Bearton Abbey is the home of siblings, Steerforth and Georgiana Beartram. Share in their daily escapades along with cousins, Burl and Pearl Cavedish of Cavedweller Hall, and friends who have yet to be revealed. Hobbs the butler always has something interesting to add making Barton a welcome and happy place indeed.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bearing His Heart-Act IX

"So what would you like to discuss?"

"It should come as no surprise that I am quite fond of your sister, Georgiana. My intention was to make it official upon my return; however, I had not anticipated the publicity surrounding our research. I believe it would be best to let the hoopla abate before I make an offer to Georgiana."

"Dr. Beartholomew, you are a fine fellow indeed! I agree wholeheartedly!"

"Well then, it's settled. Perhaps by late summer we can speak of this in more detail. Until then, let us keep this between us. I would hate for that nosey Harietta to learn of it!"

Shaking paws they bid adieu.
Steerforth returned to Bearton, a huge weight lifted from his fuzzy shoulders.


Georgiana was reading in the parlor when Hobbs entered with a tray of tea and the latest edition of The Bearton Times.
"Thank you Hobbs, I could use a spot of tea," she said jovially.

"Will there be anything else?"

"No, thank you."

Hobbs left the room as Georgiana placed the book upon the table and opened the paper to her favorite section, The Society Bear. The headline took the breath from her stuffing.

"Oh my!" she exclaimed. The ball was only two days away and she could never have expected this news in her furriest dreams. With fur a flutter she hurried to her room to scratch a note to Carlotta about her dress. 
The significance of the evening had intensified being the news was already reporting what she felt certain would be an offer from Dr. Beartholomew.

Steerforth arrived home to find the parlor in a state of disarray.

As he pulled the bell to summon Hobbs something on the floor below caught his eye. Leaning over to inspect it he was startled when Hobbs stealthily entered the room. 

"Hobbs you scared the stuffing out of me!"

"My apologies sir. Miss Carlotta has arrived with Georgiana's dress. I took the liberty of sending her upstairs. I came to inform Miss Georgiana."

"She was not here when I arrived but she may have retired to her room."

"Very good sir. Do you need anything else?"

"No, Hobbs. Thank you."


A soft rapping at the door caught Georgiana's attention. Resting the pen in the inkwell she opened the door. Much to her surprise Carlotta stood before her holding an elegant gown.
"Carlotta, I was just writing you a note. Please come in."

Noticing the gown draped across Carlotta's arm she queried,

"Is that my gown?"

"Yes, and I believe it is my greatest creation to date."

Carlotta helped her dress and the two stood before the mirror and admired the beauty of the gown.

"Carlotta, you have outdone yourself! It's stunning!"


While Georgiana and Carlotta admired the dress Steerforth sat in the parlor, having forgotten the object on the floor, and opened the paper.

"The Society Bear, what a bunch of fluff," he mumbled when the headline caught his eye. Reading on, the latest article by Harietta Rabbit astonished him.

"Now what is she up to?" he whispered before realizing the state of the room when he arrived. "Oh no, Georgiana must have read this! What must she be thinking?"

Before he could go upstairs to speak with her about it she appeared in the parlor and her expression said everything.

Sporting a deep blue taffeta gown with beaded trim her eyes sparkled as brightly as the beads in the lamplight.

"What do you think?"

Carlotta stood behind her an expression of satisfaction on her fuzzy snout. 

"It's lovely. Miss Carlotta you have outdone yourself."

"Thank you sir."

Troubled, Steerforth thought feverishly as to the best approach to the delicate subject matter that was no doubt tumbling around in Georgiana's furry head.

"Carlotta, could you give us a moment?"

Leaving the room, concern enveloped her heart. Surely he was not dissatisfied. As she wandered down the hall something near the bell pull caught her eye...


Noticing the newspaper in Steerforth's lap Georgiana spoke,
"I see you have read the good news."

"Georgiana, there is something we need to discuss before you say another word. Won't you please sit down?"
The taffeta rustled like autumn leaves as she glided across the room and perched precariously on the edge of the chair, careful not to wrinkle the dress.
Quieting herself Georgiana listened intently.

"My dear sister, I have been to see Dr. Beartholomew this afternoon."

She could hardly contain herself but continued listening.

"It has come to my attention that Harietta Rabbit has been up to her usual antics reporting inaccurate information. Furthermore, I fear you may have misunderstood what has been reported. 

Georgiana's white fur seemed to pale at his last statement.

"There will be a guest of honor at the ball, Dr. Bearpaws. She is a specialist in the study of the blue bear and worked closely with Dr. Beartholomew during his sabbatical. Due to the significance of their research there will be a lot of publicity. For this reason he has asked that we remain supportive of his work and allow the hullabaloo to run its course before we resume our friendship publicly. 

