Susanna Leonard Hill is again hosting another fabulous contest over on her blog. This time we have been challenged to write a 400 word story that is a twist on a fractured fairytale, with Spring somewhere in the mix. Below is my entry. Happy Spring to all our readers!
THE THREE LITTLE EASTER BUNNIES
Three little bunnies were training to be Easter Bunnies. Their next task was to carry a basket full of colored eggs up a steep hill, and then hide the eggs in the bushes at the top. This might seem like an easy task for three little bunnies, but to get to the top of the hill they had to cross a bridge guarded by a mean troll.
The first bunny tiptoed across the bridge – tap, tip, tap. “Who is that tapping across my bridge?” the troll growled.
“Just me,” the first bunny said. “Please let me cross the bridge.”
“Only those who can answer a riddle can cross my bridge,” the troll said. “What is yellow in the middle, white all around, and colored all over?”
“An Easter egg!” the bunny replied, and hopped across the bridge.
The second bunny bounded across the bridge – boom, bam, boom. “Who is that booming across my bridge?” the troll growled.
“Another bunny,” the second bunny said.
“Only those who can answer a riddle can cross my bridge,” the troll said. “What looks like a bean, but tastes like sugar?”
“A jelly bean!” the bunny replied, and hopped across the bridge.
The third bunny bounced across the bridge – boing, bing, boing. “Who is that boinging across my bridge?” the troll growled.
“A little brown bunny,” said the third bunny.
“Only those who can answer a riddle can cross my bridge,” the troll said. “What is white, looks like a trumpet, and grows tall from the ground?”
The third bunny was stumped.
“Well?” shouted the troll.
“I don’t know,” the bunny said.
“Then I will have to eat you up!” the trolled yelled, using his gnarled hands to climb up the side of the bridge. When he got to the top, sitting in the middle of the bridge was a small brown bunny.
“I’ve got you now!” the troll shouted and he jumped on top of the bunny, knocking it to the ground. The brown bunny broke into pieces.
The troll picked up a piece and sniffed. It smelled sweet. He licked the piece, and it tasted sweet too. “Bunnies are yummy!” he said as he ate up all of the bunny pieces.
High up on the hill, three bunnies giggled as they watched the troll eating the chocolate bunny. Then they hopped away through the Easter lilies to hide their eggs.