautiful dance hall. Like the kind you’d see in the picture books about princesses.”

Oz: “Heh…sure is, isn’t it.”

3.10

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 1,000

With that, Oz slipped his hand towards me.

Oz: “princess, might I have this dance?”

(H-Huh…?)

The face Oz was putting on was, admittedly, a little humorous.

(He looks kind of cool doing that, though…)

Dorothy: “Gladly.” (Intimacy +7)

I took his hand and he led me to the center of the hall.

Dorothy: “Can you dance without music?”

Oz: “We don’t need any.”

Oz put his hand around my waist.

Dorothy: “Oh, uh…I haven’t really danced much.”

Oz: “I’ll take the lead. Just follow my moves.”

Oz winked and started to dance slowly, leading me as he did.

I started to dance, trying to match myself to his movements.

(Oz is such a good dancer!)

I desperately tried to keep up with his moves.

Oz: “Try to relax a little bit more.”

3.11

He relaxed his pace and kept on leading me.

(I think I can handle this tempo…)

Oz: “There we go, that’s how you do it. You’re pretty good.”

When I got a little more used to it, Oz pulled me closer towards him.

Our bodies were as close as they were going to get, with our faces at near point blank.

Dorothy: “Oz…”

Oz: “Yeah?”

Oz gently replied, his voice syrupy sweet.

Dorothy: “You…”

Oz: “I?”

Dorothy: “…You’re really good at dancing.”

It felt a little awkward paying him such a direct compliment.

Oz: “Maybe I should start teaching classes.”

Oz joked as he gently led me on the dance floor.

(That confidence of his… He’s so mature.)

(When I’m dancing with him like this…it feels like I’ve grown up just a little bit, too.)

The warmth I could feel from him put my mind at ease.

Oz: “Let’s kick up the tempo a little.”

Even when he started to step faster, he kept up his gentle lead.

3.12

Oz: “See? You can dance.”

Dorothy: “Haha… You know, it almost feels like I can hear music.”

Of course, there was no band about, and no music I could possibly be hearing.

Yet, still, I could hear dignified music in my mind, the type you’d hear at a nobles’ ball.

Oz: “Haha…that’s how you do it. A bit sad that our only audience is a little dog, though.”

Toto was watching us intently, wagging his tail.

And when I turned to look at him, distracted for a split second, I nearly tripped.

Dorothy: “Ah…!”

Oz: “Whoa, look out!”

Oz caught me and pulled me into him, keeping me off the ground.

Oz: “Are you all right?”

Dorothy: “I-I’m fine…”

He had his arms around me, and our faces were even closer.

(O-Our faces are almost touching…!)

My heart suddenly began to beat faster and faster, and I felt my face heat up.

Oz: “What’s the matter? Your face’s beet red.”

Dorothy: “I-Its it…?”

(He might hear my heart beating like crazy…what should I do?)

3.13

Oz: “There’s nothing to be embarrassed about.l Everyone trips over their feet in the beginning.”

(Huh…?)

Oz: “Sorry, looks like I went a little too fast.”

And with that, Oz just kept on dancing, as if nothing had happened.

(Phew…he didn’t notice.)

Though I felt relieved, for some reason, a hint of disappointment welled up in my heart.

(Is he just…treating me like a child…?)

Yet, it was still true that Oz was a kind man.

I relinquished myself to him and danced after his lead.

After we finished dancing, Oz took me back to my room.

Oz: “Sorry to keep you out this late.”

Dorothy: “You don’t need to apologize — not after teaching me how to dance like that.”

Oz: “It was pretty fun. Been a while since I’ve taken to the dance floor.”

Dorothy: “I had lots of fun, too.”

Oz: “There’s one thing I’m a little disappointed about, though.”

3.14

Dorothy: “Huh? What’s that?”

Oz: “I forgot to show you my magic tricks.”

Dorothy: “Haha.. Well, there’s always tomorrow.”

Oz: “The three stooges sort of said that, too. Is everyone just dodging seeing my tricks?”

Dorothy: “I-I don’t think so…”

(It’s not that I don’t like magic tricks, but his timing’s always the worst…)

Oz: “Really?”

Dorothy: “W-Well… There’s all sorts of interesting things to see here in the Land of Oz, so…”

Dorothy: “Maybe everyone’s paying attention that stuff instead?”

Oz: “Hm. Point. Well, I’ll dazzle them with my magic tricks before long.”

Dorothy: “Haha, I bet you will.”

Oz: “Well, you’ve probably got a lot to deal with tomorrow, so go to sleep for now.”

Dorothy: “All right, I will.”

Oz: “Well, I’ll be off. G’night.”

Dorothy: “Good night, Oz.”

He moved to leave, but then stopped, as if remembering something.

Then, he looked at me with something of a pained expression.

(What’s the matter?)

Oz: “Dorothy… mind if I ask you something?”

Dorothy: “What is it?”

Oz spoke with a deadly serious expression.

3.15

Oz: “It’s about those Oz guys. You…shouldn’t trust them too much.”

Dorothy: “Huh…?”

Oz: “…”

Dorothy: “You mean…Crowlie and the others?”

Crowlie, Leonardo and Heartmann. My dear friends and comrades.

Of course I trusted them, after getting through that perilous journey.

Oz: “Not just them. The other guys, too.”

Was he talking about Solomon and Norton, too?

Dorothy: “Why not?”

With that, Oz looked at me with his usual grin.

Oz: “Come, now. You may be in a dream world like this, but…it’s best to keep your guard up, yeah?”

(…My guard?)

Oz: “Well…in short, try not to let the excitement get to your head.”

Oz said with a strained smile.

Oz: “Well, I’m going to get to sleep. G’night, little miss.”

Leaving that behind, Oz disappeared into the hallway.

(Was that some sort of joke…?)

He looked so serious that I couldn’t quite let it go.

(Does Oz know something I don’t…?)

(…But still, why would he tell me not to trust everyone too much?)

Still feeling something tugging at me mind, I closed my door.

To Be Honest

Dorothy: “What a wonderful dance hall. It feels like the one in those princess fairy tales I would read back when I was a kid.”

Chasing after Toto, Dorothy and I had ended up in the castle’s dance hall.

(Just standing in the dance hall makes her feel like a princess in a fairy tale…)

Oz: “Heh. You’re a funny one.”

(She’s about to turn seventeen, but she’s still got dreams as sweet as candy…)

(In that case, let me grand her wish a little.)

I softly offered up my hand and she looked back at me in surprise.

Oz: “Princess, might I have this dance?”

(Am I coming on too thick? Wait, no, I need to act like a prince here.)

Dorothy looked a little hesitant, but took my hand.

(Well, if she’s never danced before, that hesitation is understandable.)

Oz: “I’ll take the lead. Just try to match my steps.”

I winked and started to dance slowly.

Dorothy started to dance, matching my movements.

Oz: “There you go, that’s how you do it. Hey, you’re pretty good.”

Dorothy followed my lead and danced, showing me a bright smile.

(Now that’s a good smile…)

(If we ended up going with the ball, Dorothy might have ended up dancing with someone else…)

When she’d gotten a little used to dancing, I pulled her in towards me.

Our bodies came into contact, and our faces were very close.

Dorothy: “Oz…”

(So in the end, having a banquet instead of a ball and having Toto run out on us…turned out pretty good.)

(Since we got to dance all alone like this.)

Oz: “Yeah?”

I looked into her eyes, giving her a reassuring look.

While making sure to answer in a sweet whisper.

Chapter 4: Cheerful Mates in Oz (14/14)

4.1

I woke up to birds chirping outside my window.

(Morning already…?)

I’d awoken in a soft bed in a luxurious room.

(It…wasn’t a dream…)

I leaned up and saw Toto perk his head up from the bottom of the bed.

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Good morning, Toto. Sleep well?”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto answered, wagging his tail. It looked like he’d slept well.

Dorothy: “I didn’t really sleep too well, myself.”

So much happened yesterday that I couldn’t get much sleep, even in the comfortable bed.

(I’m back in Oz, I had to pick a romantic partner all of a sudden, I wore a beautiful dress and went to a huge banquet…)

All those were things that I could never experience back in Kansas.

(I danced with Oz in the middle of the night… Oh, that was so romantic!)

Dreamlike things happened, one after another. I could hardly get to sleep at all.

And those words Oz left me with last night…

Oz: “About those Oz guys…don’t trust them too much.”

I wasn’t really sure how to take that.

Which was another reason I couldn’t sleep last night.

4.2

Toto: *Whine*

Dorothy: “You look pretty hungry, Toto. Want to head to the dining room?”

Toto: “Woof!”

I popped out of bed and got changed, then took Toto to the dining hall.

I went to the dining hall to find Solomon and Norton already there.

Solomon: “Good morning, Dorothy.”

Norton: “Good morning, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “Morning, Solomon and Norton.”

I said my greetings and looked around. The only people in the hall were servants.

Dorothy: “Where’s everyone else?”

Solomon: “It’s about time for them to get up, so I think they’ll be here before long.”

Norton: “Your seat, if you would.”

Norton pulled out a chair for me, so I sat down.

Solomon: “Did you sleep well?”

Dorothy: “So much happened yesterday, I couldn’t sleep too well.”

Solomon: “Well, you’re in a world you’re not terribly used to. That’s hardly surprising.”

Solomon looked worried.

4.3

Dorothy: “Oh! But I wanted to tank you for that wonderful room you gave me.”

Solomon: “I’m glad you liked it.”

He smiled in response.

Norton: “Let me know if you need anything> I will see to it that you get it immediately.”

Dorothy: “I will, thank you very much.”

(They really are nice, these two.)

However, Oz’s words flashed through my mind.

(I shouldn’t trust the people in Oz too much, he told me…)

Solomon: “Is something the matter?”

Dorothy: “O-Oh, nothing…”

Solomon: “Really?”

Solomon peered at my face.

Dorothy: “R-Really…”

(I can’t tell Solomon what Oz told me… Oh, what should I do…?”

Dorothy: “Oh, uh… That wardrobe sure was large, wasn’t it? It really surprised me.”

I changed the topic.

Solomon: “The wardrobe is indeed. It is a bit too large, isn’t it?”

Dorothy: “Well, if it’s got that many clothes in it, I think it’s about the right size.”

Solomon: “Point, point.”

4.4

Dorothy: “…”

(I…can’t think of anything else to talk about…)

Solomon: “Heh… So, what are you hiding?”

Dorothy: “H-Huh…?”

Solomon: “It’s written all over your face.”

Dorothy: “It is?!”

Solomon: “What happened?”

Dorothy: “N-Nothing…”

(Solomon’s really quick on the uptake…!)

Norton: “Is something worrying you?”

Solomon: “I’d love to hear about it.”

(What should I do…?!)

(Solomon will see through any lie I tell him, so…)

(…I’ll keep what Oz said a secret, and just tell him the truth.)

Dorothy: “Well, I danced with Oz last night in the dance hall.” (Intimacy +7)

Solomon: “You danced? With Oz?”

Dorothy: “Sorry for going into the dance hall without permission.”

Solomon: “Hahaha! THAT’S what you were worried about?”

Norton: “That isn’t something you need to keep a secret.”

Solomon: “You chose Oz to be your romantic partner. Getting along with him is a wonderful thing.”

Dorothy: “Oz took the lead when we were dancing, and I had a lot of fun.”

Solomon: “Well, will you dance with me sometime as well?”

Dorothy: “Gladly!”

(Phew…looks like I made it through.)

4.5

Solomon: “Heh…”

Then, someone stepped into the dining hall.

Leonardo: “I. Am. STARVING! Bring on the breakfast!”

Dorothy: “Oh, hi, Leonardo. Good morning.”

Leonardo: “Yo, Dorothy! You’re here before me? Wow, you must be really hungry.”

Dorothy: “I’m not the hungry one. That would be Toto.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Leonardo: “Haha! Well, I’ll believe you for now.”

Dorothy: “Hey, Leonardo…”

Heartmann: “Good morning, Dorothy. You look wonderful today, as usual.”

Next inside was Heartmann.

Dorothy: “Good morning, Heartmann.”

Heartmann: “Leonardo’s surprisingly energetic this early in the morning. Could hear his voice clear across the hall.”

Leonardo: “Pep’s number one, food’s number two, and naps are number three!”

Heartmann: “Wait, what?”

Crowlie: “My, everyone’s here early.”

This time, Crowlie popped into the dining room.

Crowlie: “Good morning, Dorothy.”

Crowlie gave me a polite bow.

4.6

Dorothy: “Good morning. You’re always so polite, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “I try to be a gentleman.”

Wesley: “Gentleman? Never heard of a gentleman scarecrow.”

That’s when Wesley appeared.

Crowlie: “You sure wake up early for a villain.”

Wesley: “Tch. Don’t just assume I”m nocturnal.”

Dorothy: “Good morning, Wesley.”

Wesley: “Morning. Guess what? I’ll take you on a date today.”

Dorothy: “Huh…?”

Heartmann: “Hey, Wizard, leave her alone!”

Leonardo: “We haven’t even had breakfast yet! Leave that ’til after we’ve eaten!”

Crowlie: “Breakfast is more important than a date?”

Leonardo: “What, it isn’t?”

Heartmann: “Well, they’re both pretty important.”

Wesley: “What are you even talking about? Pretty relieving to see you’re all easy to outwit, though.”

Dorothy: “Haha… Come on, everyone, sit down.”

(It really is fun, being around them.)

(But Oz told me not to trust them too much…)

When I thought of that, I got the impression that something dreadful was hiding under the fun atmosphere.

(No way…that…that couldn’t be…)

4.7

At the very least, I knew I could trust Crowlie, Heartmann, and Leonardo.

(We’ve been on a journey together, and we really trust each other.)

Then, Oz came into the dining room.

Oz: “Looks like everyone is here.”

(Oh! Oz!)

Oz: “Mornin’, hun.”

Dorothy: “Morning, Oz.”

I felt a little better when I saw his face.

(I wish I could ask him about what he meant, or about that look in his eyes when I picked him…)

Crowlie: “…Did he just call you ‘hun’?”

Dorothy: “U-Uh…yeah?”

Heartmann: “He didn’t call you that yesterday.”

Leonardo: “Did something happen?!”

Dorothy: “Well, uh…”

Oz: “We’re going out now, remember? Nothing to bat your eyes at.”

Oz said with a smug look.

4.8

Leonardo: “No, this is really weird!”

Heartmann: “I’m quite curious about it myself.”

Crowlie: “You won’t weasel yourself out of this one.”

Wesley: “Tch. Look, I don’t care what you call her, just quit that smug grin already.”

Oz: “Nope. Not when I’m the boyfriend around here.”

Oz leaned his smug face into Wesley.

Wesley: “Get outta my face!”

Dorothy: “Let’s leave the back and forth at that and have breakfast, yes?”

Solomon: “Haha…a good suggestion.”

The servants brought our food to us, and breakfast began.

Leonardo: “Hey, Dorothy, what’ll you do today?”

Dorothy: “I haven’t made any plans yet.”

Solomon: “You can spend your time until your birthday however you’d like.”

Leonardo: “Then come on over to the grand old forest. I’ll show you around!”

Dorothy: “The forest, huh…? We passed through it on our journey, too… Oh, that brings me back.”

Oz: “Hey, could you quit hitting on my girlfriend?”

Crowlie: “You’re not in this conversation. Take your smug grin elsewhere.”

Heartmann: “Dorothy, you should pay the country of the Winkies a visit. I’ll show you around the place.”

Wesley: “If you’re going west to the Winkies, I’ll take you there. It was my country originally, after all.”

Heartmann: “It’s currently under my regime, so your help won’t be needed, wizard.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, please pay the Emerald City a visit! I’ll gladly show the best we have to offer!”

4.9

Dorothy: “The country of the Winkies and the Emerald City.. Oh, I’d love to go to both.”

Oz: “A little greedy there, little miss. You can’t visit ’em both in a day.”

Dorothy: “True, true…and since I”m in Quadlings, I’d love to check out the town here, too.”

Solomon: “Now there’s a good idea. I’d love for you to see Quadlings City, personally.”

Dorothy: “What to do, what to do…”

Oz: “Well, the choice is yours.”

Dorothy: “I think I’ll give Quadlings City a visit.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “Why?”

Dorothy: “All sorts of things happened yesterday, so I didn’t get too much sleep. And since the city’s nearby, it shouldn’t be too tiring, right?”

Oz: “Good point. That’s probably your best choice.”

Dorothy: “And besides, I really want to see the city for myself.”

Leonardo: “Well, if that’s what you want…”

Heartmann: “Yeah. And besides, Quadlings City is a pretty fun place.”

Crowlie: “It is the most bustling city in all of Oz, after all.”

Wesley: “Hmph, do what you want.”

Dorothy: “Looking forward to it!”

4.10

Oz: “All right, I’ll go out with you, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “You’re coming too, Oz?”

Oz: “Well, I’m your boyfriend. It’d be fun to look around town with just the two of us, don’t you think?

(Just the two of us…)

(If we’re alone…I might be able to ask him what he meant, and about his eyes.)

Crowlie: “If Oz is going, then so am I!”

(Huh…?)

Oz: “Why are you coming with us?!”

Leonardo: “I’m not letting you two go alone! I’m coming, too!”

Heartmann: “I’m coming along, too! I’d be far too worried if it were just the two of you.”

(These three can really work together, can’t they…)

Oz: “There’s nothing to worry about. Wait, why are you guys butting into your business in the first place?”

Wesley: “Fine, fine. If you insist, I’ll tag along.”

Oz: “No one’s insisting! You don’t have to come along!”

Wesley: “Don’t order me around!”

Crowlie: “Dorothy has the last word in who goes with her!”

Heartmann: “Yeah, you’re not calling the shots here.”

Leonardo: “I won’t let you two go out alone! I’ll sue!”

Oz: “Since when were we in court?!”

4.11

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 2,200

(Oh, wait a minute… I was alone with Oz when we were on our walk last night…)

(And when we danced…)

(Was that, like…a date?)

I glanced at Oz at the thought.

Oz: “Hm?”

He noticed my look, and our eyes met.

(Oh…uh, er…)

My face flushed as I put two and two together on what last night was between us.

Oz: “Heh…”

Oz put on a mischievous grin.

Oz: “All right, then. I’ll allow you all to come with us.”

Heartmann: “Where…where’d that confidence come from…?!”

Oz: “Unfortunately for you…we’ve already had a date with just the two of us.”

With that, Oz doubled the smugness of his grin.

Crowlie: “What was that?!”

Heartmann: “A date?! WHEN!?”

Leonardo: “No way! There’s no way! Say it ain’t so!”

Oz: “Heh heh…”

4.12

Crowlie: “That face… That’s the face of a man who’s gone places…!”

Heartmann: “Is it true that you went on a date?!”

Leonardo: “I won’t believe it! I wont!”

The shocked three looked at me with eyes seeking salvation.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, is it true?”

Heartmann: “Did you go on a date with Oz?”

Leonardo: “Please, say it isn’t so!”

Dorothy: “N-No, we just…went on a walk together.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “That’s what we call a ‘date’ around here.”

Crowlie: “Walks and dates are different!”

Heartmann: “Why were you on a walk together?”

Dorothy: “Well, I was taking Toto for a walk, but then he disappeared on me all of a sudden…”

Dorothy: “…and Oz helped me look for him.”

Heartmann: “Oh…that’s it?”

Oz: “Heh. That wasn’t all.”

Leonardo: “Wait, there’s more?!”

Crowlie: “What could have happened…?!”

Oz: “That’s a secret between us, I’m afraid.”

4.13

(Ozzzzz!)

I shot Oz a glare, but he winked back at me.

Leonardo: “What’s up with that wink?!”

Heartmann: “I hate to admit it, but..i think there’s a wall there we can’t climb.”

Crowlie: “…”

Leonardo: “Ahh! Crowlie’s out like a light!”

(Huh?!)

Heartmann: “That was too much of a shock! Come on, Crowlie! Come back to us!”

Oz: “Heh heh…green. You’re all green.”

Dorothy: “Hey, don’t tease them so much.”

As I just stared at the commotion, someone put their hand on my shoulder.

(Huh…?)

Wesley: “You smell pretty nice.”

Wesley whispered into my ear, having appeared behind me at some point.

Wesley: “How about you leave this pack of fools behind and go on a date with me?”

Dorothy: “Wesley?!”

Oz: “Wesley, what do you think you’re doing?”

Oz glared at Wesley, sloshing a cup of water around in his hand.

4.14

Oz: “Someone around here disappears when splashed with water, is that right?”

Wesley: “Tch…where’d you pull that from?”

Oz: “A magician never explains his tricks.”

Wesley: “Heh, that’s more like it. Makes stealing her away that much more fun.”

Wesley went back to his seat, and Oz drank the water.

Oz: “So, everyone finished breakfast?”

Crowlie: “Ah! Wh-Where am I…?”

Leonardo: “Oh, Crowlie’s back!”

Heartmann: “Welcome back, Crowlie.”

Norton: “That was quite the eventful breakfast.”

Solomon: “Haha, and very fun!”

Solomon: “Dorothy, go ahead and enjoy Quadlings City.”

Dorothy: “I will. Come on, everyone, let’s go!”

Oz: “Sheesh… So everyone’s coming with us, then.”

Oz strained out a bitter smile.

New Things about the Land of Oz

Oz: “Dorothy, how does it feel to be back in Oz?”

Dorothy: “I just can’t believe it, really.”

Oz: “I never thought I’d end up back here, myself.”

Dorothy: “There’s something that really surprised me.”

Oz: “Oh yeah?”

Dorothy: “Crowlie and the others! They’re so handsome!”

Oz: “Seriously! Not as handsome as me, of course, but I”m surprised at how well those idiots turned out…”

Dorothy: “It really is surprising, isn’t it?”

Oz: “That’s got to be one of Solomon’s jokes.”

Toto: “…?”

Oz: “You don’t know the three stooges, do you, Toto? How about getting Solomon to turn you into a human, too?”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Hey, cut that out. Toto’s cute just the way he is.”

Oz: “You know, there’s something that really surprised me, too.”

Dorothy: “What was that?”

Oz: “The Wizard of the West is back. Never thought Wesley would come back to life like that.”

Dorothy: “Yeah, I was really surprised at that, too.”

Oz: “Back when I was in the Emerald City, Wesley tried to kill me.”

Oz: “So I was suspicious of him from the start, but…”

Dorothy: “It feels kind of like he’s getting along well with everyone…”

Oz: “Yeah. He keeps complaining, but he doesn’t really cause any problems.”

Oz: “He’s a villain. Can’t he act like one? It’s so unsettling… Weird…”

Dorothy: “Yeah, it’s pretty weird.”

Chapter 5: Magic Show on a Date?! (18/18)

5.1

After everyone finished getting ready to go out, we met in front of the castle.

Dorothy: “Is everyone together? All right, roll call time. Numbers, everyone. One!”

I started the call and everyone followed.

Oz: “Two.”

Crowlie: “Three!”

Heartmann: “Four!”

Leonardo: “The number after four!’

Wesley: “Wait, what? You don’t even know numbers?!”

Crowlie: “It’s five, Leonardo.”

Leonardo: “I know, I know… Five!”

Wesley: “Tch. Six.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Six people and one dog. Looks like we’re all together.”

Oz: “Looks like we’ve got quite the group going.”

Crowlie: “The more, the merrier, right?”

Heartmann: “Feels like we’re going to have the perfect tour around Quadlings City.”

5.2

Leonardo: “Well, if we’re going to have a tour, can we at least visit some top restaurants?”

Wesley: “You…you just ate breakfast…”

Dorothy: “Haha, oh…let’s be off.”

When we started moving, Norton appeared with guards.

Norton: “Please wait a moment.”

Dorothy: “Huh? Why?”

Oz: “What’s up with those guards?”

Leonardo: “Someone do something?”

Everyone’s eyes turned to Wesley.

Wesley: “What’re you looking at me for? I’m not doing anything?”

Norton: “Are you going to go out without even a single guard?”

(Wait, guards…?)

Norton: “Dorothy is an important guest about to have her seventeenth birthday, and she’s with our land’s three kings.”

Norton: “You need an escort.”

Oz: “Oh, so that’s what this is about…”

Crowlie: “But Quadlings is a safe place, isn’t it? I don’t think we’ll be needing guards.”

5.3

Norton: “That is true, but…with an array of such famous people, I can imagine the people causing a commotion.”

Heartmann: “Oh, point. Dorothy’s a hero around here, and we’re known as her companions.”

Leonardo: “The Great Oz is super famous, and the Wizard of the West is, well…”

Wesley: “Heh. Infamous, you wanna say? I bet they’ll be real surprised to see that I’m back with the living.”

(I thought the same back at the banquet, but I didn’t really…FEEL like a hero…)

Norton: “Essentially, yes. And besides.”

Oz: “A problem of status, huh?”

Dorothy: “What do you mean?”

Oz: “If heroes and kings wander around town without guards in tow, they’ll lose face.”

Norton: “Indeed.”

Norton nodded at Oz’s words.

Wesley: “Hmph, pathetic.”

Leonardo: “If we all have guards, we’ll end up with way too many people.”

Oz: “What’ll you do, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “M-Me?”

5.4

Oz: “You make the decision. Everyone’s fine with that, right?”

Everyone nodded at Oz’s suggestion.

Oz: “So, what’ll you do? Take guards?”

Dorothy: “Let’s not take any guards. I don’t think we’ll need any.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “Heh…thought you’d say that.”

Norton: “Why?”

Dorothy: “Oz and the others will protect me, right?”

Oz: “Exactly. So you don’t need to worry.”

Leonardo: “We’ll protect Dorothy, you’ll see!”

Wesley: “Don’t forget I’m here, too.”

Norton: “But…”

Dorothy: “And besides, even without guards, everyone has their kingly dignity. At least, that’s what I think.”

Heartmann: “Well, if you feel that way, I’m sure the people think the same.”

Crowlie: “We’re quite confident in how we carry out our kingly duties. We don’t need to make any empty shows of force.”

Dorothy: “So we don’t need to bring any guards.”

5.5

Norton: “I see…very well, then.”

Dorothy: “Norton, thanks a lot for thinking about us.”

Norton: “Actually…I think I now know why Lord Solomon put these five in the running as suitors a little bit better.”

(What…?)

Norton: “Well then, please enjoy yourselves. Do be careful.”

Oz: “All right, let’s go.”

With that, we headed out for Quadlings City.

Quadlings City was far more bustling and booming than I had expected.

Dorothy: “Wow, what a wonderful city!”

Crowds of people, a variety of stores, even children running around happily on the street.

Dorothy: “Look, Toto, it’s so different from our town back in Kansas!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto barked in reply, looking like he was ready to dash out and join them.

Oz: “This is the busiest square in all the city.”

Dorothy: “Do you know much about Quadlings, Oz?”

Oz: “I’ve been here once before.”

5.6

Leonardo: “Heh, anyone who lives in Oz comes here at least once.”

Crowlie: “I’ve visited it quite a bit since becoming king.”

Heartmann: “I’ve been here quite a few times, even before I was king.”

Leonardo: “Well, you know, I came here a bunch of times before I was even born!”

Wesley: “Are you seriously trying to outdo them here? Bloody bumpkin…”

Oz: “Sheesh…”

(Huh? Are the townspeople…looking at us?)

And everyone was looking at us in surprise.

Young Man: “Hey, look at that. Isn’t that Dorothy?”

Older Woman: “It is! Oh my goodness! Everyone, Dorothy has returned!”

(Huh?!)

Oz: “Looks like they’ve finally noticed.”

The people started to cheer, gathering into a larger and larger crowd.

Male Merchant: “My, Dorothy’s so beautiful!”

Young Woman: “Oh, I want to be just like her!”

Oz: “I hope they don’t go too crazy on us…”

Dorothy: “Oh, you’re just worrying too much.”

He had a point, though, as more and more people showed up.

5.7

Crowlie: “You’re a lot more famous than you think you are, Dorothy.”

Heartmann: “Everyone’s really grateful to you for defeating the Wizard of the West.

Wesley: “Hmph…!”

Leonardo: “We’re pretty famous for being your companions, too!”

Leonardo said as he waved at everyone.

Little Boy: “Hey, it’s the King of the Forest! And the King of the Emerald City, too!’

Little Girl: “The King of the Winkies is here, too! He’s so handsome!”

Heartmann: “Hahaha, why thank you!”

Leonardo: “Heartmann sure is popular with the ladies.”

Crowlie: “If I wore armor like that… A-And no, I’m not jealous…”

Oz: “You think it’s about the armor?”

Older Man: “Hey, that’s the Wizard of the West! Didn’t Dorothy take him down?”

Older Woman: “It’s the Wizard of the West! What’s going on?!”

The people started to panic once they noticed Wesley was with us.

Wesley: “I knew this would happen.”

Dorothy: “This is going to be a big commotion…!”

Oz: “Just leave this to me.”

With that, Oz stepped forward and spoke to the crowd.”

5.8

Oz: “At east, everyone!”

Young Man: “It’s the Great Oz!”

Older Woman: “The Great Oz is back, too!”

Everyone looked at Oz.

Oz: “We’ve all gathered here to celebrate Dorothy’s seventeenth birthday!”

Oz: “The Wizard of the West’s revival is nothing to fear!”

Oz: “Not when the hero Dorothy and I am present! We won’t allow him to do anything vile!”

Oz: “So be at ease!”

Little Girl: “Really?”

Oz: “Truly.”

Oz smiled gently, and the people began to smile again.

(Wow..he calmed everyone down with words alone!)

Oz: “People of Quadlings, I beg of you — welcome Dorothy warmly, without clamor or commotion.”

Everyone nodded at Oz’s words with a smile.

Heartmann: “Now that’s the Great Oz for you — he calmed down the crowd so easily!”

Crowlie: “I hate to admit it, but…there’s just no beating Oz in that regard.”

Though he was complaining, Crowlie wore a smile.

(Oz really is reliable!)

5.9

Oz looked at me and winked.

Oz; “Now we can take our time looking around town, right?”

Dorothy: “Yeah. Thanks, Oz.”

With that, Oz looked over to Wesley.

Oz: “Wesley, don’t feel bad.”

Wesley: “Heh…don’t worry, I know where I stand with these people. Doesn’t get to me.”

Wesley graced us with a rare smile.

Since Oz came off stronger than Wesley, we managed to get away without causing a panic.

However, that hurt Wesley’s pride.

Yet, Wesley still acknowledged that Oz made the correct decision.

(Oz thinking of Wesley’s feelings, Wesley calmly analyzing the situation…they both really are adults, huh?)

Oz: “What’s the matter, little miss?”

Wesley: “What’re you looking at?”

Wesley and Oz looked my way when they noticed my eyes on them.

Dorothy: “Oh, nothing. I was just thinking that you two get along surprisingly well.”

Oz: “What? You’re kidding, right?”

Wesley: “Who’d get along with THIS guy?”

They both turned away from each other.

5.10

Leonardo: “Hey, look! That guy’s juggling!”

Leonardo shouted, seeing a man juggling on the corner.

Oz: “A street performer, huh…?”

Leonardo: “That looks really cool. Let’s go check it out!”

When we approached him, the man bowed with a nervous expression.

Street Performer: “W-Welcome, everyone…”

Dorothy: “Oh, you don’t need to mind us. Just go ahead and juggle.”

Street Performer: “U-Uh, all right… Well, everyone, please take a look at this first.”

He threw two balls into the air and caught them each with the opposite hand, then kept this up.

Wesley: “Heh, a boring technique.”

The performer added in a ball to the mix, then another.

Oz: “He’s pretty used to this. His technique isn’t half bad.”

Dorothy: “Really?”

Oz: “I’m a stage magician. I can tell pretty easily if a technique is good or lousy.”

Heartmann: “But still…he doesn’t have too many guests.”

There were only a few people watching. All children.

The adults didn’t even pay the juggler a passing glance as they walked by.

Yet he went on passionately juggling.

5.11

Dorothy: “Hey, can’t we do something for him?”

Crowlie: “Like…like what?”

Dorothy: “Like, you could…teach him how to attract an audience, or something.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “How to attract an audience?”

Dorothy: “Maybe you can show him how to do his tricks in a flashy way? Like, a little pizzazz, something outside of pure technique.”

Heartmann: “True, his juggling is kind of lacking something.”

Leonardo: “Yeah, he should be more upfront! Brave about it!”

Crowlie: “Maybe he’s shy?”

Wesley: “He ain’t cut out for this.”

Dorothy: “I don’t think so. I mean, he looks like he really wants to entertain his audience!”

Dorothy: “If he didn’t, he wouldn’t try something like juggling.”

Oz: “So you want us to lecture him on how to be a street performer, then?”

Dorothy: “Yeah, basically!”

Leonardo: “Can we actually pull that off?”

Crowlie: “Well, we do have one person who can…”

Everyone looked at Oz.

Oz: “Heh…yeah, I’m the only one here, aren’t I?”

Dorothy: “Oz, please!”

Oz: “Sure, why not. I’ll teach him how to be a street performer.”

5.12

Oz went up to the performer and called out to him.

Oz: “Hey, got a minute?”

Street Performer: “O-Oh, yeah…”

The performer stopped his juggling and answered with a nervous face.

Oz: “No need to be afraid of your audience. No matter how many people there are, they’re all only human — just like you.”

Oz: “The other thing you need to do is guide their feelings.”

Street Performer: “Guide their feelings?”

Oz: “With words and a bit of acting.”

Street Performer: “But, I can’t just…”

He looked completely lacking in confidence.

Oz: “…”

Oz: “Let me show you an example.”

With that, Oz turned to us.

Oz: “Will you all help me?”

5.13

Dorothy: “Huh? Us?”

Crowlie: “What will we do?”

Dorothy: “All right, let’s all help out!” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “That would be a big help.”

Crowlie: “Are you putting on a magic show, Oz?”

Leonardo: “That sounds interesting! I’ll help out, too!”

Heartmann: “Can’t let Dorothy help all by herself, after all.”

Crowlie: “Sure, I’ll help. I’m not doing this for you though, Oz. This is strictly for Dorothy and the juggler.”

Oz: “Sure, I don’t mind.”

Wesley: “I don’t want any part of this. You guys go on ahead, I’ll be watching from here.”

Oz: “An audience member, huh? Fine by me.”

Oz: “Dorothy, you’re our sole lady, so I think I’ll have you be my assistance.”

Dorothy: :”Assistant?”

Oz: “You should probably change into an appropriate costume, too. That’d give you more of a magical sense.”

Oz pulled out a trunk.

Dorothy: “Where’d you pull that trunk from?”

Oz: “Industry secret. And besides, the magic show’s already begun.”

Oz opened the trunk and a large cloth launched out, quickly forming into a square tent.

Leonardo: “Whoa, that was awesome!”

Dorothy: “What’s this?”

Oz: “A simple changing room. Go ahead and change into your assistant’s garb in there.”

Oz said with a wink.

(This is for the performer too, huh? Well, I’ll do what Oz says for now.)

I got into the changing room and picked a costume.

5.14

Love Choice

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Now in my costume, I got out of the changing room.

Oz: “My, that looks good on you!”

Dorothy: “R-Really…?”

(It’s a little embarrassing, though…)

Crowlie: “You look great, Dorothy!”

Heartmann: “You look really cool, like a real magician’s assistant!”

Leonardo: “Can’t we just go with Dorothy as the star of the show?”

Dorothy: “But I can’t do any magic tricks.”

By this point, a crowd had gathered around us.

Oz: “All right, Dorothy. Please tie up the three kings with this rope.”

Crowlie: “What?!”

Heartmann: “You’re going to tie us up?”

Oz: “It’s for the magic trick. Just go with it.”

(Haha…this sounds kind of fun!)

I took the rope from Oz and tied Crowlie and the others up with it.

That’s when I noticed there were even more people gathered around us now.

(More people are coming!)

Oz: “Next, blindfold them with these.”

This time, he handed me three blindfolds, which I put on all of them.

Heartmann: “I can’t move. I can’t see…”

Crowlie: “I’ve got a baaaad feeling about this…”

Leonard: “Oh, I’m so excited!”

Oz: “Now, move the three stooges…er, kings, into the changing room.”

Just as directed, I pushed the three into the changing room.

Oz: “All right, now things get serious. I’m going to stab this sword through the changing room. Now, this won’t be easy.”

Oz waved a sharp sword that he pulled out of nowhere.

(Wait, where’d that sword come from?!)

Heartmann: “A sword?! Hey, I didn’t hear anything about a sword!”

Crowlie: “I’m not wearing armor!”

Leonardo: “I’m so excited, I’m so ex-…what?”

Dorothy: “Hey, Oz…really?”

Oz: “That’s the problem. This is the first time I”m performing this trick in public, so I’m not sure if it’s going to work.”

(Wait, WHAT?!)

My eyes went wide in shock, and the crowd let out a surprised cry.

Oz: “And it just so happens that I’ve got three swords, too! You won’t believe how nervous I am!”

Oz waved the sword and it instantly became three.

Oz: “Now, my wonderful audience! Pray for the safety of our three kings!”

Oz readied the first sword and the crowd gasped.

In the next moment, he stabbed the sword through the changing room.

Oz: “And the second!”

He stabbed in the second one.

Oz: “Hm? Feels like I hit something…”

(WHAT?!)

Oz: “Well, no matter. Here’s the third one!”

Then he stabbed in the third sword.

(Are they…are they all right…?)

Everyone stood still, nervous.

Oz: “Whoops!”

Dorothy: “Excuse me?!”

I scrambled to open the tent’s curtain.

(Huh…?!)

Everyone stared in shock.

There was no one in the tent.

(What happened/ Where’d they go?)

Oz: “Heh…”

Then, Oz quickly closed the tent and pulled out the swords with practiced movements.

Oz: “Now, my dear audience, bear witness!”

Oz opened the curtain again, and there were the three, blindfolded and bound in rope.

The crowd went wild with surprised cries and applause.

(Wow…!)

I pulled the three out of the changing room, took off their blindfolds and undid their ropes.

Crowlie: “What happened?”

Heartmann: “I was blindfolded, so I have no idea what was going on.”

Leonardo: “Now that was super exciting! Was at the edge of my seat and I wasn’t even sitting down!”

Dorothy: “I don’t have a clue what happened, either!”

[Spoiler Warning!] Chapter 5 CG

Oz: “Since Dorothy did such a good job as my assistant, it all went well.”

Dorothy: “Really?”

Oz: “Yeah, really. How about becoming my official assistant?”

Dorothy: “Haha…I’ll give it some thought.”

5.15

Street Performer: “Er…wow, everyone, what a great show!”

The performer said after watching the show.

Street Performer: “I feel like I found out what I’ve been lacking.”

Oz: “Learn a bit form that?”

Street Performer: “I did! I now know that I need to play the audience with words and a little bit of acting.”

Egg the audiance on, make them laugh, make them doubt, make them nervous, keep their attention.

For that, you need to talk them up, and you need to be able to act.

Oz: “Listen, don’t forget to make the audience smile. That’s way more important than getting paid.”

Street Performer: “Understood. I won’t forget those words all my life.”

Oz: “In that case, I’ve got nothing left to teach you.”

Street Performer: “It’s been an incredible honor to be taught by Dorothy, the Great Oz, and the three kings!”

Oz: “Boast about it whenever and wherever you can.”

Street Performer: “I will!”

Dorothy: “Wait, Oz, it is really something to b-”

Oz: “If he boasts, it’ll make him more confident. And that’s exactly what he needs.”

5.16

Leonardo: “You just need some confidence!”

Heartmann: “We’d be really happy if you became popular.”

Crowlie: “I’d love for you to juggle for the people of the Emerald City next time.”

Street Performer: “Yes, my lord! I’ll practice even harder for that day! Thank you so much, everyone!”

Then, we left the area with a smile.

Leonardo: “But, y’know, I never expected the Great Oz to actually show him how it’s done.”

Oz: “I feel like a bit of a busybody, but this guy wants to be a performer as much as I do. Felt like helping him out.”

Heartmann: “You’ve got a surprisingly good side to you.”

Oz: “Y’didn’t need to say ‘surprisingly’.”

Crowlie: “Even though that side is irritating.

Oz: “Wait, what?”

Dorothy: “Thanks, Oz. That was a wonderful magic show.”

Oz: “Haha! That’s what I can do when I’m serious.”

Wesley: “Serious, huh?”

Wesley came over to us. He’d been watching the show.

5.17

Dorothy: “Hey, Wesley, what did you think of the magic show?”

Wesley: “Heh…paltry magic tricks. Nothing compared to real magic.”

With that, Wesley snapped his fingers and conjured up a strong wind.

Oz: “?!”

Dorothy: “Ahh!”

I held back my blowing hair.

Leonardo: “Whoa, what’s up with this wind?!”

Heartmann: “Is this the wizard’s magic?!”

The townspeople all started to panic at the sudden gale.

Crowlie: “Stop this, wizard!”

Wesley: “Hmph…!”

With another snap of Wesley’s fingers, the winds stopped.

Leonardo: “He did that so easily… Man, magic’s amazing!”

Dorothy: “It really is…!”

Oz: “…!”

5.18

Wesley: “Heh. See this? this is real magic. Not a joke like your tricks.”

Wesley scoffed.

Oz: “…Hey.”

Hearing a low growl of a voice all of a sudden, the four of us turned around.

Crowlie: “?”

Dorothy: “Oz?”

Oz: “Don’t…don’t mock magic tricks!”

Oz roared.

(Oz…?!)

Oz: “I won’t forgive you if you say anything more about tricks!”

Oz shot Wesley a venomous glare.

Oz’s Favorite Activity

Oz: “Crowlie, got any coins?”

Crowlie: “Of course. Do you need to go shopping?”

Oz: “Could you lend me one? So, I’ve got it in my right hand, and I’m going to close my palm…then open it again.”

Leonardo: “Whoa, it disappeared!”

Heartmann: “A magic trick! Where’s the coin?”

Oz: “And in my left hand…”

Dorothy: “It’s the coin! Wow!”

Oz: “Hahaha! It wasn’t much of a trick, really.”

Dorothy: “So you’re really good at magic tricks, huh Oz?”

Oz: “Well, yeah. I’m a stage magician. This isn’t hobby level — this is my job.”

Dorothy: “Oh, true…so, do you have any special talents, then? Outside of magic tricks?”

Oz: “Hmm…special talents, huh…”

Crowlie: “Oh, come to think of it…”

Leonardo: “Know something?”

Crowlie: “I’m not sure if you could call it a special talent or anything, but there’s all sorts of strange things Oz has made all over the Emerald Castle.”

Oz; “Strange things? Those are my creations!”

Crowlie: “Creations? Those? All they do is get in the way. And they’re weird.”

Oz: “They’re not weird. They’re great inventions!”

Dorothy: “I think I saw those weird things when we were on our journey.”

Oz: “Stop calling them weird things!”

Dorothy: “Haha…so, Oz’s special talent is weird inventions, then.”

Oz: “You know what, just say whatever you want.”

Crowlie: “But more importantly, can you give me back the coin you pocketed?”

Chapter 6: The World with Magic (15/15)

6.1

Oz: I’m not going to let you make fun of magic tricks any further!”

Oz glared at Wesley, his face completely serious.

Dorothy: “Oz, why are you…?”

(Why are you so mad?)

Crowlie, Leonardo and Heartmann exchanged puzzled looks.

Leonardo: “This is getting kinda….heavy, don’t you think?”

Heartmann: “Yeah. I’ve never seen Oz get this mad before.”

Crowlie: “Neither have I…but, why?”

As the three whispered among themselves, Oz kept his glare trained on Wesley.

Wesley: “What’re you getting all mad for. I just told the truth, was all.”

Oz: “Mind saying that again?”

Oz growled back.

Wesley: “Hah! You saw my spell, didn’t you? There was no trick, nothing up my sleeve. That was REAL magic.”

Wesley: “And compared to that, your little magic tricks are just child’s play.”

Dorothy: “Wesley, that’s saying too much.”

Wesley: “Hmph…!”

6.2

Oz: “Why, you…”

Dorothy: “That’s enough, you two. You shouldn’t fight.”

Yet, Oz showed no signs of calming his rage down.

Oz: “Magic without tricks, without manipulations… Those aren’t real magic tricks!”

Wesley: “Obviously. You don’t even need to say that.”

Oz: “Tricks are different from your wizardly magic. Unlike your snap of the finger powers, tricks come from effort and skill.”

Wesley: “Excuse me?!”

This time, Wesley showed his rage.

Wesley: “You don’t even know the first thing about magic…!”

Oz: “Yeah, because I couldn’t care less about it.”

Wesley: “Oh? That’s an excuse because you can’t use it?”

Oz: “Who’d care about magic you can just use on the fly, to grant any wish you’ve got?”

Wesley: “On the fly? Grant any wish you’ve got?”

Oz: “Magic is too simple. Too easy!”

Wesley: “You’re nothing but a mere illusionist, unfit to speak of true magic!”

Dorothy: “That’s enough, you two!”

6.3

I stepped in between them, and Wesley let out a grin.

Wesley: “Dorothy, which wows you more? Real magic, or magic tricks?”

Dorothy: “What? I…well…”

The sudden question put me on the spot.

Oz: “That question isn’t even worth answering.”

Wesley: “I’d say it is. Dorothy isn’t an illusionist or a wizard, so I’d say she’s got a valuable viewpoint to bring to the table.”

Wesley: “Heh…or are you afraid of what she’ll say?”

Oz: “What was that?”

Wesley: “Yeah, I bet. Since anyone would thing real magic’s way better.”

Dorothy: “…”

Leonardo: “Hey, wizard! Don’t put Dorothy on the spot like that!”

Leonardo and the others tried to butt into the conversation.

Wesley: “Get outta here, stooges!”

Wesley shot them a piercing glare.

6.4

Then he looked to me and put on a confident grin.

Wesley: “So, which is it? C’mon, be honest.”

Dorothy: “I think they’re both pretty impressive.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “…?”

Wesley: “Both?!”

Dorothy: “Well, they’re both really cool and hard to do in their own ways, right?”

Wesley: “Huh?”

Dorothy: “I mean, I can’t do magic tricks, and I can’t use magic, so from where I’m standing, they’re both really impressive.”

Leonardo: “I’m with Dorothy. I think they’re both pretty awesome.”

Crowlie: “Magic tricks make everyone happy, and magic, when used correctly, can be quite beneficial to the people.”

Heartmann: “I can’t use either, so they both seem pretty impressive to me.”

Dorothy: “Magic tricks are great, and so is magic. Isn’t that good enough?”

Crowlie and the others nodded with a smile, too.

6.5

Wesley: “Tch. Lumping in tricks with magic. Magic ain’t for show!”

Oz: “What’s wrong with entertaining people?”

Oz and Wesley glared at each other.

Dorothy: “Come on, you guys, act your age!”

Dorothy: “Look around you. Everyone’s worried about you fighting!”

The crowds watching us from afar all had worried looks on their faces.

Wesley: “Tch. Hanging around with a magician makes me look like i”m part of the freak show.”

Wesley spat out those words and started walking off.

Dorothy: “Wesley, where are you going?”

Wesley: “I’m tired of hanging around with this loser! i’m going back to the castle!”

With that, Wesley vanished from sight.

Leonardo: “He disappeared…?! Was that magic, just now?!”

Dorothy: “Oh no, I can’t believe it came to this…”

Crowlie: “Well, they’re both rather proud.”

6.6

Heartmann: “Dorothy, it’s nothing to worry about.”

Leonardo: “Yeah, don’t sweat it.”

Dorothy: “All right…”

But, still, Oz kept on an expression that spoke volumes about how sour his mood was.

Oz: “This is why I hate this world and its magic…”

Oz spat out.

(Huh? Wait, Oz…doesn’t like this world?)

Oz: “I don’t feel like staying out here anymore. I’m going back to the castle.”

Dorothy: “W-Wait, Oz…”

I scrambled after him as he started heading towards the castle.

Leonardo: “He looks pretty mad.”

Leonardo and the others came up and walked with me.

Heartmann: “I think he’ll go back to being his usual self if he cools his head a bit.”

Crowlie: “I would hope so, but…he looks like that really set him off, so I’m not so sure…”

6.7

Dorothy: “Why does Oz hate magic that much, I wonder.”

(One of them probably knows why. Who should I ask?)

(I know. Oz left the Emerald City to Crowlie, so he probably knows something.) (Intimacy +7)

I whispered Crowlie a question.

Dorothy: “Hey Crowlie, do you know why Oz hates magic so much?”

Crowlie: “Who knows? But, well…his illusions kind of act like magic, right?”

Crowlie: “But if wizard who can actually use magic are around and able to threaten his niche..well, perhaps he’s worried.”

(I see…that does make sense.)

Crowlie: “On top of that, it was a wizard that tried to kill him when he became the King of the Emerald City.”

That I knew.

Crowlie: “He probably doesn’t have too much of a high opinion of wizards in general.”

Heartmann: “I’ve got that feeling, too.”

Leonardo: “But who knows how he really feels?”

6.8

Oz: “What’re you all whispering about?”

Oz turned around with a perturbed look on his face.

Dorothy: “N-Nothing…”

Crowlie: “You don’t need to take out your bad mood on Dorothy.”

Heartmann: “Yeah, Dorothy didn’t do anything wrong.”

Oz: “Hmph. I’m not taking anything out on her.”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, don’t worry about him.”

Dorothy: “All right…”

(I hope Oz gets in a better mood soon…)

Even back in the castle, Oz’s mood was just as sour as it had been.

Oz: “That blasted Wesley… Can’t stand having him in the same castle as me.”

Dorothy: “Really? Well, we’re all staying here, there’s really no helping it…”

Crowlie: “Please don’t say you’ll leave the castle.”

Oz: “…Not a bad idea, that.”

Dorothy: “Come on, Oz, you don’t mean that.”

6.9

Heartmann: “Kind of surprising to see the Great Oz is the type to hold a grudge…”

Leonardo: “You might not think it, but I’m the type to whip out an umbrella when it rains.”

(Wait, what?! That came out of nowhere!)

Heartmann: “I think everyone does that.”

Leonardo: “The animals back in the forest don’t use umbrellas no matter how hard it rains.”

With that, Leonardo looked at me with a goofy grin.

(Oh! Leonardo’s trying to lighten the mood with a joke!)

Crowlie: “I’ve got a hod on my cloak, so I don’t need an umbrella.”

Heartmann: “The Wizard of the West definitely uses an umbrella. No doubt.”

Crowlie and Heartmann took advantage of the situation to joke around a little too.

Dorothy: “Haha… Well, he’d meld if he didn’t, right?”

Oz: “I’ve had it…!”

Oz snarled, his foul mood tangible.

Oz: “I’m sick of listening to your terrible jokes.”

Leonardo: “Oh, uh…blew it, huh…”

The three let out sighs.

6.10

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 4,600

Then, Solomon appeared.

Solomon: “Ah, everyone’s back. Have fun in town?”

Dorothy: “W-well…”

The others and I exchanged awkward looks.

Solomon: “Did something happen, perhaps?”

The observant Solomon looked us all over.

Crowlie: “Not exactly…”

Heartmann: “Ahahaha… Y-Yeah, town sure was fun, right?”

Leonardo: “Yeah! Super duper fun!”

Toto: *Whine*

Oz: “Hmph…”

Solomon: “Wesley doesn’t seem to be with you, though.”

Dorothy: “Oh, he left before us.”

Solomon: “Is that so?”

Solomon trained his eyes on me.

(Feels like he’s peering into my mind…)

6.11

Solomon: “Well, it seems that something happened after all.”

Dorothy: “H-how, did you…?”

Solomon: “Would you like to tell me about it?”

(I’ve got to tell him something…what should I say?)

Dorothy: “Er, uh… Oh! Oz ended up putting on a magic show, and I helped out!” (Intimacy +i)

(That’s not a lie, so Solomon shouldn’t suspect anything.)

Heartmann: “Y-Yeah! Everyone really liked it. Isn’t that right, Great Oz?”

Oz: “Pretty much…”

Leonardo: “It had me on the edge of my seat!”

Solomon: “But it looks like that wasn’t all, as it?”

(Huh?!)

Crowlie: “…We really can’t keep it from you, can we.”

Leonardo: “Crowlie, what are you saying?!”

Crowlie: “Allow me to explain.”

Solomon: “I would very much like that.”

Crowlie: “Oz performed a magic trick, but Wesley said something that could be construed as mocking him.”

Oz: “Construed/ He really did mock me!”

6.12

Solomon: “What did he say?’

Crowlie: “He said that magic tricks were nothing compared to real magic.”

Solomon: “And that got the Great Oz angry, did it not?”

Crowlie: “It did. The two fell into a fierce argument, and Wesley left us behind for the castle.”

Oz: “His fault for putting illusions in the same category as that simple magic of his.”

Solomon: “Simple, you say?”

Solomon looked a touch sad at Oz’s words.

Solomon: “I see. Very well, understood. Thank you for telling me.”

Dorothy: “Hey, Oz, can’t you forgive Wesley?”

Oz: “Me? Forgive him? Not until he apologizes!”

Oz said, vexed.

Solomon: “…”

Solomon: “There’s something I’d like Oz and Dorothy to hear.”

Dorothy: “Us?”

Oz: “…?”

6.13

Solomon: “Would you come with me?’

Solomon looked terrible serious, so Oz and I nodded.

Leonardo: “What about us?”

Solomon: “I’m sorry, but could you stay behind?”

Heartmann: “All right…”

The three exchanged worried looks.

Dorothy: “Can you look after Toto for me? I’m sure he’s parched…”

Leonardo: “Of course. C’mon, Toto.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Solomon: “Well, let us be off.”

Oz and I followed after Solomon.

Solomon had led us out to a greenhouse in Quadlings castle.

Solomon: “This is my favorite place in the castle, you see. I’ve got all sorts of rare flowers and trees from all over Oz in here.”

Dorothy: “Oh, wow!”

Beautiful flowers I’d never seen before and strangely shaped trees surrounded me, giving off the impression that I was in the jungle.

Oz: “So, what did you want to tell us?”

6.14

Oz asked, his mood still sour.

Solomon: “About wizards. Do you think they can use magic from the day they’re born?”

Dorothy: “Wait, they can’t? And here I thought they were always able to use magic…”

Solomon: “All wizards have to pay a certain price before they can use their magic.”

Dorothy: “Wow, I hadn’t known. Did you know, Oz?”

Oz: “First I”m hearing it.”

Solomon: “That’s no surprise, seeing as it’s a wizard’s secret.”

Dorothy: “So, what’s the price?”

Solomon: “It differs from wizard to wizard. Dorothy, you remember melting Wesley before, don’t you?”

Dorothy: “Yeah…I threw water on him, and that was that.”

Solomon: “That was the price Wesley paid.”

(Huh? What does he mean?0

Solomon: “If water pours over him, he disappears. That is the price he paid.”

Dorothy: “Really?!”

Oz: “In other words, he took on that handicap so he could use magic?”

Solomon: “Exactly.l The price one pays becomes a massive weakness.”

6.15

Dorothy: “So that’s why it’s a secret, huh?’

Solomon: “Exactly. The magic we wizards use is no laughing matter.”

Solomon: “I simply wanted to let you two know that.”

Oz: “…”

Suddenly, I felt worried for Solomon.

Dorothy: “Say…what price did you pay, Solomon? I don’t want to do anything to hurt you by accident…”

Solomon: “I’m afraid I didn’t pay much.”

Solomon replied with a saddened smile.

(So he says, but…it’s got to be something hard on him. I can tell by that look on his face.)

Oz: “…A wizard’s price, huh?”

Oz: “Is that why you called Dorothy back for your prophecy?”

(…Prophecy? What is he talking about?)

Solomon: “Great Oz, what are you saying…?”

Oz: “This is all just so you can use Dorothy, isn’t it?”

Solomon: “…!”

Oz: “It is, isn’t it?!”

Dorothy: “Wait, wait… Oz, what are you talking about?”

Oz: “…All right, I’ll tell you all about it.”

With that, Oz pulled something out of his pocket.

Oz: “It’s all written in this letter here.”

Oz shoved the letter in front of Solomon.

(A letter…? What’s it say?)

What Oz Thinks of Her

Wesley: “Hey, Oz, there’s something I want to ask.”

Oz: “What is it?”

Wesley: “What do you think of Dorothy?”

Oz: “Well, that came out of nowhere.”

Wesley: “I asked those three morons, but they just dolled her up in their minds and it didn’t tell me anything.”

Oz: “Wait, what?”

Wesley: “All they told me was how they felt about her. All one sided, subjective stuff. It was no help at all.”

Oz: “Ah, so that’s why you came to me for an objective answer.”

Wesley: “I don’t know if you’ll give me an objective answer, but just tell me.”

Oz: “Fine, I’ll let you in on what I think.”

Oz: “Well, her personality…she’s pretty cheerful. Determined. Real honest, too.”

Wesley: “Oh, yeah? What else?”

Oz: “You’ll know this from how she went on her journey, but she’s able to deal with most things without fear.”

Wesley: “She melded me, too…”

Oz; “When it comes to relationships…well, she’s barely 17. She doesn’t know too much.”

Wesley: “Oh yeah…?”

Oz: “She might not have fallen in love before, so she’s got a pretty fancy image of it. And that’s pretty much her.”

Wesley: “That’s it! That’s what I wanted to hear!”

Oz: “Glad to hear it. But what do you think about her?”

Wesley: “Me? Well…huh.”

Oz: “What’s up with that grin? C’mon, talk.”

Wesley: “I’ll tell you if I have the chance.”

Oz: “Excuse me?’

Wesley: “Heh…”

Chapter 7: Up and Away (15/15)

7.1

Oz: “…All right, I’ll tell you all about it. It’s all written here on this letter!”

Oz shoved the ltter in front of Solomon.

Dorothy: “What’s this letter?”

Oz: “A letter from Solomon. An invitation, you could say.”

(Come to think of it, Oz did say he came back when he got a letter from Solomon…)

Dorothy: “So what does it say?”

Oz: “It says that he’s going to celebrate your 17th birthday here in Oz…”

Oz: “…and it talks about some ancient prophecy, too.”

Dorothy: “An ancient prophecy? Didn’t that get mentioned when I was picking a partner, too…?”

Oz turned to Solomon with a hostile tone.

Oz: “And if what this says about the prophecy is true, well, that’s a pretty sweet sounding deal, isn’t it?”

Solomon: “…”

Dorothy: “Whats the prophecy?”

Oz: “That the person chosen as Dorothy’s partner when she turns 17 will gain an immense power.”

(What?! The person I pick will…gain power…?!)

Oz: “That’s what the letter says. Doesn’t it, Solomon?”

Solomon: “…”

Dorothy: “Solomon, is that true?”

Solomon: “That is what the letter says.”

Solomon answered, expressionless.

7.2

Dorothy: “What did you mean by immense power?”

Solomon: “…”

Solomon feel silent again.

Dorothy: “Do you know anything about it, Oz?”

Oz: “Beats me. I don’t know the details either.”

Oz: “But this prophecy’s been around for a while. It’s got to be quite the immense power.”

Even so I couldn’t begin to imagine what it would be like.

Oz: “And you believed it. You believed it and called Dorothy back to Oz.”

Oz: “I bet you really want that power, don’t you?”

Solomon: “…”

(A power he really wants… Just what could it be?)

Oz: “What are you plotting, Solomon?!”

Oz put some more punch behind his speech, but Solmon appeared unmoved.

Solomon: “…”

Oz: “Falling quiet, huh. Then let me tell you what you’re plotting.”

Oz: “Youw izards are trying to use that power to do something about the prices you paid for your magic, aren’t you?”

(Wh-What…?!)

Solomon: “…?!”

Oz: “Can’t say anything back, can you?”

Dorothy: “Wait, wait! Wheren’t we just going to celebrate my birthday with everyone?”

7.3

(If what Oz is saying is true, then…then the reason I got called back here is…)

Oz: “They don’t want to celebrate your birthday. Not one bit.”

