Oh, hello everyone. Welcome to another story time. I have a very special story. What makes it so special, you may be asking yourself. Well, tonight’s story is brought to you in part by some very nice friends of my sister, Teddy. Their names are Chalky, Cuddles, and Toddy Furrington. They have provided the setting for tonight’s story. Please focus your attention to the pictures below.
Here we have a very pleasant restaurant. Nothing remotely out of place, right? We shall see.
The lovely dining area within the restaurant. Lovely, yes? Out of place? I would seem not.
The bar. Many gather for drinks here every night. It seems completely normal, right?
The game room. Where many might come for a nice game of pool or cards. Nothing strange here.
Now that we’ve seen this gorgeous restaurant and all she has to offer, let’s get on with tonight’s story. The title of our story tonight is The Mysterious Restaurant. I do so hope you enjoy it.
The Mysterious Restaurant
The little teddy was hanging out with Zombie Jem in his cemetery. With them also were her little brothers, Fox and Owl, and her sister, Beary. They were in the middle of discussing their next big adventure. So far they had come up with nothing. But that’s when Owl had an idea. “Oh, have you all heard the story of the mysterious restaurant?” he asked everyone. Intrigued, Zombie Jem replied, “No, I can’t say that I have. What about you, PammyBear?” Jem had taken to calling the little teddy PammyBear because she reminded him of a family member from back when he was still alive. “I don’t think I’ve heard that stowy, either,” she answered, “Pwease, tell us the stowy, Owl!”
“The story is that there’s a restaurant that just appears from nowhere,” he began, “Like, you can actually go into this place and eat food and everything.” The little teddy jumped up, excited. “OOH!” she exclaimed, “I wanna go!” Zombie Jem got up and clapped his hands. “Oh yes,” he agreed, “I think this could be quite fun! Do you know where this restaurant shows up, Owl?” Owl shook his head. “Unfortunately, I don’t,” he told them. The little teddy and Jem both dropped their heads, disappointed. “That’s ok,” Fox chimed in, “Beary and I know where it is. We’ve never gone there at night, but we have been there during the day.” the little teddy began jumping up and down excitedly. “Calm down, PammyBear,” Jem told the little teddy, “Why don’t you all head home, get some supplies, and meet me back here when it starts to get dark?”
A couple of hours passed as the little teddy and her siblings got supplies ready for the night’s adventure. They got flashlights, potatoes, and a few jackets in case the weather got bad. They even packed a few lemons for Zombie Jem. As they were headed out the door to meet back at Jem’s cemetery, Fox stopped everyone for a moment. “Let me run back in and get a camera,” he told them, “so that way we can prove it really happened.” He ran in and grabbed his camera and when he came back out, the group set out to meet up with Zombie Jem.
When they got back to the cemetery, Zombie Jem was waiting for them at the gate. “So, are well ready?” he asked his friends. “You bet we are!” the little teddy replied, excited, “Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!” Beary pulled out a map from her backpack that she and Fox had drawn up before they left home. “The pwace isn’t too far,” she explained, “It should onwy take us about twenny minutes to get there.” She took out some flashlights from her backpack and passed them out to her siblings and Jem. They began walking towards the spot where the mysterious restaurant was said to appear.
The walk to the spot was quite pleasant. The friends laughed and joked the whole way. But as they neared the spot where the restaurant was supposed to appear, they saw nothing. No building at all. It was just a group of trees. “I don’t understand,” Jem said to Owl, “I thought it was supposed to appear at night.” Owl shrugged. “I don’t know,” he answered his undead friend, “Are you sure this is the right spot, Fox?” Fox nodded, “Yes, Beary and I went over the map a few times before we left,” he replied. The adventurers waited at the spot for a while longer before deciding to give up. “Well, this wasn’t quite what I was hoping for,” the little teddy sighed, “I guess we should jus go home.” Jem hugged his friend. “It’s ok, PammyBear,” he told her, “We’ll find somethingelse to do.”
