Nutlidge ~ Chapter Fifteen


Chapter Fifteen

The Federation Of Nature Spirits

Dragging her root formed fingers through her long knotted hair, Podsinia had dried off, eaten some tree root and prepared to surface from the under ground. The moonlight had changed to sunlight coming through the large crevice.
Her thoughts took her to Lord Nutwood and Lady Acacia. That was where she was going to go first, right to the heart of things, inside Nutlidge.
“Yes,” she said quietly to herself, “I shall capture Nutwood and Acacia and then I shall control the tree. Then who knows where I shall go from there!” A wicked twinkle was in her eye and she knew her powers were getting stronger. She pointed to another plant, which was a weed, and it pulled itself from the soil and floated over to her.
When she had shoved it in her mouth and munched loudly on it, she pointed both hands towards the water and it began to bubble. Suddenly a ball of water formed until it resembled a crystal ball floating on top of a swell of water. She smiled profusely until her tooth was showing and then she laughed wickedly, gaining more power each minute. She looked hard into the ball, which was about four foot across and watched as it became hazy, and then a picture appeared.
It was the bedroom of Lord Nutwood and Lady Acacia Nutley, and they were asleep.
“What else do I need to know?” she demanded the ball, and looked at it with a squint in her eye.
It showed Elm still up and talking to his helper Lobes.
“Ah, a new Wizard!” She said and smiled. “I’ll show you what real magic is!” She said, and as she got up quickly the water ball dropped down into the pond with a splash and became just water again, and she headed with speed like a cat towards the opening of the cave.

Nutwood stirred with a jolt. This woke Acacia up.
“What is it Nutwood? What’s the matter?”
“Oh, um, I don’t know. I might have had a dream. I feel disorientated. Perhaps I’ll get up and have a cleanse, I’ll feel better then.”
Acacia watched her partner walk from the bed to the washroom, looking terrible. Acacia knew this wasn’t normal for Nutwood. He was one of the strongest beings she knew. It began to worry her and she followed him in.
“Nutwood, don’t go today. You don’t need to really.”
“Well I just feel that I need to catch up with the federation and that Elm and Yellow Flower will need support.”
“Are you following your heart?” She asked him gently.
He couldn’t answer straight away, but eventually nodded, knowing full well he would rather stay home with Acacia. But he felt it was his duty.
“I’ll be alright my love.” He said, and kissed her forehead. “I’d better have something to eat before I go, but I am to meet Elm at Yellow Flowers home. There are five of us going. Yellow Flower, Elm, Lobes, Sky and myself. We will all go together.”
He got himself dressed in one of his best feather and silk suits and then headed down stairs to eat.

Edward, Constance, Sky, Yellow Flower, Grace, Malley, Florrel, Curley and Dusty all stood at the front door on departure.
“It was splendid that you could drop in like you have!” Said Edward. “Don’t be strangers now.”
They all began to say goodbye in their own ways when Grace reminded Sky that she must get back to her right size before Henry or Beverly came looking for her. Malley had plenty of mixture to make the tea in his bag. He raced in and made some up while they finished off their goodbyes.
He gave Grace the large cup of tea and she drank it down. As the tea affected her growth she stepped off the platform of the house to get her balance on the ground. She was fine. “Oh I wish I could come with you!” She said, not wanting to go anywhere.
“There will be other times.” Said Yellow Flower giving her a wave. “Come up with Sky one day soon!”
“Oh I will!” she said and waved one last goodbye before disappearing out the door.
“Okay are we all ready?” Said the fairy.
They all waved to Constance and Edward,
“If there’s anything we can do, just let us know.” Said Edward.
“Goodbye!” Said Constance waving.
Yellow Flower tossed some glittering powder over them all and they disappeared instantly, leaving just a sprinkle of shiny dust behind them.
Grace stood there for some time thinking about her night. Everything was quiet again and it all now seemed like a dream.
They appeared at Yellow Flowers doorstep, where Nutwood was standing waiting for them.
Before too long, Elm and Lobes also appeared.
“Well that was good timing!” Said Nutwood, looking and feeling a little better. “I only just flew in myself. The Nird just flew off, but it was telling me that Podsinia is lurking near by. We’d better go to this gathering and come straight back after it’s finished.”
“That we shall do!’ Said Elm, dusting off his gown.
Coral, Florrel, Curley and Dusty said goodbye to them all before they disappeared. There was no time to hang around. Coral and Florrel were doing the store today and Curley was with them also. Dusty decided he would stay home.
Yellow Flower grabbed her shoulder bag, which was made of a silk cocoon, and grabbed two water flasks. These were made from spider web. She filled them up, giving one to Nutwood and one to Sky.
“Have a safe trip!” Said Florrel, giving Malley a squeeze on the hand.
“We shall be back soon!” Said Elm, and with that, he waved his hand around in a circle and woof they were gone.
“I wish I could do that.” Said Curley, with his tail wrapped around his mothers tail.
“Well, maybe one day, when you know more about herbs, auras and energy, you will be able to dear.” Said Florrel, playing with his fluffy hair.
‘He’s growing so fast!’ She thought to herself.
“Would you like a tea before we carry on to the store Coral?” Said Florrel. “Yellow Flower said to help ourselves if we liked.”
“Yes, that would be lovely.” She replied and they headed for the colourful kitchen.

