waited patiently, sitting on the edge of her bed, clutching her
favourite teddy bear.
looked down lovingly at Thread Bear, her well loved, and very
old toy. He stared up at her with that blank button eyed expression
that said so much and yet so little.
worry. It won't be long now" she said reassuringly to her
Bear looked back at her lovingly. His button eyes always knew
just the right expression to give her.
loved Thread Bear. Her mum had told her he was very old and had
once belonged to her great grandmother, who had then passed him
down to her daughter, who had then given him to her daughter and
so it went.
always remembered what her mum had told her whe she had had first
seen her favourite toy.
I want you to meet someone." her mum had said one day out
of the blue.
been keeping him for you."
that she had produced this small brown teddy bear, his drab brown
fur almost worn away, his arms hanging by the merest threads.
His ears were worn around the edges, strands of stuffing poking
through. His belly looked far too lumpy to be cuddly and his nose
had worn away, exposing the white threads beneath.
Susie remembered his eyes. His black button eyes. It was as if
they came from a different bear. They were shiney. No wear. No
tear. Just shiney new buttons. And they seemed to be smiling.
remembered how her mum had sat him carefully on her own lap, making
sure his legs were neatly placed, the bear facing her daughter.
I want you to take good care of him Susie", his mum had said,
smiling. "He's very old and very special"
his name?" Susie had asked, transfixed by the small brown
bear her mum held tenderly in her lap.
he's a funny old bear darling" her mum had said. " He's
had plenty of names. We've all given him our own." Susie
remembered how she had given him a little look. Loving and sad,
both at the same time.
what will you call him Susie?" she had asked.
remembered looking at the little bear and it was almost as if
he had spoken to her. She had instantly known what to call him.
a little thread bare isn't he?" she asked.
he?" her mum had grinned. "I hadn't noticed"
he's not a little thread bare, he's my little Thread Bear."
mum was smiling.
know darling. He always has been."
that, Susie remembered her mum turning Thread Bear to face her.
She'd smiled and yet her eyes seemed strangely sad.
you take good care of her, you hear me?"
mum had held Thread Bear for a few more seconds, staring into
his sown on eyes. And then she'd sighed.
she'd simply turned him around and held him out towards her. She'd
said nothing. Just held this battered toy in her out stretched
Susie's life was never the same.
So here she sat, on the edge of her bed.
Bear sat in her lap.
room was in semi darkness, illuminated only by the pale glow of
the moon through the window. Shadows danced around the walls.
kids were in bed. Her husband away.
was time. The time she always knew would come. The time she dreaded
but at the the same time dreamed of for her beloved Thread Bear.
remembered the adventures. The laughs, the unexpected, the magical...the
path she was chosen to follow.
looked down at the well loved, moth eaten bear sitting in her
welled up in her eyes.
away the tears from her eyes she sat the bear on her lap, facing
the wall. She straightened his legs and held his head up on his
It started as a small crack in the wall. It creaked and splintered,
snaking from the floor to the ceiling. The crack widened, the
plaster on the walls falling to the ground. Light streamed from
the now gaping hole.
time for you to go home" Susie said quietly. She smiled and
lowered her beloved Thread Bear to the floor.
miss you so much"
looked lovingly at the bear on the floor, tears now streaming
from her eyes.
danced from the gaping hole in her bedroom wall.
Bear lay on the floor.
it was an arm that twitched. Then a leg. Maybe next it was even
a ear. But twitch after twitch, the small moth eaten bear came
stretched and contorted his body and slowly stood upright.
swayed a little in his new found freedom.
smiled down at her life long friend as he teetered on his well
loved furry legs.
Bear stared at the floor. He seemed be studying every hair in
then looked up. Left. Then Right. His button eyes narrowing at
what they were seeing properly for the first time in 242 years.
Bear looked up at Susie.
he coughed. His little body convulsed.
you....Susie" he said, finally.
didn't know what to say. He has been a part of her life for so
long, he had shown her wonders...
knew you would do it" the little bear said
knew you could break the spell." He coughed one last time.
" It took generations but the curse has been lifted. Thank
you Susie. We always knew you were the one."
with that, the small thread bare toy turned and faced the now
gaping hole in the wall. Light streamed from it, creating ghostly
shadows on Susie's bedroom walls.
turned around, his button eyes fixed on Susie.
isn't right" he said. Thread Bear shook his head and thought.
His brain was clouded by centuries of spells. He shook his head,
his ears flailing.
have to come with me" he said.
was prepared for anything but this.
course you can" said the bear as the light streamed from
the crack in the wall.
trusted Thread Bear with her life....she owed him everything.....but
she stared at the gaping hole in her wall.
little bear walked towards her. He beckoned her down to his level.
And then he took her hand in his mitten like hold. Soft and secure.
and see my world." he said.
stared into those clear black shiney button eyes. Eyes that smiled
at her with a love and radiance she had known from no other.
watched as her little Thread Bear smiled. She has always known,
deep down, he was smiling, but this was the first time she had
and one other thing" the little bear said quietly.
Susie waited as the enchanted toy looked at her.
pick me up..I need a cuddle."
nearly cried with joy as she picked up the small brown moth eared
toy whole generations of her family have loved.
she cuddled her friend she stared at the crack in the wall.
Bear riggled in his loving embrace and turned to look at Susie.
my turn Susie. I know you trust me. Let me give you back what
you gave to me."
only took one look into those button eyes she had loved for so
long to make her mind up.
picked him up and clutched him to her chest.
looked down lovingly at the bear.
you ready?" he asked
have always been ready"
with that Susie and her Thread Bear entered the crack in the wall.
corridor before her was long. Dark and scary. But she had Thread
Bear. Her beloved Thread Bear.
she was sure she could hear cheering ahead....