Plastic Eggs and a Wind-Up Rabbit

 /   /  By Emma Birches
Stone Soup Magazine
May/June 2012

Cammie Keel
Plastic Eggs and a Wind-Up Rabbit finding a plastic egg

It can’t get much better than this

Snow blindfolded the ground, warning it not to peek. Spring was here, but the green landscape was still under construction, a curtain of whiteness hiding it. Navy paint poured itself into the sky, filling it up as night came. A white moon floated on top of the ocean of blue dye. Freezing light radiated from it. I let my head fall to the pillow, eyes slipping closed. My book crawled out of my fingers as I fell asleep.

Click-click-click-click-click. My eyelids crept apart, and I turned my attention to the perfect scene outside my bedroom window. The sky had melted into a bright blue, and patches of warm green grass showed. Smiling, I tried to fall back asleep, but just as I looked down I shrieked. A silhouette of a strange creature was next to me, shaking violently. I tore away the covers and raced to the light switch. Bitter yellow flooded the room. A wind-up rabbit hopped cheerfully across my pillow.

Easter! I forgot all about it. Snickers came from my closet, and I yanked open the doors to find my little sister, Chloe, crouched there. I gave her my best Really? look and pointed to the bunny hopping around on my bed.

She smiled and nodded.

“Not funny,” I said, even though she made me laugh inside. She sat there with a tiny grin on her face, not getting my hint. “Go get dressed,” I added, and giggled as I slipped the door closed behind her.

She skipped away and I went over to retrieve her wind-up toy. I twisted the handle and let it do its little dance. Chloe popped her head back in my room to squeal

“Happy Easter!” and grab her rabbit toy from my palm.

Plastic Eggs and a Wind-Up Rabbit pink bunny

I fell into my fluffy beanbag and thought about what a great day it was going to be. A scavenger hunt with clues in eggs that all led up to a grand prize at the end, a happy sister who I got to find it with, the sickly sweet candy that would make us happy but later regretful of eating so much. Chloe stuck her head in my room again.

“Come on, Rachel!”

I met Chloe in the garage where she was getting onto her bike with pink streamers. Her Easter basket was taped to her handlebars. I had a backpack on my shoulders because I thought it was a pain to carry around a basket everywhere. Our scavenger hunts went all over the neighborhood. Usually our mom left the big prize back at home, so we would always wind up there again.

“Mom gave me the first clue! Can I read it?” Chloe looked hopefully at me for approval. I nodded.

“Cold, dark, black, and empty, visited by those seeking information.” Chloe scrunched up her nose. “What?!”

I knew it was the mailbox, but I liked to let her guess it on her own.

“Well, what place…?” I started, but her eyes shot open and she interrupted me.

“Mailbox!” she shouted, and I smiled as I took off after her. We shot down the long bumpy driveway, bouncing up and down on our seats. Chloe was an expert rider for an eight-year-old. She didn’t even wobble. Smoothly, she skidded to a stop and opened up the mailbox, pulling out a lime-green egg. She opened the egg by pinching it at the seam so it cracked apart. Our clue fluttered to the ground. She picked it up and started to read. All the while I was staring into the blue sky, dotted with puddles of white paint. The first pink flower was shoving dirt out of its way as it reached for the surface. Then I looked at Chloe, her face grinning eagerly. And I thought, It can’t get much better than this.

Plastic Eggs and a Wind-Up Rabbit Cammie Keel

Cammie Keel, 13
Boulder, Colorado

Plastic Eggs and a Wind-Up Rabbit Claire Nilsson

Claire Nilsson, 12
Greenville, South Carolina

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