Before Sky could think about anything else, they were standing on a huge bough overlooking a waterfall and some pools amidst a tall and dense rainforest. The air was hot and heavy with humidity, and rich with smells of thick rich soil, mulch from falling leaves and mushrooms harvesting their spawn. The air was also full of bird sounds of the strangest tunes and styles. A very loud hum from the cicada clans began to take over the sound waves like an orchestra, getting louder as more tones joined in.
“Is everyone alright?” Asked Elm, straightening his hat. “The Gathering is taking place inside that cave over there. This place is called Crystal Cascades. It is where all Federation of Nature Spirit gatherings are held due to the crystals in the cave. It keeps the negative out and keeps us regenerated outside our own environments. This way.” He instructed, and headed down the branch. It was only a short walk and a pleasant one although they were all still getting used to the thick humidity in the air.
Lobes handed out some dried fruit while they walked; it was covered in a blue powder.
“This will help you breathe better.” He said, and popped one in his mouth.
It did the trick straight away. It was like the air was suddenly thinner, but still warm.
They headed down another bough that took them to the entrance of the caves. There were hundreds of representatives arriving in all sorts of ways! There were all sorts of unusual folk there. Nut people included! Sky hadn’t even imagined what this trip could mean to her. She couldn’t help staring at the wide and varied looking people. Some looked positively strange to say the least.
Many types of nut and pod people from all over Australia had gathered. There were fairies and pixies of all colours and flower types, goblins and gnomes, tree spirits and pebble people, gentle rainforest spirits, water sprites, frogs, birds, snails, and insects of all varieties. They even had koalas turning up with lizards, possums, fruit bats, and snakes. It was a sight!
They arrived by birds of all types, by flying foxes, lizards, beetles, and of course there were the ones who could fly and the ones who transported themselves by their magic.
The five headed into the place where the people were flowing. Through a short tunnel and out through a magnificent, and to them, giant hall, full of crystal clusters and gems of all kinds. No human had ever been in here due to its small entrance and so it was untouched.
It was so beautiful. Light came in through various sources making the crystals glisten in the magnificence of it. The masses filled the great hall and sat on steps of mica and basalt making perfect natural seating for all shapes and sizes to sit on. Quartz crystal, aventurine, azurite, calcite, amethyst, tourmaline of all colours and carnelian were surrounding them, along with dabbles of emeralds, garnet, ruby, and citrine. Many other metals could be spotted such as gold, silver, platinum and copper. It was also a great place of healing. It was simply stunning, and in the background was the trickle of the water coming down inside the walls of the great cavern.
Amazingly, they spotted Blacko in the crowd and Elm led the way to a seat next to him. The crowds murmured amongst themselves waiting for their speaker to make his presence known.
It wasn’t long before a Blackbean woman of great wisdom came out to the platform that was naturally made of green mica. She wore a long delicate dress of fine fern, and her hair was done up in flowers. Blacko lent over to the others and whispered, “That is Dame Melaleuca White. She is the Chairlady of the Federation of Nature Spirits. She lives near here, but was actually voted as the wisest Blackbean citizen in all of Queensland, and that’s quite an achievement. She is only young as far as nut folk go, but absolutely dynamite!”
The crowd before her was huge and they all began to clap. She enjoyed it for a moment and then raised her hand to hush them.
“Greetings!” She began, “We are most grateful to you all for coming here at such short notice. It is wonder-full to see so many representatives from all around this great land!”
The crowd roared again, for themselves this time. When it died down, she continued.
“Unfortunately, the reason we have called you all here is not for pleasure, but for an important issue that has been gathering momentum for some time now.
“As you know, the human civilisation has come to a crossroad in their journey. They still have not realised that their technology, as advanced as they think it is, has not been balanced with their spirituality. They still believe there are more Creators than the One who created us all. This could be a dangerous situation, for humanity, and all the other worlds that lay parallel to them.
“Their competitive leaders have created a world of greed, revenge, hatred and complete disharmony. As you know, this is neither wrong, nor right; it just simply does not serve their people. Their governing bodies, most of them involved in secret societies, see fit to control, manipulate, lie and cheat their way to power, living on absolute abundance while half of the world try to survive, starving and without even the simplest of shelter over their heads. I say now, that any civilisation who allows this to go on is not advanced but still in the primitive stages of their journey.
“They have forgotten the Universal Laws that keep harmony and peace. They have forgotten the Truth. It has been lost in a veil of negative thoughts that has surrounded the planet and holds it captive with fear.
“The choices they make, every moment of the day, create their world, individually and collectively. It takes the same energy, to love and care for each other. They were given free will, and they make their own choices, yet they blame each other for the choices they have ultimately made themselves.
“The ‘Leaders’ of the Earth, the many organised religions and secret societies around the world, and the handful of families that have almost complete control of it all, have deceived humanity for long enough!
“Humans are naturally attracted to good and disgusted by evil. Thus evil always represents itself as good. To the public, Freemasonry pretends to be dedicated to caring and ‘making good men better’, humanism, tolerance, Christianity et cetera. However, their societies, whom include many famous Presidents and other influential people, are really the playground for satanic practices of pure evil. Their purpose is to worship death, not life.
“The Creator has sent them many teachers over the centuries. Many have tried to pass on the messages of truth from the Great One. They have all come to say, ‘You are as One with the Creator. You have the power to heal and to create! You have the power to foresee the future and to heal the past. You have the power to change the world, to move mountains and… to know immortality!’ But they have all been hidden from humanity. The belief systems that have been established by the secret societies keep humanity blinded from the truth, restrained, controlled and manipulated. And the extent of damage to the Earth and the torture to its peoples is a crime against humanity of the highest degree. This civilization must be assisted in the wake up process before their own Governments destroy them.
“The word of the Creator comes in many forms. She speaks to us through nature, through other people, through our experiences and of course through our love and feelings.
“As God himself said: ‘Anything less than your Greatest Thought, your Greatest Feeling, and your Greatest Truth, comes from another source.’
“The Creator is Love. This is what humanity has forgotten. That everyone is equal, everyone is powerful, and every single solitary being on the face of this earth is a necessary piece of the puzzle that makes our Creator whole.”
The crowd of folk cheered their agreement and various small nut people and pixies were seen jumping up and down in response to her words.
Left standing still clapping after everyone had stopped was a Pineconian, oblivious to his continued ovation. He did suddenly then notice and looking around himself sat down, chuckling to himself and going slightly red in the cheeks.
Sky couldn’t help staring at him even though he wasn’t the only unusual nut or pod person there.
She asked Blacko who he was and all Blacko knew was that he was a Pineconean. They lived in the pine tree forests all over Australia and beyond. Sky took an instant liking to him deciding that one day she would like to meet some of these other beings. There were so many different and unique beings there; Sky just kept finding new ones to study.
Dame Melaleuca White then continued,
“The choices that the governing bodies are making are wrought with hidden agendas. It is in their own interests that their plans lay. They encourage thousands of young soldiers to fight their battles for them when they should be discussing the issue and sorting it out between themselves in an advanced and peaceful manner, with outcomes to suit all parties.
“This ‘war’ attitude does not sort issues out. It creates bloodshed, loss of life and more and more resentment. The Earths governments thrive on this creating more wars and heartache. They even control the worlds weather, using hurricanes for example, to wipe out population.”
There was a loud murmur in the crowds as they realised the dreadful situation the Earths peoples were in.
“Yes…” she nodded solemnly to her audience. It is nothing short of horrific, and we feel strongly that something should be done to assist God in his battle against Evil. Positive against Negative. And it is the thoughts of love that will win in the end.
