Thirty-Five Rules: Rule 32

Follow-up to “Thirty-Five Rules of Wizardry” by Credence Barebone (original tumblr post - Prelude on tumblr - complete ao3 link)

(32. Invite Newt over. Try and fail to stop yourself from touching him. Try not to pay attention to how firmly your shoulders press together, how delicate his elbow feels under your guiding hand, how insistent his grip is when he drags you from one creature to the next, how softly his hair slides through your fingers. How warm his palm feels on your face.)

“Where did you get this?” Newt asks, brushing a finger along the frame of a painting mounted on the wall of Credence’s tiny living room. It’s a rippling lake backed by misty mountains, an impressionistic and wistful landscape comprised of dreamy blues, purples and greens.

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Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the not-so-charming prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called “Kansas.” Now it’s up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse…before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.