Dorothy: “I…I trusted them…!”

Feeling completely betrayed, my vision began to blur.

Dorothy: “That’s just…that’s awful…I was so grateful…!”

I started to tremble from sheer sadness and rage.

Dorothy: “Was everyone lying to me…?”

Solomon: “…”

Oz: “They were.”

Dorothy: “But I trusted everyone…!”

I glared at Solomon.

Solomon: “Dorothy…”

Solomon said, sadness coloring his features.

Solomon: “I really do wish to celebrate your birhtday. I just want you to believe that.”

I couldn’t accept that too easily.

No, instead, I felt more and more suspicious towards Solomon.

(And not just Solomon… Even Nortn, even Wesley…they were all lying to me…!)

Oz: “This farce is over!”

Oz bellowed as he tore up the letter.

7.4

(I don’t know who I can trust anymore…)

Dorothy: “…I need to go back to my room.”

Oz: “You all right?”

Oz peered at my face with worried eyes.

Solomon: “Very well… You need your rest.”

Oz: “I’ll walk you to your room.”

Oz gently supported me by bringing an arm around my shoulder.

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

With that, Oz and I left the greenhouse.

Oz: “You look a little pale. You sure you’re okay?”

Oz asked after walking me to my room, looking worried.

Dorothy: “I’ve calmed down a little, so I’m all right…”

I made a show of smiling, but I was still reeling from the shock.

Oz: “That’s understandable, Dorothy. You really did love this land, after all.”

I did. Oz was like a perfect dreamland to me.

However, now I felt a strong distrust for the world around me.

Dorothy: “This is what you were talking about, isn’t it?”

Oz had told me not to trust the people of this world too much.

Oz: “Yeah. I figured something was off ever since I read that letter.”

Dorothy: “Then what brought you back to Oz?”

Oz: “Because I was curious about the great power in the prophecy.”

Dorothy: “You too, Oz…?”

7.5

Oz: “Don’t get the wrong idea. I’m not here to take advantage of you, Dorothy.”

I stared right into his eyes, trying to see how serious he was.

Oz: “I just wanted to know what this great power is.”

Oz looked right back into my eyes.

Dorothy: “Really?”

Oz: “I don’t know what kind of power it is, but it’d just go to waste in our world.”

Dorothy: “It would go to waste?”

Oz: “Think about it. Any technology or power will bring disaster if you go too far with it.”

Dorothy: “Disaster…”

Oz: “If you lose control of it, your invention could cause some kind of huge accident. If you use your advanced technology in war, a lot of people are going to die.”

(That does certainly make sense.)

Oz went on, his eyes distant.

Oz: “I don’t know if this great power is magic or whatever, but…we don’t need that kind of stuff in our world.”

Oz: “And besides…”

Oz whispered, lowering his eyes to the floor.

(Is there some other reason…?)

Oz: “There’s…something I regret. I…”

A knock at the door interrupted Oz’s words.

7.6

Dorothy: “Who’s there?”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, are you back?”

Leonardo’s voice came from the other side of the door.

Dorothy: “Hang on a little, I’m coming.”

I opened the door to see Leonardo and the others standing in the hall, all worried.

Toto was at their feet.

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Oh, you brought Toto with you? Thanks.”

I just remembered that I’d left Toto with them.

Crowlie: “What did Lord Solomon speak with you about?”

Dorothy: “Well…”

(Can I really tell them…?)

I didn’t think Crowlie and the others were taking advantage of me, but they were denizens of Oz, too.

I didn’t want to suspect them, but I couldn’t help putting up my guard.

(They probably don’t know anything, and if i told them, they might be just as shocked as I am…)

Oz: “It’s not a big deal. Doesn’t involve you three.”

Heartmann: “That just makes me all the more curious…”

Crowlie: “Is it something you can’t tell us?”

Oz: “That’s not it. It was just about how things are different in this world than in ours.”

Leonardo: “Wait, what do you mean?”

Oz: “That things that are common knowledge in our world just don’t apply here.”

Oz: “…That’s why I ended up butting heads with Wesley.”

7.7

Crowlie: “So a lecture, essentially.”

Oz: “Pretty much.”

Leonardo: “Then there’s nothing to worry about.”

Dorothy: “Yeah, don’t worry about it.”

Heartmann: “We’ll be heading back to our rooms, but…how long do you plan on staying here, Great Oz?”

Crowlie: “You don’t plan on…STAYING here, do you?”

Oz: “Perish the thought. Once we finishing going over what Solomon told us, I’m heading back to my room.”

Dorothy: “So don’t worry about it. Good night, everyone.”

Heartmann: “All right, good night.”

Leonardo: “See you tomorrow!”

Crowlie: “Good night.”

When the three left, I closed the door and let out a sigh of relief.

Dorothy: “Phew…I was worried how that would turn out. Thanks for talking us out of that, Oz.”

Oz: “It was a good idea not to tell them.”

Dorothy: “I can trust them.”

Oz: “It’s best to be cautious. But more importantly…can you trust me.”

Dorothy: “Of course I trust you.”

Right now, I could trust Oz the most.

Oz: “In that case, I have a suggestion.”

Dorothy: “You do?”

Oz: “Yeah. A really important suggestion.”

Oz put on a serious expression.

(What could that be…?)

7.8

Oz: “How about coming back to Kansas with me before your birthday?”

(What…?!)

I couldn’t believe my ears.

(Back to Kansas? Before my birthday?)

Dorothy: “What do you mean?!”

Oz; “You don’t need to stick around here and play their prophecy power games.

Oz: “Come back to our world. With me.”

Dorothy: “Are you serious?”

Oz: “Of course I am. I wouldn’t joke about this.”

Dorothy: “But that’s…that’s really sudden.”

(I really want them to celebrate my birthday with me, but…)

(…if they’re just using me to gain some sort of power, maybe I don’t need to celebrate my Big Day here.)

(I mean, I really can’t imagine enjoying a birthday party with a background like this…)

Oz: “What’s there to hesitate about? Come back to Kansas with me.”

(Oh, those eyes!)

I looked at Oz’s eyes and gasped.

(They’re the same eyes as when I picked him!)

The strong will in his eyes all but sucked me in.

Oz: “Something wrong?”

(Those strong eyes…that strong will… I’ll give him a chance!)

Dorothy: “All right, I’ll go back with you.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “Good, glad to hear it.”

He smiled gently at me.

Oz: “Since I really didn’t want to leave you behind.”

Dorothy: “Why not?”

Oz: “Solomon and the others’d probably lock you away somewhere.”

Dorothy: “Would Solomon really do that?”

Oz: “These are the people who lied to you and tried to use you. He’d probably do it when pushed. With a straight face, too.”

(Really…? Though, it really does seem like they’ve been lying to me…)

(Well, since I’ve made my decision, I’m going to stick to it!)

7.9

Dorothy: “So, how are we going to get back?”

We needed to cross over the Rainbow Bridge to get back to Kansas.

Dorothy: “We can’t get back home unless the Rainbow Bridge appears, right?”

Oz: “We won’t need it. I got here on my hot air balloon.”

Dorothy: “Ohhh! You did say that you had your balloon in the storeroom in this castle, right?”

Oz: “Yeah. As long as we get to the storeroom, we’re in the clear.”

Dorothy: “Phew. That means we’ll be home safe!’

Oz: “Now, the question is when we do this. When’s good for you, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “Right now! I’ll probably be a lot easier to escape during the night.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “Heh…was thinking the same thing. Good head you’ve got on your shoulders.”

Dorothy: “I haven’t really brought anything with me, so there’s nothing to pack up. I can go right now.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Toto’s coming along with us, of course.”

Oz: “Then let’s not waste any time. Let’s get ready immediately.”

Dorothy: “Oh, wait, hold on…I need to say goodbye to Crowlie and the others.”

I would feel awful if I just left for Kansas without telling them anything.

Oz: “I know how you feel, but you probably don’t want to do that.”

Dorothy: “Why not? They’re my dear friends.”

Oz: “You know them. They’ll go crazy if they hear you’re going home.”

Oz: “And if Solomon picks up that something’s going on from that, the plan’s a wash.”

Dorothy: “I can’t even tell them goodbye…?”

Oz: “Just leave a letter behind. They’ll understand.”

Dorothy: “You’re right…”

7.10

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 7,500

I hurriedly wrote up a letter for them and left it on my table.

It was a simple letter, saying that I was going back with Oz to Kansas while thanking and apologizing to them.

(Sorry, everyone…)

Oz: “All right, let’s go.”

Dorothy: “All right. Come along, Toto.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Oz: “Shh, quiet down. They’ll find us.”

We slipped out of the room and headed for the storehouse with the hot air balloon.”

There weren’t many people about the castle at night.

Oz: “Make sure no one sees you.”

We hurried along the corridor, very cautious about our surroundings.

(Pretty nervous out here…)

Oz: “Wait!”

Oz whispered, holding out his hand.

I could hear someone’s footsteps coming closer form the corridor in front.

(Someone’s here!)

My knees started to quiver with fear.

Oz: “Over here…”

Oz clutched my hand and pulled me behind a large pillar.

7.11

Dorothy: “Toto, over here.”

I whispered to Toto, leading him to hide behind the pillar with us.

There wasn’t much space back there, so Oz and I were all but on top of each other.

Dorothy: “What if we’re caught?”

Oz gently put his index finger to my lips.

(Huh…?)

It felt almost like i was kissing his finger.

Oz: “Shh…don’t say anything.”

I peeked at the corridor over his shoulders to see a servant hurrying this way.

Servant: “Who in the world did this? The cookies in the dining room simply disappeared…”

The servant passed by our pillar, muttering all the way.

(Phew, we’re safe…)

When the footsteps disappeared into the distance, Oz kept his hand on mind and popped out of the pillar.

Oz: “Looks like we’re in the clear.”

I looked at Toto at my feet.

Dorothy: “Toot, it wasn’t you behind the disappearing cookies, was it?”

Toto: “Huff.”

Toto vigorously shook his head.

Oz: “If it wasn’t Toto, it’s got to be that lion…”

(Oh, that Leonardo…well, thanks to that, we weren’t caught…)

I muttered in my mind.

7.12

Oz: All right, let’s go.

Oz pulled my hand along as we walked.

Dorothy: “How long are you going to hold my hand?”

Oz: “I’d rather you not get lost on me, see.”

With that, Oz put on a sly grin.

Dorothy: “Hey, don’t treat me like a kid…”

Oz: “Don’t puff up your face like that. Makes it look less cute.”

Then, I heard a few sets of footsteps coming from behind.

Metallic sounds meshed with their footfalls, too.

Oz: “Guards…!”

The metallic sound must have been the swords at their belts.

Dorothy: “Have we been found out?”

Oz: “Beast me… C’mon, let’s hide behind that statue.”

Oz pulled me behind a statue in the corridor.

(It’s pretty tight back here, too…)

Once again, our bodies were at point blank distance.

The soldiers’ footsteps got ever closer.

7.13

Guard: “Is it true that someone snuck into the library?”

Guard: “Yeah, it’s true. And word is they found a lot of weird wood shavings in the great hall.”

Guard: “Wood debris?! Was someone making some arts and crafts or something?”

Guard: “Beats me, but cleaning it up is going to be a pain.”

The soldiers’ voices and footsteps disappeared into the distance.

Oz: “…That’s going to be Crowlie.”

Oz said once we’d gotten out from behind the statue.

Oz: “That guy’s such a bookworm. He must have been looking for rare books or something.

Dorothy: “Then what about the wood shavings in the great hall?”

Oz: “That was Heartmann. Guy loves woodworking.”

Dorothy: “Just what are those two up to…?”

Oz: “Whatever it is, it’s good for us.”

Dorothy: “Huh? Why?”

Oz: “That’ means’ no one’s watching the storehouse.”

(Oh, I get it!)

The servants and soldiers had to be in the dining room, the library, and the great hall.

Oz: “Looks like they helped us out without even knowing it. Shame I can’t thank them.”

Dorothy: “My heart was really pounding, though!”

Oz: “Because we’re holding hands?”

Dorothy: “N-No, that’s not it! I was worried we’d get caught!”

Oz: “Heh heh… Look, I’m with you. You’ve got nothing to worry about.”

Dorothy: “Oz…!”

7.14

(But, well, he’s right. I feel like I”m in good hands.)

Oz: “What’re you looking at? Something on my face?”

Dorothy: “N-Nothing…”

Oz: “This is no time to be swooning over how handsome I am. C’mon, let’s hurry.”

Oz took my hand and started running.

(I can’t let go of his hand, not until I”m back in Kansas!)

There was a large, old storehouse in the garden.

Dorothy: “The hot air balloon is in this storehouse?”

Oz: “Yeah, it is. I’ll get it ready right away, so stay here.”

Oz opened up the door to the storehouse and headed inside, then started to get to work preparing the balloon.

(That’s a big balloon…)

It looked like a really challenging job for Oz alone.

(Should I help…?)

Dorothy: “Let me help out.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “You want to?”

Dorothy: “Well, it’ll be faster with the two of us, right? Or would I just get in the way?”

Oz: “Heh, not at all. Not at all.”

Oz smiled at me gently.

Oz: “I know how good of a worker you are from when you helped out at the magic show, too.”

Oz: “So I’d love to have your help.”

(Oz acknowledge me!)

Dorothy: “I’d love to help you.”

7.15

I helped Oz prepare the balloon for launch.

Once we’d gotten the balloon and basket outside, Oz ignited the burner, inflating the balloon.

Dorothy: “Wow, it’s getting bigger and bigger!’

Oz: “Come on, faster, faster…”

The huge balloon stood out, and the burner was rather loud.

Oz panicked that someone would find us, but luckily, no one came around.

Oz: “All right, let’s get on it.”

Heading onto the basket first, Oz offered up his hand.

Oz: “Come on, quickly now. I’m not leaving you behind this time.”

(…!)

I remembered. I wanted to go home with Oz on his balloon after my last journey.

The first time I’d come to this land, the only thing I wanted to was to go home, so that was my wish to Oz.

Yet, he didn’t let me on his balloon…and simply went off.

I gripped the hand he’d offered up tightly.

(I’m not letting go of his hand this time…)

Oz held onto my hand tight and smiled at me.

Oz: “Let’s go home, together!”

When I got onto the basket, Toto also leaped in.

Toto: “Woof!”

Oz: “Are you ready?”

Dorothy: “I am!”

Oz undid the rope of the weights holding us down, and the balloon started to gently float into the air.

Oz: “Up and away we go!”

With that, our balloon ascended into the starry sky.

Unexpected Side of Oz

Dorothy: “All right, Toto, let’s have lunch!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Oz: “Oh, what’s this? You two here for lunch, too?”

Dorothy: “Oh, what’s the food you’ve got?”

Oz: “This? It’s made from vegetables you can only get in this world.”

Dorothy: “Hey, it looks good. Maybe I’ll order it, too.”

Oz: “I made it myself.”

Oz: “So the chefs in the kitchen won’t be making it for you.”

Dorothy: “Huh? Oz, you can cook?”

Oz: “Anyone can whip together a dish this easy.”

Wesley: “Heh…y’know, I bet it only LOOKS tasty.”

Dorothy: “Whoa, you startled me! When’d you get here, Wesley?”

Oz: “It only looks tasty? Then how about giving it a try?”

Wesley: “Gimme that… Hmm…”

Dorothy: “How is it?’

Wesley: “I-It’s actually good…!”

Wesley: “The spices have been perfectly added to bring out the full taste and potential of every ingredient…!”

Oz: “Heh… Want to have a taste, too, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “Sure! Om… Oh, this is great!”

Oz: “Food doesn’t lie. If it tastes good, it’ll look good, too.”

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Oz: “What’s that, Toto? You want some too?”

Dorothy: “Oz, maybe you should be a cook instead of a magician…”

Wesley: “I have to agree…”

Toto: “Om nom nom nom!” *gulp*

Oz: “Gah! Toto! Don’t eat it ALL!”

Chapter 8: Rain and Accident (13/13)

8.1

Oz, Toto and I sailed on the wind in his hot air balloon.

Dorothy: “Goodness, the stars are so beautiful!’

The stars all sparkled in the night sky like tiny little gems.

Dorothy: “Is it because we’re closer to the stars, since we’re in the air?”

Oz: “Heh, I wonder about that. In astronomical terms, coming up to this height’s more or less nothing.”

Dorothy: “Really?”

(Oz isn’t terribly romantic, is he…?)

I turned around to see Quadlings City getting smaller and smaller behind us.

Dorothy: “Look, Toto! Look at how small Quadlings is!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Oz: “The wind’s pretty strong… We’re going too fast!”

Oz muttered as he steered the balloon, a difficult expression on his face.

Dorothy: “Is there something wrong?”

Oz: “Nah, we’re all right. Don’t worry about it.”

Trusting what he said, I just looked at Quadlings City, shrinking in the distance.

(I was just there a while ago…)

Since we’d managed to get out of the castle and I’d calmed down, I went over what had happened in my mind.

8.2

Toto: *Whine*

The reason that I was made to pick a romantic partner was so Solomon and the others could obtain the great power of legend.

When I found out that I was just being used, Oz invited me to go back to Kansas with him, so I did.

(So we managed to take the balloon out of the castle, but…is this really what I should be doing?)

Dorothy: “Toto, what do you think?”

Toto: “?”

Toto just tilted his head. I didn’t know if he didn’t understand the question, or didn’t know what to tell me.

The faces of Crowlie, Heartmann and Leonardo floated up in my mind.

(I wonder if those three are worried about me right about now?)

(I left a letter, but…I at least wanted to actually say goodbye.)

If I just left to go back to Kansas now, I might not ever see them again.

(I wonder what Solomon and the others are doing? Noticing we’re gone?)

They must be angry, right?

Or maybe depressed, now that they’d lost their ticket to that great power?

(Hmm…it’s kinda cold up here…)

I suddenly felt cold, and my shoulders started to tremble.

Toto: *Whine*

8.3

Toto, probably cold himself, nestled up to me.

Oz: “You’ve been awfully quiet. Something on your mind?”

Note: I made the wrong choice here. The correct choice is “Yeah, the cold” (Intimacy +7)

Dorothy: “Yeah, I was thinking about my friends.”

Oz: “Ah, Crowlie and the others. Didn’t want to leave them behind, huh?”

Dorothy: “Yeah. They’re pretty dear friends to me…”

Oz: “Well, we can’t go back now. Try not to think about it much.”

Dorothy: “But I haven’t even said goodbye to them yet.”

Oz: “It might’ve been even harder on you if you had.”

Dorothy: “Well, that’s true, but…was this really the best thing to do?”

Knowing that I’d never see Crowlie, Heartmann, or Leonardo again made the air feel all the more cold.

Oz: “You’re shaking. You cold?”

Dorothy: “I just feel really cold all of a sudden…”

Oz: “It gets colder the higher up you go. There’s a blanket over there, so put it on.”

8.4

I opened up the smaller basket he gestured to find blankets, a rope, and food, among other things.

Dorothy: “Wow, we’ve got everything we need here.”

Oz: “we’re going on a bit of a trip, after all.”

Dorothy: “Aren’t you cold, Oz?”

Oz: “I’m pretty used to this, so I’m fine.”

I pulled out a blanket, put it on me and picked up Toto.

Oz: “Something doesn’t feel right…”

Oz muttered, looking up at the actual balloon.

Dorothy: “What’s the matter?”

Oz: “We aren’t climbing.”

Dorothy: “Did something go wrong with the balloon?”

Oz: “No, it doesn’t look like anything’s gone wrong anywhere.”

After checking the balloon, Oz looked up at the empty sky.

Oz: “This wind…yeah, this isn’t good…”

Oz put on a bitter face.

Oz: “This isn’t going to end well…!”

Dorothy: “really? Is it going to rain? Even though it’s so clear out we can see the stars?”

Oz: “You need to know about wind and weather when you’re piloting a hot air balloon, so I’m confident in that department.”

While he said that, the wind strengthened, and gray clouds started to gather overhead.

Oz: “It’s going to shake — grab onto something!”

The strong, howling wind shook the basket.

8.5

Dorothy: “Ah, it’s so cold…!”

Something cold hit my face.

(Wait, it’s…raining?!)

Oz: “Blast, now it’s raining!”

A deluge of rain started in an instant, so furious I couldn’t even open my eyes.

Dorothy: “Ahh!”

The balloon tossed and turned in the storm, blasted by strong wind and beaten by powerful rain.

Toto: *whine*

Toto shuddered in my arms.

Oz: “We’re losing altitude…!”

Dorothy: “A-Are we going to fall?!”

Oz: “We’re not going to capsize, but we’re going to smash into the mountains!”

I saw the pitch black shadow of a mountain advancing towards us.

Oz: “We’re going to crash…!”

Oz desperately steered the balloon.

Yet, we drew closer and closer to the dark mountains.

Oz: “This is going to be a crash landing! Dorothy, stay close to me!”

Oz wouldn’t give up and continued to steer our craft.

Dorothy: “Oz, look out! You have to brace for the crash, too!”

Oz: “You’ll bite your tongue if you keep talking — keep quiet!”

Oz shouted with a desperate look on his face.

The bottom of the basket smashed against a tree and shook violently with a loud sound.

In the next moment, the basket tipped over.

8.6

Dorothy: “Ahh!”

Oz: “Dorothy!”

Right when the balloon smashed into the ground, Oz held me to shield me from the impact.

Dorothy: “!”

The sheer impact sent us flying out of the basket.

Oz: “Guh…!”

Oz slammed into the ground with me in his arms.

(…?)

For a moment, I had no idea what had happened.

(What in the world just happened…?)

When I came to, I found myself on the ground, still in Oz’s arms.

Dorothy: “Oz…!”

I was right on top of him.

Oz: “Urgh…!”

Oz winced with a groan.

I softly pulled off of him and touched him with a trembling hand.

Oz: “Nngh…!”

He looked like he was in pain.

Dorothy: “Oz, are you all right?!”

8.7

Oz: “I hit my hip hard… You all right, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “Thanks to you protecting me, I got off with only scrapes.”

Oz: “Glad to hear it…”

When he tried to smile, his expression immediately turned to that of someone enduring great pain.

Toto: “Woof! Woof!”

Dorothy: “Toto, you’re okay! Oh, thank goodness!”

Toto ran up to me and I held him as tightly as I could.

Then, I noticed something I simply couldn’t believe.

Dorothy: “The balloon…!”

Oz: “What about it…?”

Oz only moved his head to see what I was looking at.

Oz: “No…no way…”

A branch had pierced through the basket, and the balloon itself was torn up.

Oz: “…Looks like we’re not getting back to Kansas.”

As utter despair settled on us, so did cold, merciless rain.

Dorothy: “Oz, can you walk?”

Oz tried to get up, but let out a pained groan and went back down.

Oz: “Guh…looks like i can’t. It’d take everything I have just to stand.”

Dorothy: “Oh, no…”

8.8

I looked around to see pitch black shadows of trees all around us.

(Looks like we fell deep into the mountains… What should I do?)

Dorothy: “I’ll go look for some shelter from the rain.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “By yourself? We’re in the mountains, what if you get lost?”

Dorothy: “Toto’s with me. I’ll be fine.”

Oz: “Nonsense. You know how dangerous mountains are at night, and I don’t want you getting hurt.”

Dorothy: “But we’re just going to get colder and colder out here.”

Oz: “At least wait until morning. And besides…”

Dorothy: “What?”

Oz: “…I want you to stay with me.”

Dorothy: “Oz, that’s…a bit of a surprise, coming from you.”

Oz: “Heh…I’m probably getting weaker, with this wound on me.”

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Toto had disappeared on me, but he turned around and barked at me.

Behind him, I could see what looked like a cave.

Dorothy: “Look, there’s a cave!”

Oz: “That looks like it’d be a nice shelter. Good job, Toto!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Can you stand?”

Oz: “Sorry, can you help me out?”

I helped Oz up and lent him my shoulder as we slowly walked to the cave.

8.9

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Dorothy: “I can’t believe it…the rocks are glowing! There’s light!”

The cave’s rocks were dimly glowing, making it far brighter than outside.

(It feels kind of magical in here…)

Oz: “Good thing we won’t need light in here, either.”

Dorothy: “:We’ve got to dry out our wet clothes, though.”

I laid Oz down on his side, and he winced in pain.

Dorothy: “Does it hurt?”

Oz: “I can take it… But more importantly, if we’re going to dry our clothes, we’ll need fire.”

Oz: “There should be some matches in the small basket in the balloon.”

Dorothy: “Got it. I’ll go find them.”

I hurried to the wrecked balloon.

When I came back to the cave, bearing whatever useful things I could fish out, Oz looked at me with a worried face.

Oz: “Rain’s left you soaked.”

Dorothy: “It’s not as bad as it looks. I managed to find some other useful-looking stuff, too.”

Oz: “How considerate of you. You’d have made a great copilot.”

I pulled out matches from the things I’d gathered — a blanket, a map, and other supplies.

Oz: “Can you do it yourself?”

Dorothy: “Yeah, I’ve got this.”

I put a bunch of sticks together and struck a match to them.

Dorothy: “This’ll warm us up, and dry our clothes.”

Oz: “You seem pretty used to this.”

Oz said from behind, sounding very impressed.”

Dorothy: “I grew up on a farm. Of course I’m used to stuff like this.”

Oz: “Good to have in a pinch.”

Oz said with a chuckle.

Dorothy: “Take off your wet clothes and give them here? I’ll dry them over the fire.”

Oz: “Can you help me?”

(Huh?)

Oz: “My back and waist really hurt, so I don’t think I’ll be able to take them off myself.”

Dorothy: “Er…you mean…you want me to take off your clothes?”

I felt my face growing hot.

Oz: “Hey, you’re going red.”

Oz put on a mischievous grin.

Dorothy: “It’s because of the fire!”

Oz: “What’s there to be embarrassed about?”

Dorothy: “N-Nothing, I…”

Oz: “You get to see me in the buff when you take off my clothes. How about looking a little happier?”

Dorothy: “Don’t be ridiculous. Wh-Why would I be happy about seeing you naked?”

Oz: “Come on, you know you want to.”

Dorothy: “Stop teasing me! I won’t help you, you know?”

Oz: “Hahaha! Sorry, sorry. Help me out? I really can’t handle it by myself.”

Dorothy: “All right, all right…”

I pulled Oz’s torso up and took off his coat.

Oz: “Ow…! Can’t you do it more gently?”

Dorothy: “Oh, sorry…”

Oz: “Can you take off my shirt, too? It’s wet. Cold.”

Dorothy: “O-Okay…”

[Spoiler Warning!](Chapter 8 CG)

I put my hand on his shirt buttons and slowly undid them.

When I revealed his chest, my heart took a leap.

(This is kinda embarrassing…)

As I took off the entire shirt, I felt even more nervous at the sight of his muscular body.

Dorothy: “Uh, I’ll…go dry your clothes.”

I placed his wet clothes near the fire to dry them off.

Oz: “You should dry your clothes, too.”

Dorothy: “Huh…?”

8.10

Dorothy: “But…”

(I can’t just take off my clothes in front of a guy…)

Oz: “Look at you, getting all embarrassed like a proper grown-up.”

He grinned, like he was finding all this funny.

Dorothy: “Are you making fun of me again?”

Oz: “Don’t sulk like that. you really should dry out those clothes.”

Oz: “If you end up catching a cold, I won’t be able to look after you.”

Dorothy: “Well, yeah, but…”

Oz: “If you’re too embarrassed, just cover up with the blanket.”

Oz pointed at the blanket I’d brought.

Dorothy: “You should use it instead, since you’re the one hurt here.”

I put the blanket over Oz.

Oz: “Wait, you sure?”

(Well, yeah…you’re the one who needs it now.)

(It’s embarrassing, but there’s not much I can do…)

Dorothy: “I’ll be fine.”

I took off my clothes and put them next to Oz’s.

(Oh, I’m nearly naked…how embarrassing!)

(And I’m alone with Oz? Like this?)

8.11

We’d both fallen completely silent all of a sudden, making the cave sound awfully quiet.

All I could hear was the crackling of the fire and the rain outside.

And crackle away it did.

(Sure is awkward, being all quiet like this…)

(I’ve got to talk about something, but…what?)

Dorothy: “Hey, why’d you protect me?” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “What’re you talking about?”

Dorothy: “Well, if you hadn’t covered me, you wouldn’t have gotten hurt when the balloon when down.”

Oz: “You’ think I’d let you get hurt like that?”

Dorothy: “And it’s not just today, either. You’ve always protected me.”

Oz: “You’d noticed…?”

Dorothy: “I’d always thought it strange. Why did you always do so much for me?”

Oz: “Because…of my regrets.”

Dorothy: “Regret? What do you mean?”

Oz: “I always regretted leaving you behind.”

Dorothy: “O-Oh…”

8.12

Oz: “Back then, I left a little girl who depended on me behind and went off on my own…”

Oz: “I’d gotten back home, but I just couldn’t get you out of my mind. I kept wondering what happened to you.”

Oz: “I always regretted not going back with you.”

Oz: “That was why I went from town to town performing tricks. I was looking for you.”

Dorothy: “Really?!”

Oz: “I went to Kansas time and time again.”

Dorothy: “Oz, you went to Kansas? I…I didn’t know…”

Oz: “Kansas is pretty large, so I couldn’t really find you.”

Oz: “That’s why when I got that letter from Solomon, I was overjoyed.”

Dorothy: “Oh, that invitation?”

Oz: “Yeah, the invitation. With that, I learned that you were doing well.”

Oz: “But the letter also talked about that prophecy. I picked up that it was odd right away.”

Dorothy: “You thought I Was being used to gain that great power?”

Oz: “Yeah, which is what brought me back here.”

Dorothy: “Then the reason you came back to Oz was…”

Oz: “To save you. I don’t care about that power.”

Oz: “This time. This time, I won’t leave you behind.”

8.13

Dorothy: “You care that much? You’d even let yourself get so hurt…”

Oz: “Heh. Don’t get the wrong idea. I’m not doing this out of the goodness of my heart.”

Oz: “I’m doing this for myself. Call it atonement.”

Oz: “So don’t worry your pretty little head about me.”

(Oz has been feeling guilty this whole time…)

Which is why he wanted to atone.

(But would he really do all this, just because he feels guilty…?)

(That’s what he’s saying, but I know he’s really just a really good person!)

Dorothy: “Oz…”

I was truly glad Oz cared about me that much.

Yet, I felt a heat spreading through my chest, as well.

(Then I’ve got to let him do what he came for!)

Dorothy: “Let’s go back together this time! We may have lost the balloon, but there’s got to be some other way!”

Oz: “Yeah, I’m finding us another way. That’s why I’m here.”

That strong will appeared in his eyes again.

(Those eyes show how much he really cares about me…)

(He’s always hiding it, but Oz is really strong-willed…and deeply kind, too.)

I knew that for sure now.

Favorite Type of Woman

Solomon: “Hey there, Great Oz. On a walk?”

Oz: “Ah, Solomon and Norton. Need something?”

Solomon: “We’re on a walk, too. Ah, that’s right. Great Oz, could you tell me what type of woman you like?”

Norton: “I would like to know as well.”

Oz: “What’s up with that, all of a sudden? How about you telling me your type, first?”

Solomon: “Haha…my type, you say?”

Norton: “I would like to know as well.”

Solomon: “A girl who’ll smile happily by my side.”

Wesley: “Can you seriously call that your type?”

Oz: “There you are again, Wesley! Boy, you’re just everywhere, aren’t you?”

Wesley: “Don’t pay me mind.”

Solomon: “Well, I told you. Can you tell me now?”

Oz: “Fine, fine… A woman who’ll genuinely enjoy my magic tricks. That’s my type.”

Wesley: “Wait, are you seriously saying that’s your type?”

Oz: “Can you stop following up on us? Geez. And i know your type’s the kind of girl who’ll pull out an umbrella for you when it rains.”

Wesley: “Wait, what?”

Oz: “A certain someone told me.”

Wesley: “Who said that?! I’ll curse them!”

Norton: “I see…”

Oz: “What’s up, Norton?”

Norton: “Both Lord Solomon and the Great Oz would like a woman who’ll smile for them, then.”

Oz: “…Tch, what’re you calmly analyzing this for? I can’t drop my guard around you, can I?”

Norton: “Haha…you needn’t worry. Really.”

Chapter 9: To the Emerald City (/)

9.1

I suddenly woke up from my pleasant sleep.

(…Wait, when did I fall asleep?)

I noticed the entrance to the cave on the other side of the dying fire.

(It’s light outside…huh, morning already…)

I tried picking myself up, but for some reason, I couldn’t move.

(Why can’t I move…?)

My eyes wandered around, trying to find out what’s stopping me.

(Huh? Oz? Your…face is really close…!)

That’s when I noticed that Oz had his arms around me.

Dorothy: “?!”

Oz: “Finally awake, huh?”

Oz: “Hey, Oz, what are you…?!”

I hurriedly pushed him away and stood up.

Oz: “Hey, be gentle with me. I’m injured, remember?”

Dorothy: “Wh-What’s going on here?! Oz, why were you…?”

(Was he holding me the whole time I was asleep?)

Oz: “You don’t remember, do you?”

9.2

Dorothy: “Explain! Please!”

Oz: “Well, you started to doze off in front of the fire, so I offered you the blanket, but…”

Oz: “…you just ended up falling asleep.”

Dorothy: “But that doesn’t mean you have to hold me like that!”

Oz: “Don’t get the wrong idea. And besides, you slept awfully well for being mostly naked around a guy.”

Oz: “I figured you’d wake up with a cold like that, so I just kept you warm.”

Dorothy: “You…kept me warm?”

Oz: “Yeah. I can’t really move well with these injuries, so this was all I could do.”

(Oh, that’s what this was about? …Wait, wait, even though I know the reason now…!)

He did that much for me with his nearly immobile body, so I couldn’t get angry at him anymore.

And besides, he was right. I didn’t feel cold at all while I was sleeping.

Dorothy: “But you really surprised me!”

(I woke up with his arms around me. I mean, who wouldn’t be surprised at that?)

Oz: “You know the situation we’re in. Can’t be helped.”

Oz said, looking completely unfazed.

Dorothy: “Well, yeah, but…”

Oz: “And I mean, you’re the one who slept so soundly even with my arms around you like that. That’s the odd thing here, if you ask me.”

(Guh…I can’t say anything back to that.)

Oz: “Your guard’s too weak, y’know that?”

Oz said with a chuckle.

9.3

Dorothy: “W-Well, anyway…how are your injuries? Do you feel well enough to move?”

Oz: “Just a bit…”

Dorothy: “Try  not to push yourself too much. I don’t have anything to patch you up with if you get even more hurt.”

Oz: “Well, I can’t just stay back here. I’ve got to repair the balloon.”

Dorothy: “You’re going to repair that wreck?”

Oz: “I’d been thinking about it since last night, and..well, we need that balloon to get back to Kansas.”

Dorothy: “But can you actually repair it?”

The balloon itself had been bashed and torn, and the basket was full of holes.

Oz: “I’ve got the bare minimum tools to repair it. If the burner and fuel are fine, we can manage.”

(It sounds like it’ll be really taxing… Can Oz do it, with wounds like that…?)

As if picking up on my worry, Oz reassured me with a smile.

Oz: “Don’t worry, we’ll make it through this. And besides, Dorothy, you’ll help out, right?”

Dorothy: “Yeah, of course, but…”

Oz: “Then we’re going back to Kansas. No matter what.”

Dorothy: “Yeah.”

Oz: “First, though, we’ve got to put on your clothes. They’re about dry now, right?”

Dorothy: “Oh, you’re right!”

I checked our clothes to see that they were, indeed, dry.

Dorothy: “Phew, they’re dry!”

I handed Oz’s clothes to him, then put on my own.

(I can finally wear my clothes again…)

9.4

I looked to Oz to see him struggling to get his clothes on. He still had to be in pain.

Dorothy: “Hold on, I’ll help you out.”

Oz: “Thanks…”

(How can he try to repair the balloon when he can’t even put on his clothes…?)

I worried as I put Oz’s clothes on him.

And as I mulled over it, Oz stared me in the face.

Oz: “Something on your mind?”

Dorothy: “Hey, how about we go to a nearby town…?”

Oz’s eyes went wide.

Oz: “A town…?”

Dorothy: “I think if we go down the mountain, we should be able to find a small town, or something. They’ll probably be a doctor there, too.”

Oz: “And you want this doctor to take a look at me?”

Dorothy: “Well, there’s no way you can fix the balloon with injuries like that.”

Oz: “Heh, I don’t need any doctor. I’ll be right as rain before you know it.”

Dorothy: “You couldn’t even put on your clothes by yourself.”

Oz: “I don’t have a problem being naked. I just put on clothes because I didn’t want you to get embarrassed.”

Dorothy: “Why, thank you. Thank you very much. But, really, I think you should try to get those injuries looked at before repairing the balloon.”

Oz: “…”

Oz went into thought with a serious expression.

Oz: “Yeah…that’s probably the most realistic course.”

Dorothy: “What do you mean?”

Oz: “We can’t go back to Quadlings now, and we’ve got food to worry about, too.”

Dorothy: “Food…”

Oz: “All I’ve got in the basket are a few emergency rations.”

Oz: “And with these wounds, it’ll take a few days to fix the balloon…meaning food’ll be a problem.”

Dorothy: “Oh, you’re right!”

Oz: “I thought about having you go call a doctor from a nearby down, but that’s god problems of its own.”

Dorothy: “Like what?”

Oz: “I’m worried about making you go alone. If you get lost on the way, I’ll end up waiting in the cave forever.”

(Guh…I wouldn’t like that, either…)

Oz: “And besides, since I’m the injured one, it’ll be quickest if I go with you.”

Dorothy: “True, true.”

Oz: “So to get back to Kansas, it’s most realistic for us to go down the mountain and find a nearby town.”

Dorothy: “Got it.”

9.5

Oz: “Well, that’s settled. Let’s get ready.”

Dorothy: “Can you walk?”

Oz: “If you shoulder me a bit, yeah. Is that fine by you?”

Dorothy: “Yeah!”

I stood him up, letting him lean on my shoulder.

Oz clutched the map I’d brought in his hand.

Dorothy: “Hey, wait. Where’s Toto?”

I noticed I hadn’t seen Toto since I’d woken up.

Oz: “Him? He ran out of the cave at dawn.”

Dorothy: “Wait, he went outside?”

Oz: “Yeah, probably for a walk. Call his name outside, he’ll come right back.”

I couldn’t imagine Toto going too far.

Dorothy: “You’re right — let’s go.”

I stepped out of the cave to be bathed in bright sunlight, which made me squint my eyes.

Oz: “Makes you forget how bad the weather was yesterday.”

What was covered in a shroud of darkness yesterday was now revealed to be a quiet mountainscape, full of trees and shrubs.

Oz: “Now this is terrible…”

Oz let out a sigh as he saw the carcass of the hot air balloon.

(I don’t think this can be repaired…)

9.6

Oz: “Heck, we’re lucky to be alive. It’s probably a miracle I got off with bruises.”

Dorothy: “Oh, that’s right! I hadn’t actually thanked you yet.”

Oz: “Hm?”

Dorothy: “Thank you, Oz. I got out all right thanks to you.”

Oz: “Don’t worry about it. This is my role here. Anyway, go ahead and call Toto.”

Oz was right. I shouted Toto’s name.

Dorothy: “Toto! Where are you?”

Then, Toto sprung out of some nearby bushes.

Dorothy: “Toto, what’s that in your mouth?”

Toto came bearing a white bag.

Oz: “That’s my bag of emergency rations!”

Dorothy: “You saved us the trouble of looking for it, Toto. Thanks!”

I took the bag and Toto flashed me a proud look.

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Just like someone I know…”

Oz: “Haha! I like him. Toto, how about becoming my assistant?”

Toto: “Huff!”

Toto turned his face away.

Dorothy: “Haha…doesn’t look like he wants to.”

Oz: “Well, that aside…”

9.7

Oz opened up the map and checked the mountain around us.

Dorothy: “What are you doing?”

Oz: “Trying to puzzle out where we are, judging from the mountains.”

Dorothy: “You can do that?”

Oz: “Well, I can get a general idea. Couldn’t pilot a balloon if I couldn’t.”

(I’m really impressed at just how much Oz knows about things…)

As I mulled over that, looking into the distance, I noticed something that looked like a town.

Dorothy: “Oz, look at that!”

Oz: “Found something?”

Oz gasped when he looked where I was pointing.

Oz: “Wait…that can’t be…!”

Oz quickly looked for the town on the map.

Dorothy: “Do you know that town?”

Oz: “Yeah, I know it well. Since I used to rule over it.”

Dorothy: “Wait, you mean it’s…”

Oz: “Yeah. The Emerald City. There’s no mistaking it.”

Dorothy: “The Emerald City?!”

9.8

Oz slid his finger over the map.

Oz: “The wind sure blew us far away.”

Oz’s finger stopped where it said “Emerald City”

Oz: “So, what’ll we do…”

Dorothy: “Let’s go to the Emerald City” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “But…”

Dorothy: “Well, there aren’t any towns nearby, are there?”

Oz: “Not exactly…”

Dorothy: “So we should go to the Emerald City.”

Oz: “Solomon’s probably already let them know about us.”

Oz: “So the second we step into town, we’ll probably end up caught.”

Dorothy: “But there’s definitely a doctor in the Emerald City.”

Oz: “True. It’s got excellent doctors.”

Dorothy: “And we don’t know if Solomon’s told anyone about us yet.”

Oz: “True…and this is the city I used to be in charge of. They’ll probably help us out.”

Dorothy: “Then it’s settled!”

Oz: “Sure, why not.”

I let Oz lean on my shoulder and started to walk slowly.

Oz: “The ground’s slippery after that much rain, so be careful.”

Dorothy: “All right, I’ll…Ahh?!”

In that exact moment, I slipped.

9.9

Oz: “Look out!”

Oz quickly held me up.

Oz: “Guh…!”

However, he winced in pain.

Dorothy: “Oh, sorry! Are you all right?”

Oz: “I’ll be fine. Just be careful.”

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Toto tried to let us know something with his barking.

(What’s he trying to say?)

Toto starts walking, looking back again and again.

Oz: “Hey, isn’t he walking over the least slippery ground?”

I looked more closely at Toto to see that, indeed, he was walking across less wet parts of the ground.

Dorothy: “Wow, he is! Thanks, Toto!”

With that, I walked behind Toto, shouldering Oz as I did.

After a bit of walking, we ended up in a small clearing.

Dorothy: “Phew…let’s take a little break here.”

Oz: “Sorry…you’ve got to be tired, hauling a big guy around like this.”

Oz said guiltily as I sat him down on a rock.

Dorothy: “I’m fine, really. This isn’t much compared to work on the farm.”

Oz: “Now that’s reassuring.”

9.10

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Dorothy: “What’s the matter, Toto? Are you hungry?”

Toto: *Whine*

Oz: “Looks like he is. You’re hungry too, aren’t you?”

Come to think of it, I haven’t eaten anything since last night.

Dorothy: “Well, yeah…”

Oz: “This is why we brought the emergency rations. C’mon, let’s share.”

Dorothy: “Good idea.”

The bag contained biscuits, raisins, and canteens.

Oz, Toto, and I divided up the rations and ate them.

Oz: “If I knew this would happen, I would’ve brought a lot more food. Better stuff, too.”

Dorothy: “Haha…well, I think it’s tasty enough. Maybe it’s because I’m so hungry.”

Oz: “Being able to say that with a smile…you really are a tough one, huh?”

Oz said, seeming a little surprised.

After our break, we walked for a few more hours.

Oz: “This is bad…it’s already high noon.”

On top of Oz’s injuries, the trail in the mountain was so bad that we hadn’t gotten too far along, even with the time we’d taken.

Oz: “If we keep taking our time, the sun’s going to set on us…”

That’s when Toto, walking in front of us, stopped with a flustered look.

Dorothy: “Hey, that’s…!”

9.11

A small cliff blocked our way forward.

It was about as tall as I was, but Oz wouldn’t be able to climb down it with his injuries.

Oz: “It’s not too far down. I can just jump it.”

Dorothy: “You’ll hurt yourself. I’ll head down first and support you from below.”

Oz: “You really don’t need to do all that.”

Dorothy: “If you’ve got a problem with that, I’ll just push you down.”

Oz: “Wait, isn’t that just the same as me jumping down?!”

Dorothy: “What’ll you do?”

Oz: “Fine, fine, I’ll do what you want.”

I cautiously pulled myself down the cliff.”

Dorothy: “All right, lower your leg.”

Oz lowered a leg over the edge of the cliff, and I put both arms around it, easing its passage down.

Oz: “You all right down there?”

Dorothy: “Yeah…just slowly climb down, now.”

I quickly felt Oz’s body weight in both arms.

I stood down and endured it, somehow managing to bring Oz down from the cliff.

9.12

Dorothy: “Phew…looks like we made it.”

Oz: “You really are tough, you know that?”

Oz said, sounding really impressed.

Dorothy: “I’ve been on a real doozy of a trip before, so I’m used to this.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “True…nothing makes a person grow like a good journey.”

Dorothy: “I think it has to do with who you take the journey with, though.”

Oz: “Heh, you were with the three stooges, huh?”

Dorothy: “It was a really rough trip, but I managed to get through it thanks to those three.”

Oz: “So that’s why you trust them, huh.”

Dorothy: “They’re my dear friends.”

Oz: “Y’know, I wouldn’t mind going on a trip like that myself.”

Dorothy: “Aren’t you on one right now?”

Oz: “Heh…you’re right.”

Dorothy: “I think we’re almost out of the mountain, so let’s hold out for a little bit more.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto barked from the top of the cliff.

9.13

Dorothy: “Oh, I’d forgotten Toto!”

Then, Toto suddenly dove down at me.

Dorothy: “Ahh!”

I scrambled to catch Toto.

Dorothy: “Hey, you scared me!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Oz: “Hahaha! Looks like Toto trusted you just as much as I did, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “Toto, you’re a dear friend to me, too.”

I let Toto down to the ground and noticed there were some familiar looking berries there, too.

I picked them up to see what they were.

Dorothy: “Hey…I’ve eaten these berries before!”

Oz: “I’ve never seen those in our world.”

Dorothy: “Crowlie told me about these on our journey. They’re kind of sour and really good.”

A lot of them were on the ground around us.

Dorothy: “We won’t need to worry about food if we’ve got these!”

Oz: “You really are a tough one. Totally different from all the women I’ve met ’til now…”

Oz looked at me with a face equal parts surprised and impressed.

Dorothy: “Hey, you called me tough again!”

Oz: “Haha…well, let it slide this time, yeah? Anyway, let’s eat these and head out again.”

Dorothy: “All right!”

9.14

With my mind freed from food worries, I felt a lot more relaxed.

And at the same time, I felt a sliver of hope shining on our situation.

Finally managing to get down from the mountain, we ended up out on a road and continued down it.

Oz: “Are you all right?”

Dorothy: “I’m fine. I mean, you’ve got it a lot rougher than me, Oz.”

(And the road we’re walking now…it brings back so many memories.)

The brick-laid road was the same one I walked down with my three friends last time.

(I walked down this road to see Oz before…and now I’m walking it with him.)

(What a strange turn of events…)

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Toto barked from up ahead.

Oz: “Dorothy, look at that! We’re at the Emerald City!”

I looked at the end of the road to see the Emerald City gate.

Dorothy: “We’re finally here!”

Oz: “I’m back, city of mine!”

Oz shouted, then looked at me with a smile.

Oz: “And welcome, Dorothy, to our beloved Emerald City!”

Two Kings

Crowlie: “I never imagined the day would come when I would play against you in chess, Oz.”

Oz: “Me too. Never thought I’d be playing chess with a scarecrow.”

Crowlie: “Underestimate this sentient scarecrow at your own peril.”

Oz: “Heh…I wonder about that.”

Crowlie: “See? I took your queen. Now you’re in a tight spot.”

Oz: “What’s that? Huh. Not bad.”

Crowlie: “…You know, there’s something I’ve been wondering about this whole time.”

Oz: “What?”

Crowlie: “Why did you pass on the Emerald City to me, out of the three of us?”

Oz: “I figured anyone would do. What, not satisfied with being the Emerald King?”

Crowlie: “Please, leave out your jokes. I can’t imagine you would choose me as your successor without a reason.”

Oz: “You were the best man for the job.”

Crowlie: “I was?”

Oz: “The people of the Emerald City aren’t the type you can rule over with power.”

Oz: “But they’ll follow a leader who’ll tell them what they should do.”

Oz: “That’s why I decided that you, with the brains, would be the best man for the job.”

Crowlie: “I was the most suitable, then… I see.”

Oz: “Find the answer you were looking for? Feel better?”

Crowlie: “Yes, I’m glad I asked!”

Oz: “We don’t get too happy — checkmate.”

Crowlie: “Wait, when did you…!”

Oz: “Heh… you’re still green, Emerald King.”

Chapter 10: Warm Welcome (14/14)

10.1

Oz and I managed to descend the mountain and finally made our way to the Emerald City.

(This gate, it’s just like I remember it!)

The guard, upon noticing us, gave us a suspicious look.

Oz: “Keep your guard up…”

Oz whispered into my ear.

Orders from Quadlings to capture us might have reached the Emerald City, after all.

Dorothy: “Yeah, I will.”

When we got close to the gate, the guard stopped us.

Guard: “Halt. Are you travelers?”

Dorothy: “We are. We came down from the mountains…”

Guard: “The mountains? What were you doing in the mountains?”

(I probably shouldn’t be too detailed…)

The guard shifted his eyes towards Oz.

Guard: “Hey, are you hurt?”

Oz nodded his head a little, keeping his eyes down.

Oz: “I hit my back and waist pretty hard…”

Guard: “I don’t know what happened, but come on in.”

(Phew…)

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

10.2

Toto: “Woof!”

Guard: “Is this dog with you?”

Dorothy: “He’s my pet. Can I bring him in?”

Guard: “Of course you can.”

Dorothy: “Come along, then, Toto.”

Toto: “Woof!”

We crossed through the gate and got into the Emerald City.

Oz: “Looks like we managed to get into the city.”

Dorothy: “I was so nervous!”

After letting out a sigh of relief, I looked around the city and my eyes widened in surprise.

Dorothy: “Wait, this is the Emerald City?!”

There were far more buildings, people and things to see than before, and it was simply bustling with activity.

Dorothy: “It looks completely different!”

Oz: “Now this is a surprise… It’s developed a lot more than when I was in charge.”

Oz couldn’t hide his surprise at the city, either.

Oz: “Heh…that scarecrow sure is doing a good job of running the place.”

Dorothy: “And who was it that made him the King of the Emerald City, again?”

Oz: “I can’t quite remember, but whoever they were, they knew how to pick ’em.”

Oz said with a chuckle. He looked quite pleased.

10.3

Of course, Oz was the one who passed on the torch to Crowlie.

That must have been why he was so happy about how much the Emerald City had grown.

Guard: “Hey, you too! Hold on a moment!”

The guard from before scrambled up to us.

Oz: “…!”

(Wait, is our cover blown?!)

Oz and I tensed up, nervous.

Guard: “Is that dog named Toto?”

(Oh no!)

When I walked through the gate, I called Toto’s name without actually thinking about it.

He might not be the Toto I traveled with, but his name was the same.

Guard: “Say, you wouldn’t happen to be…”

The guard scrutinized our faces.

Guard: “I knew it! You’re Dorothy and the Great Oz!”

Oz: “Tch…!”

Oz clicked his tongue and wore a look of inconvenience.

Dorothy: “U-Um…”

Guard: “It’s Dorothy and the Great Oz! They’ve returned to the Emerald City!”

The guard shouted, and the people on the street all looked towards us.

 

10.4

Older Man: “Dorothy and the Great Oz?!”

Older Woman: “Really?”

More and more people started to gather.

Oz: “This is bad…”

(Wh-What should we do…?)

Young Woman: “It’s true! That’s really the Great Oz!”

Young Man: “Dorothy! She’s grown, but that’s definitely Dorothy!”

The calamity only grew and grew.

Oz: “With a commotion like this, we’re not going to be able to run…”

Elderly Man: “The Great Oz has returned to us with our hero, Dorothy!”

(What…?)

Older Woman: “Welcome back! We had waited so long for your return!”

The people all cheered, welcoming Oz and me.

Dorothy: “What’s going on?!”

Oz: “Looks like they’re giving us an awfully warm welcome…”

Dorothy: “Word hasn’t gotten out from Quadlings, then?”

Oz: “Yeah, looks like they haven’t heard anything yet.”

A smile came about Oz’s face.

If there weren’t any messages from Quadlings, that meant we didn’t have to worry about being captured.

(Thank goodness!)

10.5

Guard: “Hey, someone get word to the castle!”

Dorothy: “Oh, w-wait!”

Dorothy: “Please, call a doctor first!” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “Hey…”

Dorothy: “They’re being this welcoming to us — I’m sure it’ll be all right.”

Oz: “Oh…you were thinking of me that much?”

Dorothy: “Of course I was.”

Oz: “In that case…can you all take me to the castle?”

Dorothy: “To the Emerald Castle?”

Oz: “It’s staffed by good doctors, and we can find out what’s going on in Quadlings from there.”

(Oh, I get it!)

Dorothy: “Everyone, Oz is really hurt. Can you carry him to the castle?”

Guard: “Leave it to us!”

Everyone hoisted Oz up.

(Thank goodness! Oz will get treatment!)

As we walked towards the castle, the crowds would part and open the roads for us.

(Everyone’s so nice! Coming to the Emerald City was the right choice.)

When we got to the Emerald Castle, the servants and guards welcomed us in utter surprise.

10.6

Guard: “Great King Oz?! Welcome back, my lord!”

Oz: “Looks like you’re doing well. Got promoted to guard captain, have you?”

Oz smiled, looking at the guard’s insignia of rank.

Guard: “Yes, my lord. King Crowlie recognized my service under you and graced me with the title.”

Oz: “Good for you, good for you.”

Servant: “Dorothy, welcome back!”

A familiar-looking servant said happily.

Dorothy: “Oh, it’s been so long! I remember you.”

Servant: “It is an honor!”

Then, I saw a familiar face behind that servant.

Dorothy: “Hey, you’re…!”

Green-clad Maid: “How long it’s been, Dorothy!”

It was the maid who had taken care of me the last time I came to this castle.

Dorothy: “It’s been so long! Have you been doing well?”

Green-clad Maid: “Very well, my lady. And my, how you’ve grown!”

Green-clad Maid: “Now, I heard that the Great Oz is injured?”

She looked worried.

Dorothy: “Yeah, we really want a doctor to look at him…”

Green-clad Maid: “Worry not, I’ll see to it right away.”

10.7

Guard: “What in the world happened?”

Dorothy: “Well…”

Dorothy: “The hot air balloon we were riding in crashed in the mountains…” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “Last night’s weather was awful…and we ended up like this.

Guard: “You crashed?! Skies above, thank goodness you’re all right!”

Green-clad Maid: “Unfortunately, King Crowlie is currently staying in Quadlings.”

Dorothy: “We’ve already met with Crowlie.”

Green-clad Maid: “Then you’ve come from Quadlings?”

Oz: “More or less. Say, have you gotten any messages from Quadlings?”

Servant: “I’m afraid we’ve heard nothing from them…”

Oz: “Nothing, huh…”

(Great, there weren’t any messages. Thank goodness…)

Which meant we could focus on getting Oz his treatment.

Green-clad Maid: “But, why were you riding a hot air balloon at night?”

(Can we tell them…?)

I looked over at Oz and he answered me with a little nod.

Oz: “Well, there’s no use in hiding it. We’re fleeing from Quadlings.”

Green-clad Maid: “Fleeing?!”

10.8

The maids all exchanged shocked looks.

Oz: “I came back since I heard Dorothy was celebrating her 17th birthday here, but…”

Oz: “It looks like that was nothing but a wizards’ plot. That’s why we escaped.”

Servant: “Oh, my…!”

Green-clad Maid: “But, what of King Crowlie.”

Dorothy: “No need to worry about him. He’s fine.”

Oz: “The wizards are after Dorothy. They won’t bring any harm to Crowlie.”

Hearing that, the maids all looked relieved.

Green-clad Maid: “Thank you for explaining what’s going on. Please, allow me to assist the two of you.”

Servant: “Indeed. We’re all here today thanks to Dorothy and the Great Oz, after all.”

Guard: “As long as you are in the Emerald City, we will protect you!”

Oz: “My thanks.”

Dorothy: “Is that really all right, though?”

Green-clad Maid: “Were King Crowlie here, he would have made the same decision.”

Dorothy: “Thank you, everyone!”

(And yet…)

Dorothy: “Oz, I really didn’t think you’d tell everyone the truth.”

After all, Oz told me I shouldn’t trust the people of this world too much.

10.9

Oz: “Heh… Well, everyone here used to work for me.”

Oz: “And besides, they protected me when that wizard came after me.”

Oz: “I didn’t think I’d end up relying on them,k but they’re people i can trust. That hasn’t changed.”

The maids nodded proudly at Oz’s declaration.

Green-clad Maid: “Well, please carry the Great Oz to the infirmary. Dorothy, I will prepare you a room.”

Dorothy: “Well, I’ll be waiting in my room, so go ahead to the infirmary.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “Think you can handle waiting alone?”

Dorothy: “I’m not a kid. I can handle staying still in my room.”

Oz: “Haha, it was just a joke. I know just how tough you are.”

Dorothy: “Well, Oz, try not to cry if you have to get a shot, all right?”

Oz: “What am I, a kid? Though I do hate shots…”

Dorothy: “That’s quite enough, Oz. Go get your shot.”

Oz: “Yeah, yeah, I will. You’re tired, too, aren’t you? Go rest.”

Dorothy: “All right, I will.”

With that, Oz was carried off to the infirmary.

10.10

The maid led me to a rather luxurious room.

(It’s not as fancy as the room back in Quadlings Castle, but I really like the relaxed feel of the room!)

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto seemed to like it, too.

Green-clad Maid: “Please rest easy, my lady.”

Dorothy: “Thank you, I will.”

The maid left the room, leaving Toto and me behind.

Toto: *Whine*

Since I’d been with Oz for so long, I felt very lonely all of a sudden.

Dorothy: “I mean, sometimes his constant jokes kind of get on my nerves, but…”

Dorothy: “…when he’s gone, I feel like something’s missing. I feel lonely…”

Toto: *Whine*

Dorothy: “But it looks like he’ll finally get those bruises looked after! Really glad about that.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “All we need to think about next is how to get back to Kansas…”

Even if Oz got his wounds treated, repairing the balloon would be an immense task.

Dorothy: “But, well, this is Oz we’re talking about. He’ll make it work, somehow.”

(I’ll do anything I can to help, too…)

(Is there anything I CAN do, though…?)

10.11

As I pondered that, however, I suddenly felt very sleepy.

Dorothy: “I really am tired, aren’t I…? I feel like curling into bed for a bit…”

I laid down on my bed and immediately fell asleep.

I awoke to the sound of someone knocking on the door.

(Evening already…?)

I looked out the window to see the sun sinking over the horizon.

Dorothy: “It’s open.”

With my permission, the green-clothed maid entered my room.

Green-clad Maid: “The Great Oz’s treatment is complete.”

Dorothy: “Can I see him?”

Green-clad Maid: “Of course you can, but all means. However, I would suggest changing, first.”

(Changing…?)

I looked at my clothes to notice they were caked in mud.

Dorothy: “Oh, well, I did walk through a mountain… I can’t believe I just fell asleep without noticing, though!”

Green-clad Maid: “Please, choose whichever of these outfits you’d like.”

The maid opened the closet to reveal a bounty of beautiful clothes.

10.12

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Green-Clad Maid: “My, what wonderful taste you have! It looks splendid on you.”