It is not usually our way to involve ourselves in the human affairs. The Ascended Masters and many other light workers have been working around the clock since the terrorists’ attacks began, which have all been seeded by the governments they trust. There are many light workers on Earth working to raise the vibrations around them, helping and healing humanity and showing them how to heal themselves.
“The last attack has had grave consequences. It had begun to affect our worlds. When it does this, we know that all life in the universe is at risk.
“It is with great thought and applied wisdom that we intervene. I would ask you to tell your people to stay detached, however, this calls for drastic measures.
“I am aware, that there is a solution. In fact, many have come here today with ideas and suggestions on how to assist. There is one I have chosen to be the most direct and the most effective plan that I have sensed yet. Elm the Wizard, please bring your young friend down to the platform.” She motioned for this with her hand also.
It was Lobes who nudged Elm in the ribs to wake him up from daydreaming. He jumped and got up with Sky and headed down the steps to the mica stage.
Sky and Elm both held Melaleucas hand for a moment, before she spoke again.
“It is a rare thing when a human is aware enough to enter our world and function in it as if it was their own. One young child has done this, and it is the Creators wishes, I am sure, that she be with us on this day. Nature Spirits of Australia, please welcome Sky!”
The crowds of folk clapped and cheered loudly, making Sky go bright red in the process. She didn’t really know what to do, so she just stood there smiling and resisting finding the nearest rock to hide under.
Dame Melaleuca White motioned her to come nearer, while Elm stepped back in respect.
“Sky has offered to be our physical link to the human world so as to change the course of current issues. It is her task to reach the state of Parliament in Canberra for the World Leader Summit to be held tomorrow. Their plan is ideal for the purpose of encouraging the governing bodies to at last, tell the truth of what is really happening. The Nutleys are famous, as you all know, for their production of herbal teas. The one that will be used will be of course ‘Honestea’. It would seem that their way of life is so abundant with secrets that we all agree that it is a worthwhile course to take.
“Sky will have the help of us all, but particularly from her closest companions.
“I would ask you all now, to focus on Sky’s vibration so that you are familiar with it. Keep this energy close to your heart, and help keep her safe from danger. We realise that this is a risk that she takes. The governing bodies of the world do not generally like ‘minors’ to try to change the course of their unfair justice system. These people are dealt with unfairly. So, we will be the force behind your safety Sky. And may you turn the tables for every man, woman and child on the face of Mother Earth. On behalf of all of us here, and all of our worlds, thank you,” she said, and looked at Sky with an expression of warm gratitude.
The crowd went wild with cheers and applause!
“And we thank the Universe for sending this messenger to us. We will make sure that this messenger does not come to any harm as others have before her. Then, once the truth has been spilt, it can then be dealt with and healed, with new horizons for all concerned.
“Sky, take this crystal with you and wear it at all times. It will help to protect you and it will help you remember your true inner power. It must be returned to this place when you have finished with it, for the next time it may be needed.”
She placed the golden chain with the diamond heart over Sky’s head and said, “Any force that tries to stop you, will be stopped themselves. May you travel in peace my child.” In front of all the people, Dame Melaleuca gave Sky the biggest hug and the crowd cheered again. She thanked Elm also, and they walked back up the steps to their seat, still surrounded by cheering and applause.
Dame Melaleuca White raised her hand until it quietened down again. “The outcome of this undertaking will trustingly bring about world peace, and the opportunity to renew their way of life that has not been serving them for some time now. Their practice of teaching knowledge instead of wisdom has begun to take its toll. The laying down of weapons and restructuring the education system will be the first things they will have to address.
“We have a wonderful life because of our learning from Beings more advanced than us. Most of you are naturally aware that we have been communicating and working closely with the Creator and the more advanced forms of life out there in the universe. These magnificent people of light showed us the way many millennia ago.
“They have been sending messages in many ways and many levels of vibration over the millennia, but one form of communication they have tried, delivers the vibrations that humanity needs at the time. Most of you are familiar with Crop Circles? They are found mainly in the United Kingdom, which is an old playground for such communication as this.”
Sky remembered the pendant she got for Baize.
They really were as important as she thought they were.
“They have been classed by some humans as hoaxes, but as you are all aware, these are not hoaxes, but deep vibration messages, created by higher life forms. The energy itself comes from the creator and they can mean many things to many people, but ultimately send out vibrations, which resonate to our souls.
“These magnificent portals of light and healing energy affect all, not only when they are looked at, but everyone around the planet. The subliminal harmonies and words of the Great One connect humanity with their ancestry and their Creator. Their position on the planet is also significant and the patterns of course tell a story that feeds and reminds the DNA of what it used to know in the beginning.
“It is a powerful reminder to all of humanity. It will help to lift one of the final veils from their eyes that have kept them in denial for so long. I cannot tell you too much about this, except that it will affect our worlds directly and it involved the Earth’s Ascension. I will tell you more about this soon, but for now, stay focused on Sky and her mission.”
Sky looked around the hall seeing some more very unusual beings indeed. There were so many different types of nut and pod people! She recognized the Banksia colony representatives. There were obviously many colonies with in that, as there were quite a few different Bottle Brush types there. Blackbean people, obviously from different colonies were listening intently to their speaker along with and Jacaranda folk, Bunya Nut and Macadamia nut people. They came all shapes and sizes. Some of them were quite odd looking. She recognised some of the South Australian nut species, but they were quite different to others she had never seen before. Dame Melaleuca White was still talking to the people before her.
“The Representatives of the Earth hide the facts about their communication with other life forms, believing that it has nothing to do with the people of the Earth or that it will simply create fear. So, the advanced life forms now approach more aware humans and throughout the last twenty years have been able to get their guiding messages through by forms of channelling. This is a gift that some humans have encouraged which enables spirits and extraterrestrial to speak with their own voice through their hosts’ voice boxes. These have sometimes been recorded, which then enables the humans to create books, which reach the world. Many humans have had journeys across the universe for the purpose of allowing the human species to realise that there is more out there than they can see with their naked eye.
“The education system of the Golden Age will take on better ways of teaching their young as we do.”
She opened a small book to a marked page and read.
“It is God’s will that Earth’s young shall now begin to learn such things as; ‘Peaceful Conflict Resolution, Personhood and Self Creation, Body, Mind and Spirit, and how they function, Celebrating Self, Valuing Others, Awareness and Wakefulness, Honesty and Responsibility, Visibility and Transparency, Science and Spirituality, Creative Consciousness and Mind Power and many other such courses. These things must be considered for a new world of peace to evolve. I would like you all to assist our Human counterparts with thoughts of Love to assist their transition into the 4th dimension, but again, I remind you to stay detached from their emotional vibrations.”
She finished up by saying, “Thank you, all of you for all of your help in making this gathering come about for this purpose. And now, those of you who have other issues you would like to discuss before the Federation, now is the time to come forward…”
What they had come to do was now done so Yellow Flower, Malley and Lord Nutwood all cheered Sky on before quietly saying goodbye to Blacko and then made their way to the main door, eager to get home.
One of Melaleucas helpers, a young Blackbean man came up to them. “Excuse me,” he said, “Dame Melaleuca White asked me to give you a message. She said that Merlin made contact and that he will be awaiting your arrival in the early hours of the morning.”
“Oh thank you, my good man!” Said Elm, feeling much better now that he had heard from his Mentor.
“We shall have to leave for Merlins abode in France almost as soon as we return to Nutlidge. Nutwood, I am aware that you are eager to get back, so let’s go shall we!” And he waved his hand and they were there no more.


