I thought I’d share with you a little sneak peak into the first chapter of “The Pillow Guardians.” Enjoy! And by all means, let me know what you think!
CHAPTER ONE: SAVE FRED!
He couldn’t believe his big purple ears. He was being thrown away! Tossed in the trash!
Oh, sure, he’d been with his human for….well, that’s hard to say. Bears can’t count very well. But, he knew it had been for an awfully long time. It had been at least a million sun-ups.
Sometimes he had been tucked in the closet, sometimes left on a shelf, but he had been there if his human had needed him! The problem is, his human never did need him….actually, if we can be truthful, his human acted like he didn’t even want his teddy bear.
“Just toss it on that pile with the other stuff.”
It was funny, all these sun-ups. He had watched his human grow from the size of a pea to this big giant of a thing that somehow managed to put his own shoes on. Now the human was on his way to a college and was leaving.
Everything his human owned was being put into three piles. One to take, one to trash, and one to donate.
“Yeah, it’s kinda old. I don’t think anybody would want it.”
Wait! What’s happening? I’ve been on the shelf waiting….and wait! Don’t throw me away!
Oh, that sad little teddy bear didn’t know what to think. He was purple and dusty, that’s all he really knew. And for that, he wasn’t even worth giving to someone. He was thrown onto the trash pile. This was all happening so fast! Just yesterday everything was normal, as it should be. And today? Well, everything had gone wonky. This sun-up was terrible!
Flung he went onto the heap, then gathered up later with the rest of the things the human no longer wanted, then tossed into a the stinky trash compartment outside.
“What a terrible thing to do to a teddy bear,” he mumbled as he plopped into the garbage bin.
SLAM, went the lid!
He looked around but couldn’t see anything. It was dark, just too dark to know where he was, or what would happen next?
He huffed and sniffed, thought about it, talked about it to himself. “What happens to a teddy bear when they’re thrown away, anyway? What happens next?”
There wasn’t time for him to think to long about it for suddenly the lid to the garbage can flung wide open. He heard a scratching, a grunting, a huffing and a puffing. He sat back afraid, wondering what monster waited for teddy bears that are thrown away. He was getting terrified! Something was lurking with heavy thud up the side of the can. Dunk….dunk….
Oh, this teddy was sure this unseen beast was making dents as it squirmed up slowly against the side the trash can so that it could slide inside, and devour our little bear.
The little bear looked up, the moonlight shining only shadows so he couldn’t really see what this mean thing was! He must have fins! Maybe flippers! Tentacles!
Finally, it’s head jumped up and said, “Hi!”
The teddy bear screamed…..No, that’s a lie. He shrieked! Yes, he shrieked while falling back on the pile of bags beneath him.
After catching his breath, and with the moon turning the light just right, he could see it was just another teddy bear….
The other teddy bear asked, “Are you ok?”
Our teddy bear didn’t know what to say. “I guess so….I don’t know. What’s happening? Where am I?”
“Well, you’re in the trash, which is where I thought I’d find you.”
“Me? You were looking for me?”
“Oh, yeah! Oh! We have been trying to rescue you off of that shelf for a long time now!”
“What? I don’t understand!”
“Here, give me your paw. I’ll help you out and tell you all about it. Buddy, you’re about to be a hero!”
“Is that my name?”
“Gee, I dunno. I call a lot of us buddy. Wait. You don’t have a name? Your human never gave you a name?”
Our little teddy looked downward, sad. He hadn’t been given a name. He didn’t know if that was important or not, he just felt like it was something he should have always had, but didn’t..
“No. I don’t have a name.”
“I’m Simon. My friends call me One Eyed Simon.”
The more our little teddy bear strained his eyes the more he could see that Simon was missing one. And! One of his ears was smaller than the other.
“WOW! What happened to you!”
“Here, give me your paw.”
As Simon pulled the teddy bear out of the trash, he began to tell him of how he lost his eye and ear.
“I was a bear like you. Happy on a shelf. I didn’t care for much, didn’t want much. I loved being around my human. Then one day, a cat jumped up on my shelf, knocking me to the ground. Then a dog came by and grabbed me in his jaws! He tossed me around before sending me flying off into another room. When I landed I was missing an eye and my ear had been chewed almost off. Man, that was bad. It just kind hung off the side of my head! Well, the next thing you know I’m headed for the out, right into the garbage.”
Simon had pulled our teddy from the trash and was brushing him off. They started walking as our teddy asked, “How did you make it out?”
Excitedly, Simon stopped and said, “We’re BOTH lucky. This monster comes by and picks up these trash cans with big giant jaws!”
“Oh yeah! The monster then lifts his jaws in the air and everything in the can goes into his belly. I was lucky. I bounced off the side of his mouth and dropped onto the street. That was insane! You know the worst part? I watched the monster go down the street gobbling up cans left and right! That could have happened to you if I my buddies and I hadn’t saved you!”
“Why did you save me?”
“I told you! We’ve been trying to rescue you off that shelf because we need you. We needed to save you, so that you can save Betty. Betty is in trouble. Real serious trouble….and you’re the teddy bear that can save her.”
This was a lot for a bear who had been tossed away just a little while ago. He had gone from the shelf, to the trash, to being called a hero.
“I’m so confused,” he said. “This is a lot. Where are we going? Who is Betty?”
Simon stopped to explain what little he could. “I am a member of the Pillow Guardians. We are a secret,” he looked both ways just so that everyone knew it was supposed to be a secret, “a secret network of teddy bears that help people who are feeling bad. And poor Betty has been feeling really bad and we think you can make her feel better….because all she wants is a purple teddy bear.”
Wow. Our little teddy bear lifted his chin with pride. It was one thing to sit on a shelf and be there for a human. That’s what teddy bears are good at. But, it was something else entirely to feel wanted by someone, so he had to meet her right away. He had to go to her. He didn’t want to be tossed in the trash again.
“Well, let’s go!” The teddy bear was so eager to be held, to be hugged.
“Not so fast, friend,” Simon insisted. “You have a lot to learn before Betty becomes your human. You have sooo much to learn. By the way, since you don’t have a name, why don’t we call you Fred? I mean, it sounds like friend.”
“Fred…. Ok! I like it! My name is FRED!” Oh, hopped around so happy that his new life was going to be with a name and with a human that wanted him. “FRED! FRED! FRED! MY NAME IS FRED!”
Simon laughed, grabbed his new buddy by the paw and said, “Come on! I want you to meet Mr. Smokey and the rest of the Pillow Guardians! We don’t have a lot of time!”
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