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

Green-clad Maid: “Now, allow me to take you to the Great Oz.”

Then, with Toto in tow, I headed off to see Oz.

Oz was in an even more luxurious room.

Oz: “Oh? And just who might this beautiful woman be?”

Oz, laying in the bed, smiled when he saw me.

Dorothy: “Does it hurt so much you lost your memory?”

Oz: “Haha, I just couldn’t recognize you in that beautiful outfit.”

Dorothy: “Well, my clothes were really dirty, so I borrowed some new ones.”

Oz: “They look really good on you! I’d say you’re about fifty percent more beautiful.”

Oz said with a chuckle.

Dorothy: “SO, how are you feeling?”

Oz: “See for yourself.”

Oz stood up and slowly walked around the room.

Oz: “I’m feeling better enough to stand and walk on my own two feet.”

Dorothy: “Wow! That’s great, Oz!”

Oz: “Did you manage to rest up, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “Yeah. I was so tired, I sort of dozed off.”

Oz: “Oh. Sorry for the trouble of hauling me from that mountain.”

Oz stood in front of me.

Oz: “If it weren’t for you, I’d still be stuck in the mountains about now.”

Oz gazed down at me with gentle eyes.

Oz: “Thanks for everything.”

Dorothy: “…?”

(I’ve never seen him sounding this nice before… or saying such a genuine thank you…)

As I lost myself in that soft smile, I felt my pulse quickening.

(Why is my heart beating like this…?)

(Am I…starting to think of Oz…THAT way?)

(But, he just…he always treats me like a kid, so…)

Oz: “Heh…”

He smiled at me with gentle eyes.

(When he looks at me with those eyes, that makes me think about him even more…)

Dorothy: “It’s kind of embarrassing to hear such a straight thanks…”

[Spoiler Warning!] (Chapter 10 CG)

I smiled, trying to hide my embarrassment, but Oz’s face drew close to mine with no warning and he kissed my lips.

(?!)

I froze up at his ambush of a kiss.

(Wait, is this a kiss? Did he just kiss me?!)

His lips on mine felt endlessly soft and impossibly gentle.

A sweet numbness took over my body, and I found myself closing my eyes.

(This is…my first kiss.)

His lips softly pulled away.

I opened my eyes to be greeted with his own.

The time we spent gazing into each others’ eyes felt longer than it was.

Oz: “Your fault for making such a cute face.”

Oz said with his usual easygoing tone.

(Huh…?)

Yet, he looked just a little bashful.

Oz: “At first I thought you were like a little sister. Someone I had to protect. But now…”

Oz: “Didn’t think I’d end up feeling like this… I’m pretty surprised myself.”

(Wait, what does he mean? He doesn’t…does he?)

The sudden kiss had thrown me into confusion.

Oz: “Dorothy…?”

Dorothy: “…”

I felt like he called my name, but I couldn’t even make that out properly.

Oz: “Hey…”

He gently poked my forehead.

Dorothy: “Oh…!’

When I finally came back to my senses, I saw Oz up close, looking exasperated.

Oz: “Are you listening?”

Dorothy: “Y-Yeah…”

Oz: “Dorothy, I want you to always be by my side.”

Those words made my heart sing. Great joy and a comforting warmth engulfed me.

10.13

Dorothy: “I want to always be with you, too.”

When I finally said the words, Oz repaid me with a pleased smile.

Oz: “Really?”

Dorothy: “Really, but…”

Oz: “What?”

Dorothy: “This isn’t a dream, right?”

Oz: “It isn’t.”

Oz looked completely serious when he said that.

Oz: “I want to become your real boyfriend.”

I had absolutely no reason to refuse him. I nodded.

Oz: “Thank you. Now…we can always be together.”

He was right. We could stay together, even back in Kansas.

(Because we really are…a couple, now.)

With a happy smile, Oz kissed my lips again.

Meanwhile, back at Quadlings…

Leonardo: “Hey, is it true that Dorothy and Oz are in the Emerald City?!”

Crowlie: “According to a messenger pigeon that just flew in, yes.”

Heartmann: “We don’t know the details, but the Great Oz is hurt.”

Leonardo: “Seriously?! Is Dorothy all right?”

Crowlie: “Dorothy appeared fine.”

Leonardo: “Well, that’s a relief! All right, let’s head over there!”

10.14

Heartmann: “I’d love to, but if we start now, the sun’ll set on us on the way.”

Leonardo: “So what? I ain’t afraid of the dark!”

Heartmann: “No need to rush.”

Crowlie: “Even now, the people of the Emerald City deeply trust Oz.”

Crowlie: “As do the people of the castle. We don’t need to worry.”

Heartmann: “So I’m thinking we should go once dawn breaks.”

Leonardo: “Got it, let’s do that! Just wait for us, Dorothy!”

Wesley: “Heh…so, word’s finally out, huh…”

(…Though, I knew where they were the whole time, thanks to my divination.)

(Still, that storm that hit their balloon…that was weird. Really weird…)

(Can I really just call that a coincidence?)

(Or maybe…)

Wesley: “No way. No how…”

Wesley peeked out the ceiling window, looking up at the night sky.

Solomon was alone, sitting quietly with his eyes closed.

(Thank goodness Dorothy is unharmed…)

Solomon: “There is little time left before the birthday of the destined child…of Dorothy.”

Norton: “The Emerald City, is it…?”

Norton closed his eyes, thinking of something.

(It seems that fate has chosen to take Dorothy’s side. In that case…)

Norton: “It seems I have been left with no choice.”

Norton whispered, opening his eyes, his pupils like ice.

After Becoming a Couple

Oz: “Plainly but, I didn’t expect this to happen.”

Oz: “Expect what to happen, you say?”

Oz: “You know hat I mean. ACTUALLY falling in love with you.”

Oz: “When I first met you, you were still just a little girl.”

Oz: “We were supposed to get on my balloon together and go back to our world, but I left you behind…”

Oz: “I’d always regretted that.”

Oz: “I didn’t imagine we’d meet again like this, but…I’m really glad we did.”

Oz: “You’ve grown, become beautiful, and turned into a strong, kindhearted woman. You really surprised me.”

Oz: “I mean, it’s a little boastful to say this, but I’ve gone out with my share of women.”

Oz: “But they’ve all been completely different from you.”

Oz: “I’ve never met a girl like you, Dorothy.”

Oz: “And I felt like…the guilt I had towards you made me consider you kind of like a little sister.”

Oz: “But becoming your actual boyfriend…that saved me.”

Oz: “So I’m truly grateful for this surprise turn.”

Oz: “Dorothy, I love you. We’re definitely going back to Kansas, together!”

Oz: “We’ll build a bright future together!”

Chapter 11: Oz and the Three Kings (13/13)

11.1

Though we’d managed to escape Quadlings on Oz’s balloon, it ended up crashing.

I had walked the desperately wounded Oz down the mountain until we had finally reached the Emerald City.

After his treatment, Oz confessed his love for me, making us a true couple.

Oz: “A nice morning, this.”

Oz said, putting his arm around me as he looked at the beautiful flowers of the garden.

Dorothy: “Sure is.”

Though we were an official couple now, I couldn’t help feeling a little embarrassed when he was nice to me like this.

Dorothy: “Do you really feel well enough to go on a walk this early in the morning, though?”

Oz: “Well, it’s been so long since I’ve been in the Emerald Castle.”

Oz said, turning his eyes from the garden to my eyes.

Oz: “So I wanted to walk through its beautiful garden. With you.”

His words made me want to smile more than usual.

(Is it because we’re a real couple now?)

Dorothy: “Haha… And you know, the garden really looks like it did back then.”

Oz: “Yeah, it’s the same as before. They’re taking really good care of it.”

It looked like Crowlie had succeeded taking care of the garden, as well.

Oz: “You’re far more beautiful, though, Dorothy.”

My face turned red at his compliment.

Dorothy: “Hey, that’s really embarrassing to hear. I don’t even know what to say back.”

Oz: “Hahah! Ah, that look on your face is adorable.”

Dorothy: “Ozzz…”

I couldn’t tell when he was serious and when he was joking, as usual.”

11.2

When I turned to the garden, I saw Toto running around energetically.

Toto: “Huff! Huff! Huff!”

Oz: “he’s definitely a morning dog… Toto! Time for breakfast.”

Toto: “Woof!”

He ran right for us.

Oz: “Let’s all go to the dining hall, shall we?”

He included Toto, I noticed.

(How nice. He considers Toto part of the group.)

Toto had helped us out a lot when we were lost in the mountains. Oz must’ve still remembered that.

Dorothy: “Isn’t that nice, Toto?”

Toto: “Woof!”

When we went to the dining hall, the servants prepared a fanciful breakfast for us.

Dorothy: “This is a little big for breakfast…”

I couldn’t help but be surprised at the masses of food on the table.

Oz: “I don’t think I can handle this much, either…”

Oz’s expression was grave.

(Was Oz always a small eater?)

Oz: “I can barely walk. You think I can eat by myself?”

Dorothy: “Huh? Really?”

Oz: “Guh…back and waist hurt. Guess i shouldn’t have taken that walk.”

Oz put on a near-theatrical display of pain.

11.3

Dorothy: “Oz, are you all right?!”

I hurried to massage his back.

Oz: “Dorothy, can you feed me?”

(Wait, eh wants me to feed him?)

Dorothy: “Fine, fine…I”ll feed you, then.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “I appreciate it.”

I moved to feed Oz his breakfast, a little embarrassed all the way.

Dorothy: :”Say ahhh.”

Oz: “Ahhh…”

The servant and maid watching us chuckled a little.

Green-clad Maid: “My, how close you are!”

Servant: “Just like a couple.”

(Gah! They were watching!)

My face flared in embarrassment.

Oz: “Haha! We’re not like a couple — we ARE a couple.”

Oz let out a pleased laugh.

Green-clad Maid: “Oh my, is that true?!”

Servant: “This is wonderful news for the populace!”

Oz: “Let them all know, I say! Let all the Emerald City share this joy!”

Oz waved his hands dramatically, getting carried away.

Dorothy: “Hey, wait a minute, I thought your back really hurt!”

Oz: “Oops…”

Dorothy: “You look awfully healthy.”

Oz: “Uh… Ouch! S-So, c’mon, ahh…”

Oz opened his mouth, remembering that he was supposed to be in pain.

Dorothy: “You know, I thought something was odd. I knew you were just kidding when you said you couldn’t eat by yourself.”

I glared at Oz, and he repaid me with a sly grin.

Oz: “Saw through me, huh?”

Dorothy: “It was painfully obvious!”

Oz: “Then why were you feeding me?”

Dorothy: “Well, I…thought that since we’re a couple, it…might be nice…”

Oz: “Now that puts a smile on my face. So, feel like continuing? Ahhh…”

(He just doesn’t know when to quit…)

11.4

(You know, seeing him act all cute like this isn’t actually half bad…)

I couldn’t help smiling, and Oz smiled back at me.

Oz: “yeah, you really do look best with a smile.

I felt a mix of embarrassment and joy when I heard that.

That’s when I heard someone hurrying down the hall.

(Hm?)

And the moment I took notice of the sound, the dining hall door flew open and someone charged in.

Crowlie: “Where’s Dorothy?!”

Heartmann: “Oh! There she is!”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, I love youuuuu!”

Crowlie, Heartmann and Leonardo had burst into the room, and right when I turned to look at them, Leonardo leapt off the ground towards me with open arms.

Dorothy: “Ahhh!”

Leonardo: “I was so worried, Dorothy!”

Heartmann: “Leonardo, what are you doing?!”

Crowlie: “Get away from Dorothy!”

Heartmann and Crowlie scrambled to pull Leonardo off of me.

Dorothy: “Wh-What are you doing here, everyone…?!”

I looked at the three with surprise, but felt happy to see them, too.

Oz: “What’re the three stooges doing here…?”

11.5

Crowlie: “We hurried over once we learned that Dorothy was in the Emerald City!”

Leonardo: “Why were you going to go back to Kansas without telling us anything?”

Dorothy: “I’m sorry…”

Heartmann: “I heard that the Great Oz was injured, but you’re not hurt, are you?”

Dorothy: “Not, not a single scratch on me.”

Heartmann: “Oh, thank goodness! I’m so glad to hear that!”

The three breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Crowlie: “Well, I’m glad to see you’re all right!”

Leonardo: “I’ve been so worried I was even anxious in my dreams last night!”

Heartmann: “In your dreams, too? W-Wait, you slept?!”

Leonardo: “Well, uh…l-let’s just forget I said that!”

Crowlie: “That aside, I’d like to know some details. Just what is going on here?”

Heartmann: “Yeah, you were really vague in your letter.”

Dorothy: “Well…”

Oz: “I put her up to it. I asked her to come with me back to Kansas.”

Crowlie: “But why do that out of the blue? It’s almost Dorothy’s birthday, too.”

Leonardo: “Weren’t we all going to celebrate it together?”

Oz: “We realized we couldn’t have that birthday in Oz.”

Heartmann: “What do you mean?”

Leonardo: “Yeah, tell it to us straight! Or, what, is it something you can’t talk to us about?”

11.6

Oz: “…Were you the only ones who came?”

Crowlie: “We are.”

Oz: “Where are Solomon and the other wizards?”

Crowlie: “They know you’re here, if that’s what you’re asking, but…what of it?”

Oz: “…”

Dorothy: “Oz, we can trust them. Go ahead and tell them.”

Oz: “…All right, then.”

Oz turned his eyes to the three.

Oz: “Do you three know of this land’s old prophecy of legend?”

Leonardo: “Huh? Prophecy?”

Crowlie: “I…do recall reading about it in an old tome.”

Heartmann: “So, what kind of prophecy is it?”

Crowlie: “I can’t recall all the details, but I do remember it saying that when the chosen one’s special day comes, something will happen. Or won’t.”

Leonardo: “Wait, which is it?!”

Oz: “The chosen one is Dorothy here.”

Crowlie: “What, really?!”

Oz: “According to the prophecy, when Dorothy’s 17th birthday comes along, her romantic partner will gain an immense power.”

Leonardo: “Seriously?!”

Heartmann: “So her birthday is that special day?”

Crowlie: “Then, that’s why she had to pick a partner in the beginning…?”

Oz: “Solomon and the others want to use Dorothy to gain that power — for who knows what.”

Crowlie: “Lord Solomon?!”

11.7

Leonardo: “I…I can’t believe Lord Solomon’d do something like that…”

Heartmann: “But, he didn’t tell us anything about any prophecy.”

Oz: “Yeah. He was using you guys, too.”

Crowlie: “But what would Lord Solomon try to do with that great power?”

Oz: “Wizards have to pay a price to gain their magic. Something that gives them an immense limitation, a weakness.”

Dorothy: “Like how Wesley melts when you throw water at him.”

Leonardo: “So that’s where the Wizard of the West’s weakness came from!”

Oz: “Solomon and the others are plotting to do something about their weaknesses with that power.”

Heartmann: “The others? Do you mean Lord Solomon is conspiring with the other wizards?”

Oz: “You can tell just by looking at how Norton’s following him, can’t you?”

Leonardo: “Oh! So that’s why he revived the Wizard of the West and put him in the running, too!”

Crowlie: “He wanted to have Wesley cooperate in exchange for his revival, then…”

Heartmann: “If this is true, I feel really bad for Dorothy…”

The three looked at me with saddened eyes.

Leonardo: “You looked so happy to celebrate your birthday in Oz, too…”

Crowlie: “If we knew you were just going to be used…we wouldn’t have gone to get you, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “I know it’s not your fault, you guys.”

Oz: “That’s why I tried to take Dorothy back to Kansas.”

Dorothy: “Since I had to get back to Kansas before my birthday.”

Leonardo: “Ohh…”

11.8

Oz: “We tried to leave on my hot air balloon, but we got hit by a bout of sudden bad weather and crashed in the mountains.”

Dorothy: “Oz got pretty banged up, but we managed to get to the Emerald City.”

Crowlie: “I understand why you did what you did, but…”

Crowlie: “…Oz, that was far too reckless!”

Crowlie: “Dorothy may have made it out all right this time, but what if she had gotten seriously injured?!”

Oz: “…”

Heartmann: “I’m grateful to you from the bottom of my heart for granting my wish, Great Oz.”

Heartmann: “But I have to agree with Crowlie on this.”

Leonardo: “Seriously> How could you put Dorothy in danger like that?!”

Oz: “…”

Crowlie: “That isn’t like you at all, either. It’s far too hasty.”

Crowlie and the others started to criticize Oz.

Oz: “True. I’ll admit that it was hasty of me…”

Dorothy: “Wait, hold on, everyone! Oz did all that…”

Dorothy: “Oz did all that for me.” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “no need to cover for me, Dorothy. They’re right.”

Dorothy: “no, let me at least say this. Oz was more worried than anyone about me being used.”

Dorothy: “So he came all the way to the Land of Oz just to help me.”

Crowlie: “He did…?”

Dorothy: “He’s always been watching over me, always been helping me!”

Heartmann: “Did he become one of your suitors to protect you, too…?”

Leonardo: “That makes sense…since he could always be around her and protect her if he ended up getting picked.”

Dorothy: “He was just in a hurry to get me to a safe place, so please…don’t hold it against him.”

Heartmann: “True. Even though we didn’t actually know the truth, the person thinking of Dorothy the most here…”

Heartmann: “…was probably the Great Oz.”

Dorothy: :”And Oz only got hurt because he protected me.”

Crowlie: “Wait, really?!”

Dorothy: “If he hadn’t, I’d be the injured one.”

Leonardo: “Well, you could’ve told us that earlier…”

Oz: “It’s not something she needs to point out. I just did what was natural.”

Leonardo: “…”

Leonardo: “All right! If Dorothy’ll cover you that much, I won’t attack you anymore.”

Heartmann: “I’ll believe what Dorothy says, too.”

Dorothy: “Thanks, everyone!”

Crowlie: “Oz…thank you so much for protecting Dorothy.”

Oz: “It was nothing, really. Sorry for worrying you three.”

11.9

Leonardo: “But I gotta ask…what’re you going to do about Lord Solomon?”

Heartmann: “Well, he does know that Dorothy’s here…”

Crowlie: “Right. I can’t imagine he’ll just let Dorothy go back.”

Oz: “There haven’t been any movements in Quadlings, have there?”

Crowlie: “None before we left, no.”

Oz: “None, huh…”

Leonardo: “We’re on your side! We’re going to protect Dorothy!”

Heartmann: “Yeah, that’s right!”

Crowlie: “As long as you’re in the Emerald City, I won’t let anyone lay a finger on you!”

Oz: “Heh…what a reliable bunch.”

Dorothy: “Thanks, everyone!”

Oz: “Phew…”

Oz exhaled a tired breath.

Dorothy: “Oz, are you tired/ You look like you could use some rest.”

Oz: “Yeah, you’re right… I’ll rest a little in my room.”

Helping Oz up, I moved to get us out of the dining hall.

Leonardo: “Let’s tag along.”

Crowlie: “Indeed.”

Crowlie and the others came along with us.

11.10

Oz: “Why’re you guys tagging along?”

Heartmann: “Because w’ere so worried about the Great Oz, aren’t we?”

Leonardo: “Yeah, super worried.”

Crowlie: “Quite worried about leaving the two of you alone, as well.”

Oz: “You guys…”

Leonardo: “Wow, this is a really nice room!”

Oz: “Sorry, but I’m occupying your room here.”

Crowlie: “I don’t mind at all. After all, this castle was built during your reign.”

Dorothy: “Oz, lie down right here?”

Oz: “Ah, thanks.”

I put sheets over Oz once he lay down and softly stroked his hair.

Dorothy: “Get well soon, okay?”

Oz: “You’re by my side, so I’ll be right as rain real soon.”

Heartmann: “…”

Heartmann just stared at Oz and me.

Heartmann: “Something seems odd…”

Leonardo: “What’s wrong, Heartmann?”

Heartmann: “Oz and Dorothy…really look like they’re going out…”

Leonardo: “Huh? Really?”

Crowlie: “Wait, you can’t be serious.”

The three of them focused their eyes on me.

11.11

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Oz: “Heh…noticed, have you?”

Crowlie: “What?!”

Oz: “Dorothy and I are officially going out.”

Oz announced in the smuggest voice he could possibly muster.

Crowlie: “Wait, what did you just say?!”

Heartmann: “Officially going out?! Wh-What do you mean?!”

Leonardo: “That can’t be! Say it ain’t so!”

Dorothy: “Well…we’re going out.” (Intimacy +7)

I said, my face red.

Oz: “Sorry, boys. We fell in love and have come together at last!”

Crowlie: “Y-You fell in love? And you came together?!”

Heartmann: “Dorothy and Oz became an ACTUAL couple?!”

Leonardo: “That can’t be! That isn’t true! Say it ain’t so!”

Crowlie: “…”

Leonardo: “Whoa, Crowlie’s out like a light…!”

Heartmann: “Crowlie, come back!”

Crowlie: “Ah! …Wh-Where am I?!”

Dorothy: “Everyone, calm down!”

11.12

Oz: “At ease, my friends. I’ll make Dorothy happy, guaranteed.”

Leonardo: “Nnngh…I wanted to be the one to say that…!”

Crowlie: “This is the worst day ever…I can’t believe this!”

Heartmann: “Dorothy, are you really all right with this?”

Dorothy: “I am. I love Oz from the bottom of my heart. My feelings…they’re real.”

When I answered honestly, the three exchanged looks before nodding.

Heartmann: “Well…I’ll watch you two and cheer you on, then.”

Leonardo: “Yeah…Dorothy’s made her decision, so…congratulations!”

Crowlie: “If that is your wish…I’ll give you two my blessing, as well.”

Dorothy: “Thanks!”

After saying that, the three exchanged looks again and turned back to me with sly grins.

Crowlie: “Well, Dorothy, since you’ve come all this way to the Emerald Castle, allow me to show you around.”

Crowlie took my hand.

(Huh?)

Leonardo: “And I’ll come with you, too!”

Leonardo said, putting his arm around my shoulder.

Heartmann: “I’ll be joining as well, of course!”

Heartmann took my open hand.

11.13

Oz: “Hey, what do you think you’re doing?!”

Crowlie: “Oz, you’re so terribly injured, so don’t push yourself. Please, rest.”

Oz: “Dorothy’s my girlfriend! Quit touching her like that!”

Leonardo: “You’ve been with Dorothy this whole time, haven’t you? At least let us borrow her for a while.”

Oz: “Dorothy, be my bedside nurse! You guys can get lost!”

Heartmann: “Hm? Is it just me, or does the Great Oz seem s little more nervous than usual?”

Oz: “I-I’m not!”

Crowlie: “And as banged up as you are, you can’t stock us by force, of course.”

Oz: “Crowlie, what’s up with that smug face?”

Crowlie: “Ah, forgive me. Did it get under your skin?”

Oz: “Shut up! And get away from Dorothy!”

Leonardo: “Nnnope! We’re gonna have lots of fun around town!”

Oz: “You call yourselves kings?! Don’t hit on other people’s women!”

Heartmann: “We’re Dorothy’s friends before we’re kings. Isn’t that right, Dorothy?”

(Haha…I wonder why it always ends up like this?)

Oz: “Dorothy, don’t just stand there laughing! Stay back and take care of me, come on!”

Oz and His Friends

Dorothy: “Oz, can you tell me what you think about the people of this world?”

Oz: “Sure, I will.”

Oz: “Crowlie used to be a scarecrow. He’s really studious and pretty active, but he gets really jealous. That’s the problem.”

Oz: “Leonardo used to be a lion. He’s a really passionate friend, and a fun guy to be around. A bit lacking in class, though.”

Oz: “Heartmann used to be the Tin Woodman. He’s nice and the most down to earth of the three, but the guy cries at the drop of a hat…”

Oz: “So, Dorothy and these three fools suddenly showed up at the Emerald City.”

Oz: “Then they came begging for brains, courage, and a heart. You know, hard stuff to give someone.”

Dorothy: “Haha…and now they’re all kings, huh?”

Oz: “Yeah, and they’re humans, too. Stupidly handsome ones, at that.”

Dorothy: “Does that worry you?”

Oz: “Hah, not at all! They’re pretty much the same inside, so I’m totally fine with it.”

Dorothy: “How about Wesley?”

Oz: “That’s the Wizard of the West. Terrible guy. Tried to kill me once.”

Oz: “You obliterated him when you threw water on him, Dorothy, but the guy got resurrected and ended up as one of your suitors.”

Dorothy: “Personally, I kind of want to see where things go with Wesley.”

Oz: “Heh, who knows how that’ll turn out…”

Dorothy: “So what about Solomon and Norton?”

Oz: “Solomon is the great Wizard of the South. He’s pretty much the very top of the Land of Oz.”

Oz: “I’d say he’s the only guy around good enough to be my rival.”

Oz: “Norton is the Wizard of the North. He’s always with Solomon, and that’s suspicious.”

Dorothy: “It is?”

Oz: “They’re both good wizards and rulers of their own kingdoms, but…”

Oz: “I feel like they’re hiding something, so I’d be on my guard around them.”

Dorothy: “R-Really…?”

Oz: “The two of them won’t reveal their true intent so easily. They’re both tough that way.”

Dorothy: “But I think everyone’s really appealing.”

Oz: “What’re you talking about? Obviously I’m the most appealing of them all.”

Dorothy: “Right, right…and please. Please stop that smug face…all right?”

Chapter 12: Plot of the Wizards (13/13)

12.1

The next morning, as soon as I woke up, I paid Oz’s room a visit.

Dorothy: “Good morning. How do you feel?”

Oz: “Ah, morning.”

Oz smiled at me from his seat on the bed.

Oz: “I’m feeling a lot better. Figure if I keep this up, I should be moving again in a few days.”

Dorothy: “Well, that’s great to hear.”

I sat down next to Oz, and he gently put his arm around my shoulder.

Oz: “When I get better, I’ve got to fix the balloon.

Dorothy: “You still want to leave on it?”

Looked like Oz hadn’t given up yet.

Oz: “Even if we end up staying here past your birthday, we’ll still need it to get back to Kansas.”

Dorothy: “Oh, you’re right…”

Oz: “If I can bring just the burner and fuel down from the mountains, we’ll manage.”

He’d be able to find the materials he needed in the Emerald City, and the people here would help, too.

???: “Well, don’t leave without telling us this time!”

(Huh…?)

I looked over to the doorway to see Leonardo standing there.

Leonardo: “Thought you’d be here.”

Dorothy: “What brings you here, Leonardo?”

Oz: “Come to bother us again?”

Leonardo: “I went to Dorothy’s room to ask her to breakfast, but she wasn’t there.”

12.2

Dorothy: “So you came here?”

Leonardo: “And I find you arm and arm, whisperin’ away about something…”

Dorothy: “I’m going to make sure to say goodbye before I leave this time.”

Leonardo: “Yeah. Even I’d get mad if you just left us without a word.”

Dorothy: “Yeah…”

Leonardo: “All right!”

Leonardo said with a grin.

Leonardo: “If you need to repair the balloon, just ask. No need to hesitate!”

Oz: “Heh…that’s a big help. But you really just want to be around Dorothy, don’t you?”

Leonardo: “Seen right through me, huh? That’s Oz for you, haha!”

Heartmann: I’ll help out, too. I may not look it, but I’m quite good with my hands.”

Heartmann said, stepping into the room.

Oz: “Even you’re here, huh…?

Dorothy: “Oh, that’s right. Heartmann, you like woodworking, right?”

Heartmann: “Did the great Oz tell you? It’s true. I picked it up as a hobby after becoming king.”

Dorothy: “With help like this, it shouldn’t take too long to fix the balloon, huh?”

Oz: “I guess not…”

Then, Crowlie hurried into the room.

Oz: “Even the scarecrow’s shown up now…”

Oz said with a face of pure exasperation.

Crowlie: “This is no time to be looking flustered! We’ve an emergency on our hands!”

Crowlie looked serious.

Dorothy: “What’s wrong?”

Crowlie: “Lord Solomon…has arrived in the Emerald City!”

(WHAT?!)

12.3

Oz: “So, here’s here…!”

Leonardo: “Wait, seriously?!”

Crowlie: “Yes — and he’s come with Lord Norton and the Wizard of the West, as well.”

Heartmann: “The three wizards are all here, huh…”

Crowlie: “I have them waiting at the front of the castle, but I cannot hold them for long.”

Leonardo: “What are you going to do?”

Crowlie: “I…”

Oz: “…”

Leonardo: “If we’re going to fight them, well, I’m ready.”

Heartmann: “If I knew this was going to happen, I’d have brought my axe…no, my sword.”

Dorothy: “Wait, wait!”

Oz: “Got an idea?”

Dorothy: “We…we should meet the wizards.” (Intimacy +7)

Leonardo: “Wait, are you serious?! They’re just going to snatch you up and drag you back to Quadlings!”

Dorothy: “If they wanted to catch me, i think they would have already done it with their magic.”

Heartmann: “You…do have a point there.”

Crowlie: “Does that mean they have some sort of other goal?”

Oz: “We could go see them in person to find out.”

Leonardo: “Should we…really be doing this…?”

Oz: “If we ran away, Wesley would just find us with his divination.”

Heartmann: “Oh, you’re right…”

Oz: “They’re not people we can beat in a fight, either. Not with their magic.”

Crowlie: “Then we’ll meet them all together and show them some hospitality — using that to get them away from Dorothy.”

Heartmann: “I get it. And that way we can find out what Lord Solomon and the others are after, right?”

Oz: “Can you give it a try?”

12.4

Leonardo: “No problem! We really want to know if Lord Solomon’s actually trying to use Dorothy, too.”

Oz: “Then it’s settled. Let’s get going to see Solomon.

We went out to see the wizards, finding a golden carriage stopped in front of the castle.

Solomon and the others were standing in front of it.

Crowlie: “Lord Solomon, I apologize for the wait.”

Crowlie apologized to Solomon, seeming as normal as he could be.

Crowlie: “Welcome to the Emerald City. I’m glad from the bottom of my heart to see you.”

Solomon: “Thank you. So, where is Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “I’m here…”

I took a step forward, and Solomon turned a gentle smile to me.

Solomon: “Thank goodness. It’s such a relief to see you.”

Dorothy: “Sorry for making you worry…”

Norton: “Why did you leave the castle without a word?”

Norton asked with a worried voice.

Dorothy: “Well, I…”

Oz: “I took her out of the castle.”

Norton: “Why would you do such a thing? What if the worst had happened to Dorothy?”

Norton accused Oz with harsh eyes.

12.5

Heartmann: “Oh, we sure left the castle without permission, too, didn’t we?!”

Leonardo: “Aw, nuts! We’re going to get yelled at, too?!”

Heartmann and Leonardo made a loud show of their concern.

(They’re a little bit too dramatic, but I guess this works…)

Crowlie: “If you’re going to punish Oz, then you should punish us too….right?”

Norton: “You three…”

Norton was about to scold them, but Solomon stopped him.

Solomon: “In any case, it truly is a relief to see Dorothy all right.”

Solomon: “The Great Oz is injured. I’d like to hear about that later.”

Norton: “Great Oz, how do your injuries find you?”

Oz: “I won’t say I’m fine, but I can walk by myself.”

Wesley: “Tch…lucky guy.”

Oz: “…”

Oz and Wesley locked eyes, each glaring at the other.

(Oh yeah! They were fighting!)

Crowlie: “Well, Lord Solomon, I have prepared a table and meal for you. We will show you the utmost hospitality, so please, right this way.”

Solomon: “Hmm…?”

(I hope it all goes according to plan…)

12.6

Solomon: “Haha…why, I’m honored> i just happened to be thirsty, truth be told. Aren’t you, Norton?”

Norton: “That I am, sir.”

Norton and Solomon agreed with smiles.

Leonardo: “Mind if we join in, too? I’m starving.”

Crowlie: “But of course.”

Heartmann: “Oh, say. Great Oz, shouldn’t you rest back in your room, instead?”

Oz: “Yeah. Sorry to dip out like this, but I need to catch up on my rest.”

Dorothy: “All right, can everyone go on ahead? I’ll catch up after I put Oz to bed.”

Crowlie: “Very well. Lord Solomon, right this way.”

Solomon, Norton, Heartmann, and Leonardo followed Crowlie into the castle.

(Phew…so far, so good.)

Oz: “…”

Oz turned to me and gave a slight nod.

(Now it’s all up to Crowlie and the others to puzzle out what Solomon’s really after…)

Wesley: “Hey, your dog went off with ’em. Just gonna let him go?”

Dorothy: “Well, you know Toto. First sign of food and he’s off.”

(…Wait, what?)

Dorothy: “Wesley! Why didn’t you go with them?!”

Wesley: “Tch, like I’d hang around them.”

(I wasn’t expecting Wesley to stay behind…what should I do?)

12.7

Wesley: “What? Got a problem with  me staying behind?”

Oz: “Yeah, I don’t like having you around. I hate wizards.”

Wesley: “What was that?!”

Oz and Wesley glared again, giving way to the sparks that always flew between the two.

Dorothy: “Hey, you guys!”

(Gah, this is the worst of the worst! What am I going to do?!)

(They’re staring daggers at each other… I think if I step in, that’ll just make things worse…)

(All I can do is watch and wait…) (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “I hate magic. I hate wizards. So, yeah, I don’t like you either.”

(Oz, WHY are you pouring gas on the fire?!)

Wesley: “Hmph. And I hate illusionists, got it? Including you, of course.”

Oz: “You know what a real fool is? Someone who judges someone they don’t even know off of their worthless preconceptions.”

Wesley: “Sounds a lot like you, pal.”

Oz: “So…I’ll apologize.”

Wesley: “…”

Wesley: “What?”

(Huh…?)

Wesley: “…What was that?”

Oz: “I’m apologizing for talking bad about magic, is what I’m saying.”

Wesley: “…!”

Oz: “Sorry. Forgive me.”

(Oz apologized to Wesley?!)

Wesley: “Tch. Well if that isn’t the smuggest apology I’ve ever heard.”

Dorothy: “But, wait…Oz apologized. Isn’t this a step forward?”

Oz: “A step forward?”

Dorothy: “O-Oh, sorry for butting in…”

12.8

Oz: “Even I try to admit my mistakes and make good on them.”

Wesley: “…What do you mean?”

Dorothy: “Well…we heard about the price you have to pay for magic from Solomon.”

Wesley: “What…?”

Oz: “I found out that using magic isn’t nearly as easy as I thought.”

Wesley: “Tch, can’t believe Solomon ran his mouth.”

With that, Wesley trained his eyes on Oz.

Wesley: “So, what do you think of people who make fun of hard-won skills?”

Oz: “I think they’re fools.”

Wesley: “Heh. Good answer. I’ll apologize to you too, then.”

(Huh?)

Wesley: “Sorry. Forgive me.”

(Wesley apologized, too! This..could this mean…!)

The two grinned at each other with matching confidence.

(Thank goodness, they made up!)

Wesley: “So, did you sneak out of the castle because you heard about the cost of magic?”

Oz: “Yeah.”

Wesley: “…You know, there was something on my mind, too.”

(There was something on Wesley’s mind, too? What could that be?)

Dorothy: “Are you wondering…if the prophecy is true or not?” (Intimacy +7)

Wesley: “Yeah…Solomon told me about it, but he’s seemed strange ever since.”

Oz: “I think so, too. It feels like he’s still hiding something.”

Oz: “Solomon and Norton can already use magic. Why would they go out of their way to get this vague ‘great power’?”

Dorothy: “Do you think the prophecy itself is fake?”

Oz: “I can’t tell…there’s no way to know.”

Wesley: “But you heard about the price of magic and thought they might be using Dorothy, then…”

Oz: “Well, Wesley, you would think about doing something about your weakness if you got your hands on this big power, right?”

A smile came to Wesley’s lips.

12.9

Wesley: “Heh…the price you pay for power, to grant your wishes…it’s not so easily undone.”

Dorothy: “What do you mean?”

Wesley: “The greater your wish, the bigger the price.”

Wesley: “To do anything about the price you’ve paid…you’ve got to pay even more.”

Oz: “So you mean that even if you got this great power, that would come with a cost of its own?”

Wesley: “Something that can grant your wishes, cost-free…that isn’t magic.”

Wesley: “That’s a miracle. Am I wrong?”

Oz: “You’ve got a point, but…in that case, just what are they after?”

Wesley: “Search me. I can’t even wrap my mind around why they went out of their way to revive me.”

Dorothy: “It was Norton who brought you back, right? Under Solomon’s orders?”

Wesley: “Heh. He may have done it under Solomon’s orders, but come on. I’m crazy infamous.”

Wesley: “So I can’t help but feel suspicious that Norton would just bring me back from oblivion without complaint.”

Dorothy: “Hey, wait a minute…”

Oz: “What?”

Dorothy: “The prophecy said that whoever becomes my boyfriend will get that great power, right?”

Dorothy: “So why weren’t Solomon and Norton choices?”

Oz: “What…?”

Dorothy: “Well, isn’t it weird that they gathered up a bunch of suitors to begin with?”

Oz: “Well, yeah. I said I found that strange from the start.”

Dorothy: “Wait, you did?!”

Wesley: “Come on, keep it together here. Remember, they’re after you.”

(Guh… This is kind of complicated, but tripping up like that’s still embarrassing…)

12.10

Dorothy: “But, well…you’ll work together and protect me, right?”

Oz: “Work together?”

Wesley: “Us…?”

Oz and Wesley looked at each other, then jerked their heads away.

Oz: “I don’t really like working with a wizard, but…the situation calls for it.”

Wesley: “Heh, I don’t think a magician’ll come in handy, but…sure, why not?”

Dorothy: “Haha, oh you two… We’ve got Crowlie and the others with us, too.”

(Wesley’s a wizard. We’ve gained a powerful ally!)

Oz: “I wonder if the three stooges are handling Solomon well?”

Wesley: “Talking about that fiasco of a play a while ago?”

Dorothy: “You saw through it, huh?”

Wesley: “It was painfully obvious. I’d eat my own bangs if Solomon and Norton hadn’t picked up on it.”

Oz: “Now that is not good…they’re trying to puzzle out what Solomon’s after, so…”

Dorothy: “Are they going to be all right in there…?”

Wesley: “Don’t worry. Solomon’s drinking his tea, pretending not to notice.”

Wesley said after slightly adjusting his eyepatch.

Wesley: “Trust me. I see everything.”

It looked like Wesley used his divination to peek on them.

Dorothy: “Thank goodness.”

Wesley: “But don’t drop your guard. Solomon and Norton are definitely hiding something, so be careful.”

Dorothy: “I will…”

12.11

Oz: “Now we’ve got to decide — what do we do from here on?”

Wesley: “I’ll look into Solomon and Norton.”

Dorothy: “Can you handle it alone?”

Wesley: “I wouldn’t worry. No one’s going to suspect me if I start wandering and poking around.”

Oz: “Heh…true, true.”

For some reason, everyone seemed to accept that Wesley went wherever and did whatever he wanted.

Wesley: “I’ll let you know if I find anything.”

With that, Wesley disappeared like fading mist.

Oz: “I don’t like magic or wizards, but he’s a handy ally. No denying that.”

Dorothy: “Haha, he really is.”

That’s when a servant showed up.

Servant: “Ah, there you are, Great Oz. It is time for your checkup.”

Oz: “What? I’m fine now, really.”

Servant: “The doctor awaits in your room.”

Dorothy: “Oz, you really should get that checkup. I’ll be waiting in my room, okay?”

Oz: “You sure you want to go back alone?”

(Hearing him ask that makes me feel a little bit nervous, but…)

(…I can’t worry Oz! He needs to get better soon!)

12.12

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 22,000

Dorothy: “I’ll be fine, don’t worry about me.”

When I smiled at him, Oz reached out for my cheek.

Oz: “All right. I’ll go to your room as soon as my checkup’s over, so…wait for me.”

Dorothy: “All right.”

I nodded at him, and Oz put a light kiss on my lips.

(Oz, I love you…)

With that, and the servant were off.

Now alone, I started moving back to my room.

(Times like e I really miss Toto…)

???: “Alone, Dorothy?”

(?!)

I turned back in surprise to the voice behind me.

Norton: “Ah, forgive me. It was not my intention to startle you.”

(Norton?! What’s he doing here?!)

Norton: “Where is the Great Oz?”

Dorothy: “…He’s having a checkup now.”

Since Wesley had just told me to be on guard, I felt a bit nervous.”

12.13

Norton: “I see. I do hope he gets better soon.”

Norton put on a look of worry.

Norton: “Though I am quite thankful that you are unharmed.”

Dorothy: “Thanks for your concern.”

Norton: “Yet, I must say, the Great Oz is quite the handful.”

Dorothy: “Huh?”

Norton: “I can scarcely believe he would take you out of the castle and put you in danger like that…”

Norton’s face took on a color of exasperation.

Dorothy: “Oh, but the balloon crashed because of that sudden storm. It wasn’t Oz’s fault.”

Norton: “Indeed, that is the problem —  Oz not being the only issue here.”

Norton smiled, a hint of it seemed strained.

(…What does he mean?)

Norton: “That, however, told me what I needed to know.”

Norton’s smile vanished, and his cold eyes fixated on me.

(…?!)

This wasn’t the Norton I was used to, so I tried to pull away.

Dorothy: “H-Huh…?”

Suddenly, my vision plunged into darkness, and my consciousness rapidly faded.

Norton: “Hmph…”

The last thing I saw before I fainted was Norton’s icy smile.

Behind the Scenes

This happened one evening.

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto decided to take a look around Quadlings Castle.

Toto: “?”

He went to the great hall to find Crowlie sleeping there.

Crowlie: “ZZZZzzzz”

Toto had no idea why he was sleeping in the great hall.

Toto: “…”

Toto, being the nice pup that he was, left Crowlie to his sleep.

Toto then went to the dining hall to find Leonardo talking with his second-in-command, ;Hedgehog.

Leonardo: “Dorothy’s come all the way out to Oz! I can’t leave until the birthday party.”

Hedgehog: “Yet, my king…”

Leonardo: “You taking care of things in the forest means I can stay here without worrying. So c’mon, I know you can do this.”

Hedgehog: “You would trust me so deeply…?! Oh, I’m so happy I can’t help rolling about!”

Toto: “!”

Toto looked in shock as Hedgehog curled into a ball and started to roll.

After leaving the dining hall, Toto peeked into Heartmann’s room.

Heartmann: “Hmm…”

He seemed troubled over something.

Toto: “…Huff!”

Toto didn’t like dealing with other people’s problems, so he left him be.

When Toto peeked into the dance hall, he saw Wesley with his eyepatch off.

Wesley: “I can see it…I can see it…!”

Toto: “…!”

It felt a little creepy, so Toto slowly backed away.

For some strange reason, the door was open, so Toto trotted outside to see Oz taking care of his magic show tools.

Oz: “Heh…I’m gonna surprise everyone with this trick!”

Oz grinned to himself as he fixed up his gear.

Toto: “…Huff!”

Thinking the whole affair unpleasant, Toto decided to visit the greenhouse.

Solomon: “Oh, it’s Toto.”

Solomon, for some reason, struck a pose when he noticed Toto.

Toto: “Woof!”

He didn’t really understand why, but Toto thanked him and left anyway.

Back in the castle, the scent of sweet cookies wafted to his nose.

Toto: “…!”

Toto went right in that direction.

Toto peeked into the room the smell was coming from to see Norton, holding a cookie and–

Norton: “…So you saw, did you?”

Toto: “?!”

Chapter 13: Dramatic Escape (/)

13.1

My consciousness slowly floated back from the dark depths it had fallen to.

Dorothy: “Ah! Where am I…?”

I woke up in a completely unfamiliar room.

I crept up to the window and looked outside to see a large city beyond castle walls.

(Hey, that’s…Quadlings! Why? I as in the Emerald City!)

I was shocked at the realization that I was in Quadlings.

Dorothy: “Am I…in Quadlings Castle…?”

I looked down from the window to see that I was quite high up.

The only building tall enough to give you a view of all of Quadlings was Solomon’s palace.

I took a better look around the room. It had a desk, a bedchamber, and more. It seemed like someone lived in this room.

(Well, let’s get out of here, for starters!)

I needed to get help from anyone I knew, like a servant or a maid in the castle.

I ran up to the door and tried to open it, but…

Dorothy: “It won’t open! The door’s locked!”

I realized I was locked in the room and felt a wave of worry attack me.

(What am I going to do? Oz isn’t here…and neither are Crowlie or the others!)

They had to be back in the Emerald City. I knew it.

(I wish Toto was here with me, at least…)

Lacking my ever-present companion, I felt even lonelier.

Then, I heard the sound of the door unlocking, and someone opened it.

13.2

Norton: “How are you feeling, Dorothy?”

Into the room came Norton, bearing a tray of food.

Dorothy: “Norton! What’s going on here?!”

Norton: “I am sure you have realized this already, but I brought you here with magic.”

With that, Norton laid the tray on top of the desk.

Norton: “I have brought you breakfast. I imagine you must be hungry by now.”

Dorothy: “I don’t need any breakfast — take me back to Oz!”

Norton: “I am afraid I cannot comply. You will stay here until your birthday.”

Dorothy: “Are you locking me away…?”

Norton: “Indeed. Please, do stay here quietly.”

Dorothy: “You think I’ll just stay here quietly?”

Norton: “Even if you scream and shout, I’m afraid the outside world won’t hear you. There is a barrier around this room, you see.”

(The door’s locked, and I’m so high up there’s no way I can escape through the window…)

Dorothy: “You know Oz and the others will come looking for me.”

Norton: “I imagine they will. However, I have taken the necessary countermeasures. They will not find this room.”

Dorothy: “This is Quadlings Castle, right? Is this your room?”

Norton: “I cannot say I imagined I would end up inviting you to my room like this, but here we are.”

Dorothy: “Why are you doing this?”

Norton: “Heh…you’ve no need to know, Dorothy.”

(What is Norton after…?)

Dorothy: “Are you doing this for the prophecy…?” (Intimacy +7)

Norton: “Oh my. Who did you hear about the prophecy from?”

Dorothy: “Oz and Solomon told me about it.”

Norton: “Lord Solomon told you…?”

Dorothy: “Are you trying to counter the price you paid for your magic with that great power?”

Norton: “Heh…great power, you say…”

Norton let out a cunning chuckle.

Dorothy: “Well, listen, Wesley said that wouldn’t work out at all.”

Norton: “So, you’ve even made an ally of Wesley…”

Norton looked a little surprised to see that.

Norton: “I should have locked you away sooner.”

Dorothy: “Do you really want to get that great power this much?”

13.3

When I asked that, Norton’s attitude completely changed.

Norton: “This is not for a reason as paltry as power!”

(…?!)

Norton glared at me, vexed.

Norton: “That prophecy is nothing but lies! There IS no great power!”

(Wait, the prophecy was a lie? There’s no great power?)

Norton: “How wonderful it would be if such an easily obtainable power truly existed.”

Norton said coldly, his tone completely different from usual. It was as though he’d turned into a different person.

Dorothy: “It was all a lie…?”

Norton: “There is a prophecy, that much is true. But the great power — that is a lie of my creation.”

Dorothy: “Why?”

Norton: “Can you not tell?”

(Why would Norton make up a false prophecy?)

Dorothy: “Was it to draw Oz’s attention?” (Intimacy +7)

Norton: “Precisely. He would be fascinated by promises of great power, wouldn’t he?”

Dorothy: “Oz doesn’t care about your power!”

Norton: “Then why did he return to this world?”

Dorothy: “He was suspicious about the prophecy and came because he was worried about me.”

Norton: “Hmph, pointless details — none changing the fact that he was drawn to this world by a lie.”

Norton: “All I needed to do was call Oz here and have the resurrected Wesley participate.”

(I knew it! I knew Wesley was being used, too!)

13.4

Dorothy: “But, why would you do that? What are you after?”

Norton: “…”

Norton stepped up to me, put his hand to my chin and lifted it.

(…!)

I could see his handsome face right in front of me.

Norton: “I realized something, watching Oz.”

Norton’s finger gently touched my lip.

(?!)

Norton: “One should try to get what one wants at any cost.”

Norton’s cold eyes sent a chill down my spine.

Dorothy: “Stop this!”

I smacked away Norton’s hand and stepped back, putting distance between us.

Norton: “If you simply stay here quietly, then my wish will be granted.”

Norton spoke with his usual tone and politeness, but his eyes were as cold as ice.

Norton exited the room, leaving me alone with my worry.

(What should I do?)

The sound of the door being locked sounded louder than it should have.

Meanwhile, at the Emerald City…

Oz: “Where’d Dorothy go?”

Oz looked out the window with a worried expression.

13.5

Oz: “I told her I’d go and get her in her room, but she wasn’t there…”

Oz: “And I can’t imagine she’d go to see Solomon and the others alone.”

Oz: “Wait, did something happen?! I’ve got to search the castle!”

Oz: “Where? Where is she…?”

Oz: “I’ve looked everywhere, but I just can’t find her…”

Leonardo: “Hey, Great Oz! What’re you doing here?”

Heartmann: “Is Dorothy not with you?”

Oz: “Oh, you guys! Weren’t you with the wizards?”

Leonardo: “Since we’re suspicious of Lord Solomon, we just got so nervous…”

Heartmann: “It was hard to be around him, so we slipped out.”

Oz: “Well, what was Solomon like?”

Heartmann: “More or less the same as usual…right?”

Leonardo: “Yeah, for now. Crowlie’s still tending to him, trying to puzzle him out.”

Oz: “Got it. But, hey, have either of you seen Dorothy?”

Leonardo: “Uh, I haven’t. Something up with her?”

Oz: “I can’t find her anywhere.”

Heartmann: “Wait, what? You can’t?”

Oz: “Yeah. She disappeared while I was having my checkup.”

Leonardo: “What, that’s big! We’ll help you look for her!”

Heartmann: “She wouldn’t leave the castle, so she’s still got to be in here somewhere!”

Oz: “All right, let’s split up and look for her.”

That’s when Wesley suddenly appeared.

13.6

Wesley: “Hey, wait!”

Leonardo: “Whoa, don’t scare me like that !Where’d you pop out from?!”

Heartmann: “It wasn’t you who took Dorothy away, was it?”

Wesley: “Gah, I knew it. Dorothy’s gone…!”

Heartmann: “Wait, what do you mean?”

Oz: “We can trust Wesley. He’s just as suspicious of Solomon as we are.”

Leonardo: “Since when are you on the same team?”

Oz: “I’ll get to that later. Wesley, what happened?”

Wesley: “I was watching Solomon and Norton with my divination, but…”

Wesley: “…I got curious about Dorothy and looked for her with my power, but couldn’t find her anywhere.”

Oz: “What?!”

Leonardo: “You couldn’t find her even with your divination?!”

Wesley: “She should be easy to find, but I couldn’t. It’s fishy. Real fishy.”

Heartmann: “Wait, is…someone using magic to…?”

Wesley: “that’s all I can come up with.”

Oz: “Guess we’d better ask Solomon and Norton directly.”

Wesley: “Yeah, that’s the ticket.”

Oz: “All right, let’s go to them!”

Oz: “Sorry to interrupt your tea party!”

Oz and the others stomped into the dining room.

13.7

Crowlie: “What is going on here?!”

Leonardo: “Don’t worry, Crowlie. Just calm down.”

Heartmann: “We’ll explain everything.”

Crowlie: “But…”

Solomon: “Heh…”

Norton: “…”

Oz: “Dorothy’s vanished from the castle.”

Crowlie: “Vanished?!”

Wesley: “I can’t find her even with my powers. What’s going on?”

Solomon: “I’d imagine she’s in a place protected by a barrier, then.”

Norton: “Is there an area like that in this castle?”

Crowlie: “No, I…I’ve never heard of such a room in this castle.”

Oz: “i need to know if she’s all right, and I need to know now, so I’ll just ask. Where is she?”

Oz looked right at Solomon and Norton.

Solomon: “…”

Norton: “Do you suspect us of something?”

Crowlie: “Lord Solomon, have you done something to Dorothy?!”

Leonardo: “Oh, and the Wizard of the West is on our side, too.”

Crowlie: “Huh?!”

13.8

Heartmann: “We’re not too sure, either.”

Crowlie: “Excuse me…?”

Oz: “Come on, out with it.”

Solomon: “If you’re after Dorothy, I think Norton knows where she is.”

Norton: “!”

Oz: “He does…?”

Crowlie: “What do you mean?!”

Everyone’s eyes gathered on Norton.

Norton: “Lord Solomon… Up to your jokes again?”

Solomon: “I’m afraid not.”

Solomon waved his hand, and Norton vanished.

Oz: “?!”

Leonardo: “He’s gone!”

Heartmann: “What’s going on?!”

Wesley: “Tch, that was an illusion! When’d he switch out?!”

Crowlie: “Lord Norton was an illusion?!’

Solomon: “It seems that Norton conjured and illusory double of himself and disappeared on us on the way here.”

Crowlie: “I hadn’t noticed at all!”

Leonardo: “Then was it Lord Norton who took Dorothy away?!”

Wesley: “Who does he think he is…?!”

Oz: “Solomon, had you noticed?”

13.9

Solomon: “…”

Solomon quietly nodded.

Oz: “You knew and you didn’t do anything about it?! Why didn’t you tell us?!”

Solomon: “Did you not do the same when you took Dorothy away?”

Solomon trained his vivid eyes on Oz.

Oz: “…Just what are you after?”

Solomon: “I will tell you when we have Dorothy back.”

Crowlie: “Do you know where she is?”

Solomon: “Quadlings Castle, I would imagine.”

Heartmann: “Quadlings!”

Leonardo: “We have to go save her!”

Solomon: “Wesley, can you teleport everyone here to Quadlings Castle?”

Wesley: “Why’re you asking me? Should be way easier for you.”

Solomon: “I…don’t have the power to do that, now.”

Solomon slowly said, lowering his sad eyes.”

Wesley: “…Tch. Fine, fine.”

Oz: “Dorothy… please be safe.”

Wesley waved his hand and snapped his fingers, making everyone in the room disappear.

13.10

Locked away in Norton’s room, I desperately though of ways to escape.

(How can I get out of this room…?)

Dorothy: “Oh, I know! I can make a rope from the bedsheets and escape through the window!” (Intimacy +7)

I quickly pulled the sheets off the bed and started to tear them.

(They’re kind of resilient…and it’s hurting my hands.)

That’s when I noticed a pair of scissors placed on the desk.

(Oh, how lucky! Scissors!)

I used those scissors to cut up the sheets.

When I’d cut out a bunch of thin strips of cloth, I tied them together to make a long rope.

Dorothy: “It’s done! I can use this to escape through the window!

I tied one end of the makeshift rope to a leg of the bed, then dropped the other end out the window.

(It can’t reach the ground, but it’s close enough to the window of the room under me!)

If I got into the room below, I should be able to call for help.

(All right, let’s do this!)

With a deep breath, I grabbed onto the rope and crept out of the window.

(Ahhh! I didn’t think I was THIS high up!)

My hair blew in the whispering night wind.

I slowly lowered myself, taking care not to look down.

(I hope this works out…)

The moment I thought that, though, I heard something tear.

13.11

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 29,000

(Huh?!)

I saw the rope above me tearing down towards me.

(No way! Am I THAT heavy?!)

(Someone…help!)

The instant my rope tore apart, I reached up, desperate for help.

Dorothy: “!”

And someone grabbed that hand.

???: “I got you!”

(This voice!)

I looked up to see Oz with a reassuring smile, holding on to my hand.

Oz: “I’m not letting you go again.”

Dorothy: “Oz!”

Oz: “Kept you waiting, little miss.”

I could feel tears of sheer joy fighting to get out, but I held them back.

Dorothy: “Took you long enough!”

Oz: “I don’t think my timing could’ve been better.

Dorothy: “Haha, probably couldn’t. Mind pulling me up, Mr. Hero?”

Oz: “Yeah, I’ll pull you up…right…now…”

When he tried to pull me up, his face twisted in pain.

13.12

Oz: “Guh!”

Dorothy: “What’s wrong? Does your back hurt?!”

Oz was gravely injured on his back and waist.

Oz: “Yeah, it might be too much for me to pull you up by myself…”

Dorothy: “W-Wait, what are we going to do? You’re going to fall, too!”

Then, familiar faces popped out from the window.

Leonardo: “Forgetting someone?!”

Heartmann: “We’re here, too!”

Crowlie: “You don’t need to worry anymore!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “You guys!”

Wesley: “Leave the tearful reunion for some other time. Oz looks like he’s going to keel over.”

Oz: “Come on, help me out here! My knees are killing me!”

Crowlie: “All right, grandpa.”

Oz: “Hey, who just called me grandpa?! Was it the scarecrow?!”

Leonardo: “Gotten hard of hearing, too?”

Heartmann: “You really are high maintenance now.”

Oz: “Quit treating me like an old timer!”

Dorothy: “Guys, just pull me up! Come on!”

And that’s how I was finally rescued and reunited with Oz and the others.

Unexpected Side of Heartmann

Oz: “What do you guys think of me coming back to this world?”

Leonardo: “I’m really glad to see you, of course! I mean, I owe you so much for granting my wish!”

Heartmann: “And I want you to see our kingdoms and our new human forms.”

Crowlie: “There is, however, one thing I can’t quite accept.”

Oz: “And what would that be?”

Crowlie: “The fact that Dorothy picked you to be her boyfriend!”

Leonardo: “Yeah, seriously! If you hadn’t come back, she’d probably have picked one of us!”

Oz: “hey, that’s totally different from what you just said!”

Heartmann: “You should’ve just come after the partner picking day…”

Oz: “Hey, come on, don’t say that.”

Leonardo: “And you didn’t even bring any gifts! I mean, you call yourself an adult?”

Oz: “I had too much luggage! I couldn’t get it all on the balloon!”

Crowlie: “Yeah, the same balloon you left Dorothy behind on.”

Oz: “Guh…I-I…”

Heartmann: “And she still picked you to be her boyfriend. I can’t quite accept that either.”

Oz: “Enough out of you. This time, I’m going back with Dorothy! You’ll see!”

Leonardo: “Now that wouldn’t be good for us!”

Oz: “Why not?!”

Heartmann: “If you take her away, we’ll really miss her!”

Crowlie: “Go back alone!”

Oz: “You guys just aren’t making any sense…”

Oz: “But, listen. I love Dorothy, and we’re going home together!”

Crowlie: “That resolution is really irksome!”

Oz: “Don’t get irked! Cheer me on!”

Chapter 14: New World in My Hand (12/12)

14.1

Oz swooped in at the last minute to save me from plummeting to my death, and my other friends helped pull me into the room.

Dorothy: “Oz…everyone! Oh, thank you so much!”

Oz: “Heh…well, good thing we showed up on time.”

Crowlie: “You’ll be all right now.”

Heartmann: “We’re here for you!”

Leonardo: “All right, time for the counterattack!’

Wesley: “Give me a second to catch my breath, at least…warping you all here’s left me beat.”

Oz: “Thanks for that, by the way. We wouldn’t have made it without you, Wesley.”

Wesley: “No need to thank me. If I don’t pull out a huge spell like this every once in a while, I’ll get rusty.”

I looked to the face of my beloved Oz, and my reliable companions and felt a rush of courage.

I couldn’t feel even a hint of the dark, oppressive worry that was assailing me up until a moment ago.

Oz: “But still…why’d Norton lock you up in here?”

Dorothy: “Oh! Norton told me something big. He said that the great power in the prophecy was just something he made up!”

Oz: “What? Are you serious?”

Crowlie: “It was a lie?”

Wesley: “Tch, I knew it!”

Heartmann: “Then what did he kidnap Dorothy for?”

Dorothy: “I don’t know, but…he did say there was a real prophecy.”

Leonardo: “A real prophecy?”

Oz: “Looks like this all has something to do with that real prophecy, then.”

That’s when I heard the door opening.

14.2

Norton: “…!”

Norton stepped into the room, and his eyes went wide when he noticed everyone.

