No. Lilly must not be found, the monkeys were stealing crocodile tears, it was her job to stop them and find out how any why they were infecting the visiting children. For the past month it had been reported by teddies all over the district that their owners had returned from the zoo with a serious case of croctearalitis: That’s ‘croc-tear-a-lit-is’ which is name the doctors’ use for the infection that has the patient crying false tears to enable them to get their way. This had resulted in several teddy bears being confiscated from their children unfairly, because a child’s parents did not know their daughter or son had been infected. And really could not help the crying. But instead believed their crying was deliberate, because sometimes children and some adults too, do cry crocodile tears without coming into contact with real crocodile tears at all, just because they want to get their own way. This, as you know is a naughty thing to do! No, the outbreak of crocodile tears most certainly originated at the zoo and Lilly needed to get to the bottom of it. Teddy and children’s happiness depended on it!
As each child climbed aboard the bus Miss Sharp asked “if they had their lunch pack, their drawing book and pencils” and if they had any toys, to “hand them over immediately!”’. Miss Sharp seemed to be in a particularly bad mood today. The teacher checking each bag as the children all boarded, depositing found toys into a large black bin bag that would go into her drawer until after the trip to the zoo. And for the errant child’s name to be jotted down for a detention the following lunchtime. When Vicky was asked, she smiled sweetly at Miss Sharp and opened her bag widely to be checked. Knowing she had her drawing stuff and her lunch box, and most definitely did not have any toys. Not even Lilly, as much as Vicky wanted to bring her to the zoo. “Yes Miss” she replied to the questions regarding lunch and the drawing stuff and a resounding “No Miss” to the question about any toys. It was Vicky’s forthright replies and innocent look that had ‘Old Sharky Sharp’ only take quick look in Vicky’s bag. After all she could smell when a child was lying and she could smell that Vicky was not. However she did think that Vicky had an awful lot of pencils with her, her pencil case look ready to burst at the seams. And not surprisingly, it was quite a squeeze for Lilly to climb inside and pull the zip up behind her. It was a good job that Old Sharky couldn’t smell teddy bear sweat, or the mission would have been over before it was begun! It had been a close call, but Lilly was on the bus and heading toward the zoo.
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