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Uuuuugh I totally gave in to my Oz fic rabbits. Most of this was on a little bluetooth keyboard I used with my tablet during vacation, so apologies in advance for any weird spelling or nonsensical bits I didn't catch.

Theodore stood below the swirling mass of energy that had gathered above the Emerald City, his brown hair whipping wildly in the wind being given off by the magical tempest. Oz was tearing itself apart at the seams because of Mombi's spell, and rather than enlist his friends' aid, Tip had run off to try and solve the problem himself.
Theo alternated between rage and love for the other boy. Tippetarius was such a stupid, noble fool, and Theodore had simply been too blind and caught up in his own problems to see the other boy's pain. All his life, Tip had been unwanted and abused at Mombi's hands, but now that he had finally found friends who loved him, they needed Ozma - Tip's alter ego, and fairy princess of Oz - to save the magical country from disaster.
Well, Theodore thought that was ridiculous. In a land where lioness girls could find their courage, Tin Princesses their hearts, and Scarecrows their brains, surely Tippetarius ought to be allowed his own happiness after all he had been through.
"Tippetarius!" Theo yelled into the howling wind until his voice began to grow hoarse. "Where are you, you damn fool?" Theo ran from building to building, desperately seeking his beloved friend.
Rounding another emerald building, Theo narrowly avoided running into the Wonderful Wizard. She straightened her top hat and adjusted her coat. "If you'll kindly stop running about like a clucking Kansas hen," she admonished Theo, giving him a stern gaze, "You'll allow me to be of some aid," she said, indicating the Magic Belt she wore at her waist.
Of course! With the belt of the Nome Queen of Ev, Theo would be able to save Tippetarius and stop his transformation back into Ozma. "Oh, Wizard, could you really stop this?" Theo said with a sharp intake of breath.
"Theodore, if it was truly in my power to save Tippetarius, I would have already done so," The Wizard said with a sigh, laying her hand on his shoulder. "The Magic Belt of Ev belongs to a different fairy country, and so cannot effect any permanent change on Ozma, who is the personification of Oz's magic."
Theo's face fell, tears stinging the corners of his eyes as his last hope to preserve the boy he cared for slipped away. "Then Tip truly is lost to us."
The Wizard touched Theo's chin, lifting his face until his eyes met her own. "I didn't say all hope was lost. Do you forget the Silver Shoes you wear on your feet? They contain a powerful charm; combined with your own power as an Ozian outsider, they might be enough. Whenever we come to Oz from the outside world, we bring change on our heels."
Theo sniffled and wiped his tears away on the corner of his sleeve. "Your right. Tippetarius needs me, and no one else can help him." The Wizard simply smiled at him, used her cane to gesture to the top of the Emerald City Palace, and tipped her hat before disappearing from sight with the Magic Belt.
Theo tore off, narrowly avoiding magical lightning being slung into all quarters of the city. Fighting had broken out all over the city between the army of the Nome Queen and the forces of General Jinjur and his Army of Revolt. Personally, after his experiences with both, Theo hoped both of them lost.
As he rounded a corner and the Emerald Palace came into view, Theo skidded to a stop as he saw Tik-Tok swinging one of the fruits of the lunch-pail tree. Her mechanical body spun in great circles as she deflected wave after wave of the bloodthirsty Wheelers of Ev from entering the Emerald Palace.
Toto was suddenly at his side, baring her teeth at the freakish Wheelers as a contingent of them split off and headed for them. Theo did his best to avoid them, and Toto sunk her teeth into one of them, causing the Wheeler to shriek in pain. But soon, Theo was backed into a corner with three Wheelers shrieking and bearing down on him. They spun their front wheels close to his face, laughing maniacally.
Suddenly, a silver blur swung across Theo's field of vision. "You shall leave my friend alone, fiends!" The Tin Princess yelled as she swung her giant ax and clobbered Wheelers right and left. Theo had never seen her so emotional before, but he smiled as he noticed the ruby heart necklace she wore at her throat. "Go to Tippetarius, Theodore! We shall keep the Wheelers at bay!" Tina yelled. Theo suddenly realized that he was protected on all sides. Leona, Croweena, Tik-Tok, Jill Pumpkinhead riding the Sawhorse, and the Tin Princess had carved a path through the Wheelers to the front doors of the Palace.
Theo rushed through the doors, determined not to waste the chance his friends had given him. He climbed flights and flights of stairs until his legs ached and his lungs burned. When at last he reached the top balcony of the Palace, Theo pushed the doors open and saw...
"Tippetarius!" he cried out. Tip was sitting on the balcony floor, his head on his knees. He was crying, his face stained with tears.
"Why did you come, Theodore?" Tip cried. The magical storm raged all around them, and seemed to intensify with every word Tip spoke. "I'm here to end this and return Ozma to her throne, just like you wanted!"
Theodore wrung his hands together, unsure of what to say now that the moment had finally come. He decided to simply be honest. "I'm sorry, Tip!" he yelled over the roaring wind. "I shouldn't have suggested that Ozma was what we needed, that only she could save Oz."
"But you were right," Tip said, his voice raw with emotion. "Nobody needs me - in all of Oz, nobody has ever needed me!"
Theo advanced on Tip, and the other boy quickly rose from the floor and began backing up toward the balcony's railing. Theo felt warmth in his face as he stood in front of Tip, took the other boy's hand in his own,and spoke the next words. "You're the one I need."
Tip looked as if he was about to cry before throwing his arms around Theo and burying his face in the other boy's shoulder. Theo held tightly to Tip, unsure of what would happen next.
"Thank you, Theodore," Tip said, his voice hoarse. "But if I don't turn back into Ozma, the storm will tear apart Oz."
"Tip or Ozma - who's to say there's ever been any real difference?" Theo said, gripping Tip's hand more tightly. "Tip, you are my family now...you are my home. And there's no place like home," Theo said, clicking the heels of the silver shoes together three times.