With baited breath he awaited her response to the news which was undoubtedly disappointing for her. He was certain her heart was breaking.

However, he could not have predicted what happened next...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Hare-y Situation-Episode VIII

Steerforth arrived at Dr. Beartholomew's cottage at the designated hour.

"So good to see you again Steerforth. It has been a long time old chum."

"Glad you arrived home safely. How was your journey?"

"Amazing! I made many important discoveries, amongst other things. But we have plenty of time to discuss my research in the future. There is a much more pressing topic of which we need to speak before the ball."

Steerforth's fur fluffed a bit over the last statement. Could Georgiana's fears be real?"

"Steerforth, as you know invitations have been issued to many of the bears in our town for an upcoming ball. With the immense success and discoveries made during my trip I felt the need to celebrate with my fellow bears. However, something, or should I say someone, has contributed to my findings and I need to enlist your help in handling the situation."
Steerforth's heart beat faster within his mohair chest. Surely Dr. Beartholomew would not be so brazen as to ask his help in breaking his sister's heart!
"I traveled with a bear from across the pond, Dr. Bearpaws. She specializes in the study of the rare blue bear. Aside from being scholarly she is quite beautiful. The ball is to honor not only my discoveries but her invaluable contributions as well. Without her I could never have accomplished my goals. Needless to say, this is where I require your assistance."
"Of course, but I'm not sure how I might help."
With baited breath Steerforth awaited the favor being asked.
 Unbeknownst to the two bears Harietta Rabbit was hiding in the bushes outside of the open window of Dr. Beartholomew's study. Listening intently she was enthralled with the juicy story that was developing before her very ears!
Excited over what she had heard she muttered to herself,
"I knew there was more to this ball than just a friendly gathering! This is the exclusive that will make my career!"
 Dr. Beartholomew was in love with another bear and she was the first to learn of the secret! Without listening further she hopped from the branch scurrying to her office to type the story and get it to press for the morning news. 
"I need you to escort Dr. Bearpaws, if you please. She is not an overly social bear and the prospect of the press hounding her over our recent discoveries could make for a disastrous evening. I do not want her to fall prey to our more grizzly residents.

Relief rushed through Steerforth's cotton stuffed chest. 
"I would be honored to escort her, old friend!"
"Splendid! Now that we have settled that I would like to discuss your sister Georgiana..."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Episode VII-Petticoats and Pantaloons

"Yes, Georgiana, he has returned."
"Perhaps we should pay him a visit this afternoon."
"He has just returned from a dreadfully long trip, do you think it proper to call on him so soon?
 The ball is but a week away, we can catch up with him then."
This triggered a thought in Georgiana's snowy mohair head.
"Oh my, only a week away. I'll need a new dress for the occasion!"
Shaking his head Steerforth grinned.
"Send for Carlotta as you will need a new hat and gloves to go with the dress. Ask Hobbs to send for Bearington the tailor too."
Georgiana wrote the necessary correspondence and had Hobbs send them immediately.

Sometime later...
"My dear Georgiana, I came as soon as I received your note. What can I do for you?"
"Carlotta, no doubt you have heard about the upcoming ball. I need to look my very best as I am anticipating a very special evening."
They grasped paws giggling over the prospects.
"When I am done you will be the belle of the ball Georgiana!"
A short time later Bearington, the tailor, arrived.
"Good of you to come on such short notice Bearington."
"I came as soon as I could sir. Let's get your measurements and I shall make the most exquisite suit this town has ever seen."
As Bearington took Steerforth's measurements they discussed the upcoming festivities and all of the news from town.
"How is your sister handling his return?"
"She's a bit starry eyed I must say, but one can't blame her. I only hope his time away has not changed things between them. I received word this morning that he wants to speak with me Friday afternoon about something of the utmost urgency."
"Everyone in town feels certain there is some sort of understanding between them. Do you think something has changed during his absence?"
"I should think not. Nonetheless, I am not going to mention it to Georgiana until I have met with him."
"A wise idea indeed."

Once Carlotta and Bearington finished taking measurements they returned to their respective shops in town to begin creating.

"Steerforth, do you believe absence makes the heart grow fonder?"
"What is haunting your furry head Georgiana?"
"Well, he has been home nearly two days and has yet to send word except for the invitation to the ball. You do not think his feelings have changed during his absence?"
"Georgiana, the poor bear has just returned after a very long and tiresome journey. Give him time to settle."
This seemed to pacify Georgiana; however, Steerforth could not help but wonder if her fears were just. He would know tomorrow afternoon when he paid him a visit...