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Princess Tippetarius: Wizard of Oz Fic

Danse Macabra

Author: Bitterfig

Title: Princess Tippetarius

Fandom: L. Frank Baum’s Oz series

Pairing: Dorothy/Ozma

Summary: The boy Ozma was hasn’t disappeared entirely.

Beta Reader: Nzomniac

Word Count: 962

Rating: PG-13

Warnings: Cross-dressing, some sexual content.

Disclaimer:  This is a work of fiction. Any illegal acts taking place within that fiction are NOT condoned by the author. Depictions of any questionable, illegal, or potentially illegal activity in said fiction does not mean that I condone, promote, support, participate in, or approve of said activity. I grasp the distinction between fiction and reality and trust that readers will do the same. I do not profit from the fanfiction I write, and all rights to the characters remain firmly in the hands of their creator.

Author’s Note: Written for [info]springkink 07/11/07 prompt #62 Wizard of Oz series, Dorothy/Ozma.  Exploration.  “Just because she’s innocent doesn’t mean she’s not curious.”  This is also being used for [info]12_stories Table 2; Colors #07: Purple  (click here to view my 12_stories progress chart.)  and 100_womenPrompt #060: Evening  (click here to see my 100_women progress chart)

 

 

 

Special Thanks to Nzomniac for editing this on very short notice so I could post it on the 07/11/07 deadline.


 



Princess Tippetarius

 

 

 

            In the morning, they would be departing for many months on a tour of the Land of Oz to meet with Ozma’s many subjects and to see the kingdom’s many strange and wonderful things.  Dorothy knew she would be too excited to sleep that night and so, in the purple twilight, went looking for Ozma. 

 

            “Say, Jack, have you seen Ozma around?” she asked the lanky figure of Jack Pumpkinhead as he stood in the royal garden, contemplating the cooling lavender sky or perhaps standing guard over his princess. 

 

            “My dear father is walking by the poppy fields, among the statues that can’t turn back,” Jack told her.

 

            “Thanks so much,” Dorothy said, heading in the direction he indicated.  Only when Jack was out of sight did she consider the odd way he’d spoken of Ozma.  My dear father?  What could he have meant by that?” she asked herself.  “That Jack can be a strange one.  I wonder if we ought to get him a fresh pumpkin before we set off tomorrow.” 

 

            Many places in Oz delighted Dorothy, a few frightened her, but the garden of the statues that can’t turn back was one of the few places that made her sad.  All the statues had been people once, some evil, some innocent, all placed under enchantments that had turned them to stone--enchantments that even the strongest magic in Oz hadn’t been able to break.  A few Dorothy herself had known as flesh and blood, but many had stood, trapped in place for long centuries, frozen in their stony shells. 

 

            Amidst the sorry prisoners, Dorothy looked for Ozma and saw instead a young boy around her age.  He was wearing knickers, a jacket and cap of purple--the color of the Gillikins, the people of the North.  He did not seem to see Dorothy, for he was looking out over the poppy fields that, even in the half-light of evening, glowed red and gold as fire. 

 

            “Well, hello there,” Dorothy greeted him.  “I’m Dorothy Gale.  Who are you, if you don’t mind my asking?  Not too many people are allowed into the royal gardens, and I don’t think I’ve seen you around the palace…”

 

            The boy turned to Dorothy and smiled sweetly, then he drew off his cap.  A cascade of dark hair flowed down around his shoulders. 

 

            “Why, Ozma!” Dorothy cried.  “It’s you!  That’s what Jack meant when he called you his ‘dear father’!  You’re dressed like you did when you were a boy, when you were Tip.  But why?”

 

            “Before we start our new adventure tomorrow, I wanted to remember who I was,” Ozma said, taking Dorothy’s hand.  “Come walk with me by the poppies, won’t you?  It’s so pretty here, and still.  It always makes me think to be among these statues.”

 

“What have you been thinking about?” Dorothy asked.  “How you used to be a boy?  Do you miss it?”

 

“I did at first,” Ozma admitted as they strolled past the statues, the sweet, sleepy scent of the poppies filling the darkening air.  “It seemed like a great sacrifice to make, but I was willing to do it … for Oz and the happiness of everyone who dwelt here.  I was determined to make the best of it, but the first years were hard.  I had to learn to be not just a girl but a princess, and I lost something as well.  I lost the easy companionship I’d had with my friends.  After I changed I became precious to them, almost holy.  I missed being just Tip.” 

