Engine Company 31 responded to fire report early in the afternoon; a minor fire in a vacant lot with little danger of spreading.
The freak weather arrived suddenly. Rapidly darkening skies, rumbling and the whistle of high-speed winds heralded the arrival of a funnel cloud. Seconds before touchdown, a wooden building plummeted from the sky and slammed down with a colossal crash in the empty lot.
The firefighters stood staring at one another in disbelief.
The door flew open with a sharp kick from the inside. Small and colorfully dressed figures exited the home, singing.
“We represent the Lollipop Guild.”
Inspired by this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt:
And for folks who might miss the reference, a scene from the Wizard of Oz (MGM 1939):
34 thoughts on “We’d like to welcome you”
Ok, I get that it’s smoke. But my first glance at this image, I saw a tornado. Don’t ask me why. Tornado, house, Oz.
Except I wanted to know what happened if the house came *from* Oz and landed in Kansas…
Awsome story! Made me laugh. And excellent spin on the Oz story, very clever indeed. Bet the firemen were a bit confused.
No often you get a chorus line at a fire.
Of little people, at that!
Wait…whose shoes are that, sticking out from under the house?
It’s almost Pythonesque: marvelous.
And why not? There are more things in heaven and earth…
Love the little figures coming out… made me smile..
You’re always free to see what you want in a prompt. I’ve had to explain myself a few times when I stepped a mile away from the box.
Love this tale from the other side of the rainbow. Very clever. You made me laugh.
I don’t care about the niggling inconsistencies here and there….I love this story. Even after we know where it’s going it is impossible to get off. Good stuff. Welcome to Munchkin Land.
I think its more about welcoming Munchkins to Kansasland…maybe the fire crew should be doing the song and dance.
Surreal! It made more “sense” after I Googled “Lollipop Guild” 🙂
I hope there was nobody in the way when that house landed! Great story. 🙂
I had to re-read and go back to the picture to get the tornado conection. Fun read.
Heh, a funny spin. That cloud can be interpreted in many ways.
Love it – along with Perry’s story – I think I’ll light up another doobie, settle back, and enjoy a look see at Up in Smoke another time. Randy
Annie suggested a smoke dragon, which could be a lot of fun with the right treatment. But as fun as Munchkins? No way!
Er…no illegal activities took place during the making of this tale… Neither Cheech nor Chong.
fantastic! And how could anyone miss that reference? I don’t think it will ever be lost to the mists of time 🙂
Non-native American mebbe? We have a few of those lurking here.
Well, that was fun read! I like your interpretation of the cloud and the arrival of the Lollipop Guild was excellent.
I doubt the Lullabye League would be as widely recognized. Same scene in the film…but…
I confess, I looked it up. 🙂
Made me laugh out loud, love that film. Fabulous idea…
Oh dear! What did they do with Dorothy and Toto? I loved this Dave. 😀
Always kind of cheating to swipe a character from a classic, I suppose. But people love Oz.
Hilarious, Dave. I’m sure no one cares if you borrowed characters. I was expecting someone from Oz, but not the guys from the Lollipop Guild. 😀 — Suzanne
Ha ha! I think you’ve been smoking the pot found in Perry Block’s post!!
Munchkins, not grass.
I hope they brought their watering cans to help with the fire.
Send in the Lullabye League.
Yes indeed. Perhaps then we can sleep through the nightmare!