"We've been following these tracks for hours," Madi complained. "These shoes are making my feet hurt."
"Come on, Madi," Kirsten said, encouragingly. "I'm sure Claw's parents are near."
Kaya nodded. "Yes."
Madi frowned but kept walking. The Minnesota sun was beating down on the dolls and it seemed like everyone was feeling irritable- even sweet Kirsten. "I don't remember 1854 being so hot!" she said as she put on her red checkered bonnet to protect her from the sun's rays.
Kaya smiled. "Are you, Kirsten Larson, animal lover extraordinaire...giving up???"
Kirsten put her hands on her hips. "I never said that, Kaya. Now let's find those bears!"
The bears were nowhere in sight for the next two miles. Right when Kaya was about to suggest Kirsten and Madi should go back to 2009, two big brown masses caught Madi's eyes. "Is that...? No, it couldn't be...could it?" She pointed at the brown lumps.
"You found them, Madi. You found Claw's parents!" Kaya shouted, throwing her arms in the air as Claw the bear cub ran to the bears. He roared playfully and licked his mother's face. Madi and Kirsten couldn't help but feel proud that they'd helped the bear find it's family. It was the perfect way to end a trip to 1854. ;-)
I hope you enjoyed Kirsten, Madi and Kaya's magnificent time traveling adventure! I know I did!
Cali*** (the all powerful story teller)