Nutlidge ~ Chapter Twenty Two
A Cause for Celebration!
Whilst the Summit commotion became louder and more negative, Podsinia took her chance to use this energy and attack Sky and the others. She flew at them all, screeching wildly. She realised that she had gotten there too late and now, and just wanted revenge! The world was at its highest negative vibration and it would soon start to go down, trustingly for the better.
Flying like a cat through the air towards Sky, she slammed into the magical force field that Sky had around her from the crystal that she was wearing. The fairies all flew over, as they had seen Podsinia spring from her hiding spot. The humans, who couldn’t see her before, could now see a young person without a head getting up from the floor running across to the world leader’s area! She knocked over a glass of water into Sad Man Insanes lap making him stand to attention.
Podsinia got up and shook her head, realising what had happened. With angry eyes she took off after Sky. Up the steps Sky went and through the closest aisle. Around she ran, trying to get away from her pursuer. The cameras spotted the girl running and dodging people who were still arguing around her. Lobes fired a white light at the cameraman and knocked him over, spoiling his film take.
Yellow Flower took off after them along with the fairies. The pixies were all gathered with Lobes in a corner of the room, high up on a ledge watching. Yellow Flower had flown over to the other side of the room to meet Sky as she fled.
Meanwhile back in the tree, the nutleys had stopped what they were doing and thousands of them were now humming a note, creating a whole new vibration of energy all on their own. Their collective thought power was on Sky and the planet Earth, surrounding both with loving vibrations of the brightest healing light. With millions of nature spirits around the world and in accordance the Deities of light in the heavens, the Earths vibrations were lifted a little more from its darkness. The light of the All that Is, began to heal the planet.
More cameras spotted Sky and this time her image went around the world in seconds. She managed to keep her face away from the cameras so as not to be recognised.
Fran and Baize and the guys all stopped what they were doing and couldn’t believe their eyes! Who was this kid? Surely that couldn’t be Sky! Fran sat on the edge of her chair watching the incredible happening.
Grace now had a room full of people. A family of five from next door had dropped over; their television had been broken for a while. They were all laughing at the show that was being put on for them and when they saw the young girl, and only a flash of her, all their heads tilted to one side with curiosity! Henry smiled as if he already knew and Grace was calling out loudly, “Good on you love!” Then, realising quickly that she should keep quiet she said, “Well it couldn’t be Sky, she’s playing in the cottage!”
Yellow Flower managed to get Sky to run into the toilets again and sent a thought message out to Lobes. Within seconds, the pixies were all standing in the cubicle with them.
Podsinia was hot on their tails and touched the toilet door forcing it open with all her might. The door slammed against the wall just as Yellow Flower waved the magic dust over them all sending Sky, Lobes and all the fairies and pixies out of the World Leader Summit in a golden flash of crystal light, and back home to the tree. They were gone!
“Damn those varmints!” She screamed, and with a powerful look of evil determination she went into a spin on the spot and disappeared in a puff of black smoke!
The tree folk had done their jobs well and the rest was up to the citizens of the world to bring about the changes they chose. The mission wasn’t entirely over. Elm was still captured and they had to make sure Podsinia wasn’t causing trouble back home.
They appeared at the Nutlidge Center where hundreds of nutleys had gathered. The news that Lord Nutwood and Lady Acacia Nutley had disappeared had spread around the tree like wild fire! They were all there in mass to try and help. Nutwood’s associate, Nutric Heathgum was talking to the people along with Malley Gum. The topic on their arrival was about being calm and positive as usual. Nutric Heathgum was a wise man also and spoke to the tree folk with compassion towards their concern for Acacia and Nutwood.
“Sky here, drink this,” Said Yellow Flower, giving her the Changeabilitea to reduce her size. “I had better let them know where they are!” she said, remembering that Perry and Winkle had told her where the couple was tied up.
“Then we can all hunt for Podsinia and bring this situation to a close. Wait here!” she said and flew off to talk to Malley and Nutric who were still addressing the crowd.
As soon as Yellow Flower had told the nut men where Podsinia’s lair was, Malley held up his hands and said to the crowd, “They are at the City Baths with Elm!”
Suddenly, the massive convergence began to head to the base of the gigantic tree!
Nutleys began running, catching bird flights of all kinds, riding on nut bicycles as far as they could go and then changing to foot, mouse or insect the rest of the way. Some went down the sliding tunnels, which circled the inside of the tree for quick exits and many who could, simply flew! Quite a few nature spirits transported themselves there also. Before long nutleys and gnomes, fairy folk, pixies and many more invaded the city baths where the three hostages were tied up. Faces from all aspects of the Nutlidge community descended on the great caverns!