Nutlidge ~ Chapter Seventeen

Nutlidge ~ Chapter Seventeen

Truths Unfold

“That looks delicious Merlin. What may it be for?” Asked Yellow Flower.
“Well, I thought we could do with some previews of what is happening. I have made a drink for you all to join me in finding out what the world leaders are up to. Perhaps we can be one step ahead of them, and they would all be settled into their hotel rooms by now. Would you like to join me in a little peek?” Merlin had a half smile on his face as he picked up his glass mug and held it up to them.
“Yes!” Said Yellow Flower, “I’ll be in that!”
“My word! Count me in!” Said Elm, chuckling at the thought of it.
Sky looked at her three companions and at the drink and said, “I guess I may as well come too!”
They all downed the drink feeling the tingle go down their spines. Before they knew it, they were all floating above the chairs, Sky making a slight squealing noise as she rose. Merlin clicked his fingers and they disappeared once more.
In Canberra, at mid-afternoon in a Hyatt suite near the top floor, sat two American men sharing a bottle of scotch. It turned out to be Willy Weed and his Military General, Shogun Powers.
Their four invisible guests were standing on the other side of the large sitting room.
“Well, y’know I gave them a warning two years ago.” Said Willy, continuing his conversation in his Texan drawl. “I told ’em, I’d make the world think they were our enemies if they didn’t make some firm arrangements with th’ oil in our favour after giving them all those weapons, I’d come after ’em. Too bad the Twins had to go. I mean, it had to look like it was them and goddamn it was brilliant! They know who the greatest power in the world is, and it’s gonna stay that way.”
“Yes sir, Willy!’ Said the drunk General. “We have the whole world believing in this terror thing. They’re so damn gullible!” He laughed a disgusting drunk laugh and took another sip of his scotch.
“Well the thing is to keep the fear up.” Slurred Willy. The Bali project showed Tom Coward I wasn’t kidding when I told him I am serious about my plans. I can’t have him thinking I’m full of crap now can I? The religions are weakening. They don’t have the same hold on people as they did. But instead of an angry God to deal with, they have the constant threat of terror. It’s the only way we can keep total control of people! It’s for their own good! We can’t have people thinkin’ for themselves now!”
They both chuckled and took another sip of their drinks.
“Well I have to say you got control of most of the worlds oil supplies, the weather, and with a little more chemical trailing, the people will be too sick to worry about who’s in charge. The Moon Mission is in its 5th year now and all is ready to accommodate our families and us if worst comes to worst. How is ol’ Sad Man anyhow, I ain’t seen him for a while now.” Said Shogun.
“Oh he’s good! I spoke with him th’other day. He said the plan is going well, and that the media is fooling them all over there! Ha! Gawd, they’re all so stupid! It’s too easy! I need more of a challenge. Still havin’ the media doin’ the right thing by us will keep the fear going.”
“Well they don’t have much choice do they?” Laughed Shogun pouring himself another drink. Willy laughed with him looking all too confident.
Sky was horrified! She thought of Baize and Tommo and the other guys. So it was the Weed regime! They’ve had the wool pulled over everyone’s eyes all along!
“Well, the next thing o’course is the oil fields Down Under. Y’know the people here don’t even know they have one! So, there’s no need for them to know! I’m in talks with Tom Coward about this. We are coming to some arrangements slowly. It’s taking time though; he wants to hold onto it.”
“Ah! I’m sure we can persuade him to think our way sir, with a little encouragement.” And he pulled a gun from its holster.
“Well, we’re ‘gunna invite him to Bohemian Grove. That’ll wet his appetite in the right way! Once he takes th’ oath, he’s ours. He’ll have no choice but to do as we say! The Freemasons still rule after all!” He chuckled loudly again. “And the dreams of our forefathers are finally coming about and Lucifer is mighty pleased!!”
“Well we can’t risk them finding out.” Added the General. “Afterall, they have to believe we’re doin’ Gods work!!”
“Absolutely! Absolutely my man!” Said Willy, and skulled the glass of scotch. “We need to keep these countries believin’ that their master is their God. With these military threats, they feel obligated to us. If they don’t go with us, then we’ll make them the enemy, and take the oil anyway!”
They both laughed together over their manipulation methods and two more glasses of scotch were poured.
“Well it’s been a bumper year for us sir, what with total control of the drugs on the streets of America. The CIA are raking it in, and with the extra two billion this month, we’ll get that military base in the Northern Territory yet.”
The President got up and walked over to the window overlooking Canberra, with his scotch in hand. “God damn! It’s a rich country out there! And with the right persuasive tackles, it will be ours for the taking. No problem!” He sneered. “They’re all asleep over here. But it is the challenge I’ve been looking for. ”
“Well you’ve done a good job taking over where your father left off Willy. It’s the only way to keep the millions of sheep in control.”
“Yeah, well, bein’ in the Fremasons makes it possible, they swung it for me at the last election. It’s amazing what a few million bucks can achieve!”
The two men laughed at this wholeheartedly and filled up their glasses once more.

