Grannie waited for her molecules to rearrange. She was shimmering and shaking and her eyes were tightly closed.
This is rather odd! she said to herself. I feel very peculiar.
Gran opened one eye just a little and closed it very quickly. That did not look like Phoenix, Arizona out there.
She opened the corner of the other eye.
Whoops ! We really MUST use that Doorway more often because I don’t seem to have any clothes on except for my hat and I am definitely NOT in Phoenix. That’s the Grand Canyon.
Round about the same time, the Sand Cutters were getting ready to go to the Airport. They were very excited that Grannie Moo was coming to visit.
One thing, their Grannie did NOT want to do was to worry them. She did not want them to think it was their fault that she wasn’t there.
Children sometimes think that its their fault when things go wrong with Adults – but it simply never is !
Sometimes, things have simply gone wrong and its noone’s fault at all.
And sometimes – although I don’t like to say so – sometimes, Adults get things WRONG.
GRANNIE NEEDED A GOOD IDEA and SHE NEEDED THE GOOD IDEA – FAST!
The one thing she had left ( other than her hat and her shoes) was the Ceramic Container that Cassandra had given to her.
Children all over Triflora called Cassandra, BASSI PLU. She could see what was going to happen in the future AND SHE HAD SPECIAL POWERS: the ability to see the future & communicate with non-human beings.
BEST QUALITY: Extra special hugs.
( The Hugs could be felt even when Bassi Plu was nowhere to be seen.)
Brynn and Calen were being hugged right then and there and they didn’t even know it. They just felt safe and happy.
Bassi Plu knew all along that the Doorway was not working properly. It had been closed for far too long. She didn’t quite know what was going to happen when Grannie went through but she did know that it could be rather strange. That’s why she made the Container and filled it with special Bassi Plu magic.
Grannie looked down at the Ceramic Container.
She looked down at the Grand Canyon.
She looked at her skin where her clothes should have been and decided to try ANYTHING! She ever so gently lifted the lid on the Ceramic Container with the Phoenix on top.
The Ceramic Container shimmered into all manner of Magic and completely disappeared.
The ship that the Wizards built for the Unfound Sea whizzed up through the Doorway, picked Grannie up with magnetic force and whooshed her out of the Grand Canyon and into the Park near Brynn and Calen’s Dad’s place in less time than it takes to say TRIFLORA.
The Magnets let go of her and she bounced into the Garden Bed just in time to see the Ozzie Sand Cutters heading out to the Phoenix Airport.
Bassi Plu’s Magic had woven a purple silk dress all round Grannie and filled her arms with all the Presents from the Bush that had bounced off the back of the Automobile.
And there she was, sitting in amongst the flowers in a purple silk dress and just brimming with Magic. It was quite a surprise for the Family when they turned around and saw her.
Well, I guess I will have some explaining to do! she thought, as she smiled and waved at everyone.
Grannie Moo was smiling.
Grannie Moo was waving.
The Family wasn’t smiling.
The Family wasn’t waving.
The Family was simply staring with mouths wide open and eyes astonished.
You see, Bassi Plu had packed so much magic that all sorts of things had come along in the Ceramic Container. Bassi Plu had packed everything she thought Grannie and the Sand Cutters would need. And, strangely enough, the Family could SEE the Visitors from Triflora and the Family could see the Magic at Work.
This is NOT what they usually saw in the Garden near their Place and they had NEVER seen their Grandmother in the middle of it all. The Spiders had come to weave a new Doorway. Noone wanted Brynn or Calen to try to get to the Grand Canyon by themselves so it was time for a new Doorway into Triflora. The beautiful Damelza had come to live close to Brynn and take messages from Phoenix to Triflora.
Gold dust and Star dust were being sprinkled all around and Toothy Ted had chosen himself to be Calen’s new best friend. Calen wasn’t sure about Toothy Ted – but there he was. He had a VERY Australian accent and called Calen, “MATE”. Calen didn’t really know what to do with Toothy Ted. He did know that he did not want to clean his own teeth 23 times a day!
Wilbur had come along to take care of Dadda and the Blue Lady would make sure that Mumma was protected in everything she did.
Wilbur looked like a normal Dog in the World up top – but he wasn’t at all normal. He was rather weird even in Triflora and he was certainly strange in Arizona but he would take the very best care of Dadda. The VERY BEST.
Grannie and the Kids would be able to look around Phoenix while the New Doorway was being finished and at bedtime Grannie could tell them all about Triflora.
Then, very soon, they would stand outside the new Doorway, in the garden right near their place, and all three would hold hands and whisper TRIFLORA. The Bush Folk were just waiting for that day!