Oz: “Sorry, but we decided to crash in your room for a bit.”

Norton: “How did you get in here?!”

Wesley: “Heh…you’re not the only wizard around.”

Crowlie: “Lord Solomon dispelled that illusion of you.”

Heartmann: “Lord Norton, why did you kidnap Dorothy?”

Leonardo: “I can’t forgive this — even coming from you!”

Norton: “This would have all gone well if you’d just sat quiet for a little longer…”

Norton tensed up, looking at us with cold eyes.

Oz: “Give it up, Norton!”

Oz and the others took up positions in front of me.

Wesley: “Leave this to me.”

Crowlie: “What? Weren’t you tired, Wesley?”

Wesley: “You’re up against a wizard! This isn’t someone you can b–”

Heartmann: “So what if he’s a wizard? With the three of us here, there’s nothing to fear.”

Leonardo: “Yeah, we’re not gonna lose this one!”

Oz: “See? Stupid, right? But when they get serious, they’re pretty tough.”

Crowlie: “We have you with us too, Oz.”

Oz: “I’m just tough…without the added stupid.”

Wesley: “So we’ve got a strong stage magician, a tough pack of fools, and an evil wizard all together.”

Wesley: “This is a pretty tough team, all things considered.”

Heartmann: “Former evil wizard.”

Leonardo: “Since Lord Norton’s filling the evil wizard role right now.”

Norton: “…”

Things could get ugly at the drop of a hat.

(What’s going to happen?!)

14.3

???: “That is enough!”

A noble voice echoed through the room, and everyone held their breath.

Solomon: “Let’s put an end to all this. The fighting, and the doubts.”

The noble voice had come from Solomon.

Dorothy: “Solomon?!”

Oz: “He’s finally here…”

Norton: “Lord Solomon…”

When Solomon appeared, the tense air of the room instantly dissipated.

Dorothy: “Solomon,k is it really true that there’s no great power?”

Solomon: “It’s true. The real prophecy is something completely different, I’m afraid.”

Oz: “You said you’d put an end to all the fighting and the doubt. So, how about telling us everything?”

Dorothy: “Yeah, let us in on this.”

Solomon: “Dorothy, I’m sorry for putting you through this painful experience.”

Solomon: “First, let me talk about the true prophecy.”

Everyone looked at Solomon with nervous eyes.

Solomon: “On the day that the chosen one turns seventeen, this world will be born again anew.”

Crowlie: “Wait, are you saying…”

Leonardo: “…that our world…”

Heartmann: “…will be reborn?”

Solomon: “Correct. The birth of a new world. Oz will become something completely different.”

14.4

Dorothy: “It will?!”

Norton: “…”

Oz: “How’ll it change?”

Solomon: “It will be reborn based on the will of the chosen one.”

Oz: “And the chosen one is Dorothy, right?”

Dorothy: “Then that means I’LL change the Land of Oz?!”

Solomon: “That’s right. Dorothy is the chosen one of our land, the one who will bring new life to our world.”

(That’s WAY too much responsibility!)

Oz: “So, that’s the real prophecy, huh. Why’d you keep it a secret?”

Solomon: “Because the prophecy will only come true under a certain condition.”

(A certain condition? What could that be?)

Dorothy: “Is that condition…true love, maybe?” (Intimacy +7)

Solomon: “Why do you think that?”

Dorothy: “Well, you made me pick a romantic partner, right? I’d always thought that was strange.”

Oz: “Oh, I get it. It’s like he was telling us to fall in love.”

Dorothy: “Right, so maybe he had me get together with someone because he needed love to bloom for the prophecy to work out.”

Oz: “Makes sense…so that’s why he gathered us up as suitors, then.”

Solomon: “Correct. Since even with magic, one can’t force love.”

Oz: “And if you needed true love coming about of its own accord, you had to hide the true prophecy… Is that what you’re getting at?”

Solomon nodded sadly.

14.5

Solomon: “No matter my reasons, I used Dorothy, and that will not change. Forgive me for not telling you the truth.”

Wesley: “…If that prophecy’s true, I would’ve kept it a secret, too.”

Oz: “The responsibility of changing the world is massive. Can’t think of falling in love when you’ve got that on your shoulders.”

(He’s right…Solomon must have been in a lot of pain, not being able to tell me the truth…)

Solomon looked over at Norton.

Solomon: “Nothing you do to Dorothy will stop the prophecy’s power.”

Norton: “…”

Dorothy: “Huh? What do you mean?”

Solomon: “Norton here, you see, was trying to prevent the prophecy from coming to fruition.”

(But, why…?)

Norton: “So you noticed, Lord Solomon.”

Leonardo: “And that’s why he locked Dorothy away?!”

Crowlie: “But why did Lord Norton try to prevent the prophecy from coming true?”

Heartmann: “And here I thought he was trying to use the prophecy himself…”

Solomon: “Norton truly loves our world, so he did not want to see it change.”

Norton: “…”

Dorothy: “So you locked me in this room and wanted to wait until my birthday passed, didn’t you?”

(So that’s how much Norton loves the Land of Oz…)

Solomon: “Norton, what you’ve done…it will bring about the opposite of what you desire.”

Norton: “…What do you mean?”

Solomon: “If you harm Dorothy, her wish will become twisted.”

Norton: “Become…twisted…?”

14.6

Solomon: “Should her birthday come about while she’s locked away and scared…”

Solomon: “…the wish she holds in her heart will twist, bend, contort, and that will affect our world.”

Dorothy: “You mean that will make Oz itself become twisted, too?!”

Norton: “…!”

Norton’s face paled.

Solomon: “And you don’t want a world like that, do you?”

Norton: “My efforts would bring about the corruption of Oz…?”

Norton put on a pained face.

Norton: “Then…then what am I to do?!”

When I saw Norton looking like that, I couldn’t help but feel pity for him.

(Norton did this all because he loved the Land of Oz so much…)

He created a false prophecy and put Wesley in the running in an attempt to foil its fruition.

He even went against the man he looked up to most, Solomon, and locked me away.

(All because he loved this world…)

Solomon: “The prophecy can be stopped by no one. Now, it’s all up to Dorothy.”

Hearing that, Norton looked at me with eyes desperate for salvation.

Norton: “…”

His eyes lacked the icy coldness they boasted before.

Oz: “That’s a pretty big responsibility…”

(Yeah, it really is. But…but, I…)

14.7

Dorothy: “It’ll be all right, don’t worry! I don’t want to change Oz.”

I said with a smile.

Norton: “…?!”

Oz: “That’s your wish, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “Yeah, it is.”

Norton: “Why…?”

Dorothy: “Well, I love the Land of Oz.” (Intimacy +7)

Norton: “…!”

Oz: “Haha! Yeah, you sure do.”

Dorothy: “I love Oz the way it is, and I love the people who live here.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy…!”

Heartmann: “Haha…glad to hear it!”

Leonardo: “We love you too, Dorothy!”

Wesley: “Pretty airheaded reason, but it’s not half bad. I like it!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “So I don’t have any reason to change this world. None at all.”

Norton: “Do you mean that…?”

Dorothy: “Every word. There’s no way I would change the Land of Oz!”

Leonardo: “I believe in you, Dorothy!”

Crowlie: “I believe in you, too!”

Heartmann: “Me too!”

Oz: “Dorothy’s a strong-willed girl. I think you can trust her.”

Dorothy: “I promise!”

Norton: “Thank you, Dorothy… Thank you so much!”

Solomon: “Now, we just need to wait for that fateful hour.”

Solomon said with a smile.

Solomon: “Tomorrow, it will be Dorothy’s birthday at last.”

14.8

Then, that fateful day was upon us.

Today, I would turn 17.

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Good morning, Toto. Did you sleep well?”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto energetically wagged his tail.

Dorothy: “So, it’s finally my birthday… I mean, I’ve got a birthday every year, but this one is super special.”

Since I’m going to end up deciding this world’s fate.

The responsibility was immense, but i was ready to take it on.

Dorothy: “I love Oz so much, I don’t want it to change…so I’ll have to make sure I keep it the way it is!”

???: “Nice pep talk you’re giving yourself there.”

I looked over at the door to see Oz peeking through.

Dorothy: “Hey, could you at least knock?”

Oz: “Haha! Sorry, sorry.”

With that, Oz stepped into the room.

Oz: “I wanted to play a little trick on you if you were asleep. I’m just reeling with disappointment.”

Oz sat down next to me with that easygoing light tone of his, then looked me right in the eyes.

His lips were smiling, but his eyes were worried.

14.9

(He’s joking around to calm me down, isn’t he?)

Happy that he was thinking about me, I leaned on him.

Oz: “Oh?”

Dorothy: “Haha…I just felt like leaning on you.”

Oz: “So you did.”

Oz put his arm around my shoulder and pulled me towards himself.

Oz: “I feel like doing this, too.”

His warmth reassured me so much. I felt a lot safer.”

Oz: “Happy birthday. You’re 17 now.”

He put out his free hand in front of my eyes.

And in the next moment, he was holding a small flower.

Dorothy: “Oh, what a cute flower. Thank you.”

I took it from him.

Oz: “Not quite as beautiful as you, though.”

Dorothy: “Haha…a smooth talker, as always.”

Oz: “I try. Now…I’d love to stay like this all day, but we can’t.”

Dorothy: “What’s up?”

14.10

Oz: “What, don’t tell me you’ve forgotten. You’ve got your birthday party today, remember?”

Dorothy: “Oh, yeah!”

Oz: “All right, question. There’s something you need for your birthday. What is it?”

Dorothy: “Something I need?”

Dorothy: “Oh, I need a dress!”

Oz: “Correct.”

Dorothy: “What should I do? I haven’t prepared anything…”

Oz: “Don’t worry, just wear a dress from the wardrobe.”

Dorothy: “Wait, I can just…take one?”

Oz: “Got permission from Solomon already. Don’t worry, I’ve got it all worked out.”

Oz said with a proud look.

Dorothy: “Thanks, Oz. That really helps out. But, uh…could you not look so smug?”

Oz: “Hahaha! Well, let’s head for the wardrobe.”

Dorothy: “Come along, Toto.”

Toto: “Woof!”

14.11

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I put on my dress and headed to the dance hall to see a large crowd already gathered.

(There’s so many people!)

The sheer classiness of the hall and its crowd overwhelmed me.

(Last time I came here with oz, it was night and totally empty…)

Then, Crowlie and the others showed up.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, that’s a beautiful dress!”

Heartmann: “You look good in anything, Dorothy!”

Leonardo: “You’re beautiful, Dorothy!”

Dorothy: “Thanks, you guys. Hey, have you seen Oz around?”

Oz should have gone to the dance hall while I was changing.

Crowlie: “Oh, I saw him speaking with guests over there.”

Heartmann: “The Great Oz is really famous, so everyone wants his attention.”

Then, the band started to fill the hall with music.

Leonardo: “Hey, Dorothy! Could you dance with me?”

Crowlie: “I think you should dance with Heartmann, Leonardo.”

Leonardo: “Why should I?”

Crowlie: “Because I’m going to be the one to dance with Dorothy! Isn’t that right?”

Heartmann: “Nonsense, nonsense. I’M the one dancing with Dorothy. Right?”

The three of them offered up their hands.

Wesley: “Get out of here, you lot!”

Wesley pushed through and offered me his hand.

Wesley: “Dorothy, I’ll dance with ya.”

(Wesley, too?!)

Crowlie: “Wesley, didn’t you hate balloon dancing?”

Heartmann: “You really don’t need to force yourself to dance. Really.”

Leonardo: “So go ahead and get lost, yeah?”

Wesley: “Shut up, stooges! Want me to blow you away with a spell?!”

Four eager hands were right in front of me, and I had no idea what to do.

(I’m really glad they’re all offering, but…who do I pick?)

???: “No need to wrack your brains, because your dance partner has arrived.

I turned around to see Oz.

Dorothy: “Oz!”

Oz: “…!”

When Oz looked at me, really looked at me, he let out a startled gasp.

Oz: “You picked a wonderful dress. It looks amazing on you.”

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

Oz: “You’ve grown so much…”

Oz’s compliments brought forth a wave of embarrassment.

Dorothy: “Well, I am 17.”

Oz: “True… Hey, let me do that dance offer over.”

Oz put on a serious face and slowly extended his hand toward me in a gentlemanly manner.

Oz: “Might I have this dance, princess?”

This was the second time he had asked me to dance.

And this was the second time I would give him this answer.

Dorothy: “It would be my pleasure.”

I took Oz’s hand.

Heartmann: “She picked the Great Oz again?!”

Leonardo: “Let us dance with her, too!”

Oz: “Sorry, but Dorothy’s going out with me.”

Oz said with his usual look.

Then, leaving the bitter three behind, Oz took me to the center of the dance hall.

Dorothy: “This is the second time we’ll dance like this, huh?”

Oz: “Do you remember what I taught you?”

Dorothy: “of course. Hart to forget when I’ve got such a good teacher.”

Oz: “then let’s dance.”

We started to dance gracefully, our motions matching the music.

The eyes of the crowd focused on us.

Oz: “This time we’ve got a big audience.”

Dorothy: “yeah, a lot bigger than just Toto this time.”

Oz: “I liked it better when it was just the two of us, though. That was romantic.”

Dorothy: “Haha…it was only a few days ago, but it feels like it’s been so long.”

Oz: “Well, a lot happened.”

Dorothy: “yeah, a lot happened, but…since we can dance together like this, I’m really happy about thieving.”

Oz: “We really changed over these past few days.”

Indeed, our relationship had changed a lot.

Oz: “Right now, you’re so important to me, Dorothy. I love you from the bottom of my heart.”

Oz smiled gently at me as we danced, a sight that warmed my heart.

(And you’re an important man to me, Oz. One I love from the bottom of my heart as well!)

As if my feelings had gotten through to him, his soft hand on mine held me tighter.

Our dance steps matched up as perfectly as our feelings.

Dorothy: “I’m glad I came back to Oz.”

Even if it was only to fulfill the prophecy, I’m truly glad I returned.

(Because I was able to fall in love, true love!)

Oz: “Yeah. I’m really glad I came back to Oz, too.”

We continued to dance, gazing into each others’ eyes.

Everyone watching our dance let out a sigh of awe.

Oz: “How are you feeling now?”

Dorothy: “I feel like a princess in a fairy tale.”

Oz: “Haha! Good to hear!”

Dorothy: “How do you feel?”

Oz: “Like a prince in a that same fairy tale.”

Dorothy: “Haha…you’re my very own prince, Oz.”

Oz: “And you’re my very own princess, Dorothy.”

Time flew by like I was in a dream.

Eventually, the music stopped, ending our dance as well.

The party guests all clapped and cheered for us.

(Thank you, everyone!)

I waved back to them and saw Crowlie and the others as well, waving at us with smiles.

Dorothy: “Let’s go back to everyone.”

[Spoiler Warning!] (Chapter 14 CG)

When I said that and turned to move back to my friends, Oz hugged me from behind.

Oz: “I promise you…”

Oz: “…we’ll go back. Together.”

Oz whispered in my ear.

I put my hand on the one he had around me.

Dorothy: “Yeah. We’re going back together.”

I said with a smile. Oz smiled back at me, then slowly brought his face towards mine.

I closed my eyes and felt a soft, warm sensation at my lips.

Oz: “Let this kiss seal that deal.”

Our feelings were the same.

We were going to do what we needed to do here in Oz, then go back to our world together.

Wonderful days were waiting for us ahead.

So to keep that promise, I had to step up to the duty that had been given to me.

We held hands and started walking.

Oz: “Don’t worry. I’m with you.”

He gazed at me with decisive eyes.

Just like the eyes he showed me with I picked him.

(If he’s with me, I’ve got nothing to be afraid of.)

I firmly held onto his hand.

Dorothy: “Yeah!”

The moment of destiny was slowly drawing closer.

14.12

Crowlie: “I don’t want to admit it, but you two were beautiful on the dance floor!”

Heartmann: “You were so perfectly in touch with each other, there was no way we could butt in.”

Leonardo: “Seriously…”

Oz: “Of course it was. Who do you think I am?”

Wesley: “Heh, a mere magician.”

Oz: “Hush up, wizard.”

Wesley and Oz glared at each other, then grinned.

Dorothy: “Thanks, everyone.”

Then Solomon and Norton came along.

Solomon: “Dorothy, happy 17th birthday.”

Norton: “it is finally here…the moment of destiny.”

Since the day that Oz would be reborn had come, everyone looked nervous.

Solomon: “Our Land of Oz will change from Dorothy’s true love and deeply-held wish.

Solomon turned his gaze to me.

(It’s time…!)

Oz: “Dorothy, will you be all right?”

Dorothy: “Yeah.”

I prepared myself. It was time to decide the fate of the Land of Oz.

Boys Talk among Unchosen Ones

Leonardo: “When I look at Dorothy’s smiling face, sometimes I feel really…weird. Complicated.”

Heartmann: “Yeah, I really get that.”

Heartmann: “I mean, on one hand, you want to cheer on Dorothy and Oz, but on the other, you really wish she picked you.”

Crowlie: “If she had picked me, I would have taken her on a tour in the Emerald City.”

Leonardo: “If she had picked me, I’d have taken her out on a walk while we ate great food.”

Heartmann: “If she had picked me, I wanted to cut down trees with her…”

Leonardo: “Hahaha! Why not a date. Why take her to work?”

Heartmann: “I think it’s pretty nice, though, enjoying work together.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy would probably gladly lend you a helping hand.”

Leonardo: “Yeah, I bet. She was quite the go-getter back in our last journey, too.”

Heartmann: “Yeah, you know it. And I mean, we’re all friends from that journey, too.”

Crowlie: “So we’ve got to give her our blessing with smiles on our faces.”

Wesley: “I bet you’re still torn up inside, aren’tcha?”

Crowlie: “The Wizard of the West…when’d you get here?”

Heartmann: “What’s the matter? You look pretty down.”

Wesley: “I ain’t down…”

Crowlie: “Wait…could it be that you’re disappointed you didn’t get picked, too?”

Wesley: “Wh-What’re you blathering on about?”

Leonardo: “No way, there’s no way you’d get picked.”

Wesley: “Hey, you don’t know that! I had a chance!”

Crowlie: “Nope, not happening. The possibility is zero.”

Heartmann: “Yeah. You can imagine whatever you want, but…that’ll stay a fantasy.”

Wesley: “Tch…I shouldn’t have talked to you guys!”

True Ending

1

Solomon: “Everyone!”

Solomon’s voice echoed throughout the dance hall.

The crowd all fixed their eyes on him.

Solomon: “On this day that Dorothy turns 17, Oz will be reborn as a new world!”

Cries of surprised and eager anticipation rose from the crowd, as well as those of worry.

Solomon put out a hand to quiet the crowd, then continued.

Solomon: “There is nothing to fear!”

Solomon: “Dorothy, the one who would change our world, promised she would keep it the way it is!”

Everyone turned their expectant eyes towards me.

Then, with a gentle smile, Solomon made his request.

Solomon: “Dorothy, your prayer, if you would.”

Dorothy: “Okay!”

I turned to Oz, standing next to me.

Oz: “Believe in your conviction and our love and pray.”

Oz said with a soft smile.

Crowlie: “Dorothy…!”

Crowlie, Heartmann and Leonardo were watching me nervously as well.

Norton: “Dorothy, I trust our fate to you…!”

Norton said as if he were praying and Wesley silently nodded.

Wesley: “Don’t worry. You can do it.”

(I’ve got to meet everyone’s expectations.. No, I will! Definitely!)

Oz: “I’m right here with you. You’ve got nothing to worry about.”

Dorothy: “Thanks, Oz.”

Calming myself down, I softly closed my eyes.

I clasped my hands at my chest and began to pray from the heart.

(Please, let Oz stay the way it is!)

(Let it say a place that my beloved friends can be happy in!)

2

(Let me true love grand this wish!)

I wished strongly in my mind, and the core of my body started to get warmer.

Oz: “What in the…?”

Crowlie: “Dorothy’s glowing…!”

Heartmann: “No, she’s being wrapped in light!”

Leonardo: “But, why?!”

That’s when I noticed I was covered in rainbow colored light.

Solomon: “The prophecy is coming true… It’s the start of a miracle…!”

Norton: “…!”

Wesley: “The world’s going to change…!”

Toto: “Woof?!”

I calmed myself down and kept on praying.

(I wish Oz stays the same, that everyone becomes even happier!)

Oz: “The light’s spreading…!”

The rainbow light spread farther and farther out from me.

Leonardo: “It’s too bright to see!”

Heartmann: “Just how far is this light going to go?!”

Norton: “The castle…no, all of Oz is being bathed in light!”

The wave of rainbow light swallowed up Quadlings City and moved further, engulfing the mountains, the sea, even the sky.

Solomon: “What a beautiful light…!”

Light engulfed everything.

Eventually, the light gathered together and quietly disappeared.

(What happened to the Land of Oz…?)

I looked out the window to see a beam of gentle light pouring in.

Oz: “Say…!”

3

Countless rainbows spread through the clear sky, and the wind blew like music.

Solomon: “So, this is the new Oz…!”

The forests were full of flowers and green vegetation, and birds fluttering about as if to celebrate the dawn of their new world.

Crowlie: “It doesn’t look like the world has changed much…”

Heartmann: “But…it is different from before.”

Leonardo: “I’ve seen a world like this before when I was dreaming!”

Wesley: “Looks like no one disappeared, or anything.”

Dorothy: “Then that means the Land of Oz is the same?”

Solomon: “It is. However…”

Solomon: “Norton, have you ever seen Oz this radiant?”

Norton: “I have not. It’s…it’s wonderful!”

Oz: “So this is the new world, huh…it’s beautiful. It’s filled with hope, with kindness, with love.”

Oz turned to me after he whispered that.

Oz: “It’s like a world of dreams.”

(A world of dreams…)

That’s how I had always felt Oz to be.

Solomon: “Dorothy, your prayer changed our world.”

Solomon: “Your love for the Land of Oz and the Great Oz changed the world into a wonderfully pleasant one.”

Dorothy: “My prayer changed the land of Oz…”

Solomon: “Thank you, Dorothy. You allowed our world to be reborn into something far more beautiful.”

Norton: “Thank you very much.”

Solomon and Norton bowed their heads and thanked me.

4

Dorothy: “Are you sure about this…?”

Norton: “Of course. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, thanks for giving us such a great world!”

Heartmann: “I’m so happy! Thanks!”

Crowlie: “Good thing we believed in you, Dorothy! Thank you so much!”

All the guests in the dance hall, too, showered me with praise and thanks.

Oz: “It all turned out all right, huh Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “Yeah. If the people of the Oz can have even better lives now, I’m really glad.”

Solomon: “Since it was prophesied…this might have been bound to happen.”

Wesley: “It was all predetermined, huh?”

Oz: “What do you mean?”

Wesley: “I’m talking about that storm that crashed your balloon. I can’t think that was just a coincidence.”

Dorothy: “Huh? Someone was behind that?”

Wesley: “It probably happened because you were trying to leave this world.”

Dorothy: “Who did it, though?”

Wesley: “The world itself.”

Solomon: “The Land of Oz must have wanted this to happen.”

Oz: “So, this is the will of Oz…huh.”

Norton: “I was thinking along those lines, as well.”

Wesley: “And that’s why you resorted to locking her away?”

Norton nodded quietly.

5

Norton: “I should have trusted in both Dorothy and the prophecy from the start.”

Dorothy: “That’s all right, Norton. The Land of Oz has turned into the best place its ever been — we’ve all got to celebrate it together.”

Oz: “Yeah. Today’s your birthday, and the birthday of this new land.”

Solomon: “I would love to do just that, but it seems that we do not have the time.”

Dorothy: “What…?”

Solomon gazed at Oz and me.”

Solomon: “There is no time left for the two of you in this world, I’m afraid.”

Dorothy: “Wait, what do you mean?”

Leonardo: “Are you leaving, Dorothy?!”

Heartmann: “That’s way too sudden!”

Crowlie: “No one told us about this!”

Oz: “Is this the will of this world, too?”

Solomon: “Indeed. There is nothing I can do about it.”

Dorothy: “Then this means I”ll have to say goodbye?”

Solomon: “All that I can do is open the path that will take you back home.”

Wesley: “Because she’s from another world, huh…”

Solomon nodded at Wesley’s words.

Dorothy: “Oh, no…”

Oz: “Dorothy…”

Oz said in a soothing tone.

6

Oz: “You did what you had to do as the chosen one. Leaving everyone behind will be hard, but…you have to go home.”

Dorothy: “But…”

Oz: “Oz is a dream world, Dorothy. It’s not a place we should be. And besides…”

Oz: “We promised to go home together, didn’t we?”

I hadn’t forgotten that promise.

Dorothy: “Yeah…”

Solomon: “Then it is time to open the door between our worlds.”

Solomon stretched his arms out wide.

Solomon: “Come forth, door that links our lands!”

Particles of light gathered together then flashed, leaving behind a golden door.

Solomon: “You can go through this door to return to Kansas.”

The golden door began to open with a heavy groan.

Leonardo: “Dorothy, you’ve got to actually tell us goodbye this time!”

Heartmann: “Yeah, it’d be awful to just leave without a word this time!”

Crowlie: “Dorothy…!”

The three closed the distance between us, tears in their eyes.

Dorothy: “Everyone, thank you for everything! I’m so happy we got to meet again!”

Heartmann: “We feel the same! I mean, we’re friends.”

Dorothy: “Yeah, and we always will be.”

Heartmann: “T-Take care, Dorothy… Ohhh…”

Heartmann burst out into tears and wiped his eyes with his handkerchief.

Dorothy: “You take care too, Heartmann.”

Crowlie: “I Don’t want to say goodbye, but…I’ll see you off with a smile. I hope you live happily with Oz.”

Dorothy: “Thank you, Crowlie. I hope you’ll be happy, too.”

Crowlie: “Oz, there’s something I need to tell you.”

7

Oz: “What’s that?”

Crowlie: “I’ll never forgive you if you make Dorothy unhappy.”

Oz: “Heh, I’ll promise, then. I’ll make her happy, no matter what. Take care, Emerald King.”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, I love youuuu!”

Dorothy: “Oh, Leonardo, I love you, too. Tell the animals back in the forest I said hi, okay?”

Leonardo: “I definitely will! Take care, and never let go of the Great Oz, okay?”

Wesley: “Tch…this is too cheesy. I’m going to bed.”

Dorothy: “Wesley, come on. We finally became friends. Are you really going to walk out on us?”

Wesley: “Excuse me? FRIENDS? I don’t need any friends.”

Dorothy: “Well, you’ve got Crowlie and the others now, haven’t you? Come on, no need to hide it.”

Wesley: “…Don’t order me around!”

Oz: “C’mon, don’t say that. You helped out a lot. Farewell, friend.”

Wesley: “Tch…yeah, bye. …Take care.”

Norton: “Dorothy, I did something truly terrible to you. I must beg your forgiveness.”

Dorothy: “I already have. Keep on loving the Land of Oz, all right?”

Norton: “Thank you so much. I will be praying for your happiness.”

Solomon: “Dorothy, allow me to thank on you behalf of all the people of this land. I am truly grateful.”

Dorothy: “You take care too, Solomon.”

Solomon: “Great Oz, I am grateful to you, too. Thank you.”

Oz: “That’s what I want to say to you. I found something incredibly important, all thanks to you.”

Solomon: “Haha…well, I’ll be praying for your happiness. Take care, the both of you.”

Oz and I stood in front of the golden door.

8

Dorothy: “Goodbye, everyone! I hope you stay happy!”

Oz: “Take care, everyone! Goodbye, Land of Oz!”

The people watching us all said their goodbyes and farewells.

Oz: “Well, let’s go home!”

Oz took my hand.

Dorothy: “Yes, let’s.”

I held onto his hand tight.

The two of us stepped through the door, and Toto hurriedly leapt through the door after us.

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Oh, sorry, Toto! I almost forgot you!”

I heard the door starting to close and turned back.

My beloved friends were all waving at me.

Crowlie: “Goodbye, Dorothy!”

Heartmann: “Take care!”

Leonardo: “See ya, Dorothy!”

Dorothy: “Goodbye, everyone!”

The door closed, and I could no longer see them.

All of the loneliness I had been holding back all came up at once.

(Goodbye, my beloved Land of Oz…)

Oz: “Look, it’s the Rainbow Bridge!”

The Rainbow Bridge stretched out in front of us over the blue sky below.

Oz: “Kansas is waiting for us just over this bridge.

Dorothy: “Yeah, let’s go!”

Still holding each other’s hands, we started walking.

9

Oz: “It’s pretty strange, walking on a rainbow.”

Dorothy: “You think it would be safer on the balloon?”

Oz: “Yeah…but you know, one of these days I want to try making a new hot air balloon. One that goes farther, faster than the one I have now.”

Dorothy: “Oh yeah?”

Oz: “Yeah. And I can do it. Illusionists are pretty good with new technology.”

Dorothy: “So they can use them in their new tricks?”

Oz: “Exactly. So you know I can pull it off.”

Dorothy: “Wow, that sounds like a vessel right out of a dream .I’d love to give it a ride.”

Oz: “Haha! You will one day. We’ll ride it together!”

That, however, is when it happened.

Dorothy: “Huh…?!”

We were pulled apart, as if by an invisible force.

Oz: “What’s going on…?!”

No matter how much I struggled or held my ground, it pulled me away.

Dorothy: “Oh, our hands…!”

I panicked, seeing our hands about to slip apart.

Oz: “Don’t let go…!”

Oz reached out with everything he had.

Dorothy: “Oz! Oh no, I can’t hold on!”

We came to a point where our fingers were just barely touching.

They would pull apart at any moment.

Dorothy: “Ahh!”

Our hands finally came apart, and Oz went flying away.

Oz: “Dorothy…!”

10

(We’re going to get separated!)

Oz: “Dorothy, just wait! I’ll come for you!”

Oz’s desperate voice was the last thing I heard before my consciousness started to fade.

(Oz…I’ll be waiting…)

Unable to say that out loud, I fainted.

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

(Toto’s…calling me…)

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Toto: “Woof!”

When I came to, I saw Toto peering into my face.

Dorothy: “Where am I…?”

That’s when I noticed my house in Kansas, the one I’d seen so many times.

Dorothy: “I’m…I’m back…”

(Oh! Oh, where’s Oz?!)

I hurriedly pulled myself up and looked around the area.

Oz, however, was nowhere to be seen.

Dorothy: “Oh, no…we really did end up separated!”

A deep sadness and a boundless worry engulfed me.

Toto: *Whine*

Dorothy: “We managed to stick together, huh Toto?”

That was the only silver lining this cloud had.

(Oh!)

I noticed something and looked up.

Dorothy: “If Toto’s back with me, that means that Oz should be back in this world, too!”

A small ray of hope shone through my vortex of sadness and worry.

11

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto barked, like he was trying to cheer me up.

(Now, right before I fainted, Oz said something…)

Oz: “Dorothy, just wait! I’ll come for you!”

Dorothy: “Oh, that’s right! He told me to wait till he’d come to me!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “I believe in him! He’s the man who came to save me when I was locked away!”

(Oz will come for me, I just know it!)

My hope grew and grew, pushing away the sadness and anxiety.

Dorothy: “Oh, but…”

Then, another idea floated into my mind.

Dorothy: “Hey, Toto, should I just…stay still? Really?”

Toto: “?”

Dorothy: “I mean, I don’t know when he’ll come, right?”

Dorothy: “Then shouldn’t I look for him? To see him again sooner?”

I thought that was a great idea.

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Toto barked and wagged his tail, as if to agree with me.

Dorothy: “I’ve decided it, then! I’m going to look for Oz!”

My hope obliterated any negativity lingering in my mind, morphing into courage surging through my body.

Dorothy: “Well, I’d better get ready right after I go see Aunt Em and Uncle Henry!”

Toto: “Woof!”

(Oz, I’ll find you again! I just know it!)

Then, a few days later.

I’d been searching for Oz since then, but I couldn’t find him anywhere.

Dorothy: “He’s really nowhere to be found, huh…?”

Toto: “*Whine*”

Toto, who’d been helping me look, let out a defeated whine.

Dorothy: “So he isn’t in this town, is he…”

He wasn’t in the town i looked around in yesterday either.

Or the one in the day before that. Or the one the day before THAT.

(I’m going to go crazy if I don’t get any clues…)

Toto: “*Whine*”

Dorothy: “You tired, Toto? We can take a little break.

I looked around for a place we could rest, but…

(Wait, which way did I come from again?)

I’d never been to this town before, so I didn’t know the lay of the land.

(Wait, I’m not…lost, am I…?)

It was a big town, and the roads were almost maze-like.

(Wait, I really AM lost! Oh, what am I going to do…?!)

(I might not even be able to get back home…)

Thinking that just made things scarier.

???: “What’re you doing?”

(…!)

12

Hearing a voice all of a sudden from behind, I got so shocked I thought my heart would stop.

The moment I was about to scream, someone covered my mouth with their hand.

(…?!)

???: “Whoa, no screaming now.”

A familiar voice whispered into my ear.

(Wait a minute…?!)

The hand over my mouth slowly pulled away, and I quickly turned around.

Oz: “Howdy, little miss.”

Standing behind me was Oz.

Dorothy: “Oz…?!”

I knew he was Oz, but I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Oz: “You all right?”

He peered into my face with a worried look.

Dorothy: “Is it really you, Oz?”

Oz: “I don’t think there are any other Ozs around.”

Dorothy: “Oz! I thought my heart would stop!”

Oz: “Did I startle you that much?”

Dorothy: “Well, I…I didn’t think we’d meet in a place like this.”

Oz: “Sorry about that. Wasn’t trying to scare you.”

Oz: “But, what were you doing here, anyway?”

Oz: “I told you to wait because I’d come get you, didn’t I?”

Oz said in mock exasperation, smiling.

I was really happy to see that smile again after so long.

13

Dorothy: “But you didn’t even tell me when you’d come to get me.”

Oz: “C’mon, don’t ding me on that. I was looking for you every day.”

Dorothy: “I didn’t want to just stand around and wait, so I went looking for you, too.”

Oz: “Heh…that’s totally like you. You really are tough.”

Oz said, looking at my feet.

Oz: “You dirtied your shoes that much…”

Then, he turned his eyes back to mine and smiled gently.

Oz: “You’ve come a long way, but don’t worry. I’ll never leave you again.”

Dorothy: “Oz…!”

Unable to contain the emotions bursting out of me, I flung my arms around him.

Oz: “I’m not letting you go, ever again.”

Oz held me tight too.

Dorothy: “I’m never leaving you again!”

We might have met in the Land of Oz, a dreamland in its own right, but this wasn’t a happy dream.

Oz: “Thank goodness…we really did get back together, just like we promised.”

I never forgot that promise.

Dorothy: “We sure did.”

Oz: “This…is where my journey ends.”

Dorothy: “It isn’t over yet.”

Oz: “It isn’t?”

Dorothy: “No. It starts now — with the two of us.”

Oz’s journey of atonement may have finished, but this is where the journey of our life together began.

14

Oz: “Heh…you’re right. Let’s have a fun one!”

Dorothy: “That’s a promise, Oz.”

Oz: “Yeah, I promise. If I let you down, those three stooges’ll never let me hear the end of it.”

Oz: “But, you know…”

I could feel Oz holding me tighter.

Dorothy: “Oz…?”

Oz: “I didn’t think I’d see you again so soon…”

Oz: “I was ready to find you wherever in the world you’d ended up. No matter how many days, months…years it took.”

Dorothy: “Oz…”

I could tell from his voice just how much Oz loved me.

Oz: “And if you ended up back in Quadlings…I was going to go back to Oz.”

Dorothy: “But, without the Rainbow Bridge or your balloon, you can’t…”

(You can’t get back to Oz, right?)

Oz: “That doesn’t matter.”

Oz: “If you’d been sent back to Oz, I’d have gone back no matter what it took.”

Oz: “Because I promised you I’d find you.”

When Oz loosened his grip on me, he took my hand.

And just like when he played his magic trick, he laid a kiss on the back of my hand.

Oz: “Dorothy, you’re the only woman I’ve ever loved. I vow to never let go of this hand.”

Dorothy: “I do, too.”

I held Oz’s hand, too. Then, we found ourselves gazing into each other’s eyes.

[Spoiler Warning!] (True Ending CG)

Oz: “Let me show you that love…”

Oz’s face drew closer, and I quietly closed my eyes.

His gentle lips on mine made me remember that long journey.

(I’m going to live with Oz… I may not see all of my friends from that world again, but…)

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going to miss them.

(But they’re still in our hearts.)

Along with the Land of Oz that I loved so much.

As they would be forever.

The True Ending Completed!

Oz: “Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end!”

Dorothy: “I’m so happy we made it safely back to Kansas! Congratulations!”

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Dorothy: “Toto’s congratulating you, too!”

Oz: “Yeah…living happily in our world really is the best ending.”

Dorothy: “You’re right! Oh, but…”

Oz: “What?”

Dorothy: “We might just be able to stay in Oz, you know?”

Oz: “You mean…another ending?”

Dorothy: “Yeah, and I hear the other endings have different pictures, too.”

Oz: “Different pictures for different endings, huh…”

Dorothy: “Aren’t you curious about them?”

Oz: “I have to admit, I am… I feel like something crazy will happen in some of them, too.”

Dorothy: “Want to take a look?”

Oz: “You’re really selling these hard, aren’t you? Do you know what happens? If you do, tell me a bit.”

Dorothy: “I don’t know either. We’ll know if we see them, though! Right?”

Oz: “That’s true, but…”

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Oz: “Hey, Toto just ran off!”

Dorothy: “We went to another ending! Let’s go after him!”

Oz: “Heh…so that’s how it is, huh? Well, let’s go to that other ending!”

Friends Ending (14/14)

1

A tiny hint of dread squirmed about in my heart. Now, of all times.

(What am I worried about? Why now…?)

Oz: “Pray, Dorothy. Believe in your feelings and the true love between us and pray.”

Oz said with a gentle smile.

His smile and words wiped the worry in my heart away.

Crowlie: “Dorothy…!”

Crowlie and the other two were looking at me with concern in their eyes.

(I won’t be alone in changing the world. I’ve got my friends, too…)

Solomon’s voice rang through the dancing hall.

Solomon: “Everyone!”

Everyone in the hall had their eyes on Solomon.

Solomon: “On this day that Dorothy turns seventeen, the Land of Oz will become a new world!”

Cries came from the crowd. Surprise, anticipation, and worry.

After calming them, Solomon continued.

Solomon: “There is nothing to fear!”

Solomon: “Dorothy, the one who will change our world, is a hero! She will bring Oz to even greater glory!”

The crowd turned to me with expectant eyes.

Then, a gentle smile at his lips, Solomon made his request of me.

Solomon: “Dorothy, your prayer, if you would.”

Dorothy: “All right!”

Norton: “Dorothy, it is in your hands!”

Norton said with a reverent look, and Wesley nodded quietly.

Wesley: “No worries. You can do it.”

(Everyone’s counting on me. I have to come through… No, I WILL come through! No matter what!)

Oz: “There’s nothing to worry about. I’m right here.”

Dorothy: “Yeah.”

I gave Oz a confident nod and quietly closed my eyes.

Then, clasping my hands at my chest and focusing on my love for Oz, I started praying.

(Please, let Oz stay the way it is, and let everyone become even happier!)

2

(Let me true love grant this wish!)

I wished strongly in my mind, and the core of my body started to get warmer.

Oz: “What in the…”

Crowlie: “Dorothy’s glowing…!”

Heartmann: “No, she’s being wrapped in light!”

Leonardo: “But, why?!”

That’s when I noticed I was covered in rainbow-colored light.

Solomon: “The prophecy is coming true… It’s the start of a miracle…!”

Norton: “…!”

Wesley: “The world’s going to change…!”

Toto: “Woof?!”

Oz: “The light’s spreading!”

The rainbow light spread farther and farther out from me.

Leonardo: “It’s too bright to see!”

Heartmann: “Just how far is this light going to go?!”

Norton: “The castle…no, all of Oz is being bathed in light!”

The wave of rainbow light swallowed up Quadlings City and moved further, engulfing the mountains, the sea, even the sky.

Solomon: “What a beautiful light…!”

Light engulfed everything.

Eventually, the light gathered together and quietly disappeared.

(What happened to the Land of Oz…?)

I looked out the window to see a beam of gentle light pouring in.

Oz: “Say…!”

3

The new Oz shone, full of bright light.

Solomon: “So this is the new Oz…”

The forests were full of flowers and green vegetation, the birds fluttering about as if to celebrate the dawn of their new world.

Crowlie: “It doesn’t look like the world has changed much…”

Heartmann: “But…it is different from before.”

Leonardo: “I can’t really explain it myself, but it’s like…brighter. Nicer than before.”

Wesley: “Looks like no one disappeared, or anything.”

Dorothy: “Did the land of Oz change? Or did it stay the same?”

Solomon: “It is the same. However…”

Solomon: “Norton, have you ever seen Oz this radiant?”

Norton: “I have not. It’s…it’s wonderful!”

Oz: “So this is the new world, huh… It’s beautiful. It’s filled with hope, with kindness, with love.”

Oz turned to me after he whispered that.

Oz: “It’s like a world of dreams.”

(A world of dreams…)

That’s how I had always felt Oz to be.

(This is the Land of Oz I’d always loved!)

Solomon: “Dorothy, your prayer changed our world.”

Solomon: “Your love for the Land of Oz and the Great Oz made the world’s change a wonderfully pleasant one.”

Dorothy: “My prayer changed the Land of Oz…”

Solomon: “Thank you, Dorothy. You allowed our world to be reborn into something far more beautiful.”

Norton: “Thank you very much.”

Solomon and Norton bowed their heads and thanked me.

Dorothy: “Are you sure about this…?”

4

Norton: “Of course. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, thanks for giving us such a great world!”

Heartmann: “I’m so happy! Thanks!”

Crowlie: “Good thing we believed in you, Dorothy! Thank you so much!”

All the guests in the dance hall, too, showered me with praise and thanks.”

Oz: “It all turned out all right, huh Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “Yeah. If the people of Oz can have even better lives now, I’m really glad.”

Solomon: “Since it was prophesized, this might have been bound to happen.”

Wesley: “It was all predetermined, huh?”

Oz: “What do you mean?”

Wesley: “I’m talking about that storm that crashed your balloon. I can’t think that was just a coincidence.”

Dorothy: “Huh? Someone was behind that?”

Wesley: “It probably happened because you were trying to leave this world.”

Dorothy: “Who did it, though?”

Wesley: “The world itself.”

Solomon: “The Land of Oz must have wanted this to happen.”

Oz: “So, this is the will of Oz, huh…”

Norton: “I was thinking along those lines, as well.”

Weesley: “And that’s why you resorted to locking her away?”

Norton nodded quietly.

6

Norton: “I should have trusted in both Dorothy and the prophecy from the start.”

Dorothy: “This is all right, Norton. The Land of Oz has turned into the best place it’s ever been — we’ve all got to celebrate it together.”

Solomon: “I would love to do just that, but it seems that we do not have the time.”

Dorothy: “What…?”

Solomon gazed at Oz and me.

Solomon: “There is not time left for the two of you in this world, I’m afraid.”

Dorothy: “Wait, what do you mean?!”

Leonardo: “Are you leaving, Dorothy?!”

Heartmann: “That’s way too sudden!”

Crowlie: “No one told us about this!”

Wesleu: “Because she’s from another world, huh…”

Solomon nodded at Wesley’s words.

Dorothy: “Oh, no…”

Oz: “Dorothy…”

Oz said in a soothing tone.

Oz: “You did what you had to do as the chosen one. Leaving everyone behind will be hard, but…you have to go home.”

Dorothy: “But…”

Oz: “Oz is a dream world, Dorothy. It’s not a place we should be. And besides…”

Oz: “We promised to go home together, didn’t we?”

I hadn’t forgotten that promise.

Dorothy: “Yeah…”

Solomon: “Then it is time to open the door between our worlds.”

Solomon stretched his arms out wide.

Solomon: “Come forth, door that links our lands!”

Particles of light gathered together, then flashed, leaving behind a golden door.

7

Solomon: “You can go through this door to return to Kansas.”

The golden door began to open with a heavy groan.

Past the door, I could see a deep blue sky above the great Rainbow Bridge.

(Kansas is just over the Rainbow Bridge…!)

(But if I cross it…I’ll be leaving the Land of Oz.)

Sadness assailed my mind when I thought that.

(Should I really just…leave like this?)

Crowlie: “Dorothy…”

Crowlie and the others were looking at me, their reluctance to see me go written on their faces.

(I want to at least say goodbye to my beloved friends…)

Oz: “What’s the matter?”

Oz asked, noticing my hesitation.

Oz: “You’re going back to Kansas, aren’t you?”

Dorothy: “Could I…could I get a little more time?”

Oz: “What are you on about? Solomon just said we didn’t have any more time.”

Solomon: “The golden door can only stay open for so long.”

Norton: “…”

Wesley: “Unfortunately, I don’t think that door’s opening again once it closes.”

Dorothy: “What, really?!”

Solomon: “I’m afraid Wesley is correct.”

Norton: “…”

Dorothy: “I at least want enough time to say goodbye to everyone!”

Solomon: “…”

Solomon’s silence told me that was impossible.

8

Leonardo: “Dorothy, are you just going to…leave?”

Heartmann: “I wish we could be with you for a little longer…”

Crowlie: “What a shame…”

It looked like the three felt the same way as I did.

(Everyone…)

Norton: “I…”

(Huh?)

Norton: “I will take care of this.”

Norton said, a determined look on his face.

Solomon: “…”

Wesley: “!”

Dorothy: “You can?!”

Norton: “As thanks for preserving the Land of Oz, I will make it so that you have an extra day.”

Oz: “Can you really do that?”

Norton: “I can. Leave this to me.”

Dorothy: “Oz, please, let’s let Norton help us!”

Dorothy: “I really want to have some time to say goodbye to everyone before we go back!”

Oz: “All right. Let’s give everyone a proper goodbye so we can go back with no regrets.”

Leonardo: “Sweet!”

Crowlie: “We get to have another day with Dorothy!”

Heartmann: “Let’s make this the best day ever!”

Solomon: “…Norton, are you all right with this?”

Norton: “I have done something awful to Dorothy.”

Norton: “Though I do not think this is enough to atone…I hope to make it up to here, even just a little.”

Solomon: “…”

Solomon silently nodded.

8

Wesley: “Heh. You’re wasting your time. Not even Solomon can pull this off. What makes you think you–”

Norton waved his hand at the golden door, ignoring Wesley.

Norton: “…”

He closed his eyes and focused.

Then, in the next moment, an invisible wave poured out from him.

(?!)

The pressure from the wave blew my hair back.

Wesley: “Wait, what’d he…?!”

Norton: “Phew…”

Norton exhaled and opened his eyes.

Norton: “:…Now the door will stay open until tomorrow.”

Norton said with a bright smile.

Large beads of sweat appeared on his forehead, showing just how tired he was.

Dorothy: “Norton, are you all right?”

Norton: “Worry not. I am simply a little tired from using unfamiliar magic.”

Norton smiled gently.

Dorothy: “Thank you, Norton! I am so grateful!”

Leonardo: “We did it, Dorothy!”

Heartmann: “Now we can continue your birthday party!”

Crowlie: “Let’s all celebrate Dorothy’s birthday — and the new Oz’s birthday, too!”

9

The band started playing again, and people took to the dance floor.

Norton: “If I could be excused…”

Norton quietly shuffled out of the dance hall.

Solomon looked at Norton leaving with worried eyes.

Solomon: “Norton…”

Wesley, too, looked at Norton with suspicious eyes.

Wesley: “Norton’s got the least magical power of all of us. Why’d he…”

Oz: “Something up, Wesley?”

Wesley: “No, it’s nothing…”

Dorothy: “Come on, Wesley, don’t look like that. Come join the fun!”

Wesley: “Yeah, you’re right…and you know, Dorothy, I’ll dance with you. My treat.”

Crowlie: “I’m afraid Dorothy will be dancing with me!”

Heartmann: “Nope, you’re thinking of me!”

Leonardo: “It’s obviously going to be me, you guys!”

Dorothy: “That’s enough fighting, you guys! Everyone will get a turn!”

Oz: “Don’t forget I”m here, all right?”

Dorothy: “Of course I wouldn’t forget. So just line up with everyone.”

Oz: “Wait, I’ve got to get in line, too?!”

Crowlie: “We’re already in line. And you’re in the back, Oz.”

Oz: “Me? The boyfriend? Getting the back of the line?!”

Wesley: “Yeah, you’re behind Toto.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Oz: “Even Toto’s here?!”

And with that, we all had an absolute ball at my birthday party.

10

That night.

Dorothy: “Oh, that birthday party was such fun!”

Oz: “Yeah, it was a good time.”

Crowlie: “The time you’ve been here sure went by fast, Dorothy.”

Leonardo: “Yeah, even though so much happened.”

Heartmann: “I’m just so glad I got to see Dorothy again.”

Dorothy: “I’d always wanted to see you three again, so I’m really glad I did.”

Crowlie: “To be honest, I’m pretty disappointed I didn’t get to be Dorothy’s partner, even now.”

Leonardo: “Hey, me too. And you know what’s even worse?”

Leonardo: “I mean, if it was one of us three, I’d be able to take that. But seriously? The Great Oz got picked?”

Oz: “My deepest apologies, kids.”

Oz said with that trademark smug look.

Crowlie: “There it is again, that face! Ahh, it’s so obnoxious!”

Heartmann: “Haha…but you know, I’m glad the Great Oz was chosen.”

Dorothy: “Oh? How come?”

Heartmann: “We’re the denizens of the Land of Oz, remember? We can’t go back to Kansas with you.”

Leonardo: “Oh, you’re right. If it was one of us who fell in love with Dorothy, we’d probably just make her sad in the end.”

Crowlie: “And besides, I think Dorothy found true love because she picked Oz.”

Wesley: “And without true love, the world would’ve taken a worse turn around now…”

Wesley: “IF there really is some great power out there…it’s love.”

11

Leonardo: “The Wizard of the West is talking about love? Time sure have changed…”

Wesley: “Sh-Shut… I talk about love, too! Sometimes…”

Heartmann: “Heh…but you know, I really didn’t expect the Wizard of the West to take our side like that.”

Crowlie: “Did something happen with you, Wesley?”

Wesley: “Tch. N-None of your business…”

Heartmann: “Wizard…no, Wesley, come visit Winkies sometime.”

Wesley: “Huh?”

Heartmann: “I want you to see what it’s like for yourself.”

Wesley: “Hmph…if I feel like it.”

(Oh, how nice! They’ve got a new friend!)

(Well, now I can go back to Kansas without worrying!)

As I mulled over that and turned to Oz, he nodded at me with a smile.

(Well, it’s time to say goodbye to everyone…)

Dorothy: “Everyone, thank you so much. I’ll never forget you.”

Everyone looked right at me.

Heartmann: “We think the same way. I mean, we’re friends, right?”

Dorothy: “Yeah, and we always will be.”

Heartmann: “T-Take care, Dorothy… Ohh…!”

Heartmann burst out into tears and wiped his eyes with his handkerchief.

Dorothy: “You take care too, Heartmann.”

Crowlie: “I don’t want to say goodbye, but…I’ll see you off with a smile tomorrow. I hope you live happily with Oz.”

Dorothy: “Thank you, Crowlie. I hope you’ll be happy, too.”

Crowlie: “Oz, there’s something I need to tell you.”

Oz: “What’s that?”

12

Crowlie: “I’ll never forgive you if you make Dorothy unhappy.”

Oz: “Heh, I’ll promise, then. I’ll make her happy, no matter what. Take care, Emerald King.”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, I love youuuu!”

Dorothy: “Oh, Leonardo, I love you too. Tell the animals back in the forest I said hi, okay?”

Leonardo: “I definitely will! Take care, and never let go of the Great Oz, okay?”

Wesley: “Tch…this is too cheesy. I’m going to bed.”

Dorothy: “Wesley, I’m really glad I became friends with you.”

Wesley: “Excuse me? FRIENDS? I don’t need any friends.”

Dorothy: “Well, you’ve got Crowlie and the others now, haven’t you? Com eon, no need to hide it.”

Wesley: “…Don’t order me around!”

Oz: “C’mon, don’t say that. You helped out a lot. Farewell, friend.”

Wesley: “Tch…yeah, bye… Take care.”

Then, I looked everyone in the eyes again, one by one.

Dorothy: “We’ll be parting ways tomorrow, but I truly love every one of you.”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, can I tell you one last thing?”

Dorothy: “What is it?”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, I really…I really, really, really love youuuu!”

Leonardo hugged me tight.

Dorothy: “Ahhhh!”

Crowlie: “Leonardo, what do you think you’re doing?!”

Oz: “Get of Dorothy, you moron!”

Crowlie and Oz scrambled to pull Leonardo off of me.

13

Heartmann: “No fair, Leonardo!”

Heartmann hugged me, too.

Crowlie: “Ahh! Heartmann! You, too?!”

Wesley: “Hahaha! Doing this to the last, huh, you guys?”

Oz: “Hey, Wesley! Quit laughing and do something about these two!”

Wesley: “Don’t order me around! You want me to blow you all away?!”

Oz: “Gahh! Why does it always end up like this?!”

The sun rose on the day of farewells.

Dorothy: “Looks like we’re the only ones here.”

Oz: “That’ll be easier on us.”

Crowlie, Heartmann, Leonardo and Wesley all nodded.

None of the crowd from the party yesterday was in the hall.

Floating in the center of the silent hall was the golden door, as open as it was yesterday.

Solomon: “Were you able to say goodbye to everyone?”

Dorothy: “I was.”

Solomon: “Then, this is it.”

Dorothy: “Goodbye, Solomon. Take care.”

Solomon: “I’ll be praying for your happiness, Dorothy. Do take care.”

I turned my eyes to Norton.

14

Dorothy: “Thank you, Norton. Thank you for giving me the time to truly say goodbye to everyone.”

Norton: “I am very relieved to hear you say that.”

Dorothy: “You look awfully tired. Are you all right?”

Norton: “I’m fine. But more importantly, please…do not lose your love for our land.”

Dorothy: “Of course I won’t. I’ll always love this place. Well…take care.”

Norton: “Best of wishes.”

After I’d said goodbye to Solomon and Norton, Oz took my hand.

Oz: “Shall we be off?”

Dorothy: “Yeah…”

Crowlie: “Take care, Dorothy!”

Leonardo: “See you, Dorothy! Don’t get lost on the way home!”

Heartmann: “Goodbye, Dorothy!”

Wesley: “Take care!”

Dorothy: “Take care, everyone! Goodbye!”

Oz and I stood in front of the door, hands linked.

We could see the large Rainbow Bridge on the other side of it.

(We’re crossing this bridge…and going back to Kansas.)

Oz: “Let’s go home.”

Dorothy: “Yeah, let’s go!”

(Goodbye, my beloved friends! Goodbye, Land of Oz!)

Oz and I stepped through the door and onto the Rainbow Bridge.

Taking our first steps home…

The Friends Ending Completed!

Oz: “Congratulations! You’ve finally beaten the game.”

Crowlie: “I’m so glad you made it to the end!”

Leonardo: “Yeah, you really did well!”

Heartmann: “Good job!”

Oz: “And as a reward, let me show you a magic trick!”

Wesley: “Whoa, wait! That’s no reward!”

Oz: “Wesley, what’re you doing here?”

Wesley: “I’ll tell you something nice. Did you know that there are other endings?”

Crowlie: “Oh, that’s right! There ARE other endings!”

Leonardo: “Some even better than this one.”

Heartmann: “There might even be new pictures, too!”

Oz: “Hey, you should’ve let me know sooner. What happens to me and Dorothy in the other endings?”

Wesley: “Curious?”

Oz: “Of course I”m curious. C’mon, tell me a little.”

Wesley: “That’s something you’ll have to see for yourself.”

Heartmann: “Do things get even crazier?!”

Oz: “This really isn’t the time for magic tricks, huh…”

Crowlie: “What’ll we do?”

Leonardo: “It’s obvious, isn’t it?!”

Oz: “All right, let’s go to the other endings! I’m looking forward to it!”

Shall We Date Oz+ Crowlie

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First of all, I don’t own any of this, nor did I create any of it. This is the script from the mobile Shall We Date?game, Oz+. As someone who has tried another mobile otome and didn’t love it (mostly due to the lag while loading text), I recommend this one. The doll maker is adorable and the art is very good. The story is packed full of warm fuzzy feelings, very loosely based on the original Wizard of Oz story, haha.

Second of all, I started writing it down because you don’t get many tickets each day and I would forget the story between segments. That being said, I didn’t think of it until I was already on 6.10. I purchased the premium background for 5.11, so I had that in my memories and copied it from there. If anyone has the missing parts and wants to comment with it or send it to me, I’ll update it. Also, I would like to note that this is no replacement for actually playing the game! After rereading what I’ve written, it’s just completely different with the proper sprites and backgrounds.

If you’re looking for a guide without all the extra text, try this one. :3

And lastly, there are obviously spoilers, so read at your own risk! I won’t post any pictures. I want you to experience those yourself. I hate to spoil CGs, but I came to the realization that because you have to spend real money to get the premium CGs, most people aren’t going to have every CG for every character. On that note, I decided to upload my CGs and I will link them as they appear in the story. CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Chapter 1: The One I Chose (11/11)

1.1

I turned my face to Crowlie, my heartbeat quickening all the way.

Dorothy: “Crowlie, I’ll choose you.”

Crowlie: “M-Me…?”

Seeming surprised, Crowlie blinked at me.

Leonardo: “What? No way! Why didn’t you pick me?!”

Crowlie: “I’ve been chosen…?”

Heartmann: “What’s wrong, Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “Oh, nothing. I’m just…a little surprised…”

Though he seemed to be in complete disbelief at first, he quickly put on a smile and stood in front of me.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, thank you for choosing me!”

He gazed right at me, with eyes a mixture of joy and nervousness.

(I feel a blush coming on, with his eyes like that…)

Oz: “Seriously? You’re picking the Scarecrow?”

Wesley: “Tch. I can’t believe this…”

Toto: “Woof…?”

Solomon floated lightly into the air and made a booming announcement.

Solomon: “And thus the decision is made! Crowlie is to be Dorothy’s beloved!”

(O-Oh… Picking Crowlie means he’s my boyfriend now, right…?)

(But, is it really…all right to pick a boyfriend like this?)

Picking up on my unease, Crowlie smiled gently at me.

1.2

Crowlie: You needn’t worry. I’ll make sure you don’t regret choosing me.”

His words were bursting with confidence, and his eyes were clear as day.

(His eyes are so, so…so serious…)

Wesley: “Really? You won’t let her regret picking you?”

Wesley muttered, seeming none too satisfied.

Wesley: “Awfully confident for a scarecrow.”

Crowlie: “I’m a scarecrow no longer. I am a human, and the ruler of the Emerald City.”

(Oh, that’s right! Oz left the Emerald City to him!)

It happened years ago, so I’d completely forgotten.

Oz: “Say, I remember that. Can’t imagine why I’d appoint a scarecrow king, though…”

Leonardo: “I call for a do over!”

Crowlie: “Why?!”

Leonardo: “Because I didn’t get picked!”

Wesley: “I agree, do over! I’m not familiar with Dorothy, so I’m at a disadvantage. This isn’t fair.”

Crowlie: “Of course you’re not familiar with her!”

Heartmann: “Now, putting aside how hated the Wizard of the West is…”

Wesley: “Don’t put that aside!”

Heartmann: “I truly think we should rethink this decision.”

Crowlie: “You too, Heartmann…?!”

1.3

Heartmann: “Well, it all happened so suddenly, so I don’t think Dorothy had enough time to think.”