Elm, Sky and Yellow Flower had seen enough. They were all disgusted with what they had heard. Merlin clicked his fingers and they were in another room. This one was fancier than the last.
This time, a French man was lunching out on his balcony talking with his advisor. They spoke in French of course, but the four could understand what they were saying, to Sky’s surprise.
“Ah! There is nothing to worry about! They have no say in it anyway. The nuclear testing is in a useless area. No one will miss the fish there. The islands are of no concern to us. If we keep feeding their military with weapons, they will allow us to keep testing! It does not matter!”
“Yes, but the people are beginning to complain. Many letters are being received from their public asking us to stop. There will be problems if this carries on.” Said his advisor.
“No matter!” Waved the president, shrugging the issue off. “Letters can be burned. Our testing is more important than the livelihood of a foreign country. Don’t ever forget it! We intend to lead the world’s nuclear technology. We will beat the Americans yet! But you know it is important that the world does not know about our involvement with Sad Man Insane and Sin Bin Ladder. What ever happens, the approaching war really must not happen. It is imperative that we show ourselves to be against this conflict! In fact, ring Marcel and ask him what time the press conference is tomorrow. I want to make sure I am there on time.”
They continued eating and sipped on their champagne. Sky was saddened by what she heard. She had thought the French were doing the right thing, but apparently not.
Merlin clicked his fingers again. This time they were in yet another hotel room. Three Asian men were having lunch. They were from Korea.
“It is our turn,” Said one man sipping his coffee. “They have had control long enough! I am sick of the threats that keep coming from Weed. He thinks he owns the planet!”
“Over his dead body!” Laughed another.
“Hey, wait ‘till they hear about our new nuclear plans! They will surely get angry!” Said the fat one.
“Good!” Said the first one. “I don’t have any qualms about wiping them out first up!”
Again Merlin clicked his fingers and this time they turned up in Government House, in Tom Coward’s office.
“Sir,” said the secretary of the defence force, “how much longer are we going to be puppets on Weeds string?”
“Well, they are a powerful nation. I want to do right by our people, but there is too much at risk. If I don’t let them have the oil, they will come and take it anyway by force. I don’t want to put good people through this sort of thing… I just don’t know what to do about this.”
“But sir, you are being cornered by several overseas’ governments. Surely there must be something we can do to protect Australia, without the threat of sending more young men to war? This is not our way. They are forcing us to be a part of their terror campaign to get control.”
Tom Coward stared into space knowing full well he had the fate of the public in his hands and they were being pulled along by the same unfair principle. It was becoming more and more like America every day. He knew that many of the politicians were crooked, and many of them weren’t of course, like his secretary here, who was more for discussions than war at any time. But he was not a saint either; he had done deals also with other countries to suit his military needs. Coward sat and kept staring into the endless sky feeling like a heel. He wished for a moment that the floor would swallow him up. He guessed it served himself right if they did take it away. He was weak. He was in fear like most people had been since the Terror attacks.
Yellow Flower, Merlin, Elm and Sky all looked at each other before Merlin clicked his fingers again. This time they were in a hospital ward in a private room. There was Tommo laid up with two legs in plaster, broken arm, his head bandaged up and the rest of his body which was covered in a wet cloth was badly burned.
He was still unconscious. Sky suddenly went from feeling disgusted to sorry, and thought how his poor mother must be feeling and the rest of his family and friends. And this went on because of oil and greed and the passion to have everything, even if it meant the destruction of Mother Earth.
Merlin again, clicked his fingers, this time they looked into one of the politician’s homes and saw the extravagant way they lived. Then to the streets of Kings Cross, where homeless kids and adults were living in the slums and living in cardboard boxes. ‘How incredibly sad.’ She thought and shook her head slightly. Merlin knew she had seen enough. He clapped his hands twice and they appeared inside his tower again, sitting in their chairs.
Sky looked sadly at the others. She didn’t know what to say at first. Tears were in her eyes and she fought to hold them back
“I am sorry to have rushed you through so much information at once Sky. But you see what they are creating? If something is not done soon, we will lose so much.”
Sky nodded. “I understand now. I didn’t realise that the governments had so much control over their people. Why can’t those kids be given homes to go to?”
“There are many things that one can ask why. They have been asking why for decades, but they fail to actually do something about it.” Replied Merlin.
“Humanity is in the throws of great change. All of the systems that govern the people are beginning to have less and less hold on them. People are beginning to think for themselves after being led for so long by someone else’s laws, or doctrines, heaven knows there’s hundreds out there! People need something to believe in, so they go trying all these religions out and get told not to do this, not to do that, and if you do, watch out! And magic! Well! They have a lot to say about magic, and crystals and anything in fact that will encourage your own thoughts and feelings to come through! Oh no! They would lose control because of that.”
Elm made a good point also, “Well, Merlin, tell Sky what we have been discovering more and more of lately.”
“Oh yes, the discoveries that some remarkable humans have invented that are being hidden or kept under wraps for the purpose of keeping production going.”
“What to you mean?” Asked Sky.
“Well, for a start, your cars could run on water and vegetable oil, even hydrogen. Your people wouldn’t get so sick if they just drank enough water! It is the cause of an endless list of ailments including depression! Look at the life of a pot plant if you forget to water it! But they don’t tell you this. They make you go to the doctor to get pills, and you all just keep going back because you believe that you need them. And so you do!
“The amounts of cancer remedies that have come out throughout the years are fantastic! Many and varied, but with all good results and far less expensive, yet they keep them from you because they will lose business. But instead of disrupting the huge drug corporations and finding another way to heal people, they keep the charade going! Tell all of your friends and family that all one needs is a bottle of colloidal silver in their pantry! This is and has been a cure all for centuries!
“Do you know it is only in the last twenty years that western society has begun to accept natural healing alternatives, such as massage, herbs and essences, and hands on healing? Yet the ancient cultures have always used these methods. It’s chemical free and all natural. They have also treated the Earth better than the white man ever has. Shame on them for destroying so may magnificent cultures instead of accepting them, then learning the better ways from them.”
Sky knew what he was saying there because her mother had strong views about what had happened to the Native Americans and all of their tribes. She nodded her head.
“I have to admit,” he went on to say, “I have been guilty of burning many trees and forests in my long history here on Earth. I was young and naïve and played on the wrong side of the mirror! But I learned that we cannot sustain life on earth if there are no trees!”
He paused just for a moment before saying, “Well now Sky, you have taken a lot in for such a young mind. But you are not a young soul. You have come back into this life to do this. It is your destiny.”
“I know.” She said. “Thank you for showing me what is really going on out there. Now I fully understand why something like this must be done.”
“The other thing you must be aware of is Podsinia. She is well and gaining power as we speak. Once she finds out you are the major link to the plan, she will come after you. After last time, I wouldn’t imagine her letting anything stop her this time from getting complete power. Once the truth is out there, the energies will escalate, due to the anger in people finding out they have been duped for so long! But, as the new governments settle in, the energy will change dramatically, and Podsinia will find it hard to stay alive on this plane. Then we have overcome our situation.”
“There will be new governments?” Asked Sky thinking what a huge thing that would be.
“Oh yes! The public will finally realise, and they will demand that their next governments be chosen from the wisest, not the wealthiest. Many things will change. Mark my words! And, on this note, hot chocolate for my guests before they depart.” He said. Four more goblets appeared on the floating table, ready for them all to drink.
“I need to do a few things tomorrow before the Summit the day after. So, I shall be seeing you!” Merlin said. “Don’t forget to call me if you need an extra hand over there.” They all got up and said their goodbyes and prepared to leave.
Merlin placed his hand over Sky’s crystal and said, “If you are ever in doubt my young friend, you can always call me. Don’t be afraid.”
Sky took his hand and thanked him.
“I’ll do my best,” she said. “This world needs to be told the truth, and I guess someone’s got to do it! It might just as well be me!” She smiled excitedly.

