by Nathaniel Lee
Fresh wails assault my ears as I leave the cell and haul the rusty door shut. The lock clicks. I wonder briefly if anyone still has the key. Well, the witch can sort it out if she wants to. I’m too tired to care.
I see the witch, standing two cells down. She seems hesitant. ‘It’s very… damp,’ she remarks.
‘Apologies, mistress,’ I say, sweeping into a bow. ‘I gave the girl water to drink.’
‘She’s losing it fast enough,’ the witch remarks. ‘What has her crying so hard?’
‘Her lost friends, mistress. And her pet. A small dog. Toto, I think.’
‘She must be calm if I am to speak with her,’ says the witch, rubbing at her chin. ‘We must have leverage.’
I close my eyes and pray for patience before speaking. If I do not offer, she will command it of me. ‘Permission to go and retrieve the child’s missing pet?’
‘Yes,’ says the witch. ‘We have Dorothy. Bring me her little dog, too.’
About the Author
Nathaniel Lee (aka Nathan Lee) puts words in various orders and intermittently receives money in return. His fiction can be found in dozens of venues online and off. A full bibliography can be found at his writing blog, mirrorshards.org
About the Narrator
Voiced by John Bell, a former radio guy who has extensive experience in writing/voicing/producing commercials, audiobooks, video game characters, and so on. Currently, he writes/voices/produces the comedy podcast, “Bell’s in the Batfry“, available at iTunes, various other sources, and at http://thebatfry.com.