Ellie sat on top of the fish and chip truck fully engrossed in Baines Wanescott’s best selling book A Brief History of Teddy Bears. She was certain Wanescott’s intimate knowledge of teddy bears could solve the enormous dilemma she was now facing.
Putting her higher education on hold once again, Ellie had bigger fish to fry in her life. Panic was running amok in the teddy bear community because Wagner and Lehman effectively demonstrated how a black velvet hood could render a teddy bear’s telepathic abilities useless. Ellie knew this was a game changer, the point only strengthened when Doucet informed her that black velvet hood prototypes were already under consideration at the INSECT compound.
As Ellie meticulously studied the early teddy bear history sections of the book she came across the answer. Wanescott documented how a fairy from Easter Island near the Alexandria Fiord added a tear drop to the melting spring equinox waters, allowing the teddy bears to come to life. The author claims that it is this fairy that holds the knowledge of life for all teddy bears on the planet.
The fairy did not speak directly to Ellie. She floated in the early morning mist, smiling and listening patiently as an exhausted Ellie explained the dire peril the teddy bears were in. Before Ellie could finish her plea, the fairy disappeared briefly, returning to offer Ellie a tiny jewellery chest with a note attached…open at midnight in seven days.