Playful but anxious..Char-Lee
In the house on the hill, the years had brought many changes. There were now no more resident children, and few visitors. The people in the house were older
and slower and spent a lot of time around their home lIfe was lived at a different pace. Something called a pandemic caused humans to all live more isolated and ‘contained’ lives.
However, a visiting animal, a small white fluffy terrier dog owned as a puppy by a granddaughter, became a new resident in 2018. It really was because of her curiosity that three more teddy bears finally emerged to tell their stories.
A cold black nose pressed against the glass panel of a low cupboard,still in one of
the children’s rooms. Char-Lee shook and pressed against the glass.
It popped open!
‘Ow!’ a small voice called, ‘I’ve fallen out and banged my knee.’
Terrified, the little white dog went into the lounge room and barked and barked right in the face
of Joseph the Uncle Bear still sitting in his chair with Sue Care Bear.
‘STOP BARKING! STOP THAT DREADFUL NOISE!
Joseph had been asleep for many hours and the house had been drama free for so long he was jolted to full awareness suddenly.
He was extremely grumpy!!!.
He forgot the rules of life for Magic Bears and growled threateningly in the little
She was young and bears who talked were unknown to her as were most wild animals. A teddy bear who growled was terrifying beyond belief.
She fled to the safety of her storm shelter - a special cage retreat between two armchairs.
Sue care Bear quietly soothed Joseph.
‘Go back to sleep, dear, but tell Old Ted that something disturbed the little dog. He may decide to ‘check it out’.
Old Ted decided to
waddle personally along the corridor and check for any signs of disturbance in the empty bedrooms. He wanted to take the little dog with him and ask her why she was frightened, but when he stuck his grizzled grey head inside her storm shelter,
her black eyes widened, and she shook so violently, ..... he retreated.
He was worried her small heart might stop beating. She looked frozen with fear.
He decided to waddle unassisted -hoping for an open door-, into the first unoccupied room
on the right. The door was wide open. He waddled in. He couldn't see anything unusual.
He decided to leave.
turned when a sound from under the bed caused him to stop.
Then, a voice from the cupboard against the
wall spoke, ‘please don’t go’.
Ted noticed then a glass panel from the front of a low cupboard had shaken loose. It was
unbroken but lay on the carpet.
Ted replied, ‘I’m Ted, Please tell me who you are and how I can help.”
A voice from under the bed, however answered first. ‘Hello, I’m Clement the Chef Bear, I’m supposed to be part of a Teddy Bear Collection, but a child took three of us from the main Bear Cupboard and kept us here with other stuffed animals. We’ve been here a long time.
Today, a fluffy animal kept shaking the glass on the front of the cupboard. I fell out.’
‘How did you get under the bed? ‘
‘I rolled there. I was frightened
of the furry white animal. I did not know it was a dog until it began to bark. I got up, but panicking, I somehow became tangled in my wooden spatula, attached to my paw, and toppled back over.
I decided to roll under the bed. It seemed a good hiding place, but now I’m stuck under here and need help to get
spatula is caught on something. ‘