Rabbits and Ragdolls

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Two beloved children’s toys come to life and must make their own way in the world after their owners have perished from influenza.

Ragdolls and Rabbits
By Charlotte Heine

Christopher and Christina were brother and sister and they were seven and eight years old respectively. They had been together since infancy; they did everything together and were inseparable. Whenever you saw one, the other was not far behind. If Christina did something, Christopher would imitate it and vice versa. They worked together and one of them would always make sure that the other one was not alone. One always knew what the other one wanted or needed. One of them would come and get their mother and father if the other one required 
their attention. One knew the other needed comforting and would do whatever it took to make them happy. 
Christopher and Christina were especially happy when they were playing with their favourite toys. Christopher had a stuffed rabbit named Randell and Christina had a ragdoll named Constance. Randell was light brown with dark eyes and a white stomach. His ears were white on the inside and he had a dark brown spot on his right ear. Constance was white with dark blue eyes, a mouth the colour of a maraschino cherry, with brown curly hair. She wore a light blue, long-sleeved dress with embroidered dark blue flowers. 
Christopher had a lot of fun playing with Randell, Christina and Constance because they always tried to include each other. Christina treated Constance as though she were her baby. She fed her, played games with her, read to her, hugged her, gave her kisses, spoke to her, held her and cuddled her closely. 
Christopher and Christina possessed an abundance of love for Randell and Constance. Randell and Constance had plenty of love for Christopher and Christina as well. That love was the adhesive that bonded them to each other and that love kept the four of them in a lasting love, a love that they thought would last forever and ever. 
It did not, however, because Christopher and Christina contracted severe influenza. Sadly, only Christopher survived...Christina did not. In order to eradicate the virus, everything that they had played with in the nursery had to be burnt, including Randell and Constance.
When Christopher became an adult, he raised rabbits due to his love for Randell. There were many rabbit hutches outside of his household. Christopher loved his rabbits and he always made sure to take special care of them, especially when one of them was unwell. When his two female rabbits Maggie and Maude became ill, he always stayed close to them and slept between their hutches. He gave them carrots, porridge, soup, and warm milk with honey.
When Maggie and Maude passed on, Christopher dug their graves and erected homemade crosses at the end of each one. He did the same thing when his two male rabbits, Frederick and Timothy, passed away from illness. The only rabbits that did not pass were Thomas, Molly, Monte, Rita, and Joseph.
Rabbits weren’t the only animals that Christopher kept.  He also had two whippets named Kingsley and Remington. He treated them quite well, except when they did not behave. If they did misbehave, Christopher would violently strike them and refuse to feed them. Understandably, they did not appreciate this form of treatment. When Christopher was especially upset with them or when he had consumed too much liquid courage, he would throw open the door and kick them out. Kingsley and Remington would lie down together at the front of the closed door. 
Christopher used drinking as a means of coping with the deaths of his mother, his father, and Christina, his sister. His drinking had transcended into a downward spiral and he would stumble from the public house between the hours of four and six in the morning, occasionally between the hours of one and three in the morning and occasionally at midnight. He would stay outside and sleep beside the rabbits in their hutches. In the morning, Christopher would stand up, walk back inside, brew some tea, consume it, use the restroom, and walk back outside to fetch them. Then they would lie down on the special blanket beside the fireplace inside of the parlour.

One particular night when this happened, Kingsley and Remington barked continuously but Christopher ignored them. They stopped and then continued barking but Christopher continued to ignore them. They stopped again and continued barking once more but Christopher still continued to ignore them. This went on for quite some time. When he walked outside to fetch them he discovered the lifeless corpses of Molly and Monte lying on the ground. 
This was not received well by Christopher. He dug the rabbits’ graves and placed handmade crosses at the heads of both graves. Christopher refused to feed Kingsley and Remington. Then he struck them and kicked them out of the open front door. But this time Christopher had attached their leashes to the doorway so that they would not be able to kill any more of the rabbits. Kingsley and Remington fought to get out of their leashes, however they were unable to break free. When Christopher went outside to fetch them, he detached their leashes from the doorway and brought them back inside of the house. 
One day, while Christopher was walking Kingsley and Remington in the park, the dogs became distracted by a butterfly and attempted to chase it. Christopher pulled backwards on their leashes as hard as he was able but Kingsley and Remington slipped from his grasp and charged across the park. Kingsley and Remington managed to chase the butterfly all the way to the other end of the park. Christopher was not pleased with what they had done. As soon as they arrived home from the park, Christopher violently struck Kingsley and Remington, kicked them, threw them out of the open front door and attached their leashes to the doorway. They barked all through the night but Christopher ignored them. They continued barking but Christopher still ignored them. They barked some more but Christopher still continued to ignore them. They barked even more 
but Christopher still continued to ignore them. Remington and Kingsley continued barking all night long but Christopher had fallen asleep and Kingsley and Remington eventually drifted off to 
sleep themselves. 

