This story is paired with Chapter 19 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. For best experience, download the LithoReader for your iPhone or iPad and get NonBinary Review for free.
Caitlin dreams of soldiers asleep in poppy fields, her camouflaged father in the Emerald City, gun slung low across his back. She watches him wander between gleaming towers colored like ivy and jade, asking every sympathetic resident where to find the wizard—retired since being labeled a fraud—who can send her father home.
Austin Eichelberger is happily still teaching English and writing in New Mexico. His fiction has appeared in Cease, Cows, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Gone Lawn, Extract(s), Eclectic Flash, First Stop Fiction, and others.