 

“Why, Ozma, I’d no idea.  You’re so good at being a girl, it just seems to come naturally to you,” Dorothy said, sitting down on the lush grass beside the poppy field, and drew her friend down beside her.  Ozma shook her head, taking Dorothy’s hands in hers.

 

“Before you came along, Dorothy Gale, I think I was a pretty doll.  A little boy’s idea of what a nice and lovely girl ought to be.  You’re the one who taught me what it really is to live as a girl.” 

 

“Me?  But I’m nothing special.  I’m just a farm girl from Kansas.  I’ve always wondered why you had any time for the likes of me.”

 

“You’re very special to me.  It’s you who showed me a girl can be more than a pretty doll that gives wise advice.  That a girl can be angry and sad, willful and brave, that she can get in trouble and solve problems and get lost and find her way again.  Before you came to Oz, I missed the boy I’d been with all his rough ways and wants and needs, but now I don’t feel like I’ve lost him at all.  I realize that Ozma and Tip aren’t different people, after all.  They’re both me, and I’m both of them.  Maybe they should call me Princess Tippetaris.”

 

She kissed Dorothy tenderly on the lips, and Dorothy held her close, stroking the contours of her body under the boy’s clothes.  For a long time, they shared kisses--deep and fragrant as the night--then lay stretched out on the grass in each other’s arms. 

 

“Oh, Ozma,” Dorothy whispered breathlessly.  “This is so exciting.  It feels just like Christmas Eve.  Tomorrow we’re going to be going all over Oz, seeing incredible things and having adventures.  Then there’s you, being with you, all the special, secret things we do together…”

 

“I’ve always wanted to explore Oz,” Ozma said.  “But I told myself that was Tip’s dream.  You made me want to explore again, Dorothy.  We’ll explore Oz, just as we’ve explored being girls together.  I can’t wait to see my kingdom through your eyes, the way I’ve been able to see myself.  It’s going to be magical.”

 

 

Comments

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tekalynn
Jul. 11th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, very nice! I like Jack referring to Ozma as "my dear father"; it's cute *and* it's canon. I can well imagine Ozma having an awkward period of adjustment after her transition, and Dorothy's presence making it easier.

Nitpick: Tip was a Gillikin from the north, though purple was indeed his national color.
bitterfic
Jul. 11th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading and commenting, I'm pleased to know you liked it.

I can't beleive I mixed up North and South. I wrote this just a few days before it was due and I was in a hurry so I guess I wasn't as careful as I ought to have been.

tekalynn
Jul. 12th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
I really like the garden of the statues that can't turn back. It's an eerie little idea.
bitterfic
Jul. 12th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
The Oz books are generally viewed as sunny but when I was a kid I was genuinely frightened by the parts where people were turned to statues (by Mombi in The Land of Oz and the Nome King in Ozma of Oz and The Magic of Oz.
vovat
Jul. 13th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
I don't remember anyone being turned into a statue in Ozma or Magic, but there was the case of Unc Nunkie and Margolotte turning to marble in Patchwork Girl.
bitterfic
Jul. 13th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
I think you're right, in Ozma they weren't turned into statues but ornaments and trinkets by the Nome King. I haven't read Magic of Oz since I was 12 but there was a nasty Munchkin boy who had a magic word that could turn anyone into whatever he wanted. The Nome King was with him, trying to get the word. I don't think they actually did it but they were planning to turn people into statues. I never read Patchwork Girl all the way through though I do have a copy.
vovat
Jul. 14th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC)
I haven't read Magic of Oz since I was 12 but there was a nasty Munchkin boy who had a magic word that could turn anyone into whatever he wanted. The Nome King was with him, trying to get the word. I don't think they actually did it but they were planning to turn people into statues.

Oh, that's right. Kiki Aru planned to turn Ruggedo into a marble statue after conquering Oz. Baum seemed to have a thing for people being turned into marble. There are also some petrifactions in the Ruth Plumly Thompson books, but she was less obsessed with marble.
bitterfic
Jul. 14th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
I always thought Kiki Aru was one of the scariest villains in a children's book because he was just a regular boy who got his hands on something powerful.

Baum did have a bit of a thing for marble. People were always turned into "marble statues", never just statues. Thinking about this I also vaguely remember that in one of the Oz graphic novel's Eric Shanower wrote and illustrated during the 80's Ozma herself was turned into a statue.
vovat
Jul. 14th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
The marble seems like it might be an extension of how ornate and extravagant Baum tended to present his fairylands as being, what with all of the gold and jewels.

Thinking about this I also vaguely remember that in one of the Oz graphic novel's Eric Shanower wrote and illustrated during the 80's Ozma herself was turned into a statue.

