'You're kidding me!' he said. 'That is so cool.'
Beneath the blanket was a black oak chair. No wonder he hadn't been able to make out what shape it was - the front of it was a wooden seat with legs carved like the trunks of small trees, the arm rests were like that too - curved branches with oak leaves winding through them. But the back of the chair was the thing.
It was a solid carved bear.
There were no back legs to the chair, the bear just stood upright holding the arms and the seat in two huge paws. Its mouth was open to show its teeth. At some time they'd been painted but the paint was made to look old and tobacco stained, like the wood of the chair.