Podsinia had landed back down in the caves just before hand and was now threatening to kill them all.
Before she could say another word, she was suddenly encompassed with tree folk flooding into the cave around her, from every opening they could find. Podsinia was backed into the corner where Nutwood, Acacia and Elm were tied up.
“Come any closer!” She warned, “And I’ll kill ‘em! Don’t take another step!” She hopped around nervously she pointed her fingers at people. She grabbed hold of Acacia’s arm and squeezed it painfully hard. Acacia wailed in pain.
“Stop it! That is not necessary!” Called Nutwood, worried for his beloved.
The crowd stepped closer and began to direct all their love energy towards her. All their compassion, all their joy and love of life was sent to her from their hearts. To see it was magical. Tiny sparkles of gold light emanated from the crowd and it glowed like treasure.
Podsinia began to cringe with fear. She panicked and grabbed Acacia’s hair making her wince again from the pain.
“Let her go!” Called out a frightened Sky and she pushed her way down to the front of the crowd. “Let them go! You can have me!” She said, “Take it out on me! I’m the one who’s ruined your chance of survival!”
The tree folk didn’t budge; they just kept focusing their entire concentration on to Podsinia, keeping her nasty energies contained to the cavern. The two were focused on each other, their eyes locked hard.
The tree witch didn’t like the feeling that was surrounding her and lashed out in anger, shooting a murky purple and white bolt of lightning through Sky’s heart. She dropped to the floor and those who were around her went to her aid. She was out cold and wasn’t breathing.
“Underestimate me will you!” She screamed out at them in fear, “I’ll show you who’s more powerful!” She waved her arm to shower the tree folk with bolts of lightning but the force around her was so powerful it shielded the crowd from her terror.
“You can’t beat it Podsinia,” said a weary Elm, ‘It’s no use! The deed has been done and the anger around the world will soon calm. The path to peace is already paved.”
Podsinia tried again and again to destroy the city’s folk with her forces of black hatred, but could not get past the shield of love they had put up around her.
She went to grab Acacia again but the force had shielded them also. There was nothing left for her to do but get angrier and angrier running like a scared cat in the area she had left to move around in, screaming viciously until she finally collapsed hurling abuse and moaning from the rapid loss of energy. She slowly withered away to nothingness leaving only a wisp of smoke in her place. The whole congregation kept their concentration until there was nothing left.
The vine-like roots that tied the captives up, fell lifelessly from their hold. Acacia and Nutwood rubbed their wrists and gave each other a comforting hug. Elm did the same and came over to them giving each of them a warm hug also.
The focus was now on Sky. The lifeless form lay in the arms of a Nutley. Yellow Flower, Florrel and Coral had made their way to the girl who had changed their lives.
The gold fairy knelt down and took her hand and with the help of all those in the room focusing on Sky, a halo of healing energy was beginning to glow around her. It took a few precious moments, but Sky started to breath again and opened her eyes to see a crowd of tree folk looking down at her.
“Sky.” Whispered Yellow Flower as Curley slipped and squeezed his way through the crowd to her side.
“It’s alright. It is safe now.” She stroked her hand to comfort her.
Even though the crystal she wore didn’t stop the impact of Podsinia’s wrath, it had actually saved her life. It glowed amber as they helped to sit her up.
Back in Canberra amidst a chaotic crowd, 78 world representatives out of 100 were arrested for treason, theft of public moneys, drug trafficking charges, hiding public information and many other such offences.
Willy Weed was carted out for yelling obscenities to the United Nations Chairman and other leaders, threatening them with more violence, but still spilling his truths out everywhere! Other World Leaders were handcuffed and charged with offences toward their country and people. The people of the world would do investigations now and nothing else would ever be covered up like it had been.
Finally the timing on the spells that kept the world linked up to satellites came to an end and the world’s broadcasting stations suddenly began to function properly, and they were able to allow broadcast their own news stories. But it had really all been said and done. The world was set for a massive change of direction for the better. There was nothing the media could say that could change the reality of what was now full knowledge in every home and heart around the planet. Their governments had lied and cheated and let them down completely. But it could now be turned around and Mother Earth and its peoples could now be helped and healed.
Grace was sitting there, stunned and happy at the same time! To think that her granddaughter had been a big part of all that! Fran had rung her mother about it and Beverly and Henry and most of the household folk were all still talking about it all.
“What’s going on there Mum? Was that Sky we saw on TV?”