Yeah, I think that happened in Enchanted Apples, although she didn't stay that way for very long. One of his other graphic novels had the Ice King enchant Ozma, which didn't totally petrify her, but made her quite frigid in personality as well as appearance.
friendhamster
Jul. 13th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
Thank you for existing. The world needs more Dorothy/Ozma slash.

Feel free to write more to make my life that much better.
bitterfic
Jul. 13th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, I'm really delighted with how much support the stuff I've written with this pairing has gotten. I honestly expected people to be accusing me of destroying and perverting their childhood memories the first time I did a Dorothy/Ozma story. Instead I've discovered that I wasn't alone in detecting a hint of more than friendship between them.
ozma914
Jul. 21st, 2007 07:27 am (UTC)
Here, here. It's nice to know anyone has both the talent and courage to write these stories.
sailorptah
Jul. 13th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
Wow.

I love the idea of Dorothy showing Ozma what being a girl is really like - and it's so very Dorothy for her not to understand what's so special about herself.

Simply beautiful.
bitterfic
Jul. 13th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting, I'm really pleased to know you liked the story.
ozma914
Jul. 21st, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I skimmed back through my flist and caught this! You do both those characters so well, in addition to great Ozish additions like the garden and Jack. This says a lot about Ozma's character, and why she came to be so close to Dorothy.
bitterfic
Jul. 23rd, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, I'm glad you saw this. I really do love writing these characters and the Oz setting. These stories have been part of my imagination for so long it flows really easily.
ozma914
Jul. 24th, 2007 07:48 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if I ever told you this, but my very first ever fanfic was something I dictated to my mother, before I was old enough to write myself. I never finished it, but it was about a young boy named Mark journeying from Indiana to Oz to meet Dorothy and the gang. I got my imagination training on the Oz books!
bitterfic
Jul. 25th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
I remember after a read The Marvelous Land of Oz I took a bunch of my dolls and made them outfits so they could be characters from Oz. I made Ozma by taking a dark haired doll and sticking fake poppies on either side of her head with pins. I also made one of General Jinjur with her four colored skirt and turned a green haired doll into Jellia Jamb.
ozma914
Jul. 26th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
That sounds great, too bad you can't find real dolls based on the Oz books, though. Where did you find the green haired doll? My youngest has a Sailor Neptune doll with green hair, but I doubt she'd let me play with her. :-)
bitterfic
Jul. 27th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
I actually have quite a few green haired dolls but most of them are small, not Barbie sized. The one I used for Jellia Jamb was from a series called Sweet Treats put out by Mattel in the late 70's early 80's. Sweet Treats were about two inches tall and came in little houses shaped like popsicles, sundaes and giant oreo cookies.
ozma914
Jul. 28th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
This may come as a shock to you -- but I didn't really pay that much attention to most dolls when I was a kid. :-) I did collect the Johnny West dolls (today we'd call them action figures), and G.I. Joe, and of course I was familiar with Barbie, but that's about it. At least, that was it until my youngest started collecting the Sailor Moon dolls.
bitterfic
Jul. 28th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
Both my sister and mother and I collect dolls. One of the jewels of my collection is a Sailor Moon doll, a talking Sailor Mars from Japan. I got it at an import toy shop on my one trip to San Fransisco. I love Sailor Moon stuff though I've never watched the series. They say in the un-cut anime there's a canon lesbian couple, two of the sailor scouts though I can't remember which planets. Most of my doll collection is back in New York, I actually even have a few nice Oz theme dolls, versions of Barbie as Glinda and Dorothy from the movie that are really nice and a couple Munchkins from the same line.
ozma914
Jul. 29th, 2007 09:21 am (UTC)
My daughter would have killed for that Sailor Mars doll! Most of hers as the cheaper -- and I have to say, uglier -- American versions. We have seen the Oz themed Barbie dolls, but between money and space never picked them up.

Sailor Uranus, the one who races cars and has very short, brown hair, and Sailor Neptune, the one with the long green hair who plays the violin, are the lesbian couple. They didn't show up until, I believe, Season 3, and by then the American version was a bit closer to the original than earlier seasons had been. However, they still edited it heavily and tried to make the watcher believe the two were cousins! Boy, as cousins they were sure close.
bitterfic
Jul. 29th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Back when I was living with my parents, I had much more of a disposable income. Since I went out on my own, I've had to back off doll collecting for the most part though I'll occasionally pick up something new. I'd like to watch the Sailor Moon anime at some point. One of it's creators was involved with Revolutionary Girl Utena, my favorite anime series, however I'm a little intimidated by how much Sailor Moon there is, several seasons, plus movies. It seems like a pretty big undertaking.
ozma914
Jul. 30th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
Sailor Moon
I still haven't seen the last season; it was never dubbed into English, and they haven't distributed a subtitled version over here, either. Apparently it's considered too intense for what American distributors still think is a young audience. I've seen clips, and it is very dark and adult compared to the earlier seasons, which were made much more for young girls.

