“Treasure trove! My passions found… hit a jackpot.”
Bear viewed the treasure all around him. He danced… best day of my life!
He reached in and grabbed handfuls of sparking gems. The sparkling gems ran through his fingers.
“Magnificent treasure! Can’t wait until Amy, DennisDragon and crew show so they can see these!
Wonder where they are? They are dragging tail lately… running behind him.
When was the last time I saw them? Who knows maybe they are finding treasures too!
He put the crown on. He changed his life… royally… now king!
Who cares? I have everything I need in life… I can buy everything I need with this treasure!
“I order people to do everything I want. I take orders from no one.
I am totally powerful. My own kingdom for life.”
Crowned… Struts As a Peacock
He paraded around with the crown. He strutted like a peacock.
Bear no longer cared where or what anyone else did. He only thought of himself!
After all only he and his kingdom mattered. Nothing else or anyone could compare to his Treasure Trove!
“Happy days… only happy days ahead! I own the world.
What’s this? Another crown?”
It paid to dig through the treasure chest. A larger crown dangled from his fingers.
“I am king of the world. Another crown to wear… people change clothes… I change crowns!
I need a mirror. Need to see how handsome I am.”
He threw the lid of the treasure chest open further. In the lid of the treasure chest a mirror.
Bear looked into the mirror. He had never seen himself in a mirror… only as a reflection in a lake.
His image cracked the mirror. He looked mean and ugly.
“I am changing crowns. I want to wear the biggest crown.”
Bear put the larger crown on his head. He heard a whistling noise… the crack in the mirror was gone.
Bear looked once again into the mirror. Handsome smiles looked back.
“I so miss Amy, DennisDragon and crew. I think I need to look for them… they’re my friends… I care for them.”
Bear’s whole personality changed for the better with the larger crown. He didn’t realize it.
“Yes, I’ll put the small crown away. It might attract thieves.
Back into the treasure chest you go. I have to find my friends.”
The other crown stored in the treasure chest. He locked the lid.
He took the larger crown off his head. Looked at the gold and velvet crown again.
He kept the larger crown on his head. It felt right.
I’ll focus on finding my friends. We’ve travelled many miles together… many more to go.
Bear traced his foot steps backward. He’d find Amy, DennisDragon and crew.
“I’ll come back for the treasure chest. First I need to find my friends.”
Bear carefully put his feet in his old footprints. High tide suddenly washed over his old footprints.
“Now what do I do? Where do I go?”
Bear spun around in confusion. Suddenly stopped… his footprints all around.
Bear threw sea shells out onto the ocean water. Sometimes they would skip and dance… other times disappear.
Bear walked away from the beach. He sat down on a sand dune… frustrated.
Soon the ocean waves lulled Bear to sleep. He snored almost as loud as the ocean roar.
Bear jumped to his feet. Many hours passed.
He decided to look again for his friends. He picked up his old tracks again… this time they were on the other side of a huge pile of rocks.
“Good thing I’m heavy enough to leave tracks. The high tide stopped below my old footprints.”
Lost or Found?
“I wish I had a way of seeing from the air. Maybe I could find my friends.”
Bear jumped as a huge whooshing sound came near. When he jumped he straddled something.
“I’m riding a huge bird. Now I see from the air.”
Bear controlled the bird with his thoughts. The bird circled around then flew downward.
Multiple footprints stopped at the edge. Turquoise ocean water slammed against the beach cove.
Bear saw the cove opening as the bird flew onward. Another fly by showed a closed rear gate.
“We’ll need to wait until low tide. Wonder what’s behind the gate?
I think the reason we’re separated… they followed the map. I walked the shore line… without them.”
Bear excitedly said, “They found treasure! They’re behind the gate!
This coast line must be filled with lost treasures. My treasure chest waits for me!”
Hearts On Fire?
“I don’t want to wait until low tide. I need to see my friends now!”
Bear rode the bird… looked for an entry place. Slowly they circled the area of the gate.
They looked for a long time. Darkness came over the area.
“Stop! Look… light coming from the top of the rocks!
They must have a fire. Or is it a flashlight?”
Bear rubbed his eyes as the bird descended. His eyes tired from looking or was it smoke from a fire?
His eyes strained to see down the area of light. A shadow moved.
“Amy, DennisDragon… anyone answer me. Who is there?”
They can’t hear. The roar of the ocean waves too loud.
I wish I had a rope. I’d climb down the hole to the light.”
As he wished a rope appeared in Bear’s hand. A loop tied in one end.
He looped the rope over a big rock. Held the other end in his hand.
“Action at last. I persist… I win… there is always a way.”
Hand over hand he inched downward. The light was closer.
He landed on the ground. His eyes adjusted to the light.
The light came from a fire… just as Bear suspected. Nearby everyone slept.
“Wonder how long they have been here? Amy, Dennis Dragon… everyone wake up!
It’s me… Bear. I came to your rescue!
I am confused. You came to rescue us?” asked Amy.
Amy rubbed her eyes. She just woke up.
“Yes, I saw the closed gate. You can’t get out,” said Bear.
“Bear we’ve found the most wonderful place. We don’t want to leave,” said Amy.
“The map was right. An incredible treasure is here.
Wait… until daylight. We’ll take you on a tour.
Why are you wearing a crown Bear? You look royal.
I am royal”… he stuck his chest out. “I now have a kingdom because of this crown.
“We wondered where you were Bear. Glad to see you found us.
It’s always good to have friends. We aren’t in any danger.
The gate closes at high tide. Low tide the gate opens… our personal security system.”
All of this was said by Amy. Amy stood in the middle of the cave and whirled around.
“Look at our treasures. See the huge sand castle… now we all own a castle… not just me.
Climb the stairs with me. See how sea shells and jewels decorate the walks and walls inside.
Now outside of the castle is this treasure trove. Pirates must have abandoned it.
See the kitchen cooking area. Here are our beds… padded with palm tree leaves.
We’d never consider leaving here. We troll the cove with a net during the day for fish and sea veggies.
We have plenty to eat but we don’t drink the sea water… it is bad for us. We save and drink rain water.
We are safe and secure. You are too Bear… now that you found us.
So it is true… we persist… we win. A glorious new life… awaits us.
Bear tried to figure out how he got separated from his friends.
“I know now. I wouldn’t listen to what they were saying… I got lost… I had to do it my way.”
Suddenly Bear remembered an old saying. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
If I’d only listened. Well here I go again… learning the hard way.
I better learn to listen. Carefully too!” said Bear.
I did find my friends again. It could’ve ended up a lot worse.
“I was outside in the cove,” said Amy. “There is a ship coming this way.
It is flying a black flag with a skull and cross bones. I think it means the pirates are coming back to their hide out.
What do we do? Looks like we need to leave in a hurry.”
Bear said, “No you don’t need to leave. Build a bonfire at the mouth of the cave… they can’t come in.
We will stay hidden outside on the beach behind the rocks. Make sure they go another direction.
When the fire dies out we’ll come back and live here again. We persist… we win.
Did the pirates come ashore? Did they turn away to new lands?
Amy, Bear, Dennis Dragon and crew are they safe? Did Bear learn to listen carefully?
Did Bear go back for his treasure chest?
BearHugs ’til our next adventure,
Amy & Bear