The bears were
having a great time in Cuba; they had finished visiting the sights of
the USA and were now glad to get back to the sun and blue seas of the
Caribbean. In Havana they met a lovely girl called Ivy and were excited
to hear all her tales of Cuba - such as monster barracuda, beautiful fishes
and the wilds of the islands. S'Bastion was very pleased to hear
that there were even monkeys living on some of the islands. As
she waved them good-bye, Ivy warned them "Beware of the dragons!"
"Are there dragons here?" asked Little Bear nervously.
"Only on some of the islands…" replied Ivy.
After seeing the sights of Havana they set sail to visit the islands and,
just as they had been told, the water was crystal clear and the fish were
beautiful. They even saw some monkeys but they were too far away to talk
to - much to the disappointment of S'Bastion. They even met a fellow
traveller, Cow, who had come all the way from Holland and joined them
on the boat for a few weeks. They landed on one of these spectacular
islands one day and went for a stroll along the beach.
Chatting away they heard "Buenos dias" and turned to see a friendly Crocodile
walking up behind them.
"Good morning" replied Keswick.
"You are Inglezzy!" exclaimed the Crocodile. "Mi name iz Cuba, who are
The bears started to tell Cuba all about themselves… They had encountered
the friendly Cubans before so were not surprised by this encounter.
Cuba then walked and talked with them. On the walk they came to
a small hut.
"Theez belong to mi grandmuzzer," said Cuba "would you like to look?"
"Yes please!" they all shouted together. The hut was a little house
covered in coconut palms and was quite cosy inside.
"What's that over there?" asked Cow, pointing to something hiding behind
a low lying wall.
"I'm not sure," said Little Bear "let's go and look".
S'Bastion was hopeful that it was a monkey so agreed to go with Little
Bear. They both walked over and, much to their surprise, saw
a hideous scaly head appear above the wall.
"DRAGON!" shouted Little Bear, and quickly ducked behind a coconut - with
S 'Bastion following sharply. Cuba, Cow, Jerra-Mary and Keswick
stared in amazement and horror as the dragon approached.
"I'll go and save them" said Keswick bravely as he picked up a stick to
fight with. He was very pleased when Cuba joined him, though.
They crept up on the dragon hoping to scare it away with the stick - but
as they got close they heard "Bienvenido Cayo Largo!"
Much to their surprise, the dragon was lonely and just wanted to talk!
Cuba was pleased to hear that the dragon knew his grandmother long ago
and had lots of stories to tell. The intrepid four and Cow said goodbye
and left Cuba chatting away in Spanish, a happy reunion.