“In Canberra!? Well that would be impossible dear. She is just within the garden playing with some local folk… Don’t worry; I’ll get her to give you a ring when she comes in. Oh goodness I must go, I have guests that are trying to say goodbye…I’ll talk to you later, bye dear!” Said Grace, cutting the phone call short. Fran would find out all about it soon enough.
Fran put the phone down feeling bewildered and frustrated all at the same time. Her friend Jack was still there watching the news and having some laughs with the Baize and his mates. They had already got some lyrics going for the perfect song of which they were jamming a little with hands on tables and verbal impressions of a whining guitar.
The celebrations in Nutlidge went for hours and hours! The Centre had never seen such festivities as this.
Music rang out from the balcony of the Palace and all over the tree as people danced and ate and celebrated their victory. Yellow Flower, with Dusty on her shoulder, and Sky were looking at some of the dresses the fairy folk had turned out in. Sky had her Jacaranda dress on now and looked positively stunning!
Malley arrived carrying some drinks for them all, and a fresh bag of popped flower seeds. They were a favourite of the tree folk, a bit like popcorn is to kids!
They had a fantastic position on a branch just a few steps out of the crowds, where they could oversee the festivities. Elm and Lobes were there, eating fruit and drinking Red Gum wine. Apparently it was a few thousand years old and Elm thought it quite the occasion for such a treat. Nutwood and Acacia had joined them and were also enjoying a drink and they all watched the as the crowds continued to enjoy the festivities.
Nutleys of all ages came out to join in. Nuttles were dressed up; street performers were out in their best costumes and performing their best performances ever. Stalls had appeared here and there helping feed the crowds who came to laugh and enjoy the music. Laughter rang out through out the tree and its massive boughs and forests of foliage.
Suddenly trumpets sounded and the music and festivities came to a quiet stop. What now?
The trumpets sounded again and this time the doors to the Nutlidge entrance were opened. Everyone looked at the doors, when a voice rang out. It was Nutric Heathgum. He was standing on the palace balcony.
“Thank you, thank you, and I promise I won’t keep you long! I just thought it was appropriate to mention that it is a very special anniversary today, of all days. Our beloved Nutlidge has just turned twenty thousand years old!”
From the doorway emerged a massive birthday cake made from thousands of nut muffins, and topped with every kind of fruit and berry you could imagine! The crowd roared and applauded the tree in her magnificence.
In response to their acknowledgement of her, the tree seemed to come alive! The boughs and leaves all glowed in the darkness and shone a golden light over all who were there. Nutwood headed to the cake to speak to the people of Nutlidge. Behind the cake came a display of butterfly dancers, fairy ballerinas and the Kurrajong Band set up on a small stage with wheels, and being pulled along with a nut version of a human designed model T Ford! It was spectacular!
Lord Nutwood stood there, in awe of the cake and of the fact that with all the things that had gone on lately it was simply wonderful!
They all cheered Nutwood on up to the special platform they had made for him to reach the top of the cake. It was decorated with flowers of all kinds and had tiny birds that flew around to make the words, ‘Happy Birthday Nutlidge’. He stepped up to the platform and stood looking out to the entire crowd around him. They cheered still and clapped for him. He couldn’t speak for a moment because he was too choked up. Curley made his way up to him in his usual swinging way and handed him a tiny bag of powder, and whispered, “Here you go Lord Nutwood,” and swung down again to where Florrel and Acacia were now standing with Sky and the rest of their little group.
“Speech!” Called out a small pixie in the crowd and everyone cheered that too.
Nutwood was lost for words for the first time in his life. He was also still a little emotional after the last day’s events, and the fact that even though he knew that Nutlidge was quite safe all the time, he couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like without it.
He wiped the tear from his eye and sniffled a little and took a deep breath.
“My friends,” he began. “What a wonderful gift this is in celebration of our livelihood.” He swallowed back another lump in his throat. “I know each and everyone of you, and I am blessed in the knowledge that you are all a part of this huge happy family. If it weren’t for you all, we could not have overcome our troubles as we did. I have a special thank you, on behalf of all of Nutlidge; I would like to thank our little human friend, Sky!”
The cheers were for her this time and all eyes were on the stunning young fairy girl. She waved to everyone and blew a kiss to Nutwood.
“Without her help today, our home may have never been the same. Also, I must thank Yellow Flower for everything she did today; we couldn’t have done it with out you and our wonderful fairy and pixie folk!”
The crowd applauded again with cheers of encouragement and thanks.
“And, we cannot forget Elm and Lobes for their great assistance…” More applauding was heard and seen.
“And,” he said turning to the two pixie brothers, “The bravery of Perry and Winkle when rescuing the potion is to be complemented.” As the crowd clapped for them they went bright red and their friends nudged them cheekily.
