Despite the uneasiness of the situation, Our Heroes had a not unpleasant time fishing and looking out across the beautiful sky kingdoms around them. Soon Bob Up caught a fully cooked goose which served them very well for a meal. After dinner, angling for next morning’s breakfast, Bob snagged a little dog which he would have loved to keep, but had to release so it could go back to its own boy.
The next thing they caught were two boxes of dreams, and looking into them, Notta and Bob fell instantly asleep. The Lion kept watch, and soon found himself fighting for his life and theirs as the Uns attacked. Awaking, Notta used his incantation to send a bunch of them to Mudge, and eventually, the Uns retreated.
In the morning, scouting for breakfast, Notta followed a sound like sawing to where an extraordinary bird, with a beak like a telephone receiver, lay sleeping, snoring like a freight train.
Once awake, the bird, whose name was Nickadoodle, a.k.a. Snorer, willingly joined the party, and provided them a means of escape. The Lion, Bob, and Notta, all starting to sprout feathers the longer they stayed on the Skyle of Un, were eager to do so.
Snorer directed them to King I-wish-I-was’s Flyaboutbus, a swan-shaped vehicle with feathered wheels. While the Uns went through a daily wishing ritual, our dauntless quartet boarded the bus and quit the skyle.
It was a harrowing flight until they learned to work the controls, and once back in Munchkin territory, they landed and found Travelers’ Tree “planted by the Wizard Wam in the year 1120 O.Z.” which provided them with food and drink.
As they continued on their way, Notta and Bob stiffened and began to turn blue; Mustafa, part of his tent now filled with Uns, was expressing his displeasure at their seeming disobedience to his will.
Notta admits all to the Lion, and the Lion to Notta, and both agreed to do what could be done to prevent the Mudger from winning. Nick had an idea and tied a rope around the Lion’s neck and had Notta hold the other end. At this, the humans regained their normal colors.
With the rope now tied around Notta’s waist, the more to secure him to the Lion, they once more took to the Flyaboutbus to go to the Emerald City, Bob being as anxious as ever to meet Dorothy. But they flew into storm and were in danger of sinking in the air!
After a harrowing landing, in which the “Fallaboutbus,” as Nick rechristened it, seemed to get lost, they found a hut in which they stopped to recuperate.
Here they made the delightful discovery that all their feathers had dropped out (excepting Nick, of course).
In the morning they found the Flyaboutbus and, with Notta now disguised as a fish, they flew toward Mudge, stopping to explore an unusual city…