nothing like the highland air first thing in the morning," Dundee McBear
roared. "It gives me an appetite and craving for some fish. I think Iíll
go down to the loch and catch a salmon on two for breakfast." The bear
headed through the woods towards the deep loch. He spotted somebody in the
water near the shore. "Whatís this?" Dundee hid behind a rowan tree and
watched the man. "Why, heís taking a bath in the loch! How am I going to
catch my fish now?"
The man splashed about in the water,
humming a highland tune. Dundee smiled. He had an idea. He crept through
the fern and bracken, his paws crunching twigs and leaves with each step.
"Whoís there?" the man shouted, hearing the noises.
Dundee stopped, throwing himself
against a large oak tree. "Iíd better be quiet," the bear whispered to
himself. Soon the man, after hearing no more noises, went back to his
bathing. Dundee tiptoed towards the loch, being very careful not to step
on twigs or make noises. He spotted the manís clothes lying across a black
currant bush. "Hee hee. Iíll take his clothes. Hee hee," Dundee giggled.
When the man had his back toward
Dundee, the bear ran up, grabbed all the clothes and shoes up in his big
furry arms and ran back into the woods. He sat on a rock and giggled
again. "Hee hee. Wait till he gets out of the water and sees heís got
nothing to put on. Hee hee." Dundee looked at the clothing. "What have we
got here? Och, thereís a kilt, a shirt, vest, socks, shoes and whatís
this?" He picked up a set of bagpipes. "What in the world is he carrying
around a set of bagpipes for?" Dundee put them to the side and slipped the
kilt on. "Fits perfectly." Everything else went on easily. "Well, I look
quite smashing in my highland dress."
"Whereís my clothes?" the man
shouted. Dundee turned and looked at the man. He stood dripping wet, with
nothing on. "Who took my kilt?" he shouted again. "Iím freezing!"
Dundee laughed at the shivering man.
"When I find out who took my things, Iím going to skin them alive!"
Dundee knew heíd better get out of
there quickly. He grabbed the bagpipes and ran into the woods, all the way
around to the other side of the loch. "Och, thereís MacDow Castle. They
must be having a ceilidh today. Itís all lit up and full of people and is
that neeps and tatties I smell, and haggis too?" Dundee headed towards it.
He was curious and hoped heíd be able to sneak a plateful of food.
"Pardon me. Are you Angus McBrew?" a
voice said. Dundee turned around. "Are you Angus McBrew, the famous
bagpipe player?" the man asked again. Dundee stood still, not knowing what
to say. He nodded his head yes. "Weíve been expecting you. Everybodyís
come from all over the land to hear you playing your bagpipes today.
Youíre not quite what I expected, but please come in. Lord MacDowís
Dundee glanced down at the bagpipes
he held in his paws. He followed the man into the castle. He had never
been in a castle before. The walls were made of huge stones. Torches were
lit and hung on the walls. When they went into the main hall, Dundee
gasped. Tables were lined up from wall to wall and each was covered with
food. "Wait here, McBrew while I go and find Lord MacDow." The man went
out of the room, leaving Dundee with the food.
The bear walked between the tables,
drooling over everything. He picked up a sausage roll and shoved it in his
mouth. "Delicious!" He helped himself to blackberry tarts, raisin scones,
Cornish fudge, gammon steaks, meat pies, pasties and shepherdís pie.
Heíd just put a piece of creamy
tablet into his mouth when the man came back into the room. "Angus McBrew,
this is Lord MacDow."
Dundee wiped his paws on the kilt as
Lord MacDow approached. "Iíve heard a lot about your bagpipe music. Today
we are having festivities as part of the anniversary of this castle. Weíve
got the best of everything here, including you." Dundee patted his
bagpipes. "The ballroom is full of guests. Would you mind coming in and
playing us a tune or two?" he asked the bear.
Dundee nodded and followed Lord
MacDow into the ballroom. There were at least three hundred people in
there. They were sipping wine and chatting with each other. "Everybody,
could I have your attention. Today we are honored to have in our castle,
Scotlandís greatest bagpipe player, Angus McBrew. Heís going to play a
tune for us now."
Everyone began to clap. Dundee
walked up to the front of the room and stood. He picked up the bagpipes
and looked at them. He didnít have any idea how to play them. All the
women were smiling at him, so he knew he had to do something quickly. He
put the horn piece in his mouth and held the bagpipes under his arm.
SCREECH! SHRIEK! SCREECH! SHRIEK! SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH!
Everybody put their hands over their
ears as Dundee blasted away. He started to enjoy it and moved around the
room squeezing the bagpipes and blowing. He reached the back of the room
when suddenly the man who was bathing in the loch came bursting through
the door. "You! You stole my kilt and my bagpipes!"
"Excuse me, sir. Who are you?" Lord
"Iím Angus McBrew. I was bathing in
the loch, trying to freshen up, when this bear came along and stole my
"Look at him. Heís hairy and has
paws. Heís a bear, not a bagpiper!" Angus shouted. "He canít play the
bagpipes. Just listen to him. He sounds like a wildcat!"
Lord MacDow looked at Dundee. "Heís
just a Highlander. Theyíre known to be a wee bit on the hairy side. Remove
this man!" he shouted. Two guards came and took Angus away.
"Now, McBrew, will you continue
playing for us," Lord MacDow smiled. "Iím enjoying your bagpiping."
Dundee shrugged his shoulders and
began to play again. SHREIK! SCREEECH! SHREIKKKKKK! SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEECH!
It was the best ceilidh that Castle
MacDow had ever known. Dundee spent the entire day and well into the
evening feasting on his favorite foods and playing the bagpipes in his