The Three Bears and The Big Black Wolf: A T Cross Bedtime Story

April 16th, 2010
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Once upon a time in the land of T Cross, there was an unfortunate horse who became sick and died far out in the pasture. A few days later, as wranglers Connor and Kel rode out to bring in the horses, they saw Big Bear sniffing the dead horse. Because Mark had always told them a bear will run away when chased on horseback, they decided to test that theory. Silly wranglers, they believe everything Mark tells them! Luckily for Connor and Kel, Mark wasn’t teasing them, and Big Bear ran away from them and their horses very quickly.

That evening, Kel took her camera and hid in some trees not too far from the dead horse. She thought Big Bear would soon come to eat. Instead, Little Bear came loping down the mountain. Little Bear was hungry! He ate and ate, and Kel took many pictures in the fading light.

Suddenly, Little Bear ran away. Kel thought Big Bear must be approaching. She was wrong! Instead, Big Black Wolf came trotting down the hill. Little Bear returned; he tried to be brave and stood on his hind feet to be scary, but Big Black Wolf chased him away and ate until it was very dark.

The next evening, Kel returned to the trees. Little Bear soon appeared. He grabbed a chunk of meat and ran away up the mountain. Not long after, Big Bear sauntered in to eat. He ate and ate, and Kel took photos.

Abruptly, Big Bear tossed his nose in the air and sniffed. He became very nervous and started to fidget and growl. Kel looked around and saw Enormous Bear marching toward Big Bear! Enormous Bear looked grumpy and walked like the earth was shaking with every step he took. He shook his head and made loud chuffing sounds. Big Bear ran away. Unfortunately, he ran directly toward the trees where Kel was hiding.

“This might not turn out well,” thought Kel. She took three quick pictures of Big Bear running toward her and then grabbed her loaded gun and ducked behind the biggest pine tree in the small grove of trees. At this point, she nearly shot Connor, who had crept out to watch the bears and hadn’t told her he was coming (bad move, Connor!).

Connor’s eyes were huge; he was pointing toward Big Bear who was running away on the other side of the trees. Luckily for Kel and Connor, Big Bear didn’t smell them as he ran away into the forest, and neither man nor beast was shot that night.

Enormous Bear ate and ate until it was too dark to see any longer. Kel and Connor slipped back to the cabins.

Early the next morning, Connor and Kel saw Big Bear sniffing around the remains. They chased Big Bear once more, and he outran them easily. He ran up the mountainside and turned to look at them. Kel snapped one more photo from the back of her dancing horse (for some reason, horses get nervous when they are made to chase bears…).

If we are lucky, Little Bear, Big Bear, Enormous Bear and Big Black Wolf will visit the land of T Cross again this summer. We’ll be waiting.