Waking Up To A Surprise

There was hardly time to pack my bow-ties!

Yesterday morning, I stretched and yawned as daylight crept into my room in the house on the hill. Snuggled up next to my twin, Alexander, I was warm and soft and sleepy.

Miss Cynthia whirled into our room like a dust storm. "Rise and shine!" she called, "We've got a long day ahead."

I tried to rub the sleep from my eyes, and blinked them two or three times. What was this about? I turned to Alexander, but he was as sleepy--and as mystified--as I was.

Miss Cynthia scrambled in a drawer, pulling out extra bow ties and dusting off my travel bag. Suddenly, I was wide awake. "Are we going somewhere?" I asked. It had been a very long time since I had taken a trip.

"I didn't want to tell you, until I knew that there would be room--but Perry, we are going to Europe. Would you like to go?"

Now I was really, really awake, so excited that I popped up onto the end if my tail. "Alexander," I shouted, "I am going to Europe!"

Alexander smiled at me fondly. "I know all about it, Perry. Miss Cynthia didn't want you to get your hopes up, in case there was no room for a bear."

"Why, Alex," I said, "there is always room for bears!"

"Indeed there is," said Miss Cynthia. She swooped me up and carried me to her suitcase, shutting the lid before I could say another word,

Inside the suitcase, I yawned again as I fell into the familiar hibernation that meant traveling.

But where were we going? Europe was a very big place. As my breathing slowed and my eyelids drifted shut, I wondered where I would wake up next.

"It's a mystery, Perry Bear." I said to myself as I fell asleep.

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