Oz: “Now that’s what I’d expect from someone as kindhearted as you. All right, let’s get this do over going.”

(Wait, what?! What’s going on?!)

Leonardo pushed Crowlie away and brought his face right up to mine.

Leonardo: “Dorothy, I’m totally serious! I love you!”

Leonardo threw his arms around me again.

Dorothy: “Aahhh!”

Wesley: “Out of the way, Lion!”

Wesley kicked Leonardo away.

Wesley: “I’m real nice to women I’ve fallen for.”

Wesley said with a smirk.

(Is that what he thinks will…? He’s a little scary…)

Heartmann: “Begone, evildoer. Dorothy, I think should really think things over before choosing again.”

Heartmann pushed Wesley aside and stood in front of me.

Oz: “Out of the way! How about a date on my hot air balloon, Dorothy?”

This time, Oz pushed Heartmann aside and offered his hand to me.

Then, all pushing each other and getting pushed back, the five surrounded me.

1.4

Crowlie: “Dorothy, you can’t go back on your choice! Trust the you that chose me!” AHahahahahaha!

Leonardo: “Dorothy, I love you!”

(What should I do? Oh, help me, Toto!)

I tried to ask him for help, but Toto was positively fascinated by the floating Solomon, trying to jump up to him and paying me absolutely no mind.

Norton, unable to keep watching idly by, spoke up to Solomon.

Norton: “Lord Solomon, what shall we do?”

Looking not troubled in the least, Solomon looked at me with a smile.

Solomon: “Indeed…Dorothy, what would you like to do? Would you like to give the decision more thought?”

(What should I do…?)

The five of them were gazing at me.

Then, the moment Crowlie’s eyes met mine, I remembered what he told me.

(He said he wouldn’t make me regret choosing him…)

When I saw those clear eyes of his when he said that, I felt something, I really did.

(I’ll trust those eyes, those words full of confidence…!)

Dorothy: “I’ll stand by my decision.” (Intimacy +7)

Solomon: “Are you sure?”

Dorothy: “Yes, I want to trust Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “Thank you, Dorothy!”

Heartmann: “If that is your decision, then it’s settled.”

With a small smile, Heartmann patted Crowlie’s shoulder.

Leonardo: “Choice made, huh. Good for you, Crowlie.”

Leonardo was nice enough to smile, too, but Oz and the Wizard of the West wore their disappointed on their faces.

Oz: “Dorothy, you should really rethink this.”

Dorothy: “But…”

Crowlie: “Dorothy has made her decision. You don’t need to complain about it.”

Wesley: “Hmph…!”

Norton: “Alas… Well, it appears that the decision has been made.”

1.5

Solomon smiled a little.

Solomon: “Though I wasn’t about to accept a do-over, even if you thought it over again.”

Dorothy: “Hm? What do you mean?”

Solomon: “We won’t arrive at an answer that will please everyone, no matter how many times you change your mind.”

Solomon: “However, I simply wanted to confirm how you felt, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “How I felt?”

Solomon: “I figured this might work out if you had even a little bit of feelings for Crowlie.”

Dorothy: “E-Excuse me?!”

Norton: “A little sinister, don’t you think, Lord Solomon?”

Solomon: “Hahaha! Well, let’s leave it at that.”

(I feel like he’s dodging the issue…)

Solomon: “To celebrate the fact that you have returned to us, we’re having a ball tonight.”

Dorothy: “A ball?!”

Leonardo: “Now that’s what I like to hear! Looking forward to it!”

Heartmann: “Can you dance, Leonardo? You can’t be used to that human body yet.”

Leonardo: “Hah, I’ll show you how graceful I am on the dance floor with these two legs. Just don’t fall over when you see how well I can move!”

Wesley: “Hmph, what nonsense. Dancing is for dullards and fools.”

Norton: “Everyone here is attending.”

1.6

Wesley: “You’ve got to be kidding…”

Dorothy: “A ball? Oh, I’m looking forward to that!”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, will you be able to dance properly at the ball?”

Dorothy: “My auntie taught me how, but…I’d like you to take the lead, if you can.” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “Leave it to me.”

Leonardo: “Oh, I wish you’d have picked me…!”

Heartmann: “You mustn’t say that, Leonardo…”

Leonardo and Heartmann exchanged words, both sounding disappointed.

Dorothy: “Then how about we all take turns dancing?”

Leonardo: “Really?! Oh, Dorothy, you’re so nice!”

Heartmann: “Is that all right, Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “I’ll think about it.”

Oz: “Real confident, Chosen One.”

Wesley: “Hmph…”

Solomon: “You should start getting ready now, Dorothy.”

(Oh, I can’t go to the ball in these clothes!)

Of course, I hadn’t brought any pretty dresses with me.

(What should I do…?)

1.7

Solomon: “Is something the matter?”

Dorothy: “Well…I hadn’t imagined there would be a ball, so I didn’t bring a dress.”

Oz: “What, the three that went to get you didn’t tell you anything?”

Crowlie: “We didn’t know about the ball, either.”

Leonardo: “It just a dress. We’ll take care of it.”

Heartmann: “How?”

Leonardo: “There’re plenty of stores selling dresses, aren’t there?”

Heartmann: “Are you forgetting that this is to be one of the biggest events in all of Oz?”

Crowlie: “Finding a dress befitting the belle of that ball from now would be quite the task…”

Leonardo: “We’ve got to get one no matter how hard it is! We can’t let Dorothy be embarrassed out there!”

Heartmann: “Good point! Let’s get looking!”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, please give us time. We’ll find you your dress, without fail.”

(Everyone’s so nice!)

Solomon: “Hold on a moment, everyone. Did you know we have a rather large wardrobe in this very palace?”

Crowlie: “What…?”

Heartmann: “Oh, of course!”

Dorothy: “A large wardrobe?”

Solomon: “Indeed, an impossibly, wastefully large one.”

Leonardo: “Would it happen to have dresses, too?”

Solomon: “It should have a few beautiful dresses made by the most masterful of craftsmen, so choose the one you like best.”

Dorothy: “Thank you!”

1.8

Oz: “You guys sure are a pack of fools. Why would a palace not have a wardrobe?”

Wesley: “Panicking without even stopping to notice that… Seriously. Fools.”

Crowlie: “Guh…!”

Leonardo: “All right, who’s the genius who said we were going to go searching for a dress?!”

Heartmann: “It was you, Leonardo!”

Leonardo: “Me?!”

Crowlie: “Yes, you! Have you no shame…?”

Dorothy: “Well, you were all just trying to help me. I’m really happy about that.”

Leonardo: “Well… Yeah, but…”

Crowlie: “I should have thought more calmly…”

Heartmann: “When I thought I could help you, I just went and… Haha!”

Crowlie and the others looked at each other and burst out laughing.

(Thanks, everyone. Oh, this brings me back…)

Wesley: “Tch…what a bore.”

Norton: “Well, allow me to show you to the wardrobe, then.”

Leonardo: “Can we come along, too?”

Dorothy: “Huh? Why?”

1.9

Crowlie: “It may be best for us to help you choose your dress.”

Leonardo: “And I want to see this palace wardrobe thing, too.”

Solomon: “Perhaps you should reconsider.”

Solomon: “The wardrobe, you see, is a room of its own. An impossibly large one, almost a labyrinth.”

Dorothy: “Is it really that big?”

Solomon: “Indeed. Rumors say, too, that some wander into the wardrobe…and never come back out.”

Crowlie: “Wh-What?! Really?!”

Leonardo: “Whoa! Seriously? Sounds like picking out an outfit’ll take some serious courage, then.”

Oz: “Got cold feet?”

Leonardo: “Like I would! You know who I am? I’m the courageous Lion!”

Norton: “My, Lord Solomon…”

Dorothy: “Huh…?”

Norton: “The wardrobe is, indeed, quite large. However, no one has disappeared inside it.”

Dorothy: “That wasn’t true?!”

I looked to Solomon to see him giggling.

Norton: “As great and powerful a wizard as he is, he has a special fondness for humor…and enjoys playing such tricks on everyone so.”

(I think I can see that…)

Yet, I couldn’t hold it against him. Probably because of that carefree smile and those pure eyes of his.

Norton: “Well, I would imagine that a sign of his greatness…”

(Norton really does like Solomon… Or rather he respects him.)

1.10

Heartmann: “Crowlie, Leonardo, you should probably stay behind.”

Leonardo: “You’re not coming, Heartmann?”

Heartmann: “Dorothy is going to the wardrobe to change into her dress.”

Heartmann: “It’s rude to be around a lady when she dresses.”

Crowlie: “Oh, good point…I hadn’t given that enough thought.”

Leonardo: “Really? Sheesh. Humans sure are a pain.”

Crowlie: “Well, we’ll be waiting here.”

Dorothy: “I’ll be right back once I change.”

Norton: “Well, let us be off.”

Wesley: “Hold on a minute!”

Wesley stopped us.

Norton: “Do you need something?”

Wesley: “I don’t like this…something doesn’t feel right.”

Norton: “Doesn’t feel right?”

Wesley: “I’m talking about you, Norton.”

Wesley pointed at Norton.

Wesley: “You’re the Wizard of the North, yet here you are, acting like Solomon’s servant!”

Wesley: “What are you plotting?!”

1.11

Norton: “My, my… Are you not aware? We may both be wizards, but my magical power is nothing compared to Lord Solomon’s.”

Wesley: “Well, I can’t agree with having you alone with her!”

Crowlie: “Then who should be the one to take Dorothy to the wardrobe?”

Wesley: “Don’t ask me.”

Solomon: “How about we let Dorothy decide?”

Dorothy: “It’s up to me again?”

Solomon: “Choose who you think you can trust the most. Who will it be?”

(Someone who everyone trusts, and knows where the wardrobe is… Who could that be?)

As I pondered over that, I noticed Toto, still trying to play with Solomon.

(Oh, that’s it!)

Dorothy: “Solomon, could you take me to the wardrobe?” (Intimacy +7)

Solomon: “Oh, you’ve settled on me? A fine choice.”

Crowlie: “Good idea. Everyone trusts Lord Solomon, and he knows where the wardrobe is.”

Heartmann: “The thought hadn’t crossed my mind. Well chosen!”

Leonardo: “Way to go, Dorothy!”

Oz: “Good with that, Wesley?”

Wesley: “Yeah. Sure.”

Norton: “Yet, to impose on Lord Solomon for his guidance…!”

Solomon: “I don’t mind at all. Come, Dorothy.”

Crowlie: I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of dress Dorothy comes back in.”

Heartmann: “She’ll look absolutely stunning when she comes back, I’m sure.”

Leonardo: “Even more beautiful than she is now… wow!”

(Way to pile on the pressure, boys…)

(But I can’t believe I’m about to put on a dress and go to a ball! It’s like a dream come true!)

(And here I am in Oz, a world of dreams!)

(This is why I love Oz so much!)

When I start heading out of the throne room with Solomon, Toto runs after us.

(All right, Toto’s coming with us.)

I turned around to see Crowlie, his eyes so clear, gazing right at me.

On the Way to Meet Her

This is what happened before the three went to bring her to the Land of Oz.

Crowlie: “The day we go to see Dorothy is finally here!”

Leonardo: “Yeah, let’s get going!”

Heartmann: “I know I’m looking forward to it!”

Crowlie: “But, come to think of it…just how are we going to get to Kansas, anyway?”

Leonardo: “Wait, Crowlie, you don’t know how to get there?!”

Crowlie: “Well…it’s in a different world, so I can’t imagine there being a road to Kansas…”

Leonardo: “Seriously?! Crowlie, I thought you got the brains!”

Heartmann: “Do we have to get a hot air balloon, like the Great Oz…?”

Solomon: “Haha…worry not, you three.”

Crowlie: “Lord Solomon!”

Solomon: “Come forth, Rainbow Bridge between our worlds!”

Crowlie: “Wow! That’s an immense rainbow!”

Solomon: “Kansas and Dorothy are beyond this very Rainbow Bridge.”

Leonardo: “Nice, Lord Solomon!”

Solomon: “Heh. I could get used to that kind of praise.”

Crowlie: “So Dorothy’s on the other side of this bridge…!”

Heartmann: “I wonder how she’s grown?”

Leonardo: “She’s gotta be a beauty!”

Crowlie: “She’s almost 17… Mm. I’d say she’s got to have grown into a beautiful woman.”

Heartmann: “My heart’s pumping already!”

Leonardo: “Just wait for us, Dorothy! We’re on our way!”

Heartmann: “Yeah! Let’s go!”

Crowlie: “Let’s go see her!”

With that, the three began to walk along the Rainbow Bridge.

Chapter 2: Night of the Ball (11/11)

2.1

Dorothy: “So, this is the wardrobe…!”

The wardrobe, well, room, that Solomon had taken me to, was far larger than I had imagined.

Solomon: “Rather large, isn’t it?”

(feels like this is many times bigger than my house in Kansas…)

Inside the room hung an innumerable amount of clothes.

Dorothy: “Even if I wore something different every day, I think it’d take years to get through all these outfits.”

Toto: “Woof woof!”

Toto happily ran around.

Dorothy: “Down, Toto!”

Solomon: “It’s been quite a while since I’ve been to the wardrobe, but looking up close, there’s quite a few clothes in here… Perhaps I should open a store.”

Dorothy: “Wh-What…?!”

Solomon: “Haha, I’m just kidding.”

Solomon let out a mischievous laugh.

Solomon: “Go ahead and choose a dress you like. Pick whatever shoes and accessories you want, too.”

Beautiful shoes and wondrous accessories sparkled before my eyes, illuminated by the room’s lights.

2.2

Dorothy: “Thank you so much!”

After giving a small nod, Solomon called out into the back of the room.

Solomon: “Is anyone here?”

Then, a lone maid appeared.

Maid: “You called, milord?”

Solomon: “Could you help us find a dress for Dorothy?”

Maid: “Understood, milord. It is an honor to serve on such an occasion.”

Solomon: “It’s in your hands.”

With that, Solomon left the wardrobe.

(All right, I’ve got to find a dress…)

I set out to pick a dress, but there were just so many I didn’t know where to start.

(Oh, what am I going to do…? They’re all so wonderful, I can’t just settle on one…)

Toto: “?”

Toto looked between the dress and I.

Dorothy: “Toto, you help out too.”

Toto: “Woof!”

2.3

Love Choice: Quadlings’ Dress (Pink) 100 Coins or 1000 Spinels

Maid: “Lady Dorothy, it looks wonderful on you!”

Dorothy: “Aww, thanks.”

I looked to my reflection in the mirror, glad in the dress I’d chosen, to see a self I’d never seen before.

(It’s so beautiful…!)

Dorothy: “Look at me, Toto! I’ve never worn such a beautiful dress!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto answered, wagging his tail.

(I wonder if Crowlie will like it?)

Expectation built up in my chest.

Maid: “You would do well to hurry, milady. The ball is about to start.”

Dorothy: “Huh, it’s time already?!”

Quite a bit of time had passed after the maid had helped me put on the dress and my makeup.

(Crowlie and the others must be tired of waiting… I’ve got to hurry!)

Maid: “I shall escort you to the dance hall.”

Dorothy: “Oh, please do.”

With Toto in tow, I headed to the dance hall.

When I stepped into the hall, I had to squint my eyes at the brightness of the chandelier.

I was surprised too, at there being far larger a crowd than I’d expected.

(Wow! There’s so many people!)

Toto: “Woof!”

I fell silent when everyone’s eyes turned to me.

(What should I do…?!)

Crowlie: “Dorothy!”

Crowlie called my name, running up to me.

Dorothy: “Oh, Crowlie…!”

Crowlie: “…!”

He just looked at me, surprise on his face.

(Feels kind of embarrassing, having his eyes on me like that…)

Dorothy: “U-Um…how do you like my dress…?”

Crowlie: “It’s beautiful…”

He whispered.

Heartmann and Leonardo pushed their way through the crowd to appear before me, as well.

Heartmann: “What a wonderful dress you’ve chosen! It looks great on you!”

Dorothy: “Thank you, Heartmann.”

Leonardo: “Whoa…Dorothy, you’re beautiful! Way too beautiful! You’re like a princess!”

Dorothy: “Oh, Leonardo, you praise me too much.”

Leonardo: “No, I’m serious! Right, Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “Huh…?”

Seeming to come back to his sense, Crowlie suddenly started blushing.

Heartmann: “What’s wrong, Crowlie? Dorothy’s too beautiful for you to talk?”

Crowlie: “I-I…!”

Oz: “Nice look you’ve got going on, little lady.”

Wesley: “Well, you don’t look totally out of place here.”

Oz and Wesley had shown up, too.”

Oz: “It’s not too late. You can still pick me, you know.”

Dorothy: “Oh, I can’t do that.”

Oz: “People change their minds all the time.”

Wesley: “I’ll chase everyone off if it’s what you want.”

Leonardo: “Great Oz and Wizard of the West, stay out of this!”

Heartmann: “Indeed. Nobody called you.”

Leonardo and Heartmann pushed Oz and Wesley away.

Oz: “Come on, there’s no way I can let such a beautiful lady be.”

Crowlie: “…”

(Huh?)

Crowlie alone, however, stayed mostly silent, with his eyes on me.

Dorothy: “Crowlie, is something wrong?”

Crowlie: “!”

His face red, Crowlie quickly looked away.

(Maybe he…doesn’t like this dress?)

Crowlie: “…”

Dorothy: “Do you not like the dress?”

Crowlie: “No, it’s not that…”

He whispered, but didn’t try to meet my eyes with his.

Crowlie: “Can I talk to you for a moment?”

Crowlie took my hand and took me somewhere a bit far from the others.

[Spoiler Warning!] Chapter 2 CG

Dorothy: “What’s the matter?”

He looked right at me with completely serious eyes.

Crowlie: “Please, don’t go see anyone else in that dress.”

Dorothy: “Huh? Why?”

Crowlie: “Well…”

Crowlie fell silent, his face still red.

(I wonder what’s wrong with Crowlie…?)

2.4

Norton: “Everyone, quiet down, please!”

Norton’s voice rang through the dance hall.

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Toto, quiet…!”

Norton: “The great Wizard of the South, Lord Solomon, would like to share a word with all our guests.”

Floating into the air, Solomon looked over the entire hall.

Solomon: “Dorothy, the very girl who led this world to peace in the recent past, is about to turn 17.”

Solomon: “Let us all celebrate together this most wondrous of occasions.”

Solomon: “Though her Big Day is still a few days away, this ball is to celebrate Dorothy’s return to Oz.”

Solomon: “I want everyone to enjoy themselves!”

A wave of cheers and applause erupted through the hall.

Solomon: “But before that, let us have a word from Dorothy herself.”

Dorothy: “M-Me…?!”

(Wait, that’s way too sudden! What am I supposed to say?!)

I asked for the others to help with my eyes.

(Who should I ask for help…?)

(I know, Crowlie’s really smart, so he should be able to help…) (Intimacy +7)

I slipped up to Crowlie and was just about to ask for help when…

Crowlie: “Just thank everyone for celebrating your birthday and say how glad you are to be back in Oz.”

(Huh? But I haven’t asked him anything yet…)

My eyes went wide, but he just nodded lightly with a smile.

(Oh…he figured out what I wanted to ask just by looking at me.)

(Crowlie’s watching over me with those clear eyes of his…)

That made me really happy to know.

Dorothy: “Thank you, Crowlie.”

2.5

I took a step forward and looked around to see all the people who had gathered.

(I sure am nervous…)

(But I’ve got my three friends with me!)

I took a deep breath, then started talking to everyone.

Dorothy: “I’m deeply, deeply grateful to hear that you will celebrate my 17th birthday.”

Dorothy: “And I am truly glad to have the opportunity to come back to the Land of Oz and see everyone again.”

Dorothy: “Thank you, everybody!”

A wave of cheers and applause filled the dance hall.

Toto: “Ahoooo!”

Leonardo: “Way to go, Dorothy!”

Leonardo waved his arms in joy.

Heartmann: “What a wonderful speech! Oh, I think I’m going to cry…!”

His eyes moist, Heartmann quickly pulled out a handkerchief.

Crowlie: “That was perfect, Dorothy.”

Crowlie was looking right at me with a relieved face.

Dorothy: “Thank you, everyone!”

I took Crowlie’s hand and thanked him again.

Dorothy: “You really saved me back there, Crowlie. Thank you so much!”

Crowlie: “O-Oh…”

His cheeks suddenly red, Crowlie looked away.

2.6

Crowlie: “It wasn’t that big of a deal…”

He stole a glance or two at me.

Oz: “That was fine, but if it were me, I’d have pulled a trick or two out of my hat to get the crowd really going.”

Wesley: “Surprisingly strongly done. And here I thought you weren’t the sharpest knife int he drawer…”

Leonardo: “Don’t talk about Dorothy like that!”

Crowlie: “And just who was it that got annihilated once by Dorothy, again?”

Wesley:” What was that?!”

Dorothy: “Boys, please, don’t fight. You’ll ruin the ball.”

Heartmann: “Dorothy’s right.”

Suddenly, the sound of beautiful fanfare echoed through the hall.

Solomon: “Let the dance begin!”

The band began to play a refined tune, and the crowd began to pair up and dance.

Crowlie: “Dorothy…”

Crowlie bowed before me and held out his hand.

Crowlie: “May I have this dance?”

The sheer politeness of his gesture had my heart leaping.

(Crowlie feels so, so…mature!)

2.7

Crowlie: What’s the matter?”

Dorothy: “O-Oh, nothing, just…worried if I can really dance…”

Crowlie: “We went over this, remember? I’ll lead, so you needn’t worry about a thing.”

His eyes on mine brimmed with confidence, as clear as they could be.

(I’ll believe in Crowlie!)

I took his hand in mine, and he gently pulled me towards him.

Then, oh so naturally, we began to dance.

Dorothy: “I’ve got to say, I’m nervous about dancing on front of this many people…”

Crowlie: “Just think of everyone as scarecrows.”

He winked.

I giggled a little, feeling a chunk of my nervousness evaporate away.

Crowlie: “All right, follow my steps.”

He sounded like he was singing as he whispered into my ear.

(What a gentle lead…)

Crowlie: “There you go, no need to rush. Just move to the rhythm.”

When I got more and more used to moving in tandem with him, he softly pulled me in toward him.

And for some reason, I felt like I was actually dancing. Respectably.

2.8

(But our bodies are…completely touching…)

My face suddenly grew red, and my heart started to flutter.

(My heart just won’t stop beating…and he’ll probably feel it, too!)

Crowlie: “Are you all right?”

Crowlie: “Are you all right?’

Dorothy: “You really are good at leading. It makes me feel like I’m actually dancing right.” (Intimacy +7)

I talked about his leading so that he wouldn’t notice the marathon my heart was running.

Crowlie: “I’m good at dancing.”

Dorothy: “Have you practiced?”

Crowlie: “Yes, with a scarecrow. I’d rather you keep that a secret, though.”

I nearly burst out laughing.

Dorothy: “Really, now?”

Crowlie: “Who knows? I’m afraid I can’t reveal any more of my secrets.”

Crowlie grinned.

I didn’t know if he really practiced with a scarecrow, or if he was only joking.

But I knew how nice he was in telling me that to make me feel less nervous.

(Crowlie really is nice…)

Suddenly, the music quickened in tempo.

Crowlie led my steps, matching the pace.

(I can’t keep up with him, not when it’s this fast…)

2.9

I took a brief look around me to see that everyone was looking intently at our dancing.

(Everyone’s looking…! Oh, it would be so embarrassing if I tripped or something!)

Dorothy: “Ah…!”

Crowlie: “Ow…!”

Nervous, I accidentally stepped on Crowlie’s foot.

Dorothy: “I’m sorry! …Are you okay?”

I stopped dancing and apologized to him.

Only the music kept going on, and everyone began to raise a fuss.

It hurt me to see Crowlie’s expression as he endured the pain.

Oz; “Well…she’s gone and done it.”

Wesley: “Getting stomped on by a high heel hurts like the devil. Serves ‘im right.”

Crowlie: “I’m fine…let’s keep dancing.”

Dorothy: “But it looks like it really hurts…”

Crowlie: “I’m fine. I can take it.”

(He says that now, but…what should I do?)

Leonardo: “Hey, are you all right?!”

Heartmann: “Wait, Leonardo.”

Leonardo tried to come up to us in concern, but Heartmann stopped him.

(He said he wants to continue dancing, so I’ll believe in him…!) (Intimacy +7)

Dorothy: “All right, Crowlie…let’s keep dancing. I want to keep going, too.”

Crowlie raised his head.

Crowlie: “You needn’t worry. I won’t let this stop me.”

He smiled.

And that smile took such a weight off my shoulders.

Leonardo: “Heh, making us worry…”

Heartmann: “Haha…it turned out well though, didn’t it?”

2.10

Crowlie and I started dancing again.

Solomon: “Everybody, let us dance!”

At Solomon’s voice, everyone started to dance.

Dorothy: “Is your foot really all right?”

I asked how his foot was doing while I followed his head.

Crowlie: “It’s strange…I actually appreciate the pain I feel on it.”

Dorothy: “Huh? What do you mean?”

Crowlie: “When I was a scarecrow made of straw, I couldn’t feel even the slightest hint of pain…”

Crowlie: “…but when I human body is damaged, it feels pain. That’s why I like this body.”

Dorothy: “You like pain?”

Crowlie: “Well, feeling pain is proof that I’m alive.”

Crowlie stared at my hand, linked with his.

Crowlie: “I can feel the warmth of your hand on mine, too.”

Crowlie smiled at that.

(He can feel warmth…and that’s proof that he’s really become a human.)

(I can feel the warmth on his hand, too.)

Dorothy: “Crowlie, I’m sorry for stepping on your foot.”

I came out and apologized, but he laughed.

Crowlie: “Oh, I’ll be all right. More importantly…you’re coming into dancing quite well.”

Dorothy: “H-Hey, I think I am!”

I noticed with surprise that my body was just naturally moving.

Dorothy: “It’s because I have someone great at the lead. Thanks, Crowlie!”

2.11

Crowlie: “You’re very welcome.”

(A talented dancer, able to laugh off getting his foot stepped on…)

(…you really have grown into a wonderful person.)

Leonardo: “Crowlie, come on, let me cut in!”

For some reason, Leonardo and Heartmann were dancing with each other.

Heartmann: “I can’t keep this up forever…”

Dorothy: “Really? Oh, but you look like such a wonderful pair.”

Crowlie: “I wouldn’t want to interrupt your dance, so we’ll continue on.”

Heartmann: “Hey…!”

Leonardo: “I want to dance with Dorothy, too!”

Heartmann: “Ouch! Don’t step on my foot, Leonardo!”

Leonardo: “You’re telling me that armor is just for decoration?!”

Norton: “My, everyone seems to be having a good time.”

Solomon: “Of course. It is a ball, after all.”

Oz; “What a bore…”

Wesley: “Tch…”

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Toto ran around Crowlie and I as we danced, seeming to be having a ball himself.

Dorothy: “Are you dancing too, Toto? My, you’re good!”

Crowlie; “Come, let us dance even more!”

With that, we kept up our dance to the elegant music’s rhythm.

What Crowlie Thinks of Her

Crowlie: “Dorothy picked me to be her boyfriend! I’m so glad!”

Crowlie: “I mean, she’s just such a wonderful girl!”

Oz: “Excuse me? What do you even know about her, anyway?”

Crowlie: “Quite a bit. From our journey last time, I know just how nice she is!”

Crowlie: “She even became friends with me when I was a scarecrow.”

Oz: “Yeah, she was also a child. Children don’t see anything strange with becoming friends with dolls, remember?”

Crowlie: “She is still every bit as nice now as she was then!”

Crowlie: “And she’s become very beautiful, too…!”

Oz: “And here I thought what’s on the inside was more important than looks.”

Crowlie: “Her personality is wonderful, too. She was brave enough to even stand up to the Wizard of the West.”

Oz: “Didn’t she just not know how scary he was?”

Crowlie: “Do you really have to follow up on everything I say?!”

Oz: “What, you mad?”

Crowlie: “I’m not! Now listen, because Dorothy’s as wonderful on the inside as she is on the outside, she picked me to be her boyfriend!”

Oz; “Well, I won’t hold your gushing against her…”

Crowlie: “I’ve got to become a man worthy of her love…!”

Oz; “Good grief… Scarecrow, you’re just too serious.”

Crowlie: “I must become worthy!”

Oz; *Sigh*…

Chapter 3: Night After the Ball (13/13)

3.1

With the ball over, I headed to the guest room I had been given for the night.

Though I had laid down and tried to sleep, I just couldn’t stop thinking about the ball. Sleep didn’t come to me.

(What a lovely ball that was!)

I suddenly jumped out of bed.

My body still felt light with excitement, and I felt like I was dreaming.

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Looks like you enjoyed yourself too, didn’t you Toto?”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto shook his tail like there was no tomorrow.

Dorothy: “A huge crowd of people all gathering in a wonderful castle, all dancing in such a beautiful ball…”

Dorothy: “Oh, if only all of my birthdays could be like this!”

Imagining the hustle and bustle of the party, however, suddenly filled me with loneliness.

Crowlie and the others had been led off to other rooms, so they weren’t here.

Toto: *whine*…

Dorothy: “This room’s so quiet you can’t help but feel a little lonely, can you?”

The room put my house in Kansas to shame with its size and glamour, but the quietness of it made me shiver a little.

Dorothy: “I wonder if the boys have fallen asleep already…?”

Crowlie and the others’ faces floated into my mind.

Dorothy: “Haha… They certainly are all becoming in their human forms.”

The sheer difference compared to their old forms nearly made me laugh.

3.2

Toto: “?”

Dorothy: “Oh, that’s right. Toto, you didn’t know them back then, did you? Oh, you’d probably jump if you did!”

Toto couldn’t speak, but he would always listen when I wanted him to.

(But, come to think of it…just why do I need to choose a boyfriend on my 17th birthday?)

An image of Crowlie floated into my mind, his clear eyes looking right at me.

Dorothy: “Toto, did I…did I make the right choice with Crowlie?”

Toto: “…”

Toto let out a large yawn, as if to announce his boredom.

Dorothy: “Oh, Toto!”

Suddenly, Toto hurried up to the door leading out and squared his eyes on me.

Dorothy: “You want to go for a walk? Well, you know it’s late at night. We can’t just walk around the castle.”

Toto: “Woof!”

And yet, Toto let out a wanting bark.

Dorothy: “All right, all right. But only for a while!”

I decided to leave the room with Toto and take a look around the palace, but just for a little while. Really.

Toto: “Woof…”

Dorothy: “Toto, wait up! Slow down a little!”

Toto walked up ahead down the quiet hallway, keeping up a pace slightly outside of my comfort zone.

(What if we got lost in here…?)

The palace was larger than any place I’d been in, and though the hallways weren’t quite a maze, they twisted and turned in a way that opposed intuition.

3.3

Toto: “Arf…?”

Suddenly, Toto stopped and started sniffing at something that caught his attention.

Dorothy: “Whatcha got there, Toto?”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “W-Wait!”

I hurried after Toto as he dashed off.

(Oh, why do you have to be so fast…?)

Toto dashed around the corner, so I can around the corner as well.

Dorothy: “Eep!”

The moment I turned the corner, I slammed into someone.

Crowlie: “Oof…are you all right, Dorothy?”

Standing before me was Crowlie, surprise on his face.

Dorothy: “Crowlie?!”

Crowlie: “Getting my foot stepped on, getting slammed into in the halls… Tonight simply is not my night.”

Dorothy: “Oh, I’m sorry!”

Crowlie burst out laughing at my apology.

Crowlie: “Haha, I jest, I jest. So, are you unharmed?”

Dorothy: “Oh, Crowlie, you card… I’m fine. And you?”

Crowlie: “Completely. So, what brings you out here at this hour?”

(Oh, that’s right! Toto!)

3.4

I looked around for Toto, but couldn’t find him anywhere.

Dorothy: “Have you seen Toto around here?”

Crowlie: “Toto? I saw him running down the hall.”

Crowlie pointed down the hall.

Dorothy: “Oh, Toto, where did you run off to…”

Chasing after him wasn’t an option, since he was nowhere to be seen.

Crowlie: “Are you racing with Toto, or something?”

Dorothy: “Well, not exactly. I couldn’t fall asleep, so I was taking Toto for a walk around the castle.”

Dorothy: “Then, he suddenly started running, and…”

Crowlie: “Oh, i see. So he ran off on you.”

Grasping the situation, Crowlie nodded with a smile.

Crowlie: “I’m certain he’ll come running back to his beloved master before long.”

Dorothy: “I would certainly hope he does…”

Dorothy: “Oh, say. Crowlie, what were you doing?”

Crowlie: “Oh, I was…”

Crowlie suddenly looked away, his face reddened.

Crowlie: “I found I could not sleep, either…”

He stole glances at me as he spoke.

Dorothy: “You too, Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “Well, it’s…the first time I’ve felt like this…”

Dorothy: “Oh, me too. My heart’s still fluttering…”

Crowlie: “And sometimes pounding…”

Dorothy: “I felt like I was floating…”

Crowlie: “And like my chest tightened and tightened…”

Dorothy: “Oh, it was such a wonderful ball!”

3.5

Crowlie: “It was such a wonderful… Wait, ball?!”

Crowlie’s eyes bulged.

Dorothy: “Huh? You weren’t talking about the ball?”

Crowlie: “W-Well…the ball certainly had something to do with it, but…”

Crowlie let out a sigh.

(Did I say something strange?)

Crowlie: “Say, Dorothy…would you like to continue your walk with me?”

Dorothy: “N-Now?”

Crowlie: “I will show you around the palace.”

(Should I…?)

Dorothy: “Sure, let’s go on a walk.” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “Really?!”

He put on a bright smile.

Dorothy: “I probably won’t be able to sleep if I go back to my room, and I don’t even have Toto to talk to.”

Crowlie: “We might find Toto on our walk, as well.”

Dorothy: “Crowlie, do you know your way around this castle?”

Crowlie: “Indeed. I’ve been here quite a few times. Now, let us be off.”

Crowlie had taken me to a breathtakingly beautiful hall.

Dorothy: “My goodness!”

Crowlie: “This is the pride and joy of the palace, the Great Hall. You would be hard pressed to find a hall this beautiful anywhere else.”

Large mirrors acted as walls for both sides of the hall, and a beautiful picture decorated the high ceiling.

3.6

Crowlie: “Befitting of the great Wizard of the South, wouldn’t you say?”

Dorothy: “Oh, speaking of wizards…your work at the Emerald City can’t be easy.”

Crowlie: “Well…though I must confess to my lack of experience, I manage.”

Crowlie puffed his chest out with a hint of pride.

Dorothy: “I’m sure you’ll turn out to be a wonderful king, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “Oh, thank you!”

Crowlie nodded, seemingly overcome with joy.

(It really is unbelievable… The scarecrow I went on that journey with is now the King of the Emerald City…)

As I felt impressed with him, Crowlie started moving.

Crowlie: “It appears Toto is not here. Let us go to the next place.”

The next place he brought me to was the balcony at the very top of the palace.

Dorothy: “Oh my, it’s so beautiful!”

I could see a Kansas town underneath the starry sky.

Crowlie: “I love looking out onto the town from this balcony as well. Especially at night.”

Dorothy: “It’s so beautiful!”

We just kept our eyes on the beautiful scenery.

Crowlie: “Say, Dorothy. What do you like best about coming back to Oz?”

Dorothy: “What I like best?”

Crowlie: “I’d love to hear.”

Dorothy: “There’s a lot to like, but…I’m most glad to have seen everyone again.” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “Not the beautiful dress? Not the grand hall?”

Dorothy: “I liked all of that, but I just couldn’t forget the friends I went on that journey with.”

Dorothy: “I’d always wanted to see you three again.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy…”

Dorothy: “I liked getting to meet all of you again the best!”

Crowlie: “Oh, I’m so glad I went to take you here…”

Crowlie: “I’m happiest that I was able to see you again, too.”

3.7

Dorothy: “You know, I think I’d like to take a nice stroll around Oz. Take my time looking around.”

Crowlie: “It has not changed much, I’m afraid.”

Dorothy: “Well, when I was last here, I was just so desperate to get back to Kansas that I couldn’t enjoy myself.”

That was the reason I had traveled with Crowlie, after all.

Crowlie: “True, true…and I was after brains.”

Crowlie: “Heartmann wished for a heart, and Leonardo wished for courage.”

Crowlie: “We all went on our journey so that our wishes may be granted. Ah, the memories…”

Dorothy: “That’s why I want to take my time this time.”

Crowlie: “Very well. I shall show you Oz, then.”

Dorothy:” Thanks. I’m looking forward to it!”

My heart filled with anticipation as I gazed upon the beautiful night sights.

When I turned my eyes to Crowlie after feeling his gaze, I saw him looking right at me.

(Hm? Why is he looking at me…?)

(Come on, you’re embarrassing me…)

Crowlie: “Dorothy…”

I turned to him, hearing my name.

Crowlie: “…Can I hold your hand?”

He gently held out his hand, his face going red.

His fingers twined around mine.

(Huh…?)

3.8

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 1,000

I froze for a moment, then tensed my hand up.

I looked at his face and nearly found myself sucked into his all too clear eyes.

I gently relaxed my hand and met his grip with my own.

(My heart is positively pounding… What am I going to…?)

Dorothy: “…Are we continuing our dance?”

I smiled at him.

Crowlie: “!”

And though I wanted to hide my embarrassment with a smile…

Crowlie: “…Dorothy!”

He embraced me.

(Huh…?!)

I was too surprised to make a sound.

(Crowlie, what are you…?!)

My heart started to beat even more furiously.

And I could hear his heart, beating just as much.

(It’s Crowlie’s heartbeat…!)

The two pulses beating in our chests eventually melded, forming a thumping harmony.

(Why…? Why does it feel so…comfortable?)

Crowlie: “…”

Crowlie: “O-Oh…!”

Coming back to his sense, Crowlie quickly released me.

3.9

Crowlie: “…?!”

He just stared at his own two hands in shock.

His expression almost said that he had no idea what he had just done.

Dorothy: “…Crowlie?”

I called his name, a little worried, and his eyes slowly came to mine.

Crowlie: “What was it…?”

Crowlie was clearly taken aback by his own actions.

Crowlie: “Oh, I’m…I’m sorry…!”

Freaking out, Crowlie apologized with his face beet red.

Dorothy: “H-Hey, no need to apologize…”

Suddenly feeling embarrassed myself, I let out words even I didn’t know the meaning of.

Crowlie: “R-Really? Do you mean…?”

Dorothy: “No, I mean, um… Oh, what am I saying…?!”

Crowlie: “No, no, I’m the one at fault here!”

???: “Ah, there you are!”

Crowlie: “Whuh?!”

Dorothy: “Huh…?!”

Crowlie and I started at the sudden voice.

Leonardo: “What are you two doing, all alone?”

Heartmann: “I’d rather like to know.”

Making a sudden appearance were Leonardo and Heartmann.

3.10

Crowlie: “What are you doing here?!”

Heartmann: “We were worried you weren’t in your room, so we came looking for you.”

Crowlie: “I was just going out for a little walk…”

Leonardo: “A walk? Then why’s Dorothy with you?”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, what’s going on?”

Dorothy: “I was looking for Toto.” (Intimacy +7)

Leonardo: “Toto? He run off somewhere?”

Dorothy: “Yeah, he just dashed off…”

Crowlie: “Since running into each other, we’ve been looking for him together.”

Heartmann: “Oh, so that’s what this is about.”

Leonardo: “Tch, that pup’s a handful. You know what animals need? Discipline! Training!”

We all just looked at Leonardo, all at once.

Crowlie: “You…certainly have a point…”

Leonardo: “Hm?”

Leonardo: “Whoa! Look at that view. Man, this is the best view around.”

Dorothy: “It really is romantic, isn’t it?”

Heartmann: “So you two were all alone in such a perfect place… and nothing happened?”

Crowlie: “Wh-What? Unthinkable, simply…unthinkable…”

A wave of hesitation took on Crowlie’s face.

3.11

Heartmann: “…?”

Leonardo: “You two haven’t been smooching, have you?”

Dorothy: “N-No!”

Leonardo: “Not even going to kiss her in front of scenery this awesome? Sounds like someone needs some courage, Crowlie!”

Crowlie: “…”

Crowlie;’s face kept its hesitation.

Dorothy: “Crowlie, what’s the matter?”

Crowlie: “O-Oh, nothing…nothing at all…”

Heartmann: “Wait, don’t tell me…”

Leonardo: “Tell you what, Heartmann?”

Heartmann: “Oh, nothing. So where do you think Toto ran off to?”

Dorothy: “Well, he wasn’t in that big mirror hall.”

Crowlie: “Well, this castle is rather large, and I do hope he hasn’t gotten lost…”

Dorothy: “I wonder if he’ll be all right…?”

Leonardo: “Well, fear no longer, because we’re joining in on this search party.”

Heartmann: “All right, Dorothy and I will handle this area, so go ahead and take the other side, you two.”

Leonardo: “Wait, who said we were pairing off?!”

Crowlie: “I seem to recall being the one searching with Dorothy.”

Heartmann: “Well, now that I’m here, can’t she search with me?”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, have you heard the way that guy’s armor clanks? You really want to go on this hunt with him?”

Heartmann: “Dorothy, I don’t think i need to tell you to stay away from wild animals.”

Leonardo: “Hey, I’m not just ANY wild animal! I’m the king of the jungle!”

Crowlie: “A human king of the jungle?”

Leonardo: “Oh, uh, good point… Wait, let’s get back on topic!”

Dorothy: “Quiet down, everyone! Let’s just go looking together. Sound good?”

3.12

They all agree. Reluctantly.

Toto: “Woof!”

And then, all of a sudden, Toto comes running onto the veranda.

Dorothy: “Toto! Where were you?!”

Wagging his tail, Toto plopped over on his side at my feet.

Leonardo: “Just look at that belly! It’s like a balloon!”

Toto, laid down on his back, bared his now bulging gut.

Heartmann: “Did he find himself a snack somewhere?”

???: “And what might you be doing?”

(Who…?)

Joining us on the veranda was Norton, the Wizard of the North.

Dorothy: “Oh, sorry about the noise… I was just taking a little walk before I went to bed.”

Crowlie: “Running into Dorothy, I’m afraid my joy got the better of me…”

Norton: “I see. Well, the hour being the hour, I would request that you control yourself.”

Dorothy: “Sorry.”

Norton: “Ah, and would anyone happen to have seen the cookies that were in my room?”

Dorothy: “Your cookies?”

Norton: “Indeed, the very ones I was so looking forward to eating before bed.”

Norton: “They have gone and vanished on me, with not a single remaining.”

(Wait… Wait, don’t tell me…)

3.13

I shoot a glance at Toto at my feet.

Toto: *burp*…

(TOTO!)

Crowlie: “Cookies, you say… Leonardo, you did not eat them, did you?”

Leonardo: “Nah…I haven’t seen so much as a single cookie today.”

Heartmann: “Lord Norton, would you like me to help you search for them?”

Norton: “You needn’t go to the trouble, I will look for them myself. Now, just where did they go off to…”

When Norton had disappeared from view, everyone burst out laughing.

Crowlie: “Hahah! I was worried he would find us out!”

Heartmann: “Ahahaha! Those cookies are in Toto’s belly!”

Leonardo: “Now that’s what I call courage — wolfing down Lord Norton’s cookies like that!”

Toto: “?”

Dorothy: “Bad dog, Toto! No more running away, okay?”

Leonardo: “Well, Toto’s accounted for, so how ’bout we head to bed?”

Heartmann: “Yeah, good idea.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, allow me to escort you to your room.”

Dorothy: “Oh, that’s all right, I can make it back on my own. Head back to bed and rest up, all right, everyone?”

I picked up my now plump puppy with both arms.

Then, I took another look at the beautiful night scenery from the balcony, with its mystifying stars and beautiful town, writing it into my memory.

(Goodnight, Quadlings. Looking forward to tomorrow!)

Boys Talk Among Best Friends

Crowlie: “Dorothy coming back to Oz is like a dream come true.”

Leonardo: “Yeah, I’ve been waiting for this day to come for a long time!”

Heartmann: “We’ve got to make sure she has fun until her birthday comes!”

Crowlie: “I’ll put my brains to work to have her enjoy her time here, too!”

Leonardo: “And I’ll protect her. That’s why I’ve got this courage!”

Heartmann: “Ohh… I can’t hold back my tears…!”

Leonardo: “Don’t cry, Heartmann! Be all hospitable to Dorothy with that nice heart of yours.”

Crowlie: “If we put together our brains, courage and heart, we’ll definitely be able to show Dorothy a good time!”

Heartmann: “I’m so glad you guys are my friends!”

Leonardo: “That’s right, we’re friends — comrades! IF the three of us get together, there’s nothing we can’t do!”

Crowlie: “But what would Dorothy like, anyway?”

Leonardo: “Er, Heartmann, wouldn’t you know about that kind of stuff?”

Heartmann: “Er, well…I’ve never really gone out with a girl, so…”

Crowlie: “Well, uh…if we put together our brains, courage, and heart…!”

Heartmann: “Y-Yeah! Definitely! Haha!”

Leonardo: “Sure is nice to have friends! Hahaha!”

Crowlie: “Ahaha…haha…ha…!”

Chapter 4: To the Emerald City (16/16)

4.1

Before I knew it, the next morning had come.

Toto:” Arf!”

I ended up having breakfast with everyone in the castle’s dining hall.

Dorothy: “What a huge dining hall!”

(Now this is the kind of beautiful eating room I’d expect from the palace of Quadlings!)

Everyone was already seated at the long, large dining table.

Leonardo: “Good morning, Dorothy!”

Dorothy: “Good morning, Leonardo.”

Heartmann: “Slept well?”

Dorothy: “Like a baby.”

After I greeted Leonardo and Heartmann, my eyes met with Crowlie’s.

His eyes were just as clear as they were yesterday.

Crowlie: “Good morning. Your seat, if you would.”

Dorothy: “Good morning, Crowlie.”

When I sat down in the seat next to Crowlie, the servants started to lay our breakfast on the table.

Toto: “Woof!”

Even Toto, sitting obediently at my feet, received a plate of dog food.

Oz: “So, little miss, where in the dreamland did you go?”

Dorothy: “I can’t quite remember.”

Oz; “You can’t?”

4.2

Dorothy: “Well, being in Oz is so much like dreaming that I can’t quite tell when I’m sleeping and when I’m awake.

Wesley: “You probably just didn’t dream.”

Leonardo: “Actually, I really get what Dorothy’s saying.”

Wesley: “Excuse me?”

Leonardo: “I’ve got some trouble telling between dream and reality a bunch myself.”

Crowlie: “That is simply because you take far too many naps.”

Heartmann: “Agreed. One takes their eyes off of you for a moment and you’re off to dreamland.”

Crowlie: “I suppose you’ve still got your catty habits in you.”

Leonardo: “At least call them lion habits!”

Solomon: “Hahaha, well, since we’re all here now, let us start breakfast.”

Leonardo: “Oh, let me at it!”

Leonardo started eating up a storm.

My eyes went wide before the sheer generosity of the food in front of me.

(Can I really start my day with food like this…?)

Crowlie: “Not your type of food?”

Dorothy: “Well, there’s just so much of it, and I don’t want to leave anything…”

Crowlie: “Oh, you needn’t worry about that. I’m sure Leonardo will be more than happy to help him.”

Leonardo: “Yeah, just leave it to my belly! Can I get another bowl of soup over here?”

Heartmann: “Leonardo’s gut is more or less bottomless.”

Crowlie: “So you needn’t push yourself with breakfast.”

With that, Crowlie divided some of the food into a small plate for me.

4.3

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

Right when I tried to reach for the plate, my finger lightly touched his.

Crowlie: “…!”

He winced, and nearly dropped the plate.

Dorothy: “Oh, sorry!”

Crowlie: “N-Not at all, the fault lies with me…”

Crowlie;’s face went beet red.

Oz: “Watch it. Don’t be missing up Dorothy’s dress.”

Dorothy: “It’s all right, he didn’t drop it. You’ve got some sauce on your mouth though, Oz.”

Oz; “Oh, really…?”

Wesley: “Hey, what’d you eat my sausage for?!”

Wesley suddenly screamed in rage.

Leonardo: “Wait, were you going eat that?”

Wesley: “Why would you think I wouldn’t?! I was saving the best for last!”

Heartmann: “So the Wizard of the West saves his favorite food. Didn’t see that coming.”

Wesley: “Where’d you get off deciding my identity like that?!”

Leonardo: “Whoa, my omelette disappeared!”

Dorothy: “Like it would disappear.”

Norton, who had been attending Solomon like a butler, slightly raised an eyebrow.

Norton: “Just like my cookies…”

Crowlie: “Wait, could it be…”

4.4

Crowlie and the other two peeked at my feet.

Toto: “Nom nom…”

Leonardo: “Hey, Toto, give me back my omelette!”

Toto ran, and Leonardo chased after him.

(Oh, Toto…)

Norton: “One could say it is far too early to be raising such a commotion.”

Oz: “Agreed.”

Solomon: “I quite like the zest they bring to the table”

Leonardo: “Nor THAT’S what I call breakfast!”

Crowlie: “You ate like a beast.”

Heartmann: “As usual, of course.”

(Say…this is the place Crowlie took me to last night.)

The great hall in the morning looked far more beautiful than it did the night before.

Norton, who had been leading us, came to a halt.

Norton: “Dorothy, this is the great hall, the pride and joy of our palace.”

Norton kindly introduced the area.

Dorothy: “It really is beautiful. Crowlie showed it to me last night.”

Norton: “Ah, so he did.”

Before Norton could start walking again, however, Wesley stopped him.

Wesley: “Wait, wait, wait. Norton, why’d you know that Crowlie and Dorothy had been together last night?”

4.5

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 2,200

(Actually, that’s a good question.)

(Last night, we were the only ones in this hall…)

Norton: “…”

Leonardo: “Hold up!”

Leonardo butted in.

Leonardo: “That tone tells me that you, Wizard of the West…”

Leonardo: “…knew that Crowlie and Dorothy were alone together last night. How’d you know that?”

Wesley: “Have you forgotten that I’m a wizard?”

Crowlie: “Did you use magic?”

Wesley: “Divination’s my specialty. This right eye of mine can see places far, far away.”

Wesley spoke proudly.

Dorothy: “Wait, you were peeping on us?!”

Heartmann: “Peeping isn’t very becoming.”

Wesley: “I was keeping watch for the two of you, since there’s a rather suspicious character about.”

Wesley gave Norton a light glare.

Oz: “Still don’t trust Norton, oh Wizard of the West?”

Wesley: “Out with it, Norton. I know you can’t use divination magic.”

(So they’re both wizards, but the magic they use is different…)

Norton: “I encountered Dorothy and Crowlie at the balcony last night.”

Norton: “So I simply made the educated guess that Crowlie showed her the great hall.”

Oz: “Say, what were you doing out in the halls so late at night in the face place, anyway?”

4.6

Crowlie: “Taking a walk. Is that so wrong?”

Leonardo: “And Lord Norton was looking for his vanished cookies.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Oz took a moment to think, as if to piece together last night’s scene.

Oz: “I see, I see…nothing really sticks out, then.”

(Norton seems really sharp, so I’m sure he could’ve imagined why we were there.)

Leonardo: “Hey, Wizard! No more peeping!”

Wesley: “Tch…!”

Wesley frowned, miffed.

(Just why is the Wizard of the West so untrusting of Norton, anyway?)

The grandiose great hall was filled with a very thick, pressure filled air.

Leonardo: “Oh, Dorothy, what are you going to do now?”

(Do now…? Well, no one’s told me about any plans from now…)

Crowlie: “Lord Norton, are there any plans slated for today?”

Norton: “I’m afraid I have heard nothing from Lord Solomon.”

Norton: “You are free to do whatever you wish until your birthday.”

Crowlie: “Well, Dorothy, allow me to take you to a place of your choosing.”

Dorothy: “Oh, you will? I can’t wait!”

Leonardo: “Hey, don’t monopolize Dorothy. I’m coming with you.”

Heartmann: “I’ll come along with you too, then.”

4.7

Crowlie: “Why?”

Leonardo: “Well, we’re all friends here, aren’t we?”

Crowlie: “Alas…”

Crowlie reluctantly accepted their company.

Heartmann: “Well, where shall we be off to?”

Crowlie: “Well, as I said before…”

Crowlie: “…where would you like to go, Dorothy?”

(There’s a lot of places I want to go to, but first thing’s first…)

Dorothy: “I’d like to go to the Emerald City!” (Intimacy +7)

The destination we all went for in our journey together. A place still fresh in my memory.

Dorothy: “I want to see what it’s like now.”

Crowlie: “Gladly, Dorothy.”

Crowlie nodded with a smile.

Heartmann: “The Emerald City’s changed quite a bit since Crowlie took the throne.”

Dorothy: “Really?”

Crowlie “I would love for you to see it with your own eyes.”

Dorothy: “Looking forward to it!”

Leonrdo: “Then that settles it!”

Oz: “The Emerald City…I’ll tag along, then.”

Dorothy: “You too, Oz?”

4.8

Oz: “The city used to be under my rule. Curious to see how it’s changed.”

Oz: “Seeing it’ll also show me the king’s talent…or lack thereof.”

Crowlie “…!”

Oz: “You don’t have a problem with me tagging along, right?”

Crowlie: “Not at all. Come as you wish.”

Leonardo: “You’re not going to say you want to come too, are you, Wesley?”

Wesley: “Don’t invite me. I’m not a tourist.”

Heartmann: “That sounded like an invitation?”

Norton: “I will inform Lord Solomon of your trip, then.”

Dorothy: “Thank you, Norton.”

(The Emerald City…. Oh, I wonder how it’s changed!)

When I was about to embark on my trip after getting ready, Solomon came out just to see me off.

Solomon: “It’s about a half day’s walk to the Emerald City. Up for the exercise?”

Dorothy: “Half a day…”

Solomon: “If not, I have something you should appreciate.”

Solomon gave a light wave of his hand, causing spheres of light to gather up and form into a gorgeous horse carriage.

Leonardo: “Whoa! Awesome!”

Crowlie: “What a beautiful carriage!’

Two white horses stood at the head of the golden carraige. I’d never seen such a beautiful vehicle in kansas.

4.9

Heartmann: “Lord Solomonn always impresses with his magic.”

Oz: “Not a bad trick.”

Solomon: “Behold, the Hyperdrive Bullet Carriage! You’ll be in the Emerald City in a snap.”

(Hyper what…?)

Crowlie: “So, Dorothy, do you wish to take the carriage to the city?”

Crowlie and the others were all looking right at me, seeming to want to say something.

Dorothy: “I won’t. If we walk there, we can enjoy the sights, right?” (Intimacy +7)

Leonardo: “Ture, true. I was hoping to get to walk with you myself.”

Crowlie: “As was I.”

Heartnann: “Me, too.”

Oz: “Wait, you’re going to burn half a day walking?”

Dorothy: “We all walked together last time, all the way to the Emerald City.”

Leonardo: “We sure did!”

Dorothy: “I can feel another fun journey coming on.”

Crowlie: “Then it’s settled.”

Dorothy: “Sorry for putting the carriage to waste, Solomon.”

Solomon: “Oh, no worries at all.”

Solomon snapped his fingers and the carriage dissipated back into light.

Norton: “Please, do take this with you.”

Norton held out a basket for me.

4.10

Dorothy: “What’s this?”

Norton: “Lunch for the road.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Thank you, Norton.”

Oz: “Leonardo, you’re carrying the stuff.”

Leonardo: “Why me?”

Oz: “This is lunch we’re talking about. You see anyone else here with the courage to protect it?”

Leonardo: “You’ve…you’ve got a point. All right, leave this basket to me!”

Leonardo took the basket with that classic, big smile of is.”

Heartmann: “King Oz certain knows his way around words.”

Heartmann whispered so that Leonardo wouldn’t hear him.

Crowlie: “You could say that again…”

Solomon: “Well, take care on the road.”

Norton: “May you have a safe journey.”

Dorothy: “Thank you. Let’s go, everyone!”

With that, we left Quadlings Castle.

Leaving the town of Quadlings, we pleasantly walked along the road to the Emerald City.

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto took up the lead.

Crowlie: “Walking like this certainly brings me back…”

4.11

Dorothy: “It feels just like it did back then a few years ago.”

Heartmann: “Though we weren’t humans back then.”

Dorothy: “You all look wonderful now.”

Leonardo: “Really?”

Dorothy: “Really.”

They all looked at each other, laughing happily.

(Well, they all look so handsome. I bet the girls back in Kansas wouldn’t be able to leave them alone.)

Crowlie: “We’re not the only ones who’ve changed.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, you’ve grown up really beautiful.”

(Huh…?)

Leonardo: “You’ve really become a looker. Trust me!”

Heartmann: “Indeed. Back then, you were more cute than beautiful.”

(R-Really? Aww, how nice of them to say that…)

Leonardo: “Well, there’s one more thing that’s different from last time.”

Dorothy: “What’s that?”

Leonardo: “We’ve got the Great Oz with us.”

Everyone looked at Oz.

Oz: “…Not in the way, am I?”

Dorothy: “No, not at all.”

Crowlie: “Say…Oz, when did you arrive?”

4.12

Oz: “A bit before little miss here made it to the Land of Oz. Got an invitation.”

Heartmann: “Ah, I see.”

Oz; “Solomon told me about you three, too.”

Oz: “You’ve really stepped up since I’ve been gone.”

Dorothy: “I know that Crowlie became the King of Emerald City, but…”

(I don’t know about how Heartmann and Leonardo have changed yet…)

Leonardo: “Ah, that’s right. I haven’t told you what I’ve been up to yet.”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, you remember the grand old forest, right?”

Dorothy: “Oh, the forest with all those monkeys? Of course I do.”

Leonardo: “I’m the king of their forest.”

Leonardo puffed out his chest in pride.

Dorothy: “Wow, you’re the king of the forest? That sounds great!”

Crowlie: “He’s almost always coming to Heartmann and myself for help, though.”

Leonardo: “Going from being the king of the jungle to the king of a land’s pretty rough. I don’t get all this ‘politics’ stuff.”

Heartmann: “I think you’re doing well, actually. I’m quite impressed.”

Dorothy: “What are you now, Heartmann?”

Heartmann: “I rule over the country of the Winkies, to the west.”

Dorothy: “You’re the King of the West?! Wow!”

Heartmann: “I’m quite surprised myself.”

Dorothy: “Well, I think you’ll make a wonderful king, Heartmann.”

(So they’re all kings…wow!)

4.13

Dorothy: “So that means I’m walking with three kings, then.”

Crowlie: “Come to think of it, it’s rather different from the last time we journeyed.”

Leonardo: “Nothing’s changed. We’re still friends, like we always were!”

Heartmann: “Nothing’s changed at all.”

Crowlie: “True, true.”

(My friends are here…and they’re still the same people.)

I was so happy that I got to go on another journey with them.

Toto: “Woof!”

Leonardo: “Oh? Toto, you want to join us, too? All right, you’re one of us!”

When Leonardo tried to pat Toto on the head, however…

Toto: “Grr!”

Leonardo: “Ouch! Whatcha bite me for?! Hey, get back here!’

Vexed, Leonardo chased Toto around.

Crowlie: “Here we go again…”

While everyone laughed, Oz let out a whisper.

Oz: “Friends, huh…”

Dorothy: “Hm? Did you say something?”

Oz: “Nothing, but…how about we take a break.?”

Crowlie: “Walking along was so fun I didn’t notice, but…it’s about lunchtime, isn’t it.”

Leonardo: “Oh, time to eat?!”

Heartmann: “Dorothy, you could use a break too, couldn’t you?”

Dorothy: “All right, let’s take a break.” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “Are you tired?”

Dorothy: “I’m fine. I could go on walking no problem.”

Crowlie: “Glad to see you’re energetic.”

