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Claudia and Rosina are coming back from playing with their friends in the village , when suddenly Claudia stops.
” What’s wrong? ” asks Rosie
“Who is that? ” says Claudia
Rosie turns to look…

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“Good afternoon ” says Reuben from his perch on the gargoyles shoulder ” I’m Reuben , I have just arrived ”

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” Good Afternoon Reuben ” say the girl’s together, Claudia continues ” Why are you waiting out here all alone?”
” Oh I’m just looking for someone ” He looks closely at them ” and it could be one of you!” he says smiling.

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First he studies Rosina ” You have such beautiful Hand painted eyes ” he says happily

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Then he looks at Claudia ” Another with such beautiful eyes ” he sighs happily making the girl’s giggle.

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” Can I ask what year you two were born? ”
The girl’s start to sing ” I got my first real six string, bought it at the five and dime
played it till my fingers bled, was the summer of…69!!”
they laugh happily ” well really 1970 but we love that song ” says Claudia

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“Did you Say 69 or 70?”
“Well 70″ chorus the girl’s laughing.
” I find nothing funny in being born so LATE! ” says Reuben huffily ” You had best run along !”

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Then he turns away , giving the girl’s the cold shoulder. ” You are a very rude little bear ” say Claudia
getting annoyed
” Maybe he’s just feeling lost and alone ” says Rosie softly, her kind heart worrying for the little fellow.
” Are you STILL HERE !” grumbles Reuben rudely.

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“What a strange rudely little bear ” says Claudia
” Oh I thought he was quite sweet ” replied Rosie
” Best not let Gloria hear you say that, she’ll think you wont want her any more ”
” Oh NO! ” says Rosie hurriedly ” Gloria is my own little bear I would never change her”
they carry on back to the house to ask about the rude bear in the garden.
Reuben shouts after them ” Have you seen Jemima? you know the blonde with the little fringe…” he goes quiet for a moment ” Melinda? that’s her name…SEND MELINDA OUT HERE……” as an after thought he shouts “PLEASE”

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The afternoon rolls on as the little bear sits and waits for Melinda? He starts grumbling to the gargoyle
” That mister Steve Β said ” he mimic’s Steve’s voice ” Oh Reuben you will love it there in the village it’s full of delightful characters…” then grumbles on ” Characters characters! I’m surrounded by babies! I thought he meant Sasha’s of character as in age and beauty not waifs and strays ! ”
The gargoyle listens patiently wondering when the little bears going to get off his shoulder which is beginning to ache !
Reuben begins to suspect those two air heads have totally forgotten to tell Melinda or whatever her name is that he is waiting to honour he with his patronage !

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A walnut whip to the first person who can tell me who sang the song the girl’s love summer of 69?

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