" Mr. Bear , Let's prepare the tea! Guests will be arriving now!! "
She placed the bear in one of the chairs and brought her crockery.
" Mr. Bear , Will you help me set the table? "
She placed five tea cups and saucers and a big tea pot in the middle. Five chairs were arranged too.
" One for me and one for Mr. Bear! One for Ioan and one for Iona! And one for Aunt Norma! "
She started to sing while preparing the tea.
Mr. Bear just looked at her with his black beady eyes... his brown fur, old and rusty... white cotton sticking out from his body. His neck cut, tilting to the left... He was broken, his face sorrowful but his smile wicked!
" Mr. Bear! " she exclaimed, "They have come! They have come!"
She squealed with glee and ran towards the door. She opened the door and bowed at the visitors.
" Welcome! Welcome!! The tea is brewing up! Let's drink it while it's hot! "
She closed the doors and escorted the guests towards their table.
*Aunt Norma! Come sit next to Mr. Bear! Ioan, you sit n