Vamp decided that he wanted to go sit in the park. It was a beautiful warm summer day. The park he liked to go to was right down the street from the castle he lived in.
“This park is the nicest park in Transylvania,” said Vamp, sitting down on his favourite bench, which was under a huge oak tree. “It is so bright and it has so much open space.”
While Vamp was enjoying himself at the park, a little girl and her mother sat down on the bench beside him.
“Julia,” said the girl’s mother. “We will find your teddy bear. Don’t worry.”
“How will we ever find him?” asked Julia, sadly. “We have already searched the entire park for him. I don’t think I am ever going to see him again.”
“He can’t be too far away,” said Mother.
“What did your teddy bear look like?” Vamp asked, leaning over to speak with Julia.
“He was black and white,” said Julia. “He had a pink sweater on him.”
“I will help you find him,” said Vamp. “On one condition though.”
“What?” asked Julia.
“I’m sorry sir,” said Mother. “We didn’t mean to bother you. We were so engrossed in talking about Julia’s teddy bear, we didn’t realize anyone was sitting here.”
“Oh,” said Vamp. “It is no bother at all. Now, Julia, if I find your teddy bear I want you to promise me that you will smile.”
“Okay,” said Julia. “I will smile if I get my teddy bear back.”
“Good,” said Vamp. “Now, when was the last time you saw teddy?”
“Mommy and I were playing on the swings,” said Julia. “I set my teddy on the swing next to me while Mommy pushed me.”
“What happened after you were finished playing on the swing?” asked Vamp. “Did you pick your teddy bear up off the swing beside you?”
“I don’t remember,” said Julia.
“I don’t either,” said Mother. “I have a feeling that is where your teddy is.”
Julia, Mother and Vamp ran to the swings and sure enough, that is where Julia’s teddy bear was. Julia picked her teddy bear off the swing, hugged it tightly and then smiled from ear to ear.
“Now that was some smile,” said Vamp.
“Thank you so much for helping us,” said Mother. “You are a life saver.”
“It was my pleasure,” said Vamp.” Now, who would like to go for ice-cream?”
“Me!” exclaimed Julia, throwing one hand up into the air and hugging her teddy bear with the other hand.
“I think we will pass,” said Mother. “We have to get home soon. We have taken up enough of your time.”
“Don’t worry about me,” said Vamp. “I love helping people.”
Mother took a good look at Vamp. She recognized him from somewhere. Then, all of a sudden, she remembered where she knew him from.
“You were on television a few weeks back,” said Mother. “You are that good vampire, aren’t you? You have helped so many people here in Transylvania.”
“You are right,” said Vamp. “That was me. It is nice that you recognized me. My name is Vamp.”
“It is a pleasure to meet you,” said Mother. “My name is Rachel and this is my daughter, Julia.”
“And this is my teddy bear, ” said Julia, still smiling.
“Why don’t you come to my place for dinner?” asked Vamp.
“I would like that,” said Mother.
Vamp, Julia and Rachel enjoyed dinner at Vamp’s castle.
“That was great pizza,” said Julia.
“Thank you,” said Vamp. “I am sure the pizza delivery man would like to hear that.”
“I am sure he would,” laughed Rachel.
Julia and Rachel enjoyed their time with Vamp. They became good friends.
“You can be my new summer friend,” said Julia.
“What about autumn, winter and spring?” asked Vamp. “Can I be your friend then, too?”
Yes,” said Julia. “You can be my forever friend.”
“I’d like that idea,” said Vamp.
“We do too,” said Rachel.
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