Morris was granted power by Woodbury, and became a living teddy bear. It could not wait to let Barry know about it. But as Morris was about to open the door, it heard sound of footsteps — Barry’s mother was coming to tidy the room. Morris immediately sat on the floor, and refrained from moving, pretending to be an ordinary cuddle toy.
Morris: ‘Maybe I should just wait for Barry to come home.’
Dusk was falling when Barry returned. He happily waved the hazelnut in his hand.
Barry: Morris, guess where I’ve been today.
Morris: The park in front of the library? You said hazel trees are only present there.
Barry: Hm? Morris? No...How could it be?
Barry: Morris! You’re moving! And talking too? That’s incredible!
Filled with surprise, Barry had numerous thoughts to share with Morris. But the teddy had already known all of them, because Barry had been talking to it every day, even when it was still an inanimate toy. That night, Barry and Morris chat with each other, and played baseball together.
Barry: Here comes my spinning pitch!
Morris: Haha. This time, I’m really going to catch it.
Barry’s Mother: Barry! You’re still up?!
Barry: Oh no. It’s mum!
Barry’s mother yelled from outside the door; Morris made a silent gesture at Barry, before pretending again to be a mere toy.
Barry: Mum, I’m going to sleep. You don’t need to come in!
When Barry’s mother left, he asked Morris why they could not let her know it can move. Morris had two intentions: first, it deemed Barry its only friend, so it wanted to move only in front of him; and second, Morris did not want to reveal itself to the others. It could not imagine what people would do to a moving teddy bear; it could no way be “just throw it away”. Therefore, Morris lied:
Morris: Barry, you have to know that this is a weak magic. I can only move and talk when there are only the two of us.
Morris: You can’t tell anyone about me, not even your mum and dad. If you do...
Morris: This magic will vanish, and I will not be able to move and talk anymore.
A few years passed. Barry had grown, and had met new friends. With less time at home, Barry played less with Morris.
Morris: Barry, no baseball today?
Barry: Sorry, pal. I just played baseball with my friends this afternoon. I’m burned out. Gotta get some sleep first. Good night.
Morris: ...Good night, Barry.
Not allowing time for Morris to say another word, Barry climbed onto his bed and fell asleep. Barry had been like this almost every day in the month. Morris comforted himself by inventing excuses for Barry: he had a lot of homework to do...he had to deal with those so-called “friends”...and he was too tired...that was why he did not play with me...But the words did not actually ease its feeling of loneliness.
The next morning, when Barry had left the room, Morris heard something terrible —
Barry’s Mother: Barry, we’re tidying the entire house today. Do you have anything that you want to throw away?
Barry’s Mother: This teddy bear is really ragged...
Morris: ‘No good! Barry! Your mum’s throwing me away! Hurry back and save me!’
Barry’s Mother: And he needs a new bat too...
Morris: ‘You’re throwing Barry’s bat too...? Luckily we’re in the same bag. Barry, there’s no need to worry! I’ll take care of the bat for you.’
Morris: ‘Please come back to save us before the trash truck comes...’
The trash bag with Morris inside traveled a few blocks in the trash truck. After collecting all the trash in the area, the truck headed towards the incinerator.^ When the staff at the incinerator was categorizing the waste, Morris stealthily escaped from the pile. Suddenly, Morris spoke something which it did not intend to say; it was as if another consciousness was controlling its body...
Morris the Teddy Bear: ‘Why’re you still trying to go back? He doesn’t want you anymore!’
Morris: No! The one who threw me away was his mother. If Barry explains it clearly to his mum, I’ll be able to go back home and play with him again!
Morris the Teddy Bear: ‘He has abandoned you!’
Morris: Barry would never do that!
Morris resisted the alien mind as it walked back to the city. When it finally arrived, the night had come; people were all asleep.^ An entire day of endeavor had taken its toll on Morris’ body, increasing its raggedness. Its back was torn, with stuffing falling from the rip. Like its back, Morris’ heart was also torn by the extended haunting of the alien mind. Something important had fallen out of its heart...
Just as Morris had a nervous breakdown, Woodbury appeared —
Elf Summoner - Princess Woodbury: I have fulfilled your “wish”. Now it’ s time to repay me...
Morris the Teddy Bear: ‘Come on. Let’s return to Lady Woodbury. Only she is the one who truly needs us.’
Morris the Teddy Bear: ‘You still can’t let go of that Human?’
Dawn had broken, and Morris was already near Barry’s house. It had once thought it could never wake up again, because the alien mind had completely engulfed Morris’ consciousness. Morris was surprised that the alien mind had allowed it to wake up and return to Barry. However, the purpose of the alien mind was utterly different from that of Morris.
Morris the Teddy Bear: ‘Go finish your business with that Human.’
Morris avoided Barry’s parents, and sneaked into Barry’s room. When it opened the door, the shock prompted Barry to scream. Before Morris could speak of what it had been through, Barry had already stepped back in fear —
Barry: Go away! Don’t come any closer! A moving toy? You disgust me!
Morris: What...did you say...?
Morris the Teddy Bear: ‘See? I told you he had abandoned you.’
Morris: Weren’t you...happy when you knew I can move and truly be your friend?
Morris: I should’ve told you that I’ve acquired the ability to move from a magic —
Barry: What magic is that? Where did you get that? Did you make a pact with the Demons?
As he grew, Barry gained knowledge in different fields. Towards his moving toy, his curiosity and excitement gradually turned to suspicion, and from suspicion to fear. His bond with Morris, hence, weakened and distorted. Unable to bear the fear towards his own toy, Barry asked his mother to throw away Morris on that day.
Morris: No...It can’t be...
Morris the Teddy Bear: ‘The truth is now in front of you naked, and you’re still denying it?’
Morris: Barry! Tell me it’s not the truth! It’s your mother who thought I was ragged and threw me away! You did not abandon me!
Barry: Darned Demon, get away from me! If you don’t go, I’m telling my mother about your magic. Then your magic will vanish!
Morris the Teddy Bear: ‘You see —’
Uncovering the truth that it had been abandoned by its most trusted friend, Morris’ heart utterly shattered. Its consciousness was consumed, and finally combined with the alien mind.
Morris the Teddy Bear: Barry! How dare you abandon me!
Barry: Ahhhh! Mum!
Morris the Teddy Bear: Humans! What makes you think you can decide our fate? You inferior creatures!
Morris the Teddy Bear: Die!
Morris eradicated Barry’s entire family, before destroying everything in sight at the city. Abandoned by Humans, Morris vented its anger in the city full of Humans, until Woodbury sent her toys to receive it...