The Special Announcement

Cottontail Rabbit
Thanks to Jason and to the rabbit that posed so well for him.

Taffy was excited, but nervous as well. Today was the day. Could be the most important day ever! Today was the day that Taffy would find out if he got promoted to the highly esteemed title. A title that all his fellow rabbits longed for, but that only one special rabbit would get!

Chewing on his last bit of salad nervously he tried to steady the thumping of his heart. Soon all the rabbits of the forest would gather under the large shady Maple tree. That was the home of Barnaby the wise old owl and it was where he would make his special announcement from.

“Hey Taffy! Are you ready?” called out Butterscotch, as she came hopping towards him. Her eyes were bright and dancing. She was sure that Taffy would be chosen. She really hoped so, for she was really sweet on him.

“Hi Butterscotch!” Taffy’s heart glowed. He really liked Butterscotch and if all went well today, he was going to tell her. She looked so cute with her cottontail bobbing as she hopped towards him.

Taffy was thinking as he watched her coming, maybe he would just tell her now. Why should he wait?

Butterscotch bounded up right in front of him, their noses almost touching. “Are you nervous?” she asked.

Taffy’s nose was twitching as he hopped from one foot to another. “…no.. what would give you that idea?”

Butterscotch laughed. “Oh Taffy, stop worrying, I think you will definitely be picked. Barnaby is a very wise owl so why wouldn’t he pick you? You have waited a long time, its your chance!

“I… I … would like to ask…” Taffy started to say, and then Toffee, his pesky sister bounded up to him.

“Hey brother, are you all ready? I would hate to see you disappointed, so I should tell you now that Barnaby is of course going to pick me! Sorry dear brother.”

Butterscotch rolled her eyes and turned towards Toffee. “You think you are so smart, but you may be wrong about Barnaby. Taffy is really sweet and deserves to be picked.” Toffee hopped away in a huff.

Butterscotch smiled and turned towards Taffy again. “So what were you going to ask me?” she asked looking at him in expectation, with her caramel brown eyes.

Taffy took a deep breath. “Well we have known each other for quite awhile now and…”

Marvin the Monkey let out a loud shrill. It was the call for everyone to pay attention. Barnaby was sitting on the branch and ready to make his announcement.

Butterscotch moved closer to Taffy, she was nervous for him. They both watched Barnaby, listening intently to his words. The forest was silent and they all waited. Barnaby was a wise owl, but old, and slow of speech. They all had to be patient with him.

Ooh it felt like it was taking him forever to get to the point. He was thanking everyone and telling them all how he wishes there could be more than just one rabbit chosen for this special honor.

Taffy’s mouth felt dry, as he waited. Every year he wanted his name to be the one called. He pinched his eyes shut, oh please let it be this year!

“And now I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to one of the kindest rabbits I know, Taffy Cottontail!”

THUMP! Taffy fell backwards. Butterscotch shouted at him.

“Taffy, don’t faint! Wake up! You made it! You are this year’s Easter Bunny!”

Butterscotch’s face was foggy at first but it slowly became more clear as Taffy opened his eyes feeling dazed, looking up at her.

“I am the the Easter Bunny, really?”

“Yes! Really!” Butterscotch said, and she bent down to nuzzle his nose and give him a kiss.

A warm flush went the whole way through Taffy’s body as his heart was jumping with joy! He was sure that today he was the Happiest rabbit in the entire forest!

A Snowy Day Surprise

They were traipsing through the woods with their snowshoes on enjoying the first snow of the season and the way it had transformed the woods overnight. Some cardinals were sitting on a tree branch, their red color looking so bright and vivid against the white snow.

The guy nudged his friend’s arm, ” Look over there! Do you see that? What is it?”

His friend looked, and looked back at his friend with a puzzled expression. “It’s a rabbit. You know, those little animals that hop around and live in holes in the ground. Did you not have your morning coffee this morning Frank? Or maybe the question should be, what did you put in your coffee this morning?”

Frank shook his head, as he made a face. I didn’t mean over to your right, I meant your left. Look over there.”

George looked where Frank was pointing. “And its another rab…Wait a minute, are those horns on its head?”

“Exactly!” Frank said with a smug look on his face. So now should I ask what you drank this morning?”

They both watched the rabbit like creature sit still for a moment and then as if it sensed their presence it took off, soon disappearing over the hill.

Frank and George were quiet for a little and then George spoke up. “I have heard of jackalopes before, but I didn’t believe they were real! But being that you saw what I saw and I saw what you saw, well then it has to be real, right?”

“Definitely!” said Frank. “After all, its not like we are wandering in a hot desert thirsting for water and losing our minds seeing a mirage?”

” Yes, there can be no other explanation! Though people may think we have lost our marbles, but perhaps we really did just see the only living Jackalope!”

They started to get excited and Frank said, “We have to tell our boss about this, call the newspaper and let them know. We could be famous, George!”

They were walking and getting caught up in conversation about what their friends would think, and then George stopped walking and said, “Wait a minute, we have a problem. We don’t have a picture! If we start talking about it to others, we can’t prove anything, except giving people proof that we are nuts.”

“Why didn’t you take a picture?” asked Frank.

“Why? You ask me why?? Perhaps because you are the one with the camera around your neck, genius?” replied George, as he raised his eyebrows.

“Oh, yeah, guess I am.” Frank said with a sheepish look on his face.

“Well there is only one logical thing we can do now, we have to see if we can find the jackalope again. Lets retrace our steps in the direction back to where we saw him and take it from there.”

Back they went and started searching for the elusive jackalope. Their heart would start beating quickly when they would catch the sight of a little white tail hopping through the words, But they would look closer and sigh, when they saw that it was only a rabbit without horns.

They went to the left and to the right, but there was not a jackalope in sight.

Stopping for a rest they sat on a log and started to doze.

As they dozed a creature came up to them for it had smelled the snack that Frank and George had been eating. There were nuts and berries that had fallen on the snow. Oh they were his favorite treats and he quickly filled his tummy.

George started stirring as the creature ate the last berry. He better get going, or he would be late, Moonbeam Farm was still a little ways over the hill. He didn’t want to be late for their evening meeting and get Odessa’s feathers all ruffled. Away he hopped, while Frank and George continued to doze.

Oh, the things that you miss, that are sometimes right under your nose!

**Frank and George missed out on seeing Jaxon, the only living Jackalope, but you don’t have to miss out on learning all about him! If you aren’t sure about believing in Jackalopes, open up the pages of “The Odessa Chronicles” and take a look. You won’t be sorry that you did. You don’t have to go traipsing through the snow, you can read about him from the comfort of your chair, perhaps while you are looking out the window at the snow. If you happen to see 2 weary looking fellows walking or perhaps stumbling by now through the snow, don’t worry, its just Frank and George still searching.**