‘Good girl. So, why don’t we watch your new Dorothy of Oz DVD?’ ‘Yes pleeeease! But can you watch it with me because I get scared of the wicked witch?’ ‘Urr, yes, okay then, I don’t see why not.’ When Mommy is putting the DVD in, I ask her again where Daddy is and she looks really sad. ‘He’s gone to stay with uncle Mase.’ ‘Wwwwhhhyyy?’ ‘Because Sandy’s coming, so he thinks it’s best. But we’ll be fine darling; we’ll stick together, okay? … okay?’ ‘Okay.’ But I don’t know why Daddy would leave us. He said he would protect me. Maybe it was because of their fight. Uncle Mase doesn’t like Mommy. ‘When will he be back?’ ‘Tomorrow probably.’ The wind and rain are really noisy against the windows. I have never seen rain like this, apart from in my Noah book. *
Dorothy gets transported to this land called Oz in a big storm and has to find the Wizard of Oz in the Emerald city. Dorothy has a dog called Toto who is just like Lula. She makes friends with a tin-man, a scarecrow and a lion, and they all help each other find things. But then there’s this wicked witch who tries to stop them. It’s hard to watch the screen as trashcans outside keep falling over and bumping into each other and into cars and garden fences. They’re crashing around and moving like they are alive and playing their own mean game ruining everything. No one likes trashcans. They smell. The trees lean right over like someone is blowing them. There are so many strange noises, Mommy holds me tightly because I don’t like it, but she isn’t cuddly; she keeps fidgeting. There is a massive crash. The TV and all the lights go. I start crying loudly. ‘Mommy, I don’t like it!’ Her voice is all shaky too. 64
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