Dorothy: “But since we’ve got a long way to go, it’d probably be best to relax a little.”

Heartmann: “Thanks for thinking about us.”

Oz: “We finally get to take a break, huh?”

Leonardo: “All right, let’s eat!’

Toto: “Woof!”

4.14

Heartmann: “The perfect place for a rest.”

Dorothy: “Yeah, look at all these flowers!”

Colorful, beautiful flowers bloomed all over the ground.

Dorothy: “All right, I’ll sit over here.”

I sat down in the meadow and everyone sat around me.

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Toto barked at the picnic basket Leonardo had laid down.

Leonardo: “All right, all right, I’ll open it.”

Leonardo opened up the basket and let out a joyful roar.

Leonardo: “Whoa, these sandwiches look great! There’s even a pot with some tea in it!”

Oz: “yeah, yeah, just give me one already.”

Leonardo handed everyone their sandwiches.

Crowlie: “My, this certain does look good!”

Dorothy: I’ll pour the tea.”

There were enough cups in the basket for everyone, and I poured everyone tea.

Heartmann: “This herbal tea smells quite nice.”

Leonardo: “Hey, Toto, got some for you too!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto wagged his tail, pleased.

We all ate our lunch, enjoying conversation about nothing in particular.

4.15

Crowlie: “This feels kind of like a picnic.”

Heartmann: “Well, let’s just call it one, then.”

Leonardo: “Our whole journey’s a picnic.”

Oz: “Wait, what?”

Dorothy: “Actually, I feel the same way, a little.”

The warm sunlight and the soft breeze put everyone’s heart at ease.

Leonardo: “We’ve got apples for dessert, too!”

Leonardo pulled apples from the basket and gave them to everyone.

Dorothy: “Mm, this is good!’

I took a bite, savoring the apple’s fruity juices.

Leonardo: “Wait, where’d my apple go?!”

Crowlie: “Again?”

Heartmann: “We all know who did it…”

Everyone looked at Toto.

Toto: “Om nom…*gulp*!”

Toto swallowed the apple and dashed away at the speed of light.

Leonardo: “You’ve done it again, Toto!”

Leonardo dashed after him in a rage.

Oz: “Does he never learn?”

Leonardo turned around and ran back to us.

4.16

Dorothy: “What happened?”

Leonardo: “I forgot to fill my quota for today! Dorothy, I love you!”

Leonardo jumped at me with a hug at the end of his running dash.

Dorothy: “Ahhh!”

Crowlie and Heartmann quickly moved to pull him off.

Heartmann: “Enough, Leonardo! Get away from Dorothy!”

Crowlie: “You really never do learn!”

Oz; “I just can’t keep up with you guys.”

Oz just looked at the production, completely taken aback.

Then, Toto came back with impossible speed and bit Leonardo on the flank.

Toto: “Huff!”

Leonardo: “OWW!”

Finally pulling away from me, Leonardo fell to the ground and burst out laughing.

Leonardo: “Hahaha! This trip really is the best!’

Heartmann: “You rascal, you. Haha!”

Everyone fell over and started laughing.

Oz just looked at everyone, confused.

Oz; “…”

Crowlie: “So, shall we be on our way?”

As if it served as some sort of cue, everyone stood up.

Dorothy: “Yeah, let’s go!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Once again, we started walking towards the Emerald City.

The Thing Crowlie Got from Oz

Dorothy: “Crowlie, Oz gave you brains years ago, right?”

Crowlie: “That’s right. The intelligence I received completely changed my life.”

Oz: “Exaggerations, exaggerations…”

Crowlie: “Learning new things, gaining new knowledge…it’s really quite fun. How should I put it…”

Crowlie: “Oh, I know! Using your intelligence is like having an adventure inside your mind!’

Dorothy: “So you’ve been continuing your adventures since our journey this whole time, huh?”

Oz: “If you’re going to go on an adventure, don’t use your mind. Use your body.”

Dorothy: “Oz, thank you very much for giving Crowlie his brains.”

Oz: “Uh, I just…”

Crowlie: “I’m very grateful, Oz.”

Oz: “Hey, you two…I really haven’t done anything for you to be grateful about.”

Oz: “Listen up. Intelligence isn’t something you just use for yourself. Remember that.”

Crowlie: “I know. I will use this intelligence to bring happiness to the people of the Emerald City.”

Oz: “Well, that side, I’ve had enough .GO make sparkling eyes somewhere else, you two!”

Oz: “Heh. Grateful, huh. Didn’t expect that scarecrow to put a smile on my face.”

Oz: “He sure has become…quite the human.”

Chapter 5: Two Kings (14/14)

5.1

That evening, we had finally arrived at the Emerald City.

Dorothy: “My, how beautiful!”

There were more buildings, larger than I’d remembered, and the city was simply bustling with people.

Crowlie: “Welcome to the Emerald City.”

Dorothy: It’s completely changed, but it’s so beautiful…”

Crowlie: “Thank you, Dorothy.”

Heartmann: “I was looking forward to coming here, too.”

Dorothy: “Is there something you wanted to see here?”

Heartmann: “It’s a good reference. I figure there’s a lot I can learn here as another king.”

A look of slight bashfulness came over Crowlie’s face at Heartmann’s words.

Dorothy: “Oh, so Crowlie’s a good king.”

Leonardo:” The food here is great, too.”

Crowlie: “Well, putting it that way obligates me to have the finest meal prepared for all of you.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Oz: “I see…”

Oz seemed a little unsatisfied as he surveyed the large clearing.

Oz: “It’s changed, but…not to my liking.”

Crowlie: “Unsatisfied with the city?”

Oz; “Doesn’t quite matter if I am or not. You’re the king of the city. You do what you want.”

Crowlie: “…”

A large crowd of people noticed and gathered around us.

5.2

Older Woman: “Look, it’s King Crowlie!”

Young Woman: “Oh, he’s so dreamy! Ohmygosh, he looked this way!”

Male Merchant: Hey, look over there! Isn’t that the Great Oz?!”

Older Man: “King Oz has returned?!”

Young Woman: “I can’t believe this! That beautiful woman with them couldn’t be Dorothy, could she?”

Male Merchant: “The same Dorothy who saved Oz?!”

Older Woman: “Dorothy, could I have your autograph?”

Older Man: “Can I shake your hand?!”

Dorothy: “W-Wait, what?!”

A crowd of people was suddenly upon us, all clamoring away.

Oz: “Looks like you’re a regular celebrity.”

(What’s going on here?!)

Heartmann: “It’s because you’re the one who defeated the wizards of both East and West, Dorothy.”

(Well, that was kind of a mistake with the Wizard of the East…)

The crowd grew larger and larger, reaching a dangerous amount of people.

Leonardo: “Isn’t this…way too many people? If things get any more chaotic…”

Toto:” Gr…Woof, woof!”

His danger senses tingling, Toto started to bark the crowd down.

Crowlie: “Everybody, quiet!”

Crowlie’s noble voice rang through the area.

5.3

Crowlie: “Everyone, please, calm down! If this keeps up, someone will get hurt!”

Though the crowd fell silent for a moment…

Older Woman: “Oh, Crowlie, you’re so dreamy!’

Young Woman: “He looked at me! He looked at me! Ohmygosh I’m gonna die!”

Cries of joy erupted from the crowd again, and it fell once again into chaos.

(Gah, they’re even WORSE now!)

Leonardo: “Ouch! Hey, who stepped on my foot?!”

Crowlie: “…!”

(Oh no…we’ve got to calm this chaos down. Who should I ask for help?)

Dorothy: “Oz, please do something about this!” (Intimacy +7)

Oz: “Been a while since you’ve asked me for help.”

Dorothy: “I think they’ll listen to you. You used to lead this city!”

Heartmann: “But they won’t listen to Crowlie. And he leads this city now.”

Leonardo: “Well, it’s worth a try, isn’t it?”

Crowlie: “…Please, Great Oz.”

Oz: “All right. Leave it to me.”

Oz: “Crowds, I tell ya…”

Oz took a step in front of us all and raised his arms to the sky.

Oz: “Denizens of the Emerald City, I bid you to be silent!”

His voice, commanding authority, brought the crowd to a hush.

5.4

Older Man: “It’s King Oz!”

Young Man: “The Great King Oz is back!”

The clamor slowly quieted down.

Oz: “I understand your excitement, truly. I do! You are, after all, in the presence of Dorothy, the savior of this land, as well as myself!”

Oz: “I can understand just how joyful you are to see us back!”

Oz:” But before that, oh wise denizens of the Emerald City, lend me your ears!”

Now completely silent, the crowd all laid their eyes upon Oz.

(Wow! He got them quiet in a snap!)

Oz: “The great Wizard of the South, Solomon, has called her to our domain to celebrate her birthday.”

As gasps of awe took the crowd, Oz silenced them with a raise of his hand.

Oz: “And I, the previous ruler of this metropolis have returned as well! Why is that?”

Young Man: “Because you’re the Great King Oz!”

Oz: “A good question. There are countless kings in this world…”

Oz: “…but only one worthy of being called Great!”

Older Man: “Long live Great King Oz!”

Leonardo: “Look at him, he’s completely in his element.”

Crowlie: “…!”

Oz: “I, too, was summoned to celebrate Dorothy’s birthday. That has brought me here.”

Oz: “And now, I’m afraid it’s time to rein it in.”

Oz: “I ask that you hold on to the very joy you feel until Dorothy’s birthday comes.

Oz: “And I must add that I am glad from the bottom of my heart to have seen you all again! That is all, thank you!”

Oz finished his speech and was met with a storm of cheers and applause.

The cheers, however, beckoned no chaos.

5.5

Dorothy: “Wow…!”

Heartmann: “Now, that was conduct befitting of a king.”

Leonardo: “He’s certainly got that air of authority.”

Oz: “It wasn’t that big a deal. We’ve just got difference experience…and talent.”

Crowlie: “…!”

Oz: “Popularity alone doesn’t make a king. Right, Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “…Right.”

Crowlie had his eyes squarely on the ground, biting his lip and tightly balling his hands into fists.”

Oz: “Well, let’s be off to the palace.”

We started walking to the Emerald Castle.

Leonardo: “Finally here!”

I looked up at the large palace of green.

Dorothy: “Oh, this brings me back… This is where I first met you, Oz, wasn’t it?”

Oz: “Yeah. It was my castle.”

Crowlie: “…”

Dorothy: “I bet it’s rare to have the old and new kings in one place, even for Oz.”

Though I started talking to him, Crowlie kept silent, his eyes still on the ground.

(Huh? Did he not hear me?)

Oz: “This castle was a virtual dump. The ‘city’, too, was nothing but a small-time town.”

Oz looked up at the castle with nostalgic eyes.

5.6

Heartmann: “My, I didn’t know that. Did you rebuild the castle yourself?”

Oz: “Pretty much.”

Leonardo: “So Oz made the dump of a castle into a real palace, and made the small town to a big city, then.”

Oz: “It wasn’t all me. I had the help of the people — that’s what made it work.”

Dorothy: “Wasn’t everyone just going along with your smooth talk?”

I meant it as a joke, but Oz shot me back a smirk.

Oz: “That’s exactly what happened, little miss. Looks like you’re starting to get me.”

He ended with a wink.

Heartmann: “I would give you the credit, Great Oz. One cannot make their country thrive without the love of the people.”

Dorothy: “I bet it was difficult to take over after Oz, wasn’t it, Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “…”

Dorothy: “Crowlie?”

His eyes went wide as he snapped back into reality.

Crowlie: “Oh…y-yeah, it was.”

Dorothy: “What’s wrong? You seem a little…out of it.”

Leonardo: “Tired from all that walking?”

Heartmann: “You look a little pale. Are you all right?”

Crowlie: “I’m fine, really.”

Oz; “Let’s head into the palace. Heck, I’ll even show you around.”

With Oz at the lead, we all started walking in.

5.7

Crowlie: “…”

Crowlie walked along in the very back, but his expression didn’t inspire much confidence.

Worried, I whispered to him.

Dorothy: “Are you really going to be okay?”

Crowlie: “Yeah…”

He replied flatly, not even looking at my face.

(Something seems really strange about him…)

A hue of unease lay in his clear eyes, and he seemed to have forgotten his usual, gentle smile.

(Just what could be on his mind…?)

We got into the castle to find a familiar looking hallway.

Dorothy: “I…I remember this hallway…”

Oz: “The insides haven’t changed too much.”

Crowlie: “I’ve prioritized the welfare of my people over renovating the castle.”

Heartmann: “That sure sounds like you, Crowlie.”

Dorothy: “I agree.”

Leonardo:” Could do with some loosening up, though.”

Heartmann: “And you could loosen up a little less, Leonardo.”

A servant and a soldier approached us from within the hall.

(Hey, they’re…!)

5.8

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 4,200

Servant: “Oh my…well, if it isn’t Dorothy!”

Guard: “Oh, how long it has been, Dorothy!”

Dorothy: “Oh, I thought it was you! I remember how much you helped me last time I was here.”

Servant: “An honor, my lady!”

Guard: “And is that not Great King oz…?!”

Oz; “Hey. Been doin’ all right?”

Guard: “Aye!”

The soldier snapped up his posture and saluted.

Crowlie: “these four are our guests. Do see to it that they are cared for in kind.”

Servant: “Yes, Your Majesty.”

Then, suddenly, someone came hurriedly running up to us from the other side of the hall.”

Green-clad Maid: “Dorothy! How are you?!”

Dorothy: “Hey, you’re…!”

She was none other than the maid who had taken care of me when I’d first gotten to the castle.

Dorothy: “You’re the maid!”

Green-clad Maid: “I am, and I’m glad to see you again!”

Dorothy: “Me too. Oh, you look like you’ve been doing well!”

The maid and I took each others’ hands and all but jumped for joy.

Heartmann: “oh, this is so…so moving!’

Heartmann wiped his flowing tears with a handkerchief.

5.9

Leonardo: “I’m hungry…”

Crowlie: “I’ll have dinner prepared immediately. Is there anything else you desire?”

Leonardo: “Dorothy, prime opportunity t’get served by a king. Ask for something, would ya?”

(Hm…what do I want…?)

Dorothy: “In that case, I want something sweet!” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “You always did like sweets.”

Dorothy: “Oh, you remembered?”

Crowlie: “Of course. I will have some brought to you after dinner.”

Heartmann: “I’d appreciate a new handkerchief, myself.”

Dorothy: “Oz, how about you?”

Oz: “What I want? Good question. I guess I’d like you to act a bit more like the king of the Emerald City.”

Crowlie: “What…?!”

Leonardo: “Doesn’t sound like food to me.”

Dorothy: “Oz, how could you say something like that?”

Oz: “Let me put it clearly. Not being able to calm down a clamor that small? That’s your failure as a king.”

Crowlie: “…!”

Heartmann: “Great King Oz, I think you have said a little too much. Crowlie works hard to fulfill his duties as king, and studies for that purpose, as well.”

Oz: “Studies? I bet all he’s doing is reading books and filing his head with useless knowledge.”

Oz: “That’s why he messed up like that.”

Dorothy: “Can’t we leave well enough alone? What’s done is done…”

Oz: “If I hadn’t stepped in, Dorothy would’ve gotten hurt!”

Crowlie: “…!”

Crowlie bit down on his lips, tight.

5.10

Oz: “You’re not using those brains right.”

Dorothy: “How is he using them wrong?”

Oz: “Listen to me, and listen good. Your mind isn’t just there to accumulate knowledge.”

Crowlie: “Knowledge is essential! You can use it to solve any problem, no matter what kind!”

Oz: “Then I’ll give you a problem. An easy calculation.”

(A calculation… Why?)

Crowlie: “All right, I accept.”

Oz: “You go at 60 kilometers per hour, and you come back at 30 kilometers per hour. What’s your average speed per hour?”

Crowlie: “Average speed per hour…45 kilometers per hour.”

Leonardo: “Huh? Why?”

Heartmann: “Since we’re after an average, we add the speed of going and coming back and divide by two.”

Dorothy: “That was easy.”

Oz: “But too bad, the answer’s 40 kilometers per hour.”

Crowlie: “That can’t be! 60 plus 30 is 90 and 90 divided by 2 is 45.”

Oz; “All right, then tell me, how much more time did it take you to come back then to go?”

Crowlie: “30 is half of 60, so it took twice as long to come back and…wait!”

The color drained from Crowlie’s face.

Oz; “Figured out the trick?”

Dorothy: “What do you mean?”

5.11

Heartmann: “Er, hold on a minute. Let me work it out…”

Leonardo: “Feeling kinda sleepy…”

Oz: “You’re taking the same road, so we’ve traveled 120 kilometers. Twice the 60 kilometers per hour we went with.”

Oz: “And how long did it take to get back?”

Crowlie: “Twice as long, so two hours…!”

Oz: “So how long did it take to go and come back?”

Crowlie: “One hour to go, two hours to come back, so three hours total.”

(W-Wait, this is a little complicated. What are they talking about?)

Oz: “So when you divide 120 kilometers by 3 hours, you get an average speed of 40 kilometers per hour. That’s the average speed of the trip.”

Crowlie: “I can’t believe I got such an easy problem wrong…!”

Crowlie just looked shocked that he had gotten the problem wrong.

Oz: “You allowed yourself to be too caught up in the word ‘average’. That’s why you just added and divided.”

Crowlie: “…”

Oz: “You have the knowledge to calculate speed, but don’t have the smarts to apply it to find the right answer.”

Oz: “That’s just like not having the knowledge in the first place.”

Crowlie: “Guh…!”

Crowlie bit his lips in bitter defeat, then dropped his shoulders in disappointment.

Leonardo: “Zzz…”

(How long’s Leonardo been sleeping?!)

Heartmann: “Carry the three… Wait, where’d I go wrong?”

(Heartmann’s still doing the math?!)

5.12

Oz: “So Scarecrow, you know what they call people who have brains but don’t act like they do?”

Crowlie: “…?”

Oz: “Idiots.”

Crowlie: “!”

The next moment, Crowlie dashed up to Oz and grabbed him by the collar.

Crowlie: “How dare you…!”

Oz: “My heart just weeps for the people who have such a fool of a king!”

Oz grabbed Crowlie’s collar, too.

Dorothy: “Both of you, just stop…!”

Leonardo snapped awake at my scream.

Leonardo: “Wh-What’s going on?!”

Crowlie: “I can’t believe you called me an idiot!”

Oz: “You’d better believe it, you idiot!”

Crowlie: “Only an idiot calls people idiots!”

Oz: “Only an idiot says only an idiot calls people idiots!”

Leonardo: “What are you, children?”

Heartmann: “We have to stop their fight!”

Heartmann stepped into their fight.

Heartmann: “Stop!”

Crowlie: “Stay out of this, Heartmann!”

Oz: “Get out of here, Tin Man!”

Dorothy: “ENOUGH!”

Toto: “Hoooowl!”

My cry and Toto’s howl brought Crowlie and Oz to a quick stop.

5.13

Crowlie: “…”

Oz: “…”

Dorothy: “And you call yourselves kings? When you fight like children?”

Crowlie: “…”

Oz; “Hmph…I’m not a king anymore.”

Both looking dissatisfied, they released each others’ collars.

Heartmann: “Well, looks like things have calmed down.”

Leonardo: “Uh…Oh yeah! I was hungry! Still am!”

Crowlie: “I will have it prepared immediately. Please, rest in your rooms until then.”

Putting his clothes back in order, Crowlie gave orders to his servants.

Crowlie: “Do see that the guests are taken to their rooms.”

He started walking, with his head facing down, and vanished down the hallway.

Leonardo: “He gonna be okay?”

Heartmann: “Search me…”

Leonardo: “First time I’ve seen Crowlie like that.”

Heartmann: “Me too.”

Oz: “Leave him be. Experience’ll do him good.”

Leonardo: “You’re the one who put him in that mood, King Oz!”

Heartmann: “At least show some remorse!”

(Something seemed really off about him… I wonder if he’ll be all right…?)

5.14

Green-clad Maid: This room is yours, Dorothy. Use it however you see fit.”

The room I was brought to was as wonderful as I had imagined.

Dorothy: “Oh, I love it, thanks!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Green-clad Maid: “I will come to get you once the food is prepared.”

With a polite bow, the maid left the room.

(I just can’t get Crowlie out of my mind…)

Dorothy: “Hey, Toto, what should I do?”

Toto: “?”

Dorothy: “I don’t think I’ll be able to calm down if I just sit around here…”

Dorothy: “Toto, want to go looking for Crowlie?” (Intimacy +7)

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto dashed up to the door.

Dorothy: “I’d love to have you with me, Toto.”

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Dorothy: “All right, let’s go hunting for Crowlie!”

I took Toto out of my room.

(Now, the question of the day…just where IS Crowlie..)

After sniffing at the ground, Toto looked at me with a bark.

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Quiet, Toto!”

Ignoring me, Toto dashed off.

Dorothy: “Hey, don’t just run off! Get back here!”

I scrambled after Toto.

(He just always does whatever he wants…)

The hallway just went on and on and I couldn’t see the end of it.

(But Crowlie’s somewhere in this massive castle.)

(I want to see him! I want to know what’s on his mind!)

With that desire in my breast, I dashed down the hall after Toto.

Unexpected Side of Crowlie

Wesley: “Hey, Scarecrow, you got a minute?”

Crowlie: “What is it?”

Wesley: “What’s up with that hood on your cloak?”

Crowlie: “The hood on my cloak…?”

Wesley: “Is it what I think it is? Some kind of leftover from when you were a real scarecrow?”

Crowlie: “Oh, this? Well, I’m glad you asked!”

Wesley: “Wait, what…”

Crowlie: “Let you say, this hood is, indeed, an object left over from when I was a scarecrow.”

Crowlie: “However, it is also a magnificently useful item!”

Crowlie: “It protects my head when cold rain falls! And protecting your head means protecting your intellect!”

Crowlie: “And that is not all! You can even use it as a pocket to store small objects!”

Wesley: “Enough, I don’t want to hear anymore!”

Crowlie: “You should wear one too, Wesley!”

Wesley: “Don’t order me around! I don’t need any hood!”

Crowlie: “Most unfortunate… Well, I will take my leave.”

Wesley: “Seriously, how much of a hood fanatic is this guy?!”

Wesley: “I mean, are hoods really something to talk so passionately about…?”

Wesley: “Yeah, I definitely won’t be asking him about hoods ever again…”

Chapter 6: Inefficient Body (13/13)

6.1

No sooner had we gotten to the Emerald City when a large crowd gathered around us, putting us in quite the bind.

It was not Crowlie, however, who calmed down the crowds, but Oz.

Worried about how Crowlie looked after Oz had called him a failure of a king, I was searching for him with Toto.

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Toto, slow down a little!”

The moment he stopped his dash, he sniffed at the ground and then went off again.

Dorothy: “Wait, where are you going, Toto…?”

(You’re not going after that food again, are you…?)

Toto: “Woof, woof!’

Ignoring my worry, however, Toto kept going through the maze-like hallways.

(No one’s going to yell at us, right? For going deeper and deeper into the castle like this?)

Toto had finally stopped, in front of a rather large door.

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto barked my way.

Dorothy: “You want me to open this door?”

The door looked so big and imposing that I got the impression I really shouldn’t open it.

(I wonder what’s inside…?)

Toto: “Woof!”

Though I stood there, hesitant, Toto barked at me again.

Dorothy: “All right, all right…just keep it down, okay?”

I timidly opened up the door to find it unlocked.

Dorothy: “Is anyone here…?”

6.2

I quietly opened the door to find books as far as the eye could see.

Dorothy: “It’s a library! And a huge one, at that!”

Shelves upon shelves lined up in the room, nearly reaching the sky.

(I’ve never seen this many books…!)

I looked closely to see the books were all organized by genre.

Toto: “Sniff, sniff…”

Dorothy: “Wait, Toto…”

Toto walked off again, and I found myself stumbling after him.

(Hey, there’s someone here…)

There was a large desk in the back of the library, with someone reading books at it.

Crowlie: “…”

(Hey, it’s Crowlie!)

It was Crowlie sitting at the desk, reading away.

(Oh, I get it! Toto followed Crowlie’s scent and brought me here!)

I gave Toto a pat on the head.

Dorothy: “Thanks, Toto!”

I quietly walked up to Crowlie, but he was focusing on his book and didn’t notice me.

(Hmm…what should I do?)

(Maybe I shouldn’t interrupt his reading?)

(But since I’ve come all this way, I should probably at least talk to him a little…)

I gently called his name. (Intimacy +7)

Dorothy: “Crowlie…”

Crowlie: “…”

Crowlie, completely absorbed in his book, didn’t notice me at all.

(Wow, he really knows how to focus! He doesn’t even hear me!)

I tried again, a little louder.

Dorothy: “Crowlie!”

When I called his name, he snapped his head back up.

6.3

Crowlie: “Dorothy!”

Dorothy: “Sorry for interrupting your reading…”

Crowlie: “Not at all…what brings you here?”

He looked at me in surprise.

Dorothy: “I just wanted to talk a little.”

Crowlie: “…Good job finding me here.”

Dorothy: “Toto brought me here.”

Crowlie: “He did?”

Crowlie tilted his head in curiosity and looked at Toto.

Dorothy: “There…really are a lot of books here, huh?”

I looked around. Crowlie let out a small smile.

Crowlie: “I made this library after I became king.”

Dorothy: “You made this, Crowlie?! Wow…!”

Crowlie: “I’ve picked up valuable books from the Emerald City and beyond — from all of Oz.”

He put on a proud face.

Crowlie: “I have a few books from your world, as well. Not too many, though.”

Dorothy: “Really?”

If the pride of Quadlings Castle was its great hall, this library had to fulfill that role for the Emerald Castle.

Crowlie: “I read books here whenever I have free time.”

Dorothy: “Crowlie, you really do like reading.”

6.4

Crowlie: “I can feel at peace here.”

He blushed a little with a smile.

(He really doesn’t show it, but he must be working really hard as king…)

(That’s why this library is Crowlie’s special place.)

Dorothy: “So, what book were you reading?”

Crowlie: “Well, what kind of book do you think it was?”

(He looked like he was getting really into reading it, so…)

(…a book about government, maybe? Since he’s the king?) Intimacy +7)

Dorothy: “Are you reading about government?”

Crowlie: “Good call, Dorothy.”

Crowlie’s eyes went wide.

Dorothy: “Well, you are the king.”

Crowlie: “I see. A simple connection, but an insightful one. Very much like you, Dorothy.”

Crowlie smiled.

Crowlie: “Politics is certainly difficult…”

Crowlie looked around the library with serious eyes.

Crowlie: “You saw how I lost to Oz, didn’t you?”

Dorothy: “But that was just a math problem. It didn’t have anything to do with ruling.”

However, Crowlie shook his head.

Crowlie: “No, that…that was what Oz considers to be ruling.”

(What does that mean?)

6.5

Crowlie: “Math problems only have one answer, but in politics there are many right answers.”

Crowlie: “And it’s the king’s duty to choose an answer among the many.”

Crowlie: “Choosing incorrectly will only make the people suffer.”

Dorothy: “The king’s got a lot of responsibility, huh?”

(Crowlie’s got a really heavy burden to bear…and he’s taking it head on.)

Crowlie: “What’s important is the process one follows to getting to the right answer.”

Crowlie: “Oz gave me a trick question.”

Dorothy: “A trick question?”

Crowlie: “You have to tackle it thinking calmly, following the right steps to get it right.”

Crowlie: “Oz was right. I lack experience..and can’t apply my knowledge well enough yet.”

Dorothy: “So that’s why you were reading that book on politics?”

Crowlie: “Since studying past examples can make up for my lack of experience.”

Dorothy: “You’re quite studious, Crowlie.”

Crowlie strained out a smile.

Crowlie: “I was given brains. I’ve got to use them.”

Dorothy: “You’d always wanted them, after all.”

Crowlie: “It was Oz who gave me these brains, too. I’m grateful to him.”

(Come to think of it, Heartmann and Leonardo look up to Oz, too.)

Crowlie: “Oz is also a fantastic king. When he ruled this city, he was loved by all.”

Crowlie: “I realized that when I saw him calm down that crowd… I cannot match him in any way, shape or form…”

Dorothy: “Oh, don’t say that. I know how hard you’re working.”

That I could see by looking at how developed the Emerald City had become.

6.6

Crowlie: “I’ve got quite a ways to go, I’m afraid. Since I’ve succeeded Oz, I cannot avoid being compared to him.”

Crowlie: “That’s why I don’t want to fall behind him. I’ve got to accumulate even more knowledge…!”

He spoke as if trying to convince himself.

(Crowlie really feels great responsibility as king…)

(I think that’s really admirable, but…why do I fell so worried when I see him like that…?)

(I just hope he doesn’t push himself too much…)

Crowlie: “Ah, dinner should be ready around now. Perhaps you should return to your room?”

Dorothy: “What will you do, Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “I will join everyone, of course, but I’d like to get a little more reading done before then.”

Dorothy: “All right. Well, sorry for interrupting you. I’ll head back to my room.”

Crowlie: “Very well, see you at dinner.”

Crowlie brought his eyes to his book again.

(Phew. Looks like he’s back to normal.)

Dorothy: “Toto, let’s go.”

Toto: “Woof!”

With Toto in tow, I headed out of the library.

Leonardo: “Hey, Dorothy! We were waitin’ on you!”

When dinnertime came around, the maid led me to the dining hall where I found Leonardo, Heartmann and Oz waiting for me.

Heartmann: “I’m sure you couldn’t wait for dinner, Toto.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Hey, where’s Crowlie?”

Crowlie was nowhere to be seen in the dining hall.

Oz: “Some ruler, letting his guests wait.”

Oz sounded like he couldn’t believe it.

(Wait, he’s not still at the library, is he…?)

Dorothy: “I’ll go call him.”

Heartmann: “You know where he is?”

Dorothy: “I think I do… Anyway, I’ll be right back.”

Leonardo: “Hurry back. Gonna die of hunger over here!”

Oz: “This lion’s funeral is the last thing I want to go to before Dorothy’s birthday.”

Dorothy: “Toto, come along.”

Toto: “Woof…”

Hungry Toto came along with me, reluctant.

(Crowlie’s definitely back there. I’m sure of it.)

6.7

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(He’s got to be in here…)

I had come to the great library with Toto.

However, I couldn’t find Crowlie at the desk in the back.

Dorothy: “Huh…? Where’d he go off to…?”

(Is he somewhere else…?)

Yet, I didn’t know anywhere else he’d be.

(I think he’s somewhere around here, though. Maybe he’s farther in the back?)

Dorothy: “Hey, Toto, can you look for Crowlie?”

Toto: “Huf.”

Toto tossed his head off to the side, looking none too eager to help.

Dorothy: “Hey, I know you’re hungry, but you could at least help out a little.”

Toto wasn’t going to help me. I decided to take matters into my own hands.

(This library sure is big…)

As I walked between bookshelves, virtually walls in their size and thickness, I noticed someone in the depths of the archive.

It was Crowlie, sitting on top of a stepladder, reading away.

Veritable mountains of books, stretching high up to the ceiling, surrounded him.

Crowlie: “…”

(He was too absorbed in his book to notice me.)

(Sheesh…so here he is!)

I called his name.

Dorothy: “Crowlie, it’s time for dinner. Everyone’s waiting at the table.”

Crowlie: “Oh…it’s dinner time already?”

He looked up, but his eyes were on the pile of books near me.

(What’s he looking at?)

I followed his eyes to see that the pile of books next to me was leaning over, strained.

Crowlie: “!”

(W-Wait…)

Crowlie: “Look out!”

Crowlie shouted, just as the wall of books started to fall on me.

Dorothy: “Ahhh!”

[Spoiler Warning!] (Chapter 6 CG)

Crowlie: “Dorothy!”

He suddenly leapt down from the stepladder and protectively threw his arms around me.

The library shook from the impact of the crashing books.

Crowlie: “Guh…!”

Letting out a pained groan, Crowlie fell to the book strewn floor.

6.8

Dorothy: “Crowlie?!”

I called his name, but he wouldn’t answer.

(He’s out cold!)

Dorothy: “…!’

Looking at him collapsed on the ground unconscious, I noticed something even more surprising.

(Oh no, he’s hurt!)

He was bleeding from the head.

Dorothy: “Crowlie!”

I softly put my hands on his shoulders and gave him a little shake.

Dorothy: “Crowlie, wake up! You have to open your eyes!

No matter how desperately I pleaded, he kept his eyes shut and didn’t budge an inch.

(I’ve…I’ve got to call someone!)

Dorothy: “Toto, quick, call for help!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto immediately dashed off.

(Oh, he’s hurt so badly… Look at all this blood!)

I pulled out a handkerchief and brought it to the wound on Crowlie’s head.

(He’s not a scarecrow anymore, so he might just..he might just die like this!)

Boundless horror crept over me.

(Crowlie, open your eyes…!)

6.9

I was in Crowlie’s room.

Heartmann and the others had come running to the library after the accident. They’d help carry Crowlie back to his room.

(Please, wake up…)

I peered at Crowlie’s face as he slumbered in bed.

His orderly breaths let me know he was still alive.

Crowlie: “…”

Crowlie: “…Hm?”

As I gazed at him with praying eyes, he slowly opened his own.

Dorothy: “Crowlie! You’re awake!”

I let out a sigh of relief at his coming to.

Crowlie: “…Dorothy?”

Still a little out of it, Crowlie slowly looked around him.

Crowlie: “Where am I…?”

Dorothy: “Your room. Do you remember the books falling down on you in the library?”

Crowlie: “Yeah…”

Dorothy: “Everyone carried you back here when you lost consciousness, and we’ve been taking care of you ever since.”

Seeming to have finally realized what happened to him, a look of guilt came over Crowlie’s face.

Crowlie: “It seems I made trouble for everyone…”

Dorothy: “Oh, don’t worry about it.”

His eyes came to mine.

6.10

Crowlie: “Dorothy, have you been…at my bedside this whole time?”

Dorothy: “Well, I was worried.”

Crowlie: “Oh…thank you.”

Those clear eyes of his looked right at me.

Dorothy: “I’m the one who should be thanking you. You saved me from those falling books.”

Crowlie: “Glad to see you aren’t hurt, Dorothy.”

Crowlie: “Though I must admit, it would be preferable to have saved you gallantly, rather than end up with a book on my head…”

He strained out a smile.

Dorothy: “…Oh! Moreover, you know what the maid told me?”

Crowlie: “What…?”

Dorothy: “That she often finds you collapsed in the library!”

Crowlie: “Oh, that? I usually get absorbed in books and end up…forgetting to sleep. To eat, too.”

Dorothy: “You can’t just forgo sleep and meals!”

Crowlie: “But as king, I have to gain more knowledge…”

Dorothy: “Don’t forget that you’re a human before you’re king.

Crowlie: “What…?”

Dorothy: “Human bodies get hurt, you know? They bleed, they get tired, they get hungry…you need to remember that.”

Crowlie: “…You’re…you’re right. Human bodies certain are…inefficient.”

Dorothy: “Inefficient?”

Crowlie: “When I was a scarecrow, I needed neither sleep nor food. I could read as long as I wanted.”

Crowlie: “Compared to that, this body is inefficient…though I do prefer it.”

Crowlie: “Were I still made of straw, I would not have been able to protect you from the avalanche of books.”

He let out a small smile.

Dorothy: “Was that a joke?”

6.11

Crowlie: “…Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “You’re a human now! If you keep getting hurt, if you keep pushing yourself, you’re going to die!”

Crowlie: “…!”

Dorothy: “I was so worried, Crowlie…I was worried you’d die!”

I remembered how worried I was when the book fell on his head and tears started flowing from my eyes.

Crowlie: “Dorothy…”

Dorothy: “Heartmann and Leonardo and the servants and the maids and the guards are all worried about you, too.”

Crowlie: “…”

Dorothy: “Whether you’re human or a scarecrow, Crowlie…”

Dorothy: “…just don’t forget people are worried about you.”

Dorothy: “Think of them a little more.”

Crowlie: “…!”

Dorothy: “And treat yourself a little better.”

Crowlie: “It’s just like Oz said, I really am a fool…”

Crowlie: “I was making everyone worried, and I didn’t realize the most important thing…”

Crowlie: “I just kept trying to acquire knowledge, without trying to understand people’s hearts…”

Crowlie: “It seems I’ve failed as a king, then.”

Crowlie pulled his eyes away from mine.

Dorothy: “I don’t think you’ve failed if you’ve realized that.”

He turned his eyes back to me in surprise.

6.12

Dorothy: “Everyone makes mistakes, but we can learn from them.”

Crowlie: “You mean I still have a chance…?”

Dorothy: “Of course you do. Everyone wants you to become a wonderful king, Crowlie.”

Crowlie’s clear eyes then housed in them a powerful conviction.

(I know Crowlie’s going to become a wonderful king. I believe it.)

Right then, however, my stomach growled.

(Whoa! Talk about bad timing…!)

Crowlie: “Have you not eaten?”

Dorothy: “Well, I was…I was just so worried that I couldn’t leave you, and…”

Crowlie: “Now, we can’t have that. What would you like to eat?”

Dorothy: “A sweet treat, I guess.” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “Well, I needn’t call for that. I have some here.”

Crowlie pointed to a silver tin of sweets on top of his table.

Dorothy: “Wow, these look great!”

I opened the tin up to find it full of cookies and candies.

Crowlie: “They’re my emergency rations, you could say. Hard to sleep on an empty stomach, isn’t it?”

Dorothy: “I think you should have some in the library, too.”

Crowlie: “Oh! Good idea!”

Dorothy: “I felt so relieved to see that you woke up, I think my stomach woke up, too.”

Crowlie: “Go ahead, have all you want.”

This time, Crowlie’s stomach growled.

6.13

Crowlie: “O-Oh…”

Dorothy: “Looks like you’re hungry, too.”

Crowlie: “A human body doesn’t lie…”

Dorothy: “Haha… Well, let’s eat together.”

Right when we were about to get down to enjoying the sweets together, something flew at us through the window.

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Toto! Where’d you come from?!”

Toto launched himself at the sweets with reckless abandon.

Crowlie: “Toto! No!”

Crowlie and I desperately tried to stop him.

Toto: “Om nom…” *gulp*!

Dorothy: “Hey! Give us some, too!”

Toto: *crunch crunch crunch*!

Toto jammed his head into the tin and devoured the treats without a care in the world.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, I’ve rescued a cookie!”

Crowlie held up a cookie.

Toto: *Burp*… *munch munch*…

Toto, however, snatched it away in an instant.

Crowlie: “Whoa! M-My cookie…!”

(Why does this always happen?!)

The battle over the treats raged on.

Toto: *burp*!

Behind the Scenes

Leonardo: “Ahhhh! I can’t believe I lost! I went over 21!”

Crowlie: “That was an awfully quick bust, Leonardo…”

Oz: “Not a half bad way to pass the time, getting all the guys together to play blackjack.”

Wesley: “No cheating, got it?”

Heartmann: “I turn that back to you. No divination, okay?”

Solomon: “Hit me.”

Norton: “Very well.”

Crowlie: “Lord Norton sure seems laid back… Well, he is the dealer…”

Oz: “The dealer’s advantage is a pretty basic principle of card games, after all.”

Heartmann: “Let’s do this. Hit me.”

Wesley: “Me, too!”

Heartmann: “Gah, a bust…!”

Wesley: “Tch…I busted, too.”

Crowlie: “Basic strategy calls for the necessary cards to still be present in the deck.”

Crowlie: “However, with all the aces on the field, you don’t want to double down on a ten point hand…”

Crowlie: “So I can only keep the cards I have! I’ll stand here!”

Oz: “The fun part of this game is it’s all about memory! Hit me!”

Solomon: “Oh, so you don’t need to worry your head with complicated things. Hit me.”

Heartmann: “Crowlie, calculating his moves with probabilities… The Great Oz, seasoned in card games…”

Leonardo: “And Lord Solomon, skilled and lucky in everything he does… This is gonna be a real fight.”

Norton: “Cards open. I have 20.”

Crowlie: “19…I lost…”

Oz: “I’m a 19, too. Good game.”

Solomon: “Haha… And I win with 21.”

Leonardo: “Whoa…”

Norton: “Why the blank looks, everyone?”

Crowlie: “Is there anything Lord Solomon cannot do…?”

Solomon: “Haha, perhaps, perhaps not.”

Chapter 7: Seeds of Jealousy (12/12)

7.1

The next day, a little worried about Crowlie, I headed to his room.

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto, who’d been walking with me, barked facing the end of the hallway.

Walking from the end of the hall was Crowlie and his servants.

Crowlie: “Hello there, Dorothy. Manage to get any sleep?”

He greeted me with his usual smile.

Dorothy: “Like a baby. Are you all right to be walking around?”

Crowlie: “I feel like a new man, thanks to your help.”

I couldn’t see the wound on his head through his hair, but he looked well.

(Phew! Looks like he’s gotten better.)

Then, Crowlie drew his face to mine and whispered.

Crowlie: “The treat battle was good rehabilitation, too.”

I burst out laughing.

Dorothy: “Being able to joke is good proof that you’re healthy again.”

Servant: “Dorothy please stay by King Crowlie’s side.”

(Huh…?)

Maid: “We worry that King Crowlie may collapse once again.”

Crowlie: “Hey…”

Maid: “But if you are with him, Dorothy, we can put our minds at ease.”

Hearing that, I couldn’t help but blush a little.

7.2

Dorothy: “What? Oh, I can’t…”

Crowlie: “I will be fine. Really. You needn’t worry.”

Crowlie spoke with conviction in his eyes.

(I’ll believe in him, I’ll believe in those eyes!)

Right then, Heartmann came running to us, seeming a little panicked.

Heartmann: “Crowlie, are you all right now?”

Crowlie: “Sorry to make you worry. I’m fine.”

Leonardo: “Good to hear! Don’t push yourself, all right?”

Oz: “And say, I hear Solomon’s coming. That true?”

(Solomon’s coming?)

Crowlie: “It is. I’m on my way to go receive him.”

Dorothy: “Then I’ll come with you.”

Leonardo: “Count us in, too.”

Crowlie: “All right, let us all go see him, then.”

Heartmann: “You’ll come to, I trust, Great Oz?”

Oz: “If you all can’t be without my company, then.”

With that, we ended up going out to meet Solomon.

We stepped out of the castle to see a large crowd of people outside.

Leonardo: “Whoa, what’s up with this crowd?!”

Heartmann: “So many people…!”

I couldn’t help blinking at the sheer mass of people. People as far as the eye could see.

7.3

Dorothy: “Why are there so many people here…?”

Crowlie: “It seems that word of Solomon’s arrival has spread throughout the city.”

Oz: “Sheesh…”

Then, I saw a golden carriage drawn by white horses advancing towards us.

Leonardo: “Whoa, that carriage’s gotta be…!”

Crowlie: “It seems Solomon has arrived.”

The crowd cheered at the carriage’s arrival.

The carriage stopped right in front of us, and out came Norton.

The crowd’s cheering got even louder, covering the Emerald City.

Norton: “My, what a welcome.”

Young Man: “It’s the Wizard of the North, Norton!”

Young Woman: “Ohmygosh! Norton, over here!”

Leonardo: “Norton’s pretty popular too, huh…”

Oz: “As long as they’re handsome, huh…”

Then, when Solomon emerged from the carriage, the cheers got even greater.

Older Man: “Lord Solomon! Lord Solomon’s come to the Emerald City!”

Older Woman: “Ohmygosh! Lord Solomon, over here!”

Elderly Man: “We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!”

Little Girl: “Lord Solomon! Can I have your autograph?!”

(Wow…!)

7.4

Solomon: “Such a bustling city. Wonderful!”

Solomon answered the crowd with a smile.

Crowlie: “Lord Solomon, Lord Norton, welcome to the Emerald City.”

Solomon: “Welcoming me with all the people of the city? That’s quite the greeting.”

(Actually, everyone came out by themselves, but…)

Solomon: “Dorothy, are you enjoying the Emerald City?”

Dorothy: “Very much. So what brings you here, Solomon?”

Solomon: “I came to see how you were doing. We’re all here for your birthday, after all. I found myself curious about how you were.”

???: “…Tch, why’d you have to drag me along?”

Another man stepped down from the carriage.

(Hey, it’s Wesley!)

Wesley: “And here’s the Wizard of the West. What, no fanfare?”

Leonardo: “What’s Wesley doing here…?!”

We weren’t the only ones surprised.

Young Man: “Hey, look! It’s the Wizard of the West!”

Older Woman: “That horrible, evil villain?”

A wave of unease passed through the crowd.

Older Man: “But I heard he had fallen!”

Young Woman: “Why is he with Lord Solomon?!”

The unease turned to doubt, and panic started to take the crowd.

7.5

Heartmann: “Uh oh…they’re going to get out of control again!”

Leonardo: “There’s a lot more people than yesterday, too! This isn’t gonna end well!”

(How can we calm everyone down…?! Who should I ask?)

(I know, Crowlie can handle it! He should be able to calm them down this time!) (Intimacy +7)

Dorothy: “Crowlie, can you calm down the crowd?”

Crowlie: “Of course. I intend to.”

Oz: “Think you can handle it, Scarecrow?”

Crowlie: “I am the king of this city. I must.”

Dorothy: “I believe in you, Crowlie!”

I could tell from the sheer determination in his eyes that he would be able to calm the crowds down.

Crowlie took a step forward and threw open his arms.

Crowlie: “Quiet, everyone!”

His noble voice made the masses quiet down a little.

Crowlie: “Why does the Wizard of the West once more draw breath? Why is he with Lords Solomon and Norton?”

Crowlie: “I will give you your answer!”

(You can do it, Crowlie…!)

Crowlie: “For the sake of celebrating Dorothy’s birthday, in his infinite mercy, Lord Solomon has revived the Wizard of the West.”

The crowd calmed down even further, and everyone’s eyes gathered on Crowlie.

Crowlie: “The Wizard of the West, too, is no longer the fearsome being he once was.”

Crowlie: “That is because we now know of his weakness!”

Crowlie: “He can be defeated at any time!”

Wesley: “Tch…!”

7.6

Crowlie: “And since he wishes to celebrate Dorothy’s birthday alongside us, let us, too, open our hearts and accept him!”

Oz: “Heh…”

Crowlie looked to Wesley.

Crowlie: “Wizard of the West, let us wash our hands of the past.”

He put extra emphasis on “wash”.

Wesley: “Tch…!”

And Wesley looked none too pleased.

(Well, Wesley IS weak to water.)

Young Man: “But what if the Wizard of the West does something bad again?”

Crowlie: “You needn’t worry. I, the king, will protect my city and my people! That is why I am here!”

(Oh, Crowlie, you’re so cool!)

Older Man: “He’s right! We’ve got King Crowlie!”

Young Man: “Long live the king!”

Cheers at Crowlie’s name filled the crowd.

They spread and spread until they had covered all of the Emerald City.

Solomon: “Most impressive, Crowlie. As one would expect from the king of Emerald City.”

Crowlie: “I am honored.”

Crowlie smiled a relieved smile.

Leonardo: “That was awesome, Crowlie!”

Heartmann: “Looks like we don’t need to worry anymore.”

Leonardo and Heartmann patted Crowlie on the shoulders.

7.7

Oz: “Scarecrow… I mean, Crowlie. Not bad.”

Crowlie: “Oz, I learned a lot from you. Allow me to say thanks.”

Oz: “W-What? I wasn’t trying to…”

(Haha… It’s not every day you get to see Oz blush like that.)

Crowlie: “Thank you, Dorothy.”

Crowlie looked right at me with those clear eyes of his.

Dorothy: “Huh…?”

Crowlie: “You helped me notice something important.”

I nodded with a smile, happy at the compliment.

(I’m glad I believed in him!)

Norton: “With that settled, I bid you take us into the castle.”

Crowlie: “Oh, forgive the delay. Right this way, then.”

Solomon: “They say you have created a great library in this castle, do they not?”

Crowlie: “Oh, I would love to show it to you. Please, right this way.”

With Crowlie and Solomon at the head, we all started heading to the great library.

When I started to move with them, however, Norton stopped me.

Norton: “Dorothy, over here, if you would.”

Dorothy: “Yes? What is it?”

Norton took me to the edge of the hall, then brought his face close to mine.

7.8

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 8,800

Norton: “It seems things are going well with Crowlie.”

Dorothy: “They are…”

(Huh? Is it just me, or is Norton acting a little strange…?)

He peered into my face with sharp eyes.

Norton: “Have you kissed him already?”

(W-Wait, what?)

(I should just come clean…)

Dorothy: “I haven’t kissed him yet.” (Intimacy +7)

Norton: “You have not? Ah. Good to hear.”

For some reason, he put on a pleased smile.

Norton: “A maiden’s first kiss is quite important, after all.”

Norton: “Wouldn’t you agree?”

Dorothy: “Y-Yeah…”

(What, he was worried about me?)

However, the eyes Norton cast on me were cold.

Norton: “Do you remember when we first met?”

Dorothy: “I do, but…what about it?”

Norton: “On the occasion of our first meeting, I kissed you on the forehead.”

(Oh yeah, he did…!)

A kiss from the Wizard of the North was incredibly valuable as a protective spell.

Norton: “You haven’t forgotten that, have you?”

7.9

Norton touched the front of my hair, and his fingers slid gently across my forehead.

Dorothy: “But, wait…”

Norton: “It means that I am the first one to have kissed you, Dorothy.”

(Does it…really mean that?)

Dorothy: “Oh, b-but! I was just a little girl back then, and I needed that protective spell on me!”

I quickly denied the motion.

Norton: “Yet, you were kissed by me. That reality is unmoving.

Dorothy: “Well…”

Norton: “You remember the feeling of my lips, don’t you?”

Dorothy: “…!”

I remembered the moment, and a rush of embarrassment came to my face.

(Wh-Why’s he making me remember that…?!)

(Help! Someone, anyone!)

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Dorothy: “Toto!”

Toto came running.

Toto: “Grrrr!”

Toto growled at Norton.

Norton: “Does this dog fancy himself your knight?”

It wasn’t just Toto who came running to my aid.

7.10

Crowlie: “Please, remove yourself form Dorothy!”

Crowlie had come, too.

Norton: “…”

Norton pulled away from me.

Crowlie: “Over here, Dorothy.”

I ran up to him.

Crowlie: “Are you all right?”

Dorothy: “I am, thanks.”

Satisfied I was all right, Crowlie glared at Norton.

Crowlie: “Lord Norton, what is the meaning of this?”

Norton: “It appears you have entirely the wrong idea.”

Crowlie: “The wrong idea…?”

Norton: “Dorothy is but only 17 years of age. I was simply worried about her lack of…romantic experience.”

He spoke as he always did. I couldn’t feel that coldness from him anymore.

Norton: “So, where might Lord Solomon and the others be?”

Crowlie: “They went ahead to the library. Heartmann showed them the way.”

Norton: “I see…well, I must follow suit, then.”

Crowlie: “A just course. Lord Solomon has called for you.”

Norton: “As, so he has. I shall hurry, then.”

Norton briskly walked off.

(Phew…!)

7.11

Crowlie: “Are you truly unharmed?”

He looked at me with concerned eyes.

Dorothy: “I’m fine. He just scared me a little. Thanks for coming to help!”

Crowlie: “Toto tugged at my leg, so I noticed you had fallen behind.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: :”Thanks, Toto.”

Crowlie: “Now just why was Lord Norton doing such a thing…?”

Dorothy: “Did you hear what we were talking about?”

Crowlie: “A little, yes…though I had no intention of eavesdropping.”

Dorothy: “Oh, you needn’t worry about that. That’s how you helped me, after all.”

Crowlie: “…”

Crowlie suddenly fell silent and started thinking about something.

Dorothy: “What’s wrong?”

Crowlie: “Oh, nothing much, I just…thought of how Lord Norton had met you before I did.”

Dorothy: “I did. He was the first person I met when I came to Oz.”

He’s the one who told me I could get back to Kansas if I met Oz, too.”

As I went looking for him, I met Crowlie.

Crowlie: “Right…I had completely forgotten.”

Dorothy: “You had?”

Crowlie: “I had just thought I was the first one to meet you…”

A hint of disappointment took to his face.

(I wonder why he looks so disappointed…?)

Dorothy: “Are you…jealous?” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “Wh-What?!”

Dorothy: “And maybe think that I like Norton since I met him first?”

Crowlie: “N-No…of course not.”

His face, however, went beet red.

Dorothy: “Oh, come on, out with it.”

Crowlie: “W-Well, I…!”

7.12

Dorothy: “But, you know…Norton seemed a little different from normal.”

Crowlie: “Really?”

Dorothy: “I’m not too sure…maybe I’m just imagining things…?”

Crowlie: “Is Lord Norton on your mind?”

Dorothy: “Sort of…”

Crowlie: “Oh… Well, we should go, too. Lord Solomon is waiting for us.”

Dorothy: “You’re right.”

We started walking towards the library.

Crowlie: “…”

Crowlie seemed to have something on his mind as we walked.

(Is he still worried about what just happened?)

Dorothy: “Hey, about what just happened…”

Crowlie: “Hm? What about it?”

Dorothy: “The reason you mistook how soon you met me…was it because you met me before Heartmann and Leonardo?”

Crowlie: “True… They weren’t around when I met you.”

Crowlie: “So that’s…probably why.”

His answer seemed just a little awkward.

(Is it really that important that he met me first…?)

Strange. I found Crowlie’s demeanor very…strange.

Crowlie’s Favorite Activity

Dorothy: “Hey Crowlie, what’s your favorite thing to do?”

Crowlie: “My favorite thing to do? Hmm…”

Crowlie: “You know, when it comes down to it, it has to be reading books.”

Dorothy: “What kind of books?”

Crowlie: “Medical texts, history books, mathematical books, legal texts…I read a lot of things, regardless of genre.”

Crowlie: “I’ve collected the books in this library from all over the land.”

Dorothy: “Have you read them all?”

Crowlie: “I’ve only read about half of them, but I intend to read them all.”

Dorothy: “You don’t read…comics, do you?”

Crowlie: “Oh, I do. I particularly like superhero comics!”

Dorothy: “That’s a bit of a relief to hear.”

Crowlie: “I can’t make fun of comics. Not when they help build your imagination so much.”

Dorothy: “When someone as book smart as you says it, it really sounds convincing.”

Crowlie: “Using the knowledge I’ve gained from science books, I want to become a superhero myself!”

Dorothy: “Wh-What…?!”

Crowlie: “A big, macho guy with a hooded cape! That would be so cool!”

Dorothy: “Haha…well, I hope that works out for you.”

Chapter 8: First Person I Met (11/11)

8.1

After we had shown Solomon and the others around the library, we threw a banquet to welcome him to the city.

Solomon: “Now this tastes fantastic!”

Right when I thought Crowlie would smile at Solomon’s satisfaction with his food…

Crowlie: “…”

(Oh, Crowlie, are you lost in thought again?)

Dorothy: “U-Um… We have really great cooks at the castle!”

I answered in his place.

Solomon: “It appears so. Perhaps we should arrange a contest with the cooks of Quadlings as well.”

Norton: “Oh, Lord Solomon.”

Norton looked a little taken aback.

Wesley: “A contest with kitchen knives in hand…sounds fascinating.”

Leonardo: “Wrong idea, wrong idea. And I wouldn’t mind being a judge in that contest!”

Heartmann: “Leonardo, don’t take his joke seriously.”

Leonardo: “Wait, really?”

Oz: “Some cats just don’t learn.”

Though everyone was enjoying their meal, Crowlie sat there blank-faced.

Leonardo: “What’s wrong, Crowlie?”

8.2

Crowlie snapped back to his senses.

Crowlie: “Oh, um… Leonardo, don’t spill your soup!”

Leonardo: “Ah?!”

Crowlie: “You are in the presence of Lord Solomon. You need to mind your manners more than usual.”

Leonardo: “Hey, don’t shout out of nowhere like that! You made me spill even more!”

Leonardo wiped down the spilled soup with his napkin.

Heartmann: “Still not used to the human body, huh?”

Heartmann backed him up.

Crowlie: “…”

(Weird. Feels like he’s harsher than normal on Leonardo…)

(Am I the only one who thinks that? I think I’ll check with someone…but who should I ask?)

(Heartmann’s pretty sharp. Maybe he’s noticed something.) (Intimacy +7)

I whispered my question to him.

Dorothy: “Hey, Heartmann, do you notice anything weird about Crowlie?”

Heartmann: “Hm? I don’t think there’s anything off about him…”

Dorothy: “Well, he keeps thinking about something and I feel like he’s being harsh on Leonardo…”

Heartmann: “Are you sure you’re not just imagining it? I think he just wants to keep a tight ship in front of Lord Solomon.”

Leonardo: “What are you guys talking about?”

Leonardo invited himself into the conversation

Heartmann: “Nothing. And hey, you’re spilling your soup again.”

Leonardo: “Nuts, seriously?!”

Dorothy: “Oh, Leonardo…”

8.3

We all burst out laughing, and my eyes met with Crowlie’s, who had been staring at us.

Crowlie: “…”

(Oh, were we loud…?)

Right when our eyes met, Crowlie looked away.

Crowlie: “U-Um… Lord Solomon, how are you finding the food?”

Solomon: “It’s quite delicious, as I said before.”

Crowlie:” O-Oh…so you did. Ah…!”

Seemingly a little out of it, Crowlie dropped his fork.

A servant immediately brought another fork.

Heartmann: “Are you all right, Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “You needn’t worry about me…”

He spoke quietly, but gave off an air of irritation.

Heartmann: “Crowlie…?”

Crowlie: “Oh, nothing… Please, don’t worry about me.”

(Something really seems strange about him…)

Heartmann: “Well…all right, then.”

Leonardo: “Still feeling weak, Crowlie?”

8.4

Norton: “Weak? Has something happened?”

Oz: “He had an accident in the library.”

(True…)

Solomon: “It does seem like the wardrobe of the Quadlings Castle…”

Crowlie: “It doesn’t measure up at all, my lord. More importantly, Lord Solomon, what are you planning on doing next?”

Solomon: “I just came to see how Dorothy was doing, so I’ll be heading back to Quadlings.”

Dorothy: “Really? You’re going home already?”

Solomon: “I do have to get ready to celebrate your birthday.”

Wesley: “And think of things from my perspective, too!”

Norton: “Did you say something?”

Wesley: “Nothing, nothing… Hm…?”

Toto: “…”

Wesley looked at his feet to see Toto holding up his hind leg.

Wesley: “Whoa…?!”

He leapt up in surprise.

Dorothy: “Toto! Bad dog!”

Toto: “…”

Toto dropped his leg and left the dining hall.

8.5

Wesley: “That was close…!”

Wesley wiped the sweat from his brow.

Oz: “A hair’s breadth from annihilation, huh?”

Oz smirked and took a sip of his tea.

Everyone burst out laughing, and Oz turned red.

Wesley: “Hey! Don’t laugh at me!”

Crowlie was laughing along with us, but I still couldn’t get how he was acting a little while ago out of my mind.

(Is he really…okay…?)

After we’d seen off Solomon and the others heading back to Quadlings, I still couldn’t stop thinking about Crowlie.

(Maybe I should check on him a little?)

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Toto, do you want to come with me?”

Toto: “Woof!”

He replied with a bark and a wag of his tail.

Dorothy: “Well, let’s go!”

Toto and I started on our way to Crowlie’s room.

8.6

I knocked at his door, then opened it. Crowlie looked at me with a curious tilt of his head.

Crowlie: “Dorothy? What brings you here?”

Dorothy: “I was just a little worried…”

Crowlie: “Worried? About what?”

Dorothy: “Well…you seemed a little different from usual, so…”

Crowlie: “I did…?”

He looked a little surprised, but he quickly put his smile back on.

Crowlie: “You certainly are a worrywart, Dorothy. You don’t need to follow up on everything the servants say.”