The adventurers began walking back when suddenly they felt a strong, cold wind hit their backs. They turned around to see a huge building where the group of trees had just been. It was a lovely building with large sign on the front which read “The Furry Tails Restaurant & Bar”. The little teddy let out a squeal of excitement. “OH OH OH!” she said excitedly, “It’s reawwy here!!” She went to walk towards the building when Beary grabbed her paw. “Hey,” she told her sister, “maybe we should take our time here. We don’t know if it’s safe.” PammyBear shook her head. “But we’re adventuwers,” she replied, “We can’t always worry about if its safe or not.” Beary nodded. “Yeah, you’re wight,” she agreed, “Let’s do this!”
The little teddy opened the door to the restaurant and was not disappointed. The inside of the restaurant was just as beautiful as the outside. But before she and her companions could begin exploring, they heard a friendly voice coming towards them. “Good evening and welcome to The Furry Tails Restaurant and Bar,” a friendly looking bear said the group, “My name is Chalky and I’ll be your server for the night. Follow me and take you to your seats.”
The adventurers followed Chalky to a very lovely table where he sat them all down and began to take their orders. “What can I get you lovely adventurers to drink,” Chalky asked, smiling, “We quite literally have anything you could want.” Before anyone else could speak, Owl asked, “Excuse me? But how did you know we’re adventurers?” Chalky smiled. “Why everyone who comes here is an adventurer of some sort, Honey,” he answered pleasantly, “Now, you seem like a group who would love some hot, fresh tea. How does that sound?” Everyone agreed that tea sounded great. “Alright, give me just a moment and I’ll have that right out,” Chalky assured them.
It seemed that as soon as Chalky had left, he was back. “That was weawwy fast,” the little teddy said happily as Chalky began pouring tea for everyone. “Well, we do pride ourselves in our customer service,” he replied, setting down the tea pot and pulling out a small notepad, “Now what can I get you all to eat. Again, we do have quite literally anything you may possibly want. We even have an abundance of potatoes for you, should you so please.” The little teddy’s eyes lit up when she heard potatoes. “Ooh!” she exclaimed, “Could I have wots and wots of potatoes, pwease?” Chalky laughed. “Why of course,” he answered, smiling, “And for everyone else?”
As everyone else gave their orders, the little teddy began to look around. The whole restaurant had a very familiar feel to it. Almost as if she’d been there before. She looked over towards the bar. The bartender was a very nice looking gentlemanly bear. Chalky must have noticed her looking, as he said to the little teddy, “That’s Toddy. He’s a fine bartender and such a gentleman. I believe you will all make his acquaintance later on tonight.” When he had finished speaking, Toddy smiled and gave a small wave to them. The adventurers all smiled and waved back. They were all loving this mysterious restaurant.
It took a little longer than when she got drinks, but Chalky returned with their food much quicker than they expected. They had gotten a variety of foods from all over the world. And yet, in seemingly no time at all, here was their server, with all of their food. “Now that’s what I call fast,” Zombie Jem said, surprised. Smiling, Chalky replied, “Of course. As I said, we pride ourselves in our customer service.” Beaming and slightly drooling, Fox said, “I can see why. You’re vewy good and vewy fast!” Chalky gave a small nod. “Which is exactly what such fine guests as yourself,” he said before walking off.
It took the adventurers some time to finish all of their food. But they left not a single crumb. “That was some might fine food,” Jem was saying as Chalky came back to collect everyone’s dishes. “I hope everybody had a pleasant meal,” he said as he began picking up the dishes. “Oh we did!” the little teddy said happily, “Those were some weawwy good potatoes!” Beary nodded. “And my paella was super nummy,” she added, “and Owl’s piewogis!” Owl nodded in agreement. Chalky smiled proudly. “And how about your fish and chips, Fox? And your lasagna, Jem?” Both Fox and Jem smiled widely. “It was quite delicious,” Jem told their server. “So was mine,” Fox agreed. “I’m quite glad,” Chalky said as he took their dishes back to the kitchen. He came back shortly after and struck up conversation with his guests.
