Bears watch over me I'm told. Bears are on patrol in the South, protecting their charges. Bears that like the winter. Greater European Moosebears.
A jackal ranges far and wide for the charges I once gave it.
But even bears don't watch as closely as we watch each other. It's intimidating, so I'm told. A near-palpable force that can be hard for others to break into. A sixth sense constantly aware of each other, constantly keeping tabs and checking in. Guarding. Protecting. An feat we can't manage for ourselves.
He makes dinner and puts the rest in the fridge for the week. He knows I'm not eating. I put petrol in the car and keep my keys closeby in case.
Bears have been spotted nearby. Out in the dark. Marking their patrols.