The White Bear

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Then the fur moved, and warmed, and flexed under her fingers, and before she knew it, she was kneeling with her head on the flank of a huge White Bear, who stood where her bed had been. The Princess fell back, but she did not cry out. The White Bear turned his long neck and opened his strong jaws and spoke. Image drawn by Jeni Malament, used with friendly permission.