When they got back to the tree, it was suggested that Sky go home and catch up on sleep and to spend time with her grandmother Grace. Sky didn’t argue. She was tired. Very tired.
“We shall see you here around sunrise then Sky? Is that okay?” Asked Yellow Flower, playing with her young friend’s hair a little like a sister would.
“Yes that’s fine! I think I will have had enough sleep by then.”
“Oh Sky, one more thing,” she said, before throwing fairy dust over her. “Try not to eat any meat, it will stop the Invisibilitea from working properly, okay?”
“Okay! I can do that!” Said the young girl nodding, and she gave Yellow Flower a hug and Elm too, who got all embarrassed about it and made an excuse that he had to leave in a hurry. He was gone before they knew it!
Yellow Flower used her magic to send Sky into the cottage and back to her normal size. She looked around, hardly believing that they’d had a party in there the night before. She stretched and then walked out the door, and back towards the house. It seemed like a long walk. She didn’t stop to say hello. She just walked on through and climbed into bed, fairy dress, wings and all and fell into a deep sleep.

Nutlidge ~ Chapter Eighteen

Nutlidge ~ Chapter Eighteen

Perry and Winkle to the Rescue

Podsinia had turned the local bathing cave into her own home. The look of its natural beauty had mostly gone, leaving it dull and unexciting. She had managed to be strong enough to create herself some furniture. A root covered chair, a table with candles and a goblet.
There was a pile of dirt and leaves for her bed and she had captured two nutleys already!
Long roots tied up Lord Nutwood and Lady Acacia back to back to a protruding root.
They both looked at their capturer as she made a large water ball rise from the water’s depths.
There in the ball was Sky, still fast asleep. Then there was a picture of Yellow Flower having breakfast and talking to Dusty.
Elm was the next one she zoomed in on. He was discussing the plan for the visit to Canberra with his helper Lobes.
Nutwood didn’t want her to hear this so tried to get her attention.
“Podsinia, you won’t get away with this you know!”
“What!” She said, “You don’t think I am capable of taking over Nutlidge?” She stared at him, trying to intimidate him. It didn’t work. “I have already captured the most popular couple in the tree! What makes you think I can’t get exactly what I want?”
“Because, the power of the people will override you. Their love will be too strong for you to live.”
“Well we’ll just see about that!” She said loudly, getting angry now. “By the look of the state of things, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble at all. Those humans won’t change! They never will!” She paced up and down quickly, grinning wickedly because of her attitude towards them. “They are too stupid to know how to stop themselves!” Podsinia laughed, then stopped and glared at Nutwood. “The Atlantians were the same!” She said quietly and resentfully. “Only they were one step ahead of me! Not this time!! I have no faith in humans and their ability to think anything other than hatred and fighting!”
“That’s not so,” said Nutwood keeping her from the water ball, “The human race has the capability to turn themselves around. They know the laws. They have just forgotten them, that is all. They only need reminding.”
“Reminding! How many times do you think it will take to remind them? I have watched them from my prison over the last twelve thousand years, and the many teachers they have been sent have been ridiculed and ignored! Or killed!” She laughed, a wicked tone deep in her throat. “Their intelligence leaves little to desire. I am not concerned about all this! Nutlidge is my home now and I shall rule from your palace. But first, I have to take care of some business… Don’t go away!” She mocked, while playing with her scraggly hair with her bony finger. The witch took off up to the entrance like a cat at full speed.
“Oh Nutwood, are you all right?” Said Acadia, distressed.
“Yes, and you my darling?” He replied, feeling totally helpless.
“What are we going to do? We can’t let her get Sky!”
“Sky is well protected my love. But it won’t stop Podsinia from trying. She may even go for Yellow Flower or Elm. Don’t worry, we will be safe.” He found her hands and held them tight.

