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Where are all the Bees? (Short Story)

This is Gary. Gary is a pretty normal guy. Every day Gary goes for a walk.

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On his walk Gary strolled by a field of frolicking farm animals.

He passed by gardens of graceful golden flowers.

He wandered through a park filled with beautiful buzzing bees.

Then Gary returned home, sat in his arm chair and watched TV for the rest of the day. Gary would like to do more. Gary wants to save the world. But he doesn’t know how to do it.

The next day Gary went for a walk.

On his walk Gary strolled by a field of frolicking farm animals.

He passed by gardens of graceful golden flowers.

He wandered through a park… but didn’t see any bees.

Then Gary returned home, sat in his arm chair and watched TV for the rest of the day.

The next day, Gary went for a walk.

On his walk Gary strolled by a field of frolicking farm animals.

He passed by gardens… but didn’t see any flowers.

He wandered through a park… but didn’t see any bees.

Then Gary returned home, sat in his arm chair and watched TV for the rest of the day.

The next day, Gary went for a walk.

On his walk Gary strolled by a field… but didn’t see any animals.

He passed by gardens… but didn’t see any flowers.

He wandered through a park… but didn’t see any bees.

Then Gary returned home. He wondered where the animals had gone. He wondered where the flowers had gone. He wondered where the bees had gone. Gary shrugged his shoulders, sat in his arm chair and watched TV for the rest of the day.

Late that night Gary woke up to the sound of someone crying. He looked around but couldn’t see anyone. “Who’s there?” he said.

“Sorry to wake you,” replied a lonely bee, wiping tears from his eyes.

“What’s the matter,” Gary said.

“I’m lonely,” said the bee. “No one thinks bees are important anymore. So all my friends have gone. I’m the only one left.”

“I’m sorry to hear that,” replied Gary. “But what can I do? I can’t just make all the bees come back. That’s too hard for me.”

“But what if we work together?” said the bee. “What’s your name?”

“My name’s Gary, what’s yours?”

“My name’s Humble,” said the bee proudly.

Gary took a deep breath. “Ok Humble, we’ll work together. But I can’t promise this will work.”

Gary and Humble had tried again and again to come up with a solution. They were almost ready to give up. Gary opened up a soda, sat in his arm chair and started to watch TV.

“Hey you should try some of my honey in your drink,” Humble said sadly, clearly disappointed that they hadn’t been able to work out how to get his friends to return.

He put two teaspoons of honey in Gary’s soda. Gary took a sip. A big smile spread across his face. “Humble, I think I know what to do.”

Gary and Humble went for a walk. They strolled through the empty field. They passed by the empty gardens. And wandered through the empty park. Sharing their new honey soda with everyone who passed them.

“What is this delicious drink?” asked a young boy.

“That’s Humble’s Honey Soda,” grinned Gary. “It’s made by bees, aren’t they great?”

Everyone agreed. Humble’s Honey Soda was great. And so were bees. People started learning more about bees in schools and building hives for them to live in.

One day Gary went for a walk.

On his walk Gary strolled by a field of frolicking farm animals.

He passed by gardens of graceful golden flowers.

He wandered through a park filled with beautiful buzzing bees and happy people.

Gary and Humble had brought back the farm animals, the plants and the bees. And everyone was happier because of it. Everyone now realized how important bees were.

Then Gary returned home, sat in his arm chair and watched TV next to his friend Humble. Gary wanted to do more. Gary wanted to save the world. And Humble helped him realize, that it isn’t that hard to change the world.

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