When Christopher came to fetch them, he detached their leashes from the doorway and brought them back in, laying them down on the special blanket beside the fireplace. Christopher made himself a bowl of porridge, sat down at the kitchen table, and read the newspaper. Kingsley and Remington were denied their morning meal and their water bowls were left as barren as the Sahara desert. After the butterfly episode, Christopher kept a much closer eye on the dogs so that they would not become distracted again...but Kingsley and Remington weren’t the only ones that were prone to distraction.
One night Christopher had consumed so much liquid courage that, when he emerged from the public house, he tripped and fell face down on the street. When he stood, Christopher’s body was covered in red bruises and dirt. He looked as though he had been in a violent scrap. He was covered in blood and it was dripping onto his clothes. He arrived home, removed his blood soaked clothing, washed himself, made some tea, and sat at the kitchen table. While sipping his tea, he gazed through the window and noticed a fox running about. At first Christopher did not think much of it. He finished his tea and realized the fox was something to worry about when he went to visit Randall and Rita and was greeted by the sight of their lifeless bodies. Christopher dug their graves and placed handmade crosses at the heads of them. Following the fox incident, Christopher decided to stand guard outside of the house so that if the fox returned he could catch it, kill it, skin it and cook it.
The fox returned and he did just that. Christopher had fox stew for his supper that night. Another fox came to try and eat more of Christopher’s bunnies; that fox suffered the same fate as the previous one. Christopher had fox stew for his supper that night. Another fox came to avenge the death of his kin and he suffered the same fate that his kin had. Christopher had fox stew for his supper that night as well. Two more foxes came to avenge the deaths of their kinsmen. They suffered the same fate, but instead of having fox stew for his supper he skinned the fox and made it into a rug for his home. He had enough fox meat for ages!

