Lost and Found

It hurt when he’d fallen, but no-one heard his cries. That’s the problem with being a Bear, they don’t think you have feelings or feel pain.
A Bear is a keeper of secrets, something a child will confide in, love to pieces, and choke when they cuddle tight.Β  A Bear is a companion, one who will never leave your side, a constant in the first few years of life.
Now he was here, alone, and no-one had missed him.
He guessed he was lucky not to have been kicked or trampled, so he just lay there hoping to be retrieved and united with his charge. Kids were never owners, they were Charges to Bears, whose sole purpose was to guard and protect.

He heard the clacking of heels on the tiles, unfamiliar, so knew it wasn’t for him.
Except it was.
He was lifted, gently inspected and his golden bow adjusted to perfection.
He heard the sobs before he was carried into the room.
Stubby fingers rubbing bloodshot eyes, tears streaming, the distress was pitiful and so very painful to witness.
His saviour knelt down and offered him to the child in the stroller.
Blue pools of shimmering diamonds above a snotty nose and wobbly lips peered back at him, then he was clutched to a soggy chest and felt that familiar choking sensation of love only a child can generate . He was no longer Lost.

237 words

Photo by Stephen Leonardi on Unsplash
Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner 23rd November

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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30 Responses to Lost and Found

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Thank you for this delightful story Di πŸ’œ

  2. A lovely story with a happy ending.

  3. Marsha says:

    What a sweet story! My teddy bear would love it, too. πŸ™‚

  4. murisopsis says:

    Wonderful! That bear and the velveteen rabbit are on their way to becoming real!!

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAYπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

  6. Nope, Not Pam says:

    How beautiful, it was so well communicated

  7. glyn40wilton says:

    A heart-warming story – bear none

  8. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    Heartwarming πŸ™‚

  9. Sarah Blain says:

    Thank you so much for sharing

  10. Arya says:

    Amazing story πŸ‘! Do check out my blog too

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