Philip arrived at 12.30am.
Old Ted nodded at the assembled bears and immediately observed that one who was not invited waved cheerily back at him and Walter the Wine Waiter was
Pete came forward.
'I apologise for coming uninvited but it was an accident.
Walter gave me his order pad and a pencil, He sends
apologies (by the way). When I was trying to hand these to Sue Care Bear, I was standing on a large fig leaf I had been trying to make into a flying surf-ski.
I bent forward overbalanced, and flew down to Sue. I almost bowled her over. I hid down on a low shelf until it was time for the meeting.
Ted nodded politely but he heard Uncle Joseph mutter and growl.
'Typical! He's a rebel. He's always
been trouble that one.'
Ted began his meeting by greeting the assembled five. (Philip the Photographer came
later. He had become tangled in his camera strap. He was rescued by Larry the Lumber-Jack who amused everyone when he retold the story later to his fellow shelf dwellers).
Ted cleared his throat and began.'I hope if you work together what I'm hoping to do will bring surprises and happiness to many.
About three weeks ago there was a treasure hunt in the house for a children's party. You will probably remember. Lots of little humans all over the place.'
"Umph!' growled Joseph.
'Long after they had departed I discovered one of the treasures had not been found. It was totally forgotten. I checked. It was still there under one of the cushions.
When I heard about our sad small friend, I had an idea.
I would like each one of you to take one of these and write a little bear's name on the outside. Before you leave this evening, working together you maybe could put an encouraging
picture or message inside.
I'll leave it up to you. Work together and use what you have
in your individual abilities.
Ted lifted up a packet and distributed the contents before
them. Take care! Think about the one you are writing to. Enjoy!
Coloured envelopes swirled around and settled on the carpet at their feet.