Next, a wily squirrel dug up the graves of his rabbits. Christopher dealt with the squirrel in the same way that he dealt with the foxes and so he had squirrel stew for his supper. After that, the other squirrels knew not to cross Christopher. But there was one group of animals that he would never cause any harm to and that he missed terribly: his rabbits. Christopher wished that they were still alive and that he could enjoy their company. A tear would run down his cheek whenever he walked past the empty hutches. Christopher felt as though he possessed no purpose whatsoever. 
However, Christopher was about to discover that he did have a purpose. One evening, between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Christopher had a tad too much liquid courage, so much so that he was unable to walk properly. He stumbled and fell face first onto the street multiple times as he made his way home. Christopher stumbled into his house and made his way towards the kitchen. He brewed himself some tea and sat down at the kitchen table. After he had finished his tea, he washed and dried his cup, and returned it to the cupboard. Then he made a quick stop at the restroom. He was sitting at the kitchen table reading the newspaper when he heard a knock 
at the door.
He placed his newspaper down on the kitchen table and went to answer the door. When he opened it, he saw a woman with pale skin, dark blue eyes, a bright red mouth and brown curly hair. She wore a pale blue dress with royal blue flowers stitched on it. Christopher introduced himself and asked her why she had come. The woman introduced herself as Constance and said that she had come to ask for shelter. Christopher asked her if she had anyone else to give her shelter. Constance answered that she did not. She told him that she did not have anyone to look after her because her mother had passed away when she was eight years old and there was no one else that she could turn to. Christopher asked her if she had a father. Constance told him that she had no father. He was about to turn her away when he remembered that he also had family members that had passed on. Christopher invited Constance inside and they shared a cup of tea.
As Christopher and Constance sipped their tea and unburdened themselves to each other, Christopher asked Constance if she was acquainted with his sister. Her answer was yes. Christopher asked Constance how she was acquainted with his sister. Constance told him that she had been in the nursery when he and Christina were children. Christopher asked Constance what she meant by that. Constance spoke about the games she and Christina used to play and how Christina would sing her to sleep every night before she said good night to her and whenever she was ill. Christopher recalled his mother doing that very thing for himself and Christina and he said as much to Constance. Constance told Christopher about how her mother used to sit in the rocking chair that had been owned by his nana and rock her back-and-forth and sing to her. Christopher remembered his mother doing that same thing for himself and Christina and he told her as much. Christopher remarked that it was odd that he and Constance had the exact same memories. Constance thought that it was unusual as well.
Constance informed Christopher that she was frightened of the dark. Christopher told Constance not to worry and assured her that she was not alone. She confessed to Christopher that there was one thing that she was more frightened of than the dark and that it was Half Blind Jack. Christopher recalled his mother and father relating the story of Half Blind Jack to himself and Christina when they were children. Half Blind Jack was a soldier in the British army that had lost half of his sight as a result of fighting in the war. Christopher assured Constance that he would not let Half Blind Jack go anywhere near her and that if he did come, Christopher would protect her from him. Constance felt much better after hearing this.
Christopher told Constance that he was going to place a glass of boiled brandy in front of the fire to ward off Half Blind Jack who despised the smell of it, and that was precisely what Christopher did.
Constance always had the same dream about Half Blind Jack. She dreamed that she was kidnapped by Half Blind Jack and that he stole her eye. It would end with Constance calling for her mother. When Christopher heard Constance calling for her mother, he assured Constance that everything was going to be all right and she fell back to sleep. Christopher stayed by her side all through the night.
Christopher asked Constance about why she was so frightened of Half Blind Jack. Christopher told her that Half Blind Jack was not real, it was just a fairy story that parents told the children to keep them from misbehaving. But Constance told Christopher that she had seen him in her dream and that he was real. Every time Constance heard a noise, she thought that it was Half Blind Jack. Christopher had to keep telling her that it was not Half Blind Jack. That night, Constance had the same dream about Half Blind Jack and once again Christopher assured her that everything was going to be all right and stayed by her side all night.
One day, when Constance accompanied Christopher, Kingsley and Remington on their walk in the park, Kingsley and Remington began to chase a squirrel through the park. They chased it all the way across the other side of the park. When they arrived home, Christopher struck Remington and Kingsley violently and kicked them hard. Constance asked Christopher why he had hurt Kingsley and Remington. Christopher explained that he had done so because they had been naughty. Constance did not speak to Christopher for the rest of that day. That night, Constance had the same dream about Half Blind Jack that she had had the previous night. Once again Christopher reassured her that everything was going to be all right and stayed by her side all through the night.
One day, when Christopher was outside, he saw footprints on the ground. Someone or something had been walking on his property. At first, Christopher thought that it was some kind of animal but when he examined the footprints more closely he realized that they were human. The footprints were a different size from his own and appeared to be made by someone wearing boots. Christopher did not wear boots so he knew that the footprints were not his own, so who did they belong to? Did Christopher have an intruder? Who was the intruder and what was the reason for their intrusion? Christopher wondered about the footprints all day long and into the evening.
All through that night, Constance once more had the same dream about Half Blind Jack that she had had the previous night. Once more Christopher assured her that everything was going to be all right and stayed by her side all through the night. The next day, when Christopher was outside, he discovered a second set of footprints that were identical to the footprints that he had seen on the previous day. When Christopher examined them, he noticed that the footprints 
were not in a straight line and did not go in one direction but rather in many different directions. 
He thought that the footprints may have been made by someone who was drunk, but he was 
not sure.
