Reuben is laying on the bench in the garden, depressed after his terrifying ride with Mossy and Hugo in Edwards car! And even worse was that Edward blamed HIM! He really did not like that Panda! or come to think of it that nut case Mossy! He was going to try and keep well away from that bear while he was stuck in this village.

Wallowing in his depression and quite enjoying himself grumbling away.. he suddenly hear’s a  voice!

” Hello, are you Ok? ”

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“Go away!” says Reuben covering his eye’s
” Why?” asks the voice
” Because I do NOT want to talk !”
” But you were talking away when I came up ! You did not even hear me!”

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Reuben takes one hand away from his face and looks at the girl leaning over the back of the bench
” Have we met?” he asks grumpily
” No ” say’s the girl ” I’m new here like you , my name’s Stevie ”

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Reuben pulls himself up as Stevie makes her way round the bench.

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“Can I sit here with you for a while ? ” asks Stevie
Reuben is just about to say no when he notices something , so he says ” If you really must!” not exactly an invitation !

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Stevie sits down and all is silent for a while until Reuben asks ” Are your eye’s hand painted?”
“What a strange question? ” gasps Stevie ” They are just my eye’s !”
” What about ” says Reuben ” a philtrum do you have one? ”
” A What!”

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Before Stevie can reply , the little bear is standing over her leg looking up at her face.
“What’s a philtrum?” she asks mystified
” WHY to I even bother! ” cries the little bear turning away

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“NEXT” shouts the little bear
” Next what?” asks Stevie in confusion
Reuben comes to his senses and realises that there is just him and Stevie in the garden
He thinks quickly ” Next time pay attention ! and don’t make out you are someone you are not!”

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Stevie has no idea what the little bear’s on about but says ” I think you are quite cute, do you belong to one of the other’s in the village ? ”
Reuben jumps up suddenly feeling anxious to leave  ” Sorry No I certainly do not belong to any of the waifs and stray’s in this place !”

” Well ” says Stevie ” if you don’t have a little Miss maybe you’d….” before she can finish Reuben’s off….

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“NEVER ” cries the little bear rushing off across the grass as if his life depends on it!!

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Stevie sits back on the bench as the little bear vanishes into the distance, she did not realise a bear of his size could move so fast!
He was a bit grumpy but she quite liked him…….

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