Poppy’s Father is a good cook. He plays guitar and mandolin and banjo and he can sing. He DOES kick off to the side when he’s playing football. That is not usually a good sign – except when someone has wizard’s blood in them.
Poppy’s father DOES HAVE wizard’s blood in him. Not many people knew that. For now, he is cooking and playing music and kicking off to the side but the Signs of the Wizard are starting to show.
He cannot pretend anymore that he does not understand NUMBERS. He understands numbers VERY WELL indeed. He can create numbers of his own and he can make numbers do anything he wants them to.
And just across the creek from Poppy’s Place, creatures have begun to build a tower. It doesn’t look like a Tower yet. It looks like a stone wall and Poppy has been curious about the strange beings building it. She doesn’t know that a New Wizard’s Helpers start to find him before he even finds himself.
Poppy’s Father goes by the name of Mad O’Brian and he was one of Wizzy’s Musical Playmates for the big Concert. While he was helping the Wiz, Poppy and Saffron sneaked down to the Creek with Eric the dog and Mad Flynn. (There are quite a few Mad people on Triflora. Sometimes, Poppy was called Mad Eline and Saffron was called Mad Lola. )
They took a boat and started to row across to get a closer look at the stone wall on the Mad Island.
BANG. FLASH. KABOOM.
The tiny little creek seemed to turn into a wild river. Waves splashed over them and the boat splashed and bounced.
It is not easy to get near a Wizard’s Tower unless you have been invited. They only just made it back to shore safely.
Back on Land, they met the Organ Man. He was walking in the Gardens playing the Organ and leading people back to the Concert. Poppy and Saffron went straight in to listen to the Music. They would go looking at the Mad Island some other time – maybe. When their legs stopped shaking and the Creek was just a creek again.