MONDAY AND FRIDAY BY JOE ENGLAND

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12th Apr 2020, 4:49 PM

Joe England

Files from the Stone Society

From the writings of Stan Stone, noted Lepologist (date unknown):


As times changed and rabbits began to walk and talk, the “Easter Bunny” became an increasingly problematic figure. The Springtimes of those early years heralded a plethora of confusing encounters as the nascent Mimsy Pook (nee “High Rabbits”) emerged from the wild to curiously scrutinize men and women in costumes, many presumably acting on a subconscious impulse to seek out their progenitors. Human reaction toured a gamut from enchanted to horrified. Not every incident ended well.

Thankfully, the notion has since evolved to include the Mimsy as an integral facet of the holiday celebration. It is now standard practice for local governments to hire upstanding Pook to assume the guise each year, dressing fancifully and entertaining participants as custom dictates.

Such actors testify that the role can be demanding. Children are not so easily amazed by talking rabbits as they must once have been back when there were no such things. But Pook are naturally charming, and a modicum of effort is still more than enough to delight the average young human.

For their part, rabbits view the occasion in varying ways. Some find it tiresome, while others embrace the festivity. Spring is always a time of celebration, and it’s arguably flattering to be an object of worship. Others look down on the practice as a rather offensive pantomime, though even they usually admit that it’s far preferable for a real rabbit to do the job instead of a human in a costume. Besides, Sam Sprinkles himself was an actor, and the show must go on.

Vorpal Pook sometimes offer to play the role as well, but as of this writing none have ever been officially hired.

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15th Apr 2020, 1:39 AM

Voidbane

“Officially” you say...

This seems like something the Vorps would run around doing because they are told NOT to.

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17th Apr 2020, 5:22 AM

ttaxus

I feel like the existence of magic would be a bigger obstacle to making such figures captivating to children. What I mean is, Santa's just an old human dude, not even a talking rabbit, but kids love him for the magic behind the character. I feel like pook being real would hardly be a blip in the radar where kids are concerned, but what's the draw in a magical holiday figure when magic is entirely plausible, everyday deal? Those pook must be very charming indeed!

Also this art is super cute and I hope Ms. Quaran Tina is being kind to you.

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18th Apr 2020, 3:23 PM

Joe England

As kind as can be expected, thanks. Mostly. I hope she's treating you well too!

As for magic! Well, while it's a fact of life, it remains mysterious and enchanting, and only a very small percentage of the population can directly handle it. It's like water. It's everywhere around us and commonly manipulated through engineering, but it's still amazing to imagine that someone might have the ability to make it jump up and perform exotic tricks just by telling it what to do. Thus, wizards and "monsters" are still considered quite impressive by the public at large.

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22nd Apr 2020, 6:37 AM

ttaxus

Ahhh that makes a lot of sense. Electricity is mundane when it's in your toaster but some dude being able to manifest it at will from his hands is something else entirely.

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23rd Apr 2020, 9:05 PM

Joe England

Oh, yes! Electricity. That's a better analogy.

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18th Apr 2020, 11:32 AM

Furlips

Oh yeah, I can just see Betty in the mall.
"Rub my thighs, it's been a long day."

Bunners

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2nd Jul 2020, 8:38 AM

Nutjob

That certain lizard part of my brain is kicking me, and now I wonder.

What did the Mimsy Pook think of Hugh Hefner's approach to rabbits...?

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