Nana’s friends live all over Triflora. One of her very good friends lives right in the middle of the Bush. Her name is Grannie Moo. Sometimes, Grannie Moo and Nana used to sit down and have a bit of a cry because their grandchildren lived so very far away from them. That was before the 3 girls found the doorway into Triflora. Now they can visit each other anytime they want to.
Nana knew that Grannie Moo was VERY sad because she could NOT visit Brynn and Caden just anytime she wanted to.
Grannie tried to stay CHEERFUL. She was kind and loving to all the Bush Folk. She didn’t let them see that she was SAD. But Nana and her Friends KNEW. They got together one moonlit night and talked it over. Then they came up with a very good idea.
Grannie Moo could go all the way to Phoenix, up there in the World on Top. Then Grannie and Brynn and Caden could search for the Arizona Doorway into Triflora.
In the Meantime, Nana would send Triflorians searching for the Inner Doorway to Arizona. I wonder why there are no Guardians taking care of that Doorway. They MUST know that Grannie and the Kids would want to get together.
Poppy took Saffron by the hand and talked to her for 13 minutes.
Poppy talked to Saffron about GERT GUMNUT. Don’t forget that Poppy is a Detective. She knows how to find things out and she knows how to GUESS.
Poppy thinks that two children in Arizona would like to come to the Bush when they visit their Grannie Moo.
Poppy thinks that the Doorway to Phoenix, Arizona, might be IN THE BUSH.
Poppy also thinks that Gert Gumnut might know something about the Doorway to Arizona and she knows that Saffron and Gert are the very best of friends. That’s why she talked with Saffron for 13 minutes. She talked until Saffron told her Gert’s Secret.
Gert’s real job is Guardian of the Doorway in the Bush but noone had come through for such a long time that she had become very bored, just before the Party.
She was going to go Home as soon as the Party ended but she was so happy being a Ballerina, that she did not leave!
Poppy and Saffron followed the sound of Music to the Dance School . Sure enough, there was Gert. At first, Gert did not want to talk to them but when they told her about Grannie Moo and about how much she wanted to see Brynn and Caden, well then, Gert was first out the door. Grannie was very well loved in the Bush. Poppy and Saffy had to run to catch up with her.
O dear. O dear. said Gert. I did leave 2 Guardians behind but none of us thought we would be needed. Come on ! We need to get to the Bush.
Poppy and Saffron caught up to her and slowed her right down.
We cannot run all the way to the Bush. Let’s call in the Kangaroo. Grannie isn’t even ready to go to Phoenix yet and when she gets there, they will all have to search for the Doorway. We do not have to run.
The Duck and the Kangaroo simply PANICKED when they got the message that Poppy was looking for them.
The Duck and the Kangaroo had NOT been guarding the Doorway AT ALL. They had been flying all over Triflora having FUN.
When they first got the message that Poppy was looking for them, they wanted to HIDE or fly to a dark mountaintop. Then they realised that if they didn’t go and see Poppy, then Nana just might come and see them. Nana has been in a Very Bad Mood ever since she caught a cold. They really did not want Nana finding out that they had been having FUN instead of Guarding.
The Duck and the Kangaroo flew down to Poppy and Saffron and Gert.
Hop on ! said the Duck.
We will be back in the Bush in no time at all.
Back in the Bush, the Duck, the Kangaroo and Gert Gumnut settled back down in their homes beside the Doorway to Arizona. They had a LOT of cleaning up to do. You cannot just go away and leave things to take care of themselves in the Bush. The Snakes had made homes under the steps of the Duck’s House. Spiders had woven webs that blocked the Doorway.
It didn’t take long before the rest of the Bush Folk heard that the Guardians were back
and came along to help.
It took only a little bit longer and everything looked just perfect for Grannie Moo and her 2 Ozzie Sand Cutters.
And the GUARDIANS listened very very carefully for the whisper of the word TRIFLORA coming from Arizona.