| And for ten
years, Mellowmark lived at peace with its neighbors - the
Domuslanders across the Mystery Marshes, the Great
Beyonders over the Staying Hills, and the Merefullians
from Mereful in the east. But in the eleventh year of
|odd things began
to happen. If I told you that a year or two before Mungo
Brown had been released from prison, youll guess at
once he had a dirty paw in the business, for it was he
whod caused all the trouble in the past.
After his overthrow as President of Wasteland, hed been locked up in the same prison hed kept Quill Hedgehog, Dink Dormouse and the two Magpies years before. They, as youll remember, were freed by that daring raid in Hoot Owls Hootacopter which eventually led to Mungos downfall. So, Mungo had been freed and expelled from Mellowmark to live no one knew where ... until the beginning of this story.
Now Nero still visited the old mineshafts near the Mystery Marshes to practice his singing. From a very early age his mother had encouraged him to take up a career in music and hed become a lifelong addict of grand opera, oratoria, folk-music - anything, indeed, connected with song. Sadly, there were two drawbacks ... he was no musician and he couldnt sing. He possessed the most vicious pair of vocal chords nature had ever invented. We all know that sometimes nature goes wrong; but in creating Neros voice box, shed gone utterly astray.