"Everyone likes a small drink don't they? After a
long working day, there's nothing like a small drop of the strong stuff to
relax you. What applies in your world applies in ours. When our ruler (and I
use the term very loosely) announced the introduction of special watering holes
all throughout the kingdom, with wonderful beverages on hand for low, low
prices, the sheer novelty of it all was enough to entice even the most
indecisive munchkin along. At first, it was sheer delight. Huge crowds, joyful
laughter, great fun to be had by all. Everyone was talking about the Emerald
'Made by the city, from the
Emerald dust sourced from the city itself was the
main ingredient. Certainly it was the only ingredient talked about. Who cared
what else went in it? They were drinking the best, and it tasted divine. Far be
it from me to question just why folk thought emerald stone might in any way be
suitable for use in a drink, but then again no one asks a brick about much
anyway. The crowds never stopped coming. Wherever the
wine was sold, there were munchkins ready and willing to drink. And if the
sounds of laughter started to decline somewhat over the ensuing years, no-one
seemed to complain. No one moaned when the prices started going up, and folk
had to sell more and more to get it. And after a while, no one seemed to wonder
just why they were starting to queue in lines to be given the drink, nor why
they saw their companions slowly wander away with a curious glow in their eyes.
No one seemed to spot a small bandage just above their ear, which seemed to be
leaking green liquid. After one final while, there was no emerald wine.
There were no cosy watering holes, nor places to go to drink and make merry.
There was no pretext or deception, just administration of a small injection
just above the ear.
I sometimes wonder if the munchkins have any
awareness of what they have become, and then I see them hitting, and cutting,
pulling and tearing. No complaining though. Never any complaining.
Welcome to zO, a land of the addicted and