“Bear’s Path… Castle Walls… Homeward Bound! I see castle walls from Bear’s Path,” said Bear.
Jumping with joy… Bear’s Path travelled so long. My home in sight!
“How many steps walked on Bear’s Path?” asked Bear. “Doesn’t matter… almost to Amy’s Castle!
The minute I’m off Bear’s Path onto castle lands I will celebrate! I will find Amy and dance!
I’ve missed Amy so much. I can’t wait to see her… she’ll hold me in her arms.
I remember the day she found me… at the harbor… took me home to safety.
Bear’s Path so lonely after I lost Amy and my friends. Changed for me as I met red bird and meerkat.
This time is my time… joy with Amy… in her castle. Happiness and tears will flow.
Ever hear of dancing bears? Happiness… bear dancing on Bear’s Path!” said Bear.
“Bear you’re counting chickens before they hatch! I know I’ve done that before,” said meerkat.
“I’m not counting chickens! I’m counting the minutes until Amy and I are together again,” said Bear.
“Yes, I’m still on Bear’s Path. Flowers with sweet perfume ahead.
See those beautiful colors. First time I’ve seen so many flowers in one place.
Those flowers a special welcome for weary travellers on Bear’s Path. Flowers to brighten my day,” said Bear.
Meerkat and red bird were near to Bear. Meerkat walked and red bird flew.
“Happiness is here for Bear! He misses Amy,” said meerkat.
“Will you continue on Bear’s Path after Bear meets Amy?” asked red bird. “I may fly away… on my own adventure,” said red bird.
“Not sure what I’ll do,” said meerkat. “I’ve enjoyed Bear’s Path.”
Bear walked Bear’s Path faster than meerkat and red bird. Bear breathed deeply… the flower’s perfume strong from both sides of the road.
“I persist I win… I persist I win… I persist I win.” Bear’s steps were slowing down… “I’m tired.
I went to bed early last night… what is happening to me? I persist I win.”
Meerkat and red bird closer to Bear than before. They caught Bear… no increase in their speed.
Bear fell behind rapidly. His steps faltered on Bear’s Path… he was leaving large bear footprints.
“I persist I win. I breathe deeply to increase my speed… but I go slower?
I persist…,” Bear crawled on Bear’s Path. Bear’s voice weaker, “I persist…”
Meerkat and red bird were alarmed. The sight of Bear crawling on Bear’s Path caused them to run.
“What’s wrong Bear?” Meerkat and red bird ran… breathed deep also… “This flower perfume is strong!”
Horse Drawn Carriages
All three collapsed on Bear’s Path. The flower perfume overwhelmed them.
“Guests, we have guests,” announced King Richard. “Please help them.”
People from the castle brought horse drawn carriages outside to Bear’s Path. They picked up Bear, meerkat and red bird.
“I remember my first time at the castle. I walked Bear’s Path and collapsed like these three,” said the servant.Bear’s Path
“In time my body adjusted to the flower perfume. Now I’m immune to the smell… no longer tired or sleepy.
Let’s take them inside, find out who, what, why, where and how they came to find our castle,” said King Richard. “Please give me the reins to the horses.”
The horse drawn carriages turned around towards the castle. The horses nibbled the flowers as they made slow turns.
“We have new guests. Prepare their beds for them.
They’ll sleep off the flower perfume. Maybe they’ll be hungry in the morning,” said King Richard.
Prized Red Roses
King Richard said, “Once again my father’s invention of sleeping flower perfume created safety. We don’t need castle guards with our early warning system.
They’ll slowly wake… tomorrow they’ll tell us who they are. They can’t lie… the truth serum in the flower perfume won’t let them.
He strolled through the castle gardens. His prized red roses bloomed profusely.
The castle and the courtyards were peaceful. The gardens well groomed.
The wall turned outward as King Richard pressed a recessed button. A ledge appeared… held a tall refresing citrus drink with a mint sprig.
“My favorite drink… cool, tart and sparkling. What a delight!
I need a queen to share my kingdom. I’ll find her… soon.
