Luckily for them a strange boy had just appeared in town, wearing mysterious Eastern clothing. He came to the mayor and said for 5000 gold per bear he would gladly rid the town of the awful scourge. The mayor agreed and the mysterious boy went to the center of town and rubbed an oil lamp he had been carrying under his arm.

Suddenly a fearsome scarlet smoke boiled out of the lamp and took the shape of a dark and frightening red genie! “What shall I do for you, oh Master?” the genie bellowed, in a deep voice that shook the small town’s windows.

“Put some tutus on those bears, okay?”

“Oh, sure, that one’s simple…”


Copyright M. Crowe, 2007.