The adventurers talked for a while with Chalky before he went back to the kitchen. They were all quite full after their meal. “Maybe we should check out the rest of the place,” Zombie Jem suggested, “A building this big must have more than just a restaurant and a bar.” But before they could get up from the table, a voice from behind them asked, “Dessert?” Everyone turned their heads to see another bear headed their way. She was carrying a tray with a rather large chocolate cake and some ice cream. Suddenly everyone was hungry again. “Yes, please,” they said in unison. After setting the tray on the table, the bear said, “I thought you might say that. My name is Cuddles and I handle dessert here at the restaurant.” She smiled and then proceeded to serve up cake to the adventurers. “Would you mind terribly if stayed to share some dessert too,” she asked, “I would love to get to know you all.” Everyone agreed that they would enjoy that.
After dessert, Cuddles came back to clean up the plates. “That was so so yummy,” the little Teddy told her. Cuddles smiled. “I’m glad you liked it,” she told the group happily, “Now, how would you lot like to check out our game room?” The little teddy jumped up from her seat. “Oh yes pwease!” she exclaimed. “I agree,” Zombie Jem added, “I think it would be quite fun to check out the game room.” Cuddles gathered up the dishes from dessert. “Very well,” she said, “allow me to take care of these and I shall return to take you to the game room.”
Soon they were following Cuddles upstairs to where the game room was. When they saw it, they were not surprised that it was just as splendid as the rest of the restaurant and bar. There were two lovely pool tables and a few tables for playing cards. A large fireplace added an air of comfort to the room. “Well, I shall leave you to it,” Cuddles said, turning to leave, “Please feel free to call me should you need anything.” With that, Cuddles left the adventurers alone in the game room. Or so they thought.
Zombie Jem walked over to the wall where the pool cues were and grabbed two. “Here, PammyBear,” he said excitedly, “let’s play!” It was at the point that Fox noticed somebody sitting in the corner of the room. “Look over there,” he said, pointing to the corner. As everybody turned to look over where Owl had pointed, someone sat up and walked towards them. It was a little cow. He was very small and seemed to have no eyes. “Oh h-h-hewwo,” the little cow stuttered, “M-my name is Oo-oo…my name is Oom.” The little teddy went over and gave him a hug. “Oh hi!” she told him, “what are you doing here?” Oom went over to the wall and got a pool cue. “I wike to pw-pw-pway pool,” he told them. “Oh, ho!” A voice behind the group made them jump. They turned around to see Toddy, the bartender walking into the game room.
“Little Oom here is much more than he appears,” Toddy was explaining, “Despite his very small stature, he is probably the best pool player that we’ve seen here at Furry Tails.” Oom walked over to one of the pool tables. “W-w-would someone w-wike to join m-m-m…join me?” he asked. Zombie Jem walked up to the pool table. “Sure,” he told Oom, “Let’s play.” Toddy clapped his paws together. “Very well,” he said happily, “it loos like we have a match!”
Zombie Jem racked up the balls and the game was on. Jem lined up and took his first shot. It was a good one, with one of the striped balls pocketed. “Yes!” Jem exclaimed, “Off to a great start!” But then, to his disappointment, he scratched on his next shot. “Well, that isn’t what I expected,” he sighed. Oom then moved up to the table. “H-h-here we g-g-g-go,” he stammered. He took his first shot. And when he did, Jem knew he had no chance of winning. Oom pocketed three of his balls with his first shot. And then he continued to sink the rest of them, without missing any of them. Within a matter of minutes, Oom had won.
