Text by Kev Le Chat, Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom
Arthur Bear was a very particular bear. Everything had to be just so. He was very proud indeed of his green velvet waistcoat with its bright shiny buttons that he polished every morning. He was proud of his trousers and used a ruler to ensure that the turn ups on each were equal and perfect.
And his beautiful white shirt with starched collar completed his ensemble. He admired himself in the mirror.
‘Yes, Arthur’ he thought. ‘You are very particular and look particularly smart today!’
He chuckled at his own little joke.
But then, he looked again. Goodness gracious! He’d forgotten his tie! His beautiful pink tie!
He spent at least thirty minutes looking for it.
Eventually, out of ideas, he shouted to Molly Bear in the bathroom.
‘Where’s my tie?’ He grumbled, irritably.
‘No idea’ came Molly’s reply.
For her part, Molly was in front of the bathroom mirror, trying to stop giggling.
She’d washed her hair and it hadn’t gone well. She had accidentally used the laundry detergent instead of shampoo and it had ended up looking like an explosion in a mattress factory. Molly was resourceful though. She’d sneaked into Arthur’s wardrobe and borrowed his lovely pink silk tie.
She managed to fight the hair into place so you’d never guess she had a problem and finished it off with a lovely big pink bow on the top of her head.
Eventually she emerged from the bathroom.
Grumpy Arthur, minus tie, suddenly softened as he saw Molly on the landing.
‘You look lovely my dear’ he said, beaming.
‘I love the new bow! You’ve changed your style!’
‘Oh, ‘ said Molly, trying hard not to laugh
‘Bad hair day’
Arthur shook his head, thinking how pretty she looked and reminded himself he must look for that tie when he got home from work.
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