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A tall slim female bear stood with her hands on her hips frowning at the horse and his blanket.
"Good morning, Clare. said Brian. Cup of tea?
Clare the Bear sat down on a fallen tree. Ooh, yes please, Brian. I'd love one. And then, if these two pea-pods will stop arguing for a minute or so, perhaps we could talk about arrangements for our Early Winter Party?
Oh great. An early winter party. said Morris Horse. Might there be a bus?
Heaven preserve us all! said Blanky.
A small catty voice from behind a tree asked. Will there be lots of food there. Only it'll be winter and I always get a bit more... hungry on cold days.
Clare the Bear glanced in the direction from which the voice was coming.
You can come out from behind that tree Matt. I know it's you. I don't suppose there's any point in me asking you, if you'd seen a fish pie, which I left round here for Brian yesterday ? Is there?
A Fish ...pie? asked Matt, thoughtfully, as he crept slowly out from behind the tree in order to warm himself by the fire.
Yes, Matt. said Clare. A fish pie. Two words: 'Fish' and 'Pie'. Meaning, literally, some kind of a pie...containing chiefly, fish, I suppose. I mean, which bit of 'fish' and 'pie' did you not understand?Matt sat down and scratched himself, in a puzzld sort of manner before asking. Would this pie have been in an oval-shaped dish...with very delicious-looking perfectl- cooked crusty pastry?
Clare The Bear said, Yes...
Matt asked. And did the pastry have a sort of fish design drawn on it, then there were two holes made in it, to let the steam out?
Yes... replied the Bear.
Matt continued. "And was the pie still quite hot and put on a special little tray, with a red and white chequered cloth to cover it over later...And then might there have been a little note on it which read: 'Dear Brian, here's the fish pie I made for your tea. Hope you like it. See you later. Lots of Love. Clare' "
Clare looked at Matt and said, Yes. That's exactly it. That's the pie that I'm talking about. Why? Did you see it then?
Matt gave an little innocent shrug and said, Oh er...no. I never saw anything like that.. And it wasn't left by the tree outside Brian's house, at about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Definitely not. But rest assured. If I ever do see such a thing, I'll certainly tell you.
Clare the Bear and Brian the Lion looked at each other. And then they looked at Matt. And then at each other again. Thank you for you honesty Matt. said the bear.
Matt the cat sat down rather awkwardly, licked his paw and pretended to be cleaning behind his ear.