Toddy went over to Jem and patted him on the back. “Oh, now that was a great game,” he declared, “well played, the both of you!” Zombie Jem hung his head. The little teddy went over and gave him a hug. “Teeheehee, cwazy zombie,” she teased, “that was over vewy fast.” Oom took Jems hand and shook it. “Y-you di-d-d-did vewy w-well,” he assured him, “I’m jus b-b-better. Tee. Hee.” Toddy let a chuckle. “Well, I think the poor chap’s had enough games for now,” he stated, “Why don’t you all follow me back to the bar for a Furry Tails nightcap before we close up for the evening?” The little teddy shrugged. “Ok, that sounds good!” she answered, “But do you have to cwose soon?” Toddy nodded. “Oh, yes, I’m afraid we do,” he told her, “It is getting very late.” He looked over to Oom. “Are you coming, Oom,” he asked. Oom shook his head. “N-n-no thank you,” he answered, “I th-think I’m going to pw-pw-pwactice a little.” Toddy nodded. “Very well,” he said with a smile, “We shall see you later.”
In a few minutes, the adventurers were all seated at the bar. “Now,” Toddy started, “what would everyone like? Anything you want, we have.” The little teddy took a minute to think. “Ohh, could I get a hot chocowate, pwease?” she asked, “Wif mini marshmewwows?” Fox nodded excitedly. “Ooh, me too, pwease!” he said happily. Toddy smiled cheerily. “Of course,” he said, “and for the rest of you?” After a moment, Zombie Jem asked, “Could I get some tea? Earl Grey, if you have it?” Toddy nodded. “We certainly do have that,” he replied. “May I have some apple juice, pwease?” Beary asked. “And, I’d like a strawberry milk, please.” Owl added. Toddy nodded again and turned around to start getting everyone’s drinks.
He turned back soon with their drinks all ready. “Dang,” Jem said, “Everyone’s fast here!” Toddy chuckled. “We do our best,” he stated, “Now, drink up!” Everyone tried their drinks. “Oh, this is so so nummy,” teddy said happily. Everyone agreed. “Yes, this is some of the best tea I’ve ever had,” Zombie Jem told him. “Well, I try to make sure everyone who drinks here at my bar has a very pleasant experience,” Toddy replied. “Well, you’ve certainly seen to that here,” Owl answered. To which Toddy said, “Why thank you! We’re all so happy you’ve had a great night with us here.” As everyone had their drinks, they talked at length about many things with Toddy. He was a very interesting bear with many fun tales to tell.
When everyone finished their drinks, Toddy led them all back to the entrance. Waiting for them there were Chalky and Cuddles. Chalky smiled and gave each of the adventurers a hug. “Thank you so much for coming,” he said to the little teddy as he hugged her. “Yes,” Cuddles added, “we’ve loved having you all.” From behind them, they heard the familiar voice of Oom. “I know w-we onwy pwayed one g-g-game of p-p-p…of pool,” he stuttered, “but it was a w-wot of f-f-fun.” He gave everyone a hug, and stood with Chalky and Cuddles. Toddy then proceeded to give each adventurer a big hug himself. “I had a jolly good time chatting with you all at the bar,” he told them, “You’ve all been very pleasant guests. And we truly are grateful to have had you here tonight. Thank you all very much.” The little teddy smiled. “No no!” she said, “Thank you all so so much for being so nice to us! We had a weawwy gweat time!”
The group left The Furry Tails Restaurant and Bar and started to head home. The little teddy turned back to wave goodbye, but the building had vanished. It it’s place was the same group of trees that had been there when the had first arrived. She pointed this out to her companions. “Well I’ll be,” Owl said, “That place really is a mystery.” Fox and Beary nodded. “But it’s a nice mystery,” Jem replied. The little teddy nodded. “I agwee,” she said, “We should go there again.” Everyone nodded in agreement. They then continued their walk home, all the while talking about their experience at The Furry Tails Restaurant and Bar. None of them realized that they not taken a single picture to prove their tale.
Well that’s it for this story. I do hope you enjoyed it! Please feel free to leave your opinions of the story in the comments below as well as any ideas for stories you would like me to consider. Thank you all and have a very pleasant evening.