It was dark…and the clearly lifeless body lying in my driveway was going nowhere.
The questions flooded through my mind: How? Why? Who?
Initially I thought it was a box…or something a builder might have left behind. But the closer I got, the more the carcass took shape.
Even more peculiar, the body was laid out – almost ceremoniously, in the fallen leaves that created a cushion for the victim. Like a serial killing. In my driveway.
I pressed the button on the remote control and opened the gates. High gates. So how did the body get there?
There was no question of driving in, across, through or over the body. So I got out of the car.
In the dull light, there was no question of the lifelessness of this form.
I reached out and touched its soft, furry body.
Slowly, I turned it over…and revealed…
A giant teddy bear.
Yep, a giant teddy bear. In my driveway. Laid out like a murder victim.
Not a used teddy, I should point out. This one was clean. Brand new in fact, if the tag on his backside was anything to go by.
Where the teddy lay, it was too far from the gates for someone to casually throw it over. But it was too big to forget. To neglect.
I picked him up…brushed off the leaves and asked him questions. He didn’t answer. In fact he’s refused to speak at all about the ordeal.
Now what to do? The police? Well the police won’t want to get involved.
So what to do with a giant teddy that has clearly been through a traumatic experience? For the moment I’m keeping him in the front seat of my car – seat-belt done up – while I try to solve the mystery. It also means I can technically drive in the T2 express lanes in the peak hour. Or that’s my story.
My wife – who is away – was practical. “Check to see if it has drugs or explosives inside it,” she said. Oh, please, it’s a Teddy.
In the meantime, I need a solution from creative, inspired people who can tell me how this seemingly innocent victim ended up face-down in my driveway.
Over to you.
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