Robert G. Brown
Duke University Physics Department
Durham, NC 27708-0305
Copyright Robert G. Brown, 2023
Queen Xixi of Ix was one of Frank L. Baum's (well-known author
of The Wizard of Oz and the other Oz books) most interesting
stories. In it, a Fairy named Lulea grants a magic cloak to mortals.
The cloak was a standard one-wish device, no fair wishing for more
wishes, with the usual ability to ruin the lives of its users who never
manage to wish for the "right thing". A Moral Tale.
However, the real moral of the tale was, I think, missed. The
following short story can be thought of a "missing chapter", or
epilogue, that I think takes the story to an interesting conclusion.
It can almost stand on its own, although it is better if you've read
This is one of several stories I've written about the dangers of total
wish fullfillment and its near-equivalence to Hell. One day I might get
some of the others organized and posted on this site.