The servants and maids had told me they wanted me to be with Crowlie.

(He looks like he’s back to normal, but…)

(I’d better make sure. For real. But, how…?)

Crowlie: “Is something the matter?”

(I know! We should go out somewhere! It’ll be easier to talk if we’re alone.)

(I’ve got to find a reason to go out, though. Hm…what should I…?)

(I know, I could ask him to show me around town!) (Intimacy +7)

(Leonardo and the others are in the castle, so we can’t be alone in here.)

Dorothy: “Hey, Crowlie, can you show me around town?”

Crowlie: “Of course. It would be my pleasure.”

Dorothy: “Really?”

Crowlie: “To tell the truth, I was wondering how I should invite you on a date…since I’m note quite used to these matters.”

Crowlie let out a shy smile.

(He was? Well, that works out perfectly!)

Dorothy: “Well, let’s get going, then.”

8.7

Crowlie: “Then let’s be off.”

Dorothy: “Oh, could…could you wait for a little?”

Crowlie: “Certainly.”

Dorothy: “Since we’re going out together, I want to look my best.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy…”

Crowlie looked a little bashful at my wish.

Crowlie: “I can’t say I have enough to match Lord Solomon’s wardrobe, but there are quite a few clothes in this castle.”

Crowlie: “Please, wear what you like.”

Dorothy: “I think I will! I’l hurry and change.”

Crowlie: “You needn’t hurry. I’ll be waiting outside the castle.”

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

I left Crowlie’s room and hurried to my own.

I called my maid friend and decided to have her help me with my changing.

Green-clad Maid: “Are you going out with King Crowlie?”

Dorothy: “Yeah. What outfit do you think would look best?”

Green-clad Maid: “I do believe King Crowlie is fond of clothes that have a certain cuteness to them.”

Dorothy: “Oh, really?”

With that, I looked through the clothes for a cute outfit.

8.8

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After changing, I hurried to Crowlie outside the castle.

Dorothy: “Sorry for the wait, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “Oh, not at… Oh…”

Crowlie looked a little surprised to see me.

(Wait, did I…pick the wrong clothes?)

Dorothy: “How do I look…?”

Crowlie: “Wonderful!”

He answered with a red face.

[Spoiler Warning!] Chapter 8 CG

Dorothy: “Really?”

Crowlie: “Very much so. That outfit looks very cute on you.”

He seemed moved by my ensemble.

(It’s just like the maid said… I have to remember to thank her.)

Dorothy: “Phew, I was worried that you wouldn’t like them.”

Crowlie: “You don’t need to worry, not at all. That outfit looks fantastic on you.”

Dorothy: “Thanks. I’m glad you like them.”

Crowlie: “Well, let’s be off.”

Dorothy: “Oh, hang on a minute…”

I looked at Toto, moving to come with us.

Dorothy: “Toto, I need you to listen.”

Toto: “?”

Dorothy: “You’re a good boy, so can you keep watch back in the room?”

Toto: “Huff…”

Toto looks away in refusal.

I brought my face closer to his and whispered.

Dorothy: “Please? I really want to be alone with Crowlie.”

Toto: “…”

Dorothy: “I’m trying to get to the bottom of how Crowlie feels, so could you help me out here?”

Toto: “…”

Dorothy: “And I’ll buy you a nice treat on the way back, too.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto wagged his little tail as hard as he could.

(Phew… All right, now we’ll be alone.)

Crowlie spoke up as he saw Toto head back to the room.

Crowlie: “I wouldn’t mind Toto tagging along…”

Dorothy: “Well, it’s our first date. I think Toto can stand to sit this one out in the room.”

Crowlie started blushing again.

Crowlie: “R-Right…”

Dorothy: “So, are we walking?”

I looked around to see no carriage.

Crowlie: “It’s easier to see the town that way.”

It seemed a lot like Crowlie to walk around without any guards in tow.

Dorothy: “True, true.”

Crowlie: “Well, let us be off.”

8.9

Crowlie had brought me to a clearing in the center of the town.

Dorothy: “It really is nice and busy here.”

There were all sorts of shops here and there, with crowds of people going all about.

I wasn’t able to see it too well with all the chaos of yesterday, but I really noticed the zest of the town.

Crowlie: “That bakery over there is quite popular. The shoe shop next to it, too, is rather well regarded.”

Crowlie explained the shops, pointing as he went.

Dorothy: “Wow, there’s a fortuneteller, too. It feels kind of like a festival out here…”

Crowlie: “She’s rather popular for her accuracy.”

Then, a performer came along and started to juggle a few balls.

Dorothy: “Wow! Cool!”

A small band played pleasant, upbeat music in front of a nearby cafe.

A few kids were dancing to the music, as well.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, your hand…”

Dorothy: “Hm?”

When I held out my hand, Crowlie took it in his and began to dance.

Dorothy: “You’re quite good at leading, Crowlie.”

As he led my steps, the nearby children started to dance with us, too.

The people looking at us from afar started to clap with the beat, smiling all the way.

Older Woman: “They truly do look wonderful together.”

Older Man: “They’ll probably get married, too!”

I couldn’t help but feel embarrassed, hearing that.

8.10

I took a glance at Crowlie to see him enjoying himself in dance.

(It doesn’t look like anything’s wrong with him…)

Crowlie: “Shall we rest a little?”

Dorothy: “Good idea. That sudden dance has got me thirsty.”

Crowlie: “What would you like to drink?”

(I could go for a nice, cold drink…)

Dorothy: “I know, I’d like some orange juice!” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “I know a store that sells the freshest and the finest.”

Dorothy: “Great! Let’s go there.”

Crowlie: “The owner, rather known for his strength, squeezes the Quadlings oranges himself to make the juice.”

Crowlie: “It’s known as the tastiest orange juice in all of Oz.”

Dorothy: “That sounds wonderful!”

Crowlie: “Please wait here, then. I’ll go and buy it.”

Crowlie dashed off to get the orange juice.

(Feels kind of like he’s a lot more energetic than usual…)

(He’s not losing himself in thought anymore, either… Maybe I was just imagining things?)

As I mulled over that, Crowlie came back with juice in both hands.

Crowlie: “Apologies for the wait.”

I noticed drops of sweat running down Crowlie’s forehead as he held out the juice.

8.11

(He didn’t need to hurry THAT much…)

Dorothy: “Thanks. Sorry for, uh…using a king like a servant.”

Crowlie: “Not at all. Before you, Dorothy, I am but a man.”

Dorothy: “Aww! I’m glad to hear that.”

Crowlie: “Really?”

Dorothy: “Well, you and Heartmann and Leonardo…you all went and became kings.”

Dorothy: “But since you treat me like you did back then, well…it makes me think that we really are all friends.”

Crowlie: “…I…I see.”

A dark shadow suddenly overtook Crowlie’s face.

Dorothy: “Is something wrong?”

Crowlie looked away and whispered.

Crowlie: “It was I who met you first, right…?”

(Huh…?)

Crowlie: “So it should be I who spent the most time with you…”

With a pained expression on his face, Crowlie was in deep thought once again.

(…Crowlie?)

In my mind, the bustling sounds of the town had all but vanished.

Crowlie’s Date Plan

Oz: “Crowlie, got a minute?”

Crowlie: “Oh, Oz…what do you need?”

Oz: “Dorothy picked you as her romantic partner, right? So what are you going to do?”

Crowlie: “What am I going to…do?”

Oz; “I’m asking you what kind of date are you going to take her on, man!”

Crowlie: “Well, I was thinking of taking her to a place with really nice treats, or a place with a really good view…”

Oz: “Wait, are you seriously saying that? Seriously?”

Crowlie: “Are those poor ideas?”

Oz: “Those sound like the most basic of basic things you’d find in a magazine or something!”

Oz; “It lacks pizzazz, it lacks zest! *sigh* …lamentable, I tell you.”

Crowlie: “Guh…! Well, then, what type of date should I take her out on?”

Oz: “Well, now…”

Norton: “Actually, I think your initial ideas are fine.”

Crowlie: “Lord Norton, when did you get here?!”

Oz: “Were you eavesdropping?”

Norton: “For a girl as inexperienced in the ways of love as Dorothy, I do believe the basics would be best. Heh heh…”

Oz: “That laugh’s telling me something I don’t like…”

Crowlie: “I cannot lose to you two! I’ve got to look into other date ideas!”

Oz: “Wait, what are you getting all excited for?”

Chapter 9: Very First Jealousy (13/13)

9.1

Crowlie: “It was I who met you first, right?”

(What…?)

Crowlie: “So it has to be I who spent the most time with you.”

With a pained expression on his face, Crowlie was in deep thought once again.

(Crowlie, what are you talking about…?)

When our eyes met, Crowlie jolted back to his senses.

Crowlie: “Oh, um…How’s the juice?”

Dorothy: “…It’s delicious. I can see why people like it.”

Crowlie: “Glad to hear it. Shall we walk a little?”

Speaking with a smile, Crowlie started moving.

(He…hasn’t noticed that I haven’t even taken a sip…)

As we walked through the town side by side, I peeked at him through the corner of my eye.

Crowlie: “…”

I expected a smile, but found that he was back in thought, his expression no less pained than last time.

(I knew it, something’s wrong with Crowlie…)

Dorothy: “Oh, that’s right. I need to buy something for Toto.”

9.2

Crowlie: “For Toto…? Oh, that’s right. He must be looking forward to it.”

Crowlie answered me with his usual smile.

Crowlie: “So, what do you think he would like?”

Dorothy: “Something sweet, I think. I can take a bite out of whatever I buy, too.” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “That sounds a lot like you, thinking up a mutually beneficial gift.”

(Sounds like Crowlie usually does…)

(Maybe he’d just made a mistake a while ago?)

Dorothy: “Do you know any shops that sell nice treats?”

Crowlie: “Indeed. Allow me to take you there.”

Crowlie walked alongside me with a smile, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how he would keep losing himself in thought.

(I should probably clear things up…)

(But how can I bring it up?)

Crowlie: “Those treats certainly look good.”

Dorothy: “I’m sure Toto will love them.”

When we left the store, sweets in hand, Crowlie looked around the area.

Crowlie: “Well, then…where she we be off to next?”

9.3

(I want to figure out what’s going on with him while we’re still on this date, but..do I have that kind of time?)

Dorothy: “Are you sure you don’t need to go back to the castle just yet?”

Crowlie: “What?”

He looked at me, a little surprised.

Crowlie: “Why…do you ask?”

Dorothy: “Well, I was wondering if you had any, um, kingly duties to attend.”

Crowlie: “…”

Crowlie suddenly fell silent.

(Did I say something strange…?)

Keeping his eyes away, he replied with a little moodiness on his voice.

Crowlie: “Is there a reason you wish to hurry back?”

Dorothy: “Wh-What?”

Crowlie: “Perhaps someone you would like to see is back at the castle?”

Dorothy: “Well, no, not exactly…”

Crowlie: “Then allow me to show you a bit more of the town.”

Crowlie started walking.

(Something’s…really strange about him.)

Time coldly passed on, and I couldn’t find any footholds to ask why he had been so thorny.

9.4

By the time we’d gotten back to the castle, the sun had set.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, did you enjoy yourself?”

Dorothy: “Did I ever? Thank you for showing me around town.”

(I didn’t get to ask why Crowlie was acting to strange, though…)

Toto: “Woof woof!”

Toto came running towards us.

Dorothy: “Hey there, Toto. Did you keep watch like a good dog?”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “I brought you some treats. Let’s have them back in the room, okay?”

Toto: “Woof!”

Dorothy: “Crowlie picked them out for us. Right, Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “…”

(He’s still thinking of something…just what’s he so worried about?)

Dorothy: “Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “O-Oh, er… I would imagine you’re tired. Please, rest in your room until dinner.”

(I’m still worried about him, though…what should I do?)

(Try asking Crowlie what’s wrong.) (Intimacy +7)

(…I can’t just leave things like this.)

(I have to ask him!)

Dorothy: “Hey Crowlie… There’s something I want to talk to you about.”

Crowlie: “Why, I would love to talk.”

He smiled in delight.

(Bringing this up may put Crowlie in a bad mood, but…)

(…if there’s something hurting him, I want to be there for him!)

I looked right at Crowlie.

9.5

Crowlie: “What would you like to ask?”

Dorothy: “Crowlie, you seem a little different from usual…”

Crowlie: “I do…?”

He looked a little stunned for a moment, but quickly let out an awkward smile.

Crowlie: “I was probably just nervous since I was alone with you, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “It wasn’t just then. You seemed a little off even before we went out into town.”

Crowlie: “I did…?”

Dorothy: “You’d suddenly clam up, and look like you were thinking really hard about something…”

Crowlie: “Really…?”

The smile vanished from his face.

Crowlie: “Are you sure you’re not just imagining that, Dorothy…?”

Dorothy: “Something seemed a little of when we were talking too, and you’d sometimes miss what I was saying.”

Crowlie: “What are you talking about…?”

He avoided my eyes.

Dorothy: “If there’s something on your mind, Crowlie, please, talk to me about it. I could help you!”

Crowlie: “There’s nothing wrong, really…”

Dorothy: “I know that’s not true. I can tell just by looking at you. We’re friends!”

Crowlie: “Friends…”

9.6

Charisma Contest

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Dorothy: “If you can’t talk to me, then you could try Heartmann, or even Leonardo…”

Crowlie: “!”

Crowlie shot his head up and glared at me.

Crowlie: “Why do you have to bring them up?!”

Crowlie came up to me, his voice harshening.

(W-Wait, what…?!)

I found myself stepping back, but he pressured me all the way to the wall.

Crowlie: “This isn’t any of their business!”

(Crowlie, what’s happened to you?!)

I tried to get away, but he put his hands on the wall to prevent my escape.

Crowlie: “I’m the one who knows you best, Dorothy!”

Dorothy: “Crowlie…?!”

Crowlie: “And I’m the one you chose!”

Dorothy: “That’s why I’m worried about you!”

Crowlie: “Do you love me, Dorothy?”

(It’s not a matter of loving him or not, I’m just…just worried…)

Crowlie: “…There’s not someone else, is there?”

Dorothy: “?!”

Crowlie: “That’s why you were eager to get back to the castle, isn’t it? Because you wanted to see this mystery man?”

(N-No…!)

9.7

Crowlie: “You didn’t really mean it when you chose me, or when you asked me for a date today, did you?”

Dorothy: “What?! Of course I did!”

A wave of sadness consumed my mind, and I nearly started crying.

Toto: “Woof, woof! Grrr!”

Toto barked fiercely at Crowlie.

Crowlie: “…?!”

Coming back to his senses, Crowlie pulled away from me.

Crowlie: “…”

He bit his lip, his face a mixture of confusion, rage and sadness.

Toto: “Grrr!”

Crowlie held an imposing hand over Toto, quieting him down, then he hurried away, not turning back to face me once.

Toto: *whine*…

Worried, Toto nuzzled my leg.

Dorothy: “…”

The words Crowlie had left me with had struck deep into my heart.

(I…I didn’t know words could be this painful…)

Unable to endure the pain, I dropped down where I stood.

Toto: “…”

Toto licked my cheek.

9.8

(How did it come to this…?)

I returned to my room with heavy footfalls.

Toto: *Whine*…

Toto walked beside me, looking up to my face in concern again and again.

(Feels like I’m going to cry…)

I held my tears back with all that I had, but they squeezed out of my eyes, fogging up my vision.

Dorothy: “Toto, I just want to go back to Kansas…I don’t care about my stupid birthday anymore.”

Toto: *Whine*…

???: “There you are, Dorothy! I was looking for you!”

I looked up, hearing the cheerful call, to see Leonardo and Heartmann.

Leonardo: “Check it out. I found some apples in the kitchen. Wanna have a bite?”

Heartmann: “Wait, something’s wrong…!”

They scrambled up to me.

Leonardo: “What’s wrong, Dorothy? You crying?!”

Heartmann: “Did something happen?”

Dorothy: “…”

(What should I tell them…? Crowlie’s their best friend. I can’t just…)

(…If I tell them, they’ll probably get hurt…)

9.9

Leonardo: “Whoa, she’s seriously crying!”

Heartmann: “Oh no!”

Leonardo: “Did that Wizard of the West do something to you?!”

Heartmann: “If so, we can’t let that go unpunished!”

Leonardo: “Grab a bucket! We’re gonna drench him in water!”

Leonardo crushed the apple in his hand in rage.

Dorothy: “…”

I powerlessly shook my head.

Heartmann: “It wasn’t him?”

Leonardo: “Really…?”

They gave me worried looks.

Leonardo: “Come on, we won’t know if you don’t tell us.”

Heartmann: “Seems like something big happened, huh?”

Heartmann pulled out a handkerchief and wiped my tears.

Leonardo: “Tell us about it. We’ll help you. That’s what friends do!”

Leonardo put his hand on my shoulder. It felt awfully warm.

Heartmann: “Let’s go somewhere we can take our time and talk.”

Leonardo: “Good idea. Let’s get goin’.”

9.10

They had taken me to the dining hall.

Heartmann: “Here, drink this. It’ll calm you down.”

Heartmann handed me a warm drink.

Dorothy: “…Thank you.”

I felt like the warm drink melted my heart frozen with sadness just a little bit.

Leonardo: “So, feel a little better?”

They looked at me with warm faces.

Dorothy: “Yeah…”

I nodded, but my eyes fogged up with tears again.

Just calming down wasn’t going to heal the wounds in my heart.

Heartmann: “Do you want to talk about what happened?”

(I don’t know why, but Crowlie sounded like he didn’t like Heartmann and Leonardo…)

(…and if I tell them about it, that might put up a wall between them.)

Leonardo: “Come on, Dorothy, you can tell us. We’re your friends!”

(Friends…!)

Memories of our journey years ago came back to me.

(That’s right. We overcame so many obstacles…)

(I’ll believe in that bond one more time!)

Dorothy: “All right, I’ll come clean…” (Intimacy +7)

9.11

Dorothy: “Remember how I was worried about Crowlie, since he was acting strange?”

Heartmann: “Oh, I remember that.”

Leonardo: “Really? I don’t.”

Heartmann: “It was back when we were having breakfast with Lord Solomon.”

Dorothy: “I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I asked Crowlie out into the town.”

Leonardo: “Alone?! What a sly dog, that Crowlie…lemme at him!”

Dorothy: “N-No, nothing happened, just…”

Heartmann: “…you wanted to figure out what was going through his head?”

Dorothy: “Yeah, but…it didn’t go well, so I asked him when we got back to the castle.”

Dorothy: “I asked him to talk to me or you guys if there was anything trouble him.”

Leonardo: “So what’d he say?”

Dorothy: “Well, his voice got really hoarse, and he asked if I loved someone else…”

Heartmann: “…!”

Leonardo: “Crowlie said that?”

Leonardo looked at me in utter disbelief.

Dorothy: “Then he asked if I really meant it when I chose him to be my boyfriend, and when I asked him out on that date…”

I got sadder the more I talked, and I couldn’t hold back my tears.

Heartmann: “I’m so sorry that happened to you, Dorothy.”

Heartmann put his handkerchief in my hand as he gently stroked my head.

9.12

Heartmann: “Dorothy, you really do love Crowlie, don’t you?”

Dorothy: “I do…?”

Leonardo: “Seriously?!”

Heartmann: “You just don’t realize it yet.”

Dorothy: “I…I love Crowlie…?”

Heartmann: “That’s why you noticed he was acting strange, and you tried to find out why.”

Dorothy: “But…”

Heartmann: “And that’s why his words hurt you so much.”

(…!)

Leonardo: “I gotta wonder about that. I don’t think that’s the whole deal.”

Heartmann: “Leonardo, if you heard the same thing, would you get sad enough to cry?”

Leonardo: “No way. I’d get mad and flatten him right there.”

Heartmann: “Exactly.”

Leonardo: “Wait, what?”

Heartmann: “Dorothy, however, got sad instead of angry. It’s because she loves him.”

(I really…love Crowlie…?!)

I was shocked that I didn’t know…or rather, notice, my own feelings.

(Is that…true?)

9.13

When I thought of Crowlie, those clear eyes gazed back at me.

At the same time, something wrenched at my heart, and I could feel it starting to beat much, much faster.

(Is it because I’m in love with him…?)

Leonardo: “This ‘human love’ stuff sure is a pain.”

Heartmann: “The real problem is there’s someone else who doesn’t get it…”

Leonardo: “And who’s that?”

Heartmann: “I’ll tell you later.”

Heartmann put his hand on my shoulder.

Heartmann: “Dorothy, you should rest for today. And don’t worry — we’re with you.”

Leonardo: “You said it! Dorothy, we’ll always be with you!’

Dorothy: “Thanks, you two. I think I’ll rest for today…”

Heartmann: “We’ll walk you back to your room.”

Heartmann and Leonardo escorted Dorothy back to her room.

Dorothy: “Good night.”

Completely silent all the way to her room, Dorothy bid the two goodnight before she closed the door.

Heartmann: “Good night, and rest well.”

Leonardo: “Get better, all right? Night.”

The two smiled nicely.

When Dorothy closed the door, however, the two let out sighs. Their eyes turned grave.

Leonardo: “Gonna go see him, huh?”

Heartmann: “I intend to.”

Leonardo: “Can’t believe he had the nerve to make Dorothy cry!”

Heartmann: “Agreed. I Can’t bear to see her like that.”

Leonardo: “Can I give him a good thrashing?”

Heartmann: “I won’t stop you, but we need to talk to him first.”

Leonardo: “He’s not getting off easy this time. A friend wouldn’t let him off scot-free.”

Heartmann: “I hear that. Let’s go.”

Holding back quiet rage, the two headed to the King’s chambers.

Crowlie and his Friends

Crowlie: “I have dear comrades. Best friends, even.

Crowlie: “First, there’s Leonardo.”

Crowlie: “Though he was the Cowardly Lion at first, Oz gave him courage.”

Crowlie: “He’s proactive. So much so that he acts before he thinks.”

Crowlie: “Well, that does turn out to be a flaw from time to time, but he’s a very reliable, passionate man.”

Crowlie: “Next is Heartmann.”

Crowlie: “Originally the Tin Woodsman, Oz gave him a gentle heart.”

Crowlie: “He thinks about people’s feelings, down to the smallest of details. He truly is a kind man.”

Crowlie: “Both of them are positive influences in my life. Almost rivals, even.”

Crowlie: “But if we’re going to talk about rivals, we cannot forget this man here — Oz.”

Crowlie: “A great king and a sly swindler… However, it is my goal to surpass him.”

Crowlie: “However, someone I cannot overcome no matter how hard I try…that’s Lord Solomon, Wizard of the South.”

Crowlie: “Perfect in looks, in actions, in everything! But I can’t let him score all the points!”

Crowlie: “Not when Dorothy chose me as her boyfriend!”

Crowlie: “Oh, and we cannot forget this man, either. The Wizard of the North, Lord Norton.”

Crowlie: “I’d always thought of him as one of the good wizards, but…he certainly is a mystery.”

Crowlie: “And speaking of mysteries, we have to mention this man here… Wesley, the Wizard of the West.”

Crowlie: “No one expected that he would return from his annihilation to join the running to be Dorothy’s romantic partner…”

Crowlie: “Since he’s one of my previous foes, I have to keep a close eye on him!”

Crowlie: “Haha, but I must say…having friends as well as rivals to watch out for…that makes this interesting.”

Crowlie: “Wouldn’t you say?”

Chapter 10: Understanding of Love (12/12)

10.1

Not a moment after a knock came at the door did it swing open, with Heartmann and Leonardo stepping through it.

Leonardo: “You jerk!”

Heartmann: “Have a moment?”

The two all but stomped in.

Crowlie: “Is something amiss…?”

Crowlie just looked at them in surprise. Something was wrong here.

Leonardo: “Amiss? I’ll tell you what’s amiss, you made Dorothy cry!”

Leonardo’s roar shook the very room.

Crowlie: “?!”

Crowlie’s eyes went wide when Leonardo held him up by the collar.

Crowlie: “Leonardo, what’s gotten into you?!”

Leonardo: “I’m asking you why you said such horrible things to her!”

Heartmann: “Dorothy was crying quite a bit.”

Crowlie: “?!”

Leonardo: “What, don’t even have an excuse?”

Heartmann: “You hurt Dorothy, Crowlie. Deeply.”

Leonardo: “And I won’t let you say you don’t know what we’re talking about!”

Crowlie: “…”

Crowlie looked away and quieted down.

10.2

Heartmann: “Have nothing to say for yourself?”

Crowlie: “My affairs are none of your business…”

Leonardo: “THAT’S what you have to say? All right, buddy, prepare to lose some teeth!”

With a low snarl, Leonardo held his balled fist up high.

Crowlie: “?!”

Leonardo’s fist came crashing down onto Crowlie’s face.

Crowlie: “Gah…!”

Crowlie went sprawling down onto the floor.

Crowlie: “Ouch…!”

When Crowlie tried to get up, Leonardo leapt at him.

Heartmann, however, grabbed his shoulder and stopped him.

Leonardo: “Dorothy deserves better! Do you know how hurt she is?!”

Crowlie: “…How do you know?”

Still sitting on the floor, Crowlie looked up at the two in suspicion.

Heartmann: “We can tell, with how long we’ve been watching you two.”

Crowlie: “…?”

Heartmann: “Dorothy was horribly told off…by the man she loves.”

Heartmann: “Do you have any idea how much that hurts?”

Crowlie: “The man she…loves?!”

10.3

Leonardo: “If you’re just going to make Dorothy cry, then I’m not giving her up to you!”

Heartmann: “Leonardo and I love Dorothy from the bottom of our hearts.”

Heartmann: “But the man she loves, Crowlie…is you.”

Crowlie: “She…she does…?”

Heartmann: “That’s why she noticed there was something wrong with you before anyone else, and she tried to find out what was going on with you.”

Leonardo: “Right, warms the heart, doesn’t it? She didn’t want to worry us, so she asked you out onto town.”

Crowlie: “!”

Heartmann: “Dorothy’s still rough around the edges, but she was still doing her best to help you.”

Leonardo: “So why didn’t you realize that?! Why didn’t you open up to her? Is it because you can’t trust her?!”

Crowlie: “She…she was trying to…?”

Heartmann: “Do you remember when we all lined up, asking Dorothy to pick us?”

Heartmann: “You were the one she chose. I was disappointed, to be honest. A little mad.”

Heartmann: “But even so, I made a decision. I was going to cheer you two on, support your relationship. And do you know why?”

Crowlie: “…”

Heartmann: “Because I believed that I could leave her to you.”

Heartmann: “I believed that because we’re friends. Comrades.”

Crowlie: “!”

Heartmann: “Yet, you went and made Dorothy sad.”

Leonardo: “Feels like we’ve been betrayed.”

With saddened eyes, Leonardo looks at the first he hit Crowlie with.

His face pained, Crowlie put his hand to his chest.

10.4

Crowlie: “…I don’t know why myself, why I said such a horrible thing to her…”

Heartmann: “…”

Heartmann: “Jealousy, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “Jealousy…?!”

Heartmann: “Jealousy, because you love Dorothy.”

Crowlie: “This is…jealous? Human…emotion…?”

Crowlie pressed at his chest, looking completely lost.

Leonardo: “It’s not just people, either. Animals get crazy jealous, too. Scarecrows probably don’t, though.”

Heartmann: “I had a feeling you had trouble with understanding your own emotions, Crowlie.”

Heartmann: “Crowlie… You were suspicious of Dorothy because you were jealous.”

Crowlie: “I… I…”

Crowlie: “I did something horrible to Dorothy.”

Heartmann: “Looks like you’ve finally realized it.”

Heartmann smiled.

Crowlie: “Heartmann, Leonardo… I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”

Crowlie drooped his head in defeat.

Leonardo: “I don’t think we’re the ones y’need to be apologizing to.”

Leonardo held out his hand.

When Crowlie looked up and took his hand, Leonardo pulled him up.

10.5

Crowlie: “How could I apologize to Dorothy? What can I say…?”

Leonardo: “Good question…”

Leonardo tilted his head in thought.

Heartmann: “She’s really, really hurt. I’m not so sure she’ll forgive you easily…”

Heartmann: “So you’ll probably have to bare your heart and apologize.”

Crowlie: “Bare my heart… You’re right, I have to go and apologize to her now!”

Before Crowlie could scramble to Dorothy, however, Heartmann stopped him.

Heartmann: “Dorothy is resting now.”

Leonardo: “Just let her sleep for today.”

Crowlie: “O-Oh…”

Heartmann: “You can apologize to her tomorrow. First thing in the morning.”

Crowlie: “Tomorrow morning…”

Crowlie looked like he just couldn’t wait to apologize.

Leonardo peered at his guilty face.

Leonardo: “Place I hit you is a little swollen. You look a bit more manly now!”

Leonardo let out a smirk.

Crowlie: “Because you certainly didn’t hold back… I hop it goes down by the morning.”

With a strained smile, Crowlie bowed to Heartmann and Leonardo.

10.6

Crowlie: “I’m really sorry, you two. And…thank you.”

Heartmann: “We haven’t given you a pass just yet. You’ve got to apologize to Dorothy first.”

Leonardo: “Got it?”

Crowlie: “Very well.”

The next morning.

(I was crying for so long I barely got any sleep…)

As I stared absently at the sunlight poking in through the window, Toto looked at me with worried eyes.

Toto: *whine*

Dorothy: “Oh, Toto, I’m sorry… You were too worried about me to sleep, weren’t you?”

Toto: “…”

Toto slowly wagged his tail.

Dorothy: “I don’t think I’ve had a morning this rough before… Wonder what I should do today…?”

I felt too down to do anything at all.

(I think I’ll just stay in my room all day…)

Toto: “!”

Toto’s ears shot up and he looked at the door.

Then, someone knocked at the door.

(Who’s there…?)

(Could it be…Crowlie?) (Intimacy +7)

That was probably a baseless hope.

Toto: “…”

Toto was staring me in the face.

Dorothy: “I want to see Crowlie, but there’s no way that’s him…”

(And even if it was Crowlie out there, I don’t know what to say to him…)

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto ran up to the door, then turned to me and barked quietly.

(I wonder if he’s telling me to open it?)

(Well, if Toto wants me to, I guess I’ll give it a try.)

I stood in front of the door.

10.7

Dorothy: “Hold on…”

I answered whoever was on the other side.

???: “Good morning, Dorothy…”

My eyes went wide at the voice beyond the door.

(Wait, that voice…could it be…?!)

Dorothy: “Crowlie…?!”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, I’m sorry about yesterday. I said something horrible and hurt you so much…”

Crowlie: “So I…I came to apologize. Would you open the door?”

He sounded like he always did, but I could hear guilt in his voice.

Dorothy: “Um, all right, hold on a little….”

I was a little taken aback at how sudden it all was.

(What should I…? I want to see Crowlie, but I just woke up…)

I looked at the mirror to see my face, puffy from spending all of last night crying.

(Oh, look at that face! I don’t want him to see me like this…)

Dorothy: “Toto, what should I do?”

Toto: “Arf, arf!”

Toto was running around chasing his own tail.

(He’s not listening to me at all… Oh, what should I do…?0

(I know, I’ll ask him to wait a little!) (Intimacy +7)

I spoke up to Crowlie.

Dorothy: “Crowlie, could you wait a little?”

Crowlie: “Ah, sure…”

Dorothy: “I just woke up…”

Crowlie: “Very well. Really, I should be apologize for knocking so early in the morning.”

Dorothy: I’ll be just a moment, so hold on a little.”

Crowlie: “You needn’t hurry. Really.”

(All right, my clothes, my hair, my face… Oh! I have to clean up my room, too! Oh, I have to hurry…!)

10.8

Hurriedly, I got dressed and brushed my hair.

Toto: “Woof, woof!’

At my feet, Toto urged me to hurry.

Dorothy: “I get it, I get it, so out of the way!”

And though I tried to put on some makeup…

(Oh, no…this puffiness just doesn’t want to go away!)

I gave up on makeup and started to hurriedly clean up my room.

Toto: “?”

Toto tilted his head up as he saw me push my negligee under the bed.

Dorothy: “I-It’s because I’m in a hurry, all right?”

After finally getting ready, I stood back in front of the door and took a deep breath.

Dorothy: “Sorry for the wait… And, um, my face looks really terrible this morning, so try not to look, okay?”

I opened the door to see Crowlie standing there, holding a small flower and looking awfully nervous.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, y-your face…”

He gasped when he saw it.

(That bad, huh…?)

Crowlie: “Were you…crying all night? Because of what I said…?”

Crowlie looked horrified.

Dorothy: “!”

I hurriedly covered up my face with my hands and tried to retreat back into my room.

10.9

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 16,000

Crowlie: “Wait…!”

Crowlie caught my arm and pulled me back.

(…?!)

Before I knew it, he was softly embracing me.

Crowlie: “I’m so sorry for making you cry!”

He let out a pained whisper into my ear.

Crowlie: “You were so worried about me, but I went and…and…”

Crowlie: “I was jealous, Dorothy. I wasn’t confident that I was worthy to be yours…”

(Jealous…)

Crowlie: “So I lost sight of myself, of your feelings…”

Since he was holding me, I couldn’t see his face, but I knew just how much he was blaming himself.

Crowlie: “I really am I fool. All I have is book knowledge, and I don’t understand either of our hearts at all…”

Crowlie: “I’m just a pseudo intellectual fool.”

Crowlie: “…It’s not just you, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “I didn’t notice how you really felt… I didn’t even realize how I felt.”

Crowlie: “You didn’t…?”

I pulled away from him and stared into his clear eyes.

Crowlie: “I didn’t notice that you loved me…or that I loved you.”

Crowlie: “But still, I shouldn’t have said such horrible things to you.”

Crowlie: “I apologize from the bottom of my heart. Please, forgive me.”

He held out the small flower he had in his hand.

10.10

Dorothy: “A flower?”

I took it and looked from it to his face.

Crowlie: “There were beautiful flowers blooming in the garden.”

Dorothy: “It really is beautiful…”

Crowlie: “That heart of yours, as beautiful as this flower… I promise not to hurt it again.”

Dorothy: “…!”

Crowlie’s eyes were so clear, so painfully lucid.

Crowlie: “Would you forgive me?”

Dorothy: “Of course I’ll forgive you.” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie; “Really?!”

Dorothy: “Because I can tell just how genuine you’re being.”

I could tell how much he meant it with one look at those beautiful, clear eyes.

Crowlie: “Thank you, Dorothy!”

It was the first smile I’d seen on him today.

It felt like it had been quite some time since I’d seen that smile of his.

Looking at how pleased Crowlie seemed, I noticed something.

Dorothy: “Crowlie, what happened to your left cheek there?”

I noticed it was swollen red a little.

Crowlie: “Oh, this? A little tough love from a close friend, you could say.”

Crowlie strained out a smile as he rubbed the swelling.

10.11

Dorothy: “Tough love…?”

He must’ve been talking about Heartmann or Leonardo.

Dorothy: “Wait, did…Leonardo hit you, or something?”

Crowlie: “Without pulling his punches, either. That’s what woke me up. I’m glad those two are my best friends.”

I knew I didn’t have to ask for details. I didn’t need to step into their manly bond.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, truth be told, there’s something else I have to tell you.”

Crowlie looked at me with serious eyes.

Crowlie: “I love you.”

(…!)

Crowlie: “I need to really tell you that…so I don’t make the same mistake twice.”

(I need to do the same thing…)

Dorothy: “I love you too, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “!”

He showed surprise for a moment, but quickly put on a smile and stroked my hair.

Crowlie: “I’m so glad I let you know how I feel…”

Dorothy: “Me too…”

As we gazed at each other, our faces slowly drew closer.

I could imagine what was about to happen.

A mix of anticipation and fear mixed deep inside me.

10.12

Dorothy: “My face is so swollen, it’s embarrassing…”

When I whispered that, he just smiled gently.

Crowlie: “It’s cute in its own way, you know…”

Then, our lips softly came together.

The unfathomable sweetness of the kiss invited me to fall into the realm of dreams.

When our lips gently parted, my heart started to beat fiercely.

(That was my…first kiss…)

I looked down to hide my crimson face.

My heart was going so fast I couldn’t stand up straight.

Crowlie: “Look out!”

Crowlie held me up before I could fall over.

Crowlie: “Are you all right?”

Dorothy: “Y-Yeah…”

When I answered, still spellbound, Crowlie gently touched my cheek.

Crowlie: “Let me see that cute face of yours.”

Our eyes met.

Dorothy: “It looks awful now, really…”

Crowlie: “I don’t think so at all. It looks so lovely…”

(What beautiful eyes…)

In his eyes I could see myself in the sunlight coming in from the window, seeming to shine.

After Becoming a Couple

Crowlie: “It certainly is harder than one would expect to know one’s own feelings…”

Crowlie: “And because of that, I put Dorothy through such a painful experience…”

Crowlie: “Leonardo and Heartmann made me realize my mistake.”

Crowlie: “Without even knowing it, I had betrayed them, as well…”

Crowlie: “When Leonardo hit me with all that he had, I finally realized…”

Crowlie: “I was so worried about whether Dorothy would forgive me or not that I could not sleep last night…”

Crowlie: “Yet Dorothy forgave me. She gave me another chance. Oh, how happy I was…”

Crowlie: “Never again will I do something to sadden her!”

Crowlie: “I don’t want to lose the happiness we have. I don’t want to see Dorothy’s tears.”

Crowlie: “I may have received brains, but I still have a long way to go as a person.”

Crowlie: “Yet, still, I will do my utmost to make Dorothy happy!”

Crowlie: “So, let us…let us make this work.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, I love you.”

Chapter 11: Being a True Couple (14/14)

11.1

Crowlie and I had finally officially become boyfriend and girlfriend.

(I’ve got to tell Heartmann and Leonardo, calm them down.)

They had to be worried around now.

Dorothy: “I really worried Heartmann and Leonardo, so I’ve got to apologize to them.”

Crowlie: “I was thinking the same thing. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have realized my mistake.”

It looks like Crowlie had been thinking the same thing.

(They really are our best friends…)

I was so glad to be included in the team.

Crowlie: “How can I let them know how thankful I am?”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, have you any good ideas?”

Dorothy: “How about having a tea party?” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “I see!”

Dorothy: “We can apologize to them there, and announce that we’re now going out.”

Crowlie: “It won’t feel stuffy, either, so they should appreciate the gesture.”

Dorothy: “Right! Let’s let them know how we feel while serving them some nice tea.”

Crowlie: “Very well, let us go with that.”

Crowlie: “Well then, I will start preparations immediately.”

Dorothy: “I’ll help, too.”

11.2

Crowlie: “You needn’t worry, the servants can handle it.”

Dorothy: “Oh, but I want to help.”

(My feelings demand it.)

Crowlie: “Quite like you, Dorothy. Very well, I shall help as well.”

Picking up on my feelings, Crowlie nodded with a smile.

With that, we got to preparing for the tea party.

The tea party was held at a table in the castle’s garden.

Leonardo: “What’s up with this?”

Heartmann: “I heard there was to be a tea party, but..are we the only guests?”

Brought over to the table by servants, Leonardo and Heartmann’s eyes went wide with surprise.

Crowlie: “Thank you for coming.”

Dorothy: “Well, don’t just stand there. Come on, take your seats.”

I said with a smile, leading them to sit down.

Seeing the two of us, Heartmann chuckled.

Heartmann: “Looks like you two are getting along again.”

Crowlie and I exchanged looks and smiled bashful smiles.

Dorothy: “I’m really sorry for worrying you two…”

Crowlie: “Thanks to you, I realized my own mistake and apologize to Dorothy. Things are better now.”

Leonardo: “You went and apologized? Good, good, I’ll forgive you too, then.”

He sounded smug, but Leonardo’s face housed a delighted smile.

11.3

Heartmann: “Good to hear, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

Crowlie: “And as an apologize and thanks, we decided to have this tea party for you.”

Leonardo: “Now that’s what I like to hear!”

Heartmann: “I always love it when the four of us gather together.”

Crowlie: “Heartmann, Leonardo, I’m really sorry. And…thanks.”

Dorothy: “I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart.”

When Crowlie and I apologized, Heartmann and Leonardo shuffled around, bashful.

Heartmann: “Don’t worry, we don’t think anything of it.”

Leonardo: “Y-Yeah, if you guys are back together, that’s all we need.”

Crowlie: “I’m glad you two are our friends.”

Crowlie said, sounding moved.

Crowlie: “I’ve got to be grateful for meeting you back when we first started our journey, too…”

Heartmann: “I heart that. That journey really was a precious experience for all of us, wasn’t it?”

Leonardo: “Dorothy brought the three of us together.”

Dorothy: “Well, I’m glad I met the three of you, too.”

They all grinned.

Dorothy: “Oh, and I’ve got one more thing to announce.”

With that, I looked at Crowlie.

11.4

Crowlie: “Dorothy and I are now officially dating.”

Though a little fidgety, Crowlie came out and announced it.

Leonardo: “Really? Glad to hear it! …Wait, what?!”

Heartmann: “Then you’ve let each other know how you feel, yes?”

Crowlie: “We have, thanks to the two of you.”

Leonardo: “Wait, since you’re coming out and saying you’re going out, does that mean…”

Dorothy: “…?”

Leonardo: “That means you’ve kissed?”

(Huh?!)

Crowlie: “Well, er…”

Leonardo: “Well, have you or haven’t you?”

Crowlie: “Well, er…”

Our faces turned beet red.

Leonardo: “You have, haven’t you? I knew it!”

Crowlie: “…We have.”

(He said it…)

Leonardo: “I knew it! Hah! You lucky dog!”

Leonardo pat Crowlie on the shoulder with a grandiose laugh.

11.5

Crowlie: “Hahaha… That hurts, Leonardo.”

Heartmann: “Definitely on purpose…”

Heartmann whispered.

Dorothy: “Huh?”

Heartmann: “Congratulations, you two.”

Dorothy: “Thanks, Heartmann.”

Heartmann: “We’re cheering for you.”

Leonardo: “Yeah, we’re behind you all the way.”

Crowlie: “Thank you, Leonardo.”

Dorothy: “Well, let’s have our tea. There’s cookies, too.”

Leonardo: “…!”

Leonardo’s eyes went wide.

Heartmann: “What’s wrong?”

Leonardo: “Oh, I was just wondering if Toto’ll steal my cookies again…”

Leonardo guarded himself against the usual development.

Toto: “?”

Toto, however, sitting obediently at my feet, tilted his head.

11.6

Dorothy: “It looks like he’s being on his best behavior for once.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Toto seemed to understand just how important this tea party was.

Leonardo: “Good boy, Toto!”

Leonardo gave Toto some of his cookie.

Crowlie: “Though Toto got Leonardo’s cookie in the end.”

Leonardo: “Wait, you’re right!”

Heartmann: “Could all be part of Toto’s plan.”

Toto: “Woof!”

We all laughed.

(I got to apologize and tell them about our relationship… Having a tea party was the right choice.)

I looked to Crowlie, and he nodded with a smile.

Those clear eyes looked so much more lovely than usual, and I knew it was because…

(…we both know how the other feels…)

Full of happiness, everything I saw seemed to shine.

(How wonderful it is to love and be loved!)

The joyful time we shared slowly passed on.

11.7

With the tea party over, everyone headed back to the castle.

Leonardo: “Hey, at least hold hands when you walk.”

Leonardo mockingly said.

Dorothy: “H-Hey, Leonardo…”

Heartmann: “That’s the bare minimum you’ve got to do after an announcement like that.”

Heartmann added, as if he was enjoying this.

Crowlie: “Oh, well…”

His face red, Crowlie softly took my hand.

Dorothy: “…”

(I can’t help feeling self-conscious…)

Crowlie looked nervous as he walked, too.

Heartmann: “Where are you going? That way leads to the garden.”

Crowlie: “Oh…”

We hurriedly turned around.

Leonardo: “Hah, look at you guys, getting all nervous.”

Heartmann: “All right, I’m still a little worried.”

Crowlie: “Y-You don’t need to worry about anything.”

Dorothy: “You guys keep teasing us, so I can’t help being self-conscious about this!”

The two chuckled at our reactions.

11.8

The maids who passed us by, too, giggled and whispered as they did.

Maid: “They really do look like a wonderful couple, holding hands like that.”

Servant: “Haha, what a pair.”

(I’m kind of happy and kind of embarrassed… Oh…!)

Crowlie cleared his throat to hide his embarrassment.

Crowlie: “That aside, what shall we do today?”

Dorothy: “You haven’t decided anything?”

Crowlie looked at me.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, is there anything you want to do?”

(Nothing in particular, but…)

Dorothy: “Do you want to do anything, Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “I’d rather do what you want to do.”

Dorothy: “Well, tell me what you want to do.”

Crowlie: “What I want to do? I’d like to hear what you want to do.”

Dorothy: “Well, what I want to do is hear what you want to do.”

Heartmann and Leonardo just looked at our back and forth speechless.

???: “So, what are these goofy lovebirds up to?”

11.9

(Huh?)

Out of nowhere came Oz, looking like he’d seen something ridiculous.

Oz; “If you want to know what I want, it’s getting invited to tea parties.”

Crowlie: “You were watching us?”

Oz: “You sure looked like you were having a good time.”

Dorothy: “I’m sorry, it was just a small tea party with friends, so…”

Crowlie: “We weren’t leaving you out of spite, Oz.”

Oz: “Well, I’ll leave it at that, then. More importantly…can you come with me today, little miss?”

Oz drew his face close to mine.

Leonardo: “Now that ain’t happening.”

Oz; “Why?”

Heartmann: “Because Dorothy and Crowlie are officially going out.”

Oz: “Officially?”

Dorothy: “We are.”

Oz; “I can’t believe this…!”

Oz looked up in exasperation.

Oz; “The princess chooses the Scarecrow?! The heavens must be crying.”

He brought his face closer again.

11.10

Oz: “It’s not too late to think things over, doll.”

Dorothy: “I’ve made my decision.”

Oz; “You serious?”

Dorothy: “I am.”

Oz: “…”

Oz looked like he wanted to say something, but after letting out a sigh, he took his leave in silence.”

Leonardo: “That big of a shock?”

This time, a servant came up to us.

Servant: “King Crowlie, a petition from the people has arrived.”

Crowlie: “Please leave it in my room. I will get to it later.”

Servant: “Very well.”

When the servant left, Heartmann spoke up.

Heartmann: “Certainly is challenging being king. Spoken as a fellow king.”

Leonardo: “Well, it’s the king’s job to listen to his people.”

(Oh yeah, all three of them are kings…I’d totally forgotten.)

Crowlie: “Now, back to the original topic. If I do not know what you want to do, Dorothy, I cannot put together any plans for the day.”

Crowlie: “Please tell me what you’d like to do, whatever that may be.”

(Well… Hm. What should I say?)

(I want to be with Crowlie if I can, but…)

(I want him to do his duties as king, to…)

Dorothy: “I know! I want to help you with your work, Crowlie!” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “You want to help me…?!”

Dorothy: “That way we can be together, and you can get your work done, right?”

Heartmann: “That sounds like a good idea. Crowlie, let Dorothy help you.”

Leonardo: “We’ll just get in the way, so we’re heading out to town.”

11.11

Crowlie: “In that case, I would love your help.”

Dorothy: “And I’ll gladly give it.”

Heartmann: “Well, we’ll be heading out to town, then.”

Leonardo: “Crowlie, don’t push Dorothy too hard, y’hear?”

Crowlie: “I won’t.”

After seeing Heartmann and Leonardo off, I headed with Crowlie to his room.

Dorothy: “Looks like there was more than one petition…!”

I looked in shock at the mountain of papers on top of Crowlie’s desk.

Crowlie: “This is actually one of my lighter days.”

Crowlie strained out a smile.

Crowlie: “Don’t worry, the petitions aren’t filled with complaints.”

Crowlie: “They’re mostly ideas to improve the city.”

(It’s probably because they all expect so much from Crowlie, too.)

Dorothy: “So, what should I do?”

Crowlie: “Could you divide them by topic?”

Dorothy: “Sure thing, leave it to me!”

I immediately got to work, and Crowlie started reading the petitions with a resolute vigor.

Crowlie: “…”

His face truly looked like a king’s.

11.12

(It really puts my mind at ease, getting to do something with just the two of us like this…)

On occasion, as we tended to our work, Crowlie would take glances at my face and smile.

(I wonder if Crowlie feels the same way…)

Thinking that, I continued dividing up the petitions.

There was a knock at the door.

Crowlie: “It’s open.”

Heartmann and Leonardo opened the door and came into the room.

Heartmann: “Still working?”

Leonardo: “Sun’s down already, you two. Or were you busy kissing this whole time?”

Dorothy: “We weren’t!”

Crowlie: “It’s already evening…?”

I looked out the window to see a beautiful sunset.

(Wow, it really is evening already…I hadn’t noticed at all.)

Leonardo: “Here, I picked up a donut for Toto.”

Toto had gotten bored of waiting for me and had gone to nap in my room.

Dorothy: “Thank you. I’m sure Toto’ll love this.”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, you should rest for a little. I’ll take care of the rest.”

Crowlie offered considerately.

11.13

(I’ve done most of the work I was supposed to, but…)

(…there’s still a lot of petitions left. What should I do?)

(It doesn’t look like there’s anything I can help with, so I guess I’ll head back to my room.) (Intimacy +7)

Dorothy: “All right, I’ll head back to my room, then. Try not to push yourself too much, okay?”

Crowlie: “Of course. I’m glad you helped me so much.”

Crowlie gave me a delighted smile.

(Well, I’m glad I could help him, even a little.)

Dorothy: “Well, I’ll see you when you’re done, then.”

With the donut Leonardo had brought in hand, I went back to my room.

As it turns out, Crowlie was busy with some extra work that came in, and night fell without me being able to see him.

Dorothy: “Looks like it’s bed time already, Toto.”

Toto: *yawn*

When I commented to him, Toto let out a sleepy yawn.

Dorothy: “I wonder if Crowlie’s still working…?”

Toto: “…”

Toto started to nod off.

(I can’t get Crowlie off my mind…I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep like this.)

Well, it wasn’t so much that I was worried about him. I just really, really wanted to see him.

Dorothy: “I’ll give his room a visit.”

Toto: “?”

Dorothy: “Just to say goodnight.”

Toto: “…Huff!”

Toto looked away with sleepy eyes.

Dorothy: “Oh, you don’t have to come with me. Sweet dreams, Toto.”

I decided to go to Crowlie’s room alone.

(I’m in my pajamas, but…this’ll be all right, right? I probably won’t run into anyone…)

11.14

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Dorothy: “All right. I’m off, Toto.”

Toto: *yaaawn*

Toto slowly wagged his tail, already nodding off.

I knocked on Crowlie’s door and heard him from inside.

Crowlie: “It’s open.”

I went into his room and started talking.

Dorothy: “Still working?”

Crowlie: “Huh?!”

When Crowlie raised his head and looked at me, he gasped.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, what are you wearing…?”

Crowlie quickly looked away, turning red.

Dorothy: “I just wanted to say goodnight before I went to bed…”

Crowlie: “R-Really? Thank you.”

Seeing Crowlie steal glances at me was just adorable.

Dorothy: “I had a lot of fun today. And, well…good night.”

Crowlie: “Oh, h-hang on a minute.”

Crowlie stood up from his chair and came up to me.

Crowlie: “Since you’re already here, how about we talk a little?”

Crowlie gently stroked my hair.

His fingers sliding across my hair felt just a little ticklish.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, your hair is just so beautiful…”

He deftly twirled a strand of hair around his finger and gently kissed it.

Dorothy: “What about those petitions?”

Crowlie: “They can wait a little. The night is long…”

His clear eyes stared right at me.

And I could see myself reflected right back.

He gently scooped up my bangs and kissed them.

And I enjoyed the softness of his lips. ON YOUR BANGS?! YOUR BANGS CAN TELL HOW SOFT HIS LIPS ARE?!

Dorothy: “I wonder if we could just stay like this forever, if the night went on for eternity…”

Crowlie: “There is no night without its dawn. And besides, I think we need to cherish the limited time we have.”

Dorothy: “You’re right.”

Crowlie: “Well then, as a protective charm…”

(A charm…?)

[Spoiler Warning!] Chapter 11 CG

Crowlie: “Something to ensure you have good dreams tonight.”

With that, Crowlie kissed my lips.

My mind turned to cotton candy from the sheer sweetness.

(Am I already dreaming…?)

(If he’s fine with it, I think I’ll stay here for a bit.)

I let myself get washed up in the strange, joyful realm between dreams and reality.

Crowlie’s Favorite Food

Dorothy: “Say, Crowlie, what’s your favorite food?”

Crowlie: “My favorite food is tea loam.”

Dorothy: “Team loam? I’ve…I’ve never heard of that before.”

Crowlie: “Understandable. It’s an Oz recipe.”

Dorothy: “tea…loam… Wait, it’s not tea made of mud, right? What kind of ‘food’ is it?”

Crowlie: “Haha…take a look for yourself.”

Crowlie: “Here it is.”

Dorothy: “Hey, this is oatmeal! It’s oatmeal porridge!”

Crowlie: “That seems to be what they call it in your world.”

Dorothy: “So oatmeal is called tea loam in Oz, huh?”

Crowlie: “This is just my conjecture, but…”

Crowlie: “I think the name ‘tea loam’ is an anagram for oatmeal’.”

Dorothy: “It’s strange it’s got such a different name, but I’m kind of relieved to see it’s a food I know so well.”

Crowlie: “Glad to hear it. By the way, this castle’s cook makes the best tea loam you’ve ever tasted.”

Dorothy: “Oh, I can’t wait to have some, then! Now, where’s my spoon…?”

Chapter 12: Last Days of Being Together (/)

12.1

The next day, Crowlie asked me to come to the castle garden.

Dorothy: “Crowlie? What is it?”

When I called to Crowlie, you’d been staring at the garden, he answered me with the smile of a child.

Crowlie: “I’m thinking of opening up a section of this garden to be a place for the people to relax.”

Dorothy: “Really? The garden?”

The large garden had its own forest in it, as well as a number of beautiful statues.

Crowlie: “One of the petitions was asking for a place that the people could relax and unwind.”

Crowlie turned his eyes to the town.

Crowlie: “There’s a square in the town itself, but it has many shops and far too many people and carriages.”

Dorothy: “It’s probably a little dangerous for little kids and people bringing their families.”

Crowlie: “So I’m thinking of making this a nice park, where everyone can gather and relax.”

Crowlie: “Luckily, since the garden is so big, we can make about half of it into a park with no trouble.”

Dorothy: “That sounds wonderful!”

Crowlie smiled at my approval.

Crowlie: “I’m thinking of having a little brick road built to make it easy to walk around in.”

Dorothy: “Wait, do you mean…”

Crowlie: “Just like the road we walked along for our journey.”

Dorothy: “Sounds like it’ll be a beautiful park.”

Crowlie put his hand on my shoulder and gently pulled me to him.

12.2

Crowlie: “I’d love to walk along that road with you, Dorothy. Just the two of us.”

I closed my eyes and imagined it.

They yellow road of bricks cutting through the green forest, with the Emerald City in the distance.

I would lean into Crowlie, linking arms as we walked along…

(Oh, it sounds so romantic!)

Dorothy: “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Crowlie: “Well, I must be making those arrangements. I’ll see you later, Dorothy”

Crowlie kissed my hair, then hurried back to his office.

(Oh, I should go tell Heartmann and Leonardo.)

Oz; “Dorothy, got a minute?’

Oz called out to me on my way to see the other two.

Dorothy: “Sure, what is it?”

Oz; “I know you’ve decided to officially go out with Crowlie, but…”

Oz: “I’ll ask you again. Are you sure about this?”

Oz seemed uncharacteristically serious.

Crowlie: “I am. Crowlie and I are in love.”

Oz: “…”

Oz: “You sure you’re not forgetting something important?”

(Something important?)

12.3

Oz: “It’s almost your birthday.”

Dorothy: “What about it?”

Oz: “The minute your birthday’s over, we’re both going to have to go back to Kansas.”

Dorothy: “…!”

Oz: “So, what are you going to do? Stay here instead of going back to Kansas?”

(Oh…! I’d totally forgotten…!)

That was right. I would have to go back to Kansas after my birthday celebration was over.

(My aunt and uncle are probably worried, too…)

Oz: “Too in love to remember the big details, huh?”

(If I go back to Kansas, that means I can’t be with Crowlie…)

Oz: “i’ll clear this up now — Crowlie’s not going to be going to Kansas.”

Dorothy: “What? But, he…”

Oz: “You think he’ll go to Kansas because he loves you?”

(I wonder if he will…?)

Oz; “He’s pretty young. He’ll probably say he’ll go with you because he loves you.”

Oz: “But are you really all right with that?”

Dorothy: “Huh?”

Oz: “Crowlie’s the King of the Emerald City, in case you hadn’t noticed.”

Oz: “The people of this city need him.”

(Oh…!)

12.4

Oz: “It’ll probably sound strange coming from me, but are you really fine with him throwing away the people of this city to come to Kansas with you?”

Dorothy: “I-I…”

(I can’t…do that…)

He was a king, and that meant his people needed him.

I couldn’t just steal their king away from him.

(But I love him, I…I want to stay with him…)

Two opposing desires battled it out inside me.

Dorothy: “Oz, what should I do?”

Oz: “That’s not my decision to make. It’s all you, Dorothy.”

(But I can’t decide… I don’t know what to do…)

Oz: “This world’s more or less a land of dreams, but Kansas? That’s reality.”

Oz; “So dreamland or reality. Think about where you want to live, and think well.”

With a pat on my head, Oz took his leave.

(What should I do…?)

With reality thrust before me, everything around me seemed to lose color.

Afterwards, I locked myself in my room and turned the situation around and around in my head.

(Why did I forget something so important?)

Toto: *Whine*

Dorothy: “Once my birthday’s up, it’s off to Kansas, huh…?”

Just a few years ago, when I was on my journey with my three friends, going home to Kansas was the only thing on my mind.

(But things are different this time…)

12.5

Dorothy: “I love Crowlie.”

Toto: “Woof…”

Dorothy: “I want to be with him…”

Toto: *Whine*

Dorothy: “I want to walk in the park he’s going to make with him…”

Dorothy: “But I…don’t think I’ll be able to…”

It would take some time to make the park. There was no way it would be finished by the time my birthday came around.

Dorothy: “What should I do…?”

As I worried, I suddenly wanted to see Crowlie’s face.

(But what am I going to do, even if I see him?)

I still wanted to see him. I couldn’t put my desire away.

Dorothy: “Toto, you stay here. I’m going to go see Crowlie.”

Toto: “Woof…”

Leaving Toto behind, I headed for Crowlie.

(I wonder where Crowlie is?)

As I wandered around the castle, I ran into Heartmann and Leonardo.

Heartmann: “Dorothy, what are you doing?”

Dorothy: “Oh, good to see you! Do you know where Crowlie is?”

Leonardo: “Something happen?”

Leonardo peered into my face.

12.6

Dorothy: “Well, nothing, exactly, I just…really want to see him, so…”

Leonardo: “Aww, you searching for your sweet little Crowlie-Wowley?”

Leonardo japed.

(I can’t let them worry.)

I forced a smile on my face and puffed out my chest.

Dorothy: “That’s right. I’m searching for my sweet little Crowlie-Wowley.”

Heartmann: “You know, I saw him in the garden. He was talking with the gardener and craft master.”

Dorothy: “Really?”

Heartmann: “Oh, but, well…that was a couple hours ago, so…”

Leonardo: “If he’s not in the garden,k he should be working in his room or reading in the library.”

Leonardo: “Those are about the only places he’ll be.”

(The garden, his room, or the library… He’s probably in one of those, but which one?)

(Crowlie’s got to be…in the library.)

Dorothy: “I’ll pay the library a visit.”

Heartmann: “You’re not going to the garden?”

Dorothy: “You saw him there a few hours ago, right? I don’t think he’ll still be there.”