Sky had just surfaced, having had a wonderful sleep. The young girl felt great! She came out into the dining room where her grandmother sat in the sun reading the local paper. The elderly woman saw her granddaughter entering and put down her glasses and news article.
“Hello little magic fairy! How are we this morning?” She said, with a huge grin on her face and thoughts of the night before flashing though her mind.
“A bit nervous, but good thanks Grandma.” Said Sky, giving her a warm hug.
“Oh yes, you have a mighty task to undertake don’t you my dear! Are you feeling all right about it? Is everything planned and ready to go?”
“Yep!” She said, getting herself some toast from the toast rack, “I have lots of support Grandma, so you don’t have to worry. But Yellow Flower did ask if you would please watch the broadcast this morning of the Summit in Canberra. And if you can record it on video too… Also to get everyone you know to watch it and do the same. The more people that tune in the better!”
The young girl told her grandmother all about her adventures the day before, and all the new things she learned and realised.
Grace was stunned and listened to all the details knowing most of it in her heart, but taking in the new with openness. Beverly came in with breakfast and they ate well on bacon and eggs, fried potatoes, tomatoes and more toast.

Meanwhile Elm was getting ready to meet Sky at Yellow Flower’s home. Lobes had gone on ahead to set things up in Canberra with several pixies in tow. They had the television station to deal with.
Yellow Flower was speaking with fifteen other nature spirits, seven fairies and eight more pixies. Two wagtails were lined up to take messages; two kookaburras were called in to keep an eye on things in the political car park and certain political vehicles.
A flock of rainbow lorikeets had already flown off to pass on the message to their bird folk. If you needed a news bulletin called out, call the rainbow lorikeets! The parrots were well known for their big mouths and loud talk! But this would ensure that the birds’ connections would take care of any outside interruptions.
“Alright,” said Yellow Flower addressing the group, “Now the fairies need to help make sure Sky gets to all the drinks in the room, even the large containers of water. It will be a big job for her, but we must watch out for signs of interfering individuals who threaten our plan. You girls know what to do. Just have fun!”
They all laughed and giggled and looked forward to this adventure. They didn’t get out into the human world often, but when they did, look out! Fairies could be very cheeky, but were also very intelligent little beings!
“Now, you pixies will be looking after the wiring and the people controlling the telecast. They mustn’t be able to cut anything out of this. Most of the time, they only broadcast what they want the public to hear, so you fellows are to take care of them. And Perry,” she said to one cheeky pixie, “No biting.” He looked at his other companions and went all red with embarrassment.
The fairies were all beginning to chat amongst themselves when they heard footsteps coming up the tree.
“That will be Sky now,” said the gold fairy and she walked to the end of her garden with fairy dust in her hand.
“Good morning!” Chirped Sky, who seemed taller than ever!
“Hello Sky. You look positively vibrant this morning! All ready for your journey?”
“Oh yes! I feel great!”
Yellow Flower handed Sky the tea and she poured it under her tongue. Green sparkle glittered around her and she shrank down to a more ‘normal’ size.
Today she had her jeans on and a t-shirt, with her runners. She thought it would be more comfortable for the job. No one was going to see her, so it wasn’t like she had to dress up or anything. However, she had brought her other fairy dress for afterwards.
Yellow Flower introduced the fairies to her.
“Sky, I would like you to meet some good friends of mine who are going to assist you today. This is Blue Bell, Fuchsia, Rosemally, Jasmine, Daffydil, Gerbarina and Lillyput.” They all floated off the ground just a touch as they said “Greetings Sky” to her. They were beautiful! Their delicate dresses and wings and silky locks decorated with the tiniest of flowers and feathers was just like a book Sky had, that her mother had given her. ‘Someone else has seen these fairies too, perhaps in their dreams’ she thought. Even though they had their cheeky funny side to them that always showed, they were always gentle and innocent.
“I’m so happy to meet you. This is an honour,” she said sincerely.
The seven fairies all blushed and giggled at their compliment.
“The fairies are going to help you get through your task with the Honestea and the potion Merlin gave Elm. They will make sure you have no one interrupting what you are doing.”
The pixies were chatting amongst themselves and showing off a little in front of their guest.
Yellow Flower smiled at them and said to Sky, “These cheeky fellows will be coming along too. This is Perry and his brother Winkle, Prickles, Bud, Rocky, Pod, Splash and Nobby. They are helping with the camera and telecast side of things.”
“Pleased to meet you all!” she said grinning at them. It was hard not to, they were funny little people that was for sure!
They all said “Hello Sky” together but in their own ways and went all embarrassed, hiding behind each other until they were bumping into the branch behind them, which actually looked like a tree trunk with a garden around it. Then they came shyly hopping back, tripping each other up as they went.
Sky and Yellow Flower and the fairies were all laughing at them.
Yellow Flower suddenly looked at where the sun was coming from and said, “I wonder where Elm is. He’s usually very punctual when it comes to things like this.”
“Maybe he’s having trouble with his powers, like he did the first time I saw him. You know with the bats and all,” said Sky seeing the look on Yellow Flower’s face.
“Mmm.” Hummed Yellow Flower, and she stared into the tree trying to focus on something.
She couldn’t visualise anything but as she changed her point of focus she spotted a web with her friend Cilia the spider busy at work on one of her captures. Yellow Flower watched her wind the web around this particular fly, who wasn’t actually fully dead yet. It was buzzing as it was turned around and around.
“Oh that’s it!” She said, springing to attention! “That’s it. He’s tied up! Podsinia must have kidnapped him!”
The little folk around her were following her lead. They read nature too. It was natural to them to do so.
“I’ll go and see if I can find him!” Said Perry, and Winkle piped up and said, “Me too! Me too!”
Yellow Flower thought for a moment. “We have to get the potion! Perry, Winkle, you go and find Elm. I believe he is under the tree. Try the mulch fields or the bathing caves, and when you find him be very quiet. Get yourself to him unseen and get the potion off him, do you think you can manage that okay?”
They nodded, itching to do something heroic.
“Off you go then, and get Elm to send you straight to Canberra where the Summit is being held.”
They ran off as fast as their short little legs could take them to the nearest Nird station, to start their mission.
“Well, I don’t think Podsinia realises who she has caught there, and I dare say Elm will keep her busy!” Said Yellow Flower, “We will rescue him after the Summit is over. That way I can be sure Podsinia doesn’t get up to too much mischief. Alright now, are we all ready?” She looked around to check that they were all there.
“Right then!” She said, trying to think of anything she had forgotten. “If any of you get stuck anywhere, just chirp like a cricket. Remember…it is very important that Sky gets to all the drinks; otherwise it may not work properly. I have the Honestea powder here in my cocoon. Sky you take this, have you got the spoon for measuring?”
She had it in her own bag, of which she got out and placed it in the cocoon with the tea. She checked to make sure her crystal was still there around her neck, and even though she wore it outside her clothing, she paid it a lot of attention, holding tightly onto it.
“Alright everyone, whilst the Nutlidge folk have been instructed to put all their thoughts towards a positive outcome, it’s our job to help Sky. Okay, you all know what to do?”
They all nodded, excited about their adventure. “It’s time to go… gather around…” Yellow Flower threw a handful of magic powder and it showered the group completely. They began to fade as glitter and sparkle took over and then ended in a puff of green mist.

