For Kim and Sam it had started like any other walk to school. That was before they felt the presence of something following them. At first it was a bit of a snuffling sound, but as their pursuer gained on them they needed to act fast. Sam took a quick glance backwards.
“It’s a bear alright,” he said.
“What shall we do?” Kim asked nervously. “Should we run?”
“No, that would be the worst thing we could do.”
“Then what? I’m scared,” she said almost in a whimper.
“Do you see those trees ahead? The ones with the supports.”
“Yes,” Kim responded.
“When I count to three, freeze and pretend to be one of them.”
Liz and Don had their first real meal out since the beginning of Corona measures. The kids had been sent to Nana Suzie’s and they were free to check out the vegan buffet restaurant they had heard so much about.
They both enjoyed a first round of tasters, and Liz found the Cajun onion fritters and the cauliflower curry to be her favourites. Don, for his part, fell in love with the nine bean risotto.
After a wonderful meal, they headed home for an intimate evening of “cuddles,” while the kids were away. Don headed to the bedroom to light some candles for atmosphere, while Liz locked up. As she began her ascent she was given a stark reassurance that she had been right to tell Don that three servings of the risotto were enough.
Family tradition held that Great-great (or something like that) Granddaddy Reynolds had conquered the east cliff-face in a mere six hours back in 1887. It was quite a matter of pride on Mom’s side of the family. But now Sammy was a little less impressed. The view was pretty spectacular at the top, but he didn’t think too much of the family “record.” After all he just got to the top in five minutes. So what was the big fuss about? Sammy was pretty sure he’d never understand grown-ups.
With news of a second Corona spike, and further lock-downs imminent, Justin had had enough.
After a brief search of of the internet, he concluded that New Zealand was the place to be. But how? he pondered. The airlines weren’t taking reservations, and he wasn’t sure about visas, even if they were. Then it stuck him – eBay, that’s the answer! Now, to find a buyer.