Tails of Rabbitopolous

Chapter Ten

 

Curiosity isn’t a uniquely human trait but it’s a huge part of their growth and education.  It’s heavily seen in the wide eyed wonder of children.  Their exploration of the world around them has inspired Mans greatest works of fiction and tales that examine their most simple dreams.  The stories known as ‘fairy tales’ have traditionally given mankind a moral and ethical guide on how they should and can live good happy lives.  Sadly the origin of these tales came from thievery, lazy adults stole the stories of their children.  Writing the stories down or telling anyone who’d listen, adult humans strived for attention from their fellow man and would do anything for the rush of praise.  So they’d listen to children in hopes of inspiration from the random ramblings of the rambunctious rapscallions.  Man would craft whimsical tales to entertain the masses, feed their excitable egos and get paid of course.  The children would never see financial reward or any acknowledgement for their assistance, but may get a pet rabbit if they kept quiet and behaved.  Whether it’s from an overactive imagination or a fantastical youthful view of life, children are the keys to crafting a legacy.  This clearly makes children a risk to security and secrecy for the battling bunnies.  To make matters worse the rabbits discretion had faltered and their actions were becoming more visible.  Limitations were being pushed by the Whites, all factions were trying to move faster to counter the dangers each other presented.  This made them sloppy and prone to mistakes.  The desire for victory and need to survive was clouding the judgement of all bunnies.  What once was a species full of mystery and actions cloaked in stealth, had become a know presence to humanity.  Even if they didn’t know quite what was going on.  To this day the mistakes made in these moments would forever intertwine the worlds of man and these cute and cuddly creatures.

It was the children that would see the warring rabbits first.  They’d become fascinated at the sight of colourfully decorated eggs and bunnies hopping around, baskets on their arms and bonnets on their heads.  These sightings were limited but it didn’t stop the children from daydreaming about the wonderful world around them.  The repetition of these stories would slowly ingrain into the consciousness of human society.  Despite being seen by Man the Browns and Greys continued to defend against the tireless Whites.  Hiding as much as they could, they both feared their rivals in the war but also the dangers if man got involved.  In hopes of protection, the Brown rabbit’s safe disposal plan had taken full effect.  The problem they faced was the vast over production of explosive eggs.  The amount of eggs to safely destroy truly tested the bunnies speed and resolve, with no clear end in sight.  With private secure storage spaces in short supply, the Brown bunnies began to take their work home with them.  Not to the burrows of course, that would be foolish.  They took them to their human habitats, the hutches that were ‘gifted’ to them by their pet loving captors.  The closer to man the better as the Whites feared capture and being send back to the animal testing labs, away from the fight.  This was a great risk but with so many eggs in existence the priority was to protect rabbits and not the potential of man finding them.  Despite the stealthiest of intentions mistakes were bound to be made and it would only be a matter of time before man saw rabbit and colourful egg together.  When that day finally came the rabbits could count on Mans poor comprehension skills to make a quick escape.  This was initially seen as luck but when the eggs had to be abandoned, Mans curiosity took over.  With their general haphazard interaction with wildlife and the natural world always ending badly, Mans peaked attention was never a good outcome.  When observing a rabbit carrying colourful eggs in a basket, it should raise questions.  Rabbits don’t eat eggs, don’t lay eggs and show no outward signs of artistic interest or ability.  To the educated onlooker or anyone in possession of simple common sense, confused questioning should present itself.  Man however is an idiot.  Not only did they prove a lack of intellect but also a shameful greed in their foolish misinterpretations.  What other species upon seeing a rabbit carrying a basket of eggs would believe it’s not a gift for them.  Why else would the rabbits be doing this if not to celebrate their betters?  What sheer arrogance to presume otherwise, after all man do deserve constant gifts for no reason.  Ignorant of the dangers contained in these baskets, uncaring and unquestioning, they were willing to take any perceived gift.  Especially if it happened to be free.  It didn’t help that the bunnies bolted when seeing the humans, abandoning their baskets for fear that if man got too close, their clumsy nature could set off the bombs and incite mass carnage.  It wasn’t without cause, man had certainly done their share of damage to rabbits, despite it done in ignorance.  With baskets abandoned to mankind, it would be the fearless curiosity of children to investigate these brightly coloured ‘presents’.  With their innocent overjoyed exuberance they would begin spreading the news and so a legend would take form.

Man is a strange creature, large, stupid and highly destructive.  They’re a threat to themselves as much as they are to the world around them.  In an effort to distract themselves and continue to live in ignorance about the horrors they inflict, they desperately strive to believe in fantasies, no matter how fanciful.  From the myth of ‘Big Foot’ to the ‘Loch Ness Monster’, religion and fairies, man just wants something to believe in.  Stories would be told and retold, children prattling excitedly to their exhausted parents and as they grew to be parents themselves, the stories would be told to their children.  Lost in fantasy, escaping from their self perceived hard lives, the cycle of storytelling would turn reality to fantastical myth.  It’s no wonder that the antics of the battling bunnies would inspire great tales of wonder in the imaginations of human children.  Mankind of course was still oblivious to the warring rabbits and saw innocence in their actions.  Rabbits with baskets and bonnets, frolicking with carrots and hiding brightly coloured eggs would certainly look whimsically appealing to mankind.  The stories told shared this innocent trait, no one could fathom that such cute and endearing creatures were actually waging and never ending war.  The animal kingdom is a great mystery and humanity does enjoy civilising its literary personification of those wild beasts.   In vain attempts to bring a sense of understanding to the chaos of the natural world, animals took on human traits.  If only they examined themselves and saw it was humanity who took their traits from the beasts.  This arrogant perversion of nature was common in man but they had no idea how much their tales of the rabbits would affect them.

In Mans history there a several belief structures that they cling to in order to feel warm and cosy, with a sense of purpose in the world.  One of these belief structures is the story of a prophet who uses magic tricks to ensnare mans attention and show them there is life after death.  It’s a decent story, a bit slow at times and uses a lot of big words when it doesn’t really need to.  If you’re interested it’s worth a look but it’s not overly relevant here.  Personally, the stories of foxes are more interesting than man, they aren’t quite as pretentious.  The important part is Humanity celebrate the life of this prophet, including his death and miraculous rebirth, despite questions about whether or not it really happened.  As spring sprouts from winters end, man rejoices that life is returning to nature, the trees are green, flowers begin to bloom and across the animal kingdom, creatures’ awake and new lives are brought to the world.  It’s a wonderful time of year and it makes sense to celebrate it.  Yet the story that captures the imagination of children revolves around the battling bunnies and of course has nothing to do with the war.  As the story goes on this special spring day, bunnies come from all over, with gifts for all the children.  Wearing bonnets and holding baskets filled with wonderful treats and brightly coloured eggs, the bunnies’ love children so much that they want to reward them and bring them hope for another year.  As the story travelled and became a legend amongst mankind, it soon reached the rabbits ears.  Given their relationship with man, the rabbits weren’t pleased by this story.  It would serve to infuriate them further, taking their attentions from the war and directing their anger at mankind.

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