There is a little confusion about April as Lilian believes she is an angel and Breeze thinks she is a fairy, what do you think?
When Breeze woke the next morning he was a little surprised to discover Eunice the carrier pigeon sitting on the end of his bed. She had a note tied to her leg.
“Does this mean yes or no?” Breeze wished Tulip were here then she could read it for him.
He decided to have breakfast first.
He was enjoying his berry breakfast with muesili when he heard a lot of barking outside his door. He went to look. The wood was full of dogs, racing about with their noses on the ground and their tails in the air. He smiled and said, “They came.” He thought it was safer to stay out of the way.
As he watched from high in the mountain he discovered it wasn’t many dogs. It was one dog. A black and white collie with a curly tail. “Ellie came.” Breeze said to Spike who sat in the sunshine beside him.
Ellie stopped running and stood on a fallen tree peering about her. Suddenly with a bark and a wag of her tail she raced away.
Breeze felt sad. “Ellie couldn’t find her.” He said and wondered what to do next.
He decided to have second breakfast and perhaps an idea might land during it.
He was on his third bowl of cereal when he heard a familiar shout and a lot of barking.
“Tulip” He shouted and raced outside.
Tulip didn’t look happy.
“Why did that crazy collie drag me here? Are you sick?” Tulip asked.
Breeze looked at her. He decided she looked very angry. He nodded his head. “I was worried, we couldn’t find you, no one knew what happened.”
“Izzy was sick. I went to help her.” She stared at him.” Now I am back and I suppose you and that pair are waiting on Fairy cakes to be baked.”
Breeze began to feel happier. “Yes please.”
Tulip flew away saying, “I think I should bake Ellie an extra big batch and perhaps then I will allow you one or two.”
Breeze was feeling a little grumpy as he walked down the stony path. He stopped when he saw the two dogs sitting looking at him.
“What?” he said. “What do you want?”
“We would like to share our cakes.” Bob said. They got up and raced away.
“But this time you have to come and find us!” Ellie shouted back to him.
Breeze decided it would be nicer to sit in a tree. He knew Tulip was his friend and though he might have to wait a day or two for the cakes. Fairy cakes always, always found their way to him.
Breeze was left in charge of Mrs. Groundsels Grandchildren. “Tell us a story, please.” Lisbeth demanded flashing her dark blue eyes at him.
Breeze sat and stared all around him. In the distance an old twisted tree caught his eye.
Lowering his voice he said, “A tiny oak tree was planted in the wood many years ago by a kind and friendly witch. ”
“It wasn’t Lovisma then.” Lisbeth said and moved closer to him.
Breeze smiled then said,
“The tree was planted in a good place. It began to grow. A rabbit stopped one day beside the tree to scratch his ear. The tree bent sideways to ask the rabbit what it was doing.
“I am itchy. So I am scratching the itch.” The rabbit said and then he hopped away.
The tree decided it was good to know answers to simple questions.
Whenever an animal stopped close to the oak it would move its body to look at the animal and ask a question or two. Over time the tree grew very knowledgeable about everyday things.
It knew why the clouds danced across the sky on sunny days and why they emptied buckets of raindrops on the forest on dark cold days. It also learnt the names of all the plants and animals in the forest. “
“Really?” Lisbeth asked.
Before Breeze could speak, Matt said, “That is rubbish there is no twisted oak tree in this wood and if there was it wouldn’t know anything about anything. Trees are just trees.”
Lisbeth looked sad. “Mr. Breeze, that is not true. Is it? Your story is beautiful. I think trees are great.”
“Thank you Lisbeth. Matt will discover the truth some day soon.” He hoisted her on his shoulder and said, “we are going to visit the tree.”
He walked a long way then stopped before the tree. Lisbeth ran her hand along the bark. “You are a super-duper old tree. ” Breeze placed her on a low branch and jumped up beside her.
“Does it know everything?” She asked Breeze.
“Maybe not everything but it does know a lot of stuff.” He looked at her. “Why?”
“I would like to know what there is far beyond the Sugar lump mountains. Please Mr. Tree can you tell me?”
Breeze looked at her and said, “why don’t you write a note and pin it to the tree?”
She grinned at him. “Trees can’t write.”
“No but fairies can and I bet Tulip or Izzy could talk to it, or Elegant. I will ask them. They could write the answer down for you.”
So Lisbeth left her note pinned to the tree.
Next day she woke Breeze from a nap by shouting at him, “I got an answer.” Lisbeth read the note: “Beyond the Sugar Lump mountains lies a green valley. It is filled with cows grazing, sheep sleeping and lambs having fun. There is no river but there are many different types of flowers and trees. The air is filled with humming birds who sing as they collect pollen from the plants. ”
Lisbeth was smiling when she finished the note. “I am never going to tell Matt about this. It is great to know something he doesn’t. Someday when he walks miles and miles to find out what is over the mountains I can say, I knew all along because the kind oak tree told me.”
When she left Breeze slept, dreaming of dancing trees who became so knotted they fell over and grew on the ground.
They were waiting for Izzy to return. Tulip and Elegant were in Elegant’s house because she had made some breakfast muffins and bars.
Breeze was sitting at the side of the house chatting to Lovisma when they heard a loud screech.
Breeze saw a flash of pink fairy wings, “Izzy.” They followed her indoors.
“Why are you as red as a tomato?” Lovisma asked Izzy who darted behind the sofa in the sitting room. She refused to come out.
Izzy whispered, “You should have told me how horrible they can be.”
“Who?” Elegant asked.
Breeze frowned. “They are not horrible.”
“Well the ones I met were. The first little girl broke my wand. The second demanded more money. The little boy cried and screamed so much his mum came hurtling through the door with a big white face and waving a frying pan at me.”
Ellen went to sit by her. She put an arm about Izzy’s shoulder. “you weren’t supposed to wake them up.”
“I didn’t on purpose. I had never seen so many things I pressed a few buttons and the rooms were bright, things moved, noises were made, they woke up.” Izzy shuddered. “It was horrible, really really horrible.”
“Sweet dandelion tea is good for shock.” Tulip said and handed a cup to her.
“Thanks Tulip. Something smells nice.” Izzy said. “I am really tired and hungry. I had to fly out of the houses really fast.”
“The breakfast buns were excellent.” Breeze confessed. “So excellent I ate them all. Sorry.”
Everyone swung around to look at him. “Well they were.”
Elegant waved her hand in a graceful manner. A huge plate of breakfast muffins appeared beside her. She glared at Breeze and said, “have one of these Izzy. Breeze has had enough muffins.”
There was silence for a long time until Ellen and Izzy had recovered.
When they were finished breakfast, Izzy said. “I don’t want your job I prefer mine.”
Ellen smiled. “I want mine as well.”
Breeze scratched his head. “But I thought you were both fed up with your jobs.”
Izzy said, “I was but it is easy and easy is good.”
Ellen smiled and then said. “You are correct there is nothing wrong with sticking to what you know.”
Breeze felt a little puzzled by this but decided a room full of magic was a little too much for him and he went off to do what he loved to do best, sit in a tree and dream.