Word-High July: Humaling


“Now. You sit there and be good” Said Alice authoritatively, sitting her teddy up on the bed. She waved a finger in the teddy bears direction, the same way her mother would wave a finger at her.

“I have a big day” she said, nodding and picking up her turquoise backpack “I’m going to school. So you be good!” She gave Teddy an inspection from afar, making sure everything was order, then started for her sticker-coated bedroom door. As she left, she adjusted the straps of her bag, and made special care to close the door fully to, but not before peaking back to make sure Teddy was still sat where she was told to.

And so it was that Teddy sat on Alice’s bed; her well worn chocolate fur all scruffy and unkempt, but her brilliant blue bow swinging proudly round her neck. To Teddy, who had no real knowledge of time, it was seemed unusual to be away from the young girl for so long. It was impossible to tell how long it was since Alice left, but it was definitely the longest she’d been away… Or was it? Teddy didn’t really know. And what if she never really came back? That was another question. Teddy mentally scratched her head, for she couldn’t actually move.

The young girl was Teddy’s life; that was the only way she could describe it. Without her she would feel useless, discarded on the shelves with some of the other toys, or worse… cast into a cardboard box and took away, never to be seen again. Who, without Alice, would patch her if she tore? Who would keep her warm when the nights were cold? Who would she have tea parties with? Only Alice made her tea quite like she liked it. Alice was her rock, her everything, and she returned to her everything she could; in ways of comfort and friendship. She listened to all her fascinating stories, even when some may be repeated, and she joined her on all her exciting quests, though some were a little hard to belief. Teddy loved that little girl more than anything, she was loving, and caring, and inspiring to be around. Whatever would Teddy do if she didn’t return?

Teddy waited on that bed for Alice to return; she had no choice, after all, being inanimate as she was, but she told herself most adamantly that, even if she could, she wouldn’t move. And her waiting paid off. She didn’t know how long it had been but sure enough that bedroom door burst open. Alice ran into the room and grabbed Teddy in both her arms, hugging her tight and spinning on the spot.

“Oh Teddy!” she exclaimed, “I’ve had the most fantastic day! Wait till you hear all about it!”


This is entry #11 for the WordHigh July Challenge of 30 Beautiful Filipino Words!

12 thoughts on “Word-High July: Humaling

      1. Of course, it was a heartwarming tale. 😀 it reminded me of a few scenes from my forhcoming novel, Curse Breaker: Enchanted. In that book the main character has a 4 year old son. And the boy has a stuffed bear that he’s quite attached to.


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