Some days, I wondered whether or not I'm really as strong as always viewed myself to be, or if I'm more like the coward that everyone else seems to see. Little was I to know I would find out on that faithful summer day.
It was just me and my friend, Suma, hanging out near her house. We were just going for a walk, and in broad daylight no less. It was high noon, the time pretty much everyone assumed was the hottest time of day. However, it was unnaturally cool, and I think that was the first thing that alerted me to the fact that something was amiss..
Me and Suma, we could sense things. "Shamanic powers", as Suma called it. I simply referred to it as "gut-instinct", not wanting to seem blasphemous. The point was, we both knew it when something was wrong. And boy, was something wrong...
"Suma?" I asked, a feeling of dread beginning to well up inside of me.
"Yeah?" Suma replied blithely.
"I-I think we should turn back..."
"Don't tell me you're hungry again! You just had a Rice Krispy Treat!"
"No, I just think something is following us."
"Oh, yeah? Like what?"
"...The Knights Who Say 'Ni'?"
"I'm completely serious!"
"Oh, like you were serious about the fact that Lisa Ortiz was at the last AniCon?"
"Hey, it really looked like her...."
"Whatever. D'you think you can hang in there for just a little while longer? As soon as we get back, I'll get you some barbecue chips."
"I'M NOT HUNGRY!!!"
Suddenly, something in the bushes to our side rustled. We both froze, hardly breathing.
"Great, I made it angry..." I muttered.
"Stop acting so dramatic!"
"Hey, I'm the one who told you something was followin' us...."
Another rustle. We stopped talking (debating, more like) and stood stock still. Silence. Suma and I heaved sighs of relief.
"KREEEEEEEEEEEEE!!" Screeched the thing as it leapt towards us, claws extended.
"Run, Suma, before it eats us!" I called as I began to sprint in the direction of Suma's house.
'No time to talk, we must get away!"
"...It's just a rabbit." It was true. Our "assailant" was really a snow-white bunny rabbit, looking as innocent as dandelions.
"Maybe it's the Man-Eating Rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail...?" I suggested, cowering behind Suma.
"Get a grip, Ari!"
"I mean, what kind of rabbit goes 'Kreeeeeeeeee'?"
"I dunno, maybe a scared one?"
"It's evil, I tell you..."
"Let's just go home and watch some anime I borrowed from Rachel, eh?"
"Yeah, okay..." I agreed grudgingly
We were fine for the rest of the afternoon, which was free of surprise attacks by little bunny rabbits. However, that didn't keep me from glancing behind my shoulder the rest of the day...
Okay, this is my first humor story, so forgive me if it's just a wee bit too pathetic. As for my cowardice, it largely, if not grossly, exaggerated. Also, there's a few references I'd like to explain:
1) Lisa Ortiz is a semi-famous anime voice actor who, at least in my opinion, is extremely talented. She plays the part of Lina Inverse from The Slayers, a slightly older anime, along with several other memorable characters from various other animes.
2)AniCon is just another name for "Anime Convention".
3) The Knights Who Say "Ni" is from, you guessed it, Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail.
Anyway, I hoped you enjoyed this little story of mine. Shalom and Happy Holidays!