Under New Management

Glinda followed Jane through the maze of cubicles. Although Jane had agreed to walk instead of fly, Glinda found it difficult to keep up.

Jane said, “This is where Battalion Squad Epsilon…”

Glinda shook her head, clicking her tongue until Jane corrected herself.

“…Former Battalion Squad Epsilon now is stationed for Operation Munchkin City Beautification ma’am.”

Glinda nodded and walked over to one of the cubicles and cleared her throat until the winged monkey sitting at the desk typing stopped to turn and look at her. He stood up and struck a salute.

“Ma’am. I trust you’ll find everything is in order.”

Glinda smiled, “No need for that, er…” she looked at the name on the cubicle “…Jim. How is your lovely fern doing?”

Jim gave what he hoped was a convincing smile, praying she didn’t look too closely at the plant. “It thrives ma’am.”

“Lovely! Jane, can we visit the meditation park now?”

“Do I have a choice?” she mumbled under her breath, but she nodded and briskly marched off in the direction of the park with Glinda prancing to keep up.

“Lucky break Jim,” Joe said as he walked to Jim’s cubicle.

“Don’t I know it! When that stupid plant bit it I had to scramble to find a replacement? Do you know how much that damn munchkin fleeced me for a fake fern?”

Janet poked her head up from the adjoining cubicle. “I’m glad I’ve been able to keep mine alive, but it’s not looking too good.” She looked around the office space at the ferns Glinda had issued them, all in various states of distress. “I don’t know how much longer I can take this!”

“Do you want to end up like Jack?” Jim asked. They all shuddered.

Jane came back in, without Glinda. “Good save on the fern situation Jim.”

“Never mind that! Jane, tell me you’ve figured something out,” Jim pleaded.

“I was so hoping the water bit would work again,” Joe said. They all nodded, remembering that attempt had only resulted in her staging a revival of Singing in the Rain.

Jane said “Not water, but I think I may be on to something.”

“What? What can stop her?”

Jane’s grin grew feral. “You think anyone can be that perky naturally? Oh no, I got her number. Those munchkin bastards keep her rolling in tributes of coffee beans. We find a way to decaffeinate those suckers and I think we’ll be on our way to having things back the way they should be.”

The office erupted in happy hoots and yells until Glinda came back in. Jane quickly explained to Glinda that everyone was cheering about the plans proceeding well for the meditation park. Mollified she beamed at the winged monkeys. “Yes you poor dears, soon you will have everything you’ve longed for but could never have under the reign of that cruel, cruel witch!”


“Won’t that be lovely,” Jim said. 





Song Choice: Nine to Five by Dolly Parton

This blog post is part of Linda's Shadows of Oz blog party. Follow the link to see what the rest of the guests are up to!

32 comments:

  1. I am sooo glad I drank this with coffee. Hahaha! This office sounds like a hysterical nightmare, and with good reasons.

    I'm seriously hoping you'll show us what happens after Jane does her thing. ;-D

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    1. *snicker* You were one of the main people that came to mind as I was writing this.

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  2. So funny! I always thought Glinda was annoyingly good.....a little caffeine withdrawal would do her good.

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    1. I think so too. At least it would slow her down enough to let the flying monkeys plan their next move.

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  3. I so agree with Ms. Magaly.....what happens next? Does Glinda go cold turkey, does Jane save the day, do the monkey stage a walkout??????????? You have such a creative mind to have giving life to this wonderful glimpse into that goody two shoes demeanor. Love it. Thanks so my for adding your thoughts to Celebrate Oz, can't imagine it without you. xoxo Oma Linda

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    1. *grin* It's a pleasure to participate!

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  4. Rommy, your tale of Oz was such a fun read!

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  5. Glinda is a coffee junkie! Brilliant! Love the surly office pool, too! Great fun!

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    1. It just made the most sense...it was either mass doses of caffeine or doing lines of pixy stix

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  6. Love this because I LOVE the flying Monkeys :) such a FUN FUN FUN story xx

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    1. I do too! I've always thought them to be creepy-cute :)

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  7. Munchkins fleecing the flying monkeys!
    Love your creative mind.

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    1. There are definitely some odd things going on in it! I am glad that you enjoyed it.

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  8. Glinda is smelling the poppies! I suspected this all along! xoDebi

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    1. There has to be some reason for that perkiness - it's just unnatural!

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  9. I'll bet the office has a lovely stench of Flying Monkey. And do they have their own bathroom? Be sure to stop by Magician of Oz and read my contribution to Shadow of Oz.

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    1. Yours was one of the first I read this morning...very creepy cool!

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  10. Oh, Rommy! I LOVE this!!! :D I was watching a few clips of 'The Wizard of Oz' to jog my memory before I put together my post and my husband and I were agreeing that Glinda is SO inappropriately cheery and insufferably smug. This is a brilliant cautionary tale!

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    1. Anyone that cheerfully smug has something strange going on behind the scenes :D

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  11. Yes a sunny dark hell LOL, freaking hilarious, love this Rommy!!!

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    1. Too much sunshine can bleach and burn

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  12. Bwahahahaha....heaven save us from those who know "what's best" for us, and wear practiced dance school smiles :D XXX

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    1. *snicker* Dance school smiles - yes, that's a perfect description!

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  13. Fantastic Rommy!!! I really love this!! Love those munchkin bastards! LOL! Yes, we do have to find a way to decaffeinate those suckers! LOL! Have fun at the party ;o)

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  14. This is such a zany, Great story!!! I could picture the entire thing as I was reading. "Meditation park"!!! Hahahhahah, just what the flying monkeys would love, I'm sure! Lots of fun, thank-you!

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    1. They never did strike me as the serene sort either

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  15. Ha ha, I'm late to the party this year but I'm glad I made it, if only to read this story! And oh yes, do not underestimate the power of coffee to keep a good witch GOOD!

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    1. I wonder just what the lack of it would do to her! *snicker*

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  16. convincing, but when her headaches kick in...~

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    1. Well, she certainly would be more likely to be a Wicked witch then :D

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