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PostSubject: Happy Easter   Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:57 pm

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Easter
By Maz McCoy

The sun came up over the dew covered meadow. A lark ascended and Fiver emerged from his burrow. He sniffed the air and the scent of fresh grass accosted his nostrils. Bees buzzed about the red and white clover flowers and the distant hum of the farmer’s tractor drifted across the fields. There was movement further down the hillside and then Hazel came bounding towards him.
“Isn’t it a beautiful day, Fiver?” He flicked his ears as a breeze caught them.
“It sure is,” the smaller rabbit agreed. “I might go down to the stream and see if there are any new dandelions growing.”
“Don’t go too far. That farmer has his dog with him.”
“I’ll be careful although I wouldn’t be surprised if…”
PING! A shot hit a stone nearby and the rabbits scrambled for their burrows.
“Dammit!” the cowboy cussed. A Colt 45 was twirled and holstered then the man headed down the hill.

***
The rabbit checked his watch and sighed. He tugged at his new waistcoat and smoothed down his white fur. He was, as always, late. It didn’t matter how hard he tried to be on time something always seemed to get in the way. Looking around he located the hole he needed. Now where was that girl? She too appeared to be tardy. He adjusted the pince-nez on his nose.
“Oh dear, I’m going to be late again,” he muttered. “Always late.”
A shot rang out, as shots always seem to, and a bullet hit the tree trunk above his head.
“Oh my! Oh my!” the white rabbit cried and disappeared down the hole.
“Damn! I lost another one!” Cowboy boots appeared outside the entrance to the hole. The man gave a heavy sigh and turned away.

***
Kid rested his hands on his hips and looked at the cottage. It had a thatched roof; roses grew around the door and on every windowsill stood a box adorned with an array of flowers. Next to the house was a vegetable garden surrounded by a hedge. In the garden grew many vegetables including French beans, lettuces and radishes. As he approached along the country lane Kid noticed a movement amongst the cabbages. He stopped in his tracks, drew his gun and watched in fascination as a small rabbit, dressed in a blue jacket with brass buttons, emerged. He carried a large cabbage in his front paws.
Kid aimed and fired but once again the leporine creature got away.
“I must be losing my touch,” Kid muttered.
“What’s up, Doc?” a nasal voice asked and the ex-outlaw turned to see a grey rabbit with a long white bib standing on his hind legs, leaning against a tree. He held a succulent carrot in his right hand and had the two whitest upper incisors Kid had ever seen.
“Did you say somethin’?”
“Yeah, I said, what’s up, Doc?”
“My name’s not Doc.”
“I know that, just being friendly, cowboy.”
“You are, huh?”
“Yeah. Say, you ain’t much of a shot are ya?”
“I’m havin’ an off day.”
“You ain’t related to Elmer Fudd are ya cos he’s always havin’ an off day?”
“I don’t know who Fudd is. I’ll have you know I’m the…” But before Kid could even draw the rabbit had disappeared. “Damn!”

***
Tired and still very hungry, Kid rode into the town of Shinbone. He pulled his horse to a halt in front of the saloon and dismounted. His boots echoed on the wooden planks as he stepped onto the boardwalk then pushed through the bat wing doors of the saloon. The bartender walked towards him as he approached the bar.
“What’ll it be, sir?” he enquired.
“Beer.” Kid looked around the room as he waited for his drink. His eyes fell on a man sitting at a table in the corner playing solitaire. When his drink was placed on the counter Kid tossed down a couple of coins, picked up his glass and headed across the room. “Excuse me,” he said to the man at the table. “Are you the man who shot Liberty Valance?”
“So they tell me.” The man looked up, eyeing the stranger before placing the Jack of Hearts on the Queen of Spades. “Who wants to know?” He had a characteristically slow drawl.
“My name’s Kid Curry.”
“I heard of you.”
“Mind if I sit down?” Kid indicated an empty chair.
“Sure, but not there, that’s Harvey’s seat.”
“Harvey? Who’s Harvey?”

