The bus passes a billboard for a Teddy Bear museum featuring dinosaurs. Turning to Alex, I catch him just before he puts his headphones in. I wonder aloud what the deal is with Teddy Bear museums in Korea. They’re everywhere, from Seoul to Jeju and cover various time periods. Alex listens, resting his iPod on his leg, but not putting it away.
“Are they suggesting that Teddy Bears were there?” I say. Alex hasn’t said much during this rant, but I don’t feel like going to sleep and I don’t want to sit quietly for the next six hours as we drive through Sunday traffic to get back to Incheon. “Who do you think would have won in a battle between Teddy Bears and dinosaurs?”
Now he raises his eyebrows, “Obviously, it would have to be dinosaurs. Is that even a question?”
“But they can’t die,” I say. “Teddy Bears are like really cute zombies.”
“Sabrina, they can’t die because they’re not alive,” he says, but doesn’t pick up his MP3 player.
“You only think they aren’t alive because of the Teddy Bear Law,” I say. “They can’t let humans see them move. And there weren’t any people when dinosaurs were around.”
“I don’t think there were any Teddy Bears around, either.”
“I don’t know, that billboard seems to show differently,” he picks up his iPod at this and starts flipping through songs.
“Dinosaurs are bigger and stronger.”
“But Teddy Bears can’t die.”
“Because they’re not alive,” he says, putting one headphone in. “And even if they were, they’re not big enough to fight dinosaurs.”
“But they could create a Teddy Bear army. Sew themselves back together when they get ripped apart. Even a big dinosaur couldn’t fight off an endless horde.”
“I don’t think you understand how big dinosaurs are, Sabrina.”
Mike walks up the aisle, stepping over stray bags and feet.
“What are you talking about?” he asks, leaning against the seat in front of us.
“Whether Teddy Bears or dinosaurs would win in an epic battle,” I say.
“It has to be dinosaurs, right?” he says, looking from one of us to the other.
“Exactly,” Alex says.
“But Teddy Bears can’t die,” I start.
Mike raises an eyebrow, nods, then stands and walks back up the bus.