The mama bear treads softly as to not wake her sleeping cub. She has licked his wounds, nursed him and patted him to sleep. She quietly leaves her den. As she scurries along the track, she gathers her necessities for the long night, it will be a long one, constantly on alert and never truly asleep, just drifting in and out. She’ll need to stock up on her energy.

She is constantly aware of the dangers, her little cub, so very weak, could wake at any moment. He would be worried, yelping for his mama. Maybe he would try and clamber down from his nook, perhaps he would forget the vines and obstacles that barricade him in. He may trip and hurt himself. With this thought, the mama bear becomes worried. She paces swiftly but quietly back to him,  ever aware of the other dens and protective mama bears, to wake them may initiate an encounter that she would rather steer clear from.

As she paces closer, she hears a roar! “Oh no!” Not her cub! Please not her cub! Its loud, unbareingly loud! She races now, not caring about the others sleeping, “I knew I shouldn’t have left him! she thinks. But she is over taken by forest fairies. These magical fairies never sleep; they are protectors of the forest. They have full responsibility of all the creatures in there region. When they hear that roar, they buzz into action in a flurry of activity. The mama bear fears the worse! The rushing fairies only mean one thing, danger is near! As she moves aside to let them pass, she watches them, time slows, she see them flying in slow motion, as they twist and turn down the narrow tracks, she prays “not my den! Please not my den”.

They make a sharp and sudden turn, to the den next door.

The mama bear, out of breath, enters her den and rushes to her cub. He is fast asleep, the sound of his snoring brings absolute relief. She pats his head, curls around his little body and starts to hum his favorite song, knowing that even though he is asleep, when she gets to the “unawares” part, he’ll do a gentle little giggle:

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise

If you go down in the woods today you’d better go in disguise

For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain

Because today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic!

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