Good morning, my lovelies!
The first book of The Demon Bunny Chronicles has been quite successful! I have received so many emails from parents, and some even from children, telling me how interesting the story and adventure was. Thank you to everyone who has shared their kind comments with me!
Below is a raw, unedited version of the first chapter of Hidden Waterfalls, the second book in this series:
“You’ve got to be kidding me!” Dawn said to me for the fifth time.
We dangled upside-down from a large tree branch. The ropes tightly wrapped around our ankles, leaving us to swing slightly back and forth. Zana Rain was sleeping next to the tree. She was zero help. How could she sleep at a time like this?
“Maybe you should watch where you’re going!” I yelled at my sister.
“Maybe I should watch where I’m going?” she retorted. “You’re the one who couldn’t stop bouncing around everywhere. Bouncing and dancing! If you could just stay still for one minute, we wouldn’t be hanging here in this stinkin’ tree!”
“But, I’m sooooooooo bored! We’ve been walking forever, and we don’t even know where we are going. You keep saying we’re not lost, that you know where this old guy lives, but I think you’re lost. Lost lost lost lost lost.” I would have stomped my foot in a tantrum, but well, that just didn’t work out at all since I was dangling from a rope.
“Really? You’re going to do this now?” Dawn asked me.
I could sense my sissy rolling her eyes at me.
“It’s not like you have more pressing things to do!” I yelled back.
“Okay, okay. Let’s just take a deep breath and think this through. Can you reach the rope around your ankles?” she asked me.
“Don’t you think I’ve already tried that? You tried it too! This is hopeless,” I dramatically said to my sissy.
“Okay, here is what we are going to do. I’m going to hold onto you and try to swing us back and forth until one of us can reach that tree.”
“Seriously?” I said to Dawn in a doubtful tone.
“Do you have any better ideas?” She asked me as she wrapped her arms through mine.
Before I knew what was happening, Dawn and I were swinging back and forth. I didn’t want to admit to her how it was making my tummy upset so I didn’t say anything at all.
And there we were, swinging back and forth. Although her plan was working, and I could almost touch the tree, I didn’t like how fast I was swinging towards it. It was then I realized how bad this plan was about to go. As my body rushed back towards the tree, I lifted my hands, slapped the tree, spiraling away from it.
Thankfully, at least for me, I was not the demon bunny who was rushing face first towards the tree anymore.
“What are you-” Dawn began to ask me before she was slammed into the tree. “You did that on purpose!”
I had to give my sissy credit, though. Her tiny arms were wrapped around the tree, holding on with all her might.
Someone was laughing, and it wasn’t either of us. I looked towards the ground and saw a boy demon bunny standing beneath us, hands on his hips as he continued laughing.
He was rather funny looking, actually. His hair was three different shades of blue, and I didn’t know whether or not he knew his hair looked like that or if it was an accident. From the beaming grin on his face, I guessed he knew exactly what he looked like.
“What are you laughing at?” I asked the boy whose clothes matched even less than my own. His red shirt and green pants just didn’t look right at all, and I had no idea what color his boots were because they were covered in mud. Not unlike my own.
“I was just wondering if you actually knew just how silly you both look right now,” he said to us.
He stood directly below us and raised his hand into the air. He was about the same height as me, which at the moment was a blessing because I think he was going to poke or tickle us. Or both.
I glanced at Zana Rain to see if she had awoken, but she was still snoring. Some help she was. We could have been attacked by Florans and she would still be napping without a care.
“You’re one to talk,” I said as I crossed my arms over my chest and made a face at him.
“Will you please help us down?” Sissy asked him nicely, which irritated me. He was laughing at us, and she was going to calmly ask him for help?
“We don’t need his help. We’ve got this!” I told her matter-of-factly.
“Obviously you girls won’t be needing my help, so I will just run along now,” he said.
“Wait, wait wait! Don’t listen to her. Please help us get down from here. Please … please help us,” Dawn said to him.
“Well, since you asked nicely,” he said to her as he walked towards the tree.
I didn’t like the look on his face. He was trouble! I could tell! The way he pranced around without a care in the world while we were hanging upside-down from this stinkin’ tree! He bent over and reached down to the ground. I couldn’t see what he was doing, but it couldn’t be good. Right?
“Look out beloooowwwwwwwww!” he yelled like a giant in a forest.
And that’s when it happened.
The next thing I knew, I was on the ground holding my head, huffing and puffing. That little snot dropped us on the ground!
“What is wrong with you?!” I yelled at him, hopping up into a crouched position and ready to defend ourselves if needed. “Look out below? What? Do you think that’s funny? How about a little warning next time tough guy! Huh?”
“A simple thank you will suffice,” he said as he smiled at us. He held out his hand to my sissy, and for some reason, she took it and stood up. How annoying.
“Thank you,” she said to him “I’m not sure if we would have ever gotten down from there without your help.”
I huffed again. We could have figured it out. Ourselves. Without him.
“You’re welcome, but you might want to better watch where you’re walking. You see, this trap wasn’t meant for you. It was meant for my dinner. So before you go stomping off into my forest, just keep that in mind, will ya?” His arrogance didn’t amuse me at all.
“You’re forest? What makes you think …” I stopped to think for a moment, “This was your trap?! You’re the reason we were in this mess to begin with!” I lunged forward, trying to tackle him to the ground but he was faster than me.
He laughed again, and that only infuriated me more. He dusted his hands off on his pants and began to walk away.
“Hey, where are you going?” I asked him.
“You’re too noisy, and I’m hungry. I’m hittin’ the trails! See you later!”
“Wait! What’s your name?” My sissy asked him.
He didn’t bother to turn around and look at us. He kept walking away as he shouted, “My name is Brandon.”
And then he was gone. Just like that.