Still, we have the early seasons taped, and bought the later ones and the movies on DVD in addition to a great deal of merchandising. Then, almost overnight, jillyh2009 lost interest in Sailor Moon and became a Buffy fanatic, instead; not that she'll throw away the dolls!
pcdarkrose
Aug. 13th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I really wish there were more Wizard of Oz fics out there. Thank you.

Youre writing was so lovely. I am impressed how you characterized Dorothy and Jack so much like Baum.

*runs of to read more of your fics*
bitterfic
Aug. 13th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting, I'm really pleased to know you liked this story. This was my second full-length Oz story and I"ve written a couple of drabbles.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 3rd, 2007 10:39 am (UTC)
Halloween in Oz
Have you heard of the new Oz book -- for Halloween? It is more like a Harry Potter book.

Harry is gone -- but Dorothy returns!

Burbank, Calif. -- Sept. 29, 2007 -- Alpimar Books announces the publication of Halloween in Oz: Dorothy Returns, and the beginning of a new series set in a magical world that readers have heard of, but know so little about -- the Land of Oz.

Halloween in Oz is BOOK ONE of an Alpimar series of Oz stories. With 553 pages, the book follows the fuller style of twentieth-first century fantasy, yet it retains the spirit of L. Frank Baum’s classic: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. Its action takes place in that year as well.

In this book, Oz is not simply a dream, as portrayed in the famous movie, but a real place -- an alternate Earth where magic reigns. That’s how it was in the original book.

Those who miss Harry Potter and grieve for Hermione will welcome Dorothy Gale back. And Dorothy is as feisty as Hermione ever was. Some of the boys at school in rural Kansas call her a spitfire when they try to tease her about her tale of Oz.

It’s a few months after the tornado, and Dorothy wants to return to Oz for many reasons: to prove to herself that Oz does exist, to escape for a while the boredom of life in 1900 Kansas where only boys are expected to so many things, and to find an old tintype that she lost there -- the only picture she had of her deceased parents. Then finally, the ghostly voices of her parents in a Halloween night dream summon her back.

In Oz, Dorothy finds that during Halloween the opportunity for evil witchcraft is at its peak -- and that the holiday lasts for a "witch-week" -- thirteen days! Old friends like Scarecrow, Tin-man, Lion, and the Munchkins, as well as new friends like a mysterious boy with purple hair, a flight of bats, and her Kansas pumpkin magically brought to life – join Dorothy and Toto in what becomes a battle to save Oz.

http://www.halloweeninoz.com
bitterfic
Oct. 3rd, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Halloween in Oz
Ohhh, thanks for the info. I can't wait to read it. I hope it's good.
ozma914
Oct. 4th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
Re: Halloween in Oz
Looks interesting! I'm concerned about how much of the story will come from the first book and how much from the movie, but at least there seems to be a potential to bring Oz back to the modern fantasy reader.
dariclone
Mar. 4th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Absolutly beautiful. Makes me nostalgic for childhood.
bitterfic
Mar. 5th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. Ozma of Oz was probably one of my favorite books growing up so when I discovered fan fiction I had to write some Dorothy/Ozma because I always thought of them as romantically linked.
ember_reignited
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
So, hey, this was written a really long time ago but I was just linked to it (and your other Dorothy/Ozma fics) and I love it so much. So much. "Before you came along, Dorothy Gale, I think I was a pretty doll. A little boy’s idea of what a nice and lovely girl ought to be." And the statues that no magic can change back. Oh. I don't remember much about Oz, but wasn't there sort of a running theme of various people coming to think of Dorothy as a formidable witch though she never had any power besides the force of her personality?
bitterfic
Nov. 13th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my story. It was written a while ago but I'm still playing around with the possibility of writing a Dorothy/Ozma novel one day. You're right, Dorothy is a witch in her own right, one who needs no more than her own self to work magic.
petronelle
Nov. 9th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Your Ozma with her heart of Tip is absolutely stellar, and Jack is *lovely.*
bitterfic
Nov. 13th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting.
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