My epic fantasy novel, Tickling Butterflies, is being serialized with a new installment every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Here is the latest installment:
His Rabbit Lord Mr. Snickers
(Containing the distressing story of John the Cute’s cuteness.)
John the Cute was the cutest baby that had ever lived.
He was cuter than kittens. He was cuter than puppies. He was even cuter than bunnies.
He had a cute button nose, small and beautiful ears, and a smile that caught sunlight and reflected rainbows.
By the time John the Cute was five years old, all the male rabbits in Bambooville were jealous of John the Cute’s cuteness. In particular, His Rabbit Lord Mr. Snickers was dreadfully upset.
Whenever John the Cute left his house to walk in the forest, His Rabbit Lord Mr. Snickers and his other male rabbit friends gathered around him and performed tricks to impress the female rabbits hiding in the bushes. But the female rabbits always said that John the Cute was the cutest of them all.
His Rabbit Lord Mr. Snickers and a few of his friends went to the famous rabbit plastic surgeon, His Rabbit Lord Mr. Soxworth, and asked him to make their ears even cuter. His Rabbit Lord Mr. Soxworth agreed to change the looks of their ears, and, indeed, created even cuter ears.
When next John the Cute came into the forest, the rabbits converged around him. But when he was gone, the female rabbits agreed that John the Cute was still the cutest one in the bunch. His Rabbit Lord Mr. Snickers was dreadfully upset yet again.
But Her Rabbit Highness Ms. Pixie took a liking to His Rabbit Lord Mr. Teeth, even though he was not the cutest one in the bunch. The two left the trail and lived happily ever after.
His Rabbit Lord Mr. Snickers and a few of his friends visited His Rabbit Lord Mr. Soxworth again, asking him to change their cheeks. Even after this change, John the Cute was deemed the cutest one of all. But this time, Her Rabbit Highness Wabbity Wabbita liked His Rabbit Lord Quidditch, who did not have any plastic surgery at all and was not the cutest one in the bunch. The two went far away and lived happily ever after.
His Rabbit Lord Mr. Snickers became obsessed. He went again and again to the plastic surgeon, even though no other rabbit would come with him anymore. And yet, inexplicably, John the Cute would always be deemed the cutest one of all by the female rabbits. And yet, equally inexplicably, a male rabbit and a female rabbit would always like each other and leave together to live happily ever after.
By the end of thirteen years, His Rabbit Lord Mr. Snickers had changed his hears, his lips, his cheeks, his feet, his fur, his nose, his eyelashes, his tongue, his chin, and even his voice.
But by this time he was alone in the woods, since all rabbits of this forest were living happily ever after elsewhere.
By this time, John the Cute was no longer in the farm but had moved on to the palace to be king. Sadly, His Rabbit Lord Mr. Snickers had changed his looks so much that he looked like a dog. To his great misfortune, he did not look like a cute dog, but like an ugly dog.
The lesson of the story is that we must be content with the way we look or we would end up like His Rabbit Lord Mr. Snickers.
This has been the upsetting story of John the Cute’s cuteness.
(To be continued on Thursday…)