Lucas was in the children’s room with Ben.

Ben was back from boarding school for Christmas with the family. Lucas loves Ben because he’s got red hair just like him and he’s very strong and very clever , just like him!

This year the childrens room seems to be full of snowmen!

“So” says Ben ” You are right there are no Score P .. I mean scorpion’s at the nativity ” Lucas nods ” I knew that!” he says triumphantly
“But” continues Ben  ” There are no snowmen either!”

” Are you sure Ben ? ” asks Lucas ” does your paddy know everything? ”

Managing ,only just , to keep a straight face Ben replies ” Yes Lucas , my ipad does know nearly everything and there are no snowmen at the birth of Jesus, sorry ”
“Sure? ”
“Sure!”
“Why? ”
“Well because it’s a very hot country where Jesus was born and if a snowman went there he’d melt!”
“Nooo!”
“Yep ”

Lucas ponders on this for a while , his little grey cells whizzing round.
He’s just about to ask Ben why Jesus cannot be born in the north pole this year when the door opens

Seeing Hattie Lucas raises his book to hide.
“It’s no good hiding Lucas! You need to try on your Scorpion costume !
“NO!”

Ben gets up to help convince Lucas to try on his costume
” Come on Lucas , you’ll love it once you see it!”
“NO!”

Socks tries to get under the book with Lucas, while Hattie and Ben try to convince Lucas to come out!

Lucas struggles to stop Hattie taking the book

Finally Hattie manages to get the book ” Now Lucas, are you going to try on this costume? or shall I give it to Mrs Hope’s little boy Bernard !”

“No! Bernard have it NOT Lucas!”
“Fine! ” says Hattie

Ben says he’ll come along with Hattie as he wants to see Mum.
Lucas throws himself back on the sofa hugging his snowman and telling him, It’s all right he won’t let him melt just so that Jesus can be born in a barn!

Socks watches worriedly as Lucas sigh’s with a little sob ! He did want to be in the nursery play but not as no score p man! He would have been a snowman , if he could!

Suddenly a voice says ” There there little man don’t cry I’m here to make it all better!”
Socks growls at the tiny little bear that’s just appeared on the arm of the sofa!

Lucas turns his head ” Socks! Did you just talk to Lukey! ”

A little twinkling giggle sounds behind him ” Dog’s cannot talk silly! ”

Standing quickly Lucas turns towards the voice ” Who are you? ” asks a surprised Lucas

” My name is Queen Petunia Delphinium Rosemary  Bearkins but you can call me Petal ” she smiled warmly at Lucas and it made him feel all warm inside. ” Now sit down and tell me all about your woes!”

So he did, he told Petal all about Nativity’s that had Score p man’s, penguins and robots in them but no snowmen ! He did not want to be no score p man ! The others laugh at him and says he’s nasty boy but he’s not! He’s been good..well mostly since he’s lived in the village.

“I see ” says Petal ” That’s so wrong! Calling you nasty names but even more having  Penguins, robots and Scorpions at a nativity ! Let me think a moment! ” The little bear stares into space for a minute, her head nodding as if she talking to someone and they are answering her!
“That’s it! I know exactly what you must do ”

She motions for Lucas to tilt his head so she might whisper in his ear. Lucas’s eyes widen as she tells him , what he should do .

Socks tries to get closer so he too can hear what the strange bear says but she whispers so softly only Lucas can hear her.

Suddenly laughing happily Lucas turns to Socks and smiles ” Socks we have lots to do, it’s only five days to Christmas and we must be ready! ”
” Huh ! ” thinks Socks

“Come on Socks, stop sitting about it’s time to act!” so saying Lucas heads to the door making plans as he goes , closely followed by a bemused Socks !

“Have they gone? ” ask Petal reappearing on the sofa beside the snowman ” Good !  Now for my little treat for doing my good deed for the day !”

” Jam tart ! Yummy , I cannot remember the last time I ate a whole jam tart and strawberry my favourite, yum yum !” she giggles gleefully.

“Now Snowy ” she says with her best bedside manner ” You must tell me your wishes while I eat my tart and once you’ve finished the Nutcracker lads can tell me theirs but not Mr Hoot, he’s to busy pretending I don’t exist! Okay Snowy fess up ! ” then she looks back at the tart  with a covetous gleam in her eye…

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