One paw up he shouted with a slight quiver, “Stop, stop! I ask that you please withdraw and stop kindly!” He nervously adjusted his glasses with his other paw.
“Well, well,” Samuel hissed. “What is thissssss? A rabbit with the audacity to try and stop me, I seeeee.” Samuel licked his right paw slowly, wiped his fur back against his ear and then daintily sat both paws down to get a good look at the rabbit. The nerve, he thought, the nerve. Obviously, this rabbit had no idea who he was talking to.
For a few seconds the two looked each other up and down until Billy again adjusted his glasses and worked up some bravado to speak.
“Kind, sir. With all due respect, I ask that you please reconsider your plight and spare my life.” Billy lifted his head up in the air and looked straight into Samuel’s eyes to let him know he meant business, even if he didn’t quite feel so confidant of what kind of business that was.
Samuel hissed in laughter. As if he were Dr. Jekyll his laugh quickly turned into a sneer and an evil eye.
“Listen, boy. I’ve had my eyes on you for supper for quite a few days now. Don’t ruin my Easter meal with your nonsense. I don’t answer to bunnies! Now, stop wasting my time and relent. Your time is up!”
“Please kind sir. If you hear my plight then you’ll understand that I can’t be your dinner tonight. No. Not I. I can’t be dinner.” Billy fidgeted again with his glasses and slowly looked up to see if Samuel was considering his request if even for the slightest second.
“Boy! I’m not in the mood for these games. I’m a cat and you are a rabbit. You will be my meal and I will enjoy it quite dearly.” Samuel slowly smiled and lifted his paws to show Billy his sparkling razor sharp nails.
“No, no. You see, as you chased me this sunny spring afternoon, I saw a red cardinal beautiful as can be and singing in that tree. He was quite available for an evening meal. I am sure that he would be tastier than I. Yes, quite tasty indeed.”
For a moment Samuel thought that this could be an option. He was tiring of this bunny’s antics and he was getting very hungry at this point. He’d missed breakfast due to a lengthy cat nap under the sun and he was quite ready to have his meal.
“No. Cardinals, although tasty as you say, are just mere snacks. I’m ready for a meal and you my dear friend are just what I need. Plus, I’m not in the mood to pluck feathers out of my fangs.” Samuel once again prepared his claws to capture his dinner as he licked his lips in anticipation.
“Oh, I see,” Billy said. Quickly he added, “Well, perhaps you are a man of more substance then. This is good, you see, as there were 3 fish with spotted tails jumping by the water’s edge. I know they would be much more filling and palatable than I. Perhaps I can take you to where I saw the trio of tails?”
“Rabbit! I am tolerably interested in your proposition, however I have just woken from a long cat nap and not interested in this plight! I prefer to take what I have in front of me. Now again I ask, relent! Enough of this idiocracy!” Samuel took two steps forward, pinning Billy into the corner of a tree and a fence.
“I suppose that my fate is sealed. I suppose it is. However, I must say that you are quite a handsome cat. Why don’t you take a look at yourself in this mirror before your meal to see how handsome your coat is for your Easter dinner?” Billy pulled out a small mirror and slowly put it down on the ground in front of Samuel.
Samuel thoughtfully looked at Billy and thought he must be right. He was about to embark on a tasty and delicious evening meal. He should of course check his coat to see just how handsome he looked that evening before the main event. Samuel picked up the mirror and began to admire his shiny black and white coat. How beautiful his whiskers looked in the evening sun. It wouldn’t be long before the moonlight glinted off the tips as he lay on his back full in the belly with Billy. What a glorious evening indeed.
Samuel began putting the mirror back down when he realized the rabbit was gone. He turned his head to see Billy several miles ahead hopping quickly along the hills and out sight into the spring night.
“Drat!” Samuel said aloud as he put his paw against his head in angst. Once again Billy had duped him with his own narcissism. Perhaps he was right about the trio of spotted tailed fish. Samuel slowly started stalking up to the river’s edge stopping to catch a glance at his reflection in the water. “What a handsome and hungry cat,” he thought.