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…
“Good afternoon ” says Reuben from his perch on the gargoyles shoulder ” I’m Reuben , I have just arrived ”
” 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.
First he studies Rosina ” You have such beautiful Hand painted eyes ” he says happily
Then he looks at Claudia ” Another with such beautiful eyes ” he sighs happily making the girl’s giggle.
” 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
“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 !”
Then he turns away , giving the girl’s the cold shoulder. ” You are a very rude little bear ” say Claudia
” 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.
“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”
The afternoon rolls on as the little bear sits and waits for Melinda? He starts grumbling to the gargoyle
” That mister Steve 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 !
A walnut whip to the first person who can tell me who sang the song the girl’s love summer of 69?