While this was all taking place, Elm had been caught and tied up in Podsinia’s cave. He had been entertaining his captor much to her disgust, and she was beginning to get very short with him. Nutwood and Acacia knew what the wizard was trying to do; so they kept quiet and let him do his thing. Question after question he asked her, testing her abilities and trying to make her use up her stored energy. She was much stronger than he had imagined. But he continued never the less, trying to distract her. She had found the potion and had sat it on her ‘table’ to keep an eye on it. Elm was tied up to another exposed tree root. His hands and feet were wound very tightly. He could only move his head. But he could see her every move and was content to just wait a while before doing anything too drastic.
“Well, I must say the ball is impressive!” Said Elm quite honestly, as he watched her bring it out of the water again.
“That’s nothing!” She snapped, “Look at this!” She waved her arm towards the ball and a picture appeared. It was Yellow Flower and the others in the mouse house talking between themselves.
“You don’t think I know what is going on do you!” She said slyly. “I know your young friend Sky is there somewhere…Ah yes…” She whispered, and held her ugly hands together in delight.
There was Sky in the toilet block, waiting for Yellow Flower to come back.
“It would seem that your little human friend could be locked up for some time!” She said, and dissolved into a wicked throat laugh.
Nutwood had run out of things to delay Podsinia for the time being and was getting tired from standing. Acacia was beginning to fidget and trying to use her tail to untie the vines that were tied nearby. It would be a slow task but she would eventually achieve something, she was sure.
Nutwood motioned to Elm to get her attention away from the water oracle and Elm did just that.
“Podsinia, where are all your friends today?” He said, “I would have thought you would have a few friends or family arriving to celebrate your coming victory!”
Podsinia took offence straight away and almost flew over to him, coming eyeball to eyeball.
“I don’t have any family!” She said nastily to him through her one tooth, “But I do have lots of friends! They are attempting to rule the world! They control the people and keep them small and insignificant! They do what they like just like ME!” She screamed and flew up, and backward to the ball and landed next to it on the landing.
“Those idiots will keep the energy going for me to survive the next fifty thousand years! By the time they drop their weapons there will be nothing but devastation everywhere! Then, I will breed myself a family and I will make you all my slaves. I will build a new world! I will create disharmony and discord everywhere! None of you stupid tree folk will ever smile again!” She said wickedly, laughing at the ball with a picture of the politicians still socialising in the hall.
As she glared at the scene before her, Elm caught sight of some movement behind her. Two little bodies were quietly darting from cover to cover, behind rocks and roots and plants, peeking around the corner to keep eye contact with Elm and to watch Podsinia.
Quickly they made their way to Podsinia’s strange looking table where the potion sat.
Podsinia flew around to look at Nutwood and the two pixies disappeared behind the nearest boulder.
“It’s brilliant!” Yelled Podsinia, “I didn’t think it could be so easy! Without the potion, you have no hope of ever getting your stupid city back. It’s mine, all mine!” She said, sweeping the potion from the table as fast as she could go and holding it up above her head.
She was preparing to throw it and smash the precious syrup when Elm called out to her.
“Stop! You are wasting a valuable potion there! I’m surprised at you Podsinia! A bright witch like you, not keeping it for your own plans! Why I really am disappointed! Here I was thinking I was going to get a really intelligent show…” Carried on Elm, taunting her growing ego.
“What!” She screeched, suddenly holding it to her body like a child holding a doll for security. “What do you mean? What would I possibly want with it?”
“What! You don’t know! Oh! Well you know you could use that to make yourself more powerful! But you must drink it with some nutley tea to make it work properly.” He said mocking her.
She put the potion back onto the table and demanded to know which tea she should use for her benefit.
This plan had worked well. While Elm was telling Podsinia all the different teas she could use, Perry hopped over to the table to grab the bottle while Winkle kept and eye on her. The pixie took hold of the bottle and ran behind the rock where Winkle was crouching. They waited there for a sign to move again.
Podsinia’s eyes were more open now than they had ever been before. Her vision of herself being all-powerful gave Perry and Winkle time to hide behind a bush near Elm. While Podsinia looked at herself in the waters reflection, Winkle cut at the vine with his knife, but the vine was so tough it didn’t make a mark.
While they tried to think of something, Podsinia threw herself around and tried to act like a queen. She definitely wasn’t the queen type! But it took her eyes away from her valuable guests.
The pixies were behind Elm, still fiddling with the ties but with no luck. Winkle managed to get near Elm’s ear and whisper to him, “Get us to the Summit! We’ll come back for you!” He stepped back down to a crouch position with his brother.
Elm had his two pointer fingers free and managed to line them up even though they were quite far apart. He closed his eyes and a quick flash of light came from his fingers and the brothers were surrounded with green glitter. A transformation took place, but not the one Elm had hoped for. There they were, both Perry and Winkle, hosting huge bat wings! They managed to duck their new attachments out of the way before Podsinia turned around.
“What was that?” She said, glaring at the wizard and the nutley couple.
“Oh, just a bat finding it’s way through into the next cave. Nothing to worry about!” Replied Elm, and rolled his eyes at his silly mistake.
Nutwood and Acacia had trouble hiding their smiles and both turned their heads to hide it.
When the witch turned her head and looked at her long hair in the reflection and said, “I must do something with my beautiful locks!” She curled some of the long ragged hair around her finger, and some of it broke off, it was so brittle! She bunched it up and put it on her head trying to look glamorous.
Nutwood and Acacia had to look away again; they felt so embarrassed for her. She really was the most ugly, bedraggled thing they had ever laid eyes on. They felt compassionately sorry for her. Elm made the bat wings disappear and then concentrated harder. He tried it again and this time it worked, leaving a clear space where the pixies had been.