***

“Kid. Kid, wake up, the coffee’s ready.”
At the sound of Heyes’ voice Kid Curry roused himself from beneath his blanket. He stared at his friend through the flames of the fire. “I had the weirdest dream.”
“Yeah? Wanna tell me about it?”
“I don’t remember it all but there sure were a lot of rabbits in it.”
“Rabbits huh?”
“Yeah.”
“You must be hungry. Why don’t you go see what you can get us for breakfast?”
“Okay.” Kid yawned, stretched and pulled on his boots.
Hannibal Heyes watched his friend walk away, and then set about making pancakes over the camp fire.

***
“How’d you do?” Heyes asked when his friend returned half an hour later.
“I got a two for!”
“A what?”
“Two for the price of one. I got a rabbit.” Kid raised his right hand in which he held a white rabbit by the ears. The rabbit wore a bow-tie. His arms were crossed. He scowled. He was clearly a rabbit of negative disposition (he was not a happy bunny!) “And I got these.” Kid raised his left hand to reveal a basket of chocolate eggs. “Happy Easter, Heyes.”[/size]



Happy Easter everyone!

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:32 pm

Laughing Very clever, Ms. Maz! Loved all the bunny rabbits. And at the end, the Kid got the rabbit and dessert!

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:13 pm

Very cute holiday story! Happy Easter bal

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:55 pm

Maz, you had a bunny hop! :happy Easter:

What a fun holiday story! Love all the different bunnies especially the friend of the man who shot Liberty Valance.

:bunny suit: :happy surprise

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:24 pm

Happy Easter back at ya' Maz! With all those bunnies hopping around, I'm surprised Kid got any sleep at all! :bunny suit:

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:11 am

Maz - you definitely need to get out more!
That's what you get for spending so much time at Starbucks!

Thanks for the lovely start to the Easter weekend - read it while sitting in bed, drinking tea which my 15 teenage son made for me! Happy Easter.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Fri Mar 29, 2013 4:53 am

:happy Easter: :happy Easter: :happy Easter: :happy Easter:

You know I hoppin' adored it, huh?

(Cottontail and her twin sister wanna know what the Sam Hill is that soft white fluffy thing Kid's polishing his gun with!!)


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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:32 am

Laughing This was wonderful, Maz. I hadn't realized how many bunnies were out there in popular culture until you piled them all in this story. When you sat the "man who shot Liberty Valance" down in that saloon, I couldn't figure out how he worked with the bunnies. But then you brought in my favorite film rabbit, Harvey the Pooka. Such a fun Easter card. Thank you.



:Easter basket: Easter Blessings to all of you and warm Passover wishes. :elijah:


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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:35 am

Maz: Thanks for the hilarious story! I can see Kid getting so frustrated he'd to obtain a meal. I don't think he'd have the patience to but he'd certainly be happy if Heyes got him an .

Heyes would probably enjoy the puzzle of searching for the and I know they'd both be glad to eat the food on the . I, certainly, would be very happy to share my Passover meal with the boys instead of if some strangers showed up at my door!

(Thanks, BJ, for all the great smileys!)

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:29 pm

Thanks for Happy Easter Surprise, Maz!

Loved it!

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:58 pm

Thank you for this lovely story, Maz!

I read it during lunch break and was glad I was in the room by myself because the vision of Kid Curry surrounded by bunnies had me snickering more than once! Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:10 pm

Thanks for the cute story, Maz! I guess the bunnies really hopped for you on this one. Happy Easter to you, and everyone else!

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:42 pm

Well it had Harvey in it, my favourite move. How could this story possibly fail to delight, even if it ended with "not a happy bunny?" This bunny is very content after reading this. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Happy Easter   Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:43 pm

Thanks, Maz! You'll never guess what my real-life nick name happens to be . . . hasn't been used in years, but I still wear a rabbit pin at Easter.


And by the way, wasn't the Easter bunny Pete Duel's very, very first role?
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