#99Word Stories; Rabbits

The January 9, 2023 story challenge from Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch is to: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes rabbits. Is it a family? A strange planet? Some crazy bunny person’s pets? Who are they and what are they doing? Go where the prompt leads!

Page, by D. Avery

“Are you a hunter?”

She’d noticed me looking at tracks in the red sand. She also noticed my interest in the sparse plants.

“That one we made soap from.”

She’d led us through a slot canyon, its carved sinuous walls telling ancient stories of fast moving water. We’d emerged on the upstream side into a sandy gully, a wash, the path water would take, should it rain hard.

Another plant. “That one the rabbits like.”

Sixty year old Lake Powell is drying up, but for now tourists still come.

“I remember,” she said, “When all we ate was rabbits.”

Be sure to go to Carrot Ranch to read the complete “Sabbatical” collection from last week. And there’s always the Ranch Yarns with Kid and Pal’s responses HERE.

32 thoughts on “#99Word Stories; Rabbits

  1. Rabbits! My dad grew up in Kansas during the depression. Long ago, he told be about the jack rabbits. They were everywhere. No one had any money and you could literally bop the rabbits over the head. He ate plenty of them when he was a kid. Your story reminded me of those days when the sandstorms ate up all the farm land.

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    • Yep, you all should be hopping mad about the fellow that brought bunnies to your island.
      I’m not sure if the woman in this piece is worried or wistful about the possibility of going back to the ways and means of her childhood before the Glen Canyon dam and tourism.

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    • Thank you Nicole. It’s more recall than story, pretty much the conversation I had with the Navajo woman who led tourists through a slot canyon in the area where she’d grown up. It was a brief exchange but much to contemplate. She also told me of the many family members she lost to Covid. “Not including all the aunties and cousins” she said. I am humbled by what she has endured and continues to endure.

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  3. Watching some of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s pot casts… there really isn’t all that much water on this earth to begin with. Some places don’t have enough, others too much… water.

    Rabbits – one of our children knew a family that raises rabbits – for food. I suppose it is all in what one is used to. Some folks eat goat. Or venison. I’m eating more veggies these days.

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