Pedro the Pirate - One of the usually silent and hidden bears.
‘I see it! I see it!’ an extended brown paw holding a cutlass pointed to a distant corner of the room. Pedro the Pirate muttered something else in Portuguese before he
sat down again on his top shelf position of clear room vision. ‘Look sharp me hearties. There’s no time for muckin around.’
Ted found the screw and toddled back to place it in Matt’s paw. ‘Here you are, son. Now, what can I do to help?’
‘Please will you hold the pram while
I screw the wheel back in position.’
‘I would like to help too!’ uncle Joseph growled above them.
‘Ah, Joe, Joe!’ Ted replied ‘You know your size makes it very difficult for you to climb back again into that large chair. ‘Please, be the lookout, and help us by warning and distraction, if anything unexpected happens.’
‘Will do!’. Contentment was Joseph’s greatest gift.
It was a slow process, but, finally little paws performed
their professional duties. The doll’s pram was steady and whole again.
‘Yippee!’ shouted Harry the Hiker and Milo rattled his milk bottles.
‘Missy! Missy! Please if can hear me, we could use your help now.’
‘I hear you. Oh yes, I hear you.
Help help! O do let me help. Please, please let me help.’ The border collie burst back into the room spiraling, and dancing excitedly. ‘I want to help. All I ever want to do is help.’
Ted sighed. ‘Dear Missy, please settle down. We need you to be very gentle and careful. Polly wants to lie down in her pram. Please, pick her up and
gently place her in her right place. Please, Missy be very gentle and careful'.
The dog tenderly lifted the doll and carefully walked back to the pram. She intended to place Polly’s
head on the pillow but as she bent over she lost her grip and the doll dropped with a jolt, back into her place.’
Soft gasps came from the watching bears.
‘I’m ok. I’m ok. Thank you, Missy. Thank you everyone. I’m very grateful’ Polly laughed. ‘It’s been an
‘Yes, it’s been an adventure’. They all laughed even the cat.
Matt suddenly felt a small paw tugging at his overalls. He looked down into the pink face of Sue Care-Bear. ‘Please Matt, could you ask someone to help me get back into my right place? I really belong on Joseph’s lap in
that large armchair but was put on the shelf by mistake.
Also', she placed a comb into his paw, 'please return this to Milo with thanks.’
. ‘I’ll put you back into the armchair, I can reach’ said old Ted. Carefully he walked over and then, reached up and placed the little bear back on Joseph’s lap. He was the only one who saw the tears sliding down the big
brown bear’s cheeks.
‘Everyone quickly now, back into your correct places. Matt do you need help to get back?’
‘No, it looks like everyone’s moving so I can squeeze past’. He waved the spanner and disappeared on the lower shelf to sit behind Colin the Captain.
The comb was then passed from paw to paw until Milo returned it safely to his back pocket.
the car.’ Joseph warned. ‘Absolute stillness everyone’.
That afternoon when the family returned home even the animals were strangely
subdued. There was a stillness which was abnormal.
The goldfish blew bubbles which overflowed the tank. The cat meowed and stretched.
Missy calmly sat and held up a paw. The rest of the house was still, very, very, still.
Kate suddenly cried out ‘ Mummie my pram’s not broke anymore. Oh Mummeeeee come
‘Impossible!’ said Mother. ‘I saw it on its side. It’s impossible.’
‘I need a coffee’ said Father ‘let’s both sit down and have one. I'm too tired now to deal with any mysteries.'
and, I. I just want to live in peace and quiet with no dramas’ the cat murmured..
Everyone else suppressed their laughter
and became once more a collection of small bears and their friends, in a house shared with humans.