Tiktok and the Nome King
by L. Frank Baum
The Nome King was unpleasantly angry. He had carelessly bitten his tongue at breakfast and it still hurt; so he roared and raved and stamped around in his underground palace in a way that rendered him very disagreeable.
It so happened that on this unfortunate day Tiktok, the Clockwork Man, visited the Nome King to ask a favor. Tiktok lived in the Land of Oz, and although he was an active and important person, he was made entirely of metal. Machinery within him, something like the works of a clock, made him move; other machinery made him talk; still other machinery made him think.
Although so cleverly constructed, the Clockwork Man was far from perfect. Three separate keys wound up his motion machinery, his speech works, and his thoughts. One or more of these contrivances was likely to run down at a critical moment, leaving poor Tiktok helpless. Also some of his parts were wearing out, through much use, and just now his thought machinery needed repair. The skillful little Wizard of Oz had tinkered with Tiktok’s thoughts without being able to get them properly regulated, so he had advised the Clockwork Man to go to the Nome King and secure a new set of springs, which would render his thoughts more elastic and responsive.
About the Author
About the Narrator
Robert C. (Bob) Eccles is a radio news reporter and anchor who has narrated stories for Pseudopod, PodCastle, Transmissions From Beyond, Cast Macabre and Every Day Fiction. He also enjoys writing short stories, mostly horror and sci-fi. He”s a member of the Horror Writers Association, the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers and The Fictioneers. Tiny Terrors, his collection of 67 mostly very short horror stories, is available in the Kindle store at Amazon.