Leonardo: “Good point.”

Heartmann: “Good thinking.”

Leonardo: “Crowlie does like the library. He’s probably there, so check it out.”

Dorothy: “Thanks.”

12.7

When I moved to go to the library, however, Heartmann stopped me.

Heartmann: “Dorothy…”
Dorothy: “What?”
Heartmann: “Nothing’s wrong, right?”
He looked at me with worried eyes.
Dorothy: “Nothing’s wrong, don’t worry. Things are going well between us.”
I answered with the most natural smile I could muster.
Heartmann: “Good to hear it. Sorry to stop you.”
Leonardo: “Man, you worry too much.”
Heartmann: “And you don’t worry enough.”
Dorothy: “Thanks for worrying about us. Oh, by the way…”
I changed the subject so they wouldn’t figure out I was hiding something.
Dorothy: “Crowlie might just make a wonderful announcement soon.”
Leonardo: “Really? What kind?”
Heartmann: “You’re not getting married, are you?”
Leonardo: “Wait, what?! Are you?!”
Dorothy: “Oh, who knows?”
Leonardo: “Hey, isn’t it a little early for marriage?”
Heartmann: “Yeah, I think you should at least date a little more.”
Leonardo: “No reason to be rushing into marriage!”
12.8
 
Dorothy: “No reason to act so shocked, either.”
Leonardo: “I’m not shocked, just…surprised!”
Dorothy: “Well, don’t worry, it’s not going to be a marriage announcement.”
Heartmann: “Then what’ll it be?”
Leonardo: “Beats me…”
Dorothy: “Crowlie’s going to do something about making a place for the people to relax.”
Heartmann: “Now that should be something I can learn from. Looking forward to it.”
Dorothy: “Haha… Well, I’ll see you later, then.”
(Phew…Heartmann almost picked up on it.)
I let out a breath of relief at managing to fib my way through the situation.
(All right, off to the library…)
I hurried to my destination.
I opened the heavy door and stepped in to find myself engulfed by a deep silence.
Being surrounding by walls of books nearly crushed my already heavy heart.
Dorothy: “Crowlie, are you there?”
I called his name and headed into the back to see him sitting down, passionately absorbed in a book.
Dorothy: “Crowlie…”
He looked up.
Crowlie: “Dorothy, is something wrong?”
Dorothy: “Not exactly, I was just…curious about what you were up to.”

He replied with a gentle smile.

12.9

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Crowlie: “And just when did you become so adorably needy?”

(It’d be way too embarrassing to say since falling in love…)

Dorothy: “Well, I wouldn’t say needy, but… Say, what are you reading?”

Crowlie: “What do you think I’m reading?”

(This question seems awfully familiar. All right, the type of book he’d be most likely to read now is…)

(Come to think of it, Heartmann said Crowlie was with a worker in the garden…)

Dorothy: “Are you reading a book about building parks?” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “Correct! HOw did you know?”

Dorothy: “Well you did say you wanted to open up the garden to everyone.

Crowlie: “And I’ve got to make a park the people will like if I’m going to make one at all.”

Crowlie: “I won’t be able to make the perfect park just ordering the builders to do this and that.”

Dorothy: “You really are thinking about the people.”

Crowlie: “Well, I am the king.”

He let out a bashful smile.

(I can’t take such a wonderful king away from the people…)

Crowlie: “Is something the matter?”

Dorothy: “O-Oh, nothing…”

Crowlie: “Really? You looked a little pained for a moment there.”

(Maybe I should talk to him about it?)

(But if I do…he’ll probably say he wants to go to Kansas with me.)

(Something he cannot do as king.)

12.10

Dorothy: “It’s nothing. Really.”

(I can’t bring it up… If I do, it’ll just hurt him.)

Crowlie: “Dorothy…”

He put down his book and stood up, then gently stroked my hair.

Crowlie: “If there’s anything you need, no matter how small, just talk to me about it.”

Dorothy: “A-All right…”

Crowlie: “What is it that worries you so?”

His clear eyes peered into mine.

(What should…what should I say…?)

(I’m so scared that this joy will just disappear…)

Dorothy: “Hold me…” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “That’s what you want? Someone’s needy. Adorably so.”

Crowlie gently embraced me.

(I want to be just…a little closer…)

I put my hands around his band and held him tight.

Crowlie: “Adorably needy. I’m really glad you are, though.”

His warmth wiped my worry away.

(I just want to stay like this forever…)

(If I don’t let him see me worried, he won’t worry, either…)

12.11

Dorothy: “They Crowlie, can you make a rainbow bridge in the park you’re going to make?”

Crowlie: “A rainbow bridge?”

Dorothy: “Like that rainbow road that we used to come to Oz from Kansas…”

Crowlie: “I’m afraid I can’t use magic, so…”

Crowlie let out a small groan, appearing to go deep into thought.”

Dorothy: “Well, it doesn’t have to be an actual rainbow bridge. I just think it would be nice to have one in the park, even if it isn’t a real one.”

Crowlie: “I see. That is quite an interesting idea. It’s sort of a symbol of Oz, after all.”

Dorothy: “Can you make one?”

Crowlie: “Well, I read about something that might come in handy in a book. A prism lens.”

Dorothy: “A prism lens?”

Crowlie: “When you shine light through it, it divides the light into seven colors, like a rainbow.”

Dorothy: “Wow, that sounds like magic.”

Crowlie: “I’ll look into it some more. I might find some good ideas.”

I softly pulled away and looked up to see Crowlie’s eyes sparkling in delight.

Crowlie: “You know, when the park is finished, I’ll have a pair of silver shoes made for you. Just like the ones you had before.”

The shoes I’d worn in the journey, with all the nostalgia that came with them.

Dorothy: “Really?”

Crowlie: “We’ll walk around the park together with you wearing them.”

Crowlie: “…Holding hands, too.”

Dorothy: “…”

(I probably won’t get to see that beautiful park when it gets done…)

(But you know what? I’m going to enjoy my time with Crowlie until I have to go back to Kansas.)

I reached out and touched his cheek.

12.12

Crowlie: “Haha, what’s gotten into you?”

Dorothy: “I just want to touch you. Is that wrong?”

(I’ll leave Crowlie’s warmth as a mark in my heart, then go back…

Crowlie: “Not at all.”

He put his hand atop mine on his cheek.

Dorothy: “So warm…”

Crowlie: “My cheek? Or my hand?”

Dorothy: “You are, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “It’s because I”m so happy. And you’re quite warm, yourself.”

Dorothy: “Because I”m just as happy.”

We gazed at each other, and our faces slowly drew closer.

They met, as did our lips.

The sweetness spread across my whole being, numbing the worries in my heart.

(I just want to forget everything…)

Pulling my lips away, I whispered to him, voice trembling.

Dorothy: “Kiss me more…”

Crowlie: “You don’t have to ask me.”

Our lips came together again, this time more passionately.

(Like magic, all my worries are fading away…)

And yet, the dread stewing in my chest would not disappear.

The deeper our love grew, the deeper my fear.

Yet at the same time, I felt the joy of having our love grow so…

Crowlie: “I love you, Dorothy.”

(I’ll just hold onto this happiness until my birthday…)

Though it was probably nothing but a falsehood…

But you can’t tell what’s real and what’s not when you’re dreaming.

(And if Oz is a dreamworld to me, well, this joy is going to be my reality until I get to Kansas…)

It was almost my 17th birthday. The clock was ticking, with the end of the dream drawing ever closer.

To Be Honest

Crowlie: “Dorothy, there’s something I’d like to talk with you about…”

Dorothy: “What is it?”

Crowlie: “Norton was talking to you about when he kissed you before, right?”

Dorothy: “Yeah. You really helped out by showing up at the right time, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “Well, I happened to overhear your conversation…”

(Say, it’s Dorothy and Lord Norton. What are they talking about, I wonder?)

Norton: “You remember when we first met, I trust?”

Dorothy: “I do, but…what about it?”

Norton: “When we first met, I kissed your forehead.

Crowlie: “What…?!”

(Lord Norton kissed Dorothy?!)

Dorothy: “But, that was…”

(What is he talking about? She’s my girlfriend!)

Dorothy: “Well…”

(She’s in trouble! I’ve got to help her!)

Norton: “You remember the feel of my lips, don’t you?”

Dorothy: “…!”

Crowlie: “?!”

(What’s this strangled feeling in my chest…?!)

(I’m sad, and I…I can’t move…)

Crowlie: “When Toto barked, I came back to my senses…”

Crowlie: “I felt jealous of Lord Norton, and when I thought that he might do something, I…seethed with rage.”

Dorothy: “You didn’t look like that to me, though…”

Crowlie: “I remembered right away, that it was Lord Norton who met you first…”

Crowlie: “I realized how sad that fact made me.”

Dorothy: “Oh…but isn’t it more important I love you the most, even though I didn’t meet you first?”

Crowlie: “Dorothy…! You’re right! I think that’s far more important, too!”

Chapter 13: Not Letting Me Go (12/12)

13.1

The day before my birthday.

(So, tomorrow’s my birthday…)

The fateful day was a mere 24 hours away, and I still didn’t know what to do.

(Is going back to Kansas the only thing I can do…?)

Toto: *Whine*

Toto looked up at me with worried eyes.

Dorothy: “Hey, Toto…what do you think I should do?”

Toto: “?”

Toto tilted his head.

Dorothy: “I guess you don’t understand how I feel…”

Toto: *Whine*

Dorothy: “When I think I’m going to leave Crowlie, I just feel for him more and more…”

(There’s got to be something I can do…)

Toto: “…!”

Toto’s ears shot up, and he looked towards the castle.

I looked too, to see Crowlie come running.

Crowlie: “There you are, Dorothy!”

I quickly put on a smile to hide my worry.

Dorothy: “What’s wrong?”

13.2

Crowlie: “Lord Solomon is soon to arrive, so can I ask that you prepare to see him?”

Dorothy: “Wait, Solomon’s coming…?”

(He’s probably coming since tomorrow’s my birthday…)

When I realized that, my unease only increased.

Crowlie: “Let’s go, then. Everyone’s waiting.”

Crowlie held my hand, but I turned around and looked to the garden.

(I didn’t get to see the park that was supposed to be here…)

I probably wasn’t going to see this garden again.

So at the very least, I wanted to burn the sight of this beautiful garden into my eyes one last time.

Crowlie: “Is something amiss?”

Dorothy: “N-No, nothing.”

Crowlie: “Let us hurry.”

Hands linked, we went on our way.

Dorothy: “Sorry I’m late!”

Everyone had already gathered to welcome Solomon.

Oz: “Finally here, huh? We were worried.”

Heartmann: “Glad you made it. What were you doing?”

13.3

Dorothy: “Just looking around the garden…”

Leonardo: “And making us worry!”

Heartmann and Leonardo let out a sigh of relief as they smiled at us.

Toto: “Woof!”

Leonardo: “So, Toto’s with you. Well, Lord Solomon’s on his way, so best behavior, all right?”

When I stood next to Crowlie, Oz brought his face close and whispered into my ear.

Oz: “Tomorrow’s the Big Day. Made your decision?”

Dorothy: “…”

I couldn’t answer him and straightened my posture.

Guard: “Lord Solomon has arrived.”

The door opened, and in came Solomon.

Solomon: “Looks like everyone’s here.”

Solomon floated towards us with a smile, hovering slightly over the ground.

Norton followed behind him.

Norton: “…”

Crowlie: “Where is the Wizard of the West?”

Norton: “He’s back at Quadlings castle at present.”

Leonardo: “Now we’re talking.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Solomon: “Dorothy, have you enjoyed the Emerald City in full?”

13.4

Dorothy: “It’s such a wonderful city, how could I not?”

Leonardo: “Wasn’t all fun and games, though.”

Leonardo interjected with a whisper.

Heartmann: “Leonardo, some things are better left unsaid.”

Heartmann hurriedly covered Leonardo’s mouth.

Crowlie: “Ahem!”

Oz strained out a smile at Crowlie’s cough.

Solomon: “Hm? Did something happen? Now that sounds interest. Let’s hear it.”

Solomon looked at my face with an impossibly inquisitive expression.

Dorothy: “Oh, well, um…”

(Leonardo, did you have to go and open your big mouth…? Oh, what am I going to say…?)

Dorothy: “Er…well…”

As I mulled over and internally debated how to best bring the topic up, Crowlie came in and spoke for me.

Crowlie: “Dorothy and I are now officially dating.” (Intimacy +7)

Solomon: “Oh? You went and announced it?”

Crowlie: “We did.”

Dorothy: “I’m really glad I picked him.”

Leonardo: “It was a really great announcement.”

Heartmann: “We’re really glad for them.”

Oz: “…”

Solomon: “That’s wonderful news.”

Crowlie: “We are truly happy now.”

Norton: “…”

13.5

Solomon: “Well, I’m relieved to hear that. Aren’t you, Norton?”

Norton: “Indeed. I must wonder, though, what Wesley will say when he hears this.”

Crowlie: “He can say whatever he wishes. As I am now, I won’t fall behind him…”

Solomon: “Hear that, Norton? Love makes people stronger.”

Norton: “It would appear so.”

Leonardo: “I’m not going to let Wesley complain at them.”

Heartmann: “If he tries to hurt you at all, we’ll protect you two.”

Dorothy: “Aw, thanks!’

Solomon: “And tomorrow, I will throw you a glorious birthday party in the land of the Quadlings.”

(My birthday party…and when it ends, I’ll…)

I started to feel heavy, like I’d swallowed some lead.

Heartmann: “Your birthday’s finally here, huh? Looking forward to it.”

Norton: “With that, we would like you in Quadlings by tomorrow.

Oz: “So you’ve come to get us, then.”

Crowlie: “…Well, we had better get ready.”

Solomon: “We can leave tomorrow instead, if you’d like. We’ll take a carriage, so we’ll be in Quadlings in two shakes.”

Oz: “Glad to hear it. I don’t think my legs can take another half day’s trip.”

Leonardo: “Aw, but it’s so fun to walk…”

Oz; “Don’t put me in with you guys. I’m the civilized one here — I’ve actually been a human all my life.”

Dorothy: “…”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, is something wrong?”

13.6

Dorothy: “Wh-What…?”

Leonardo: “Looks like she’s too excited to hear anything!”

Oz: “What, you didn’t hear my incisive jape?”

Before I knew it, everyone was looking at me.

Dorothy: “I was listening, really…and I’m looking forward to tomorrow, too.”

All I could do for now was force a smile as I hid my overwhelming worry.

Crowlie: “Lord Solomon, I have tea prepared, if you’d like.”

Solomon: “Oh, I would love some.”

Crowlie: “This way, then.”

Crowlie headed with Solomon and Norton deeper into the castle.

(I should be so excited for my birthday party, but it just feels so painful…)

Putting a lid over my pained heart, I slowly trailed behind them.

As we got ready to head out to Quadlings, night had fallen upon us.

Dorothy: “Night already, huh Toto?”

Toto: *Whine*

The sun was long down outside, with shining stars in its place.

(When the sun comes back up, I’ll be 17…)

(And when the party ad Quadlings is over, I’ll have to go back to Kansas…)

13.7

Dorothy: “Maybe I should just not go home. Maybe I should just…just stay here, in Oz.”

Toto: “…?”

That, too, was a choice.

(If I stay here, I can stay with Crowlie…)

(But my aunt and uncle are back in Kansas…)

Dorothy: “I bet they’re worried sick.”

(Work back at the farm has to be rough without me to do chores, too…)

In that light, I had to go back home.

(I guess I have to break things off with Crowlie…)

No matter how hard I thought, I couldn’t come up with a satisfying answer.

(What should I do…?)

An image of Crowlie floated up in my mind, smiling with those clears eyes of his.

(I really, really don’t want to break up with him…)

I remembered the feeling of his fingers touching my hair.

(Crowlie…)

The warmth of his hand on my cheek came back too, as did the sweet sensation of his lips on mine.

(I love you, Crowlie…)

My chest groaned in pain, as if someone had grabbed it and wouldn’t let go.

(I want to stray with you…)

13.8

Tears gushed from my eyes, and there was nothing I could do.

Toto: *Whine*

Toto pushed his nose against me, as if to comfort me.

(I feel like my heart’s going to burst. I can’t take this anymore…!)

Dorothy: “I’m sorry, Toto. Can you stay here…?”

At that, Toto curled up obediently on the bed.

I wiped my tears, left Toto in my room, and headed to Crowlie.

When I knocked and opened his door, Crowlie turned to me with a smile.

Crowlie: “Are you ready to…?”

Dorothy: “…”

The moment I looked at Crowlie’s face, the tears I’d been holding back threatened to burst out.

Crowlie: “…?!”

Before I could burst into tears, though, Crowlie gently stroked my cheek.

Crowlie: “Why the sad face?”

Dorothy: “…”

I wanted to tell him why, but didn’t know how to say it.

(What should I do…?)

(Tomorrow’s the party, so I probably won’t have a good chance to talk to him about this.)

(Let me just come clean…) (Intimacy +7)

Dorothy: “Crowlie, there’s something I need to tell you.”

Crowlie: “Looks like you finally want to talk.”

Crowlie’s voice was gentle.

Dorothy: “What…?”

Crowlie: “I noticed that you’d seemed a little strange.

(He saw through me…)

Crowlie: “But I thought you would talk to me when you’re ready, so I waited.”

(He believed in me…!)

13.9

Charisma Contest

Required Charisma: 33,000

Dorothy: “I’m sorry…it’s just really hard to say…”

Crowlie had his eyes squarely on me, ready for what would come.

(I have to tell him…)

And yet, I couldn’t say anything.

Crowlie: “All right, let’s hear it.”

I tried to gather my resolve and talk, but a wave or worry swallowed me up.

(If I tell him, that’ll be the end of our happiness…)

(I wanted to keep it, to hold onto this joy until my birthday ended, but…can I really give it all up tonight?)

Dorothy: “…”

I couldn’t take the dread and the sadness. My hands started to shake of their own accord.

(I’m so scared, of…of telling him what’s going on, of leaving him…)

Dorothy: “Crowlie!”

Still unable to say anything, I just threw my arms around him.

(I’m too scared to tell him…)

I buried my face into his chest and fiercely held my tears back.

The hands I had around his back were still quivering.

Crowlie: “Dorothy…”

Crowlie held me tight.

Crowlie: “…”

(Crowlie, I…)

Crowlie: “….Please don’t go back…”

13.10

Dorothy: “?!”

My eyes went wide at his whisper in my ear.

(Wait, what did he just…?)

Did I mishear him?

Crowlie: “I knew why, Dorothy. I knew why you were in such pain…”

(You did…?)

Crowlie: “You’ll have to go back to Kansas after your birthday, right?”

I nodded a little, with my arms still around him.

Crowlie: “I thought that might be what’s hurting you so.”

Dorothy: “…”

(Crowlie really knows me.)

Crowlie: “I was worried about that, too.”

(You were?!)

Crowlie: “But I couldn’t say anything. Do you know why?”

Dorothy: “Because you were scared to lose our happiness if you did?” (Intimacy +7)

Crowlie: “Right. I did not wish to lose the joy between us.”

Crowlie: “I was too afraid to accept that fact.”

(Just like me!)

Dorothy: “I’m the same way…”

Crowlie: “Yet I cannot abandon my people to go with you to Kansas. Not as long as I am the king of this city…”

Dorothy: “Yeah…”

Crowlie, too, was under the painful grip of cold reality.

The single strand of good in the sea of bad was how he was thinking calmly, from his position as king.

(It would be terrible on the people if he gave up his position for me…)

13.11

Crowlie: “So it wasn’t something I could talk about, even if I wished to.”

Crowlie: “I knew that you were in pain, but I knew I couldn’t push my own feelings on you, either.”

(So he was waiting for me to come to him…)

Crowlie: “To be honest, I actually thought about…about giving up on you.”

Dorothy: “You did…?”

Crowlie: “That’s…that’s why I wanted to make a park of the garden…”

Dorothy: “The park…?”

Crowlie turned his eyes to the window.

Though it was dark, I could see the beautiful garden outside, lit by the moon.

Crowlie: “The reason I wanted to make a brick road in the park, too, was so I could give our memories a physical form.”

Crowlie: “Then I’d be able to let you go…”

(So that’s why…)

Crowlie: “Yet, since you were looking forward to the park, the idea came to me…”

Crowlie: “…that I may be able to keep you here. Just maybe.”

Dorothy: “But wasn’t it requested in the petitions…?”

Crowlie: “Well, that wasn’t a lie. I thought of it while reading the petitions.”

Crowlie: “But then I realized, that even if I did that…”

Crowlie: “…I could not possibly let go of my love for you.”

Crowlie: “I want to be with you far more than I want memories of you.”

Crowlie: “I can lie to myself no longer…”

13.12

His arms around me held me tighter.

Crowlie: “Please, don’t go. I want you to stay in Oz!”

(Oh, Crowlie…I wish I could stay, too…!)

(But…)

Crowlie: “I know that saying this will only hurt you…”

Crowlie: “But I want to be with you, Dorothy. I love you!”

I looked up to see him gazing down at me with resolute eyes.

(We’re so in love…why do we have to be separated?)

Oz had said it before. Oz was a land of dreams, and Kansas was reality.

The worlds Crowlie and I lived in were far too different.

(Does that mean we can’t be together? That we can’t love each other?)

My unquenchable rage, my boundless sadness, threatened to tear my body and mind asunder.

(Hold me tighter, Crowlie…or I’ll just fall apart…)

He moment I thought that, however…

Crowlie: “Please, don’t go back…”

With that whisper, Crowlie kissed my lips.

As if to seal off an answer he didn’t want to hear. Or…

…to reflexively express his love.

(Crowlie, I love you too.)

All I could do was give myself to his sweet, heartrending kiss.

Best Memory of the Journey

Dorothy: “Being together with everyone like this really reminds me of the journey we took back then.”

Crowlie: “I have so many memories of that journey.”

Dorothy: “What’s your best one?”

Leonardo: “When you slept on me like a pillow!”

Dorothy: “Haha…thanks to you, I slept really well.”

Heartmann: “I cried a lot back then…”

Leonardo: “You still cry a lot now, too!”

Heartmann: “Yeah, because I”m not worried about my body rusting over anymore.”

Dorothy: “How about you, Crowlie?”

Crowlie: “My best memory was when I first met you, Dorothy.”

Crowlie: “Until then, all I did was stay stuck on my stick in the corn field, scaring away crows.”

Crowlie: “Then, all of a sudden, a single girl appeared. And thanks to her, I was able to know a much wider world.”

Dorothy: “And that’s your best memory?”

Crowlie: “it’s not an exaggeration to say that I was completely reborn on that day.”

Heartmann: “I know just how you feel!”

Leonardo: “Yeah, me too.”

Crowlie: “That was where I began, as a person.”

Crowlie: “Which is why I’m just so glad that I got to see you again, Dorothy.”

Crowlie: “I’m so grateful that you came back to Oz. Thank you.”

Chapter 14: My Big Day (/)

14.1

The sun had risen, bringing with it my 17th birthday.

Coming to Oz to celebrate, I was made to choose a boyfriend and picked Crowlie.

Though we had our conflicts, with the help of Heartmann and Leonardo, we became true partners.

However, once my birthday was over, I would have to go back to Kansas. That meant I would have to leave my beloved behind.

And as my love for him only deepened, my birthday was upon me, and I had no idea what to do.

Crowlie: “The day’s here.”

Dorothy: “Yeah…”

Crowlie: “You needn’t look so down. It’s your Big Day, after all.”

Crowlie smiled gently.

Dorothy: “But…”

(Once this day ends…)

Crowlie: “Everyone’s here to celebrate, so please…smile, for them.”

(He’s right…it would be rude to everyone if I looked sad, and I’d ruin the birthday party, too.)

Crowlie: “Come on, now, let’s see a smile. Happy birthday!”

Crowlie lightly put a kiss on my cheek.

Dorothy: “Thank you, Crowlie.”

I responded with a smile.

Crowlie: “It’ll be all right. I will be by your side until the day ends.”

14.2

Oz: “I know, right? I’d totally forgotten before I came here.”

Wesley: “Why, you…!”

Dorothy: “I hadn’t forgotten you. You might not be the nicest guy around, but I think we’d be worse off without you.”

Wesley: “In that case, I can let it slide.”

Wesley turned away, his face a little red.

Oz: “What’re you getting all bashful for? She paid you a compliment. At least act happy.”

Wesley: “Don’t order me around!”

Seeing Wesley rage with his face beet red, however, had everyone burst out laughing.

Norton: “Well, we’re all here.”

Solomon: “Seventeen form today, huh? Happy birthday, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “Thank you, Solomon.

Oz; “Happy birthday, little miss. Here’s a present from me.”

Oz clasps his hands then opened them up to reveal a small bouquet.

Oz: “Here you go.”

Dorothy: “Wow! Thanks!”

When I took the bouquet, Leonardo pushed Oz away.

Leonardo: “Hey, Oz, no head starts! Anyway…happy birthday, Dorothy!”

Leonardo threw his arms open and started to lunge at me, ready to hug me, before Heartmann pushed him away.

14.6

Heartmann: “You’re only 17 once. I pray that you’ll have a happy year.”

Wesley: “Oh, real smooth!”

Wesley kicked Heartmann away.

Wesley: “Dorothy, I may grace you with my blessing. You may be grateful.”

Dorothy: “Uh…thanks.”

Crowlie: “Hahaha!”

Leonardo: “Crowlie, what are you laughing about?”

Heartmann: “Guess he’d have to be that confidence after they went and told us all they were dating…”

Wesley: “Wait, dating? No one told me!”

Oz: “This is why loners are just no fun to hang around.”

Wesley: “Who’re you calling a loner?!”

Crowlie: “Oh? What’s that? Does the Wizard of the West want our attention?”

Wesley: “I don’t need your attention! And stop making fun of me!”

Norton: “Everyone certainly is as energetic as ever…”

Solomon: “Let them be, Norton. Today’s a special day.”

Norton: “…Indeed.”

(A special day? Is my birthday really that special?)

14.7

Oz: “Hey, Dorothy, how about trying to get a present out of Solomon?”

Dorothy: “Huh?”

Leonardo: “That’s a good idea! IT’s your birthday — go on, ask him for something!”

(Hm, what do I want…?)

Dorothy: “I’m just glad you’re throwing this birthday party.” (Intimacy +7)

Solomon: “Really? Is that all you wish for?”

Dorothy: “Well, having a birthday party in Oz is like a dream come true to me.”

Oz: “Tch… Could stand to want a little more, y’know.”

Wesley: “Should have asked Solomon for something that’d really give him a run for his money.”

Crowlie: “Actually, I think this is very much like Dorothy.”

Heartmann: “You’re right, and that’s why we love her.”

Leonardo: “Yep!”

Solomon: “Well, Dorothy, how about this? I’ll give you a dress to wear at the party.”

Dorothy: “Really? I can have one?”

Solomon: “Of course. GO ahead and choose whichever dress you’d like from the wardrobe.”

Dorothy: “Thank you very much!”

Crowlie: “Looking forward to the dress, Dorothy.”

14.8

Dorothy: “Me too!”

Leonardo: “I’m looking forward to the dress, too!”

Heartmann: “I’m sure you’ll pick a beautiful one.”

Crowlie: “Well, everything looks good on Dorothy.”

Oz: “I’ll acknowledge that.”

Everyone looked at me and seemed to imagine this and that.

Wesley just looked at the others in exasperation.

Wesley: “What’re you guys getting all grinny about?”

Toto: *Crunch*

Toto bit Wesley’s foot.

Wesley: “Ouch! What do you think you’re doing, you stupid dog?!”

Leonardo grappled the raging Wesley, stopping him from getting out of hand.

Leonardo: “Do it, Toto, bit ‘im again!”

Wesley: “Unhand me, you fool!”

Heartmann: “Leonardo, I’ll help out!”

Seeming to enjoy themselves, everyone grappled with Wesley.

Wesley: “I told you to stop messing with me!”

(Should I…stop this?)

(I guess I’ll ask Solomon.) (Intimacy +7)

I asked Solomon with a little smile.

Dorothy: “Solomon, we should stop them, right?”

Solomon strained out a smile as he saw Wesley in everyone’s grip.

Solomon: “Wesley…he’s changed, too.”

Dorothy: “Huh?”

Solomon: “He’s the Wizard of the West. One shot of his magic’d be all it takes to get them off him.”

Dorothy: “Then you mean Wesley’s letting them do that on purpose…?”

Solomon: “Something’s possibly started to change inside him, ever since meeting you and the others.”

(Really…? He hasn’t gotten any less foulmouthed, though.)

14.9

Norton: “Lord Solomon, I do believe this has gone on long enough…”

Solomon: “True. Everyone, lend me your ears!”

Everyone stopped at the sound of Solomon’s voice.

Solomon: “It’s about time for the party. Everyone, let us be off to the dance hall.”

Leonardo: “It’s finally time?!”

Solomon: “Dorothy, will you change into your dress?”

Dorothy: “I’ll go do that.”

Crowlie: “Then we’ll be waiting at the dance hall.”

When everyone headed to the hall, Solomon looked to me.

Solomon: “There is something I’d like to tell you, Dorothy.”

Dorothy: “What is it?”

Solomon: “When your birthday comes to a close, the path connecting our two worlds will vanish.”

Dorothy: “You mean the rainbow bridge between Oz and Kansas?”

My heart sank in an instant.

Solomon: “Our worlds will be locked off.”

Dorothy: “But…!”

(Then if I go back to Kansas, I won’t ever be able to come back to Oz!)

14.10

The tiny hope that I’d be able to come back to Oz someday vanished.

(If I leave Crowlie tonight, I’ll really never see him again…)

Solomon: “Which is why I want you to enjoy tonight’s party as much as you can.”

(Enjoy it? How can I enjoy it when…?)

Solomon: “Come now, show us a smile. You’re the star of tonight’s party!”

(Everyone’s looking forward to this party…)

(I can’t make them worry…)

Norton: “Now, let us be off to the wardrobe.”

With Toto by my side, I headed for the wardrobe.

Dorothy: “Wow!”

Toto: “Woof!”

I stepped into the wardrobe to see a wide array of dresses hanging left and right, all different from last time.

Dorothy: “There are so many wonderful dresses! Oh, I don’t know which one to pick!”

Maid: “Tonight is a party the whole country will be watching, so I would recommend you find one of sufficient glamour.”

Dorothy: “True, but…which one should I pick…”

14.11

Love Choice

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After changing into my dress, I headed for the hall.

(It’s time for my birthday party. This’ll be my last night here, so I’ve got to smile!)

Dorothy: “Let’s go, Toto.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Taking a deep breath before the dance hall, I opened the large door.”

Dorothy: “I’m here!”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, that dress is wonderful. It looks perfect on you.”

Dorothy: “Aw, thank you.”

Heartmann: “Dorothy, look at all the people here for your party!”

There were far more people in the dance hall than there were last time.

Dorothy: “Wow!”

Leonardo: “Looks like people from all over Oz are here. Even critters from the grand old forest!”

I followed Leonardo’s eyes to see some monkeys looking nervously our way.

Solomon: “Everyone, thank you for gathering here to celebrate Dorothy’s Big Day.”

Everyone listened to Solomon as he floated in the air.

Solomon: “Today, Dorothy turns 17! Happy birthday, Dorothy!”

Crowlie: “Happy birthday!”

Heartmann: “Happy birthday!”

Leonardo: “And many more!”

The crowd all wished me happy birthday.

Dorothy: “Thank you, everyone! Thank you, Oz!”

The hall filled with cheers at my thanks.

Oz: “17, huh? Congrats. Welcome to adulthood.”

Dorothy: “Thank you.”

Oz: “This is one of those once in a lifetime days, so enjoy it while you can.”

Dorothy: “Don’t forget to have fun yourself, Oz.”

I replied with a smile, coaxing a small smile from him.

Oz; “Heh…you really have grown up.”

Wesley: “Since it’s your birthday, I’ll let you off easy and go enjoy myself.”

Solomon: “And now begins the birthday party!”

The band started playing, and everyone began to dance.

Crowlie: “Dorothy, may I have this dance?”

Crowlie stepped up and held out his hand.

Dorothy: “Gladly.”

I took Crowlie’s hand, and he gently good the lead.

Dorothy: “Just like the ball, huh?”

Crowlie: “We both had our reservations back then, but not anymore.”

We gazed into each other’s eyes as we danced.

(Oh, so much has happened…and nothing I can forget, either.)

[Spoiler Warning!] (Chapter 14 CG)

Dorothy: “There was a lot of good and bad, but…I’m glad I had the chance to love you, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “And I you, Dorothy.”

We looked deeply into each other’s eyes, smiling all the while, desperately hiding the lurking sadness behind our visages of happiness…

(I just wish time would stop right here…)

This dreamlike time, however, would not stop, and the clock ticked on and on.

14.12

Eventually, the performance ended, leaving behind only faint echoes of its song.

(There’s not much time left…)

Everyone gathered was chattering along, seeming to enjoy themselves.

And though the dance was over, Crowlie wouldn’t let go of my hand.

Heartmann: “That was a wonderful dance.”

Dorothy: “Because you’re so good at leading, Crowlie.”

Wesley: “Hmph…I’ll have you know that my leading’s better.”

Leonardo: “No one asked you.”

Oz: “Well, the party’s just about over with.”

Though he gave it a passing mention, he looked at me from the corner of his eye.

(Time to make a decision…)

(Leave Crowlie and go back to Kansas…)

(…or stay here and live with him.)

(I’ve got to choose one.)

Solomon approached me with Norton at his side.

Solomon: “Well, the party’s coming to a close. You know what to do, right Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “…Yes.”

Crowlie: “…!”

Crowlie stared at me.

Heartmann: “What do you mean?”

Leonardo: “What’s up?”

Oz: “…”

Wesley: “…!”

Norton: “…”

Solomon: “Then I would like to hear your answer, Dorothy.”

Boys Talk between Two Unchosen Ones

Leonardo: “But, you know, I’m really divided…”

Heartmann: “What about?”

Leonardo: “About Crowlie and Dorothy, man. I mean, on one hand, I want to cheer them on, but…”

Heartmann: “You wanted her to pick you, huh?”

Leonardo: “Yeah, of course. Don’t you feel the same way, Heartmann?”

Heartmann: “To be honest, I am a little disappointed that I wasn’t.”

Leonardo: “Exactly… I mean, we may be friends, but I feel like Crowlie just went ahead of us.”

Heartmann: “Well, what would you do if she picked you?”

Leonardo: “First, I’d introduce her to the animals back at the forest. I think everyone’d love that.”

Leonardo: “Then I’d propose to her in the forest. Ask her to become its queen.”

Heartmann: “Hahaha! My, you’re in a hurry.”

Leonardo: “How about you, Heartmann? What would you do if she picked you?”

Heartmann: “I’d show her around the country of Winkies. I really want to show her how it’s changed.”

Leonardo: “Winkies, huh… It’s changed a lot since Dorothy last visited it. Man, she’d be so surprised to see it now!”

Heartmann: “If she picked me, that is…”

Leonardo: “Man, I wish she’d pick me…”

True Ending

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Solomon: “Well, the party’s coming to a close. You know what that means, right, Dorothy?”

Dorothy: “…I do.”

I quietly answered.

Crowlie: “…!’

Realizing that the time had come, Crowlie looked at me with a nervous expression.

Heartmann: “What’s going on?”

Leonardo: “Something up…?”

Heartmann and Leonardo noticed that all was not well.

Oz: “So, it’s finally time…”

Wesley: “…!”

Norton: “…”

Solomon: “Well, then. Dorothy, let us hear your answer.”

Heartmann: “Wait, wait! Can you tell us what’s going on?”

Heartmann interrupted with a rare shout.

Leonardo: “I don’t like this, I don’t like this at all. Dorothy and Crowlie and Lord Solomon have gotta be hiding something.”

Leonardo was casting a dubious gaze on us as well.

Crowlie: “Well, there’s a reason…”

Heartmann: “Ah, I thought so.”

Leonardo: “So how about telling us this reason? We’re friends, aren’t we?”

They weren’t angry. l They were just worried about us.

I could tell that by the look on their faces.

Dorothy: “When this party ends, I’ll have to go back to Kansas.”

Leonardo: “Well, yeah. What about that?”

Heartmann: “We all knew that form the start, right?”

Heartmann and Leonardo exchanged curious looks.

Oz explained.

Oz: “Tch…give it some thought, will you? Dorothy and Crowlie are in love.”

Heartmann: “Oh, so they won’t be able to see each other for a while…?”

Dorothy: “For a…while?”

Leonardo: “Well, you just need to take the Rainbow Bridge to see him again, right?”

Solomon: “Dorothy is 17 now. When she goes home, the Rainbow Bridge won’t be coming back.”

Leonardo: “Huh?! Really?!”

Crowlie: “?!”

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Heartmann: “Wait, does that mean we won’t be able to see Dorothy again…?!”

Solomon: “Essentially.”

Crowlie: “…”

All the color drained from Crowlie’s face and he feel speechless.

Oz: “Looks like you hadn’t heard about the Rainbow Bridge, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “I didn’t expect it to happen immediately, but I thought the bridge would come again eventually…”

Dorothy: “I just heard about this a while ago, too…”

Wesley: “Hah! Talk about your surprise endings!”

Solomon: “It’s not over yet. The ending all depends on Dorothy’s decision.”

Everyone turned their eyes to me.

(It’s all up to me now…)

Crowlie squeezed my hand tighter.

Crowlie: “Whatever you choose, Dorothy, know that I love you.”

Dorothy: “…”

I didn’t answer yet. I took a deep, deep breath.

Norton: “Lord Solomon, are you truly all right with this?”

Norton whispered to Solomon.

Solomon: “I say we believe in Dorothy. Now, let’s hear your answer.”

Dorothy: “I…”

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Dorothy: “I’ll stay in Oz!”

As I gave my answer, I held Crowlie’s hand as tight as I could.

Crowlie: “Dorothy…?!”

Dorothy: “Crowlie, I want to live in this world with you!”

Crowlie: “Really?! Oh, thank you, Dorothy!”

Crowlie threw his arms around me.

Crowlie: “I won’t let you go, ever!”

Leonardo: “Good for you, Crowlie! Now you can stay with Dorothy!”

Heartmann: “Nothing could be better!”

Leonardo: “Heartmann, come on, don’t cry. You’ll rust up your armor!”

Heartmann: “I’m too moved, my tears won’t stop!”

Solomon: “Dorothy, is that your decision?”

Dorothy: “Yes, I’ve made up my mind. My love for him, his love for me…they’re not part of a dream. They’re both real as can be.”

Solomon: “I see. True love, then. Do you believe in that love?”

Dorothy: “It’s because I believe in it that I’m going to stay in Oz.”

Solomon: “Very well, then. I’ll believe in your love, too.”

Norton: “…!”

Wesley: “Don’t like where this is going, Norton?”

Norton: “No, I… Wesley, are you one to talk? Are you not unsatisfied with this conclusion?”

Wesley: “Not really. Pretty convenient to have her stay here.”

Dorothy: “Convenient?”

Wesley: “Can’t get my revenge if you’re in Kansas.”

Leonardo: “here he goes again, wanting attention.”

Wesley: “H-Hey, shut it!”

Oz: “Wait, wait! Dorothy, are you seriously staying here?”

Dorothy: “Yeah, I really am.”

Oz: “You’re never going to get back to Kansas again, you know? What about your aunt, your uncle?”

Dorothy: “You’re going back, aren’t you, Oz? I’ll write them a letter. Can you hand it to them?”

Oz: “What do I look like, a mailman?”

Dorothy: “Please? I’m sure they’ll understand. I mean, I’ve got happiness waiting for me right here!”

Oz: “…Sheesh.”

Oz let out an exasperated sigh.

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Oz: “Turned into an adult the minute you hit 17, huh.”

Dorothy: “Will you pass the letter?”

Oz: “Sure, fine, I’ll get it to them. Double my normal price.”

Leonardo: “…How greedy can you get?”

Solomon: “Well then, let us get to today’s final event.”

Dorothy: “Final event?”

Crowlie: “There’s more?”

Solomon: “As proof of your love…I’ll have you two kiss. Right here.”

Dorothy: “Wait, here?!”

Crowlie: “In front of everyone?!”

Leonardo: “C’mon now! Nothing to be embarrassed about, not by now!”

Heartmann: “Yeah. You’re in love, aren’t you?”

The eyes of the crowd in the dance hall all gathered around us.

Crowlie: “Well, if it’ll be proof of our love…”

Crowlie pulled me in and put his arms around me.

Dorothy: “!”

I froze up for a moment out of nervousness.

(I decided to stay in this world. I’m…I’m ready…!)

I lightly raised my chin, and Crowlie held my cheeks in his hands.

Crowlie: “Dorothy…”

With his lusty voice came a gentle kiss on my lips.

A sweet, light sensation filled my body…

…and my feet started to tremble.

(…I’m shaking?)

I felt the shake intensify more and more.

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

Toto noticed something and started to bark fiercely.

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Crowlie: “What’s going on…?”

Crowlie looked up at the ceiling.

Dorothy: “An earthquake…?”

I looked up at the ceiling as well to see the chandelier shaking violently about.

Leonardo: “Hey, it IS an earthquake!”

The tremors got stronger and stronger.

Heartmann: “Brace yourselves, everyone!”

The people started to panic, with dire worry written on their faces.

Dorothy: “Is this what an earthquake’s like…?”

Crowlie: “Don’t worry…I’m with you.”

Crowlie held me tight. Secure.

Yet, he couldn’t hide the confusion on his face.

The dance hall itself started to shake as the ground creaked and groaned.

Norton: “Could this be…?!”

Norton looked to Solomon with eyes of worry.

Surprisingly, Solomon was the only calm one in the hall, ans whispered as if in anticipation.

Solomon: “The prophecy has come true…!”

(The prophecy?)

Oz: “The prophecy?!”

All of the windows flew open at one, and a raging gale poured in.

An avalanche of people scrambled from the dance hall towards the door.

Wesley: “What in blazes is going on here?! Someone explain, now!”

Heartmann: “This isn’t just any earthquake. Look at that!”

The walls and ceilings of the dance hall started to warp and contort, like they were made of candy.

Oz: “The space of the room is bending…?!”

Leonardo: “Whoa, we gotta get outta here!”

Crowlie: “Dorothy, let’s go!”

Crowlie took my hand and started running.

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Dorothy: “Where are you going?”

I ran behind him, holding onto his hand.

Crowlie: “Outside!”

Heartmann: “We have to hurry!”

I looked back to see the room getting more and more distorted.

Leonardo: “The exit is packed with people. Everyone, over here!”

Leonardo headed for the servants’ door.

And we ran after him.

(Just what’s going on here…?!)

After getting out of the dance hall, we ran down a long corridor.

Crowlie: “We should be able to get outside faster if we go through the great hall.”

Heartmann: “Good idea!”

Dorothy: “Toto, stay close to me!”

Toto: “Woof!”

Leonardo: “I can’t believe your party got ruined like this!”

I turned back to see Oz and Wesley coming with us.

Oz: “I don’t think there’s anywhere we can run.”

Wesley: “Do you know what’s going on?”

Oz: “Got no time to explain…!”

Dorothy: “Oz, Wesley, behind you!”

Oz: “What…?”

Oz turned around to see the spatial contortion had reached his feet.

Oz: “Gah…!”

Wesley: “We’re gonna fall in…!”

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The contortion came like a wave, catching Wesley’s legs.

The Wizard of the West reflexively grabbed onto Oz’s sleeve.

Oz: “What’d you grab me for?!”

Oz fell down with him…

…and they were both consumed into the goopy, twisted space.

Leonardo: “The Great Oz and the Wizard of the West, they’re…!”

Heartmann: “Don’t stop, Leonardo! Unfortunately, we can’t help them!”

Crowlie: “We’re almost to the great hall!”

Dorothy: “The…great hall…”

Crowlie: “We can get outside by passing through here.”

Leonardo: “Is the whole castle gonna get swallowed up like this?”

We ran through the great hall to find a large door deep inside of it.

Crowlie: “It’s just through this door…!”

Crowlie and the others tried to open it.

Heartmann: “Now this is one heavy door…!”

Leonardo: “Come on, OPEN!”

Throwing all their strength into it, they desperately tried to get the door open.

Dorothy: “Hurry, it’s almost here!”

The contortion continued to devour the great hall, twisting its beautiful walls and ceiling.

Crowlie: “Don’t give up!”

Then, with a great groan of resignation, the door opened a little.

Crowlie: “It’s open!”

Heartmann: “We’ve got to keep holding it open, though… Dorothy, go on ahead!”

Dorothy: “All right…!”

I slipped through the slight opening and dashed outside.

Heartmann: “You’re next, Crowlie.”

Crowlie: “But…”

Leonardo: “Just go. Dorothy’s waiting on you!”

Crowlie: “Very well. I’ll go on ahead.”

Crowlie slipped through the opening.

Heartmann: “All right, Toto, go along.”

Leonardo: “Dorothy and Crowlie’re in your hands now.”

Toto: “…Arf!”

Toto ran through the door.

Dorothy: “Hurry, you guys!”

Heartmann: “Can’t hold this door open alone… This is the end of the line for us.”

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Dorothy: “What?! You can’t be serious!”

Leonardo: “Remember the tea party? How we said we’d protect you two?”

Crowlie: “I’ll hold the door open!”

Heartmann: “Don’t worry about us. Protect Dorothy.”

Crowlie: “Heartmann…!”

Leonardo: “Don’t let go of Dorothy’s hand!”

Crowlie: “Leonardo…!”

Dorothy: “No, it’s…it’s not supposed to happen like this!”

Heartmann: “We’re friends. Comrades.”

Leonardo: “And we always will be.”

With that, the door closed.

(That…that can’t be… To protect us, they…)

Crowlie: “Heartmann…Leonardo…”

Crowlie let out bitter tears.

Toto: *Whine*

The closed door then twisted and contorted.

Crowlie: “We have to leave!”

Crowlie took my hand and we got running.

Dorothy: “Is the same thing going to happen to outside the castle, too…?”

Crowlie: “I don’t know…”

I turned back to see the castle completely consumed and the contortion only spreading.

Dorothy: “It’s going to get us!”

The wave of destruction had nearly caught up to us, in all ever-consuming horror.

(We can’t get away…)

Crowlie came to a stop and fixed his eyes on me.

(Crowlie?)

His clear eyes were brimming with resolution.

And in the next moment, he held me tight.

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Crowlie: “No matter what happens, we’ll always be together…!”

The safety I felt from being protected by him wiped away my horror.

Dorothy: “We’ll always…be together.”

The moment the wave came upon us, I shut my eyes.

???: “Dorothy…”

(Someone’s calling my name.)

???: “Dorothy, open your eyes?”

I opened my eyes to see Crowlie, looking worried.

Crowlie: “Oh, thank goodness! You’re awake!”

Crowlie let out a sigh of relief.

Dorothy: “What happened to us?!”

Crowlie: “See for yourself.”

As he helped me up, I took a look around.

(Huh? Am I seeing things?!)

Close to use was someplace unforgettable to me. My house, in Kansas.

(We’re…back in Kansas…?)

Yet, behind my house was the Emerald City.

Dorothy: “Huh?!”

(Wait, am I dreaming…?!)

???: “Our two worlds have merged into one.”

(What?)

I turned around to see Solomon. Norton was with him, too.

Dorothy: “What do you mean?”

Solomon: “In the land of Oz, we have a prophecy that goes like this.”

Solomon: “When the chosen one shares a kiss with her true love on her 17th birthday…”

Solomon: “…the two worlds will become one and prosper for all eternity.”

Solomon: “And you, Dorothy, are the chosen one.”

Dorothy: “Me? Then when you said today was the Big Day, you meant…”

Crowlie: “…this. Indeed.”

Solomon: “The love between the two of you has brought our two worlds together.”

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Dorothy: “Then what was that weird wave thing?”

Norton: “A phenomenon to cause the fusion, it seems.”

Solomon: “Think of it like stirring milk you put in your tea.”

Solomon: “You stir it around and around to make it an even mix, don’t you?”

Crowlie: “That example certain is..easy to understand.”

Dorothy: “Wait, where’s everyone else?”

Solomon: “They’re unharmed, of course.”

Crowlie: “Toto’s gone to get them.”

I felt relieved hearing that.

(Phew…I’m glad Heartmann and Leonardo are all right.)

Then, I heard Toto barking in the distance.

Toto: “Woof, woof!”

With Toto taking the lead, two familiar faces ran my way.

Leonardo: “Dorothy! Crowlie! Isn’t this world something?”

Dorothy: “You guys!”

Heartmann: “I’m so glad we got to see each other again…! Hahaha…!”

Seeing Heartmann laugh as he cried, Crowlie strained out a smile.

Crowlie: “Do you want to laugh or cry? Pick one.”

Oz: “So, that’s what the prophecy meant…”

Crowlie: “Oz, you knew of the prophecy as well?”

Oz: “I heard a different one. Doubted its legitimacy, though.”

Solomon: “You weren’t the only one to doubt it, Great Oz.”

Solomon looked to Norton.

Norton: “Well, it was not quite that I doubted it, but…”

Wesley: “So that’s what seemed shifty about you.”

Solomon: “Norton was worried about the Land of Oz. Worried that it would disappear in the fusion.”

Norton: “Lord Solomon, you had noticed…?”

Solomon nodded with a smile.

Dorothy: “But my, what a beautiful world this is! Oz and Kansas, together!”

Crowlie: “Now we can all be together.”

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Leonardo: “Oh yeah, we’ve gotta go say hi to Dorothy’s aunt and uncle.”

Heartmann: “True. We are going to live in the same world from now on.”

Dorothy: “You can meet the original Toto, too.”

Leonardo: “He’s still alive?!”

Dorothy: “No one said he was dead. He’s just living with my relatives now.”

Dorothy: “This little fella came along with me, so I decided to take him in.”

Toto: “Woof!”

Heartmann: “Well, I’d love to see him again!”

Oz: “So dreams and reality have collided…a perfectly ideal world.”

Dorothy: “Looks like a fun place to take a balloon trip through.”

Oz: “You’ve all always got seats on my balloon. Best rates anywhere.”

Everyone laughed.

(So this is the world the love Crowlie and I made…)

(I wonder what kind of world it’ll turn into…)

Crowlie softly put his arm around my shoulders.

Crowlie: “I think this world’ll turn out great.”

Dorothy: “I think so, too.”

A few days later, everyone had come to visit my house.

Crowlie: “It’s so nice and calming here. It’s such a comfortable place.”

Dorothy: “Really? I don’t think it’s very comfortable compared to the castle, though.”

Leonardo: “That’s because it’s a farm.”

Heartmann: “Want to try standing in the field?”

Wesley: “Bet you’d look really fitting out there.”

Crowlie: “Hey, I’m not a scarecrow anymore! And besides, what are you doing here, Wesley?”

Leonardo: “Just don’t want to be alone, do you?”

Wesley: “N-No…! I’m just waiting for a chance to get my revenge!”

Heartmann: “Come on, drop the act.”

Wesley: “Don’t order me around!”

Then, Oz came along.

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Oz; “Same as always, huh?”

Crowlie: “Wait, Oz, what brings you here?”

Oz; “I helped out her uncle with work and got some vegetables.”

Oz showed us the mass of greens he held in his arms.

Leonardo: “You get vegetables if you help out? I think I’ll give that a try!”

Leonardo rushed off to the field.

Dorothy: “Uncle Henry and Aunt Em’ll really appreciate the help.”

Leonardo, however, suddenly stopped in mid-run.

Leonardo: “Oh, I’d forgotten to do this since we’re in a new world and all.”

Leonardo came running back.

(Huh…?)

Leonardo: “Dorothy, I love you!”

Leonardo literally leapt off the ground and threw his arms around me.

Dorothy: “Eep…?!”

Crowlie: “Leonardo, what are you doing?! Get off her!”

Crowlie and Heartmann hurried to pry Leonardo off.

Toto: Nom!”

Leonardo: “It hurts, but… I can take the pain!”

Leonardo wouldn’t let go, not even after Toto bit him.

Heartmann: “Great Oz, Wizard of the West, help us!”

Oz: “If I gotta…”

Wesley: “Tch. But only for today!”

They exchanged looks and sneers before leaping at Leonardo.

And as everyone grappled with each other, someone tugged at my arm and pulled me out of the confusion.

Crowlie: “This way…!”

(Crowlie!)

Crowlie pulled my hand and took me a little farther out.

Dorothy: “Phew…thanks for the rescue.”

At my thanks, Crowlie softly embraced me.

(Huh…?)

[Spoiler Warning!] True Ending CG

Crowlie: “Because protecting you is my duty, Dorothy.

Dorothy: “And you’re a wonderful guardian.”

We brought our lips together.

I took a brief glance up to the sky after to see a large rainbow shooting across the sky, celebrating the new world, and the start of a new story.

The True Ending Completed!

Dorothy: “Congratulations on getting the best ending!”

Crowlie: “A world where everyone can be happy has been born! Oh, how wonderful!”

Leonardo: “This is seriously awesome! Good job! That really moved me!”

Heartmann: “Oohh… I’m so happy, I can’t stop crying!”

Dorothy: “If I knew such a wonderful world was going to appear, I wouldn’t have had to worry so much!”

Crowlie: “I think it might have been best of Lord Solomon had just told us from the start…”

Leonardo: “Hey, come one, don’t talk like that. We’ve got this great world BECAUSE you overcame such a big trial.

Heartmann: “Wait, Leonardo?! What’s got you saying such sage things all of a sudden?”

Dorothy: “Is a miracle happening with Leonardo too?!”

Leonardo: “Guys, come one, sometimes i say smart things, too!”

Dorothy: “Oh, I know… The prophecy might not have come true, and our worlds might not have fused…”

Crowlie: “What a dangerous declaration!”

Heartmann: “But, aren’t you curious?”

Leonardo: “Of course I’m curious!”

Crowlie: “Well, one would probably find out by seeing the other endings…”

Dorothy: “Then let’s go see them!”

Crowlie: “Wait, are you really going?!”

Leonardo: “Yeah, let’s go!”

Heartmann: “Come on, Crowlie. We can’t get anywhere without you.”

Crowlie: “Heh…well, I am rather curious about the other endings.”

Dorothy: “Well, everyone, let’s be off!”

Norn9 Guide: Yuiga Kakeru

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Wow! We’re finally on the final route. I’m both excited and sad to finish the story. I may have mentioned this before, but I’m a little sad that there isn’t a secret route that ties all of the others together. I noticed this in Code: Realize, but the start and stop points are somewhat inconsistent. While all three of the locked routes more or less cover every part of the story. For Koharu’s section, I did Senri > Masamune > Kakeru.

Prologue

Go to the roof with Ms. Weirdo

Chapter 1

Tell him where Senri is (10s)

Pair Select: Yuiga Kakeru

Chapter 2

Reply honestly

He’s… Not joking

Chapter 3

Be happy

Don’t eat (10s timed)

Watch

Chapter 4

Point it out

We aren’t really friends yet

You smile that empty smile

Reach for his back (10s timed)

Chapter 5 

Look at Yuiga

Just be the real you (Cheer up! Bad end/no CG)

(Make a save)Stay close

Chapter 6

Open the door (4s timed)

Act embarrassed

 

And that will get you the true ending! I enjoyed Kakeru’s route. I still wish I had done Natsuhiko’s route last, since it was my favorite, but ending I’m glad I ended on Kakeru’s route rather than finishing with Masamune’s, which I had considered.

 

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Bad Ending

As always, load up your save and reverse all the choices you made. I was worried because I had saved a little later than usual, but the last choice in Chapter 5 is just barely early enough to get you the bad ending.

Step away

Don’t open the door (or don’t choose anything, either way)

Smile brightly

 

Don’t forget to purchase Kakeru’s side story from the Norn Store for 110 points and your last CG.

 

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Closing Thoughts

No matter which route you finish, it will still feel like it has resolution because you only get the Epilogue after finishing all the other routes. Unsurprisingly, it returns you to Sorata’s point of view. I spent a chunk of time wondering why the story begins with Sorata at all, but the Epilogue does a good job of explaining it and giving some finality to the story where the other routes basically just stopped. I keep lamenting this, but it’s really too bad Sorata wasn’t a secret route, haha. Seeing Sorata all grown up was pretty neat and I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of that story. More than anything though, I think I’m just sad it’s over.

Norn9 Guide: Toya Masamune

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masamune-norn9I know I’m supposed to do Kakeru’s route before Masamune’s, but I really wanted to leave Kakeru’s for last, haha. I honestly somewhat considered doing them both at the same time. I think after I finish this, I will write a detailed story summary to piece together all the different routes. Though I do like having so many routes and seeing things from the different characters’ points of view, I also like the secret route that ties the entire story together, which most otome have. Without that, I have a little trouble keeping track of the story between all these routes. I ended up doing Senri > Masamune > Kakeru for Koharu’s section.

Prologue

Go to the roof with Ms. Weirdo

Chapter 1

Tell him where Senri is (10s)

Pair Select: Masamune

Chapter 2

I’m fine

Chapter 3

Don’t listen and stay

Try baking by yourself

Chapter 4

That only I ever get to see them

Watch

(Make a save!) Go inside

Go for it

No regrets! Go for it!

(Load your save!) Don’t go inside. :3

Chapter 5 (Make a Save)

I was terrified

Do nothing

Chapter 6

I’ll be thinking about the future

Ruffle his hair

Watch

I’m not sure what difference this choice makes. I chose to lie…

Say nothing

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Bad Ending

As always, load up your save and reverse the choices made earlier. The first time I played through, I made a save at Chapter 6 thinking it would be fine… but I was wrong and I ended up redoing the game from the beginning! You get a lot more affection from Chapter 4 in Masamune’s route compared to the others, so I think that’s the main reason a Chapter 6 save doesn’t work.

As always, Masamune’s side story can be purchased for 110 points from the Norn Store for your last CG and your 100% completion trophy for Masamune’s route.

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Norn9 Guide: Ichinose Senri

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senri-norn9Since I just finished Akito’s route, I decided to do Senri’s route next, just to see if there was any additional input to that storyline (there isn’t, haha). I also want to leave Kakeru’s for last, even though both Senri and Kakeru are recommended routes for Koharu, so I did Masamune’s route after this one…

One thing I did notice is that several of the choices are timed. Also, not making a choice gets you the same text as making the wrong choice. I made note of which choices were timed so you’d be prepared when it happens. ;o

Prologue

Go to the roof with Ms. Weirdo.

Chapter 1

Tell him where Senri is (10s Timed Response… but this is the only option. I wonder what happens if you don’t hit select)

Pair select: Ichinose Senri

Chapter 2

Reply honestly

Agree with Senri

Chapter 3

Yes, I would be

Let Senri take a break

Chapter 4

See Akito’s side

Say Senri’s name (10s Timed Response)

Chapter 5 (Make a save)

Resist

Don’t go with him

Chapter 6 

Because I’m secure now

Watch

Yes

I’m sorry (10s Timed Response)

And that will get you max affection! As always, for the bad ending, just load up your chapter 5 save file and reverse all of your choices. This is one of those rare circumstances where you have too much affection by the end of Chapter 5 to get the good ending, so make sure you save before making any choices in Chapter 5.Your final CG comes from the Senri side story, purchased from the Norn Store for 110 points.

So far, my favorite thing about Koharu is how incredibly, blatantly honest she is. Her answers are pretty much exactly what you think they would be, unlike Mikoto who is too tsundere to give honest answers, haha. That being said, I wasn’t sure how she’d end up falling in love with Senri. Kakeru’s seems like the type to be naturally overtaken by Koharu’s straight-forward, kind-hearted personality. Masamune is the type to give care, and Koharu is the type that seems to need care, so I can imagine that route panning out as well. For Senri though… I suppose opposites attract, in more ways than one. 😛

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