Date: 2014-09-15 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
it took me several minutes [ashamedly so] to figure out that Theo was Dorothy. Shall I hand over my Oz card?

I can have more of this fic when you get the chance, Ry? ::doe eyes:: please?
Edited Date: 2014-09-15 08:21 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-09-15 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Yeah, Theodore as the male equivalent of Dorothy isn't the most obvious, but I really liked it. XD

I really want to write something novel-length with this, actually. Kind of like blending up the first three books into one genderbent story.

Date: 2014-09-15 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
I definitely enjoyed this awesome story :D

Date: 2014-09-15 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Glad you enjoyed! Thank you. :)

Date: 2014-09-16 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
So, what is the origin of the Tin Princess? Not the same as the Woodsman? [I keep wanting to picture her as the tin version of the China Princess]

I'm eager to see how the Silver Slippers play into this [so used to thinking them as Ruby because of the movie]

And now you have wanting to get back to my Oz fic ::laughs:: I'm debating on bringing in the princess they mentioned in one of those trivia facts [the one they linked to the prince turned Lion] Ideas on names or her role?

Date: 2014-09-16 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
The Tin Princess is the analogue of the Tin Woodsman, except here she was born Princess of the Winkies. She was cursed as a child, however, that she would fall apart. As she did, she was replaced by metal until she was fully made of the stuff (alternatively, I've been thinking of calling her the Platinum Princess, as it would be a more appropriate metal for royalty). Not sure about the source of the curse yet, because I haven't settled what to do with the Witches yet.

Perhaps in your fic she was a princess who spurned him, causing his to lose his courage?

Date: 2014-09-16 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
ooh, interesting [and yeah, Platinum sounds more regal than Tin but you'd lose the rusting element that was part of the character of the Woodsman. Hmm...] Hmm.. What if the Wicked Witch/Wizard of the East/West [can't remember which cast the spell in the original] cast the curse because the father of the Princess somehow insulted them?

And yeah, that could work ::nods:: Might do two princesses - one that spurned him causing the loss of courage and one that he ends up with at the end [possible nod (again XD) to Beauty and the Beast]. Now if I could figure out a good name for either.

Date: 2014-09-16 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Oooh, that's true. I'd hate to lose the rusting part. Perhaps the curse causes her to turn to slowly turn to Tin instead then, perhaps after she spurns the Witch (male) of the East? And like how the Tin Woodman has himself nickel plated, perhaps she has herself platinum plated in the end.

Well, if you want to play on "Lions, tigers, and bears." You could name one Ursa (bear) and the other Tigris (or Pantha? for Tiger)

Date: 2014-09-16 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
::nods:: that works - the curse the result of her spuning him. [Interestingly enough, platinum has a weakness to aqua regia ::laughs::]

And, ooh, that'll be fun. Ursa the spurner and Tigris(?) [If I can't find a more fitting cat name] the one he falls for? {Tempted to have the curse treble back and hit Ursa at the end. Karmic playback?}

Definitely will drabble a scene or two for them tomorrow ::nods::

Date: 2014-09-16 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Looking forward to the drabbles!

'tis up :D

Date: 2014-09-16 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
http://strongheartmaid.livejournal.com/142916.html - first time I wrote Glinda so I hope she came out okay

Date: 2014-09-16 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Hmmm, interesting.

Date: 2014-09-16 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
It's all over the place right now and nothing's set in stone yet, but I'm excited to see where this ends up going. :)

Date: 2014-09-16 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Same! So, how's it been going?

Date: 2014-09-16 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
I'm working overtime with a cold this week, which is proving to be as miserable as it sounds. XD

Date: 2014-09-16 08:35 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-09-16 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
well, I'm definitely eager for the next part - did Theo take Tip to Kansas? ::bouncy::

and I'll confess it's taken me so many re-reads to realize that the Wonderful Wizard is *female* not male this go 'round

Date: 2014-09-16 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
You know, I never thought about Theo taking Tip back to Kansas as a possible solution. The sort of backstory in this version is that Theodore comes to Oz after both Uncle Henry and Aunt Em pass away (possibly in the tornado?). He would then find the only home left in Oz with Tip and their companions. So always in the back of my mind, when Theo says "No place like home" he might use the magic of the silver shoes to seal Ozma in the form of Tip.

Yeah, I find myself really loving this imperious, top-hat-wearing, actually-magical (via the Magic Belt) Lady Wizard.

Date: 2014-09-16 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
that was honestly my first instinct was "Oh! That's what he said to get back to Kansas! He's taking Tip to Kansas so Tip can stay Tip!" And then reality set in because of the year and how m/m was totally frowned upon but this is fiction so.. ::laughs::

This is going to be one hell of a ride and I'm strapped myself in to enjoy it!

Date: 2014-09-18 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stormyserenity.livejournal.com
Dorothy and Ozma, even cuter together as boys! XD

Date: 2014-09-18 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
They're an adorable pair no matter the gender. XD

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