‘My wallet’s gone! I was sure I left it on the table here.’
The voice of the blond, suntanned
electrical contractor, shook the walls of the hilltop house.
Bears on shelves and in cupboards woke up. Missie barked. The cat meowed
and fish splashed excitedly.
‘It’s got all my credit cards and personal information in it. I must, I must, find it.’
The young man began searching the floor and chairs in kitchen and lounge room and even moved heavy chairs and two cupboards to look underneath.
‘I’ve been checking the ceiling fans and power points. I was certain the kitchen table was the best place to leave it.’ He sighed. ‘I’d better cancel
all my cards. Oh what a bother.’
Mother’s calm voice broke his panicked dialogue. ‘Come outside in the cool’
she said gently. ‘Let’s have a cuppa – a cold drink or a tea/coffee just tell me your preference. Make yourself comfortable at the table under the tree and I’ll bring it all out.
We can even have a bit of fruit cake. Later, we’ll work on your problem. We’ll search the house inside and outside together.’
A short time later when the house had resumed its quiet stillness, a voice spoke.
‘Ted. I may be able to help.
May I come out and speak to everyone?’
The old bear nodded. Joseph growled ‘Be careful young’un. Ask Missie to guard the door, and be ready to return to normal
if you’re interrupted.’
A small, burnt-caramel coloured bear, with soft pink feet, shuffled his way forward. (His place in the cupboard was on the bottom shelf in the left-hand
‘Excuse me all.’ He elbowed his way until he gently dropped to the floor.
everyone. I’m Richard. There is a stamp on my passport photo that identifies me as Dick the Detective Bear. I was not made for movement. He showed them all
the delicate pink pads on his feet. Please excuse me as I sit.’
He moved and sat on the footrest of the large lounge chair facing the shelves and cupboards.
Joseph, Sue Car-Bear and old Ted repositioned themselves to lean against the arms of the chair so they could look down and see him clearly.
‘First, I must eliminate all
possibilities in this room.’ He held his notebook and began writing. ‘Would someone check the fishtank, please.’
do that’ said Ted. ‘I’m the closest and I can clearly see inside.’
‘What nonsense’ burbled Goldie. ‘As if I wouldn’t
complain if a germy leather object fell into my home.’
‘I understand’ said Dick ‘but it is important, I look at all possibilities.’
He made a large tick in his book.
‘Now everyone, I want you to shuffle around and make sure there’s nothing on the shelves or in the cupboards that doesn’t
Little bears shuffled and swayed like a breeze sweeping across shelves and cupboards. It was a soft ‘hiss’ but Joseph muttered ‘shh!’.
Pedro the Pirate said excitedly ‘I’ve found something’. On the end of his cutlass he proudly displayed a piece of Christmas tinsel.
‘It was stuck on my beard’. He chortled heartily.
Dick nodded. ‘Thank you everyone. Now
let’s see if we can solve the mystery of the lost wallet. Everyone think. You all see lots of things you may even have forgotten. Please settle and remember.
Did any one SEE the young man put the wallet on the table?’
‘Yes’. The clear voice of Colin the Captain came from the shelves.
‘I remember him putting it on the table. I saw him.’
‘Oh’ Sue Care-bear suddenly sat up. Joseph steadied her with his paw.
‘I saw him turn back and pick it up again. He put it in the top pocket of his shirt. I think he also put in a handkerchief or a piece of cloth.’
did he go, Sue?’. Dick made notes. He smiled at the little pink bear. ‘Thank you. I hope you can remember something else.’
‘Yes, I think it was the computer room. He was muttering about leads and checking power boards or…… or something!’ Sue’s voice suddenly faltered. ‘I only clearly remember
he put the wallet in his shirt pocket and walked to check ‘something’. He went in the direction of the computer room.’
She anxiously clung to Joseph.
‘You’ve helped little one. Don’t be worried.’
Dick spoke now with authority and clearly addressed his audience. ‘I
think if we have time, we will target the Computer Room and do a thorough search there. I will need folk to help. Missie, please warn us if anyone is coming. Sophie I will need your jumping abilities.
The cat meowed. ‘O please, please, don’t involve me. I know there will be trouble, someone will say ‘The cat did it!’
Several voices soothed Sophie. ‘All you have to do is be a cat’ someone said.
‘Please go into the room. Find the highest place. Maybe on the computer or a window ledge. Somewhere ‘normal’ for a cat to sit.
Colin and that young bear whose name I forget (he looks like a school boy), please could you go with Sophie and if she sees anything, together you may be able to help retrieve the lost item.’
Colin immediately said ‘Great!’
Ed the Explorer looked at Ted for confirmation, then happily jumped to the floor, when the old bear nodded.