Synopsis of yesterday's episode: After escaping from the humans' prison and after fleeing their land in a boat that was not seaworthy, Bearnacle Bear endured yet another storm. He landed on an island and, there, was serenaded by a mermaid. Her song gave him hope that his crew survived the storm.
I walked on shore, soaking wet after the terrible storm, and went to seek shelter. I was relieved to be away from the humans and their prison so, even if I was on a tiny island far from home, I was happy.
I was, however, gripped by hunger. I found a tree and picked a few apples. After walking a little ways, I found a berry patch and picked blackberries and raspberries. It all tasted good, and I felt better.
The humans were strange creatures.
The sirens were frightening creatures, maybe even scarier than the humans. It was because of the sirens that my big ship crashed and was lost. The poor bear who was to watch at night had not been warned that the sirens would lead him astray with their beautiful song. It was truly the song of doom.
I ate my berries and my apples and I wondered where my crew could be. I was sure that they lived. I wandered back to the shore. It was getting dark, and I had not found shelter. Would it rain? Would I be exposed to the elements?
The mermaid swam toward me and, as if she could read my mind, she answered my questions.
"Go to the other side of the island. You'll find everything you need there."
I walked to the other side of the island. Everything was green and aromatic there. I had washed up on the rocky side of the island. On this side of the island, there were birch trees, maple trees, ash trees, tulip trees, oaks, and sycamores. There were also white pine trees and cedars. The trees formed a canopy over my head. I then came upon orchards of apples and pears and peaches.
And then, I heard a voice. It was...
(to be continued)