That night, Constance had the same dream about Half Blind Jack that she had had the night before and again Christopher assured her that everything was going to be all right and stayed by her side all through the night. The next day, when Christopher was outside, he saw a third set of footprints that were the same as the ones that he had seen the night before. When he examined them, Christopher noticed that the footprints were larger than any footprints that he would leave. That evening, Christopher told Constance that he was going for a walk. However, he was actually taking a trip to the public house.
When Christopher came home from the public house, he was unable to stay upright. Christopher struck Kingsley and Remington violently, kicked them hard, opened the front door and threw them out. Constance asked Christopher why he was being mean to them and what they had done. Christopher said nothing. Constance trembled and her eyes started to fill with tears. In a bout of drunken rage, Christopher struck Constance extremely hard across the face. Constance glanced at Christopher in shock. Constance’s lip trembled and she began to cry. Christopher grabbed Constance by the scruff of her neck, proceeded to the front door, opened it and tossed her outside. Remington and Kingsley licked the tears from her face and warmed her throughout the night. When Christopher went outside to fetch Constance, he was amazed at what he saw. Kingsley and Remington were huddled close to Constance and had fallen asleep beside her.
Christopher brought Constance indoors immediately. However, when he brought Constance indoors, she noticed that he did not go and fetch Remington and Kingsley. Constance told Christopher that he had forgotten Remington and Kingsley. Christopher gave no response. Constance thought that he had not heard her so she said it again. Christopher only grunted. 
Christopher brewed himself some tea, drank it, and went outside to fetch Kingsley and Remington. When Christopher was outside he noticed that there was a message written on the ground that read: “I am coming.”
Christopher did not think much of it. That night, Constance had the same dream about Half Blind Jack that she had had previously and as before, Christopher assured Constance that everything was going to be all right and stayed by her side all through the night.
When Christopher was outside he noticed another message written on the ground. The message read: “I am almost there.” Christopher assumed that it was just a trick and carried on with his day. That night Constance had the same dream about Half Blind Jack that she had had the night before, except that this time he was stealing her eye and sucking out her soul.
When Christopher was outside he noticed a third message written on the ground; the message read: “I am getting closer.” Christopher thought that it was another trick and went on with his day. That night, Constance had the same dream about Half Blind Jack that she had had the night before except for this time he was stealing her eye and sucking out her soul and she was calling 
for help.
When Christopher was outside he discovered a fourth message written on the ground. The message read: “I am getting even closer.” But Christopher did not pay any attention to it and thought it was just another trick. That night Constance had the same dream about Half Blind Jack that she had had on the previous night except this time she was calling Christopher’s name. When Christopher was outside he discovered another message written on the ground. The message read: “I am watching you.” But Christopher ignored the message and went on with his day.
That night, Constance had the same dream about Half Blind Jack she had had the night before except this time she was calling for help and calling Christopher’s name at the same time. When Christopher was outside he noticed another message written on the ground the message read: “I am here.” Christopher ran straight into his house and snatched his pistol. He placed it inside the pocket of his trousers and went back outside. Christopher held it out in front of him and waited. No one appeared. Christopher placed his pistol back inside the pocket of his trousers and returned to his house.
That night, Christopher heard the sound of footsteps. He removed his pistol from inside the pocket of his trousers and held it out in front of him. The footsteps drew closer and closer to his house. Constance asked Christopher what was going on. Christopher placed a finger upon his lips and whispered for her to stay with him. Constance whispered that she was frightened. Christopher told her that he was frightened as well but they had to be brave. Christopher heard the sound of his front door being opened. He also heard the sound of Remington and Kingsley barking, growling, snarling, and generally causing a ruckus.
Then Christopher heard a low gravelly male voice say: “I’m coming to get to get you” and the sound of footsteps moving across the floor towards where they were.
“Stay quiet.” Christopher whispered. Constance nodded. The same deep gravelly male voice said, “I’m almost there.” 
Christopher and Constance remained silent. The voice said, “I’m getting closer.” Christopher and Constance still remained silent. Then the voice said, “I’m here.”
It was only when Christopher actually saw that the owner of the voice only had one eye that Christopher realized that it was Half Blind Jack and he was standing right in front of them. Christopher fired his pistol at Half Blind Jack but Half Blind Jack only laughed at Christopher.
“Where is she?” Half Blind Jack demanded.
“Who?” replied Christopher.
“The one who has summoned me.”
“I don’t know.”
“Where is she?”
“I don’t know.”
“There she is. You’re mine now.”
“You can’t have her.”
“Yes I can.”
“Leave her alone!”
“Make me.”
Christopher shot at Half Blind Jack once again, but as before, Half Blind Jack only laughed. Half Blind Jack saw Constance and said, “There you are.”
He walked towards her intending to extract her eye from its socket. Constance‘s eyes widened in terror and she began to cry. The closer he came to her, the more loudly she cried. 
When he was in front her, she began to sob hysterically. Half Blind Jack stretched his hand out towards her face. He was about to remove Constance’s eye from its socket when Christopher stepped in front of him and shouted, “Have at me you half blind oaf!”
This made Half Blind Jack angry, which was exactly what Christopher had intended. Half Blind Jack stretched his hand out towards Christopher’s eye, pulled it out of its socket, and placed it inside of his own socket. Then he bit down on Christopher’s neck and sucked his soul out of his body. Constance watched in horror as the life was slowly drained from Christopher’s body and then 
she cried.
Half Blind Jack laughed at her and told her that she was going to be his next victim. Constance repeated the word “no” over and over again and started to cry. Then she instinctively called for her mother. It was at that moment that Half Blind Jack started to cry. He was crying because, during the war, he had seen many young children crying for their mothers and fathers. 
He had pity for them because he knew their parents wouldn’t return and he couldn’t stand hearing their piteous cries.
Constance was puzzled. She had not expected that she would make Half Blind Jack cry. Constance asked Half Blind Jack why he was crying. Half Blind Jack explained that it was because he felt badly for her. He apologized to Constance and told her that she was not going to be his next victim. He told Constance that he loved her and embraced her. Half Blind Jack vowed that he would never again steal anyone’s eyes or suck out anyone’s soul and that he would instead


Submitted: October 23, 2021

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