We’ll reign over our kingdom together. Justice dispensed to all.
Until then I’ll be kind to my people. Dream of what the future holds.”
“Long day… much excitement with the new guests,” said King Richard. “Bedtime.”
King Richard walked the long staircase. The top staircase arched gracefully to the left and the right.
“In the morning I’ll know whether these guests are friend or foe. Tonight they sleep peacefully.”
In front of King Richard… a blank wall… no open door to his bedroom suites. The blank wall… beautiful wood.
Right foot forward… pressed down… King Richard moved backward. The wooden wall jumped forward… slid into place.
Hidden wooden double doors opened automatically. Inside… a large intricately designed master bedroom.
The double doors closed automatically. Inside… heavy burgundy drapes accented a sleigh bed with scrolled headboards and footboards.
King Richard walked near the heavy burgundy drapes. The drapes were closed tightly against the night.
“Open,” King Richard said… the drapes exposed the starlit night sky. “Beautiful!” he exclaimed as he peered through the paned glass.
The delicious aroma of breakfast woke King Richard. The burgundy drapes opened automatically to the sunlight when he lifted his silver spoon.
Breakfast, prepared below in the kitchen, arrived silently through a system of elevators. Breakfast waited for KingRichard on a beautiful silver platter.
King Richard’s father had invented this invention also. Same as every invention in the castle.
He ate a leisurely breakfast as he watched birds perch on tree limbs. The beautiful mimosa trees were their homes.
“Time to get dressed. Must greet the guests downstairs,” said King Richard.
Bear, meerkat and red bird were at the large breakfast table. They ate in a breakfast room off the corner of the kitchen.
Two doors entered the breakfast room. One passed by glass windowed cabinets containing china and silverware… the other door led to the grand dining hall.
Bear pushed back his chair. He walked to the eastern window.
Lunch for the Road?
King Richard walked into the breakast room as Bear stood up. He joined Bear at the eastern window.
“Beautiful view isn’t it?” commented King Richard. “I love it here.”
Bear turned his head to listen… again a faint sound of a bell. Thinking to himself… the bell ringing… mysterious.
Bear agreed, “Yes it is beautiful. Thank you for the delightful bedrooms and meals… we must be going.”
“We’ve hardly spoken… please stay awhile so we can talk. Where are you going?” asked King Richard.
“We are looking for Amy, her castle and my friends. Meerkat and red bird are my company on Bear’s Path.
I got separated from Amy as she reached her castle. The castle was given to her by her father.
Her father adopted her when she was an orphan. The castle was given to Amy’s father by his brother.
It was after Amy’s father’s death she was told by the family attorney about her inheritance… a castle. Amy didn’t know the uncle or the existence of a castle… she was surprised!
King Richard told the kitchen staff, “Prepare meals for the guests so they may travel well. Good food in their backpacks.
I’m sad to see you leave. Please return with Amy so I may meet her… I’ve heard of a fair Princess Amy,” said King Richard.
“I’m looking for a queen. Maybe she is my queen.
What reason do I give to Amy so she’ll want to meet you?” asked Bear. “I don’t want her disappointed if you don’t like her.
“You left something of importance behind. You forgot it… must go back for it… she needs to come with you so you’ll never lose her again,” said King Richard.
“Here is this golden egg. I think it’s a peacock’s egg… I want to give Amy a gift of a peacock.
Take care of it… keep it warm. Maybe it will hatch… maybe I can surprise Amy with a peacock baby,” said Bear.
“Bear, meerkat, red bird please leave through this door. The other way you’ll be overwhelmed again by the flower perfume.
To the right are the highlands that may lead you to Amy’s castle. To the left is a forest filled with enemies.
Take care. Safe journeys all of you.
Come back and see us,” King Richard said. “Soon please.”
Did Bear, meerkat and red bird find Amy’s castle? Did they return with Amy to King Richard? Is Amy King Richard’s Queen? The egg a baby peacock?
BearHugs’ ’til our next adventure,
Amy & Bear