Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter at the Land of the Flowered Bed

After 102 eggs, Hairy was really tired of Easter.

"There!" he sighed, shoving the last egg behind the night stand. "That should do it for the Easter egg hunt tomorrow."

"Who exactly do you think is going to hunt down all those eggs?" Cookies asked, his voice dripping with sarcasm. "102 eggs is a lot for the Land of the Flowered Bed."

"Well, let's see," Hairy mused, tapping off names on his fingers. "There's the seals, Pumble, the ducks at the Spa, the flying pigs, the GLUG, Ladybug, the babies..."

"Which babies?" Cookies demanded. "The Pond babies or Austin babies?"

"The Pond babies," Hairy answered. He held up his hands as Cookies glared at them. "What?!? They live in the kitchen. Pumble's been baking for three days. You think they didn't figure out something was going on?"


"They eat their own poop!" Cookies bellowed. "And chase their tails and chew on their paws! They don't know what Easter is! They probably think Pumble is a flying chew toy. Well, not that he can fly with that enormous"--

"Now, be nice," Hairy admonished. "I invited Ace and Arthur, but they won't be down for awhile. Ace said something about a monstrous dog named Charlie..."

Cookies sighed and crossed his wings over his chest. "I still think an Easter egg hunt is a stupid idea."

"It's not a stupid idea!" Pumble interrupted, the seals trailing behind him. "It's brilliant! This is the one-time of year my culinary expertise shines! Just look at these cookies, these honey candies, the caramelized flies. Look at the bunny cake. Am I not brilliant? The ratings on my show skyrocketed this week I had so many viewers!" The seals looked hopefully at the cookies.

"In his mind," Cookies muttered. Hairy elbowed him in the ribs and shot him a warning look.

"Just in time," Hairy said, smoothing his front. "The guests are just arriving." The door burst open and dozens of critters trotted into the Land of the Flowered Bed. Henry the lizard made a beeline for a spider clutching a blond strand of hair, while the birds argued among themselves about whether those were french fries on the table. The flying pigs politely waited by the Spa for some fresh grass to nibble on and Ladybug chatted to Pumble. The ducks waddled out of the spa and gasped.

"Where's the Easter Bunny?" the first duck demanded.

"Are you telling me there's an Easter Egg hunt without a bunny?" the second duck shrieked.

"I'll be a bunny," the third duck offered.

Before poor Hairy could react, a booming voice behind him caused everyone to turn.

"HELLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" The GLUG stood in the doorway, a pair of pantyhose on his head and a cotton ball taped to his behind.

"What is that?" Cookies asked, his eyes bugged out.

"I'm the Easter Bunny!" the GLUG announced. "Now the Egg Hunt can began!"

"I was supposed to announce that," Hairy mumbled.

Everyone cheered and rushed for a basket. The Land of the Flowered Bed exploded into chaos as all the animals searched for eggs. The seals crawled along on their bellies, clutching the baskets in their mouth as they searched the floor for eggs. Pumble ran about wildly, stuffing as many eggs as he could into his basket. The butterflies landed on the eggs, opening and closing their wings slowly. The flying pigs merely looked at the eggs, then proceeded to eat the grass around them.

The GLUG proceeded to trot around the party, his pantyhose swinging around his ears and his tail drooping so the tape on his behind was exposed. He hopped about the floor, wiggling his nose and handing out eggs to various animals. Hairy and Cookies watched in amusement by the refreshments table.

"Where in the world did he get pantyhose that small?" Cookies muttered, watching the GLUG bellow and run frantically around the room.

"A fairy?" Hairy suggested. Their giggles were interrupted by the seals squealing and clapping their fins together.

"What happened?" Hairy cried, rushing forward. He broke through the crowd that had gathered around them. "What did you find?" He looked down and gasped in awe. Two golden eggs lay on the floor.

"I didn't hide those," Hairy whispered, shaking his head in disbelief. "Who could have put those here?" He looked at Cookies, who shook his head. He looked at the GLUG.

"As much as I would like to take credit, it wasn't me," the GLUG said, sulking.

The seals hopped up and down and chattered loudly, pointing their tails toward the door. Everyone looked to see a small white fluffy tail disappearing past the door.

"The Easter Bunny!" Pumble cried. "He came after all!"

"That's amazing," Hairy murmured, his mouth open in awe.

"That's illogical," Cookies corrected, frowning.

"That's annoying," the GLUG grumbled, jerking the pantyhose off his head. "I can't compete with the real thing. I am the real thing! I am the Ginormous Lime Green Unusual Gnat!"

"Do you know what that means?" Pumble asked, looking around in excitement. "That means the Easter bunny came to our hunt!" Everyone cheered and proceeded to continue looking for eggs. The party was filled with wonderful food and music. Everyone danced and smiled as they broke open their eggs to claim the prizes inside, placing them carefully in their baskets. It was a wonderful festival. Even the ducks at the Spa thought so.

"What a wonderful party!" the first duck beamed.

"I got 20 eggs!" the second duck beamed.

"Would anyone like to dance?" the third duck inquired.

Hairy glanced at the door and saw two thin ears and a small pink nose, twitching happily. Before he could say a word, the white face had disappeared out of sight. Hairy smiled and touched his own nose. "Happy Easter, Easter Bunny," he whispered. Beaming, he rejoined the celebration--102 eggs and all.

4 comments:

Mama K said...

Love the GLUG! Pantyhose on his head....hilarious. Made me LOL.

Marie said...

Ohhh goodie goodie. You wrote an Easter Story and I was first in line to comment on it. I just read it out to my Todd and we were both sitting here mesmerized as your words wove a magical spell around us. You really must be published. You're talents are just too good to stay tucked away here on your pond. There's a whole world out there that deserves to benefit from them! XXOO and Happy Easter!

Marie said...

*Sniff *sniff came on here to check this morning and realized that I wasn't the first. mama K and I must have been enjoying your word smithery at the same time ...nevermind I was the second and the THIRD! :-)

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