“The other person I would like to thank, and without his help we could not have done this at all. Merlin! If you are listening!”
The crowd went into a frenzy of whistles and cheers for the wizard of old.
Suddenly, before anyone could say another word a magical display of fireworks broke loose above them, showering them in rainbow light. The crowd cheered their way through this surprise event that Merlin had obviously sent them.
“The world is on its way to recovery!” Stated Nutwood victoriously. “When they realise how beautiful life can be, they won’t want to go back to what they were doing before!” This time he laughed with the crowd who knew exactly what he was on about. “As you know, it is our every thought that creates our moments. This is a fantastic thought!”
He laughed again and gestured towards the cake. “So, may I bring this thought alive and may you all have a fabulous night!”
With this he threw the glitter from the pouch over the cake and it came alive with hundreds of firebugs.
They danced around the cake lighting up all the sparkle that hovered like magic around it making a spectacular show all on its own!
The folk of Nutlidge roared with good cheer and the entertainment before them. A large float of nut bowls and spoons came out from the Nutlidge entrance and the cake was ready to eat!
It was so big! It was definitely a help-yourself meal all on its own! But fairies were on the ready to help with the serving in any case.
Sky was staying with Yellow Flower that night, who had met a very handsome male fairy in the crowd, named Dew and was getting rather acquainted. With him, was his young friend Leif, the handsome fairy that Sky had seen in the fairy glen a few days earlier. He was introduced to a blushing Sky!
Sky watched her new fairy friend walk over to get some cherry juice when Malley and Florrel came to chat with her.
“Sky, you look beautiful!” Said Florrel, “That colour really does suit you!”
“Oh! Thank you!” Said Sky, blushing brightly again. She did feel good and she felt like one of the crowd.
Malley took a small parcel from his cocoon backpack and held it for a moment.
“You know Sky, we really are proud of what you did for us all. It was a very courageous thing and it won’t ever be forgotten you know.” He looked down at the ground for a moment. He always got a little choked up when it came to speeches.
“It has been a wonderful experience getting to know a human such as you. Florrel and I have the honour in returning to you a treasure in which you owned in a past incarnation. It came to us through Merlin.” He held out the gift to a bashful Sky and she took it looking at both of them with her big blue eyes.
“It was my pleasure to do it for you all.” She said humbly, “I think your world is just wonderful! You are the nicest people I’ve ever met and I would do anything to help you. You’d only have to ask.” She looked at them intently for a moment before giving them both a hug. Sky opened the bound leaf package and there amongst silk fibers, was the most beautiful crystal pendant she had ever seen.
The see-through pyramid crystal was a mixture of precious gems molded together with such preciseness; you couldn’t tell how it was made. The colours of the rainbow followed the patterns of the beautifully cut piece. Red rubies were in the center circle, followed by a square orange carnelian, a yellow citrine triangle, a green emerald hexagon, and a light blue tourmaline star. There was an indigo sapphire circle, a violet fluorite rope and a pink diamond frame, which was diamond cut so as it sparkled like that of a thousand diamonds. The chain was also intricately made up of gems of moonstone, labradorite, dioptase, azezulite, garnet, zincite, danburite and aquamarine.
With her mouth open and her eyes fixed on the stunning necklace, she looked closely at it in awe.
“Oh it is just gorgeous!!” She held it up to the light and it was magical. “This looks like an absolute treasure! I couldn’t possible accept this!” She could tell that this was a very special piece of jewellery and it looked felt like she was holding many life times in her hand. The hairs on her arms and the back of her neck stood up and she suddenly felt lighter. It was a strange comforting sensation.
Malley and Florrel looked warmly at each other for a moment, Malley looking at Florrel, and then back at Sky.
“This pendant is yours Sky.” Replied Malley comfortingly. “It has been in Merlin’s care for a very long time waiting for the right owner to come along.”
“But how could I be…” Began Sky.
“It glows whenever your name is mentioned, see…” Said Florrel, and indeed the symbol was glowing! When it glowed, a spiral rainbow owl showed itself and sparkled.
Sky’s eyes reflected her bewilderment. She didn’t understand. Why her?
“But what do I do with it?” She said getting worried, “It is too good to wear all the time, it might break…”
“Sky, it’s alright,” said Florrel putting her arm around her. “This would not have come to you unless you were its rightful owner. It cannot harm you it can only empower you. You have the key to great treasures Sky. You only have to accept it for it to serve you again.”
Sky looked intently at her two dear friends and at the pendant and then back at them. “Okay…I accept. Thank you.” She said cautiously, and immediately the crystal chain placed itself around her neck as if by magic.