This story is for Trifecta’s April Fool’s day prompt:
rain (transitive verb)
1: to pour down
2: to give or administer abundantly
3: to take a lot of money in bill form and toss it up in the air. This is most effectively done at a strip club for the effect of raining one dollar bills on the dancers (and it makes them feel so pretty), or to snub a hater by throwing money into their face that then falls to the floor like rain (use this when paying a debt to a punk bitch who keeps asking for their money to the point that they are ruining your friendship or when dumping someone who has been bankrolling you for a while now that you’re making money).
It was also inspired by the carrots which are coming up both in the rabbit pot I painted as well as the garden beds. I love carrots! Carrots make me think of rabbits. They are strongly linked culturally, though my friends who keep rabbits tell me they don’t actually eat that many carrots. Rabbits are perfect for April Fool’s Day because like Coyote and Anasi,Rabbit is a great trickster.
When you do mischief like Rabbit, you get in trouble. Money, everyone knows, gets you out of trouble. Stealing a carrot can land a body in jail, but a rich man can steal a whole farm, if he has money to buy police.
Rabbit borrowed money from everyone, a little from each, hoping they’d forget. Times being hard none forgot. They all looked for Rabbit when they had need of their money. But one thing Rabbit can do is hide.
Rabbit was resting in a briar eating fresh blackberries, when he heard voices.
“Have’ya seen Rabbit?” asked Possum
“I’ve not seen him since I let him a few dollars” said Fox
“I sore need the money I gave him” Said Possum
“Have’ya talked ta Bear? He gave me what Rabbit owed, sayin’ he’d get it back from Rabbit along with what’s owed him” said Fox
“I’ll go see him now” said Possum, hurrying away.
Rabbit was afraid. Bear had a long memory and was mighty fierce. Rabbit added up what he borrowed all together. It was enough money to fight over.Rabbit made a plan.
He told Chicken, a known gossip, about a beautiful lady at the hoochie-coochie show on the edge of town.
That night Bear came to the show. The girl came out, hiding behind two fans. She danced ‘round the stage, everyone hottin’ and hollerin’. Bear didn’t see too good, but he knew this must be the lady he’d heard of. To impress her he made it rain, emptyin’ his wallet. Later Bear tried to find her, but she was gone.
Next day Rabbit found Bear sighing in his cave.
“Why do you sigh?” Rabbit asked
“I lost all my money, to impress a lady. Now I have no money or lady” Bear said
“Good news! I’ve come to pay you back. Lucky I waited or you might have lost this too” Said Rabbit, giving Bear almost as much money as he had thrown at the mysterious lady.
11 thoughts on “Rabbit Pays a Debt”
I think you struck the tone of all those old animal myths very well! Seriously, it’s very cool (:
Proving the old adage: Know your enemy. [I’m pretending this is not the Easter Bunny].
So cute,loved the “fable ” feel to this-a creative & ingenious take on the prompt Kitty:-)
Lovely little tale.
So, the moral of the fable is: If you owe a lot of money, find a hootchie cootchie girl. Ha ha, great story!
Wascally wabbit! What a clever/sneaky plan. Good thing bear doesn’t see too well! I cracked up that he skimmed a little off the top before giving bear the money.
In the last sentence, should it be ‘thrown’ instead of ‘throw’?
I love the reminiscent feel of this. Took me back. But in a modern way. Great job.
So many good lines, and an awesome, fable-like feeling to the whole thing. I think “Stealing a carrot can land a body in jail, but a rich man can steal a whole farm, if he has money to buy police” is my favorite part.
Good thing bear can’t see too well. I liked the idea that rabbit can hide. I have quite a few on my property. Dogs go after them and they disappear in their warrens. Cute tale.
Wonderfully written! I like the fable sound of it as well.